CroManders Part 2

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If there is a word I could use to describe Craftybegonia, it would be "Imaginative."All of us crafters who work with our hands are creative people. All of us enjoy making beautiful things that people will enjoy, and Craftybegonia is all about that too. But all of us look at things in our own personal way, our personality shines through our work. And perhaps, in many ways, it characterizes is, it brands it, until it just shows us a little bit too.

Craftybegonia is all about making beautiful, one-of-a-kind, imaginative things, and making them with as much quality as possible so that the person who later owns them will be able to enjoy them fully. From sculptured crochet, to handpainted items, and from fun toys to delicate, almost dainty "clothing" for your tables, to gorgeous things for your walls. The aim is to make it not only handmade, but fabulous, and not only fabulous but inventive, ingenious, if possible innovative while at the same time, maintaining a high quaility standard. Craftybegonia is constantly growing in different directions. And don't be surprised to find new items, new ways of doing things, new "inventions" on things handmade.

One of those "Inventions" is the CroMander.

What is a CroMander? A crocheted pomander. I give these as a thank you gifts to customers. They are very useful and easy to make.
Spritz your favorite fragrance under the petals of the flowers and place the little ball at the corners of your lingerie drawer and everything will smell of you, not of laundry detergent or fabric softener.
You can also place them in your linen closet or just sew a ribbon to the top of them and hang them on
your side of the closet where your everyday clothes hang. It will be a welcome site and scent in the morning!
Do you know a bride-to-be? Make a couple of these and she can put them in her suitcase.
You can make them larger, and perhaps hang one over your cat's litter box. . .The pattern is simple. Here it is:

CroMander

Materials:
Scraps of yarn in flower petal colors of your choice
Scraps of green yarn (you can make them in cotton if you like, I prefer to give them a green background as it it was the greenery under a real pomander)
2 2-inch Styrofoam balls
F hook


With petal color of your choice: Ch 5, slip sti to close. Ch 3, slip st and then make 2 dc in round, ch 3, slip st, 2 dc, ch3, slip st, rep around until you have 4 petals. Fasten off. Make as many as these little blossoms as you would like to cover the ball. I sometimes make them really tight, overlapping each other slightly, or I leave small spaces of green to be seen, you can do whatever you like. You can make them all of the same color or of different colors. You can place little pearls at the center, or sew little ribbon bows between the blossoms if you want to pretty-it.up, especially, if you are giving it away to a bride or a special friend.

Ball: With green, ch 2, 4 sc on 2nd ch from hk. Round 2: 2 sc on each sc of round.
Round 3: Ch 1, 1 sc in same space. 1 sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc, around. Round 4: Ch 1, 1 sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc, 1 sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc, around. Continue this way, measuring your shape with the little styrofoam ball and adapting your
crocheting to the contour of the ball. Once you are reaching the bottom of the ball, begin to decrease the amount of sts as follows:
ch 1, 1 sc in next 4 sts, insert hook into next sc and pull a loop, hold on hook, insert hook on next sc and pull a loop, finish sc by slipping yarn through both loops on hook (1 sc dec). Repeat this until you have only 2 sc left at the very bottom of the ball and then just pull the loop through them to colose them and fasten off. Sew all your flowers to the green covering in whatever design you like or randomly.

In this second installement of the pattern I wanted to include leaves not only so that you could see them incorporated to the pomander, but also to give you a complete pattern with them. Leaf: Ch 9, sc in 3rd ch from hook. 1 hdc in next ch, 1 dc in next ch, 1 treble in next ch, 1 dc in next ch, 1 hdc in next ch and 1 sc in last ch.
In opposite side loops, repeat the same, ending with a slip st at the tip of the leaf and fasten off. Sew the leaf on any spot of the CroMander that you like.
You can make as many as you like, I decided only to make two for this ball. But you can make as little as 1 or as many as you want. You can also make all the blossoms of one single color or use various colors as I have. You can also use variegated and single colors as I decided touse inthis one. Enjoy!

