Crochet N More

Volume VIII, Issue No. 24
December 30, 2005

Serving approximately 5,900 crafters...

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God Bless You!




Dear Subscriber:

Thank you for making 2005 a great year!
A special thank you to all who offered condolences on the loss of our beloved Schotzi.

** Inner Strength **

If you can start the day without caffeine or pep pills,
If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food everyday and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when loved ones are too busy to give you time,
If you can overlook when people take things out on you when, through no fault of yours, something goes wrong,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
If you can do all these things......

Then you are probably the family dog.


Wishing you a safe and Happy New Year!

Lisa and Tim


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I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven; inasmuch as we, having put it on, shall not be found naked. For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed, but to be clothed, in order that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge. Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent form the Lord -- for we walk by faith, not by sight -- we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. Therfore, also we have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

2 Corinthians 5:1-10

Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

2 Corinthians 5:17-21


This quote is from Our Daily Bread - December, 2005 Issue.

"For where two or three have gathered together in My name, there I am in their midst." Matthew 18:20

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(A different crochet stitch and/or tip featured in each issue...
to be added later to the Crochet Basics page)


Wind yarn around a piece of 3-4 inch wide cardboard (width depends on how big you want the pom pom) about 40-50 times (how many times you wrap it depends on how full you want the pom pom to be). Slide the wrapped yarn off of the cardboard and tie a long piece of yarn around the center of the bunch. Cut both ends of the folded yarn so that you have a bunch of individual pieces. This should begin to look like a pom pom. Now hold the long yarn strands and shake it over a trash can then use scissors to trim it till it is round. Now use the long strands to tie it to your project (i.e. hat). You may need to experiment with the size (how big for the cardboard and how many times you wrap) to get the size you want but this is an easy method to use.

Here's another method:




SINGLE CROCHET (click here for instructions)

HALF DOUBLE CROCHET (click here for instructions)

DOUBLE CROCHET (click here for instructions)

TRIPLE CROCHET (click here for instructions)




Use a permanent marker to write the hook size on the end of the handle of your plastic crochet hooks.
This way when the size wears off the handle during use you can still tell what size your hook is.



NOTE: Any comments left on the CNM website or sent via email may be posted here.

Leave your message in our guestbook... and it may appear in an issue of the CNM Newsletter !

Lisa, Thank you so very much for your newsletters. You do a wonderful job with each newsletter. Thank you for all of the wonderful patterns. I hope that you have a very nice Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year. God bless, Linda Ferraro

Re: Thank you

Thank you for your Christian witness on your web site. It is good to see the internet with Christ centered web page. We hear so much bad about the predators using the internet so seeing your witness with scripture is a blessing to me. Thank You, Betty

Thank you for the information regarding the shell stitch that you e-mailed me back in October. It has been quite helpful. red

Re: Patterns

You do not have to make apologies for not having pattern's ready. You do so much for us that it is not big deal. I do not understand how you do all that you do. We love the time and energy that you spend on this new letter. You are the bright spots of my month. I hope you and your family have a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year. Marie Richards

re: your crochet website

Hi! I just decided this morning to take up crochet again now that my two children are grown and out on their own. Aimlessly scanning the web, I came upon your site and was very impressed, especially with your personal testimony. It's always exciting to meet another Christian, whether face-to-face or on the computer. I'm 56 and Jesus has been guiding my life since I was 6 (even though I strayed while in my teens). His answers to prayer always come just in time. I will keep your website in mind the next time I need crochet supplies, too! Thanks, Micki

Lisa, Grace is a parti miniature. She just turned 8 months on Christmas. We all love her terribly. I have finally taken a picture of Grace. I added a ruffle to the bottom of her Red Chenille sweater. She looks so lovely in it.

* Grace *

Deborah Morgan


I am so sorry to read about the death of your beloved little Schotzi. I have read your newsletter and totally enjoyed it for quite some time and I know he was a very special part of your life and your family. We have many pets at our house, and I know that you are truly feeling the loss of this very special little "SWEETHEART". They are parts of our lives, our families and our hearts. I will keep you in my prayers, and I pray that God will comfort you in your loss.


Thanks for the Invisible Finish Off technique! Things will look so much nicer this way. Another one of those "Why didn't I think of that?" moments. LOL


I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved baby Schotzi. I have 9 precious babies of my own and I know the pain you are feeling in your heart right now. May the love of God be with you this Christmas season and thank you for sharing your faith in God and your wonderful God given talent of a timeless art form , crochet.


Re: Thanks

Thank You!! I'm a struggling beginner at crochet, in fact I just began 2day. I got this 'BOYE' book 2 teach me how, but it's not very detailed. Then, after looking at your website everything was more clear.[even that impossible book] I just want to thank you for starting this website and easing the confusion, not to mention those free patterns! I might have a while to go before I even attempt the simplest cross bookmark, considering the fact that I'm only 12 in the 1st place- if that means anything. Even though I still need lots of practice, your website is still loads of help!

Kayla D.

