99 Little Doilies, Bookmarks to Crochet~

I just received my copy of 99 Little Doilies By Patricia Kristoffersen, and I’m positively in awe of all the cute designs!

99 Little Doilies to Crochet by Patricia Kristoffersen

This paperback book has 144 pages of patterns, color photos, and illustrations with comprehensive instructions for various unique stitch techniques, including: working in front, around or behind a stitch, free loops, working in center 3 loops of a stitch,  working in 2 legs of a stitch.

I also got this new book the other day

Reader's Choice Bookmarks by Leisure Arts #75069

and finished this cute Sunflower Bookmark, from the front cover:

Sunflower Bookmark

I’ve been crocheting for over 40 years, having first learned the basic stitches at age 10. I can thank my Mentor, Ethel Harvey, for inspiring me to crochet. I used to go over to her house as a child, on those long summer days and spent many hours under her gentle care and guidance. My mother was very grateful to have Ethel as someone I looked up to, I’m sure. It kept me out of trouble and very busy when school was out. I can also thank Ethel for my green thumb, my love of antiques, and also my collection of assorted greenhouse-variety cacti. I remember her house, a single-level bungalow on the end of a cul-de-sac. There, she tended nearly a half-acre of all manner of roses, trees, shrubs, vines and perennials. I even remember a Pitcher Plant by her front steps. The thing smelled rotten, but she showed me how it would collect rain water and flies would become trapped within it’s bloom, to be later ingested by the plant. I remember it looking like this:

Pitcher Plant

Someone who I once considered my best friend-no, my Mentor, once told me I should stick to crochet, in lieu of knitting. I wanted to expand my crafting talents and have had a long-time love of all things knit. In retrospect, I have spent probably a little more time than I should have, contemplating her statement and consequent decision to cut our friendship short, wondering why things happened as they did. I cannot come up with a single reason…so, no, I will keep knitting and learning new things, I enjoy it too much. But I will keep crocheting gifts, even though some of those things may hold some sad memories within their intricate knots.

We took a drive to the Spring for water today. It was a crisp, sunny 59 F at 5:30 pm, the sun low in the sky, nearly blinded DH. We saw one Whitetail rump disappear into the woods,  jsut as we were driving out of the Kettle Moraine area, on our way home. The woods always remind me of childhood memories of Placer County, CA. The twisty windy tree-lined roads,  the deep woods just beyond, the pine needles on the forest floor, whisper of secrets along darkening paths.

It’s Friday, Taco Night! I’m hungry, so I’ll scoot outta here and come back later with pictures of mine and DH’s Riders Edge experiences~you don’t want to miss it!

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Pineapple Book Mark

This pattern is a spin-off of the Pineapple Curtain Pull/Fan Pull:

Oasis Curtain/Fan Pull

Oasis Curtain/Fan Pull

Rose Curtain/Fan Pull

Rose Curtain/Fan Pull

I  have omitted the plastic ring, to make it book-friendly.

Pineapple Book Mark

Pineapple Book Mark

Pineapple Book Mark

Materials:

Aunt Lydia’s Classic Crochet Cotton, #10 (1 ball)
Steel crochet hook size 9

Rnd 1:  Ch 10, join to form ring.

Row 1:  Sc 30 closely over chain, *To make cord for bookmark string: (midpoint of circle), make an 8-10 inch chain to length, sc in 6th ch from hook, ** (skip 6 ch, sc in 6th ch), repeat from ** until you get to the end of your chain, sc in beginning sc, then resume sc over ring for the other half , covering closely, sl st to join.

Row 2:  Ch 5, 2 dc in same space as sl st, ch 2, 2 dc (shell made), ch 3, skip 6 sc, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next st (shell made), ch 5, turn.

Row 3:  Shell in ch-2 space of shell (shell over shell), ch 3, 15 trb in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, shell over shell (herein referred to as S.o.S), ch 5, turn.

Row 4:  S.o.S, ch 3, 1 trb, ch 1, 1trb in each of 15 trb, S.o.S, ch 5, turn.

Row 5:  S.o.S., ch 3, skip next ch-3 sp, sc in first ch-1 sp, (ch 3, sc in next sp) 13 times, ch 3, S.o.S, ch 5, turn.

Row 6: S.o.S, ch 3, skip next ch-3 sp, sc in first ch-1 sp, (ch 3, sc in next sp) 14 times, ch 3, S.o. S, ch 5, turn.

Continue in this manner until 1 loop remains, ch5, turn.

Last Row: S.o.S, ch 3, sc in loop, ch 3, 2 dc in sp of next shell, ch 1, sc in sp of last complete shell made, ch 1, 2 dc in same shell were last 2 dc were made, ch 5, turn, 1 sc in joining sc (between last 2 shells). Fasten off.

