Sara’s Craft Blog

Crochet, Quilts, Knitting, and any other needlecraft I can find!!

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    Arbor-style filet crochet curtain (3); Pink Panther afghan (pattern won't be available, this is a licensed product); New theme for checkerboard afghan; Noble Reflections Dimension Cross Stitch (Native American); Baby Afghan to sell; Broom Dolls (Have 4 ready, a dozen in the works); Idea to design for a nurse's item; 2 scrub caps; Re-learning to tat :)
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Virtual Book Tour

Posted by sara1955 on May 7, 2012

Have you ever taken a virtual book tour? It’s easy, it’s free, and you get to virtually “meet” the author and read an except from his or her book. You also get to read an interview and review. Try it out! A Book Lover’s Library is now hostessing (hosting if you’re particular LOL) a set of tours for visitors. Today, featured author Kimberly Lewis is sharing her book for your visit. Rebecca, the hostess, welcomes comments as you visit. Don’t miss it! The link is http://www.abookloverslibrary.com/

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Update after a long silence :)

Posted by sara1955 on May 2, 2012

I made a couple of decisions about his blog, first to stop blogging, then re-thought it. Now I will occasionally post something. So, what have I been up to? First, I’m leaving the pattern up for the crocheted checkerboard. I won’t take it down 🙂 It’s free, enjoy!

Second, I’ve been working on projects off and on. That means, I have a TON of UFOs. I’m working on completing some now. Of course, that doesn’t mean I won’t start more, but I’m trying to at least complete one before I start something new.

Third, I’ll add a link (http://hystericalreader.weebly.com) that is about another blog of mine. It’s called The Hysterical Reader. There you will find book reviews and occasional blurbs about a book or two I’m working on as an author. I write fiction and have decided to make a series of fictional books based on history or historical events. It’s rather fun. The other fun side is, I review what I read and am starting to receive books from publishers and authors wanting a review. I do not limit the types of books I read a lot, so it’s no telling what you’ll find. Come join me!!

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Everything you ever wanted to know about Tunisian

Posted by sara1955 on March 17, 2009

There is one site that is absolutely awesome with information about Tunisian crochet, everything from stitches to patterns to …. well just EVERYTHING!!!  chezcrochet.com is out of this world!  ARNie is quite knowledgeable and shares her knowledge in a very logical order.  She has a variety of information available without cost.  ARNie also writes books that are a definite “must have.” 

If you’ve never crocheted using the Tunisian technique (remember afghan hooks?  it’s the same thing), ARNies link is the place to go.  She also has a yahoo group for even more information.  

I can’t add more at this point than ARNie has on her site so do check out chezcrochet.com and tell ARNie Sara sent ya’!

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March is National Crochet Month

Posted by sara1955 on March 4, 2009

So, let’s all learn something.  I’ve always heard that when you become a teacher, you become your own best student.  I’m usually a one-on-one teacher, but I’m flexible <grin>.  So, I’m ready to learn a little more about crochet history.  This is a very brief overview.

Most needlework as we know it has been around for centuries.  That isn’t true for crochet.  As a matter of fact, crochet has an elusive history.

According to my Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, crochet is defined as:

     (as a noun) needlework consisting of interlocked looped stitches formed with a single thread and a hooked needle.
     (etymology) French, from croche “hook,” of Scandinavian origin.
     (as a verb) to make of or work with crochet.

Sailors whiled away time making nets with knots.  There have been reported depictions on ancient shards of pottery of chain-like strings.  I’ve even read reports of “finger-hooking” or “making lace in the air”.  Crochet may have disintegrated so that it is unrecognizable in excavations on ancient sites.  There is no definitive answer on ancient crocheting, nor is there accepted evidence, as of this writing, of crochet before the 1800s.

During the potato famine, nuns, who previously taught knitting and lace-making to the poor for cottage industries, began teaching crochet to those same people.  Crochet mimicked lace borders and European laces.  As these peasants immigrated to the US, they brought their skills.  Pioneer women walking or riding with their wagons would work on crochet to decorate their new homes in the West.  Notables were crocheting as well; Queen Victoria was seen crocheting in public.

Crochet seemed to almost disappear from view in our more recent times.  Today, crochet is “hot” again.  Lacey designs, baby items and warm comforters grace our homes again.  We warm our elderly and cuddle our babies in afghans.

Crochet has evolved with the times.  Cro-tat, crochenit, Tunisian crochet (previously known as the afghan stitch with an afghan hook) and filet crochet (one of the older forms of crochet) keep our creative juices flowing and our fingers busy.  In this month of National Crochet Month celebrations, I challenge each crocheter to teach someone special simple stitches.  I also challenge my fellow chrocheters to learn and grown in his or her own craft.

Remember, the teacher is the best student.

Want to learn more?  Try these links:
     Crochet Guild of America:
          Teacher resources:  http://www.crochet.org/teach/toc.html 
          Crochet History:  http://www.crochet.org/newslet/nl0997a.html 
     Crochet stitches:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_crochet_stitches

Happy Hooking, fellow crocheters!

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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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