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 1.15...now I usually use boye hooks..my 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 bates..it 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 be.....so to sum this review up..no I do not like the hooks..like 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 hook..as 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 all..so 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   www.etsy.com/shop/byhooks4u

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 piecework...at 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 thing..ok...here 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 morning..no 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 pattern..it is a Japanese diagram pattern..no 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 time...pics 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... vikkihook@yahoo.com 

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 soon..like 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 pattern..it 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

BUSY BUSY BUSY......

I know..I have been AWOL..no 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 packs...so 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...so 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 www.etsy.com/shop/byhooks4u

One of my favorite patterns in a taupe color # 3033..also found in my shop www.etsy.com/shop/byhooks4u

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 eater..by 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 disappeared...so tomorrow I will try and get the things done I didn't get to today...so I think I will just post pics of a few of my things that I listed at my etsy shop......OH YEAH!!!! I almost forgot...my 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 years..how neat is that?  So after the end of this month..I will be better about blogging..
A pile of doilies needing to be blocked...yucky..do 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 table..it is organized to me.
If you look closely you can see the thread eater...it 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 handcrafted..no 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 goes...it 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 post....so 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 ...one 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 else..my 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 did...lol who am I kidding..I am not showing it to anyone...I haven't had a flop like this in years..so go ahead enjoy yourself..laugh, point and giggle...it 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 disappeared..so 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.... www.etsy.com/shop/byhooks4u 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 September..it 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 know..my grandma..my 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 days..my modem on my internet fried.  So I have been without internet..no 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 ...so 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 up..so here is what I have finished up this week ...not sure if I am going to put it in my shop www.etsy.com/shop/byhooks4u  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 July..today 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 #437...you 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 week..at 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 results..you 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 meds...one might end up with the wrong color....oops..anyway..take a look at my creations...









Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Finally.....

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

Friday, June 27, 2014

A different kind of stitching going on here.....

I know, I know..I have been AWOL.  Sorry about that.  I haven't even been reading posts from other people.  Life is just getting in the way of spending anytime on the puter.  It happens to everyone time to time.  I only have one finished doily..and that isn't blocked..in all the time I have been away....but I am working on a couple of runners..I am hoping to get them done by the 3rd week of July.

Had to go back in and have more tissue removed from my neck...guess the biopsy wasn't as clean as they like...hopefully this one will come back clean...so I am in recovery mode...and I thought it was just a freckle..had it all my life, that I can remember anyway...so make sure you have your spots checked out...

working on this one right now...had to do some modifications as this pattern calls for #3 thread

This is the next one on my list..it too calls for #3 thread so I am going to have to work some modifications to get the size i am looking for.  Being as I am going to use #10

Think this may leave a mark?   I was awake for this.  I did a local as I really don't like being put to sleep...may have to do some reevaluation on that...