Friday, December 31, 2010

Something is A-fowl



Today I am roasting a turkey. I know it is not Christmas Day or even Thanksgiving Day - the usual turkey days. But I have a 7 pound bird that my stepdaughter raised and slaughtered that needs to be cooked or frozen. Since I have no room in my freezer, I will have to cook it. So I asked my 23 yr. old son over for supper tonight to join in the feast. I looked up on the world-wide-web how to cook a turkey, since this one comes with absolutely no instructions. I gathered that a bird of about 7 lbs. (give or take a couple) should roast at 350 degrees for about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. I will need to keep checking the internal temperature of the bird to make sure it is done. There is no convenient pop-up thermometer (darn-it!).

First I had to wash the bird real good and make sure all the feathers were disposed of. My stepdaughter had the gruesome job of de-feathering the birds at slaughtering time, but she did leave a few for me to pick over. :) Then I had to tie up the legs and tuck under the wings. I then buttered up the bird and salt and peppered it. I went ahead and put a little bit of water in the pan to keep the bird moist, even though some instructions say this is not necessary. My bird is just plain and simple. Salt, pepper and an oven. That's it. Clean-up was more work than turkey preparation. I had to use soap and water on everything the turkey touched - the sink , utensils, etc. I kept having to wash my hands before I touched something else or I would contaminate it. But it was all worth it - the bird tasted fantastic!




My side dishes are brussels sprouts, and homemade mashed potatoes with gravy. I made a COCONUT CREAM PIE (click for recipe) for dessert, which was very simple to make, and quite delicious I might add. Now you might think the fuss is all about cooking this darn turkey - but no!  What I want to know is....what do I do with all the darn leftovers???? 

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I will be taking the next few days to work on the crochet Block-of-the-Month squares. I have about 8 of them done and am designing the rest. It is fun, but hard work.  There's still some time to make a gift or two. Just click here for Eleventh Hour Christmas Gifts.  I want to go ahead and wish you all a "Merry Christmas!" I hope you have a fun-filled weekend with much laughter and love. Happy Holidays to all!

From my house to yours,
MoCrochet - Melinda Miller

Monday, December 20, 2010

And the Winner Is................



We have 4 winners for the free pattern giveaway. With the number of entries, I decided to choose 4 winners instead of just one, so more people could share in the goodies. So, congratulations to those who were chosen, and try again next time to those who weren't. I'm sure I will do something like this again - it it so fun to do! Here are the winners, who were chosen randomly:

Gill Watson
Karol Ann Moore
Julie in Maryland
Clara, from Clara's Crochet Room
Your patterns will be emailed to you at the address that you emailed me. I hope you enjoy making them.

Happy Hooking to all!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Easy Crab Dip Recipe

Here's a giant goldfish that was caught in the south of France. The fisher needed about 10 minutes to get the fish to shore, but released it after the photo was taken. Other fishermen had been trying to catch it for the past 6 years. What a whopper!



Which leads me to a yummy recipe that my brother-in-law brings to our family get-togethers. It's his famous Crab Dip. We all love it and request it from him every time we have a special occasion, such as Christmas. I hope you will enjoy it too!

WALTER'S CRAB CREAM CHEESE DIP

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2 lg. bars cream cheese (softened)

1 pkg. imitation crab legs chopped up or 2 cans crab meat

1 jar cocktail sauce


Soften cream cheese and spread on serving platter. Layer chopped crab legs on top of cream cheese. Spread cocktail sauce on top. Serve with crackers to dip.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Eleventh Hour Crocheted Christmas Gifts

Don't despair - there's still time to crochet that last minute gift! We've all been in that situation where we want to give that certain someone something special, but we just don't have that much time left in our schedules. Hopefully I can help you out today with a list of simple, easy crocheted gifts that you can work up in a hurry. I'm sure that there are many out there, but these are some that caught my eye and seemed to be relatively easy to do. Some have interesting techniques and others are just plain fun! I hope you can utilize this list and solve all your last minute gift giving problems. If you have any other suggestions, be sure and post the links. So here's my list of

Eleventh Hour Crocheted Christmas Gifts: 

1. Lollipop Angel
2. Baby Clouds Booties
3. Mini Tech Totes
4. Coin Purse
5. Cotton Bath Puff
6. Snapdragon Washcloth
7. Heart Potholder
8. Curlicue Hair Bows
9. No-Sew Crocheted Towel Topper
10. Miniature Christmas Stocking

Happy Hooking!


Here's an extra bonus for today - a link that provides free printable Christmas labels and return address labels.  JUST CLICK HERE.   Very cool indeed!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

FREE GIFT FOR MY READERS!

