Broomstick Lace

Broomstick lace is a fun way to use something the diameter of a broomstick handle along with your crochet hook. This craft technique has been around for a very long time dating back to the 1800’s. It is simpler than it looks and has made a comeback as seen by the amount of tutorials and patterns in the market place today.

The “handle” diameter is what will define the size of the opening and the lace-effect you desire…….from a simple 1/2 inch to 3 inch and more dowel, pencils, pens, broom handles and more can be used, basically anything you can wrap your yarn around.

See the attached tutorial here and the free pattern for Broomstick Jewels II! See more free patterns on my ♥freepatterns♥ page and get that yarn going in circles.

Broomstick Lace Scarf Tutorial

Pamelas Patterns Broomstick Jewels II

Irish Broomstick Scarf

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Do you “Jaygo”?

What is JAYGO you ask?

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I’ve learned a neat little technique called join-as-you-go or “JAYGO” for short. Mind you this technique has been around a long time, ever wonder how those huge doily bedspreads and tablecloths were put together? But, all the same this technique is new to me and I love it!

Jaygo means in crochet just what its short for “join-as-you-go”, as you create your squares or rounds your joining them. This eliminates the tedius task of joining by weaving and sewing in each square or round. Can you imagine joining each one like that in the 100’s?!

Jaygo is so much easier and once you learn it you won’t be turned off by those seemingly daunting projects created with squares and rounds.

Check out this video to give you some of idea of how “JAYGO” works.

Don’t stop crocheting!

 

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What’s coming up

July 4th Weekend Project

Sometimes I work on multiple projects at one time and right now probably too many! Grabbed my favorite shopping bag and stuffed this on-going baby-blanket-in-progress into it and went to visit friends. We didn’t plan on visiting folks this weekend as we don’t like traveling on the road on holidays, but hubby said “come on let’s go!” That’s the beauty of crochet, throw it in with your stuff, suitcase whatever, your hands don’t have to be idle! Have a safe and happy Holiday no matter what you decide to do.

 

 

Filet Butterfly

Currently designing a Filet Butterfly gown and playing with the Bodice over a sheer dancing skirt. Really liking this Orchid #3 Thread too! Haven’t decided yet exactly on the skirt but have lots of ideas….open work, cables, granny squares…endless!

Filet Butterfly

 

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Grama’s Pomander

UPDATE: I dropped my Grama’s Pomander into a yarn bin about a week ago and today went into it to get something when I opened it the most wonderful clean smell of Peppermint reached my nose! This is going to work like a charm!

Pomander

Pomander

Pomander, from a French word pomme d’ambre, is usually filled with perfume exuding materials like cloves, ambergris or musk. Thought to even ward off infection in times of pestilence and is still today used to protect against bad smells, just not around our necks. The perferated holes in them allows the scent to escape and surround the wearer or the closed space.

Most often this special little container was a unique shape like nuts, skulls, hearts, balls, books or even ships. Could be attached to a chain and worn as a finger ring (can’t even imagine why!). Even smaller versions acted as buttons or rosary beads. Remember these were used before antiperspirants were created!

Pomander can be a bag containing fragrant herbs and spices and even dried fruits like apples and orange peels. Pomanders were an earlier form even of aromatherapy that is still in practice today. The Pomander can be used with aromatics that eventually have to be resoaked or herbs and spices added to pop the scent again. These wonderful gadgets can be placed just about anywhere you want to liven up a rooms aroma or a sock drawer or even slip into your boots!

Collecting them is fun! I look for Pomander’s in Thrift Stores, Antique Stores and Yard sales. Most of the time they only cost a few dollars.

♦ My Grama’s Pomander balls are going to be my favorite way of keeping all my yarns fresh ♦

Take a bit of cotton, soak with some Peppermint Oil, put the cotton inside and seal the bottom. Place the Pomander Ball where ever you think they are needed. I’m going to put them in my yarn bins. Resoak the cotton when the smell has dissipated.

I sure hope that we never have to “wear pomander” again in buttons or dangling jewelry but the thought just kind of makes you wonder what all those variety of pomanders smelled like in a room full of folks.

