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Sunday, June 28, 2009

FM June 29, 2009

It's been hot and humid, but what else can you expect from Baltimore in the summer? I had some plans to work on some crochet, it just didn't pan out. You know how life is, sometimes a few days attack you at once;)

I thought this was weird - and no, it's _not_ Lady Linoleum's crocheted eyeball

here's a crochet class being given online by Planet June at Crochetville. I don't know if there's a chanrge but I'm sure it's worth checking out if you can.

I know in this section of the country, it's too warm to wear a hat. But Olivia's butterfly hat is great, check out the pattern.

And since we're looking at hats, how about a baby hat?

I thought this flower motif square was pretty cool.

And this one is a majestic flower motif by Teresa

Noreen Crone-Findlay discusses clutter

Here's a pattern for a Granny's attic afghan

Here's Mr/Ms chubby bunny really cute

Yeah, it is too warm to wear a scarf, I agree. But it's a crochet ice cream cone scarf

This seems unbelievable to me, but apparently there is a pattern for a hat for a cat. I thought it was for a pattern of a hat that looks like a cat. if you make this, I hope you have a very tolerant cat or very good health insurance

As usual, no special consideration is received for the mention of any of these sites. The local emergency rooms would probably prefer I don't mention the cat hat site, but your cat might be more co-operative than mine.
By the way, Happy Canada Day as well as Happy 4th of July!

Monday, June 22, 2009

FM 6/22/09

Summer has begun and I got the poison ivy to show for it;) It's a short one today, folks, as I got to get myself together for the rest of "crunch time" at work. Seems like that's every week....

I have 2 inspirations here for you, I thought they were pretty cool. Just something to get the mind moving on the hot humid summer days or the cold winter days, depending where you are in the world....
inspiration not a pattern

again, not a pattern but inspiration

I think this is so cool - I never can quite figure this out and here's a crochet tutorial for a yoyo afghan
June is a popular month for weddings. Even Barbie (okay, I know I should say "11 inch fashion doll" or however tall Barbie is, but we both know it's Barbie, a trademark of Mattel) is getting married and here's a gown for her: http://grandmothersdollhouse.com/?p=349

Not too much crochet for men for the wedding, but there is a crocheted bowtie (for a normal sized man) http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2009/06/how-to_crocheted_bow_tie.html?CMP=OTC-5JF307375954

More doll clothes - this time it's the Bratz clothes

I liked this particular pattern as it's adaptable for whatever size baby blanket you wish to make

well, I told you it was a short one, I'll try to do a longer one next week. As usual, no one is paying me to post these links. I'd be happy to take some bucks (or really, maybe just some yarn needles. I have the feeling my kittens are stealing the yarn needles I am using to weave in the tails of my projects). Have a good week, don't party too much for Quebec Party Day..

Monday, June 15, 2009

FM June 15, 2009

It's hot and sunny here, which means I _should_ be doing yard work but it's too hot and sunny;)
Here's this week's edition of Freebie Monday

This isn't a pattern but something you could use your scraps of yarn for - warning, it's probably not work safe or kid safe, but you can figure that out from the name....

Because it's hot and sunny, my sinuses aren't happy (they are never happy). The weather reports give information on the pollen count and now I know why my head is stuffy.

There's something about a monkey - specifically a sock monkey pattern

or maybe you'd like a smaller version of the sock monkey - a sock monkey bookmark

Well, if you got to wash dishes, you might as well have a pretty dishcloth......

It's Monday and I could use a belt - not this particular kind, but it will do - a belt pattern

As you know, I have cats. I think this crochet cat might be a little easier on the house...

Or how about a snow cat

It's time for a turtle rattle

Here's a bath mitt to wash up the kids after they have been playing all day....

And of course, who couldn't use a teddy bear?

How to increase stitches like a pro by a pro - Vashti Braha

As usual, I have not received any money, goods, yarn, special consideration or anything like that to post these sites. I'd take it, but apparently nobody has any goodies for me;)


Monday, June 08, 2009

the winner is

V - for victory.
Please contact me with your email address at my email address so I can ship the book to you.

FM June 8, 2009 and RIP Mrs Donley

I was Ida Mae Donley's "senior beacon" which meant I was supposed to sent her no guilt mail - you know, cards for holidays, that sort of thing. The relationship evolved slowly until I felt I really got to know Mrs Donley (I could never bring myself to call her by her first name - she was older than my grandmother and it just didn't seem polite.) Mrs Donley was quite the quilter, even well into her late 90s. She would quilt lap quilts and walker bags for the other folks in the nursing home. Even though we didn't do the same type of handwork, the fact we both did handwork bonded us.
Mrs Donley passed away last week, at the age of 101 years old. Later today I will be attending her funeral. Granny squares and motifs are the closest thing crocheters have to quilt squares, so I thought I'd honor Mrs Donley's memory by just having all free patterns for those items.

How to crochet a granny square

A quarter granny square:

a half a granny square

Off kilter granny

Lacy Spoke motif

This site uses symbol crochet, no instructions

This motif creates a star

sunrise granny square

Stuffed circle square

Heart square

Fish afghan square

Little flower square

The usual disclaimers apply (I didn't get paid to post these sites).
FYI I will name the winner of the book on Tuesday, June 9, 2009. Sorry for the delay but I'm not in the mood to pick a winner right now.

Monday, June 01, 2009

FM June 1, 2009

Happy Blogversary to me! It's been 4 years since I have been posting on Blogger. I did have a blog on AOL (same name) but I don't think anyone was reading it. Thanks Teresa and Teena!
Because this is my Blogversary, I will be having a drawing for the book "Hooked: A Crocheter's Stash of Wit and Wisdom". It's an interesting read with essays by all sorts of crocheters - Jennifer Hansen, Noreen Crone-Findlay, Amy O'Neil Houck and many more. Just leave a comment and I will draw the name next Sunday and announce the winner next Monday. Unless nobody replies, than whoever posts first will get it....

Not a pattern but Vashti Braha has an excellent resource on tunisian / afghan stitch. I learned to do it when I was younger, but I really haven't done too much with the stitch. But this post made me rethink the tunisian stitch

Double stitch crochet along inspired by Double Stitch: Designs for the Crochet Fashionista, a new book by Erika and Monika Simmons

I would have never thought of this, but this lady makes crochet hats out of plastic bags

Here's a crochet dog sweater pattern for your pooch:

It's a bit warmer here in the US and this "brain freeze" pattern from the Crochet Dude might come in handy...

A lovely crochet flower for you

Interweave giving away knitting, beading and quilting patterns. No, I don't know they don't have free crochet patterns, but it's a good question

Check this out - Monica Kennedy has a great website and has free patterns for round ripple afghans - this one is gorgeous

and she even has a preemie ripple pattern

And she has video tutorials on how to crochet

This is really cute - it's Suzetta Williams Hat of the Month

And last, but certainly not least, Crochet Corner has their first bimonthly issue out - you can read it here:

And of course, I've received no economic incentive to post any of these sites....