The little things

It really is the little things that are important. Yesterday my day was made when I signed on to Ravelry and I realized I had one message. It had been sitting there for a few days, but since I never expected to get mail, I never looked.

What is Ravelry? It’s the site that created my crochet addiction. Everything you need to be inspired is there. If you are a member, you know what I mean. It’s a must if you do anything with yarn. There is a very active community constantly uploading patterns, yarns, and chatting about anything and everything.

I was 3 months into my crochet craze when I spotted a multi color Red Heart Soft skein and immediately I thought of a botanist friend who loves to garden. Turns out the colorway is Garden. I knew I had to make her something. Right next to it was a free pattern for the Bright Stripes Scarf by Red Heart Design Team. It is a great beginner pattern because it makes you feel like you are doing much more than just single crochet. I particularly like the use of the overlapping treble crochet.  I only used two colors (they recommend four) and added a few more rows of single crochet to make it wider.

The Red Heart Design asked me if they could feature my version on their pattern page. I was (and still am) on cloud nine. It might not mean much to some, but at least someone liked my design. [The truthful caveat is that there are only one or two other completed projects, but they still chose mine! :)]

I am inspired to keep trying and maybe someday I will be creating my own designs.

Next Step

Projects never end. They just keep getting bigger. You can’t just have a scarf. You know you need to have a hat and gloves too. Next to tackle are the fingerless gloves!





Batik with Fan Crochet

My husband travels and I get the benefit of “sorry you can’t be here” guilt gifts. I recently (time is relative) received a small batik. I can’t imagine he paid much for it, but it’s a gift from him, so it means a lot to me. I want to display it appropriately.

What is a batik? Batik is a method of painting fabric with wax. Mine is on a rectangular cloth.

The Grand Plan

IMG_8945[1]It has unfinished edges, so I plan to use hem tape. I have no idea how to sew and much less manage to do it in a straight line.

I will still need to sow an “anchor” for the crochet. I plan to use a blanket stitch with nylon string.


I made my first expensive yarn purchase at my local yarn shop. I spotted the Schoppel Wolle Zauberballs right away. It turns out the color is called Tropical Fish. It was meant to be. Unfortunately I think it is going to require two skeins.

Shortly after discovering Pinterest, I spotted a picture of a doily/scarf. It had no information other than a picture of a finished product, and I knew someday I wanted to use it. I searched until I found my way to a Russian site where I presume it originated from. The other pictures are from Pinterest & DoilyMania’s post on  Processed with MOLDIV

Somehow I am going to attach finished doily (A) to Batik (B). Will let you know how it goes……






My first blog post

This is my very first blog post. One of millions of others all over the internet. It is important to me because it is my first. I see everyone else in this world has an opinion and it’s my time to share mine. This is for me. I want to share it with the world, but in the end, it is still for me.

I have found a new passion (er, addiction), YARN! I am not picky. I just love the colors. I love just looking at the discount yarn. It’s always a sheer mess of colors, and it’s beautiful. You would never actually wear or make something with that mess (a new challenge?), but I just love looking at it. Then I dive in…..

I started crocheting 6 months ago. It’s always something I wanted to try. I did when I was little, but it just didn’t stick. A series of unfortunate(?) events, finally led me to pick up my first ball and hook. I can’t even remember what it was. There have been so many after.

Two large storage bins later, I spend my time looking for new ideas to crochet. I want to be able to share what I find and make. There are so many projects I want to make that it’s time to write them all down.

About Image: My yarns are written in that book. All with $$$ attached. I know exactly how much my addiction has cost me.

The notebook was made on Shutterfly.