Sunday, January 25, 2015


Here are a few of the things
I've worked on and/or 
finished since the last time
I posted  ........

an asymmetrical cowl
(504 King West on ravelry)

a yoga hat

a "doll" for a very
special grandchild

and, most recently,
a baby blanket 
for a new baby due in March.

I'm knee deep in the doldrums of winter.  As if the grey, gloomy weather wasn't enough - I'm in the midst of job indecision, the stress of looking for something new to make money doing vs. going back to school to enroll in a new program of study.  

I read and reread the ancient Words of hope that stir my soul in the midst of unrest  ~ ~ ~ 

You chart the path ahead of me,
and tell me where to stop and rest.

Every moment you know where I am.

You both precede me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too great for me to know!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Autumn changes

I have a new project that I've been working on for quite some time.  

I got the idea when I visited my daughter in Brooklyn, New York a couple Thanksgivings ago.

One of her roommates had this gorgeous hand-crocheted afghan 
that his mother (or grandmother?) made for him.  
Something about the color combination
and uniqueness of the design intrigued me.

When I got home, I quickly searched and the web
at large looking for a pattern so I could make one for myself.

No go.

Anywhere I looked I could not find a pattern even remotely like it.

In my search for the pattern, I came across one from Doris Chan.
(All-Star Blanket in the book Crocheted Gifts: Irresistible Gifts
to Make and Give by Kim Werker) 
and though it comes close . . . it still wasn't the one I was looking for.

[This is the All-Star Blanket I made my son and his wife for their anniversary last year.]

But, still I simply HAD to make an afghan like the one I coveted in Brooklyn.

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Since I couldn't find the pattern I wanted ~

I decided to take matters into my own hands.

After weeks of work designing and figuring
and making samples and tweaking the pattern . . . 
I think I'm finally ready to share it with the world.

I'm very proud to introduce my latest design.
I'm calling it the Brooklyn Star Blanket because 
that's where I came across the "original".

I'll be unveiling the pattern by sending a submission
to a popular crochet magazine to see if they'll publish it for me.

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Meanwhile here's a photo of the "sample" in progress.

I'm SUPER excited and very pleased with how it's turning out.