Monday, December 15, 2014

Candlestick hook.....

Hello...I was visiting a blog the other day..I visit it  often and drool over the hooks this man makes..telling myself one day I will bid on one of his hooks.  http://jimbo'  Anyway he was having a giveaway of one of his of course I entered...and guess what I won.... It is a candlestick looks like a candlestick, but if you lift the light bulb....lo and behold a crochet cool is that?   Go stop in at his blog and take a look..pretty awesome talent.

I started the newest pk doily..yes I am working from my kindle..not liking that at all, but hey I gotta do what I gotta do....I think this doily may look better in one color now that I started it in two colors.  I will see this through, but I think I may want to try it in just one color...we will see.    Today is a blah cloudy and rainy day..A good day to just sit and hook..which is what my plan is.  I hope you are all doing well.  Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Only today and tomorrow....

Last two days to take advantage of the 10% off your total order at my ends Saturday Dec. 13.   This is my way of thanking my blog friends and followers for reading my rants through out the year.  What a wonderful gift a box of DMC thread would make to your thready friends.  It is so hard to find this thread in any craft store, and forget about it if you are looking for colors.  Just pop in and have a look...and thank you for reading my blog through out the year.  May you all have a very Merry Christmas....

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

sale at my shop...

I. want to thank all who favorited my shop last week, it helped.  Etsy has redone how a person's shop shows up in searches.  Mostly Etsy wants a shopowner to pay at least $1 a day for something from your shop to show up in the first page or two of a search.  I don't know about all the other shop owners...I cannot afford to do that.   I opened my shop with the intent to just keep my hobby going without cost to my hubby ( those that collect patterns, threads, and yarns, hooks understand this ).  I started selling Cebelia thread to protect my supply, as it can hardly be found on any shelves at any store.  I don't make a bunch of $$$ from the sell of thread...I sell to fellow hookers who are looking for a good quality thread and a good and reasonable price.    

Never did figure out how to get a pattern from my kindle to my laptop to read Tricia Kristoffersen's new pattern.  I have people working on it for me...hopefully this is not the way of the future.  They say it is so designs stop getting stolen..or copyright infringement..please the designer.  I have never tried to design a pattern..I enjoy making them too much and it looks like work.  I understand sometimes people ask outrageous $$$ for out of print books, but most publishers if they get enough requests for more copies will reprint..I know Leisure Arts will, as will Annie's Attic....The way I look at it is this..if one is selling their pattern books, they must not want or need this book..put it into the hands of someone who really wants a fair price.  Oh and while I am at it..a pet peeve of mine is those patterns that have been ripped out of a book and listed for sell...I will not buy just on the principle alone of tearing up a book.... Goodness I never meant to go on a rant.  

From now through Saturday December 13  I am having a 10% off sale at my store as a way to thank my customers and blog followers for just putting up with my rants..  There is a coupon code to enter when you check out   CHRISTMAS 2014  is the code.  just enter Christmas 2014 when you check out and it should give you the discount.  Merry Christmas.   Be sure to favorite my shop

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

I need to ask a favor..

Now that Thanksgiving is over and the turkey is gone it is time to get out the Christmas decorations.  I dug mine out yesterday and put up the thingy on the fireplace mantel.  The nutcrackers..I love nutcrackers..are standing guard over the Nativity..and that is all I have put out..I have everything else just scattered all over..had to run out and buy more extension cords..I don't know where they disappear to every year.  One of these days they will all show back up and I will have a truckful of extension cords.  I have 6 trees that I need to figure out where to put them..5 of them are the crochet trees that I make every year.  I will take pics when I get them all up..hopefully today.  I went and did a yarn run on had their Redheart love yarn on sale..I don't usually go nuts over yarn, but it takes a boatload to make those so I bought all the white they had, and I want to make a hooded scarf for myself, and maybe my girls, and an afghan or two and before I knew it I had a cartload of yarn...probably more than I really need.  OH my that makes me a I truly am a thready!!! I  want to start on a tree, but first I need to finish up the doily on my hook, and one more on order, then I can start my tree for the year..and I am going to have to hook fast if I want to get it finished before Christmas.  

