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Angelarae Knits: April 2012

Angelarae Knits

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Location: Raleigh, NC, United States

Hello! Welcome to my Blog! I live and enjoy the fibery crafts here, in Raleigh, NC with my husband and 5 children! I love to share patterns, tips, and recipes along with my spinning from time to time. I hope you'll enjoy your time here and stick around a bit!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Tunisian Lace

I like to try out new stitch patterns with cotton yarn, making a dishcloth. I am making a good size swatch, and have something useful, in the end.  Here's a tunisian lace stitch I wanted to try.  It works well as a dishcloth, so I made it in 2 colors.
It's a pretty simple pattern. Kristen Omdahl demonstrated it on Knitting Daily, but there is no video available, so I've written it up, as best I can. Please comment if it isn't clear. I am assuming some knowledge of Tunisian crochet.  I used a size J-10 Tunisian crochet hook and Peaches and Cream solids yarn.
Ch. 25
1.Draw up a loop in 2nd ch from hook and in each chain across (forward pass).
2.Yo and draw through one loop on hook. [YO and
through 2 loops]; across. (return pass)
3.[Yo, skip one stitch, pick up a loop in next stitch]; across
4.Repeat row 2 (RP)
5.[pick up a loop in next yo space, pick up a loop in next stitch];across.
6. Return pass (row 2)
Repeat rows 3-6 until piece is desired length.

*Here's a pretty good video to get you started in Tunisian Crochet, in case you've never tried it.  You can practice with a regular crochet hook as long as you don't use too many stitches!

I just ordered Kim Guzman's book on Tunisian Lace Crochet.  It looks fabulous, and includes a DVD. I can't wait to get it!

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Old Friend, New Friend

There have been many projects and designs displayed on this table....and lot's of happy memories, too!
But, weather and time have taken it's toll.  So my lovely table has been reduced to this....
Sad, but I am happy that I have an ingenuitive husband who, using the old frame, rebuilt a new table top.

I love it! The tiles on the outside edges are ceramic projects that Will and Emma made at various times in their art classes. It still needs a glaze coat, but, other than that, it is ready to go! So, as a first project for my new table....
This is a baby hat I made for one of my friends at church. It's called the Shell Stitch Beanie from Dainty Daisy and you can find the pattern here.  I hope Christie likes it!

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Friday, April 06, 2012


So, what a month March was for me.  You know how life can be.  Lot's of things can happen that you do not expect.  I had a month like that.  I watched a biography of Margaret Mitchell, author of 'Gone With The Wind.'  She said that, when she was a young girl, she complained to her mother about school work, or something. She said that her mother put her in a buggy and drove her around Atlanta to show her ruins of houses and plantations that had been destroyed during the Civil War.  Her mother told her that these people had lived in such a secure world and that it had come crashing down around them, and God help her if she didn't have something about her to stand up to it. That struck me. This did happen to me, not once, but twice during my lifetime. My anchor has been God and my love for the needle arts (I believe this is God's gift) which grant me some peace, whatever my situation. I mean this in that I can always find some happiness, serenity, with my yarn projects. They have gotten me through a lot.  So, money can't buy happiness, but it can buy yarn, which is kind of the same thing....
With my own version of 'March Madness,' I did not have much time for my blog, social media, or designing,  though I do have some ideas...those never seem to stop.  But that doesn't mean I put down my hook or needles. No, indeed, I did complete a project....

This is the 'Have A Heart Shawl' by Joyce Nordstrom.  You can find it here, free.  I used a J-10 Hook and a Gi-Normous ball of Red Heart Super Saver, plus some extra I had in my stash.  It is perfect for use around the house, which I intended it for. I made mine one pattern repeat shorter, which worked out well for me. It also is not too long for Emma and she likes to wear it in church to keep from catching a chill. This pattern was easy to memorize and I was able to carry it with me to work on whenever I wanted a distraction in waiting rooms.

Also, I joined CGOA back in January.  I submitted my application to be approved as an Associate Professional and in March, I received my approval, so I am on my way to Professional status. With CGOA Associate Professional status, I can be paired with a professional mentor, an invaluable benefit.  There are also other great benefits, so, if you love crochet, I encourage you to join. 

I am looking forward to a quiet April.  At least, a somewhat less eventful one.  I hope you all have a wonderful, peaceful Spring and Summer! God is Good. He truly is.

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