Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Hand-crafted hooks and a corsage

You guys are the very best! Your comments the other day were so fierce and righteous and hilarious. Solidarity! Thank you, so much. As always, it is best in the end to find yourself with a funny story.

For my (now infamous) birthday, the doc totally came through.

That's two hand-carved crochet hooks, made from the seasoned wood of our old apple tree, whittled in secret while I was elsewhere, and I can't imagine when he had time to do that. On his lunch break at the University? While I napped? Clever man. Aren't they wonderful? No wonder everybody and their brother wants a piece of him.

His famous mustache is finally back in progress. What a heartthrob.
These beautiful hooks made working on this little flower a great pleasure. I'm going to stitch a pin back to the wrong side and wear it every year on my birthday.
Here's my pattern, in case you want to wear a yarny corsage on your birthday (or any other day) to announce to the world that you are fabulous:
[All crochet terms are US]
Big Fluffy Birthday Flower
Choose two pink yarns and a hook that will make working with it a pleasure. Leaving a long tail at the beginning, use the lighter of the two and Chain 57.
Row 1: Dc in 6th ch from hook (1st V made). *Ch 1, skip next 2 chs, (dc, ch2, dc) in next ch, rep from * across. (18 Vs made).
Row 2: Work (1 hdc, 3 dc, 1hdc) in 1st five V spaces. (5 five-stitch shells made). Work (1hdc, 7dc, 1hdc) in next 6 V spaces. [Mid row, break yarn, join darker pink, continue in row as follows:] Work (1hdc, 11dc, 1 hdc) in last 7 V spaces.
 
Break yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing. Thread the beginning tail on a darning needle, and starting at the beginning (light pink) end, start rolling it. Tack it at the bottom edge as you go, and arrange the petals so they are a little bit offset and pretty. When you get to the end, tack like crazy all over the back with both tails to secure. Tie the tail ends together and weave in.
You'll need a couple leaves too:
Ch 11
Working in first chain from hook, sl st, sc, hdc, 5dc, hdc, sc, ch1, sc, hdc, 5dc, hdc, sc, sl st. Break yarn and fasten off. Use the tails to sew the leaves to the back of the flower, then weave them in and secure. Sew a pin to the back.
 

Thank you, friends. xoxo

 

23 comments:

  1. What a cool and wonderful gift! My heart is throbbing from Texas! ♥

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  2. What a great present - on so many levels. Thoughtful, crafty, beautiful, useful and using wood from your own apple tree too, which seems pretty sentimental to me. And he made it skilfully himself, which is both awesome and touching. A special present doesn't get any better. Handsome picture of him too!
    Sara

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  3. Ohhhhhh...the best present ever!!! Soooo sweet!! Can't wait to try your flower pattern. xoxo susie

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  4. I am totally impressed with your husband's gifts to you! He did such a fine job on the hook ends! What a catch he is! :-) ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  5. Stunning! (And the hooks and corsage aren't bad either!!!) xxx

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  6. What an amazing gift, made with love.

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  7. What an AMAZING present! He is definitely a keeper! And I love that 'show the world how fabulous you are'. Thank you, that made me feel good this morning. I think I will crochet this and wear it with love. xx

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  8. Dude!! How cool is that?? Very nice :-)

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  9. Wow, those are some gifts! What a caring husband, bravo to him! : )

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  10. Wow!, what a great gift and the corsage is so prettyxx

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  11. Such beautiful hooks and a wonderfully thoughtful present.x

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  12. I asked my husband if he could make me some wooden crochet hooks. He just sorted of muttered something and that was it. Yours are gorgeous and now I know it's possible I'm going to ask my husband again (and again .....) to make me some. The birthday flower is beautiful - thanks for the pattern.

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  13. Thank you for the pattern Kristen. This crochet flower looks a little like apple blossom, which is very appropriate for your first make with your wonderful present. What an amazing husband you have. Happy belated birthday.

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  14. What a love gift to get from your sweet husband. He must have touched your heart with that gift. They are so pretty made.
    Thank you so much for the sweet pattern with the flower. I will try this.
    Many hugs from Lina

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  15. Lucky lady. He is a keeper for sure. So thoughtful and romantic.
    Rosie

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  16. What an awesome, thoughtful guy you have there. The flower corsage is lovely.

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  17. He did come through with a truly special gift. He is a keeper, mustache and all.
    Meredith

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  18. Happy belated birthday! What fab hooks and such a pretty corsage! Catching up, so just gone back and read your last post & comments...now I get your opening remarks, hehe! I'm huffing on your behalf, too, now; honestly!! Rude? RUDE!!! And the basement story! Some MEN, eh? (Deep breaths...slowly...). Btw, you are a funny, gorgeous and youthful COUPLE ; ) Jen PS love the fabrics!

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  19. I love your handmade crochet hooks. They have to be just about the best, most thoughtful gift ever for a crafter. And the stacks of vintage looking fabric are amazing. Wherever do you find such pretty, cozy prints? Happy belated birthday.

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  20. Most thoughtful birthday gift ever . . . he is a keeper for sure! Happy Birthday!

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  21. happy birthday. You two are great! I couldn't even imagine that someone could whittle crochet hooks. and the flower is so pretty. You are both pretty impressive. Plus having seen many photos on your blog, I know you look younger than springtime! but my mind is still boggling about what that basement invitation meant.

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