Monday, August 28, 2017

CGOA Conference 2017

Good Morning Everyone,

We are enjoying a beautiful late summer day in New York, and I am busy working on a new project. I know that I am late with this, but I just wanted to post some fun pictures from the recent CGOA conference that took place in the Chicago area. Next year the conference will be held on the West Coast, so I hope some of you will be able to attend this great event.  I also wanted to announce the giveaway of a copy of my latest Granny Square Book Second Edition. To be eligible just leave a comment below (be sure to leave your email address). There will be a random drawing on Sept 12, and if you win, I will contact you for your mailing information. Sorry, but this offer is only open to US and Canada residents.

Be sure to leave a comment and your email address to eligible for drawing.

Have a great day


Saturday, February 18, 2017

February 18, 2017

Hi Everyone, it has been such a long time since I did a blog post that I almost forgot how to post.

Its been a rough couple of months. Lets just say that I was not sorry to see 2016 end, but 
unfortunately 2017 is not beginning much better. 

We are having a crochet guild meeting tomorrow, and since I have not been able to attend in quite a while I really wanted to go. We are collecting chemo caps and I had not even made one, so I decided that I better get busy. I started out making a really plain one, but somehow it took on a life of its own and turned out to be a really cute little hat. I really liked the way it turned out, so I wrote down the instructions and decided to share them. I only wished that I had made it in a little brighter color, but this is what I had on hand. I could not figure out how to add a PDF to my blog post, so I just added the instructions to bottom of post.

In spite of all, I am still working on another new book, and just about 3/4 way through, I will be very happy when it is done. 

 I hope that you enjoy making this quick, easy little hat.


RUFFLED CHEM0 CAP                                      MARGARET HUBERT © 2017
GAUGE: 12 DC = 4 Inches
YARN: 1 skein Berroco Inca Tweed, 3.5 oz/100 g or any #3 weight yarn to get gauge.
Starting at Crown: (Note: all sc and dc worked from back loop until ruffle)
Ruffle worked through whole stitch.
Foundation: Ch 4, join with a slip st to form a ring.
Rnd 1: 8 sc in ring, mark beginning of rounds, carry up marker after each round, do not join after each sc round.
Rnd 2:  2 sc in each sc around (16 sc).
Rnd 3: *1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * around (24sc).
Rnd 4: * 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * around (32sc).
Rnd 5: * 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * around (40 sc).
Rnd 6: * 1 sc in each of next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * around (48 sc).
Rnd 7: 1 sc in each of next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * around (56 sc).
Rnd 8: 1 sc in each of next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * around (64 sc).
join with a sl st to first sc, this completes crown, start dc rounds for body of hat.
Rnd 1: Ch 3, 1 dc in each dc around, join with a sl st  to 3rd ch of beg ch 3 (64 dc).
Rnd 2: Ch 3 Cts as first dc, skip first dc, 1 dc in each dc around.
Rep Rnd 2 6 more times.
Rnd 1:Ch 3 (cts as dc), skip first dc, 2 dc in next dc, *1 dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, rep from * around (96 dc), join with a sl st to 3rd ch of  beg ch 3.
Rnd 2: *1 sc in each of the next 3 dc, 2 sc in next dc rep from * around (120 sc), join with a sl st to first sc.
Rnd 3: Work 1 row reverse sc all around, fasten off.

Small Flower:

Chain 4, join with sl st to form circle
Ch 1, make 10 sc in circle, join with a sl st
*Ch 2, make 3 dc in next st, ch 2 slip st in next st, repeat from * 4 times more (5 petals ) join with a sl st, end off

Friday, March 18, 2016

Crochetville Blog Tour March 18, 2016

Good Morning Everyone,

Its been quite a while since I did a blog post. I was kind of busy, working on 4 books over the past year. As I write this, I am in the process of ordering yarn for my next book. When Amy, from Crochetville, asked me to participate in the Blog Tour honoring crochet, during the month of March, I said that I would love to.


I have lots of special things for you today, a free pattern and several great prizes. All you have to do is leave a comment, and leave your email address, so that I can get in touch with the winners. The winners will be chosen at random.

The free pattern is one that I usually sell, but today it will be free for anyone who wants it. I tried to make it so that you could download it, but could not figure it out, so you will have to copy and paste. In addition to the free pattern, there will be five books and one Free Form Crochet DVD for 6 different winners, and one grand prize, which all entries will be eligible for.


This is a sweater from CUSTOMIZE YOUR CROCHET, it is a medium size, chest measures 37/38, everyone who leaves a comment and their email address will be eligible to win.

The Free Pattern is:

Thanks for visiting today, enjoy the rest of the tour.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

More Amazing

Good Morning Everyone,

First day of July, gorgeous blue skies, everything around me bursting with color, I love the Summer.

In keeping with my blog posts about all the amazing people in my world, I would like to introduce you to my friend Stephen Haggerty.  I met Steve through my Shakespeare Club, and when he told me that he wrote poetry, I was immediately intrigued.

Stephen has written his first book called COWS IN THE FOG, and I love it. I asked Steve if I could interview him for a blog post.  I told him that my blog was mostly for knitters and crocheters, but that did not bother him at all, he said that he would be “honored” how’s that for a real gentleman J

MH: When did you realize you had a gift for writing poetry?

SH: In general, I realized I had a gift for writing in grade school. My father was a musician editing Broadway Musicals at the time, and he encouraged me to write. In first grade, in fourth grade, I won the class contest.
In college, my writing professor for poetry and fiction had me stay after class and told me I had the ability to be a successful poet and fiction writer. She liked a poem I wrote about a character in Vermont. I wrote with a spirit of enthusiasm, and was creative in coming up with ideas.

