Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Crochet valuable TIPS and more washcloths


As outlined- these past few days as I am learning the art of hook and yarn...
I have been hooking some wash cloths...
here is what I have come up with to date....


I have completed 5 now......turns out I really love making them..
half way through a blue one now....
I am feeling quite comfortable with my single stitch 
and am ready to learn more new symbols, stitches ---language of crochet...

It helps when you want to learn a NEW LANGUAGE such as crochet..
to get some basics to the new LANGUAGE...

How can you possibly read a chart or pattern if you do not know what the
symbols means..?


Well I found two -both on Pinterest with links directly to their sites.
Both are outstanding crochet artistes... check out their links..
this lady who designed this..




and this lady here here



AND ONTO A TOPIC that has nothing to do with crochet....



While across the border the other day, I was at a light and kept looking at the post office I go to and 
it looked so grand...our post offices in Canada are usually found in strip malls and are cubicles..
this one is so majestic....Love architecture of years ago... there is much pride placed
in the building of gov't building of the past..

And then I drove around the corner and found this very old home..possibly abandoned as many windows were broken and doors were replaced with sheets of lumber...so sad actually..I bet years ago it was beautiful....I wish it could be restored but even the foundation looked at an angle to me...could it be the way I was holding the camera...lol.....

I wondered how areas of Niagara Falls NY could be in such bad shape...there are more homes in this area than well kept ones...What has happened to our world...really what has happened!

Wish it was as easy as some yarn and hook to make it all new again...



Heart Smiles....





28 comments:

  1. I so wish it was that easy also. This was once a beautiful house. HGTV does wonders with old broken down homes in lousy areas. Maybe they will stumble upon this one. People are not so prideful as they once were. I think it is because the Government gives too much and the incentive is not there anymore.I heard a saying the other day from one of our candidates running for President. It went something like this. It is a sin not to help people that really need a hand up. It is a sin to help people that can help themselves. Wouldn't it be great if we went back to that principal.

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    1. I think it is beyond repair...many of the houses in the area I noted were condemned...Your reasons are valid, but I have seen such poverty too that once was abundant, especially among the working class....I think it happens for many reasons...I wish there was a solution but I think were are beyond that at least for the moment......we need to help one another more...

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  2. Wow! That certainly is an amazing post office! I think I would visit it often just to look at it. Ours are not that grand except maybe a couple down south. Poor house - it does look so sad!

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    1. and it is all marble inside...any of our post offices are dark, dull and without detail of any kind...and surprising since they charge so much for everything....our donut shops are nicer looking loll

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  3. How such a beautiful house can be abandoned? It looks like a picture from a movie!

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    1. that is what I thought to Daria...I wondered why there were not more windows, but looking at the age of this home..windows would have meant more drafts, harder to keep warmer... it sits on a pretty big piece of land too..

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  4. Oh I see you have been very busy while I was on holiday. To crochet washcloth is such a lovely idea. And I am looking forward to see what lovely things you are up to with learning other stitches...
    Beautiful buildings, and it is sad that houses have to "die" like this. Also here in Switzerland old houses are diying. Often it is cheaper to build new ones than to restore the old ones. And I assume there is always a special story behind those houses... Have fun crocheting, hugs martina

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    1. HI Martina...after today, I am going to attempt a pocket shawl...I just got some yarns so I am sure it will keep me busy for a bit lol. I know what you say about building that die...in this area sadly there are more homes that look like this than are even new...

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  5. Love the washcloths Samm, very nice.
    I agree, such a shame about that house, bet it looked gorgeous years ago.

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  6. Dear Samm,
    your washcloths are so pretty. I can not imagine how anybody can use this little beauties that made quite a work, as wascloths. Do you really use them?

    Wonderful picts of the houses. I love old buildings too!

    Hugs
    Hilda

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    1. HI Hilda.. and yes I do use them...I actually prefer them for my face..they are soft, they absorb the ice cubes that I soak them in before I wash my face.... after today I will have made 7 one for each day of the week... I make them only in cotton yarns...Have a great weekend, pretty lady.

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  7. The town I grew up in has a lovely, old post office with marble.
    I just adore old homes. What a beauty that Victorian was!

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    1. I too grew up in France and Quebec, many buildings that just awed me... Victorian would have been so my choice in those days

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  8. Wouldn't it be fun to have unlimited money and go in and restore it to the way it used to be? It must have been a grand home.

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    1. so agree Mary...but sadly many of these homes would have to be levelled and rebuilt....looks like one strong wind and they would come tumbling down

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  9. I see the decline in many of our small towns. It is a shame. Happy you are still enjoying your crochet. The washcloths are so pretty.

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    1. I know it saddens me to ...something wrong has happened....wish it was as easy to fix as a torn seam

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  10. I will have to make some washcloths!
    We restored a 100 year old Victorian when we lived on, the east coast. It was my favorite house ever!! 10 fireplaces, 3 sets of huge solid wood pocket doors, 12 foot high ceilings, glowing heart of pine floors...oh, I could go on and on! It would have cost millions to build today with all its custom work and fine woods. What a shame to let one go so far to ruin!

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  11. Ohhh I can just imagine your estate, because certainly that is what it was....and yes you have got to make some washcloths, they are so nice to scrub with .....funny I never had one till now lol

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  12. Lovely old house. It would nice if it was restored. I love your washcloths. I can only single crochet. What pattern did you use to make them?

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    1. HI Karen ,these were all made in single crochet, size 5 mm hook, and 37 stitches, and I just kept doing
      rows until it was square say 10-11 inches…hope that helps…no pattern, still cannot read them well enough…
      but I will tell you , I love these washcloths…

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  13. Samm it really is a wonderful old house and would be so incredible if it was restored. I'd love to have one like that, but with the restoration already done. :) blessings, marlene

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    1. I am with you there Marlene...although, I would have to add more windows lol

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  14. HI Samm. Love the washclothes, and the rubber ducky! I need to go shopping for cotton yarn, they look so neat I will give one a try.

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    1. yes my ducky is bloated....I have of them..guess we never really grow up do we..and yes washcloths...love them...and they will certainly last longer than those on the market today

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  15. Your washcloths are turning out lovely. I so admire your process of learning this new craft. Such a great way to master it....and you will have many cloth's to boot! Your post office does look very grand. What a wonderful neighborhood that must have been a while back. Restoring a home like this is so expensive, more so than building new, but I do love the charm of it. It is so much easier to work with them when they have been loved their whole life instead of abandoned and abused. It's funny how much pride and attention to detail has been lost in a century. Things used to be so much more quaint and charming. I love historic areas....don't you want to know this property's story? I know I do. What a story it could tell!

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  16. I feel like our country is all about cheap and disposable now days. I love old architecture and love to visit Europe. Lovely crochet washcloths you are mastering dear. August Always...

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