Monday, January 30, 2012

A.I. 6" SQUARE

A.I. Square
6” Square with an “G” hook and Worsted Weight Yarn
Designed by: Aurora Suominen & Ivory Herman ©2011 All rights reserved.

SPECIAL STS/NOTES:  Ch3 counts as a st.  “Sts” means any dc, sc, or chsps. POPCORN: Uses 4 or 5dc in st specified, remove hook, insert in 1st dc, and grab your last dc, and pull through.

Row 1: CH5, join to form a loop. *CH6, SLPST into loop.* x4

Round 2: SS into ch6 loop, ch1 6SC in same loop. 6SC in next 3 loops. Join in 1sc. (24sc)

Round 3: CH1, SC in same spot, SC1, in next ST do 2SC, CH2, 2SC. *SC5, do 2SC,CH2,2SC in corner* x3, SC3, join to 1st SC. (36sc)

Round 4: Loosely SS over to ch2. Ch3 (counts as 1st dc) 3DC in same sp. [+Sk 2sc, SS in next sc, sk next sc, 5DC in next sc, skip 1sc, SS in next sc, skip 2sc+ In next ch2 sp, work 4DC] 3Xs. Then repeat ++ once. Join in top of ch3. (36dc and 8ss)

Round 5: SS twice, CH3, DC, CH2, 2DC in same spot *+CH1, DC in SS, CH1, SC in 3rd DC of shell in previous round, CH1, DC in SS, CH1,+ 2DC, CH2, 2DC between 2nd and 3rd DC of previous round* do ** 3 times and ++ once more, join to BEG CH3. (4SC, 24DC)

Round 6: SS into ch2 sp and work a ch 3, DC, ch2, 2DC. (+ DC in next 5 sts (this includes the ch1 sps) work a popcorn in next sc, DC in next 5 sts+. In next ch2 sp work 2DC, CH2, 2DC) 3Xs. Then ++ once more and join in top of beg ch 3. (56dc & 4 popcorns)

Note: If your square measures more than 5.5” do SC in Round 7 instead of HDC.
Round 7: CH2, HDC in BLO of same ST, and in next ST. In corner do 2HDC, CH2, 2HDC. *In BLO, HDC across, doing 2HDC, CH2, 2HDC in each corner.* Fasten off and weave in ends.

© Copyright 3-2011 Aurora Suominen/Ivory Herman.  All Rights Reserved.
Terms of Use/Licensing: Finished items for personal use/sales only.  NO Internet or commercial sales allowed.  

~This square is from our “Designs on a Hook Challenge” for more information about this & other patterns please see our blog, “Crochet in Common” at http://crochetincommon.blogspot.com/~

Saturday, January 28, 2012

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

I want to thank Elaine for this award!!!  This was very "sweet" of you! 

Here are my seven things about myself:

1. I never wanted to be a mom, until I was in my 2nd month of pregnancy and saw my precious little boy through the sonogram!!  From that moment on, it's been an amazing journey. ( I just noticed this was on Elaines list as well.)

2. I thank my oldest son, AJ for "getting" me into Crocheting.  I was pregnant with him, and was bed ridden a lot of the time, I took up crochet to learn how to make him baby blankets.  :D

3. I am annoyingly positive even when I am being negative.  I always see both sides.  When I am angry, depressed, upset, I ALWAYS think it will get better no matter how bad the situation is. 

4. I desperately would love to be able to time travel....so much so that I actually think it CAN exist!  LOL  History is so incredibly fascinating to me, and if we were able to time travel, I would visit every time in history.

5. I often say Crochet keeps me sane, and in all honesty, it truly does!!  It actually can calm me down when I am upset, which is a good thing, when I was younger getting mad would mean I would hit myself, or destroy something that belonged to me, never anything that belonged to someone else though.  So now I can crochet and it helps.

6. I really do wish my parents could live forever.......I know as children we think our parents will be around forever, and then adulthood hits and we realize that it won't happen, but sometimes I get so emotional about it, I really really wish they could.

7. Despite the ups and downs in my life, I am really really happy!  I am happy with my days, my family, and I have a good life!  It took me some time to realize that, but I am glad I was able to get to that point.  I would not change my life for anything.



Now on to blogs I recommend for this award:

1. The Kansas Hooker

2. Yarni Gras 

3. Coffee And Crafts

4. The Crafts Place

5. WolfDreamer

6. xX The Catolope Blogs Xx

7. Fuzzy Feet Works

8. Positively Crochet

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE!!

It's been awhile since I just did a regular updated post!!  I think this is my first for 2012!  I hope you all had a great start to the New year, and it continues to get even better.  I am sure we will have our ups and downs, but lets hope for my ups than downs.

We had a great Christmas!!!  The boys enjoyed it a lot

Our New year so far has been up and down.  Aiden and  I got sick last week. Mainly coughing, but for Aiden it got back, high fever, and he was home for a couple of days, and fever free I sent him to school, which might have been my mistake, he came home Thursday from school, and went downhill.  He was looked pale, his fever spiked up again, he was zombie like, just laying there crying....and coughing..that night he did not sleep at all....called his dr that night who said bring him in in the morning.  So Friday morning I called and told reception he needed to be in there NOW!  Not later in the day.  So we get there, and his oxygen was very low, his heart was beating fast.....machines were going crazy, breathing treatment and then x-rays revealed Pneumonia.  I felt guilty for sending him back to school, his cough was still there, but I thought no fever, so it was ok.  Anyway we got him on medicine and within a couple of days he perked up and felt better.....he went back to school today and his class and teacher were happy to have him back.  He came home today with lots of papers and crafts he did....I love looking at all he does in class.

