Monthly Archives: February 2012

Sunshiney Winter Days

Dear Sis,

It’s been a while since I wrote you a letter.  It’s a beautiful day today!  And the pups are enjoying it tremendously. They love to soak up the sun.  The other day (also a sunshiney wintery day), Rocket decided his nap place of choice was my desk chair.

Today, both he and Jade are enjoying a large spot of sun on the bed!

So much has happened lately with the accident, it’s nice to resume “regular” days.  Today is my regular Monday… a free day for me.  No volunteering… time to catch up on things of the hooky nature, as well as do my bible study and plan my lesson for Tuesday evening classes… and time to catch up here.

Yesterday our little sister visited here with our new nephew.  He’s adorable at 3 weeks old!  But you know that… Here I am holding a puppy:

Just kidding!  That’s the little guy 🙂  I didn’t realize that’s what it looked like over my shoulder.  Everyone was chasing me down laughing as I carried him out of the room, and I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with them!  Haha.  Mom snapped the pic and showed me.  Okay, I’ll admit… that’s pretty funny.

I also received a thank you note for our Angry Birds work.  Totally did not expect that!  I’m so glad we could use our gifts to help 🙂

Isn’t that the most beautiful stationary?  I might be biased… my love of pink & simple clouds my vision…

Anyway, I hope you’re recovering well.  I’ve been up to lots of good hooky while recovering… I’ll share with you soon 🙂

❤ K

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Car Accident

Please excuse our (small) absence as we recover from a car accident.

We were hit from behind while stopped for a train on our way home from what else?  A yarn shop…

Don’t worry, the yarn is O.K.!  /silly grin

❤ K

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Crochet Wrist-Warmers Pattern

This pattern uses American notation.  For those of you UK peeps, I’ve tried to put your notation in parentheses.  I hope they’re right!  I know how the basic stitches translate, but not very certain after that.  🙂

Stitch Key:

Sl st = slip stitch (UK=same)

Sc = single crochet (UK=double crochet)

Dc = double crochet (UK=treble crochet)

Blsc = back loop single crochet (UK=back loop double crochet)

Fsc = foundation single crochet (UK=foundation double crochet)

Materials:

Yarn: 1 skein of your choice.  (I used Lily Sugar’n Cream Cotton in American Stripes 120 yds/109m.)

Hook: Suggested hook for your yarn.  I used J10/6.00mm, but my gauge/tension is on the extremely tight side.

Size:       Depends on your gauge/tension.  I have small adult hands (ring size 5) & they fit perfectly.  Increase hook size or add stitches to accommodate your hand size. (My gauge: 4sc=1in./3sc=2cm)

How to do a Fsc: Ch 2; insert hook into top loops of first Ch; YO & pull through Ch.  YO; pull through 1 loop (your new chain).  YO pull through both loops left on hook (your first sc).  Continue to insert hook into each new chain stitch; YO; pull through chain; YO pull through 1 loop (making new chain); YO pull through both loops left on hook (new sc) until you reach the amount of stitches indicated in pattern.

A helpful tutorial with photos and a video on how to do a fsc can be found at http://www.futuregirl.com/craft_blog/2009/3/tutorial-foundation-single-crochet.aspx.

Left and Right warmers are made identically with the exception of the eleventh row.  Read carefully as some rows are joined and some are not, but simply done in a spiral.  You will want to use a stitch marker on at least the spiral rows.

If you’d like longer mitts, simply increase either the arm cuff (rows 1-5), the hand warmer length (rows 6-10), or the top cuff over your fingers (rows 11-15).  Be sure to increase the same on both the right and left mitt.

Pattern:

30 fsc; join with slst into top loops of first st.  Be sure not to twist your fsc row while joining.  You should be joining into what is considered your first sc.

Row 1:  Blsc in first stitch and each stitch around.  Do not join.  (30sc)

Row 2-4:  Blsc around.  (30sc)

Row 5-10:  Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc here & throughout); dc around & join with slst in beg. Ch 2.  (30 dc)

Left Mitt Row 11:  Ch 3; skip 7 dc, blsc in 8th dc & each dc around. Do not join. (25)

Right Mitt Row 11:  Ch 2; sc in 1st stitch & each stitch around until 8 stitches remain (22 sc so far); Ch 3; sc in last stitch in row.  Do not join. (25) (See diagram below.)

Row 12-15:  Blsc around.  Do not join. (25sc)

Finish:  Slst in 1st sc of row 15 & fasten off.  Weave in end.

Diagram of the end of Right Hand Row 11:

Where to put the stitches to make the opening for the thumb/hand properly sized.

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Original Pattern by haikugirloz can be found at http://haikugirloz.com/eggplant-hand-warmers.  Beware.  Pattern has some mistakes.  Note that if following her pattern, your right mitt will be longer than your left as shown by her own photo.

