Monday, May 16, 2011

My First Real Pattern!

Thank you for the kind remarks on my previous entry about Harry and his funeral. There were 800 people at the viewing but the funeral was a little bit smaller, probably because people had to work. It was still a full house in the church and in the procession to the cemetery. There were at least 150 motorcycles. I don't know if this is done in other states but in GA when a funeral procession is going down the road, other vehicles coming in the opposite direction pull off the side of the road and wait until the procession has passed. This is done in respect for the departed person. I get goose bumps just writing about it. I know they don't do it in FL.

It was hot at the cemetery and I almost fell out. I had to step back into some shade and squat down because if I didn't I would have made a spectacle of myself by passing out. And it was due to sheer stupidity on my part. I hadn't eaten anything all day and this was around 3:30 in the afternoon that we were at the cemetery. I felt pretty dumb.

Switching gears here, I'm kind of excited. :o) This weekend I made a couple of headbands that I don't know who I got the pattern from because I copy and pasted, instead of printing out the blog so it would have the url path on the bottom of the page. I do that sometimes because printing out a whole blog for a pattern wastes mega pieces of paper. So I apologize to the lady who posted the headband pattern on her blog. I can't even steer you to her blog. :o(

When I went to make the flower I made my own! And since I made two headbands, one for Kylie and one for Bella, the second flower I made I wrote down the instructions. I also took some pics. :o) So without further is my very first flower pattern. I don't even have a name for it! I hope I wrote my instructions down so you can follow it easy. It really is an easy flower to make. If you find an error or don't understand please let me know and I will fix it and help you. If someone else has made a flower like this then I apologize, but I really did do this on my own.....I don't copy other's work and pass it off as my own.

E hook
Caron Simply Soft

R1) Leaving a long tail, ch 4, join with slip st and ch 1
R2) 6 sc in ring, join with sl st
R3) Ch 3, sc in next st, around, join with sl st in ch 1. (6 ch 3 spaces)
R4) Ch 1, (sl st to the ch3 space, ch 5, sc in same ch sp, sc in sc) around. Join with sl st in first sc. (6 ch 5 spaces, 6 sc)
R5) Ch 1, (sl st to ch 5 sp, ch 3, 5 dc in same space, sc in 2nd sc {middle stitch between chain spaces} ) around. Join with sl st to first ch 1. Fasten off.
R6) Leaving a long tail make a slip knot with a different color. Now you will be working on top of the flower. Take your hook off of your slip knot and put it through the inner space under one of the petals and through the next hole. (See pics below) Put the slip knot back on the hook and pull under and back through the first hole {kind of like a front post stitch}. Sl st, chain 2. Go under next post and pull up a loop and make a sc and chain 2 again, around and then join with sl st in 1st ch.  {When you get to the double posts together bring your hook in the middle of them and make a sc, ch 2 and join. I started out this round just after the double posts and ended up having to split at the end.}
R7) 18 sc around, join with sl st.
R8) 2 sc in back loop of each previous row's sc. Join with sl st and fasten off with long tail left to attach to head band. I used one of my thread hooks, #3, to attach and weave in the ends.

All of these pics were taken by my HTC phone. I'm happy with the way they turned out. Much better I think than with my camera.
I also have started an original doily and was doing quite well on it until I got about 3/4 of R5 done when it started to pucker real bad so I will have to modify the round. I put it down and started these headbands. I somehow caught a creative mood and ran with it. 

Also, when my sister was here for my surgery I gave her a ball of red #10 Coats and Clark thread. She had seen one of my wip dish clothes of #10 light blue and commented on how she liked my dish cloths made of #10 instead of the thicker cotton, so I gave her one of my extra red balls. She called me yesterday to tell me that she made two of them, one with a single strand and one with a double strand and the first time she used them the color ran bad. The water was red. So my red, white and blue doily that I just made won't be washed I guess. If it is the white will become pink. That bites big time. Is that normal??? Or is it just the brand?? I've not made anything for myself before in the red, so I didn't know. I do now. :o(

Here's hoping your Monday will be a super one that will carry over into the rest of the week. Cya soon!


  1. Love the headbands..the flowers are very pretty.

  2. Wash your r,w and b doily in vinegar . . . or let it soak in vinegar to set the colors then wash normal to remove the vinegar smell.

    Also, I have used those sheets that are supposed to grab colors in the wash . and they do. The sheet comes out pink and the clothes come out normal.

  3. I love the flowers! What a cute little pattern.

    I've not tried to wash any of my thread projects yet, so I can't help you on that. I'll be interested to see what others say. If it's any help, I know SC Johnson make a product called Shout Color Catcher that helps prevent running colors in mixed washings. Don't know if that could help. I know with my washcloths, the hot water makes them lose color faster, but usually only on the first use. Maybe wash in cold water before using?

  4. Very cute headbands. And great job on the flower pattern!

    I don't have any idea if the color running on that thread is normal. I've wondered about it though.

    Have a good week!

  5. only way to find out is to submerge it in water :)

    I do love your flower - it's adorable and I have not see one quite like that, so I'm sure you are fine!

    As for the funeral question. I didn't know other states "didn't do that" until I moved to IL. I am originally from Indiana and yes, they pull over there (at least where I'm from) but usually in IL, I'm the only one at the side of the road.

  6. I wouldn't wash that doily unless I absolutely had to....then was it with white stuff that you want colored pink, because most reds fade other things pink. I have heard about using the vinegar like Paula said so I would definitely do that first. All of my cotton dishcloths fade. Love the headbands.

    Cindy Bee

  7. Hi, in the UK we have a product called Colour Catcher. It is a sheet that you put in the washer with the laundry and it catches any colour that runs. It works too. You may have it in the US I dont know. There is another one that I cant remember the name of but it takes out any colour that has run the next time you wash it Have a look anyway. Pauline xx

  8. Love the headbands, especially love the flower, Thanks for the pattern.


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