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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas and Thank You!

There was great response to the call for help for Tammy Hildebrand. Thank you to those of you who donated to her and her family. Your generosity is very much appreciated!

Merry Christmas! I hope this Christmas brings hope and peace to you and your family!

His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Down But Not Out

These last few weeks have really just slipped by. I've been battling an ugly bug that leaves little brain cells left after you take the medication you need to breath. Not much has been accomplished, although, I did get a good start on an afghan submission going. Unfortunately, without said brain cells I've had to restart and rip out pretty much every row at least once. I figure if I hadn't of been sick I would have finished it last week. As it is, I'm about half way, though. Good thing I'm not under a deadline :-)

Someone requested socks. Soon I will have them finished. They require thinking so they were put on the back burner until the medicated haze lifts :-)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tammy Hildebrand

Kim Guzman has set up a site to help Tammy and her family. Tammy's family has been hit hard these past few years with heavy medical bills due to Tammy and her daughter's diagnosis of Lyme disease. Many designers have donated items or patterns to help raise money for Tammy and her family. Hop on over to the site Kim set up and if you can, please make a donation to help this wonderful family :-)

Friday, November 13, 2009

River Stone Socks

My newest pattern has been published as a web bonus for Crochet! magazine. If I could figure out how to post the pictures here I would but for now you'll have to use the link :-)

The pattern will only be available for a few more weeks.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Simple Fan Stitch Scarf

I made this skinny scarf while waiting at the hospital. I really like mindless crocheting when I'm stressed out and this scarf fit the bill!

The yarn was a really ancient acrylic that my mom gave me. It didn't wash up very soft and is incredibly scratchy! I'm thinking of making pot scrubbers from the leftovers :-)

The stitch itself is a simple fan and double crochet repeat. Easy to do and very pretty pattern!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Felting


I love to felt my items. The fabric it makes wears like steel and it works wonderful for purses and slippers! No holes!

This purse is my own design. Once again I've learned something while felting. I was in a hurry and didn't take the time to change the water out while I was heating it on the stove. My beautiful hot pink and black bag is now a purple and black bag.

Patience is key when felting. I forgot that :-) I will felt again, probably very soon, I hope I remember to be patient next time! It really is worth the extra time.

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Katinas

One of my favorite bands is the Katinas. They are 5 brothers from the American Samoa. Their music is very uplifting and they have a big heart for others. Right now, the Katinas are doing fund raising for the island ~ they were hit hard by an earthquake and tsunami on September 29th. The Katinas are heading over on a mission trip in a few weeks and could use any help.

Here is the link to their blog, it has the information on giving. I'm sure prayers would also be much appreciated.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Do Overs

Some days you wish you could just start over. Last week my whole week was like that. Not much went right. Thankfully this week is off to a much better start. I have been accepted to be a model/sample maker. I'm really happy with this new development, not just for the money aspect (although every little bit helps) but for the experience as well. I also get to use yarns I might not use otherwise.

Since there are no such things as do overs I'll take a blessing instead :-) I am really hoping this sets the tone for the new week and that things go much smoother!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Cool Site

Every once in a while I come across a site that's too cool not to bookmark. At this point I think I have somewhere in the range of 200 sites bookmarked. They all fall into 5 categories, too. Bible, crochet, food, knitting and spinning. They are all how to's or patterns. I love learning!

This site has a random strip generator that is easy to use and is very helpful if you struggle with being able to visualize how certain colors are going to work together in your design.

This site actually helps choose complementary colors. It is geared toward web design but it is pertanant to any design that uses color. I really like being about to play with color combination that wouldn't occur to me otherwise.

And one last site this morning simply because it's beautiful! I love her round granny's!

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Library

Today's trip to the library was more than a little disappointing. They had 1 shelf of books on crochet and 4 on knitting. That worked out to be about 25 crochet books and 100 knitting. The spinning section was even worse, they had 10 books for that and from the looks of those books they were pretty old.

I knit so the trip wasn't wasted but I would have preferred to walk out with more than 1 crochet book. Most of the people I know crochet, knitters are in the minority, why don't we have more books? I'm not talking about afghan books either! I see all these beautiful knitted clothes and REALLY wish that there were books like that in crochet. We have the talent!!! So where are the books?

Saturday, October 10, 2009

OOPS!

You know, when you start a new blog you really should bookmark it :-) I had to go to Facebook for my link. Good thing I saved it there or I would have had trouble finding it.

It looks like it's going to be a great day today! Snow is falling and I finished my crowl last night and am ready to start on a new project. I just need to weave in the ends and have AJ take some pictures. I have lots of ideas ~ mittens, scarfs, sweaters and afghans! I need to pick 1 idea and get moving :-)

Have a great day everyone!

Friday, October 9, 2009

A New Start

I'm shutting down my Jeremiah 29:11 blog because of technical issues. It's easier to start over than to try to fix the problems with my old blog.

Hopefully my new addiction to Facebook won't interfere with keeping my blog up to date :-)

Most of you who are reading this already know what a crochet addict I am. I love to crochet while doing just about everything, although I have yet to try mowing the lawn while crocheting like Tammy does. I aspire to be like her :-) She can even crochet using her feet! How awesome is that?

I also knit and spin. My knitting and spinning haven't taken over my life as much as crochet though. I'm a slow knitter and really love the speed of crochet. Spinning is great too, but I get tired of fighting Lokie for my roving. He beats the daylights out of all of it! Every color I have attempted to spin has a nice black tint to it from him. Good thing he's my favorite :-)

I hope to share my life, patterns, projects and encouragement with anyone who cares to read about it :-)