Tuesday, February 12, 2013


I thank my little sister... she said about 3 years ago, "You have to go see this blog done by this woman in England" - and emailed me the url.  I clicked on it and found Attic24 - a delightful blog produced by a nice woman named Lucy in England.  I was entranced by her colorful crochet and positive outlook on life and her family of (then) 2 children.  I've been with her through the birth of her 3rd child, "Little B" and all kinds of adventures.  What is most fun is that she creates really neat crochet objects and writes up the patterns and photographs tutorials.  One of her latest creations was a crocheted heart that you stuff and embellish with a crocheted flower and leaves.  Lots of crafters over the world have done their versions of "the heart" - and I just finished up mine.  Done in a sparkly yarn.  I plan to do more.  It was my admiration of Lucy's blog which encouraged me to begin my own blog.  It has opened a whole new world for me and I want to thank my little sister, Denise, for finding Lucy's blog and sending me to visit.
After all, had I not found Lucy's blog, I would not have made all the blog friends that I have today - and the friendship is the whipped cream on top of the cupcake!   
My blog friend, Pammy Sue, sent me her copy of the instructions that she got off Lucy's blog - so if you want it, let me know.
I finished my knitted dishcloth!  It's soooOOOoo soft, made with the KnitPicks "Simply Cotton Worsted" organic unbleached cotton.
Soft.. yummy.. I love the texture of this pattern. 

Grandma's Knitted Dishcloth  (I recommend size 7 or 4.5 MM needles)

Cast on 4 stitches
knit 1 row and a second row
Next row, k2, yo, k2 
Next row, k2, yo, k to end of row 
Continue to repeat the [k2, yo, k until end of row] until you have a total of 45 sts on the needle (or more for a bigger cloth)

To begin the decreasing rows --

Next row, k1, k2Tog, yo, k2Tog, k to end of row 
Continue to do the [k1, k2Tog, yo, k2Tog, k to end of row], decreasing each row until you have 5 stitches are left on the needle 
Next row, k2, k2Tog, k1. 
Bind off the 4 sts and weave in end.

Well, I'm off to the doctor for my annual checkup - the blood work was done and all my stuff is really good.. blood sugar, blood pressure & cholesterol.  Then we're going to lunch after.  What are you up to this week?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 


  1. Oh, your heart is so pretty with the sparkly yarn and pretty flower. I really love it. Thank you for the knitted dish cloth pattern, too. I am gonna have to make one of those real soon.

    You know as soon as you said you liked Lucy's blog, it hit me..you are our Lucy here in the US! Your blog is always filled with such lovely pictures and you share all your pretty projects with us, too. You are a positive force of good and creativity in the blog world! I know my day is not complete until I read your blog. :)

    Blessings always dear friend.

  2. Wonderful job on the dishcloth and your sparkly heart Teresa. I'm glad to hear all was well with the first part of your physical. Hope your lunch is delicious!
    Less sings,

  3. Thrilled to know all of you. I found A24 the same way you did. Amazing how many she has connected up over time. Always a fav as are you and Pammy too.

  4. Oh yes we love lucy's blog. Only started my blog last year think around april and love just posting whatever I am doing lol. Have made many friends too ☺☺
    Love the hearts Teresa! I am going on a cruise (1st ever) saturday so a bit excited.

  5. I do love the sparkly heart! So very cute. Nothing like a knitted dishcloth. My mom has a friend who makes them.

  6. So glad to hear your bloodwork was good, Teresa. I found Lucy the same way you did, a friend recommended I take a look at her blog and I fell in love with everything she writes about. She really taught me to appreciate my own life even more and to take pleasure in the simple things. I love your heart! Using sparkly yarn was a great idea. I did one too but made mine more pastel. Yours is more exciting! I am going to start crocheting some dishcloths myself I think, it seems like a very useful, homey project.

  7. Hi Teresa,
    I began to blog about 5 years ago, but it was about 4 years ago, that I too discovered Lucy's blog. I had some experience in crochet, but not more than beginner. And I had not done it in years. I began to fall in love with yarn a and fiber arts! PLUS, for my situation at the time, as I was babysitting my infant grandson, and was really missing my sewing room! When I discovered how easily portable yarn work was, I was "hooked" pun intended!!!
    I have since found you, and Pammy, and Kate, and Gracie, and Taci and so many other wonderful ladies to share our craft!!!
    I hope this google problem is resolved soon, so that you can come and see me again!!!!
    xo Kris

  8. Attic24 - my first and still my favourite blog.
    Be careful with those hearts, seriously addictive.
    Carol xx

  9. All your projects came out beautifully, Teresa, including another good post =) I hope your lunch and appointment are positive as well!

  10. Pretty pretties! I love Lucy's blog too. Her use of colors is magical!

  11. So neat! I like the little flower embellishment. And I know the dishcloth must feel great with the organic cotton. Now I'm off to check out Attic24!

  12. Your heart looks beautiful - lovely colours too. I also follow Lucy's blog and get lots of inspiration from it. She has a wonderful way with colours doesn't she? Your dishcloth turned out nice - is this for yourself? Sometimes they look too nice to use !! I've been 'hooked' on flowers for the past few days - crochet ones that is. Don't know why but just wanted to make them !! Crazy huh?

