Monday, September 27, 2010

A Great Summer


I had such a great summer. I designed the new artwork that will be on our shirts at the theater. What do you think. I kinda really like it, and what an honer to have my design worn by the whole wardrobe department.
I went to the TNNA conference in June. Which was wonderful and I met some wonderful people and made great connections. July was packed with travel for me, Chain Link early in the month. So very wonderful. I learned so much in the classes and had a great time all around. I had an outfit in the fashion show that was well received. I am thinking of putting that pattern up for sale on etse. Anyway, then I had an IATSE conference for work as I am the union president. And the month finished with an Irish festival locally. Then August started with another Irish festival. This one in Dublin Ohio. It was so much fun and they hired me to teach Irish Crochet. So I taught a rose pattern with clones knot edging. I also showed them how to do an Irish Rose. I sat through the other classes and learned so much. If you ever get a chance to be in Dublin Ohio in August this is a must to go to.

Now it's September and I am starting a build for the Opera. Actually the show costumes were pulled and we will alter them for each cast member. Sometimes it easier to start from scratch than to try to make it work.

I usually don't put up daily life stuff but I finally went to the Dr. concerning the pain in my leg that won't go away. My only advice (from experience) if you ever hyper extend you knee, get it checked out right away or other bad things will follow.

The seasons are already showing the coming change and it is wonderful. The cool air this morning is invigorating. If I could run I would be out jogging but as the knee and leg have me on restriction I will pour a hot cup a tea and crochet out in this beautiful morning air.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Home from Chain Link 2010

This fabulous hook is may still available for order at http://www.crochet.org/confrpts.html#HOOK

This years Chain Link Conference was fantastic. Starting with PDD and luncheon. Robin Chachula was this years PDD chair and she organized a fantastic day.
Kristin Omdahl of Styled By Kristin (http://www.StyledbyKristin.com ) was the guest speaker. She spoke on how and why she got started as a professional, and was she ever inspirational. Lily Chin spoke on what is like to be a professional teacher and the folks from Lion brand showed some great yarn that we got to get our hands on. There is a great slide show on the CGOA NOW blog. http://cgoanow.blogspot.com/

The luncheon was 'Tex-Mex' And ya know I love me some salsa! I sat with new tome folk and laughed at Shanon's humor till I just about .... my self. Lol! It's still funny when I think back on it.

The break out round table sessions after were interesting and informative, and we came away with the hand outs for all even though we only had time to sit for three. If you are at all interested in being a professional in the crochet/knit industry PDD at next years conference is a must to add to your schedule.

The The Design contest was phenomenal. For the best pics of the contest go to this link http://doriseverydaycrochet.blogspot.com/2010/07/cgoa-2010-design-competition-results.html





Monday, March 1, 2010

New Yarn Stash


My order from Red Heart came yesterday. Ten skeins of Stitch Nations Yarn. The colors are: Cobblestone & Dusk Alpaca, Clementine & Poppy Full O' Sheep, Beach Glass & Mermaid Bamboo Ewe. I also purchased two spools of Royal Fashion Thread (Bridal White) I need 3 and 1 is back ordered. That's a pain but then I'm busy at the theater right now anyway and don't have the time for that project.
I can hardly wait to get these beauties on the hook. Patterns are churning in my brain desperate to become something lovely. Soon.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Heart Bookmark

February is one of my very favorite months. The winter weather is just about over but there is still hope of a few more crisp and beautifully white days. While Valentines Day is perfectly situated mid month when winters chill begins to give way to the promise of spring.

Here is a bookmark to commemorate the promise that Spring brings and the promise the heart carries of eternal love. Enjoy


Heart Bookmark
Designed by Annette Stewart - Feb. 2010

#10 cotton (red) size 6 steel hook

1. Chain 16, 1sc in 2nd ch from hook and each remaining chain. Turn (15)

2 Ch3, 1 dc in next sc, *ch 2 skip 2sc, 2hdc in next sc, Repeat from * twice, ch 2 skip 2sc, 1dc in each of last 2 sc. turn

3 Ch3, 1dc in next dc, *skip ch 2 space. 3dc-1sc-3dc between 2hdc. Repeat from * twice, 1dc in each of last two dc. Turn.

4 Ch 3, 1dc in next dc, ch2, skip next dc, 1sc in top of next dc, *ch2, skip next 2 dc, 1dc in top of next dc, repeat from * twice. Ch2, skip 1, 1dc in each of last 2 dc. Turn (7 ch2 spaces)

5 Ch3, 1 dc in next sc, *ch 2 skip 2sc, 2hdc in next sc, Repeat from * twice, ch 2 skip 2sc, 1dc in each of last 2 sc. turn

6 Ch3, 1dc in next dc, *skip ch 2 space. 3dc-1sc-3dc between 2hdc. Repeat from * twice, 1dc in each of last two dc. Turn.

