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TTMT #571 – May The Fabric Be With You!

birthday goodies from Amber

I neglected to show off the goodies that the ever wonderful Amber sent for my birthday, so there they are, in all their glory! Thank you, sister Amber! ♥



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TTMT #570 – 47

Pigtails…again! I think this may be the case until I can get a trim for my fancy January haircut!



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MASSIVE technical difficulties today. I didn’t think this would ever upload! Whew!

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31 Days of Halloween – Bubble Cloche

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Here we are, entering the very last week in the 31 Days of Halloween!

Today, I’m sharing a fest fall crochet hat! This sweet cloche spent six years as a “for sale” pattern and is now and forever free.

Please enjoy!

Bubble Cloche

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Add it to your Ravelry Queue:

You’ll Need:

3 oz chunky/bulky weight yarn (or two strands of worsted)

Size K Hook

Note: fptr = Front Post Triple Crochet; bptr = Back Post Triple Crochet

Ch 4, join with sl st.

Round 1: Ch 1, hdc 12 times in ring, working over yarn tail. Join with a sl st at top of first hdc. Pull tail to tighten circle. (12 sts)

Round 2: Ch 1, 2 hdc in joining st and in each st around. Join with a sl st to the top of first hdc. (24 sts)

Round 3: Ch 1, hdc in joining st, 2 hdc in next st, (1 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st); rep ( ) around. Join with a sl st to the top of first hdc. (36 sts)

Round 4. Ch 1, hdc in joining st and the next st, 2 hdc in next st, (1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st); rep ( ) around. Join with a sl st to the top of first hdc. (48 sts)

Round 5: Ch 4, tr in next st and in each st around. Join to top of chain 4 with a sl st. (48 sts)

Round 6* – 8: Ch 4 (counts as first tr), (fptr in next st, bptr in next st); rep ( ) around. Join to top of chain 4 with a sl st. (48 sts)

Round 9*– 12: Ch 1, hdc in first st and in each st around. Join with a sl st to the top of first hdc. (48 sts)

Finish Off.

*Note – I have a small head, and several people that have made this hat have let me know they needed to make it longer. To do so, repeat row 6 an additional round and row 9 an additional round. For more “bubble,” repeat round 5 one more time, then proceed with the instructions for round 9.

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Linus Craziness, Special Doom, Pretty Kitty and a Craftsy Sale!

The Linus Connection needs yarn donations. April 2014 photo yarndonationsneeded_thelinusconnection_zpsb01796a2.jpg


It’s been a crazy Linus Connection-filled week for me! While our actual meeting isn’t until next weekend, I have spearheaded a yarn drive to help my favorite blanket charity. We have been in serious need of yarn donations and what better place to ask for help than my online friends?

Everyone that knits or crochets will, possibly grudgingly admit that we all have balls, skeins and hanks of yarn that we are never going to use. That yarn taking up space? We can use it! The Linus Connection needs 100% acrylic washable yarn to make our child-friendly hypo-allergenic blankets for kids in need in Central Texas.

Have yarn? Drop me an email and I’ll send you my mailing address!

Assembly line! Prepping 5 tops to #fmq. I made most of these at Retreat in March from orphan blocks.  They will all go to #TheLinusConnection. #blanketcharity

My basting mojo was high yesterday! I paired five orphan block quilt with backs and batting and then basted them all! One is quilted with four more to go! Each and every one of these will go to The Linus Connection when complete and a couple of these will be great big check marks on my 2014 UFO completion list!

A special shout out to Sarah from Houston. All of the batting used for these quilts came from her donation!

More #yarn and #crochet goodness, this time from Sarah in Houston. Thank you Sarah! #TheLinusConnection #blanketcharity

Yarn donations are coming in! Yarny goodness from Sarah in Houston!

Yarn Donation for The Linus Connection
Pretties from my dear friend Amber. This is the second box of yarn she’s sent!

Donation for The Linus Connection from Liza
Here’s another wonderful donation from Liza! Yarn and blankets and granny squares, oh my!

Charity Project of Doom

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Rose came out of hiding to visit us downstairs earlier this week. She’s coming out of her shell little by little. The poor sweetie lived a long time in a shelter’s kennel, and all the space she has access to now is a bit overwhelming. We’ve been using a Feliway diffuser, which seems to be making all the difference!


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Lost in Stash


Carpool Dishcloth

My yarn stash, which is a drop of water compared the the ocean that is my fabric stash, has been neglected for quite some time. I crochet most evenings, making blankets for The Linus Connection. I usually dig out the yarn I need and leave the rest.

Unfortunately, my poor yarn stash had been neglected so long, that I “lost” two small projects in there.


I rectified this situation last night by sitting and sorting all of my yarn, rewinding messy skeins and bagging yarn by intended project.

There was one mostly completed dishcloth, using my Carpool Dishcloth pattern. After sorting the yarn, I sat and crocheted for five minutes and finished it up.


