Back at It

Good News, Everyone!!! I have a few weeks left of physical therapy, but I was released by my ortho…. I still can’t lift things over 5 lbs, but I can do normal activity as tolerated! Stay tuned for more updates! Love y’all!

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Baby Steps

🙂 I have picked up my hook again. I am restricted to 2 hours a day, but it’s a start and I will take what I can get!

I am trying to decide what direction I want to go with the items I make. Down here in Louisiana, it is only cold enough to wear winter stuff (beanies, scarves, shawls, gloves) about 4 months out of the year. It doesn’t really make sense to me to continue to make things that will be sitting in a box for 8 months.

Anyone have any ideas for me? 🙂

Have a blessed day!

My Little Nook

Hi! I know it has been over a year since I made an entry. For that I am truly sorry, however that is on my list of things to improve.

My little nook has changed a lot.

April 2, 2014 – a week after my chevron blanket post, I drove to Dixie Inn, La. to celebrate my grandmother’s 75th birthday with her. She died a few days later and the biggest, kindest influence on my life was gone. She was the foundation of our family and we will never be the same… I mean, who is the same after experiencing loss? Though I was grieving (and still am) I am rejoicing that she was no longer hurting. she was no longer burdened with a body that grew old while her spirit was still young. She is now in her eternal home, free of pain… strong… and no longer struggling.

There is one less person in my household since October 2014…. my husband. As much as I love him and want him to be with us, he is making destructive decisions that are harmful to himself and to our family and it is not healthy for us to reside in the same house. I pray every day for him and his relationship with God, with our children, and with me. It is hard not having my best friend here with me, unable to call him when I want to tell him something fantastic, missing his help raising our children….

I work full time as a 9-1-1 dispatcher but that wasn’t cutting it, with the financial setbacks courtesy of my best friend, and I was behind in everything. I called a family meeting (me and my kids) to discuss me getting a part time job. This included the hours, extra responsibility for the two teenagers, and the understanding that it was only temporary. With a unanimous vote, I obtained a part time job.

Well, I did catch up on bills, but my kids needed me more than we all thought (that story will have to be saved for another blog entry). I got a respiratory infection in January, but I was only slowed down for a couple of days and I went right back to driving the gravy train… until I fell. January 30, I fell and when I tried to catch myself, all I managed to do was dislocate my right elbow and break the head of the radius bone that is a part of that joint.

I have been off work ever since. I underwent surgery on March 25 and am currently in physical therapy.

This entire ‘vacation’ I have been unable to crochet, which is my way to de-stress. However, I have spent plenty of time with my children and I am so thankful for that opportunity.

Tomorrow I am going to pick up a hook and yarn again for the 1st time in a couple of months.

I will let you know how it goes in a couple of days 🙂

Thank you all for your continued prayers and good vibes.

Always…D

Jasper’s Chevron Blankie

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Let’s be honest… there are A LOT of Chevron patterns out there. I tried several of them, but became frustrated after I frogged all of them a few rows in. They were just not what I was looking for. I’m not a designer, but it isn’t the first time I have been left empty handed when searching for a pattern that fit the criteria of my new project. I sincerely hope that you find this pattern easy to follow. If you have any questions please leave me a message on my blog @ https://thehookingnook.wordpress.com
Tips: At the end of each row I have added the stitch count in parentheses. The method I used to change color in this pattern is pretty simple. Just finish off the end of the last row of one color, leaving about 4 inch tail to weave in. Start the next row with your new color, also leaving about 4 inch tail to weave in. You can weave in the tails as you go (which is what I prefer… by the time I get to the end of the project, I’m ready to edge it and be done without having to go back and weave in all the tails, but HEY if you like to leave them all then do whatever makes you feel good). I have included the number of rows I did of each color, but if you want to change it up, do it… if you want your stripes the same width or even if you don’t want stripes and want to rock it with just one color, then do it! It’s yours, honey!
Supplies:    I/9 – 5.50mm crochet hook
                  Worsted Weight yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver):
                    A- dark color (2 skeins) – this was my charcoal gray
                    B- medium color (2 skeins) – this was my turquoise blue
                    C- light color (1 skein) – this was my light gold
                    D- bold color (1 skein) – this was my bright red
                Yarn needle
                Scissors

Stitches/Abbreviations:    CH – Chain
                                        SC – Single Crochet
                                        DC – Double Crochet
                                        FO – finish off
                                        SK – skip
                                        SP – space
                                        ST – stitch

If a # precedes an abbreviation (10DC) that means you need to DC in the next 10 stitches… if a # is behind an abbreviation (DC10) that means you need to DC 10 times in the next stitch.

Instructions:
CH 192
R1: DC in the 4th CH from the hook, 10DC, SK 3 CH, *12DC, CH 3, 12DC, SK 3 CH*
Repeat from * to * 5 times, 12DC. (168 DC, 13 CH-3 SP)

R2: CH 3 and turn, DC in the same stitch, DC2 (remember both of these go in the next stitch, you should have two DC in each of the 1st two stitches of the row), 8DC, SK 3 ST, 10DC, (2DC – CH 3 – 2 DC) in the CH-3 SP, *10DC, SK 3, 10DC, (2DC – CH 3 – 2DC) in the CH-3 SP* repeat from * to * 4 times, 10DC, SK 3, 8DC, DC2 in the next 2 ST. (168 DC, 13 CH-3 SP)

All following rows are a repeat of R2.

Row Color Change Pattern:
R1-R3: A
R4-R5: B
R6-R10: A
R11-R13: B
R14: C
R15-R18: B
R19-R24: A
R25: B
R26-R27: A
R28-R32: C
R33-R34: D
R35: C
R36-R39: B
R40-R42: A
R43: B
R44-R48: A
R49-R51: C
R52-R55: B
R56-R57: A
R58: B
R59-R64: A
R65-R66: B

Finishing: With color A, SC all around, make sure to SC3 in each corner and Ch-3 SP

 

Fire Shawl

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Fire Shawl – available for purchase – message me.

A few years ago, I read The Hunger Games trilogy And immediately knew that I had to create something special…but I had to be patient.. I needed just the right yarn and just the right design. I found the yarn first 🙂 it definitely jumped right out at me screaming ‘fire!’ I found the right design, calculated what part of the yarn I needed to start with to get the color going how I wanted….and the result is what you see. I stowed it away (except for when these photos were taken) because I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. It doesn’t really get cold enough here in Louisiana for me to wear it and quite frankly I haven’t had the opportunity. It makes me sad because it really is gorgeous and should be worn, so I have decided if anyone is interested I am open to offers.

This Shawl is very light weight but very cozy and definitely holds the warmth in. It can be worn many different ways and would be a beautiful addition to any wardrobe.

Best Ear-flap Hat Pattern IMO

I love free patterns and when my friend asked me to make her two cozy hats for two 10 year old girls for their road trip to Missouri…well, it was the perfect opportunity to try out something new.

Now, I did not put the pompoms at the end of the braids but for a quick, super cozy and stretchy hat, this is a winner!

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Blossom Earflap Hat Pattern by Stitch 11

Paula’s blanket

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My friend Paula is a very talented quilter. Last year I was playing around with color schemes to make a blanket for my daughter. Paula saw this square, fell in love, and struck a deal. She would make me a quilt if I would make her this blanket. I’ve worked on it off and on and ran into a few issues ( being the perfectionist that I am) . I am almost done, whew! And I know she is going to LOVE it!