Thursday, January 29, 2015

6 doilies

Good Afternoon..I hope you all are well.  These are what I have been working on for the last couple of weeks...all are special orders for a client.  Thought you might want to have a look.   They are finished and ready to mailed out.
This one is done in Ecru size 10, a Kristoffersen design, can be found in Spiral Doilies


This one is done in Aquamarine or teal..#992..same pattern as the ecru one 

This one is called Haley and found in Victorian Spiral Doilies, Patricia Kristoffersen design,  The color is #3326 , called wild rose..can be found in my shop...

Another Kristoffesen design..can be found in the book Coffee and Cream doilies.  The color is #816...maroon.  I know it looks red, but for the life of me I cannot take good pictures of red colored doilies..
This doily is another Kristoffersen pattern..I think in the book Spiral doilies..the thread was sent to me by my client..Aunt lydias..antique white and purple?  You know me..I am a thread snob, but I really like the way the colors look together.

This is a pattern called Cockscomb from a Doily series put out by White Berches..it is a Josie Rabier pattern..not really fond of her patterns..love the way they look, but the blocking is something else..this thread was sent to me by the client..Bamboo thread from Aunt Lydia..Now this thread is extremely soft..would be great for baby stuff, but doilies, but not too good for doilies.



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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Just a quick post...

I just finished this one up last night.  It is blocked and ready to go.  Made it with DMC Cebelia thread, color #3326..they call it rose..I call it pink..you can find the thread at my etsy shop.  There is a link at the end of this post.  This is an order for a customer...love the color they picked..I think it turned out nicely...  oh this is a Patricia Kristoffersen design and can be found in Victorian Spiral Doilies...this doily is approx 19 wide... 



Have a wonderful and blessed day...

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Remember the wrong pattern? Here is the right pattern..finished

The sun is out and it is really mild outside today..supposed to be close to 60.  I just may have to go out and find something to do just so I can enjoy it a little more.

Do you remember last week's blog and pictures?  You know the one where I thought I was all finished up on an order, only to find out that I made the wrong pattern?  Well I did the right pattern and they are blocked and ready to go...hip hip hooray for me... Here are pics of them..Love this pattern...




The lighter one is ecru and the aquamarine is #992..both are DMC Cebelia thread..size 10.  The pattern can be found in Victorian Spiral Doilies by Patricia Kristoffersen.  I really like her designs.

This week's goal is to do another spiral doily..a pink one and then I think a maroon doily not a spiral...I am behind a little on my orders because of my screw up, but I am thinking I might be caught up by the end of January...my fingers have been busy..but I am a hooker..if I wasn't doing these patterns I would be doing something else..You know there is always something on my hook ....sometimes a couple...right now I have 3....and you know that is driving me crazy...a couple have been put on the back burner in order to get some orders finished up..any way it saves me looking through all my books trying to decide what to make and what color to make it in...so these orders are a good thing..

Ok I need to get off the computer..it sucks time big time...and even though I have all this hooking to do I still need to do laundry, and pick up my house..so I am out of here for today.  I hope you all have a wonderful week full of God's many blessings...and thanks for stopping by.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Last week's accomplishments....a black doily

It is still dark, dreary and damp here in Southern Indiana.  We escaped the ice or freezing rain.  Just rain.  I hope somewhere out there someone is enjoying some sunshine...send it my way when you get through with it.

I thought I had finished up an order then I looked at the order...I had made the wrong pattern...yikes..so now I have to remake or make again the two doilies I thought I had made..putting me behind on some other projects.  However, the client was pretty cool when I told them what happened and said to go ahead and make the order that was lined up behind theirs because they were in no hurry and thought they found another they wanted made...so all is well....

This is last weeks project..Black runner.  I wasn't sure how this pattern was going to work up in such a dark color.  I was pleasantly surprised.  The pictures don't really show all the details, but the small details do show up in real life..looks kind of elegant.  This is an order for another customer..


I hope she likes it...It is made with #210 DMC Cebelia..this thread has a very nice sheen so the black really looks good.

This week's projects are trying to make the two that should have been made already...an aquamarine and an ecru doily.  When I finish those two I have a couple more to get out...a rosey pink one, and a maroon one.  So I really need to get out of here and start moving the hook.  Maybe if I sit under the ott lamp I can convince myself that I am sitting in sunshine...I hope you all have a great week and thanks for taking the time to stop by....Many Blessings
  
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Thursday, January 8, 2015

The past week at a glance.

Not much has been going on around here.  It has been too cold for this lady to venture out..not that I go out alot anyway..just saying it is too cold even if I wanted to go somewhere..which I don't.  

I just finished blocking these two doilies..Patricia Kristoffersen design..can be found in the book Doilies with a twist.  Being as I just blocked them and they are wet the colors are a little darker..I will take more pics tomorrow when they are dried..the lighter one is done in ecru and the green one is done with what I call teal or aquamarine #992


 Ok now this is the top of my table by my hooking chair...can you guess how many projects are sitting on it waiting to be finished up?  Those of you who have been following me awhile know that this drives me crazy..and almost puts me to a stand still....maybe that is why I am blogging right now instead of hooking...ummm..ignore the M&M's..sometimes you just need a chocolate fix..and the bandaids you ask..well I was making a tree and had to use two strands of acrylic yarn...can you say blisters? I guess I can put them away..
 And finally because some of you have asked about my fur baby...Isn't he just awesome..he has his flaws..like hair, hair and more hair...he is the reason I own a vacume cleaner..not really, but he is the reason I have to use it almost everyday...He is a big boy..last time and the vets he weighed over 100 pounds and he still looks thin...changed his dog food and now he is eating better..


Well that's all I got...I will post a better pic of the green doily when it dries so you can see the true color of this green..it has become a popular seller in my store in the past few weeks.  Thanks for stopping by and I am off to grab a hook....


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Friday, January 2, 2015

3 adults a pooping, 2 kids a puking, and 1 bottle of immodium...............................

That sums up my family gathering on New Year's.  No more words needed. Thank goodness so far my hubby and I have avoided being sick.  Maybe popping all those vitamins really do help.  

On the crochet front..not a whole lot happening here.  I have an order for two doilies, so the year is starting off well.  There is a blanket CAL I want to do, but I am waiting for the magazine to get here...I can't remember which magazine it was in, but if you feel like joining in let me know and leave me an email and I will let you know the magazine.  I have two other things on my hook as well..and yes it is driving me crazy.  There has been so much going on the last couple of weeks so it seems.  The hook hasn't been moving, I haven't been blogging, and I haven't kept up with alot of people and things.  So today to start, I am doing my blog and saying Happy New Year to all my dear friends on here..
I have this one on my hook



This one is also on my hook and then there is one more but I don't have a pic of that one yet.
 Well I guess that is all I've got for now..Thanks for stopping by

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'sfrontporch.blogspot.com  Anyway he was having a giveaway of one of his hooks...so of course I entered...and guess what I won.... It is a candlestick hook...it looks like a candlestick, but if you lift the light bulb....lo and behold a crochet hook....how 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.


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Friday, December 12, 2014

Only today and tomorrow....

Last two days to take advantage of the 10% off your total order at my shop....sale 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....

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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 people..pay 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 it...at 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


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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 Friday..walmart 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 hoarder...as 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   www.etsy.com/shop/byhooks4u   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 produced...us that make truly handcrafted items are getting lost in the shuffle...so 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.   

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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 Amazon..as 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 devices..so 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 it..it 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 kindle...so 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 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..