Merry Christmas! I Bring You Gifts of Joy!

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Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!

-Santa Claus

You may think that I’m giving you your gift a few weeks too early, but I figured you’d need some time to enjoy what I have to offer. 🙂

At this point, you’ve probably figured out that I LOVE using Red Heart patterns, which is why I’m giving you the gift of thirty (yes, THIRTY) fun-filled crochet and knit patterns for Christmas! I do hope you enjoy your present, and are as thrilled as I am to dive into Red Heart’s FREE eBook titled, “Decorate and Celebrate“!  Go ahead. Click it so you can get some much needed R & R this weekend.

I’m going to work on the “Christmas Tree Wall Hanging,” featured on page 59 of “Decorate and Celebrate.” My kiddos are going to be SUPER excited to hang the itty-bitty mittons on the Christmas tree as each day of December comes closer to Christmas Day. Let me know what YOU’LL be working on this weekend in the Comment Section below. 🙂

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Turkey Tom and All His Glory

 

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Photo Taken By: Debra Lee

I must say that Red Heart has some really AWESOME, free crochet patterns! Included is the pattern for Turkey Tom (pattern titled, “Tom Turkey“). I finished him up in a matter of hours, plopped him on my dinning table,  and starred at him in awe. (Mind you, I dusted his inside fluff with my very own pumpkin pie spice mix- AKA:  Gobble-Gobble Cologne! “WOW” is all I have to say.)

” He’s soo CUTE!” I constantly repeated in my head (and, thank God it was in my head!). So, I decided to make some friends for Turkey Tom and sell them. It was a great gig while it lasted! Many thanks to everyone who placed an order. 🙂

After all his pals were created, Turkey Tom sat on my dinning table, on top of my ‘squash cornucopia’ centerpiece, smiling. He was stuffed. He smelled oh-so tasty. He was GLORIOUS!

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all! Many blessings to you and your family.

Love always,
Debra Lee

Sincerely,
Debra Lee

“Are You Ready for Some Football?”, or Better Yet… HOCKEY?! (FREE eBook Inside)

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Hey, all you FOOTBALL and HOCKEY fans out there! I’m sure it’s getting chilly in your neck of the woods (unless you live where I do, or where I’m from!), so how about some NEW crochet Game Day ponchos and accessories?! Yup, I’ve done you the favor of saving Red Heart’s “Sports Fever” eBook.

SCORE!

In Red Heart’s wonderfully FREE eBook, you’ll find a nice variety of ponchos, warms hats for both men and women, a comfy stadium seat coushin, cozies, and we can’t forget about baby attire! Soo many exclamation points, yes I know, but fall is a wonderful time of year because I get to see my Boys back in action on the ice! Not to mention, the voices of the football commentators always get me in the ‘fall mood.’ Ha ha!

The patterns are about 50% crochet, 50% knitting, which means we ALL WIN – both crocheters and knitters alike! Most of the patterns are also rated at ‘Level II, Easy.’ No headaches with these patterns (I hope!). Additionally, “Sports Fever” eBook gives you the opportunity to use up all your 4/worsted weight yarn. Yippee! I know I can definitely get rid of some of the hoards of worsted weight yarn I have stashed away in large, plastic bins.

So, enjoy your “Sports Fever” eBook, and show off what you’ve made in the Comment section below! I’d LOVE to hear from ya!

I Typically Don’t Do This , But HAVE to Tell You About It…!

It’s one of those days where I’m bored out of my mind and am surfing the World Wide Web for a place to sell my cell phone. I come across some popular sites, but they immediately turned me off because they were soo overloaded with content. As my search continued, I stumble over a website called, “Cellgistics.” As I poked through the site, I notice how well-organized it was and how easy it was to navigate. One-click navigation is my kind of site! Anyway, I decided to get a quote from Cellgistics and was pleasantly surprised. They actually quoted me more for my cell phone (I had a Samsung Galaxy Note 3) than my own provider did, and more than the “popular” sites did! Though I was hesitant to go through the selling process because I had never heard of them before, I read over the Customer Reviews, and they won me over. Cellgistics sent me a mailing label (at no cost to me) immediately after I received my quote. All I needed to do was find a box for my phone. Pretty simple if you ask me!

