Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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"If you reach with your heart, you can touch the sky."


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Nothing is impossible if you try with your whole heart.  Sometimes the road seems impossible, but give it all you've got.  You may just find out it was worth the wait! 

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Watermelon Whirl Shawl


So...I'm hooked!  I'm in love with the look and feel of the Scheepjes Whirl yarn.  I also love that I can make a whole garment without a ton of color changes and no ends to weave. That makes this yarn just that more fantastic!

My second Scheepjes Whirl project was another shawl using Watermelon Hell Raiser, crocheted with a F/3.75 hook.  This free pattern can be found at Garnstudio.com, See You Soon Shawl.  You must be able to read a graph pattern.  I used almost the entire skein of yarn.  I was looking for something that was a little different and not yet "discovered" by the crochet groups online.  It's a gorgeous piece and I'm so pleased with how it turned out. This piece can be worn as a shawl or wrapped around the neck as a beautiful lace scarf.

I did have to change up the last repeats as I wouldn't have enough of the Whirl to complete the pattern.  It's possible, if you used a smaller hook, you could complete the pattern as written.  You could also purchase a whirlette in the black allowing enough yarn to finish the full repeat and border.  As it came out a bit long, I think if I try this one again, I'll use a 3.0 hook as it will make it a bit smaller and hopefully complete the pattern.  If you are petite, definitely use a smaller hook.  Here's what I did with my one skein.

US terms

I followed the pattern as written until the 3rd set of ch 6 rows.  I made six rows of the ch 6 rows instead of 9 then followed the pattern for the next 2 rows.  I created my own border row.  At this point I had 62 ch spaces on each side of the center chain  (multiples of 3 + 1).  After finding an error in my final border row, I made some changes so the pictures of the black corner look a bit different than yours will look.

The final row: ch1, sc in first ch space, ch2, *(sc, 2ch picot, sc) in next sc, ch2, sc in next ch space, (5dc, 2ch picot, 5dc) in next ch space, sc in next ch space, ch 2*, repeat * to * to end of side. (sc, 2ch picot, sc) in next sc, ch2, sc in next ch space.  (3dc, 2ch picot, 3dc) in corner ch space. sc in next ch space, ch 2, *(sc, 2ch picot, sc) in next sc, ch2, sc in next ch space, (5dc, 2ch picot, 5dc) in next ch space, sc in next ch space, ch 2*, repeat * to * to end of side.  (sc, 2ch picot, sc) in next sc, ch2, sc in last ch space. 

If you give this one a try, I'd love to see your results!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas Letter 2017

Dear Friends and Family,

We're approaching Thanksgiving and I find it hard to believe another year is ticking away.  John and I have had an amazing year.  We've traveled to some awesome places including Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Poland, Greece, Italy, France, and Belgium.  The UK is treating us well, with great friends and all the travel opportunities.  We have less than a year remaining on our three year tour, however, we are waiting to hear if John will be approved an additional year.  He is very happy in his job and the work he is doing here.  He works with a great group of people and has had the opportunity to meet some pretty important people including the Prime Minister and Queen Elizabeth's husband, The Duke of Edinburgh.

Expiatory Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Barcelona, Spain

Porto Portugal

Krakow Castle, Poland

Crete, Greece

Notre Dame, Paris

Venice, Italy

Dolomites, Sesto-Sexten, Italy

We also, as many of you know, celebrated with family and friends at, our daughter, Beki's wedding.  Her and Corey both graduated this year and have settled into new full-time jobs.

I continue to fill time photographing and editing lots and lots of pictures from the many trips.  Many of my photos are listed on www.Etsy/AimeesShoppe, stop by for a peek!  In my spare time, I continue drawing and crocheting.  And after over two years, I finally got a full size electric piano so I can once again get my fingers playing.  I sure do miss the "baby."

We are very excited to be spending our first Christmas back in the states in three years!  So we look forward to seeing our Ohio family soon!

We thank God for all our wonderful friends here in the UK.  He has placed some amazing people in our life.  And we count our blessings for all the opportunities we've had so far.  We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

RAF Summer Ball

Brugge, Belgium

John and Aimee

Monday, November 27, 2017

Crocheted Kitties

I've finished a special pair to be given to a very special pair!  I was so excited when my Alize Cotton Gold yarn arrived from Turkey.  I could hardly wait to start these guys.  I made them for Christmas presents for my niece and nephew who are 3 and 5 and they were so much fun to make.  The pattern is by Amigurumi Today.  I did make a few minor adjustments to the pattern.  The paws I made to look more like paws and the faces are a little different, easy adjustments if you choose to do it.  Continue to scroll for the directions on making the paws.  I also ordered the eyes and nose parts from a shop on Etsy.  You can find them here.  I used a 3mm crochet hook with ease, you might be able to squeeze down another step.  However, the pattern called for a 1.7mm hook...I couldn't do it!  I'd say experiment a little.  You want your amigurumi stitches tight enough so that the stuffing doesn't show through. 

The yarn was easy to work with and the company, Perfect Yarns, was very quick to get my ordered processed. They are based in Turkey as I couldn't find anyone in the states who sold this brand and it was very expensive on Amazon.

They turned out darling!  I can't wait to see the little people's faces when they open them.

The adorable wood buttons are another Etsy find...JS Laser Craft based in the UK. And I was super thrilled when I got them as now I can personalize my work.  

Here's a quick update for making the paws
Rows 1 to 3 same as original.
Row 4:  (sc, sc, inc) x 2, 6 inc, (sc,sc inc) x 2.   (28)
Row 5:  10sc, inc, 6sc, inc, 10sc.  (30)
Row 6-9: 30sc each row.
Row 10:  10sc, dec, 6sc, dec, 10sc.  (28)
Row 11: 8sc, 6 dec, 8sc. (22)
Row 12:  5sc, 6dec, 5sc.  (16)
Row 13-36: 16sc

Row 1 to 2 same as original.
Row 3:  3sc, 6inc, 3sc. (18)
Row 4:  6sc, inc, sc, inc, sc, inc, sc, 6sc. (21)
Row 5-7: 21sc each row.  (21)
Row 8: 6sc, dec, sc, dec, sc, dec, sc, 6sc.  (18)
Row 9:  3sc, 6dec, 3sc. (12)
Row 10-42: 12sc.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

My First Whirl

I'd been watching all the beautiful Scheepjes Whirl projects flying through my Facebook feed and couldn't wait to get my hands on some as everyone seemed to love this yarn.  It's a fingering yarn made by Scheepjes made in The Netherlands and runs about $26 a skein.  It's 1000 meters so can produce a lot of projects with a single skein.  I personally love the feel and the very pretty drape it creates.  As you can see, the colorway is very gradual with and the color changes blend right into the work with no knots and no tails to weave!

I had the hardest time deciding what to make with my first skein of Blueberry BamBam.  After lots of Pinterest and Facebook hunting, I settled on the Bruinen pattern by Jasmin Räsänen on Ravelry.  You can find this free pattern here.  The only change I made was I used an F/3.75 hook as I tend to crochet loosely.  I couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out.

I am in the process of completing my second Whirl project...check back soon to see it!

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