 TANNENBAUM LACE SCARF
                           










LITTLE SUNGLASS CLUTCH


Here's a nice Christmas gift for you. I will have a drawing to give away TWO free patterns. This lovely Tannenbaum Lace Scarf is just the perfect Christmas gift this season! And the Little Sunglass Clutch will hold all your holiday essentials. You could work it up in glitzy holiday yarns. I thought I would reward some of my loyal readers with a couple of free patterns. I'm not sure how many I will give away - it depends on the response I get. Each winner will receive the TWO free patterns!!  Just email me at the address listed below and tell me 1) at least your first name and 2) how you like my blog/patterns. Example: I am MoCrochet from Texas and I especially like all of your dishcloth patterns. If you are a winner, I will email the patterns back to you at your same address. Tell all of your friends to stop by and drop me a line. Just remember to abide by the instructions listed above in order to qualify to be a winner. I will announce the winners in a later post. I will not notify you if you did not win. Deadline is December 19, 2010. Good luck to all!












Thursday, December 2, 2010

Block-of-the-Month CAL

I am pleased to announce that I will be designing 12 all new 8" blocks for a Block-of-the-Month Club for the year 2011. I will be teaming up with the ladies at The Unique Sheep , pairing their hand-dyed yarns with my patterns to make up monthly kits for sale. Each month you will receive one new pattern and enough yarn to crochet two blocks. By the end of the year you will have made 24 eight inch blocks; enough to make a very nice afghan. I have designed 12 brand new blocks especially for this project, so I hope you sign-up and join in on all the fun!!! Further details can be found by clicking the link below:



Sensational Sampler Square #12

Here is the last square - Square #12! Just use an H hook and block to 8". Add a dc border around it to make it 9". Now that you have all the square patterns, let's see what you've been up to. Email me (mocrochet@yahoo.com) pictures of your projects, and with your permission, I'll post them here on my blog. Christmas is just around the corner, so get busy and get hookin'!!!!!



Square #12:



With Color C, ch 3.


Rnd. 1: In 3rd ch from hook, work (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc), ch 2, in same st work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc), ch 2, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3. Pull beg tail to close middle hole.


Rnd 2: Sl st into next ch-2 sp, (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) ch 1, *in next ch-2 sp work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) ch 1, repeat from * twice more, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3.


Rnd. 3: Sl st into next ch-2 sp, (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) ch 1, *in ea ch-1 sp work 3 dc, ch 1, in corner ch-2 sp work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) ch 1, repeat from * 2 times, in next ch-2 sp work 3 dc, ch 1, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3.


Rnd. 4: Repeat Rnd. 3.


Rnd. 5: Repeat Rnd. 3.


Rnd. 6: Sl st to corner, in corner work (ch 1, 3 sc), *sc in next 3 sts, sc in ch-1 sp, repeat from * 3 times, sc in next 3 sts, in corner work (3 sc), repeat around square, join with sl st to beg sc. Fasten off. (19 sc on each side and 3 in each corner).


Rnd. 7: In BLO, join Color B to middle st of any corner, (ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), *1 dc in each of next 21 sts, in middle st of corner work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), repeat from * 2 times, 1 dc in each of next 13 sts, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3. Fasten off, weave in ends, block. (25 dc on each side)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Sensational Sampler Square #11

Square #11 is here for the Sensational Sampler. Use an H hook and block to 8". I used a contrasting color of ecru and added a border of dc around it to make it a 9" block. This one is really pretty! Hope you like it.


Square # 11:



With Color A, ch 4; join with sl st to form a ring.


Rnd. 1: Ch 3 (RS) (counts as first dc now and throughout), 15 dc in ring, join with sl st to top of beg dc. Finish off. (16 dc)


Rnd. 2: Join Color C with sc in any dc, ch 4, skip next dc, *sc in next dc, ch 4, skip next dc; rep from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (8 ch-4 sps)


Rnd. 3: Sl st in first ch-4 sp, ch 4, 4 dc in same sp, ch 1, (5 dc in next ch-4 sp, ch 1) around, join with sl st to top of beg dc. Finish off. (40 dc)


Rnd. 4: Join Color B with sc in any ch-1 sp, ch 4, skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc, *ch 4, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 4, skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc, rep from * around, ch 1, dc in first sc to form last ch-4 sp. (16 ch-4 sps)


Rnd. 5: Sl st in first ch-4 sp made, ch 4, 6 dc in same sp, ch 1, sc in next ch-4 sp, (ch 4, sc in next ch-4 sp) twice, ch 1, *7 dc in next ch-4 sp, ch 1, sc in next ch-4 sp, (ch 4, sc in next ch-4 sp) twice, ch 1, rep from * twice more, join with sl st to top of beg dc. Finish off.


