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Country Picnic Table Dining Set

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It was unbearably cold today.  We received all the mess of a winter storm and none of the beauty of the snow.  Unrelenting, the wind and sleet hit my windows and the howling wind was a terrible reminder that Mother Nature decided we should have not had such a lovely February.  So, a week before the official beginning of Spring, she brought to us the hardest storm to hit the whole Eastern seaboard in some time. 

I wasn't able to take a stroll through the soft, fluffy snow to take pictures of the lovely little flakes and their many faceted little faces.  Instead, sliding down the walkway and keeping myself steady against the wind was not what I found to be inspirational or a lovely white snowfall.

I have, instead, allowed myself the mental traveler's experience of the daydream and was inspired to begin a Country Picnic Table dining set in honor of the Summertime.  Here is a sneak peak of what to expect from the reveal in a couple of weeks.

I do have some new knitted and crocheted amigirumi toys in the works.  But, was so inspired by one of the patterns on the toy that I was lead to this bigger project.  

Project details will follow.  I will have individual pattern digital downloads, stitch tutorials, a freebie and an e-book for these upcoming patterns.

Hope you visit me daily in the Studio and keep in touch with the new patterns to roll out in the next few weeks including a new afghan CAL.

Stay warm or cool depending on your residence and I will be back with more in a couple of days. 

 

 


Le Jardin Springtime Afghan CAL Week Six

Well, this is our final week of the Le Jardin Afghan CAL and the last section to crochet.  This is our last stitching week for the afghan.  The following week will be a week of Finishing the afghan in terms of blocking and weaving in.  It will be a very brief post, something with a few points to keep in mind.

I had great fun designing this afghan.  I look forward to another one later, after our Spring Toy project already planned to begin one month from now.  Details will be released by the end of March and we should begin the new project by April.  Do check back, as new information will be posted daily.

This week's section is a stitch that will be the border of the afghan.  This stitch is a simple shell stitch that produces a substantial scalloped edge.  The last section, the Herringbone Double crochet stitch created a lovely rippled effect.  This border stitch allows the flow and rippled effect of the last section to continue into a lovely gentle wave.

Let us begin, then.

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The Le Jardin Springtime Afghan CAL 

Week Five

The Scalloped Stitch

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You will need the following supplies:

1 skein Caron Simply Soft®  (6 oz/170.1 gr/ 35 yds/ 288 m),medium-worsted weight size 4: Off White

1 Crochet hook US size H/8

yarn needle

tape measure

scissors

 

Gauge is not essential for this project.

 

Stitch Guide: The Scallop Stitch 6 double crochet in the same stitch.

 

Abbreviations:   

Chain = ch  

Single Crochet = sc

Scallop stitch = scallop

Slip Stitch = sl st

Repeat = rep

Round(s) = rnd(s)

Stitches(s) = st(s)

 

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Instructions:

Rnd: With Off White color, in the last stitch from section 2, ch 1, sc in the next two sts, * scallop in the next sc, sc in the next 2 sts, repeat * to * around to the beginning,  join with sl st in the first ch made in the beginning of this round.  Fasten off, weave in tail.

 

This a light and fun ending to our CAL.  Join us back here in two weeks for the next project- Our Cross-Country Summertime Bug Drive.  Do visit us everyday for tips and treats.

Please, if anyone has photos of their work we would love for you to share them on our Facebook site.  Nothing has to look perfect, we would just love to know who stitched with us and if you enjoyed this project or found the pattern difficult.

 


Le Jardin Springtime Afghan CAL Week Five

 

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Hello Friends.  Hope your life is filled with good things this week!

It has been a busy week or so here in the Studio.  Pandas, Doughnuts and Gardens,  Oh, my!

It's been fun and I hope it has been fun for you, as well.

This week's post on the Le Jardin Springtime afghan will be a very easy one.  We have been doing a number of somewhat challenging stitches over the past four weeks.  I think these choices of stitches have really enhanced the mood and beauty of the springtime season for this afghan.  And, while the other sections have been relatively small, this one will be much larger; for this section will create the bulk of the afghan-throw. Therefore, it would be the appropriate time to ease up on our stitching dificulty- level and work with an easy yet, lovely stitch called the Herringbone Double Crochet.  

