Monday, November 28, 2016

And moving on to Christmas!!!

Today is Cyber Monday....whatever....I don't buy into the hype of doing my shopping on these days....I don't know if I am missing out on something or not.   I just haven't figured out what or how I am doing the gift giving this year.  My grandkids are growing up and are getting harder and harder to shop for.  I have a few that are still young and will enjoy anything grandma and grandpa hand them.  Most of you know I am not a shopper...I don't like crowds, don't like shopping period.  I can do it...but usually I don't if I don't have to.  Although to go shopping with mom and my sisters can really be fun..as long as I don't think about it too long and just do it.  As for Cyber Monday...well...I think the prices will be about the same if not better a week from now.  But that is my opinion I could be wrong..but I highly doubt it.   I have a tiny shop on Etsy...and it does no better, and no worse on Cyber Monday...I don't discount my things.  Little shops like us already price our items as low as we can..most of us give away our time on our items...otherwise they would never sell.  We cannot compete with the big box stores..nor do we try.  Our shipping costs are more, we still have to pay all the fees for Etsy, for paypal.  So Cyber Monday is just big business trying to entice us to spend our $$ in their stores. I will encourage you if you are looking for something unique..something special..something that means something...please shop small..whether it be online, or in your town..help that small business owner out and keep them afloat...small businesses are getting sqeezed so keep that in mind when shopping this holiday season. 

Ok....I made these two during the past week....both are listed in my etsy shop...along with the thread I used to create them....
This is a design that I just tested for Grace Fearon....I used self striping Alize Miss Batik..I love the way it worked out


 This is the thread I used to create the doily
Both doilies and the thread used to create them can be found in my etsy shop....  BYHOOKS4U.etsy.com



My Christmas runner that I finishedup over the weekend.

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Ok I think it is time to go...I can't figure out how to get out of caption mode......argh......have a great week everyone.



Monday, November 14, 2016

Hi, once again I have neglected my blog.  It has been over 2 weeks.  To be honest I just didn't feel like it..I tend to write whatever is in my head, and I wasn't sure what was going to come out...Let's just leave it at that... 

I tested another doily for Grace Fearon...This one is called Lorraine.  It is a highly textured doily, most of Grace's patterns are.  I used DMC Babylo #882..a shade that is darker than ecru..but a beigy gray color....I love it....by the way BABYLO is still marked at clearance prices...She has her 2nd book coming out shortly..if you want to look her up she has a shop on Etsy...just type in her name in the search bar.  It should come up...or you can find her on RAVELRY....I am not a fan of Ravelry ..besides I can never remember my password for that site anyway...

I am going to list a few more doilies in my shop this week...I hadn't realized I haven't been listing them...so there is a pile to be listed..yuck...maybe there is a listing fairy that will list them for me..

I finished up all my orders...so now I am at a loss as what to make..I have a to do pile...but there are so many choices...maybe I should just close my eyes and pick one...color choice won't be so hard as I hoarded 2 colors that came in with the last order of BABYlo....a gray and a fushia color....so whatever I make will be made with one of those 2 colors......anyway I finished up my orders so there is a pic in this blog somewhere....Butterfly doily...the wedding ones are done..I don't remember if I posted a pic of them or not a few weeks ago...I think I did... 



I seem to have lost the butterfly doily pic...oh well...maybe I will find it in the near future...odd how the computer just loses stuff..lol

Would love to have you stop in my store...where you can find DMC Cebelia, Alize Miss (solids), Alize Miss Batik (self striping), alize Miss Melange (shaded colors)..and DMC BABYlo....

BYHOOKS4U.etsy.com   or you can use the link at the top right to take you there....

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week







Friday, October 28, 2016

Today is the last Friday in October...goodness...I have..no had a plan for today.  The plan was to finish up a pineapple doily that is the last of an order...who knows I still may get to it.  I got sidetracked and ended up cleaning up my bedroom from the ceiling fan down to the floor.  I don't know how that one room gets so dusty and yucky..but it does.  Anyway it is done now.  I also need to run out and pick up a few things at the store.  I don't know why I seem to be the one that has to pick up groceries.  I don't like shopping at all...I think I need a maid or something..

Anyway I am taking a break and sitting in my craft/thread room and realize that I need to get in here and put the pile of patterns up.  I have binders that I keep most of my patterns and pattern books in.  And for the most part I know where each pattern is although I still make such a mess looking for the "perfect" pattern or the one I am in the mood to make...so now I have a pile that I really need to deal with. 

