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Crochet Month

Since this is Crochet Month, Disabilities Awareness Month and Craft Month I wanted to do a little digging into the history of crochet.

Shock and suprise, no recorded history before 1800. Here is a link to the Crochet Guild of America’s article on it: http://www.crochet.org/?page=CrochetHistory

Crochet has been very helpful to me for many reasons. One is it has kept me sane after I became vision impaired in 2001 just before 9/11. There was a call put out in our church for prayer shawls. I did not know how to knit or crochet and said ” teach me and I will” My friend and teacher Carol was very patient with me and started to try to teach me knitting. Unfortunately, my vision and understanding did not allow me to learn knitting. Carol asked” Lisa, would you mind if I taught you crochet instead” So now I crochet. I started with prayer shawls and went to designing tote bags within 3 weeks.

There are a lot of people who said to me you can not do crochet blind. I tell them yes I can. Usually I walk away; I really hate people telling me I can not do something. Some times I pull out my yarn and hooks and say “What is this then?”

I crochet in public whenever I can. A group of us in Fort Wayne will meet at the Firehouse Coffee and Tea shop every other Thursday at 7PM. It is nice to crochet with other crafters. Not all crochet; my husband brings his cross stitch, some knit, some quilt. I also will crochet on the bus, in a car, at church, at meetings I attend, at conventions, anywhere I have time. I multi task as much as possible. Listening, answering or asking questions, writing notes, and crocheting.

I am currently working on more bunny baskets. I have a picture on a previous post. These are fun to do. I use Lion Brand’s Amigurumi Bunny Basket Pattern #: 80092AD It does not say how to put together the ears and handle. You really need pipe cleaners (wire with fuzzy things on it) in the ears to keep them standing upright. In my first photos, I used stuffing to fill them up and tacked it to the handle. Creativity away… I was asked to do a peach bunny basket. It is in the works.

Have fun with your own projects this month.
Lisa

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Adam’s Christmas Present

I just finished making my first children’s hat for my great nephew Adam. It is the Oshito baby hat.. I got the pattern from Ravelry then this free website: http://owlishly.typepad.com/owlishly/files/owlishly_designed_bear_infant_hat_email_quality.pdf
I give credit where it is due. I did not make the pattern; I used a free pattern I found on the Ravelry community website. Ravelry is a Knit, Crochet, Spinner, Weaver, well I think all crafting community. If you have never been there go to http://www.ravelry.com and sign up. It is free. You can list all your projects, jump into a forum discussion with anyone from around the world. Keep track of your yarn stash. Keep track of your books. Learn lots of new things. I am sure there are many more descriptions, but I have run out of them for now.
I used a yarn that changes colors on its own and was different than a normal brown for a bear hat. The yarn choice I made? Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Mountain Print which is 100% acrylic and washable.

My version of the Osito baby hat.  A bear hat for Adam.

My version of the Osito baby hat. A bear hat for Adam.

Something new…

Well, Thanksgiving was grand. My husband and I spent time with my family. My cousin Kathy had Thanksgiving dinner and all the family was there. Hope all of you had a Happy Thanksgiving.
The week before a friend asked if I could make something for her. A gift for a friend sh says.
It was a bearded hat! The hat is in the colors of his favorite team. I of course said yes…love challenges. It was quick and mostly easy. Finding out how to put the mustache on is a bit difficult. I completed it within 2 days.

The Bearded Hat , ignore the person in the hat please.

Craft Bazaar

Hello from the cold of Fort Wayne.  I spent the day yesterday at a craft bazaar.  No one told me it would be so exhausting.  I did sell enough to cover the cost of the table, just.  Not enough sales to cover the yarn I purchased to do the items though.  It is very frustrating to make so many items thinking they will sell and finding out no, everyone is just browsing and not buying.  Lots of people liked the items, but when asked if they want it in a different color they say no, but it is nice work.  I also had my husband’s cross stitch pictures to sell.  He sold one only.  I may try again, at another bazaar, but knowing how this one went, I may just sell by orders only.  Have to find a way of putting up a catalog of projects or see what Etsy  is like.  Anny suggestions would be welcome.

Some of Steve’s Cross Stitch patterns.

 

Table at the craft bazaar.

 

One saving grace was my best friend DeAnn was there with her jewelry to keep me sane.  She did not do well either. I do not know if it is that people are not buying homemade anymore or that no one has money.

 

Creative Craft Bazaar

Getting ready for a craft bazaar.  Working my fingers daily with stitches and blessings.  I will be at Crescent Avenue United Methodist Church on Saturday, October 27th from 9AM to 3PM.

I created my very own version of fingerless gloves.  I picked a pattern from a book I got from the Library. It is the Herringbone Half Double Crochet I crocheted  a six inch square in this pattern with an I hook. To finish, I sewed one inch down, skipped one and one half inches, then sewed the rest of the way down and wove in my ends.

Fingerless Gloves by Lisa

Mother’s Day project!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there.

For my mom I made her some dishcloths; she didn’t want a shawl.

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Mom’s Tulip dishcloth 2012

I use the tulips stitch I found on Ravelry. It was a wonderful stitch easy to work;  I got two of them completed in one day.

I used Lilly Sugar & Crème cotton in yellow.  Nice bright spring color.

I really need to work on some more.  I think it would be great for graduation presents for those starting out of the parent’s house for the first time.

 

I will be at the Fort Wayne, Indiana Disability Expo at the Memorial Coliseum on Saturday May 5th.  You will find me at the NFB Fort Wayne Chapter Booth #49.  I will have something there to crochet as well.

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