Really? I wonder why I left it unfinished in the first place…

Long Lost-Granny Project
Turn Around Granny

The second project I found was a small stack of variegated and brown granny squares, made using my favorite technique, that I call Turn Around Granny. I turn my granny squares after each row, which keeps them from tilting. It also removes one of my least favorite parts of traditional granny squares: they have a front and a back.

These have been sorted out with more brown and variegated yarn and I will endeavor to make these my next Linus Connection afghan.

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Let Me Introduce You To My Little Friend

Yarn Winder

Meet Kingsley.

He’s my Royal Knitting Yarn Ball Skein Wool Winder w/ clamp and has been in my life since about 1999. He is one of my favorite tools in my crafty arsenal.

Yarn Winder

One of the things I use Kingsley for regularly is to wind yarn that has been donated to The Linus Connection. We often receive donations of partial skeins that are tangled and twisted up, like this box here. The yarn is still usable, of course, but as a knitter or crocheter, a mess of tangled yarn is not very appealing when starting a new project.

Yarn Winder

Half an hour of quality time later, and I now have a nice tidy box of yarn ready to go to Linus volunteers on Saturday! Much more appealing!

Yarn Ball Cozy from a CD Canister

These squatty skeins are perfect for my Yarn Ball Caddy!

Yarn Winder

Somewhere during the course of our relationship, poor Kingsley needed a little surgery. Once upon a time, there were two plastic tabs that held him steady while he’s clamped to the table. I suppose I must have wound a bit too vigorously, because one of the little buggers snapped off. Not to be deprived of one of my favorite toys, I used wire snips to remove the other tab. I found these two screw-in eyes in a set of photo hanging supplies. A tiny drilled hole, a few twists, and Kingsley was better than ever!

Happy crafting!



Charity: Go Get Granny and Log Cabins For Linus

Log Cabins for Linus / Go Get Granny

For many years now, I’ve been a volunteer for The Linus Connection*, a small local non-profit charity that makes blankets for children in need in Central Texas. I’m a blanket maker, sorter and volunteer Webmistress for linusconnection.org.  I’ve served a term on the Board, and was the newsletter editor for a time.  Suffice it to say, Linus is very important to me!

Just as many other charities are suffering due to the current economy, Linus is suffering, too. Our demand has risen, while the number of blankets has decreased. When our numbers decrease, that means children that need a little extra security in a difficult time are going without. It’s a very hard call to decide who doesn’t get the security of a handmade blanket. If I had my way, every child touched by severe illness, injury, abuse, homelessness or other crisis situations would know the comfort and love of a handmade blanket.

My blog is a place I share my ideas, patterns, recipes and tutorials with the world for no charge, but this time I’d like to ask for a little something back.  Throughout 2010, I will be collecting quilt blocks and yarn squares through my craft blog to assemble into Linus blankets.

If you are a quilter, please consider participating in Log Cabins for Linus!   Make 12″ log cabin blocks (12.5″ unfinished) in 100% quilting cotton of any log cabin pattern, any color, any style you like.

Here are some patterns to get you started:

If yarn is your forte, then Go Get Granny is for you! I’ll be accepting 12″ knit or crochet blocks made in acrylic yarns of any color or style and will join those into afghans.

When you’re ready to send your block, email me for my mailing address and I’ll send it your way. Donations to The Linus Connection are tax deductible, so if you need a receipt, please include a note with your block and I’ll make sure one gets to you.

All blocks donated will be shared here on the sewhooked blog and on Talk To Me Tuesday as completed blankets before being donated to The Linus Connection.

I encourage you to post photos of your blocks to the Go Get Granny & Log Cabins for Linus flickr group.  You can also see blankets I’ve donated since 2002.

Anything you can do is greatly appreciated.

For more information about The Linus Connection, please visit our website or blog or become a fan on Facebook.


Disclaimer: This is my effort to increase blanket numbers for my own favorite blanket making charity, The Linus Connection, located in Austin, Texas.  This effort is not in any way organized by TLC.  All blankets will be donated to The Linus Connection by me, Jennifer Ofenstein.  If you have any questions please contact me or leave a question in the comments.

*The Linus Connection is a small, local non-profit located in Central Texas and is not affiliated with Project Linus.

My Favorite Charity: The Linus Connection

April 2006

The Linus Connection is a Central Texas non-profit organization whose mission is to make and deliver handmade security blankets that are for children in crisis situations in the Austin and Central Texas area. The blankets go to children in hospital emergency rooms, in crisis centers, foster care, battered women’s shelters, and to any child who is in need of a little extra security in their lives.

I often make references to Linus or The Linus Connection in my posts.  In recently writing an article about Linus for The Quilting Gallery, I realized I’d never spent a whole post just talking about Linus and what it means to me.

The Linus Connection was the first local craft-oriented non-profit group that I ever volunteered for.    My very first meeting was in November of 2002.  I’d been invited by another mom from my daughter’s Girl Scout troop after being pointed in her direction because I’d made a couple of small crochet blankets and I didn’t have anyone to give them to.  After offering to give her the blankets for Linus, she said, “oh, no, you should come to meeting!”

