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Saturday, March 5, 2016

No wrong Way, A Free Technique Tutorial

Hi There

Thanks for visiting me today.  I want to share one of my "cheats" when working texture in a design.

  •  Sometimes, 2 stitches in one, just does not look right, so my answer is simply to place it Between the posts. It really is that simple, but as nature has it, our brains seize. We have established practices, and this is not part of that.  Let's take a quick walk through it, so you are not suffering seizures when you see this in a pattern.

In this Post, I am not increasing the total number of stitches, but replacing stitches removed in a decrease. This is to produce a textural pattern in the design.

I will be using this sample to demonstrate, it is not part of any pattern, just a swatch I was playing with.

You may be able to detect the Textural pattern, and in the next few steps, the texture will come alive.It will spring off the top with force, Not because of the stitches used, but because of the placement of them.

I manipulated colors here, so the spots I want you to look at are more defined.

When I join the yarn for the next round, I will initiate the between the post technique.  I will put the first stitch between the posts, right next to the FPdc, shown toward the left side of the photo.
See the lower strand?  My hook will go below that. Just as if I were going to make another post stitch; Rather than push the hook back to the front to form my stitch, I will grab the working yarn from the back to make the double crochet right there.

quick and easy, ch 2, or, if you prefer, ch 3 for a dc.

For this example, the next 3 st will be worked to together,

I am not spending a lot of time on this part, but wanted to show the way this flows.

From this point, you would yarn over, pulling through all 4 loops on the hook. I tend to ch 1, and pull it (the chain) tight, to encourage the point.

Now let's get back to the topic of this posting.

 Notice where I started the dc, it is below the 3 strands that form the top of the stitch, so

"Between The Posts"

I was not kidding when I said it was that easy
The next st goes in the normal place, below the two top strands, but above the lower one
Now you can see, The area between the post stitches went from 2 stitches to 4, filling the space created by decreasing the post stitches, and increasing between them.

In this particular situation, the final stitch count is the same as the previous round. By shifting the placement, we now have textural pattern, supported by a background of flat stitches.

I hope this has encouraged you to explore this, to give it a try.

A second angle, to help accent the variance in texture.

Life is full of opportunities to venture beyond the norm.

I will be releasing a few patterns in the next few weeks that will use this process.

You Will see them under my New Brand:

Until then, Please find all patterns currently available in my Ravelry shop are 50% off.
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I have plans to retire several of the patterns currently available, if you want something there, I would encourage you to get it now.

Thursday, December 31, 2015


Can you believe it is nearly 2016?

where did 2015 go?   last I had clear understanding was May, when I boarded the flight to Columbus Ohio for TNNA.  I digress.  wherever the year went, it left behind an abundance of tell tale signs; dirt grime, and other undesirable residue. It is way past time to clean it up.

Today, I am in search of a carpet cleaner. I'll be searching through available models at  You can use the widget below to scroll through them, or use the search box to find the item you need.

You will of course be helping me out financially if you purchase through this link.  I will receive up to 4% commission, without changing the price you pay. I am eager to see how this works, will you be the first to use the link?

I have so much to get done the next few days.  I'll be back with a product review, as soon as I select, purchase a machine, and have the details to share.  I can hardly wait. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Corrugated Cap Crochet Pattern Free for a limited time

As we move from the warm weather, into the colder months here in the United States, I am once again torn. I love crochet, and the need of warm garments encourages people to pull out their hooks. But I hate the cold. If I could create a moderate year round climate, I surely would.

We need Hats for our children. to keep their body heat in, helping them stay healthy, and happy. If we can make them unique, it is all the better.
This pattern is moderately easy. Listed as Intermediate, because of the Post Stitches, It is entirely doable in a couple of hours, for most crocheters comfortable with FP stitches.

TO make this hat, you will need:

Worsted Weight Yarn.  
Baby Blue, color A
Off White, color B
H (5.0MM) Hook for Child size I (5.5MM) Hook for Teen Size J (6.0MM) Hook for Adult Size

  • Each round is joined with a sl st in the back loop of the first st of the round.
  • Each color change is worked in the sl st of the previous round. ( Insert hook into back loop of first st of round, drop working color, pick up new color, pull through to continue to next round)
  • Do not cut colors until directed to do so. Saves time, and ensures hat will not come apart in the wash.

