Saturday, October 1, 2011

Cute Art

I LOVe this image from Curly Girl Design! 
Something sweet, something savory and homemade always makes we feel a little better. 
You can feel the love that was put into it as it feeds your soul.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Porch Ideas


Images from House of Turquiose

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Crochet Grocery Bag Pattern


Crochet Grocery Bag Pattern

By Haley Waxberg

My current distraction: crocheted shopping bags. this batch is for my cousin

Jason. It's a sturdy, medium sized mesh bag that will be large enough to replace

a regular size plastic bag from the grocery store. It comes out looking small but it

holds a mighty load. If you have any questions or suggestions please leave me

me a note!

Suggestions

• This is NOT a large shoulder bag sized tote. If you want it to be bigger for an all day shop or to

hold really big leafy plants i suggest you make the following modifications: add an extra increase

round, add rows in the middle, work 2 or 3 more rounds of sc around the mouth of the bag, add 2

more rows on sc on each handle.

• If you are a very tight crocheter it's a good idea to add a few rows in the middle.

• If you are a loose crocheter go down a hook size.

• The last stitch of the round is worked into the space which the marker is on.

• Count the number of stitches after each increase round and make sure you don’t have extra.

• When cutting or joining yarn leave 4 or 5 inches of yarn to weave in.

• "DK" weight yarn refers to "Double Knitting" weight yarn. You can find out the yarn weight by

looking at a yarn's ball-band: 4mm needles will be recommended and and the stitch gauge will be

between 20 and 22 sts = 4". For more information refer toyarnstandards.com

• When you have finished throw 3 or 4 big cans of food in the bag to stretch it out to it's regular

size.

Skill Level

Easy

Size

Medium, approximately 51cm/20” long by28cm/11” wide

Materials

• 4mm/F crochet hook

• 1 skeinSuper 10cotton: 3402 nectarine, 3724 lime and 3062 azure.

Or 160m machine washable, mercerized & gased DK weight (calls for a 4mm needles) cotton.

• darning needle

• 1 split ring or locking ring stitch marker to mark rounds

• scrap yarn in contrasting colour for markers

Gauge

Not critical

Abbreviations

Ch Chain

Sc Single Crochet

Sl St Slip Stitch

St Stitch

Instructions

•Ch4, Sl St to join in space.

•Ch1, working over end as you go make 8sc into space. Place marker to left of last st worked.

(8sc)

•*(Ch2, make 1sc into next sc); repeat from * to end of round (8 spaces)

•*(Ch3, make 1sc into next ch2 space); repeat from * to end of round (8 spaces)

•*(Ch4, make 1sc into next ch3 space); repeat from * to end of round (8 spaces)

Increase Round:*(Ch4, make 1sc) twice into next ch4 space; repeat from * to end of round (16

spaces)

•*(Ch4, make 1sc into next ch4 space); repeat from * to end of round (16 spaces). Repeat this

round 2 more times.

•*(Ch5, make 1sc into next ch4 space); repeat from * to end of round (16 spaces)

Increase Round:*{[Ch5, make 1sc] twice into same ch5 space, [ch5, make 1 sc into next ch5

space]}; repeat from * to end of round (24 spaces).

•*(Ch5, make 1sc into next ch5 space); repeat from * to end of round (24 spaces). Repeat this

round 3 more times.

Increase Round:*{[Ch5, make 1sc] twice into same ch5 space, [ch5, make 1 sc into next ch5

space]}; repeat from * to end of round (36 spaces).

•*(Ch5, make 1sc into next ch5 space); repeat from * to end of round (36 spaces). Repeat this

round 8 more times.

Decrease Rounds

•*(Ch4, make 1sc into next ch5 space); repeat from * to end of round (36 spaces).

•*(Ch3, make 1sc into next ch4 space); repeat from * to end of round (36 spaces).

•*(Ch2, make 1sc into next ch3 space); repeat from * to end of round (36 spaces).

•*(make 1sc into next sc, make 2sc into next ch2 space; repeat from * to end of round (108sc). Do

not fasten off, you will start the first handle from your last stitch.

Make Handles

•Using your last stitch as a point of departure, divide rim of bag into 4 equal sections (you can

fold it in half and then half again) and mark them with scrap yarn. Markers should be located like

the hours on a clock at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock, your live stitch is 12 o’clock.

•With outside facing you, at 12o’clock, ch38 loosely. Make sure not to twist the chain, and attach

with a slip stitch to a sc at the marker to the left of the base of the chain (3 o’clock). Check to be

sure the chain is not twisted or the handle will be twisted.

