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IMG_0435ASo in my last post I let you know I had gotten a job as a crochet teacher at Needles, Hooks, and Yarn in Glendora, CA. I’ve certainly been quite busy since then, not only with students but with creating items to promote yarns, classes, or just crochet itself. Yarn companies have a notorious tendency to omit crochet when making samples, so it’s my job to bring this art to light for Needles, Hooks and Yarn!. The other reason I’ve been so busy is that Nancy, the owner of the shop, came down with shingles at the beginning of August and asked me to keep the store open for her while she recuperated. Thankfully, she is well on the mend now and back to her old self again.

I have reworked the poinsettia and now have an official pattern available in my store. I do want to make a cream and pink version, but those are on the back burner for now because I’m busy making a very cute ghost and will be starting a witch’s hat soon.

Below is my VERY FIRST top that I’ve ever made, and it was created using Weekend DK by Berroco. I call it “The Weekender” (yes, I know, but I thought the name was appropriate). I was so happy that it actually fit the mannequin! The original pattern I saw is free and was written by Emma on her blog Gathering Beauty at However, the pattern Emma found is free and posted on Maria Valles’ blog atIMG_0450 - CopyA I have written a very detailed pattern for my version of this top, but ethics dictate that I too should list this pattern for free. I’ve put a lot of work into this pattern, though, so I don’t want to do that. I’m thinking that if I let people know where the pattern is available for free and give them the option, that should let me off the “ethical hook”. Please let me know your opinion!

For those of you who aren’t aware of ‘the Dark Side of Crochet Patterns’, unethical people will take other designer’s free patterns, rework the graphics a little and/or make minor changes to the pattern, then SELL the pattern on their site. Of course this is much easier to do than to come up with an original design and write the pattern from scratch. Technically, this is what I’m proposing to do with The Weekender, but if I give the URLs to the free sites before someone purchases my version, then they can decide for themselves. I don’t see a problem with this, but please give me your feedback. Sometimes I get tunnel vision and need other people’s objectivity. Thank you for letting me know what you think.


Yarn Bombing, known as Guerilla Crochet/Knitting among other names, will take over the world. June 11th (as well as being my younger son’s and his cousin’s birthday) has been designated International Yarnbombing Day. The start of this movement has been attributed to Magda Sayeg, 37, from Houston, who says she first got the idea in 2005 when she covered the door handle of her boutique with a custom made cozy. I’m sure she had no idea what she was starting!

Some don’t like this event, saying it’s a waste of yarn; some love it and say it brings fiber art to the masses. Personally, I just think it’s fun!

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All photos are from Pinterest, Yarn Bombing


Since spring is here and many flowers have shaken off their winter inertia, I thought I should come up with a seasonally appropriate post. Plus, I just recently joined Crochet.Community (an online group) and they hold quarterly competitions where the winner is awarded $50 and a t-shirt. This current competition is, of course, flower themed. The only really good flower I’ve made I gave to my mom, and didn’t take a photo of it beforehand. So instead I entered a very elegant (if I do say so myself!) Poinsettia Potholder. Not the spring flowers the CC had in mind, I’m sure, but it didn’t get kicked out either. So we’ll have to see. Results will be in on May 1st – just in time for my next post.

Earlier today I was perusing Pinterest and came across some of the most gorgeous crocheted flowers. BTW, as a general rule I don’t like crocheted flowers – too kitschy for me I guess – but these are definitely the exception. Enjoy!


Happy Patty Crochet offers exquisite floral patterns and products at (I just love carnations!)


Japanese fibre artiste JungJung at Museum quality work!


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I loved this flower so much I wanted to show you two versions!

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Posted from from Wonderful Irish crochet and more






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Reposted from; photo states Love this little flower! Definitely could see this on the bottom edge of a scarf with pearl centers.


And lastly, my Poinsettia Potholder. Keep your fingers crossed I win!

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Listed under “Jeffrey”, from Nikki Nye and Amy Flurry of the Paper-Cut-Project,


It came to my attention a little while ago that there are people in this world interested in “the creative process”. In researching information for my last post Paper Lace, I ran across this photo and thought it was the absolute epitome of what a brain in the process of creating looks like. However, I’m pretty sure this is NOT what the creators of this fabulous artwork intended – their work shows up in the world of high fashion, galleries, and museums – but perhaps they won’t mind a slightly different perspective.

Nonetheless, this is my brain on crochet; or more specifically, what my brain looks like when I’m trying to come up with a new crochet design. Of course, this is when all is going well with the process. I have noticed that when the process is not going well my brain ends up making little crackling noises with smoke emanating from tiny charred bits. Come to think of it, that also happens when the yarn gets tangled or I find I’ve made a mistake some 10 rows ago. Well, that would be a different photo altogether.

