Monday, September 19, 2016

I think I have a new addiction!!

Good Monday morning.....I think I might have a small problem....I was going through my stuff...and by stuff I mean trying to get my room picked up.  I saw this pile of doilies.....and it made me realize I may have a problem.....I love this new thread..I have a few orders I really need to get finished up and out of here...but I keep seeing this thread







And I keep making these doilies......I just have so much fun watching the thread change colors and really just come together at the end.  How is does it...nobody knows..it just does......Anyway so I have this pile of beautiful doilies...and this thread is just screaming at me...and there are a few colors I have yet to play with...but I have some orders I must get done...the monkey on my back is saying play with the pretty thread...hook it...hook it good...and then the other side of me is saying..Vikki..yes pick up the hook...but get those orders made..people are counting on you...argh!!! I hate it when the responsible me starts talking...so for today I will be responsible..I will work on the orders..just for today...Hello my name is Vikki and I am an addict....Thanks for stopping by....if you want to feed your addiction, or just try this thread..you can find it here....   Byhooks4u.etsy.com   or click on the pic of the doily at the right upper corner...should take you right there....


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Monday, September 12, 2016

Over the weekend project

Surprise!!!! I am trying to blog at least once a week.  I feel like I have been out of sync....I made a doily over the weekend.  I test for Grace Fearon ..you can find her on Ravelry.  I very seldom go to Ravelry.  It seems to be hard to navigate for me.  Besides I can never remember my user name, let alone my password, and it is just not worth the effort.  I would rather be hooking.  
The name of the pattern is Etienne and is still in the testing stages.  I really like this pattern.  It came out to 12 inches, I used a #6 Boye hook.  The thread is the self striping thread Alize Miss Batik....I just love how it worked in this pattern.  Oh yeah...this came in last week
More Alize Miss Batik.....I placed another order already this morning as I ran out of some colors, and others are running low...also reduced my price because another person selling it on Etsy lowered theirs.  Which will set me up for a rant....I don't understand why some shop owners feel like they have to undercut, or under price their goods.   I sell this stuff because I use it, and I like it....I make my doilies because I like creating them...I sell them because I cannot keep everything I make...you should see the pile of doilies I have...I like playing with the thread, I like the creative part of it.  With that being said I will not price my things just to make a sale.  I am proud of what I make..I say that not as a boastful person, but because my talent is worth something...as is everybody who creates handmade items.  We are craftsmen...we are not Walmart (does Walmart carry DMC Cebelia in their stores?  No)  they carry it in their warehouse because shelf space is too expensive for them to stock it in the store.  We cannot compete with Walmart...why should we as craftsmen compete with each other when we cannot compete with Walmart.  No I did not undercut their price on the thread...I just met their price....OK rant over..... Anyway you can find the thread and the doily at my shop
I finished this up last week....there is a mistake in it....can you see it?   I didn't find it until after I had it blocked and dried....I think I will add this to the pile I have to make a tablecloth using a bunch of white doilies....or maybe I will make a curtain....something..  Ok if you want to pop into my shop to have a look see...
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Friday, September 9, 2016

Alize Miss Batik...self striping thread is Here!!

Good Afternoon...I almost forgot to post this week....I have gotten out of the habit.  Going to work on that.. Anyway..the self striping thread is now here and available in my shop.  I am almost out of a few colors..and totally out of one..so if you are thinking about trying it I would encourage you to visit my shop and look under the section Alize Miss Batik.  This is some awesome thread....this is what I made this week with it...
This is a Mary Werst design...out of Mary's Doily Pattern book....
I so enjoyed going through this box of thread...I would have hugged the man in brown who delivered it, but figured it would be out of line...so I contained myself and did a happy dance once I closed the door......anyway....you can check out the threads at my shop   BYHOOKS4U@etsy.com   or you can just click on the link on my page...on the right....it will take you right there!! Have a great weekend...



