Saturday, September 26, 2009
Yarns to Use:
Caron Simply Soft
Lion Cotton Ease
Naturally Caron Spa
Moon & Stars Red Heart
TLC Baby Amore
TLC Cotton Plus
Carefree Cotton Red Heart
Ideas for Chemo Caps:
Thinner, seamless, non-lumpy caps are good for sleeping and increased comfort.
Hats made with thinner yarn would be better for summer weather use.
Cotton blend yarns are great for summer hats and warmer climates as it is coooler than other types of yarn.
Seamless caps are more comfortable and better for sleeping in.
Thank you to everyone who has been donating hats for the October 24th Big Stitch.
Chicks with Sticks from the Brentwood Library donated 79 more and the Ladies at Hillsboro Church of Christ donated 67.
Our new total is TA DA - 712 !!!!!
If anyone needs any yarn to continue making hats, please let me know.
I have had some recent donations!
Cute, cute FREE earflap hat pattern shared with me by Pat Embree of Stichin' Post. Thanks Pat!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The next Big Stitch takes place on October 24, 2009, 31 days away. We chose this date to coincide with the National Make a Difference Day. That is also how we came up with the number of hats we wanted to make: 1024 + 2009 = 3033 (Oct 24, 2009). Here is some information about Make A Difference Day, and why it is so important for us to keep our needles and hooks flying to make our goal.
What is Make A Difference Day?
Make A Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others -- a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Everyone can participate. Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine, Make A Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October. The next event is Saturday, October 24, 2009.
Millions have participated. In 2008, 3 million people cared enough about their communities to volunteer on that day, accomplishing thousands of projects in hundreds of towns. For additional information visit USA Weekend.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
We are known as the Happi Hookers; grandmother (Patty), mother (Janice), and daughter (Jessica). We’ve been crocheting for generations. Patty was taught by her mother-in-law Aili Mahn at about 18 years of age, and she’s been crocheting and knitting for over 50 years. Janice was taught by a good friend and neighbor Jocelyn Berry, when they both had babies about the same age. She’s been crocheting for about 25 years. Jessica can’t remember a time when she wasn’t crocheting, as her mother and grandmothers (Patty and Jeannie Chryn) were always crocheting and had a great influence in teaching her. All of the women folk in the families are very crafty. From sewing, macramé, needlepoint, knitting – there isn’t a trade with string that we haven’t tied a knot into.
We all started out just making things for family and friends. People started liking what they saw and wanting one just like it. “Craft-a creative community” is a group we’ve been involved with that has helped us expand in the Nashville area. We’ve now grown to selling our creations at a variety of places, including the Nashville Farmer’s Market, the Flea Market at the TN State Fairgrounds, a monthly show in East Nashville, local church events, and by word of mouth. We’ve heard great things about Etsy and E-Bay, and will be looking into putting our creations on those sites as well. Patty is retired, while Janice and Jessica still work full time jobs. This is simply a hobby for all of us.
Each of us has a preference of yarn type and hook sizes that allows us to create a diverse amount of products and styles. Patty prefers the smallest to middle size of the hooks, specializing in beautiful Barbie doll clothes, doilies, holiday ornaments, and other items made in the smaller threads. Jessica utilizes mid-range hooks. She is fabulous when it comes to making clothing, such as halter tops, swimsuit cover-ups pullovers, ponchos and purses. She has recently finished three sweaters she got special orders for when they saw her wearing hers. Janice uses more of the middle and larger size hooks and makes afghans and rugs, some from fabrics and some from plastic bags as well. We have all of the above items, plus hats, scarves, table runners, dish towels/scrubbies, bottle holders/covers, scrunchies, market bags, tissue covers, etc… the list goes on and on. Customers give us ideas, or we see something we want to do, and put it on a list. We have a large list. To see our completed works visit our MySpace. You can also contact us via email at Happi-Hookers@hotmail.com.
We are looking forward to the next Big Stitch on October 24th. It is a great opportunity for us to meet fellow crafters and create new patterns, all while providing warmth and comfort to people in our community.
We’re hooked, yarned, and dangerous!!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
We have been asked to teach knitting and crochet at an after school program at the Nashville Downtown Library. The students come from Hume Fogg Magnet School as well as some others in the area. The schedule will be Thursday Oct. 1, 8, 5, 22 for knitting and Thursday Oct. 22, 29 and Nov 5, 12 for crochet. Time would be 4:00 – 5:30. There is a parking garage attached to the library and parking is free (the library will stamp your ticket). Please let me know if you can help and I will give you additional details.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Carolyn knitted a beautiful baby afghan and earned a 3rd place ribbon for her work! Here are some details: The yarn I used on the baby blanket was called Encore Colorspun. It is a knitting worsted weight, 75% acrylic and 25% wool. I used double strands throughout and a size 13 circular needle. I bought the yarn at Patternworks, a shop in Center Harbor, New Hampshire.
Gwen crocheted an afghan, a christening set and a framed bouquet.
Free pattern from Lion Brand using Red Heart Super Saver and an H hook.
Open Crescent Set from Christening Sets for Crochet by Leisure Arts, Designer Kay Meadors. Used size 10 thread with Boye size 7 steel hook.
Spring Bouquet from MyPicot.com. Used size 10 thread with Boye size 8 steel hook.