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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Dreamcatcher's Anklet Crochet Pattern

As I normally do, I tend to crochet things just out of the blue. There's no rhyme or reason as to why I crochet things, unless it's an order or commissioned project.

I've come to learn that I like to crochet things for myself, whether simple or complicated.

Well, yesterday, I decided to crochet myself an anklet. I LOVE anklets. I love having my ankles adorned over the summer, when sandal season is in full swing. I feel they make my legs looks sexy.

I took that thought one step further and decided to write it up and share it on Ravelry, as a download, for free. Why not share something I created with others? It was simple, easy to do and took me all of 15 minutes to come up with the design. **Please note that I am not a seasoned designer. This was my 2nd attempt at writing out a pattern.** I just had a thought in my mind and went with it.

Well, in addition to sharing the pattern on Ravelry, I'm going to share it here on my blog as well for those who do not have Ravelry accounts. Please let me know if you have any questions at all.

Here is the link to the Ravelry download, in case you'd like to download it. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dreamcatchers-anklet

As with all and any patterns, do not sell the pattern. You may, however, sell any finished items. Please give credit to me, the designer and link back to this blog post. Thank you very much!




Dreamcatcher's Anklet

Yarn Used and Suggested:
Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread, Size 10, Mercerized Cotton, Turquoise
*Any mercerized cotton in size 10 and in any color will do

Hook:
US Steel Hook, 8/1.8mm

Notions and other materials: 
12 beads, in desired color, size 3.5mm
Small button, with two holes preferably but not necessary, in desired color
Darning needle for weaving in ends

Gauge: 
Not important

Abbreviation of stitches used (US):
CH = Chain
SC = US Single Crochet
DC = US Double Crochet
SLST = Slip Stitch
RD = Round
ST = Stitch

Special Stitch Used: 
Magic ring/circle: Here’s an instructional post from All Free Crochet: 
If you can’t do the magic ring/circle, do the following to begin your round: chain 3, join with slip stitch, chain 1 and proceed with specified amount of single crochet in ring. Do not count chain 1 as a stitch.

Please feel free to email me at diannevhunt@gmail.com with any questions.

Anklet Motif:
Thread 12 beads onto the crochet thread.

RD 1: 6SC in magic circle/ring, join
RD 2: CH 3 (counts as 1st DC), 1DC in same stitch, 2DC in each ST around, 12DC, join
RD 3: CH 3 (counts as 1st DC), *CH2, (when doing second chain ST grab bead and crochet bead into your chain ST), 1DC in next ST,* repeat from * to * till end, 12DC, 24 CHs with 12 beads, join
RD 4: CH1 (does not count as a ST), *1SC in same ST, 1SC in chain 2 space. I did 1SC in front of bead and 1SC behind bead, it’s still the chain 2 space.* Repeat from * to * around, 36SC, join

Working band of anklet: 

1st half of band: 
CH 41,
1SC in 2nd chain from hook, 1SC all the way down, 40SC,
SLST into the SC of the round, 17SLST around,
At the end of band, sew on button, see picture.

2nd half of band:
CH 30,
1SC in 8th chain from hook (this creates the loop for the button), 1SC all the way down, 22SC,
SLST into the SC of the round, 17SLST
Fasten off

VERY IMPORTANT
This piece will be customized to the wearer of the anklet. You will chain a certain amount of chain stitches to wrap halfway around your ankle, ***in multiples of 10 plus 1. Then you will SC all the way down and slip stitch halfway around the motif. Then you will work the other side of your band, ***in multiples of 10. You will create a loop for your button by doing a SC on the 8th chain. Then SC all the way down and slip stitch around the other half of motif and fasten off. 


***I measured the bands around my ankle as I crocheted my chain, so your chain stitch count will be different according to how tight or loose you’d like your anklet to fit. The numbers represented in directions are used as an example for you. Those numbers are customized to fit my ankle. 





Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mommy, Just One Question

Every now and then, the inquisitive mind of my 10 year old gets in gear and starts thinking of all kinds of questions to ask.

Now, I love when he does this. It tells me that he's interested in learning about something. The questions do come at random times, mainly when they pop in his head. 

The only time that I dread these questions is morning time. Quite frankly, my brain is just on autopilot. It's just waking up. And to have to answer questions that require me to think of an appropriate answer, especially when it's not a straightforward answer, like 2+2=4, is work. 

I'll be honest, there are times that I tell him I can't answer that right now cause I'm not fully awake and not thinking right this morning. Sometimes we revisit the question, other times we don't. 