 

 

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If I spin any faster I’ll be a Planet

Crochet Chargers for your next Holiday

I find myself spinning between new crochet designs, photography (well making the prop came first). Waking up the garden from the Winter, raking, raking, raking all the tree debris away from my lovely bulbs making their debut; Daffies, Hostas, Peonys!
Editing on my fav editing software RIBBET on those new pictures I took today. Then hid, read a book (secretly took a nap). I love Spring! Don’t forget Easter is only like a week away, you can still get those chargers done.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Irish Broomstick Scarf

Broomstick Jewels Scarf

Enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day by crocheting this quick green scarf.
Pamela’s Patterns Broomstick Jewels can be made quickly using your wooden spoon handle, knitting needle or even your broom handle! Raise your mug and enjoy the celebration.

♥freepattern♥

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Learn Crochet today!

Be inspired to learn Crochet

What could be lovelier than giving a gift you made with your own hands. I made Baby Boy Blue several years ago and gifted it to a friend who was soon to be a Grampa, a first grandchild, a BOY!

Working in a soft blue and white baby soft yarn creating a nice contrast in the stitches. As that little guy grew up his eyes matched this lovely blanket a sky blue that I’ve never seen before in any child.

Learning how to crochet will open up a whole world of gift-giving. Check out the many crochet pattern books at your local craft store or on-line. There are tons of videos out there and instructors who teach this lovely craft. Also, check out CGOA which stands for “Crochet Guild of America” for a whole lot more.

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Apple Turnovers are easy to make

When I see Apple Turnovers in the grocery store and the price tag, I generally walk away unless my sweet tooth won’t allow me to pass them by. I love these things. So, I thought one day, why not try making them myself.

Searched on-line for a quick and easy website recipe and watched a video. So, little ingredients making these mouth watering yummies! Sometimes when I follow someone else’s recipes I don’t get the desired result, not this time.

apple turnovers

What I did discover though is, the recipe calling for only 4 apples makes 8 turnovers! Even I can’t eat that many in one sitting and these babies don’t store cooked well. I will freeze the other 4 and have them available for a quick treat at later times. I stored them in a plastic container, ready for icing in the morning.

Have at it folks these are heaven in your mouth, ENJOY!

sugar pecans

Oh, I also used up the rest of the sugar mixture with crushed Pecans. They didn’t all get crispy though so maybe I didn’t cook long enough. Enjoyed them in my spinach salad last night.

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Dreaming of Green Feet

Dreaming and itching to be outside as we are experiencing early signs of Spring. Spent all afternoon yesterday raking and picking up sticks to be hauled over to the woods. Even took down the Christmas lights from the roof! Came in last night tired and dirty but feeling productive, not to mention all the vitamin-D benefits I got!

Looking this morning at my yarn bins and on-going projects and I find myself day dreaming,  and asking myself “do I follow my written goals or take advantage of the turn in the weather?” I can think of about 3 Antique Stores I want to go to looking for my crafty treasures from books to measuring tapes. There are a couple of new stores on the square, one is actually a Fiber Shop that is doing classes in weaving and punch felting something I thought about doing a few years ago, have the stuff but have not accomplished YET! Or I could go into town for puff pastry to bake apple turnovers and maybe stop by and look at heirloom seeds?

Dreaming or dreamer I don’t know but sometimes I have no will power at all!

dreaming of collectibles

 

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Crochet Design on the go

Design at Home or Library or Cafe or Park Bench

Design cafe

Design park benchDesign LibraryI’ve often wondered where my fellow artisans design their artistry. If your artwork is portable like mine, I can throw a crochet hook, yarn and a pad of paper to capture the designs I’m making all in a bag and hit the road. I can work anywhere; at home, library or even while sipping a mocha in a cafe!

The most interesting place I’ve crocheted is while we were moving from California to the East Coast and ultimately Ohio. I sat outside many Pawn Shops with my hands busy busy! Of course I made a pact with him, for every Pawn Shop I waited at for him, he owed me an Antique Store trip…..he’s still paying up!

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