This pattern is mine, do not sell it or distribute it as if it were yours. The term CroMander is mine, do not use for commercial purposes or attribute it to yourself or to your site. Thank you!
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To see the first installment of this pattern, go here:

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An Inspirationtal True Story
Back in 1932, I was 32 years old and a fairly new husband. My wife, Nettie and I were living in a little
apartment on
Chicago 's south side. One hot August afternoon I had to go to St. Louis , where I was to
be the featured soloist at a large revival meeting. I didn't want to go.

Nettie was in the last month of pregnancy with our first child. But a lot of people were expecting me in
St. Louis . I kissed Nettie good-bye, clattered downstairs to our Model A and, in a fresh Lake Michigan breeze, chugged out of Chicago on Route 66. However, outside the city, I discovered that in my anxiety at leaving, I had forgotten my music case. I wheeled around and headed back. I found Nettie
sleeping peace-fully.. I hesitated by her bed; something was strongly telling me to stay. But eager to get on my way, and not wanting to disturb Nettie, I shrugged off the feeling and quietly slipped out of the room with my music. The next night, in the steaming
St. Louis heat, the crowd called on me to sing again and again. When I finally sat down, a messenger boy ran up with a Western Union telegram. I ripped open the envelope. Pasted on the yellow sheet were the words: YOUR WIFE JUST DIED.

People were happily singing and clapping around me, but I could hardly keep from crying out. I
rushed to a phone and called home. All I could hear on the other end was 'Nettie is dead. Nettie is dead.'

When I got back, I learned that Nettie had given birth to a boy. I swung between grief and
joy. Yet that same night, the baby died. I buried Nettie and our little boy together, in the same casket. Then I fell apart.

For days I closeted myself. I felt that God had done me an injustice. I didn't want to serve Him anymore or write
gospel songs. I just wanted to go back to that jazz world I once knew so well. But then, as I hunched alone in that dark apartment those first sad days, I thought back to the afternoon I went to
St. Louis . Something
kept telling me to stay with Nettie. Was that something God? Oh, if I had paid more attention to Him that day, I would have stayed and been with Nettie when she died. From that moment on I vowed to listen more closely to Him. But still I was lost in grief. Everyone was kind to me, especially a friend, Professor Fry, who seemed to know what I needed. On the following Saturday evening he took me up to Malone's
Poro College , a
neighborhood music school. It was quiet; the late evening sun crept through the curtained windows. I sat down at the piano, and my hands began to browse over the keys. Something happened to me then. I felt at peace. I felt as though I could reach out and touch God. I found myself playing a melody, once into my head
they just seemed to fall into place:
'Precious Lord, take my
hand, lead me on, let me stand! I am tired, I am weak, I
am worn, through the storm, through the night lead me on to the light,
take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.'

The Lord gave me these words and melody, He also healed my spirit. I learned that when we are in our deepest grief, when we feel farthest from God, this is when He is closest, and when we are most open to His restoring power. And so I go on living for God willingly and joyfully, until that day comes when
He will take me and gently lead me home.

-Tommy Dorsey-

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Cute, Fragrant CroMander Pattern

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What is a CroMander? A crocheted pomander. I give these as a thank you gifts to customers. They are very useful and easy to make.
Spritz y
our favorite fragrance under the petals of the flowers and place the little ball at the corners of your lingerie drawer and everything will smell of you, not of laundry detergent or fabric softener.
You can also place them in your linen closet or just sew a ribbon to the top of them and hang them on your side of the closet where your everyday clothes hang. It will be a welcome site and scent in the morning!
Do you know a bride-to-be? Make a couple of these and she can put them in her suitcase.

