Author Archives: sysclp

About sysclp

I do a lot of different things. I am a horse racing photographer, I make jewelry, and I crochet. Here I will mostly concentrate on crochet. I live in Ontario, Canada, now but I am from the deep South and lived in Alabama before I moved here.

Valentine’s Day Cupcakes

I made and decorated a batch of chocolate cupcakes for Valentine’s Day and they turned out quite lovely. I used this chocolate cupcake recipe, which is probably one of the best I have ever had. I put a red fondant … Continue reading

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My favorite Valentine’s Day pattern

Here is a cute pattern for a lovely heart lace shawl that looks intricate but is really quite easy to make.  The pattern is Sweet Heart Shawl from Girlie’s Crochet and, although written for #3 crochet thread, will work for … Continue reading

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Hook and Yarn Size Conversion

If you are using older patterns handed down in the family or found in thrift store, you may be confused by the yarn sizes called for in them. Since most of the yarns old patterns reference are probably not made … Continue reading

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Review of new Caron Pantone Yarn

This is a new yarn exclusive to Michaels that comes in a nifty looking braid in hand selected Pantone color combinations.  It is a 10 strand twisted yarn that is 60% Acrylic, 20% Nylon, 20% Merino Wool.  It is only … Continue reading

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Yarn Pooling Throw

I posted about my previous experiment in yarn pooling and mentioned I was working on another.  Well, it is finished and I really like the look of it.  I used Caron Simply Soft Stripes in “Churchill Downs” color. (I have … Continue reading

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Baby blanket, hat, and booties

I have a baby shower to go to in March and I am in the process of making a set of blanket, hat, and booties as a gift.  I am using Caron Simply Soft in off white, soft green, and … Continue reading

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January 31 Super Moon

I wish I had a longer lens, but here is tonight’s super blue moon here in Pickering, Ontario at around 11pm.  This was using my Nikon D7000 and a 300mm lens on a tripod.  

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