  13. Your version of the heart is so lovely! The glittery yarn just serves its purpose so well!
    Yes, I also always visit Lucy's blog, she is a great artist!
    The dishcloth is nice and looks so soft :)
    Thanks for sharing the pattern! It's good that you take care of your health, keep it up!

  14. Love the little heart - so cute! Some people are soooo wonderfully creative!

  15. Your heart look so pretty with the embellishment... Just gorgeous. And the dishcloth does looks so soft...thanks for the pattern Teresa. I think I'm going to try to knit one for myself. Have a great week. :)

  16. Very sweet embellishments Teresa. Blogging is certainly a fun way of sharing all the crafts we enjoy isn't it? Your crochet always looks so neat, Jane x

  17. Helloo!!!!!!!!!!
    Just love your glittery, sparkly heart, it'd make a sweet Valentines gift. And yes, isn't blogging the BEST? Such a supportive, caring community we are part of, and like you say the friendships are the icing on the cake. I adore being a part of it, it has changed the whole direction of my life.
    Your blog is a true gem Teresa, it goes from strength to strength, and I can tell from the comments how well loved you are !
    Sending a big warm hug across the ocean to you
    ps blushing a bit reading the comments above...thanks everyone ♥

  18. I think it amazing how Lucy has changed so many people's loves and I doubt she knows it, she seems such a genuine, humble person, I too started following Lucy's blog about two years ago and adore her crotchet and photography and how she writes her blog.

    I have started crotcheting a little which is a nice change from knitting. I am so looking forward to September as I will be heading north to Yarndale that I am sure you have read about. It will be such an adventure as I shall be staying in the Wooly Sheep Inn (such an awesome name) and going to the event and meeting Lucy which will be an honour in itself.

    This week is half term for my 11 year old so I have a couple of days off work with him, so today is a trip to twian and making pancakes and Friday we are heading to the cinema.

    Have a lovely week Teresa x

  19. Love your heart, Teresa! In a way I found you through Lucy! I decided to teach myself how to crochet, stumbled upon Lucy's blog, was completely smitten, then I discovered Ravelry and our We Love Lucy group, and that's were I "met" you! :-)
    Your dishcloth has such a pretty texture, I didn't know you were an accomplished knitter as well!
    Have a lovely week :-) xxxx

  20. Lucy is indeed wonderful, but my dear, dear Teresa you are too. Always taking the time to comment and show us your beautiful family and gorgeous surroundings. We are all blessed by you.

  21. Teresa, So nicely said!! Your story is my story too. After I found Lucy's inspiring blog of color, love and cheeriness, I was hooked. I followed her for about a year and then one day I got the courage to explore the possibility of having a blog also. It has been wonderful and has changed my life. Love the friends I have made and also I love journaling all the events in my life. BUT LUCY'S ATTIC 24 will always be my favorite and my first love......she started it all for ME❤

  22. Teresa,
    Very pretty!!

    I hope you will stop by and enter my 3rd Blog Anniversary Giveaway.....


  23. I think Lucy is responsible for bring a lot of people together. That's how we met :) and for that, I will always be thankful. You have warmed my heart over the last couple of years.

  24. Lovely hearts, Teresa! Lucy is so talented and such an inspiration to the blog world, I've always loved her bright and cheerful Attic 24, I think it was one of the first blogs I read too!
    Happy Valentine's Day!
    Helen x

  25. Love the colors on the hearts, they're all beauitful. Thanks for posting the knitting pattern for the hot pad. I have one my aunt made me years ago but it's falling apart, so now I can replace it. I've got to go check out Attic 24 now...

  26. Love your version of the heart in the sparkly yarn! So cute. Wasn't it fun to make? Have a good time for your Valentine's steak dinner with the hubby. Mine is going to grill us some hamburger patties outside. He said mine was going to be shaped like a heart. Aww!

  27. Even my non-blogging friend at school who crochets was looking for a pattern to make something and told me she got it from this really great blog ... and you guessed it, she had been to Lucy's place and was entranced. Little did she know that I had known about Attic 24 for years. Amazing how we are able to share across this great big world. So wonderful! Your hearts turned out beautifully. I haven't tried the pattern as I was busy making ones from other patterns. Lucy's bird pattern is one of the favorites I ever made -- along with the oh so easy granny ripple. :) Have a fabulous Friday! Tammy

  28. What a lovely way of putting it, friendship really is the whipped cream on top of the cupcake. I love that blogging takes me to places in the world I would never have visited, including your lovely part of the world.
    Love the hearts, I haven't made one yet but they are certainly very cute!

  29. Hi again Teresa, I've nominated you for a Liebster Award for newer bloggers. I have posted about it on my blog today with questions for you if you want to participate. I know these things aren't for everyone but I really love your blog and wanted to give you an award. :)

  30. I love Lucy too! :) I also love your blog Teresa, you have the same lovey cheery outlook that Lucy has. If you ever have a chance, have a look at a blog called Country Rabbit, I think you will be charmed by it!! Hope you are having a lovely weekend xxx


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