Rnd.6: Attach Color D to 4th dc of any 7-dc cluster, ch 3, in same st work (1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), *1 dc in each of next 3 dc, 1 dc in next sc, (3 dc in next ch-4 sp) twice, 1 dc in next sc, 1 dc in each of next 3 dc, in next dc work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), rep from * twice more, 1 dc in each of next 3 dc, 1 dc in next sc, (3 dc in next ch-4 sp) twice, I dc in next sc, 1 dc in ea of next 3 dc, join with sl st to top of beg dc. (18 dc on each side)


Rnd. 7: Ch 3, * dc in ea dc to corner, in corner work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), rep from * around square, join with sl s t to top of beg ch-3. Finish off, weave in ends, block.

Copyright - This Sensational Sampler Square #11 Pattern and the pattern photo are copyright 2010 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.)

Sensational Sampler Square #10

Square #10 for the Sensational Sampler is here! Isn't it nice? Just use an H hook, and block it to 8". Then you can work a round of dc around it to make an even 9" block. What a pretty square it makes. I wonder how many squares you have worked up so far? I'd love to hear how you are coming along. I will have all the squares posted shortly, in time for you to make something lovely for Christmas!


Square #10



With A ch 29.


Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next ch, *skip next 2 ch, dc in next ch, ch 3, 3 dc around the post of last dc made, skip next 2 ch, dc in each of next 3 ch; rep from * across, turn.


Row 2: Ch 3 (count as dc), skip first dc, dc in each of next 2 dc, *ch 2, sc in next ch-3 loop, ch 2, skip next dc, dc in each of next 3 dc; rep from * across, ending with last dc in 3rd ch of tch, turn.


Row 3: Ch 3 (count as dc), skip first dc, dc in each of next 2 dc, *skip next ch-2 sp, dc in next sc, ch 3, 3 dc around the post of last dc made, skip next ch-2 sp, dc in each of next 3 dc; rep from * across, ending with last dc in 3rd ch of tch, turn.


Rows 4 – 13: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 (5 times more).


Row 14: Repeat Row 2, Finish off, weave in ends, block.






Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sensational Sampler Square #9

Here is Square #9 for the Sensational Sampler. Let me say that this lapghan was so fun to make and I hope you have fun with it too. I sure would like to know what all you make with your squares. Just use an H hook and block to 8". Then you can do what I did and add a dc border to it after that and it will come to about 9".  Remember that my lapghan is made up of 16 squares, so I made 4 extra squares. I just made my favorite pattern/s again. Let me know how your progress is coming along. Only 3 more squares to go!


Square #9



With A ch 31.


Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook, 1 dc in each ch to end, turn.


Row 2: Ch 3 (count as dc), skip first dc, *dc in each of next 2 dc, dc around the posts of last 2 dc made, skip next dc; rep from * across to last dc, dc in last dc, turn.


Row 3: Ch 3 (count as dc), skip first dc, dc in each dc across to tch, dc in 3rd ch of tch, turn.


Row 4: Ch 3 (count as dc), skip first dc, *dc in each of next 2 dc, dc around the posts of last 2 dc made, skip next dc; rep from * across to last dc, dc in 3rd ch of tch, turn.


Rows 5 – 12: Repeat Rows 3 and 4 (4 times more).


Row 13: Repeat Row 3. Finish off, weave in ends, block.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Sensational Sampler Square #8

Here is Square #8 for the Sensational Sampler. Use an H hook and block to 8". Add a dc border around it after blocking to reach 9". I used ecru, but you can use any contrasting color of your choice. Have fun and I hope you enjoy making these blocks!


Square #8



With D ch 28.


Row 1 (RS): 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each ch to end, turn.


Row 2: Ch 3 (count as dc), skip first 3 sc, 5 dc in next sc, *skip next 4 sc, 5 dc in next sc; rep from across to within last 3 sc, skip next 2 sc, dc in last sc, turn.


Row 3: Ch 5 (count as dc, ch 2), skip first dc, 5-dc cluster worked across next 5 dc, *ch 4, 5-dc cluster worked across next 5 dc; rep from * across to tch, ch 2, dc in 3rd ch of tch, turn.


Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first dc, 2 sc in next ch-2 sp, sc in next cluster, *4 sc in next ch-4 loop, sc in next cluster; rep from * across to tch, 2 sc in ch-2 sp of tch, sc in 3rd ch of tch, turn.


Rows 5 – 16: Repeat Rows 2 – 4 (4 times more). After last row finish off, weave in ends, block.