Needless to say, the transaction process went smoothly and I got the amount they quoted me (I was quoted $95 about five days ago)! I noticed they offered to pay me either by mailing me a check, or by using PayPal, which are nice options to have. They do have a Facebook page, Twitter page, and other social media (all of which checked out to be the real deal). Plus! I didn’t even have to leave my home to sell my phone! Overall, I’m one happy Customer, Cellgistics! (I hope you read this one day). 🙂

So, if you’re in the market for selling your cell phone, check out http://www.Cellgistics.com. They may be the underdog now, but they have their stuff together, and will more than likely shoot to the top of the list!

Halloween Decor: Spider Web Table Cover in Action

True! –nervous –very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses –not destroyed –not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily –how calmly I can tell you the whole story.

-Edgar Allen Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart

Photo Taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo Taken by: Debra Lee

Three days until Halloween. THREE days, I say! And, you can’t enjoy the true nature of Halloween without Edgar Allen Poe. 🙂 I digress, so allow me to get back on track…

Peter-Paul (my DIY scarecrow) is stuck in the bushes outside with his pumpkin head laying crookedly to the left, the candy is hiding in the pantry (I can’t let my Little Goblins find it!), kiddos have their costumes ready, and my kitchen/dining table is decorated to the ‘nth’ degree with splashes of orange, black, lime green, and amethyst purple. Let’s not forget the crochet spider web table cover I made a few months ago (click here for the Red Heart pattern), which is why I’m typing up this brief  blog.

Basically, the table cover looks absolutely fabulous! I added a small, round, black table cloth I purchased a my local Dollar Tree years ago underneath the table cover to give a nice contrast. Add some sparkle, a few owls, a mummy, pumpkin, and bow, and you’re done! Don’t be afraid to play around with different heights of your decor. It only adds more depth and interest. I’d definitely recommend this crochet pattern to everyone who loves Halloween and wants a conversation piece in their home for the month of October.

Tip:  make your spider web table cover before the year is over so you don’t sit around twiddling your thumbs, waiting for Halloween 2016!

So my Friends, I hope my photos have inspired you to take some time to sit down and crochet a bit, and get ready for next year’s Halloween. I wish you all a very safe and oh-so spooooooky Halloween!

Sincerely,

Debra Lee

Photo Taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo Taken by: Debra Lee

A Crochet Halloween Pattern A Day Keeps the Gobblins Away! (Free Halloween Patterns Inside)

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Tomorrow is officially OCTOBER 1ST! What does that mean for you? It means a festive month filled with ghosts, gobblins, witches, vampires, werewolves, and the living dead!

MUAH-HA-HA-HA!

Okay, maybe the laugh was a little too much, but hey – it’s my job to try to get you into the spirit of Halloween!

In case you haven’t already checked out Redheart.com for their latest eBook, I’ve attached a SPECTACULAR Halloween crochet and knit pattern eBook that Redheart has compiled for us crochet and knit fanatics entitled, Get Spooky Redheart eBook (click on the title of the eBook to get your copy). 😀 There are 25 crochet and knit patterns to choose from (19 crochet, 6 knit). Most patterns are categorized as “Easy,” thus making them a quick, one day project. Always remember – a crochet Halloween pattern a day keeps the gobblins away!

Go ahead – take a peek and see what you think. I promise Redheart’s Get Spooky! Halloween crochet and knit pattern eBook will enchant you!

God is good; God is GREAT!

Hola Everyone!

My life has taken me on a fun ride, which is why I haven’t blogged in a while. But! Rest assured, my family and I are alive and well (thank God!). Hope you all are in good spirits, and are getting ready for the holidays! I know I am. 😀 Now, I don’t mean to preach to the choir, but my recent journey has brought me to give many thanks to our Lord. Read on…

Photo taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo taken by: Debra Lee

Sometimes we all need to take a moment to sit down, take a deep breath, and thank God for the COUNTLESS blessings He has bestowed upon us. Life’s hard enough as it is; let us not forget that our Lord is ALWAYS with us each and every step of the way.

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his love endures forever.

-1 Chronicles 16:34

I was on my Pinterest page earlier and came across something REALLY special – I saw a Pin someone had on their page and knew I just had to give it a try. The pin was for a crochet Prayer Cloth designed by Sadie Sunshine Chapter – Crochet for Cancer. Ever heard of one? I hadn’t prior to seeing it on Pinterest. This cloth has the Lord’s cross on it, and is to be used by anyone who is ill, greiving, praying, or experiencing anything negative (or positive) in their lives. Some will hold the Prayer Cloth, while others will have it in their pocket, wallet, purse, or next to a photo of loved ones (it’s really up to the person). The Prayer Cloth is there to not only provide comfort, but to remind the person that God is with them no matter what.

