Friday, July 24, 2009


The future lies before you,
Like a field of driven snow,
Be careful how you tread it,
For every step will show.

--Author Unknown

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sok It to Me

School's out, so it's one distraction after another. Needless to say, I haven't got much knitting or crocheting done. But what I have accomplished, however, is completing my first sock-- YEAH! Here it is...

Gifts from Near and Far

Maile Mauch from closeby sent me the cotton threads above for designing "Purly Shells."

Then International Delegates from Japan and Korea came and left us a few gifts. We threw them a gathering on June 20, 2009.

Hot! Hot! Hot!

See people rockin' yeah people chantin'

Feeling hot hot hot

Keep up the spirit come on let's do it

Feeling hot hot hot

--Hot! Hot! Hot! by Buster Poindexter

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Purly Shells Bookmark

Purly Shells Bookmark by Mylyne De Jesus

Copyright © 2009

Supplies Needed:

South Maid (Shades of Blue) or other equivalent No. 10 cotton thread

US#2 (2.75 mm)

Size 9 (0.85mm) crochet hook (or any size that would fit through tassel loop)

Tapestry needle


Seed st = Row1: knit, purl, knit. Repeat this row.

Yo = yarn over

Wyif = with yarn in front

LH = left hand

P5tog = purl 5 stitches together

P2tog = purl 2 stitches together


CO 15 sts.

Bottom Border: Work in seed stitch for 2 rows.

Side Borders: Work first 2 and last 2 row sts in seed st (k1, p1 for the R border and p1, k1 for the L border) throughout pattern unless instructed otherwise.


Work as follows:

Row 1(Right Side): K.

Row 2: P.

Row 3 to 4: Work as Rows 1 and 2.

Row 5: K.

Row 6: P5, k5, p5.

Row 7: K4, (k1, yo, k1) in the next st, k5 wrapping yarn twice for each st, (k1, yo, k1) in the next st.

Row 8: P4, k3, wyif sl 5 sts dropping extra wraps then insert LH needle back into these

5 long sts and p5tog, k3, p4.

Rows 9 to 24: Repeat Rows 1-8.

Row 25 to 30: Work as Rows 1 and 2 to prepare for the next step.

Top Border:

Work in garter stitch.

Decrease right and wrong side rows by working end row stitches as follows: K1, p2tog, k up to last 3 sts, end p2tog, k1.

Continue working decrease pattern until 5 sts remain on needle.

P2tog, k1, p2tog-- 3 sts remaining.

Then p2tog, k1, pull last st through loop.

Leaving a 12-inch tail, break thread. Cut 3 threads (of the same kind) measuring 24 inches each and thread through same loop as top border tail end and knot altogether. Trim to desired length.

Weave bottom tail at back of work.

Block as needed.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Workshop Scarf Clip

The objective of this workshop is to make a scarf clip with a bear motif. Each of the workshop participants started crocheting tiny bear heads with even tinier bear ears.

After sewing the head parts on the wire-stuffed arms, it's starting to look like a bear scarf clip.

Paying attention to the details, make the face come to life. The eyes are the first to be sewn on the face.

Working on the muzzle features like sewing the nose on and the lips give the bear a distinctive personality and the scarf clip a cute finish.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Seafoam, Seafoam

Visions of those shores embedded in my mind,
Are now just fragments of dreams,

That only my subconscious can bind.

One day I will return to that sea.

Until that day I will continue to dream,
Of sea foam waves crashing over me.

from Sea Foam Waves by stormyskye,

The seafoam stitch was first introduced in the Interweave Knits Summer of 2001 as a chenille towel pattern. Which is why adapting it with a shawl of

Moda Dea yarn is not that difficult in fact it seemed that the stitch and the yarn appeared as if they were made for each other as you can see from the picture above.

Only a mere five more balls are left remaining of the stash for this shawl. Did I mention that the Dream yarn is also of a chenille type yarn and is so unbelievably soft that I can hardly wait to get this shawl off the needles.

I purchased some sky blue balls of boucle-type yarn some time ago and finally decided to use a drop-stitch pattern for this and what came to mind is none

other than the ever-trusted seafoam stitch as it not only reveals a stitch pattern in and of itself, but also show-off the yarn texture at the same time.

Seafoam Stitch
Cast on on a multiple of 10 stitches + 6.

row 1 - k6, *yo2, k1, yo3, k1, yo4, k1, yo3, k1, yo2, k6*, repeat from *
row 2 - knit across, dropping all the yarn overs as you go.
row 3 - knit across
row 4 - k1, *yo2, k1, yo3, k1, yo4, k1, yo3, k1, yo2, k6* repeat twice from *,
ending in a single k instead.
row 5 - knit across, dropping all the yarn overs as you go.
row 6 - knit across