Thursday, September 4, 2014

Email about Crochet gift


Subject: Greetings from Aunt Rebecca in NYC
To:         Nephew and Girl friend who live in Israel
From:     Me
Date:     Sent September 1st, 2014
Status:   Awaiting a reply.

Hello Chen and Jonah,

Congratulations on the wonderful news about your impending nuptials!  That's so great.
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Let me tell you... after 22 years of marriage, I can attest to it being a pretty swell state of affairs.
Anyway, I'd like to give you a gift of a crocheted blanket for your new life together.  I love to crochet and create gifts where every stitch has a bit of love in it!

I made an afghan for your brother Bentzi and his fiance Charley and it would please me to create something for you.  It could be a "throw" for your couch, or a bigger one for your bed.  It could be granny squares, which is my usual style... or another type of pattern.  (click here for other ideas) 
You choose the color palette.

FInished sampler afghan for Alice and Karl



My gift to my dearest friend and her new "life partner"... to celebrate their new life together.  The idea is to cuddle under this "throw" in front of the fireplace in Brooklyn.
Added the turquoise border all around.  It looks great!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sampler Afghan Throw for Alice and Karl's new life together

The turquoise pattern is an original. 
Other patterns are from Lion Brand.  These are "jewel tone" colors. 
The background rug is in the house in Schroon Lake.  
Many early morning were hours spent creating these lovely squares while looking out at the mist rise over the lake.


Artist Covers Gritty Urban Streets with Delicate Lace Patterns

More here.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Sharpie Holder

Challenge: what to do with my Sharpie pens that were too numerous to fit nicely into any cups or glasses.  Make one! 
Adding to the fun of such a concrete and finite project is the multi colored yarn.  One never knows the pattern that will emerge as one progresses.  
To give the cup heft and sturdiness, some card stock was cut to size.





Monday, June 2, 2014

New lamp post cozy at my sister's house in Riverhead!





From the Archives:  First lamp post cozy, May 2011




Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Placemats

New table requires new placemats.  Single crochet with cotton yarn.  Sometimes our old pal, single crochet, is the best choice.  Solid, thick, nice texture with those lines, and can even crochet without looking.  



Saturday, May 3, 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Already a member of the facebook page, Creative Crochet Crew, I also recently joined Granny Square Crochet.  
This photograph was posted by Vicki Funk Nichols who captioned it with this comment, "‎My own design. Retro Granny Square Afghan."  I love the shapes, although if I made it I would use different colors and fill in the inside cross.



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Red Afghan


These reds are jewel red. Deep red. Perfect size for an extra layer when snuggled up in bed.  Soft and deeply red.  RED RED RED!
I think this might be the best afghan I have ever made.... and I've made many!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

If your rugs could speak: Antique tribal rugs transcend the decorative

Oral histories, passed down through countless generations of weavers, indicate that the motifs embody guidelines for embracing a harmonious posture toward life.

More Information: http://artdaily.com/news/68488/If-your-rugs-could-speak--Part-I---i-Antique-tribal-rugs-transcend-the-decorative--i-#.UxXX0F5DGAc[/url]
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Oral histories, passed down through countless generations of weavers, indicate that the motifs embody guidelines for embracing a harmonious posture toward life.

More Information: http://artdaily.com/news/68488/If-your-rugs-could-speak--Part-I---i-Antique-tribal-rugs-transcend-the-decorative--i-#.UxXX0F5DGAc[/url]
Copyright © artdaily.org
Oral histories, passed down through countless generations of weavers, indicate that the motifs embody guidelines for embracing a harmonious posture toward life.

More Information: http://artdaily.com/news/68488/If-your-rugs-could-speak--Part-I---i-Antique-tribal-rugs-transcend-the-decorative--i-#.UxXX0F5DGAc[/url]
Copyright © artdaily.org

From an article on artdaily.org.  
Oral histories, passed down through countless generations of weavers, indicate that the motifs embody guidelines for embracing a harmonious posture toward life. 
Among the great nomadic tribal tribes of Persia and the Caucasus, the weaving of these hand-knotted art pieces was the sacred activity of women 
Since time immemorial, in small isolated encampments far from the workshops of Persian cities, grandmothers, wives and daughters -- often from the age of five or six -- worked on small portable looms.

More here.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Red theme afghan - work in progress

When I went to Smiley's Manhattan yarn sale in December, I had no project plan.  So I gave myself this criteria to choose yarn: buy what I thought was pretty.  


Once I got home, I decided to make another afghan. 
Another one!?  

Who knows what I will do with this one. 
Use it, give it as a gift perhaps.  About half way there.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Butterfly


I love butterflies and I love to crochet.  But I have never found a good combination of these two loves.  The glory of a butterfly is its lightness, gossamer wings!   But crochet attempts are too heavy.

They get the shape right, but the airy-ness is lost, as illustrated in these two examples I found on a google search.  However….


This is closer to the lightness I seek… but not there yet.













This baby blanket might be the solution!  It was created by a person named Vivienne Jackson.  I plan to make it as a wall hanging… with crazy colors.