Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Day in Fort Worth

Can you believe it? Two days ago it was nearly 80F! Texas- ya gotta love it! These are from windows in my house.
Click on pictures to see in full windows.

And the only green showing.

And in just the few minutes it took to write this, look how much more!

Happy holidays to everyone. I'm spending this afternoon watching the snow and, of course, crocheting.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Priscilla Hewitt's Gripper Towel Ring

This is far and away the BEST towel ring I have ever seen. Such a clever design! Pricilla must be an engineer as well as a crocheter.
I have her in my side bar where I suggest you go and look at all her free patterns. The link directly to this pattern is HERE. It works up in a jiffy and after the first one (learning curve), you can really make several at one good sitting.
This gripper will not let go of your towel. It's great for golfers as well as cooks, burp cloths; just so many applications. Quick gift or bizarre item.
Ok. Enough on the selling points. What I have below is just a short demo on how it's done. (It even looks like the same yarn.)

I used coned cotton, and a size G hook. If you have any difficulty keeping the two rings together for the first six stitches, tape them together first.

Then the 31 chains.

Sc back down the chain.

Above is just before single crochets into the second side of buttonhole.

That buttonhole marks the almost half way done spot. Then I forgot to continue taking photos until I was finished, but the second part is very easy.
Here is the finished back side.

And here is the front with a towel

and the back with a towel.

So you can see how it works.
Try this, and look at her other patterns too. I'd love to hear what you think and see what you make!
Crochet every single day,

Google+ Not For Me

Hello Everybody,
I tried Google+ and thought everything was fine. It was not. I repeatedly tried to fix it on my own. Finally I searched the Internet and found that there are many, many people having these problems. Under threat of going into obscurity, I decided to revert back like I was told I could when I signed up. Now it says to change my profile which gives this notice - "this page is broken, that's all we know." Then it says that they will "try" over the next few days??? to restore me back to what I had before. So, if this blog starts going crazy, please be patient as I will address each new problem as they arise and, of course, after "restoration", which I have no way of knowing when or why. That's all for now except this advice: be careful, very careful, before switching to Google+. Enough said.


Friday, December 21, 2012

Baby Counterpane

Hello friends,
I finished the baby blanket made in the Counterpane stitch that I previewed in my last post. Just to break it up a little, I randomly chained 2, skipped 2, then picked up the pattern stitch again.

The stitch is simply this: yarn over, pull up a loop then slip stitch in two steps, yarn over and pull through two remaining loops. It helped me to think of it as yarn over, sl st, sc. (With a ch 2 for turning) I used the same stitch for the border.
Also, remember that I used a size J hook, and that it is as tall as a half double stitch, yet the "holes" are tiny! It works up quickly enough to satisfy almost-immediate gratification. Please try it and tell me what you think.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Vintage Stitch Washcloth OR Watching My Muse at Work

What follows is my favorite childhood poem.
The Land of Counterpane
by Robert Louis Stevenson
When I was sick and lay a-bed,
I had two pillows at my head,
And all my toys beside me lay,
To keep me happy all the day.
And sometimes for an hour or so
I watched my leaden soldiers go,
With different uniforms and drills,
Among the bed-clothes, through the hills;
And sometimes sent my ships in fleets
All up and down among the sheets;
Or brought my trees and houses out,
And planted cities all about.
I was the giant great and still
That sits upon the pillow-hill,
And sees before him, dale and plain,
The pleasant land of counterpane.

In fact my sister and I were reciting it out loud just a few months ago to be sure we still could. I still do not know what Counterpane is, but I keep meaning to look it up, because I'm sure my sister knows, but I don't want her to know that I don't.

Recent Past

I found these little 2 ounce skeins of yarn at Michaels. They are LILY Sugar'nCream Twists. I loved the butcher's twine look so I bought it in the three colors above just to play with. Then added them to my stash and forgot about them for awhile.
Then I was wandering around the crochet portion of the Internet and found This site and This stitch pattern hidden deep inside, in fact I challenge you to find it on the site without the link. Anyway, the history of the stitch intrigued me, so I grabbed some of the twisted yarn to give it a try. I used a J hook (much larger than suggested) and fell in love! Chaining 35 to start with, I started the pattern stitch right away. It turned into this 11" x 11" washcloth. As you can see, it is beautiful on the back side too.

