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Big ol’ Holiday Gift 2014

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Happy Holidays!!! To thank you all for your amazing support over the years, I have a gift for you!!

Jessie At Home Holiday Sale 2014

That’s right, it’s a big ol’ sale!

I am changing things up a bit with my sale patterns. When I am done (which should be before the sale starts on Thursday morning) they will all be able to be purchased right off my website, through Ravelry. Let me walk you through it.

You can find all my crochet sale patterns here, and all my knit sale patterns here.

Once you are looking at the crochet or knit patterns, choose which one you want first. Let’s say you want the Emma Skater Skirt. Click on that image and it will take you to the listing for that pattern. Under the description, you will see the cost, and then a link to “add to cart”. Click on that link. You will get a pop up to show that you have added the pattern to your cart. If you want to buy more, just close the pop up and keep shopping. Every time you click “add to cart” it will add the pattern you have chosen to your cart. When you have the last pattern you want in your cart, it is time to add your coupon! If you closed the pop up, don’t worry, just click on “show cart” from any pattern. Now click on “use coupon code” in the pop up window. Type in your code and hit apply. Click on “checkout now” and pay as you normally do on Ravelry. You will receive the pattern in the normal Ravelry manner, and it will be saved in you Ravelry library!

**Please note that patterns are non refundable. Be sure you have the correct pattern in your cart before checking out, and be sure your total is correct before checking out. If the coupon code is not working, check that is it spelled correctly, and check the start and end dates to be sure it is an active code. If all that is right and it is still not working, then let me know so I can address the issue.**

All of my patterns are also still purchasable on Craftsy, Etsy, and Crochetville (crochet patterns only on Crochetville). The links to each pattern on those sites are on the pattern listing pages below the “show cart” link.

Thank you again. You are all amazing.

ETA: The Hooked Haberdasher has put together a list of a dozen crochet themed sales! Check it out!

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People are good

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I had a plan for the morning. After dropping the girls at school, I was going to drive over to another Girl Scout Mom’s house to drop off a check for an event some of our girls are going to next month. Then I was going to drive over to Pete’s (my grumpy but lovable mechanic) to drop off Thor for an oil change, and walk the 1 block back home.

You know what they say about Mice and Men…

We loaded ourselves into Thor, and I pulled out of the driveway. That didn’t feel right. I pulled over and parked Thor in front of the house across the street. I got out to look at the tires and heard a voice: “You have a flat on this side.” I looked up and my neighbor was loading her little one in the car. “Get in, I’ll drop you at school.”

I had met several of the people who lived in that house before ~ it is a large house, and I think there may be a few units ~ but I had not met this lady yet. The girls and I piled in and met Tracey and her daughter. They dropped us at school and Tracey said she would come back to pick me up after she dropped her daughter at daycare. I told her not to worry, I would be fine walking the 1/3 mile back to Pete’s, the weather was actually pretty nice.

So, I dropped the kids at school and walked to Petes. I told him what happened, and explained that the tire was totally flat, as in ruin~the~rim~if~I~even~drive~the~one~block~to~his~shop flat. I told him I could call GEICO to put on the spare. He said to give him 15 minutes and he would come over with the portable air compressor and fill up the tire so I could drive it over. Even with a leak it should hold long enough to drive a block.

I walked home and called the Girl Scout Mom. I told her what happened. She had an appointment she was going to in about 15 minutes, but she said she could leave right then and stop at my place to pick up the check. After she picked up the check, I made some coffee and looked out the window. My tire was no longer flat. I grabbed my keys and drove Thor over to Pete’s. He grumbled about wanting to retire, and I left him my card with a note reminding him that Thor needed and oil change as well as the tire fix.  I thanked him and he tried not to smile.

I walked back home. Things could have been a lot more difficult this morning. The girls could have been late because we didn’t leave early enough to walk. I could still be waiting for GEICO to come over to fill the tire or put on the spare. I could be scrambling to figure out how to get the money to the other Girl Scout Mom so the girls could go to the event. But everything worked out, because people are good.

“Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.” ~ Anne Frank

 

ETA: I just got Thor back. When I walked into the shop Pete said “I figured out why your tire was flat. There was a drill bit in it.” He then handed me the culprit. I looked at it and said, “Pete, what am I supposed to do with this, it’s only HALF a drill bit!”

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Sunday Night Link Blast 11/23/14

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Every Sunday night I post a link blast on Twitter and Facebook. Here is a copy of tonight’s link blast.

Wendy’s Weekly Pattern Picks, Vol 3 #Crochet #RoundUp

Mini Christmas Stocking #Crochet #FreePattern from @becraftsy

Joining Crochet Squares Part 2: (Sc, ch 1, skip 1) Join #Crochet #Tutorial from @dedristrydom

Glam Shells #Knit #FreePattern from @beCraftsy

Lots of free crochet patterns here!! #Crochet #FreePattern #RoundUp from @crochetkim

Celtic Afghan Kit #Crochet #Kit from @beCraftsy

Celtic Afghan Kit

FAN-tastic Hook-Up #8 #Crochet #Pattern #RoundUp from @PatternParadise

Dancing Cable Afghan #Knit #Kit from @beCraftsy

Dancing Cable Afghan

Learn the Basics of Crochet Scarf #Crochet #FreePattern by @sedruola

Crocodile Stitch Boots Trio #Crochet #Pattern from Bonita Patterns

Mixed Berries Cowl #Crochet #FreePattern by @countrywillow12

Kindle Cover #Crochet #FreePattern from @becraftsy

Designing Crochet Patterns Doesn’t Have To Be Hard by Sara Duggan #Crochet #Tips

Basket Weave scarf #Knit #FreePattern from @beCraftsy

The Chameleon Hat Challenge #Crochet #Fun from @PatternParadise

Flower Necklace and Headband Kit #Crochet #Kit from @beCraftsy

Flower Necklace and Headband Kit

5 Different Ways to Join Crochet Squares (Solid Joins) #Crochet #Tips from @dedristrydom

Cabled Tassel Hat Kit #Knit #Kit from @beCraftsy

Cabled Tassel Hat Kit

Grammy’s Reflective Infinity Scarf #Crochet #Pattern

Owl Tote’em from The Hat & I #Crochet #Pattern @beCraftsy

A CROCHETER’S GIFT GUIDE – STOCKING STUFFERS UNDER $20 #Crochet #GiftIdeas from @stitchin_mommy

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Kyla’s Super Power.

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Kyla has a Super Power.

This year Kyla has pull out for reading, writing and spelling. For the 2 hours that her class works on those subjects, she is in the resource room with her special teacher, Ms. S. We started calling her “Kyla’s special teacher” over the summer because we did not know which resource teacher Kyla would have.

Please know that Kyla’s struggles were not caused by her previous teachers not being good enough. Her teacher last year was amazing. I will never forget the day she said to me “Kyla has not failed, we have failed. We haven’t figured out how she learns, and that is why she is struggling, but we will figure it out.” The problem really is that Kyla doesn’t learn reading, writing and spelling in the way that most kids do. It doesn’t make sense to her that way. Her struggle is not something that a mainstream teacher would be trained to handle. She needs a special program that requires special training.

At the end of last school year, when we finally had everything in order for Kyla to get the help she needed this year, I told Kyla. I told her that in second grade she would have a special teacher for reading, writing and spelling. Kyla knew she was struggling, she knew she wasn’t at the same level as her classmates. I told her when her class was having reading, writing and spelling, she would have class with her special teacher and just a few other kids. I explained that her special teacher would know better ways to help her learn. I told her what I’ve always told her: It was not her fault that she wasn’t learning reading, writing and spelling as fast as the other kids. We knew she was trying so hard, and doing the best she could. I told her that her father and I were so, so, very proud of her for how hard she worked, and for never giving up, even though it was so hard for her. I told her that she was doing everything right, she just learns things differently than a lot of the other kids, and her special teacher would be able to teach her in the way she learns. By the time I was done, Kyla was nearly in tears and was shaking with joy. She was so excited that she was going to have a special teacher who would help her learn.