7 Ch 3, 1dc in next dc, ch2, skip next dc, 1sc in top of next dc, *ch2, skip next 2 dc, 1dc in top of next dc, repeat from * twice. Ch2, skip 1, 1dc in each of last 2 dc. Turn (7 ch2 spaces)


8-27 Repeat Rows 5, 6, & 7 seven times.

28 Ch1, 1hdc in each dc-ch2-and sc across, Working down side - 1hdc in side of previous hdc, 2hdc in each dc space, 1hdc in side of 1st sc -Working across bottom - 1hdc in each ch Working up side - 1hdc in end of last hdc, 1hdc in sc, 2 hdc in each dc space, Join with a slst in beg. ch1 of round. Turn

29 Ch1, 1 rsc in each sc around. Join with slst in ch1. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Block or Starch as desired


Heart Charm

1 Ch 3, join with slst to form ring,

2 Ch 3, 10 hdc in ring, join with slst in top of ch3

3 Ch1, hdc in same as joining, 1sc in each of next 3 hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc, [3hd, 1sc, 1slst] in next hdc, [1slst, 1sc 3hdc in next hdc, 2hdc in next hdc, 1hdc in each of next 3 hdc, 1hdc in same as joining, join with slst in top of ch3.

4 Chain 10, join to bookmark. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Felted Shoulder Cap


Here is a little shoulder warmer I hope you like.

I used a bulky yarn-Lion Brand Landscapes #273-Spring Desert, & a N-10mm hook. The yarn is - 50% wool, 50% acrylic. So I tossed it into a mesh bag and into the washer with some soap and warm water for a bit of a felting. It shrank some but only about 10 -20%.
The pattern works from bottom to top. Bottom circumference is 65 inches after felting.

Felted Shoulder Cap - Designed by Annette Stewart - Jan. 2010
5 skeins Lion Brand Landscapes
N-10mm hook
Gauge - 4dc x 2 rows = 2 inches - 5 cm
Size - One size fits most

Special instruction:
Xedc-
Cross Stitch with Extended double Crochet - YO, insert into indicated stitch, draw Up loop (3 loops on hook) draw loop across the previous stitches, yo, draw through 1 loop on hook, (3 loops on hook) yo, draw through two loop, (2 loops on hook) yo, draw through remaining two loops.
BLO- Back loops only
FLO - Front loops only
Tog2- work two indicated stitches together

Pattern
Chain 109, Making sure not to twist the chain, join with slst in 1st ch. (108 ch)
1. Ch1, 1sc in top loop of each chain all the way around. Join with slst in ch1. (108 sc)
2. BLO, Ch3 (counts as 1st dc through out), 1dc in each sc, join with slst in top of Ch3. (1108dc)
3-4. Ch3 , 1dc in each of next 2 dc, 1Xedc in last dc of round 2. * Skip next dc of round 3, 1dc in each of next 3 dc. 1Xdc in skipped dc. Repeat from * around. (108 dc-27 Xedc)
5-9. Ch3, 1dc in each dc around,
join with slst in top of Ch3. (1108 dc)
10. Ch3 , 1dc in each of next 2 dc, 1Xedc in last dc of round 2. * skip next dc of round 3, 1dc in each of next 3dc. 1Xdc in skipped dc. Repeat from * around, join with slst in ch3. (108 dc-27Xedc)
11. BLO, Ch1, 1sc in each dc around. join with slst in ch1. (108 sc)
12. BLO, Ch1, sctog2, *1sc in each of next 2 sc, sctog2. Repeat from * around. join with slst in ch1. (82 sc)
13. Ch1, sctog2, all the way around. Do Not Join, Turn (41 sc)
14. Ch3, 1 dc in next sc, dctog2, * 1dc in each of next 2 sc, dctog2. Repeat from * all the way around. Turn (32 dc)
15. Ch3, 1 dc in next sc, dctog2, * 1dc in each of next 2 sc, dctog2. Repeat from * all the way around. Turn (23 dc)
16. FLO, Ch 1, 1sc in each dc around. Turn (23 sc)
17. BLO, Ch 1, 1sc in each sc around. Do not fasten off. (23 sc)

Tie
Ch25, fasten off. Attach to opposite side of row 17. Ch25. fasten off. Weave in all ends.