Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Donate to Carolines Road to Recovery

Please consider a small donation to help keep Caroline’s family close as she recovers from a tragic car accident.
Caroline is 4 years and 6 months old. She was a happy and very healthy child. Until the one day when tragedy struck (literally). So here’s what happened.
I moved to Bella Bella BC on June 2nd, 2014 to work as a Event Planner/Executive Assistant for Tribal Journeys 2014 Qatuwas Festival. I took Caroline with me because my two boys were still in school and my husband stayed back to take care of the last few weeks of school.
We moved in with my mother Larene, who generously offered to babysit Caroline while I worked. I had been working for about three weeks and things seemed to be going amazing!
Until the afternoon of June 25th. My mother and daughter started to walk to the local clinic for an appointment my mother had with an eye doctor. They had made it approximately half way there when a truck turned the corner in front of them and swerved toward them (they were on the side of the road). My mother saw this and she moved them further off the road. In my mothers own words, “It seemed like she was aiming for us”
The vehicle hit my daughter, knocked her to the ground, and drove over her upper femur and pelvic area. The truck mirror hit my mother, and knocked her to the ground.
While on the ground my mother said she could not see or hear anything, and her worst fear was that Caroline had not survived. My daughter gasped, and then started to moan. My mother could not get up. She tried but to her dismay she couldn’t get up to see how Caroline was.
Luckily passersby saw the two on the ground, and came to see if everyone was ok. Two people helped my mother to a move comfortable position, and another took Caroline into her arms.
People called the ambulance, but because there was no driver for the ambulance, it took 45 minutes of excrutiating pain for both my daughter and mother before help arrived.
Police were on scene, and did little to assist. Not even keeping people back from the scene.
Thankfully someone came to my office and told me what happened. I rushed to my families side, not sure what had happened, but fearing the worst my heart hammered in my chest. As I came on scene my eyes could not understand what I was seeing.
We finally reached the hospital, and Doctors who had little equipment in the small hospital worked tirelessly with what they had to get her more comfortable atleast. We were medivacced down on a airplane at 10:30 at night.
We arrived at BC Childrens Hospital at 12:00 and they worked through the night to splint the leg until a traction could be set up.
At first we had just thought there was a break in the femur. In the next few days we came to realize that there was also a chip on the upper pelvis and a fracture of the ischium.
On July 9th 2014, we brought her to surgery to have a hip spica cast applied. On July 11th we were discharged.
During this time I had hired a lawyer, and to my dismay the driver was insured in Alberta, so ICBC declined to help with any equipment costs.
Thankfully our lawyer has helped by renting a wheelchair on a month to month basis. However we did not receive that until July 21st 2014.
We are mobile now, but at a cost.
As many of you may know, there are many hoops to jump through to get insurance to pay out due to accidents. So we do not expect to see anything in compensation for this accident for atleast a year, perhaps even more.
Since the accident I have not worked, nor has my husband, because taking care of Caroline is a two person job at the BEST of times. I had a full time job before the accident which kept us afloat, but now I don’t.
I have a small amount of money in savings account to cover cost of rent for a few months. However, in a months time I will have to bring Caroline back to BC Childrens Hospital to have the cast removed, and then perhaps have a stay in a physiotherapy facility, so she can learn to use her legs in a safe environment, as well as strengthen her muscles in her legs.
I am loathe to ask for help, but unfortunately this is the LAST resort for our family. I ask for a small donation to help our family cope through this dreadful time! Thank you so much, your donations are definitely appreciated, and will be put toward travel, food, and accommodation for myself as we bring her back to the hospital.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Rainy Day Skirt-FREE PATTERN

Rainy Day Skirt

DK To Light Worsted yarn of your choice
For the length of skirt I did 72 chains. I like shirts to sit higher up above my natural waist. Since I am a more robust lady…;)

Row 1: HDC in 2nd ch from hook and each chain across, turn (to make a neater seam you should hdc in back bar of the chain
Row 2: slst in the back loop only in each hdc across
Row 3-4: slst in the back loop only in each slst across
Row 5: HDC through both loops in each stitch across

Continue Row 2-5 until piece goes completely around your waist. Ending with a Row 4.
Assembly: now turn so the right side of the skirt is facing out. Slst through loop closest to you on the front side of the seam, and farthest from you on the other side of the seam. This should create a almost invisible seam.