1: With color A;  Ch 4, 15 dc in 4th ch from hook. (16 dc)
2:  With color B;  Do not ch, sc in both loops of each st. around
3:  With Color A; Ch 3(for dc) FPtr on dc in the row below the same st.. *dc in next sc, FPtr on the dc in the row below the same st. Repeat around. (32 st)
4:  Repeat row 2, (32 sc)
5:  With color A; ch 3, FPtr on dc one row below. *dc in next 2 sc, FPtr on next dc, one row below. (between FPtr of row 3) Repeat around to last st, dc in last stitch  (48 st)
6:  Repeat row 2, (48 sc)
7:  With A; Ch 3,* FPtr on next dc, (in row below) dc in next sc, FPtr on the next dc( in row below), dc in sc (above the FPtr of the row below) Repeat from * around to last st,  FPtr on last dc (in row below) (64 st) Increases completed at this point. Circle should measure 5 1/2 inches, (6 inches, 6 1/2 inches) and be slightly domed.
8: repeat row 2, (64 st) All rounds will now be 64 st.
9: With A; Ch 1 (not a st) *FPtr over dc 1 row below, 
dc in sc above next FPtr. Repeat around
10. Repeat row 2
11. With A; ch 3, *FPtr on next dc (1 row below) dc in sc above next FPtr. Repeat around
12. Repeat row 2
Repeat rows 9 to 12, until hat is 7 1/2 inches from crown to base. ending on round 9 or 11. cut color A, bury end
Finishing, With color B; work 5 rows of 1 sc in each st around. do not join rounds, rather work in a spiral fashion. cut color B, bury all ends
Here is a close up of the fabric. See how the white rides behind the ribbed stitches, amplifying the 3D effect? Try this with any color combo, Maybe a Soft Blue, and a Black for the even rounds? Or Pink and Grey? Maybe an Orange and Green? the colors are so endless. Just be sure to check your gauge (I gave the measurement at the end of the increase rounds.) Not all #4 yarns will give you the same gauge. You will need to check yours to be sure the final hat will be appropriate sized.

One additional tip, Please take the time to weave in the end at the crown of your hat, rather than crocheting over it.  

christmas gifts and favors
I had several hats donated for a charity drive recently. I had to wash them, to reduce possible allergic reactions. In a 2 minute wash, on the gentle cycle, I lost 7 of the 12 hats because the crown came apart. It could have been avoided if the end had been weaved in properly.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Help for Halloween, Whew!

My granddaughter has been watching videos, and looking at different ideas for Halloween for weeks.
Recently, she announced that she wanted to do a Sugar Skull.  She has selected a cute set of clothes, and I have priced facepaint. Looking forward to doing this with her.

Today, in my Email, I got this from Creativebug, whom I happen to have an affiliate link with.
So, rather than trying to link a million things, I am inviting you to check this out.

I am going to be doing a practice run through on the 10, so that when time is short on Halloween itself, I won't be in over my head, trying to keep a promise I had no business making.

Besides, it is sort of fun to play, and get all crazy with the kids, don't you think?

Hey, if this is something that sounds like fun, you can click on this, and use the code to get a month free. Who knows, maybe there is something you want to do for your little?

If you use this link, I will receive a small commission. it does not change the amount you pay for goods or services, but it does help me pay the internet provider :)

Until next time,

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Do you need a Hug? Wonderful Crochet Pattern.

Have You Seen This Design?

I was invited back to challenge in round 6 of Battle of the stitches.

The challenge was posed to the others to de-throne me, I giggled.  With the talented group involved, I had no pumped up ego, I knew I would not be doing a victory dance this round, 

When we learned the theme, and then the stitch, Well, let's just say the design worked itself out in record time.  The longest part was waiting for the yarn to arrive.

Craftsy has Bamboo Pop on SALE

And if you use this link, you can purchase the pattern for $2.99 through Friday, July 17, 2015
Use the code Fan

Saturday, June 27, 2015

What does your Heart Line say about you?

What does your heart line say about you?

The heart line is a line read in palmistry, it is the line that’s below the index finger or middle finger (depending on how long yours is) and extends to the edge of your palm underneath your little finger. Match your heart line with the one that most closely matches yours on the image.

 Read below to find out.

A: If your heart line begins below your middle finger, you’re more of a leader. You’re ambitious, independent, intelligent and have the skill to make decisions. You’re less sensitive and more cold to others. You enjoy spending time alone. You make a loyal and true friend, you are a very passionate person when you let people get close to you.

B: If your heart line starts between the middle finger and index finger, you’re a considerate and kind person. You’re hesitant and cautious with new people and find it hard to trust but people tend to naturally trust you. You use common sense in decisions and weigh up the pros and cons before jumping into anything. You have a lot of friends from all kinds of backgrounds.

C: If your heart line goes right across the hand and turns up at the end you tend to give everything to a relationship, you love with all your heart, you put your partner, your family and friends above everything else and want to make them happy. People love to be around you. You have a warmth that make people feel comfortable in your company.

