Saturday, May 25, 2013

June Crochet A Long

How awesome is the month of June? Well, there are many reasons why June is awesome. For some, they are planning the ultimate wedding! This pattern is a compliment to any ensemble for a bride-to-be, and it's easy! RedHeart has you covered with easy patterns! I chose this one simply because it is befitting a bride and the month of June. It's light and airy texture is a must have on cool breezy nights or anytime warmth is needed. Plus it's elegance shows off a bit of sophistication for any occasion! So if there are any questions or comments about this pattern, hop over to RedHeart's website http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/bridal-shrug for further details and information you may have regarding this pattern. I will be posting photos as I finish rounds for you to get the general idea of how this pattern flows.

Bridal Shrug

Here is another twist for a June bride to be!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Purple Knitted Fun Fur Scarf

Figure 1
So you think you can knit? Well, now you can!  This yarn is so soft, cuddly, warm, elegant, etc. So many ways to describe it. Yes, it is forgiving as well. How can yarn be forgiving? Well, fun fur is indeed! No need to take the project apart to start over, no need to cry in frustration because you have to take out rows, no need to throw needles across the room in anger!  This yarn hides imperfections! Yes, just keep going when you make a mistake! Unless you absolutely have OCD as I do and are a perfectionist!
Here's the pattern:
Cast on 18 stitches
Knit 5 rows
Purl 6 row
Row 7: Knit, YO twice, Knit, YO twice to end (54 stitches)
Row 8: Knit, Drop the Yarn Over stitches, Knit to end (18 stitches)
Repeat Rows 7 and 8 till desired length.
Knit 5 Rows
Bind off in Knit Stitch.
Or for another twist on the pattern: Cast on 18 stitches and Knit every row! See Figure 1.
Any questions? Email cindycgardner@gmail.com
Happy Knitting!

Quilting in Books

Well I have managed to read another Ann Rinaldi Book, "The Coffin Quilt". Excellent story I might add. Most people I know here in Tennessee love crafts. They especially love quilting. As an avid crafter, I can appreciate a good quilt. Now my expertise is crocheting or knitting. I'm not a quilter. "The Coffin Quilt" is a story based loosely on the lives of the Hatfields and McCoys. Most people know the story that Roseanne and Johnse were lovers, had a child, caused a feud that ended in the deaths of many family members, and suddenly came to an end, thus bringing us to where we are today; pondering what could have been or what actually happened.
Roseanna begins making her coffin quilt by adding little coffin motifs or appliques. Once someone dies, then their coffin goes to the center of the quilt. Roseanna would embroider the names and dates to the coffin. The youngest child of the McCoy family at the time, Fanny, is the narrator of this wonderful story. It captures the historical facts from the perspective of a nine year-old to that of a 16 year-old girl who faced many challenges in her young, turbulent life. Fanny has to accept that there are many changes going on in her family. While many are blaming Johnse Hatfield and Roseanna McCoy, Fanny knows its not all their fault. Sometimes families keep secrets and harbor resentments from deep within that no one are responsible for except the individual harboring this in their own heart. Ma keeping Pa in his place by holding him back from being a "real" man of that time era. When most men told women what to do, here it is Ma telling Pa what he is going to do by preaching scripture to him. Fanny is bossed by big sister Alafair and threatened and abused by her. There are many elements to this story that one can pull out and make a good theme paper for any class assignment. Life deals many lesssons and Fanny sure learns her fair share of them!
I recommend this book for a good rainy day read. It really makes one appreciate life and the individual who makes the quilt and passes it on to someone they love, just as Roseanna does for Fanny in the end. Happy Crafting!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Week Three and Four Medallion Throw

Let's get to crocheting! Not too many more days left to finish the Circular Medallion Throw! By now you should be ready for the next sections. It's a breeze from here on out right? It is getting larger and larger by now. I chose two different colors for my throw but you choose the color you want. Red Heart's pattern is done in Ocean. It take about 13 skeins of yarn in a single color. But I love the ease of this pattern, yet it is a challenge. But I love to crochet anytime. So let's get to the finish line! I'm there already! Just waiting for you to catch up! After you are done, it should look this beautiful and ready for your bed top!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Week 2 Progress on Circular Medallion Throw

Let's face it. We all make mistakes on something. And I am no exception. Being a seasoned crocheter you would think that I have it all together. Not so! I have had the pleasure of taking apart this throw a number of times this past week. Missed stitches, etc. I have been so aggravated and frustrated by throwing my crochet hook, dumping the work out of my lap, and taking deep breaths only to start the round over. But it is working out great! So as we carry on into another week, we will begin working on rounds 9 and work through round 14 and begin the second section of medallions. Aren't they fun to work on! I thought you would agree with me. What I like most about this pattern is the challenge. It is not for the beginner crocheter, that's for sure! It is not for the faint hearted either! Looking back we have created 9 rounds with 16 medallions. For this week, you should end with 28 medallions and on round 14 you should end with 224 tr (treble crochet). Happy Crocheting!
Figure 1. Rounds 1-9
Figure 2. Medallions

Figure 3. Rounds 9-14

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Work in Progress

So for week one, we are working on Red Heart's Circular Medallion Throw. This is going to take some time to finish folks so be patient with yourself. I have had a blast working on it. For the first week, you should work to Row 8. From there you will begin working on the first section of medallions. This will take a while to complete. If there are any followers in cyberland and you feel the need for assistance give me a quick shout out at cindycgardner@gmail.com. Happy Crocheting!
Figure 1. Chain 4

Figure 2. Forming a ring

Friday, April 5, 2013

Week 1 Circular Medallion Throw

Here is the progress of the Circular Medallion Throw by Redheart for week 1. If you are following along or happen on this blog post and need assistance, you may contact me at cindycgardner@gmail.com.  Happy Crocheting!