My Word For 2018


There is nothing like imagination. The word comes into play in just about everything we do or say. Just think about it. Imagination. When you imagine different scenarios for a situation, you use your imagination. I know that I use my imagination when I try to come up with a pattern for my crochet work. Different patterns and stitches that I have used throughout my life are definitely thought about. So I have to use my imagination when I crochet a new pattern. I might use a little of one pattern and then switch over to another completely different pattern for another row. Or, I might combine the two stitches for the pattern and come up with a whole new stitch.

That’s what is so lovely about crochet work. I bet that you never thought of it as using your imagination have you? That is what all of us crafters, artisans and writers use every day…our imagination. It’s a wonderful thing.

Don’t waste it. The next time something pops into your head, you might think that it’s silly. Trust me, sometimes the sillier an idea is, the better it is. Write it down in a notebook, you can call it your Imagination book, or a scrap of paper if you wish and hold on to it. The next time you are trying to come up with something, go to your notebook of imagination and take a look. You might be pleasantly surprised at what your imagination has thought of.

Imagination is a wonderful thing. I personally love this song from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Gene Wilder did a beautiful job.

Pure Imagination”

Craft Sale

In a few days, I will be setting up a table at a craft sale.  I am getting really excited. It has been a long time since I have done this. What I am worried about is pricing my items properly. I don’t want to undercut myself, but I also don’t want to make my things too expensive. The time it takes to make things and the cost of materials is something that I think about while I’m putting prices on.

I’ve been crocheting and knitting for a long time now and I will be doing both for the foreseeable future. The enjoyment that I get from working with yarn and other materials is stress-free comfort. Feeling the different textures run between my fingers is like no other feeling that I can describe.

If any of you fellow crafters have tips on pricing that you use, please feel free to leave a comment. I would sincerely appreciate any and all ideas that you have. This has been pain in my posterior for a long long time.



Crafty Crochet : Christmas in July

I can hear what you’re saying. What!! Christmas already…but summer just started.

All of you crafters out there know that if you want to gift any hand-made crafts for Christmas that you have to start early and the earlier the better.  Crafting is a year long job for a lot of crafters and it is not unusual to start making Christmas gifts immediately after the holiday.  However, starting your Christmas crafts in the month of July, usually gives you ample time to get your gifts done if you keep at it.

Crocheting your gifts usually takes some planning.  Figuring out which gifts you are going to make for each person on your list can be fun.  Try not to pick complicated patterns unless you have either done it before or are very sure that you can do it.  It can be easy to get discouraged if you start a hard pattern and can’t figure it out after you get the initial rows started.  Stick to what you know and wait to start a new pattern when you can devote more time to it.

Red, green and white are the most usual colors for any Christmas craft.  If you are a crocheter or knitter, a lot of the yarn associated with this holiday have some sort of silver or gold filament in them and gives the yarn a nice sparkle.  This type of yarn is good for making coasters and placemats and they really look great on your holiday table.  The choice of yarn color for your gifts is totally up to the individual. More and more colors are becoming available and with varying degrees of softness and texture, you can have almost as much fun picking a yarn color as actually making your item.

Red Heart has free patterns that are very easy to follow and are in both crochet and knit.  The patterns run the gamut from afghans, pillows and ornaments to hats, flowers and nativity sets.  Favecrafts has tons of crafting ideas for Christmas. Favecrafts is not limited to crochet or knitting ideas.  This site is a favorite with many crafters because they have such a wide variety of  ideas and e-books that are very easy to download.

Lion Brand  is another fantastic site for patterns and has many different types of yarn to choose from. No matter where you get your crafting ideas from, just remember to give yourself plenty of time to get your gifts done.  Don’t start a big project and stress yourself out if you can’t get it done.  Christmas is such a happy time of year so smile and start your projects early. Here is a photo of some crochet earrings that I made.