Saturday, April 22, 2017

NOT a doily

"Shockcity"!!!  I can crochet something other than a doily, runner, etc!   Here's some preemie hats I recently made for a local hospital.  I have made a total of 14 thus far.  I like the way they are turning out.  Found the pattern HERE.   I found they make up really quickly.  This is one of the side projects the group I joined at the local library does, while teaching others to crochet and knit.

Aren't they just TOO cute!

Have a blessed day!
LindaCrochets

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Rhoda

I'd like to introduce you to RHODA, a designed by Grace Fearon.  Made with ThreadArt size 10 and color #28, using a #5 hook.  Measures 14.5 inches.  You can purchase the pattern on her website, Emilyandthe.com.





ThreadArt crochet thread is made of 100% mercerized cotton.  There are 175 yds to the ball, so it's small compared to some other brands.  Their color selection is limited, but it is a wonderful classic crochet thread to work with in size 10.  I purchased some several years ago off the web and decided to use up what I have remaining.  I'm sure you can find to where to buy it with a google search.
Thanks for stopping by.  I'm off to my weekly group at the local library on Thursday afternoons where those that don't know how to knit or crochet can learn from others.  Right now I'm working with a lady to teach her the techniques of thread crochet.
LindaCrochets 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Lorelai doily

A recent new doily by designer Grace Fearon called "Lorelai" doily.  You can find this as a FREE pattern on her site HERE.  As with her designs, you will find a lot of texture in the doily.  

I used Artiste size 10 thread in the color "peach blossom", and a #5 hook.  The finished doily is 14 inches.

It was really a pleasure to work this one up.




Thanks for stopping by,
LindaCrochets

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Blessed Easter!

A simple message for you and me! 


 Do you  believe?


A very special Easter season to you and your family!  May you bask in the blessings of Jesus Christ my Lord!

LindaCrochets

Monday, April 10, 2017

Francisco Doily

I new doily by Grace Fearon, a really talented new designer.  This is her first doily that has a male name and was created for a special reason by her.  You can read the story HERE.  If you would like to create this beauty and at the same time contribute to a great cause by purchasing the pattern, see her website.





Thanks for stopping by!
LindaCrochets

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Vanora doily

Another design by Grace Fearon called Vanora doily.  Made with Artiste #10 in the color eggnogg and a #5 hook.  Finished doily measures 17 inches.  This one will also be donated to the auction.

For this pattern and more, visit Grace at Emilyandthe.com.  She also has some free patterns on her website to get you started.



Thanks for stopping by, and hoping you are having a restful Sunday afternoon.

LindaCrochets

Friday, March 31, 2017

Marjorie Doily

This doily was designed by Grace Fearon, an "up and coming" highly talented designer.  Her designs are very detailed with a lot of texture to them.  You can find her published designs HERE or on Ravelry.  It was made with Aunt Lydias #10 in white using a #5 hook.



I will be working on more of her lovely patterns in the future....stay turned...

Thanks for stopping by!
LindaCrochets

Friday, March 24, 2017

Royal Diamond Centerpiece

Finally finished this one with all those popcorn stitches in it.  Pattern is from House of White Birch-Heirloom Tabletoppers series.  Made with Red Heart #20 thread using #10 hook.  Measures 23 inches.  It really is a "beauty"!   Another one that will be donated to the auction!





Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!
LindaCrochets

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Doily #26

Such a non-descript name for a beautiful doily.  This is the 2nd doily I've made from the same foreign book recently.  It measures 19 inches and was made with Lizbeth #20 thread using a #10 hook.



And again, the book it came from.


Thanks for stopping by on this lovely Sunday afternoon!
LindaCrochets

Friday, March 03, 2017

My Masters Degree

Did you know I'm about to be presented with my Masters Degree??  What is my major you may ask?

Well, it's making popcorn stitches.  I'm currently completing the last 4 scallops on the outer edge of the Royal Diamond Centerpiece.  There are a total of 1,176 popcorn stitches in the piece (if I've counted correctly).   Don't you think I've earned my Masters, or maybe even my Doctorate???  😊


Will post pictures as soon as it's blocked.

It's FRIDAY!  Thanks for stopping by!

LindaCrochets

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Knitted Doilies

Have you ever come across a gorgeous doily that was knitted and wished you knew how to convert the knit to crochet?  I came across this doily the other day on Pinterest and just loved it!  Wouldn't it be a "knockout" in crochet!


