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Welcome to Fall

How did it get to be October already? Not that I dislike this month. I love October! It has my two favorite holidays, my birthday and Halloween. It just seems that since July the second half of the year has flown by. I’m usually knee deep in crochet projects by now.

I have sent out a birthday gift on time. And I have my list for the rest of the birthdays and holidays between now and the end of the year. We have a lot in our family.

I do have to try not to get distracted by football. Keeping my anxiety in check is harder, though. That requires not watching the news so much. Updating social media for the business sites can be tricky sometimes because people on those sites are also talking about the news. But I’m learning how to tune out the static. I have to or I get so upset I can’t accomplish anything.

And I want to get stuff done. I have several projects just on the gift list to do between now and Christmas. Plus the new pieces I want to do for my Etsy shop. And I want to be here more, also. I miss being here. I miss writing when I don’t do it often enough. I have been writing some poetry. Need some more of that, too. I’ll be back soon. Promise…

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Being Creative During a Pandemic

For creative people, stress can take away creative energy. A global pandemic is a lot of prolonged stress. I’m not here to preach about masks or vaccines or who and where it started. No politics. That’s a whole other realm of stress. I’m talking about just the daily level of seeing so much news cycle dedicated to such a depressing storyline.

Yes, I know we need good information from experts in their fields. We have to ask questions and get answers then ask more questions. That is how we advance as a society. But the constant bombardment can get overwhelming. So what is a creative person to do?

Unplug for a while. Take a break from the news. Schedule how often you will allow yourself to catch up on the news enough to stay informed and from what sources. Then go make a quite place where you can do the creative things that make you happy.

Do them often. Share them on your social media. Happiness is what we all need right now. It gives hope that there is an end to all this madness on the other side. And we all need a little more hope right now.

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Happy Free Pattern Day

I mentioned a free pattern the last time I was here. So I want to bring you a lovely, simple scarf pattern that I hope you will adore as much as I do. The Seedling Scarf uses seed stitch, a quick and easy stitch that works up soft and fast.

I work the scarf on the short end so it doesn’t feel like that long row goes on forever. And using only single crochet and chains, seed stitch is one of the easiest stitches to do. I like having a solid row of singles on both ends to cap it off. This pattern works well in variegated yarns. Here I’ve shown it in a bright solid color I like, grass green.

Okay, enough chattering. I hope you like the pattern. Here it is:

Size H hook

7 oz Grass Green yarn

Stitch Abbreviations

CH = chain

STS = stitch

SK = skip

SC = single crochet

REP =  repeat 

REP from * = repeat everything inside these (symbols) or [these]

SEED ST = alternating sc and ch st with next row alternating in opposite spaces

  1. Ch 20, sc in 2nd ch and ea ch across. 19 sts. 
  2. Ch 1, turn; Sc, [ (ch1 sts, sk 1 sts), sc in next st],* rep from * across. End with sc in last st. 
  3. Ch 1, turn; Sc in 1st two sts, (ch 1, sk one st, sc in next st);* rep from * across to next to last st. End with a sc in last st. 

     Rep Rows 2 and 3 until desired length. Do not break. 

     Work one row Sc in ea st across to finish. Break and weave in ends. 

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Distractions

The world is a mad place at the moment. Sometimes I just need to put on my headphones and find a distraction. I might cook something, bake, or make something. I could end up gardening or painting, or sewing something new. Sometimes I work jigsaw puzzles or draw or color in my coloring books. These are the things I do when I’m not crocheting. And I crochet all the time.

I learned to crochet before YouTube. Well, before the internet really. I learned out of a book with pictures that had little arrows that showed which way the stitches were supposed to go. I still have that book. A hardback copy of a Redheart pattern book. I have a stack of leaflet patterns at least a couple inches thick, also. Blankets and pillows. And a separate stack of small leaflets just for baby stuff. More than I will ever make, for sure. I bet I’m not alone with this stash of patterns any more than my stash of yarn.

The paper patterns have been surpassed now by Pinterest and Google and YouTube. Yet even with the entire internet at our fingertips I still see people online asking for help with ideas on what to make or what colors to use or what hook size. Don’t you know how to Google? Do you have Pinterest? How did you find this group if you can’t look for something online? Sorry. It just irks me that people can follow a complicated mandala pattern but can’t figure out how to search Pinterest for something new. Oh, well…

I guess I need a new distraction. Maybe I will write a new scarf pattern. I could post it for you next time I’m here. I promise not to be away too long. Now, where is my hook…

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News and stuff

Good news. Not the depressing stuff on TV.

My Etsy and Ravelry shops will be open soon! Just wanted to let you know in case you noticed those little links on the Home page. I will be selling primarily patterns that you can crochet yourself. They will be digital downloads. It is the safest thing to do in the age of Corona Virus. You don’t even have to get out of your pajamas.

I will definitely let you know once the sites are live. You will find patterns for all the things I enjoy making. Amigurumi animals of all shapes and sizes, monsters, pretty scarves, baby blankets and toys, and lots more. I hope you will enjoy them, too. For now though, where did I put my coffee cup…