Monday, August 4, 2008

Busy Work

When Glen and I were first married, we sat down one evening to watch some television. I, of course, reached for some needlework. He glanced my way, but his attention was mostly on the box. Fast forward a few weeks....we are in the car on a long ride to a destination my old memory cannot recall. Once again, I get the glance my way, barely perceptible out of the corner of my eye, as I begin to work the needles. Like any good young wife, I still my hands and lovingly smile at my beloved.....who says very matter of factly, "why don't you just sit there and do nothing?" As my smile slowly faded, a question popped into my mind. "Why don't you just...." (cough). No, no, that's not right, I was still a sweet young wife. Now I remember, I asked him, "Does this bother you, Honey?" To which my sweet guy said, "No way. I just want you to relax and be happy." Well, I bet you all know my response to that! Few things in this world bring me the happiness and contentment that my needlework does.

Which brings me to my show and tell. My hands have been busy making these sweet motifs out of pearl cotton and a size 7 steel crochet hook. I have used a few to embellish little envelope bags I made for gifts, and would like to try more ideas. They are quick and fun to make. Pearl cotton comes in so many color choices, and works up with a nice sheen.

The patterns for the above motifs came from the following books and I highly recommend them. 201 Crochet Motifs, Blocks, Projects and Ideas by Melody Griffiths is just exactly what the title says it is, with clear and easy directions as a bonus.

150 Crochet Trims, by Susan Smith, is an excellent source for motifs and also lace edgings. Its small size is great for taking with (perhaps on a long car ride).

The largest book, Crochet Inspiration, by Sasha Kagan, has instructions, patterns and ideas for many beautiful projects.

Tonight, I have big plans for this......

Although I'm not a huge fan of working with worsted cotton for wearables, I love to make dishcloths. I'm getting a headstart for gift-giving and maybe a few will find their way into my kitchen drawer! I'll ring off for now.......blessings to you!

P.S. I tried to "link" the book titles to Amazon, but alas, I am still too much of a newbie on blogging. In an earlier post, I was able to link Sherry's name to her blog, though, so I'll keep practicing.


YayaOrchid said...

I want to get the "150 Crochet Trims" book because I enjoy making edgings to put on linens and such. I'm always looking for a nice pattern for endless lace. You sure do have a nice collection of crochet books. My vice are knitting books.

Isn't it something how doing needlework relaxes and makes you feel so happy? I feel the same too!

Donna (Random Knits) said...

Now you're making me wish I could crochet :)

Creations from my heart said...

You sure are getting good at blogging. You do such a nice job writing. Talk to you soon, Sherry

Tracy Batchelder said...

I'll keep these books in mind if I ever perfect my crochet skills.