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Strawberry fields

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This is beautiful! Reminds me of strawberry fields! The below is a universal way to write patterns, once you figure out how to use them then one can use them by just looking at them.

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NOTES: if you wish to learn to read and use the universal pattern this may help.
#1) to help read this pattern notice that the numbers 1, 2,3,4,5 on the right side are Rows and they have two parts to each Row.
#2) at the bottom tells the number of stitches.
#3) the colors on the rows match the color of yarn the pattern is using.
#4) that Rows 1-5 are the entire pattern.
Which means to make this pattern larger you times it.
Stitches=15x by the amount you wish to enlarge it.
Row= 5x the amount you wish to enlarge it.
Example: 15×4=60 stitches, so chain 60 stitches for say a Baby Afghan, or Lap Blanket.
5×8=60 rows. You can decide on the rows as you go but I think 60×60 might be square.
#5) note the way the lines are draw mean something.
The numbers 1-15 is your stitches (st) or chain (ch)
Vertical lines in this pattern mean, the stitch is vertical.
Horizontal lines in this pattern mean, the stitches are horizontal.
The lines with the double crossed t means double crochet.( dc)
The fan like means there are 5 double crotchets in one stitch=the starting shape of the strawberry.
The lines that look like the top of the acorn is a decrease stitch (dc st) which reads
(dc 5) =1= pop corn stitch, = gathering of the green top of the strawberry.

Strawberry Fields pattern begins here.
This will be a nice Hot Pad or Dish and/or Wash clothe size
Using Afghan hook J
4 phy cotton Peaches and Cream Red, and Green=colors of strawyberrys.

Ch 30

First 1/2 of Row 1) Start with the second ch from hook, this would be working between chains, this is called (drawing up the loops) * yarn over and pull yarn throw chain, leaving loop on needle, repeat from * stitch across enter row there should be 30 loops on your needle. Use the instructions below to help guide you.

Information on How to use the Afghan stitch method
Infom 2. Insert your hook in the second chain (ch) from the hook.
Begin counting stitches from the stitch directly below the loop on your hook.

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Inform 3 Yarn over (yo) the hook and draw your yarn through the chain stitch.
You should have two loops on your hook.

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Inform 4. Insert your hook in the next chain and repeat the preceding step in each chain across the foundation chain.
Your hook is now loaded up with loops. This is known as drawing up the loops. You should have 16 loops — one for each chain stitch in your foundation chain. The first half of your foundation row of Afghan stitch is complete.

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Second 1/2 of Row 1) yo and draw yarn through the first loop on hook, *Yarn over the hook and draw your yarn through the next 2 loops on the hook.*
Repeat this step across the row until 1 loop remains on the hook. Use the instructions below to help guide you. Row 1 is complete fallow down the page until you come to First 1/2 of Row 2

Inform 5? Yarn over (yo) the hook and draw your yarn through 1 loop on the hook.
Work with only one loop in this step.

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Inform 6 Yarn over the hook and draw your yarn through the next 2 loops on the hook.
Repeat this step across the row until 1 loop remains on the hook. You have successfully worked the Afghan stitch across your foundation row. One loop remains on your hook and counts as the first stitch of the next row.

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Inform 7. Insert your hook behind the next vertical bar in the row below.
Don’t work into the vertical bar directly below the loop on your hook.

Inform 8 Yarn over (yo) the hook and draw the yarn through the stitch.
Repeat the preceding step and this step in each vertical bar across the row until you reach the next-to-last stitch.

Inform 9 Insert your hook under the last 2 vertical bars at the end of the row.
You use these bars to finish the row.

Inform 10 Yarn over the hook and draw your yarn through both vertical bars.
You should have 16 loops on your hook. The first half of this row is complete.

Inform 11 Yarn over (yo) the hook and draw your yarn through 1 loop on the hook.
Be sure to work with only one loop.

Inform 12 Yarn over the hook and draw your yarn through the next 2 loops on the hook.
Repeat this step across the row until 1 loop remains on the hook. You’ve finished the second row.

Inform 13 Continue working rows of basic Afghan stitch until you feel comfortable with this technique.
A good length for a practice swatch is 4 inches.

Inform 14 Work a slip stitch under each vertical bar across the last row to finish the swatch.
If you don’t bind off the last row, the stitches have gaps in them and don’t look like the rest of the piece.