The Herringbone Double crochet is abbreviated as HBdc.  It gives a swaying effect that will add to the beauty of the flowers and grass patterns as though the spring breeze is blowing through them.   However, it has a calm appearance to the finished fabric, something toned-down after all the other sections with their busy stitch appearance.  You will see the swaying effect when more rows are added.  The picture above is a sample so that you will know the stitch of the week.

You will have to stitch in the round,  as with the other sections.  And, be certain to add the three HBdc in the middle of the 3sc corner stitche group from the previous section.  This allows the corners to grow exponentially from section to section without buckling the fabric.  If your fabric is still buckling, that will only be due to the taughtness that 'working in the round' can produce. Simply block or gently straighten the fabric out to loosen the stitching.  Do not overstretch and misshapen the fabric.  However, if you should, don't fret.  Steam blocking will bring the afghan back in its origianl shape.  

One more thing, you will need to stitch a further 12 inches around.  This will fill in the size of the afghan to bring it closer to the measurement of a throw.  The last section will finish that final size off.  Keep in mind that these afghan projects do not always finish up exactly the measurement given.  Most of the time, this difference in final measurements comes from the tension with which one stitches.  If you are a tight stitcher, your throw may be a bit smaller.  Conversely, if you are a loose stitcher, your throw could turn out quite large.  With afghans, however, one typically ends with something very close to the finished design measurements listed.  As a professional Crochet instructor for a number of years, I rarely emphasized or stressed my students with the concern of gauge for the home decor project -specifically afghans.  The reason for this is that a home dec project like an afgahn has no need to have a 'spot-on' size.  Now, not all home dec projects are like this.  Pillows, for example, require a gauge or the fabric may be too large or too small for the pillow form.  Then, one gets stuck trying to make the final piece fit the pillow form.  But, afghans, no, it's not terribly necessary.

So,  Have Fun!  Send Pics! Love to see who is participating and what the work looks like.

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The Herringbone Double Crochet Stitch 

Week Five

 

You will need the following supplies:

2 skeins Caron Simply Soft®  (6 oz/170.1 gr/ 35 yds/ 288 m),medium-worsted weight size 4: Off White

1 Crochet hook US size H/8

yarn needle

tape measure

scissors

 

Gauge is not essential for this project.

 

Stitch Guide: Herringbone Double Crochet

Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over your hook and bring the yarn through from the back through the stitch you went in and the first loop on your hook (you have two loops on your hook).  Yarn over, draw yarn through the first loop on the hook, again (you have two loops left on your hook, again).  Yarn over, draw yarn through both loops on your hook (you are left with one hook).

 

Abbreviations:   

Chain = ch  

Single Crochet = sc

Herringbone Double Crochet = HBdc

Slip Stitch = sl st

Repeat = rep

Round(s) = rnd(s)

 

Instructions:

To begin the foundation round, sc in each sc around. In the ch-1 space behind the flowers, st 1sc.  In the corners, place 3sc in the middle sc of the 3sc-set in the corner from the previous round.  Join with sl st to 1st sc from the beginning of the round.

Rnd 1: Ch 3, HBDC (see stitch guide) in the same space as Ch 3 made. HBdc across round .  Work the corners by placing 3 HBdc in the middle sc of the 3sc-set in the corner from the previous round.   Join with sl st in top chain of ch 3 made in the beginning. Turn

Rnd 2: working from the back of the fabric, ch3, HBdc in the first HBdc made in the previous round, HBdc across the round. Work the corners by placing 3 HBdc in the middle sc of the 3HBdc-set in the corner from the previous round.  Join with sl st in top chain of ch 3 made in the beginning. Turn.

