Saturday, April 29, 2017

Button It Up Pillow

 
Just released the pattern for this pillow.  The finished size is 12 1/2" square and is worked in size 10 crochet threads.  It also has front post treble stitches for added texture which gives it a neat look that doesn't show up in the picture.  It is also reversible and is the same on both sides.  One side can be made and used as a doily as well.  The buttons in the middle pull the pillow in some for more dimension.  You can get your pattern and give it a try in my Etsy, Ravelry and Craftsy stores.  Have fun!!  

Sunday, April 16, 2017

By the Seashore Scarf

 
The June issue of Crochet World came out this week and I received a package in the mail the other day with the scarf back and a complilmentary copy of the magazine.  This was an unusual thread/yarn for me to work with it is made in Plymouth Yarn Nettle Grove fine weight cotton/linen/silk/nettle yarn. It is worked with a size 3/2.10mm steel crochet hook. 
 
 
As always they did a beautiful job of photographing and styling the scarf!!


 
You can get your copy at any news stand or craft store to make one for yourself or even a download at Annies.com.  It is an easy repeat pattern and very versatile it could even be made into a table runner or place mat. Different colors in each row, or more or less rows, fill in the open areas with more motifs.... the possibilities are endless!!  


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Love of Lattice Doilies

 
So very happy to finally be able to announce my new book is available !!!
 
 
It is available on Amazon at the link above.  The book consists of 6 doily patterns that are motifs with lattice sections and also scallop trim.  The motifs also have front post treble stitches in them for added texture and design. 
 
This pattern is called This 'n That....

 
Butter Cream.....

 
Pretty Pathways....
 

 
Retro.....

 
 Touch of Spring.....

 
and Victorian Square.


Pretty Pathways was fortunate enough to win second place in the Crochet Guild of America design competition in 2014.  Victorian Square and Touch of Spring each won Best of Show at The Great Frederick.
 
I also want to say a big Thank You to my daughter, Barb Kaas of Barb Kaas Photography who took, edited and styled all the beautiful pictures of these doilies.  Her talent really brought out all of the detail of the patterns. 
 
I hope you will check out the book and make some of these designs for your own home.  The patterns are available separately in my Etsy and Ravelry stores as well.  I have ordered a supply of the books so I will have autographed copies available in my Etsy store and also on Ebay. 
 


Submission time....



I received a call for submissions to a crochet magazine so I thought I'd work on that today...... so much paperwork!!!!!  Hope they like what I send them :)  

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Fall on the Farm

 
 
So over a year ago I made up this pattern on the filet crochet design program I have.  I incorporated into it all of the elements of previous farm scene pieces I have made over the last 20 years or more.  I wanted it to show a whole farm scene with lots of things going on.  I knew it was going to be a big piece when it was finished and I knew I wanted to frame it so in order to do that I knew I was going to have to make it in tiny thread.  I haven't used tiny thread in a long time so I had to get out my very strong reading glasses!!! The thread is size 80 DMC tatting thread and I used a size 14 crochet hook.  I finally got to the point a few days before Thanksgiving where I could get to this project I had been wanting to make.  So I started on it then and worked on it when I could in the evenings knowing it was going to take about two months to make.  The pattern has 200 spaces on the long side and it is 158 rows wide so that's a whole lot of tiny stitches.....18 per inch to be exact!!!  Well almost two months after starting on it I was getting  close to the end.  I was on row 147 with 9 rows left to go where more of the solid blocks were starting to get closer on the pattern when I noticed something wasn't coming out quite right.  All thru the pattern there were so many spaces that instead of counting all of the open spaces when there were a lot of spaces between the design elements I would just start filling in the solid spaces where the designs were.  When the open spaces started getting closer together along the edge with the trees I noticed in one spot I was always a space short.  So I went back and counted and in the first row I had 200 spaces but in the row I was working on I had 199...... so I knew there had to be a mistake somewhere.  I got to thinking since this was just going to be a project for me I wouldn't worry about it and I'd add enough stitches in the last row of solid blocks to make the end row come out to 200 spaces.  But then I was worried where the mistake might be and how it would look.   So I started studying the piece really close and finally found out what happened.....
 