•Make 1 sl st into the sc to the left of the marker, turn work, sc back across the chain, make asl

stitch to the left of the marker at base of the handle, make another sl st into the next sc to the left,

turn work. Work back across the handle in sc, make asl st at base of the handle, make another sl

st to in the st to the left. Work back across in sc one more, then make a sl st at the base and

fasten off.

•With outside of bag facing you , re-attach yarn at marker at 6 o’clock. Ch 38 loosely at attach

with a sl stitch at the last remaining marker (9 o’clock). Make second handle as instructed above.

Finishing

• Weave in ends with darning needle. To secure the ends weave yarn in 4 stitches in 1 direction,

then turn and work back to where the yarn started.

Crochet Grocery BagbyHaley Waxbergis licensed under aCreative Commons Attribution-

Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.

Based on a work atwww.knitomatic.com.

Ripple Baby Blanket


Simple Crochet Ripple Baby Blanket
Pattern by Haley Waxberg
Skill Level
Beginner
Notes
The pattern repeat for this blanket is 14 +2 sts, so if
you want to increase or reduce the size of your
project, add or subtract stiches in multiples of 14.
Each ripple measures approximately 4”. Additionally,
don't be afraid to skip over part of the colourway if it
isn't working, sometimes Noro throws in a colour
that's a dud.
Resources for New Crocheters
The Crocheter's Companion by Nancy Brown is an
excellent reference resource.
StitchDiva also has excellent tutorials:
http://www.stitchdiva.com/custom.aspx?id=53
There are also helpful video tutorials on youtube titled
The Art of Crochet by Teresa:
http://www.youtube.com/user/tjw1963
Size
26”wx30”l (30”wx35”l)unblocked
Materials
3(4) skeins Noro Taiyo, 100g/200m (colour used for
small sample, colour 20 used for large)
5mm/H crochet hook
Gauge
approx 17 sts & 5 rows = 4” in ripple stitch
Abbreviations
ch chain
dc double crochet
dc3tog double crochet 3 together
Techniques
dc3tog
(Yarn over hook, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over
hook and pull up loop, yarn over hook, draw through 2
loops), repeat instruction in brackets 3 times {you
should have 4 loops on hook}, yarn over hook, draw
through all loops on hook.
Directions
Ch 86(100).
R1: Skip 1st 2 sts, 2dc in next ch, 1 dc in each of next
3 ch, (dc3tog over next 3 ch) two times, 1 dc in each
of next 3 ch, *(3dc in next ch) two times, 1 dc in each
of next 3 ch, (dc3tog over next 3 ch) two times, 1 dc in
each of next 3 ch; repeat from * to end of row, 3dc in
last ch. Turn work, ch3.
R2: 2dc in 1st st (at base of chain), 1dc in each of next
3 dc, (dc3tog over next 3 dc) two times, 1dc in each of
next 3 dc, *(3dc in next ch) two times, 1dc in each of
next 3 dc, (dc3tog over next 3 dc) two times, 1dc in
each of next 3 dc; repeat from * to end of row, 3dc in
last dc. Turn work, ch 3.
Repeat R2 until you run out of yarn, omitting the final
ch3. Fasten off & Weave in ends. Block as desired.
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Crocheted Farmer's Market Bag


Crochet Farmer's Market Bag


Pattern by Haley Waxberg

Materials

3.75mm Crochet Hook

420m DK weight cotton yarn

1 split ring stitch marker

Abbreviations

Beg Beginning

Ch Chain

DC Double crochet

Dc2tog Double crochet 2 together (decrease): *Bring

yarn over the hook, insert hook into the next st and

draw p a loop, Bring yarn over the hook and draw it

through 2 loops, repeat from * 1 more time (3 loops

remain on hook), bring yarn over the hoop and draw it

through all 3 loops on hook.

R Round/Row

Sl St. Slip Stitch

Sp Space, referring to the space between stitches

St/s Stitch/es

Turn Turn your work to the other side (180 degrees)

* Indicates that the instructions following the

asterisk will be repeated, as per the

instructions

Instructions

Ch 3; join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.

R1: Ch 3, place marker in the ch3, work 15 more dc

in ring; join with sl st in the space between the

beginning chain and next dc. (16 dc)

R2: Ch 3, place marker in the ch3, turn work to the

opposite side, dc in same sp as the join, *2 dc in next

sp between sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in sp

between beg ch and next dc. (32 dc)

R3: Ch 3, place marker in the ch3, turn, dc in same

sp as join, dc in next sp between sts, *2 dc in next

space between sts, dc in next sp between sts; rep

from * around; join with sl st in sp between beg ch

and next dc. (48 dc)

R4: Ch 3, place marker in the ch3, turn, dc in same

sp as join, dc in next 2 sps between sts, *2 dc in next

sp between sts, dc in next 2 sps between sts; rep

from * around; join with sl st in sp between beg ch

and next dc. (64 dc)

R5: Ch3, place marker in the ch3, turn, dc in same sp

as join, dc in each sp between sts, join with sl st in sp

between beg ch and next dc.

