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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Boucle shawl

I just finished making this shawl as I want to take it with me when my husband and I go on a trip tomorrow. It was hard to see the stitches but using a size J hook helped alot! I love this as it's so soft and light.......love the color as well! I got the pattern from here. Thanks to Vicki (mythunderbird) for the inspiration! :-)))))))

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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Crochetville Auction

I'll be donating a couple of my butterfly mesh pouch to be auctioned off in Crochetville to help raise funds for its upkeep. I hope they sell. I'm still thinking of making another one......maybe green. :-)))) I'll be mailing these out to 3olivemartini early next week. I hope these reach her in time for the auction. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed.

Saturday, August 27, 2005


After I finished making my party wristlet, I decided to make another bag using some of the spangles that I bought together with the oval ones I used for the wristlet. I love these butterflies! They're so pretty and sparkly! They come in yellow, lime, red, pink and of course this lavender which I used here. I decided to make an open mesh type of pouch so it'll look like a net......like they were caught in it.......outside the net that is! lol! I used Anchor thread for this.
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Thursday, August 25, 2005


I went to our post office to send ordered threads from me when the post office employee who knows me told me that there are a couple of packages waiting for me. Wow! 2 Packages on my birthday! One is from Kimberly (Woven N Spun) for the recently concluded Summer Secret Pal. It was sent last June 15 then the package was sent to another post office that's why it took this long. Anyway, it was worth the long wait! Inside were goodies for me and also for Joshua. Here is what she sent:
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I got 2 skeins of mint BERNAT Baby lash, 1 Moda Dea Dream in lavender, 1 Caron Fabulous railroad ribbon yarn in Misty violet. She also sent some note cards and a letterJ post it, a pastel shade crocheted pouch (so beautiful and soft!), Avon hand gel, bubble maker and spiderman pencils for my Joshua which made my son very happy.

The second one is a Christmas in July package from Fran. She sent a couple of vintage thread pattern books which could never be found here. The titles are Crochet Craft's Collection of Crochet Patterns and Crochet D'Oyleys ( a reproduction from an original 1902 publication....wow!!!!) and 3 packs of Goody Ouchless Elastics in different sizes. Thank you so much, Fran!!!!!
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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Ribbon Belt

I made it this morning while waiting for Joshua in school. Took less than 2 hours including the frogging. I frogged it about 4 times before I was completely satisfied with it. I'll be giving this to my best friend for her birthday which is a week from mine. :-)))))))
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ribbon yarn courtesy of Cheryl...... :-)

Monday, August 22, 2005


Finished this one finally......kinda slow to crochet this as Raylon is not as soft as Monaco but I love its sheen and its strand is finer. Next is to try to write this pattern.......lol!
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Lacy Scarf with Scrunchie

I made this scarf for my DH's SIL. The stitch is Solomon's Knot or love knot. I've made a couple of rectangular shawls using this stitch so I can call myself a pro with this stitch. LOL!!!! Yarn used is from a private swap with Lynlee. :-)
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Sunday, August 21, 2005

Stitchmarkers / Earrings

I got some Stitch Markers for sale. These are made of mother-of-pearl shell chips combined with glass beads and a single cat's eye round bead. You can wear them as earrings as well.......lol!
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Saturday, August 20, 2005


I sent an email to Annie Modesitt of the Crochet Calendar to submit my Spring Flower Bracelet and my Wine Bottle topper:

I would like to submit my Spring Flower Bracelet and
wine bottle topper/cover patterns. This is my
original pattern. It used size 10 cotton thread with
size 8 seed beads. The bracelet has rings and added
beads in different spring colors to make them look
like flowers. For the bottle cover, I used the same
rings as my bracelet but they are only in the neck of
the bottle. The body is worked in beaded chains to
look like a mesh. The finished product looks like
it's completely beaded.
Below is the pattern for it:Spring Flower Bracelet
* Finished length of bracelet is 7" excluding toggle
and clasp. For the closure, I used acrylic bead that
is 3/4" long and passed the thread through the hole of
the bead 2x for strength. You may use lobster clasp or
any findings you like instead of the bead.
size 10 crochet thread in ecru
size 8 seed beads in 5 colors of your choice
steel hook #6 ( I crochet loosely)
1 clear acrylic bead 3/4" long
Round 1 - String 10 pcs of size 8 seed beads of each
color 5 times for a total of 250 seed beads. Remember
that the last color strung will be the first one
crocheted. Pass thread through the hole of the acrylic
bead and tie it once centering the knot. Pass the
thread through the hole once again and knot it twice.
Make sure it is snug.
Round 2 - Chain 67. Slit stitch into 60th chain to
form a loop. Sc 10X into loop to form a ring. (to fit
the acrylic bead which will serve as a closure for
your bracelet)
Round 3 - Sl st into the next 5 ch previously made.
*Ch 7, sl st into base of chain. Make 10 sc's with
seed beads into the ring made to form a 'flower'. Sl
st into the next 2 chains. Repeat * until you've used
up all the seed beads strung. You should have a total
of 25 'flowers' for your bracelet. Sl st into the last
5 remaining ch. Tie off. Weave in ends.
Pattern for the bottle cover/topper:
Crocheted Wine Bottle Topper/Cover
Size 10 cotton thread color of your choice
288 pcs. size 8 seed beads in contrasting color
Size 7 steel hook
Thread seed beads before starting to crochet. The
neck of the bottle I am using is about 51/2” in
diameter. You will be working in rounds. No need to
turn every round.
Chain 40. Join with slip stitch to form a ring.
Round 1 Chain 11. Slip stitch into fifth chain from
hook. Chain 5 then join with slip stitch to form a
ring. Hdc 10X into ring adding a bead in the last
thread over. Make sure bead is snug. Join to base of
1st hdc so it will look round (like a flower). Chain
11 then skip 4 chains and slip stitch into next chain.
Make another beaded flower. Do this until you have 8
(chain 11) loops and 8 beaded flowers. Join last loop
(8th) to 1st loop.
Rounds 2-6 Slip stitch until you reach the 6th chain
of first loop in previous round. *Chain 11. Slip
stitch into next loop (6th chain of previous loop).
Push 3 beads near hook and slip stitch into same
chain. Repeat * 7 more times. Join.
Round 7 Slip stitch until you reach the 6th chain of
previous loop. Chain 11 slipping 1 bead into each
chain made. Join with slip stitch to 6the chain of
previous loop. Do this 7 more times. Fasten off.
Weave in ends.
You can add more rows (2-6) if you want your bottle to
be more fully covered like a gown. You can add
another row of beaded chains so you will have double
swags for the hem. Chain 15 -16 beads to have a nice
By Jacqueline Lim Ching
18 Sampaguita St.,
Sta. Quiteria Village
Caloocan 1402 Philippines
Thank you for taking time to read my email. :-)))))


