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& perhaps last pair of knit socks (almost) complete!

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I have many years of experience in the art of crochet. All thanks to my very patient, loving & wonderfully talented mother who not only selflessly raised 7 children but also instilled in each of us an appreciation & love for all things art.

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Knitting on the other hand is a newer adventure for me. My very first ever knit project was a cabled scarf. Being the adventurer I am, I decided on cables because well, that’s just how I roll. Although I do not possess any photographic evidence of that first knit project as I have since gifted it, you’ll have to take my word for it when I say it turned out beautifully. Therein began my love of all things knit.

Shortly thereafter I put the needles away for a while in pursuit of other craft & life related activities. I’ll admit I have a tendency to become bored very easily which is one of the reasons I enjoy a good challenge. The more frustratingly difficult the more appealing it is to me.

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Speaking of challenges, just recently I was asked to knit a pair of socks. Hmmm never knit socks before but thought to myself ‘really how hard can it be
Turns out it’s actually not difficult at all. However, knitting a pair of socks is about as much fun as ….well I can’t even think of anything more tedious.
To say I am not enjoying knitting these socks would be a gross understatement. I should mention here that my dislike is in no way a reflection of the designer/artist of sock patterns or people who enjoy knitting socks. I’m guessing my lack of enthusiasm is completely a result of my need for instant gratification & lack of ability to sit still for long periods of time.
It is taking forever to complete this pair mainly because after finally finishing the first, I’ve been avoiding knitting the 2nd as though it were the plaque. My house is spotless but these socks are not done!
I actually contemplated shipping this one single sock & claiming the other must have been lost in the mail. Last night though I begrudgingly began working the matching sock to make up the pair.
I am counting down the hours to completion.
I’m pretty sure it is safe to say I will not be attempting any new knit sock projects for a while.
When if I do though, I have my eye on these amazing socks from 15 year old designer Josiah over at The Sock Monkey. .

My sister recently asked me to knit her a sweater. If anyone is looking for me I will be avoiding my sister like the plague……

I’ve mentioned in my last post how I’ve spent some time testing & preparing a few of my original Off The Hook crochet/knit designs that will eventually make their way into my shop.

Recently while out shopping I came across some pretty crochet baskets & as tempted as I was to purchase a few the price tag was a little too steep for my taste. Of course as soon as I arrived home I made my own version & actually love it even more than the ones in the store.
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& another original basket pattern by OTHD

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Ohmygosh I absolutely adore this free beginner knit pattern: Non-felted Slippers by Yuko Nakamura & have made several pair for family, friends & of course myself. I achieved various sizes by switching needle by a 1/2 – full size

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Doily dream catcher by Off The Hook. Just felt like doing something a little different & really like the result.

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A free-form cotton/wool crochet jean patch by OTHD

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Crochet cotton wash cloth. ❤ this has quickly become a favorite if mine!

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Crochet/knit lace & embroidery

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Adorable knit collar pattern (FREE) @ reckless glue

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Recently I scored this beautiful antique Singer sewing machine! Now to learn how to use it……

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A few KeKe Photography captures 2014

Peace, K.

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While I’ve been away from the blogging world over the past several months I have managed to finish quite a few projects as well as grow in my craft….& life for that matter.
Its been a productive year for me but It is seriously so great to be back! I’m spending some time this morning enjoying my delicious homemade English muffin w/orange marmalade & steaming hot cuppa while catching up on all of my favorite blogs. There are so many wonderfully talented artists here….I am in awe of your beautiful work,words, incredible inspirations, talents and creations.

Here are a few quick (mostly ipad) snaps of just some of my yarn art from this past year.

I LOVE detachable crochet collars. Seriously it’s becoming a borderline obsession of mine. An OTHD original collar pattern worked up in colorful wool. Excuse me while I brag a moment…..I am quite proud of this design! It looks adorable on! It’s soft & comfy as well

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My very first attempt at felting wool. Added a cute thread crochet doily embellishment. Kinda digging these soft-n-comfy slippers.

