Beary Backpack

Beary Backpack

Originally uploaded by CLF Fearless? Leader.

Ok, Christmas is long past, but I made this as a Christmas present. The two stuffed animals were “rescues” from a thrift store. I’ve blogged my doll and bear rescue passion before. Like I said in the past, I don’t know why I have the need to rescue plushies and dollies from the thrift store and re-gift them.

Part of it is my desire to see things used as long as possible, and sometimes it’s my soft nature. Those cute little guys look at me, and those little baby doll eyes stare at me, and they seem so lonely up on the shelves, discarded, and out grown.

Anway, I made a simple longish rectangle using a simple tunisian (afghan) stitch, and crocheted straps, and voila.

As per the description, my nephew loved it. And that’s what mattered!

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So what happened to the book on yarn?

You know I’ve been wondering that myself. I think firstly, my knowledge base of crocheters changed a bit. My knowledge of what would be really important versus academic interest changed, and frankly, I’ve gotten kind of steam rolled into other things at the moment.

Currently, I’m working on two more Crochet Liberation Front Books, and still weaving in a few loose ends on the last one. Summer is a crazy time in my household. With fiber events, teenagers, yes, my youngest is now officially a teenager. Is that a light at the end of the tunnel, or is it merely another train?

Anyway, I’m currently, dreaming up a different way to present the Secrets of Yarn to crocheters, and one that may indeed be quite valuable as a reference. I am most likely going to do it in black and white, because I think color often distracts us from stitches and textures, and that is what the book will be about. Color theory is a whole ‘nuther story my friends.

So, with that in mind, I am back to work puttering on my crochet goodness. I did get that skirt I was working on finished, and I’ve started on what will either be a long tunic or a dress, depending on how far the yarn goes. And, yes indeed it will involve broomstick lace. ๐Ÿ™‚ Cause I can do it in the round baby, oh yes, I can do it in the round!ย  (Thanks to Stitch Diva, Jennifer Hansen!)

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Broomstick Lace Capelet

I know, I know. I have been SOOOOOOOOOO bad about posting on this blog! But never fear, I have moved my CLF blog over to wordpress, and now I will NOT forget to blog my crochet and yarn exploits here at the Secrets of Yarn!

Here, I get to just be Laurie Wheeler and you know that’s awfully cozy.

Anyway, this cute little number is something I whipped up rightย after the CGOA regional in Portland, Oregon. After taking Stitch Diva, Jennifer Hansen’s Broomstick Lace class, I have to admit I have become somewhat addicted.

My little neice, Gwen, lit up like a Christmas tree and wanted to try this baby on before I even managed to walk into her house!

I used two yarns, a ribbon yarn and a sock yarn to make this. I have to say that was a wee bit ambitious, and got a wee bit annoying at a few places. The lace isn’t 100% even, but you know what? Princess loves it, so I’m happy about it. I learned something new, and now I’m gonna make me a brookstick lace skirt.

I had started out with that intention last week, but ended up doing something else (using the same kind of ruffly idea) for my daughter. Now I have to finish that project (yes, I will display here when finished), and THEN I will make the broomstick lace skirt!

Oh and an end note: If you want to see some cool crochet videos check out these links!

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Broomstick Lace

4 inch Broomstick lace purse.

4 inch Broomstick lace purse.

Broomstick lace has eluded me for five years. I have tried off an on to follow the instructions in one of my vintage stitch guides, to no avail. Finally I decided enough was enough, and I ponied up for a class with Jennifer Hansen of Stitch Diva Studios. I did this last weekend in Portland at the Knit and Crochet Show which was fabulous, btw!

I did this little purse in the class. I just need to weave in ends and make the twisted cords for the closures. I’ve got tons of ideas now…and will be writing up a pattern for a little girls caplet using simple crochet stitches and broomstick lace ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, if you haven’t tried broomstick lace, you should head over to Stitch Diva and check out her tutorials on the topic. They are fabulous! And if you can take a class from her, you’ll be enriched by the experience.

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Gettng Ready for Portland, again! YAY!

This time The Knit and Crochet Show is being held in the spring in Portland, Oregon. I’m really looking forward to the trip. My daughter and I are going together, via the train to stay at the DoubleTree Hotel.

I’ve been crocheting like a mad woman, when not completely sucked into the vortex known as Twitter. (I’m Camanomade there btw, you want fun updates join me).

Tomorrow I’ll be taking photos of my new hats made specifically for the event ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m also making some hats for dear daughter ๐Ÿ™‚

No booth this time. But I am going to take classes from Jenniffer Hansen and Myra Wood! Ooooh fan girl squee!

Hopefully I can get the pics up and running um, today (I just saw the clock, WAY past midnight!)…

Simple and fun, quick projects. And lately I have not done enough of that kind of crochet!

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Irish Crochet Rose

Oh dear friends, I have neglected you! But, really I’ve been quite busy crocheting…soon I shall post some lovely free form to eye candy your blogosphere ๐Ÿ˜‰

I was just checking the blog stats and I am amazed at how popular that little Irish Rose pattern is! I hope it makes sense to you all, and I hope you enjoy using it!

Thank you for your interest!

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Monday March 16th, First Annual Crochet Awards!!

The Crochet Liberation Front is sponsoring the First Annual Crochet Awards (The Flamies) on March 16th 2009 on the fabulous crochet podcast/radio show Getting Loopy with Mary Beth Temple!

Join Mary Beth and Laurie Wheeler as they name off the nominees and congratulate the winners! Find out who was voted Best Designer~ Women’s Fashion, Men’s Fashion, Childrens’ and many more!!! There will be some surprises, and some fun to be had!

You can tune in atย  the podcast begins at 9pm EDT/6pm PDT

We’re going to have a great time!

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