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Adorable Little Shamrock

12 Mar

I saved these instructions in a text file – not sure from where, or when. Time to finally try it out!

Crochet Shamrock

Sorry for the over-flash, Photoshop could only take out so much. I didn’t feel like getting up, so I just put some copy paper on my lap, and held the camera over the shamrock. You can definitely see how cute it is, though. 🙂

I thought I should start writing charts, too. I find a lot of foreign patterns online and if I learned to follow charts, I could make them. You can make the shapes in Illustrator and make your own charts, or you can get chart software. Here’s my first attempt, using Crochet Charts from Stitch Works Software.

Shamrock Chart

I didn’t actually read the instructions or anything, so I’m sure that I could have made it a lot better. I moved the stem out from the row to make it easier to see the second row of stitches. I’m just noticing I don’t have any little indicator arrows letting you know which direction to go! Dang! Oh well, I only have the demo copy anyway; once I can afford to register it, I’ll get fancier.

Here’s the written instructions for you:

Shamrock:
Leaves:
Row 1: Make a magic circle (also called an adjustable ring), ch1, 7 hdc in ring, pull ring tight, join with sl st in top of 1st hdc.
Row 2: * [Ch2, 2tr, dc, 2tr, ch2, sl st] in same st, skip next st, sl st in next st*. Repeat between ** 2 more times; do not turn.
Stem:
Ch6, sc in 3rd ch from hook, sl st in each remaining st, join with sl st to bottom of shamrock.  Fasten off.

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Whether you call it Veteran’s Day or Remembrance Day…

11 Nov Rememberance Day poppy

In 1918, in World War I, hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month,” in accordance with the Armistice. The next year, King George V dedicated a day of remembrance for the members of the armed forces who lost their lives.

Red poppies bloomed over some of the worst battlefields in Flanders after the war, and many Commonwealth and former Commonwealth countries wear Remembrance Poppies on that day. In Australia and New Zealand, ANZAC Day in April is their main day of remembrance, commemorating the heart-rending Battle of Gallipoli (in Turkey), where poppies are also worn. It’s mainly due to the poem “In Flanders Field”, which I’ll copy at the end of the post.

Rememberance Day poppy

“In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row”

The poppy also grows wild here in the Western US – it might in other states as well, but here’s where I’m familiar with, lol. The Arizona poppy is actually yellow, because we just gotta be different. The blood-red poppy is the one we use to remember.

I crochet mine. Here’s a link to another blog with paper, knit, and sewn felt ones as well.

I used red & black worsted weight yarn with a size F hook. You can use whatever you like, gauge is not important. You can make a tiny poppy with crochet thread, or a bigger one using a bigger hook.

(crochet terms are US, for UK/Australia terms, see here for the pattern that I adapted mine from)

Veteran’s Day Remembrance Poppy Pin

With black yarn, make a “magic circle”. Ch 1, sc 14 stitches into circle, slip st into ch (15 st). Pull circle tight to close up the center of the flower, change to red yarn.

Veterans Remembrance Poppy

Crochet a poppy in remembrance of all of our fallen troops

Ch 1, sc in 1st st, * (over the next 3 scs) 2 dc in each of the next two sts, sc *, repeat three more times. 2 dc in each of the next 2 sts, sl st into beginning ch.

(In the original pattern, she typed “4 dc” in each st, which makes a fuller, very pretty flower; it doesn’t match the picture she posted or any of the Remembrance/Anzac poppies people wear. I show both in my pic. If you want to make an all-occasion poppy, just substitute 4 for 2 whenever you dc)

Fasten off. Weave in ends, sew or glue a safety pin or brooch/pin back to flower.

IN FLANDERS FIELDS
-Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead.
Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Rose Wedding Bouquet

16 Oct

So what have I been doing? Crocheting my guts out!

One of my best friend’s daughter’s wedding got moved up almost a year, do to her finance joining the military. They made the decision to have her join him as a military wife, instead of her waiting at home for him. They’re still having a big wedding in the future; for the present, it was just going to be a weekday, civil ceremony downtown.

Now, I just couldn’t let a bride I know go down the aisle without something pretty. I looked at my crocheted roses, and thought – bouquet. I offered to make her one as a wedding gift, since I hadn’t bought anything from her registry list yet.

It turned out even better than I expected! She loved it … and to my surprise, a friend of hers saw the pic on Facebook, and wants one for her Victorian/steampunk wedding next year. What a charming idea! But, perhaps, if I’m going to sell them, I should offer a package with a smaller “throwing” bouquet, as well.

Well, don’t listen to me, check it out for yourself!

Custom wedding bouquet made with crocheted roses by The Glitzy Faery

The bride’s mother modeling the bouquet, the night before the wedding

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