Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Moebius Scarf, Hqlink and Ravelry

Before I end my last blogging for the month of August, I just needed to post what's been happening this past week - It was a very exciting week.

First, I finished my first moebius scarf project.

I used a Kid Mohair yarn, this can use as a wrap and scarf/with hood.

The technique I used is a chainless foundation, (see photo above) I used this technique so it will fit across my chest. After doing the chainless foundation, I twist the chains and connect the last chain to the beginning chain. So that I don't need to twist the finish scarf after doing all the stitches. I used double crochet stitch on the entire scarf as for the edging I used shells stitches.

I will try to post a video or photo on how to do the foundationless chain next month.

Second, I got my ravelry invitation, and started compiling all my files and plans for my crochet & knitting projects [on ravelry] like crazy, lol. Go check out Ravelry. This is one cool site for crocheter or knitter or both. I'm sure you'll gonna like it. However as of now the site is still on a testing mode, and you need to ask for an invitation to use the site as if you're interested, just give your email address and wait for an invitation.

Third, my Starbucks Bottle Carrier pattern has been added as link in one of co-crocheter member's free pattern site. - under
Pouches, Cases & Covers. Thanks Norma.

Last, My current WIP is a Filet-like table center project from DMC.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

I'm Invisible

This is adapted from the book The Invisible Women when only God sees by Nicole Johnson. Got this from my email, from one of my crochet group, and thought of posting this to my blog for my friends and readers.... hope you'll like this....

I'm Invisible

It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response, the way one of the kids will walk into the room while I'm on the phone and ask to be taken to the store. Inside I'm thinking, "Can't you see I'm on the phone?"

Obviously not. No one can see if I'm on the phone, or cooking, or sweeping the floor, or even standing on my head in the corner, because no one can see me at all.

I'm invisible.

Some days I am only a pair of hands, nothing more:

Can you fix this? Can you tie this? Can you open this?

Some days, I'm not a pair of hands; I'm not even a human being. I'm a clock to ask, "What time is it?" I'm a satellite to guide to answer, "What number is the Disney Channel?" I'm a car to order. "Right around 5:30, please."

I was certain that these were the hands that once held books and the eyes that studied history and the mind that graduated summa cum laude - but no they had disappeared into the peanut butter, never to be seen again. She's going, she's going, she's gone!

One night, a group of us were having dinner, celebrating the return of a friend from England, Janice had just gotten back from a fabulous trip, and she was going on and on about the hotel she stayed in. I was sitting there, looking around at the others all put together so well. It was hard not to compare and feel sorry for myself as I looked down at my out-of-style dress; it was the only thing I could find that was clean. My unwashed hair was pulled up in a banana clip and I was afraid I could actually smell peanut butter in it. I was feeling pretty pathetic, when Janice turned to me with a beautifully wrapped package, and said "I brought you this". It was a book on the great cathedrals of Europe. I wasn't exactly sure why she'd given it to me until I read her inscription: : "To Charlotte, with admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees."

In the days ahead I would read - no devour - the book. And I would discover what would become for me, four life-changing truths, after which I could pattern my work:

*No one can say who built the great cathedrals - we have no record of their names.

*These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished.

*They made great sacrifices and expected no credit.

*The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything.

A legendary story in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of the beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, "Why are you spending so much time carving the bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof? No one will ever see it." And the workman replied, "Because God sees."

I closed the book, feeling the missing piece fall into place. It was almost as if I heard God whispering to me, "I see you Charlotte. I see the sacrifices you make everyday, even when no one around you does. No act of kindness you've done, no sequin you've sewn on, no cupcake you've baked, is too small for me to notice and smile over. You are building a great cathedral, but you can't see right now what it will become.

At times, my invisibility feels like an affliction. But it is not a disease that is erasing my life. It is the cure for the disease of my own self-centeredness. It is the cure for the disease of my own self-centeredness. It is the antidote to my strong, stubborn pride. I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great builder. As one of the people who show up at a job that they will never see finished, to work on something that their name will never be on. The writer of the book went so far as to say that no cathedral could ever be built in our lifetime because there are so few people willing to sacrifice to that degree.