She has learned. So. Much. She is progressing so fast. At the beginning of the school year she had spelling words that were a bit easier than her other classmates, but within a few weeks, she was bringing home the same spelling words as Vada. We had our parent teacher conferences just over a week ago. Kyla earned an “A” in spelling. This was not because the teacher was giving her hints as she took her test, it was because her teacher had figured out how Kyla learns. I know, because I quiz her with her spelling words the day before a test, and she can spell them. With no help. It is amazing. Ms. S has figure out how Kyla learns, and now Kyla learns!! Eventually Kyla will be back in class with her classmates. It may be several years, but eventually she will get to the point where she can learn with the rest of her peers. For now, she has her oh~so~very~special teacher, Ms. S. (and a report card with all “A”s and “B”s!)

At the conference, Ms. S asked us if Kyla was really as happy as she appears to be, and if she ever gets discouraged. We told her she has her moments, like any 7 year old, but she really is that happy most of the time. She just loves life. I told Ms. S that she is aware that she is not at the same level as most of her classmates. Sometimes she does say things like “I learn slower than the other kids”,  “I can’t read the same books as the other kids”, or “It’s just harder for me.” I told Ms. S that when she says that I remind her that she has her special teacher. Whenever I say that, Kyla just lights up! I remind her that her special teacher is helping her and she is learning so much. I looked at Ms. S and said, “You are her super power.”

She is. She is Kyla’s super power. Before Ms. S, it didn’t matter that Kyla was the hardest working 2nd grader you have ever met, she just wasn’t getting it. It’s like DareDevil. He is blind. No matter how hard he tried, he will never see with his eyes. But he does see. He sees with his ears. His echolocation is his super power. It allows him to see, even if he does not see the same way as most us. Ms. S is Kyla’s super power. She allows Kyla to learn, even if she does not learn the same way as most of us.

Thank you is not enough, but it is all I have. Thank you Ms. S. Thank you for being Kyla’s super power.

Bat-Kyla

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Lavender Blooms Shawl Free Crochet Pattern by Jessie At Home

Lavender Blooms Shawl
Crochet Pattern
Intermediate Skill Level
Designed by Jessie Rayot

This triangular shawl gets its name from the bloom shaped cluster of stitches used in the pattern, and from the color of the yarn I used. The shawl is made with two colors, which change at the end of every row, but there is no cutting the yarn. A technique common in Japanese crochet is used to make the color changes work.

Size:
Any size you want. The sample is 46” tip to tip and 24” down the center

Yarn:
Two colors of any lace/fingering, sock, sport, or DK yarn that is not too fuzzy or nubby. The sample was made with a fingering weight yarn.
Yardage will vary depending on your yarn and finished size.

Hook:
Use a hook a few sizes larger than recommended for your yarn to achieve a more lacey look. The sample was made with a US 8/H/5.00 mm.

Gauge:
Not so important. Work about 10 rows and take a good look, if you want your stitches to be more lacey, use a bigger hook. If they look too lacey/loose, use a smaller hook.

Other Supplies:
Yarn needle

Stitches and Skills used:
ch ~ chain
sc ~ single crochet
hdc ~ half double crochet
dc ~ double crochet
tr ~ treble crochet

Special Stitches:
cl ~ Double Crochet Cluster: Yo, insert hook into st, yo, pull through st, (3 loops on hook), yo, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yo, insert hook into same st, yo, pull through st, (4 loops on hook), yo, pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook), yo, pull through all remaining loops
blm ~ Bloom: (cl, ch 2, cl, ch 2, cl) all in the same st

Getting Started:
At the end of the rows you need to pull the loop that is on your hook up so that it is long, and remove your hook, then the next row is worked by putting your hook back into the loop from the other color. Be sure to read and follow what the pattern says.
I have made a video showing the first several rows to show how this method works.

