Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Falling Star - 12" Square

Here's my newest pattern - just in time for Christmas. The center star was originally going to be a flower, but it turned out to be a star instead. Oh well, I like it this way. Someone on Ravelry said that the row of picots reminded them of a string of Christmas lights. How neat! It does at that! Check out all the beautiful versions of this square HERE ON RAVELRY. Remember that you need to be logged in to Ravelry for the above link to work.



SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate

FINISHED SIZE: 12” square

MATERIALS: Worsted weight yarn
4 colors – 1 oz. each
Crochet hook size H / 5.0 mm
Tapestry needle


STITCH GUIDE: Sl St= slip stitch
Sc = single crochet
Hdc= half double crochet
Dc= double crochet
Tr= triple crochet


PATTERN NOTES: Do not finish off rnds unless instructed to do so.
Color changes from photo are noted in pattern.
Square requires blocking.


COMMENCE PATTERN:

Rnd. 1: With Color A, ch 4, work 8 hdc in first ch, join with sl st to top of 3rd ch in beg ch-4.

Rnd. 2: Ch 2 (count as hdc), work 2 hdc in each st around, join with sl st to beg hdc. (18 hdc)

Rnd. 3: Ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same st, skip 2 st, *in next st work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc), skip 2 st, rep from * around, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-3, (6 shells).

Rnd. 4: Sl st into next ch-2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in same sp, sc in sp between next shells, *in center of next shell work (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc), sc in sp between next shells, rep from * around, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-3. Finish off Color A.

Rnd. 5: Join Color B with sc to any ch-3 sp, ch 4, *sk 3 dc, dc in sc, ch 4, sc in ch-3 sp, ch 4, repeat from * around, sl st to beg sc.

Rnd. 6: Sl st into next ch-4 sp, ch 1, 6 sc into each ch-4 sp around, join with sl st to beg sc. Finish off Color B. (72 sc)

Rnd 7: (Join Color C) Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 3 st, hdc in next 3 st, dc in next 2 st, [1 tr, ch 2, 1 tr] in next st, dc in next 2 st, hdc in next 3 st, sc in next 3 st, *sc in next 4 st, hdc in next 3 st, dc in next 2 st, [1 tr, ch 2, 1 tr] in next st, dc in next 2 st, hdc in next 3 st, sc in next 3 next st; rep from * twice more, join with sl st in first sc. (19 st on each side)

Rnd 8: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 3 st, hdc in next 3 st, dc in next 2 st, tr in next st, in corner space work [2 tr, ch 3, 2 tr], tr in next st, dc in next 2 st, hdc in next 3 st, sc in next 3 st, *sc in next 4 st, hdc in next 3 st, dc in next 2 st, tr in next st, in corner space work [2 tr, ch 3, 2 tr], tr in next st, dc in next 2 st, hdc in next 3 st, sc in next 3 st; rep from * twice more; join with sl st in first sc. Finish off Color C. (23 st on each side)

Rnd. 9: Attach Color D with sl st to any corner sp, ch 1, (2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc) in corner, *1 sc in ea of next 5 st, sl st in next st, ch 3, sl st in first ch of ch-3, sl st in same st as first sl st (picot made), repeat from * to corner, work corner, repeat pattern around square, join with sl st to beg sc. Finish off Color D.

Rnd. 10: (Join Color B) Ch 3, dc in next sc, in corner work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), 1 dc in each of next 6 sc, *ch 3, sk 1 sc, sk picot, sk 1 sc, dc in each of next 3 sc, repeat from * twice more, dc in each of next 3 sc, work corner, repeat pattern around square, join with sl st to top of beg dc.

Rnd. 11: Ch 1, sc in same st and in next 3 dc, in corner work (2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc), 1 sc in each of next 8 dc, *3 sc in ch-3 sp, 1 sc in each of next 3 dc, repeat from * twice more, 1 sc in each of next 5 dc, work corner, repeat pattern around square, join with sl st to beg sc. Finish off Color B.

Rnd. 12: (Join Color C) Ch 3, 1 dc in next ea of next 5 sc, *in corner work (2dc, ch 2, 2 dc), 1 dc in each sc across, repeat from * around square, join with sl st to beg ch 3.

Rnd. 13: Ch 3, *1 dc in each of next dc to corner, in corner work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), rep from * around square, join with sl st to beg dc. Finish off, weave in ends, block.

Copyright - This Falling Star Pattern and the pattern photos are copyright 2009 by Melinda Miller. Free for your own personal use only. Per copyright law, do not redistribute (with or without charge) in any form.(Redistributing to others includes by photocopies, scanning, emailing, putting on a CD, posting in Internet forum messages, putting on another web site and any other manner of distribution.)




Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Chain Reaction # 6 - Answers

Here are the answers to the Chain Reaction #6 game. Hope you enjoyed it!



Have a great day and Happy Hooking!





Sunday, December 6, 2009

Stained Glass Scarf

This scarf was inspired by the stained glass works of Frank Lloyd Wright. I love the vibrant colors with the black outline; however, it also looks very pretty in pastels or shades of the same color. LOOK HERE  to see several versions in my Ravelry project gallery. They are all very nice. Remember, you must be logged in to Ravelry for the above link to work.


