Friday, February 26, 2010

A Crochet pattern A Week Newsletter 20

A Crochet Pattern A Week Newsletter

Number 20© March 2010 all rights reserved Published by A Crochet Pattern A Week Newsletter.A big welcome to the "newbies" ! Thank you for joining "A Crochet pattern A Week!" I hope you enjoy the patterns and maybe learn something new.....from something old.For those of you who just found my blog, and are not members of "A Crochet Pattern of the week," and would like to join a great group of women and men come check us out at

Table of Contents:

Yarn pattern

Thread pattern

Happenings at A Crochet Pattern A Week Place


Motivational thoughts

A Short Funny

Kids Corner


Gift Idea

Link of the month


Hints & tips



OK Valerie here is the pattern I have been keeping you thinking about...




Happenings at A Crochet Patten A Week Place.

We have so much fun all ready started, and so much more to come.This is a list of our ongoing and up coming events.

1. A.R.K.,ARandomAct of Kindness Our A.R.K. is a fun way for us to let your fellow members know that you are thinking of them. There is no deadline for the sign up. Go to the Database on the group and enter in your name, address, and some favorites like: color/colors, collections and so on. (putting your name on here does not commit you to anything). Take a look at the other members who put their information on the A.R.K. You can pick out one or more members to send an A.R.K. to. Then send them a little something. It can be something you made (does not have to be crocheted) or something store bought. We want to keep the postage down. So please do not send anything big. We send things like pocket calendars, fridgies, and so on. If you have any questions please don’t be afraid to ask.

2. Question of the week. Valerie (Group mommy #2) posts a new question each week. They are fun ones like “What would you do if you had to give up some of your yarn?” "If you were stranded on an island what one hook and yarn would you want to bring?”, and many other fun ones like these. All you do is have fun answering them as well as reading the other members replays. This is an ongoing event as well.

3. ON the even months (February, April, June, August, October, We are taking December off) we have a CAL (crochet a long). During that month Linda (one of our group step mommy) picks out a pattern that would work up fast, most of the time with in two to four weeks. Then during that month she posts part of the pattern once a day or once a week depending on the size of the pattern. Then we have fun making what she has picked out for us. Linda has talked about making our next CAL a mystery, but this is not defiant; either way they are always fun. Then when you are done you post a photo of what you made in the photo section.

4. On the odd months (January, March, May, July, September, November) we have our Newsletter. IN there you find lots of fun stuff to keep you busy. Things like a yarn and cotton crochet pattern, a craft, a gift idea and so much more. This is an ongoing event as well.

5. Scavenger hunt/this one is not a exchange, but a scavenger hunt. Once a month I would pick a list of things and then post them to the group, and then you all will have to look around the net for things on on the list for that month (they can not all be on one page each one has to be found on different pages), and then you E-mail me off the group their links, and the first one to get everything on the list to me wins, and I will send them out a little of something in the snail mail.

6. We have allot of exchange planed for you all this year. Here is the list of the winners from the poll.
1: Secret sister exchange 10 (March) (March 1 – April 20Th) ...This exchange runs from March 1 – April 20Th.
2:Pattern Exchange/ in this exchange we will exchange patterns, but they can not be free patterns from the net, or those free patterns from stores 5 (May)
3: Surprise Gift exchange/for those of you who was not around for the surprise gift exchange this one was fun, you know who your partner is, but you will not know what she is sending you tell you get your package. They will pick out things to make you by a questionnaire you will fill out at the start of the event. 7 (June) (June 1 – July 20Th)
4: potholder & hot pad exchange 6 (August)
5: Scarf exchange 7 (Sept)
6: surprise Christmas gift exchange/this one is like the surprise gift exchange, but it will be at
7: Christmas time 10 (Oct) (Oct 1 – Dec 20Th)
8: Christmas Ornament exchange 5 (Nov)
9: Christmas card Exchange:: On this one Valerie and I will take sign ups, but instead of being given one partner, you will be given 2 partners to send a Christmas card. 12 ( Dec)



The dot over the lowercase 'i' and "j" is called a tittle.A tittle is a small distinguishing mark, such as a diacritic or the dot over an i. It first appeared in Latin manuscripts in the 11Th century, to distinguish the letter i from strokes of nearby letters. Although originally a larger mark, it was reduced to a dot when Roman-style typefaces were introduced.


Motivational thoughts:

The Don't Quit presentation is based on a famous poem which was written many years ago. The author of this poem is unknown. Sadly, in recent years a number of people have claimed ownership of the poem and some have even claimed to have written it themselves!
Here is the original poem in it's entirety:

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, When the road you're trudging seems all uphill, When the funds are low and the debts are high, And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, When care is pressing you down a bit, Rest, if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns, As every one of us sometimes learns, And many a failure turns about, When he might have won had he stuck it out; Don't give up though the pace seems slow-- You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than, It seems to a faint and faltering man, Often the struggler has given up, When he might have captured the victor's cup, And he learned too late when the night slipped down, How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out-- The silver tint of the clouds of doubt, And you never can tell how close you are, It may be near when it seems so far, So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit-- It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.
- Author unknown


A Short Funny

Funny Text message

20% of the population is now drinking coffee, 60% is having sex, 19% is watching television and one yokel is now holding his mobile in his hand


Kids Corner:

Easter craft

Bring out a young crafter's creativity with these Easter egg heads. Kids think the wiggle eyes are especially funny.

