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Friday, December 28, 2007


In a fit of energy, Lesa convinced me posted about wanting new posters for her awesome blog. I read through the blog and thought, "Why not?" I wanted to be a bit more active on my own blog, which is ridiculously unloved. I thought by posting here semi-regularly, I would post there semi-regularly. So, that is my crime of passion. Well, that and crocheting. I think the crocheting part is obvious, though.

My name is Renee. I live in Dayton, OH, which is a smallish metropolitan area north of Cincinnati. I am a graduate student taking a bit of a hiatus while I sort out some health issues. I study women's issues in nonwestern countries, particularly women's involvement with cults. Although, I'm sure none of you are actually interested in that particular aspect of me.

My crocheting is probably a bit more interesting. I have been crocheting for a little over a year. My mother taught me after years of trying to learn how to knit. Knitting does not work, crocheting obviously did. I took to it immediately and have since become a bit ... enthusiastic.

I crochet primarily "fannish" things. By this, I mean Harry Potter related items and other "fannish things." I also do commissions and gifties. I think the only real thing I ever crochet for myself are blankets (and scrapghans at that).

Here you see my friend Beth modeling her "Lord Voldemort" Weasley sweater. This is an early model in which I was still working out collar issues. They are since worked out. :D

Beth cosplays Voldemort and so, she was a perfect person to try out the style on. Of course, it's funny as well. The sweater is done in sc with front, back and sleeves all separate. I sew it together using a sc instead of anything else to give it a bit of stiffness in the seams and help with the inside out thing for some folks whose letter is the same for both sides.

On your right, is the portion of a cardigan I'm making for my roommate's holiday gift. She wanted something unique and interesting. What I'm doing is a cluster stitch. After a foundation row of sc, ch 2, pull a loop through the first sc, yo, pull a loop through the second, yo. Pull last yo through all four loops on hook. Ch1. That gives you the cluster pattern I am using. The fashioning of the sweater is going to be rather unique and hopefully my pattern will make sense to anyone else who reads it. I'm making the sweater in the style of a robe. The piece to the right is the bottom all the way to just below the bust (right now). It will be solid all the way to the sleeve line. I'll leave space to insert the sleeve directly into the solid pattern. I will mold the front section directly off of the solid portion (man I wish I was better at this) and attach it to the neckline. THEN - I plan to crochet a wide lapel collar that will continue down to hold the button and button holes. The sleeves and body of the sweater are in the cluster pattern. The lapel will probably be in sc to allow for a tighter weave and contrast.

SO - that's the brilliant introduction of Renee to the Crochet Chicks.

x-posted to my blog.

Friday, December 21, 2007

New here!

Hey everyone, my name is Rachel and I'm 19 (will be 20 in June) I've been crocheting since January but I first learned about 10 years ago thanks to my aunt. I have my own blog Yarn Talk and my own podcast with the same name (Although I'm in the middle of switching hosts so I'll post the new feed ASAP). Hope to have pictures up soon!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

My Latest Purses for Christmas Gifts

So now here goes my moms purse.
I haven't shown it to her just yet. I love it I did start writing the pattern as I went but, then I fall off of writing I was so used to just crocheting that I stopped counting rows and gave up on writing it.

So here it is. Love it.
This purse is done all in one piece well the body of the purse is the back, front and bottom the straps are crochet on.

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Inside, still debating to put a lining in the purse. I want to ask my mom what she think before adding it because tell you the truth it looks nice and it keeps its hold without the lining.:)

Yarn: Red Heart, Navy and Black
Stitches: DC, HDC, Treble, Triple, SC
Hook: I
Done in double strands to give it more of a body and shape

Ok now here goes my cousin messager bag. She's still in school and she said, she want something that will have a flap to it and go over her arm and head so here it goes. I didn't do a pattern to this but, it was so easy to do that next time I do one I will write it down as I go. This purse was done in all one piece that is what makes it so simply and easy.
As you can see below the purse also has the letter A on it meaning my cousin name is Ariel. I haven't yet given it to her but, I know she will love it she seen all the other things I done before and just say Oooooooooo I want one. So there you have it my weekend.

So here is my cousin's messager bag.
The body of this bag is done in all one piece the flap, back, front and bottom. I then attached the strap.

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Inside with flap open

Yarn: Red Heart, Black and Light Blue
Stitches: HDC, SC
Hook: J
Done in double strands one strand black second strands blue thats for the whole body and strap. For the flap done in 2 strands black for the background and 2 strands light blue for the letter A. The double strands is to help give the bag more shape to it.

Thanks for looking :)

Friday, December 14, 2007

My Updated Blog

Hello Ladies!

I've updated my blog with some new crochet projects I've done.

Please come by and take a look!


My blog:

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

For My Niece

A Pretty In Pink blanket with hat and neckwarmer.