STAINED GLASS SCARF
Designed by Melinda Miller


This scarf was inspired by the stained glass designs of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Materials: 3 oz. Each Caron Simply Soft Brites
CC = Lemonade, CD = Blue Mint
CE = Limelight
3 oz. Each Caron Simply Soft
CA = Black, CB = Red
Crochet hook size G/6 US – 4.0 mm
Tapestry needle
Multi-colored Pony Beads – 6x9 mm

Gauge: 12 sc = 3 ½ “

Stitches: Sc = single crochet
Hdc = half double crochet
Dc = double crochet
Tr = triple crochet


Size: Length = 70” without fringe
Width = 5 ½ “


With CA, ch 275, leaving a 10 yd. tail to finish border. Wind tail on bobbin.

Row 1: (right side): Sc into 2nd chain from hook, 1 sc into each ch to end, ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Work 1 sc into each sc to end. Fasten off. Turn.

Row 3: Attach CB. Ch 3 (count as 1 dc), skip 1st sc, 1 dc into next sc, 1 hdc into next sc, 1 sc into next sc, *ch 2, skip 2 sc, 1 sc into next sc, 1 hdc into next sc, 1 dc into each of next 2 sc, 1 tr into each of next 2 sc, 1 dc into each of next 2 sc, 1 hdc into next sc, 1 sc into next sc; repeat from * to last 6 sc, ch 2, skip 2 sc, 1 sc into next sc, 1 hdc into next sc, 1 dc into each of next 2 sc, ch 3, turn.

Row 4: Skip 1st dc, work 1 dc into next dc, 1 hdc into next hdc, 1 sc into next sc, *ch 2, 1 sc into next sc, 1 hdc into next hdc, 1 dc into each of next 2 dc, 1 tr into each of next 2 tr, 1 dc into each of next 2 dc, 1 hdc into next hdc, 1 sc into next sc; repeat from * to last 6 stitches, ch 2, 1 sc into next sc, 1 hdc into next hdc, 1 dc into next dc, 1 dc into 3rd of ch 3 at beginning of previous row. Fasten off.

Row 5: Attach CA. Ch 1, work 1 sc into each of first 4 stitches, [inserting hook from front of work, work 1 sc into each of the 2 free sc in CA 3 rows below], *1 sc into each of the next 10 stitches on previous row, work 2 sc 3 row below as before; repeat from * to last 4 stitches, 1 sc into each of next 3 stitches, 1 sc into 3rd of ch 3 at beginning of previous row, ch 1, turn.

Row 6: Work 1 sc into each of sc to end. Fasten off.

Row 7: Attach CC. Ch 1, * work 1 sc into first sc, 1 hdc into next sc, 1 dc into each of next 2 sc, 1 tr into each of next 2 sc, 1 dc into each of next 2 sc, 1 hdc into next sc, 1 sc into next sc, ch 2, skip 2 sc; repeat from * to end omitting ch 2 at end of last repeat, ch 1, turn.

Row 8: * Work 1 sc into next sc, 1 hdc into next hdc, 1 dc into each of next 2 dc, 1 tr into each of next 2 tr, 1 dc into each of next 2 dc, 1 hdc into next hdc, 1 sc into next sc, ch 2; repeat from * to end omitting ch 2 at end of last repeat. Fasten off.

Row 9: Attach CA. Ch 1, * 1 sc into each of next 10 stitches, inserting hook from front of work, work 1 sc into each of 2 free sc in CA 3 rows below; repeat from * omitting 2 sc at end of last repeat, ch 1, turn.

Row 10: Work 1 sc into each sc to end. Fasten off.

Row 11: Attach CD. Ch 3 (count as 1 dc), skip 1st sc, 1 dc into next sc, 1 hdc into next sc, 1 sc into next sc, *ch 2, skip 2 sc, 1 sc into next sc, 1 hdc into next sc, 1 dc into each of next 2 sc, 1 tr into each of next 2 sc, 1 dc into each of next 2 sc, 1 hdc into next sc, 1 sc into next sc; repeat from * to last 6 sc, ch 2, skip 2 sc, 1 sc into next sc, 1 hdc into next sc, 1 dc into each of next 2 sc, ch 3, turn.

Row 12: Skip 1st dc, work 1 dc into next dc, 1 hdc into next hdc, 1 sc into next sc, *ch 2, 1 sc into next sc, 1 hdc into next hdc, 1 dc into each of next 2 dc, 1 tr into each of next 2 tr, 1 dc into each of next 2 dc, 1 hdc into next hdc, 1 sc into next sc; repeat from * to last 6 stitches, ch 2, 1 sc into next sc, 1 hdc into next hdc, 1 dc into next dc, 1 dc into 3rd of ch 3 at beginning of previous row. Fasten off.

Row 13: Attach CA. Ch 1, work 1 sc into each of first 4 stitches, [inserting hook from front of work, work 1 sc into each of the 2 free sc in CA 3 rows below], *1 sc into each of the next 10 stitches on previous row, work 2 sc 3 rows below as before; repeat from * to last 4 stitches, 1 sc into each of next 3 stitches, 1 sc into 3rd ch of ch 3 at beginning of previous row, ch 1, turn.

Row 14: Work 1 sc into each of sc to end. Fasten off.

