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Last night my DH and I kicked back and watched a couple movies. While I was “watching” I tried out a crochet pattern for little people slippers. The pattern was easy to follow, and the slippers turned out sweet. The embellishment idea was my own. Without the rosette they looked oh so plain. I made it by twisting and coiling a length of inch wide bias tape and adding grosgrain ribbon for leaves.  Now I must find someone with feet small enough to wear them…

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The slippers are crocheted in one piece with a seam along the back.  I think it would be pretty easy to adjust the size up or down…next I’ll give it a try.

I don’t know who to give credit to for this pattern…

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Use worsted weight yarn…I used cotton.

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Rnd 1: 6 sc in second chain from the hook; join with sl st

Rnd 2: ch 2 (counts as dc), dc in same st, 2 dc in each of five remaining stitches; join with sl st [12 st]

Rnd 3: ch 2 (counts as dc), 2 dc in next st, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st* repeat from * around; join with sl st [18 st]

Rnd 4: ch 2 (counts as dc), dc in each remaining 17 st; join with sl st [18st]

Rnd 5: repeat Rnd 4

Row 6: ch 2 (counts as dc); dc in next 16 st (stopping short of last stitch) [17 st]

Row 7-13: ch 2, turn; dc in next 16 st [17 st]

Row 14: ch 2, dc in same st; dc in next 15 st, 2 dc in last st [19 st]

Finish off: fold the slipper in half and whip stitch the heel closed.

Until next time…

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.  Psalm 119:105

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My church’s ladies mission group is hosting a country store during our fall festival.  We’ll sell various items with proceeds going to mission projects.  In the cooler months I enjoy crocheting when I’m relaxing in the evenings, riding in a car, or waiting for a appointment.  Over the past few days I’ve had one of the dreaded bugs that’s making its way around our area.  Even though it has been 80 degrees in our house I’ve been cold.  I decided to make a baby blanket to donate to our country store.  Some of the things I make don’t have an intended recipient and end up stored away for an occasion when I need a gift for someone.  While I was crocheting I thought of those stowed away items and  pulled out my stash and will donate a good many of them to this cause.  Very few things give greater satisfaction than giving whether it be giving of material things or talent.  It truly is more blessed to give than to receive.  The little bumpy blue newborn hat is not going to the sale.  It’s reserved for a very special baby (my sister’s first grandchild) who will make his debut appearance in December.  It should keep his little ears toasty warm.

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The tiny granny square blanket is the one I’ve made while I have been under the weather…

Thank goodness I’m feeling better so I won’t get a lot more crocheting done while I’m catching up on all the things I let slide over the past several days.  I hope all of you are avoiding the seasonal crud.

Until next time…

For lack of attention a thousand forms of loveliness elude us every day.  ~ Evelyn Underhill ~

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I set my knitting needles aside last week to spend a little time crocheting.  It’s a no brainer for me most of the time…knitting is not.  My brain needed a break from the “strain” so in observance of National Crochet Month I spent my evenings making this sweet blanket.  I used worsted weight cotton.  It’s soft and sweet…perfect for a newborn baby.  I started with the intentions of using a pattern used to make a beautiful blanket I saw on  Goosie Girl’s blog.  When I got to the border I decided to go a different route for a frillier look. The pattern I used for the body of the blanket is The Tiramisu Blanket by Rosie Little Things.

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Until next time…

Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.

~  Henry Ward Beecher  ~

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At the beginning of January I posted a list of ten or so things I’d like to do in 2009.  Knitting is on that list and has been a skill I’ve long desired to learn.  This week I finally pulled out my needles and a self-instruction book I bought a few years back.  I played with it during the week but made no progress.  I found casting on to be fumble-some and frustrating and got no further than that.  Last night I managed casting on without pulling my hair out and moved on to the knit stitch.  My piece is not perfect, but it is progress.  I’ll work a few more rows with this stitch and move on to lesson three, the purl stitch.    Following directions using a one dimensional, linear graphic has never been my most productive method of learning, so I’m feeling pretty good about my accomplishment.   I might even be a knitter when I grow up…

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Until next time…

The bridges you cross before you come to them are over rivers that aren’t there.  ~ unknown ~

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A month or so ago, I asked the owner of my favorite little sewing shop to order a copy of Amy Karol’s book “Bend The Rules Sewing ” for me.  (Amy Karol is aka Angry Chicken.)  She ordered one for me and one for herself.  It was on back order and finally arrived a couple days ago.  Last night I curled up in my favorite spot on the couch and read it.  Ladies, it was a pleasant read and has lots of easy to understand and accomplish projects for any skill-level sewer.  If the ticky, ticky sewer this describes me in you wants to loosen up and bend the rules a little while creating something sensational, this book might be for you.  If you are just learning to sew or want to learn to sew, you can’t go wrong by buying a copy.  Amy’s directions are some of the clearest I’ve read and the projects will make great gifts for others or yourself.

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Moving on to…a finished project.  During the last leg of the presidental campaign my creative juices came to a screeching halt and dried up completely.  For weeks I felt too bogged down by reality to even attempt to work on anything creative.  My dear cyber-friend Tammy sent a few encouraging words my way and after letting them sink in,  I picked up a crochet hook and resumed work on a shawl I started a while back.  Thank you, Tammy…(We never know just how much our words affect someone else.)   I felt so much more creative I even crocheted a free-style brooch to adorn my shawl.  I’m thinking about lining this one…which would render it unfinished…but I haven’t decided.  Last night I moved on to a baby quilt I hand quilt in the evening.

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Until next time…

Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.  ~  Blaise Pascal ~

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Crocheted Shawl

I love shawls.  They are so easily put on when I’m too cool and equally easy to shed when I get too warm.  They are feminine and comfortable to wear.  Last week I spent two evenings making this one.  I’m pretty pleased with the outcome.

Shawls are perfect to take along to places that are too cool for comfort.  Restaurants  always seem to be cooler than I like to be.  Our church building is cool enough to make my teeth chatter most of the time.  The majority decides where to set the thermostat. A crocheted shawl is perfect in both situations.

I’ve started making another one, but progress is slow.  Maybe it will be finished by next Sunday.  :)

Until next time…

Arise and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time. ~ Winston Churchill ~

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Last night I completed the wool afghan I made using the pattern supplied by Lion Brand.  For the most part I am pleased with it.  I found it a bit difficult to keep the black stitches bordering each square flush on the turning side.  If I had used the same color throughout, the blocks would have gone together more smoothly.  On a few of the squares the border is a bit zagged.

The pattern instructions were very easy to follow.  My least favorite square was the one stitched in blue.  It didn’t block as easily as the other two patterns.  The different textures definitely add interest to the finished afghan.

Note to Laurie…you asked what a “crochet-a-long” is.  It’s simply several people working the same pattern at the same time…individually.

Until next time…

We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.  ~ Edward R. Murrow ~

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