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Under the Sea

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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.

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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

materials:

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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