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Was happy to have done this for my niece I know she will love them all.

Thanks for looking

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Weasley Wizarding Wheezes Christmas Sampler

It's been a while since I have been able to post, but I wanted to share these.

This group of knitted and crocheted food are part of a swap from - Knit & Crochet Tasty Goodies. The recipient was also the co-ordinator and she said she was a fan of Harry Potter and loved miniature things. The candy cane is about 2 1/2" long to give you a bit of scale. I forgot to take a picture next to a coin.

Here is the text of the letter that I sent along with the "goodies".

Dear Molly,

Congratulations on being the recipient of the new Weasley Wizarding Wheezes Holiday sampler. This assortment of new W3 delights has been sent to you as a gift. Below, you will find a description of the new tasty treats and the resulting consequence of said morsels.

Merry Mint Creams : The eater frequently Ho Ho Hos for a period of 3 hours.

Red Reindeer Roll: The nose of the eater becomes a large round ball and glows with an inner red light for a period of 2 hours.

Plum Party Pudding: The eater becomes the life of the party, with random occurrences of the following: whistles of steam erupting from his/her ears, glowing eyes, uncontrollable urges to dance an Irish Jig, and produce mistletoe in order to kiss strangers. The effect lasts approximately 3 1/3 hours.

Frosty Candy Twist: The eater gains the power to chill glasses of pumpkin juice and butterbeer for a period of 1 hour.

Please tell all of your friends about this great new holiday gift. We are currently accepting pre-orders now.

Yours in jest,

Delivery Specialist
Weasley Wizards Wheezes

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Hello from New Member!

Hi everyone,

My name is Laura, and I'm new to the blog. Thank you to Lesa for letting me join! I'm a 33 year old (almost 34, on December 26th!) married mom of two kids - my daughter who will be 10 in January, and my son who will be 5 in January. I live in (very cold!) Cleveland, OH, work full-time, and am a part-time grad student. I just learned how to crochet in March (taught myself with a learn to crochet DVD) and love it! I wish that I had learned how to crochet years ago! Please come visit my blog at

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Seraphina's Shawl

Tonight I finished Seraphina's shawl! *happy dance!!*

I didn't make it nearly as long as Doni's pattern suggests, because I think this length and weight is perfect for Grandma.

I used Caron Simply Soft and an "I" hook. Because I used a smaller hook and less bulky yarn, the stitches were tighter than in the original pattern, actually making the shawl pleasantly heavy and pretty warm. I used about 2 and a half skeins...approximately 15 ounces (about 425 grams).

(Please excuse my uneven hair...either some of it is behind the shawl or I need a haircut even more than I'd thought!)

Oh So Purple

Love this purple shirt I made for my daughter Nellie it's oh so purple lol:)

Here she go right here

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Back There is a tie sting in the back. :)

Close up on the first stitch I used.

An Alternate Spike SC stitch
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Loved this stitch first time using it love that it closes up the stitches very well hiding the wholes from the stitches.

Close up on the second stitch I used.
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An Slant Stitch
I also liked this one never done a slant stitch or work from one part of the stitching then find myself going back to a stitch that was slip to make the slant. Like this stitch. I used it for the bottom of the shirt.

Yarn: CSS Color: Iris
Hook: H
Stitches: double, single, chain - Stitch Pattern: Alternate Spike SC, Slant Stitch

Thanks for looking

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Two Different Colored Pink Camo Ponchos

This first one is for my 6 yr old goddaughter Sierra and you can see it's made from Red Heart Pink Camo.
This one is for my 4 yr old goddaughter Lucy and it is made from Bernat Pink Camo.
Here they both are together. Both are pink camo but very different colors. Both are made with four big granny squares sl st together and I added an edging around the neck and a shell edging along the bottom.

Here is Lucy blowing a kiss in her poncho she is such a ham.
Here is Sierra being such a trooper despite having pink eye in her left eye. These two ponchos took me about 4 days due to working in between making them.

Butterfly Twin Gurls

Here are my butterfly gurls I did. The pattern came from this site she has such awesome patterns. She calles the pattern Fransica but mine are named different. That is the front of them.
Here is the back of them showing thier wings which is different from the patterns wings.
This one is Aiko (eye-co) she is dark and gothic so she wanted her wings black but no I decided to make them a variegated color.
This is her happy colorful twin named Suki (sue-key) who is the total opposite of her twin but she loves her just the same. Both gurls are made with Red Heart yarns in Black and Zebra for Aiko and Pink Camo and Soft Pink for Suki. Aiko is made with Caron Simply Soft in True White for her skin and Suki is an Off White colored yarn I got from the thrift shop for her skin. These patterns are easy and fun you should go to the link I provided and buy some of her patterns you won't be disappointed.