Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Little Sunglass Clutch - Pattern for Sale

An old favorite, the Little Sunglass Clutch. Make it just in time for Mother's Day and Spring! It was designed to mimic a pair of sunglasses, but it doesn't have to be used as an eyeglass case. It can also be a little clutch or purse to use when a larger one isn't needed. I use mine all the time when I go to the grocery store or shopping. I put my car keys in it, my debit card, my driver's license, etc; and I use the little wrist strap and then hold it in my left hand while I do my shopping. It's very handy and doesn't get in the way, especially when I don't have any pockets to carry anything. At $2.00 US currency for the written pattern, the price is right to try it out.  




LITTLE SUNGLASS CLUTCH $2.00     



Monday, April 25, 2011

April Craft-a-Poem

It's time for April's Craft-a-Poem. Thanks to Sara from Lazy Knits and Purls for hosting this contest. Every month she chooses a random winner who receives a prize of a Ravelry pattern or a Knit Picks gift certificate. I am tickled pink to report that I won for the month of March, and I chose the gift certificate! With the gift cert, I bought a crochet book, of course (like I don't have enough), and I absolutely love it! Now I have to take the time to browse through it and drool and then work through some of the patterns. Then I can continue on with what I had already started! 


 I finally worked up my 8" squares for this month using The Unique Sheep Luxe in Light Bark and Spring Pink. These colors were inspired by the Double Cherry blossoms in the backyard of the artist. How wonderful! Be sure you click on the link and look at the photo of the cherry blossoms - they are just beautiful!


The square I designed is called "Blooming Beauty," and the poem I chose to accompany it is William Shakespeare's Sonnet 54.  It is in part of Sonnets 1-126, which are called the Fair Youth sonnets.The sonnets were first published together in 1609. 

Sonnet 54
O! how much more doth beauty beauteous seem

By that sweet ornament which truth doth give.
The rose looks fair, but fairer we it deem
For that sweet odour, which doth in it live.
The canker blooms have full as deep a dye
As the perfumed tincture of the roses,
Hang on such thorns, and play as wantonly
When summer's breath their masked buds discloses:
But, for their virtue only is their show,
They live unwoo'd, and unrespected fade;
Die to themselves. Sweet roses do not so;
Of their sweet deaths are sweetest odours made:
And so of you, beauteous and lovely youth,
When that shall vade, my verse distills your truth.



--William Shakespeare


This is how the sonnet might read in modern speech:

Oh how much more beautiful beauty is when the truth is told. The rose is pretty but we make it seem even prettier based on its smell. Canker blooms (wild roses) have the same color as the slightly perfumed (crimson or demask) roses which hang on violent thorns that swing about when summer’s wind unveils their disguised buds: but this is all for show, they live unnoticed and disrespected and die alone. Roses do not have this fate, after they die you can still smell them. So even when you die my lovely youth and your beauty fades my words will make your beauty immortal.

Here are my lovely squares. I hope you like them. They are full of popcorns and were very fun to make. 



I hope you like my poem for this month. What do you think about it? How do you interpret it? Do you like Shakespeare at all? Let me know your opinion. And above all - Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

TESTING CLOSED



BASKET OF BERRIES

TESTING IS NOW CLOSED - PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS POST. THANK YOU!




Testers are now needed for my newest pattern for this lovely 12" square. All interested parties please follow the instructions listed below. This pattern is for the Intermediate crocheter. Stitches used are sc, hdc, and dc. Special stitches are the Reverse Popcorn stitch and the BPDC - both have instructions written out for you. Here are links to each one to show you how to work them:


 Reverse Popcorn Stitch


BPDC (Back Post Double Crochet)


Please don't let these stitches deter you from testing this pattern. I need novice crocheters as well as seasoned crocheters alike to test it. Won't you try your hand at it? Just follow the instructions below and have fun!

If you would like to be a tester for this pattern, please read all the instructions carefully. 


1. You must be a follower of my blog to be a tester.
2. You must be able to finish the project by Sunday May 8, 2011.
3. You must be able to send me a picture of your finished object in an email attachment.
4  You must create a project page on Ravelry.
5. You must send me all errors you find in the pattern.

If you can comply with these rules, then please EMAIL me at the address below and send me your follower name so I know that you are actually a follower. When I have enough testers, I will change the title of this post to "Testing Closed" and I will no longer accept any more testers. Please do not email me when the testing period is closed.  I will only take the first 5 testers for this pattern, so hurry and email today!

mocrochet@yahoo.com


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Popcorn Parade - 12" square



Popcorn Parade
Designed by: Melinda Miller

SKILL LEVEL:         Intermediate

FINISHED SIZE:      12” square

MATERIALS:            Worsted weight yarn
                                    Crochet hook size I / 5.5 mm
                                    Tapestry needle

STITCH GUIDE:      Sc = single crochet
                                    Hdc= half double crochet
                                    Dc= double crochet
                                    Tr = triple crochet (yo twice)
                                               
SPECIAL STITCHES:       

Popcorn: work 5 dc into next st, drop loop off hook, insert hook into first of these dc, pick up dropped loop and draw through.



