Sunday, December 30, 2012

Project plan for 2013

Saw this on facebook.  I want to make something like it with my old doilies and maybe with a groovy daisy done with crochet string.  Staple them to a wood board then hang it up.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

December doings

 Added several of these "soft touch" crochet hooks to my life. 
As my mother once said, "It's important to use the right tools for the job!"

 Flower combo as art installation.

 With a Michael's gift card, I went crazy for the cotton yarn 
that works on these potholders!

 These seasonal potholders are gifts to Karl, host of the annual 
Xmas Tree Trimming party in Brooklyn. 
 He's a serious cook, so he will certainly use them.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Clever pix found on-line!

Keep yarn from tangling and falling.  Clever alternative to special pottery yarn holders.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sampler Blanket

Smiley's Yarns had their big holiday sale this week at the Holiday Inn ballroom on West 57th.  Bought quite alot of this colorful cotton yarn.  The plan is to make 16 squares, each using a different crochet stitch, and then sew them all together.  This one is "shell".
I would rather think about this project than do anything.. except maybe go out to dinner!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Tablet case

I sure am crocheting up a storm lately!  This is a case for Sid's new 7" tablet.  It shouldn't just go in his briefcase unprotected.  Note the "boy" type colors I chose.  That single crochet stitch is so adaptable.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Cookies and Crochet!

From Knitting Relay on Facebook.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Daisy Groovy Afghan, almost finished

Just needs one more row of flowers and a nice rich border.  
Made this one just for me.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Today I am teaching Alice how to blog.  We are thinking of using this image:

She was a writer of this fabulous book.  
I love it.
See more here.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

From the cartoon series, Unshelved, about librarians.  This week's theme was knitting at staff meetings.  But CROCHET and LIBRARIANS... gotta love it!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Flower Test: Rose or Daisy?

Replies to this test:
Jessica Hentoff    Rose
Rebecca Reitz     Very interesting. We must figure out what the choice says about you.
Jessica Hentoff   Complex, a multi sort of person, beautiful but with thorn  
Peggy Monahan    Daisy

Odella Schattin    Daisy

Dan Hermann      Rose.  The daisy is VERY 70s. 
Betty Chen         Daisy.

Alice Pifer          pattern on the left! but both are gorgeous!

Dee Ratterree     Daisy

Rainbow  Reitz    Although the Daisy screams HERE I AM, I do prefer the softer complexity of the Rose, by any other name smile
Terrie J. LoCicero   Rose.

Cynthia Millman     Daisy

Rebecca Reitz      I just love getting these responses. So interesting to learn which flower holds appeal. I have no psychological analysis about your choice. Love, Rebecca

Hannah: Daisy.  But it's just because it's higher contrast.  It depends what mood I'm in.
Daisy seems more 70s, flower seems more 40s.
Sarah: Hard to tell as I like them each equally but for different reasons. Rose for classic and daisy for retro.
Wendy: For me - daisy - it reminds me of flower power!
Gabby: Daisy really pops out both are lovely xoxo
  • For me?  DAISY absolutely.  Love this flower.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Forest colors

Sent this to sister Robin in Arizona for her new home.  
These are her colors.
She says: 
"I think it is absolutely the perfect blanket for me.  
I love, love, love it!"

Monday, September 10, 2012

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Crochet Playground

Japanese artist Toshiko Horiuchi-MacAdam is considered one of Japan's leading fiber artists, using knitting and crochet as the foundation for much of her work. Her website explains that she specializes in "creating large, interactive textile environments that function both as imaginative and vibrant explorations of color and form, at the same time as providing thrilling play environments." That is exactly what we see here at the Hakone Open Air Museum in Hakone, Japan.

The artist created this playground where children can interact with her art. Ordering her yarn supplies by the ton, Horiuchi-MacAdam works with a team to produce the massive structures. They build large sections of each playground, and then join the sections and test them onsite during installation. The design includes all kinds of vibrantly colored nets, swings, cushions, and pockets for children to play on and explore.

Horiuchi-MacAdam believes in bringing joy and laughter to children through these creative projects. She finds great pleasure in watching the soft fabric transform and come alive as the children stretch, climb, and swing on the materials. Her most treasured moments are hearing what she describes as the "undisguised delight of children exploring a new play space."

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Yarn Bombing 2012

Thanks for making the sign, Hannah!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Crocheted Wire Sculpture

Ruth Asawa in her home with sculptures, 1954
Learned about her from Knitty Relay's postings on Facebook.
More of her work at

Friday, June 1, 2012

Yarn Bombing comes to Queens!

My friend, Betty Chen, needle woman supreme, starts the yarn bombing season with this lovely crocheted creation.
Thanks for the inspiration, Betty!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Shall we dance.. er, knit.. I mean dance?!

Sunday, May 6, 2012