Sorry, your throw isn’t free…

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**Side note – The blanket in this picture, by Daria Shevtsova. I know how to make it, but I don’t know how to keep each stitch in place. I had to redo it one time too many and got tired trying to figure it out. I got my blanket done another way. It was the biggest yarn I have ever used.


I got to work early one day and quickly set up a space where I could start creating. I had my gospel music playing semi loud as I worked on my latest crochet project. (not this pink & grey project)

It doesn’t surprise me anymore as someone completed my work. I am grateful for someone like my work and even more hopeful when they express how they would like to buy something I could make for them.

They are happy to tell me their ideas and if it’s within my skills I will give them part of the answer they want to hear. “Yes, I can make it for you.” I try to keep my prices as low as I can, but for some reason some are surprised at the amount. I can’t believe I even broke it down with honest words:

  1. It takes an hour and a half to and from my house. (I do not have a car and have to take at least two buses to get anywhere) That’s three hours just in travel time.
  2. Another hour to get the materials I need to complete the project.
  3. A skein of yarn costs $6.00 (before tax) and it normally takes at least two skeins to make a throw for a chair.
  4. It will take one or two weeks to complete a small project. (If its not a rush job, because I do have a job)
  5. It will cost $30.00 for one throw…

I know my price was low and reasonable. I had planned on a simple design. Although she wanted a multiple granny square throw. I had to remind her of the cost of the yarn and my time.

I also wasn’t surprised she no longer wanted the throw. If you go to any retail store the cost of a throw is around $15.00 to $30.00. You can buy a copy of a blanket or buy an original throw or none at all?

The next time she saw me, it was a friendly greeting, but no more talk about making her a throw. It’s okay, because most people don’t see the value of a homemade item beyond the amount they have to pay for it.

Bye IV Now, LD

A New Crochet Project…

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-I was asked to make a shawl using two colors, but I don’t really have enough yarn for that. I will looked through a few videos and see what i can find. I don’t believe I have enough yarn, but I am going to try anyway and see what happens……

{} #crochet #learntocrochet #crochettutorial   Crochet for Absolute Beginners with Shawl to Try/The Crochet Crowd Oct 31, 2020 

The Crochet Crowd  This video is for absolute beginners from learning about how to hold the yarn, make slip knots, and how to hold the hook. We go through making a chain, single crochet, half crochet, double crochet and treble crochet. The Relax and Unwind Shawl is for beginners and will go through that as well. At the end, you will learn how to weave  in ends with a tapestry needed. {}

#1 I like the simple pattern, but I wanted a different look…


g  Easiest Crochet Pocket Shawl for Beginners Jul 6, 2021  Crazy Cool Crochet  You’ve heard it before… but this truly IS THE EASIEST crochet pocket shawl FOR BEGINNERS! Simple stitch pattern. Readily available medium weight yarn (or substitute your favorite #4 yarn). Perfect to transition from season to season or perfect as a light cover for cool summer nights. {}

#2  I couldn’t get to the actual teaching of this shawl, because there was too much information at the start of this video. I couldn’t get to why I clicked on it to begin with.

{}  Aug 15, 2019        How To Crochet The Sand Dunes Wrap

Fiber Flux   Learn how to crochet the Sand Dunes Wrap, a luxuriously simple, easy to wear wrap. Silky thread yarn makes it have a beautiful drape and can be worn casually or can easily be dressed up too! Full written instructions here: :… {}

#3  I tried this one, and it was easy to follow. I really didn’t like the way this yarn was looking, so this is another “no” for my next project. I will try it with a different kind of yarn.

– I did go through a few more videos about crocheting a shawl, but none really held my attention for too long. I may not have enough yarn to do this pattern justice. I am going to do it anyway and if I have to redo it – oh well, because I liked the shawl from Naztazia…..

{}  #naztazia HOW to CROCHET POCKET SHAWL – Easy Wrap with Pockets by Naztazia Oct 7, 2020 

Naztazia  Learn how to Crochet a Pocket Shawl in this tutorial video. Hi I’m Donna Wolfe from Naztazia. These pocket shawla are a fashion trend right now. With some basic crochet stitches, you can make one for yourself or as a gift! {}

Well it is time I get  back to crocheting…………

Bye IV Now, LD*

Low On Yarn….

I am surprised I only have these full skeins of yarn bright yellow, purple, and pale yellow left. I was trying to come up with what patterns I could use for my next project with just these few colors.  I also do not want to work on a pattern I have already seen, so I had to get to searching for my next project.

Then I had a strange thought? If I learn a new pattern from someone, can I sell that blanket using their pattern? Google’s answer:

{} Does this mean you can sell crochet items made from someone else’s pattern? Yes, absolutely! There is no specific legal language or precedent that shows that a maker of a product can not sell that product however he/she chooses. May 4, 2020.

Can You Sell Crochet Items from Someone Else’s Pattern… {}

I looked online for a new idea and the few I liked, there weren’t any easy directions, and a lot I had already done. I ended  up doing a simple half double crochet stitch in the middle and a “V” stitch outside. This isn’t a complete blanket, because I didn’t realize I had two different yellow’s. I couldn’t mix it, so I will be putting it aside until I can get more of the right colors..

