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Save the Crochet! August 19, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lindsey Stephens @ 11:23 am
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I’ve spent the past couple of Sundays going to tag sales. What better way to spend 4 hours and only spend $3? Well, I keep coming across lots and lots and lots of crocheted items. What really gets to me are the thread pieces. One estate sale had a pile of crocheted thread doilies, and I mean BIG doilies. These pieces took someone hours and hours to make and they were being sold for $1.

Part of me wants to buy up all these homeless crochet bits. I want to save them from whatever fate awaits them if they don’t sell (shudder). But where would I put them all? What would I do with them?

Any ideas?

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Charity Crocheting and a Free Pattern August 13, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lindsey Stephens @ 10:22 am
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At this year’s CGOA Professional Development Day we had the chance to make items for Knit for Needs (http://knitsforneeds.blogspot.com/), a charity that distributes knitted and crocheted items to those in need across the United States. Lion Brand provided a variety of yarn for us to work with. I made up a premie sized hat with a small flower on it, and grabbed a snap shot with my cell phone before turning it in. I’ve decided to share my pattern on-line for all of you who take the time out of your busy lives to stitch for those in need.

If you do make this hat, please feel free to send me a picture or post a link to a pic of your finished item in the comment section. I’d love to see your work!


Premie Hat
(c) Lindsey Stephens 2009
This pattern is provided for personal and charity use only.

Skill Level:
Easy

Finished Measurements:
12 inches circumference; 5 inches tall

Materials:
Lion Brand Jiffy; Bulky; 100% Acrylic; (3 oz/85g; 135 yd/123m)
1 skein #150 Pearl Grey
1 skein #145 Plum
J/6.0mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
Tapestry needle

Gauge:
12 sc and 12 rounds = 4 inches

Stitches and Abbreviations:
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
St(s) – stitch(es)
Sl st – slip stitch
Spike – spike sc – insert hook in st one round below, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook

Premie Hat Pattern

Hat

Round 1: With Pearl Grey, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join to 1st sc with sl st. (6 sc)

Round 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, join with sl st. (12 sc)

Round 3: Ch 1, (sc in sc, 2 sc in next sc) around, join with sl st. (18 sc)

Round 4: Ch 1, (sc in 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around, join with sl st. (24 sc)

Round 5: Ch 1, (sc in 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around, join with sl st. (30 sc)

Round 6: Ch 1, (sc in 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around, join with sl st. (36 sc)

Round 7: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with sl st.

Rounds 8 – 14: Repeat round 7.

Round 15: With Plum, ch 1, (sc in sc, spike in sc, sc in sc) around, join with sl st.

End off.

Flower

Round 1: With Plum, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join to 1st sc with sl st. (6 sc)

Round 2: Ch 1, (hdc, dc, hdc) in each sc around, join with sl st. (18 sts)

End off.

Flower pattern shown using standard crochet symbols.

Flower pattern shown using standard crochet symbols.

Finishing

Use tapestry needle to sew flower onto side of hat.

 

Designer’s Wish List June 14, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lindsey Stephens @ 12:17 pm
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I love to shop, and as a designer there are certain items I would enjoy adding to my collection. Here’s what I would purchase if money was no object.

1. dress form / model

2. 12 mpixel, optical zoom digital camera

3. itso lidded bins (lots of them for all my yarn)

4. really nice office chair (husband reclaimed his)

5. walls (my craft office is in the unfinished basement. i want walls to hang stuff on)

 

Vanna’s Choice Contest May 28, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lindsey Stephens @ 11:29 am
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Some of you may remember that there was a contest a while back being held by Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Yarns and Michaels. Well, I entered, and although my design was selected as a finalist, I did not place in the contest. I’m still thrilled that I was a finalist. My entry, the Ridged Whirl Hat, is my own design. I’m hoping to have the pattern typed up and available for purchase within the next month.

hRidged Whirl Hat Side View

Ridged Whirl Hat Side View

Ridged Whirl Hat back view

Ridged Whirl Hat back view

 

Back from Enfield and Webs May 20, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lindsey Stephens @ 10:44 am
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So I’m back from Enfield and the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework Convention. It was great fun. I really enjoyed teaching and got great feedback from students and the program coordinators. I can’t wait for the next convention.

On Sunday, I took a trip to Webs, New England’s largest yarn store. The yarn selection is amazing. It really does take 2 hrs to go through the store. One nice benefit was their combined anniversary and tent sales. Yarn is great. yarn at 20% off or more is even better.

 

Teaching May 17, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lindsey Stephens @ 1:07 am
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Only one day left till I head to the Pomegranate Guild biennial convention in Enfield, CT. I’ll be teaching two classes there- one on post stitches in crochet and another on Jewish crafting ideas and resources. I’m really looking forward to getting to meet these great ladies, share my knowledge with them, and learn from them in return. This promises to be a fun Monday.

 

Projects, Projects Everywhere May 15, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lindsey Stephens @ 1:00 am
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So my queue of projects just keeps growing. Granted you won’t find most of these on my ravelry profile since many are possible design submissions. Here are some of my projects I can share:

Outfit for me for the Knit and Crochet Show in Buffalo, NY – crochet

Outfit for daughter for the show – crochet

Outfit for son for the show – crochet

Spin me right round snood – knit  (this is my practice knitting project)

Plus, I have got to make myself at least a lapghan. I’m absolutely freezing with my husband keeping the AC on 68 degrees!