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My favorite color cotton knit scarf using this free pattern from purlbee

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Adorable crochet infant sandals made for a friend who recently gave birth to a cute little girl

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Crochet thread embellished tank. An OTHD original

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Detail

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Crochet lace doily pattern by Off The Hook Designs by KeKe

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Crochet thread jar cozy. An OTHD original pattern

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Little girl crochet slipper pattern

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Pink skull crochet pattern- an OTHD original

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Until next time…enjoy this cell snap of an Incredible sunset captured in 2012 Rhode Island, USA

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Fresh Off The Hook!

I have a project in mind for all these newly crochet doilies.   Still have a few more to go before I can get started!

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pile-o-doilies

 

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a couple of original Off The Hook Thread  doily designs
Some day I will jot down the patterns if anyone is interested.

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My very first attempt at a diagram crochet pattern (with a little twist of my own thrown in for good measure) !
Seriously do not know why I did not try these before!
***Proud moment 🙂

Hope your day is full of sunshine and happiness!

Peace, K

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Making progress on my crochet table runner/window drape
Love it!

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Also working a bit on a few of these beautiful charted doily patterns
Lots of freebies  HERE

I must confess although I am a seasoned crochet-er 😉  I have never attempted chart  patterns!  (I know, right!)

I hate to say that I found them to be a bit intimidating initially.  Silly,  I know!       I think I may actually like these charts better than written patterns because they appear to be more precise.  Sometimes written patterns have errors.     Anywhooo this is my very first attempt at this chart thing.  If things go well  I will eventually share some updates.:)

Do you work from chart patterns?  If so I’d love to hear your theory on this subject.  :]

Happy Sunday Everyone!!!!!

Peace!

 

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Rhode Island, USA

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Rhode Island, USA
would love this painted on canvas- maybe someday :]

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Pink Fountain
Charlotte, North Carolina
a little rain never prevents me from shooting…I just shoot with the window closed :]

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A cell phone capture~RT2- Warwick, Rhode Island USA

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As promised a Wrapping It Up– glass jar cozy tutorial.

Things you’ll need:

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Several scraps of different shades & textured yarn/string/ribbon/thread.
I imagine you could even use strips of fabric although I have not yet attempted this method

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*Clear drying craft glue (I’ve tested several and have had the best results using fabric stitch glue)
*A glass bottle or jam jar
*Sponge for applying glue or if you are brave and don’t mind getting your hands a bit messy use your fingers to apply glue (I used a little makeup application sponge–it’s what I had on hand and it works perfectly for this project)
*Small scissors

Directions:

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Remove any labels from glass jar by spraying a little ‘Skin-So-Soft bath oil by Avon’ directly onto the label.
After allowing to sit for a few minutes the label should lift right off the glass.
If you do not have SSS bath oil on hand just soak your jar in warm soapy water for 15 minutes or so and use a little elbow grease. If the label is very stubborn & difficult to remove after soaking just scrape off using a Brillo pad or steel wool while the label is still wet. (btw SSS makes an excellent mosquito repellent as well. Love the stuff!)
image source: Google Images-Avon

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Apply glue to your sponge and swipe a thin layer to a small area of the glass. You do not have to saturate your jar in glue because once you begin wrapping the yarn stays pretty secure. Only apply the glue to begin & end each new color so that it lays flat & secure against the glass.

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Slowly & evenly begin wrapping one color yarn around jar using your fingers (or you could use the flat side of a nail stick) to push the yarn into place so that it is nice and snug. You don’t want to see gaps between the yarn.

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Choose a different color and/or textured yarn and repeat the above step until you are satisfied with your design.

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use various textured/colored yarns

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Allow to dry completely before displaying
makes a unique pen cozy
or bud vase.
*note the two solid color crochet designs pictured above are removable crochet glass cozies. The yarn wrapped cozies are permanent and can not be removed from the glass jar.

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Productive
Cairo, Egypt
©KeKe Photography 2011

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Resourceful- Cairo, Egypt 2011
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Protective
Cairo, Egypt
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image captured off 4th floor balcony- Cairo, Egypt 2013
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