Row 15: Attach CE. Ch 1, * work 1 sc into first sc, 1 hdc into next sc, 1 dc into each of next 2 sc, 1 tr into each of next 2 sc, 1 dc into each of next 2 sc, 1 hdc into next sc, 1 sc into next sc, ch 2, skip 2 sc; repeat from * to end omitting ch 2 at end of last repeat, ch 1, turn.

Row 16: * Work 1 sc into next sc, 1 hdc into next hdc, 1 dc into each of next 2 dc, 1 tr into each of next 2 tr, 1 dc into each of next 2 dc, 1 hdc into next hdc, 1 sc into next sc, ch 2; repeat from * to end omitting ch 2 at end of last repeat. Fasten off.

Row 17: Attach CA. Ch 1, * 1 sc into each of next 10 stitches, inserting hook from front of work, work 1 sc into each of 2 free sc in CA 3 rows below; repeat from * omitting 2 sc at end of last repeat, ch 1, turn.

Row 18: Work 1 sc into each sc to endof row. Do not finish off. Save stitch with stitch marker.

Weave in all ends, except beginning tail. With WS facing, turn work with ends of Rows 1 – 18 facing and live stitch on right side. Take out stitch marker to begin work.



Row 19: Working along edge of rows, work 5 dc in middle of rows 3 & 4, 1 sc in middle of rows 5 & 6, 5 dc in middle of rows 7 & 8, 1 sc in middle of rows 9 & 10, 5 dc in middle of rows 11 & 12, 1 sc in middle of rows 13 & 14, 5 dc in middle of rows 15 & 16, 1 sl st in first sc of row 18. Weave in end.



Row 20: With RS facing, turn work to opposite end and repeat row 19 with beginning tail.



Beaded fringe: Make as many fringe pieces as desired for each end of scarf. Model shows 7 fringes on each end.



Cut a 24” length of Black and thread through tapestry needle. Thread one bead onto the yarn, resting in the middle.



Thread the needle through the bead again and pull to tighten. This first bead will act as the anchor for the rest of the beads.



Now thread the other end of the yarn through the needle.




Thread the remainder of the beads onto the needle and push down on top of the anchor bead. You will have the two loose ends of yarn available to attach to the end of the scarf. Weave in ends.




Copyright - This Stained Glass Scarf pattern & photos are copyright 2009 by Melinda Miller. Free for your own personal use only. Per copyright law, do not redistribute (with or without charge) in any form. (Redistributing to others includes by photocopies, scanning, emailing, putting on a CD, posting in Internet forum messages, putting on another web site and any other manner of distribution.)

I hope you enjoy this pattern. Happy Hooking!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Fortune Cookie




I love Chinese food. Do you like to read the fortunes from the fortune cookies? It seems as though they are more "sayings" or "truisms" instead of fortunes. But they are fun to read. The one I got the other day reads: "The principle part of faith is patience." How true. You all know that my hubby had interviewed for another position. (Read about it here.) Well, he got the dreaded letter in the mail. That means that they thanked him for interviewing, but another applicant was selected. You know the story. We were of course disappointed, but I know that God has something else in store for him. We must keep our faith in God strong, and even as a little fortune cookie told me - have patience. Keep praying and don't give up. That's a lesson we all can live by. :)

Chain Reaction # 6

Here's today's Chain Reaction puzzle. The answers will be posted next week. If you haven't already, try your hand at one of the other puzzles listed on the right sidebar. They're loads of fun. And no peeking! See if you can solve them yourself first. :)

CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE.


Monday, November 30, 2009

Karen's Dishcloth

This pattern is named after my younger sister Karen. She's a foster mother, an adoptive mother, and she also crochets. This was a housewarming gift for her.


SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate Beginner





MATERIALS: Worsted weight cotton
Crochet hook size H / 5.0 mm
Tapestry needle


SIZE: 8” square after blocking




Commence Pattern:


Ch 36.



Row 1: 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, *skip next 3 ch, (sc, ch 3, sc) in next ch, skip next 3 ch**, (2dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch; rep from * across, ending last rep at **, 3 dc in last ch, turn.


Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as hdc, ch 1), sc in first dc, *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-3 loop**, (sc, ch 3, sc) in next ch-2 space, rep from * across, ending last rep at **, skip next 3 sts, (sc, ch 1, hdc) in 3rd ch of turning ch, turn.


Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in first hdc, *(sc, ch 3, sc) in next ch-2 space**, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-3 loop; rep from * across, ending last rep at **, skip next 3 sts, 3 dc in 2nd ch of turning ch, turn.


Repeat Rows 2 – 3 until cloth measures 8”. Do not finish off. You will work the border next.


Border:


Leaving jagged edge alone, you will now make the 3 straight edges to match it. This border is worked by sight only. Be flexible with it.


When your cloth has reach desired size, ch 4, sl st in a st about1 ½ inch around the corner (you are now working on a straight side of cloth), *ch 3, sl st in a st about ½ inch from last sl st, ch 4, sl st in about ¼ inch from last sl st, rep from * around the 3 straight edges. Finish off.


Remember: This is not an exact pattern, but work it by sight and it will turn out nicely and match the original jagged edge well enough and turn out to be a nice, lacey cloth.


This pattern is named for my sister - who is a foster mother, an adoptive mother, and she crochets too!


