Check out why I love crochet

My love for crochet started in my early 30’s. My neighbor did the most beautiful work and I knew I wanted to crochet too. She was a lovely lady from Mexico and spoke very limited English.
She gave me yarn and a hook and showed me how to make the stitches. If i did it wrong she just pulled it out and shook her head no! After several weeks i was crocheting, now i had to figure out how to read a pattern. So, i bought a crochet book and by trail and error I figured it out. No internet than to help me.
In my youth my Mom would make doilies. Beautiful pineapple designs ones. She would starch it and display it on the coffee table.
My main love is crocheting for my grand babies. Making hats, blankets and dresses, you name it!
I also, like to crochet different items like purses, dish cloths, kitchen towel sets and much more.
I hope this blog will inspire you to get out the yarn and try. It is a great way to relax and get rid of the stress. Some people use crochet as a therapy It is all things to me.
I will be including tips, patterns, links to tutorials also.
Now it is your turn-share how you started crocheting.

Fabulous Fall Throw

These beautiful square motifs are crocheted in the round in colors inspired by Fall. Fall is one of my favorite seasons. This beautiful throw will keep you warm on those chilly evenings.

http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/fabulous-fall-throw

 

 

Why I adore Owls

I love ows and I love owl designs, plus I love real owls.  They have faces that just don’t quit and they always look fabulous.

Owls are most often seen and heard during the night, because they are nocturnal. However, some owls, such as the pygmy owl, are active at twilight. And if you see or hear an owl during the day, it means that you are likely encountering a diurnal owl that sleeps at night just like we do.

Owls have large eyes to facilitate navigation in complete darkness. Their eyes are specially adapted to easily detect movement and see any changes in light levels. Love those eyes!

They blink like humans do, but they also have a “third eyelid” that sweeps from side to side to help clean and lubricate their eyes, which can’t move. Instead of looking around by changing the direction of their gazes, like we can, they must use their necks to move their entire heads to face the direction.

If you love owls, you will want to crochet this set, http://www.crochetpatternseasy.com/2016/05/pattern-free-written-rugs-owl.html

Corujas

 

What to do on a rainy day?

We are having rain this weekend, which is a good thing. I can not think of a better way to spend a lazy rainy day than crocheting! So, i finished the diaper cover to the red dress, well almost. I need a pretty button to finish it up.
Very easy pattern.

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Free pattern:http://cbraden7.blogspot.com/2011/08/diaper-cover-pattern.html?m=1

 

Work in process, Christmas dress

With a new great granddaughter coming in late Nov. I am having so much fun making things for her.
I finished her dress and head band. Now on to the diaper cover and maybe some booties!
Love the easy pattern, you can find it here and it is free. http://encrafted.co.uk/2012/02/22/newborn-frilly-flower-dress/

Here in Texas the no sleeves is okay, you never know what the weather will be! Just add a cute under shirt . It appears larger than it is. Fits newborn to 3 months.

What are you working on?

 

 

So, how do I read a yarn label, what is yarn weight ?

Yarn labels contain value information. From fiber content to laundering information,
What information should I look for on the yarn label?
1. Yarn name and fiber content. This is pretty self-explanatory. It’s important to note the fiber content so that you can select your favorite fibers (or avoid ones to which you are sensitive). Fiber content: Lets you know whether the yarn is wool, cotton, acrylic, a blend, or something else.
2. How much yarn. This includes length and weight in both US and metric measurements.
3. Gauge information. This shows the average suggested hook and needles size, as well as about how many stitches are in a 4×4″ swatch.
4. Yarn weight category. The number given here is on a scale of 0 (thinnest) to 6 (thickest) according to the Craft Yarn Council yarn standards. This gives you a rough idea of the yarn’s thickness; for more detailed information.
read more here:http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/weight.html
5. Country of origin.
6. Care information. This section details washing, drying, ironing, and dry cleaning directions.
7. Yarn color and dye lot. Not only does this area include the yarn color’s name and number, but it also includes the dye lot. If you’re buying more than one skein of the same yarn, make sure that your dye lot numbers all match. Sometimes the same yarn color will vary slightly between dye lots, so you should always check this number.
8. Company information.
Remember to save the info with any of your leftover yarn. You may even want to give a copy of it with your gift, so they know how to take care of it.

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What is your favorite yarn to  use?

Crochet Hooks -Types of hooks

Confused about which hooks to use? Here are some great tips about the different hooks.
What works well for one person may not for someone with a different crocheting style.
There are a lot out there to decide on. Before buying a set, try just one hook to see how you like it.
Crochet hooks made and sold in the USA use a lettering system for their sizes. As the letter gets further into the alphabet, the hook gets larger. These sizes vary from the 2.25 mm  to  size Q.  


Types of Crochet Hooks
Steel are for the smallest sizes and are often used in fine thread crochet such as in doilies.
Aluminum are available a large range of sizes. Aluminum hooks allow you to crochet smoothly and quickly.
Plastic are available in all the common sizes as well as jumbo hooks. They are very large and are usually made of hollow plastic, because it is lightweight.
Bamboo are lightweight and warm in the hand and are available in all but the smallest and jumbo sizes.
Ergonomic have larger soft handles or handles you can insert a regular hook into. They are designed to reduce the strain in your hands.
Popular Brands-I use Boyle with the soft handles. I do have a bag full of other brands too!
Here are a few favorite brands.

Clover

Boye

Susan Bates

What hooks have you tried?  Which ones do you like and dislike?