Chronicling the steps to creating a SUCCESSFUL life.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Health Benefits of Crochet

I found this article here about the healthful benefits of crochet as well as other types of needlework.  I realized a long time ago that crocheting helped me deal with stress and having a chronic illness makes this doubly important.

"Need a reason to craft more? Or to tell your family when they ask about the hours you spend making scarves? Crocheting and knitting are good for you!
Benefits of crocheting and knitting include
  • Reduced stress
  • Better ability to cope with illness (physical or mental)
  • Decreased risk of cognitive impairment as you age
But why do knitting and crocheting help? 
Relaxed, repetitive motions such as the ones used in crochet and knitting can help calm down the body and the brain. Have you ever come home and sat down to work on your current project after a bad day? Not only does working on something you enjoy help, but the actual motions involved assist in creating a better mood. Our blogger Kathryn Vercillo has gathered many stories of how crafting can help people through illnesses here on her blog. She also shares her own story of crocheting through depression.
Knitting and crochet also help with fine motor skills and keeping your fingers and hands feeling good as you age. Additionally, all patterns involve some aspects of math, keeping your mind sharp and letting you practice math skills. Seeing how math operates in the "real world" is especially helpful for kids: they can see concrete examples of the skills they are learning in the classroom. 
Crocheting and knitting are often done in groups, either formally or informally. Whether you take a class, have a regular monthly guild meeting, or just get together with your friends every once in a while to chat and work on projects, chances are you have first-hand experience with how well knitting and crocheting go together with social activities. Being among friends can help combat loneliness and isolation, which can contribute to health problems. 
Schools and prisons are very different institutions, but there is a trend in them for crocheting and knitting groups. Social skills are worked on in both groups, and the calming effects of crafts can be especially useful. Schoolchildren practice following instructions and using math in everyday situations. Prisoners often work on projects for charities, such as hats for the needy, or blankets for animal shelters. 
How has crafting helped your health? Share your stories on social media with the hashtag #redheartyarns. 
For more information, visit the Craft Yarn Council's page on health benefits." 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Blue and White Doily Free Crochet Pattern

I  have found that making little doilies are a great way to get my fingers nimble enough to work on a more intricate pattern such as a dress for Barbie(TM)

Blue and White Doily

J.P. Coats Crochet Thread #30 Or
Boye 8 Mercerized Cotton 8/4
Steel Crochet Hook No. 10 or 11

(always join with a sl st at the beg of each rnd) 

ch5 join to form a ring

1: ch4, 3tr togeth. in ring * ch4, 4tr togeth. in ring*rep*=6 leafs
2:* 7dc in space, ch1 *rep*
3:*2dc in first dc, 1dc in nxt, 2dc in nxt, 1tr in nxt, 2dc in nxt, 1dc 
in nxt, 2dc in nxt,1sc in nxt space *rep* fast off
4:Attach with blue around sec row in space with 1 long-sc stitch, *ch4, 
skip nxt 2 st , 1sc in nxt*rep =3 loops*,ch4, 1 long-sc around sec row *rep around*

Next flowermotif, join with first motif: *1ch, 1sc in first motifs 
space, 1ch, 1sc back in sec motif space *rep one more time * Join other motifs the same 
way, always in the two spaces in the middle of each leafe.

Edge: *1sc in space, ch5, 1sc in 4th from hook,1ch, 1sc in nxt space 
*rep*(=11 loops on each flower, and one loop between flowers) Fast 

Have fun

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Getting Down to business

It is time to MAKE this work... it is time to get serious about sales.

I started a Google ad campaign--Pay Per Click--to see if it works!
$30 is a cheap way to start.  I will also advertise on Etsy if Google works out.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Free Crochet Pattern Dishrag

These crocheted dishrags are super-simple to make.

Dish Rag Free Crochet Pattern  9 inches by 9 inches

Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn
Size K Crochet Hook
Tapestry needle, Scissors

CH 28
Row 1:  In 3rd CH from hook DC, DC in each CH across.  (25 DC) CH 2, turn
Row 2:  HDC in each DC.  CH 2, turn
Row 3:  DC in each HDC.  CH 2, turn

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until piece measures approx. 9 inches, ending with a DC row.

Finish off.  Weave in loose ends.

Hand Crocheted by Grandma

I heard about a study at a major university's marketing department which stated that when selling an item, the words "Made by Grandma" gets more attention (10 times more) than items without the grandma word.

I am a Grandmother, so anything I make is "Made by Grandma."

I updated my Etsy listings.  I added two new products--a plaid scarf hand crocheted by grandma and a set of three country blue dishcloths hand crocheted by grandma.

Check them out at my Etsy store.

Thursday, November 17, 2016


I created a logo for my business that is a REAL LOGO.

I love the simplicity and elegance of this design.
Great colors, too.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Look What I Made for You!