Rnd 3: working from the front of the fabric, ch3, HBdc in the first HBdc made in the previous round, HBdc across the round. Work the corners by placing 3 HBdc in the middle sc of the 3HBdc-set in the corner from the previous round.  Join with sl st in top chain of ch 3 made in the beginning. Turn.

Rnd 4: rep rnds 2 & 3 for a further 12" around.

This will bring your crocheted throw to a 52" x 56".  Our last section will be 4" around so you will have a final size of 60" x 64".

 

 


Mardi Gras Celebration

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I baked homemade doughnuts, a favorite of ours, for our Mardi Gras Celebration. The recipe came out pretty well and I was greatly surprised.  Last time I baked with this recipe the doughnuts fell through.  I could have used them as hockey pucks.  Tonight, we had a guest over and they flipped over the doughnuts.  I was hesitating to try one as I was suspecting the worst.  But, I dove in, took a bite, and they were fine.  So, with a thrill in my heart, I decided to feature a design of my own of an amigirumi doughnut pattern free for the next 24 hours. Then you may purchase it at my Etsy or Ravelry store.

I will post the pattern now but add a pic latter.  This is an original pattern of mine but, the samples I have worked up are packed away.  In the spirit of releasing the pattern on Fat Tuesday, I don't really have the time to fish them out.

So, Enjoy!  Make as many as you wish.  They come in two sizes and they are Diet-Friendly!!  I will be putting together a book of all my favorite amigirumi projects and these will be available in the production.  This doughnut is the small size of 3".  

 

Fat Tuesday Sweetness

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**This is a pattern for an amigirumi crocheted doughnut.  This is a toy, not an edible item.  Do not give to children under the age of seven, as it can pose choking hazards.**

 

 

You will need the following:

 *Light Weight (3) Yarn of your choice- 2 oz Tan color

 *Light Weight (3) Yarn of your choice- 2 oz Pink colo

 *US Size G/4.00 mm Crochet Hook

 *Stitch Marker

 *stuffing or polyester filling

 *beads or scrap yarn for sprinkles

 

Gauge is not essential for this project.

 

Pattern Note: This project is worked in the rounds.  Work continuously into the next round, moving the marker up the rounds as you work.  Do not slip stitch join at the end of each round before beginning the next one.

 

Abbreviations:

Chain = ch

Single Crochet = sc

Slip Stitch = sl st

Round(s) = rnd(s)

Beginning = beg

Decrease is made by = 2sctog

Place Marker = pm

Repeat = rep

 

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Instructions:

For the Cake of the doughnut

With the Tan-color yarn, ch 12, join with sl st in first ch made, pm. (12 ch)

Rnd 1: 2sc in the next ch and in each ch around. (24 ch)

Rnd 2: sc in each sc around.  (24 sc)

Rnd 3: *1sc in the next sc,  2sc in the next sc, rep * to * around. (36 sc)

Rnds 5-11: sc in each sc around. (36 sc)

Rnd 12: *1sc in next sc, 2sctog*, rep *to* around. (24 sc)

Rnd 13: 2sctog around. (12 sc)  Fasten off leaving a 10" tail for joining the cake.

 

For the Icing of the Doughnut:

With the pink-color yarn, ch 12, join with sl st in first ch made, pm. (12 ch)

Follow rnds 1-6 of the cake instructionsof the doughnut pattern above.

Rnd 7: *5sc in the next sc, skip 2 sc, sl st in the next sc, 3sc in the next sc, skip 1 sc, sl st in the next sc*,  rep  *to* around.  Join in the 1st of 5sc made in the beg with a sl st.  Fasten off.

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Assembly:

Doughnut:

With the same color arn as the cake, cut a 10"-13" length of yarn and thread through the yarn needle.  Leaving a 3" tail to weave in at the end of the assembly.  Matching edges of the cake fabric, stitch for stitch, whip stitch together, stuffing as you go along. Work your way around to the beginning.  Do not knot, rather weave the ends in and out ot the doughnut to secure the loose ends. Clip and shape nicely.

Whipstitch icing, with the same color yarn as the icing.  Secure the icing in place with delicate stitching to anchor icing down.  Weave yarn ends in as you did with the cake. 