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April is going to be slightly different for me. My DH and I decided to try our hand at a flea market sale, and I will be sorting through all the wonderful “stuff” I no longer need, packaging, pricing and organizing. (That’s why I’ve given myself a month to do this!). I can only hope that all the work will be worth it. It was my plan to get 4 new patterns that I’ve made listed in my Bonanza shop (, however that didn’t quite work out. I did get two listed, but the other two will have to wait. Here’s a peak at the two –


Du Soleil Summer Scarf


Bubbles Baby Blanket


I know this has nothing to do with crochet, but lacy things just attract me like a moth to a flame and I wanted to share. I came across some examples of intricately cut paper (what I call paper lace) and have fallen in love. What they are able to accomplish is just totally amazing! Of course, I wouldn’t want to think about the time involvement, but then again, designing, crocheting, and writing down a pattern isn’t exactly expeditious, either. The wonderful thing about this art is that some of the artists even sell templates that you can cut out yourself. Oh, I must stop running across other crafts that I would love to try my hand at because I seriously doubt I’m going to live to be 200!

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Detail of work by Hino Aoyama. See more at

Sawing Waves, Rice paper on silk, 2012, photo by Bovey Lee

Sawing Waves, 2012, photo by Bovey Lee on Artsy, copied from Pinterest

Bunny papercut


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Two works by Suzy Taylor, Folk Art Papercuts at

Ah, come on, you knew I had to get a butterfly in here somehow!

Once again it is Valentine’s Day – a wonderful reminder to let our loved ones know how special they are to us. So for today, since I can’t send all of you mountains of chocolate, I will offer you the following crocheted eye candies – all with zero calories!

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Lunarheavenly, an Asian crochet artist, found at

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Grandmother’s heart from

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Victorian charm from

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A modern twist by

Ruffled Heart

Heart Pillow by Shellie Wilson of

Irish crochet heart

Irish Crochet Heart Ornament by Annie Potter; Photo by Nik_OC on Flickr

Sweet Hearts

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Flowered Heart by LH

Another beauty by

“Ianuaria” by Caitlin T. McCormack

Since it is the season for all things shuddersome, I thought I would share the fantastical work of Caitlin T. McCormack with you. She creates beautiful, lace-like “skeletons” out of cotton crochet thread and PVC glue, mounting them to dark backgrounds to maximize their effect. In her own words –

“The act of stiffening intricately crocheted cotton string with glue produces material that is structurally similar to delicate bone tissue. The string implemented in this process can be viewed as the basic cellular unit of fabrication, and by utilizing media and practices inherited from my deceased relatives, I aim to generate emblems of my diminishing bloodline, embodied by each organism’s skeletal remains.”

Oh, yes. Most definitely creepy! McCormack began this type of work after her grandparents passed away within months of each other in 2010/11. Originally studying illustration, she returned to the crocheting taught to her by her grandmother to deal with her grief. Of course, we are now aware of how emotionally healing crocheting and knitting can be (see for more information).

To create each piece, which can take anywhere from two days to several weeks, McCormack focuses on a specific memory of her own, and begins to crochet a skeleton without reference. As a medium, crochet “accelerates the process of forgetting” with its physical “twisting and warping,” she said. The final products aren’t supposed to be replicas, but are more like metaphors for the artist’s memories.

"The Organist" by Caitlin T. McCormack

“The Organist” by Caitlin T. McCormack

To view more of McCormack’s work, you can go to,, and Enjoy!

The Sea Breeze Scarf - one of my latest additions!

The Sea Breeze Scarf – one of my latest additions!

So I did a WordPress post a couple days ago, and I was trying to put a widget down below for Crochet Talk, a forum I enjoy, when I spot an issue with facebook. Apparently WordPress has a problem putting a widget for facebook on this page because facebook says it can’t find my Crocheted Butterfly page, even though it’s linked so there is always a blurb about my last post once it’s published. The problem (that took me ALL DAY to figure out) was that facebook had put my business page as a side page under my personal page. And do you think I could’ve gotten a straight answer from facebook? No way. I’ve now reversed my pages, but I’m not really satisfied. Facebook also did a couple other things. They tell you in one section to write 3 words that describe your page. I typed them in, but every time I hit save, they disappeared. Then I wanted to delete a photo, but every time I moved the cursor down the menu box, the box would disappear before I could get to “delete this picture”. Luckily I had DH and he figured out another way to delete the photo. Technology is wonderful WHEN IT WORKS. So now, DS, do you understand why I need a social media director? Maybe you should work with Tumblr first

I have been very good about adding more patterns to my shop, though. I am now up to twelve (one of which is the very pretty Sea Breeze scarf pictured) and hope to get a few more in if I can find the items to take photos. Yes, I am still working on patterns with no product and product with no pattern, but I’m narrowing it down and the pile is getting smaller.

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