Sensational Sampler Square #7

Here is Square #7 for the Sensational Sampler. Use an H hook and block to 8". I added a dc border around it with contrasting color of ecru. You can use any contrasting color you choose. It then works up to be 9".  Nice work for the Thanksgiving weekend.



Square #7



3-Dc Puff st = (Yo, insert hook in next st, yo, draw yarn through st, yo, draw yarn through 2 loops on hook) 3 times in same st, yo, draw yarn through 4 loops on hook.


With C ch 28.


Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across, turn.


Row 2: Ch 3 (count as dc), skip first sc, 3 dc puff st in next sc, *ch 1, skip next sc, 3-dc puff st in next sc; rep from * across to within last sc, dc in last sc, turn.


Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first dc, sc in next puff st, *sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in next puff st; rep from * across to tch, sc in 3rd ch of tch, turn.


Rows 4 – 15: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 (6 times more). Finish off, weave in ends, block.







Friday, November 19, 2010

Sensational Sampler Square #6

Here is Square #6 for the Sensational Sampler. Use an H hook and block to 8". I added a dc border around it with contrasting color of ecru. You can use any contrasting color you choose. It then works up to be 9". I hope you enjoy these blocks - they are very easy to work up, and very pretty to boot!



Square #6



With B ch 25.


Row 1 (RS): Work 1 sc into 2nd ch from hook, *skip 2 ch, 1 dc into next ch, ch 1, into same ch as last dc work [1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc], skip 2 ch, 1 sc into next ch; rep from * to end, turn.


Row 2: Ch 4 (count as 1 dc, ch 1], 1 dc into first sc, skip 1 dc, 1 sc into next dc, *1 dc into next sc, ch 1, into same st as last dc work [1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc], skip 1 dc, 1 sc into next dc; rep from * to last sc, into last sc work [1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc], turn.


Row 3: Ch 1, 1 sc into first dc, *1 dc into next sc, ch 1, into same st as last dc work [1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc], skip 1 dc, 1 sc into next dc; rep from * to end placing last sc into 3rd of ch-4 at beg of previous row, turn.


Rows 417: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 (7 times more). Finish off, weave in ends, block.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sensational Sampler Square #5

Here is the Sensational Sampler Square #5. Use an H hook and block to 8". I add a dc border in Ecru around it after blocking which brought it to 9".  Remember that these squares can be used for more than a lapghan or afghan. Use them for potholders (sew two together), dishcloths, washcloths, shawls, scarves - all depending on the yarn you choose and the way you join them together. Have fun with them!

Square #5



Puff St = [yo, insert hook into next st, yo and draw a loop through] 3 times into same st, yo and draw through 7 loops on hook, work 1 firm ch to close puff st.


With D ch 28.


Row 1 (RS): Work 1 sc into 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc into each ch to end, turn.


Row 2: Ch 3 (count as 1 dc), skip first sc, 1 dc into each sc to end, turn.


Row 3: Ch 1, 1 sc into each of first 2 dc, *ch 3, skip 2 dc, 1 puff st into next dc, ch 3, skip 2 dc, 1 sc into next dc; rep from * to last dc, 1 sc into 3rd of ch-3 at beg of previous row, turn.


Row 4: Ch 5 (count as 1 dc, ch 2), work 3 sc into closing ch of next puff st, *ch 3, 3 sc into closing ch of next puff st; rep from * to last 2 sc, ch 2, 1 dc into last sc, turn.


Row 5: Ch 1, 1 sc into first dc, 2 sc into first ch-2 sp, *1 sc into each of next 3 sc, 3 sc into next ch-3 sp; rep from * to end working last sc into 3rd of ch-5 at beg of previous row, turn.


Rows 6 – 17: Repeat Rows 2 – 5 three more times.


Row 18: Repeat Row 2. Finish off, weave in ends, block.







Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sensational Sampler Square #4

Here's Square #4 for the Sensational Sampler. This is an 8" square when blocked. I then dc an Ecru border around it to reach 9" when done. Use a size H hook and Red Heart Super Saver yarn in your choice of colors (or any worsted weight yarn).



Square #4



With C ch 30.


Row 1 (RS): Work 1 sc into 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc into next ch, * ch 1, skip 1 ch, 1 sc into each of next 3 ch; rep from * to end omitting 1 sc at end of last rep, turn.


Row 2: Ch 3, (count as 1 dc), skip first sc, work 1 dc into next sc, *ch 1, skip ch-1, 1 dc into each of next 3 sc; rep from * to end omitting 1 dc at end of last rep, turn.


