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A Few Things About Me

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  • Location
    East Bay Area, California, United States
  • Hobbies
    Crocheting, gardening
  • Occupation
    Web Designer
  • Favorite projects
    Lap sized afghans / blankets
  • Crocheting since...
    Since I was a little girl
  1. Round We Go afghan from Annie's Crochet Quilt & Afghan Club: http://www.anniesattic.com/detail.html?prod_id=78772&cat_id=947 $6.95 download price.
  2. I loved the crocheted vest Didi Benami wore on American Idol the other night! (Not that I can wear it - or would wear it! It looked good on Didi though!) I was able to find the vest (but not the pattern) online here: http://www.forever21.com/product.asp?catalog_name=FOREVER21&category_name=sweater&product_id=2071410282&Page=3 It's called the "Rainbow Doily Cardigan" and is $37.80. If anyone can find the PATTERN, please let me know - THANK YOU! -Cheryl April 10, 2010 - The above link is now broken - darn! Here's a page with a photo of the vest: http://www.polyvore.com/rainbow_doily_cardigan/thing?id=15007361
  3. Hands down the BEST for my wrists: Clover Soft Touch Crochet Hooks.
  4. THANK YOU everyone for your compliments on my version of the Babette Blanket! Your support and response is quite tremendous! I'll work my way through your questions ... > i REALLY like that you pulled it off with 17 skeins of caron ss. so, with a G > hook, are your squares fairly firm? are you a loose crocheter? is this a > very heavy warm blaket? Yup, 17 skeins - in different colors! Whew! My gauge is loose and a G hook gave me a firm but soft feel. I didn't want the stitches to be loose for this blanket. The blanket is VERY warm and VERY snuggly and soft...and HEAVY. I almost but not quite can't wait for cooler weather so I can huddle under it! > what are you going to do with it? Oh, I'm keeping this one for me! I wanted a colorful and cheery blanket for the ugly, grey, cold winter months. > How is it possible that you began on June 24 and are finished already??? > I would think that this project would take at least 6 months? It took about 4 weeks or so all total. I have *LOTS* of time each evening and on the weekends to crochet! The kids are grown and out on their own, so there's a lot of available time. Crocheting the squares took no time at all. Hiding ends seemed endless. But it was designing the color scheme for the additional panel that I found most time-consuming - to not duplicate parts of the original layout, to use appropriate colors in appropriate places - probably about 10 days or so just for the additional panel (which is why I posted my panel layout and the color scheme for the additional squares on my blog - so someone else could make it if they didn't want to do their own thing). > What an awesome job! I've not heard of this babette design? Is > that a free pattern? If so, can you point me to where I can find it? - and - > That's an awesome 'ghan!!! Is there a pattern for that, or did you > make it up as you went? I'd love to put that on my wish list! The pattern is not free - it is in the Spring 2006 issue of Interweave Crochet magazine - which can be ordered from the http://www.interweavecrochet.com website or possibly found on eBay. The pattern for the squares is a common variation of the traditional granny square. Because I don't like the join showing on one side of each square, I join in a corner instead. It is published as square #3 Square Target in the book "200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws, and Afghans" by Jean Eaton - AND, it is square #77 in "99 Granny Squares to Crochet" (with this mod: make each corner 2dc ch 2 2dc) by Leisure Arts. I just found this online version of the square pattern called "No Seam Granny Square" at Chez Crochet (scroll to bottom of page): http://www.chezcrochet.com/page56.html . The value in using the published pattern published is having the color charts for the squares and the diagram of the square placement. Based on my experience creating the additional panel for my Babette Blanket, the planning of square placement and colors in the original pattern is excellent! > I don`t think you would need a pattern for this in my humble oppinion. > Get some graph paper (free online) and figure out how big you want it. > And start putting squares on the paper. Yes! This is an excellent way to create your own blanket using different sized squares. Each size square could be a different pattern - or not. Some squares could be solid - or not. > Oh WOW!! I LOVE IT! It's the ultimate way to use scraps! I love the > way you have all differently sized squares making it up, because that > way it wouldn't matter if you only had a foot long piece of one color > left, it could still be incorporated as the center of a small square! Yes, although the published pattern for Babette Blanket uses (in my opinion) a planned color scheme, creating your own version is a WONDERFUL way to use up scraps. Again, thank you for your kind words!! -Cheryl
  5. I'm in love!! I finished my Babette Blanket! I used Caron Simply Soft and designed an additional panel to make it larger and more rectangular - details are on my blog here: http://www.tamemymind.com/artscrafts/2007/08/15/babette_blanket_finished.php LINK CHANGED TO: http://www.tamemymind.com/blog/2007/08/15/babette-blanket-finished.php
  6. Hi! I'm the Cheryl at http://www.tamemymind.com/artscrafts/ who created my own way to increase a round afghan from 6 points to 12 points to 24 points by adding the extra points using rows in the valleys (instead of adding squares in the valleys) - see the photos and brief explanation here: http://www.tamemymind.com/artscrafts/2007/05/16/6point_to_24point_round_ripple_blanket_greens_blues_multi.php If you have questions about how it was done, please let me know! LINK CHANGED TO: http://www.tamemymind.com/blog/2007/05/16/6point-to-24point-round-ripple-blanket-greens-blues-multi.php
  7. I know of someone who has the embroidery charts for the Spring Bouquet, Toltec Bird, and Danish Bell Pull afghan designs in Bernat Afghans book 132. Please contact me by email at cheryl@tamemymind.com and I will put you and Marion in email contact with each other to work out the details. She has helped two people seeking charts who left comments on my blog.
  8. Earlier this week, I spent some time searching Google for Reversible Afghan patterns - in both crochet and knit. Here's the list: http://www.tamemymind.com/artscrafts/2007/03/20/reversible_afghan_blanket_patterns_crocheted_or_knitted.php LINK CHANGED TO: http://www.tamemymind.com/blog/2007/03/20/reversible-afghan-blanket-patterns-crocheted-or-knitted.php
  9. Earlier this week, I spent some time searching Google for Round Ripple Afghan patterns and Round Afghan patterns - in both crochet and knit. Here's the list: http://www.tamemymind.com/blog/2007/03/19/round-afghan-blanket-patterns-crocheted-or-knitted.php (corrected link)
  10. Earlier this week, I spent some time searching Google for Round Ripple Afghan patterns and Round Afghan patterns - in both crochet and knit. Here's the list: http://www.tamemymind.com/artscrafts/2007/03/19/round_afghan_blanket_patterns_crocheted_or_knitted.php LINK CHANGED TO: http://www.tamemymind.com/blog/2007/03/19/round-afghan-blanket-patterns-crocheted-or-knitted.php
  11. I just found the pattern for the Hearts & Diamonds afghan, LW 1335, at PurpleKittyYarns.com. It's a PDF file: http://www.purplekittyyarns.com/free-patterns/Hearts-and-Diamonds-LW1335.pdf -Cheryl
  12. I look for patterns that I may actually use - photos are necessary so I can see what the item looks like. Too many crocheted wearables are just not my style (too frilly, too lacy, too small, not machine washable).
  13. Until October 2005, I thought PURPLE was a gender-neutral color. Then, I figured out that LAVENDER was too light a shade for a boy. I still think PURPLE is OK for boys and girls.
  14. I learned when I was a young girl - probably age 7. That's...37!...years ago!
  15. Relaxation. Meditation. Creativity with color. Creativity with texture.
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