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Summer is almost gone ALREADY

Hopefully where you are it is a bit dryer and not so rainy as we are getting. Don’t want to complain too loudly as we really do need the rain. Have been working on alot of things and now finish up alot of things to make way for new things, hahaha. Stay tuned we are still here and working away. We did add a forum and please bear with us as we get all that worked out , it will be great. Don’t forget about out new Paranormal site.

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BAD BAD Blogger

Yep it happens to all of us, we start out with alot of pep and then we sort of get busy with life and next thing you know it has been almost 2 months since a post has been made. Please accept our apologies but we are back on it really. Please check out Craft Euphoria Paranormal where you will find some pretty interesting post and it is only getting better, and Craft Euphoria Crafts with a new article about Quitting. We promise to be better bloggers and to make time to share with all of you. Thanks for sticking with us this far.

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It’s ok to Quit

I just closed the yarn portion of my shop but don’t feel sorry because it was not for lack of business. Had plenty of business and being one of the most unique business as a New Age/Yarn Store things can get pretty hectic. No doubt about it I did love my store but honestly something had to give, being a one woman operation can get a bit overwhelming and tiring very quickly. I did have 5 glorious years, working on my 6th with just the yarn alone but I have also had other things that I just really wanted to accomplish. Thus the title of this article “It’s ok to Quit”. Most of us are told things like “don’t be a quitter”, “quitters never win” and etc. etc. Just not true actually knowing WHEN to quit can put you back on the winning track faster than a speeding bullet!!

Yes I do know how to delegate but for me my business is very personal and it is hard to find someone who loves it like I do. When you own a business that is not in the “raking in a million trillion” every year, it can be hard to be able to hire help. BUT I do have a road that I have been wanting to travel down and as previously mentioned, something had to give so it was the yarn. I have had in my head for too many years to count an entire design line that has never even been thought of and in order for me to make that happen I HAD to lighten my load so to speak. I will not lie, it was devastating trying to pick what to cut out because I love all of it but had to be realistic if I wanted to get the other accomplished. Here is how I came to my decisions.

Look at the bottom line, IF you have to let some things go it certainly is a case of who your customers are and I won’t sugar coat it here, where you are making your most money. NO it isn’t always about money but when you own a business you MUST look to the future of how you will or won’t keep your doors open and how you will be able to fulfill your personal goals as well. If you are not grounded and balanced then you will not be giving your customers the best of you and we all know that is a MUST for a successful business. I really struggled with this until I started to look at big business and realized they do it on a constant basis. They keep what works and throw out what doesn’t, how many times have we just loved say a type of cleaner, soap, or even type of food only to find out later it was discontinued because not enough people loved it as much as we did. Unless that particular thing was the only reason you shopped at a store, more than likely you are still shopping there and may or may not be still looking for that certain something to replace what you loved. Again won’t lie here, I was terrified to quit a portion of my business that I started with and the day I did not renew my business license for the yarn I felt sick. It did not last long I am currently working like a crazy person, charting out and planning the new line of designs that I do plan on self publishing and releasing soon and have never felt better about my decision to QUIT a part of my business. Take the plunge, sit down and look hard at what you are doing and see where you can “Quit” a few things.

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Learn Crochet Techniques

I have been a crocheter for approx 37 years and I still learn new things on a constant basis about crochet. There are so many techniques that range from easy to difficult and are very worth giving a try. Do not ever give up trying to learn one, you always have me to ask or you can always post on the ravelry group Witchy Crocheters which is a wonderful resource because you will get different answers. Now this does not mean that there is a right or wrong answer, it just means basically that there is more than one way to use a crochet hook, hahahahaha. Once you start to expand your skills, you open up to the many possibilities that crochet has to offer. Sweaters, shaping, hats, socks, bikini’s, underwear, and more. So don’t give up, keep on trying and ask questions.

I do have a list of techniques that you may want to take a look at and of course if something isn’t on this list, just ask and it can certainly be posted on here.

Few Crochet Techniques

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Sylvia Cosh and James Walters

There are several crocheters out there that I like and admire but there are two that I idolize and yes it’s a good thing I do not live near because I would get the stalking charge. Sylvia Cosh and James Walters in my eyes are the best of the best in the crochet world. Sylvia Cosh sadly passed away from breast cancer and James Walters continues to bring the most delightful and beautiful techniques to crochet. To my knowledge, the books they have written are no longer being published but if you check List of Books Published you will find a complete list and yes I have them all. I continually refer and use “The Crochet Workshop” because it has how to do everything in crochet. If you ever happen to find a copy grab it because they are few and far between or if you do happen to look at online shops they can be quite pricey.

Although I never did get the priveledge to watch any of them, Sylvia and James did appear on public television with several how to’s and luckily you can now check it out here Workshops and download the many worksheets that are available. They are both the masters of Crochet and of course their wonderful tutorials on freeform, which is what first drew me to these two. Please do check around the rest of the website as there are many pictures and techniques that will certainly show you just how far you can take your crochet.