I was much shier back then, but I went anyway.  I was incredibly nervous when I walked into a building full of much older ladies all working industriously.  Stephanie Sabatini, the founder and Executive Director of Linus met me at the door, and said, “I was told to expect you!”  She put me to work immediately, sewing labels to donated blankets.

November 2002
The first blanket I donated to Linus in November 2002

When I got home, I was so excited to have a venue for my excess crafty energy, I started working on a new blanket immediately. I checked the Linus website for more information only to realize that it hadn’t been updated in over a year.

For my first couple of months at Linus, I sat with the crochet ladies or the label stitchers.  After a couple of months, I plucked up the courage to mention that I had my own website and would willingly volunteer to update the existing site.  By spring of 2003, I was the Webmistress of The Linus Connection, and I have been ever since.

I continued to make crochet blankets to donate each month.  In the autumn of 2003, the same friend that had introduced me to Linus suggested I come to a Honey Bee Work Day.  I’d been talking about making Halloween costumes and she told me that if I could make costumes, I could definitely make a quilt.  Bring your sewing machine, she said.  I did, again, nervous, because I’d never quilted before.  She got me all set up with a pre-cut quilt kit and I started sewing.  Before long I had a quilt top and I was searching online for information about borders and backing and binding.

November 2003

My first quilt, donated to The Linus Connection November 2003

In late 2004, after experimenting with quilting all year, including joining my first (and only!) bee,  I discovered paper piecing.   That was my light bulb moment in quilting and I’ve never looked back.  I was immediately designing my own patterns, one of the first ones being The Linus Heart.

The Linus Connection Heart

The Linus Connection Heart Pattern

In 2004, I was also invited to be  on The Linus Connection’s Executive Board of Directors.  I served for two years as Newsletter Editor in addition to my ongoing position as Webmistress.   During that time I helped organized the first Linus Blanket Challenge, which has just seen it’s fifth year, as well organizing a group-wide project to create a banner for The Linus Connection to put on display at meetings and at other events when Linus needed a physical presence.  The banner (shown at the top of this post) included my own heart pattern, as well as letters from a Carol Doak pattern book.  The layout was designed by me, while individual letters were paper pieced by volunteers from the group.  The banner itself was pieced, quilted and bound by myself and my bee friends.

Sometime during this time, I starting taking more responsibility in the blanket sorting area at meetings, something I still do and enjoy enormously because the sorters get to see and touch all the blankets that are donated.  I’m constantly saying we have the best job, because we do!

Photobucket Sorting Blankets in 2004

When one of the other Board members suggested we start a monthly Show & Tell at the monthly meetings in 2005, I started bringing my camera and adding those photos to the Linus Website.  One thing led to another, and I eventually started posting yearly photo videos to showcase Show & Tell blankets donated over the year.

Since I stepped down from the Board in 2006, I have continued as Webmistress and in blanket sorting.  The Linus Website is one of my pet projects and it’s evolved a lot over the years.  I updated it at least once a month, after meetings, updating photos, adding new information, pattern links etc.  I’ve designed all the banners and graphics, as well as the layout and I take a lot of personal pride in it.

Talking about all this makes it sound like I’ve forgotten all about the blankets, which I certainly haven’t.  This year, I donated my 200th blanket, while I don’t always reach my personal goal of two blankets a month, I do always have at least one to donate.  Just knowing that there have been 200 children touched by the work that came from my hands keeps me going.  That’s what Linus is all about and that’s why I keep volunteering my time online, crocheting and quilting.

Last but not least, I’ve found my best quilting friends through Linus.  Every member of my bee is a volunteer and we often spend our own time sorting fabric and talking about possible projects that would work for Linus.  They’re one of the best things that has come out of Linus for me and I’m thankful for them every day.  Remember that mom from the Girl Scout troop that first invited me?  She and I are still friends.  🙂

You will find me at the Linus meeting every month in the back sorting blankets and taking photos during Show & Tell.  If you live in Central Texas, come by and see what we’re all about!  We’re always in need of volunteers to make, sort, label and deliver blankets!

Some of my favorite blankets that I’ve donated over the years (dates are actual donation dates):

January 2003
January 2003, granny-ghans

May 2005
May 2004, pattern from a magazine, but I don’t remember which!

July 2005
July 2005, Coconut Candy

February 2006
February 2006 Show & Tell, paper pieced center medallion from a Carol Doak pattern.

June 2006
June 2006, log cabin with the Linus Heart in the center

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October 2007, made from an old crochet pamphlet for the 2007 Challenge

Jan 2008
January 2008, various paper pieced hearts, made for a demo I gave in 2007.

June 2008
June 2008, Lion Brand pattern

January 2009, The Sewhooked Sampler

Strawberry Ice Cream Crochet Blanket for Linus March 2009
March 2009, Strawberry Ice Cream

September 2009 Linus quilt
September 2009, from Sharyn Craig’s Layer ‘Em Up

See all the blankets I’ve donated to Linus through the years in my flickr

The Linus Connection

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