Entering CGOA Designer Contest 2017

UPDATE: My design entry is done! Mailing it out today, real happy with how it turned out. The judging will take place soon!

Yeah CGOA!

This will be the first ever for me though I have thought about doing this for years! Unfortunately, I can't share what I'm going to send with you so stay tuned.....

Crochet at rest or at desk?

I'm sitting here crocheting at my desk and I began to wonder "where do you crochet" or "edit" your patterns?  Do you restrict yourself to a specific spot in the house or do you spread your craft everywhere?  Hmmm, things we ponder as we create ♥

Kids and sunshine and enjoying a soft rainy day

The yard is coming along nicely and the newest planting area is almost done.  The weather warmed up to the 70's.  Today though is a gloomy soft rainy day, just what we need to gently water the newest plants and grass.  Yesterday took care of our friends 3 and 2 year olds (so much fun!) so having an inside day today is nice.  Those two little ones had a great time playing with ICE and a couple of plastic cups.  Simple fun.  The 2 year old also learned how to roll down a small hill, hilarious, actually.  So, today I can get back to my inside projects with my yarns ♥♥♥ yeah, without feeling guilty that is.  Super Sunday to you all.

Design dreaming

What do you see when yarn inspires you?  A blanket, an accessory, a chic outfit or household item?  Does color entice you in a specific direction?  When you follow that inspiration with hook and yarn in hand does it often become something else or what you first envisioned?  Oh, quell my curiosity please and tell me!  Are we alike in that most often what I envision becomes something else entirely?

Spring in Mid-Ohio has arrived

At least our old lady Weeping Cherry Tree is in the front yard. Many others soon to follow.  Love looking at her glory through the kitchen window.  We've planted 3 more of these in the yard anticipating the day this old girl is gone.  Bloom on!

Every time I think...

I'm going to get ahead, more wonderful ideas pop into my head!  It is the strength of character and personal diligence that keep one on track to complete those other wonderful ideas before more playing with crochet hook and yarn can begin.  Lately, I'm thinking small.  Small items versus making blankets which I love making but my creativity is leaning on the small side with some new and inventive creativity.  I will share but for now they have to rest on the rails until I can devote time to them.  Not to mention its Spring, so the grass, birds, bulbs, lawn mower, work gloves and tired muscles are also clamoring for some yard time....my dirt caked clothes from yesterday are tumbling in the dryer as I write this so off I go, there's only about a 6 foot section left to be opened up.  Have a super day everyone with whatever catches your fancy.

Hey that's my Granddaughter on that bus

She is about 4-ish in this photo, she's now much "older" if you were to ask her :)  When you select "okay" to publish pics with schools, this is what you are giving rights too.  The YMCA sponsored day care put her pic on their bus and Momma saw it as she dropped her son off.  Amazing! 

My yarn ends runneth over

I take yarn ends that do not get weaved in (saving a few for markers) and give them to the birds.  They love picking up these colorful little threads to weave in their baby's nests.  Happy Spring you guys and so good to see you back!

Spring Fever

We so have Spring fever in this house. I've been dusting that proves it! The sun is shining, now I need a few more 10 degrees, 40 is still too chilly requiring a coat. The buds on the Cherry Trees and others are so tiny, I hope they get to bloom. I hate to say it but I look at my yarn and yarn projects and I pause to just gaze out the window to where I want to be today.

In-Gauge'ing Conversation

"To Gauge or not to Gauge" that is the question....

"Why do I need to In-Gauge?"
"How to get my Hook to In-Gauge?"
"Do I In-Gauge before or after the project?"
"What if I don't want to be In-Gauge'd?"

Gauge in crochet is important my mentors demand! How will you know how much yarn your design will take? How will you know what size your design will be? Okay, OKAY! I'll admit it and accept that gauge is important, I can't ignore it any longer. But, dang not so simple for a fledgling! I'm not a math expert by a long shot and the calculator isn't talking to me. So, what to do about this important element of designing?

STUDY...STUDY...STUDY! I have found Edie Eckman's little book "The Crochet Answer Book" to be most enlightening on many subjects including gauge. And, I started comparing how others write up gauge instructions in patterns. It is interesting how differently they are presented, I included some below. I did not include hook size or yarn weight (gasp!) because this is a study in gauge writing, I KNOW hook size and yarn weight is important, what intrigues me is the language used.

Booties = RNDS 1-3 = 3"L x 1 1/4"W
Wrap = 2 pattern repeats and 9 rows = 5 1/4"
Pants = 6 hdc = 1"
Accessory = 5 sc = 2" and 6 rounds = 2"
Yarn mfg = 18 stitches x 24 rows = 4"x4"

So, the conclusion here is? I really need to study more, delve deeper into Gauge and become In-Gauge'd with Gauge.

Sigh, I love my mentors even though you may not know it!

Living in Chapters

A wise woman once told me something I have never forgotten.  She told me she "lived her life in chapters". I listened, but didn't really comprehend what she was telling me. Does it mean that the page is already written on or is waiting to be written?  Mind you I was just starting my second chapter, you know the one where your trying to make it on your own. She was well along in her chapters.  Her answer to me was brief and simple.  Our lives evolve, we're not the same people we were yesterday, because yesterday we learned something we didn't know the day before, nor do we know what we're going to learn tomorrow because really, tomorrow never comes, it's always today. Down the road you realize what a momentous journey it is. Chapters are good.  Chapters are forgiving and meaningful.  She's not with us anymore, but her wisdom lives on.  In me.

You never know what you can achieve until you jump out of your box.  I won't say I have a "bucket list" but I do have goals. I keep pushing myself to learn new things and my life has never been boring! The rewards can be very beautiful.

You can't organize yarn......

It runs, it tangles, it attaches, it bundles, it has a mind all its own!  Spent the morning taking apart my closet, trying to decide do I organize the yarn bins?  Then I asked myself, well, ok, if you do that, will you organize in colors, manufacturers, textures, projects, what?  So, I put the newest members into a bin, closed it up good and tight, grabbed my needles, laughed all the way down the hallway! There are better things to do today!  TEE HEE

No where to be

Hello, good morning to everyone.
It's Saturday, that really shouldn't mean anything to me because, I do not have any other place to be but here.
Funny how after working, raising kids sets you up with a pattern inside you that says "its the weekend!" enjoy!  Why doesn't every day have that feeling?
The weekend arrives and I luxuriate in not getting out of bed, out of jams or out of the house even.  It feels delicious!
So, I raise my coffee cup to you and ask you to take a moment today and just sigh.
 
Happy St. Patrick's Day as well to all my Irish friends and those that have adopted Irish too!!
 

Crochet an amusement...

Oh, my the modern woman would never agree to this!  We have come far in our independence in over 150 years, enjoy Crochet March everyone!

Gorgeous Sunshine

Have to enjoy this gorgeous respite from the dismal grey weather we've been having here in Mid-Ohio...today is wonderfully yellow!