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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

When I arrived in this world, I am told, I was born with a paralyzed side of my face and the inability to open my left eye. From early photos, I always was the one with the very strange expressions and an odd look on my face. My mom always told me how beautiful I am and said it didn’t matter that my eye wouldn’t open, and God made me that way so everyone would think I am giving them a *wink* and fall in love with me. That is how my mom is. She sees the bright side in things. She is looking for the good in every situation–the silver lining–no matter how difficult life could be, she taught my brothers and me the same. Imperfections and differences make you beautiful, and that same thought applies to each piece I make by adding some “imperfect” characteristic.

We never had much, but we always had enough, and we always appreciated everything my parents were able to give us and make happen for us. I was given a strong work ethic, and that is why I do what I do by pouring my heart into each stitch of every piece I create. I could easily be doing any job and the same ethic would apply because it has been instilled in us by a mother that insisted we do the work. We learned how to cook, clean, pick up after ourselves and do laundry from a young age so we could appreciate how hard it is and never take people or things for granted; to have pride in doing and completing a job right from the beginning so we didn’t have to do it again and again.

My mom has walked with me through my journey with Crohn’s disease, and with each step, she has promised that I will never be alone as long as she can draw breath. She is responsible for my love of crochet when she handed me my first crochet hook and ball of yarn and taught me this craft. Little did she know how much this would mold my life and become a lifeline and a form of therapy for long hospital stays. To have the support and love is a gift I shall always cherish. But more than that, I realize I will never be lonely with her by my side, to look for the good and positive no matter what the situation, never feel sorry for myself, and that I always have a forever friend.


My mom is not like other moms. She and I have been through so much in this life. Whenever my brothers and I have troubles or burdens, it’s easier to bring them to my mom and she takes them away and makes everything better. My mom has been by my side at every hospital stay, every doctor visit, every medical test, even when doctors couldn’t help me, she helped me get through it all. I will never be able to thank my mom enough for all that she has done, is doing, and will do for me.

My mom is my best friend.

I wouldn’t be who I am today if it weren’t for her.

My mom never gave me any idea that I couldn’t do what I wanted to do, or be who I wanted to be.
She has taught me to have appreciation in everything I have and never take anything for granted. She has taught me how to love unconditionally, and she inspires me every day to make a difference in this world, even if it’s to help few or many. She is my biggest fan, and she is the closest thing to Superwoman anybody could ever be.
Please join me in wishing her and all the other moms (and dads or role models who fill those shoes) a fantastic day! It’s a thankless job sometimes, and you deserve more than one day of recognition.

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Crochet Tutorial: Summer Shawl

It’s that time of the year when those summer days can turn into cool summer nights and you need that perfect wrap just to cut that chill while you’re sitting around a fire or taking a walk along the beach. Why not create this shawl that would be beautiful and the perfect accessory to any outfit. It would be the perfect Mother’s Day gift, a gift you could make for your bridesmaids, or a hit for anyone on your gift list, any time of the year!

I used this ombre yarn by Lion Brand Yarns Shawl in a Ball in the color Community Coral. I fell in love with the feel and look of this textile! I designed a simple repeat pattern making this a quick, easy, yet stunning wrap in less than two days. Perfect for a cool evening to wear over a sundress or top. The versatility of this piece allows for several ways to wear!

Summer Shawl
This summer shawl is perfect for cooler nights, chilly mornings, and anytime you need to be wrapped in a bit of warmth. Shown below is the front view with it tied.

Summer Shawl
Summer Shawl
You can wear it as a sarong to the beach!

Summer Shawl
Summer Shawl
Why not wrap it in different ways for a variety of looks! Below I am wearing it as a neck scarf.

Summer Shawl

Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make this shawl:

**You can always contact me via Facebook if you have any problems with the pattern. I am happy to help if you have any questions along the way.

