Thursday, December 21, 2006

Screeeeeeeeech!! (Crafting coming to a HALT!) kinda looks like crochet, but its a cast. So, NO crochet, NO cross dishes!! Just goes to show that not only do CATS and crochet not mix, CLUMSY PEOPLE and crochet don't mix, either!

I'm not finished with the Duke cross stitch for my sister-in-law for Christmas. I'm also not through with a doily I was 3 ROWS from completing for my assistant. Ah, well, I will get them finished as soon as the monster cast comes off. My response to the ortopedic doc was, "SIX WEEKS??? You're KIDDING!!" He laughed...

Today's CatStuff: BittyKitty is little freaked by the Christmas stuff sitting around. She can't decide if the 2 foot fiber optic snowman is friend or foe.

Today's PuterStuff: Back to designing cross stitch and graphics. I can do both one-handed!

Today's CraftStuff: Yeah, RIGHT!!!

The Olders keeping warm...on MY robe!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Closing in on a finish!

I have 3 colors, and then the washing-blocking-ironing-mounting-matting-framing to go! Geez, that sounds like a lot of work left for something that is supposed to be completed by Christmas! I'm working on it!!!

Today's Crafty stuff: Just cross stitch...can't afford to do anything else right now

Today's Puter Stuff: I've learned several new things on my PaintShop Pro program lately. Learning to embed text, and things like that. My next projects is learning to animate pictures.

Today's Cat Stuff: They're still here! The olders had a birthday last month. They are 5.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Quickie Bookmark for Christmas! ~UPDATED~

Size 10 thread (I used dark red and ecru)
Size 7 steel hook

Stitches used: single crochet, slip stitch

With Ecru:
Chain 30, keep it straight and join with a slip stitch
R1-Ch 1, sc in same stitch and in each stitch around, join with sl st into the beginning sc of this round.
R2-6–repeat round 1, finish off ecru after this round.
R7–join red with a sc in the beginning stitch of the previous row, sc around, join with sl st into the first sc of this round.
R8-12 repeat round 11, do not finish off red.
R13-decrease sc over the first two stitches of this round, add another decrease sc half way through the round (28 sc)
R14-25–repeat round 13 until there are 4 stitches left on your hat
Last row of hat–decrease sc through all four stitches, closing the top of the hat. Do not finish off red

Ch 60, sc in 10th ch from the hook, and each remaining ch until the last ch. Sl st into the last ch, and sl st into the stitch that closed your hat.
Make an ecru tassel or pom-pom to add to loop at the end of your bookmark. Turn up the hat piece at the color joining line. Press lightly!

Mary McKnight

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