Sunday, August 28, 2005

Small FO

I finished the cross for my sister. Its from a free pattern on the web, and the original had poinsettias. I placed tiny white roses...hard to see, but they are there.

Today's handistuff: working on my mom's cross stitch, and thinking about working on a beaded doily.

Today's puterstuff: Catching up on emails, group stuff...been working nights which REALLY puts a cramp on my style!

Today's catstuff: least we are sleeping at the same time now!

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Just a picture!

Beaded doily I'm working on. Beads "un-strung"

Hmmm...that's a pretty terrible picture. Will try again later!

Monday, August 22, 2005

Quick post! Quicker pattern!


Materials: Size 10 thread
Size 6, 7, or 8 steel hook
Beads of your choice (8/0 seed beads in matte finish, mixed)
Some ribbon, or cord, or whatever you want to close the pouch with

Stitches used: sc, hdc, dc, tr, dtr, sl st

Ch 6, join with sl st to form ring

Rnd 1: ch 2 (counts as first hdc), 9 hdc in ring. Join with sl st in 2nd ch of beginning ch 2. (10 hdc)

Rnd 2: ch 2, hdc in same stitch, 2 hdc in each hdc around, join with sl st in 2nd ch of beginning ch 2. (20 hdc)

Rnd 3: ch 2, hdc in same stitch, hdc in next stitch, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st* around. Join with sl st in 2nd ch of beginning ch 2. (30 hdc)

Rnd 4: ch 2, hdc in same stitch, hdc in next 2 stitches, *2 hdc in nest st, hdc in the next 2 stitches" around. Join with sl st in the 2nd ch of beginning ch 2. (40 hdc)


Rnd 5: Ch 1 (does NOT count as a stitch) Using FRONT LOOP ONLY, sc in each stitch around, join with sl st in back loop of beginning single crochet. (40 sc)

Rnd 6 through Rnd 16: Ch 1, sc in same stitch and in each stitch around. Join with a sl st in the beginning sc.

THIS GIVES YOU A 40 x 10 "GRID" TO BEAD AS YOU PLEASE! Be creative, and so something fun. Draw yourself a 40 X 10 grid and draw a pattern, or picture, or name on it, and make it! Don't forget: if you need to bead according to a pattern...bead the colors BACKWARDS!

Rnd 17: Ch 4, (counts as first treble crochet), tr in next stitch, ch 2, skip 2 stitches, *tr in next 2 stitches, ch 2, skip 2 stitches* around. Join with sl st in the 4th ch of the beginning ch 4. (20 tr crochet, 10 ch-2 spaces).

Rnd 18: Ch 1 (does not count), sc in the same stitch and in the next tr. In the next space crochet the following *sc, hdc, dc, tr, dtr, tr, dc, hdc, sc*, sc in the stitches between spaces all the way around, join with sl st in the beginning sc. Finish off. THIS ROUND WOULD BE LOVELY BEADED, TOO!

Thread your ribbon, cord, or crocheted chain though the openings left by the ch 2 spaces in round 17. Tie neatly!

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Weekend's over...dang it

I finished the doily from "you know where", and its on its way to the contest. Forgot to take a picture, so can't post. I'm always so ready to send things off after I get them made I frequently forget the pics.
Help from Crochetville...again! Posted that I wanted a pattern for a larger cross for my sister, and immediately got a response (thank you, thank you, Susan) for a cross wall hanging from , it has poinsettias on the original, but will put something else on the finished piece. Since its not for Christmas.

For a Pebble Pouch Exchange on Rock_a_Beady_Crochet, recipient unknown!

Today handistuff: finished the pebble pouch, finished the contest doily, started the cross for my sister. Also started working on some 12 inch squares for another exchange. Ripped out some stitches on the counted cross stitch I'm working takes longer to get them out than to get them in!

Today's puterstuff: Just email. And worked on my mom's computer. Talked her into getting a new one, cause the one she's got is just dying. Updated some pictures on . That's about it.

Today's catstuff: I would never have guessed how much 3 cats could eat. I've had 2 cats for several years...added BittyKitty, and seems like every time I turn around I'm going after food and litter!

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Ever tried to teach?