OK I have a favor to ask of my blog readers...  Etsy has redone the way one's store shows up in the searches.  It is based on the number of favorites and how often your shop has a listing that gets looked at and favorited.   So the favor I am asking is will you guys go visit my shop   and favorite my shop?  Maybe go in once in awhile and favorite an item?  I am not asking you to buy something..just favorite my shop and a few of my things once in awhile once you favorite my shop?  It helps.  With so many shops and things that seem to be mass that make truly handcrafted items are getting lost in the please if you would just favorite my shop and maybe once a week or whenever you think about it..favorite an item of mine.  Thank you so very much..     And if you have a shop at etsy and need me to do the same post a link in the comments and I will return the favor.

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Rant..please forgive me...

Good Morning..before I forget you can find the poinsettia doily here in this book...for those that have asked.
Now for my rant...I just found out that Trish Kristoffersen has published a pattern.  It is called Infinite Love.  If you have followed my blog for awhile you know she one of my favorite designers.  This pattern looks awesome.  It is only available on a kindle download.  This is where my rant begins.  I like printed patterns.  I want to be able to put the pattern with all my other patterns,in a binder.  Ok I went to amazon, bought the pattern, now it is on my kindle..and I have the reader for my laptop.  Still haven't figured that out.  I was told I could email the pattern to myself and then I could open it and print it.....NOT!!! now my pattern is locked up for at least a week because I sent it to a device that was in my network...I can't get it on my laptop..can't get it on my kindle..just have to wait.  I will pay for a download pattern, but I don't know about this digital crap and having on the device only...I want to print my copy...I truly hope that this isn't the wave of the future to have all patterns on a device...Now if one of you guys are computer savy..which I am not...can you help me get a printed copy...My son in law is in town for a week, maybe I can get him to buy another copy and maybe he can get it printed out for me..but I really hope this isn't the way of the future.  I understand the copyright thing and I think this may be the way to keep it from happening...and it is so sad for us that do not want to read a pattern from a laptop or iphone or tablet...I want my paper copy..Here is the thing...I am old school..and really am not into all the new if there is a way to print please someone help me.... I have a feeling I am not the only one who feels this way.  So now today I have a new pattern that I think is freaking awesome and I can't get to it..I bought is on my kindle...sent to myself in an email...and I can't even open the pattern..just look at the pic....nope not liking this at all.  I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving...maybe by the end of the month I can get to my pattern..and read it from a not cool

Friday, November 21, 2014

A little review on those Armour steel crochet hooks....and a Christmas doily

Well, Hello.   The weather is too cold for November, but I have heard it is going to warm up.  Four inches of snow in November is way wrong here in Southern Indiana...bring back the 60's.

I have used these hooks now for a couple of things..I like how they fit my hand...and that is about it.  I don't have problems with gauge...usually I am dead on, until I used these hooks.  So after realizing that something was up..I looked at the hooks a little closer..well wouldn't you know...the sizes are way different..for example the armour size 10 is 0.75mm,  Susan Bates is I usually use boye favorite..ok the size 6 hook in boye is 1.80, susan bates is 1.40, and armour is 1.00.  There is no set pattern on these hooks that I can tell to figure it out.  So I am not happy...and probably won't use these hooks again as they really messed me up.  I think the armour #2 hook is more like the size 7 in Susan is really crazy...So if you are going to use these hooks I just wanted to give you the heads up that your gauge is not going to be right...and the size is going to end up being much much smaller than it is supposed to to sum this review I do not like the the way they feel, but do not like the size thing...maybe mine were screwed up at the factory....?
Just finished up this Doily..still looking for Christmas doily patterns.  Not too many out there.  Just listed it in my shop.  Hey don't forget that crocheter for Christmas..thread makes an awesome gift for the hooker you know.   I hope you all have a wonderful   Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Poinsettia Doily

Hi Guys, I hope all is well in your world.  Seems like I am having a hard time deciding on what to do now that the thread eater is finished.  I am thinking that I might start another tablecloth and this time make it to fit my table.  Like I said I am in the thinking about it stage..we will see.  I guess I must like having a big project on a I am having a tough time deciding what to do now.  I want to make more Christmas doilies, but I don't seem to have very many at if you all know a pattern send a pic and let me know where I can find the pattern...I would be grateful.  I did get this poinsettia Doily finished.  I made it with DMC Cebelia thread..#666 red and 699 green and ecru.  I used a 0 hook....and 14kt gold plated beads in the center.. The thread can be found in my store....look to your right...  or

I have an old table that needs to be refinished and I want to make a tablecloth for it.. I had someone ask me if I thought a tablecloth made from like motifs or a one string type of tablecloth was easier.  Now too be honest..I do not enjoy least I don't think I do.  I have never made a tablecloth using motifs, so I really don't know.   Maybe if I found the right pattern I would give it a shot.  So I guess I didn't answer the question..but if I had my choice I would do the one string type of are pics of the poinsettia doily...thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a blessed week.

