Sunday, December 14, 2014
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday and ongoing relentless extraordinary door busters being dangled in front of our eyes, the reason for the season, i/e. the birth of Jesus Christ, is forgotten or at least put on the back burner. I sent this wish list, which music enthusiasts will recognize this beautiful song written and performed by Amy Grant, one of my favorite artists, to each member of my family. I received great responses from all of them. . The words are simple yet profound.
In the midst of planning family events and attending holiday concerts and programs, I think it so important to never forget HIM....our precious Lord and Saviour who was born to us on Christmas Day!
I wish a Merry Christmas to all SparkFriends! Blessings to you all!
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
I am crocheting hats for chemo patients for our local Kaiser Permanente and also for a young lady who has cancer and needs scalp protection from many rounds of chemo. The two examples posted are for female and male patients. This is a very simple design that I have tweaked to meet the needs of a sensitive bare scalp. I would like to share the pattern so that anyone who has the desire to crochet and donate hats to individuals or medical center can do so. Reaching out to others is what SparkPeople is all about.
I thought this would really be a special opportunity for SparkFriends to embrace the love and support concept which for me is the basis of SparkPeople. The pattern for this basic hat
1. Very soft yarn worsted weight, I use Caron Simply Soft
2. Hook size: J/6.0
3. Tapestry needle for sewing in the ends.
Band- 1 sc row (width) and 2 rows of sc(length) = 1"
8 dc and 5 rows= 2"
dc- double crochet
sc- single crochet
sl st- slip stitch
Leave a tail of 3" before making your beginning ch. This can be weaved in later when joining the band ends together.
Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each remaining ch across, ch1 turn (4 sc)
Row 2: sc in first ch and each ch across, ch 1 turn (4 sc).
Rows 3 + ...repeat Row 2 until it reaches approximately 18". Do not fasten off working yarn. The working yarn and tail should end together. Carefully unite the ends with four sc .
Turn and insert the hook into the working yarn to begin the body of the hat.
Round 1: ch 1 and sc in first stitch and each st around, join with sl st to first sc. You will be crocheting around evenly around.
Round 2: dc in next dc and each sc around, join with sl st at end of row.
Round 3: Continue round 2 until the height of the hat measures approximately 7.25-7.50"....this includes the band.
Do not fasten off. Measure out enough yarn to weave through every other sc...about 20". pulPull the final loop through to fasten. slowly and carefully take the tapestry needle to weave under the loops of every other dc around. Pull the yarn tightly and sew to the top of the hat together with as many stitches needed for security. Fasten off. Turn hat.
Weave in ends of tail to the band.
ch 4, join with sl st to form a ring.
Round 1: ch 1, 8 sc in ring. Join with sl st to fist sc.
Round 2. ch 2, 1 dc in same space as sl st. (ch1, 2 dc in nect sc) 7 times. Ch 1, join with sl st to top of ch2. Turn.
Round 3: sl st in next dc and ch 1 sp. Ch 2, 2 dc in same ch-1 sp. Ch 1, (3 dc in next ch 1 space, ch1) 7 times. Join with sl st to top of ch 2. Turn.
Round 4: sl st in each of next 2 dc and ch-1 sp. 2 dc in same ch 1 space, ch 2 (3 dc in next ch 1 space, ch 2) 7 times . join with sl st to top of ch 2.
Round 5: ch 1, *6 dc in nect ch2 space, sl st in center dc of next 3 dc group. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to chain 1. Fasten off.
Sew flower to hat with tapestry needle.
Note: i vary this a lot. i use more 3dc in some rounds to make the flower more frilly. It depends on the color I am using.
Blessings today and always!
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
i never thought I could be blissfully, miraculously set free
From alcoholism and morbid obesity
To experience absolute serenity.
September 28,2011: my personal deliverance
After many years of penance.
False promises no more
Sobriety consumes my core.
The Serenity Prayer my daily guideline
Helping others my genuine lifeline
Live Laugh Love
Thank you, Heavenly Father from above,
For an alcohol free life
And a mind free from strife.
With 100 pounds shed
Doctor visits to no longer dread
From sweat pants to bikinis, plus size to petite
Believe me, fashionistas, the journey has been sweet.
SparkPeople, SparkFriends, SparkTeams
You are all so dear to me
For supporting me in my sobriety.
Celebrate with me my third soberversary
As there is joy bubbling in my soul!
1,125 days alcohol free and counting!
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