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Computer headaches

It has been months since I have really posted anything here on Chocolate Dog Studio. The truth is that my computer has been hardly working. It’s a really long, boring frustrating story-like all computer problems. It is enough to say that I ended up getting a new laptop which promptly died the night we bought it new from the store. Dale took it back and here I am FINALLY back on the computer with internet access. Yay! for progress. I think that my computer headaches are finally over.

Computer headaches

There  is a new privacy policy coming out soon and new patterns as well. There are many things that still need to travel over from the old computer to the new so please be patient while I get this up and running again.

Talk to you later,

Karen

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Flash Sale

Flash Sale

Just a quick FYI that there is a Flash sale in the Etsy shop with this coupon code: Welcomeback  and is good for 15% off anything in the shop!

Have a great day! I’m off to organize the studio and get things sorted. It is slowing me down to have things spread out between three rooms-two rooms I can handle but three rooms is one room to many!

Anniversary

Hubs and I spend last weekend in OKC (Oklahoma City for the non-Okies) and it snowed and sleeted.

Flash Sale

 

Very weird and odd. It was very, very cold for April in Oklahoma. I know that our Northern family scoffs at our idea of cold weather but cold is relative to what is normal in your region.

Our wedding anniversary is in May and it always seems to be overtaken by family reunions, graduations and ending of school events. We celebrated early this year as it is a big anniversary for us- 30 years. A hugely crazy amount of time has been spent with my best friend. Our life is nothing like I thought it would be but I wouldn’t change a thing,

 

except for all the stupid things we have done.

I would change those.

Wouldn’t you?

We had a great time and things were very relaxing. We saw the Centennial statues of the Oklahoma Land Run. My family came to Oklahoma shortly after the land run.

 

Flash Sale

 

Enough procrastinating, I need to get back to work.

Talk to you later,

Karen

P.S. Don’t forget to stop by the Etsy shop and shop the Flash Sale!

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Moving the Studio

Moving the studio from all over the house to one set room is taking longer than expected. It has added an element of chaos to my life. Our oldest daughter moved to her own place several weeks ago and the studio has been  in the process of slowly gathering into one place. There are still some extra furniture bits in the room and it has slowed the transition down. I’m also walking more every day, trying to build up some strength and endurance. It is really slow going.

Easter was beautiful but cold. The traditional egg hunt was in the house instead of outside. Here are a few photos of some of the creative things that I have been doing since the hands were out of commision for crochet.

Colors

Moving the Studio

This watercolor was fun and I was just playing around with the paints. The colors remind me of the triangle afghan below in almost the exact same colors.

Moving the Studio

The triangle crochet blanket is coming along. It is in that “I hate to work on it” phase as it feels as though it will take forever. The flowers were cut out of a water color page and make a lovely bouquet.

Moving the Studio

Moving the Studio

Last but not least I have been sewing the binding down on Mom’s quilt for her as her eyes can’t do the fine work anymore. I have to admit that this quilt has been sitting around waiting until my new glasses came in as I couldn’t see the eyes in the needle to thread them any more.

The New Studio

The studio now has a closet and a lovely big window. I can’t wait to show you the whole room when it gets more organized. I had to go ahead and move one of my work tables in as I am painting a couple of chairs. They are looking good and should be at the consignment shop later next week if we get a break in the weather.

This crochet blanket is next on the horizon and I can’t wait to get it finished as well. April may be the month for finishing up projects.

Moving the Studio

Changes

Changes keep coming into my life.  Some of the changes make me uncomfortable and some of the changes are for the better. The studio is changing as I try to organized ALL the YARN and projects. Plus bring in some other creative endeavors into the same room. The past few months have felt a little stagnant until I remembered that I do best when I am working in a variety of mediums. This gives my hands a break and allows me to be creative in other mediums. I will be posting more of these here for you to see. There are so many projects partially finished that the next few months will be filled with pattern writing and getting these patterns written and in the shops.

Talk to you later,

 

Karen

 

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The Adapted Lemon Peel Dishcloth Tutorial

Here is the next crochet washcloth/dishcloth pattern; The Adapted Lemon Peel dishcloth.

The super easy  Adapted Lemon Peel Dishcloth is fun to crochet. It creates a lovely nubby texture without too much thinking about repeats or counting. It has a soft bumpy look which is great in a dishcloth. This pattern would also make a wonderful spa washcloth for an easy crochet Birthday or Christmas gift. Crochet 2-3 in different colors, add the washcloth to a few lovely soaps and you have an inexpensive and lovely gift for a new mother or a special friend.

The Adapted Lemon Peel Dishcloth Tutorial

Here is the washcloth first finished.

The Adapted Lemon Peel Dishcloth Tutorial

 

Supplies

  • Cotton dishcloth yarn
  • Size G crochet hook
  • Scissors

Skills Needed

  • single crochet = SC
  • chain
  • double crochet = DC
  • Weave in ends

The Adapted Lemon Peel Dishcloth Tutorial

Crochet 32 stitches in your cotton yarn.

Foundation Row

SC across the chain to create a foundation for your washcloth. (I am using a different color cotton yarn for these instructions.)

Adapted Lemon Peel Dishcloth

Row 1

 

Single crochet in the  2nd chain from the hook. Double crochet in the next chain,

sc in the next 4 chains.Adapted Lemon Peel Dishcloth

Alternate between the double crochet and  4 single crochets across the washcloth.

Chain 1 turn

(The double crochets will  to need to be on one side of the washcloth, poke them through to whichever side you pick for the front.)

Adapted Lemon Peel Dishcloth

Row 2

Adapted Lemon Peel Dishcloth

Sc in the  first stitch of the previous row.

3 sc in next  3 stitches, DC in the next stitch

Alternate 4 sc, 1 DC across the washcloth.

Alternate row 1 and row 2 until the washcloth is square.

 

I like to unplug and have paper patterns at times, so there is a free download  for The Adapted Lemon Peel Dishcloth in the shop.

 

Other Stuff

We have been helping a chick fly out of the nest this week and build another nest in a first apartment. Part of me is so excited and the other part of me is a tiny bit anxious. Mom’s tend to do this; be anxious, happy and excited all at the same time. The other part of the excitement is that the studio will finally get to move into a more permanent home with a door and nothing but studio items inside. I truly can’t wait but feel wrong to be too excited. Is it wrong to want your chicks to leave the nest?

 

I spent some time watercolor painting with a friend as we both needed the nudge to do something out of our normal routine. I attempted to paint roses again. These are really simple and today they look much better than they did yesterday. I need to go and look at the other paintings I finished. They might look better as well.

Adapted Lemon Peel Dishcloth I’ve been working steadily on this afghan but have had to take a break on it due to the busyness of life and some arthritis issues this week.

Adapted Lemon Peel Dishcloth

Take care and enjoy your week. The sun is shining here even though the temps dipped a little lower earlier this week.

This beautiful daffodil is blooming in my garden and bring a great touch of spring to the yard.

The Adapted Lemon Peel Dishcloth Tutorial

Talk to you later,

Karen

P.S. I would like to think that I invented The Adapted Lemon Peel stitch, but I am pretty sure that I didn’t. If you know the name of it, let me know and I will change the title and credit the stitch. The nearest I could find was the Lemon Peel stitch. There are so many outlets for finding new crochet stitches; from magazines, books and the internet that it is difficult to search back and find the source of your inspiration.