That Girl Crochet

Ramblings from an avid crocheter, knitter, spinner, and major fiber junkie.

Monday, January 30, 2006


i have seen a lot of blogs that have the 4 things about meme on them. I am such a rebel that I am going to do one thing about meme.

1 job:
Dairy Queen I am the most awesome Blizzard maker that ever was. I can still remember handing my first Blizzard out the to go window and my lovely trainer whipped my arm around and made me hand it to the lady upside down. Whacko.... Upside- I can still make a perfect "Q" on the top of my soft serve cones.

1 car:
A honda CVCC it was a funky piece of crap. It was an automatic that had a two speed shift with no clutch. 4 door goofy hand me down car.

1 Vacation:
Disney World- pure he**. Hot and packed. Fat people on larks running everyone over. You have to ride a boat to get to the stupid place. Sweat run downs your back and crack before you get to the Most Wonderful Place on Earth.

1 favorite food:

1 tv show:
Forensic Files

1 movie:
Tommy Boy ( yep I love the deep thought kinda movies huh??)

1 place I have lived:
A hotel in New York for two weeks when I was a kid.

1 place I'd rather be right now:
On a hammock under the stars in the middle of my acreage.

1 person I tagged:
me me

until next time.........

Thursday, January 26, 2006


I finally knit some cables, and they are fun and easy. I made a super cute cable purse and will be making more. Pictures and links will be here another day.

Monster headache right now. Nothing is helping.

While shopping at Wal-mart the man walking opposite me had a very funny to me purchase. A case of Top Ramen, scrubbing bubbles and an air freshener. Just some simple nescesities I guess. Toilet is dirty, house stinks and needs some lunch.

Spinning like a crazy woman, still making fish, and slowly cutting the umbilical cord to my oldest daughter. It is so hard to let go.

until next time......

Saturday, January 21, 2006


Just went to the Uncommon Threads wed page and found a link!!! Click here and read all about the beautiful host and see a picture of one of my designs.

The third picture from the right shows my Flower Power Necklace click on the link to get the pattern.

Also pictured with my design is Julie's cute Flower Purse and Cecily's ring.

I am getting nervous and excited, my shows will be on TV soon.

until next time.........

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

more info

I have just gone to the Screen Door Entertainment website and they have a little bit of info about the show Uncommon Threads that I did a taping for. I cant wait until the schedule comes out so I will know when my shows will be airing on TV. They will be on DIY Network so I think I will go search the web and see if I can find any information. Cool Cool.

until next time.........

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

fish and medicine

I must be nesting. I am cleaning out all cabinets drawers and every space that can hold my STUFF. Last night I cleaned out the medicine cabinet. I cant believe how old some of the medicine was. The oldest one was nasal saline spray, experation date of 1994. How scary is it that I have moved this bottle of nose spray 4 times. A few items that were out of date by just a bit I kept. Things that I wouldn't be afraid to use. A small list of things that I threw away because NO ONE should use these items past the date on the box.

1. vagisil - I want the pain to go away not get worse.
2. hemmoroid cream- once again I want a pain reliever not increaser!!
3. cough drops- crusty, sticky and old.
4. nail polish- when your nail polish seperates into 4 different colors it is time to pitch it.
5. Avon lotion- I sold avon back in 1995. It smelled horrible and the color was funky.

I am currently working on a tessellating knit fish afghan. It is a great stash buster pattern. The pattern is not available on the net anymore and am glad that I printed it off when I found it. I will have to make 80 fish to get the size blanket that I want so this will be an on going project.

I will have the girly scarf pattern written up soon and up on my website.

until next time........

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

A few patterns for those of you who love scarves and ponchos. I had planned on putting these on my website. but am having trouble with front page so I thought I would share them on my blog. Enjoy.