Monday, October 27, 2014

TAAAA DAHHHH!!!!!! THREAD EATER IS DONE!!!! and I think it is too big for my table...

I started doing my happy dance yesterday it was Saturday night.  But the real happy dance was yesterday afternoon after getting the thread eater blocked.  I was still doing the happy dance this morning..and then...I put the thread eater on my table..I think it is too big!!! I guess it is a matter of taste, but I don't like my tablecloths hitting on my chairs..and my hubby will be moving it up and wrinkling it up everytime he sits down...not to mention my dog walking against it and leaving a trail of doggy hair..dang...what do you think?  Should it be shorter? oh my my..happy dance is slowing down.  Anyway for those of you who are going to ask for the is a Japanese diagram I don't read Japanese, but the diagram is pretty universal.  I used a 8 hook and #10 thread..and about 26 balls of thread.  Good thing I am my own supplier..and had lots of of the book will follow...being as I can't write Japanese either.  The tablecloth is in ecru..all same dye lot!!! Nice!! I even left off the last 20 rows of the pattern..dang!!! I hate to say it, but this may end up in my shop.  Darn! I think it is really close to 72" maybe more..hold on I will go measure it with hubby's tape measure..ok from tip to tip across it is about 84 inches.....dang!!!! 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

and the winner is.......

Only 2 weeks later..sorry about that.. but the winner of the doily is Mereknits.  If you would please email me your address I will get your doily out to you in the next few days... 

I haven't been moving the hook much at all.  I have had houseguests for the past 2 weeks.  So now I am just trying to pick up my house and get it back in order.  But I really plan on grabbing a hook really today.  

New Hooks!!! I have a couple of things to finish up with the  "old" hooks.  The thread eater is getting closer to completion..I am getting to the point I can almost call it finished!! Maybe pictures next week.  

I did finish these and got them listed at my shop..they are already gone..but I really like this is two patterns that I combined
I  Really like how they turned out.  I am just starting to think about Christmas and what I should make this year.  I usually do a tree..I love them..but I am wanting something a little different..I just don't know.  Well I really need to go and finish up the laundry and get dinner going..  I am thinking chili..  Thanks for taking time to stop by.  Hope I haven't bored you too much.  Many Blessings

Monday, October 13, 2014


I know..I have been excuses,  well not true, but I guess I can always come up with excuses..the truth is that my house is full of out of town guests and will be for another week.  We have two big..I mean BIG dogs..mine and theirs and it gets ..well let's just say it gets interesting..both are males..and both are protective of their yes there is some growling..some barking..and some posturing going on from time to time..some blood has been drawn..nothing they won't live through..oh well...and for someone like me who is used to quiet..let's just say I have had to make some adjustments..but it is good..  My middle daughter came down over the weekend and brought her son and one of my other grandsons.  It was wonderful.  Lots of laughter and good food and just all and a all a wonderful visit.  So today I am trying to catch up on some things..And no I haven't forgot about the give away for my birthday..which is tomorrow or the day after..depending on the chaos..I will put all your names in a dish and draw..but for now enjoy the pics of the two that I just listed in my etsy shop...

I have made alot of doilies in this color lately it seems..#437 on DMC Color chart..available at my etsy shop

One of my favorite patterns in a taupe color # 3033..also found in my shop

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

WHEW!!!!! and a maybe a doily or two...

It is like 8pm...when I got up this morning, I thought that I would be able to get somethings done and get to my blog by the afternoon.  I don't know where the time went or how it got to be the evening.  I have been busy, but wow..ok had to get hubby out the door, had to run out to the post office and to the store to pick up a few things, then I had to return the books to the library, then I came home did a couple loads of laundry, had to unpack the doilies from the craft show and put them away, listed a few at my shop, picked up the thread the way it takes at least 2 and half hours to go around that thing one time.  I thought I would start something small so I could at least finish something once in awhile.  But I am just too tired to look at any patterns and make a decision... maybe I will tomorrow.  My pattern books are still all in a pile in my craft room...I thought I would get them put away today..but my day just tomorrow I will try and get the things done I didn't get to I think I will just post pics of a few of my things that I listed at my etsy shop......OH YEAH!!!! I almost birthday is in 14 days...and to celebrate and share my day with you..I am going to give one of my blog friends one of my doilies...which one you ask?  That will have to be a surprise as I am not sure myself..maybe one that has already been shown here...or maybe one I have yet to make...what do you have to do?  Well I am glad you asked...nothing really...just leave me a comment with and idea of what kind of doilies you like..just in case you are the winner..and maybe the color you would like....good luck 

Monday, September 15, 2014

A little of this and a little of that.