COMMENCE PATTERN:

With color A, ch 6; join to form a ring.

Rnd 1 (right side): Ch 1, 12 sc in ring, join in first sc.

Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as a dc), dc in same sc, 2 dc in each rem sc, join in 3rd ch of beg ch-3. (24 dc) Fasten off.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in between next 2 dc posts,  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 in first sc. (8 sc) (8 ch-3 loops)

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 in first sc. (8 petals) Fasten off color A.

Rnd. 5: Join color B with sc to to any center tr, ch 3, dc in next sc, ch 3, *sc in center tr of next petal, ch 3, dc in next sc, ch 3, rep from * around, join with sl st to beg sc.

Rnd. 6: Sl st into next ch-3 sp, ch 1, 4 sc into same sp, *5 sc into next ch-3 sp, 4 sc into next ch-3 sp, rep from * around, join with sl st to first sc. (72 sc)

Rnd. 7: 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. Fasten off color B. (19 sts on each side)

Rnd. 8:  Join color B with sl st to any middle tr, ch 3, 2 dc in same st, *[ch 1, sk 1 st, 1 dc in next st] 9 times, ch 1, skip 1 dc, 3 dc in next st (corner made), rep from * around square, sl st to beg ch-3. (10 ch-1 sps on each side)

Rnd. 9: Ch 3 (count as 1 dc), in same st work 2 dc (corner made), [ch1, sk 1 dc, dc in next ch-1 sp] 10 times, ch 1, in corner st work 3 dc, rep pat around square, join with sl st to beg ch-3. (11 ch-1 sps on each side)

Rnd. 10: Ch 1, 3 sc in same st, sc in next st, work 2 sc in each ch-1 sp,  in 3 dc corner group work 1 sc in first dc, 3 sc in middle dc, 1 sc in third dc, rep pat around square, join with sl st to beg sc. Fasten off color B. (26 sc on each side)



Rnd. 11: Join color A with sl st to middle sc of 3 sc corner, ch 3, in same st work (1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), dc in next 2 sc, *popcorn in next sc, ch 1, dc in next 2 sc, rep from * to corner, in corner st work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), rep pat around square, join with sl st to beg ch 3. Fasten off Color A.. (8 popcorns on each side)

Rnd. 12: Join Color B in any corner sp, ch 3 (count as 1 dc), in same sp work (1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), *dc in next 4 dc, [skip popcorn, dc in ch-1 sp, 1 dc in each of next 2 dc] 8 times, dc in each of next 2 dc,** in corner sp work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), rep from * 4 times ending at **, join with sl st to beg dc. (34 dc on each side)

Rnd. 13: Ch 3 (count as 1 dc), *dc in each dc to corner, in corner work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), rep from * around square, join with sl st to beg ch-3. (38 dc on each side)

Rnd. 14: Ch 2 (count as 1 hdc), *hdc in each dc to corner, in corner work (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc), rep from * around square, join with sl st to beg ch-2. (42 hdc on each side) Fasten off, weave in ends, block.


Copyright - This Popcorn Parade Pattern is copyright 2011 by Melinda Miller. 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.)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Poem in Your Pocket Day



Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day. What is this? Here's the idea: select a poem you love during National Poetry Month (April), then carry it with you to share with co-workers, family, and friends. Poems from pockets will be unfolded throughout the day with events in parks, libraries, schools, workplaces, and bookstores. Create your own Poem In Your Pocket Day event using ideas below or email npm@poets.org and let them know of your own plans, projects and suggestions.


Here are some ideas for Poem in Your Pocket Day events:



  • Start a "poems for pockets" give-a-way in your school or workplace


  • Urge local businesses to offer discounts for those carrying poems


  • Post pocket-sized verses in public places


  • Handwrite some lines on the back of your business cards


  • Start a street team to pass out poems in your community


  • Distribute bookmarks with your favorite immortal lines


  • Add a poem to your email footer


  • Post a poem on your blog or social networking page


  • Project a poem on a wall, inside or out


  • Text a poem to friends 



  • For more information on Poem in Your Pocket Day, please see poets.org. You can also sign up to receive a poem a day by email, access through RSS, or the IPhone App. 


    So in honor of Poem in Your Pocket Day, I will spread poetry throughout the airwaves and publish one of my favorite poems for everyone to enjoy. This is in addition to my Craft A Poem that I do every month, which I will publish later this month. I hope you enjoy the poem. Why don't you leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite poem is?

    My Luve
    By: Robert Burns

    O, my luve is like a red, red rose,
    That's newly sprung in June;
    O, my luve is like the melodie,
    That's sweetly played in tune.
    As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
    So deep in luve am I;
    And I will luve thee still, my dear,
    Till a' the sea gang dry.
    Till a' the sea gang dry, my dear. 
    And the rocks melt wi' the sun;
    And I will luve thee still, my dear,
    While the sands o' life still run.



    Sunday, April 10, 2011

    Warm Ridges - 12" square

    Warm Ridges
    Designed by Melinda Miller


    SKILL LEVEL:         Beginner

    FINISHED SIZE:      12” square

        MATERIALS:       
    Worsted weight yarn
    Assorted colors(sample uses 6)
    Crochet hook size I / 5.5 mm
    Tapestry hook


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

    Rnd. 1: Ch 3 (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 B 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 C 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)

    Pattern Note: Rnds. 7-10 are all worked in BLO. Attach Color E for Rnd. 7 and Color F for Rnd 10..

    Rnd 7: Working in BLO. 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.

    Rnd 8 – 10: Rep Rnd. 7. After Rnd. 10, finish off, weave in ends, block.

    Copyright - This Warm Ridges Pattern and the pattern photo 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.)

    Wednesday, April 6, 2011

    A Square a Day in May CAL





    Melissa, over at Hooked on Handmade, is hosting a CAL for the month of May. She will be crocheting a square a day for the entire month of May. That will be 30 squares - with day 31 devoted to assembly. As of today, she has 9 other bloggers linked up with her and a large group over on Ravelry. Here's a link to her Ravelry group: A Square a Day in May. She is featuring 30 different and unique squares, of which she already has the links posted. Six of those squares are my patterns, so I am honored that she has chosen them for her CAL and I hope that everyone has fun working them up. Why don't you jump on over to Hooked on Handmade and check it out? It looks like loads of fun and seems like a very do-able project. You have lots of time to get yourself organized and get a jump start on the project if you wish to. Come May 31st, you will have a beautiful handmade afghan to keep or to give away. What a fun way to spend your May!


    Here are the six patterns featured from my blog:


    1. Blooming Granny Square
    2. Blooming Lace
    3. Falling Star
    4. More V's Please
    5. Starfire
    6. Versailles

    HAPPY HOOKING!

    Tuesday, April 5, 2011

    More V's Please - 12" Square


    More V's Please
    Designed by Melinda Miller



    SKILL LEVEL:         Intermediate Beginner

    FINISHED SIZE:      12” square

    MATERIALS:            Worsted weight yarn
                                        Crochet hook size I / 5.5 mm
                                        Tapestry needle

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


    SPECIAL STITCHES:

    V-st: In sp or st indicated work (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc).

    V-st in V-st: Work V-st in the ch-1 sp of V-st one row below.



    COMMENCE PATTERN:

    Ch 6, sl st into first ch to form a ring.

    Rnd. 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), work 15 dc into ring, sl st into 3rd ch of beg ch-3.

    Rnd. 2: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc, ch 2), 1 dc into same st as last sl st, *ch 1, skip 1 dc, into next dc work (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc); rep from * 6 times more, ch 1, sl st into 3rd ch of beg ch-5.

    Rnd. 3: Sl st into first ch-2 sp, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), into same sp work (1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), *ch 1, into next ch-2 sp work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc); rep from * 6 times more, ch 1, sl st into 3rd ch of beg ch-3.

    Rnd. 4: Sl st into next dc and first ch-2 sp, ch 3, work 6 dc into same sp as last sl st, 1 sc into next ch sp, (7 dc into next ch-2 sp, 1 sc into next ch sp) 7 times, sl st into 3rd ch of beg ch-3.

    Rnd. 5: Sl st into 4th dc of 7-dc group, ch 1, sc in same st,  ch 4, *1 dc into next sc, ch 4, 1 sc in 4th dc of next 7-dc group, ch 4, rep from * around, sl st in first sc. (16 ch-4 loops)

    Rnd. 6: Sl st into next ch-4 sp, ch 1, in same sp work 4 sc, 4 sc in next ch-4 sp, *in next ch-4 sp work (2 hdc, 2 dc), ch 2, in next ch-4 sp work (2 dc, 2 hdc), work 4 sc in each of next 2 ch-4 sps, rep from * twice more, in next ch-4 sp work (2 hdc, 2 dc), ch 2, in next ch-4 sp work (2 dc, 2 hdc), join with sl st to beg sc.

    Rnd. 7: Ch 3, *1 dc in each st to corner ch-2 sp, in corner work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), rep from * around square, join with sl st to top of beg ch-3. (20 dc on each side)

    Rnd. 8: Sl st in next 2 sts, ch 4 (counts as 1 dc, ch 1), 1 dc in same st, *skip 2 st, work (V-st, skip 2 st) to corner ch-2 sp, in corner work (V-st, ch 2, V-st), rep from * around square, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-4.

    Rnd. 9:  Sl st into next ch-1 sp, ch 4, 1 dc in same sp, work V-st in next V-st to corner, in corner work (V-st, ch 2, V-st) rep pat around square, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-4.

    Rnd. 10: Rep Rnd. 9.

    Rnd. 11: Ch 2, hdc in ch-1 sps and in each dc across to corner ch-2 sp, in corner work 3 hdc, rep pat around square, join with sl st to beg hdc. Finish off, weave in ends, block.


    Copyright - This More V's Please Pattern and the pattern photo 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.)




    Patterns Revised

    I decided to review my patterns the other day to make sure they are correct. I did come across a couple of errors and/or decided to revise some to make it easier to work up. Please take the time to download a newer version of these two patterns: