Are You Hooked on the Eclipse?

Are You Hooked on the Eclipse?

I took the day off from work and filming in the studio to attend an eclipse viewing event here in Central Wisconsin. This was a free community event that was hosted at our local high school. The event coordinators passed out special glasses so everyone could view the eclipse safely.

They had pinhole boxes, telescopes reflecting the eclipse and other viewing devices to make this a pretty spectacular viewing event. There were about 200 people in attendance from our small community which made this even more exciting to share it with others as equally eager as we were.

Central Wisconsin was at its peak of 83% totality at approximately 1:13pm CST. The moon left a small crescent of sun still peeking out from behind it before things began to slowly brighten up again. We did not experience complete darkness, but we did have a dusk-like light and definitely experienced a drop in temperature cooling things by several degrees. I have to admit, as someone who is fascinated by our solar system, astronomy, and space/universe in general, I was a pretty excited to experience this cosmic event. It makes you feel small in such a vast universe.

My dad, who we all know and love for his behind the camera work in our videos, was once again behind the camera during this event as he tried to capture small clips of the various stages of the eclipse.

He was able to capture a couple pretty remarkable photos of it as well.
Since the event at the high school began nearly 2 hours before the actual eclipse would occur, we brought blankets and lawn chairs as well as a picnic lunch to make our viewing party even more fun.

I also brought along my crochet project presently in the works. I am in the process of designing a mesh tunic for under Nate’s Halloween costume. I’m never far away from a project, so it was inevitable that I would pull out my latest project to work on during the time before viewing the solar eclipse!

I have to say, this was an above average viewing event and not one bit boring even if it was not full totality. I loved that the weather cooperated. It was a beautiful sunny 78 degrees Fahrenheit with very little cloud coverage which made visibility pretty neat. I’m happy to say that I lived to experience this in my lifetime as the last one was nearly a dozen years before I was born. It was “totality” worth it! What a memorable day this was!

Where were you viewing from and what did you see? What was on your hook while the moon passed over the sun? Share your Eclipse story in the comments! Enjoy a few clips from today’s view from Central Wisconsin, USA.

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Crochet Tutorial: Celestial Delight Granny Square

Crochet Tutorial: Celestial Delight Granny Square

I created this Celestial Delight Granny Square design to add to our 365 Days of Granny Squares project. It uses variety of crochet stitches to create a look that reminds me of wild stars in the universe! I hope you enjoy making your square!

A couple disclaimers before you start: Be sure to check your tension and use the correct size hook for your square. I demonstrate with an H-5.00mm crochet hook in the video tutorial, but you can make yours bigger or smaller by using a bigger or smaller hook. Also, if yours turns out wonky when you are finished, you may need to block this square to make it nice and flat.



Follow along with this video tutorial to make your own granny square:

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H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
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-You can use a smaller or larger hook to make this square depending on your tension. I wouldn’t use anything larger than an I-5.5mm Crochet Hook though.
-The finished square measures 8 inches.
-This square is worked from the center outward

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half-Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
TR: Treble Crochet (YO twice)
DTR: Double Treble Crochet (YO 3 times)
TTR: Triple Treble Crochet (YO 4 times! Woah!)
Beg cluster: YO, Insert Hook, YO pull through, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO, insert hook, YO Pull through, YO pull through 2 loops, YO pull through 3 loops on hook.
Cluster: [YO, Insert Hook, YO pull through, YO, pull through 2 loops] 3 times, YO pull through all 4 loops on hook.
SC3TOG: Single Crochet 3 Together Decrease

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If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.

Ch 2

Rnd 1: 8 SC in 2nd ch from hook, sl st to beginning. (8)

Rnd 2: In any st, ch 2, HDC in same st, 2HDC in each st around, sl st to ch 2. (16)

Rnd 3: Between HDC groupings, Ch up 3, beg. cluster in same sp, *ch 3, cluster between next HDC grouping, repeat from * around, sl st to beg. cluster. (8 clusters)

Rnd 4: In any ch 3 sp, *ch 8, sc in 3rd ch from hook, sc in next, HDC in next 2 chs, DC in next 2 chs, Sl st into ch 3 sp, sc in cluster st, sl st into next sp, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st ch of beginning ch 8. (8 Points made)

Rnd 5: At the base of any point, ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 5 sts, *[sc, ch 3, sc] in top of point, sc in next 6 sts, sc3tog over [sl st, sc, and sl st], sc in the next 6 sts, repeat from * around, ending with sc3tog. sl st to beginning sc. fasten off.

Rnd 6: In any ch 3 sp at the top of a point: Ch 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same sp, sk 1, * DC in next, Sk 1, TR in next, Sk 1, DTR in next, Sk 1, TTR in next, Sk 1, DTR in next, Sk 1, TR in next, Sk 1, DC in next, sk 1, sc in ch 3 sp, sk 1, repeat from * around.

Rnd 7: In any corner, Ch 3, [dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in same sp, *HDC in next st, SC in next, HDC in next, DC in next 2 sts, TC in next, DC in next, HDC in next, SC in next 3 sts, HDC in next, DC in next, TC in next, DC in next 2 sts, HDC in next, SC in next, HDC in next, [2dc, ch 2, 2dc] in corner, repeat from * around. Sl st to ch up 3.

Rnd 8: SC in each st around putting [sc, ch 2, sc] in corners.

Fasten off, Weave in ends.


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