Friday, November 30, 2007

Stockings, mittens and crochet lessons.

CrochetandKnitting Newsletter
Friday, November 30, 2007

Hello Everyone,

Here we are at the end of November already! Time sure
flies and Christmas is creeping up on us. I see the stores
are decorated and people are trimming up the outside of
their houses. So I put some decorations up on my site, too.

On my forum at
someone is looking for a specific knit personalized Christmas
stocking pattern. If anyone can help her find the pattern, it
would be appreciated. It's the thread titled "pattern search,
knitted xmas stocking w/bells,santa,cane"

I found this one, but it's not the one she was looking for.
However, I wanted to give you the link as it's a nice
pattern and has a graph of all the letters of the alphabet.
You could use that to make your own personalized stocking
or use it at the top of any other stocking pattern.

Someone had emailed me to say they had seen my crocheted
mittens/fingerless gloves and was wondering if I knew of where
they could get a knit pattern. She said she had searched for hours
to find a pattern with no luck.

Well, there certainly is a knit pattern online.
Magical Mittens. I had made these before. It was this
pattern that inspired me to design a crocheted version.

Here are the links to my crocheted versions:
Women's (Women's medium, or teens. For a smaller size to fit
pre-teens, use a smaller hook.)
Men's (Medium Men's or older teenage boys, also may fit
women with larger hands. )

My friend, Sarah Beth, author of The Knitting Tips
free 5 day mini course and author of the free
Online Advanced Knitting Course has a new e-book!

This one is for crochet. It's called "Lessons in Crochet"

This book has a very cool new ebook technology, which
is a "page turning technology" that makes the book look
absolutely stunning on your screen, and lets you turn
pages just like a normal book.

With this e-book, you can learn how to crochet beautiful
projects in only three weeks, starting from scratch.

And in as little as 3 days, you'll review (and master)
fundamental crocheting techniques explained and illustrated
in the clearest manner you've ever seen.

Here Is Just A Sample Of What Is Included:

* A detailed description of yarns and what all those symbols
mean on the yarn skein.

* A never fail way to find the end of a skein, yes there really
is a trick to it!

* Learn all about the different weights of yarn and how you
can combine them.

* Foolproof techniques for choosing the right yarn for your

* All the most common crocheting abbreviations in one

* How to select the best pattern stitch for your next project.

* The trick to keeping tight stitches and a uniform appearance
around color and yarn changes

* Learn the secrets of beautiful finishing, including...
- How to join seams "seamlessly" and weave ends in securely so
that they won't be noticed
- Amazingly beautiful edgings that you can add to your project
- Lovely yet simple crocheted inserts for turning everyday linens
into fabulous guest linens fit for your best company or expensive
looking gifts.

* Fabulous motifs of stars, flowers and geometric shapes that
can be used for coasters, to dress up hats or other craft projects,
or to combine into an afghan.

* How to put your hook into the correct place in the stitch
every single time

* Technique for holding the hook correctly and keeping an even
tension across your work

* And so much more...

If this interests you, check out "Lessons in Crochet".

That is all for today. Have a great weekend!


Sue Norrad - Free Patterns, Craft Supplies
and much more.
Craft Discussions and Pattern Search Forum

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Greetings and a Tip

CrochetandKnitting Newsletter - Greetings and a Tip

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Hello Everyone,

I want to wish all our U.S. friends a Happy Thanksgiving
for tomorrow. I know you will all be busy with family
and friends. I hope you enjoy your day and give thanks
for all that you have and don't get too stuffed on turkey!

I wanted to let you know that Bernat is having a survey
right now for all those who are registered on their site.
If you take the survey, I have a tip for you so you don't
make the same mistake that I did.

This survey runs until Nov. 26. If you complete the survey,
Bernat will give you two pattern books (3.99 value
each). I think there were 6 different pattern books and
you get to select two that you get for free by download.

If you are not already registered on the Bernat site, the
link to their site is
It's free to register and they have some great free
patterns there as well. I'm not sure if they will send you
the link to the survey if you just register now, but it's
worth a try.

Well, I took the survey and I made a mistake so I don't
think I will be getting the pattern books. Here is what I

While filling out the survey on the second page they asked
what types of Bernat yarn that you like the best. You get
three choices, which I did.

Then on the third page, I thought of another type of Bernat
yarn that I like better. So I hit my back button to go back
to the previous page and select another type of yarn. Then
I clicked on "Continue". The next page to come up said I
could not change my answers and only the answers I had
previously selected will be used.

There was no way to bring up the last page again, which
had asked me what I liked most about Bernat yarns and
what I disliked most about Bernat yarns. I guess I
screwed up and won't be getting the free pattern books
as they were probably available for download after
completing the survey, which I apparently didn't do

So if you take the survey, double check and be sure of
your answers and DON'T click on the "back" button!


Sue Norrad - Free Patterns, Craft Supplies
and much more.
Craft Discussions and Pattern Search Forum

Saturday, November 3, 2007

A Quick Note

CrochetandKnitting Newsletter - A Quick Note
Saturday, November 3, 2007

Hello Everyone,

Just a quick note to let you know that has been down all

I found out this morning that the server move, which
I thought happened last weekend... did not.

This morning when my site was down for hours, I checked
my webhost's site and the server move is happening this
weekend. They never even let me know that they had
cancelled last weekend and changed it to this weekend!

I checked my webhost's site and they have a notice that
the move is happening now and it is taking longer than they
had planned and should be over by 6 PM EST, but it is long
past that time now.

On top of that, they are moving the server to Maine and I
am just above there. Hurricane Noel was hitting the New England
states and has moved up into my area. So they may be running
into problems because of that.

It is very windy with heavy rain here right now and it is
forecaster to get worse overnight. I just hope the weather does
not get any worse and everyone is safe, and my webhosting
company can safely complete their work on moving the server.

The new forum is also down right now as it's on the same
server as my website.
But the old forum is still up as it's on the bravenet server.


Sue Norrad - Free Patterns, Craft Discussions
and Pattern Search Board, Craft Supplies and much more.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Dishcloths Galore!

CrochetandKnitting Newsletter - Dishcloths Galore!
Tuesday, October 30, 2007

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Hello Everyone,

Halloween is almost upon us. I hope all the little ones
enjoy their "trick or treating" and stay safe!

Andi in MD contacted me to ask if my Knit Dishcloth pattern
could be used for their "Knit a-long". Of course I said yes!

Here is Andi's description of the Knit a-long:
"I run a Yahoo Group called Monthly Dishcloths and we
have a knit a-long twice a month. I sent out about 7 rows
a day for about 5 days and at the end, the knitters all have
a beautiful dishcloth."
Here's the link to the group:

Now, you've got to see this link!
This is what they have done so far. I never seen such
beautiful knitted dishcloths! It's amazing!

== Forum News

I have decided to keep both my forums running.
The New Forum:
and The Old Forum:

Some people still do not like the format of the new forum.
You can choose to use the new forum or the old forum,
or you can post at both!

With the old forum, I will not be renewing it to the pro
version, so it will revert to the free version. That means
there could be ads and pop ups by Bravenet on it. I'm
actually surprised that it doesn't have the ads yet, the pro
version expired on Oct. 6, 2007, but they haven't
downgraded it yet.

Remember you can't edit posts at the old forum. And you
have to know the HTML codes to post pictures and to
make clickable links.

That is all for today. Have a great day everyone!


Sue Norrad - Free Patterns, Craft Discussions
and Pattern Search Board, Craft Supplies and much more.