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Archive for January, 2009

Free Checkerboard Game/Afghan Pattern, Part 1&2

Posted by sara1955 on January 20, 2009

Size:  46″ X 46″

Yarn:  Color A:  21 oz (3 skeins Red Heart)
              Color B:  21 oz (3 skeins Red Heart)
Crochet Hook:  Size I

Stitches Used:  slip stitch (sl st); chain (ch); double crochet (dc); Reverse single crochet (rev sc); single crochet (sc)

Part I:

Round Motif :  Make 24 in Color A; make 24 in Color B

Chain 4, join with sl st.

Rnd 1:  Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 11 dc in ring.  Join with sl st. (12 dc)

Rnd 2:  Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in same st, 2 dc in each dc of prev row.  (24 dc)

Fasten off.

Assemble Checkers:  Take 2 Round motifs of same color, put them WS (wrong side) together.  With same color, join with sc and use Rev sc around, last rev sc in beginning sc.  Fasten off.

You will end up with 12 checkers in Color A and 12 in Color B.

Part II: 

Square Motif:  Make 32 in Color A; make 32 in Color B

Chain 4, join with sl st

Rnd 1:  Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 11 dc in ring.  Join with sl st. (12 dc)

Rnd 2:  Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in same st, 2 dc in each dc of prev row.  Join in top of beginning dc.  (24 dc)

Rnd 3:  Ch 3, dc in next 2 dcs.  *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next dc, dc in next 5 dc, rep from * two times.  (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next dc, dc in next 2 dc.  Join with sl st in top of beginning ch 3.  (36 dc)

Rnd 4:  Ch 4, Sk 1 dc, dc in next dc, ch 1, sk next dc, dc in next dc. *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner sp, dc in next dc, (ch 1, sk next dc, dc in next dc)] four times.  Rep from * two times. Dc in next dc, ch 1, sk next dc, dc, ch 1, sk next dc, join with sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch-4.  Fasten off.  Secure loose ends.

If you have any questions about this so far, just give me a yell. 🙂

See Free Checkerboard Game Afghan Pattern, Assembly & Border for the finishing of this Game/Afghan

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Rants . . .

Posted by sara1955 on January 20, 2009

What caused people to become rude and selfish?  Did it start when both parents had to work outside the home?  Or when prayer was taken out of schools?  Or with the breakdown in the American family?  Whatever the cause was, it need to stop ………. NOW!!!

I’m saddened  by this and I just want to throw a few thoughts out there for pondering . . .

When at the grocery store, if an older person has 1, 2, or 3 items and you have a lot, let them go first.  That’s just common decency.  Sometimes shopping really knocks all the energy our of our senior citizens, and standing in line take more energy than shopping does.  It doesn’t hurt to be nice and let someone in ahead of you.  There’s not a grand prize for being rude 🙂

Speaking of letting others go first:

. . . there’s no shame in letting a car back out of a partking space, even if you don’t want that space;

. . . there’s no shame in letting a car into the traffic flow when traffic is heavy;

. . . there’s no shame in waving to neighbors or welcoming a new neighbor with a cake or cokkies or a pitcher of tea.

These are just a few of my thoughts.  I’m saddened by the adult selfishness I see and appalled by the lack of adult supervision of adolescents and teens.  As rude as our nation has become, heaven help us when we become the seniors (and that’s not far off for me) and have to depend on these folks.

Just a little food for thought 🙂

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Pot Holders

Posted by sara1955 on January 13, 2009

–ONE of my Achilles’ Heels —

I love the “old” pot holders of days gone by.  I’m especially fond of the decorative Pot Holders, mitts and hot pads.  I have a bunch that I made hanging on the wall above my stove.  They’re in 4-5 fruit patterns with different colors to make my “50s Fruity/Tuscanny” kitchen a little more finished.

There are a number of patterns, both free and for sale, on the internet.  My favorite “for sale” patterns came from Maggie’s Crochet (  Get used to seeing Maggie’s link!  She has a number of my favorite patterns.  I’ll add more links as I think of them in this blog. 🙂

Believe it or not, a number of people collect pot holders, like they collect Pyrex, Fire King, Tupperware, and other oldie-goldie items.  and you guessed it!  M & I both collect these …. and more!  *sigh*.  I think we’ll end up having to buy a second house to house our goddies!! LOL

“Gay & Gifty Pot holders” by Barbara E Mauzy is a nice book for pot holder collectors.  The particular book I have wa published in 2003, so I’m certain things have changed a bit since then.

I’m not a “serious” collector of anything.  I do treasure my items and treat them well, but I believe “if ya’ got it, use it” even applies to my goodies around the house.  That being said, I ue collector’s books not to find the perfect collectible, but to verify that I’m not gouged by a seller when I buy something.

In Ms. Mauzy’s book, there are wonderful examples of crocheted pot holders.  There are a number of these that I think I’ll have to figure out how to make them for my kitchen and there are several that I think, “hmmm, if this or that were added or changed . . .”  So, I supopose off and on you’ll be seeing potholder patterns here.

I am working on the checkerboard and have sent the first part out to be tested.  Hopefully I’ll have it all out to be tested by the end of next week.  This pattern will be free on this site, but not alll my patterns will be.  As a tester “you” get a free copy, it is copyrighted so please don’t share, send anyone who wants to peek or make it to this site.  Would you like to be a tester?  I only allow five people (of different skill levels) to test the patterns.  I’m always looking for beginners, beginner-intermediate, intermediate and advanced crocheters.  Contact me and we’ll see if we can find common ground.

Until later, stay tuned —

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It’s been a while . . .

Posted by sara1955 on January 6, 2009

It’s been a while since I last posted. Through the Christmas-New Year’s holiday period, we moved back to our “old” home.  It isn’t quite big enough for two pack rats and three dogs, but it’s more affordable for the time being.


I’ve been working on a couple of crochet designs.  One, I hope to publish soon, the the other design will come later.  I’ve also been making a quilt for my lovely niece.  It’s burgundies and blues in a log cabin design.   I had it ready to lay out the blocks to decide on the final design layout, when …….. duh!  I’m one block short!!  So back to the sewing machine & rotary cutter I go.  I was in the middle of the last block when it was time to move, so the project is on a short hiatus.  Hopefully I can get back to it soon.


For those who don’t know me, I’m, a single grandmother and have a roommate (or is it housemate?).  We’ve been friends for years and an opportunity arose that allows us to live in the same house sharing expenses and babysitting each other’s dogs.  “M” goes to nursing shool (LVN, then RN) and I stay home making and selling my creations.  We’re not rich,,,,,,, but I love the lack of stress!


I’m sort of a “lay” historian and hope to finish my degree after “M” gets her RN completed.  I need my BA then want to get my MA.  I’m a voracious reader, I’ve been reading about ladies in WWII (service women), Henry the VIII’s life and wives and ancient Egypt lately.  I not only enjoy the history, I enjoy well-written novels from a historical perspective.  If you haven’t read Nefertiti by Michelle Moran, take a look at it.  I highly recommentd it.


Wow!  I didn’t know what I could come up with to write, but it appears that once startedI can’t shut up!


I’m going now to do more reading and work on my pattern so my lovely testers can get started on it.


Bye for now


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