With scraps of different color yarn, stitch on the top of the icing as "jimmies" (sprinkles).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Magic Ring

 

The Magic Ring

The Magic Ring is a great method to begin any project where you will work in the round.  It is especially helpful with amigirumi as the magic ring gets rid of the hole in the center of the single crochets made in the ring.  It is quite simple to do and will most probably become your favorite way to begin a "work in the rounds" project.  

So, Let us begin....

 

Firstly, wrap the yarn around two fingers,

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insert your hook behind your fingers and grab the yarn that is attached to the skein, not the yarn that is the tail,

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draw the yarn under the loop and bring it through the loop wrapped around your finger,

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yarn over your hook and pull through loop on your hook,

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Go back into loop wrapped around your fingers and grab yarn as in step two, pull through and begin a single crochet stitch,

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Repeat last step until you have 6 single crochet in your loop,

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Pull yarn tail slowly to close ring

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Close the circle until the hole is gone then, join the ring with a slip stitch into the first single crochet made from the beginning,

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Yarn over your hook

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Draw yarn through the stitch and the loop on your hook.

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you will be left with one loop on your hook, and close the ring hole completely.

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The Magic Ring

 

The Magic Ring

The Magic Ring is a great method to begin any project where you will work in the round.  It is especially helpful with amigirumi as the magic ring gets rid of the hole in the center of the single crochets made in the ring.  It is quite simple to do and will most probably become your favorite way to begin a "work in the rounds" project.  

So, Let us begin....

 

Firstly, wrap the yarn around two fingers,

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insert your hook behind your fingers and grab the yarn that is attached to the skein, not the yarn that is the tail,

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draw the yarn under the loop and bring it through the loop wrapped around your finger,

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yarn over your hook and pull through loop on your hook,

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Go back into loop wrapped around your fingers and grab yarn as in step two, pull through and begin a single crochet stitch,

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Repeat last step until you have 6 single crochet in your loop,

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Pull yarn tail slowly to close ring

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Close the circle until the hole is gone then, join the ring with a slip stitch into the first single crochet made from the beginning,

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Yarn over your hook

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Draw yarn through the stitch and the loop on your hook.

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you will be left with one loop on your hook, and close the ring hole completely.

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Bao Bao Love- A Tribute

As she stepped out of her travelling carriage, she hesitated a bit, finding herself in new surroundings. Then, as Bao Bao took small steps forward, she found her handler from the States awaiting her arrival into her new enclosure and took sped up toward the familiar face.

Our dear little Bao Bao has been in China for a week now.  News footage covered her departure and safe arrival to the Veterinary team in China.  Enthusiastic and caring, the new veterinary team in China, her new friends and doctors, will see to it that she is happy and thriving.  Eventually she will gently be introduced into the breeding program to ensure future generations of this wonderful species known as the "Giant Cat Bear".

 

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The Panda House at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park is where little Bao Bao was first born.  She was the newborn we all came to lovingly know as the little cub no bigger than "a stick of butter."  

She was particularly special to the team at the zoo, as well as to all of us around this locale and extended cities around the country, as we hadn't seen a surviving birth of a panda cub in ten years.  She had a bit of a rough start with her mama not to enthused to look after her, but, she was a survivor and has all the personality traits of one.  Playful, silly and very demonstrative, much like her father they say, she kept us entertained on the Panda cam for years.  In fact, she introduced us to the joy of her everyday life through the Panda Cam positioned in her enclosure.  She entertained and warmed our hearts as she will do to all those in China who had awaited her arrival last week.  

 

The Panda house also houses the rest of her family, and here they are...

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This lady is Bao Bao's mother.   She was in the same enclosure as her baby boy, Bei Bei that day. My assumption is that she was nervous eating knowing her baby girl was travelling the next day.  Or, maybe it's just that Pandas love to eat all the time no matter what the occasion!  Yeah, I think the latter thought is the accurate assumption...