Sunday, September 4, 2016

Well hello there!!! I have had so many problems when it comes to this blog sight...I don't even want to get into it.  Let me catch you up on everything....Well I am testing patterns for Grace Fearon...she is the next PK ..at least in my opinion.  Wonderful doilies..you can find her on Ravelry..Also I finally received the ALIZE MISS BATIK thread.   This thread is so fun...it is a self striping thread...I will post some pics at the end of my post..be sure to look at them...I have them available for purchase in my shop, but inventory is really low...I re-ordered more less than 3 days after it came in..I didn't know it would sell so quickly...so hopefully the order will be here on Tuesday or Wednesday this week...This is a size 10 mercerized thread..fun to work with...you almost have to work with it to really see what I mean...There are also co-ordinating colors that I am considering carrying..Have you seen some of the big box stores (Walmart) for example have DMC Cebelia in their warehouse?  I cannot compete with their price..and am finding it hard to get my complete order through my supplier...so I am not sure what I am going to do...maybe hoard my DMC Cebelia...and BABYLo is so undependable I cannot know when it will come in.  I do have more of the shaded colors on order because I am out, but they have been backordered over and over...so maybe my retail days of DMC product might be over...we will see what happens in the next month or two....as for the ALIZE...I will keep ordering and see what happens...ok want to see some pics? 







You can find this thread at my shop....

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Friday, July 8, 2016

One Proud grandma!!!

I haven't been moving the hook too much in the past 3 weeks...I have my oldest grandson with me.  He just turned 14.  I am blessed beyond measure because he wants to be here.  Someday he will be too old for his grandma and his life will be busy so I am truly enjoying the time I have with him.  I did get this name thingy done for a customer..and while I was making it may grandson stood behind me...and yes it drove me crazy...I didn't know he was watching and learning...He asked if I had any extra crochet stuff, so I dug him out a ball of yarn and a hook....he wanted thread and a small hook...we did start out with it, but he soon realized he wasn't quite ready for it.  So with the yarn I was gob stopped shocked....he is a lefty and since he has been about 4 or 5 he wanted to help me...and I tried teaching..we got as far as a chain...every year he comes down and every year we go through the learning of crochet...well this year by George he got it!!!! well kind of...but he got it!!! I have posted pics of his wrist bands...he did them all by himself while watching tv !!!! So yes I am one proud grandma...his dad may have a problem with it, but his grandma....NOT!! 

The name thingy (Breadcloth) is made with DMC #20 thread, and is color 3033 (taupe)...I make these by requests ...you can contact me at Byhooks4u.etsy.com for more information ...

Thanks for stopping by..yep one proud gma!!!



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Friday, June 24, 2016

I am drinking my first cup of tea this morning and realize I haven't blogged for about a week...so here goes...It has been a wonderful week...I have a new grandson!!!!  Megan my youngest daughter and her family have been blessed with the adoption of a new child.  Meg and her family have been waiting for this baby for at least a year now.  If you or someone you know have been down the adoption road, you know how rocky this road is.  So praise be that our family has grown.  I haven't met him yet..but I am working on getting up there to meet him.   I would post a pic of him...but me techno challenge...the pics are in my phone...and I am on my laptop..not sure how to get them from one place to another...so that's for another day....Trust me he is just as handsome as his brothers...and I love him although I have yet to meet him.

Ok here is last's weeks doily....it is a pattern design by Cylinda Mathews, Crochet Memories...
This was a CAL from a few months ago,  but I just got around to doing it.   I like this girl's designs, very well written and easy to follow along.. she has a website  Crochet Memories..you can find her patterns there..she also has a facebook page... this doily is approx. 22 inches across and has 13 flowers, made with DMC Cebelia thread and Lizbeth.

I tested another pattern but it has to be blocked, and pictures taken and sent to Grace before posting pics on here.  So check back in a few days, I may have it posted by then.  One can only hope.

My oldest grandson has been visiting since last Sunday...do you know you have to feed teenagers?  If you don't they remind you...and start planning meals from the minute they get up?  Did you know boys eat a lot and I mean a lot more than girls?  Just a heads up...

