Back to Crocheting Normality, Sort Of

By Veronica Smith – November 17th, 2011 3 Comments

Well hubby and his pinched nerve and numb fingers is back to work so things have started on the road to ‘normality’. I use that word loosely as I don’t think we are quite normal in this house. Hubby being back to work means I can start to straighten my brain power back to the chaos it usually is – but it is MY chaos.

Well the dancing concert for the youngest daughter is in 12 days so I am sitting at a LOT of extra dancing lessons. Even though last weekends were 3 hours both days, I am 45 minutes from the studio so I don’t bother coming home. PLUS it gives me 3 hours to crochet >>>grins<<<. There IS an upside to running kids around. This very same concert however, has landed me with more sewing. I already have 4 of her 7 costumes, but I still have to make her into a witch, a pirate and make a shortish tartan skirt (not a kilt) and a matching shirt. I have known about this for probably 2 weeks and it is now pretty well the ‘last minute’ so I really need to get sewing. Fortunately, I can only do that at home so I can crochet to my heart’s content for many hours at dancing.

I have also added to my crochet time – well my ‘sit down and do nothing’ time, so while I am sitting down I can crochet some more – yaaayyyyyy!
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Crochet Pattern: Staggered Blocks Bracelet

By Candace – November 16th, 2011 4 Comments
Do you like jewelry? Put on this bracelet and go. The simple lace pattern makes a nice everyday bracelet you can wear to the grocery store or the park. It’s also easy to dress up with different colors of thread or beads for a look that seems more complicated than it really is and head out on the town.

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Crocheting With Wire

By Candace – November 15th, 2011 6 Comments

A lot of crocheters make jewelry, too, and there are many wonderful pieces out there like beaded ropes and bracelets and necklaces made with thread. For those who want to use metal in their crochet jewelry, wire is the way to go. However, there are many considerations to take into account when making crocheted wire jewelry.

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Crochet Pattern: 5 Christmas Gift Bags

By Rachel Choi – November 13th, 2011 1 Comment
There’s a new pattern in the Crochet Spot Store! There are 5 gift bags in this pattern set: Candy Candy Striped, Christmas Tree, Reindeer, Santa Claus, and Snowman bag. Crochet these cute gift bags when gifting small items to child and adults. Each bag works up quickly and is crocheted in the round. Each bags is designed with a drawstring at the top making it easy to open and close.

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Crochet Pattern: Scalloped Camera Pouch

By Candace – November 11th, 2011 5 Comments
Here’s something to keep your camera (or anything you need quick access to) handy and try your hand at some basic lace work. The body of this camera pouch is simple with a delicate lacy scallop edge. It works up quick and requires no sewing or finishing, so it’s great for on-the-go crocheting.

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Crochet Pattern: Amish Nine Patch Potholder

By Emilee Gettle – November 9th, 2011 9 Comments
When I was young I knew an Amish lady who became a dear friend of mine. I loved visiting her small mercantile that was filled with every kind of calico and solid colored fabric imaginable. Amish ladies in the community made crafts to sell in her store to earn a little extra spending money. I love the simple color combinations of Amish crafts and created this potholder along the lines of what Lizzie might be selling in her store today. Since it is super thick it will guard against hot pots and pans perfectly. This project would also make a cute little pillow!

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Another Take on Crocheted Twirls

By Candace – November 8th, 2011 6 Comments

Have you ever worked on a spiral scarf and suddenly realized that your 50 stitches has bloomed to 400 and felt like the row would never end? It can be tiring to plod along the row, especially if the scarf has a plain stitch. If you work backwards and start with a long chain whose stitches disappear by half each row, it can feel like you’re going faster even though in the end, you have the same number of stitches.
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Crochet Pattern: Maple Leaf Coasters

By Rachel Choi – November 6th, 2011 8 Comments
There’s a new pattern in the Crochet Spot Store! Decorate for the fall season with these neat maple leaf coasters! Crochet these leaves in your favorite fall colors to create an entire coaster set. You can also use these leaves as appliques or decorations around the house, instead of coasters. Each leaf is crocheted from the bottom up in one piece so that no sewing is required. The leaves also work up really quickly so you can crochet a ton of leaves in one sitting.

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Crochet Pattern: Apple of My Eye Applique

By Emilee Gettle – November 5th, 2011 5 Comments
I love visiting orchards this time of year and buying apples by the peck or the bushel. Growing up I have fond memories of making apple butter with my grandma in a giant copper kettle over and open fire. The woodsmoke and sweet apple scent filled the air. After cooking down for hours we canned the yummy treat to preserve for the chilly days of winter. This week, I created this applique which can be used hundreds of ways. It would look darling on kitchen towels! As a gift, I plan to sew this on a onesie and embroider, “Apple of My Eye” for a sweet little girl I know.

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Dear Husband is Out of Action and My Crochet is Suffering

By Veronica Smith – November 4th, 2011 19 Comments

My Husband is a gym junkie and a typical male. About 3 weeks ago he came home on a Friday (gym day) and said he was sore around the shoulders, not the ‘good’ sore from a good workout, it was actual pain. He goes to the gym 3 times a week. I suggested he have a bit of a break, but he’s male so that didn’t make any sense to him. He then came home the following Monday really sore and by bedtime he was definitely in REAL pain. He popped a large amount of pain killers and acknowledged that maybe he wouldn’t go to the gym Wednesday – I gave up. No sleep that night. By morning he was crippled with pain on the right side back/shoulder and upper arm. His lower arm and hand were numb. Doctors / physio’s / serious pain medication and pending specialist he is still hurting and has numb fingers and arm. It’s been 12 days now.
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