 

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This hefty fellow is Bao Bao's proud daddy.  Yes, he too is eating... They reported that he was a little blue the next day after Bao Bao's departure but, has adjusted just fine and his appetite is better than ever...go figure!

 

 

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Lastly, this little chunk-a-lunk is Bao Bao's baby brother Bei Bei.  He shares the family trait of, yeah...you guessed it...eating!!

 

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And, finally, this ravishing beauty is Bao Bao, herself.  Need I say more?

 

So, it goes without saying, we all miss our little DC girl.  In honor of her, and the tears we shed when she left us last week, I designed a Softee toy in her name.  

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I have designed this plump, little, smiling face with Bao Bao in my thoughts.  It is designed in the Kawaii style (perfect for a playful girl).  It is stitched in the amigirumi method and can sit on a desktop, or office space as it is 16 " in diameter.  It is about the size of a small melon.

This pattern will be part of a collection of Softee animals in a book.  However, it can be purchased individually as a digital download on Ravelry at http://www.ravelry.com/stores/purls-and-shells--loretta-ann-kfoury and on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/PurlsandShells.

Hope you have as much fun stitching this little girl as much as I did.

 

 

 

 


Le Jardin Springtime Afghan Week Four CAL

Hello...So sorry for the delay in posting week four. 

I fell in love with this flower pattern.  It seems as though the flowers are growing right up from the green grass loops.

I will not go on too long since the pattern needs to get out now.  This pattern is beginner friendly.  I left this section rather simple, just one layer of flowers.  So, this section should work up rather quickly.

So, let's begin...

 

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Flower Pattern

week four 

 

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You will need the following supplies:

1 skein Caron Simply Soft®  (6 oz/170.1 gr/ 35 yds/ 288 m),medium-worsted weight size 4:  Pastel Pink

1 Crochet hook US size H/8

yarn needle

tape measure

scissors

 

Gauge is not essential for this project.

 

Stitch Guide: Thistle Stitch

All in the same stitch, *ch10, 1sc* 3 times to create 3 loops for the Thistle stitch.

 

Abbreviations:   

Chain = ch  

Single Crochet = sc

2 single crochet together (decrease) = 2sctog

Double Crochet = dc

Slip Stitch = sl st

Stitch(es) = st(s)

Round (s) = rnd(s)

Repeat = rep

 

Instructions:

Rnd 1: Where you finished last section (four) for the grass, in that same stitch ch 1, sc in each stitch around working 3sc in the middle sc created in each corner from the previous section.

Rnd 2: sc in the next four  sc, *work Thistle Stitch in next sc ( see Stitch Guide), sc in the next 9 sc, *.  Turn and work from behind the fabric (on its' wrong side) only for this round.

Rnd 3: Hold your loops from the Thistle Stitch in front of the fabric (on its' right side), Ch 1, sc in the next four sc, * skip the first sc right at the base of the Thistle Stitch, 2sctog the next two sc within the Thistle Stitch that were made when constructing the Thistle Stitch, skip the last sc of the Thistle Stitch, sc in the next nine sc, repeat  to * around.  When you reach a corner, 3sc in the middle sc of the 3sc you made in last round's corner.

Rnd 4: ch 1, sc in each sc around.

Rnd 5: ch 1, in next corner, 3sc in the middle sc of the 3sc from the previous round's corner, sc in the next seven sc, *sc in the next sc catching the first loop of the Thistle Stitch, sc in the next five sc, skip the center loop of the Thistle Stitch, sc in the next sc catching the last loop of the Thistle Stitch, sc in the next three sc, repeat * to * around.  When you reach a corner, 3sc in the middle sc of the 3sc you made in last round's corner.

Rnd 6: ch 1 sc in each sc around.

Rnd 7: ch 1, sc in the next four sc, 6dc in next sc, in next corner-3sc in middle sc from the previous round's corner,  sc in next twelve sc,  6dc in next sc and catch the middle loop in that same stitch, sc in next nine sc, repeat * to * around.  When you reach a corner, 3sc in the middle sc of the 3sc you made in last round's corner.

