Hi! For those of you who have followed me (and I thank you kindly!) I want you to know that I have been in a dilemma of where to take my blog. For those of you who don’t know me, I started Alaska Locker Hooking in 1999 with locker hooking and in 2005 I got into crocheting with fabric and making rugs and crocheted felted wool bowls. I started my Etsy Shop where I still sell my locker hooking and crochet epatterns. And somewhere in there, I was also making my “Alaskan Stuffies”! I still crochet and felt bowls and sell them every year at the Arts & Crafts Emporium Holiday Show, at a booth a that I share with my artist husband!
As you follow my posts, you will see that in the summer of 2014, I fell in love with Zentangle® Art and became a CZT (Certified Zentangle® Teacher), November 2014 and I have been teaching Zentangle® classes at Blaines Art Supply ever since. I have decided to continue this blog but changed the the name to: “Donna Jacobson, CZT Blog”. It will include everything I do!
Fiber Art Website: www.alaskalockerhooking.com
Zentangle® Art Website: www.tanglealaska.com
Hi! We just recently wrapped up our Finally Friday Paint & Stitch Get-togethers! Jake and I have been hosting these gatherings all winter long and now will take a summer break and come back in October. Every month, on the 2nd & 4th Friday evenings, people from the community who share common painting & stitching interests gathered at the Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center, downtown 5th Ave, Anchorage, Alaska. It’s a beautiful Art Gallery and so cozy in the back where we meet. Thank you Jana for letting us get together there! So Jake’s (Kurt) the painter and I”m the stitcher.
Our First Gathering
It’s been a lot of hard work but soooo much fun and rewarding! Almost every gathering we’ve had different people come and join us along with a small core group that formed. We also have a potluck and that has been really nice because we start at 6pm and many come straight from work and we all share our goodies together while unwinding from the hectic week. We all share our talents too and I’ve learned so much and made friends.
I saw painters who started as beginners become experienced and awesome painters! I saw crocheters who began to knit! I saw friendships develop and blossom! I’ve known some of the people for a long time but got to know them better. The buzz was always “what are we going to bring to eat and work on this week?” I saw the excitement each time we all came together, excited to share and learn. I have a hard time around people (I fake it pretty good) but everyone made each other comfortable and was accepting of each other. Even though we were all different ages, we were like one big family! It was so wonderful to experience that! I love each one of them.
We even shared things that we made, like I bought a beautiful pair of earrings from Cathe! And Nicole brought handmade felted soap! Jan and Joni bought some of Jake’s paintings and Angie showed her cute crocheted baby onesie & hat sets along with her Angry Bird hats she sold at Christmas. We all watched Sarah work on her darling crocheted mushroom until she completed it. Funny, I never did really complete anything because I always got side tracked looking at everyone else’s projects:)
The last Friday the stitchers convinced me to show them how to locker hook and before I knew it I had a FULL class! I honestly wasn’t prepared for a class….thought it was just going to be a demo! But everyone, having stitching experience whether it was knitting, crochet, tatting, felting, weaving, embroidery, jewelry, sewing, and etc. all caught on fast. It was a great class and I am so proud of them:)
I know we are going to miss our Friday gatherings but it always seems that when spring & summer come we all are out doing other things. In Alaska we take advantage of the good weather! But we will all come together again in October and share more projects, fun, food, laughter, and friendships. Hope everyone has a great summer and Jake and I can’t wait to see you in October!
Hi! Years ago rag rugs were made from old clothing, stockings, etc. and rugs were used on beds to keep families warm and then went down to the floors and on walls to insulate their homes. I’ve crocheted rag rugs for a long time but I’ve always used new store-bought 100% cotton fabric. I even have several rag rug crochet patterns that I sell. But the prices for cotton fabric has gone sky-high here in Anchorage and I simply can’t afford to make rag rugs anymore. So I got to thinking that I should give recycled sheets another try and succeed this time! So I’m RECYCLING FOR EARTH DAY (tomorrow) and beyond!
I absolutely love going to thrift stores and looking for treasures! I’ve never told anyone this, but my Senior Prom dress was from a lovely second-hand store and it was gorgeous, definitely something I’d never be able to afford if I bought it new! So I’ve been having a blast looking for recycled bed sheets and I’ve found some nice colors and designs. There’s not a huge selection to choose from but it’s a start. I got a BIG SHOCK though at the cost! I had no idea they cost sooooo much! The lowest was $7.95 for a twin and then jumped to $12.95!! These are used, and some with holes! But then I remembered that some thrift stores have different colored tags–50 % off weeks. Last week it was yellow and this week is orange. And the Salvation Army sheets cost less but usually only have one or two, maybe.
Recycled Sheets for my Rag Rugs
I started my new recycled rag rug in my usual spiral fashion with crochet hook size Q and it was terrible! The color joining was horribly uneven! I couldn’t figure out what I was doing so wrong? And I was so close to being done!
Spiral Rag Rug and Uneven Color Changes
I ripped it out and tried and tried again and again. Nothing worked! So I ripped it back to the second red circle and joined each round. But it still didn’t work, so I ripped it back to the center red circle and it still sucked! So…….I guess the lesson is, rip it ALL out and START OVER! I knew that!!
