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Party Girl

Hazy modeling her gram's Party Ponchette

Ready for a spring party in the park (actually, it was July…), granddaughter Hazel was the best.  No bias here, of course, especially after this hug with her gram….

Gram and Hazy after the shoot

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Last night HBO debuted their version of the classic film, Mildred Pierce. Not quite a remake of the original (1945, starring Joan Crawford), director Todd Haynes takes the more in-depth approach into the life of a working mother in the 30’s and the tumultuous relationship with her sociopathically-ungrateful daughter.

Academy award winning actresses; whip-smart script; fantastic costuming–this one is a must-see! In the meantime, here’s a glimpse at how knit & crochet were represented in the 1st parts, of the 5-part miniseries.
Kate Winslet as “Mildred”, wearing a Chunky, Knit Jacket


Crocheted Washcloths


Mildred in a Crocheted Cloche
Recommended Stitching:
NaturallyCaron.com’s Brigham Hat, by Lisa Gentry
Caron’s Cozy Knit Jacket, by Susan Shildmyer
NaturallyCaron.com’s Asheville Jacket, by Kathy Perry
Happy viewing; happy stitching!
Stitch.Rock.Love,
Vickie
See more Movie Monday posts here!

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Voice Your Choice for the Winners of the Annual CLF Flamie Awards!

Some of you know about Laurie Wheeler’s CLF organization’s Flamie Awards, but, for those of you who don’t, it’s an annual recognition of deserving designers, books, videos – and companies – who contribute to the promotion and support for all things crochet.  And Caron’s nominated as the most crochet-friendly company.  AND Tulip’s Etimo hooks the best crochet hook.  Here’s a link to the nominations where you can also see some of the amazing books, videos, designer projects, etc. and here’s the link to where to vote.  

Vote for your faves – the list is WAY too long to list everyone here – but do go to see everything Laurie has listed.  Pretty amazing!  Best of luck to everyone nominated.  I voted – now it’s your turn!

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It’s been a while, but I finally found some time to work on another project using the Pocket Knitter.  Using Simply Soft Party in Black Sparkle and Snow Sparkle, I made this little purselet.  Great for storing a couple of personal items for your evening on the town, holding your cell phone, or even just a great little gift for a little girl!

MOON LAKE PURSELET

YOU WILL NEED:

  • Caron International’s Party (99 % Acrylic, 1% Polyester; 3oz/85g, 171yds/156m): Shown in: # 0007 Black  Sparkle (A) and #0001 Snow Sparkle (B) 
  • Pocket Knitter
  • One size US H-8 (5.0mm) crochet hook
  • 1/8” wide ribbon in white, approx 22” long
  • 1” diameter button, or desired size
  • Yarn needle

NOTES: This entire project is made working with two strands of yarn, one in each color.

PURSE: Working two strands of yarn, cast on 14 stitches with the Pocket Knitter. Work in St st until piece measures approximately 12 inches. Bind off across.

PURSE STRAP:  With crochet hook and A, create ch about 20” long.   Turn.

Row 1:  Sc in each ch to end.  Bind off.  Weave ribbon in and out throughout the length of the strap. Tie a knot in each end.  Trim ribbon and yarn ends as needed. 

FLOWER:  With crochet hook and B, ch 5, slip stitch in 1st ch, ch1. Round 1: 6 sc in ring, sl st to 1st sc. Round 2: ch 3, dc in same sp, dc in next sc, sl st in next st, repeat from * around 5 more times. Bind off. Weave in ends.

FINISHING:  Fold in half. Using yarn needle and B, stitch sides together.   With crochet hook and B, work one row sc around top. Sew Flower on front of purse.   Sew button on top of flower. Run strap through alternating stitches oninside of purse all the way around and tie ends. Weave in all ends. Block lightly, if desired.

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Hazy wearing her new coat – styled with forehead stickers!

“Thanks, Gram!”  says Hazy, be-decked in the “I miss you, Hazel” care package of a new fuzzy sweater-coat and valentine pendant, both appropriately shown Hazy-styled with forehead stickers.  The sweater would be perfect worn with pants, but pants are not in this girly girl’s vocabulary – or wardrobe.  Fuzzy is good, sparkly is good, definitely purple and pink are good – no, great!  Hazy is 4 but is wearing a size 6-8 (the coat is a size 6) and it fits her perfectly. 