Rnd 8: ch 1,  sc in next 3sc, *ch 1, skip 6 dc and sc in the next four sc (closing up the flower), sc in the next eight sc,* repeat * to * around.  When you reach a corner, 3sc in the middle sc of the 3sc you made in last round's corner.

Rnd 9: ch 1, sc in each sc around.

 

You will only work one row of flowers, then we will build the majority of the afghan over the next two sections.  See you next week.

 

 


Bye Bye Bao Bao



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Bye, Bye, Bao Bao,  

 

I, along with many others, am heart broken that you are gone.  Happy that you have grown into a lovely lady, but you are still a baby in my eyes and shouldn't be so far from home.  She will be back to her native home ( for her species ), by 6:30 p.m tomorrow evening.  All the same,  she was born in D.C. so we see her as our little girl.  

Despite a terrible case of bronchitis I am recovering from, thank God, we had to say our good-byes personally.  The crowds were huge but, the lines moved very quickly.  

 There were many celebrations before Bao Bao left.  On Saturday, they gave her a decorative cake with her favorite treats placed in ornamental fashion around the three tiers of ice cake.  A large spray of bamboo came from the top of the cake like fireworks.

Sunday, Bao Bao was given toys and for some time, taken back and forth through her travelling box so that she would be comfortable with her temporarily new environment until she arrives in China.

Monday, Bao Bao was given another four tier cake shaped like a pagoda, just lovely!  Finally, the staff and handler/doctors gave her a suitcase for her trip.  of course, she spent her afternoons in intense playtime and this is how she spent her late afternoon visiting with the public, sacked out on her sling bed....

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Bao Bao's family was near by.  And it seemed they were all enjoying the same thing ...Eating! (Photos to come....)

I will design a little panda in Bao Bao's honor.  Will arrive in the next week.  See ya' then.
    


 

 

 

 

 


Spring Picnic Fingerless Gloves

Springtime Springtime, here we go.  

Time to say goodbye to snow.

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"How odd",  I thought to myself.   It is a beautiful Spring day out but, all the homes I see on my journey through the mountains, today,  are decorated with snowmen and wintry things.  In the warmth of this lovely afternoon, their winter decorations look so old and out-of-season.   Don't they realize it is Spring?  I came to the conclusion that they must have been too busy to take the old winter scenes off  their lawns.  Then, my travelling companion jiggled my memory and reminded me, lost in my own thoughts of Spring, that I was, indeed, still in the dead of winter here on February 18, in the scenic mountains of the Appalachian Region.

I am counting the days until it will be warm for longer than an afternoon.  But, until then, we could have a number of snowfalls to go before it is Springtime around here.  So, in the spirit of good friendship toward mother nature, who chooses to keep winter around when I am pleading from her to bring Spring now,  I will publish one last winter themed treat, a set of fingerless gloves.  They will be worked in the colors of pink and white with a checkered picnic blanket design (in honor of Spring.)

This is a knitting pattern but, if you are a crocheter, it is simple enough to work up.  Hope you will give it a try. Think warm thoughts, and Spring will soon be upon us.  Until then, stitch these warm but whimsical-designed gloves.

They will be free for two days on the blog then you can find them on Ravelry and Etsy in the coming week.

Any questions, just post on Facebook, @gmail or leave a comment below.

Have Fun!

 

 

 

“Spring Picnic” Fingerless Gloves

Copyright 2017 Loretta Ann Kfoury

 

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You will need the following supplies:

⬥1 skein Isaac Mizrahi Craft® in Isaac’s Colorways Merino Blend®                   

(3 oz/ 85 gr/ 213 yds/ 195 m), #3 light DK: “Hooray” (Main Color= MC)

⬥1 skein Isaac Mizrahi Craft® in Isaac’s Colorways Merino Blend®                     

(3 oz/ 85 gr/ 213 yds/ 195 m), #3 light DK: “Ivory” (Complimentary Color= CC)

⬥1 set of double pointed needles size 4 (3.5 mm) or circular needles 9” size 4

⬥1 size F crochet hook

⬥yarn needle

⬥stitch markers

⬥scissors

⬥counter (optional)

 

Gauge Swatch= 21 sts x 30 rows = 4”x 4” in st st.