Hi My name is Hannah. I just want to tell you how much I love your site. I'm so glad that someone is bold enough to put the name of Jesus on their front page. I am 12 and have been crocheting for 4 years. Your site has helped me alot. Thanks! God Bless You! Hannah

I really like your site. Great designs


RE: Hooks

I found your newsletter through an internet search trying to find the answer to what seemed like a simple question. But, I have been searching a while and haven't found the answer yet. I was taught to crochet as a young teen and only know a few basic things because the elderly lady who was teaching me passed away and I knew nobody else who could crochet. So, I have done very little of it over the passed 20 something years. Anyway, I am interested in picking it back up and learning more. I have a granny square blanket I started back then that I am going to finish before I try any new projects. I also have a long distance friend who crochets a lot. She has a birthday coming up. In a recent conversation, she mentioned that she would like to have a complete set of crochet hooks so she could do a wider variety of projects. Well, exactly what is a "complete set"? I mean, how many different sizes are there and what are they called? I have mostly found sites trying to sell supplies, and have found sets sized in numbers, sets sized in letters, sets made of different materials, and different lengths. I have also found different brands. Is one brand better than another? Is one material better than another? Any information you can share with me would be appreciated. Thank you for your time and help. God bless you! Jennifer Swords

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Hi Jennifer:

First of all, hooks that are "lettered" are for yarns. I've seen yarn hooks available that range in size from B through S. Hooks that are made of steel and are "numbered" are for thread. I've seen these range from size 00 through size 14.

The following page shows standard hook sizes:

You can find many different:
crochet hook brands
hook styles or types (regular hooks, cro-hooks, flexible hooks)
hooks made using various materials (metal, wood, plastic, ivory, etc)

The best advice I can give is... ask your friend the brand she prefers and then work from there.
I prefer the Boye brand verses the Susan Bates brand because the hooks have a more rounded head and I believe the Boye brand glides through the yarn better. I do not have a "complete set" of hooks. As long as a crocheter has the most common hook sizes they will be able to make nearly any pattern. I normally use hooks from size G through size N for yarn work. For thread I use a size 0, 5 and 7 quite often. Your friend might like this set:
as it includes many of the most common sizes.


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After being with his blind date all evening, the man couldn't take another minute with her. Earlier, he had secretly arranged to have a friend call him to the phone so he would have an excuse to leave if something like this happened.

When he returned to the table, he lowered his eyes, put on a grim expression and said, "I have some bad news. My grandfather just died."

"Thank goodness," his date replied. "If yours hadn't, mine would have had to!"

A couple phoned a neighbor to extend birthday greetings.
They dialed the number and then sang "Happy Birthday" to him.
But when they finished their off-key rendition, they discovered that they had dialed the wrong number.

"Don't let it bother you," said a strange but amused voice. "You folks need all the practice you can get."

Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?

A: Can't think of a single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No Pain...Good!

A priest was walking along the corridor of the parochial school near the preschool wing when a group of little ones were trotting by on the way to the cafeteria. Little Johnny stopped and looked at him in his clerical clothes and asked, "Why do you dress funny?"

He told him he was a priest and this is the uniform priests wear.

Little Johnny pointed to the priest's plastic collar tab and asked, "Do you have an owie?" The priest was perplexed till he realized that to him the collar tab looked like a band-aid. So the priest took it out and handed it to Little Johnny, to show him. On the back of the tab were raised letters giving the name of the manufacturer.

Little Johnny felt the letters, and the priest asked, "Do you know what those words say?"

"Yes I do," said Little Johnny, who was not old enough to read. Peering intently at the letters he said, "Kills ticks and fleas up to six months!"

A woman was trying hard to get the catsup to come out of the jar.

During her struggle the phone rang so she asked her four-year old daughter to answer the phone.
"It's the minister, Mommy," the child said to her mother.

Then she added, "Mommy can't come to the phone right now. She's hitting the bottle."

The Amish people lead a simple life. That means no electricity. An Amish man answered a knock on his door one morning. An electric company worker handed him a piece of paper stating that the electric company would like to run a power line through his cow pasture.

The Amish man said, "No, no thou cannot."

"Legally, that paper says we can," replied the gruff worker.

As he turned and left returning to his co-workers in the field, the Amish man went to his barn and turned his bull into the pasture. As the bull rumbled toward the workers in the field, the Amish farmer hollered, "Show HIM thy paper!"

I don't think I'll ever have a mother's intuition. My sister left me alone in a restaurant with my 12-month-old nephew. I said, "What do I do if he cries?"

She said, "Give him some vegetables."

It turns out that jalapenos are not his favorite.

A boy was taking care of his baby sister while his parents went to town shopping. He decided to go fishing and he had to take her along.

"I'll never do that again!" he told his mother that evening. "I didn't catch a thing!"

"Oh, next time I'm sure she'll be quiet and not scare the fish away," his mother said.

The boy said, "It wasn't that. She ate all the bait."

Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office?
What are we supposed to do -- write to these men?
Why don't they just put their pictures on the postage stamps so the mailmen could look for them while they deliver the mail?

Or better yet, arrest them while they are taking their pictures!

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