When I really think about it, I don't want my son to tell the friends he's bringing home from college for Thanksgiving, "My mom gets up at 4 in the morning and bakes homemade pies, and then she hand bastes a turkey for three hours and presses all the lines for the table." That would mean I'd built a shrine or a monument to myself. I just want him to want to come home. And then, if there is anything more to say to his friend, to add, "You're gonna love it there."

As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we're doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible women.

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Monday, August 20, 2007

No-more dent Canister Carrier

ETA - MAY 1 2012  - it seems that the link no longer works, please find the pattern on this link ----> CROCHET ME  Enjoy!

ETA: you can grab a pdf copy found at the sidebar ....enjoy!
Finally it's finish, my "no-more-dent" canister carrier. I was working on it for two weeks, searching for a perfect stitch to protect my DH's newly bought aluminum canister from scratch and dent. He is fond of this kind of liquid container.

The stitches is adapted from 300 Crochet Stitches, hence used their definition and instructions on how to make the TR/RF stitches. I also posted the diagram from a chinese crochet stitches book to illustrate the instructions. Hope this will clear some of the confusion. Sometimes it helps to have a diagram together with instructions.
Project name: no-more-dent aluminum canister carrier

Project owner: Jinky Flaviano

Materials used: SCHEEPJESWOL Superwash Zermatt

Hook size: 5mm

Special stitch used: TR/RF2tog - treble/raised (relief)

TR/RF - treble/raised (relief)

Definition: Raised relief - inserting the hook around the whole stem of a stitch

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Flower Applique-how to...

My DD's school will be having a program in celebration of the "Linggo ng Wika" this coming week, and she will perform together with her classmates a dance number.

Their costumes are:
Plain White Shirt, Flowery Skirt and A Headgear. Her teacher forgot to tell me the theme of their dance, I assume that they will look like Lilo from Lilo & Stitch, although she did not ask us to make some straw skirt, ( I bought one when I was in Manila for their dress-up time game at home). I'm also tasked to make the headgears using a cardboard box, crepe paper, and I bought some beads and sequins to add on it.

Zinnia, Blue Rose and mini-flowers are the flowers I used as an applique for my DD's gypsy skirt.

The Zinnia Flower is from - Annie's Attic "Fast and Fanciful curling ribbon" book. instead of using a curling ribbon, I used few sheepjeswol zermat for the orange (based) and pink and sheepjeswol superwash green for the leaves.

For the Blue Rose, it came from a Chinese pattern (109). Good thing it has a diagram, which I used for my guide, cause I can't read worst understand the chinese character anymore. I used some scrap yarn left from the hat I made last year.

As for the mini-flowers, it's my own pattern. here's how I did the mini-flowers.

Materials: crochet thread DMC, coats & clark hook: 1.75mm

Instructions: make an adjustable ring or ch. 5, sl st on the 1st ch. to form a ring.
Row 1: make 12 sc on the ring, sl st to on the beg ch. (12 sc)
Row 2: ch. 1, make *(sc, hdc & dc) on the next 3 st, next make (dc, hdc, & sc)*, rep. from * to *
Fasten off.

Here is the skirt before I've attached the flowers.

And here is the new look of the skirt with the flowers.

What do you think of this? Should I add some more mini-flowers on the lower part of the skirt? My oh my...

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Books and some patterns

Just got to make these projects...I love them!

I'm keeping my seraphina shawl on hold, due to insufficient yarns, will have to use what's on my stash at the moment, and that's when I'll buy another bunch of yarns.

I am still organizing my patterns and yarns and in the process of planning which project I will make this year. So far here are some of the projects I am hoping to finish by the end of the year.

    1. Seraphina Shawl
    2. Mobiues Scarf
    3. Scarves for my two DD & DH -
      - for my daughters.

    4. with Hats and Mittens to go with their scarves
    5. Shawl or Stole for my mom-in-law -
    6. Cover-up -in time for my vacation in Manila this coming May
    7. Not to mention some small projects I accomplished on the side, like the Starbucks Bottle Carrier and am now doing two more pouch, one for a phone cozy and the other is another bottle carrier. So many patterns so ltttle time... smile_eyeroll
Some of the doilies I like to do as well is from Maggie's Crochet, Golden Lace Mag. and Roses.

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