Row 3: With D, ch 1, work 1 sc into each of first 2 dc, 1 tr into first skipped starting ch, *1 sc into next dc, ch 1, skip 1 dc, 1 sc into next dc, 1 tr into next skipped starting ch; rep from * to last 2 dc, 1 sc into next dc, 1 sc into 3rd of ch-3 at beg of previous row, turn.


Row 4: Ch 3, skip first sc, work 1 dc into each of next 3 sts, * ch 1, skip 1 ch, 1 dc into each of next 3 sts; rep from * to last sc, 1 dc into last sc, turn.


Row 5: With B, ch 1, work 1 sc into each of first 2 dc, *ch 1, skip 1 dc, 1 sc into next dc, 1 tr into next skipped dc 3 rows below, 1 sc into next dc; rep from * to last 3 dc, ch 1, skip 1 dc, 1 sc into next dc, 1 sc into 3rd of ch-3 at beg of previous row, turn.


Row 6: Ch 3, skip first sc, 1 dc into next sc, *ch 1, skip 1 ch, 1 dc into each of next 3 sts; rep from * to end omitting 1 dc at end of last rep, turn.


Row 7: With C, ch 1, 1 sc into each of first 2 dc, 1 tr into next skipped dc 3 rows below, *1 sc into next dc, ch 1, skip 1 dc, 1 sc into next dc, 1 tr into next skipped dc 3 rows below; rep from * to last 2 dc, 1 sc into each of last 2 dc, turn.


Row 8: As Row 4 but using C instead of D.


Rows 9 – 12: Repeat Rows 5 - 8 once more.


Rows 13 – 14: Repeat Rows 5 and 6 once more.


Row 15: With C, ch 1, work 1 sc into each st to end. Finish off, weave in ends, block.
















 



Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sensational Sampler Square #3

Here is Square # 3 for the Sensational Sampler. Use an H hook and block to 8". I then worked a dc border in ecru around the block to make it 9".


Square #3



With C ch 28.


Row 1 (RS): Skip 3 ch (count as 1 dc), 1 dc into each of next 4 dc, *skip 2 ch, 5 dc into next ch, ch 2, skip 3 ch, 1 dc into each of next 5 ch; rep from * to end, turn.


Row 2: Ch 3 (count as 1 dc), skip first st, 1 dc into each of next 4 sts, *skip ch-2, 5 dc into next dc, ch 2, skip 4 dc, 1 dc into each of next 5 sts; rep from * to end, turn.


Rows: 3 – 13: Rep Row 2. After Row 13, finish off, weave in ends, block.









Monday, November 15, 2010

Sensational Sampler Square #2


Square #2



With B and H hook,  ch 32.


Row 1 (RS): 2 dc into 5th ch from hook, 2 dc into next ch, *skip 2 ch, 2 dc into each of next 2 ch; rep from * to last 2 ch, skip 1 ch, 1 dc into last ch, turn.


Row 2: Ch 3, *skip 2 sts, 2 dc into each of next 2 sts; rep from * to last 2 sts, skip 1 st, 1 dc into tch, turn.


Rows 3 – 12: Rep Row 2. After Row 12, finish off, weave in ends, block to 8".

Add a round of dc around the square for a border. this will make the square 9". I used ecru for a contrasting color.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sensational Sampler Square # 1



Here's the first square from the Sensational Sampler. There are twelve total, but I made 16 in all to make this lovely lapghan. I just made duplicates of a couple of them. Remember to block each square to 8" after you work them up. I then worked a round of dc in ecru (or any contrasting color) around each one. Further finishing instructions will be given with the last pattern.



Square #1
H hook.

Work 2 rows each in colors D, B and A alternately.

Ch 29.

Row 1 (RS): Skip 2 ch (count as 1 sc), 1 sc into each of next 3 ch, *1 dc into each of next 4 ch; rep from * to end, turn.

Row 2: Ch 1 (count as 1 sc), skip first st, 1 sc into each of next 3 sts, *1 dc into each of next 4 sts, 1 sc into each of next 4 sts; rep from * to end working last st into top of tch, turn.

Row 3: Ch 3 (count as 1 dc), skip first st, 1 dc into each of next 3 sts, *1sc into each of next 4 sts, 1 dc into each of next 4 sts; rep from * to end working last st into top od tch, turn.

Row 4: Rep Row 3.

Rows 5 – 6: Rep Row 2.

Rows 7 – 20: Rep Rows 3 – 6 (3 times); then work Rows 3 and 4 once more. After Row 20, finish off, weave in ends, block.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Sensational Sampler

Here's a new pattern I put together recently. It's a lapghan of sampler blocks. It could also be an afghan depending on how many blocks you made. I made twelve 8" blocks and put them together 4X4. With the border, it turned out to be 37"X37". Don't limit yourself to just these two items though. Think dishcloths, pillows, washcloths, shawls etc. There are many items you could make with these blocks. I will post each block pattern seperately and they will be listed over on the right sidebar. I hope you enjoy them and learn something new as well. Stay tuned!


