My version of “On the Town Shawl”

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I love crocheting but because of skin allergies, I am only able to work with 100% cotton yarn.  It took me a while to get past just making dishcloths and a lot of that was learning what patterns cotton yarn would work with and how to modify patterns to make them “cotton friendly”.  Cotton yarn is lovely to use, but when used in some patterns, it does not have the same elasticity that synthetic yarns have.  I have learned that simply increasing the hook size can usually help with that, but the pattern also needs to have a lot of open space if it is an item that should be able to drape nicely.

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Pretty Easy Face / Dish Cloth + Free Tag Download

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Pretty Easy face / dish cloth

I love having a crochet project on the go that is easy to pick up, does not require a lot of concentration for the pattern and that I get results from quickly.  A face / dish cloth always fits the bill.  I am going to share a tutorial for my favorite version today.  It has a beautifully scalloped border when it’s finished – all in one piece – no picking up of stitches around the cloth to make a border!  Sounds good to me 🙂

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If it’s worth doing …

On Tuesday night,  I was having a rough time. I tearfully complained to my husband that I was tired of being a shadow of myself. Of being the person who cries in public. Of being irrational about things I would typically view very rationally. Of having good days followed, for no apparent reason, by a bad day that leaves me feeling confused and vulnerable and makes decision making difficult. I was tired of grieving. He was gracious and reminded me that grief takes time.

We came home and I sat down with a crochet project that I knew wasn’t working as well as it could have. But I had all ready taken it out 3 times and I was loath to do that again. So I determinedly kept going. As I worked, I could hear my mother’s words in my mind, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.”  Finally I listened to those words of wisdom and took it all out. I then started again and that time, it was exactly as it should be.

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Beauty in the dawn blanket

Beauty in the Dawn Blanket border

I fell in love with the variegated yarn that I used in this blanket and couldn’t find the perfect pattern to complement it.  I decided to try my own combination of colors and pattern.  Using a basic double crochet stitch and the color changes to create visual interest, I got to work.  As the blanket took shape, I loved the transition of the colors.  The deep navy creates such jarring stripes of darkness, but it makes the brilliance of the turquoise even more vivid.  Rather like the darkness of the grief in my heart makes the beautiful moments even more alive.  More precious.  More recognized.  The plum feels like the everyday moments … rather unobtrusive, but needed.  And then that variegated colorway makes my heart sing.  I love the mixture of the dark and light with a bit of brightness.  And finally, the white reminds me of the pureness of the One who has carried me over the past months.  Of my Savior.  Of my Christ.

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