Copyright - The pattern and pattern photo are copyright 2009 by Melinda Miller. Free for your own personal use only. Per copyright law, do not redistribute (with or without charge) in any form. (Redistributing to others includes by photocopies, scanning, emailing, putting on a CD, posting in Internet forum messages, putting on another web site and any other manner of distribution.)



Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Help Me Find a Charity

After all the designing of 12" squares that I've been doing lately, I realized that I have a good dozen squares on hand. Now I don't need these squares for anything, other than the design process. These are some really nice 12" squares, and they need a good charity home to go to. I've looked around and all the charities that I've found who request crochet squares, want 8" squares. There has to be a charity out there somewhere that will take 12" squares!!! Please, if you know of one, leave me a comment with the website so I can check it out. I want a legitimate charity of course. :) Here's a photo of my charity squares. It's a whole chair full of them. I hope they will find a good home.




My hubby is a fast knitter - at least I think so. He doesn't have that much time to actually sit down and knit, but when he does, it seems as though he gets so much done in such a short amount of time. Here he is working on his sweater that he's knitting for himself.





And what have I been doing lately? I'm trying so hard to finish the Hello Kitty Afghan for my daughter-in-law for Christmas. I need to finish it at least by 12/11 so it has time to ship to her. I might not get it finished. I've still got 5 more teal squares that I need to border with 3 rounds of brown. Then attach all the kitty faces to all 12 squares, then sew the squares together. I want to add a real nice border, so that will take some time to do. I've decided that if I don't get it done in time for Christmas, then it will be a birthday gift in April. But I'm still gonna push as hard as I can and try to finish it for Christmas. Wish me luck! Here's what I have so far.








Now I must start my Thanksgiving cooking. I'm in charge of deviled eggs, corn, and brownies. My family will meet at my sister's house tomorrow. My son is deep-frying a turkey Cajun style. Yummy! I hope you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving and please - count your blessings. We have so many to be thankful for. Just take a moment and think about it. Even in these bad economic times, and through all the difficulties we must face, we are still blessed and have many things to thank God for.  

To end on a humourous note, Happy Thanksgiving from the cranberries:



Monday, November 23, 2009

Blooming Lace - 12" Square

Here is a pretty flower square just in time for Christmas gifts. It would be real nice worked up in Christmas poinsettia colors.



Blooming Lace
12” Square
Designed by: Melinda Miller


SKILL LEVEL:                     Intermediate

FINISHED SIZE:                  12” square

MATERIALS:                        Worsted weight acrylic yarn

                                                Crochet hook size H / 5.0 mm
                                                Tapestry needle

STITCH GUIDE:                  Sc = single crochet
                                                Dc = double crochet
                                                Hdc = half double crochet
                                                Tr = triple crochet (2 yo before starting the stitch)
                                                Dtr = double triple crochet (3 yo before starting the stitch)
                                                V-st = dc, ch 1, dc in same stitch
DTRCL (double triple cluster) = 1 dtr in each of next 3 st leaving last loop of each st on hook (4 loops on hook), yo and through all 4 loops.

COMMENCE PATTERN:

Rnd 1: Ch 4 (first 3 ch count as dc), 1 dc in 4th ch from hk, 14 dc in same st, join with sl st in top of beg ch-3. (15 dc)

Rnd 2: Ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 2 dc in each dc around; join with a sl st to beg ch-3. Fasten off.  (30 dc)

Rnd 3: Attach new color to any dc with sl st, ch 5, [in next dc work 1 dtr leaving 1 loop on hook] twice, yo and pull through all 3 loops, ch 6, *in next dc work DTRCL, ch 6, repeat from * 8 more times, attach with sl st to 5th ch of beg ch 5. Fasten off. (10 DTRCL)

Rnd. 4: Attach new color with sl st to any ch-6 space, ch 2 (count as 1 hdc), work 5 hdc in same space, *in next ch-6 space work 6 hdc, repeat from * around, sl st to beg hdc. (60 hdc)

Rnd 5: Ch 3, dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch. (72 sts)

Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 3 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, dc in next 2 sts, 3 tr in next st, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, sc in next 3 sts, *sc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, dc in next 2 sts, 3 tr in next st, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, sc in next 3 next sts; rep from * twice more join with sl st in first sc. (19 st on each side)

Rnd 7: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 3 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, dc in next 2 sts, tr in next st, 5 tr in next st, tr in next st, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, sc in next 3 sts, *sc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, dc in next 2 sts, tr in next st, 5 tr in next st, tr in next st, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, sc in next 3 sts; rep from *twice more; join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off. (23 st on each side)

Rnd. 8: Attach new color with sl st to any 3rd tr in 5-tr corner group, ch 1, 3 sc in same st, work 1 sc in each st around square, working 3 sc in middle corner st, join with sl st to beg sc. (25 sc on each side)

Rnd. 9: Sl st into next st (corner st), ch 4, in same st work [1 dc, ch 1, V-st, ch 1], *sk next st, dc in next sc, ch 1, rep from * to corner st, in corner st work [V-st, ch 1, V-st, ch 1], cont pat around square, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-4.

Rnd. 10: Sl st into ch-1 space, ch 4, in next ch-1 sp (corner) work [V-st, ch 1, V-st, ch-1], *dc into next ch-1 sp, ch 1, rep from * to corner, cont pat around square, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-4. Fasten off.

