Sunday, December 11, 2016

Happy Holidays 2016

Mission accomplished !!  As of mid August 2016, I officially moved into my new living quarters (my new apartment home).  

Going through all of my closets last summer, my garage, downsizing, and making numerous trips to the local Goodwill to drop off donated items finally paid off.  I had lived at my former townhouse 14 years and didn't realize that I had many material things that I actually did not use.  So a decision was made that all items would be donated to Goodwill and another local charity.

It was a sigh of relief when the day of the planned move finally arrived in August.
The move went smoothly except for some thunderstorms that interfered late afternoon.

I am happily settled into my new home and enjoying every minute of it.

At this time, I want to take this opportunity to reach out to all of my blog and Facebook friends and family and wish you all a very safe Christmas season.  May 2017, bring you peace, prosperity and much health.

As always, I thank you for stopping by.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Moving Through the Long Days of Summer

I acknowledge that it has been a while that I've posted something on the blog.  The truth be told ... I have been too busy with my life and other responsibilities to allow myself time to write.

But here I am and writing to tell you that it is going to be a long HOT & SIZZLING summer here in Texas.  I'm still very involved in working with the local children's shelter and volunteering at a local hospital.

The time has come where I have made a decision to move from my current living quarters to another location which will provide more amenities and a better community to live in.  For the next few weeks, I will be busy downsizing, making trips to the local Goodwill and packing away my stuff.

In case, I don't post during the remainder of the summer, you will know the reasons.

In the meantime, I wish you a safe summer and if you are lucky enough to travel on vacation, then I wish you a safe and pleasant one.  Be well.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Keeping Them Warm for Winter

As many of you know, most of my knit and crochet projects go to local charity organizations.  There are so many persons and families in need of warm clothing to keep them warm during the cold winter season.

That's why I chose a family this winter who would benefit from some items that I had recently finished.  It was a family of four with two beautiful little girls (ages 6 & 10) and they were so happy to receive scarves and hats.

If you have any knit or crocheted items that you wish to donate and are not close to any charitable organizations in your area, you may consider sending your items to any of the following organizations found in these links:

As always, I thank you for stopping by.  

The HookDude

Friday, January 29, 2016

Men's Ribbed Neck-Warmer/Cowl

I often times look for something online or in books that I might like to make and wear for myself.   However, the majority of the time, I find nothing that catches my eye.

I've crocheted or knit several scarves for myself, but I have been looking for a simple neck-warmer.   Since I couldn't find anything that I liked, I decided to design one and keep it on the simple side.

The photos below show what my new neck-warmer looks like.  I like wearing it because on the one hand, it's very easy to slip on just like wearing a hat.  The second added benefit is that it's very warm especially when it's windy outside and you don't have to mess with the scarf ends ... in other words, it stays in place.

You can find the free pattern at CLICK HERE.

Keep in mind that this neck-warmer/cowl was designed to be worn by a guy, but it can easily be adapted to be worn by a woman.  If you want to make this for a woman, you can add more chains and make it to your preferred length.   I hope you check out the link above and have fun making this !! 

As always, I thank you for stopping by and checking out my blog page.  I know that there's a lot of talented folks out there, so please consider making one crocheted/knit item and donating it to your favorite charity.  

The HookDude

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Winter Hat Project 2015 Completed

The winter hat project for 2015 was completed in early December.  I usually work on this #charity project by myself throughout the year, but this year, I decided to try something different.

I submitted an article through our neighborhood's newsletter around July of last year enlisting the help of any crocheters and/or knitters in my subdivision.  It was a simple request:  submit one hat for this project and in December, the hats would be delivered to our local children's shelter.  We have 180 homes in our subdivision so I figured we would at least have 1 or 2 other crocheters/knitters who would participate.

I didn't get much of a response but thanks to another gentleman, a knitter, who lives in the neighborhood, I was able to have enough hats for the shelter. 

Sometime in late December, I delivered 40 hats (in different sizes)to the children's shelter.  

Below is a sample of some of the hats(#crochet & #knit) that went to the children at the shelter.

Now it's time to start working on the winter hat project for 2016.

As always, I thank you for stopping by and visiting.  I know that there's a lot of talented crocheters/knitters out there, so please consider donating at least one item to your favorite charity.

The HookDude

Saturday, November 7, 2015

#Crochet Chevron Ripple Stitch Afghan

I finally got around to finishing this afghan.  It was actually a very easy stitch pattern to follow once I got into the project.

The only stitch that you use for this pattern is the double #crochet stitch remembering that you will have to crochet 2 stitches together in the valleys of the design.

Here are pictures of the afghan.

You can find the easy pattern at CLICK HERE

As always, I thank you for stopping by and visiting my page.  Stay safe.

The HookDude

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Gift of Love - Donating to a Favorite Charity

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, the definition of the word "gift" is - (noun)  "something voluntarily transferred from one person to another without compensation".  Other words or synonyms for "gift" are donation, present and bestowal.

The idea of giving is very simply stated in the St. Francis of Assisi prayer "for it is in giving that we receive".  

The act of giving or donating has been a healing process for me.  It has helped me get through periods of stress, depression, anxiety and anger.   Lately, most of my donations have been items that I have crocheted or knit, and if you have read some of my past posts, you know that I crochet and knit a lot of hats (with some scarves thrown in).

By giving something to a person in need you will reach out to them with unconditional love.  You don't expect anything in return, but you know that the recipients of your gift of love will have a smile on their faces knowing that someone out there is reaching out to touch them.

Your gift is a symbol of love and compassion.  You can find many organizations online that accept donations for families, children, and patients in hospitals.   Don't forget to also check in your community for organizations that need donated items like scarves, hats, and blankets.

As always, I thank you for stopping by and visiting.  

The HookDude