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Crocheted Table Cloth

The way to handle crocheted table cloth is different from the way we handle table cloths made out of woven fabrics. Why? Crocheted table cloths are usually made out of fine thread usually cotton crochet thread #10. The recent table cloths that I have made are made up of size #3 cotton crochet thread. The finished crocheted table cloth is a lot heavier than a fabric table cloth of the same size. This weight of crocheted table cloth causes strain on stitches during handling, this is the reason why careful handling without too much tugging or pulling is necessary to prevent breakage of an individual stitch.

Some crochet thread are tightly winded or twisted and this is good. The tighter the twist, the stronger the strand of thread but unfortunately a lot of crochet thread are not twisted tightly and they easily break when strands making up the thread is separated. This is another reason why careful handling of the finished crocheted table cloth is necessary.

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Pine Nut (CROCHET Stitch) Scarf

Video Tutorial Available by clicking this link:https://youtu.be/SRzKvO2PM4o

Tools And Materials:

Caron Simply Soft Yarn, weight category 4 or other yarn of the same weight category.


Crochet Hook:  Boye: 4.25mm to 5.00mm
Yarn or Tapestry Needle (to use for weaving in ends of yarn)

Gauge: 8 dc stitches = 2 inches; 4 dc rows = 2 inches (I’m using 4.25mm crochet hook and I LOVE THIS COTTON yarn, Weight category 3), The table below is based on this data.

The Scarf is 10 inches wide.

Estimated Number of RepeatsEstimated Length Of ScarfEstimated Number Of Yards Required
2040 inches341 yards
3060 inches511 yards
3570 inches596 yards
Number of repeats refers to how many times rows 2 through 5 is repeated to meet the length of the scarfNote:  Add 5 or more yards to the estimated number of yards required.

CROCHET TERMS, ABBREVIATIONS AND MEANINGS USED

R = row

Ch = Chain

Dc = double crochet

Slst = slip stitch

Sp = space

St = stitch

Sts = Stitches

Dcs = double crochets

Set = Group of stitches next to each other and may be separated by different stitch.

[ ] = Do the instructions as many times as indicated by the number that follows the symbol.

X = times

Turning Chain (Beginning Chain of each row) = The very first stitch or stitches made at the start of the row.

The Pattern:

Ch 43.

R1:  Dc on 5th ch from hook and count this as 1 dc and 1 ch-1 sp. [*Dc on next st] 5x. NOTE: 1 group (set) MADE UP OF 5 DCs IS MADE.
Ch3, skip 3 sts.*   Repeat * * until there are 5 sets of  5-dcs, finish row with ch1, skip 1 st; dc on next st,   Note:  There are 4 ch-3 spaces between sets of 5dcs and 1 ch-1 on each side of the completed row.  Turn.

R2:  Ch3,  dc on next ch-1 sp.  * Ch1,  skip 1 dc, [dc on next dc] 3x; ch1; skip 1 dc,  3dcs on next ch-3 space. *  Repeat * * across. After the last set of 3dcs, finish this row with ch1, skip 1 dc, dc on next ch-1 sp; dc on 2nd ch of ch2 (turning chain) .  Turn.

R3: Ch2, dc on next dc, [Note: Beginning crocheters, please see note 1 below], dc on ch-1 sp; *ch3, skip next 3dcs, dc on next ch-1 sp; [dc on next dc] 3x, dc on next ch-1 sp. *   Repeat * * across. After the last ch3,  dc on next ch-1 sp, dc on next dc, dc on 2nd ch of turning chain.  Note:  There are 4 sets of 5 dcs; 5 sets ch-3 spaces and 3 dc(s) on each side (edge) of this row.  Turn.

R4: Ch2, dc next dc. *Ch1, 3dcs on next ch-3 sp. Ch1, skip 1 dc, [dc on next dc] 3x, * Repeat * * across.  After the last set of 3 dc(s) of this row, ch1, skip 1 dc, dc on next dc, dc on  2nd ch of turning ch.  Note: There are 9 groups (sets) of 3 dcs and 10 ch-1 spaces between sets of 3 dcs when this row is completed. Turn.

R5: Ch3, *dc on next ch-1 sp, [dc on next dc] 3x; dc on next ch-1 sp, ch3.* REPEAT * * across. After the last set of 5 dcs, finish this row with Ch1, skip 1 dc; dc on 2nd ch of turning chain. Note: There are 5 sets of 5dcs and 4 sets of ch-3 stitches. Turn.


Repeat  R2 to R5 over and over until desired length is met. Fasten off and weave in yarn ends.

Notes:

  1. When working on rows of stitches, The next stitch after the turning ch (ch2) is not the stitch to which the turning ch is attached but the one next to it so it appears like you are skipping a stitch but this is not a skip, it just appears like that.

