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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Angry Birds

Angry Birds is a fun game that is available through your mobile device app store.  If you don't know what or who Angry Birds are, just ask your children or grandchildren because they will know. 

I came across a video by the Crochet Geek that shows you how to crochet the Angry Birds.  These would be a big hit for any person that plays the game.  Check it out.

Angry Birds

Monday, November 28, 2011

How to Fasten Off

I was just reading in another discussion list today about how to fasten off a project.  Some crocheters make a "knot".  This is a no no in crochet.

If you are considering the CGOA Masters Program, you need to fasten off your swatches correctly or they will be rejected and you will be disappointed.

Here is a great little video on how to fasten off that I found on You Tube that shows the correct way to fasten off. No further knotting is required.

How to Fasten Off

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Kathy's Infinity Scarf

I made this scarf for my sister for Christmas. This shade of green is one of her favorites so when I saw the yarn, Patons Lace Sequin,  at my local Hobby Lobby I knew I had to get it for her. The color is a lovely peridot.

You can find the pattern in my Ravelry Store. The really neat thing about this scarf is the number of ways it can be worn, either in loop fashion, or twisted for a cowl, or hooded cowl.

That's all for today. I need to finish up my online classes. Later today Walt and I are flying to Utah to enjoy Thanksgiving with our  family there.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Crochet Handy App

Interweave has launched a new app called "Crochet Handy" for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. The app cost .99 and is available through the App Store on your device or at iTunes.

The purpose of this great little app is to help crocheters determine how much yarn they need for projects.

The Crochet Handy  app provides yardage requirements for basic caps, scarves, bags, afghans, ponchos, baby sweaters, skirts, and tops. Both apps show all sizes ranging from baby or toddler to large adult, using five standard yarn weights—from fingering to bulky.

 All it takes is three easy steps:
  1. Select the measurement units in imperial (inches and yards) or in metric (centimeters and meters);
  2. Select a project type, then choose gauge (ranging from 3 to 9 stitches per inch) and size;
  3. The yarn amount is calculated.
Yarnies will want these apps any time they are working with their yarn, whether buying online at a craft or yarn shop, or researching projects for their yarn stash at home.

The above information was retrieved from Pitch Engine

I have downloaded the app and I'm ready to give it a try.   Many times I have been at a craft store, and have seen yarn on sale, but alas no particular project in mind, so my rule of thumb is to buy at least four skeins.  With Crochet Handy I will have a quick reference guide with me as I'm out there hitting the yarn sales and building my stash with purpose. My husband will be so proud of me!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Baptismal Gown

My sis sent me this picture. She found this baptismal gown and cap in her cedar chest.  WOW.. This is the gown and cap that I made for my niece Amy way back in 1977.  As you can see, I entered the set in our local county fair and both won blue ribbons. I gave the gown, cap and ribbons to my sister for her baby girl.

Sadly, I don't think my niece ever wore the gown or hat. It ended up in the cedar chest to be saved as a family heirloom.  Amy, the baby I crochet this little outfit for is now 35 years old. Oh my goodness, does that make me feel old.

I don't remember the origin of this pattern, but I know I no longer have it.  I love this pattern and if I ever come across it again you can be sure I'll be adding it to my pattern archive.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Caron's Twelves Days of Christmas

How would you like to get a Christmas present everyday for 12 days? If you are signed up to receive Caron's free e-mail newsletter, you just received day two of the 12 days of Christmas free pattern event.

Day one was a great his and hers scarf designed by Darla Fanton,  and day two is a super looking knit infinity scarf designed by Lisa Gentry.  With talent like this contributing to the event, you know the patterns are going to be something special.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Hooded Baby Blanket

This is one of the new crochet projects that I will be teaching at Michael's Craft Store. It is not a beginner project, but would make a good second or third project. The combination of one single crochet and two double crochets gives the appearance of a cluster stitch.

The hood which is added later is a good way to practice double crochet increases.

The afghan is made using one skein of Lion Brand's Pound of Love acrylic yarn and would make a great gift.

The doll baby is my antique composition doll. As near as I can discover she is a doll from the 1940's made by the Ideal Doll Company.

If you want to learn to crochet or know someone that would like to learn to crochet contact your local Michael's Craft Store for a schedule of classes.

Monday, November 14, 2011

More on StitchWorks

Can you tell I'm excited about this software! I still haven't purchased it. I'm trying to decide if I should wait until "payday" or add it to my Christmas wish list.

I want to thank Darlissa Riggs for directing me to a review of this software that she authored.  I thought you might like to check it out too.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Crochet Symbol Software

Did you ever wonder how to create those symbols and charts that you see along side of written crochet instructions? While reading in the Crochet Partners Group, I came across a post about Crochet Symbol Software. We are seeing more and more patterns with written instructions and charts and symbols, and I think this software may very well be worth the the $50 price.

I haven't purchased the software yet, so I cannot tell you how easy or hard it is to use, but if you visit the website you can download a trial version and try it out for yourself, that's what I intend to do.