Hi!  Welcome to my AFGHANS4UNOW site.  My name is Linda Smith and I am an avid fiber lover.  My poodle is Shaunti.  She is my mascot, constant companion, and model.  You'll hear about her as you go through my site.  Thanks for visiting our site.

On the next three pages, you will see some of the crocheted items that I have made over the years.  I learned to crochet at the knee of my mother when I was a child of 10 years old.  However, all I ever did was make chains, lots of chains, and an occasional potholder.  Many, many years later I had foot surgery and decided I needed to have something to do while recuperating besides reading books and watching TV s.o.o.o.o.o.o.o.o I had a friend take me to a yarn store and I've been in love with fiber ever since.  That was in 1991.  I have made hundreds of afghans, quite a few shawls, sweaters, scarves, gloves, fingerless mittens, and baby items.  I always have something in progress and usually have a project that I can take with me when traveling.  You might say I am obsessed with crocheting.  My husband says he is absolutely sure that I am obsessed with the craft.  I just remind him that it is cheaper than jewelry and he usually nods and agrees.  Keeps me out of shopping malls, too.  

When I retired in 2007 my goal was to empty my yarn closet.  So far it has been reduced by the number of skeins of yarn but not much in the yardage but that's okay because I will eventually use it all and make some beautiful items.  I hope you like the completed items shown here. You can help me reduce my yarn closet by having an item made for you or for someone special.  Just send me an email and I will get back to you with specifics on how we can proceed.  Everyone should have at least one handmade yarn item, they are so cuddly to wrap up in. 
You can view picture galleries of my handmade work sorted into three categories that coincide with the navigation button titles located at the top and bottom of each page.  These are:  Afghans/Blankets, Shawls/Wraps, and Other Wearables.  After viewing,  hit the box with the 'X' inside or the 'ESC' key, to return to the beginning of the gallery and then just click on the page you want to go to from the bottom choices or scroll to the top of the page.  The last page in the site is a Guest Book where I hope you will sign and comment.  Let me know what you think.  My email address is:
linda@afghans4unow.net  Visit My Blog to stay up to date on new activities.

Among the pictures, you will see three different dogs.  Each in their own way loved yarn.  The first was a Miniature Schnauzer named Chablis.  She was a member of our family for 14 years and then we decided to bring a Miniature Poodle into our family.  We named her Lexe.  She was our 'baby' for 11 years.  You will see both of these dogs in the pictures of afghans and some shawls.  Just a few months after Lexe crossed over The Rainbow Bridge, we missed the patter of poodle paws and in July 2010, we brought home our second poodle, Shaunti, also known as 'The Poodlum.'  She is in constant motion and knows no limits.  The vet says she is 'full of herself' which is a nice way of saying that she is stubborn and willful.  She is a Taurus after all.  Below is a picture of Shaunti sorting my yarn.  It was this hood that she had to wear while recuperating from surgery that decided her nickname of 'Poodlum.'  We tried 'hoodlum' but it just wasn't right.  She still practices her Poodlum tendencies when she is playing.  She shows up in lots of photos.

Remember, after you view a gallery, click on the box with the 'X' inside or hit the 'ESC' key on your keyboard to return to the beginning of the gallery, and either use the page titles at the bottom or scroll back to the top of the page to advance to the next page of the site.

Select the next page you want to view.

It's a family activity. 

See Shaunti with Murray, my husband and her poodlepapa.

The collage shows many of the projects you will find on this site.

The pictures are of Shaunti showing off her beautiful new hair cut.

The winter picture below is of our house after the first snow of 2014.

The background is of a sunset out of our window on January 19, 2014.  The weather is changeable.

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