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Remember Me Square for Veteran's Day

In honor of Veteran's Day on November 11th, I would like to bring attention to my 12" square called REMEMBER ME.   Just click on the name to find the pattern. This pattern was named after the red poppy, which is the official memorial flower of the VFW. I hope you enjoy the pattern, and please.....thank a veteran or soldier for their service to our country. My son is in the Navy and I know he would love a big thank you!


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Time to Wake Up!



So here I sit, wondering if my stepdaughter will catch the bus this morning. As I wonder every morning. It's soooooooo hard to get her up and dressed and out the door on time. Granted - she's never missed the bus thus far this school year - but it seems only a matter of time. One can only push the envelope so far it seems to me. What I want to know is - what do you do about it? I tell her constantly every 10 minutes to get up and get dressed. Does that help? Apparently not, because she always waits until the last minute to get dressed. What can I do? I know my blood pressure is up. Maybe I should just let her miss the bus and have to stay home all day. But then she'd be home with me. That would be MY punishment, not hers. Maybe I would just have to suck it up for one day and really punish her good and work her butt off at home. I just really don't know what to do. I wish she would just get ready ON TIME, instead on testing fate every morning. Here again, she is still getting dressed when she should already be out the door. I just want to scream!!!!!!!!!!!! Finally, she's out the door, but I just hold my breath to wait and see if she walks back in because she missed the bus. HELP ME PLEASE!!!!! What should I do???? What CAN I do???? Does anyone else have this problem? What advice can you give me?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Dress Potholder

I was feeling bored and depressed one day, so I decided to make something for myself. Part of the fun of crocheting is looking for just the right pattern. I finally decided on this oneDRESS POTHOLDER. I found several to choose from in that same style, but I liked this one the best. The skirt is double thickness as it is worked in rounds. I think it is really pretty and it is very useful around the kitchen too! Why don't you try your hand at it?


HAPPY CROCHETING!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Momma Chickadee Potholder

Here are two cute potholders I made for a friend recently. They are from the www.lionbrand.com website. You do have to register in order to get the free patterns - however; registration is free. The patterns are called: Momma Chickadee Potholder and Baby Chickadee Potholder. Aren't they the cutest things? My friend is really enjoying them. They were so easy to make too ! What a wonderful gift to make and receive. Why don't you try it? You'll be glad you did.



HAPPY CROCHETING!!






Monday, October 4, 2010

"BEAR" with me, please!


"BEAR" with me, please - while I  try to get used to my new computer. It's been nearly five whole months since I've posted here and it's been a long time coming. My old computer was very sick and finally gave up the good fight. Looks like I might have lost a lot of my files because I was was not smart enough to back them up like I should have. My brother-in-law works in IT and managed to extract some of the files - maybe 1/3 of them, but all of my crocht files are gone. I'm so sad about it all. My hubby says that there are people you can pay that can try to extract your files, but we have very personal and private documents stored on that computer - you know? I don't know if I want just anyone having access to that information. What to do!! Maybe my brother-in-law will try again. Does ayone have a suggestion? Have you been in this situation before? What did you do? Are my files gone for good? Is this bear cute or what???

Nevertheless, have a great day - and HAPPY CROCHETING!!!!

EDIT: Some of the crochet patterns I'm missing are my original unpublished ones. Unfortunately, no one has had access to them but me. Don't know if I could ever duplicate them. :)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Re-usable Pill Bottles


I take so many daily medications and have so many pill bottles to deal with. Here's a nifty way to reuse your empty pill bottles. Don't throw them away. Just peel off the labels – you may need to use some Goo Gone to get the stickiness off. Wash them out real good and dry them. Then put in all your safety pins, bobbins, needles, stitch markers, etc. This is a very portable way to travel also. They fit easily in your purse or tote and storage is a breeze! What other ways do you use them?

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Mother's Day Jig

When my late brother Steven and I were young kids, we had a tape recorder. We got it in our heads that we were going to record mama screaming and yelling mad. So our evil plan was to make her mad while she was in the kitchen washing the dishes. Steven hid around the corner in the living room holding the recorder, while I went in the kitchen to badger her. Great plan, right? I asked what was for supper – then said that it sounded horrible. That didn't work. I said all kinds of mean things to her, but she never got mad like we wanted her to.