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Fairy Ring

This is a filet crochet Hexagon (6 sides) panel that you will crochet in the round starting from the center out. In order to accomplish this, it will help if you have a slight understanding of how to make a granny square, remember the corners ? Each time you came to a corner you had to place 2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc in order for it to grow larger evenly.
This uses that same concept sort of :
1. On the chart when you see a white or open mesh square on the edge in the next ch 3 space you will ch 2, dc, ch 3, dc, ch 2.
2. On the chart when you see a dark/block or open mesh square on the edge in the next ch 3 space you will do 2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc.
If this is as clear as mud, not to worry, I have written out the first 5 rows so that it will make it much easier to understand. Let’s get started.
Materials: 1000 yds of size 10 crochet thread
Size 7 hook
Gauge 10 squares = 2.3 inches, 10 rows = 2.5 inches
Based on filet: solid block = 4 dc open mesh = dc ch 2 dc
Row 1: ch 6, join to form a ring. . Ch 3 (this will count as a dc ) dc 23 more times in ring, join with a slip stitch to the top of beginning ch 3.
Row 2(1st row of your chart): Ch 5 (this will count as a dc and a ch 2 )* skip 2 dc, dc in next dc, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 2* Repeat from * to * 4 more times, skip 2 dc, dc in next dc, ch 3 join with a slip stitch to the 3 rd ch of beginning chain.
Important Notes: I do not like the way it looks when you have to slip stitch over so in order to avoid that, we will be starting the next row in the middle block of the chart. In order to keep track use your ch 3’s as a guide (these ch 3’s are in between each panel). See on the chart we have 3 open squares(or mesh) for each section, here is how we are going to do them.
Row 3: ch 5, *dc in next dc, ch 2. (dc, ch 3, dc) in next ch 3 space. Ch 2, dc in next dc, ch 2 *. Repeat from * to * 4 times. Ch 2, join to the 3 rd ch of beginning chain.
Row 4: ch 5, *dc in next dc, ch 2, dc in next dc. Ch 3, skip ch 3 space. Dc in next dc, ch 2 , dc in next dc, ch 2*. Repeat from * to * 3 times. Dc in next dc ch 2, dc in next dc.
Ch 3, skip next ch 3 space. Ch 2, join to the 3rd ch of beginning chain.
Row 5: ch 5, *(dc in next dc, ch 2) twice. (dc, ch 3, dc) in next ch 3 space. (Ch 2, dc in next dc) twice, ch 2 *. Repeat from * to * 3 times. (Ch 2, dc in next dc) twice, ch 2, (dc,ch 3, dc) in next ch 3 space. Ch 2, dc in dc, Ch 2, join to the 3rd ch of beginning chain.
Row 6: ch 3 (counts as a dc), (2 dc in next ch 2 space, dc in next dc) 2 times, *Ch 2, dc in next dc. Ch 3, skip next ch 3. Dc in next dc, ch 2, (dc in next dc, 2 dc in next ch 2 space) 3 times, dc in next dc. * Repeat from * to * 3 times. Ch 2, dc in next dc. Ch 3 skip next ch 3. Dc in next dc, 2 dc in next ch 2 space, join to 3rd chain of beginning ch.
From here just follow the chart, making sure to make your solid blocks solid, and your open mesh open.

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Goddess Fall Decor

Size 10 thread Size 0 steel hook Row 1: ch 11, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 8 sc, 3 sc in next sc, working up other side of ch, sc in next 8 sc, ch 1 turn. Row 2: skip 1st sc, sc in next 8 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 7 sc, ch 1 turn. Row 3: skip 1st sc, sc in next 8 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in next 7 sc, ch 1 turn. Row 4: skip 1st sc, sc in next 8 sc, ch 18 ** Repeat rows 1 to 4 18 times. Finish off and hide ends.

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Goddess Spring Decor

Spring will be coming soon so let’s get ready with our next goddess of all seasons decor. This is a great recycling project and since the “Decor” requires very little thread, it is a good way to use up some of your small bits and pieces of thread or yarn. Size 10 thread Size 0 steel hook Ch 9, join to form a ring Row 1: (ch 1, 2 sc, 1 hdc, 8 dc, 3 tr, 8 dc, 1 hdc, 2 sc) in ring Row 2: ch 16, sl st in 9th ch from hook to form a ring. ** Repeat rows 1 & 2 31 times, repeat row 1 once. Finish off and hide ends. You can drape these any way you want to. Add some beads or buttons to make your Goddess unique. We have one more pattern left in this series, Summer.

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Goddess Summer Decor

Summer isn’t far away so let’s get our Goddess ready for it. This is the last pattern in our Goddess Decor series. TAA DAA Summer !!!!

Size 10 thread Size 0 steel hook Ch 7, join to form a ring Row 1: *ch 3, (yo insert hook into ring, yo pull thru 2 loops) 3 times “proper stitch name is a 3 dc cluster “. ch 3, sc into ring *, repeat from * to * 4 times. Row 2: ch 14 sl st into 7th ch from hook. **Repeat rows 2 & 3 28 times, repeat row 2 once. Finish off and hide ends. Now your Goddess is ready for all seasons

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