IF you need thread or are looking for a really nice thread be sure to check my shop out.  I also have pattern books from my destashing effort...I still have some to list... you can find me here   Byhooks4u.etsy.com 

have a wonderful weekend..and be sure to find the joy and count your blessings...

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Pattern Testing

Wow it is hot here in Southern Indiana....so sticky..so what can I possible do all day long?  Yep...I am hooking it. I have a tablecloth, a flowered doily, a runner and a test pattern on my hook.  If you know me you know when I have this many things going...that I tend to freeze up.  But I am doing ok with it.

I finished this up over the weekend..it is a test pattern.  The pattern was designed by Grace Fearon...the name of the doily is IVY...You can find her on Ravelry.  Not sure if she has this pattern up for sale yet, but she has others that she offers. 

Let me tell you about this design..it is not...repeat ..is not for the beginner..I would say it is for the experienced hooker...one who has full knowledge of all stitches..and understand the lingo.  Remember not every designer uses the same words in the same order....I no problem with the instructions, but did have to slow down and read the instructions all together...but it is a wonderful design.  I feel that Grace is a wonderful designer.  I love PK designs with texturing stitches..and Grace is right up there with Patricia Kristoffersen in her designs...and looking forward to more from her. 





I used a LeeWards #6 hook, DMC Cebelia #3033, size 10 thread....the color doesn't show up well...

anyway I hope you all have a great week...

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Wow...I can't believe it has been a month since I last posted..goodness the older I get the faster time flies.  I have been telling myself I need to get my to my blog for at least a week or two.  I try to read some blogs and blogger says page unavailable..so JO and Moe...please know that I am trying to stay in touch...OK..what is new in my world...not a whole lot.. Went to Florida with my mom and one of my sisters to visit another sister.  That was a fun trip...my sister has never flown before.  She really made me laugh..Mom broke her foot a few weeks back, so she was wheeled around in a wheelchair..found out she has trust issues..like we are going to run her into something on purpose..Hey I will be honest here..you get a lot of help getting through the airport, ticket and security if you are in a wheelchair...I highly recommend it..

I got home from my trip and found that I had a couple of big boxes of DMC thread waiting for me.   Of course it is Cebelia...but there was a box of BABYLo......brand new colors!!! The colors are awesome....I can't remember who suggested I look into Babylo..but thank you whoever you are...I love this thread...It is right up there with Cebelia...

I moved in April....To be really honest...I am not sure I like where I am at.  It is only temporary, but I need just a little more space.  I can't seem to get my craft room organized and together....I need help...seems like it is just there..some of it is still in boxes..got the important stuff unpacked..like thread, hooks, and patterns...but the rest...not so much...

Hey if you get a minute ...check out the Babylo..it is in my shop ByHooks4u.etsy.com






I am still destashing my pattern books and am listing more as I find them...also as always DMC Cebelia Size 10, and neutral colors in size 20...at the best price you will find anywhere.. 

Thanks for taking time to read my thoughts, may you be wonderfully blessed.


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Monday, May 9, 2016

Good Afternoon,  thanks for stopping by.  I hope all you guys had a wonderful mother's day, whether you are a mother or not.  My girls all live away from me so I didn't have my daughters with me so I wasn't able to see them but we did text and talk.  My mom is also a distance away, but she knows I was thinking about her..and hoping that she was able to feel the love.  Hubby was working so I stepped in for him and took my other mother to lunch and did a little shopping..I bought a new shower curtain and bath mats...whoopee,.. came back to my home and had dessert...cupcakes..yummy..

I only finished one doily this week....I think this doily has one of the most complicated rows of stitches I have ever done.  The effect is awesome and the doily is just gorgeous..bet you can guess which rows I am talking about by looking at the pics.. anyway...this doily is made with DMC Cebelia #712 in size 10 (can be found in my etsy shop) Byhooks4u.etsy.com   The pattern in a Patricia Kristoffersen design and can be found in her Ultimate doilies book...I really really like how this turned out...


So can you guess which three rows I was talking about?

Thanks for stopping by....I hope you all are able to find your blessings this week...

