Friday, June 16, 2017

temperature afghans

I have just discovered a way to make your temperature afghans without going through all the steps I took to make mine. Not that I minded taking those steps because, as I've said before, I enjoy the process. But if you do not enjoy the work, here is an extremely easy way to get your temperatures and colors.

Check out . This is the brain child of Krista Scholdberg. I don't know Krista personally, but way to go! 

I checked the temperatures that came up for one of the afghans I made and they were spot on for high temperatures for that year in that location.

I found this site when perusing Mikey's Crochet Crowd web pages so kudos to Mikey as well!

Happy crocheting!

Thursday, June 15, 2017


Except for sewing in the tails and adding a border, I have finished one of the four placemats I have planned. These are being done in Knit Picks CotLin yarn in colors Eggplant, Pomegranate, Ivy and Linen.

The pattern I used here is the Fibonacci numbers in the order red, green, tan and purple. Well, to be exact it is Pomegranate, Ivy, Linen and Eggplant, but you get what I mean. :-) 

The PLAN is to do a second one in Fibonacci numbers in a different order and two others using the Lucas numbers in different orders.

I bought two skeins of each color. Not sure if that will be enough.

I am using the seed stitch with a chain of 60. If I had it to do over I would use a longer chain and fewer rows. LOL This one is 93 rows.

The current size is 12" x 18" which is what I found to be standard in looking at patterns. I put my dinner plate on it and it fit fine so I think that will work. (It would be turned so the long side is facing the diner.)

Happy crocheting!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


A few years ago I was interviewed by Underground Crafter. I happened across that interview again while going through her web site and thought I'd share it with you.

If you're interested in reading it, you can find the interview at .

As I was reading, it actually felt like I was reading the words of someone else. LOL A few of the places I mention no longer accept donations. SIBOL has just recently been discontinued. Scarves for Special Olympics is done as is Crafting for a Cause. Crochet with Dee blog has not been updated in a while though Dee is active on Facebook and has a web site as well.

In other changes, I myself discontinued my Etsy shop. I still don't go to Tumblr or Twitter very often. Twitter is updated from my Facebook posts automatically. I haven't done anything with the Cafe Press account. Crafty Corral has been taken over by coloring sheets when I remember to post them. I haven't done any new videos in a while though I'd really like to. I enjoy teaching by video. My hands are not as pretty as some of the ladies who share their crocheting skills. I guess I'm intimidated by their beautiful nails! :-)

In crochet news, I'm back at work on the placemats and will be doing more cradles with the yarn I got over the weekend.

Happy crocheting!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


More squares! Taking a break from seed stitch and making squares with the yarn I have accumulated making various other projects as well as some yarn I bought over the weekend. Most of the skeins are only one skein. The squares are 6". I used my favorite cross stitch square pattern by Kate Smith.

Yarn used is Red Heart with Love Boysenberry and Pewter and Vanna's Choice Mustard, Peacock, and Sage.

I also made another cradle set for Bridget's cradles but forgot to take a picture of it. It was pink.

I still have placemats to make. I also bought some interesting yarn at Hobby Lobby I want to try. I'm thinking of making a scarf with it. It's a yarn cake called Yarn Bee Sugar Wheel in the colorway GoGo Cocoa.

Here's a review of the yarn. I haven't worked with it yet but I'll dish when I do.

Happy crocheting!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Anniversary hooks

I have been checking out possibilities for the anniversary hooks. I personally now have three hooks engraved with the name and dates. I love them all! I thought I'd just give all the information for the hooks I purchased and anyone who is interested can order one for herself. If you let me know you will be ordering and what size and design you are interested in, I can let the seller know to expect an order - though this is not a requirement. If you give them the needed info, I am sure they will be able to accommodate you.

Below is the pertinent information. They are all from Etsy sellers. They were all lovely to work with.

You can choose the hook size you prefer as well as Bates or Boye style.

Polymerclayshed  $16.99 + $3.55 shipping = 20.54 Do a custom listing of the Crochet Cabana lighthouse/dolphin hook with engraving Crochet Cabana 1997-2017 . The hook size is on the top of the handle. This is an H. The handle is quite smooth. The print is hand painted on.

Engraving for You (blue hook with bamboo handle) $12 + $3 shipping.
Ask for engraving of Crochet Cabana 1997-2017
You can see the hook size on the aluminum section. This one is an H.

Unraveled Ewe $25 hook + $5 imprint + $8 shipping = $38
The hook size is on the top of the hook. This one is an I. Very smooth. Fits well in the hand.
Engraving Crochet Cabana, 1997-2017

For this listing you have to not only choose the hook but you must also choose the $5 personalized laser inscription to get the engraving of Crochet Cabanqa 1997-2017.

If you are uncertain what to do, just holler out to me at . I will do my best to help.

Happy crocheting!