Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Crochet: Skinny Scarf



We try to keep hip with the styles that are out there today with our handcrafted items for those in need. Kayla, a friend gave me the idea in how to create a skinny scarf. I used a size H crochet hook. An I will work too.

Chained 12 stitches.
From the second chain of the hook use the Extended Double Crochet, (EDC) into the ten remaining stitches. Chained 2, turned and continued with the EDC until you can wrap the scarf around your neck twice. (You can use the double crochet stitch instead. )

Don't forget to weave in the ends.

To me this was fun and worked up quick. One could say this was mindless crocheting.... therapeutic.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Canoe Pot-Holder Crocheted




Please let me know if you find any typos in this note. My friend Gloria shared this pattern verbally with me as did her sister for her. The yellow one is the forth one I've created. These are easy to do! Have fun!!!

Either a size I or H crochet hook. You want a tight stitch to avoid holes.

Depending on the size of the pot-holder is how many you'll chain. I chose to make big ones.

The pictures in this note are showing chained 35 stitches with an I hook.
Single Crochet (SC) in the second stitch from the hook; SC in each stitch to the end of the row. Do not turn. Continue to SC along the bottom of the stitches just made. You are now working in a round. SC around the piece. It will start to look like a canoe. Round and round you go until it closes as a square.

Turn right side out, chain 10, then SC the opening shut. Come back up using the slip stitch, SC around the chain ten for loop, tie off, tuck in remaining yarn. Now you have a pot-holder.

Fold in the middle to form four corners and slip stitch (sl st) closed to form a square.

Thoughtfulness to the Veterans





DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Medical Center
500 W Fort St
Boise, IDAHO 83702

April 05, 2010

TEACHING HANDS
607 BEESON ST
BOISE, ID 83706


Dear Ladies:

On behalf of the Boise VAMC patients and staff, we would like to extend our appreciation to you for your donation of three handmade blankets. Your thoughtfulness reflects the concern that you feel for our Veterans and for the service they provided to all of us while in service to our country.

Without your support, we could not provide for the smaller niceties that make hospitalization more bearable. You thoughtfulness also reflects the concern and compassion that our community feels for our Veterans.

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,



Teresa LTB for
Sharon N. Clark
Chief, Voluntary Service

SIDE NOTE from Cindy Williams: Since the above letter we've managed to donate another 11 handmade blankets. A picture was taken of the letter and posted here with two of the blankets.

Pictures by: Cindy Williams

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Single Crochet Stitch



You start with the chain stitch - 25, single crochet (SC) one row, chain 1 turn. In this exercise I went through both loops that made a V. Do you see this in the picture? Yarn over (YO) pulled up a loop, there are now 2, yarn over (YO) and pull through both loops, 1 loop remains on the hook.

In the first picture:Pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through both loops now you have one loop on the hook.

The second one: Go through both loops that looks like a V!

You know have a pattern to make a scarf.

Side note: I'm learning to use the camera with one hand while I hold hook and yarn. The location has a lot of light... well need to take pictures else where for them to be clearer.

Written by: Cindy Williams

Photography by: Cindy Williams

Chain Stitch for Crocheting



This is my first attempt in writing directions for crocheting for the public. The chain stitch is the foundation in all of your crochet projects. Depending which hand you use the opposite one holds the yarn and your dominate hand uses the crochet hook.

The first picture: How the chain stitch looks when completed.

The second one: Place yarn in hook where my index finger is located. Then pull the yarn through the loop where my thumb is.

Side note: I'm learning to use the camera with one hand while I hold hook and yarn. The location has a lot of light... well need to take pictures else where for them to be clearer.

Written by: Cindy Williams

Photography by: Cindy Williams