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Good Morning....thanks for stopping by.  Our move was a rough one.  I am getting too old to do this stuff.  I don't like having to pack up my stuff...unpack and find a place for said stuff.  I have a lot of stuff....not to mention that we moved from a rather large house for two people to a much smaller space....and to think this move is another temporary one..if I think about it too much I will go crazy....I am going to pay someone to move me the next time..and I will go on a trip or something until the move is complete...that includes the unpacking too....I understand why psychologist say there are 3 large life changes that cause the most stress in our lives.... death, marriage/divorce, and a move....I think the last one mentioned is the trigger for the other two....anyway the move is complete...I still need to find a way to get my craftroom organized...the thread is on the shelves as are the pattern books..but I feel so out of place...and it feels so crowded...and unorganized...oh well..it will get there....any way.....I kept a hook...some thread and a pattern out that I could work on to keep me calmed....you know that knitting and crocheting have been medically proven to relieve stress right?  Well I kept a large tablecloth pattern and lots of thread handy..where I could find it...ok I am not going to lie...I carried it around like a toddler with a favorite blanket....I have about 20 more rows left to do on it....I guess if I wanted I could put more rows on...I will have to see how it fits..I need to dig out some more ecru thread...hopefully the change in dye lots won't show...I started out with 10 balls...I have 1 more ball after the one I am on....It's ecru..surely there won't be much of a difference..right?
Ok I think I have caught you up...oh yeah...BABYLo thread came in...I have like 22 or more colors of it.... you can check them out at my shop  Byhooks4u.etsy.com   there is a shade of red that is gorgeous...and a shade of brown/tan that was discontinued in Cebelia, but is available in Babylo..... Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my thoughts..have an awesomely blessed weekend.














Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Help?


Trying to pack to move....that is the first pic....anyone want to help....I really have so much to do..and my computer isn't working..I am using this stupid chromebook...which isn't easy..can't print a thing..got to upload my pics from an sd card...and then maybe I can upload them to another place...I am taking this stupid thing back...I have 15 days to do that...well it is going back..

The second pic are my projects...not going to block them probably for awhile as this move has me frazzled..on top of my laptop not working...

I am usually fairly patient when I deal with customer service people..after talking to a support person..and we have a language problem..not so much the language but the accent...I am struggling to understand him ....after over an hour I get disconnected.....darn...they have my phone number in case that happens...but they never call me back...I assume that meant my recovery disc is on its way.....a week later..which is today..I call back...and have to go through the entire thing again..only she and I understand each other a little better...but alas that was not gonna last....we get disconnected....so I wait no call back......so I call back and now I am just so pi....ed off....so I get another person..and this accent is off the chart.....so I have to go through the whole thing again....DELL get it together.....hopefully my disc is coming...I am so upset with Dell's customer service...my laptop is still under warranty..but it won't be if this takes too long.....so .......I have no laptop..but I think I am gonna take this chromebook back and maybe get a cheap laptop...maybe.....but the chromebook is going back....anyway thanks for reading my rant....

Friday, March 25, 2016

BabyLO IS HERE!!!

Good afternoon...hope all is well in your world...just a quick little note to catch everyone up....Babylo is here and listed in my etsy shop.  Byhooks4u.etsy.com    if you want to go have a look.  This is the smoothest thread I have ever worked with....it is a long staple cotton...twice mercerized..by flame..so it has a wonderful sheen just like the Cebelia...and the colors...well you have to see for yourself.  I only received half of what was ordered..so the rest is back ordered..who knows when it will get here....

Oh Yeah....I am moving so I am going to close my shop up..put it in vacation mode I should say....April 10 will be the last day for you to buy from my shop until around April 20...maybe earlier..depending on how much unpacking I need to do...trust me ..my craft room is a moving nightmare....more boxes are needed than the rest of the house combined...almost embarrassing.....almost...


There is a red and a shaded orange that came in a day later..and they aren't pictured here....the red is a beautiful shade....I tried to take a pic..but I just can't seem to get the color to show righteously.  Anyway for you threadies out there....I know you are feeling what I am....love this stuff... 