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Bitty Bunny


Materials
1 Skein, Simply Soft Paints, in color: (Color A) Rose Garden
Scraps, Simply Soft, in color: (Color B) Soft Grey
Size US H-8 hook
Tapestry Needle
Stuffing
2, Small Buttons
Needle & Thread
Felt Scrap or Embroidery Thread
Velvet Ribbon
Finished Size
Approx. 6″ Tall (including ears)
Directions
Head:
Rnd 1: Using A, ch 4, join with a sl st in 1st ch. Sc 6 times in center ring. Joins with a sl st. (6 sts)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st around. Join with a sl st. (12 sts)
Rnd 3: Ch 1, *sc, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around. (18 sts)
Rnd 4: Ch1, *2 sc, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around. (24 sts)
Rnds 5-7: Ch 1, sc in every st around. Join with a sl st.
Rnd 8: Ch 1, *2 sc, sc2tog; repeat from * around. Join with a sl st. (18 sts)
Rnd 9: Ch 1, *sc, sc2tog; repeat from * around. Join with a sl st. (12 sts)
Rnd 10: Ch 1, *sc2tog; repeat from * around. Join with a sl st. Tie off, leaving a 12″ tail.
Stuff head. Don’t worry, the small opening will be covered when the head is attached to the body.
Body:
Rnds 1-7: Work same as for head.
Rnds 8-11: Ch 1, sc in every st around. Join with a sl st.
Rnd 12: Ch 1, *2 sc, sc2tog; repeat from * around. Join with a sl st. (18 sts)
Rnd 13: Ch 1, *sc, sc2tog; repeat from * around. Join with a sl st. (12 sts)
Rnd 14: Ch 1, *sc2tog; repeat from * around. Join with a sl st. Tie off.

Stuff body and tuck any ends in as well (otherwise you’d need to weave them in).

Ears (Make 2):
Rnd 1: Using A, ch 4, join with a sl st in 1st ch. Sc 6 times in center ring. Joins with a sl st. (6 sts)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in every st around. Join with a sl st.
Rnds 3-4: Repeat Rnd 2.

Join B

Rnds 5-8: Repeat Rnd 2. Tie off, leaving a 6″ tail.
Stuff body and tuck in any ends (excluding tail).

Legs (Make 4)
Rnd 1: Using A, ch 4, join with a sl st in 1st ch. Sc 6 times in center ring. Joins with a sl st. (6 sts)

Join B.

Rnds 2-5: Ch 1, sc in every st around. Join with a sl st. Tie off, leaving 6″ tail.
Stuff.

Finishing
Use tails & tapestry needle to sew pieces together (follow photo as a guide). Weave in ends.
Sew button eyes onto face.
Sew felt (or embroider) nose onto face.
Tie velvet ribbon around neck (velvet makes everything fancier.;-)

Stitch.Rock.Love,
Copyright Craft Rock Love Media, LLC. Pattern is for non-commerical use only.

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Today’s Movie Monday selection was sent to me from my friend Luke over at Buy.Caron.com. It’s not technically a movie but in the way that many music videos are, it’s certainly cinematic in its own right.

You may remember from the contestant-inspired, crocheted Lilly Earrings I posted a pattern for a year ago that we Caron peeps are a sucker for crafty, American Idol-ers. That said, you can imagine my delight of finding out that one of the greatest Idol finalists, singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox, is a knitter! Check her out, showing her stitching skills in the video for her song, Farmer’s Daughter. Oh, and props to Crystal & the director for figuring out how to use knitting as the common thread (Thanks, I’ll be here all night!) through the video’s storyline. Enjoy!

 

Recommended Knitting:
Cardigan Neutral from AwareKnits
Caron’s Cozy Knit Jacket, by Susan Shildmyer
NaturallyCaron.com’s Iquitos Sweater, by Ann E. Smith

Happy viewing; happy knitting!

Stitch.Rock.Love,
Vickie

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