Rnd. 11: Attach new color with sl st to any corner st, ch 3, in same st work [1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc], 1 dc in each sc to next corner st, in corner st work [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc], cont pat around square, join with sl st to beg ch-3.

Rnd. 12: Ch 3, 1 dc in each dc, in corner work  [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc], continue pattern around square, join with sl st to beg ch 3. Fasten off, weave in ends, block.


Copyright - This  Blooming Lace Pattern and the pattern photos are copyright 2011 by Melinda Miller. Free for your own personal use only. Per copyright law, do not redistribute (with or without charge) in any form.(Redistributing to others includes by photocopies, scanning, emailing, putting on a CD, posting in Internet forum messages, putting on another web site and any other manner of distribution.)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Crochet! Magazine

I received my latest issue (January 2010) issue of Crochet! Magazine. Beautiful patterns in it that I really want to try. If you're not a subscriber, you can still get some free patterns by logging into http://crochetmagazine.com/, and using this temporary code: CF7751. This is a limited-time code, so hurry and download your free patterns!

Here's the top I'd like to make for myself. It's called "The Bottom Line" by Tammy Hildebrand. Isn't it lovely? Not only does it come in plus sizes, but I think it would actually be flattering for a plus size. So this new year I think I will make a resolution to crochet a garment for myself. Hopefully I will keep that resolution! Won't you make something for yourself also?



Have a wonderful week and Happy Hooking!

Chain Reaction # 5 - Answers

Here are the answers to the latest Chain Reaction puzzle. Hope you enjoyed solving it. :)


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Hope

Right now my hubby is at a job interview. They will be interviewing at least 60 people for one position. What are the odds that he will get it? We are putting our faith in God that there is something else besides what he has right now. Don't get me wrong. We are very thankful that he has his job, considering he was nearly terminated at one point. Now we would like to get him back to the day shift if at all possible, and this interview is a shred of hope. I, again, took out my hymnal and began singing and reciting hymns and praying. I also couldn't get out of my mind a comment from one of my readers about her husband being unemployed. I know that there are many of you out there and I want to share some hope with you. There is hope. God does answer prayer. Remain faithful to Him, do not give up. He will not give up on you. He will answer your prayers. I want to share with you my favorite hymn of all time. I hope these words will give you hope and strenght to carry on and continue your faith in God. While you are waiting on answered prayers, keep doing God's work and thanking and praising Him.







My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less
Lyrics: Edward Mote 1864
Music: John Stainer 1875


My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteous;
No merit of my own I claim
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.


When darkness veils his lovely face,
I ret on his unchanging grace;
In every high and story gale
My anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.


His oath, his covenant, his blood
Sustain me in the raging flood;
When all supports are washed away,
He then is all my hope and stay.
On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.


When he shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in him be found,
Clothed in his righteousness alone,
Redeemed to stand before the throne!
On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.


Hymn # 370 from The Lutheran Hymnal

This is the version I like the most. I think it is just beautiful.





And for those who like the other version, I didn't forget about you.......


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Chain Reaction # 5

Time for another puzzle everyone. Let's have some fun around here! No more talk of gloom and doom! Frowns are not allowed - only smiles and laughter and crochet hooks! While I'm working on the Kitties, you go ahead and puzzle over this one. :)

                          CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE.



Have fun and Happy Hooking!



Abdominal Ultrasound

Yesterday I had a full abdominal sonogram. It wasn't a bad experience. I'm a bit sore at my rib cage today though. Because of my autoimmune hepatitis and cirrhosis, I must have these every 6 months to screen for liver cancer. This is how it works.



Ultrasound uses sound waves, not x-rays, to generate images. A jelly-like substance is applied to the skin overlying your liver. Then a probe, called a transducer, is passed over the skin. The transducer sends out sound waves that pass through the body and are echoed back. The transducer receives the echoes and transmits them to a computer console which in turn interprets the echo data as internal organs and tissues.


Well, first of all, I had to wait over an hour for my name to be called. But I waited patiently because I know that people are busy and everyone has things to do and people to see. So I finally get back to the little room and the guy tells me to disrobe from the waist up and put on the gown. That's fine, although it was a tad chilly. I comply as I am a good patient. Then I have to roll over on my left side and he squirts the jelly on my side. I must say that it was very warm. I wasn't expecting it to be quite that warm. I would even go so far as to say that it was a tad too warm! But better than too cold. OH...shivers! Just thinking of it! Anyway, then I had to breath in and hold my breath....breath out. Repeat several times. Piece of cake. Turn over on my right side and do the same thing. Then the weirdest thing happened. The guy stopped telling me when to breath in and out and hold my breath. Well, I can't hold my breath forever, so I started breathing again. Then I took a breath and held it on my own. I did that several times thinking I was doing the right thing. All the while he was saying nothing – just moving the probe all over my side (which hurt by the way!).


Then all of a sudden he stops and in a slightly irritated voice says that I need to hold my breath and stop breathing. Well I was just flustered! What the hell had I BEEN doing sir? Without your guidance I might add! So what do I do? I apologize! “I'm sorry, I'm not very good at holding my breath.” So then he starts coaching me again. And all is well. What happened there? I don't know. I just know that he said the pictures turned out clear and I did fine. I'm glad that's over. My hepatologist will have my results for me shortly,, and my ribs will feel better soon. All in all, it wasn't a bad experience. So pray for me that my results will be negative to the liver cancer. I sure don't want any of that. I have enough on my plate already!!!!!!!