Now, there are times where he asks a question and gets more than he bargained for. I give him a nice, long and explained answer to whatever he asked. When I answer him like that, he gets this exasperated look on his face and says "oh not again". I love it. All he wants is a simple answer, I sometimes can't do simple. He knows this.

Now all this being said, I've yet to get the big question (well big question for me), "what is sex?". 

I'm slowly preparing myself for that conversation. It has to happen and soon. 

What big questions are you asked early in the morning that requires more brain power than you have at that moment to answer? 



My thinker... He loves to read. 








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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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Synopsis


The sequel to Liv's Existence Love and Loss. Two tiny words, each with their own powerful impact. They can both happen at any given moment and both can forever change your soul. It’s how you allow it to change you that matters. The hard part is finding a balance when the loss gets overwhelming. How do you do that when everyone you thought you couldn’t live without leaves you? Loss is inevitable. I’ve had enough in my life to know that much. Now I’ve just got to figure out how to survive it. Ages 18+ due to adult situations and violence. Some situations may be difficult for some readers.


Excerpt


I was so excited for Olivia and Kyle. I couldn’t wait to hear how her first weekend filled with sex was. It took time, but I knew it was worth the wait for both of them. She probably wouldn’t be as available since she finally let go with Kyle. Couldn’t say I blamed her, though. I wanted to be with John every chance I got. Just thinking about what he could do had me squeezing my legs together.
Pulling into Olivia’s apartment complex, I tried to get my thoughts back on her and Kyle. There was no way I could talk about John and me. This needed to be Olivia’s day and the attention needed to be on them. I just hoped Kyle didn’t insist on staying. It was really sweet of John to offer to come over and take Kyle out for a beer while Olivia and I talked. We just had to get Kyle to go.
Just as I started to enter Olivia’s building, emergency vehicles entered the parking lot. An ambulance, a fire truck, and several police vehicles—with full lights and sirens—screeched to a stop just feet from the door. I looked to my left as the building manager opened the door and shooed me out of the way. “I haven’t been up there yet, but I just saw her boyfriend. I tried to stop him, but he shoved me out of his way.” He stopped, and I could see on his face that it registered with him who I was. “You don’t want to go up there.”
“That’s fine, sir. We’ll handle it now.” Police and EMTs ran through the door and started up the stairs. One officer stayed down to talk to the manager, and I slipped through the door when he pointed out Olivia and Kyle’s cars.
My heart was beating fast. It had to be a mistake. There was no way they were talking about Olivia’s apartment. I reached Olivia’s floor and had just seen the last officer enter her apartment. I ran faster as I heard Kyle’s tortured voice at the end of the hall.
“Live, please, please live. I need you to live for me, for us. We can work through this. You just need to live, and I’ll do the rest.” Kyle was on the floor with her across his lap. He started sobbing as the medics tried to pry Olivia out of his arms.
I gripped the doorway. “No! No! No!” The medics pumped oxygen into Olivia’s lungs with a bag over her mouth, as they were yelling vitals to each other. They ran out of the room, leaving Kyle and me alone with the blood on the floor and police looking around. Trying to get Kyle off the floor, I yelled at him, “Come on, Kyle. We need to go. She needs us.”
He just cried and painfully clutched my legs. “She’s gone. How can she leave me? She can’t leave me!”
I tried again to get him up. “You need to go tell her that! We both need to tell her. Let’s go, now!”
Kyle struggled to get up, but he did. We ran into John coming down the hall. “What happened?”
Seeing John broke down what little strength I had and the room started spinning. I only hoped I no longer had to be the strong one. I started sobbing. “I don’t know. Her face was so swollen and there’s so much blood.” I pointed to Olivia’s apartment. He looked in at the scene and gasped as he took a step back.
“We have questions we need answered.” One of the officers came out of Olivia’s apartment.
“They’re going to have to wait until later,” John said, turning back to Kyle and me to escort us out. “We need to be at the hospital. You can ask us there or wait until we’re ready to come in, but now we are going to the hospital,” he yelled over his shoulder.
“One of us will need to follow you there.”
John never turned around as we headed toward the stairs. “Do what you must, but we’re leaving.”

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B.L. Mooney started writing when the voices and storylines in her head ran out of room. They were getting too cramped and neither B.L. nor the characters could take it anymore, so she did the only thing she could do--she made room. She always knew she wanted to write, but vowed to make time for it later. Now that she's made time for writing, most everything else falls to the wayside. That seems to suit the characters that keep popping up just fine.
B.L. lives in the Midwest and her other talents include in-demand cookies, a very dry sense of humor, and stealth eavesdropping. Some mannerisms, attitudes, or twists come from random sentences picked up while passing by strangers. So speak up the next time you have something to gossip about. You never know, it may just end up on the pages of the next book you read.
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Ten Random Stuff About Me....

