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Under the Sea


This doily and I went on a long journey together.  I started it in 2009 as a way to pass time during a long plane flight to Japan.  However, I quickly discovered that the pattern (found in this book) was extremely tedious and technically difficult, and so perhaps doing it in perle cotton with a 0.9 mm hook was not the most brilliant idea of my life.


This doily then became my go-to “purse project” that I could carry with me to work on when I was bored.  I brought it on all my vacations.  It went to Malaysia, and a few years later it went with me to Poland, Germany, and Czech Republic.  Every few months I would pick it up and complete a row.

But now it is finished.  I am satisfied.  I am content.  I am ready to move on and begin a new journey.



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A good friend of mine who I haven’t seen in far too long is having her 21st birthday today!  And because handmade gifts are always the best, I made her a couple of pairs of crochet earrings!

Actually, I only just made the second pair (the purple ones).  The first pair, I made for her a while ago when I first started learning to crochet, but I never got around to finishing them because I didn’t have earwires (silly excuse).  I don’t remember where I got the pattern for the first pair, or if it was something that I made up, so unfortunately I can’t give you a pattern for those…

But the purple ones I’d love to share.

Birthday Earrings


1.0 mm crochet hook

size 20 thread (I used Flora.  It’s very stiff and perfect for earrings)

two earwires

needlenose pliers (tweezers work okay in a pinch)

starch or water/glue mixture for blocking

* * *

Chain 8 and join in a loop

Round 1:  Ch 3 (count as first dc), 24 dc in loop, sl st to first dc

Round 2: Ch 1, sc in same st, *ch 5, skip 1 dc, sc in next dc* around until 1 dc away from first st, ch 2, dc in first st.

Round 3: Ch 3 (count as first dc), 3 dc in same space, *sc in next space, 4 dc in next space, ch 1, make 3-ch picot, ch 1, 4 dc in same space* 5 times, sc in next space, 4 dc in next space, ch 1, make 6-ch picot, ch 1, sl st to first dc.

Cut thread and weave in ends.

Wash and block gently to even out the stitches.  Spray with starch or soak in a glue and water solution.  Let dry, or if you’re impatient like me, gently press with an iron under a handkerchief on medium heat.

Open the bottom loop on an earwire with the pliers and slip the 6-ch picot into the loop.  Close the loop and repeat for the other earring.  Admire.

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