Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tunisian Crochet Winter Hat

PATTERN: Tunisian Crochet Winter Hat
Any yarn of your choice
Crochet hook (tunisian style) one size larger than yarn suggests

Helpful videos:  
Tunisian Simple Stitch:
Tunisian Purl Stitch:
Huge thank you to Crochet Kim who taught me how to work both stitches!

chain to a length the size of hat (from crown to ears), add 1.5 to 2 more inches (as desired), plus two chains.

Row 1: tunisian purl each stitch
Row 2: tunisian purl each stitch
Row 3: tunisian simple stitch across
Row 4: tunisian simple stitch across

Repeat rows 1 through 4 until work is the diameter that goes around your head (or head of person the hat is for)
seam sides together using slip stitch if rows are even, sc if needed for spacing
weave yarn through the stitches at one end and pull tight, secure with a knot.   (Alternatively, you can braid yarn, weave it through the stitches at one end and make a hat that will also work as a cowl)
turn inside out,
fold the bottom 1.5 to 2 inches up for a brim.
if desired, add a pom pom to the top.

Hat Size Chart (but I strongly recommend you measure the head you are making the hat for, or have someone measure for you.

A life after loss?

I get caught up in petty little concerns.  I get stressed out over bills and over plans that fall apart.  Life just seems so stressful.  And then I get a text message.  "Do you know what happened to Feike and his family?"

And all my concerns disappear as my heart shatters as it learns that a dear friend has lost his home, his cars, all of his belongings in a fire, but most painful, two of his five children were lost in the fire.

The beautiful angels, Zeph and Noah!

I can't imagine how one even breathes, but I know that living is super important for the three remaining children.  One of his infant children, Remmy, remains in the hospital in Salt Lake City due to injuries from the fire.

So, as I sit stunned and shocked, I wonder what can I do?  I spend hours trying to sort out what I can do to help.  And it occurs to me, a charity auction.  I can donate completed items, and I can donate some yarn.  I decide I can also ask others if they would like to help, or share about the charity auction.

So, I have a charity auction going on here:
Charity Auction for the Van Dijk Family

If you would like to donate just cash, please go here:

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

But I'm not stealing.....[1].jpg

It would never occur to us to steal a loaf of bread, nor nail polish, but every single day, people steal and do not even think twice.   We steal when we copy a movie for a friend.  We steal when we copy a cd for a friend.  We steal when we copy patterns for friends.  In our minds, there is some disconnect.  We tell ourselves that we paid for the pattern we should be able to do with it what we like.  When we buy bread, we can share it with our friends, what is wrong with sharing a CD or a pattern?

Well here is what is wrong.  When you share the bread, some you eat, and some your friends eat.  The bread is a limited resource.  Now lets look at a music CD.  You play it for your friends when you are together.  AWESOME!  You shared your CD.   One of your friends loves it and asks for a copy.  You copy the CD for them.  Now, instead of going into the store and shoplifting the CD from the store, you stole it by making a copy for your friend.

It would never occur to us to copy a Rembrandt nor any other artist's painting.  We would see how wrong that is.  But we never consider it wrong to copy the fiber artist's patterns.  I am sad at how prevalent this behavior is.  It is not just a few that are doing this.  I see it in LYS (Local Yarn Shops), knitting groups, crochet groups, Facebook craft groups, and individuals.

So, now we know we are basically shoplifting, but we aren't taking any money from the store, so what is the problem?  Well lets look at the process it takes.   The designer (or songwriter or script writer) works hours often weeks and sometimes months or years, writing and rewriting, editing and refining their pattern (song or script).  The designer has individuals test the pattern to make sure there are no errors and that the instructions are clear.  The songwriter works with the publisher to find someone to record the song (or if the songwriter is also the singer, he finds a band to help him record his song).  The script writer takes the script to a find someone who wants to film it.  So, whether a pattern, a CD or a movie, hours and hours have gone into creating it.  Sometimes a lot of money has gone into creating the design, the cd or the movie.  At least one person makes their livelihood -- earns a living by writing these songs, or patterns, or movie scripts.  That is how that person feeds their family.  So when you copy it and give it to another, you took food off that person's table.  

Each time you copy something that is copywritten, you give away something that was not yours to give.  You become a thief.  And if you are using a stolen pattern (ie copied pattern) to make money, you have now become a fence.   So not only are you guilty of theft, but you are guilty of selling stolen property.

I was not going to say anything, but my heart is heavy.  I stopped selling patterns because of theft, and the large amount of people who sent nasty messages to me about how selling patterns was wrong and harmful.   They berated me.   Yet these same people had no idea how many hours are spent writing a pattern, and how many hours are spent working with testers, and how many hours are spent editing and adding photos to the pattern (and/or videos), just so the user has the best pattern possible.   I don't design like I used to.  My heart isn't in it.  But my husband is still a songwriter.  And I have hundreds of people I love and admire who make their living either writing patterns, or songs, or scripts.  It breaks my heart when I see such flagrant disregard for their work.  It breaks my heart when people think it is no big deal to steal from these hardworking individuals.
So, each time you choose to copy a pattern you bought, or ask a friend to copy a pattern they bought for you to use, you are saying that the designer's time, talent, efforts are worth stealing.  You are saying you don't mind being a thief.   And each time you copy music or movies you are saying that you don't mind stealing from the writers and everyone else involved.  You have no problem stealing.  I doubt this will change anyone's behaviors, but if it gets one person to reconsider their actions and stop, this is totally worth it.

