Associations

Associate Professional, Crochet Guild of America                            CGOAlogotiny.jpg

Also a member of CGOA local chapter, The Happily Hooked on Crocheting Club8bc2.jpg

Tuesday
Apr082014

Available for Pre-order Already!!

My friend, Margaret Hubert, will be having her next book, Complete Photo Guide to Crochet, 2nd Edition, coming out in July.  It's already available for pre-ordering on Amazon!  It's not just a re-hash of the original either!  There are brand new projects in the book along with expansions on some chapters, and if I remember right, new chapter or two.

As I said in the last post, Margaret asked me to submit a couple of patterns to go in one of the chapters of this new book, and I was honored and humbled to do so. So here's a sneak peak at one of the two.  I'd give you a sneak peak of the second pattern, but I don't have any pictures that show just a wee portion of the whole.  Guess you'll have to wait to see that one!  lol  

Enjoy your day, and if you get this new book, I know you'll enjoy THAT for sure!

Saturday
Mar292014

That was fast!!

I hadn't realized that almost 1 1/2 years have gone by since my last post here!! WOW, that went fast!

I guess I could blame my friend Margaret Hubert for part of that.  I'll let you in on a secret - she puts the Energizer Bunny to shame!  I do contract work with her, and we've done projects for 3 or 4 books, yes BOOKS!, in the past year and a half!  And she keeps right on a-goin'!  She's what I want to be when I grow up!  lol

I am humbled and honored that she also asked me to contribute some textured, cabled designs to one of her new books that will be coming out in July, the 2nd edition of her 'The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet".

My last post was about Reversible Strands for Men (and Women, too!) having just surpassed 3,000 people marking it as a favorite pattern.  That number is now over 5,000!!  Unbelievable!  And amazing to me!

I've also just posted my newest hat pattern for sale onnewest pattern - Victorian Inspired Cloche Ravelry, and I can tell you that it's been awhile since I've done that!  First I "lost" the pattern's PDF while trying to upload it.  Poof, gone, no where to be found.  So a new one needed to be made.  Ok, done, up and loaded now. 

Then I couldn't remember how to get things linked at all, like my own project page!  Ok, done and linked now. 

I had had the pattern tested by some other Ravelers, and as a "Thank you" to them, tried sending them a "gift" link.  It's an expiring link, and silly me, I thought that meant it expired starting when the recipient first clicked on it.  It seems that it started counting down from when I copied it into an email for them instead.  But I've got most of them taken care of now.  Only a few more to hear from. 

I think my testers did a great job.  Sometimes I can't see what I wrote making sense or not because I already know how I did the workup of that pattern.  Extra eyes are amazing! 

This is a fun hat for those cool Spring or Fall days that can be done with just a single color, or a contrast color can be added to any portion of the hat.  I need to work up a matching scarf for it now!

Another new thing I had gotten done this past year is have a logo created.  You can see that at the top of these pages.  Now I just need to get the rest of this blog's "coloring" more in tune with those colors!  :D

Have a good night!

 

 

Saturday
Sep152012

Today is the DAY!

Woot!!  Today my pattern Reversible Strands for Men (and Women, too!) has surpassed the 3000 mark for being a favorite pattern!  I. am. in. awe. of that fact!  Never in my wildest dreams did I think something so simple as this pattern is become a favorite for that many people!  Thank you, I am humbled.

Tuesday
Sep112012

Almost Year-end Catch-up

It's been a BUSY year for me this year!!  I didn't realize it had been quite so long since my last posting here, but WOW, it's been quite a while!

I went to the CGOA conference in Manchester this summer, and as usual, had an absolute blast meeting up with old friends and new, right along with learning some new techniques.  I have to admit though, that this summer I actually took more knitting classes than crocheting.  BUT....at least now I know I can have my seams on knit projects look as "hidden" as I do on my crochet seams!  I just never seemed (ha, very punny) to catch the right areas of the knit stitches to get a really nice looking seam going.  Now there's no more excuses!!  lol  The fall show and event is going on this week in Reno, so if you're in the area, or if you get a chance to go, do so!  It's so worth it to go at least once.

Missyboo and my Hubby came to Manchester for the last two days.  Missyboo was looking forward to modeling in the fashion show again this year.  She was so nervous last year, but once on the runway, she nailed it fine.  Couldn't wipe the ear-splitting grin from her face for quite a while afterwards, what with all the whoops, hollers and whistles she received.  (c) Doris ChanThis year though, the only thing she modeled was by helping me to "display" my afghan that took third place in the CGOA Design Contest.

I've spent most of the year doing a lot of contract crochet jobs for several designers.  Let me tell you, there are going to be some BEE-U-TI-Ful designs coming out in the next few months!!!!  And now that there's a "quiet" spell going on, I've been working on a couple of my own projects.  I'm hoping to have one ready for testing in the next couple of weeks.

And speaking of my own designs, I was poking around on my Ravelry page yesterday, and discovered that my first independent pattern is only 20 "hearts" away from being listed as a favorite of 3000 people!!!  Can you hear me saying: "OMG!!"?  And there are almost 800 projects posted and linked to this very same pattern!!  Can you hear me saying:"OMG!!" again??  I'm absolutely flabbergasted about that, and I thank everyone who's favorited it and posted pictures of their projects! 

Here's a link to the pattern itself if you might be interested in making this hat for any of the men or boys in your life.  It's gotten quite a few good reviews from the guys who've received them.  It's also good for any of the women and girls in your life too.  It can be done with spiraling cable ribs or with straight cable ribs, and in any color combination you desire.  It's called Reversible Strands for Men (and Women, too!)

straight cable ribsspiraled cable ribs On a different note, I had to take Missyboo school shopping a couple of weeks ago.  My 10 year old is now wearing adult sized shoes.  No more kids section for her.  No way, not with needing anywhere from a 6.5 to a 7.5 shoe these days!!  Who said it was ok for her to grow so much, so fast, and so soon?? But if she keeps going like this, I'll be able to wear her shoes next year!  Muwahahahaha!

Have a good day!  :D

Sunday
Jun242012

So Much To Do, So Little Time!!

Well I did it again!  I thought I was going to get ahead of myself this year and have everything ready to go to the Knit and Crochet Show, also known as Chain Link, in Manchester ........peacefully.  NOT!  I just printed out the homework for my classes last night.  Even that took awhile as the site was having some difficulties popping up the individual classes and the homework page associated with them.  Maybe I'm not the only one doing the last minute thing here?  hmmmm.......

My suitcase isn't even packed yet!  Woe is me!  Good thing I'm on vacation this week!  Work won't be interfering like it usually does to get me out the door with everything I need!

Checklist:

  • Yarn
  • hooks
  • needles
  • tape
  • scissors
  • paper
  • pen
  • graph paper
  • stitch markers
  • swatches
  • clothes
  • shoes
  • toothbrush

oh dear, no check offs for me yet!

 If you're going, I hope you have a good time.  Who knows, maybe we'll meet up at the store for those last minute supplies we forgot to pack in our haste to get to class!