Pattern:

Row 1: With color A, ch 8, sc in 2nd ch from hook, skip 2, blm in the next ch, skip 2, sc in last ch, pull up loop and drop.

Row 2: Attach color B to first sc made in row 1, ch 5 (counts as first tr, ch 2), dc in same st, ch 2, hdc in ch-2 sp, ch 2, (dc, ch 2, tr, ch 2, dc) in center cl of blm, ch 2, hdc in ch-2 sp, ch 2, (dc, ch 2, tr) in sc, pull up loop and drop.

Row 3: Turn, pick up color A, tighten loop, ch 3, sl st in last tr from previous row, ch 2, (dc, ch 2, cl, ch 2, cl) in same st, sc in dc, blm in hdc, sc in dc, blm in tr, sc in dc, blm in hdc, sc in dc, blm in 3rd ch of beg ch 5 of previous row, pull up loop and drop.

Row 4: Pick up color B, tighten loop, ch 2, sl st in top of beg ch 2 from previous row, ch 6 (counts as first tr, ch 3), sc in center cl of blm, ch 3, dc in sc, ch 3, sc in center cl of blm, ch 2, dc in sc, ch 2, sc in ch-2 sp, ch 2, sc in center cl of blm, ch 2, sc in ch-2 sp, ch 2, dc in sc, ch 2, sc in center cl of blm, ch 3, dc in sc, ch 3, sc in center cl of blm, ch 3, tr in last cl of bloom, pull up loop and drop.

Row 5: Turn, pick up color A, tighten loop, ch 3, sl st in last tr from previous row, ch 2, (dc, ch 2, cl, ch 2, cl) in same st, sc in sc, [blm in dc, sc in sc] 2 times, blm in next sc, sc in next sc, [blm in dc, sc in sc] 2 times, sk 2 ch, blm in next ch, pull up loop and drop.

Row 6: Pick up color B, tighten loop, ch 2, sl st in top of beg ch 2 from previous row, ch 6 (counts as first tr, ch 3), [sc in center cl of blm, ch 3, dc in sc, ch 3] 2 times, sc in center cl of blm, ch 2, dc in sc, ch 2, sc in ch-2 sp, ch 2, sc in center cl of blm, ch 2, sc in ch-2 sp, ch 2, dc in sc, ch 2, sc in center cl of blm, [ch 3, dc in sc, ch 3, sc in center cl of blm] 2 times, ch 3, tr in last cl of bloom, pull up loop and drop.

Row 7: Turn, pick up color A, tighten loop, ch 3, sl st in last tr from previous row, ch 2, (dc, ch 2, cl, ch 2, cl) in same st, sc in sc, * blm in dc, sc in sc repeat from * to point of wrap, blm in next sc (this is the sc at the point of the wrap), sc in next sc, **blm in dc, sc in sc, repeat from ** through last sc, sk 2 ch, blm in next ch, pull up loop and drop.

Row 8: Pick up color B, tighten loop, ch 2, sl st in top of beg ch 2 from previous row, ch 6 (counts as first tr, ch 3), sc in center cl of blm, * ch 3, dc in sc, ch 3, sc in center cl of blm, * repeat from * through last blm of first side of wrap, ch 2, dc in sc, ch 2, sc in ch-2 sp, ch 2, sc in center cl of blm, ch 2, sc in ch-2 sp, ch 2, dc in sc, ch 2, sc in center cl of blm, ch 3, **dc in sc, ch 3, sc in center cl of blm, ch 3, repeat from ** to the end of the row, tr in last cl of bloom, pull up loop and drop.

Repeat rows 7 & 8: to desired size, ending with row 7.

Weave in ends and block to open up the lace.

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