20 April 2015

Monday's Link to Free Crochet Pattern (20 April 2015)


If you've visited my blog a few times, you've probably noticed that slippers are one of my favorite projects. Today, I have a pattern for yet another pair of slippers. The pattern calls for "yarn group C." I had no idea what "yarn group C" is so I googled it and discovered that it is for a worsted weight yarn that has been discontinued. To see the yarn chart go here for more information.

Hope you are enjoying yourselves.

Hugs,
Sharon

17 April 2015

Flag Etiquette and Crocheters

I have seen, and probably you have too, many beautiful flag afghans.

I had even bought a book of afghan patterns that included a beautiful flag afghan pattern that I was going to make until I was told about the flag code forbidding bedding with a flag design. I have also seen some cute models wearing flag-inspired swimwear. An applicable quote from the code is "The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery."




What about the depiction of the American flag on postage stamps? Does this violate the flag code? 

Section 83 of the Flag Code reads, "The flag should never be used in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled or damaged in any way." 8i reads "[The flag] should not be printed or otherwise impressed on anything that is designed for temporary use and discard." Sounds like to me that these government approved stamps violate the government written flag code. (more information here about a third of the way down the page.)

What's the penalty for breaking the flag code?
There isn't one. The flag code is an odd duck in this regard. As part of the The United States Code, the flag code is technically federal law. However, the code doesn't outline any measures for enforcement or punishment.  Basically, the flag code is a set of advisory rules for Americans who want to know the proper and respectful way to display their flag. Even if the flag code did provide measures for its enforcement, it's not clear that the measures would be constitutional. Individual states used to have their own prohibitions on and penalties for desecration of  the flag, but the 1989 Supreme Court decision Texas v. Johnson invalidated these laws as infringements on free speech. Congress responded by passing the Flag Protection Act, which made flag desecration a federal crime. Supreme Court struck down this law in the 1990 case United States v. Eichman. (and more info here.)

This page is a gateway to much detailed information on flag etiquette and use. I do not mean to negate the talent put into the making of American flag crocheted afghans; because most of the ones I have seen are examples of very talented crafters. I believe that we need to spread the word about what is/is not allowed. Americans are not stupid people. We have intelligence. We do not need to establish more big government to rule us nor do we need to establish a system that fines or jails us for violating the flag. We just need to obey the rules! If you don't believe in the rules then as an American, you can write to your politicians or lobby to change the rules or in extreme cases move to another country.


I am a veteran, can I salute the flag at a military funeral, sporting events or other situation where the flag is flown?
Some thing that many veterans and service members might not be aware of is that Public Law No. 110-181 changes section 9 of title 4 permitting members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform to render the military salute. I have done this at a few military funerals that I have attended. I felt a sense of pride to be able to send off my friends with the respect they earned as defenders of our Constitution and country.

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The topic of crocheting flag afghans has become a discussion in a crochet group I follow on facebook. A member got a little testy and said that making flag afghans is okay because of how veterans use the flag. If you have visited my blog before, you may remember that I am a 100% service-connected disabled veteran. As such, I am expected to follow the same laws pertaining to the flag as anyone else and I do so with pride.


It is a sad situation if Americans think it is okay to violate federal laws because they can get away with it.

13 April 2015

Monday's Link to Free Crochet Pattern ( 13 April 2015)

I was recently looking for a different pattern for an afghan that wasn't too difficult. I found this one and the few rows I've done have been fairly simple to do. When finished, this is a surprise for someone. Here's a look at what I've done so far--



Hope everyone is okay. We're back in Kentucky and I'm happy to see my sons again. Nellie Belle is happy to have a yard to run in and I'm happy that we don't have to go on "duty walks" several times a day. Hope that Nellie Belle loses some weight because she gained almost 2 pounds over the winter and that's a lot of weight for a little chihuahua.

This is all for now folks.

Hugs,
Sharon


30 March 2015

Here's a Bunch More Finished Items

I'm catching up with posting my finished projects. I had a lot of them and I made a few more things. Here we go--

This is a hat made from chunky (aka super bulky) yarn. The pattern is the Nifty Newsboy Hat. My version turned out a little big (I crochet loosely). If I make this hat again, I will use a smaller hook. This pattern is easy and was fast to make.



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Here's a neat looking slouch hat. It is the Amazing Grace Blissful Slouchy. It is a cute pattern that I found out I had to pay attention to what I was doing and not get wrapped up in the television like I do many times.


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These next hats are made from my favorite slouchy hat pattern Rubylene. You can make it slouch more or less by changing the number of shell rows.




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Next is a hat I just whipped up because I wanted something easy to make. I left off the pom-pom because I don't like pom-poms for adults. I'm not terribly fond of this design. It's easy but it just seems so skimpy and not a good choice for cold winters. This is the Adult's Easy Crochet Hat.


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This is a hat for a gentleman. It is made from the Crochet Seafarer's Cap pattern.This is my favorite hat pattern for men. I believe it is the most manly pattern for a man who likes basic, conservative fashions like my guys do.


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This next hat is made from the Woman's Granny Hat pattern. This was a fun, easy pattern to work with. The final row called for a reverse single crochet but I changed that to my own design because I am not coordinated enough to do the reverse single crochet.


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I made a Granny Scarf to coordinate with the above hat. Both patterns were designed by Suzette of Suzie's Stuff blog.


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The last hat I made is the Elegant Hat designed by Kim Guzman. I like to change out the decoration on the side of this hat when I make one. This is the only pattern I make that turns out small. I usually make it with a larger hook but I forgot to this time so this hat is for a girl instead of a woman. Wish I had my "heads" here to model these hats. In a week I'll be back to my stash and supplies so in the near future new hats will be displayed better.


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I'm caught up with posting my finished objects. I don't even have a project on the hook right now. That will change tonight when I sit down to watch  Mike and Molly and 2 Broke Girls.

Take care my friends.

Hugs,
Sharon









Monday's Link to Free Crochet Pattern (30 March 2015)




Good morning everyone! Last week I got a good deal on Bernat Collegiate Chunky yarn. It was on clearance at Joanns for only $4.97 for a 14 ounce skein. That's a good score but I've been surfing the Internet, for hours, from one end to the other finding out what I can make out of it. I think I have finally found a project. The pattern is for a cute beret reminiscent of Bonnie of the criminal twosome Bonnie and Clyde.

One week from today and hubby and I will be headed back north. It's been a nice and warm winter at our Camp No Mo Sno but it is time to put our shorts away until summer and head back to Kentucky. I will miss our cosy winter get away but I will be happy to see my little family again.

Hugs,
Sharon

Videos of Bonnie and Clyde



23 March 2015

Monday's Link to Free Crochet Pattern (23 March 2015)



I've been noticing ponchos more and more lately. As a matter of fact, it seems like they've been in style for perhaps the last decade or so and are having a spike in popularity lately. There are so many different patterns available to choose from besides the big granny-square looking ponchos that were popular back in the 70s.  Here is a pattern for a beautiful, lacy poncho that I think you will enjoy.

Hugs,
Sharon