I actually haven’t carved pumpkins this year yet. I’m going to wait a bit longer so that the pumpkins don’t rot before Halloween, BUT… I wrote up this tutorial last year, and I thought it would be helpful to some people who might be reading Joyful Abode this year. Before: The pumpkin awaits its transformation.


Sep 15 2007
Category: Crafts. Crochet

Shelly Scarf This scarf is a companion to The Professional Hat. Materials: About 200-250 yds worsted weight yarn Size K/10 1/2 hook (6.5 mm) yarn needle (optional for weaving in ends) Gauge: 13 sts = 4” Notes: Shell: 5 dc all in same stitch To Begin Ch 19. Row 1: 4 dc in 4th ch


Sep 15 2007
Category: Crafts. Crochet

The Professional Hat This cap is based on the red cap from the movie “The Professional”. However, I have changed my original pattern a bit (added a row of shells) in order to make it longer. To obtain a more movie-consistent cap, omit one row of shells. In order to make the hat more like


For a while, my jewelry has been lumped together in a jewelry box. When I want to wear earrings, I have to hunt for mates… when I want to wear a necklace, I must first unravel it from a tangle of its cousins. Not anymore! If you have this problem too, you might enjoy making


Jul 05 2007
Category: Crafts. Crochet

Shavasana Bag This is a no-sew yoga mat bag with only two ends to weave in! Note: I wrote this pattern a long time ago, and the first yoga mat bag was so ugly (in my opinion). You may have seen the ugly pictures on my old website (Hook Me Up! Crochet) or on Craftbits.


Jun 29 2007
Category: Crafts. Crochet

Beaded Choker You Will Need: Size 10 crochet thread 29 small glass beads Beading needle Optional Clasp Steel hook size 4/2.00mm (or size needed to obtain gauge) Gauge: 7 hdc per inch Note: If you plan to add a clasp for closure, make the size closest to your actual neck measurement. If you plan to


Jun 22 2007
Category: Crafts. Crochet

Blue Star Cloche You Will Need: Worsted weight yarn Small amounts of contrasting yarn for accent. Size H/8 hook (5.00mm) Note: Pattern stitch (ps) is [2dc ch2] To Begin: Ch 3. Join with sl st. (or use a “magic ring” to begin) Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc). Work into ring: dc ch


Jun 19 2007
Category: Crafts. Crochet

The Solomon’s Knot Shawl is definitely my most popular pattern. There aren’t that many patterns out there that use this stitch, but it’s a shame… the Solomon’s Knot stitch (aka True Lover’s Knot Stitch, Hail Stone Stitch, or Love Knot Stitch) is beautiful and a great way to show off special yarn. More pictures here.


Jun 07 2007
Category: Crafts. Crochet

Several years ago, I became addicted to crocheting and I started Hook Me Up! Crochet. Well, for the last couple of years, I’ve been overcome with school and work and haven’t really updated it. Now my interest is more in ALL things domestic, rather than just in crochet, so I’m going to let the URL


You will need: one picture frame, whatever size you like. I used 18″ x 24″ a piece of corrugated cardboard cut to fit your frame cork tiles, which you can find at Michael’s next to the whiteboards, about 10 dollars for 4 (12″ square) pretty fabric, a little larger than the area to be framed



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