Finally, I guess she could only take so much. I remember it like it was yesterday. She flung her soapy hands, and water and soap flew everywhere.! Her face was beet red! I stopped flat in my tracks. Steven turned off the recorder. We were both frozen in fear. Mama turned around and said, “I'm so mad I could dance a jig!” We all three looked at each other for what seemed like an eternity. I just knew we were dead. My life was passing before me. (It only took a few seconds, as I was still quite young.) All of a sudden the spell was broken when she actually started shuffling from side to side in a comical Laurel and Hardy sort of way. Steven and I looked at each other in disbelief. Could this be real? Could we have driven her mad? We looked back at her and then we saw the humorous look on her face. That's when we realized that she wasn't mad at all – she was laughing! So we did too. Then we both started dancing our own jigs. You should have seen the three of us dancing in the kitchen that day.


This was a very memorable lesson that I learned and that I've always remembered and drawn upon during my life. Sometimes when things get out of control – the kids, the husband, the job, the bills, etc. - I just dance a jig, real or metaphorical. Sometimes you just need to stop and dance a jig! This is a true story. No person or limbs were harmed in the telling of it. Now go dance your own jig and have a Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Remember Me - 12" Square

Thank you all for your wonderful suggestions for Name the Square Contest. After much thought, my husband and I have chosen the winning name(yes, I asked for my husband's advice as he is the resident knitter – see previous posts). We have chosen “Remember Me” - named after the “Flower of Remembrance,” the red poppy, which is the official memorial flower of the VFW. The person who nominated the winning name is an anonymous Canadian who found me from Ravelry, so I cant' properly thank her. However, if she makes herself known I surely will. She said that her first thought was that the red flower in the middle reminds her of the poppies they wear in November in Canada. So here you have the new 12” square. I hope you enjoy it and I appreciate everyone's participation. Hope you had fun! But first here's a little history lesson behind the red poppy.





In Flanders Fields


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly.
Scarce heard amid the guns below.


We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.


Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


This was the poem written by World War I Colonel John McCrae, a surgeon with Canada's First Brigade Artillery. It expressed McCrae's grief over the "row on row" of graves of soldiers who had died on Flanders' battlefields, located in a region of western Belgium and northern France. The poem presented a striking image of the bright red flowers blooming among the rows of white crosses and became a rallying cry to all who fought in the First World War. The first printed version of it reportedly was in December 1915, in the British magazine Punch.


McCrae's poem had a huge impact on two women, Anna E. Guerin of France and Georgia native Moina Michael. Both worked hard to initiate the sale of artificial poppies to help orphans and others left destitute by the war. By 1920, when Guerin, with the help of the American Legion, established the first poppy sale in the U.S., the flower was well known in the allied countries — America, Britain, France, Canada, Australia and New Zealand — as the "Flower of Remembrance." Proceeds from that first sale went to the American and French Children's League.


Guerin had troubles with the distribution of the poppies in early 1922 and sought out Michael for help. Michael had started a smaller-scaled Poppy Day during a YMCA conference she was attending in New York and wanted to use the poppies as a symbol of remembrance of the war. Guerin, called the "Poppy Lady of France" in her homeland, and Michael, later dubbed "The Poppy Princess" by the Georgia legislature, went to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) for help.


The poppy was adopted as the official memorial flower of the VFW at its national convention in Seattle, Wash., in August 1922, following the first nationwide distribution of poppies ever conducted by any veterans organization.


In 1923, faced by a shortage of poppies from French manufacturers, the VFW relied on New York florists to make up the difference. This was a huge setback, however, and led to the idea by VFW officials to use unemployed and disabled veterans to produce the artificial flower. This concept was approved in late 1923 and the first poppy factory was built in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1924. This provided a practical means of assistance to veterans and also ensured a steady, reliable source of poppies. Veterans at Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities and veterans homes help assemble the poppies, and each year the VFW distributes roughly 14 million worldwide.


It was around the same time the first poppy factory was built that the VFW registered the name "Buddy Poppy" with the U.S. Patent Office. The term "Buddy" was coined by the poppy makers as a tribute to their comrades who did not come home from the war or who were scarred and crippled for life.


The VFW celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Buddy Poppy as its official flower in 1997. While profits from its sales have helped countless veterans and their widows, widowers and orphans over the years, the poppy itself survives as a perpetual tribute to those who have given their lives for the nation's freedom.
 


REMEMBER  ME - 12" SQUARE

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate Beginner



FINISHED SIZE: 12” square


MATERIALS: Three colors worsted weight yarn
Crochet hook size I / 5.5 mm (for sample)
Tapestry needle


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


COMMENCE PATTERN:


Rnd. 1: Ch 6, sl st in first ch to form a ring, ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 dc in ring, ch 4, [2 dc in ring, ch 4] 3 times, join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch-3.