I know..another 2 weeks ..oh well..I will get better at this.  It is September and it is the one month of the year that I tend to stress..maybe I should stop doing the show..I like it once I am there..I meet so many like minded people who love thread crochet..I hear sometimes the same story year after year, but that is ok.  And I usually do quite well as long as the weather co-operates.  I have met a couple of blog friends over the neat is that?  So after the end of this month..I will be better about blogging..
A pile of doilies needing to be not like to block
so this is the before pic

Here are three of them blocked and ready to be put away...I still have a couple more to do.
But you know how that is.  This color is 437..the camel color..I love this color.

This was my WIP, however it is now finished and thrown on top of the to block pile.  

Look at my mess..this is my corner in my home.  Everyone knows not to touch a thing on this is organized to me.
If you look closely you can see the thread yells at me from time to time..I plan on finishing it really soon...Gosh
that does look like a mess... 
 Well now that you have seen where I have been for the last couple weeks..pleases know that I haven't forgotten you guys..I just have been really busy...My craft show is the last full weekend in September..this year it is the 27th and the 28th...if you are in the Evansville Area this is the best show around..over 400 crafters..all mass produced stuff is supposed to be allowed, but I am sure there are a few that slip through the cracks...anyway if you are in the area..I would love to meet you..I am in the building on the hill..thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week or two..

Monday, September 1, 2014

Don't laugh at the last picture......

Oh my two weeks have gone without a post.  I don't know where the time just goes.  You know I don't know the day of the week most of the time, so I really don't know the date.  I don't go out very much..I could be a hermit except I have to go grocery shopping at least once a month.  I could be a nudist, love my pajama pants and really don't like having to get dressed...guess I could be a nudist, except I don't look so good naked anymore.  You do know your body changes and does some weird old things as we age...but that is a whole different anyway I helped my daughter and husband move to the Cleveland Ohio area...I really wanted to take things off the truck instead of putting them on.  I really didn't want them to go.  So for those of you in that area, you have gained a wonderful family....

I made a couple of doilies of them being a big mistake..not sure what happened..maybe I should have used a smaller thread...I am torn as to whether I should show you guys or not....I will ponder it for a moment or two...while I post pics ..anyway I have been using black thread..I love the results, but the eye strain is something eyes actually felt bruised if I crocheted too long...weird huh?  Ok...posting pics..
spider web...I make this one every year..sometimes 3 or 4 times..depends on the mood

This is the one that made my eyes hurt...but it is gorgeous..the pic doesn't do it justice..

My favorite go to pattern when I don't want to think too much...

I was not going to show you guys this one.  This is one big mistake.  I knew it wasn't right while I was making it.  I was getting all bunchy..I should have stopped..but I am stubborn like that.   So I will deny that I made this to anyone who asks me if I who am I kidding..I am not showing it to anyone...I haven't had a flop like this in go ahead enjoy yourself..laugh, point and might be awhile before you see something like this again...may you all be blessed and hopefully it won't be two weeks before you hear from me again.....

Sunday, August 17, 2014

My hook has been moving...

hi, I am happy you stopped by to check in with my little spot in the world.  I had already written this post once and then my finger hit the delete button..and poof the entire post now I am trying to remember what I was posting about...and well I am drawing a blank.  I finished 3 runners since I last posted anything on my blog...yes and they are blocked.  I think I am gonna list them in my Etsy shop.... in case you want to look..
It is that time of year again where I stress myself out.  For my new followers..I do one craft show a year.  It is the last full weekend in is the biggest one in the area and usually the first for the holiday season.  Anyway, I get stressed and tell myself that every year will be the last...however..I have come to realize that in some sick way I must like it or I wouldn't do it.  I do like seeing and talking to people..everyone has a story to tell especially when they see my doilies.  You aunt...or my mom...stories.  I like talking and visiting with like minded folks.  I like the crafters and the crafts they display.  Nothing that isn't made with your hands is not supposed to be allowed in the show...everything is to be handcrafted..although I think sometimes a few sneak stuff in...but for the most part it is all handcrafted.. 

