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Picotif

Picotif

Today’s Square: Picotif
Size: 5.25 inch
Pattern By: Claire from Crochet Leaf
Hook: H
Yarn: Worsted weight acrylic RHSS turqua, Caron Colour Perfect slate Blue.
Pattern from: Ravelry

Notes: I like this cute little motif! Not sure how I’d use it but it’s one of those “makes me happy” patterns. Very well written and illustrated. It wouldn’t take long to make lots of these. I think it’d be nice without the picots, too.

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2014 in 2014 Crochet Squares

 

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Just Peachy

Just PeachyToday’s Square: Just Peachy
Size: 7.5 inch
Pattern By: James G. Davis
Hook: H
Yarn: Worsted weight acrylic RHSS turqua, royal; Caron Colour Perfect slate Blue.
Pattern from: Ravelry

Notes: Well, I’d been avoiding this square for a very long time. I just knew by looking at it it would need all my brain power to hook it. But, I was wrong. The pattern repeats are easy and you can get the hang of what’s going on quickly and don’t need to keep an eye on the pattern. However, one does need to READ the pattern first. I did the whole thing with FPtr instead of the FPdtr it called for. And you know, I think I like it that way. Lot’s less bad words because I detest DTR stitches. I omitted the last three rounds and substituted a round of DC to finish off. I might actually make this one again. From the book “50 Fabulous Crochet Squares”.

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2014 in 2014 Crochet Squares

 

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19 of 99

19 of 19

Today’s Square: 19 of 99
Size: 6 inch
Pattern By: Sarah J. Green
Hook: H
Yarn: Worsted weight acrylic RHSS red, mystery yarn tan.
Pattern from: Ravelry

Notes: Ack!!! FPTRs everywhere!!! Ok, there are only eight but that’s plenty. The design looks cool, but as always I got the FP stitches too tight. It looked like a big flower instead of an octagon before I put on the last round of DC. From the book “99 Granny Squares to Crochet”.

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2014 in 2014 Crochet Squares

 

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36 of 99

36 of 99

Today’s Square: 36 of 99
Size: 6 inch
Pattern By: Carole Prior
Hook: H
Yarn: Worsted weight acrylic RHSS red; mystery yarn tan, brown.
Pattern from: Ravelry

Notes: Plenty of popcorn stitches on this one. It looked nice until I put on the last round of popcorn and then it ruffled up badly. I made one error so that might have worsened the problem. I ended up adding a round of DC to make it 6 inches. I thought it looked unfinished ending with a popcorn round. From the book “99 Granny Squares to Crochet”.

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2014 in 2014 Crochet Squares

 

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Pizza Bunting Complete!

Pizza Bunting

I finished off my pizza bunting. It makes me oddly happy looking at it! I made six “slices” but I think if it’s going to just hang by the two loops, fewer slices might be better. I connected it by working SC across the top of each slice with three chains between. The hanging ends are CH15 with 10 of those used to form the loop. I worked across twice, making the hanging chains a little more sturdy.

It really didn’t take that long to make. If I worked on it steadily, I could probably make one in a few days. The most tedious part is sewing on the “pepperoni”.

Not that I’ve refined my slice making technique, I might make another one and put it in my Etsy store for giggles. :D

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2014 in Designs

 

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The Downside to Yarn Bombing

I’ve always been a little bit ambivalent about yarn bombing. One type I like–the one where people run out at night; leave gloves, scarves and hats; and the items are taken by people who need them–usually within hours. The yarn bombing where people go out and cover things with yarn looks kind of cool. But a year later when it’s still hanging there looking bedraggled it’s a bit of an eyesore really. At that point it becomes more vandalism, or littering, than art.

Agata Oleksiak is a Polish yarn artist who is known for covering things with crochet. Most notably she’s covered a bus and a bull statue on Wall street.

Now she’s in trouble with the Mexican government for covering some underwater sculptures with crochet in order to call attention to the plight of underwater species. The thing is, the sculptures she covered were homes for underwater animals and by covering the sculptures she’s managed to kill the wildlife.

The Mexican government is preparing to bring charges against her. If that weren’t bad enough, her attitude in the article comes across as clueless about the issue she’s trying to bring attention to! She states that her intentions were positive and that’s all that really mattered. And wants to pay them back by covering even MORE underwater sculptures. :o

It really does pay to have a clue about your issues before you mount a protest.

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2014 in Scraps

 

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Oh the Irony

Yes, it was grocery day today and that always means a plethora of wacky characters! Like the guy who decided that I would be interested to know that the grocery spent $2500 replacing the sliding doors in the stores. He seemed to think this was why milk was so expensive. Who knew!

Today for some reason the big thing seemed to be floor pillows. My branch is a smaller store and usually doesn’t have a lot of house type items. These pillows were actually kind of cool. Very sixties in color and style. People were buying them left and right. I actually had to refrain from buying one since I ran amok buying pillows last month. I can’t pass up a buy one get one free. In this case it was buy one package get one free. Each package had six. So now I have a dozen sleeping pillows on my bed in addition to the two extra ones I got because the 12 were too soft for sleeping. But I digress…

Anyway, as I waited for the bus, a store employee pushed a cart out for a lady who had purchased a pile of these retro floor pillows. She sternly warned him to keep good hold of them and not let them get on the floor because they were for her “precious grandbabies” to lie on and she didn’t want to expose them to bad things. I’m thinking the irony of having the rest of the cart filled with beer and her standing over the cushions puffing a Marlboro totally escaped her…

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2014 in Random Life

 

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