Quick and Quirky Q Hook Poncho
Designer: Marlo D. Cairns

Materials needed: Q hook, one ball of bernat soft boucle yarn, or Red heart plush, or TLC Amore
Ch 31
Row 1 - dc in 4th chain from hook and in each remaining ch , ch 4 turn (29 dc total)
Row 2 – skip a st, dc in next st, ch 1, skip a st, dc in next st, continue across, ch 3 turn (14 spaces)
Row 3 – dc in each ch 1 sp on previous row and in each dc, ch 3 turn (29 dc total)
Row 4 - dc in each dc across, ch 3 turn (29 dc total)
Row 5 - dc in each dc across, ch 4 turn (29 dc total)
Repeat with rows 2-5 until desired length, making sure you end with row 3

To close the poncho fold in half lengthwise and sew the top up to the point that feels comfortable on your neck and shoulders. This is an asymmetrical poncho.

Single Ruffle Scarf made with handspun wool yarn, very soft and squishy.

Designed by Marlo D. Cairns

Materials needed: I hook and 4 ozs. of heavy worsted weight yarn

Ch 174
Row 1 - Dc in 4th chain from hook and in each remaining chain, ch 3 turn
Row 2- Dc in each dc across, ch 3
Row 3- dc in first dc, work 2 dc in each dc across, ch 3 turn
Row 4 – dc in first dc, work 2 dc in each dc across, ch 3 turn Fasten off and weave in ends

Double Ruffle Scarf- made from Angora and micro fiber yarn. Pattern is below.

Designed by Marlo D. Cairns

Double Ruffle Scarf

I hook, 2 ½ balls of each color, 5o gram or 1 ¾ ozs each

Ch 174

Row 1 - Dc in 4th chain from hook and in each remaining chain, ch 3 turn
Row 2- Dc in each dc across, ch 3
Row 3- dc in first dc, work 2 dc in each dc across, ch 3 turn
Row 4 – dc in first dc, work 2 dc in each dc across, ch 3 turn
Fasten off and weave in ends
Working on the reverse side of the beginning chain, Attach color #2 to the first loop, ch 3, dc in each remain free loop on the back side of the chain, ch 3 turn
Dc in each dc across , ch 3
Row 3- dc in first dc, work 2 dc in each dc across, ch 3 turn
Row 4 – dc in first dc, work 2 dc in each dc across, ch 3 turn
Fasten off and weave in the ends

Latest scarf, 3 different colors of Tutu Moda dea yarn. Very Girly girl.

Pattern coming soon.

until next time.....

Tuesday, January 03, 2006


If I put on this coat and hat can the world still see me?

I have not been stitching much but have been working on locker hooking. It is worked with a crochet hook and is fun and mindless. So far I have made a rug and hot pad. Pictures soon if I ever get my camera and desktop computer working again.

Stitch and chat is tomorrow night and I have never been. I am thinking of going if I can escape my family. I need to talk to others who craft. Need some inspiration. Maybe a journal of my finished items would help me stay motivated.

I have been looking at my hobbies a lot lately. Trying to understand them. Many times I wonder why I knit and crochet. I cant imagine making one more scarf, hat, shawl, etc. etc. I wonder how many I need and how many I can give as gifts. My yarn stash is out of control. I have way to much. I sometimes want to pitch it all and start over. Is this just the duldrums?? Am I just bored? I think I need a challenge. Sock knitting, cables, a sweater, something different.

My so called "career" in fiber arts has turned out way different than I thought it would be. I was on a personal high after filming the TV shows for DIY network. All plans for a future career were looking up. I started to sell my patterns to yarn stores. I had teaching opportunities. I had publishing opportunities. All things were saying "go for it, you can do this." But then all things changed. Illness plagued my family. Horrible illness. My career came to a screeching halt. All plans put on hold. All engagements were off. Keeping up with the day to day business was difficult. I am still trying to catch up.

New goals.

1. Organize

2. Prioritize

3. Be thankful for the little things.

4. When an opportunity comes along approach it reasonably.

5. Make ME happy with my craft.

6. Challenge myself.

7. Give away half of my yarn stash.

until next time.......