Here is a close-up of the stitches.

And here is what I had left when it was finished.


It is a very nice size, being more the size of nice commercial washcloths than most patterns I've seen on the Internet.
It came from my muse, so it worked out perfectly! I have something I'll use and never forget how Vivian tied it all together for me. The name of the stitch is Counterpane.
I've already started a blanket in this stitch which I'll show you a preview of now so you can see it in a solid color. (Don't worry about the hole in the yellow stripe, I'll explain it when I reveal the blanket.)

You cannot imagine how wonderfully this works up. The holes in it are small like single crochet with a much smaller hook, perhaps a G, but because of the larger hook and the stitch being as tall as a double crochet, it works up in a jiffy. This would be so appropriate for a baby's blanket for year round use. It drapes like a dream, but is not too heavy. I used Simply Soft by Caron for the blanket and a K hook.
Please try this stitch. You will not be disappointed. Keep these two things in mind. 1) use a larger hook than you normally would for the yarn you use and 2) heed the advice of Hannah Davis and work the first half of the stitch in two movements. Also look for Hannah, the young whippersnapper that rediscovered this stitch to visit here after the holidays.
Crochet every single day,

And the Winner Is

The winner of this hook made by JIMBO is...drumroll please....Injuneau. Congratulations.

Please contact me by email for delivery information. If you do not contact me within 24 hours, another winner will be selected.

Thanks for everyone that entered and keep following because next giveaway is already planned for January. I have so much enjoyed all your comments.


Friday, November 23, 2012

HOOKS GIVEAWAY 3 Chances to Win

Look at what I just received from JIMBO!

And he's having a HOOK GIVEAWAY. This goes along with another of his famous auctions. The one I now have (pictured above) is a size N.
Go to his website above or in my sidebar and enter there for the one he's giving away, and maybe bid in his auction. Then for the one pictured above, leave me a comment on your favorite of my projects. (I'd love to know why it's your favorite.) Start your comment with the first word HOOK, then go on as usual. That's it!
These are individually handmade hooks from wood on Jim's ranch. Smooth as silk, they are warm and hand-friendly. They stand on their own bases and are a joy to work with.
This will be a very short giveaway as I want to be able to get the hook to you by December 25, 2012. So, it starts now and the winner will be announced December 10, meaning the DEADLINE for entries is midnight December 9, 2012.
Besides all that, if you follow me you will get a second entry. So there it is. Three chances to win! Hurry up.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Hearts Desire Free Pattern

This is a very popular pattern from Red Heart yarns. I worked it in size 3 thread using a F hook and it came out at about 8 inches across, but the pattern would work well in yarn too with the appropriate size hook.

Find the patternHERE
This is another doily I've started. I'll give you the results and pattern soon.

Have fun and crochet every single day.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Inspiration Doily Pattern

As promised, here is the pattern for my Inspiration Doily. The cream colored one is the original as I created it.

The red one is where I went back and recreated it with pattern and photos.

I used a size 3 thread and hook size F, and that makes it about 7". However the pattern can be made in size 30 thread or chunky yarn (with appropriate hook) for whatever size you want.

Start with a magic circle which you can google if you don't know how to work one, but it looks like this.

Here is the pattern.
Round 1 - Ch 4, dc in ring,*ch 1, dc* six times ending with ch 1. Pull circle closed and join in 3rd chain of original ch 4. You should have 8 spaces.

Round 2 - slst in next ch 1 sp, ch3, *yo insert hook in same ch I stitch, pull through, yo and pull through 2* (leaves 2 loops on hook), repeate between * * , now having 3 loops on hook yo and pull through all three. This was a beginning cluster.
*Now ch 3 and in next space do first half of dc 3 times then yo and pull through 4 loops.* regular cluster made. Ch 3 and cluster in the remaining 6 spaces so you have 8 clusters total. Ch 3 and join.

Round 3 - sl st into next space, ch 1, 2 sc, ch 2, 3sc. * In next space, 3 sc, ch 2, 3sc, ch 1* Repeat 6 more times end with ch 1, slst in first ch 1.

