Our brave boys…..

My family and I have family friends that go back forever and a day. Before my mother met my wonderful step daddy it seems like her only support outside of family was an amazing, wild, crazy, and loving woman named Vicki. She was our next door neighbor in the old apartments and one of the reasons that my mother made it through being a single mother (at least in my opinion!) She would come over and make platter after platter of egg rolls with my mom and then we would all sit and talk  and laugh while eating them up! Since she was in the apartment right next to ours so were our patios and they were only separated by a few pieces of wood and they would just sit out there with their chairs right against the divider and whisper and giggle like school girls. She was and is my mothers best friend and comadre. At that time Vicki only had one son Anthony who was around the same age as my little brother. I cant say Anthony and I were close growing up because of the age difference I had different things on my mind like concerts girlfriends and of course BOYS! Still I think of him fondly as another little brother to me. We have always kept in touch however sporadically and I will always consider them family.

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Here’s a picture of his little brother Aidan honoring his brother.

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Here is a picture of my beautiful friend Vicki

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I wanted to show my support to Vicki and her family during this difficult time and decided to crochet her and Anthony up some slippers. I used the pattern that I bought from Tara Murray here Oma for Vicki… and Opa for Anthony. I crochet the slippers with a tan sole and a camouflage body. I can’t wait to see these on them and I certainly hope that everytime Anthony or Vicki wear them they will know just how much I appreciate and love them.

Here is a picture of the finished items sorry its not the best quality I will try to get better ones soon =]

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When I move past this life….

Tonight I watched the move seeking a friend for the end of the world and it ended the way that I feared but left such a beautiful impression on me. I wanted the movie to have some miraculous resolution and for the world not to end at the end of it but it stayed true to reality. Sometime in the distant or maybe not so distant future this world will come to an end, either for us one at a time or all together and I don’t want my final moments on earth to be filled with regret. I want to know that I have lived my life as honestly, as kindly, and as consciously as I possibly could.

Before I die I want…

…to laugh so long and hard that I turn red, cry, and possibly pee my pants a little, take a breath and then do it again.
….to marry my best friend and forge a brave new path through the unexplored.
…to live in a house with a picket fence, a craft room/studio above the garage.
…. to make peace with the things and the people that haunt me.
…to take long hikes and not hurt somewhere on my body.
…to shave my head.
..to have hair down to my butt
…to love myself unconditionally.
…to be kind to those who would hurt me (emotionally, spiritually, physically).
…to be rich enough to not have to worry about money but humble enough not to not become a snob.
..to live in a brownstone in new york.
…to visit every ballpark in the united states.
…to go camping with out any modern comforts.
…to walk into a store and not worry whether they have my size.
….to wear heels more than 5 hours and not puss out and take them off.
….to own a Hermes Birkin bag
….to party in Ibiza
…to be a mother
….to finally have the kind of house that is clean clean CLEAN
….to be a runner again
….to own a swimming pool and swim at least an hour a day!
…to lie down in a meadow full of flowers and watch the clouds roll by.
…to be a better person.
..to speak my mind
..to have the tact to know when NOT to speak my mind
….to dress in miniskirts
..to learn to play the drums
…to learn to sew
…..to learn how to plant a flower garden and KEEP it alive!
….to quit smoking
…to wear flowers in my hair.
…to find the perfect shade of red lipstick
….to stop biting my nails.
….to own an animal shelter.’
..to be a cat lady
…to rock a head full of grey hair
…to wear wigs
….to wear creepers..again.
…to travel the world
…to live in Hawaii
…to live in San Diego
….to have a farm in Connecticut
…to visit Paris
…to wear a bikini (even if its just in front of the mirror
….do so much more than I can think of here tonight.

What do YOU want to do?

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Larkfoot stitch potholder tutorial

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Hello everyone!

I love so many of the wonderful things that I see online and in pattern books that I am always starting new projects and seem to have 5 or more in progress, sometimes when you are working on larger projects it’s nice to break up the monotony with smaller fun projects here and there.

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I was recently looking through my all time favorite resource for stitches “The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet by Margaret Hubert” and I found the most beautiful stitch called the Larkstich.

I decided to work up a potholder from it and was so happy with the first one that I made 2 more in brighter colors. My mother recently sent me some beautifully vibrant yarn from Mexico. I hope you will try it out, I’m sure that you will be just as giddy as I was at how beautiful this pattern is. I also think that it would make a marvelous scarf or even a sweater!

This is my first photo tutorial (or any tutorial in fact) so if there’s anything that you don’t understand or think that could be written better, please let me know and happy crocheting everyone!

You can use whatever yarn you like and the appropriate hook size for that yarn. I used worsted weight yarn and a 5.00mm or “H” hook

The following is the written pattern to help with any confusion. These pattern instructions are taken right from the book mentioned above. I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone as it is a very handy resource and is full of beautiful pictures and some  projects to practice the stitches taught.

Special Stitch needed:
Long Double Crochet-YO (yarn over), pick up a loop in the designated space, draw loop up to the height of the current row, [ yo, draw through 2 loops on the hook] twice.

Notes:
1. Use 3 colors A, B, & C. After first 6 rows, patten repeat is 4 rows alternating colors every 2 rows.
2. Colors may be carried very loosely up side of work.
3.When working the long DC, you are working in the ch-1 space 2 rows below

with A ch a multiple of 4 plus 2.

