Petunia

  

I used a green, lavender and purple #10 crochet thread with a #5 steel hook

  1. Into a magic circle, hdc 10, finish off with ss in beg sc [10 hdc]
  2. 2 hdc in each hdc around [20 hdc]
  3. hdc in 1st sc of rnd 2; 2 hdc in next hdc; 1 hdc; fpdc into 2nd sc of rnd 1; hdc into next; [you have not skipped the hdc behind the fpdc], (hdc; 2 hdc in next; hdc, skipping 1 sc of rnd 1, fpdc into next; hdc) X 4; join with ss to beg[30 hdc, 5 fpdc]
  4. hdc into 1st hdc of rnd 3, hdc in next 3; (fpdc into fpdc of rnd 3, 4 hdc  [you have not skipped the hdc behind the fpdc]) X 3; fpdc into fpdc of rnd 3; hdc; join to beg hdc and finish off. [35 hdc, 5 fpdcYour work will begin to curl up, just as a real petunia would.
  5. With lavender, hdc into the hdc before the beg hdc of rnd 4; hdc into next 4 hdc, (fpdc into fpdc, hdc into next 4 hdc) X 4, fpdc into last fpdc; join to beg hdc [40 hdc, 5 hdc]
  6. ss to 3rd hdc of rnd 5, hdc, 3 dc, hdc in same st; (hdc, dc, fptrc, dc, hdc into fpdc; hdc, skip 2 hdc, hdc, 3 dc, hdc into next) X 4, hdc, dc, fptrc, dc, hdc into last fpdc, join to beg hdc, finish off [20 hdc, 25 dc, 5 trc]

 

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January Snowflakes

 

01/01/18 1 Pretty Picot Snowflake https://www.petalstopicots.com/2013/01/pretty-picot-snowflake-pattern/
01/07/18 2 Snowcatcher Aspen Snowflake http://www.snowcatcher.net/2016/08/snowflake-monday_15.html
01/07/18 3 Crochet Crowd Easy Snowflake http://thecrochetcrowd.com/crochet-snowflake/
01/14/18 4 Maggie Weldon Snowflake http://www.bestfreecrochet.com/2010/11/18/snowflake-christmas-ornament-free-crochet-pattern/
01/14/18 5 Snowcatcher Gray’s Peak Snowflake http://www.snowcatcher.net/2012/01/snowflake-monday_16.html
01/21/18 Auvergnasse_small Lion Brand Auvergnasse Snowflake http://www.lionbrand.com/stitchfinder/crochet-snowlafe-auvergnasse/
01/21/18 7 Knitshop Let It Snow Snowflake http://www.knitshop.co.uk/knitshop-pattern/1972-free-pattern-let-it-snow-snowflake.html
01/28/18  Attic 24  http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/crochet-snowflake.html
01/28/18  Sally V. George  http://botherthebirds.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/snowflakes.pdf

Blue or Pink for your baby?


It is one thing when a person asks if certain colors are too ‘girlie’ for a little boy, but when they ask if a certain crochet stitch is, I think the world has gone mad.
Up until 100 years ago, the appropriate color for a boy was pink or red, and for a girl, it was blue or green (the red spectrum considered more fiery and dominant,as we know only boys are. The blue considered more calming and peaceful, as only girls can be.)
Is there nothing more important in our lives than to worry about what color a child wears or what toy they play with?
How about we concentrate on making sure they are well educated, because that responsibility is going to fall more and more on the parents with our educational system falling to bits.
What if we instill them with feelings of gratitude for what they have, and compassion for those who have less?
Could we make sure that they understand every human being has worth, regardless of their age, their education, their monetary worth, their gender, their race, their religion or their sexual preference?
Wouldn’t it make sense to show them how to get involved with the world?  To volunteer their time, their skills or their money to causes they believe in?  To learn about and appreciate other cultures other than their own?  To understand and participate in the political procedure?
And instead of worrying because Tommy wants to use Susie’s play kitchen, and Susie is out playing soccer, couldn’t we make sure that they are growing up to be polite, caring, involved adults?

Afghan Blocks

There are thousands of afghan blocks on the web, on hundreds of sites, and it can be exhausting going through them all.  I’ve decided to compile a list of links to many of my favorites.  So, with no further ado, and in no particular order (this will be an ongoing project; methinks it will take a very long time):

Prince Protea by Virginia Burrow & Deidre Ulys

Spring Fling by April Moreland

Four Triangles Square 

More Vs Please 

Block Stitch Square

Freesia Square

Waterlily from Hopeful Honey

Painted Roses (paid pattern)

Victorian Lattice Square by Destany Wymore

Trailing Leaves

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Cathedral Converts by Margaret MacInnis 

Creeping Trebles Square

Larksfoot

Lace Valentine

8 Pointed Flower by Julie Yeager (paid pattern)

Oh Starry Night by Margaret MacInnis

Fantastic by Julie Yeagar paid pattern

Third Wheel by Margaret MacInnis

Beehives and Clover by Joyce Lewis (paid pattern)

Crocodile Stitch by Joyce Lewis

LD-0121 by Crochet – atelier (paid pattern)

In Like a Lamb by Margaret MacInnes (paid pattern)

 

I didn’t disappear!

I’ve really been under the weather the last few months, and had surgery a couple weeks ago, so I am waaaay behind on posting.  I have a ton of pictures, and some notes on patterns (most are still in my head), and I hope I can start catching up now!

Everyone I know seems to be having babies, (including my grandson) and I’m working overtime on blankies, hats and booties.  Additionally, Christmas is rushing towards me, and I really do need to finish several presents – and I’m trying to do some threadwork too.  I’m afraid that means most of my freeform is on hold until after the holidays.

See you soon – I hope!