You can make them larger, and perhaps hang one over your cat's litter box. . .
The pattern is simple. Here it is:

CroMander


Materials:
Scraps of yarn i
n flower petal colors of your choice
Scraps of green yarn (you can make them in cotton if you like, I prefer to give them a green background as it it was the greenery under a real pomander)
2 2-inch Styrofoam balls
F hook


With petal color of your choice: Ch 5, slip sti to close. Ch 3, slip st and then make 2 dc in round, ch 3, slip st, 2 dc, ch3, slip st, rep around until you have 4 petals. Fasten off. Make as many as these little blossoms as you would like to cover the ball. I sometimes make them really tight, overlapping each other slightly, or I leave small spaces of green to be seen, you can do whatever you like. You can make them all of the same color or of different colors. You can place little pearls at the center, or sew little ribbon bows between the blossoms if you want to pretty-it.up, especially, if you are giving it away to a bride or a special friend.

Ball: With green, ch 2, 4 sc on 2nd ch from hk. Round 2: 2 sc on each sc of round.
Round 3: Ch 1, 1 sc in same space. 1 sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc, around. Round 4: Ch 1, 1 sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc, 1 sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc, around. Continue this way, measuring your shape with the little styrofoam ball and adapting
your crocheting to the contour of the ball. Once you are reaching the bottom of the ball, begin to decrease the amount of sts as follows:
ch 1, 1 sc i
n next 4 sts, insert hook into next sc and pull a loop, hold on hook, insert hook on next sc and pull a loop, finish sc by slipping yarn through both loops on hook (1 sc dec). Repeat this until you have only 2 sc left at the very bottom of the ball and then just pull the loop through them to colose them and fasten off. Sew all your flowers to the green covering in whatever design you like or randomly.
This pattern is mine, do not sell it or distribute it as if it were yours. The term CroMander is m
ine, do not use for commercial purposes or attribute it to yourself or to your site. Thank you!
If you enjoy the tips, tutorials and patterns on this site, follow it, so you can get the latest post
automatically. I try to update the blog often.























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Your Hook Called: It Wants Your Fingers Back

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Summer is coming and you want to crochet but your creativity has hit a wall. Let’s see if these few tips will break through it.

1. Start with color. Get your patterns and look for one that you like and want to follow, but don’t necessarily want to immitate to the smallest degree. Well, think of a basic color you like: Brown, Tan, Black, Navy or White. Then, add a splash of color: Orange, Yellow, Lime or Fuchsia. And take it from there. You can add two more colors. Like for example, if you are making a top, and you want checks or stripes, you can do Navy, white and Lime, and even add a dash of yellow. It would look happy and still be cool for summer because of the blue and green. If you want something a bit more hot, start with a chocolate brown, add tan, a bright yellow and a bright orange like pumpkin.
If your real favorite is red, but you don’t want an all over red piece, and you are tired of red and white, and you have already done red, white and blue. Try red white and lime, or red white and yellow. Even red and natural. Or red, ecru and black.

2. Texture. If you don’t have a pattern, try my formula for making a sweater without a pattern and do blocks of different, rich textures that please your eye. You can make them in different shades of a family of color like: cream, sand, ecru, taupe, and combine them all. You will end up with a pretty top you can wear with just about any color of skirt of pants.

3. Shape. If you want to try something different. Buy yourself a Sew Easy pattern for a nice top. Cut it out and transfer the pattern onto brown paper (that way it will not break as you work on it.) Then choose a shape. Let’s say a triangle or an octagon or a hexagon. Make as many motifs as needed to fillout the outline of your pattern and make little motifs like rounds, for example, to fill in the gaps and you’ve got yourself a new piece!

4. Mixed-Crafts. Do you know how to knit as well as to crochet? Then combine both. Add gorgeous cables to your crocheted pieces. True, you can make them in crochet as well, but there are many more Aran stitches for knitters and you would have a lot more variety to choose from. Do you know how to embroider as well was to crochet? Combine them.Make blocks that are solely sc and then embroider them with pretty lazy daisy stitch or any other stitch you prefer.

5. Top/Bottom Contrast.
Finally, there’s another way in which you can change the simplest of shell patterns. Do the top in one stitch, let’s say hdc, and the bottom in shell stitch, cables, a ripple stitch or even in lacy motifs. The contrast will make the garment interesting.

Hope these simple tips will get your creative juices flowing again.
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