Rnd. 2: Ch 1, 1 sc in same st, *sc in next st, [1 hdc, 2 dc, 3 tr, 2 dc, 1 hdc] in next ch-4 sp (corner)**, 1sc in next st, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join in beg sc. Finish off color.

Rnd. 3: With new color, sl st in sp between first and 2nd sc, ch 9 (counts as first dc and ch-6), *1sc in center tr of next corner group, ch 6**, 1 dc in sp between next 2 sc, ch 6, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-9.

Rnd. 4: Sl st into next ch-6 sp, [ch 3, 4 dc] in same sp, in next sc work corner as [2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr], *(in next ch-6 sp work 5 dc) twice, work corner, rep from * 3 times, in next ch-6 sp work 5 dc, join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch-3. Finish off color.

Rnd. 5: Attach next color with sl st to any corner sp, in same sp work [ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc], * ch 1, skip next st, I dc in next st, rep from * to corner, ch 1, in corner work [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc], rep pat around square beg at *, join with sl st to top of beg ch-3.

Rnd. 6: Ch 3, 1 dc in next dc, in corner work [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc],  *1 dc in ea of next 2 dc,  [ch 1, sk next dc, 1 dc in next dc] 6 times, ch 1, 1 dc in ea of next 2 dc, work corner, rep pat around square beg at *, join with sl st to top of beg ch-3. Finish off color.

Rnd. 7: Attach next color with sl st to any corner sp, in same sp work [ch 3, 1 dc. Ch 2, 2 dc], *1 dc in each dc and ch-1 sp to next corner, in corner sp work [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc], rep from * around square, join with sl st to top of beg ch-3. (27 dc on each side)

Rnd. 8: Ch 3, 1 dc in next dc, in corner work [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc], 1 dc in each dc to next corner, work pat around square, join with sl st to top of beg ch-3. (31 dc on each side)

Rnds. 9 - 10: Ch 3, 1 dc in each dc to corner, in corner work [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc], 1 dc in each dc to next corner, work pat around square, join with sl st to top of beg ch-3. Finish off after Rnd. 10. (33/35 dc on each side)


Copyright - This Remember Me Pattern and the pattern photos are copyright 2010 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.)


This pattern is named after the “Flower of Remembrance,” the red poppy, which is the official memorial flower of the VFW.


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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Website Overhauled



Someone around here is a little more organized than Precious and Kitty these days. I have actually taken the time to post each and every pattern on the blog so you have it readily available to you on the webpage. No more trying to download it from another source. I know that was  a pain!!!! So here they all are plain and simple. And now I am tired like Precious and Kitty. I have already taken my evening meds, including Lunesta - a sleeping aide. So I better get off to bed. Please have fun with my patterns and enjoy them all.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Technical Difficulties


Please bare with me while I revamp all my patterns. It seems that the pdf downloads aren't working very well at all. :( So I am going back to my original way of just publishing each pattern on the webpage. That way you will be sure to have it. I'm so sorry for any inconvenience. This may take a couple of weeks as I have rejoined the workforce and am working 40 hours a week now. I will continue to maintain my blog and post new patterns as well. Please pray that my health will remain steady so that I may continue in this new journey. I appreciate you all.

Monday, March 29, 2010

New Joining Method

Here's a new joining method for you to try out, called Loops and Lace. It is published in the Talking Crochet newsletter. You can subscribe for free. This process involves loops that are crocheted on the edges and then interlaced, creating a uniquely decorative seam that frames each strip. This joining method looks very interesting, so if anyone tries it out, I'd sure like to see it.
CLICK HERE for the instructions.


Happy Hooking!






Crochet! Magazine - May Issue - Free Patterns


I received the May issue of Crochet! Magazine. There are some very pretty patterns this month. I found one I'd really like to make for myself, as it seems fairly simple, but very pretty. It's called Sally's Best Friend Cardigan. Sized up to a 3X. This particular pattern is not free - you must buy the magazine to obtain it. Here's a picture:



Now for the free patterns. :) You must go to the CROCHET! MAGAZINE website and log in with this limited time code: CF5192. Here are some of the free patterns:


BREEZY MESH JACKET

NIGHT & DAY


PINK GLITZ TANK


SUMMER BREEZE


There is also a free article by Darla Simms called
"CUSTOM FIT CROCHET FORMULA."



Have fun browzing the free patterns - you might want to pick up an issue at your local supplier. It contains many nice patterns. Here's a sampling:

 






 
       

Happy Hooking!