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Publish! (again)

Well, I was thrilled this morning to get my second acceptance email from a magazine editor.  I will be getting published again this year!  I will reveal more details as I am able, but I am super excited!

Have a cheery day everyone!  I know I will!

April :D


Symbol Charts!

This is a portion of a symbol chart.  If you've never seen one before, then you haven't learned how extremely cool they are.  I am currently working on my second garment design.  With both garment design projects, one of them being the Bella Dress, I get ready to start figuring out the changes for the multiple sizes and just stare at it for a long while feeling completely overwhelmed and think, "How on earth am I going to figure this out???"  Well in both cases, I prayed for inspiration, and I don't mean that abstractly or figuratively -- I really prayed.  And both times, the answer came -- symbol charts.  Well, I should have remembered the second time around, but I didn't at first.  When I started trying to figure out the shoulder shaping for the Bella Dress I turned to charts.  I hand drew a chart for the shoulder shaping of the back bodice piece for each size and that allowed me to see where the stitches would need to be changed without actually making each size.  So, now that I am working on the same step with a new pattern I found the same solution.  I drew out a chart for an entire piece last night and then crocheted the piece all in about an hour's time.  I had spent probably 2 hours earlier in the day getting nowhere on it.  Thank goodness for symbol charts!  The answer to prayer.  Amazingly, I had never seen a symbol chart until about 1 1/2 years ago.  These are really easy to figure out.  Each stitch type has a symbol and you draw the stitches in their correct places and voila! you can see the piece with all the stitches without actually stitching it.  Then I can mark where rows and columns of stitches will be added or taken away and work out the shaping for the other sizes.  You don't have to have a ton of experience with charts to use them.  More and more patterns include symbol charts these days along with the traditional abbreviated pattern lingo that we're all used to.  Fortunately, those that you will find that are published are produced by computer graphics programs and look a lot nicer than this one, but it gets the job done for figuring out shaping while I design.  I definitely recommend you give them a try!

Have a cheery day everyone!



Spare Hooks

I squeeze crochet into every possible spare moment.  So, when hubby and I are going somewhere together he drives, and I crochet.  Tonight we were going to a church meeting together and I grabbed a project bag to take with me.  However, I forgot my hook.  Arrgghh!  I was very dismayed at losing some precious crocheting time.  However, we were running late, so there was no time to run back and get it.  So began a discussion about spare crochet hooks.  I have now determined that I need to keep an extra set in my car, ooh!  no, both cars, and my purse.  So, I was telling Mr. AC this.  After a moment's contemplation he came up with the best idea yet...."Maybe you could sew a little pocket into your bra and keep one with you all the time..."  Well, we are both laughing as I type this.  This is obviously funny on many levels.  Especially if you know my husband.  However, I kind of think it's not a bad idea... :)

Goodnight everyone!



Just this weekend I finished this birthday gift for my mom.  I LOVE it.  I might have to make myself one in another color sometime.  The yarn is Cascade Alpaca Lace Paints.  This colorway is green with small sections of brown and dark blue.  It is laceweight.  I based it on the Alpine Frost Scarf pattern from Interweave Crochet.  I believe it was the Winter 2008 issue.  They used a different yarn and a smaller hook size.  I used an H hook and made fewer pattern repeats across.  It is worked from end to end.  I didn't even have to use the whole hank and I payed about $10 for it.  This was a very affordable gift.  It did take quite a bit of time to make, but since I was traveling this weekend, I had lots of time to work on it while flying and waiting in airports.  It is very soft, lacey, and drapey.  Now I've got to get back to work on a design project!

Have a cheery day everyone!



Growing stash and a Cardigan

A good friend of mine asked me a while back if I would make some cardigans for her daughters.  She saw this pattern (Perfect Fall Cardi) in the Fall 2009 issue of Crochet Today and wanted to make it for her girls, but wasn't sure she was feeling up to the task.  So she asked me if I would do it for her.  This is the first one, in a size 6.  The second one will also be a size 6 but with added length.  My lousy camera didn't show the colors very well as usual, but the pocket edging is blue and there is a little blue in each of the stripes in the yoke as well as down one of the front edges.  The other colors are a deep red and purple.  I'm very pleased with how it turned out.  I just need to block it and add the buttons.

Last week I got to add to my yarn stash quite a bit.  Yeah!  This group represents a trip to Gourmet Yarn Co. in Oklahoma City, and a brief stop at Hobby Lobby for some Patons Bamboo Silk.

This picture is what I ordered from WEBS.  Basically what all of this yarn means is that I have a boatload of work to do.  All of this yarn was purchased for particular projects.  This is my favorite part about being a crochet designer--getting to buy lots of luxury yarn!!!  My least favorite part would be that I often have to rip things out to get them right.  I hate ripping out work, but it is definitely a part of the job. 

Well, happy crocheting everyone!  Back to work for me!



Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to my friends, family, and fans.

I would like to share my belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and my redeemer, as well as yours.  I believe that He lived, died, and was resurrected for each of us.  I hope that if you are not close to Him you will make every effort to become so, that you may have the joy in your life of knowing His love.  If you already are close to Christ, then I hope that you enjoyed celebrating His gift to you today.  I hope that you all have had a wonderful Easter day and that you and your families are well!  I wanted to share a nice Easter video with you all.  Click here to see a nice video about Jesus Christ on YouTube.

Happy Easter everyone!



Suggestions for making the Bella Dress in a size 5

Kimscozycove sent me a convo on Etsy asking for suggestions on how to make the Bella Dress in a size 5.  I thought I would post my answer here just in case anyone else had the same question:

"Well, this is not carefully all worked out, but based on a 5 yr old shirt I just measured you'll want the bodice to measure about 7in from the top of the shoulder to the front (empire) waistline. So, based on the gauge that's 15 3/4 rows. I would probably go with 16 rows myself. The back should be 1/4 to 1/2 in higher just as it is for the other sizes, so an extra row or two in the back (making 17 or 18 rows total in the back). You'll have to decide where to add the additional rows in front and back. Adding them under the neckline will increase the length of the torso, but you may want to add one in the shoulder shaping to increase the depth of the neckline. Just keep in mind that when you add an odd number of rows you have to reverse the shaping of non-symmetrical pieces. So, this applies to shoulder shaping, as well as the back bodice pieces. Drawing a little diagram or a symbol chart would be a great way to help you keep track of where you are adding stitches. As for the skirt, you could probably add 2 to 3 rows to the skirt. Good luck! I'm so glad that you and others like the dress. I would love to see pictures!"

Also, she had figured this out on her own, but I'll write it here; for a size 4 you would add 4 chains to the base chain, thereby adding 4 stitches to the first row (as compared to a size 3).  An additional 4 chs would be needed for a size 5 (that's 8 more chs or sts than for the size 3).

Until next time, have a cheery day everyone!