MH: What was your schooling?

I graduated from Greenwich High School in Conn. I received my bachelor’s degree from Southern Vermont College in Communications with a minor in English Literature. I went to the University of South Carolina on a full scholarship to the College of Journalism. There I studied with William Price Fox, who was known to be one of the top fiction writing teachers in the U.S. (He taught with Kurt Vonnegut at the U. of Iowa Writer’s Workshop, known as the leading U.S. writing school.)

During college, I wrote articles for the Bennington Banner in Vermont.

For my first job, I was selected as one of 40 students for the American Society of Magazine Editor’s Internship Program in New York. Upon completion I was chosen as one of three American students by the Vice President of McGraw-Hill Publications as a trainee.

I worked at McGraw-Hill Publications as a reporter, writer and staff editor for magazines, and have also edited published inspirational magazine articles. I wrote and edited many pieces.

MH: What inspires your poems?

My poetry was inspired by the fact that I love to read poetry. On still evenings when snowflakes are falling, or on quiet evenings listening to the brook flowing and to crickets chirping, I like to enter into a poem and to be swept away by its feeling.

     For this book, I was inspired by my childhood summers in Vermont. We lived secluded summers working on family dairy farms six miles back on a dirt road working for people whose families had lived there since the 1700s. I spent many afternoons walking up mountains, strolling through meadows and streams. At night, we would walk in the dark down country dirt roads. Writing poetry takes me out into nature.

Writing poetry also gives me warm connections to people. I am sharing my life, and learning about other people. I enjoy reading my poems to groups to do this. 

Here is a photo of Steve reading some of his poems to our Shakespeare Club.

   Here Stephen is posing with his new book, and I added my great grandson's visiting flat Stanley into the photo. Steve was such a good sport and got a kick out of it.

Cows in the Fog will be available on very soon.

Stay tuned, I know a lot of interesting, fascinating and truly amazing people.

Have a great day,



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Amazing People in My World

Good Afternoon Everyone,

I had a rare day today, a day that had no appointments, no deadlines looming, nothing that had to be done yesterday and it was also gloomy and raining. I planned to do so much work, but I had a little trouble getting started. 

I am working on another  new book (really just beginning) and it is proving to be a challenge for me, as it is a little different than anything I have ever done before.  I have been driving my editor, Linda Neubauer, slightly mad (she would never tell me that) with my unending questions and phone calls. While talking to Linda this morning, I realized what a truly amazing person she is. After I spoke to Linda for about the 3rd time, a germ of an idea was planted in my brain. I thought that I should do a series of blog posts acknowledging some of the amazing people in my world.

Before I start this journey, I have to go back to the beginning and thank my wonderful Mother, who always encouraged me, was so proud of me, and even told me that I could be president if I wanted to.  My Father who told me that I was given a great gift and told me never to be too lazy to open the box. The first two truly amazing people in my world!

Back to Linda. I have been working with Linda for about 9 years and she has always been encouraging and most helpful, guiding me through some of the technical stuff that I was not familiar with, always with a smile and such patience. 

Besides being an editor, Linda is an expert at sewing and has written quite a few books herself -  THE COMPLETE PHOTO GUIDE TO WINDOW TREATMENTS, COMPLETE PHOTO GUIDE TO SLIPCOVERS, THE COMPLETE PHOTO GUIDE TO CURTAINS AND DRAPERIES, to name a few. All are available on

        Linda Neubauer, amazing person

Thanks Linda for all your help.

Have a great day everyone.


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Great New Book

Hi Everyone,

I have a nice surprise today, just for leaving a comment on my blog, you have a chance to win this great book - CROCHETING CLOTHES KIDS LOVE - by Shelby Allaho and Ellen Gormley.

This book has 28 designs for garments and accessories for school-age kids. I really love them all, but two of my favorites are the Pretty Popcorn Vest, and the Chelsea Capelet. 

All projects are designed using a variety of yarn types  in fibers that are easy to care for.  Instructions and schematics make it easy for even beginners to crochet these great projects.

A little about the authors:

Shelby has won numerous design awards, and has been published in magazines. When I first saw Shelby's work I was immediately taken with her attention to detail and unique designs. Shelby has also contributed to two of my books. You can see more of Shelby's work on her blog

Ellen, has had so many designs published in numerous magazines and has also contributed to one of my books.  Her designs have been shown of the PBS show Knit and Crochet Now! Her two books are Go Crochet! Afghan Design Workbook and Learn Bruges Lace. Ellen is now editor of CROCHET! magazine.

Shelby and Ellen, together you have created a great book for all who love to crochet for kids.

The book is available on

Have a great weekend everyone


PS: I'll choose the winner after midnight May 23rd.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Good Morning Everyone,

This past week I have been a little under the weather and so had the opportunity to catch up on some reading.  I recently purchased THE FINE ART OF CROCHET by Gwen Blakely Kinsler
and I just loved this book.

In the introduction, Gwen States the the book represents "the diverse styles, unusual shapes and exquisite textures, that characterize crochet art today" that says it all.

Gwen has featured 20 artists that incorporate crochet in their work. Many I knew about, some I have met personally, and others were brand new to me.  I found that reading about their lives, how they evolved into the art that they are currently creating, and the different mediums used was truly fascinating.

I have been knitting and crocheting for more years than I care to remember, and seeing photos of the work that these fine artist create, the amazing mix of textiles and color, and the truly diverse styles, really gets the creative juices flowing.

Thanks Gwen, for a beautiful, informative book.

(The book is available for sale on

Have a great day,