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Condo Living

10 years ago I could not imagine myself living in a Condo. Just the thought of it makes me feel enclosed but the time comes when my husband and I decided that condo living is the best option for us to meet our needs. We are both in our 60’s and the demand of maintaining a yard became too much of a challenge. I thought that I would miss the open space surrounding our dwelling once we move to a Condo but to my surprise, I don’t miss that at all. Not that I did not love the home we sold in order to obtain the one we have now. It was a wonderful place.

It’s been four years since we decided to move in the condo unit we are living now and we are so glad we have made that decision. I can still enjoy my hobby of gardening but in a very much scaled down version of my gardening before. A small space to garden takes all the available energy I have so this place is fitted to my needs.

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My Garden 2021

I missed not having a garden last year so this year despite the delayed ideal planting condition, I managed to put a mixed Vegetable and flower garden in my tiny backyard. They are just growing fairly well since June. It had been very cold through late spring so most of the seedlings that I planted indoor did not survive. but I am happy with what plants I have now. I have some flowers and vegetables planted in flower pots as well as directly in the soil.

I harvested my first cucumber yesterday and ate it! It was so good. How much more I enjoyed eating it compared to the ones I bought from the store!

My cucumber plant!

this cucumber is planted in a 15 galon pot and it seems to be thriving.

I also planted some Moringa Oleifera plants, some in pots and some in soil. I’m testing to see where will they thrive best, in the ground or in the pot. I’m hoping that by the end of summer they are big enough so I can harvest their leaves and use them as vegetables.

Some of their leaves had turned yellow after I used an automatic plant feeder sprayer. The gadget seemed not to properly regulate the amount of fertilizer delivered so from now on I will apply fertilizer manually. I hope they survive.

I also bought my first Plumeria plant this year. I’ve been wanting one for a long time but the thought of it not surviving my zone 6 environment had prevented me from ordering a cutting. It arrived looking hopeless, nothing but a wilted plant limb with small brown wilted leaves but today, it is looking better and it has few healthy looking leaves growing

I also planted Taro plant …

….yes, you guessed it lol! It is planted in a baby’s bassinet! What I liked about planting it in the bassinet is that, the bassinet has a draining hole at the bottom which I can choose to open or close. Taro plant tolerates soggy soil so judging by the way it looks, it seems to be liking it.

I can go on and on about individual plants in my garden but let me just show them to you. Thank you for reading this post and may your Garden offer you blissful day everyday!

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Wake Up!!!

I am retired so most of the times there is no strong motivation to wake up early and prepare for the day but one reason that encourages me to get up early is gardening, specially these days when it gets so hot by 10 am. Thanks for the rain last night, it’s a bit cooler this morning but I can already feel the humidity.

My small garden is thriving well! The birds are singing, serenading me while I sit on our back porch drinking coffee. They sing louder when I put their morning seeds in their feeder, so it seems. I noticed that there are actually Chipmonks that share with the birds. I saw the other one coming from our neighbor’s yard run toward the feeder while the other one that lives in our backyard was already feeding.

One of these days I will buy a bird Cam so that I can get a good photograph of birds/Chipmonks that come to our yard. I can’t take good photos of them up close because they are wild and skittish. As long as I sit still they continue to feed but any slight movement will cause them to go away.

I have harvested fruits twice already from my Roma and Red Beefsteak tomatoes. The Roma tomatoes are doing excellent despite the fact that they are planted in a flower pot and only getting 4-5 hours of direct sunlight.

Roma Tomato
Two Roma tomatoes planted next to the wall.

Where Not To Plant Snowball Bush

I knew a lady who had a beautiful Snowball plant, I did not understand why she kept cutting the plant down to about 24 inches from the ground in Spring before the plant begins to bloom.  I kept telling her to wait at least until after it blooms out before cutting it down but she would not listen.  I finally figured out (or at least I think so), that the reason she does this, is that she is tired of sweeping the fallen petals off her back porch.  The Snowball is planted close to her porch which is almost ground level, so the wind carries most of the fallen petals inside her porch.

Lesson:  Do not plant a Snowball  in areas where the fallen flowers will be unsightly such as close to door ways, porches, patios or driveways, unless you don’t mind sweeping everyday while the plant is blooming.

I have mine planted next to our driveway but I don’t mind the fallen petals scattered over my driveway and most of the petals fall in the grassy area below the drive way.  I planted the Snowball there to prevent soil erosion from the driveway which is situated in a sloping area.  Snowball flowers are very attractive and fabulous in Spring Bouquets.

It is very easy to propagate Snowball bush.  All you have to do is to chose a drooping branch that is close to the ground.  Fill a medium size pot with potting soil and using a garden pin to fix the selected branch, (it should be flexible enough so that it does not break when bent), into the dirt inside the pot.  Use A stone or any heavy object to keep the branch pegged into the potting soil.   Keep the soil in the pot moist.  The pegged plant will develop roots and it should be ready to be cut from the mother plant and be transplanted by the following spring.

 

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