2017-A Year For Doing Good Things

What a great way to start off the new year.  I got a pleasant surprise the other day by email.

I made a Christmas afghan a couple of years ago that got auctioned off for charity.  Well, the person that won it sent me an email. They said how much they enjoyed the afghan and that they had gotten many compliments on it. They also said that I should make more of them.

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Afghan I made for charity.

To say that I was overjoyed is an understatement. I know that my plans for crocheting more for charity this year is a good one and a plan that I will keep. It makes me feel good to know that people really do appreciate good work.

I was thinking about all of the different color combinations that I could choose from and I thought about two or three different blues and white. The possibilities are endless.

The email that I got has made me realize another thing. How very important it is to think of others. That you are keeping someone warm or making a security blanket for a child. Or just the simple fact that you care enough about someone and I have been blessed to see the smile and joy on a child’s face when they get a blanket. That is enough for me to keep on doing this thing that I have been doing for years and years. The smiles of appreciation. Oh yeah, that will do it for me.

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Just Another Sunday…I Think

Who knows what today will bring. I’ve gotten up a lot earlier than usual, which is odd. I’m drinking my first cup of coffee for the day. It’s delicious by the way. I’ve gotten peppermint mocha coffee creamer. Oh Yummy! I may have more than my usual 2 cups!!

But, I must digress and get on with my post, and please let me know what you think. I have some need of your input.

I started on this project a few days ago. I’m making a scarf and I’m using Debbie Bliss Milano which is just beautiful to work with. I’m even thinking about putting on some beads for a little bit of flash. I just can’t decide which ones yet.  Usually when I want to add beads to something I just crochet them into the project, however, I actually didn’t decide on the beads until this morning. I do know that I don’t want them throughout the whole scarf. More around the ends would be to my liking. This isn’t a winter scarf, it’s more of an every day scarf, it’s light weight and would go with just about anything. I’m making it long enough that you could wrap it several different ways.

I’ve taken a few photos of the project.

The flash went off in the first photo. The actual color is in-between the photos. The middle one is one of the different beads I have to choose from. This last photo is a closeup shot of the beads. Hmmm…decisions decisions.  The beads on the top are glass beads which are very pretty. The grey beads on the left and then the wooden beads on the right.

Who knows, I may finish this scarf yet. Then I have to choose some colors for my next project. A giant Granny Square! I just love making granny squares. I may even start the giant granny today. It wouldn’t be the first time that I have more than one project on a hook!

Yarn (A Poem)

Yarn

A round ball of fluff,

Soft and warm, as blue as the sky

As green as the grass

As yellow as the sun

Yarn comes in all

The colors of the rainbow.

A stringy mass of goodness.

When I create something

from a stick and some string,

I feel comfort in the softness

The soft feel of yarn

As it turns into a blanket,

Or a scarf, hat or socks.

Yarn can be anything I want it to be.

When I sit down at the end of the day

I look around at my stash and it is

Beautiful to me.

I can hear it whispering softly,

The yarn calls to me and says

Make me into something pretty.

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Crochet A Flower Bookmark

I love to read and I love books of all kinds. I am however always looking for a bookmark. I don’t like to bend the edge of a page down, it ruins the book.  Have you seen the cost of a bookmark?  I was in a book store the other day and was looking at a rack of bookmarks.  I was shocked at the prices.  The cheapest one I saw was $2.50.  I thought about it and decided that I could make one. I came home from the store with a good book and sat down to make my bookmark.

This colorful bookmark is very easy to make. It can be made in any color and you can use any medium worsted weight yarn.  I used Loops and Threads Impeccable yarn. To make the bookmark you will need the following items:

Size G crochet hook

Yarn needle

Flower Loom

Yarn of any kind or color as long as it is worsted weight 4 ply.

You can get any of these items at your local craft store. The flower loom comes with directions and is very easy to use.

Abbreviations:

HDC: Half double crochet

St:      Stitch

Ch:     Chain

Pattern:

With a G crochet hook, chain 6 making sure to leave a long tail. At least 8 inches.

Row 1:  1 HDC in second ch from hook and in each st across.  Ch 2, turn. (5st)

Rows 2-14: HDC across. Ch 2, turn.

Row 15:  Slip st in each st across. (5st)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

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Use the small side of the flower loom to make your flower using the directions that came with it. Make sure that you sew through the individual petal sections before removing the flower from the loom. (see photos above)

When you are done making your flower,  use your yarn needle and the yarn tail that you left at the start. You can now attach the flower  to your bookmark.  I hope you have fun making this bookmark. I am going to make many of these in all sorts of colors.  If you ask me, you can never have too many bookmarks.

As always, you may make as many of these bookmarks as you wish, the pattern is free to use. Do not  use this pattern as your own or try to sell the pattern.  If you want to share this pattern with your friends please link back to me and give me credit for the pattern.