Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Crochet Saved My Life

Hello everybody,
I have no crochet to show you today, but I still want to share some crochet items of interest with you.
As some of you know, depression can be absolutely debilitating. I often speak of how important it is to crochet for mental and physical therapy. So today I'm extremely happy to tell you that a friend of mine who wrote Crochet Saved My Life has decided to offer this book FREE through Amazon
Her name is Kathryn Vercillo and you can visit her crochet blog at www.crochetconcupiscence.com or learn more about the author at www.kathrynvercillo.com.

This is a must-read and free! You can get it instantly to your KINDLE reader. I truly cannot find the words to tell you how beneficial and important this book is.

This offer has expired. It's still offered at reduced price of $2.99 for Kindle. I got in touch with Kathryn and she's having a bit of crazy this week and will be offline until Monday 1/21/13. She did ask me to let you know about THIS. There may be more free copies offered here soon. I'm sorry for not posting the deadline.


There's another giveaway coming soon and this is a biggie! You will not believe what's up for grabs this time. It is a list of items-not just yarn or hook. My first anniversary as a blogger is in February and that's when the winner will be announced so keep an eye here for entry information.
I've been sent a SHARP CROCHET HOOK AND BOOK to try out. That's what I'm working on now, but have nothing to show just yet. It is an awesome and ingenious design/product that glides through fabric eliminating the need to blanket or whip stitch around the fabric to make a foundation for the crochet edging or trim first. You just grab this hook and start crocheting right through the fabric. This just tickles my fancy!

Hopefully I'll have something to show in the next day or two.
Crochet every single day,

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Magic Crochet Hook

My first blogaversary is Feburary, and there is a really great giveaway coming up so keep an eye here for entry details.
In the mean time, my hubby hooked up (little funny) with Susan Bates and got me a truly Magical Crochet Hook!

(Click on photos for magnified view)
Here it is on edge and you cannot see the either flat side, so no markings.

This is one of the flat sides and you can just make out the Susan Bates name.
Notice anything else? Look at it again.

One side.

Other side.

So what do you give a crazy crocheter? A crazy crochet hook, of course! Did you see the magical part?
There's no HOOK!
No kidding! It came that way. I'm still rolling on the floor. I will cherish it always.
Crochet every single day,

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Crochet Bird #4

Hello everybody,
I took a break from serious (pattern work) crochet to do something fun and pattern-free. This is what happened.

Course, photos never do it justice, but in case you can't tell, this is a Blissy Big-lipped Blue Bird brought to you today by the letter B. Can you tell I'm feeling silly on this sunny Sunday?

Crochet everyday,

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Fragrance Rocks

This next little idea I'm still sort of testing, because I'm trying to discover how long it will last. It's been a few months already so I know it works, but indefinitely? I don't know yet.
Anyway, next time you think about crocheting rocks,

please try this. First, of course you pick out a couple of rocks. (The naked one in the photo is the one I'm testing.) Then you buy some fragrance oil that is activated by heat. I bought these at Michael's.

Now in a small glass cop or bowl (just large enough that at least half of the rock will fit onto) pour the oil nearly full and put the rock or half rock in it. Don't worry about wasting the oil because it will still be good and you can recover it after this to reuse. If only half fits, you just have to turn it to get both ends soaked. This takes a little while. I left mine in the oil for at least a week. After that, wipe the oil off, maybe let it dry a little, then crochet away.
Here's the MAGIC. If you sit one of these in a windowsill that gets sun, the rock gets warm and emits the fragrance. No kidding. If you have a fireplace, just lay one or two on the hearth. Lay one on your cooktop while its cooling down. It evens works in your car when it's warm!
This is so much better than diffuser sticks. Give it a try. They make wonderful gifts.

Yarn Bowls

I got busy crocheting again, but have nothing that's ready to post yet. So I thought I would post about something very useful if you use ball yarn.

This "yarn bowl" is smooth on the inside (doesn't snag yarn) and for obvious reasons, you could use as many strands as you like.
If you want something a little more elegant, buy a clip like this

from office supply. Mine is gold, but I know they come in black and I think other colors too.

Attach to any bowl of your choosing and there you have it! Of course the clip is more versatile than the colander. You can use the clip on a box or whatever container you like.

Crochet every single day,

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

BUTTON - New Year's Celebration


After 10 months of blogging I finally figured out how to make a button. Isn't it lovely?

In a few hours I'll have it fixed so that it can be "grabbed", but it's nearly 3:00am and I have to sleep for a couple. Woot woot!