Ok now that I think I have rambled on long enough let me post a few pics of the runners I did finish up this week...
DMC yellow #745

Cebelia #437...camel

DMC Cebelia ...white...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Good Grief.....

Wow..I have just been beside myself this past few modem on my internet fried.  So I have been without way to read my fellow bloggers, no way to keep in contact with my store, or my email....except through my phone..and I do not have unlimited I was going through withdraw.  It wasn't too long ago that I didn't think I needed all this tech stuff...and now that I have gotten used to it being around I gotta admit, it is hard not to have it.  Even my dear hubby who has never sent an email, who does not text missed it....he is a gamer.  There was a time he didn't care to have his ps hooked up  and playing online..but man his withdraw was worse than mine...I think.  Anyway we are back on..and he is playing his game..killing zombies..and I am playing catch here is what I have finished up this week ...not sure if I am going to put it in my shop  or not..probably will, but not today..I have to get off of here...anyway I just wanted to let you all know I will be popping in to read your blogs in the next few days and try to catch up with each of you....
I think there is a scratch on the lens of my camera...dang... this is made with #437..camel

Monday, July 28, 2014

Wonderfully blessed

What a great way to end the temp barely hit 80!! Low humdity levels too...loving this!!!  Well, I got all my tests results back from the biopsy, the cat scan, ct scan..all is well!! I am so relieved as my doc made it sound that this skin cancer thing can be all over by the time it is caught.  How blessed am I that my ear dr/surgeon saw something that didn't look quite right and made sure to make a mention of it to me..and the awesome follow through..and two surgeries later, sending me to an awesome oncologist..I am blessed and feeling so joyful!!!There will be follow up visits every 6 months just to stay ahead of anything that pops up.  
And here is what I have been working on last week.......
Made this with DMC #712...cream color

You can find the pattern in Stellar beauties.....

I am making another runner in know that cool tan or camel color..I love this color...I found this pattern in an older pattern book..not sure what the name of the pattern is..maybe spider web doily?  Anyway I am hoping to have this done sometime this least that is my goal...then who knows what will be on my hook..  Thanks for stopping by and may you be blessed beyond measure...

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The hooks is moving once again!!!!! And it is feeling good!!!!

Thank you to all my dear blog friends who have been hanging tight with me and lifting me up with prayers and kind words in the past few weeks..I think I am pretty much back to my old self..the hook is moving and I am feeling pretty good...And to the special ones who called me to just check up on me (you know who you are) I want you to know that you warmed my heart.  There may miles that separate us, but believe me..we are sisters of the heart..thank you.

Like I said the hook is moving!!! Hooray!!!! You know for me not to feel like moving the hook, I felt lost, like a part of me was missing.  And now it is back..I feel like my old self..I am so loving it....What have I been doing you ask...let me show you!!! I love what I have finished in the past weeks...I love the color..I love the patterns..although the runners had to have some adjustments made in order to get the sizes I wanted to make it look good..but I am quite happy with the know I am feeling better when I tell you they are completely finished..blocked and all...These were made with someone in mind and I hope he is pleased..we will see.  Oh yeah the color is 437...again.....clearing throat..there is a blog friend out there that understands the clearing of throat thing...the moral of the story is not to try and fill orders after taking might end up with the wrong color....oops..anyway..take a look at my creations...

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


I know, I know I have been really slow on blogging lately.  I am having a time trying to get back into the swing of things..I am not posting, I am not reading any blogs..seems like it takes me quite awhile to even finish anything with the hook..I don't know what is up...maybe just recouping from being cut on is the problem..maybe I just have the blahs..maybe the stresses of all the dr appts...sometimes I feel like I am on a merry go round and I can't get off.  Hopefully by the end of the month things will slow down ..just a tad even would be great.  I have a dr appt tomorrow, a ct/pet scan on the 24th, and another consultation on the 28th..and somewhere before the 28th, I am supposed to hear from a dermatologist..haven't heard a thing yet..maybe they forgot.  I am not going to remind them..nope not going to do it.

On the crochet front..I have gotten 1 doily finished, yet to be blocked...and this runner.  I had to make some revisions to the pattern to make it work to be the correct size using #10 thread.  How fun was that, and the pattern was not the easiest to understand..good thing there were halfway decent pictures to look at.  Sometimes I wonder about the editing of patterns..if anyone even bothers.
Edges are still wet from being blocked..this is color 437 and I call the color camel

going on week #3 of the healing process