Here's a sample of what liver cancer can look like from an ultrasound.
This is not my ultrasound or liver:


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Crown Jewels - 12" Square


SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate



FINISHED SIZE: 12” square



MATERIALS: Worsted weight yarn
Crochet hook size H / 5.0 mm
Tapestry needle





STITCH GUIDE: Sc = single crochet
Hdc= half double crochet
Dc= double crochet
Tr= triple crochet (2 yo before starting the stitch)
Dtr= double triple crochet (3 yo before starting the stitch)



Beg popcorn (beg pc): Ch 3 (counts as dc), 4 dc in same st as joining st, drop lp from hook, insert hook from front to back through top of beg ch-3 then in dropped lp, yo and draw through lp and ch on hook.



Popcorn (pc): 5 dc in next st, drop lp from hook, insert hook from front to back in first dc of the pc then in dropped lp, yo and draw through lp and st.





COMMENCE PATTERN:



Rnd 1: Ch 4 (first 3 ch count as dc), 15 dc in 4th ch from hk, join with sl st in top of beg ch-3. (16 dc)



Rnd 2: Beg pc (see above), 2 dc in next dc, *pc (see above) in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, rep from * around, join with sl st in top of beg pc. (8 pc)



Rnd 3: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same pc as joining sl st, dc in next dc, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * around, join with sl st in top of beg ch-3. (36 dc)



Rnd 4: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same ch as joining sl st, pc in next dc, *2 dc in next dc, pc in next dc; rep from * around, join with sl st in top of beg ch-3. (18 pc)



Rnd 5: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same ch as joining sl st, 1 dc in each of next 2 st, 2 dc in next st, *1 dc in each of next 2 st, 2 dc in next st; rep from * around, join with sl st in top of beg ch-3. (72 dc)



Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 3 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, dc in next 2 sts, [1 tr, ch 2, 1 tr] in next st, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, sc in next 3 sts, *sc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, dc in next 2 sts, [1 tr, ch 2, 1 tr] in next st, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, sc in next 3 next sts; rep from * twice more, join with sl st in first sc. (19 st on each side)



Rnd 7: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 3 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, dc in next 2 sts, tr in next st, in corner space work [3 tr, ch 3, 3 tr], tr in next st, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, sc in next 3 sts, *sc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, dc in next 2 sts, tr in next st, in corner space work [3 tr, ch 3, 3 tr], tr in next st, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, sc in next 3 sts; rep from * twice more; join with sl st in first sc. Finish off. (25 st on each side)



Rnd 8: Attach yarn to any corner space, ch 5 (counts as 1 dtr), work 2 dtr until 1 loop of each remains on hook (3 loops on hook), yo and through all 3 loops, ch 5, *work 3 dtr into corner space until 4 loops remain on hook, yo and through all 4 loops, ch 5, rep from * once more, work 3 dtr into corner space until 4 loops remain on hook, **sk nxt 5 st, work 3 dtr in next st until 1 loop of each remains on hook, (7 loops on hook) yo and through all 7 loops, ch 5, work 3 dtr in same st as last dtr group leaving 4 loops on hook, rep from ** 3 times, sk next 7 st, in corner work [3-dtr group, ch 5, 3-dtr group, ch 5, 3-dtr group, ch 5, 3-dtr group (leaving last 4 loops on hook)], continue pattern around square ending with sl st to top of first dtr group. Finish off.



Rnd 9. Attach yarn to any ch-5 corner space, in corner work [ch 3, 2 dc ch 2, 3 dc], work 6 dc into each ch-5 space working [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] into each corner, continue around, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3.



Rnd. 10: Ch 1, work 1 sc into each dc and [3 sc, ch 2, 3 sc] into each corner, join with sl st to beg sc. Finish off. Weave in ends.



Copyright - This Crown Jewels Pattern and the pattern photos are copyright 2009 by Melinda Miller. Free for your own personal use only. Per copyright law, do not redistribute (with or without charge) in any form.(Redistributing to others includes by photocopies, scanning, emailing, putting on a CD, posting in Internet forum messages, putting on another web site and any other manner of distribution.)





Sunday, November 15, 2009

Visiting Versailles

In 2006 my husband and I visited France. One of the highlights was Versailles. It was absolutely gorgeous. I can't believe the opulence that people lived in. It was extraordinary! Everything was gold and glitter. This was the inspiration for my latest 12" square, aptly named "Versailles." Here are some photos from our trip. They were all taken by me, so they aren't the best. :) But  it was one trip I will surely never forget.

This is a chapel with a grand pipe organ. See the pipes on the balcony.


This is the Hall of Mirrors with a beautiful painted ceiling.
This is Marie Antoinette's bed/bedroom.


This is hubby posing with Napolean's portrait.

Versailles - 12" Square

This square was inspired by my  visit to Versailles  in 2006. I worked it in a gold colored yarn and it reminded me of all the gold I saw at Versailles. So I aptly named the square Versailles! Enjoy!