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€€€ First 1/2 of Row 2 Insert your hook behind the next vertical bar, (yo) the hook and draw the yarn through 2 times=3 loops on hk. See above view at the top of page photo.
*Start of the strawberry, db crochet behind the next vertical bar and between the horizontal stitch ( horizontal are the stitches that look like a chain at the top) place all 5 dc in the same stitch (strawberrys bottom,) leave one loop on the hook for each dc. Like in view 1 of the photo Top of pg. Insert your hook behind the next vertical bar yarn over (yo) the hook and draw the yarn through the stitch 3 times, repeat from * across the row.

Second 1/2 of Row 2 yo and draw yarn through the first loop on hook, *Yarn over the hook and draw your yarn through the next 2 loops on the hook.*Repeat this step across the row until 1 loop remains on the hook. Last loop on hook needs to be green.

Attaching greenAttach green thread so the last loop on the hook is green. See you tube!

First 1/2 of Row 3Insert your hook behind the next vertical bar, (yo) the hook and draw the yarn through, 2 times=3 loops on hk. See above view #3 & 4 photo top of page.
* Top of the strawberry, Insert your hook behind the next vertical bar, (yo) the hook and draw the yarn through all 5 dc, yo draw thought all 5 loops = (strawberrys top,) leave one loop on the hook for each strawberry top. Like in view 3 of the photo Top of pg. Insert your hook behind the next vertical stitch yo draw the yarn through, 3 times.* repeat across the row.

Second 1/2 of Row 3yo and draw yarn through the first loop on hook, *Yarn over the hook and draw your yarn through the next 2 loops on the hook.*
Repeat this step across the row until 1 loop remains on the hook. Last loop on hk needs to be Red.

First 1/2 of Row 4 Insert your hook behind the next vertical bar, (yo) the hook and draw the yarn through, 4 times=5 loops on hk. See above view. On Pattern Chart.
*Start of the strawberry, db crochet behind the next vertical bar and between the horizontal stitch (6 stitch from hook) ( horizontal are the stitches that look like a chain at the top) place all 5 dc in the same stitch = (strawberrys bottom,) leave one loop on the hook for each dc. Like in view 1 of the photo Top of pg. Insert your hook behind the next vertical bar yarn over (yo) the hook and draw the yarn through the stitch 3 times, repeat from * across the row.

Second 1/2 of Row 4 yo and draw yarn through the first loop on hook, *Yarn over the hook and draw your yarn through the next 2 loops on the hook.*Repeat this step across the row until 1 loop remains on the hook. Last loop on hook needs to be green.

Attaching greenAttach green thread so the last loop on the hook is green. See you tube!

First 1/2 of Row 5Insert your hook behind the next vertical bar, (yo) the hook and draw the yarn through, 4 times = 5 loops on hook. See above view #3 & 4 photo top of page.
* Top of the strawberry, Insert your hook behind the next vertical bar, (yo) the hook and draw the yarn through all 5 dc, yo draw thought all 5 loops = (strawberrys top,) leave one loop on the hook for each strawberry top. Like in view 3 of the photo Top of pg. Insert your hook behind the next vertical stitch yo draw the yarn through, 3 times.* repeat across the row.

Second 1/2 of Row 5yo and draw yarn through the first loop on hook, *Yarn over the hook and draw your yarn through the next 2 loops on the hook.*
Repeat this step across the row until 1 loop remains on the hook. Note: attach red thread. Last loop on hook needs to be Red.

That is all five rows, now repeat from €€€ to add until desired length. I think about 3 more time and the piece will be square?

I will try later to write the patten in short hand. But if one learns to use the universal pattern chart at the top of this page it’s the fastest way to read the pattern.

Crochet Abbreviations:

ch = chain
dc = double crochet
pc = popcorn stitch
rep = repeat
sc = single crochet
sk = skip a stitch
slst = slip stitch
sp = space
st = stitch
hk= hook
V= vertical
H = horizontal
yo = yarn over

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MEN, The Heroes of Our Lives!

To all our heroes, this special treasure box is a very special way to gif this manly gift of raw 100% cotton bath assorresy .

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This gift keeps giving as the box will be used as a coin treasure box to touse your lose change, or a pray box to place prayers to God, a keep sake box for all those special things, or use it to gift something you hand made.

