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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

My first Tunisian Crochet WIP!















Tuesday, July 21, 2015:

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Yesterday, I finished my first -ever Tunisian Crochet ‎project.   It is called, Ribbed Hat and it is one of Kim Guzman's free patterns at her

website, http://www.crochetkim.com

This hat is worked in tunisian crochet‎ rows from the bottom brim of the hat, to the top of the hat.   The rows have a decrease as you get towards
the top and the piece flares out towards the bottom. 

As for the curling, that is "the nature of the beast" when crocheting.   There is nothing wrong, it just curls.

When the back seam is sewn, this takes care of the curling problem. 

Some of these are not the best photos of the finished project because
they were taken indoors in incandescent lighting and at night....no sunlight.

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‎#tunisiancrochet #crochethat #crochet #chapeau 


Yours in Christ,
Lee Ann H
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Friday, July 10, 2015

Broomstick Lace Hat


July 10, 2015:

I decided to pick up my 50 mm knitting needle today and try a stitch which I haven't done in years, Broomstick Lace!   I think it is also referred to as, Peacock Eyelet Stitch.

Anyhow, I have been wanting to make a hat with Broomstick Lace and I settled on a video by Ruby Stedman on youtube.    Here is her link for the one in the video:

‎https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2pW6TZLX9iw

She gives very good instructions as she takes you through the video.   I have only watched the video through Row 4, so far and I hope the instructions continue to be good to the end.

In addition to the big old honking knitting needle, I am also using a crochet hook size J, 6.0mm, 10/0 (Japanese) and some old yarn from my stash, Caron Perfect Match #4 worsted weight.   :)

Fast forward a couple of hours later and Ta+da!   This hat is finished!    I didn't realize how easy decreasing in Broomstick Lace Crochet would be!



Yours in Christ,
Lee Ann H
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Fixing Knifty Knitter problems!


July 10, 2015:

While I like the hard plastic on the Knifty Knitter handheld looms since it makes the yarn slide down easily on the pegs‎, I do find that they have their defects!    And these are really starting to work on my last nerve!

Problem 1:    The pegs move around when you knit on these looms.    They work their way out of their holes and they twist.

Problem 2 (BIG ANNOYANCE) : THE GROOVE IN EACH PEG EXTENDS DOWN INTO THE HOLE IN THE CIRCULAR PART OF THE LOOM.   Grrrrr!   The only purpose this serves is for your pick tool to constantly get caught in that hole.   I'm afraid that the tip of the metal will break off and hit me in the eye one day.   

So, to fix both defects, I got out the bottle of Elmer's Glue-All.   I thought about using Gorilla Glue, but that stuff really expands as it dries; it's an excellent glue but I wasn't sure if it would be right for this job.

However, if the Elmer's doesn't work, I'm getting my Gorilla Glue!

This is taking several applications of squeezing small amounts of white glue into the hole and letting it dry gradually.   Then, I add more as needed.    I would rather have a bulge there instead of an irritating entry point for my pick tool.

***Update:    don't use the Gorilla Glue.   It does expand but it dries with a very rough finish.    I sanded the glue spots down and it didn't do much good. The white glue is your best bet between the two.

 Is it just me or does anyone else have this problem with their Knifty Knitters?

***Update, July 11, 2015:

I created a video of this process at:
http://youtu.be/RQ3B6nmaZBw

Yours in Christ,
Lee Ann H
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Albasha's Lebanese Iced Tea Recipe

July 10, 2015:

After just having enjoyed a nicely delicious glass of Lebanese Iced Tea at Albasha restaurant, I decided to see what recipes I could find for Lebanese tea.   

Bam!   First link I tried was at chowhound.com and it was in the form of a comment.    Well, you know I had to do a screenshot at that point.

I have no idea if this is their recipe; I only have the description to go on from the person who posted the comment back in 2008.   ‎I imagine that this recipe makes a pretty big quantity too. :).   ‎But, it's a starting point!

Albasha's Lebanese Iced Tea Recipe, I hope!

#icedtea #lebanesetea  #albashatea


Yours in Christ,
Lee Ann H
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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Made two more knitted rubber band grips and repaired another

July 9, 2015:

My knitted rubber band grip on my Knifty Knitter pick tool has been slowly coming apart lately.   Goodness knows that I have been putting some mileage on it with all the preemie hats I have been making since February of this year.

I figured that I had to carefully un-knit a few of the rows to be able to pull out the severed rubber bands.    I then I carefully loaded the six knit points onto my rectangle loom and started knitting from there. I had to re-knit four rounds/rows.

The other two pick tools don't have the long points, so I didn't knit those covers quite as long. I didn't want one side to fall off of the end or something.

These knitted rubber grips make all the difference and make it soooo much easier to knit on the handheld looms.

My previous blog post has additional photographs and a link to a video:  
http://crochetgottaloveit.blogspot.com/2015/04/loom-knit-rubber-band-grip.html

Yours in Christ,
Lee Ann H
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Thursday, July 2, 2015

VID My tip for highlighting those black needles making them easier to se...





Helpful Addi machine tip!

Video:  My tip for highlighting those black needles making them easier to see using darker yarn.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Micro-Preemie Hat Batch 6-18-2015

June 18, 2015:

My 1st time to set up the Addi on the patio. I am using up some smaller balls of soft yarn today and making some more micro-size preemie hats. I am thinking that these will fit the 1-4 pound babies in NICU. :). 