VERSAILLES
DEsigned by Melinda Miller


SKILL LEVEL: Advanced Beginner





SIZE: 12” square




MATERIALS: Worsted weight yarn
Crochet hook size H / 5.0 mm
Tapestry needle




STITCH GUIDE: Sc = single crochet
Hdc= half double crochet
Dc= double crochet


CLST (Cluster)= Work 5 dc in st indicated, leaving the last loop of each dc on the hook, yo and through all 6 loops on hook.




COMMENCE PATTERN:


Ch 6, join with sl st to form a ring.




Rnd. 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 15 dc in ring; join with sl st to top of beg ch 3. (16 dc)




Rnd. 2: Ch 5 (counts as dc and ch-2 sp), (dc in next dc, ch 2) 15 times; join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 5. (16 ch-2 sp)




Rnd. 3: Sl st into next ch-2 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, ch 1, *3 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 1, repeat from * around, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3.




Rnd. 4: Sl st into next ch-1 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, ch 1, *3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, repeat from * around, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3.




Rnd. 5: *Ch 6, sc into next ch-1 sp, [ch 3, sc into next ch-1 sp] 3 times, repeat from * 3 more times, join with sl st to first ch of ch-6.




Rnd. 6: Sl st into next ch-6 sp, ch 3, in ch-6 sp work [4 dc, ch 2, 5 dc], *work 3 dc in each of next ch-3 sp, for corner work [5 dc, ch 2 5 dc], repeat from * twice more, work 3 dc in each of next ch-3 sp, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3.




Rnd. 7: Sl st into next 2 dc, ch 3, 1 dc in each of next 2 dc, *in corner work [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc], 1 dc in each of next 3 dc, ch 2, sk 3 st, [work 5 dc into next st, sk 2 st] 3 times, sk next st, ch 2, 1 dc in each of next 3 dc, repeat from * twice more, 1 dc in each of next 3 dc, ch 2, [work 5 dc into next st, sk 2 st] twice more, ch 2, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3.




Rnd. 8: Ch 3, 1 dc into each of next 4 dc, *in corner work [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc], 1 dc into each of next 5 dc, ch 3, sk ch-2 sp, [work CLST over next 5 st, ch 3] 3 times, sk next ch-2 sp, 1 dc in each of next 5 dc, repeat from * twice more, work corner, 1 dc in each of next 5 dc, ch 3, [work CLST over next 5 st, ch 3] 3 times, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3.




Rnd. 9: Ch 3, 1 dc in each of next 6 dc, *in corner work [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc], 1 dc in each of next 7 dc, ch 2, sk next ch-3 sp, [work 5 dc into next st, sk next ch-3 space] 3 times, ch 2, 1 dc in each of next 7 dc, repeat from * twice more, work corner, 1 dc in each of next 7 dc, ch 2, [work 5 dc into next st, sk next ch-3 sp] 3 times, ch 2, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3.




Rnd. 10: Ch 3, 1 dc into each of next 8 dc, *in corner work [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc], 1 dc into each of next 9 dc, ch 3, sk ch-2 sp, [work CLST over next 5 st, ch 3] 3 times, sk next ch-2 sp, 1 dc in each of next 9 dc, repeat from * twice more, work corner, 1 dc in each of next 9 dc, ch 3, sk ch-2 sp, [work CLST over next 5 st, ch 3] 3 times, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3.




Rnd. 11: Ch 2, 1 hdc in each of next 10 st, in corner work [2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc], 1 hdc in each of next 11 st, 3 hdc in each ch-3 sp and 1 hdc in top of CLST, 1 hdc in each of next 11 st, repeat pattern around; sl st to top of beg ch-2, finish off. Weave in ends, block.


Photo illustrates an afghan made up of 12 squares with dimensions of 36” X 48” before a border is added. The squares make a beautiful overall pattern.




Copyright - This Versailles Square Pattern and the pattern photos are copyright 2009 by Melinda Miller. Free for your own personal use only. Per copyright law, do not redistribute (with or without charge) in any form.(Redistributing to others includes by photocopies, scanning, emailing, putting on a CD, posting in Internet forum messages, putting on another web site and any other manner of distribution.)














Friday, November 13, 2009

Hubby Knits a Sweater

I believe I've mentioned before that my husband knits. His mother had taught him and his siblings as children during the cold winters growing up in Moscow, Idaho. He's pretty darned good at it too! His latest project will be a sweater for himself. He picked out the pattern a while ago. It's Lisa Knits SW-025, called "Like Father - Like Son."



Yesterday he went and picked out his yarn. I wasn't with him when he bought it, so I missed the experience of helping to choose. However, I think he made an excellent choice and it's something that he chose all by himself. It's Peace Fleece in Dark Olive Roots. 70% Merino Wool and 30% Mohair. The color is very nice with multi flecks throughout.




I'll keep you updated with his progress. I'm sure it will turn out beautiful....I mean handsome!!!

Creative Binge

For the past several weeks I've been on a creative binge. I know I need to be working on the Hello Kitty afghan, but the creative juices have been overflowing. So I had to do something about it. I couldn't just let them spoil, :) So Hello Kitty went on holiday while I tinkered around with 5 new designs. I've come up with 5 new 12” squares. A couple are still in the testing stage, but I'm ready to post most of them. I'll do that within the next week or so. Patience my friends! I've already posted the Blooming Granny Square, but I'll give you a sneak peek at the others. I'm so glad I listened to my instincts and decided to lay the Kitty aside for a while. I've got some beautiful squares out of it and now I can concentrate on the Kitty afghan. (I hope!)