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In side is a back scratcher – scrubber, loath, wash clothes, a spong, home made soap and my favorit manly sent, Texas ceder essential oil. A drop in the shower fills the room with the sent of a ceder forest which will put him on the wild side.

Fathers day, birthday, or any special occasion of the men in our lives!

The Many Faces of Billy

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William Jonathan Kidd newly born.

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I've got this!

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Hay look at me?

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Visiting Grandma-pa Sugar! In texas.

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Keeping warm!

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Halloween.

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Ha ha!

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Wear Great Grandpa Marvin Hansen’s cowboy hat after his funeral service.

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Standing up on my own

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Rub a dub dub. Billy’s in the tube.

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Pumpkin carving time!

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First Birthday

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Learning to drive those toys at the Ceour’ D Lane play ground.

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Ooomyyy… What fun thanks mom.

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Valentine frog!

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Corn….on the cob. Yummm…!

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Ride that pony!

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At Grandma Sugars house in Texas. The zoo in dallas, texas.

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Riding the mechanical bull at southern junction.

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Snow Day!

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Grandma Anna.

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Red hat and worm on my nose am I funny yet?

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Hang out with Grandma Sugar at the docks.

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Mom made me do it!

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Hanging out!

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Hand man Mr fixit!

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Montana Snow Day!

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Christmas.

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Happy Birthday Billy. Grandma loves youXoxoxo! I clam for you your life for Christ. May the Holy Spirit guide your life to Glorify God. Praise be to God our holy Father.

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The Montana Chicks!

In the sweetest little spot in Montana lives the notorious band of women cooks, bakers, and festive makers. No mater what time of year they clan together to create and perform some of the most amazing recipes, holiday festivities, and family gatherings.

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Left to right Leslie, Emeryl, Melissa, baby Cassidy, Cathy, Riley, and Glenda.

Recipe for life!
1 cup of excitement
1 cup of cheer
1/2 cup of kinship
A dash if craziness
1 T of The spice of life
A pinch of grace
4 cups of all kinds of love
A heap of Montana country side
a couple of deep breaths of Montana air

And there you have the recipe like no other, life in Montana.

The above photo was taken Christmas of 2011. The aprons where sewn with “all kinds of love” by my belove daughter Melissa, and given to those notorious Montana Chicks, that are well known for there outlandish skills. They combining their skills together to make the most incredible family gatherings.

How about it Ladies do you have a recipe to add to this blog? Type it in below in the comments or send it to me wandwhisper@gmail.com and I’ll add it to this blog.

Memory Pillows

Bits and pieces of people’s lives brought together, to make memory pillows, pillows to grace our lives, pillows to cuddle, pillows to help us keep our memory’s alive.

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The square dark brown pillow belongs to Cheyanne, the long light green pillow belongs to McKenna. The shades of lavender pillow made of silk paints is Tiffany’s and the cat. They are a special gift from Don and Christine William their aunt and uncle.

In loving memory of their Mother, Lisa Miller who past away Feb 27th 2012.

In tribute to the beautiful courageous sisters left to right, Tiffany, McKenna & Cheyanne.

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If you have words of courage for these three young ladies please take time and write them. It take a hole village and everything we got to survive and thrive. Be apart of this village write words of encouragement any time your heart speaks. God loves ya all!<

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To All the Moms

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To all the moms that touched my life, a gift of my love to you! May Gods hands always be upon you, He’s words always in your heart and mind. May His Gift of Grace always be sufficient, at all times.

A Gift of relaxation and pampering is what I have in mind here. A sea sponge, a vanilla Scented candle, some home made soap, to accent the true gift of hand crochet bath: wash clothes, loafs, and back scrubber – scratcher, and a crochet hair band made of raw 100% cotton.

When the gifts in this gift Box is all used up. It makes a great Keep Sake Box!

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Ok free patterns here. These are the best wash clothes, easy for beginners to practice the basic stitches, fast project, and the best thing is you get to give them as a gift made with love or use them yourself, which I lovvvvveee!

Wash cloth # 1 working the needle in the center of each chain stitch.
Size needle = J
4ply cotton yarn of your choose. I used raw. But you can use what ever color that tickles you.

Row 1) chain 30

Row 2) turn and skip first ch, and sc across the row = 29 sc across the row, ch 1 turn.

Row 3) sc across the row = 29 sc. ch 1 turn.

Row 4-30) repeat row 3.
Done! Knot = Chain 1 pull loop tight cut in center of loop, pull one thread out of cut loop, knot is made. Work in the other end of loop.