Well, I saw two blog posts from bloggers (crocheters) I follow who shared ten things about themselves and I decided to go for it and do one myself.

Thank you to Sedie, Yarn Obsession, and to Lorene, Cre8tion Crochet.

So for Day 13 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge, here goes...

1.  I have 4 brothers and 4 sisters.

2. Though I was born in New York, I grew up in St. Croix, USVI and will always consider myself an island girl at heart. 

3. I graduated with an Elementary Education Bachelor of Arts degree but I prefer working with preschool children. 

4. Even though I LOVE reading, I also love watching TV. 

5. Considering that I am scared of doing things that can potentially hurt me, like getting a scrape on my knee or breaking a bone (never done that), I desperately want to go skydiving.

6. I have a very real fear of centipedes. I got bit/stung by one and it was the worst pain I've ever experiences. Yes, worse than childbirth. 

7. I have a very real and irrational fear of zombies. Yet, I still watch The Walking Dead and I love the show.

8. I love meeting people even though I still consider myself shy. 

9. I had a miscarriage in between my second and youngest son. Even though we knew nothing could be done and we would miscarry, the baby stop developing, it was still painful.

10. When I love, I love hard and deep, just ask my husband. 

There you have it. Not that you asked for any of this but I just wanted to share. Enjoy.



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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Love Spring!

I love that Spring is finally here!

This has been a really long Winter. I've been stateside for 12 years now and still can't get used to the extremely cold weather. I don't always complain because I made the choice to live where I live. However, this Winter has been brutal! For me, at least. I'm an island girl. I grew up in the hot sunshine and cool tradewinds blowing everyday. So, to have experienced as cold a Winter as we had this year was a first for me. Hey, at least I did it, right?

Now that Spring is finally here, I am more than happy. I'm elated! The mornings are still cool but the sun shines on you and warms you up. Everything has new life. New beginnings. A promise of a new day (as cliche as that sounds).

One of my favorite things of Spring and Summer, is that I can now save a bundle on electricity. I installed a clothesline on my deck. Best. Thing. Ever!

Laundry days are the bane of my existence. Well, I exaggerate, cleaning the kitchen is. However, laundry day ranks right up there. BUT crazy as it sounds, I love hanging clothes to dry on the line. So, laundry days are made more bearable when I can use the clothesline. It's therapeutic to me when I hang clothes to dry.

So, here's to good Spring days ahead that allow me to use the clothesline for awesome laundry days!

Day 12 of the Ultimate Blogging Challenge.


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Friday, April 11, 2014

Trekking for Veterans - 1VoiceTrekking

Every year, there's a group of adventurous men and women who hike upwards 40, 50 or 60 miles along Appalachian and Catoctin Trails, with an incredible organization, 1VoiceTrekking.

What is +1 Voice Trekking, you ask?

"1VT is an organization that seeks to link people and causes, through extreme hiking and outdoor adventure.  Our main focus is to bring about awareness and connect people in unique social interactions while experiencing nature." - A. Chris Morales, Director of Adventure, 1 Voice Trekking







I've been able to support this organization in the past by donating to their coat and blanket drive that benefitted Voices for Children. 

This year, I'm supporting their latest effort, Racing4Veterans, through a monetary donation. 





The fun thing about this organization is that while the participants are supporting and raising awareness to the different charities they donate to, they are also challenging and pushing themselves past the limit through these grueling and intense hikes. They get to support great causes by being part of an invaluable experience.

If you'd like to donate to 1VoiceTrekking and benefit Racing4Veterans you can do so by going their Crowdrise page and donating: http://www.crowdrise.com/1VTforR4V/fundraiser/chrismorales

Also, if you live in the area and would like to participate in the hike, go the 1VoiceTrekking's website to find out more.

Thank you for considering in being part of a support team.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

What If I Told You.....

What if I told you you these little precious moments in life with our children are fleeting and will last for just a few years....

What if I told you you can capture these little moments and remember them for a while....

What if I told you just one minute of your day while help you achieve that.

I was at a loss of what to write about for Day 10 of the Ultimate Blogging Challenge when I came across a post on Google+.

I decided to share it, if only to serve as a reminder for me that my boys are continuously growing and every moment spent with them is precious.


Not my image. 




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