I still feel horrible myself, it's mainly a cold and cough, but my head feels as if it will explode from coughing and blowing my nose.  On the brighter side, I can actually smell and taste a little bit.

Did anyone make any "loose weight" resolutions?  I "tweaked" mine a bit, I want to loose weight, but I want to be healthy about it.....I am trying to stay on track with keeping my food diary online.

I was sent this link, and I hope that those of you who are thinking about going on a diet, to please read it.

Thanks to Jennifer Lynch for sharing the link with me

http://www.toponlinecolleges.com/blog/2012/10-diets-that-may-do-more-harm-than-good/

Thursday, January 12, 2012

BREEZY SNOWFLAKE GARLAND


Breezy Snowflake Garland
Designed by: Aurora Suominen Copyright © 2011
You choice of hook and yarn.  In my example, I used Caron Simply Soft and an “F” hook.

SPECIAL STS/NOTES:  Vst: DC, Ch2, DC in sp or st indicated. BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet ~NOTES~ Ch3 counts as a st.  JOIN:  Join w/ slst in top of beg ch3, or 1st sc.  “St” means any dc and ch sps.

Ch4, Join in 4th ch from hook to  form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch3, DC in ring.  [Ch2, 2DC in ring] 5Xs.  Ch2 & join in top of beg ch3. (12dc, 6ch2)

Rnd 2: Sl st in next dc & ch2sp.  Ch3, 2DC in same. [Ch2, skip 2dc, 3DC in next ch2sp]5Xs.  Ch2 & join. (18dc, 6ch2)

Rnd 3: Sl st in next dc, Ch5 (counts as dc & ch2) DC in same dc. [+Ch1, skip dc, V st in ch2sp, Ch1, skip dc+, V st in dc]5Xs.  Repeat +to+ once & join. (12vst & 12 ch1sp)

Rnd 4: Sl st in ch2 sp, Ch3, DC, Ch2, 2DC.  [SC in 7sts,  (2DC, Ch2, 2DC) in next ch2sp]5Xs. SC in last 7sts & join.  (24dc, 42sc) Fasten Off & weave in ends. Make as many snowflakes as you want.

My mantle is about 99” long.  I made 9 snowflakes.  I laid out the snowflakes on my mantle to determine how far apart I wanted them to be.  I used the tail of one to pull through the second snowflake in the ch2 sp, and used that as a guide for the chain in between them, and used the count below.

Chain 20, SC in ch2 sp of a snowflake.  [Ch40 & SC in ch2 sp of another snowflake] Repeat for the rest of your snowflakes.  After you SC into your last snowflake, Ch20, and Fasten off.  



For more info on abbreviations and links to sites and videos that will help with certain stitches, please see my blog, “One Crochet Day at a time” at http://myblueangels.blogspot.com/

© Copyright 2011 Aurora Suominen  All Rights Reserved.
Terms of Use/Licensing: Finished items for personal use/sales only.  NO Internet or commercial sales allowed.  

BREEZY STAR GARLAND


Breezy Star Garland
Designed by: Aurora Suominen Copyright © 2011
You choice of hook and yarn.  In my example, I used Caron Simply Soft and an “F” hook.

SPECIAL STS/NOTES:  BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet.  SC DEC: SC two sts together.  “Sts” means any dc, sc, bpdc, or ch sps.  JOIN:  Join w/ slst in top of beg ch3 or in 1st sc.  

Ch4, Join in 4th ch from hook to  form a ring.  

Rnd 1: Ch3, DC in ring. [Ch2, 2DC in ring]4Xs.  Ch2, & join*see special sts.  (10dc, 5ch2)

Rnd 2: Ch1, SC in same st.  SC in next dc. [2DC, Ch2, 2DC in next ch2sp. SC in 2dc]4Xs. 2DC, Ch2, 2DC in last sp.  Join.  (20dc, 10sc)

Rnd 3: Sl st in 3sts and ch2 sp. Ch3, DC, Ch2, 2DC in same sp. [+SC in 2sts, SC DEC over 2sts.  SC in 2sts+ (2DC, Ch2, 2DC) in next ch2 sp.]4Xs. Repeat +to+ once and join. (20dc, 20sc, 5dec)

Rnd 4: Sl st in next st and sp, Ch1, 3SC in same sp. [+SC in 4sts, sl st in dec st, SC in 4sts+.  3SC in ch2 sp] 4Xs. Repeat +to+ once and join.  (55sc, 5sl sts)

My mantle is about 99” long.  I made 9 snowflakes.  I laid out the snowflakes on my mantle to determine how far apart I wanted them to be.  I used the tail of one to pull through the second snowflake in the ch2 sp, and used that as a guide for the chain in between them, and used the count below.

Chain 20, SC in ch2 sp of a snowflake.  [Ch40 & SC in ch2 sp of another snowflake] Repeat for the rest of your snowflakes.  After you SC into your last snowflake, Ch20, and Fasten off.

For more info on abbreviations and links to sites and videos that will help with certain stitches, please see my blog, “One Crochet Day at a time” at http://myblueangels.blogspot.com/


© Copyright 2011 Aurora Suominen  All Rights Reserved.
Terms of Use/Licensing: Finished items for personal use/sales only.  NO Internet or commercial sales allowed.