Wash cloth #2 working needle under the chain in stitch.
Size needle = J
4ply cotton yarn of your choose. I used raw. But you can use what ever color of your choose.

Row 1) chain 30

Row 2) turn and skip first ch, and sc across the row = 29 sc across the row, ch1 turn

Row 3) sc in first sc across the row = 29 sc. Ch 1 turn.

Row 4-30) repeat row 3
Done! Knot = Chain 1 pull loop tight cut in the center of loop, pull thread out of cut loop. knot is made. Work in the other end of loop in to work.

Wash cloth #3 working needle under the chain in stitch.

Row 1) chain 30

Row 2) turn and skip 3dc, dc in 4th chain from hook across the row = 27 dc across the row, ch3 turn.

row 3) dc in first dc across in each dc across the row = 27 dc. Ch 3 turn.

Row 4-16) repeat row 2 .
Done! Knot = Chain 1 pull loop tight cut in the center of loop, pull thread out of cut loop. knot is made. Work in the other end of loop in to work.

Hair bunggies pattern: I’ll post this latter as I will not have time to now. Lots of love.

I used raw cotton 4ply, but any yarn will do for this.
Some wood large hole beads, wholes must be big enough for two strains of your yarn to go through, but your bead must be small enough to look right for the band.
Elastic 9 inches long. that leaves you one inch to tie or sew your elastice together if you need more make your elastic longer. I used the round elastic for this one but the flat elastic will do also. I tie the round together and sew the flat.
Use a big crochet hook size J-Q. I used a Q with this as it worked for me. One wants big stitches.

First: tie or sew your elastic. Should be about 4 inch circle.

Second : use two strains of your yarn and string on 16 bead onto your yarn before you began your crocheting. Beads should be able to move easily on the two strands of yarn, if they do not it will be difficult to In posable to place the beads as you crochet.

NOTE: at your 16th loop instead of sc around elastic slip stitch into the first sc to join the round.

Row1) tie two stains of yarn onto your elastic. Make a slip stitch and *sc around the elastic, ch 3, sc around elastic,=( loop with out bead)ch1 add bead into the next ch 1 and ch 1 , sc around elastic =( ch3, sc with an added bead) = (loop with bead) repeat* 8 times = 16 sc ch3 loops = 8 with beads and 8 with out beads. NOTE

Row2) turn the work and work the other direction. *Ch 3 sc.. around elastic under frist (row1 ch3), ch 1, add bead in next ch1, ch1 sc around the elastic under the ( row 1 ch 3) * repeat* 8 times = 8 loops with beads and 8 loops with out beads.= 16 loops. NOTE!

Done! Knot = Chain 1 pull loop tight cut in the center of loop, pull thread out of cut loop. knot is made. Work in the other end of loop in to work.

Ok please comment on if you can make this pattern work. Or if you have problems with it. Later I’ll do a hole blog on these the are easy and fun and make great gifts. Let me know! Be free with your comment! I love them!
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Everyone Needs Guardian Angels

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These loving Dolls are loved by children young and old!

These special Dolls where designed after a special Doll, who was given to my daughter by her Grandparent on her fathers side. This Doll came all the way from Hawaii and My daughter named her Sissy Jo Ann. She had chocolate skin and short black hair, and she was truly loved by my daughter. My daughters father did live historical reenactments of American mountain men encampments and dress to the period, which meant that Sissy Jo Ann being a cloth Doll was allow to go with her and her father. Yup that meant Sissy Jo Anna dressed, eat, played, sleep, rode in the canoes sat by the camp fires picked wild blackberries, huckleberries, and did all the things that little girls and there dolls did in the 1700-1850’s.

I designed these Dolls to be Guardian Angels, and they went to little girls every where who needed a Doll just like Sissy Jo Ann. They where beautiful with out a face, and their long hair was crocheted chains of yarn then sawed on. One of the dolls has yellow hair and has ribbons braided and tie in her long locks of gold. The other Doll has black hair that has sliver beads and charms tied into her coal black hair. Their wings are made of netting and could be removed easily and she is easily washed. Most important thing about these Dolls is that I prayed over every Doll that Gods hands will be over all children every where, and send Guardian Angles to protect them from the evil one. Yes, even us grown girl need to be protected from the evil one, and no one does it better then God!