Archive for April, 2009


We Have a Winner

I know I said I would announce, on 4/16, the winner of the design naming contest but, since the top (formerly known as Shimmering Shells) is finished and I have taken photos and and I’m so psyched over some exciting news (hold on to your knickers, I’ll spill the beans in a minute – this really is exciting – for me, any way), I thought I would make the announcement one day early. I hope this doesn’t screw up anyone’s calendar ๐Ÿ˜† )

There were so many creative and thoughtful entries. Twenty of you took the time to send me your suggestions and I do appreciate all the input. So, without further ado (may I have a drum roll, please…) the winner entry is:

Isn’t this exciting? I had no idea so many of you would enter. I didn’t think anyone read my blog and my newsletter. You folks are really great in your support.

Oh…I do get carried away…

The new name for the Shimmering Shells Top is:

You know, so much goes into designing a garment. One has to consider a particulr style and how a chosen stitch pattern can be incorporated into that style. And then there is the sizing. OY! Don’t talk to me about sizing. I think I dream in Crochet-ese now.

Sorry. Aren’t you glad you don’t have a plane to catch?

The winning entry in the design re-naming contest is:

Shifting Sands” Shell, sent in by Darlene Koske.


Congratulations, Darlene. I will send along the pattern when it is ready for publication. Please feel free to choose one other of my patterns as part of your prize. Please email me with your choice.

NOW, for my exciting news. Y’all remember my Continental Cable Scarf which was published late last year? Well, the same magazine (the name of which begins with a “C” and ends with a “!”) has asked me to design a men’s v-neck sweater vest for the January, ’10 issue. How cool is that? The only hitch is that I was only asked to do this 2 weeks ago and the yarn just came yesterday and the whole kit and kaboodle, model and pattern, is due 5/15, just over 4 weeks from now. I’m experimenting with some different design elements (probably not a great idea, given the the time frame, but you know me…) so everything has to go smoothly. There’s not a lot of wiggle room. It’s so nice when the publisher comes to the designer with a pattern request. Just when I was becoming convinced that the mags and yarn cos and all the other powers-that-be were continuing to turn a deaf ear to the rather loud clamor for men’s designs, this assignment falls in my lap. Very cool, indeed. Here’s a little sample of the stitch pattern. And you thought I was only good at texture. HA!!! ๐Ÿ˜›


Happy Tax Day!!!


I Dreamed a Dream

As evidenced in my past posts, I am a singer. Being able to perform, either individually or in a group, has presented to me many incredible, indescibable moments of joy and satisfaction. My time on stage has been limited, as it is now, because of complications from my asthma or the medications I use to control the disease. Nevertheless, I always rally and find my voice for one more chance to reach within to express what truly is the beautiful in my life. But in those moments when my voice fails me I can take delight in the talent of others. There are so many much more blessed than I whose talents I admire and appreciate. It is always exciting when I can witness someone finding his/her voice and I revel in the excitement of appreciation and adulation surrounding the event.

The following video was shared with me this morning. I have been watching it over and over and over again, holding back tears in the process. Please share in this marvelous moment.


New photos, a contest and a sale… oh, yes… and body armor.

There have been requests to see my progress in reworking the Shimmering Shells pattern using Noro Silk Garden Sock. So, without further ado, here is the original concept made with hand-painted, silk/merino (unfortunately, not available commercially) and the new design-in-progress:




I have decided that the design needs to be renamed..the Noro doesn’t shimmer like theย  original did. Therefore, I am holding a contest to rename the shell. The winner receives a free copy of the pattern (once I’ve completed it) PLUS a free copy of any other of my patterns. Check out Hookerbear Creations. Please send any and all submissions to Contest. Deadline for the contest is 4/15. I will announce the winner on 4/16.

I have previously announced to my mailing list subscribers that, to celebrate the return of my web site to cyberspace,ย  I am offering them any of my patterns for $5.00. I am happy to extend the sale to my blog readers. Simply visit my web site, Hookerbear Creations, then send your selections to Patterns and will respond with a Paypal invoice. Please do not order directly from the web site as you will be charged full price. The sale ends Sunday, April 5.

I have completed the Gatsby Sweater variation. It is the very first item of crochet I have made expressly for ME. Sigh. I don’t like it. Oh, I love the design (of course I’d say that, wouldn’t I?), but the yarn is all wrong. I used a cotton/acrylic blend and it is simply too heavy, even in sport weight. Think body armor. If I get brave I will take a picture. But the sweater is just a bit too warm for the moderate climate of the SF Bay Area. I promised I would wear it this afternoon to teach my beginning crochet class (rookie hookers are so impressionable…don’t you just love it?) but I doubt I will last long into the class before shedding the sweater. We’ll see.

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