Associate Professional, Crochet Guild of America                            CGOAlogotiny.jpg

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



I used to always lose my stitch markers, or I simply couldn't remember where I had "stored" them for future use.  So one day while Hubby and I were at Staples, I found these plastic jars called Lock-ups in one of the floor bins.

There were three different sizes, a small (about 6oz) medium (about 8oz), and large (about 10oz).  I bought two of the medium sized ones, and so far, I'm loving 'em!! 

All my stitch markers are in one, all my pins for blocking are in the other.  The thing I like best about them?  They can be "locked" into a stack with a simple twist of the top jar!

When I'm not using them, they're stacked, and on the back corner of my work table.  No more pulling out my hair saying: I know I had some!!  or Where did I put them now?!

What do you use to "contain" your markers?

Have a nice night!  :)



Today some members of my crochet guild spent the day at the Connecticut Sheep and Wool Festival in Tolland/Vernon, CT demonstrating various crochet techniques such as Tunisian and crocheting with roving, along with basic crochet to anyone interested.  We also had a table for displaying various items that were brought along, made from natural fibers. 

Boy, was it COLD in the barn!!!  The wind was blowing pretty strong all day, and it was warmer outside than inside!  You'd swear you were standing in front of a commercial freezer door the way the wind was whipping through the inside of the barn!! 

Anyways, one of the women helping to run the show was making the rounds of all the vendors and volunteers tables to see if they were interested in donating any items such as skeins, hanks, garments, accessories, etc., for an impromptu judging contest if enough items were collected. 

I "entered" two items; my Jalapeno Sunrise jacket, and a cabled vest.  Both crocheted.  Imagine my surprise when I saw that both had won ribbons!! The jacket won a first place blue ribbon, and the vest won a yellow third place ribbon.  Imagine more surprise for me when I found out that the vest had been judged in the knitted garment category!!  Especially when it was specified that it had been crocheted!!  (I added the "lighter" picture for a bit more clarity of the pattern)

I've never entered anything into a judged event before, so I'm still a bit flibberty-gibbity about winning two ribbons!  Guess this means I'll have to enter some items into the Big E in Massachusetts this year to see if I can do it again!  Lol!

Have a good night!  :D


Silver Nights Done. (or is it?)

I started this project about a year and a half ago.  I just loved the way this was shaped, and since my knitting skills aren't the most expert (hahaha!  lol), I figured this would give me the opportunity to learn a few more things, such as wrapping and turning in garter stitch.  I think I have that down pretty well after a few starts and stops and froggings.

This is done in two main parts: the upper back and sleeves, then the front body and "tail".  After putting them together, the shoulders and collar get completed.  I've had it together for almost 8 months now, but it ended up getting put aside for other projects and contracts that needed to be done.  This past couple of weeks, my schedule has been clear enough for me to get back to it again. Yay!  Figured to finish it up in time to take with me to Chain Link in Manchester this year!

After getting the sleeves sewn up, I dug Big Bertha out of the closet and draped her with this new jacket.  Imagine my surprise when after 4 days of hanging, the tail is now just above the floor instead of staying between knee and mid-calf.  That's a LOT of stretch!!!  The center point on the back is supposed to be around the top of the waist area, not below the waist, the tail in the mid-calf range.

Despite all the stretch, I really like the way the shape of this jacket fits with my "shape", but knowing me and my klutzy habits, the last thing I want to do is step on the back of this and tear it, or trip on it going up and down some stairs.  So..........I'm thinking I'm going to be learning yet another thing about knitting......steeking. But not so much the actual steek itself, but the sewing that needs to be done to the fabric prior to making "the cut".

Now, I've cut my knit fabric before, but it's always been in line with the rows.  Easy-peasy for picking up and finishing off.  The thought of cutting along the sides of the rows scares the daylights out of me!  What if I miss a couple of stitches?  Will the whole thing fall apart on me anyway?

I figure if I cut and re-shape the tail now so the length is just below the knee, I can then crochet a pretty border around the bottom hem to get even more of a point to the tail without all the excess length.  to then be followed up with the dreaded weaving in of ends!

Who says when one gets older, the less chances are taken?  Muwahahaha!  (wish me luck!)

Have a nice night.  :)


Free or Pay, It's Still Copyrighted!

I have several designs published, and being a member of Ravelry, an online knit and crochet website, they can be accessed there, as well as on my website.  Members of Ravelry have the option of posting pictures and notes about their various projects, which is great!  One gets to see a LOT of neat things there!  As well as modifications that some have made to the pattern that make it quite interesting to read.

Recently someone posted a project that was linked to one of my patterns on Ravelry, and I took a look at it from her project page, only to find that my pattern directions were listed, in their entirety, in the project notes she had.  Surprise, surprise!  Granted it was a free pattern, but that doesn't change the fact that it's still my copyrighted pattern listed as her notes! 

I sent her a message asking to please remove my instructions from her project page, and she did so.  I tried to be as tactful as I could be with the written word, so hopefully she wasn't too offended by it.  But one never knows how something like that will be taken unless/until a blasting message comes back.

Now I said: "granted it's a free pattern".  The word "free" seems to mean to quite a few people crafting (and other things, too) that it's ok to do what they want with it.  Because it's "free".  I admit that sometimes I still fall into that same trap.  So it's good to be reminded every now and then that, hey, there very well may be a copyright attached to that "free" thing!  Just as if one had to pay for whatever that "thing" may be.

So here's the reminder for all:  just because the pattern is free doesn't mean it's yours to do what you want with it.  Free patterns are covered under copyright of the author/owner, just as pay-for patterns are!  So please don't fall into the "so what, it's free" trap!


More Color Inspirations

This picture was taken in Zhangye, Province of Gansu, China.  The colors are created from an accumulation for millions of years of red sandstone and other rocks.  It amazes me to see the stunning color palates found in nature.  Always a good source of inspiration for a future project!  Enjoy!  :D