 
..... can you see the mistake???? Took me a while but I finally did.....

 
....right here way back on row 44...... I wanted to cry!!!!!!!!  Instead of putting the double crochet in the double crochet to finish the block I had put it in the middle of the next block!!! There was my missing block!!!..... So I got to thinking who will ever notice I'll just finish and deal with it.  But then I got to thinking how it might look after it was blocked..... So I pulled and stretched at it to see how it might look and it definitely would stand out. 
Soooooooo I spent over an hour ripping out and winding up all the thread from about 6 weeks of work thinking this is going to take another whole month to finish now and about all the projects I have waiting to start on that I'm looking forward to making.  But I knew I wouldn't be happy with the finished project and that I would see that mistake every time I looked at it so this was the only thing that was going to make me happy with the end result.  By now I had the hang of the pattern and the small thread so I made up for lost time!!
 
 
Another thing I learned along the way was to put a piece of masking tape on my finger to keep the tiny crochet hook from poking thru the skin on my finger.  I know how bulky band aids are in this situation and it just occurred to me that a piece of masking tape might do the trick.  I wish I had discovered back at the beginning of the piece before I had poked myself so many times and now have a hard spot on that finger!!  So finally after THREE months of working on it I finished it the other day!!!  Whooo hooooo!!!!!!!

 
Friday I put it on the blocking board....

 
I guess my tension wasn't quite even in the sections with the closed blocks on them it didn't block as flat as I would have liked it to but it was done that was all I cared about!! 

 
So I went to JoAnn and bought some poster board, faux suede and a frame and went to work getting the piece ready to frame.  I had to use two piece of poster board and cut them down on the edges and tape them together because the frame was 36" x 24" and the poster board wasn't long enough.  Then I cut the fabric about 3" wider all the way around, folded it over the back and used masking tape to hold it to the poster board.
 

 
Then I laid the piece on the fabric side, measured around all the edges and put painters tape on the fabric to be a line to stitch the crochet piece to.


 Now it was another long process to stitch each of the little shell points of the border around the piece to the lines on the fabric board.  79 points on each short end and 100 points on each long side!!  That took about 3 hours!!


I'm happy to say that it is finally framed and complete and hanging in it's final place on the back of my front door!!!
 


 
After 3 months of stitching and 5 balls of DMC size 80 thread later I'm very happy with the end result.  The crochet piece measures 30 1/4" tall by 20 1/2" wide.  I think it could make a good bed spread or afghan in the right size yarn!!!  or even heavier thread !!!  Now I'm starting on a new project with size 10 thread and it feels like I'm crocheting with a piece of rope after all these months with the size 80 thread. 
 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Lacy Shells Accessories

Even tho we are having one of the warmest February's on record winter isn't over yet!!  There is still plenty of time to make these quick and easy accessories to get thru the rest of what Old Man Winter may throw at us yet!! This is a pattern pack for a crocheted hat, scarf and fingerless mitts.  They are all worked in the same basic pattern with a shell stitch.  The pattern is a simple repeat and they are very easy and quick to make.  Red Heart Super Saver yarn was used in the project with a size I-9 hook.  Get your pattern to download at my Etsy, Ravelry or Craftsy store today :) 
 
 





Bunny and Carrot Sculptures

Another great idea for spring decorating are these crocheted bunny and carrot sculptures.  They are very easy to make and are great for all spring even into summer.  Both bunnies are the same pattern it's all in the placement of the "arms", legs and head if it's a standing or laying down bunny.  The pieces are crocheted in halves and stiffened over easy to find plastic or Styrofoam eggs.  The halves are then glued together with permanent fabric glue.  The pieces are worked in size 10 crochet threads.  They are basic crochet stitches and are very easy to make.   Finished size of the standing bunny is 10" tall x 6 1/2" wide and 5" deep.  Laying down bunny is 7 1/2" long, 7" wide and 8" tall to tips of ears.  Both have a 2" pom pom on the back.  The carrot measures 8" from bottom  to top of greens.  It is about 1" wide at the top tapered to about 1/2" wide.  All are easy to make and stiffen and assemble. Check out the pattern in my Etsy, Craftsy and Ravelry stores and make your own for your spring decorating!!