Immediately, I printed out the pattern (click on the underlined words, ‘Prayer Cloth’ to print yours out), gathered my crochet hook, choices of yarn, and crocheted away. Upon finishing the cloth, I was amazed at how beautiful it really was. There are exactly ten popcorn stitches that are made for the vertical portion of the cross, which is perfect to use to follow along with when praying the Rosary. Yes, I am Catholic, and firmly believe in the power of praying the Rosary.

These Prayer Cloths work up quickly, which makes them THE perfect gift to give to your loved ones. Use whatever yarn you have on hand. Say a prayer over it, or type up the prayer and print it out on a business card. Give the Prayer Cloth and prayer to your family member and let them know how much they mean to you!

How to Measure Your Gauge

You’re always reading that gauge is critical (even detrimental!) to most crochet projects, but how do you measure your gauge? As mysterious as it may sound, measuring your gauge is really not difficult at all! All you need is the crochet pattern, recommended yarn (per the pattern), and recommended hook size (again, per pattern’s instructions). Here’s the ‘How-To’ on measuring your gauge. (I’m going to be using a single example throughout.):

1. Review Pattern
Review the pattern and look for the “Gauge” section. Under this section, you’ll find something similar to:

12 sts and 12 rows = 4″/10cm over pattern stitch using size H/8 (5.00 mm) crochet hook.

2. Make A Swatch
You’ll start by making a condensed version of the pattern (like a swatch). In other words, the Gauge tells you 12 sts and 12 rows = 4″/10cm, so you will chain at least 12 chns and then begin the pattern. The pattern will continue until you complete 12 rows. At this point, measure your swatch. It should measure 4″x4″ (it’ll look like a perfect square according to this pattern’s instructions).

3. Possible Change in Hook Size
If your swatch is bigger than a 4″x4″, pick the next smaller crochet hook size. If it’s smaller than the given size, pick the next bigger crochet hook size. If the swatch matches the 4″x4″, keep your current hook size and begin your crochet project.

And that’s all, folks! I hope I’ve helped you understand exactly how to measure your gauge. If you have any questions, leave a comment below. I’ll get back to you ASAP. Have a wonderful Sunday! 🙂

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What You Should Know About Crocheting Garments

I’m venturing off in a new direction, my Friends! After months of debating whether or not  to follow suit in crocheting my own garments for the fall, I’ve decided to go with YES! Though I have made baby and toddler outfits in the past, I have never attempted a form-fitting top. Here are a few pointers that will help anyone (including me!) who is looking forward to crocheting their own garments:

1. Check Your Gauge
This is imperative and ever crucial! Yes, it takes time, but it’s nothing compared to having to unravel a week’s worth of crochet work (makes me want to cry!). So, make your swatch. Measure it and make sure it correlates exactly with what the pattern tells you. Otherwise, change your crochet hook size.

2. Measure Yourself
Much like the gauge, you want to make sure your body measurements are precise. This will make or break your project, so double and triple check your body measurements. Use a ‘soft’ measuring tape with a firm band (one that doesn’t stretch) to ensure an precise measurement. Leave enough room for breathing!

3. Pick A Garment You Love
There’s nothing worse than forcing yourself to work on a project you really don’t like. Be sure that the garment you crochet is versitile, meaning that you can wear it either year ’round, or you can mix and match it with more than 30% of your wardrobe. Afterall, why waste your time and effort making a garment that you’ll only wear once a year?!

4. Pick An Easy Project
I don’t literally mean pick an ‘Easy’ level project. If you’re up for a challenge, go for it! What I do mean is for you to go through the crochet pattern a few times before you decide on ‘THE ONE.’ Double check materials, such as the type of yarn needed, crochet hook size(s), notions (are buttons or snaps needed?), special abbreviations, and how the pattern works up in general. I like for my patterns to tell me what part of the garment I’ll be working on. It helps me to visually understand what’s going to happen next.

Best wishes with your garment crochet project!  I hope that it’s a winner, and that you’ll enjoy wearing it for years to come. 🙂

Sincerely,
Debra Lee

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