Have a great and wonderful weekend...And a joyous Easter..He Lives!!!!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Babylo is on its way...a self striping doily and a move....

Just got word from my supplier..BABYLO is on its way to my house!!  Bad news is that I am only going to get half of what I ordered.  Apparently....my supplier can't get it from DMC USA..but has to work with someone from France...and DMC France has to rely on DMC Bulgaria for the BABYLo....and from what I understand..Bulgaria has a dye problem..and I just need to keep ordering and back ordering...But at least I am getting some of my order...so being as I don't know what I am getting it will a really good surprise when opening the box.   Should be here at my house by mid week..next week...

Ok we sold our house...went up north to look for a place to live..well..not much on the market in the area we want to be...we put in an offer..they countered..their counter was unreasonable..so we backed out...our house is closing on or before April 29...so that kind of puts us in a bind for buying...and I don't like feeling like I have to buy something...so we have chosen to stay in Evansville and rent an apartment....that allows us time to look...and make a good decision...no rush.  I feel good about that...We will have a garage..for storage..we need it as my house is 2200 sq. ft...the apartment is 983....this ought to be fun.....my hubby already knows the deal...all thread..all pattern books, hooks..and yarn...will be going into the apartment....as for the rest of our things..well that has to be worked out.    I will be shutting down my etsy shop for a week or two until I get everything up and organized...so if you want thread..pattern books..order before April 10 or so...and I probably won't be back up and running until at least the last week of april..we will see



I made this doily..It is a Mary Werst design...this past week...Made with Alize Miss Batik...it is a self striping thread...this thread is fun because of the way it works itself.  I had no part on how the striping occurs..so I imagine no two doilies will ever look the same..even with the same dye lot....this doily has alot..and I mean alot of front post stitchwork..the texturing is so awesome.  


Well that is what has happened in the past week in my world.  I really need to get busy and clean a room out today ...I will let you all know when the babylo gets here...I just have to make a decision to unpack it and get it listed ....or wait....argh......thanks for stopping by and reading whats going on in my life or my head.  May you all be have a wonderfully blessed week...


Monday, February 29, 2016

A Couple of finished doilies....

Good Afternoon.  I finished up a couple of doilies this past week...thought I would share them with you.  I have listed them in my Etsy shop www.etsy.com/shop/byhooks4u  in case you want to look at more pics.  I also have over 50 pattern books that I have listed as part of my destash project.  I still have a few more binders to go through but I think I am finally seeing the end.  I have some Afghan books, mostly hardcover that I will be listing sometime this week...and I think I have a few more doily books in a pile...almost done...I keep telling myself that.

Not much has been going on in my world..which can be a good thing...going up north this coming weekend if the weather holds up...not going if it decides to be winter again..looking forward to seeing my family..my girls, grandkids, sisters, and mom and dad..been too long.

 This one on top is made with DMC #842 size 10...It is a Kristoffersen pattern, called Glorious..can be found in the book Wonderful Doilies.... I think that is in the pile I plan on listing in my store later this week...
This one...is made with Alize miss batik...it is a self striping thread....I had nothing to do with the way the colors came together...It was fun to watch it work itself....I like the fact that I don't have to make color changes and weave in the ends...This pattern is called Brenna and is also a Kristofferson pattern..


I hope you enjoyed the pics...Have a wonderful day.  And thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts.  

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Seriously destashing my pattern books......

In the next few days I am going to be listing these books in my etsy shop....so yes I am destashing in a big way.....I still have some binders to go through so there will be more in the future....if you see something here you want you can message me from facebook...byhooks4u is my name....and I can send you an invoice through pay pal....save me listing fees....or you can just hit my etsy shop www.etsy.com/shop/byhooks4u   and see if they are listed yet...these are just some of the books......
$8.00 +shipping


$10 +shipping

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$8.00 + shipping

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15.00 + shipping

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 Like I said these are just a few of what I will be listing in the near future....and I still have binders to go through.....argh!!