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Crochet Along (CAL)…Week 2 Completed

The Week 2 CAL assignment had a few ‘options’. They are listed on Inner Hooker’s CAL blogsite as the following:

“Week 2 Assignment
there are a few options
1.  continue working 1 round per granny (complete through round 3 on all) **I will probably do this one
2.  work 10-12 complete grannies
3.  if you get bored working the same round work rounds 3 and 4 on 44 of them (you will do this again next week)”
I chose to hook all my centers to Round 3 on ALL. I wanted to see what they would all look like done up in full color.
All lined up like this, you can see how the colors will play out in the final line up. I’ll have to move them around a lot after the next few rounds to figure out a good placement for the color combinations. That one there in the middle, with the orange as a NEXT round was my first sample. I think I will pull the orange off the edging and make the next round all white. If the next round is white, my circles will stay ‘circular’ …if I add another round of color, the color blocks will appear ‘square’.
While trying to photo this set, I was met with clouds and a sneaky hiding sun. I thought you might like to see my challenge.
I thought I’d sidestep and take a few photos while waiting for that cloud to pass…
Once the sun peeked out around that cloud, I could see my line up across the yard.
Yay for Round 3 and catching up to Week 2! All in all, the colors are bright, deliver a fun, festive, happy feel, and will work well on a white background for the most accent. 🙂
You can still join along! Grab your hook and get some yarn…even if you just make a few…it’s fun to compare with all the other crochet hookers out there doing the same Crochet ALong. If you join in, be sure to leave a comment or link so we can all see your progress too!

Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun! –

alicia in Hawaii

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Crochet Along (CAL)…Week 1 Completed

My hook has been crazily swinging, catching and pulling to get this far this quickly.

These 90 or so centers have been done to Round 2! It’s been a giant logic puzzle as well…trying to think up the combinations of colors and setting them up so that they don’t repeat.

I’m really liking the colors! So bright and cheery and fun!

These colors need full sunlight to show them off for the camera.  I waited for the clouds to pass…

to set them up … on the grass…

If you’d like to join along, please follow the links, grab your yarn, your hooks and your pattern! Post a comment here too if you decide to ‘hook up’. 🙂

Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun! –

alicia in Hawaii

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Crochet Along (CAL)…A Jump Start on Week 1

I recently posted about The Crochet Along with Inner Hooker. I’ve been hooking like crazy to try to catch up with the Crochet Along (CAL) that has been in progress without me.

Mad like a spider, my weaving and webbing has produced these in a day or so:

This is part of Week 1. We were supposed to finish 88 centers up to Round 2.  I made 90 centers… only through Round 1.  Now, I have to add the second color round on this one to catch up completely with Week 1.

Join along with us.! If you decide to do so, leave a comment and say your joining up.  Check out your stash or use this CAL as a great springboard to go yarn shopping. 🙂

Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun! –

alicia in Hawaii

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Crochet Along (CAL) with Inner Hooker, Sunburst Granny Squares

My plurk friend, Amy,  posted that she is hooking along in her friend’s  “crochet along” and it just seemed too good to pass up.

Yes, like I need to START yet ANOTHER project.

I dug around…and this is what I’ve lined up.

I’ve decided to enjoy the ‘start’…even if the finish doesn’t ever come to fruition, the excitement and fun of the start will be worth it of itself. 🙂

I know that Red Heart yarn will not be some people’s first choice of yarns, but for me it’s durable and washable,  a must for a blanket or throw. It’s durable, it’s readily available out here where I live, it’s bright and it’s FUN!

From what I understand, we are using this pattern and we will keep to certain rounds for certain weeks.   I have to catch up a bit… so let’s hope I can get up to speed with a quickness.

Off to print my Sunburst Granny Square pattern by Priscilla Hewitt, gather my yarns and grab my HOOK! Must catch up! 🙂

Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun! –

alicia in Hawaii

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Updates: Nostepinnes, Darning Eggs and Knitting/Crochet accessories

Nostepinnes and Darning eggs…

Pecan "Spool Scepter" $25

Pecan DE "Shaving Brush" $23

I’ve linked here from my original “other blog”; the blog that I like to “remember” as part of our past in New Orleans, :

Since we have followers from there that have scooted over to here, I am updating our link to items we have created using our experience and loss in New Orleans with Hurricane Katrina.

When we moved, we were lucky enough to crate our wood specimens and bring them with us. We are still creating items from that stash…and have added many creations with items found here in our new-old home, Hawaii.