LindaCrochets

Monday, February 27, 2017

Abigail Doily

The Abigail doily was designed by Patricia Kristoffersen and can be found in Leisure Arts #3113, Simple Elegance.  It was made with Artiste thread #10 in the color eggnogg  using a #7 hook.  The finished doily measures 15 inches.






Thanks for stopping by!
LindaCrochets

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Wonderful retirement!

It's been ten (10) months since retirement began and I have to tell you it is wonderful!  I worked past the normal retirement age in order to do some "catchup" in my 401K plan, which really helped, but at 69 1/2 it was time.  Mentally I was ready for it, and I haven't looked back once since that day!  

I definitely have a lot of "PROS" for my retirement:

  • Not having to get up before dawn and leave the house before 7AM; then not get home most nights until 7PM; sometimes later.
  • Being able to do those little things in house cleaning that you never had time for with such long hours.
  • Being able to put a pot of "anything" on the stove when I want to, rather than concentrating on cooking up things on the weekend for the next week.
  • Having my weekends free for a change to enjoy.  With working it was a time for grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc., while still making church.
  • Having time to do my daily Bible study without having to rush thru it because of so many other things when you are working.
  • Being able to eat healthier because I have time to cook healthier.  I'v been concentrating on a whole food-plant based way of eating and it is paying off!  I've lost 22 lbs since retirement and it continues to "slide" off a pound or so a week.  
  • Being able to take a late afternoon walk and admire God's creation.  Sit in the outdoor swing and just swing away if I feel like it for a while.
  • Being able to spend more time with my husband and not always feel like we were "passing in the night".
  • Being able to enjoy more my "addiction" of thread crochet.  Right now I'm making doilies and a couple of runners for a fund raising auction in May that will benefit a Christian school in the area.  It's so satisfying to be able to do this!
  • Of course, there are the excursions/trips that you can plan, without having to be concerned about how much vacation time you have accumulated.
  • Being able to do all kinds of extra things that I never had time for with working.
Yes, retirement is definitely agreeable with me!  I thank God that He has given me good health that allows me to enjoy it all with "hubby"

Me and Miss B

Thanks for stopping by and may God bless you and your family!
LindaCrochets


Monday, February 13, 2017

#21 Doily

This doily comes from the following book.  The patterns are all charts.  You can just decide what size thread and hook you want to use based on the number of rounds.

I used #20 thread and a #11 hook.  The finished doily measures 22 inches blocked.  I found the individual pattern HERE.  I really like the way it turned out.  Another one to add to my stack of doilies to be donated to the auction in May!






Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Monday!!
LindaCrochets

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Heather Hill Doily

I've been admiring this doily for some time.  It just came up on my LARGE" want to make list".  It was made with #30 thread using a #11 hook and measures 18 inches blocked.  The pattern indicates it's a 14 inch doily.  I do crochet tight and block tight.   I did add a 3-ch picot to the top of each cluster on the last row.

The pattern can be found HERE.  Why don't you give it a try?






Thanks for stopping by and have a bless Sunday!
LindaCrochets

Saturday, January 28, 2017

No Name Doily

The pattern for this doily was found on Pinterest and I marked it for a "to do".  ( I had made it several years ago in color, but failed to keep a copy of the pattern)   I used Artiste #10 thread in the color eggnogg from Hobby Lobby and a #6 hook.  It measures 17.5 inches.  I liked it so well, I made two.

Wouldn't they look lovely on end tables?

They were made as part of a group to be donated for a fund raising auction in May. The proceeds will benefit a Christian school.  I want to make several other doilies, along with one or two runners for the "cause".




Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a blessed day!
LindaCrochets

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Unfinished projects

We always (at least I know that I do) seem to have a number of unfinished projects in our crochet baskets.   Some were started in the fall of 2016.  I hope to complete several of them in 2017.  A couple of them will be trashed as I can't find notes as to what brand thread was used to start them and they go back several years.  I have another doily in mind with roses and plan to incorporate the pink variegated roses into a new doily project this year.

Thanks for stopping by and God bless!
LindaCrochets

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

My last completed project for 2016!

My last completed project for 2016.   "White Anemone" doily from Magic Crochet issue 47 made with DMC Perle #12 using a #10 hook.  It measures 17 inches completed.







Thanks for stopping by, and may God Bless you in the new year!
LindaCrochets