R6: Ch 3, place marker in the ch3, turn, dc in same

sp as join, dc in next 3 sps between sts, *2 dc in next

sp between sts, dc in next 3 sps between sts; rep

from * around; join with sl st in sp between beg ch

and next dc. (80 dc)

R7: Ch 3, place marker in the ch3, turn, dc in same

sp as join, dc in next 3 sps between sts, *2 dc in next

sp between sts, dc in next 3 sps between sts; rep

from * around; join with sl st in sp between beg ch

and next dc. (96 dc)

R8: Ch 3, place marker in the ch3, turn, dc in same

sp as join, dc in next 3 sps between sts, *2 dc in next

sp between sts, dc in next 3 sps between sts; rep

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from * around; join with sl st in sp between beg ch

and next dc. (112 dc)

R9-19, 21, 23, 25: Ch3, place marker in the ch3, turn,

dc in same sp as join, dc in each sp between sts, join

with sl st in sp between beg ch and next dc.

R20: Ch 3, place marker in the ch3, turn, *dc in next

26 sps between sts, dc2tog, *repeat from * 3 more

times; join with sl st in sp between beg ch and next

dc. (108 dc)

R22: Ch 3, place marker in the ch3, turn, *dc in next

34 sps between sts, dc2tog, *repeat from * 2 more

times; join with sl st in sp between beg ch and next

dc. (105 dc)

R24: Ch 3, place marker in the ch3, turn, *dc in next

33 sps between sts, dc2tog; repeat from * 2 more

times; join with sl st in sp between beg ch and next

dc. (102 dc)

Handles

R26: Ch 3, dc2tog, dc in next 34 sps, dc2tog, dc in

next sp; leave remaining sts unworked. (38 dc)

R27-41: Ch 3, turn, dc2tog, dc in each sp across to

last 3 sps, dc2tog, dc in next sp. (9dc)

R42-48: Ch 3, turn, dc in each sp across. Fasten off

at end of Row 48.

Skip 11 sps from last st worked on Rnd 28. Join yarn

with sl st in next sp, ch 3 and work same as for first

handle, do not fasten off.

Hold handles together with wrong side facing, Sl St

them together. Weave in ends.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Loss Again

Have any of you lost a best friend after your loss? One of my best friends has not there for me when I needed her most. She made horrible comments and a week after my miscarriage told me it was all right to cry and that maybe I should seek out help. I knew it was all right to cry, I had cried my eyes out! My mother is a grief counselor, a phone call away and deals with similar losses every single day. I have an excellent support system. She also kept wanting to give me advice, when I just needed her to listen.

She just had her first child and after my loss she kept sending me photos of her new little one. It broke my heart every time. I was there for her supported her thru her pregnancy and even threw her a very nice baby shower. She doesn't understand why I can't spend time with her and the baby, but can with my family, nieces and nephews. My family has been there for me, they have listened, they have been supportive! They are my number one priority! Her baby is still little, it is a constant reminder!!! She also said I seem to be jealous, how in the world can I not be jealous!!! You have what I so dearly wanted!

I tried to explain to her that I have lost my first child and asked her to imagine the pain of losing her first child. She said she was not going there and I should not either! Well I am there and am not going to pretend it did not happen. I reminded her of the phone call when I shared my news and how we talked about all of the wonderful things our children would do together.

She had no sympathy and then she has the nerve to tell me that she has all of a sudden realized she had 2 miscarriages. Shouldn't I know this, why am I hearing it now? Is she trying to one up me, well I have had 2 and you have had just one!! Is she making this up? She says hers were a "blessing", my loss was in no way a blessing!!!! It was my first child, Charlie!!!!!!

Our husbands are also friends and I left them out of it, but the night after I tried to patch things up he posted an insensitive quote on FB about how a lack of friendship ruins relationships. My husband doesn't want to talk about it. He says he doesn't understand.

I am realizing how negative she is and that I have many positive people in my life. I feel so betrayed, but know she is selfish and always has been. It feels a little bit like a loss again and brings everything to the surface one more time.

If you have been thru a similar situation I would love to hear your story. Thanks so much!!!

xoxo,

Charlie's Mama <3