Saturday, May 18, 2024

Mandala Sparkle Draco

As I was going through the website I ran across this tidbit which might help you if you want to make a project but don't have the weight yarn for which the project calls.

Two strands #1 fingering equal one strand #2 sport.
Three strands #1 fingering equal one strand #4 worsted.
One strand #3 DK and one strand #1 fingering equal one strand #4 worsted.
Two strands #2 sport equal one strand #4 worsted.
Two strands #4 worsted equal one strand #5 bulky

Here's my latest blanket.

Yarn: Lion Brand Mandala Sparkle in color Draco
Hook: H/5.0 by Laurie Whitaker 
Size: about 26" square
Foundation chain: 98
Pattern: reduced Beginner's Luck

And here's the hook ...

Happy Crocheting!


Wednesday, May 15, 2024


Due to health issues, I'm making changes to my online sites.

At the moment, my plan is to return to blogger for Crochet Cabana blog posts. I've used almost all the allowed space for pictures at the free Wordpress site and blogger has unlimited space.

I'm downsizing the website as well. The patterns remain on the site presently. Most of the other pages are gone. The articles had not been updated in a number of years and crochet is constantly changing. Many of the pages simply had links to my YouTube videos anyway and those are still available.

Blogger also has unlimited pages as far as I can tell and I moved a few things over here. I may move the patterns here eventually as well but that's a project for another day. There are 139 of my own patterns if I counted correctly, plus a few others that I was kindly allowed to share. 

Happy Crocheting!


Friday, April 19, 2024

Mandala Sparkle Draco afghan

Wordpress is giving me fits trying to put a picture in so I'm back at blogger today. 

Yarn: Lion Brand Mandala Sparkle in color Draco

Hook:  G/4.0 Furls Odyssey

Size: 30"

Foundation chain: 118

Pattern: Call the Midwife (I followed Fiber Spider's version on YouTube)

On a personal note, I have been diagnosed with breast cancer and will be having a lumpectomy May 2 (current schedule). Prayers appreciated.

Happy crocheting!


Sunday, October 1, 2023

26th anniversary

I can't believe another year has gone by! October is the Crochet Cabana anniversary month. 26 years! It's been a lot of fun to share my work with you all. I'm not doing anything special to celebrate. Just noting it here for posterity. :-)

As you may remember, I keep the Wordpress site up to date but I thought I'd come by and share a few pics here as well. 

This past year was the year of the scrap afghans. I wanted to use up some of my extensive stash and created a number of afghans, scarves and various other things to that end. Here are a few of the blankets.

I hope you enjoy this brief peek of what I've been up to in the past year. Perhaps it will inspire you in some way to jump into your own stash.

Happy Crocheting!

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Hooks and squares

In the WordPress blog I've been posting squares. I set myself a challenge to make a square (or some project) with each of my hooks. The squares are mostly the Cross Stitch Square designed by my daughter, Kate Smith. I've made thousands of these squares. I know some people don't like to make the same thing over and over but I don't mind it. It's mindless.

I warn you that I collect hooks and I have a lot of them! I have quite a few hooks from Polymer Clay Shed. She sells both Boye and Bates style hooks and I have some of both. After my hand surgery, my crocheting style changed for a while in that I went to the knife hold rather than my usual pencil hold. Also, though I had always been a "Boye" gal, I found the Bates style hooks worked well for me during that transitional time. Now I can use both!

Here are some of the pictures I've posted. It's only interesting if you want to see the different hook styles. I'm still working on this project, currently using my Furls hook collection. In the WordPress posts I have additional info on the hooks in some of the pictures but I thought it would make this post too long if I included all that. 

These are glow in the dark hooks

Happy crocheting!