What you'll need:
Boiled or homemade chocolate Easter eggs (see the gift idea blow kids corner for the homemade chocolate Easter eggs)
3-D paint or glitter glue, in a variety of colors (we used Tulip brand paint)
White craft glue
Wiggle eyes, in any size
Cooling rack or film canister lids
Mini bowl (optional)
Tweezers (optional)
Ice pick (if using chocolate Easter eggs)
Empty egg cartons (if using chocolate Easter eggs)
Shoestring liquorice, small mints and sucking candies, etc. for face (if using chocolate Easter eggs)
How to make it:
If using homemade chocolate Easter eggs:
Click here for directions on how to make chocolate Easter eggs.
You will need the eggs to dry after you decorate them. In order to allow for the chocolate eggs to dry with the lollipop sticks, use the ice pick to poke a hole in the parts of the egg carton that stick up (the sections in the middle that partition off the egg cups). You can then place the stick through this hole to allow your decorative egg to dry.
After chocolate eggs are dried and de-shelled, melt a small amount of chocolate wafers and use the chocolate as the "glue" to add on the candy pieces to construct the face. Use shoestring liquorice for hair and a smile.
If using boiled eggs:
You will need to decorate only one side of the egg at a time. Let the eggs dry either on egg cartons turned upside down, on a cooling rack or film canister lid. Decorate other side when first side is dry.
Place egg into an empty egg carton for stability.
Use glitter glue or 3-D paint to "draw" on hair. (See photo.) This will need to dry for several hours.
If you wish to add a bow, place a small construction paper or ribbon bow into the 3-D paint or glitter glue hair before it dries all the way. (See photo.)
Decide where you want to place the wiggle eyes and glue them in place. (See photo.)
Add a nose by gluing on a miniature pom pom. (See photo.)
Draw on a mouth with a marker.
Place on a decorative plate, an Easter basket, or make an arrangement for your table. (See photo.)
Glitter glue can drip if you use too much. Keep an eye on it as it dries in case you need to push it up a little with your finger.
Another alternative for the hair would be to glue a little Easter grass to the tops of the eggs. This is a bit more difficult and is better suited for older children.
For a cute holder, when finished with the empty egg carton, cut out an egg cup and paint it whatever color you wish to hold your egg head.

How to boil an egg

Once you learn how to boil an egg perfectly, you can make everything from deviled eggs to perfectly-cooked hard-boiled eggs whenever you want.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 15 minutes
Here's How:
Bring the eggs to room temperature by placing them in a bowl of warm water for five minutes.
Drain the eggs and transfer to a saucepan. Pour enough cold tap water over the eggs, so that the water covers the eggs by an inch to an inch-and-a-half.
Partially cover the eggs with a lid.
Bring to a full, rolling boil over medium-high heat. Allow the eggs to boil for exactly 30 seconds (time it).
Immediately remove the pan from the stove and cover completely with a lid. Let eggs stand, covered, for 15 minutes.
Remove cover, place a few ice cubes in the pan with the eggs, and run cold water over eggs.
Tap each egg gently against the pan to crack. Peel hard-boiled eggs under cold, running water.
Start with eggs that are about a week old. Older eggs seem to crack less and peel more easily than fresher eggs.
Use a timer to boil eggs for exactly 30 seconds and let stand covered for exactly 15 minutes. This is one recipe where timing must be exact.

Passover craft

According to Hebrew faith, the night before Passover families are obligated to search their homes for chametz. Chametz, meaning leaven or yeast, or food mixed with leaven, are prohibited during the Passover. In order to search for the chametz you will need a candle to see where light won’t reach, a feather for sweeping crumbs, a paper bag for gathering the chametz, and lastly a wooden spoon for Kabalistic reasons. Make this cute craft to display your knowledge of your faith.

What you'll need:
8 ½” x 11” piece of cardboard
1 sheet felt in a light and matching dark color (lt. green and dk. green, lt. blue and dk. blue, etc)
Felt: goldenrod, orange, cream, tan and off white
White craft glue

How to make it:
Glue light colored sheet of felt to cardboard, trim if needed.
Cut a candle from the off-white felt.
Cut a flame shape for the candle from the orange felt, and cut a smaller flame shape from the goldenrod felt.
Cut a rectangle from the tan felt for the paper bag. Cut a jagged edge at one end of the rectangle for the opening of the bag. Cut another piece, same width as the bag, about 1/3 the height, this is the folded pleat at the bottom of the bag.
Cut a wooden spoon from the cream colored felt.
Glue all pieces onto the light colored felt. Start with the candle and flame (goldenrod goes on top of the orange), then glue the feather on next. The paper bag is glued on next and lastly, the wooden spoon is put into place.
Cut a border from the dark colored felt and glue around the edges as a frame.