Rag Rug with joined rounds and even colors
And this is how my recycled rag rug FINALLY turned out! I can live with this one, OK 🙂
1. When working with such contrasting colors it’s better to join each round to minimize color changes. With similar colors you can use the easier spiral method just fine.
2. When it doubt, RIP IT OUT!
3. Trust your gut and do it right the FIRST time! I knew that!
4. Happy EARTH DAY 2012 and hooray for RECYCLING!
Hi! It is sooooo cold in Alaska!! I love Alaska but I’ve always wondered why so many people take off every winter and I swore I would never leave. I came up from Seattle where it rained all winter long and we ignored it and just went on our way. No big deal. So when I moved to Alaska, I adopted this attitude and I pretend it isn’t cold and there is no snow out there. Of course I’m always prepared in case!
But this winter is different and I’ve had it! I’ve tried to live with it, but this year there is NO pretending that it is TOO cold and there’s TOO much snow! I’m caving in! I really wouldn’t mind leaving Alaska and coming back when it’s warm! I certainly don’t want to be around when break-up happens! We are going to have a lot of MUD!!
This winter has been really hard on everyone! I have friends that have literally escaped to their cabins and I haven’t heard from them at all. Some friends who are up-beat people have admitted this winter is the first that they’ve experienced cabin fever. Some have broken bones. I walk through stores and I’ve NEVER seen so many SADD lights. Yup, I bought a Happy Light! Some swear by them. I’ve been using mine and haven’t noticed anything significantly different. But I haven’t had to increase my prozac again………..yet 🙂
But if you have to live and stay in Alaska, this is the time to bundle up, like Joseph! I crocheted this warm cocoon for him when he was little and now his brother is at the right age to use it. I bet it’s cozy and warm to sleep in! I would LOVE to have one for myself! I’d go into my cocoon the first sign of snow and not come out until it’s gone.
It is still snowing and this week we have MORE coming and even a blizzard warning for tomorrow! One good thing is that it gives me an excuse to craft more! I wonder how others “cope” with hard weather??
Hi, I promised this pattern to several people out there who encouraged and inspired me and I thank each one of you! I was especially inspired when I received a message from someone in Australia who is currently going through the HOT and BUGGY summer months and said she really uses them (thank you Anna)! It is winter here in Alaska where I live, but we definitely use them during our mosquito summers! I posted the pattern in my Etsy Shop and Ravelry Shop!
These covers are very USEFUL for keeping falling debris and bugs out of beverages, wine glasses, and food containers! Plus they make pretty doilies! I made several for my daughter’s outside wedding. They make great gifts! They also work well at barbeques and even indoor parties so the quests will never lose their drinks! Adding beads, buttons, or charms at the ends of the chain loops not only add beauty but also weights the covers down so they stay on!
This is an easy and quick round pattern which uses basic crochet stitches as the slip knot, chain, single crochet, double crochet, and slip stitch and illustrated by Kurt Jacobson (my husband). Make different colors and all sorts of sizes to fit your décor!
The beaded cover samples are about 5.5 inch in diameter and with the chain loops and beads or buttons they measure about 8.5 inches wide. I use #3 crochet cotton thread because it is a little thicker and sturdier than #10 and is available everywhere. Hope you enjoy the pattern and have fun!
For more photos go to my June 3, 2011 post, “Beaded Glass Covers & Doilies”.
Hi, I teach crochet and locker hooking classes at Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts in So. Anchorage (Dimond Blvd). This is an older store but has been remodeled recently and they built a NEW CLASSROOM! I’m really excited about this store and the opportunity to teach again! Now both Jo-Anns in town offer classes!
Every month or two Jo-Ann holds an “Open House” where all the teachers come together and we promote our classes and people are free to ask us questions and sign up for classes (plus they can get a discount that day!). We have one coming up this Saturday, 2-11-2012. It’s a lot of fun! We usually have other demos going on too. Part of my responsibility is to make and show samples of class projects which are being offered and are coming up on the calender. It’s like “show & tell” and I love it! I really enjoy talking to the people and many of them I know or know me BUT they don’t know we offer classes NOW!!
One of the classes that is being offered is the crocheted Baby Blossom Hat and I thought you might enjoy a sneak preview! It’s easy and I had a blast making it. Don’t you think these are absolutely adorable!!
Make a Baby Blossom Hat at Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts
Hope to see some of you at this “Open House” or the next one…………
Hi! Well I’m back from a LONG time off! I was planning on flying to Colorado for my daughter’s “surprise baby shower”, but I got a SURPRISE when she went into labor 2 months early! So I flew down to take care of her and Joseph as she was on strict bed rest. We did have our surprise baby shower and WOW! she was surprised! It was pretty cool! I had started making baby boots and hat for a baby gift but I wasn’t finished, so I had to sneak around and crochet while she wasn’t looking (like late at night!). I barely got them done and I wanted to share them with you. They are very cute!
Booties and hat for Wyatt!
Maybe next time I’ll have time to add a pom pom on top! Lime green is my daughter’s favorite color and it worked out great because we didn’t know whether she was going to have a boy or girl!
Wyatt is healthy and all are doing great. I think Joseph will have so much fun with his little brother and I’m so thrilled to have another grandbaby!