Round 4 - sc in next st, *ch 6 sc in next ch 1 sp * (at top of cluster). Repeat around ending with ch 6, sl st in 1st sc.

Round 5 - ch 1, sc in ch 6 sp, ch 2, sc, ch 2, ch 5, sc, ch 2, sc, ch 2 sc. *Sc in next ch 6 sp, ch 2, sc, ch 2, sc, ch 5, ch 2, sc ch 2, sc.* repeat between * * around ending with ch 1, sl st in top of 1st sc.

Round 6 - fold down the next two picots, sl st in top of 2 rows back behind to ch 3 sp, fold back out and do 2 more slsts to get to top of ch 5 (in other words, sl st between the picots from the back side. If you have problems with this, you just get to the top with slip stitches in the usual way, but it makes it bulky there.). Once at the top,* sc, ch 7, sc in next ch 5 * around. Join in 1st sc.

Round 7 - sl st to next ch 7 space. *1sc, 2 hdc, 1dc and 1 trb, ch 2, 1trb, 1dc, 2hdc, 1sc* all in the ch 7 space. Repeat *to* in each ch 7 sp around.

Round 8 - sc in blo of each stitch to next ch 2sp. *Sc, hdc,dc, hdc, sc, then sl st in blo of each st until next ch 2 sp* repeat around and finish of.

This is so quick and easy. After the first one you could probably make 3 or more during a two hour movie.
I would love to see yours! If you have any problems, contact me at http://boocoos.blogspot.com. Enjoy.
Crochet every day,

Monday, November 19, 2012

Google Outed Me

Well, I guess there was just no other way around it. Google will no longer let me be Boocoos. I was very comfortably in that real honest setting, but they forced me out. Seems I was breaking a rule not using my legal name. So from now on, I have to use Gale Cooney. I did not mean to deceive anyone. The people most important to me call me Boo. My favorite sound is a baby cooing. Also boocoos very loosely means "lots" of something- like lots of crochet. So that's the end of that.
My penance? Not having a clue how this is going to affect what's already out there as Boocoos being connected or not with Gale Cooney. I'm scared, but it has to be. I apologize to Google for breaking a rule and do appreciate them letting me carry on at all under any name. Sorry to my readers too. I did not realize the weight of my "deceit" or how it would come back to bite me. Who knows this could actually help me. Right?

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Fiesta Bag

This is a sort of no-pattern pattern. This method of seamless crochet has been used to make pot-holders and flat bags and such for many years. It's all done in single crochet and two I am sharing today were made with size 3 cotton and an "F" hook.
I made this one for my cell phone, but you can make it as big or as small as you want. I've got a smaller one made in red for credit cards that I will show later and since they are made the same way, I will demonstrate in red because it is easier to see than the variegated.

They both start the same way. Make a chain as long as you want the closed end to be wide. Turn and single crochet to end of row. This is where it gets different. After the last single crochet you place your hook in the remaining loop, wrap the tail to lay along side the remaining loops so that you are crocheting in the tail as you work single crochets down the opposite side of the original chain.

At the point shown above the next step is to single crochet in top of very first single crochet. You do not join as usual, you just keep on doing sc in each stitch as you spiral upwards.
This next photo shows the first few rounds. Be sure to make no increases or decreases. Only sc in each stitch.

As you can see, it will be a nice fit for credit cards. Here it is finished with a round of slip stitch.

You could use a ruffle edge or one for a drawstring like the Fiesta Bag. The last photo shows the open end with 12 credit cards. They will NOT fall out.
If you want to make one that does not fit so snugly like maybe a bag for your sunglasses, or say a little clutch, it is easy to add a handle or flap to button or snap close. Variations are unlimited. On my Fiesta Bag I added a little loop to hook my keys to.
I will have a pot holder to show you even more magic about this method.
Crochet every day,

Inspiration Doily

It's hard to go back to something you've finished and write the pattern. I tried on this one, but can't concentrate long enough.

So to write the pattern and check it at the same time I made another one. A red one.

Now if you would like to make this quick little doily, here is my free pattern.
Finished size = 6 inches
Material: size 3 crochet thread
Hook: F
Begin with a magic circle. If you don't know how, google it- there are many good quick posts about this.

See next post for complete working pattern.