Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Popcorn and shells

No, the title doesn't refer to eating - you'll see.
No quilting getting done right now - just finishing up some little things and cutting fabric for the baby rag quilt. Slow going but, I am crocheting while watching TV. My brother's eldest daughter is due any day and so I thought I would do some crocheting. I have been itching to work on something in the evenings and so I borrowed some books from the library.

This book had...

this pattern and so I bought some white yarn (my stash didn't have any) to make...

this. I have 23 completed rows and I need 74 so I have to purchase at least one more ball of the white.

Here's a close-up of the shell stitch. It's nice to know that I can still read and follow a pattern. Other than making some berets for my daughter the last couple of years, I haven't done any crocheting for a very long time.

It's nice to know I kept my patterns from way back.

It had this little dress pattern done in the popcorn stitch.

I still have the dress and it's waiting for a little girl to wear - sometime in the future. I used two colours because I was short of the pink. It's about 30 years old. I have other things that I have made and kept to hand down but I can't find them yet.

Another old pattern. I did make both of these sweaters in the exact same colours too - probably around the same time. The peach sweater and hat set I crocheted (not the bootees) but only the yellow sweater was knit. I don't know if these two will ever show up. They were made of Phentex - soft, cotton yarn not the stringy nylon stuff that Phentex was famous for. Finding these patterns and looking through them, remembering that I actually did make these, gives me hope that I will be able to read a knitting pattern once again...
Stay tuned.


  1. Wow Dolores, :-)
    I CAN'T DO THAT they look beautiful, love the colour on the coat.
    :-) :-) x x x

  2. Your crocheting patterns are very nice! You can always find pretty patterns in old magazines, even if the sweater would be out of fashion you cuold use the knitting pattern for something else. And baby blankets never need to change!

  3. Sorry you didn't win the doll!
    The crocheting look amazing - I wish I could crochet and knit - but I just don't think I could teach myself, it looks waaaaay toooo complicated!
    And I think it's great you are using 'vintage' patterns. Although according to Etsy... I'm vintage since I was born in 1970 LOL.

  4. Awwwwww.... Lovely crocheting Dolores!! Very sweet! 8-)

    I still haven't found my baby knits patterns!!?!


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