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Voila! Wrist-Warmers

Dear Sis,

I was rooting around the internet a few weeks ago looking for inspiration for some wrist-warmers.  You know I have some chronic wrist problems from a couple car accidents in my teens, and I recently had bilateral carpel tunnel surgery.  Not a picnic… For anyone of my fellow hookers with carpel tunnel syndrome, I do not recommend doing both wrists at the same time!  Of course, neither did my doctor… but I had to get them done and get myself healed for when my husband visited… so I won that discussion!  If you can call being completely unable to feed oneself for a week or so winning… haha.

Anyway, I had read that it is important to keep one’s wrists warm while crocheting or kitting in order to lesson damage and make it more comfortable.  Not wanting to go through more pain, I opted to make these wrist-warmers a priority!

I knew I wanted something simple.  No fancy or frilly stuff.  I wanted them to fit easily and comfortably under my hoodies.  I also wanted something that covered my wrist, but not much else.  These mitts fit the bill, but the pattern was in a language I do not read.

It was translated into English, but it referred extensively to the “back fillet” and I could not for the life of me figure out if it meant the back loop or the back bump… so after a bit of trial and error, I kept looking.  (I apologize for not having the website information… I would love if anyone knows where these mitts can be found!  For some reason I did not save the information, only took a photo of my screen… so strange.  And if I find it, I”ll put the link up here.)

I was not finding much of what I wanted online, so I started my own pattern… I finished the left mitt and decided it was not going the way I wanted… It was yellow cotton and much too fitted.  The color was beautiful (and I regret not having taken photos… it was Peaches & Cream), but the fit required me to use a button close… not very hoodie friendly, now is it?  Nope!!

So I went back to the internet with my new found information.  Looking for a pattern again, this time with more purpose, and an even better sense of what I wanted.  I finally stumbled upon exactly what I wanted!  There it was in beautiful simplicity.

Having used several free patterns from the internet, I was, of course, weary.  I waited to frog my yellow wrist warmer until I was sure this pattern worked.  I found a skein of yarn my mother talked me into buying because of the colors.  I had no idea what I was going to do with this strongly variegated cotton.  Here was the pattern for it, I suppose.  I zipped through the left mitt.  Beautiful!  Perfect!  I was impressed.  Still not tearing out my original yet…

The right mitt proved equally fast… I eagerly put them on!  I put my hands together… and what is this?  Is the right mitt longer than the left? Yes 😦 Yes, it is.

I checked the original pattern… Yes, I followed it correctly.  I studied the photo of the completed project by the author.  Oh my goodness, her right mitt is longer than her left as well!  I hadn’t noticed it before because I just thought one was bunched up a bit.  Okay, how can I fix this??? Well, I will spare you the ugly details of me tearing my mitt out 4 times.  But I will attach the pattern that I finally used to fix the length issue as well as the issue where the thumb hole was too large and the main hand hole was too small which occurred when joining rows straight from the open chain.

In the end, all the puttering and redoing and fixing was worth it:

Yay!  Beautiful mitts!!! I plan to make a wooly set of these as well when I get done with some stash busting so I can purchase some wool!  And thank you to haikugirloz for the original pattern.

Of course, I wrote all my modifications down into my own pattern (based heavily on the original), and of course I’m sharing!  I’ll upload it very soon ❤

Enjoy,

K

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Edit to add:

The pattern for the wrist-warmers is now up! 😀

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Hooky Ladies Using a Knit Check??

This is Omacella, knitting queen, checking a crochet hook that we both own with her knit-check. This hook came in a package of three hooks by a brand Crochet Dude. The package is clearly labeled as containing American sizes “Sizes L, P, Q” or “8mm, 10mm, 15.75mm” for our friends across the pond. L is the smallest of the trio. It’s dark blue and the only metal of the group. Q is the lightest blue and the largest. So what is this middle blue, middle sized one? Well, the package says P… but we had our doubts.

Omacella had about 4 hooks all labeled P with this being the smallest:

And I had hooks from Susan Bates that were sized smaller letters, but were physically larger than this hook:

Finally, Omacella broke out her knit-check as only a knitter would (since us hookers have all our info printed on our hooks almost always). And guess what size it was? Well, maybe you don’t need to guess as her photo shows it is clearly no P.

IT’S A SIZE “N”!!!!!!!!!!!

Ta-dah!

Apparently all us hooky ladies should head right down and get one of these knit-fangled thingies…. Just for these odd cases where the package lies.

On a semi-related note, I am very sad. You remember the beautiful home I have for my hooks? Yes, well the slot for the N-hook-marauding-as-a-P-hook will now be too narrow for a real P hook.

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Edit to add:

Upon further research, Omacella did in fact figure out why all the P hooks are different sizes.  Apparently the head of the hook (just the very part where the hook is the largest) is a P size.  Now, this doesn’t help with actual gauge since the shaft is so extremely tiny, but that’s how the companies can call the hooks size P.

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