Sunday, October 26, 2008

Black Cats

This is the most bizarre Pez I've ever seen. It's really no surprise it was in the sale bin before Halloween. The neighborhood cat below is much more pleasant and friendlier.

The fiber-related topic in this post? A glimpse of a soon-to-be-finished crocheted shawl behind the psycho cat.
Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Linen is Golden

Every time I finish a crochet project using linen, I use the leftovers to make coasters. The four coasters above are my latest. The flower-like coaster is a freebie from Clover's Japan website. I think it has a Mexican vibe to it though. The square one is a Daisy Square from an old Harmony Guide. The circle and triangle are from the Lacy Crochet book, but I didn't crochet all the rounds to the patterns since I was using sportweight yarn instead of thread. I think the triangle would look great as joined together motifs for a tablecloth, throw or shawl. Maybe that will be a future project. I really love the yarn-Berroco's Naturlin. I love how it softens and drapes after it's been blocked. I used this maize color for the tablerunner below, a birthday gift for my sister, Jackie. It was a happy accident that the diamonds in the runner echoed the diamonds in the chairs.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Hooking Friends and Healing Hands

In September of 2001, the Woolly Bullies, as we sometimes refer to ourselves, started getting together about once a month to rug hook together. There's always lots of oohing and aahing at each others rugs, sometimes attempts to steal rugs, wool and dying tips, delicious treats, lots of laughing, and sharing the ups and downs in our lives. An extremely sad, unbelievable family tragedy befell one of us. Devin, the founder of our group, came up with the idea of making a rug as a way to give support, comfort and love to our friend. The rug design is Devin's. Each of us will hook our hand and loving thoughts into the rug. Besides designing the rug, Devin also can be credited with organizing the whole project, from gathering the wool to packaging up the rug as it's passed from person to person. She also is hooking the background. Isn't the swirling green background fantastic? Emmy hooked the perfect lettering. Below are close ups of the hands of myself, Emmy, Devin, Marie, Lenore, and Joelle.
Next week we get together for October. I'm looking forward to seeing those Woolly Bullies!
Important note: If you are reading this and happen to know the woman for whom this rug is for, please do not mention this to her! Thank you!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Crochet at Work

Antique Mexican Crocheted Dolls

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

It's a Blue Ribbon Day

Blue Peninsula's blog is always a good read, full of inspiration, gorgeous photography, spectacular art and knitting, and views of Ida the cat, now and then. So I was surprised when Bonnie gave me this Blog Award. There are some rules that go along with its honor:

1) Post the award on your blog.
2) Add a link to the person who gave you the award.
3) Nominate at least 4 other bloggers and add their links.
4) Leave a comment at the recipients' blogs so they can pass it on.

I decided to pass the honor onto a few blogs that highlight rug hooking since they are so few and far between. The first 2 blogs I've followed from the early days of my blog.

I've recently come across and have been following these rug hooking blogs:

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Look a-yonder comin'


It's a cliched image but I see these tracks every day, just down the street. This line doesn't go too far - west out to Fitchburg and east to North Station. I never tire of seeing railroad tracks fade into the distance. I've always been partial to the romance and symbolism of the rail. How can you resist travel to a new destination, movin' along, the sounds of a train, the people along the way. As a little kid, "I've been working on the railroad" was a favorite song, and before the area was built up, from the second floor of the house, you could see and hear trains passing in the distance. I still have the book my Dad gave me for my first train trip from Chicago to St. Louis. And how could I forget the "Ride this Train" feature on Johnny Cash's television show? So it's really no surprise "The Darjeeling Limited" was a must see for me last year.

Speaking of Cash, working on the Johnny Cash #2 rug got derailed for quite awhile. I've been trying to work on it again and I'm determined to get it done by the end of the year by working on it a little bit every day. Maybe a listen to "Orange Blossom Special" or "Hey, Porter" will be the ticket. Here's where the rug stands at the moment.

And so, the Ravelympics are over and I finished all my events. I received some really wonderful prizes from my sisters. From Bonnie, I received the the soft and fragrant Summer Blossoms prize. And from Jenny, this Weeping Willow bag, an original weaving design of hers. Isn't it the perfect fit for my camera? Thank you, Jenny and Bonnie!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Hello Internet!

After a long absence I've returned to blogging.
Hello Waveland!
A recently completed scarf, artfully modeled by my Chicago OrkPoster. My sister said I should name the scarf Waveland. When I lived in Chicago I always felt compelled to wave anytime my path crossed with Waveland Ave. What can I say-it's a happy street name. I think I'm going to have to make a shawl using this stitch pattern.

Hello Medals!

My sisters and I are all on Ravelry and competing in Ravelympics while the Olympics are going on. Check out Bonnie's entertaining updates of our Ravelympics progress. I medaled in WIP Wrestling and completed 2 unfinished crochet projects.

I'm competing in one more event, the Sweater Sprint. Despite some setbacks, I'm hoping to make it to the finals, producing a bolero with this fabulous yarn.

Okay, bye, bye!

Update-Amigurumi patterns:

Saturday, April 12, 2008

While in Texas

I was in Dallas for a few days attending a conference for work. While I was there I visited with an aunt and cousin. I gave my aunt this Blue Curacao shawl for a belated ninetieth birthday present. The pattern is from Doris Chan's Amazing Crochet Lace, using Valley Yarns' Goshen, a lovely silk/cotton blend. During flight times, I crocheted up the beginnings of a table runner, using Berroco's Naturlin yarn.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Kyuuto! Cute!

Sometimes Japanese designs are so cute, you can't just resist them and you have no choice but to make them, even if they may not be extremely functional. In my case, I had to make these cute cup or jar cosies from Lacy Crochet. They're little gifts I gave to my sisters when I visited them over the weekend. And thanks Bonnie for taking the photo of them!
From the same book, I made myself a vintage looking potholder. And I will confess that there are more of Lacy Crochet's cute little things in the works.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

More Scarves to Love!

It's snowing out today much more than I expected. Luckily I have 2 new additions to my scarf collection to protect me from this wintry weather. Yesterday I blocked the Boteh Scarf and it's around my neck as I type. I just love everything about the Artyarn Ultramerino yarn - the color, it's softness next to the skin, the pleasure in crocheting it. It took just over 2 skeins, so I have almost a full skein to use for something else.
The Sidesaddle Cluster scarf has been getting a lot of wear since it was finished. It could be longer and wider but I didn't want to get more of the yarn. Next time, I'll make the full wrap and use a more substantial wool.