D: If your heart line goes across your whole hand and turns down at the end, You are a person who doesn’t fall in love easily, you want to be with someone who fulfills you heart, mind, body and soul, you won’t settle for anything less, but when you do fall in love you fall hard and deep. Your friends will often turn to you for advice.

This is Interesting.  For me, it seems to depend upon the hand you choose.

This is my Right hand. As you can see, my Heartline closes resembles the example B.
Many of the characteristics explained in B are accurate, and appropriate to me, and my life's history.

However, This is my Left Hand.

Closer to the heart, and the Heart line is a cross, between A, and D.

Looking at the narratives for those examples, I can see elements of each that fit. Is this a commonality for others, Who knows, but it was an interesting observation, and I wanted to share.

Perhaps it is the creative in me. Maybe it is the true expression of me, and how my heart works. Maybe I am still a work in progress.

Speaking of work in progress, I have a new design with testers now. Should be ready  soon. I do hope you will like it.

Until Next time

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Battle of the Stitches, Round Six,

The call came out for challengers in round 6.  I declined,  So much on my plate.  I really had no notion that I would be capable of doing it all.

The moment I did, I had second thoughts.  I Love participating in Battle of the Stitches
to see designs created in Previous Rounds, Visit the Blog here

Looking at the dates, checking my deadlines, I thought it might be fun to judge this round.  I put in my offer to judge.

Then, another chance to compete.  The feeling that I should had been speaking to me for days.
As I headed out to get on the airplane for TNNA in Columbus, I learned the theme for the round.


Life was doing it's thing.  It happens with me on a frequent basis.  God gives me what I need, in order to deal with the things I have to accept.  

While I enjoyed my time connecting, meeting real people, talking in real time with real voices, seeing body language, and getting to share smiles with so many other hard working designers and bloggers, I had an experience of complete lustful indulgence.  I met YARN.

Please do not misunderstand me here.  I have played with some nice yarn before this experience, But this was YARN. probably 20,000 square feet of YARN.Tiny booths, and some not so tiny, Brands I had heard of, and those I had not.  Let's just say it was a bit bigger than I ever imagined.  I had the opportunity to touch, feel, and smell different products. Cottons, Acrylics, Hemp, Bamboo, Silk, and so many variations of Wool. Then, we have the Blends, my goodness, the Blends, Silk and wool, Polyester and Cotton, Wool and a multitude of other fibers.  Good grief, there are no boundaries, and I have a whole new platform to explore, and learn.

I kept thinking about the challenge, which would start just after my return home.  I kept looking at product, with Serenity on my mind.  I had a feel, a look, a texture, a sheen in mind. So many products came close. So many offered snippets into the vision I had going; and yet there was often a missed element that deemed it unacceptable.  

I wondered, Seriously, if there was such a product, of if it were one of those perfect world fantasy ideals.

Then, While standing in a booth with Jessie Rayot, I found the right product. Or should I say it found me. In a basket, attached to a portable wall, about hip high, I turned, and bumped into it.    It had a special softness. There was a comfortable aroma to the yarn. A renewable product, Airy, Light, Breathable. The color palette was superb, offering warm tones, Cool tones and a plethora of variegated options, And, it was not terribly expensive. The only difficulty would be choosing.  I was ready to commit. Except, I could not.  I did not know what the stitch might be.  While this product was so perfect for the theme, what if the stitch were such it would never work? 

As is often the case, One of the challengers was able to guess the stitch on Monday, June 1.  I got a text message on my phone about 4:00pm.  The showroom floor had closed at 2:00.  It would have to wait until I got home, I would have to risk it. There was no way to swatch it ahead of time, and get a true feel for how and what.   

Once home, I set out with several yarn samples, playing with the stitches, putting a few repeats, and a few rows together.  never really liking what came of it.  Then, after I set it down to help my grand baby girl get ready for bed,  I SAW IT.  The entire design unfolded, in all it's splendor, and simplicity.  It screamed at me.  It was so blatantly obvious.  Oh holy wow wow. Now to shut my mouth, for fear someone else will see it, capitalize on it, employ the same logic.  No way that can happen.  A friendly competition. Yes, yes it is. Working together to build business, Yes, all the way.  An opportunity to show off our creative spirit, Yes, in due time.  But for the time being, I have to keep quiet.

I ordered the yarn, and had to wait for the mail. so difficult.  Once it arrived, I had to work out the tiny details, It was actually a quick process, and voila the design took root, and grew, all by itself.  I wish it were me that could take credit, I really do, but this is not my work, this is me, being open to the things here on earth that offer Serenity to me.
It is me, being blessed.  It is me, engulfed in Serenity. 
No pictures, no full disclosure, just the story. You will have to wait for the reveals.

I am excited, I want to share, but, I have to follow the rules.

Hang in there, voting opens next week.