Did you ever take on the task of teaching someone, or some PEOPLE, to crochet? I taught a young lady to crochet once, she was left handed. So she sat opposite me in a chair, and just mimicked what I did. It worked, but that was just stitches. She had to teach herself how to adapt patterns and such.
I'm teaching a bunch of fellow crochet group members to read crochet diagrams...that's going well. I'm also trying to teach how to crochet a lapghan using a picture graph...that's NOT going so well. We're still trying though.
Suggestions? I've hit all the web sites I could find with graphed instructions.

Today's handistuff: Finishing up some exchange things, the contest piece, and working up the final practice piece for the diagram crochet lessons.

Today's catstuff: They're still here! Its "sleep all day" time, so we can stay up and be obnoxious all night!

Today's puterstuff: Looking for a pattern I found a long time ago...and it appears to be gone from the net.

picture at left
Rinky-Pink Treasure Sack

2 3/4 inches tall

You may copy for your own use, do not post to another site without my permission!

Monday, August 15, 2005

THEY like cross stitch, too.

I guess cats don't JUST like crochet thread and yarn. Nothing is quite as fascinating to a young cat as a needle and thread going in and out of a piece of Aida cloth!

Today's handistuff: Bored! Can you say "short attention span"? So I'm making a cross stitch/bead scissor case. Just as though I don't need to be doing something else!

Today's puterstuff: Looking for some things on the internet for my son. I'm wondering why. He wants copies of some Chinese symbols...and the Korean alphabet. Last time I saw him I was introduced to his new tatoo...Chinese symbols for something, can't remember what he said. ~sigh~

Today's catstuff: Polydactyl cats have some popularity on the internet! I had no idea.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Weekend's here!

Whew! What a week...starting with a 19 hour work day on Monday! Geez...too old for that!
We've had rain. We needed it badly, so can't complain.
No luck with the spiral doily hunt...more dead ends. ~sigh~

Today's handistuff: Doily in the picture...slow going, but still enjoying the pattern. One 12" square designed...just have to write the pattern out. Starting another doily for an exchange, beaded. That's about it for this weekend.

Today's puterstuff: I can't figure out how to get a document (Word) copied to a web page...I don't want to type it out, cause I have about six pages to do...too much time. Still working on it...

Today's catstuff: Watching BittyKitty trying to figure out how to jump all the way up to the ceiling fan. Certainly hope she doesn't solve that one!

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

The Endless Search-installment umpteen!

I received the Burda Magazine I luck!! Cute stuff, but no doily pattern. The search is on again!
Meanwhile back at the crochet fist attempt at copying the picture in crochet was a dud...thanks to my compadres at Crochetville, I realized I couldn't crochet the doily in one piece...its two pieces joined after completion. So started again...
Here are the results

Today's Handistuff: Working on a beaded doily for an exchange, and some squares to send to a Rocker!

Today's Puterstuff: Take a wild guess!...will be looking for an elusive doily pattern!

Saturday, August 06, 2005

The endless search---too!

No luck. Still on the trail...but things go slowly in foreign languages! Several people at Crochetville are helping will happen!

Today's handistuff: working on beaded bags, a crochet along from rock_a_beady_crochet. Working on a couple of Russian doilies.

Today's puterstuff: Gotta get some updating done on the website. is a couple months without update!

The beaded bags I'm working on. The gold will have amethyst beads. The varigated will have blue.
Glass pony beads purchased from The Jolly Store! Thanks!

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Normal-toed Cats, too!

Seems like every time I take a picture of my crochet...there's a cat hanging around.

BittyKitty is nosy.

Jazz just loves a comfy sleeping place.

Libby is my crochet thief. She loves a crocheted "bed"

A Looonnnng 2 days

Business trip, boring, but finally home. Crocheted a little, I have a hard time sleeping in motels. I always take something to crochet.
The cats missed me...

Today's handistuff: Found something new to crochet with! It is Darice Metallic Cord (gold) for Plastic Canvas. Okay, its a little rough going through my fingers, but its turning out nice. Making a small bag for whatever.

Interesting? LOL

Today's puterstuff: 2 days worth of email. Might not sound like much to some...but it takes me a while! Some time spent at Crochetville, just looking around, meeting new members. Also some group home page clean up at RABC and RCC