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About Kemberlee

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    Junior Villager
  • Birthday 04/10/1964

A Few Things About Me

  • Location
    West Cork, Republic of Ireland
  • Hobbies
    Crochet, Reading, Herding Training, anything that looks interesting
  • Occupation
    author, travel consultant, internet yarn shop
  • Favorite projects
    Anything new and interesting. Too much of one thing gets boring.
  • Crocheting since...
    Not sure how long, but my 96 year old one-eyed aunt taught me a lot.
  1. Welcome, Christine. I'm fairly new too. I joined earlier this month. I'm originally from NorCA too...the Monterey Peninsula (another wine country), but I've been living and working in Ireland for nearly 10 years now. :clover I love the idea of a Closet of Doom We don't have closets in our house so all my yarn is in an antique armoir. My finished projects go into a big, lined wicker hamper until they go out to the recipients. Just finished "the wedding blanket" and matching pillows (though I'm still looking for buttons for the pillow), a house shawl, some socks, a scarf and currently working on an MP3 player pouch which I'm doing up in a spiral pattern. Pretty cool! What's next? I'm thinking of making some soap holder scrubbies for the shower. I'm really liking this spiral pattern and have some great local wool that would felt really well. I really need to take pictures of this stuff.
  2. I generally only work on one project at a time before moving on. In the rare instance, I'll start something new for a short break, like a sock class I just hosted, but I prefer to do one thing at a time. I already multi-task enough things that crochet is something I can do without too much thought.
  3. I didn't know there was a wrong way to crochet Welcome, from another newbie. I've been crocheting since I was old enough to hold a hook, but my one-eyed great aunt taught me a LOT. I've crocheted off and on for about 25 years, but really got back into it about 5 years ago and love it, love it, love it!
  4. I just joined a few days ago, but welcome back. What part of WA state are you in? My mom's currently living in Edmonds. Lovely little town.
  5. Greetings and welcome from Ireland :clover:clover:clover:clover I just joined the group myself, but so far it's a great way to pass an evening. Ireland is famous of its lace making tradition, but I don't think it goes back 350 years! Lace making was done in schools in select areas in the late 1800's. Some is still made regularly and taught locally. There are several different kinds of Irish lace as well. All really beautiful. Is there a website you'd recommend for us to go see some Brasilian lace? I'd love to see it.
  6. I just posted a sale notice in another section... http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=38419
  7. I've got a couple baby sweaters for people I know who've just had babies or will be having them in the next couple weeks (seems like everyone's been preggers this year!) I've a couple baby blankets as well. Just finished a scarf in an interesting rusty ruby color chenille, have some socks made...I'm looking for a good project now though that I don't have any WIPs going. I just finished a wedding blanket and pillow set for my cousin who's getting married at the end of January...25 12 inch square panels in various crochet stitches...one stitch type per panel. That took a month of Sunday's. I put everything off to be sure I had enough time to get it done before leave for home in a couple weeks. Now I'm left with idle fingers and going nuts looking for a new project! All ideas joyfully considered!!
  8. Hi Alice, Several of my classmates moved to Oregon. We discovered this at our reunion a few years ago. Those who moved had no clue some of their old school chums were in the same area. Too funny. Simpson, Jenkins and Lipsett are probably English/British surnames or other, but not Irish...unless they were part of the plantation times. McMonagle is probably Irish. I know McGonagle is Irish (I think that's the spelling). Surnames with Mc are generally found more north on the island and the O's are more south. But that's not a hard and fast rule, especially if one is a decendent of the O'Neill's who ruled most of Northern Ireland from the dawn of time. And YES, much of Northern Ireland is amazing. The whole island has so many different areas that are so unique to the last. I've been all over Ireland, north and south. I've extentively explored 31 of the 32 counties so far. County Down is the only county I haven't been through...yet. If you ever decide to come over, let me know. I can point you in the right directions...all 2 million of them! Thanks for the luck on the business. We'll be launching mid-January when I'm home from my holidays. I'm going back to California in a couple weeks and will be staying through the New Year Can't wait. It's been 6 years to the day since I was home last.
  9. I just finished a long sweater that looks almost identical to this one. Be careful with the weight of the yarn. Mine weighs itself longer than I stitched from the pattern. It's like a blanket. Really heavy too. I'll remake it in a lighter yarn next time. I love the purple of this pattern. Pumpkin would be great too. I love that color. I'm not familiar with Lion Brand yarns (I've seen them online but not in my hands). What kind of yarn is wool ease? Have fun with the project. I'd love to see a picture of how they turn out.
  10. I just finished a blanket for friends of ours who just had a baby. I think the patter is called Sea Spray. It looksl like it. Is this what you consider a round ripple?? I did it up in cream, Sirdar Country Yarn, which is a soft baby acrylic... I got the pattern out of a book called 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns for Knit and Crochet by Jane Eaton... http://www.amazon.com/200-Ripple-Stitch-Patterns-Exciting/dp/089689276X I think Annie's Attic has a copy on sale? Or maybe it's the block/square patterns. This pattern looks difficult but it's really only one stitch done in two methods, grouped and spaced, to give it the wavy affect. If this is the type of pattern you DON'T want to do, check out this book anyway because there are 100 crochet patterns. Alternatively, I just finished a blanket for my cousin's wedding. I did it up in 12 inch blocks of different crochet stitches per block. You could do something similar on a smaller scale...like a granny square type blanket, just no granny squares My blanket had the panels made up from one square full of bobbles, one sqaure full of half trebles (hald double crochet in the US), and one square of crossed stitch. I had a pattern for the blanket so those three stitches worked great, but you could use several stitches and do them up in 4 inch squares until you have the size you want. I joined by squares with a slip stitch and put 3 or 4 rows of double crochet (single crochet in the US) around the edge. I'm going the tassels now, then it's done! <thank goodness> Good luck and let us know what you come up with!
  11. Greetings from Ireland! I'm originally from the Monterey Peninsula. Going home for Xmas. Can't wait! We definitely plan on seeing the city when we're home. Not sure what we're doing first though. Either a drive down Lombard or some fish on the Wharf
  12. Oh, for sure! I'd balance it out by typing Irish slang, but I'm afraid there would be too many expletives Though, I can do a passable Dublin Norie!
  13. I used to think Scots-speak was perpetuated by an ill informed American romance market...until I went to Scotland! I know what you mean about typing an accent. It's hard to roll the R in Aberrrrrdeen! Have you been getting the nasty there as here? I'll try to send some your way soon. I don't mind the too much as long as I have something warm to wear. Better get with it then! (gotta love all these emoticons!)
  14. I'm originally from Northern CA on the coast. Haven't been as far as OR though. I was too afraid of that sign at the border..."Welcome to Oregon. We shoot every 3rd Californian and the second just passed." How much research have you done on your Donegal ancestors? It's lovely country up there. My aunt by marriage researched her family tree and found a line up there...the were part of the plantation era, but she still has cousins there whom she met a couple years ago on a visit over.
  15. I was very nearly a Kimberly, too, but mom wanted to name me after dad, who's a Lee. Oddly, mom originally wanted to call me Stephanie, but when dad came home from the Navy he told mom his best friend's wife had just had a daughter and named her Kimberly Ann and that's what he wanted me called. So mom named me after dad and gave me all E's, including adding an E to Ann (Anne). Now, if yuo tell me your middle name is Ann and your dad was in the Navy, I'll be very afraid Have you studied your Irish heritage?
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