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Expanding ideas for Cystic Fibrosis fundraising through craftwork

Current projects:  Elsa-like cape for my niece (it's being blocked, pictures coming soon)

Rose stuff: see below!


My rose sales have been going well, every year as I gear up for my Great Strides CF walk (see Why I Raise Money for Cystic Fibrosis Research) I sell many crochet rose pins and hairclips (see backs pictured on right), especially at my church and the school at which I work.  over the past two years, I have sold over 100 each year, raising quite a bit for the CFF, as I donate half of the sales to this worthy organization.  This year I raised over $2,000 and counting, in no small part to my rose sales and talks about CF in my community.

Sarah just turned 5 last Saturday, and I am rededicating my efforts to developing other ways to sell the crochet roses, or other products with roses on them.  "65 Roses" has become the name for Cystic Fibrosis, especially for those young children with the condition who find the technical name hard to pronounce.  As I mentioned in my last post, I am working on rose-print bowties, and very excited with the results.  

Another new product: a variation on a theme, if you will, are roses on headbands.  A coworker requested this, and the result is very cute, I have added them to my Etsy Site.  I am looking forward to other items I can attach them to, or other ways they can by presented, let me know if you have ideas.


May your crafting sailboat carry you through the stressful seas of life.


Bow Ties!!!

Hello all, it's been a while since I have posted here (yes, almost a year, I know, I know), life has been beyond hectic.  Teaching all new subjects this past year, moving across campus, as well as by beloved puppy (yes even at 14 he is still my puppy) struggling through health issues and eventually having to be put to sleep in the beginning of June.  


I am committing myself to posting more regularly starting this summer, and will need to catch my readers up on many things.  It will take a few blog posts to sum up what I have been working on lately, so I thought I'd start with the most recent item: BOW TIES.


This was a suggestion from my mom.  As I furiously crochet roses for CF research (see "Why I Raise Money for Cystic Fibrosis Research" above), she suggested I make something men could buy  and wear (more women wear the roses pins/heir clips).  She mentioned bow ties, as my dad loves to wear them.  I happen to have some great rose fabric I bought years ago in many colors.  I looked up tutorials and patterns for bow ties, and the best one I found was from a blog called Sew Like My Mom.  Click on the blog title to go to the tutorial-  it is great, and the pattern printed out to scale, so I could start right away.  I'm including some pictures of the finished product, as well as the other colors out of which I hope to make more ties.  Now to figure out what I should charge for them-  if you have any suggestions let me know!  I donate half of the sale of rose items to the CFF (Cystic Fibrosis Foundation).


I am not including pictures of the step by step process, because I feel Sew Like My Mom has already done an excellent job of this.  Please check out her blog.


Oh, this was also my first experience in  trying to tie a bow tie.  I found the directions and GIFs at this wikihow extremely helpful.

As soon as I have this up on my Etsy site, I will let you all know.  I hope to have several in different colors done soon, and may even try more that are not in rose fabric, I have tons of fabric for which I need to find a use.


May your adventures in crafting bring you happiness and joy.


My first rose bow tie

my first attempt to tie a bow tie!

The other colors of rose fabric with which I hope to attempt this


Almost to 200 roses!

Current projects:  


finished my experiment with metallic highlighted yarn, see my fun fingerless gloves on Etsy.  Next I'm going to make gloves out of black metallic :)


Also working on a cute sweaterdress for my niece for Xmas.  posting pictures soon.


A quick post to update everyone on my rose sales.  As some of you may know, I raise money for Cystic Fibrosis research by selling crochet roses (the nickname for Cystic Fibrosis is "65 Roses.").  See more about why I raise money to help my niece here, and see colors of most of the roses I make here.  I charge $10, and $5 goes to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  For a guide to how I make the roses, see my post on "65 Roses Crochet Flower"


I examined my records, and discovered I am almost to 200, 191 sold!  That is over $950 raised for research through roses alone.  For anyone who likes numbers and stats, here is a list of sales so far.  I'll list them by color, most popular first, with type of backing next to it (you can get them with a pin, hairclip, or aligator pin on the back).  Some sales are the result of a large order in one color, or wanting 30 roses all different colors, so it is hard to scientifically deduce on which colors I should focus moving forward.  I have about 30 in stock of all different colors currently.  Some of the roses are pictured at the bottom of this post.


Roses Sold as of October 15, 2012:

26 solid red (21 pins, 1 hairclip, 1 gator pin)

24 pink, purple, and green variegated (all pins)

19 purple variegated (16 pins, 2 hairclips, 1 gator pin)

15 pink variegated (14 pins, 1 hairclip)

9 green variegated (7 pins, 1 hairclip, 1 gator clip)

8 cream (6 pin, 2 hairclip)

8 red variegated (4 pins, 3 hairclips, 1 gator pin)

6 Hard candy- red and white (2 pins, 3 hairclips, 1 gator pin)

7 cotton candy pink (all pins)

5 purple & gray variegated (all pins)

5 solid purple (all pins)

5 turquoise & tan variegated (all pins)

4 peach-pink (2 pins, 1 hairclip, 1 gator pin)

4 purple & black variegated (all pins)

4 pink, red, purple mix (all pins)

4 sherbet- yellow, orange, and red (all pins)

3 blue-gray variegated (all pins)

3 fall variegated (all pins)

3 purple & blue variegated (all pins)

2 bright yellow (all pins)

2 light blue variegated (all pins)

2 medium/light blue variegated (all pins)

2 muted yellow variegated (all pins)

2 orange variegated (all pins)

2 periwinkle variegated (all pins)

2 light blue (all pins)

2 medium blue (all pins)

1 gray variegated pin

1 dark pink pin

1 green pin

1 magenta pin

1 magenta-red pin

1 navy pin

1 pale pink pin

1 pink & gray variegated pin

1 scarlet pin

1 turquoise, blue & gray variegated pin

1 yellow & tan variegated pin

solid redpink, purple & greenpurple variegatedpink variegated

For those that are interested, that's 9 aligator clips (4.7%), 14 hairclips (7.3%), and 168 pins (88%).  I only started making hairclips as an option recently, and the gator clips even more recently than that.  Sales come from fundraisers I attend, prders placed in person, and online Etsy sales.  Check out the rose section of my Etsy store, or contact me for a custom order!


May your crafting bring you happiness and satisfaction such as raising money for a good cause.




Beginning your first project

Current projects:  too many to mention!  It's been a while since my last post, so look for an upcoming post summarizing what I've been working on.  My big project between now and mid April are my crochet roses as I have several CF walks coming up in April and May.  See my Great Strides page for my team info!!


I have started teaching knitting classes in my area, and have met with several groups and individuals.  I am about to give my Tuesday night class some homework while I go on vacation, and thought I would post it below as well as it has some good advice about how to start your first project after you learn knit and purl stitches.  To some extent, it assumes you know how to read a pattern-  start by reading the beginning few sections, which should have information such as type of yarn, supplies and equipment needed, and gauge for the project to fit right.

Below is the class' homework for the next 10 days:

1.  Find a pattern you want to work on.  If you all want to work on the same pattern, great!  This is not necessary-  if you want to work on different things, you know I can multitask.


Keep an eye out for supplies-  if you want to do a hat, mittens, etc, check to see if the directions want it worked on dpn (double pointed needles), and decide if you want to try that challenge.  Otherwise, look for a pattern that does not need them. 


2. Buy enough yarn (and the right weight) for the project.

  • ·      Make sure the yarn all has the same dye lot # so it all matches.  The last thing you want is for the yarn to look slightly different because the skeins you bought don't match, or you had to run out and get more a few weeks later, and again it doesn't match.
  • ·      Use the gauge indicator as your guide:  if it says you should have 22 stitches over 4 inches, look for a yarn that has a similar gauge listed on the label (20-24 stitches should be ok).  Some patterns will recommend a brand and name of yarn, or tell you what weight # (1-6). You can always look up the type of yarn online and see what gauge the manufacturer suggests to buy a comparable yarn when you shop. 
  • ·      Go by yardage, not weight when buying enough- some patterns will tell you how much you need, others you need to calculate:  if the pattern says 2 balls of 50g Patons wool, find out how many yards in a ball (let's say 250), multiply by 2 (500), and buy as many skeins as you need of the yarn you pick that will get you to 500 yards.  Always buy more- it's better to have too much than too little! If 2 skeins of the yarn you choose will only be 450 yards, get 3 skeins.  I will make use of the calculator on my phone if it's a big project, or round the amounts to do calculations in my head: if a skein is 418 yards, I'll call that 400 and do the math.


3.  Buy any other supplies needed by the pattern: stitch markers, stitch holders, etc.  If you have access to a friend's set of needles, you may want to figure out your gauge (see below) with their needles before you purchase your own, in case the size the pattern recommends does not produce the proper number of stitches.


4.  Figure out your gauge.  The pattern will most likely say : X stitches by Y rows equals 4".  Knit as many gauge swatches as needed until you get the right number of stitches per inch as the pattern calls for.  To knit a gauge swatch:  cast on about 30 stitches, and work as the pattern recommends (usually this will be in stockinette stitch, knit one row, purl one row).  Knit about 20 rows, then either slip off the needles or cast off.  Use the gauge check or ruler to count how many stitches=4 inches, or you can count 2" and multiply by 2. In stockinette stitch, each "v" counts as one stitch, so cound v's. In the picture below, the needle is pointing to the first stitch.  If you count across, there are 9.5 stitches in the "window," which is 2" wide, therefore there are 19 stitches over 4".




 If you have more stitches than the gauge, your stitches are too small.  Try again with a larger set of needles.  If you have fewer, your stitches are too big-  try again with a smaller set of needles.  Even if you are off by 1/2 a stitch, try again until you have it right.  DO NOT TRY TO FIX GAUGE BY KNITTING TIGHTER OR LOOSER-  let the needles determine the size.  For me, stitches per inch is much more important than rows.

Be ready with the pattern, yarn, and right size needles for you when we next meet.


May you find happiness and satisfaction as you craft!



so many crochet roses......

Current projects:

Roses, roses, roses, roses...... (you get the idea)


So I spent a good chunk of time today photographing all the different colors of roses I've made lately, and posted them all on Etsy.  Click the link here to see them all: anyone who has "liked" my Facebook page or follows me on Twitter has already gotten updates on them all, thanks for your patience!!  I still have more colors of yarn to go.....  See pictures of some of them below.


I'm about to write a check to the CF Foundation for $450 from the proceeds of all the rose sales and other CF products over the past 3 months, thanks to everyone who helped support the cause by purchasing items!


May you find the happiness and satisfaction I have in your own crafting.