Sunday, June 30, 2013

In Loving Memory...

Rest in Peace

Lee Smith

August 17, 1930 – June 30, 2013

We love you Mom. We will miss you.

Teresa, aka M. J.

Saturday, June 22, 2013


Just a very brief update – My mom is not doing so well. Please keep her and our family in your prayers. Thank you.
M. J. 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Blog Update

Please forgive my absence. I'm going to see my mom. Please pray for her. She is having another surgery today.

Thank you.

M. J.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Purple Star Doily Part 2

by M. J. Joachim
Betcha wondered if I was ever going to add to that purple doily I showed you a couple weeks ago. I kept it close wondering how I would finally end up making it bigger. I didn’t test any ideas, for fear the thread might fray because I had so many ideas in my mind. Over the weekend, I came up with a dandy and today I finally picked up my hook and finished our doily, making it approximately 14 inches diameter/38 inches circumference.
Please refer to Part 1 of this Purple Doily pattern, before following the steps below.
Part 2 – Purple Doily
Step 1:  Chain 3 (counts as 1st dc); make 3 dc over chain 3 just made
Step 2:  Double crochet in 3rd stitch from hook; make 3 dc over dc just made
[Repeat Step 2 around; join with slip stitch to top chain of 1st chain 3]

Step 3:  Chain 4 (counts as 1st triple); make 2 more triple in same place – between dc groups
Step 4:  Make 3 triple in space between each dc group around, joining with a slip stitch to top chain of 1st chain 4

Step 5:  Slip stitch into next triple, chain 1, single crochet in same place
Step 6:  Chain 5, single crochet in 3rd triple from hook (center triple of next group of 3 triples)
[Repeat Step 6 around, ending with chain 5 and joining with slip stitch to 1st sc in round]
Step 7:  Slip stitch in next 2 chain; single crochet in chain 5 loop
Step 8:  Chain 5, single crochet in next chain 5 loop
[Repeat Step 5 around, ending with chain 5 and joining with slip stitch to 1st sc in round.]

Repeat Steps 7 & 8 one more time around.
Step 9:  Repeat Step 7
Step 10:  Chain 7, single crochet in next chain 5 loop
[Repeat Step 10 around, ending with chain 7 and slip stitching in 1st single crochet
Step 11:  Slip stitch in next 3 chain, single crochet in chain 7 loop; repeat Step 10 around
Finish off. Weave in loose ends. Steam and lay flat to relax stitches.
Thank you for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches.
M. J.
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Note:  This pattern is an original design and my not be copied or shared in any way. You may use it to make a doily for yourself. However, you may not reproduce or cell this pattern or products made using this pattern. Links to this page for sharing purposes are very much appreciated and encouraged. Thank you. 

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Power of Prayer – Thank You!

Dear Friends,
I am very happy to report that my mom is out of ICU and I was able to talk to her on the phone today and tell her I love her. She even said she loves me too. Things are starting to get much better now.
Thank you all for your prayers and kind wishes. Keep ‘em comin’! We’ve got a long road ahead of us yet. I’ll be sure and let you know the power of them as things continue to improve.
Best to all! Happy Saturday kind friends!
M. J.

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

30+ Year Old Afghan …

by M. J. Joachim
Just thought I’d take this opportunity to share a photo of the afghan my mom made for me more than 30 years ago. Your prayers and kind thoughts are working. She’s not out of ICU yet, but my brother assures me, she’s now working very hard to get in a regular hospital room, so she can go home.
Thank you again for being such kind and wonderful people. I know I’ve never personally met most of you, but I can honestly say I’m extremely proud and honored to call you my friends.

Best to all and thank you for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches. Stay tuned. I’ll be working on my purple doily and sharing the larger version with you, hopefully by early next week.
M. J.
Photo credit:  M. J. Joachim

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Sisterly Love – Sharing a Crochet Story

by M. J. Joachim

I grew up watching my mom crochet. All eight of her kids and almost too many grandkids to count each have a special afghan she made just for us. Mine is 30+ years old and still in very good condition. Not to mention countless bootie and bonnet sets she’s made as shower gifts over the years, watching mom crochet – or watching t.v. knowing she was sitting on the couch, crocheting in the background was the norm.
The last several days have sent me into a bit of a whirlwind. My mom is in ICU in the hospital. Your prayers for her would be very much appreciated.
I remember a time that probably lasted a couple of years or so. My mom made aluminum can crochet hats. She spent hours cutting the cans into proper rectangles and punching holes around the sides. Then she crocheted a border around each one, joining them together to make a hat.
Naturally beer can hats were extremely popular, as were Coke and Pepsi – 7-up, not so much. Crochet was mom’s thing; somewhere along the line, it became my thing too. She didn’t actually teach me how to crochet. I just watched her for so many years, that when I decided to learn, it was almost second nature to me.
One of the reasons I’m sharing this story with you is because yesterday, my dear blogging friend Tina gave me a sisterhood blogging award. Sisters share their stories, and this is one of mine.
Sisters also share the love and give great big group hugs. Here are the sisters I want to hug with this post:
…and so many more!
I only listed 5 of you. It’s a magic sister number for me, because I am #5 of my own sisters…5 girls and 3 boys – yep, mom had her hands full! No wonder she crocheted so much. lol
I’m still working on making that doily from my last post bigger. Lots of interruptions as of late; I need quiet and limited interruptions to design my patterns. Sorry for the delay, but life happens, and right now it’s happening in a big way in my little corner of the world.
Thank you for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches.
Best to all,
M. J.

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