{}  Learn To Crochet The BASICS – Half Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial Sep 20, 2014 

Jayda InStitches   If you’re new to crochet, a great stitch to learn is the Half Double Crochet stitch!  This is a crochet tutorial for absolute beginners, or anyone who needs a refresher course 🙂 {} 

{} Super easy crochet: V Stitch Square

Blossom Crochet Super easy V Stitch square – can be used for small individual squares or one large continuous square of any size!{}

I really don’t like running out of yarn, but what can you do? I was once again without a project. I not only enjoy crocheting, but it helps keep you calm when there are so many people pulling you from every direction and there is no way you can do them all.

A coworker gave me some yarn (not a lot) and it was enough for me to start another project. I thought it was cool to keep a simple pattern. I went with the half double crochet stitch once again, but I am so bored with this I haven’t worked on it in weeks. 

I am trying not to frog it..

{} What is frogging in crochet? One of the most asked about crochet slang terms is “frogging”, and while it’s not an acronym, it’s common enough that I’ll cover it here too. 🐸 Frogging refers to having to rip out, or undo your hard work. It could be a few rows of a blanket **, or an entire cowl**                What is “Frogging” in Crochet? 19 Crochet Slang Terms You Don …{}

I haven’t decided if I am going to keep working on this or? It is a little after 8 in the morning and I haven’t had my coffee..

So, Bye IV Now, LD* (Enjoy your weekend)

Crochet Mix – Up!

I can’t believe I made the same mistake twice. I really should have started over three weeks ago, but for some reason I felt it was right. I thought when you look at a rainbow it would have to be big.

{} CROCHET AN EXTRA LARGE RAINBOW🌈 beginner-friendly step by step tutorial/ Ophelia Talks

Ophelia Talks Hi everyone it’s Anja here with a new video on how to crochet an extra large rainbow. In this step by step crochet tutorial about the rainbow I am using updated colours and a slightly larger size! This video is beginner-friendly with explanations about the stitches and increasing.{}

I know my rainbow blankets are a little different, but that’s what happens when someone who enjoys crochet gets  creative blankets.

{}Super easy crochet: V Stitch Square

Blossom Crochet Super easy V Stitch square – can be used for small individual squares or one large continuous square of any size!{}

I made a rainbow blanket that has pink and white in it. I call it a girl’s rainbow blanket. It was supposed to have been for a baby girl. I do like my blanket to be a little bigger, to allow the blanket to grow with the baby, but this is way too big.

I repeated the same pattern I used before  on the girl’s rainbow blanket, but omitting the pink. I did add white in it and this one is my, “boy rainbow blanket”. Then again it could be for both a boy or a girl, because it’s  colors are a true rainbow. 

{}Baby’s First Christmas Afghan – Crochet Tutorial – Easy to Crochet

Creative Grandma Pattern Link:…


I missed and made it the same size as my first one. I was going to make this one a little smaller, but – I realized it doesn’t look like a baby’s blanket. I can still make it a little bigger than a regular size blanket, but then I was having way too much fun and this happened….

I didn’t realize working with so many different colors was going to be a lot of work, but so much fun. I said I wasn’t going to do that again….

Well that thought didn’t last long. I was wondering how to change colors without tying so many knots? I ran across one of my favorite creative person Ms. Donna Wolfe

{}How to Change Colors in Crochet – 8 Different Ways by Naztazia

Hi I’m Donna Wolfe from Naztazia  You’ll learn how to change colors with single crochet stitches, double crochet, and more…….{}

I am thinking about redoing the borders, but this is my design of multi colors. Only time will tell..

The End!

KC ~ 1st Craft Review

Ever get stuck doing the same thing over and over? Like that movie where Bill Murray started the same day over and over, I wish I could remember the title of that movie. I guess I can Google it, but my mind has moved on to why I am writing (typing).

I have been spending most of my time crocheting and enjoying my spare time and that time wasn’t wasted. Now that time has moved on, I have to get back to work. I am smiling, because today’s job is reading about crochet.

The best job you can do is work on something you have the most passion and crochet is one of mine. At one time I thought I could do a book review, because I love reading books. Then I realized I could combine both reading and crocheting. I am going to read about people who are into craft from crocheting, cross stitch, painting and the list can go on and on. A Review on Crafty Ideas and Works….

  1. Review on Craft Ideas and Works


 10 Inspiring Crochet Blogs With Cool Patterns

Ideas for Your Next Project

Written by Amy Solovay

Updated 05/24/19  {}

The title “10 Inspiring Crochet Blogs with Cool Patterns” says it all. If you want to learn how to crochet, learn more behind the craft, and different brands of yarn this was so Great to read each story.

I wanted to add #7 Yarnspirations, because one part talks about  what yarnspirations is about how they help with ideas and there was a highlighted part where it goes in detail about the yarn. 

So much information and inspiration not just to learn a new pattern, but learn about the different kinds of yarn one can use with each new project…

I give this a 10 Crochet Hook… Whereas you would give 10 stars..’

10 Crochet Hooks are way better in the crochet world…. 

Bye IV Now, LD*