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Me, aka manyhorsesmane

Pineapple Book Mark

This pattern is a spin-off of the Pineapple Curtain Pull/Fan Pull:

Oasis Curtain/Fan Pull
Oasis Curtain/Fan Pull
Rose Curtain/Fan Pull
Rose Curtain/Fan Pull

I  have omitted the plastic ring, to make it book-friendly.

*Note: Until I figure out how to add a pdf or doc file, click the image below to open it up in a separate post so you can copy and print it. 🙂

Pineapple Book Mark or Fan Pull

Materials:

Aunt Lydia’s Classic Crochet Cotton, #10 (1 ball)
1 inch plastic ring (Boye Brand) you can purchase these from Chappy at her eBay store here:
Member has an eBay StoreCHAPPY’S FIBER ARTS AND CRAFTS
Steel crochet hook size 9

Rnd 1: *for bookmark no ring: Ch 10, join to form ring.
Or:
Rnd 1: work over ring as follows:

Row 1:  Sc 30 closely over ring, *To make cord for bookmark string: (midpoint of circle), make an 8-10 inch chain to length, sc in 6th ch from hook, ** (skip 6 ch, sc in 6th ch), repeat from ** until you get to the end of your chain, sc in beginning sc, then resume sc over ring for the other half , covering closely, sl st to join.

Row 2:  Ch 5, 2 dc in same space as sl st, ch 2, 2 dc (shell made), ch 3, skip 6 sc, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next st (shell made), ch 5, turn.

Row 3:  Shell in ch-2 space of shell (shell over shell), ch 3, 15 trb in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, shell over shell (herein referred to as S.o.S), ch 5, turn.

Row 4:  S.o.S, ch 3, 1 trb, ch 1, 1trb in each of 15 trb, S.o.S, ch 5, turn.

Row 5:  S.o.S., ch 3, skip next ch-3 sp, sc in first ch-1 sp, (ch 3, sc in next sp) 13 times, ch 3, S.o.S, ch 5, turn.

Row 6: S.o.S, ch 3, skip next ch-3 sp, sc in first ch-1 sp, (ch 3, sc in next sp) 14 times, ch 3, S.o. S, ch 5, turn.

Continue in this manner until 1 loop remains, ch5, turn.

Last Row: S.o.S, ch 3, sc in loop, ch 3, 2 dc in sp of next shell, ch 1, sc in sp of last complete shell made, ch 1, 2 dc in same shell were last 2 dc were made, ch 5, turn, 1 sc in joining sc (between last 2 shells). Fasten off.

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Me

Sandra's MomBlog Entry for January 26, 2009 : Nats Turns 18!!

Sandra's MomBlog Entry for January 26, 2009 : Nats Turns 18!! magnify
Today my baby girl turned 18! My Final Triumph, where did the time go?

I made her this “Goth” bookmark, for her Harry Potter book, she loves it!

Her BF took her out to dinner, Olive Garden, Baked Ziti of course~oh! and don’t forget the Endless Breadsticks, YUM!

Then he gave her a lovely rhinestone studded heart necklace and earrings, crystal and garnet.

He ended the evening by telling her his Step-dad is bringing a truck and they are moving to Appleton this weekend. *Appleton is 2.5 hours away, ’nuff said.

No jobs in sight, and the Grandparents are most likely not letting him move back in, so he has no options left. She’s not happy, I feel so sad for her. What a bitter sweet birthday. I don’t know what to say or do to make her feel better, and I know the coming days are going to be sad beyond words…..

CJ had to go to the hospital today, totally dehydrated and under-nourished. She’s lost 20 lbs since her pregnancy started. I texted her tonight, but she’s probably resting, and that’s better.
Funny how texting has become a sort of life-line these days…I never thought I’d come to rely on it as much as I have. Maybe I’m living in La-La Land but at least it’s there, another way to link with my kids.

CJ: if you read this, I hope you’re doing ok. I’m there with you, Baby, sending BIG HUGS, I hope you’re feeling them.

Good night, Luv, Sweet Dreams, and get to feeling better. I love you more than you know, and I’m there with you tonight.
XMOMX

A Gift for a Friend’s Mom : Entry for January 24, 2009
A Gift for a Friend's Mom : Entry for January 24, 2009 magnify
A Gift for a Friend’s Mom

A dear friend of mine recently returned from an extended visit with her mother, who at the age of 92, had bladder surgery.

It’s always so nice to hear about others’ and the close relationships they have with their moms. Rae takes her mother on trips to see the whales in migration, what a sight that must be! Someday I’d like to go to New England or Maine and see the whales

A day never goes by I don’t think of my Mom. So many what-ifs I’ve had to put away…

This is a gift from my mom, in that she taught me the fine art of crochet.

To Rae’s Mom: I hope she likes it.