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Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
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Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
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Materials:

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Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball in color Community Coral (518 Yards)
Size J-6.00mm Crochet Hook
Yarn Needle
Scissors

NOTES:
-This is worked from the top down
-The measurements are: approx. 50 inches across and about 25 inches long. You can make this bigger or smaller if you want since it is a repeat pattern.
-You can use any type of yarn for this project. Gauge is not important.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half-Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
TC: Treble Crochet
Cluster: YO, Insert hook in st, YO pull through, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO, insert hook back into st, YO pull through, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO, insert hook back into st, YO pull through, YO pull through 2 loops, YO pull through 4 loops. Cluster made.

Pattern:
Ch 5, sl st to first ch to form a ring

Row 1: Ch 4, (Counts as TC), [4TR, Ch 3, 5 TR] in ring, turn. (10 TR)

Row 2: Ch 3, (counts as DC), 2 DC in same st as ch up 3, DC in each st until you get to the ch 3 sp, 5 DC in ch 3 sp, DC in each of the next sts until you get to the last st, 3 DC in last st, turn. (19 DC)

Row 3: Ch 4, 2 TC in same st as ch up 4, *ch 1, sk next st, TC in next st, repeat from * until you get to the middle st of the 5 dc group in center. (TR, ch 3, TR) in middle st, [TR, ch 1, sk next st] repeat until last st. 3 TR in last st. (16 TR)

Row 4: Repeat Row 2. (33 DC)

Row 5: Ch 3, 2 DC in same st as ch up 3, [ch 1, sk next st, cluster st in next st] repeat until you get to the middle st of the 5 dc group in center, ch 1, [TR, ch 3, TR] in center st, [ch 1, sk next st, cluster in next st] repeat until last st, 3 DC in last st. Turn. (You should have 6DC, 16 ch 1 sps, 14 (or 16) clusters, 2TR, and 1 ch 3 sp) If you end up with a few extra stitches it’s okay. Just make sure you have 3 sts in the first and last st on this row.

Row 6: Repeat Row 2. (47 DC)

Row 7: Ch 4, 2 TR in same st as ch up 4, [sk next st, TR in next st, TR in skipped st] repeat until you get to the center dc of 5 dc group in center, [TR, ch 3, TR] in middle st, [sk next st, TR in next st, TR in skipped st] repeat until the end, 3 TR in last st. Turn. (52 TR)

Row 8: Repeat Row 2. (61 DC)

Row 9: Repeat Row 3. (38 TR)

Row 10: Repeat Row 4. (75 DC)

Row 11: Repeat Row 5. (6DC, 38 ch 1 sps, 36 clusters, 2TR, 1 ch 3 sp)

Row 12: Repeat Row 6. (91 DC)

Row 13: Repeat Row 7. (96 TR)

Row 14: Repeat Row 8. (105 DC)

Row 15: Repeat Row 3. (58 TC)

Row 16: Repeat Row 4. (119 DC)

Row 17: Repeat Row 5

Row 18: Repeat Row 6

Row 19: Repeat Row 7

Row 20: Repeat Row 8

Row 21: Repeat Row 3

Row 22: Repeat Row 4

Row 23: Repeat Row 5

Row 24: Repeat Row 6

Row 25: Repeat Row 7

Row 26: Repeat Row 8

Repeat rows 3-8 as many times as you’d like and then go onto edging rounds

Edging: (I recommend watching the video tutorial for this entire part)
Row 1: Ch 6, DC in same sp (counts as dc, ch 3, dc), *sk 4 sts, [DC, CH 3, DC] in next st**, repeat from * until center DC of 5 DC grouping. In center st, [TR, ch 1, TR], [DC, ch 3, DC] in very next st, then repeat from * to ** until last st and put 3 DC in last st. Turn.

Row 2: Sl st in to Ch 3 sp, ch up 3, [2DC, ch 3, 3 DC] in same ch 3 sp. *Ch 1, Sk ch 3 sp, [3DC, ch 3, 3DC] in next ch 3 sp** Repeat from * until center ch 1 sp, [DC, ch 1, DC] In center, [3DC, ch 3, 3DC] in next ch 3 sp, repeat from * to ** until end. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Enjoy!

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