We had learned to spin and knit and turn wood while evacuated for a year with the Coast Guard during and after Hurricane Katrina. When we returned to the area, we found a way to selvage some of history and incorporate it into our new found love of wool and spinning. That entire story is on my ‘other blog’, at this link: … 😉

And now, without further ado,

Here you will find our photo sets with items still available:

Newest Additions

Knitting Stitch Markers

There are nostepinnes for spinning, knitting, crochet…helpful with “yarn parking” (see my ‘other blog’ for info.) and there are knitting stitch markers. These are items that we created while being displaced and returned to a barren area of the New Orleans area. We still pick up these creations and supplies and regularly add to them. Each time we create something to add to this collection, we travel back through our experiences that changed our lives profoundly.

If you are interested in any items shown, email me at


or leave a comment here with your email address and I will answer your inquiry.



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Crochet Project-Santa Purses

I really do love to crochet.


As a little girl, my mom tried and tried to get me to crochet and do lots of other crafty things.

I watched.

I tried.

I didn’t do much with it.

Somewhere in my early 30’s I must have hatched my artist self…because now…I cannot keep my hands off any handy dandy crafty materials!

In between embroidery …and now quilting…and sewing up purses and blankies…I managed to squeeze in not one, but 2 Santa purses.


These are made up for 2 very special little girls. My mom’s BEST relative, cousin Frances, has 2 little granddaughters that live in the same building with her. (They did all live together, now they live in the same building.) These happy faces are on route to them…to a new home in Seattle!

I found this cute pattern at E-Patterns Central. Because the kids are still very little, I changed the eyes from buttons to embroidered granitos. I also left the pompom off the hat. (Safety first!)


As you can see, each Santa purse is complete with a McDonald’s Arch Card…a special Hawaii edition Arch Card…one with the Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island and one with a surfer, no doubt suring North Shore or Sandy Beach!


Each little girl has their own purse and an Arch card for at least one Happy Meal each. They can dress it up for a Christmas outing…maybe with Grandma Frances!


Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun!


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Embroidery as Embellishment- Amigurumi Crochet Butterfly, LadyBug, and Bee Dolls

Hi everyone! Yesterday I did not have any time to finish embroidering the little bears handbag or hat brim, so today I will treat you with a cute little group of friends. Portrait Insect DollsThey are all done with only one stitch, the single crochet. I started with amigurumi (japanese style doll crochet, all done with the single crochet stitch) when hubby and I were displaced because of Hurricane Katrina. Hubby was US Coast Guard and we evacuated north to Alexandria, Louisiana on Coast Guard orders. We lost EVERYTHING in our house, were living in a hotel for a year, and I needed a hobby, art outlet, that was compact, little and took a minimal size of ‘stash’. I had revived my crochet just prior to all that, so, after surfing the net a bit, I found amigurumi. (There is more of this previous life on my ‘Other Realm Blogs’, see link in right hand column here…don’t forget to come back!) I love crochet. Now, I love embroidery. They are both equally pleasing to me and I struggle to decide which to play with when I am feeling creative. 😉

The Line Up

I found these adorable crochet doll patterns on Etsy. For Christmas, or was it my birthday?, I asked for these little patterns…and voila! I started creating them with much excitement! There is a dark hair, dark eyed, sweet butterfly, a gentle blond, blue eyed ladybug, and…a rascal, redhead, green eyed, bee. (My mom is blond, with blue eyes, Hubby is a redhead with green eyes…so don’t send me hate mail) The dolls are crocheted with sports yarn, hair is stitched with DMC floss. Only thing, I didn’t know how to embroider and I had to learn to do the hair and yes, all that embellishment on the butterfly.

The Line Up, Mooning

I wanted my crocheted butterfly doll to be a butterfly we have here in Hawaii. (Did you know, we only have 2 butterflies here…) So, orange it would have to be. Believe it or not, the day I chose to embroider the little butterfly wings, behold, a monarch landed on our bougainvillea and sat there long enough for me take a long look at it. Talk about models sent from the universe!

Butterfly Doll WingsLadybug and Bee

I stitched along and am very happy with the butterfly and the hair of these little crochet dollies. The bee’s wings were fun to make and the little ladybug was a lot of fun too. The bee even has a little stinger! You can’t see it too well in this photo…but it’s there!(btw the little red lady bug is NOT a lady bug we have here either…we have the little black ones…) (oh, we don’t have the bumble bee here either, only the honey bee…)

Waiting In Line

They are so cute! They look like they are waiting in line…

I have several others in the ‘in progress’ bag waiting for their hair to be ‘grown’…I even have a dragon experiment in there that I created as a ‘variation’ of the pattern. I will have to dig them out and finish them, don’t you think? Group Smiles

Go and create something fun! Share it with me… I’d Love to hear from you…Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun!


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