And this was her reply:

Hey Jacqueline!
I really love your stuff - the wristlet on your site is just lovely! What a fun piece!!
I would very much like to see the Spring Flower Bracelet and the Wine Bottle Topper - do you have photos of them online where I could view them? They both sound lovely AND fun to work up!
I'll be concentrating on the calendar later in the fall, at which time I'll send you a letter of agreement in which you will give Accord publishing PERMISSION to use the pattern, but you will retain all rights (for reprinting or selling - it's still YOURS!)
If you have access to a digital camera that can take 300 dpi images, then please do take a few (against a PLAIN background, preferably white, with NO PATTERN OR TEXTURE in the background.
If you don't hear from my until then, don't worry - but if you don't hear from me by mid Nov, email me again to double check that all is going well!

Annie Modesitt
Accord Crochet Pattern A Day Calendar

Thank you so much, Eva for urging me to submit my pattern!

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Ladybug bookmark tested

I tested Eva's Ladybug bookmark as she requested me to do so. I used red ombre and solid black size 10 cotton thread and size 7 steel hook. The pattern was well written and it was not hard to do. Not bad for us even if English is not our first language....LOL!
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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Party Wristlet WIP

This is what the party wristlet looks like now. I think I'm halfway done. :-)
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Sunday, August 14, 2005

Party Wristlet WIP

I wanted to make another bag after finishing my Spike Stitch felted bag. This time I used my Monaco Raylon thread as the strands are finer. I'm making a wristlet which is so popular over a Crochetville thanks to Andrea (Crochetdiva). I wanted it to be different so I added some clear oval rainbow spangles. I love how it looks so far. I have an idea playing in my mind about how I would like the handles to be. This is the first few rows.......
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I'm already 1/3 done as of 8:46pm Sunday :-)

Saturday, August 13, 2005


I handwashed it 3X then hung it to dry. It is now 12 1/2" X 8 1/2" x 3 1/2". It's not completely dry yet but I was excited. LOL!!!!
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another view:
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Friday, August 12, 2005

Spike Stitch Bag Finished!

I just finished crocheting my spike stitch bag. Its pre-felt size is 14" X 9 3/4" X 4". Now I have to wait for the rains to stop so I can try to felt it. I'm going to try to felt it the old-fashioned way. :-)
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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Summer SP reveal package to Anastacia (Adultramblings)

I will be sending my reveal package to my summer SP Anastacia. I hope she likes everything I made for her. I hope too that she's ok as she's been quiet for the past 2 months.
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Contents of the package:
mesh scarf with beaded fringe from the coats booklet, beaded bottle topper, 4 thread bookmarkers, a wooden and crocheted hook holder, a beaded bracelet and a pack of dried mango balls......my favorite! lol!

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

got elfed again!

I got elfed from a sunshiney one!!!!! Thank you so much! She sent me a pair of crocheted flip flops in one of my favorite colors and chocolate (kinda melted and into the freezer for later!LOL!), with a chocolate quiz, a homemade card (love all your handmade cards dear friend!) and last but not the least a sheep ornament that is also handmade. You are so talented!!!!! Thank you so much for brightening my day! It's been raining the past week and it was so hard to get out of the house as it gets flooded in some parts of the city. Thank you!!!!! Have I said thank you enough? Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Friday, August 05, 2005

Spike Stitch Bag WIP

I saw the pattern for a spike stitch sham at Crochet Me! and decided to adapt it and make a bag to felt. I frogged it 3X as I couldn't get the spikes to go straight. I used hdc's instead of sc's as what the pattern called for. As it is my first time to try felting, I don't know if I should attach all the pieces before felting or to felt the pieces first before sewing them together. This is after 5 hours of crocheting following the exact pattern.....
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The wool yarn is from my swap partner Cheryl aka diamond from the Sea of Yarn swap. Thanks so much for your generosity, Cheryl!

Monday, August 01, 2005

shell chips cuff

I made this several months ago to wear to a wedding. Wore it once then forgot all about it.....lol! It's made of bugle beads and shell chips.
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3-in-1 bracelet/necklace

This is 41" long......You can use this as a bracelet, necklace or choker. I've already given away 2 for a couple of friends at C'ville. One is made of lavender pearl with hematite and the other is amethyst with hematite. I love hematite as it has magnetic properties and is said to draw energy.
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