                                           VERSAILLES




                                  CROWN JEWELS




                                       BLOOMING LACE





                                            FALLING STAR




Now back to the Kitties! Happy Hooking everyone.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Chain Reaction #4 - Answers


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Blooming Granny - 12" square


BLOOMING GRANNY
12" SQUARE
Designed by Melinda Miller


SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate

FINISHED SIZE: 12” square

MATERIALS: 4 or more colors Worsted weight yarn
Crochet hook size J / 6.0 mm
Tapestry needle

STITCH GUIDE: Sc = single crochet
Hdc= half double crochet
Dc= double crochet
Tr= triple crochet (2 yo before starting the stitch)
Dtr= double triple crochet (3 yo before starting the stitch)

SPECIAL STITCHES: Beg CLST (Beginning Cluster): ch 2, keeping last lp of each dc on hook, 2 dc in st indicated, YO and through all 3 lps on hook.

CLST (Cluster): Keeping last lp of each dc on hook, 3 dc in st indicated, YO and through all 4 lps on hook.

Tr CLST (Triple Crochet Cluster): Keeping last lp of each tr on hook, 3 tr in st indicated, YO and through all 4 lps on hook.

Dtr CLST (Double Triple Crochet Cluster): Keeping last lp of each dtr on hook, 3 dtr in st indicated, YO and draw through all 4 lps on hook.


COMMENCE PATTERN:
With Color A, ch 6; join to form a ring.

Rnd. 1: Ch 1, 12 sc in ring; join to first sc.

Rnd. 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), dc in same sc, 2 dc in each rem sc, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3. (24 dc) Finish off Color A.

Rnd. 3: Join Color B between any 2 dc, ch 1, sc in same sp, ch 3, sk next 3 dc, *sc in sp between last dc skipped and next dc, ch 3, sk next 3 dc; rep from * 6 times more, join to first sc. (8 sc)

Rnd. 4: Ch 1, sc in same sc, in next ch-3 sp work [hdc, dc, 3 tr, dc, hdc], *sc in next sc, in next ch-3 sp work [hdc, dc, 3 tr, dc, hdc], rep from * 6 times more; join to first sc. Finish off Color B.

Rnd. 5: Join Color C in 3rd tr of any petal; in same tr work [beg CLST, ch 2, CLST], ch 3, in 3rd tr of next petal work [tr CLST, ch 4, dtr CLST, ch 4, tr CLST] – corner made, ch 3, *in 3rd tr of next petal work [CLST, ch 2, CLST], ch 3, in 3rd tr of next petal work [tr CLST, ch 4, dtr CLST, ch 4, tr CLST] – corner made, ch 3, rep from * twice more; join to top of beg CLST. Finish off Color C.

Rnd. 6: Join Color A in top of any dtr CLST, ch 3, in same sp work [2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc] – beg corner made, 3 dc in next ch-4 sp, 3 dc in next ch-3 sp, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp, 3 dc in next ch-3 sp, 3 dc in next ch-4 sp, *in top of next dtr CLST work [3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc] – dc corner made, 3 dc in next ch-4 sp, 3 dc in next ch-3 sp, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp, 3 dc in next ch-3 sp, 3 dc in next ch-4 sp, rep from * twice more; join to 3rd ch of beg ch-3.

Rnd. 7: Sl st to next corner ch-3 sp, work beg corner in same sp, 3 dc in sp between next two 3-dc groups [6 times], *in next corner ch-3 sp work corner, 3 dc in sp between next two 3-dc groups [6 times], rep from * twice more; join to 3rd ch of beg ch 3.

Note: To change colors as desired here and throughout, finish off color from prev rnd, attach new color to any ch-3 corner sp and cont working rnd as instructed.

Rnd. 8: Sl st to next ch-3 corner sp, work beg corner in same sp, 3 dc in sp between next two 3-dc groups [7 times], *in next corner ch-3 sp work corner, 3 dc in sp between next two 3-dc groups [7 times], rep from * twice more; join to 3rd ch of beg ch 3. 

Rnd. 9: Sl st to next ch-3 corner sp, work beg corner in same sp, 3 dc in sp between next two 3-dc groups [8 times], *in next corner ch-3 sp work corner, 3 dc in sp between next two 3-dc groups [8 times], rep from * twice more; join to 3rd ch of beg ch 3.

Rnd.10: Sl st to next ch-3 corner sp, work beg corner in same sp, 3 dc in sp between next two 3-dc groups [9 times], *in next corner ch-3 sp work corner, 3 dc in sp between next two 3-dc groups [9 times], rep from * twice more; join to 3rd ch of beg ch 3. Finish off, weave in ends, block.

Copyright - This Blooming Granny Pattern and the pattern photos are copyright 2009 by Melinda Miller. Free for your own personal use only. Per copyright law, do not redistribute (with or without charge) in any form.(Redistributing to others includes by photocopies, scanning, emailing, putting on a CD, posting in Internet forum messages, putting on another web site and any other manner of distribution.)