Oh I received more thread..more Alize Miss...this time it is the Melange line...it is like a variegated thread, but there is no white in the colors. So it is more like shaded..you know..when the green has different colors of green and gradually changes color...but this has no white..and All of the Alize Miss line co-ordinates with each other....so I now have the self striping Alize Miss Batik, the solid Alize Miss, and now the variegated Alize Miss Melange..and the colors all mix and match....I have a shawl pattern I am going to try and work with all three of them to see how it works together. 

BabyLo has been marked down to $4.00 a ball...I think I have decided not to reorder it....for a few reasons...I can't know that what I order is what I will receive, I don't know when the stuff will arrive, and I don't know if it will be backordered or not...and I cannot have money taken out of my account without knowing about it first....so unless I have a change of heart...I don't think I will be ordering anymore.  Don't get me wrong...it is some of the best thread I have ever worked with...if it were a more dependable delivery system I would continue to carry it.

OK want to see the new thread colors of Alize Melange? 




There are 11 colors of this thread.....all co ordinate with the others in the Alize Miss line of size 10 cotton mercerized thread..there is 309 yards to a ball...  you can find it in my shop.  Stop by to have a look  Byhooks4u.etsy.com  you can just click the link at the top right of my page.....  

Remember to be safe this Halloween ...Have a wonderful weekend

Monday, October 17, 2016

Too much thread!!!

I have been pondering this all weekend long.  I received 2 rather large boxes of DMC Babylo thread last week.  For those that don't know but I have trouble ordering this one thread..as my distributor only orders it for me..I am patient with it.  Last year about this same time..I placed an order for Babylo..a rather large one.  To make a long story short, not all of the order came in.  So apparently a year(last week) most of it came in...and without notice my card was hit with the cost of the thread...anyway...I talked to the distributor and have made the decision to not carry this thread anymore (there were still more on backorder).  So what I have in my shop is it.  I have decided to reduce the price to the lowest point I can and when it is gone it is gone.  Too be honest I pulled a few of the colors to keep for myself...I am a hoarder...yes..

There are colors that I have never seen in thread...like a really bright orange, an almost neon color yellow, a lime green, and a really strange color of red, purple, blue color...I am keeping all 10 balls of it for my stash..just a weird color.  There are shaded pinks, yellows, orange, blue, green, reds, and browns.  For those that don't know the difference between shaded threads and variegated threads...shaded threads only have hues of that color...for instance..shaded reds will only have shades of reds, and dark pinks..no white....and shaded blues will only have shades of blue..no whites..perfect for those roses and flowers we love to make.

I did finish a doily this past week...It is called Charlotte, a design that is still in the testing stage, designed by Grace Fearon...I used Alize Miss Batik..self striping thread #4144   it is about 14 inches across....



 Really need to move this thread.....way to much...even for a hoarder such as myself
 Grace Fearon's Charlotte......made with Alize Miss Batik #4144.....self striping...can you see the textures?  I really enjoy her patterns.
Thanks for stopping by...I hope you will check out my Etsy shop
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Monday, October 10, 2016

New threads have arrived!!!!!

Good Morning....Hope all is well in your world.  OK....had a small hiccup with my store this past week. Well maybe a few hiccups.  Let me tell you about it.  I get up one morning because I heard one of those weird sounds you don't hear often on your phone.  The sound of someone taking $$ from my bank account. So I look..yep..somebody took over $670 ..yikes..so yeah I get out of bed quickly...  I called my bank and apparently it was one of my thread suppliers...I have to wait until almost noon my time as my supplier is on the west coast..they aren't even open.  I don't know about you but, when I have something like that happen I have a hard time waiting to talk to someone.  So I got my bathroom cleaned, vacume, dusted and mopped the floor...still had another hour or two to wait...ugh...picked up a hook...and hooked all the while doing time checks.   I finally talk to them...and you know the Babylo thread...love the thread...well it is hard to get all at once..apparently I placed a large order around a year ago...not all the colors came in...well they finally did.  I did not even know I had a pending order from them....I ask if there are any more "back orders"  yes there is....I said cancel them.  This thread is ordered just for me and my tiny shop..so I kind of felt obligated to take the order.   I work with 2 other vendors...have orders out with both of them...one was delivered on the same day as the account was hit.  The other is still out there.  And now Babylo is on the way.  I do not have room for all this thread....Argh!!!   BabyLo may be going on sale upon its arrival...keep an eye out.

