Thursday, September 29, 2005

Crocheting Outdoors

Up until today, I have been able to crochet outside on my screened-in porch. It has been so beautiful outdoors lately, and I have been trying to enjoy every single minute of it! But today, even in the sun, it was cold! The temperature said it was 66 degrees, but it sure did not feel like it. What a difference it can make in the temperature when the wind blows. So I did not crochet outside today! I wonder how many more days I am going to be able to crochet outside on my porch?
The temperature is supposed to go down to 36 degrees tonight. I am not ready for this to happen yet! Actually, I am never ready for this to happen, but since I have moved to New York, I have not had much choice! lol
I am working on a snowman bib that I think is going to be very least I hope it turns out to be cute! It is supposed to be published on-line. If and when it is, I will post a link to it.
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Saturday, September 24, 2005

New Patterns

As promised, I am slowing trying to move some of the free patterns from my old geocities website. I have uploaded a couple of new ones recently. You can view them at: Crochet Cafe Patterns.

As usual, almost all of my patterns are quick and easy to make!
I haven't been able to do much posting lately of the crocheting that I am doing! When I am working on new crochet designs for other editors or publishers, I can't show photos of my work. As soon as I start working on self-published designs again for my own website at: Cute and Country Crochet, I can show you a few progress pictures!
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Cutie Trio Plant Pokes/Magnets

Cutie Trio Plant Pokes © 2005 Cute Crochet

By Jocelyn Sass

Cutie Trio Plantpoke or Magnet is copyrighted by Cute Crochet 2001

You may print it for your personal use, but you may not copy, distribute it, or sell it.


Materials: Scraps of 4-ply worsted weight yarn, White, Black and several pastel colors of choice;

F (3.75mm) hook

Wooden skewer OR craft magnet

Aleene's Designer Tacky Craft Glue;

Blush makeup;

cotton swab (Q-tip)

tapestry needle

Size: Flower measures 2-3/4" across

Rnd 1: With White, ch 2; 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with a sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn. (6).

Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc around, join, ch 1, turn. (12).

Rnd 3: (Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) around; join, ch 1, turn. (18).

Rnd 4: (Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around; join, ch 1, turn. (24).

Working in Front Loops only around, join desired pastel color with a sl st in any Front Loop of Rnd 4;
ch 2, 4 hdc in same st, skip next st, sl st in next free loop, (5 hdc in next front loop, skip next st, sl st in next front loop) around; join with sl st to top of starting ch-2. Fasten off.

Using Black and French Knot, embroider eyes between Rnds 2 & 3, 1/2" apart as shown.

Using makeup and cotton swab, CAREFULLY blush cheeks.

Glue wooden skewer OR magnet to back.

Copyright by Cute Crochet 2005
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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Promoting Crochet

It was a great day for crochet on national television yesterday. Our own Lily Chin was on the new Martha Stewart Show, once again promoting our beloved craft, crochet~!
And true to her marvelous spirit, she was driving around, crocheting a Martha poncho, for Martha's dog! Martha's show was a great promotion of crochet yesterday, where everyone in the audience was wearing one of her crocheted ponchos! You might remember when the Lion Brand website was advertising for everyone who had crocheted one of the Coming Home ponchos from their pattern to enter for a chance to be on her show. Everyone on the show, including cameramen, producers, guests, dogs, etc, had on a crochet poncho. It was wild!
You can see some video of it here, but you need to click on the Tuesday link and then the 'Watch Video' link on that page. You can see a funny clip of David Spade of Saturday Night Live spoofing Martha in a wig, poncho and prison ankle bracelet! At least Martha Stewart is a good sport!
Unfortunately, the promo for their own show on the link above reads:
"It's Poncho Day and everyone in the studio audience, the crew, comedian David Spade, and Martha are cloaked in knitted ponchos like the one Martha made famous when she left Alderson."
I guess it is going to take while longer to get everyone to understand the difference between knitting and crochet!
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