Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Crochet! magazines!

I almost forgot to mention this magazine that I found at the mall two weeks ago. I bought it for about the equivalent of $2.50 :D


Joann in CT sent me these two months ago, I'm so happy it finally made it to my door.

I'm thrilled to have it, thanks again Joann!
Btw, Chie's pattern is in there. Its the Snowflake Bag in the January issue :)

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Thanks Su!

I was so surprised on what Su sent me. Several weeks ago, she and I had been talking about the magnetic snaps to be used in crocheted bags. She promised to send me some. More than that, she put up a lovely package for me :) It was so neatly packed, I would not have guessed from the small box would come out a lot of goodies, wow!!!

Cute stuff, I was thrilled!

What I love the most was the crocheted flower and the shower flower soap sachet. Her design is so unique and pretty, and I could not figure it out just by looking. I'm glad I dont have to, since she shared her pattern with us. Thanks for sharing the pattern Su, I really appreciate it more looking at your finished work.
Now I still dont know the details of the crocheted flower, but I want to know, its very pretty!
Thanks for everything, Su, especially for the caring thoughts that you put in it :)
I'll "install" a magnetic snap on one of my crocheted bags soon ;)

Thank you, RAOK FGM!

Someone mailed me an RAOK (Random Act of Kindness) package dated Feb.24, I only got the postal notice to claim it just yesterday.
I know it takes a while, hope she didnt get worried...

What I found in the envelope was a couple of things that I wished for...
Finally I have some camo yarn, and a retractable tape measure. I hugged the yarn and played with the tape... I am so thrilled!

Thank you so much FGM Jessica from Bristol, CT!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Parasite blogs

I dont know what they're called, so I just name them parasite blogs. Those are blogs that were created just to get people to click on their ad links. I dont know the whole scheme, but I found out several that copied and posted my free patterns on it! I dont think the blog even has a theme, they just want to mislead people. I dont know how they appear at search engines too. At the very least, they are a nuisance, they dont have anything better to do. But still they are stealing material from other people. They want to get money from nothing - no product, no service, no significant content whatsoever.
I found it by googling my name. Some of it were on blogsites that are not popular and probably are new on the web. I found one in blogspot, and I flagged it. I found another in wordpress, but wordpress has no button for flagging...
So you see why in my previous post on the free pattern why I state the copyright and the link to my post: © Mimi Alelis 2006 - do not distribute this pattern or post in another site

Friday, March 16, 2007

Thank you post

I know this is a bit late...
I am so glad I'm finally seeing the faces of some of my online friends who I've been reading their blogs and exchanging comments and emails with for the past year or so...
Well you know who you are ladies ;)
Thanks for sharing your wonderful pics with the rest of us!

I would also like to thank an anonymous Fairy Godmother (FGM) who sent me (actually it is for my teen son) a few months ago, a box full of bubblegum! I have previously thanked her at the forum, but had not mentioned it here. I really dont have an idea who she is, other than her last name and her return address to Walker, Michigan.
(Note: my son is still hoarding some of it, and wont share it with anyone.)

Today (Mar. 26) I got excited when I opened the mailbox and found 3 postal notices to claim package for me! I was already getting sad, always checking it and finding nothing for several weeks... So tomorrow I will write another thank you post

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Loopy Flowers - free pattern

Hi! I thought its about time I posted another free pattern. This one was done last year in May, and was featured in Design of the month free pattern leaflet by Coats Manila Bay.

Loopy Flowers
© Mimi Alelis 2006 - do not distribute this pattern or post in another site

Small amounts Anchor cotton thread size 10,
or Cannon cotton thread size 8
Crochet hook , 1.50mm or 1.75mm
Ponytail elastic, or pin
Yarn needle for finishing
Note: There are 3 layers of petals, first one is smaller, the second and third are bigger and worked the same way. Each flower has a center front and center back.
First layer petals
Ch 6, join into a ring with sl st,
Rnd 1: Ch 1 (base chain), (ch 12, sc in ring) 16 times, join w/ sl st to base chain. Fasten off.
Second and third layer petals
Ch 6, join into a ring with sl st,
Rnd 1: Ch 1 (base chain), (ch 16, sc in ring) 16 times, join w/ sl st to base chain. Fasten off.
Center front:
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with sl st to 1st sc.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc, join. (12 sc)
Rnd 3: Sc in each sc, join. (wrong side will be facing up)
Rnd 4: (sc tog the next 2 sc) 6 times, join. (6 sc) Fasten off leaving 12” tail.
Center back:
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with sl st to 1st sc.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc, join. (12 sc)
Rnd 3: Ch 1, ( sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 4 times, join. (16 sc)
Fasten off leaving 12” tail for sewing.
Assembly: Arrange petals together and sew center front to the three layers of petals. Sew the center back placing a hair elastic or a pin as options.

Other popular designs:
Basic Slippers
Chic Cell Phone Purses
Stylish Crochet Mesh Bags
Stylish Makeup Purse
Shell Halter Top
Shells and Flowers Shrug
Cute Tawashi Designs
Stylish Sack Bag

All my designs in one page - thanks to Ravelry!

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Crochet and music

I just rediscovered something. Crocheting while listening to music, is a good thing when one is bored working in front of the computer. I was looking at my blog and realized that other than googling some news stories, I had been looking only on crochet sites and not much else. Thought I'd try blog-hopping, and clicked on NEXT BLOG. One blog after another, I take a peek. So far, nothing weird or offensive has come out. I wasnt sure if I was just wasting time. But I found myself listening to some music that I like. First one was a chorus song in an Asian language I dont understand on this guy's site. Next, a love song on a lady's site.
This site has a good collection of music videos, from it I discovered one of the best female singers of all time - Eva Cassidy.
I chanced upon the best version of "Somewhere over the Rainbow", a duet by a current singer and a past (deceased) singer. I was really awed by the singing talent of Eva Cassidy - so I went on and searched more on her. Dont miss this, if you havent heard her now's your chance ;)
More on Eva on ABC nightline videos.

Of course, no need to go blog-hopping if one wants only to listen to music, there are more sites like this with endless choice of songs.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Crochet News

Have you joined the "Bernat Home" contest? Well, all you U.S. and Canada residents, 18 yrs and above are qualified to join. Go on over to the site and submit your entry form for a chance to win yarns - lots of it...hehe...
Also check out the cool patterns that are available there.

Are you good in Math? Well, if you're good in crochet as well, maybe you would like to try this: Crocheting a Hyperbolic Plane.
If you can figure it out, you might be able to create these: