Coping With Crochet

Posted: April 28, 2018 in Uncategorized

Today has been a rough day. This morning I learned that one of my oldest friends, Darien Marshall, had died earlier today. My heart is broken. In and out of tears all day, I wasn’t able to get anything done that I had planned – including things for the website.

After I finally got myself back out of bed around 4pm I took myself out to get something to eat. Afterwards, I sat in Panera Bread with a cup of coffee and a cake of yarn. I sat there for a while dazed looking at the yarn dazed trying not to melt into a puddle. Then I took out a hook and started to crochet. I only crocheted for 15 or 20 minutes before I just had to get out of there.

I came home and the tears came washing out of me. I checked Facebook and read the messages of condolence from some who had seen my post about my friend. After getting through that crying bout, I sat on the couch and pulled out the yarn again. I continued on the triangle I had started earlier.It’s just a simple double crochet triangle. I’m finding something soothing about making double crochet over and over again. It’s an easy rhythm. I can almost do it while forgetting that I’m doing it – like breathing. Just a steady movement that becomes automatic after a while.

As I crochet this triangle I think about Darien and how precious life is. We don’t know when it will come to an end. Makes me wonder…Am I using my life in the best way I can? What if my life were to end today? Would I have any regrets? Maybe by the time I finish turning this yarn into a triangle I’ll have an answer. Maybe I’ll feel better that my friend is gone. Maybe not. But just sitting and crocheting is helping me cope with what I’m feeling now.

Darien, I wasn’t ready for you to be gone. You will be missed. I love you!

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Another Triangle Shawl

Posted: April 24, 2018 in Uncategorized

I couldn’t help myself! I had a cake of Lion Brand Mandala yarn and I just had to make a shawl with it. Haha! It took a day to make crocheting it between other tasks. Just put the last few stitches on it a few minutes ago. I’d wear these colors myself. 🙂

Ok…maybe I’ll give my hands a rest for a few hours. These paws have been getting quite the workout!

Finished Objects

Posted: April 23, 2018 in Uncategorized

I’ve been crocheting up a storm! I’ve been swatching and experimenting and…yes, working on actual items. Here are my FO’s.

First comes the beanies! I’m making a bunch for display and sale at future sales events. And, of course, I have to have a few for myself.

This scarf turned out a little longer and skinnier than I had planned. It’s actually the perfect length for my 6’3″ self. It’s maybe an inch skinnier than I prefer. But it works! It’s a scrap buster. I just took yarn leftovers and single crocheted away. I found the color pooling in the varigated yarn cool. Didn’t plan it. It just happened.

This oversized triangle shawl is so big I couldn’t get it all in the pic. But you get the idea. It’s not blocked yet.

Here’s more of a closeup.This is just a quick post so you can see what I’ve been  up to. I’ve got stuff to say about what I discovered while crocheting the scarf. And I want to tell you about a yarn related package that got delivered to me last Friday. I’m so excited!

Yarn Power!

Posted: April 11, 2018 in Uncategorized

“Wanna be a baller, shot caller!”

~ Lil’ Troy

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I so need a yarn baller. I loaned mine to someone a few years ago and never got it back. Never again!

It seems like my crojo is back, baby! The power of yarn is coursing through me BIG TIME. After a year  of “I-don’t-wanna-crochet-a-damn-thing”, I pulled out my yarn and hooks a week ago and haven’t put them down since. So far, I have one finished project  – a scarf. (No surprises there. Scarves have been a favorite for a long time.) I do have some ends to weave in, so it’s not quite finished, but almost. Once the weaving is done I’ll post a pic and tell you what I discovered while working on it.

Also, I have three…yes, THREE works in progress:

  • A color changing scrapghan,
  • A triangle shawl in a yummy yarn, and…
  • The first piece of a crochet art installation I’m putting together.

Phew! My hands have been stitching away literally day and night!

I may give this site an overhaul. We’ll see. For now…time to do some more crochet.

Get Yarny!

Gift Blanket

Posted: December 30, 2016 in Blanket

Season’s Greetings!

Life has been busy, so  haven’t posted in a while. I have done plenty of crochet in the meanwhile and I still have WIP (work in progress) going.

This is a lapghan I made for my Momma. Her legs get cold a lot. This will help keep her warm. I could hear the smile on her face over the phone when she received it. She told her husband, “My son made this!” She was so happy. And that just what I was going for. 🙂

The colors didn’t come true in the photos. The blanket is maroon and ecru made in Tunisian Crochet simple stitch.

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It’s A Project

Posted: October 31, 2016 in Chatter

As you can see I’ve been on a scarf kick. No, I’m not just passing the time. This is a project to be announced. I’m keeping the project to myself and having fun with it. It’s like having a juicy secret! 🙂

The Grays

Posted: October 31, 2016 in Accessories, Scarf

Here are my two latest scarves – simple, attractive and great for a guy with “traditional” tastes. The one on the left is worked from side to side in back loop only half-double crochets throughout. The one on the right is crocheted from end to end in front loop half double crochets. Both are warm without being stiff and overly bulky.

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