What are your thoughts???

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Photo Contest is live!

We have closed the entry process, and now it is time to vote.  You can vote by liking the photo posted in the Facebook album,

Or you can vote by commenting below which of the following is your favorite.

In no particular order:

#1  Natasha from Yarntastic Creations

#2 Cj from The Fancy Hooker

#3 Crescendo Gal from Schmibble & Co.

#4 Lisa from I Crochet It

# 5 Cortnee Wenerowicz, from Hooked by Cortni

#6 Rachel from Raven's Rascals

#7 Stephenie from Crochet Creations by Steph
#8 Jackie by Hats and More by Jackie

Friday, April 26, 2013

Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes?

Rest in Peace!

I was raised on Country Music, when it definitely wasn't cool!  It was as much a part of my childhood as anything else, possibly the biggest part of my childhood.  My earliest memory isn't of people or things, it is me sitting on the floor between the two speakers of our stereo.  Conway Twitty was singing, "Play, Guitar Play".  Each time I hear that song I feel the stereo behind me and the floor below me.

In Junior High, other kids were listening to the 80s hits, and I was listening to Jockey Joe on the radio (56 KLZ radio out of Denver).   I tuned into a station out of Oklahoma late at night when I couldn't sleep.  Me and my transistor radio went everywhere together.  If I could have had it during class, I think I would have.  I love Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzel, Loretta Lynn.  It was all magical to me.

There was one very special song when I was small that I literally believed was sung specially for me.  And even though later I knew better, my heart always felt better when I heard it.  Tom T. Hall, where ever he may be, literally saved my life on so many occasions because he wrote, recorded and released, "I Care."  I have dreamt for years of saying, "Thank you."  But I just don't see that happening.  All of my friends who were there when the rest of the world shut me out, they are going.  Waylon Jennings, Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash, and today, George Jones have all left this world.   I never got to say thank you to any of them.  I cried so hard when Marty Robbins died.  I remember that day so clearly.  The tears though were 100 percent selfish.  I knew I would never be able to thank him personally for being there.  Today those same selfish tears are falling.

So, I decided to say "Thank you" the only way I knew I could.  I am a mother of two, a grandmother of almost 3, and married to the most amazing man on the planet.  However, 30 years ago, I began a preoccupation with suicide that would last for nearly 10 years.  Standing on a bridge that went over the Red River and a road, I could not decide which place would ensure death.  I was trying to calculate my best odds for success when the song, "I Care" began playing in my head.  Soon, I had Merle singing, "Sing me back home."  I had a chorus of songs that brought me down off the bridge and all the way to a phone booth.  Yes, they did have phone booths back then.

The miracle that is my life exists because this amazing group of artists from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s Country Music sang to me.  They were the friends that never left.  They were my miracle, and still today, they remain my source of peace, joy, and serenity.  God reaches me through their words and their music.  And I can't hug their neck, but I can publicly say, Thank you!

And for the record, no one can fill their shoes for me.  I wish I could list them all.  I wish I could explain how my heart feels.  So much love, and so much sadness.  George, I hope you are there with them all pickin and grinnin.   And I hope my daddy is dancing away!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Creations by Valorie 

In an attempt to get color inspiration, as well as inspiration for others, Creations by Valorie is hosting a photo contest.  You can use any pattern from that you want to use if you crochet.   If you knit (knitters ONLY), you can use any knit pattern from Snappy Tots,   If you Felt, you may submit any photo of your work.  You can submit something you have already made as well.
It does need to have more than one color OR multiple shades of the same color.

Entries are to be emailed to  They must be submitted by May 27th.   All entries will be posted on the page as they are received.

Once all entries are received, the photos will be posted in a new blog post.   At this time, all fans may vote for their favorite by commenting on that post.  Voting will begin May 28th and close May 31st.
All winners will be announced at some point June 1st.

There will be three winners for each category (Crochet, Knit, Felt):
1st winner from # of votes.
2nd winner chosen by the owner of Zebisis Designs
3rd winner chosen by my husband (who hates all things fibery).

The first winner will get a $20 gift certificate to Creations by Valorie.
The second winner will win a $20 gift certificate to Zebisis Designs,
The third winner will win a $20 gift card to WEBS,

So, Lets get some color going!!!!!

Good luck everyone!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Kidz at Heart Kollages and my new logo!

I wanted a new logo, so I asked Kidz at Heart Kollages to make me a logo.  I had no idea what I wanted, but she came up with this really GREAT logo!!!   I have seen her logos for other shops, and she has done amazing things making collages for me too!

My new logo, created for me by Kidz at Heart Kollages

I just wanted to take a moment and publicly thanks Miss Rebecca for all her hard work!!!!!!!!!!

Links to find Kidz at Heart Kollages:

Some of the awesome work she has done for me:

Collage of my yarn by Kidz at Heart Kollages

Yarn Tags made by Kidz at Heart Kollages