 

Pattern Note: These gloves are for average adult size hands.

Work pattern in colorwork, or Fair Isle fashion, alternating colors according to charts provided.

Abbreviations:   

Rib Stitch = rib st

Stockinette Stitch = st st

CO = cast on

BO = bind off

K =knit

P = purl

rnd = round

pm = place marker

rm = remove marker

mrkr = marker

kfb = knit front back

dpns = double pointed needles

mc = main color

cc = second color

sm = slip marker

st(s) = stitch (es)

 

 

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Instructions:

With MC, CO 42 sts on circular needles or distribute sts evenly over 4 dpns, pm and join begin certain to keep fabric from twisting while joining.

 

Rnds 1-5: continuing with MC, K1, P1 rib st. (42 sts)

Rnds 6-9:  K rnds.

Rnds 10-13:  with MC and CC, K rnds in colorwork or, Fair Isle fashion following chart A.

Rnds 14-20: with MC only, K rnds.

Rnds 21: K20, pm for thumb, Kfb, K1, Kfb, pm, K to end. (44 sts)

Rnd 22: K rnd.

Rnd 23: K to 1st mrkr, sm, Kfb, K3, Kfb, sm, K to end of rnd. (46 sts)

Rnd 24: K rnd.

Rnd 25: K to 1st mrkr, sm, Kfb, K5, Kfb, sm, K to end of rnd. (48 sts)

Rnd 26: K rnd.

Rnd 27: K to 1st mrkr, sm, Kfb, K7, Kfb, sm, K to end. (50 sts)

Rnd 28: K rnd.

Rnd 29: K to 1st mrkr, sm, Kfb, k9, Kfb, sm, K to end. (52 sts)

Rnd 30: K rnd.

Rnd 31:  K to 1st mrkr, sm, Kfb, K11, Kfb, sm, K to end. (54 sts)

Rnd 32: K rnd.

Rnd 33: K next 21 sts, rm, place the next 14 sts onto waste yarn, rm

            CO 2 sts on right needle and join to 1st st on left needle to

            form glove, K to end of row. (42 sts)

Rnds 34 & 35: K rnds.

Rnds 36 & 37: Alternating with MC & CC, follow chart B.

Rnds 38 & 39: With MC only, K rnds.

Rnds 40-42: K1, P1 rib st.

Rnd 43: BO loosely, fasten off yarn leaving a 6”tail.

Shaping Thumb:

Evenly reload sts from waste yarn onto 3 dpns.  With crochet hook, pull yarn from skein through 5 sts on glove that are unworked near thumb and load them onto the 4th dpn.  Pm and join sts to close thumb.

Rnds 1-5: K rnds.

Rnds 6 & 7: K1, P1

Rnd 8: BO loosely. Fasten off yarn leaving 6” tail.

Weave all ends of yarn throughout fabric.






CHART   A:

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CHART  B:

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The Loop Stitch Tutorial

The Loop Stitch is a very simple stitch that lends to a lovely finished look that can be used for various effects.  On my blog, the loop stitch is replicating lush grass for the Le Jardin Springtime Afghan CAL.

So, Let's begin: 

 

Step 1: Insert your hook in the first sc, 

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Step 2:  Pull up a length of yarn (not too long) with your index finger, and take your hook, and wrap your hook starting from the right side of the front length of yarn and go to the right side of the back length of the yarn,

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Step 3:   And pull both lengths of yarn through the stitch,

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You will have three loops on your hook.

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Step 4:  Yarn over your hook

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Pull yarn through ONLY TWO of the loops on your hook,

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You will have two loops left on your hook.

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Step 5: Yarn over your hook and pull yarn through the two loops on your hook,

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You will be left with one loop on your hook. 

 

You will have completed your loop stitch and this is how it looks:

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