Friday, September 28, 2012

Crochet Hook Maker

Just in case you have lived a sheltered life and haven't found this blog on your own, please allow me to introduce Jimbo, my hook man. He is truely an artist. He makes crochet hooks from wood that are not only an absolute pleasure to use, they are also breathtakingly beautiful.
I proudly own two hooks he made and really enjoy the smoothness and warmth of the wood in my hands over the metal or plastic I usually use. I love the fact that they stand upright on their own little feet. I love everything about them, except of course the price, which is completely justified. Each hook is made individually by hand.
To quote Jim "The hooks I make are completely one-off projects, done without any kind of duplication equipment, templates or the like. I do that for a couple of reasons. I like to watch the wood reveal it's character while it's being transformed into a hook. I can't do that in a hurry. Also, I've done a few "runs" of other projects and find that for me, production takes the art away. So I shy away from large orders (passed up an offer to make the commemorative CGOA hook for that very reason)."
So I want you to see his work Here
But you must understand that you cannot expect any quick results on what you might order if it hasn't been made yet. I got a G and a K for myself and plan to order more as gifts for special people or special events. Here are my lovelies.

When he was ready to ship mine, he wrote "Okey dokey.. a couple of hooks are on their way. One is a G, and is made from a dead branch donated by the old apple tree on the ranch. That tree was the one that gave me the wood for the first hook I ever carved and gave to my sis, who then encouraged me to make hooks for sale. The other hook is a K and is made from another dead branch, but this time a maple."
So go see Jim's blog and try not to drool too much. I just can not put into words the feel or the artistry these hooks have in your hand.
I'm adding Jim's blog to my sidebar so you may be reminded of something you can gift to yourself or a really nice crocheter you know. His hooks bring a feeling of tranquility just to hold one - you don't even have to be crocheting with it. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Laurie Wheeler at HOOKEY turned me on to this! You must see what this crocheter does.
I'd love to hear your feedback.

Finished Shawl

OK. Back to business as usual I hope. As promised, here is the finished shawl modeled by Mom.

I'm going to make a solid color (probably black) for myself. The pattern was designed by Dot Matthews, who was a prolific designer. The pattern is here, where most all of her designs are stored. Scroll down to Fancy Fans Stole. Of course you may want to look at her other things on that page. She is well known for her clear, precise and understandable pattern designs. I hope you enjoy her patterns and am happy to have brought you this one.
Update: same pattern worked in opposite direction here

Monday, September 17, 2012

Fighting for My Blog

I've spent the last few days and nights fighting an onslaught of illegal drug dealer(s) trying to sell their poisons on my blog. I think I have removed all their postings and may now have it under control. The down side of this is that I've had to tighten my security. And even though I live for your comments, they too have to be moderated. So please continue to leave comments, they just won't appear instantly as before. It may take hours for them to appear. I'm so saddened by this and hope you will understand. This is all I can do except removing my blog completely.
I have a few more hours to wait to get back to regular blogging, but I leave you with this:
"Each smallest act of kindness reverberates across great distances and spans of time, affecting lives unknown to the one whose generous spirit was the source of this good echo, because kindness is passed on and grows each time it's passed, until a simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage years later and far away. Likewise, each small meanness, each expression of hatred, each act of evil." ~~H.R.White~~
P.S. The basket pictured above is made of VHS tape on the bottom and audio tape for the lip.

Friday, September 14, 2012

New Work in Progress

I couldn't wait till I finished this project before showing it. It's a shawl and I have had the pattern for years, but never tried it. It was a bad mistake on my part to have used variegated yarn and as soon as I finish this one tonight, I'm going to start one in a solid color. Anyway I'll post the pattern and finished shawl tomorrow.

It looks OK on my carpet. The holes look like teardrops. Tomorrow then.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Caribbean Scarf for Mom

Crochet. I had so many projects going that I just couldn't decide what to do, so I did nothing. For several days my mind struggled with it and then I knew if I didn't crochet soon I was going to go stark raving mad. So I started something new with a yarn I had purchased just for times like this. Snap! I was ok again. So today I want to share this scarf I made for my Mother out of life saving crochet.
I made a swatch of a textured pattern I like, but it seemed to compete with the glorious color and loft of this yarn. I was already feeling better to have remembered my little "tough-time stash", but needed to make a decision about the stitch to use.

There is a pattern on the back of label for scarf pictured on front. Wasn't sure I could follow even a simple pattern. Looked through some bookmarked patterns, and my own stash but nothing. Then I thought "keep it simple". So the pattern is a very basic one that I like to use for wash cloths or face cloths. But the difference is I decided to use a giant N hook to see how it would look as a much more open, lacy stitch. I loved it! Decided to make a scarf and tah dah! Hope you like it too! The pictures does not do justice to the rich, gentle colors.

The pattern is simply this :
Row 1>>Make a foundation chain of an odd number of stitches, turn and single crochet in the third chain. Chain one, skip one chain and single crochet in the next chain. Continue to the end of the chain.
Row 2>>Turn, chain 2 and single crochet in the chain 1 space of the previous row. Chain 1, skip the next stitch and single crochet in the next chain 1 space. Continue to the end of the row. End with a single crochet in the beginning chain 2 of the previous row. Turn, chain 2 and repeat row 2 until you run out of yarn! (or you reach the size you want)

If you have troubled times too, I suggest you get a special stash too. Crochet every day.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

New WINNER Announcement

Well folks, Kara did not claim her prize, so a new winner has been selected.

The NEW WINNER is Kadie from Seven Alive! So congratulations Kadie and this is your heads up, because we all know what happens if you do not claim the prize within 24 hours...
I hope you enjoy this lovely yarn and you simply must show us what you make of it.
Thanks for participating in the giveaway and keep watching for Yarn Giveaway will be announced sometime in September.