However...look at the colors of the thread that was delivered...unbelievable colors....This is the Alize Miss solids that co-ordinate with Alize Miss Batik, self striping thread.....This stuff is gorgeous!!!!  

You can find DMC Cebelia, DMC BabyLO and Alize Miss solids and Batik in my etsy shop.....would love it if you can help me get my inventory down to a more manageable level.  I will let you know when the new BABYLo arrives.  Byhooks4u.etsy.com


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

It's Wednesday already!!!  I really need to make myself out a schedule..so I make sure to get things done....but I tend to wing it better.  Schedules seems so rigid..Ok..what's new?  Not a whole lot...I am really working hard on getting the orders done that I have put off...Never...and I mean NEVER tell me "I'm in no hurry...whenever you get around to it."  NEVER say this to me when you ask me to make something.....I am easily distracted..I see a new pattern....the next thing you know I am making it... and because you said you were in no hurry I am putting whatever you wanted me to make on the back burner...I haven't forgotten you...I am happy you trusted me to make your doily, runner or tablecloth..but man please do not tell me you are in no hurry or whenever....so I am making myself, encouraging myself to stay on task...so with that being said...I finished the 2nd of 3 runners that were ordered months...I mean months ago....each one is a different length..so I have to do math....see sad face?  Hubby is really good about helping me figure out what I need to do to make it close to the right length.   I have now started on the third one...yippee....when I get this completed I have 2 more doilies to make ( for a wedding)...and I am still testing patterns for Grace Fearon(you can find her on ravelry)..and I have a butterfly doily that I need to get to.  So yes..self discipline is a must.  It is a good thing I didn't do my craft fair this year...did I miss it...yes....maybe next year if they have a spot for me..  Ok...want to see what I made this week.......
 This is the runner I told you about earlier....it is approx. 34 inches..the last one will be about 48 inches..and the first one I did I think was 68...not sure on that...the color is DMC #3326...a French rose color...
 This was my distraction....I tested this pattern for Grace Fearon...It is called Alice...about 14 inches across...I used the Alize Miss Batik..# 3711...self striping thread....it worked out beautifully on this pattern....you can find the thread in my shop  byhooks4u.etsy.com  and the doily will be posted shortly for sale also..
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my thoughts....May you always find the blessings....

Friday, September 30, 2016

Just checking in

Good Afternoon.  I have been trying to get on here to blog since Monday.  I thought about it, but just never got on here to do it.  I thought about blogging about our upcoming elections...and then thought why bother....I am not happy about my choices...my thought is this about our election...no matter what please just vote...anyway here are my thoughts..with a country that has as many educated people..talented people...people that have a social consciousness...why ...are these two people our choices?  We have a man that is using the public's frustration as a platform...you know that is almost scary..Yes I am frustrated as much as the next guy..I am tired of seeing our paycheck disappear before we even get it...I am tired of big business running our country..I am tired of having to be apologetic because I am white.. I am tired of having to make concessions to people who come here illegally, or who come here looking for a better way of life..but then want to rewrite our Bible..or cater to their religious beliefs...Yes I am tired...but the other option is a person that makes deals with the very powers that we have taken arms against...who believes in late term abortions..who believes we need to modernize the Bible..that believes taking guns away from law abiding citizens will help with all the violence...But as tired of I am of stupid political commercials, of half lies, of bashing each other...I will vote...I just wish we had a candidate who would tell the truth...tell me the truth..tell me that he is just a figure head and truly has very little legislative power..tell me that he/she is running for office for the prestige..for the lifetime benefits they will have once they fulfill their terms...tell me that you are going to stuff the budget full of stuff that has nothing to do with the budget..tell me what your real agenda is....Instead of saying she doesn't have the stamina...say what you really think...instead of saying and slamming him for something that he said 20 years ago really has any bearing on what he is saying now.....cause I don't think your hubby has a lot of respect for women either..TELL Me the Truth on why you want to be president.....ONE person..cannot fix the mess we are in..one person cannot heal the great divide between rich and poor..black and white..Christian and Muslims....

Ok I wasn't going to do that...wasn't going to make a political post....sorry.....May you have a  blessed week....

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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