Monthly Archives: June 2019

Latest Work 6-17-2019 Crochet Mesh Fingerless Gloves in a Rainbow of Colors

Hello Internet!


I’ve been on a roll with posting new crochet patterns. My latest pattern: A pair of rainbow crochet fingerless gloves.


This photo collage accompanies a FREE crochet pattern for rainbow fingerless gloves worked in Tunisian mesh stitch.

This photo collage accompanies a FREE crochet pattern for rainbow fingerless gloves worked in Tunisian mesh stitch.


Yes, I know, it’s June. Maybe someone in Australia can use these right now? (although, do be aware that the pattern is written in US terms…)


But, eventually, fall and winter will come again here in the USA — and at that point, perhaps you’ll be interested in having a pair of these to keep your hands warm (even while you’re texting or scrolling though your feeds). If you crochet, and these fingerless gloves suit your style, I invite you to grab the free crochet pattern for making them.

Latest Work 6-11-2019: New Crochet Dishcloth Pattern + New Middle East Travel Guides

Tunisian Crochet Mesh Dishcloth and Washcloth + Mosaic Art From Baltimore Park in Ashkelon, Israel

Tunisian Crochet Mesh Dishcloth and Washcloth + Mosaic Art From Baltimore Park in Ashkelon, Israel

I’ve designed zillions of different crochet stitch patterns. In 2015, I decided to compile them into a crochet stitch dictionary.

As I was working on that, I discovered the stitch pattern you see pictured above — the Tunisian crochet mesh stitch. I say “discovered” because I am sure others before me must have found it first. It’s one of the easiest possible variations of afghan stitch, consisting of afghan stitches alternating with yarnovers.

I became so enthralled with this stitch that I got sidetracked from working on the stitch dictionary — instead designing project after project after project with this stitch.

Then I gave birth to my daughter, and I put all the projects plus the stitch dictionary on temporary hold as motherhood consumed all my energy.

Years later, I am realizing this is still my favorite crochet stitch pattern. It’s FAST. It’s easy. It’s drapey and lovely. The possibilities for colorwork with this stitch are incredible — which is why it has held my attention for so long. You wouldn’t guess that by looking at this pic, which is just a couple of plain white dishcloths. But working on this type of plain, solid-colored project is the best way to learn the stitch. Once you’ve mastered it, to the point you can work it on autopilot, you’re better equipped to interpret the instructions for colorwork patterns made using this stitch.

In the next few days, I will be sharing a free crochet pattern for these dishcloths / washcloths. My newsletter subscribers will be the first to know when it is released.

On a different note: I just posted an Ashkelon, Israel travel guide here at my website. I took this photo at Baltimore Park, a little-known park in Ashkelon. This park is home to some remarkable mosaic art that deserves a broader audience than it’s getting. At the park, you’ll find an outdoor mosaic art exhibit that was curated by the late Ilana Shafir. Shafir is world famous for her incredible, tactile mosaic work.

You’ll also find a series of fascinating, mosaic-covered structures that I guess are supposed to be benches — but I discovered that they also make good backgrounds for photographing my crochet projects.

Here you can see the mosaic benches in Ashkelon's Baltimore Park.

Here you can see the mosaic benches in Ashkelon’s Baltimore Park.

In this picture, you can see a couple of the things I've been talking about. These texting gloves show you an example of a colorwork pattern you can crochet using the Tunisian crochet mesh stitch. And they're photographed  at  Baltimore Park, with one of the mosaic benches as a backdrop. I LOVE how all the elements of this picture came together.

In this picture, you can see a couple of the things I’ve been talking about. These texting gloves show you an example of a colorwork pattern you can crochet using the Tunisian crochet mesh stitch. And they’re photographed at Baltimore Park, with one of the mosaic benches as a backdrop. I LOVE how all the elements of this picture came together.

I’ve spent many blissful hours enjoying the mosaics and the ambiance at this park.

If you have a chance to travel to Israel in the future, don’t overlook Ashkelon as a possible stop on your itinerary. Ashkelon is home to some of the most remarkable public spaces and art and antiquities I’ve yet observed in the course of my travels.

  • אשקלון#
  • ישראל#
  • #הסרוגה
  • #פסיפס

My Bunnies Want Pie!

Update: I wrote the following on April 2, 2019, but for some reason I forgot to post it at the time. I think it’s too funny not to share — so, here it is. Enjoy!

My Bunnies Want Pie!

My Bunnies Want Pie!

I’ve been potty training my three-year-old daughter. Nothing was working until I tried bribery. Even that wasn’t straightforward and easy, but in the end, it was what worked for arriving at our first breakthrough.


The backstory: For her birthday this year, my little one’s bestie gave her a cute set of Melissa and Doug reusable stickers. That turned out to be the best gift EVER — the stickers keep her entertained like no other toy she owns. She usually plays with them for at least a couple of hours each day.

My husband Mike and I bought her a couple more sets of the reusable stickers, and we told her she could have them if she uses the potty.

It worked.

One of the sticker sets is a farm playset. It has all the usual farm animals, plus a few woodland critters like squirrels and bunnies. One of the scenes is a farmer’s market stand. The stickers for that scene are fresh vegetables, pies, cupcakes, jugs of maple syrup and similar goodies you’d typically find for sale at the farmer’s market.

DD was happily playing with her new stickers. She started by pretending to feed the bunnies carrots. Then she turned to me and said, “Mommy, the bunnies are tired of eating the same things all the time.”

I told her, “Bunnies like green vegetables. They like lettuce and celery, and I bet they’d eat the leaves of these beets and these turnips, too.” I pointed to the lettuce and beets and the turnips.

She said, “My bunnies don’t want eat beets and turnips and lettuce. They want eat pie.”

I told her, “Bunnies don’t eat pie!”

She replied, “MOMMY! My bunnies want PIE!” She glared at me and then added, “Don’t micromanage my fun, Mommy.”

BWAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAhahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!! Haha! Hah!

I did mention she’s only three, right? Who here has ever heard a three-year-old use the word “micromanage” in correct context in a sentence?

Anyone?

Today’s score: I lost count, but something like 12: potty and 5: accidents. So, I’m going to sign off and wash laundry now…because 5 accidents resulted in a LOT of laundry. Ughh. I cannot wait until this potty training business is a totally done deal.