I am hoping that this blog will help you and me experience the craft of crochet as well as knitting. During times of silence or turmoil, crochet and knitting continuously help me quiet my mind at my own pace, enabling me to find my center. I have patterns for sale in PDF Format, you can find them on the side Bar or in their own Pages at the top menu. The posts are classified By labels which are at the far right, all the way down. We are the Borg! I think it will bring Order into Chaos!

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

FPdc3tog Yep you heard it right

This is a short demonstration of how to make a decrease of 3 stitches that are FPdc.  It is a FPdc3tog.  This is a stitch that I am using in my latest Tapestry Crochet Hat that will be published soon.  I hope this helps you and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

"Arkoudaki" a Teddy Bear

The Bears Collage Lomo

Arkoudáki is the name of a Teddy Bear in Greek. This Arkoudaki (pronounced” arcoo-dákey” )is made on the round from start to end. I have made many Teddy Bears in my life, crocheted and knit. I like knitted bears and was inspired to make one that required as little sewing as possible. This is the bear that came out of my personal experience with different patterns.

This Bear aims to remind us of the childlike nature of us all. I hope it brings a smile to the inner child in you or a child friend. This pattern takes advantage of the use of 4 or 5 Double Pointed Needles (that I will refer to as DPNs from here on). You may use two circular needles if you want or magic loop if preferred. Stuffing a Teddy Bear is as much an art as making one. Gauge is not important, but makes a difference in the way your bear looks. Special thanks to Jen Catalone, Kesten Davis, Michelene Russell, Sherilyn for their input, feedback and help in testing this pattern. There are modifications to this pattern for an Elf like (Pointy Ears) & Martian or Venusian Bear (Antennae).

 Read and look at all the pages. I hope these ideas help you in creating your personalized bear!

Suggested Yarns:

Rowan Tweed DK 60 grams 165 yards.
Lambs Pride 95 grams, 160 yards,
Pioneer organic merino, 160 yards, 50 grams About 160 to 200 yds of Dk weight, worsted weight yarn, 10 to 20 yards of contrasting yarn for the embroidery of nose, eyes, mouth, (antennae).

US 6, 4.00 mm , 4 or 5 DPNs (double pointed needles) 6 “ in length for DK or Worsted Weight.
US F, 3.75 mm, Crochet Hook, Stitch Markers, Darning Needle Filling material of choice, Poly Fill or Cotton, or even yarn itself.

Pattern Notes: You may use any yarn that you want. Gauge is not that important. The needles should be the appropriate size for the yarn or smaller. I am a loose knitter, so I want to suggest that you make a small swatch and see if the fabric you created using the yarn and needles of your choice to create your personalized Bear. If you use dark colors, like brown, charcoal or black, you may need to use a small yardage of white or ecru yarn to create the white of the eyes, then make the eyes. I have used my homespun yarn to make plenty of bears. Handspun yarns give these bears a more personal touch, nevertheless any yarn that you like may be adapted to this pattern. Remember these are just suggestions and guides to make the best Teddy Bear ever. This may be a toy if you embroider the eyes, nose and mouth. Parental discretion is always paramount, be careful if you use doll joints, eyes or noses, they are choke hazards for children or adults.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Euryale a unisex hat

Collage Euryale

 Euryale is a unisex hat. In Greek mythology, Euryale (Εὐρυάλη) (pronounced UR-RYE-AH-LE) was one of the two Immortal Gorgons. The pattern is full of cables, symbolizing her intricate hairstyle full of snakes. It has been adapted for knitting a hat on the Rnd. It has a lot of versatility, for many shapes and head sizes.

Yarn: Sockenwolle 80/20 Twin by Wollmeise
Weight: Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) 80% Merino, 20% Nylon 510 yards / 150 grams
(Main Picture Hat at 126 sts takes 50 grams or 175 yds)
It is an un-stretched 15 “ ribbing; that fits a 22 inches head when worn.
Needles: US 4, 3.50 mm double pointed needles or a circular needle with cable of 30” or more.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

FPsc Front Post single crochet

I hope you find this Video useful in creating a FPsc , Front Post single crochet or what I renamed before I knew what it was,  hsc or horizontal single crochet. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

"Pythagoras" Revised

Pythagoras Revised Collage 

The Pythagoras hat , has been revised and a new yarn has been included in the midst.  There is also a new tutorial added to the pattern.  The changes are as follows

The picture you see is the new picture for the pattern . The new yarn is below.

              Yarn – Wollemeise Twin /Fingering 48 gms, 164 yds Color A ,
                           46 gms, 169yds  Color B  (Main Picture)
 New tutorial is here,  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Happy Birthday to Me 2014

This was the best Birthday that I can remember I have had in many years. I was completely at peace and did exactly what I wanted all day. I ate what I wanted, I got laundry done, and had my favorite cake. I also dotted some i and crossed some tees that needed crossing.
Andy Birthday 2014 (12)

Some great Tauron Wine, in reality wine from Spain, Rioja Tinto, great for dinner.
 Andy Birthday 2014 (1a)
The Vegan German CHocolate cake is delicious. Thanks for stopping by! Andy Birthday 2014 (3)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

"Artemis" reversible slouch hat

"Artemis" reversible slouch hat.

Artemis Collage (2)
Artemis /ˈɑrtɨmɨs/ was one of the most widely venerated of the Ancient Greek deities. Her Roman equivalent is Diana. Some scholars believe that the name, and indeed the goddess herself, was originally pre-Greek. Homer refers to her as Artemis Agrotera, Potnia Theron: "Artemis of the wildland, Mistress of Animals". The Arcadians believed she was the daughter of Demeter.

You may honor the divine in you with this beautiful artsy hat. It may be shaped into a regular hat, a slouch or a Tam. It all depends on how you block it. A completely reversible hat with a lot of versatility, for many shapes and head sizes. This pattern inspired and adapted to be knit in the round for a hat, from “Crowns” by Barbara G. Walker, 4th Treasury of Knitting Patterns.

I hope that you will discover your favorite style, then make one for you and one for a friend.  

Materials: Yarn: Sockenwolle 80/20 Twin by Wollmeise Colorway Safran
                             Fingering / 4 ply 80% Merino, 20% Nylon ; 510 yards / 150 grams
                            (Main Picture Hat at 126 sts takes less than 45 grams, 170 yards)
Needles:              US 3 3.25 mm for ribbing, US 4, 3.50 mm double pointed needles or
                            a circular needle with cable of 30” or more.

Gauge: US 4 2 “ = 12 Sts and 17 Rows in Stockinette Stitch
                              (adjust needle size to get gauge if needed).

 $ 6.00