- #40 Coats thread (or other 6 strand thread)
- Padding thread is several strands of working thread
- 0.60 crochet hook
- Kreinik metallic thread
- 1 - #9 black glass bead
My apologies for leaving them out of the instructions.
My apologies for leaving them out of the instructions.
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When my brothers and I were in junior high, father would sometimes pick us up from school to spend 'quality time' together. He had Mondays off and so would take us to the park or where he worked. Being the only girl in the group, I always felt out of place. It was actually father and son time. I was only there because they couldn't leave me out.
One of my fondest memories was an occasion when my father picked us up to go fishing (I think we went to Lake Norman). My brothers had fishing rods and a tackle box. They couldn't wait to catch their first fish. On our way there, we stopped by one of the little shops to buy live worms....yuck!! I wanted to fish but was told: "We only have two fishing rods. Besides, you are a girl. Girls don't fish". I was annoyed. Being 'xy' sure had its ups and downs.
We arrived at one of the small piers, or maybe it's called a dock? I wouldn't know because I was a girl. I watched as my dad twisted the worm around the hook piercing it in one end, then in middle, and lastly in the other end. It was gross, but I still wanted to fish. I just didn't want to touch anything that wriggled. I watched as they threw out their lines and reeled them in, only to find the worm was gone, as was the fish. I spent an hour waiting to see the first catch of the day but it hadn't come. Brian was really frustrated. I was really bored.
I finally asked my dad to please let me give it a try. I was so keen to catch a fish. My brothers objected, "We only have two fishing rods!" Dad finally succumbed to my whining and said that I could fish off the edge of the pier using some fishing line and a hook. I asked him to 'hook' the worm for me. I wasn't going to do that...ew! With a look that would curl your hair he told me, "If you want to fish, you have to hook the worm yourself". It was my turn to succumb and so I did. It smelled horrible and made me queasy, but I did it anyway and then dropped my line over the edge. I waited for about two minutes when I felt something tugging on my line. I first thought my hook was caught on something until dad said, "Mindy, pull it up quick!". I did, and at the other end dangled a small fish. It wasn't fish bowl size either. It was large enough for one person to eat. I was thrilled!! I had caught a fish...and I was a girl.
I noticed my brother's faces change to different shades of red. In part that was caused by anger, but mostly they had become more determined to catch their first fish. On the one had, I felt sorry for them. It wasn't easy to maintain an ego as big as theirs. But on the other hand, I felt proud and yet cautious. Could it have been beginner's luck? Probably.
I dropped my line over the edge again expecting nothing, but two minutes later I had another tug on my line! I pulled it up and sure enough there squirmed another fish the same size as the first one. I gleamed with excitement. My brothers felt rage. Their fishing rods were proving to be useless to them.
I thought I would give it one more try - just to prove girls can fish. In truth though, I was sure I had used all my luck but I dropped the line over the side anyway and what do you know...I felt another tug at my line. I was ecstatic. Victory never felt so good. My brothers felt defeated and quit. I could hear them rambling on about girls and fishing and luck. I knew I had proved my point and decided not to drop the line over a forth time. I didn't think they would be able to handle another catch.
We went home that evening with three fish, two angry boys, an very uncomfortable father and one happy little girl!!
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I finally solved the blog problem. I had to 'cache' my computer. I think that was the term used. I basically had to delete my internet files. It took about 10 minutes for them to be deleted!! I'm hoping that may have solved other computer problems I've been having as well.
I've uploaded photos of the 'A Touch of Irish Crochet Lace' book series I self-published in 2003. The photos are on the right hand side of the navigator. Scroll down to the bottom to see. Some books are still available, so if you are interested please contact me. I'm out of stock for book 5. It was the most popular of the series. Everyone loves hearts don't they?
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It was all going so well until yesterday. I've been trying to work on the format of my blog and darn if my computer keeps freezing on me. I simply can't add or delete my page elements...argh!! It's so frustrating. Computer problem, you say? Perhaps!
Look what I found while searching for more projects to upload in my albums. This is the first authentic Irish crochet project I made. Several members, including myself, on one of the lacemakers group decided to have a workshop together via the group. We used the Priscilla 'Irish Crochet: Technique and Projects' publication.
By 'authentic' I mean that the motifs were first worked and then basted onto a design. Then the background was added, and lastly the edging. This was so difficult to me at the time. I thought I would never be able to finish it, but I did! Now, when I compare this doily to the collar, I see I have come a long way....so gratifying!
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When my son was accepted in the university, I wanted to make him something really special and I thought what better gift is there but a 'handmade' quilt.
I found a simple pattern on the Internet since this would be my first quilt. I knew I wanted to use a Celtic design in the stitching and so bought colors that I thought suit the theme and yet something a guy would appreciate.
I bought the fabric and then, like every other project that is not crocheted or tatted, put it in a drawer. After some time, a member of our guild encouraged me to take the plunge and start the quilt. She gave me a long sheet of art paper and showed me how she quilts. I found her manner to be easy and fun. I went straight home and cut the pieces. I gleefully 'hand sewed' my block and looked at it with pride. I was on my way to making my first quilt. I was excited of the challenge and couldn't wait to get to the stitching. I love Celtic designs!!
Well, that was it. I haven't touched it since. The picture is of the only block I have made. The fabric is again put away. My son will be graduating this year and he still hasn't received his 'handmade' quilt.
I hope I'll be able to finish it someday...maybe for his son? Maybe for his grandson...definitely not!!! I doubt I'll live that long and even if I did, I'll have already become blind from all these years of needle arts.
So my block will probably be forever lonely, longing to be joined and whole again...sniff, sniff.
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Now that I am tatting this garter for a 2nd time, I think there needs to be adjustments in the stitch count where the beading is. However since the garter is going to be gathered, I wasn't concerned about it this time around. Perhaps it doesn't even need an adjustment. Maybe it's just my 'perfectionist' side (which I'm beginning to view as my enemy now) that's toying with me.
I am tatting this garter for my cousin who is getting married this year. She is the last of the grandchildren to be married. Well, I guess the time has come for the great grandchildren to step up to the 'wedding vows' plate.
I know this garter would be so much prettier with beads, but that would have to be the next time a family member is married.
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This pattern will be available soon!
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Various Thread Sizes
Vintage MotifThis is a vintage motif worked in a very fine thread. Click on the link to see a close-up image. It is only 2" tall but just look at the detail. The background has Open Clones Knots.Each one is about 2 mm long!!! Click here to watch how I make them.
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|From Open Clones Knot|
All work presented on this site are designed by me unless otherwise stated, in which case I have given credit to the artist/designer after permission has been granted. Some completed work by me are from vintage books. When possible, I have stated the title of those books. Please observe copyright law with regards to the designs presented here. Thank you...Mindy Al-Aaraji