Add a hanger by taping a piece of yarn to the back of your creation.
Use this fun project as a teaching aid for temple.
Have children use the finished craft project to tell their story of how to search for the chametz.

Kids link pick

There are three colors of Easter eggs hidden in the pasture scene below. Two are blue, two are red, and then there is the GOLDEN egg. Can you find all of them? +Just click your mouse pointer on the picture at the place where you think an egg is hidden. If you are right, the Easter Bunny will appear to tell you so! Click on flowers, the around the trees, and other places to find the eggs. The GOLDEN EGG is hardest to find, Good luck!



Simply fill out this form and your FREE MAGIC TRICK will appear in your mail box, in 7 to 10 business days (school days). One entry per person while supplies last.

Kids short funny

Why did the Easter egg hide?
He was a little chicken!



Easter Recipe

Double-Apricot Glazed Ham

If you're looking for a centerpiece to serve a hungry crowd, this tasty baked ham should do the trick. Both the apricot glaze and the apricot sauce are easy to make, and add great flavor to the ham.

1 cup dried apricots
1 cup Swanson® Chicken Stock
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 fully-cooked whole boneless ham * (6- to 8-pounds)
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cups finely chopped shallots
2 jars (12 ounces each) apricot preserves
1/4 cup Dijon-style mustard
2 teaspoons grated orange zest

* Place the apricots and stock into a microwave-safe measuring cup. Microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes. Let the mixture cool. Remove the apricots and cut into strips. Reserve the stock. Stir the apricots, sugar and 1/4 cup reserved stock in a small bowl.

* Place the ham into a roasting pan. Bake at 325 degrees F for 2 hours or until the ham is heated through. Brush with the apricot mixture during the last 30 minutes of baking and baste frequently with the pan drippings.

* Heat the butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook until they're tender. Stir in the preserves, mustard, orange zest and remaining reserved stock and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cook and stir for 10 minutes or until the stock mixture is slightly thickened.
* Slice the ham and serve with the apricot sauce.

* *You can use a 3-pound fully-cooked half boneless ham for 16 servings. Prepare as directed above, but reduce the remaining ingredients in half and the cooking time to 1 hour or until the ham is heated through.

Makes 32 servings

Passover Recipe

“Forgotten” Macaroons

Prep Time: 14 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Yield: 2 dozen

2 egg whites
¾ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups shredded coconut

1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray 2 cookie sheets with non-stick baking spray.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat egg whites until they stand in stiff peaks, then continue to beat as you add the sugar gradually. Don’t worry if the sugar doesn’t dissolve completely.
3. Beat in salt and vanilla. Stir in the coconut. Drop mixture by mounds from a teaspoon onto prepared cookie sheets. Place in the oven and turn it off. Leave the macaroons overnight.
4. In the morning, remove from cookie sheets.

You can dip them in high-quality melted dark chocolate if you like.


Gift Idea

Easter Gift

Easter PotPourri
4 Lemons
4 Oranges
1/2 cup Whole cloves
1/2 cup Whole allspice
10 Cinnamon Sticks
10 Bay leaves Decorative jars with lids

This free Easter craft project shows you how to make Easter Potpourri.

Using a vegetable peeler, peel the fruit carefully. Remove only the peel, try not to remove any of the white pith.

Next chop into or tear into one inch pieces.

Spread the peel on paper towel and place it on a metal pan.
Stick it in preheated oven to 175 deg F'.

Dry in the oven for 1 1/2 hours and turning it over in stages. The peel should be slightly crunchy or hard.

Spread the peels on dry paper towels and let air dry for a day.

Mix with remaining ingredients and fill jars with the mixture.

Pour into open Easter baskets when ready to use.

Passover Gift

Matzoh Pin
Susan of Suffolk Association for Jewish Educational Services came up with this really fun Passover craft.
You need:

Decoupage Solution
Foam Brush
Wax Paper
Red Paint and Brush
Wiggle Eyes -- 10mm
Tacky Glue
Jewelry Craft Pins
Low Temp Glue Gun

Break matzoh into 2" pieces. Lay on wax paper. Use a foam brush to apply decoupage solution to the surface. Let dry. Turn over and repeat for back. Glue on wiggle eyes. Paint on a mouth. Glue on jewelry craft pin.


Link of the month

Welcome to Chained Links!

Chained Links is an archive of free, on-line crochet patterns, sorted by category. Over 2000 patterns have been cataloged so far!



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Hints and tips

6 Free Spring Cleaning Checklists (Printable)
Spring has sprung and it's time once again for the annual spring cleaning rituals to begin. Here are 6 free printable spring cleaning checklists you can download and print:

1. Here's a cute little checklist put together by Casa Sugar (as seen above): Link

2. Martha Stewart has put together a helpful download which includes spring cleaning tips: link

3.Make your own spring cleaning check list. You can click items to remove them or add new items: link

4. The Nest has a fun little checklist that turns spring cleaning into a game: link

5. The Simple Mom blog has a nice one pager spring cleaning checklist: link

6. Here’s another spring cleaning checklist from Clean and Shiny: link

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