 The lighting sure is better out here! :) 

#preemie #crochethats #crochetgottaloveit #chapeau 6-18-2015

Yours in Christ,
Lee Ann H
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Elise Shawl



June 9, 2015:
1st Elise shawl:
I am using 2 different colors of thin acrylic chenille cone yarn which I wound from those large cones of yarn you can find for sale on Ebay. Colors used are a gold and a brown/burnt umber color.
However, when I reached row 18, I accidentally spilled a glass red wine on it and the entire ball of the lighter colored yarn. Ahhhhh! &%@$!
I cut the yarns and in an attempt to salvage this chenille on the ball and what I had already crocheted, I washed the shawl. The stain seems to have come out (thank goodness!) The ball of yarn which soaked up a lot of wine was put into a knee high stocking nylon and then tied shut. I put it in the washing machine this morning and it's in the dryer now. I'm hoping that it removes the wine stains in the center of this ball. The stocking is keeping the ball intact and from becoming tangled.

June 10, 2015:
2nd Elise shawl:
So, last night I began another one. For this second one, I used the brown/burnt umber-colored yarn and a celery green chenille yarn. I like this color combination too. I will keep any drinks away from this while I am working on it! :)

‎http://www.ravelry.com/projects/lhamm/elise-shawl

Get the pattern here:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/elise-shawl



Yours in Christ,
Lee Ann H
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Sunday, June 7, 2015

My Berry Harvest Bandana Cowl


‎June 7, 2015:

I finished my first Berry Harvest Bandana Cowl yesterday.    
What an amazing pattern by Tamara over at Moogly Blog:  
‎http://www.mooglyblog.com/berry-harvest-bandana-cowl/

This pattern works up so quickly and it's very easy to follow. It's a free written pattern; no chart or diagram.

I made my burgundy one (which I am wearing) , with yarn from a large cone of acrylic chenille. This is more like a DK weight and it's a flat chenille. 

I plan to make another one using some chenille from this cone I am holding.‎ This is a DK weight bit it's a round, not flat, chenille.

A friend of mine has made several using Red Heart Unforgettable and one of these cowls doesn't even use a whole skein, just to give you an idea of yarn consumption.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

LSU fans wear crochet hats at 2015 SEC Baseball Tournament In Hoover, Alabama!






 











Tuesday, May 26, 2015:

We finally went to the Southeastern Baseball Tournament in Hoover, Alabama. This was our first time to attend and it's been loads of fun!

I crocheted my own purple LSU hat and got one of the guys to wear the jester hat I made in LSU colors.   :)

 Last year, mom crocheted hats for all the ladies in the group and I crocheted the flowers for the hats.   She and my sister have gone for the last 6 or 7 years and they love it!

Saturday, May 23, 2015


Yours in Christ,
Lee Ann H
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Monday, April 27, 2015

Hat Dummy!

‎April 27, 2015:

Apparently one of the neighbor's family pets didn't take kindly to this foam punching dummy and it decided to try to eat it! ROFL
My son saw it, brought it home and has been punching on it. I measured the head and it is 24 inches (mine is 23 inches)......life size; AWESOME for hats!


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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Preemie Hat Donation 208 hats


April 16, 2015:

I made a donation of 208 little preemie hats to Women's Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.    The nurse was glad to receive these.
They are mostly loom and machine knitted and I have a few crochet ones I gave them as well.   I am sticking mostly with the knitted since they have the best stretch to the fabric.  

The smaller hats are double-layered and I knitted these on my Addi Express Professional 22-needle machine.   Using one strand of soft yarn, I cranked out about 55 to 57 rounds (or until the tube was resting on the table.   Then I did a needle cast-off.   At this point I had knitted a tube. I then pulled both ends separately into a gather and secured the threads.   I put one side into the other and tied the ends together.    Then simply fold up the brim and there is the hat/beanie!

For the slightly larger preemie hats, I used my blue Knifty Knitter loom which has 24 pegs and measures 5 inches across. Using two strands of soft yarn held together throughout pattern, I did E-wrap stitches and knitted them off with the pick tool.   I knitted the hats until they were the length of the Knifty Knitter pick tool (around 28 rounds depending on your yarn).    I did a needle cast-off and then pulled a gather for the top of the hat. I secured this with two true square knots.
I also did two true square knots for the cast on side (brim).   The curl of the brim hid where I cut off the loose ends which I square-knotted, so that worked out great hiding loose ends.
My mom went with me and it was a great experience!    There is another NICU at Baton Rouge General Mid-City.   I plan on doing a donation to them too.   


And to make it easier, this knitted rubber grip helped tremendously!   See my previous post!


These little crochet hats below with the two colors, are Margaret Olander's pattern from the Sheepishly Sharing website:


Below are just some other photos I took over the last few weeks as I was making these little preemie hats.




These little hats are made on the Addi Express Professional (22-needle) knitting machine.  I make a long tube (using one strand of yarn in the machine), and I knit for about 55-57 rounds, depending on the yarn.  Or, I just knit when the cast-on edge touches the counter top which I have my machine anchored to.

Then, I do a needle cast-off (with a large-eyed sewing needle), pull both ends of the tube into a gather.  Then, place one end of this gathered tube into the hat and sew it into place against the opposite gathered end.  Secure your loose ends well and cut off the excess yarn.
Next step is to just roll up a brim and it is done!


This is a little hat I made on the Knifty Knitter Flower Loom.  This loom has only 12 pegs.



Regarding the preemie hats I make on the blue Knifty Knitter handheld loom, this is what I mean when I say that I make the hat the length of the Knifty Knitter pick tool. I knit the hat about 7 inches or 28 rounds with 2 strands yarn held together:



Yours in Christ,
Lee Ann H
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