Foundation Row: With A, 1 SC in 2nd ch from hook, 1 SC in each ch across row, turn.

Row 1: with A , ch 3 (counts as first dc now and throughout) skip first sc, *1 dc in each of the next 3 sc, ch 1 skip 1 st, rep from * across to within last 4 sts, 1 dc in each of last 4 sts, turn

Row 2: With a, ch 3, skip first dc, * 1 dc in each of next 3 dc, ch 1 rep from* across to within last 4 sts, 1 dc in each of last 3 dc, 1 dc in top of turning ch, turn. Drop A. Draw B through last loop.

Row 3: With B, ch 3, skip first dc, 1 dc in next dc, * ch 1, skip next dc, 1 dc next dc ** working over sts in previous row, 1 long dc in ch-1 space 2 rows below, 1 dc next dc, rep from * across ending last rep at **, 1 dc next dc, 1 dc in top of turning ch, turn.

Row 4: With B, ch 3, skip first dc, 1 dc in next dc, ch-1, *1 dc in each of next 3 dc, ch 1, rep from * across 1 dc next dc, 1 dc in top of turning ch, turn. Drop B . Draw C through last loop.

Row 5: With C, ch 3, skip first dc, 1 dc in next dc, * working over sts in precious row, 1 long dc in ch-1 space 2  rows below, 1 dc in next dc **, ch 1 , skip 1 dc, 1 dc in next dc, rep from * across ending last rep at **, 1 dc in top of turning ch, turn.

Row 6: With C, ch 3, skip first dc, * 1 dc in each of next 3 dc, ch 1 rep from * across to within last 4 sts, 1 dc in each of next 3 dc, 1 dc in top of turning ch, turn drop C . Draw A through last loop.

Repeat rows 3-5 for pattern, alternating colors A, B, & C, every 2 rows.

Now for the pattern for my potholder:

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Row 1: single crochet in 2nd chain from the hook and in every chain across

Row2: Chain 3 and turn (this counts as the first double crochet) double crochet in the next 3 chains. *chain 1 and skip next stitch, DC in next 3 stitches* repeat 4 times

Row 3: Chain 3 and turn, repeat same pattern as row 2 across. Change to color B on last DC, do not end color a just drop yarn (this will be picked up later)

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Row 4: Using color b chain 3 and turn  (remember that the first chain 3 always counts as the first DC) DC 1 chain 1 and skip next stitch. DC in following stitch. The next DC is what makes this pattern so pretty it is basically a DC but you will be pulling the loop from 1 round down an pulling up a long loop then finishing as normal

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DC in next stitch. You should have 3 dc’s (a regular one a long one and another regular one) continue this same pattern all the way across.

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Row 5: Chain 3 turn and follow same pattern on next row using only normal dc’s. On last dc switch to color C and drop B. Remember not to end this yarn but simply drop it and pick it up later. On this row you will crochet a group of 1 DC 1 long DC and 1 DC chain 1 and skip a stitch and repeat across.

Row 6: Chain 3 turn and DC 3 chain 1 and skip stitch and repeat across

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Your work should look like this and at the end of the row you will finish last DC by changing colors back to A. Basically you will repeat the pattern until you are happy with the size. For my Mexican yarn i was able to color A 3 times but with my Red Heart super saver yarn I only did 2 rows of each color so it really depends.

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Since this is a potholder and I want t make sure that it is extra thick I make a basic back for it in DC. So I chain the length of the potholder and then just start making my rows of DC

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Once all of the ends are weaved in I use a stitch marker to line up the stitches so that I can join the two pieces

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I opted to do a simple single crochet border all the way around and at the end I create a simple loop by chaining from the top left corner and connecting it to the side of the left corner and then SC into all the loops to make it thicker.

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Enjoy!

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Bert

The problem with being a night owl and not having a job is that I get the distinct pleasure of taking Bert the giant chocolate lab out to the restroom whenever he needs to. He has no  qualms about nudging you over and over with his big wet nose to let you know he needs to go out. Don’t get me wrong this is a lovely quality because who would prefer to wake up to a huge wet spot and the smell of dog urine? Not I! However, in that moment when I am snugly settled into bed and  almost at the point of drifting off to sleep, I want nothing to do with this activity.

Bert is a dog who knows what he wants and how to get it, if his nudging doesn’t get me up, he proceeds to whine, and if that doesn’t work he will bring out the big guns and let out a monstrous bark. A bark so loud that the walls shake, a bark that rattles my core and for that matter will wake up Lance. If we BOTH  had jobs then i would insist that we take turns being on Bert duty but as it stands he is the sole breadwinner and therefore deserves as much sleep as he can get.

Lately, Bert is having a hard time going up the stairs. As I mentioned earlier he is a monster of a dog even for a lab, and so I am not sure if he is just being pertinacious or if there is a physical reason why he is having trouble. This is yet another reason why it’s annoying to be the one to take him out.

Ultimately he is a joy and a treasure in my life. He has the sweetest disposition and follows you like… well a puppy dog. He stares at you with his big brown eyes and you know that this spirit only wants back what he so infinitely gives, love….well love and for someone to let him out at 2:30 in the morning.

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