Edging: sc along the bottom edge of the skirt evenly.
Row 2 Edging: sc in first st, 2 sc in next sc around to end
Row 3 Edging: ch 3. Dc in next sc, *ch 1, dc in next sc. Repeat from * around to end. Fasten off.

If your like me, you will also want to make a belt to tie the top of the skirt. So chain enough to go around your waist, and then add about 30 more chains so you can tie it.
That’s it, you’re done. Now wasn’t that easy? :D

If you would like to help me continue to add free material to this site, please take a look through my store. I try to competitively price my patterns. I am constantly updating my patterns for sale. There is no obligation to buy, but please just take a look. :) Thank you. I have many ways to buy. You can buy right through this site. I also have patterns for sale on Ravelry.com and Etsy.com.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

10 Rules of Crochet

1.Every stitch we make is one less we have to make
2.There is to be no abuse of self or others
3.Be flexible
4.The gift of each enriches all (Which means sharing patterns for free and for sale is a gift to the world)
5.We all stitch and support each other
6.A hungry person has no charity
7. Experiences are NOT enhanced by criticism
8.The stitching is what we enjoy
9.A good teacher allows the student to learn
10.When given any chance at all..be a worker bee, make honey comb stitch.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Violet Princess Hat

Less than a quarter of a skein of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn

chain 4
join with a slst to form a ring do not join rows, continue on without joining

Row 1
hdc 9 times in the ring
Row 2:
2 hdc in each st (18 hdc)
Row 3:
1 hdc, 2 hdc in next st (27 hdc)
Row 4:
1 hdc in 2 stitches, 2 hdc in next st (36 hdc)
Row 5:
1 hdc in 3 stitches, 2 hdc in next st (45 hdc)
Row 6:
1 hdc in 4 stitches, 2 hdc in next st (64 hdc) join with a slst
*ch 2 skip 1 st, sc in next st, ch 3, skip 2 st, repeat from * around
Row 8
chain 3, 2 dc in ch 2 sp *ch 3, sc into ch 3, ch 2, 3 dc in ch 2 sp repeat from * around
Row 9
ch 3, sc into ch 3 sp, ch 2, sc into next ch 2 sp, *ch 3, sc into ch 2 sp , ch 2, sc into ch 2 sp, ch 3 sc into ch 2 space repeat from * around
Row 10
ch 1, sc into ch 3, ch 3, 3 dc into ch 2 space *ch 3, sc into ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc into ch 2 sp, repeat from * around
Row 11:
ch 2, sc into ch 3 sp, ch 3, sc into ch

Row 12:
2 dc into ch 2 sp, 3 dc into ch 3 sp

Row 13:
dc into each stitch
Row 14:
dc into each stitch
Row 15:
2 hdc  in each stitch
Row 16
1 hdc in each stitch
Row 17
reverse single crochet along the brim
fasten off and weave in ends.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Climbing Ivy Cardigan

well hello,

We have a new pattern joining my patterns at my ravelry store soon. Its the most wonderful connection of closed crochet and open lace. Its perfect for those warmer spring days, and warm enough even during the chilly nights. The collar and wrist are adorned by wonderful Ivy border....ab

It will be available for download in a few days. So check back often!!

I will also be offering the hat that goes with this Cardigan for free at this blog once I have it written out and tested.

thanks again for your interest in Chic Crochet.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Violet Princess Cardigan.

As I promised I would have three new patterns up before the end of the month. So here is the first. I made this cardigan because my daughter has plenty of purple clothes but no purple cardigans. So when I recognised this I remedied it toot sweet.

So here it is....

You can download the link from Ravelry

Thanks for viewing my blog!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

So I have three new patterns coming up

I have been working feverishly on about ummm five patterns, two of which are other peoples patterns and three of them which will be coming up here as soon as I finish them. So look out for a mesh bag, and two sweaters, one size 24 months, the other a size two.

I know I know....I'm always working on atleast three or four things at the same time. My mother asks me why I do it to myself...but I can't help it. When I think of something I MUST create I must form it into fabric before the idea leaves my head and I miss out on what might have been a crochet masterpiece....LOL

So I am nearly done all of these projects and will post them as soon as I have taken the photos. The patterns may be for sale. I'm sorry to those that don't wish to pay for a pattern, but my maternity has run out so I need the little added revenue this brings until I find work.

Thanks and keep an eye out for the new projects.....