Saturday, March 24, 2012

Think on These Things #6 Springtime


Earlier this week I drove to my daughter, Erin's home. It was early morning and because of the unusually warm temperature, there was a heavy fog that hadn't yet burned off.
When I arrived I saw she had already planted her flower beds and applied mulch.
It looked beautiful in the misty veil and the friendly Pansy faces proclaimed 

has sprung!
 ~~
Yesterday the twig was brown and bare;
To-day the glint of green is there;
Tomorrow will be leaflets spare;
I know no thing so wondrous fair,
No miracle so strangely rare.
I wonder what will next be there!
~L.H. Bailey
~~
Has God impressed on your heart something special this week?
Was there a Scripture verse, a song, a quote, a poem or an encouraging word that came your way and caused you to pause.
I'd love for you to share.
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 With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Crochet Easter Egg

Each Easter I bring out a basket full of crochet decorations that my mom and I made way back in 1978.
John and I had moved several states away and I was expecting our first child.
My Mom was visiting and we had a great time making some items from patterns featured in an issue of Woman's Day magazine.

I still have the pattern for a couple of the decorations.
Here is one for a two-part egg that can be filled with goodies and tied closed. 
Crochet Easter Egg
Pattern from 1978 Woman's Day Magazine

PRINT INSTRUCTIONS

NOTE: When working in rounds, I mark the end of each round with a piece of contrasting yarn and move it as I complete each round.

Made with worsted weight yarn and size F crochet hook.

Bottom half of egg
ch 3.  Join with sl st in 3rd ch from hook to form a ring
Rnd 1: Work 8 sc in ring
Rnd 2: *sc in next sc, inc in next sc. Repeat from *around (12 sc)
Rnd 3: Repeat rnd 2 (18 sc)
Rnd 4: sc in each sc around, increasing 1 sc in every 3rd sc. (24 sc)
Rnd 5: work even for one round  (24 sc)
Rnd 6: sc in each sc around; increasing in every 4th sc. (30 sc)
Rnd 7-8: work even for two rounds (30 sc)
Rnd 9: sc in each sc around, increasing in every 10th sc. (33 sc)
Rnd 10-12: work even (33 sc)
At the end of the last round, sl st in the next sc and break off.

EDGING:
With contrasting color yarn, make loop on hook.  Working below both top loops of each stitch on the last round, sl st in each sc around (2 loops forming chain edge of sc will show above sl sts).  Join with sl st in the 1st sl st; then ch 32 for tie. Break off.

Top Half of egg:
Work the same as for bottom half through 2nd round (12 sc).
Rnd 3: sc in each sc around, increasing in every 3rd sc (16 sc).
Rnd 4: sc in each sc around, increasing in every 4th sc. (20 sc)
Rnd 5: repeat last round.  (25 sc)
Rnd 6-7: Work even (25 sc)
Rnd 8: sc in each sc around increasing in every 5th sc (30 sc)
Rnd: 9: Work even (30 sc)
Rnd 10: sc in each sc around inceasing in every 10th sc. (33 sc)
Rnd 11-12: Work even (33 sc)

At the end of the last round, sl st in the next sc and break off.

EDGING:
Rnd 1: Work one round sl st with same contrasting color used for the bottom half; join with sl st in 1st sl st (do not chain for tie); ch 1.
Rnd 2: Working in top loop only of the sl st, sc in each sl st around. Join with sl st in the 1st sc; then ch 32 for tie. Break off.
To hinge the two egg halves together, I threaded a large needle with matching yarn and made four (whip stitch) stitches and then went back in the opposite direction to form "x's". Knot and work in ends of yarn to complete.

You might also like my Crochet Diorama Chocolate Easter Egg,

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Springtime

1st day of spring
pedicure in pink
pansies for my porch

Monday, March 19, 2012

Crochet Chocolate Diorama Easter Egg

I am sharing a crochet project my mom and I came up with during one of her visits when we were living in Ohio many years ago.
We were several states away and I was expecting our first child.
By the time we were finished we had made a basket full of Easter decorations that have been brought out and displayed each spring.

PRINT PATTERN
Materials:
  • worsted-weight yarn.  I used chocolate brown and small amount of white but you can use whatever yarn you like as size is not important. 
  • Choose a hooks size for a nice tight-ish stitch. I used F hook
  • various color embroidery floss
  • embroidery needle
  • satin ribbon for bow
  • tiny figure for diorama
  • tiny flowers
  • fiberfill 
Crochet Chocolate Diorama Easter Egg

NOTE: When working in rounds, I mark the end of each round with a piece of contrasting yarn and move it as I complete each round.

Starting at the bottom of the egg
ch 3.  Join with sl st in 3rd ch from hook to form a ring
Rnd 1: Work 8 sc in ring
Rnd 2: *sc in next sc, inc in next sc. Repeat from *around (12 sc)
Rnd 3: Repeat rnd 2 (18 sc)
Rnd 4: sc in each sc around, increasing 1 sc in every 3rd sc. (24 sc)
Rnd 5: work even for one round  (24 sc)
Rnd 6: sc in each sc around; increasing in every 4th sc. (30 sc)
Rnd 7-8: work even for two rounds (30 sc)
Rnd 9: sc in each sc around, increasing in every 10th sc. (33 sc)
Rnd 10-15: work even (33 sc)
Rnd 16: sc in each sc around decreasing in every 10th sc (30 sc)

Begin stuffing your egg.  You will need to add more at the end but I think you can get a better shape if you begin at this point.

Rnd 17: Work even (30 sc).
Rnd 18: sc in each sc decreasing every 5th sc (25 sc)
Rnd 19-20: work even (25)
Rnd 21: switch to white yarn. Sc in each around decreasing every 9th sc (18 sc). Do NOT cut yarn.

At this point, refer to the photo below as you will slip stitch around the outside of the egg creating a 'frosting'.
To help keep stitching even, I use a rubber band as a guide.
Slip stitch evenly around the egg. End off at the opening; finish off.
Finishing:
  • Using embroidery floss in colors of your choice, add Lazy-Daisy and French Knots to the top side of your chocolate egg being sure to conceal your knots inside the egg.
  • Stitch on a bow to the top and add figure and flowers as desired in the opening of the egg.
Adding embroidery stitches 
Lazy Daisy and French Knots in springtime colored embroidery floss

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