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 at 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!

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Monday, November 10, 2014

"Urbanite Neck Warmer" Version 2

Urbanite Neck Warmer Version 2

Urbanite Collage 2 

I have been busy remaking and modernizing some of my old patterns.  The "Urbanite Neck Warmer" came to life in 2009.  Five years ago I made this simple pattern and today it has been upgraded.  The benefit of having more experience and confidence and being able to  play with yarn.  I have included sizes, the yarn went from Super Bulky to Bulky.  It had two buttons, now it has three.  I am very happy with the outcome and let me tell you , I made one in 3 hours. There are four sizes, and the rest is up to you.

Even though this is not a scarf is definitely a Neck Warmer. It is a design intended for guys, but versatile enough that women may wear it and have a very fashionable item. It is all about materials and color play. It has an industrial Sci-Fi look that I really like. This is a very fast knit, no more than 3 hours and is great for a quick gift. One Skein of Bulky will do. This pattern has a chart and instructions for sizing.

This is $4.00.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

"Hyperion" a unisex hat

hyperion hat collage

Hyperion ("The High-One") was one of the twelve Titan children of Gaia (Earth) and Uranus (Sky or Heaven) who, led by Cronus, overthrew Uranus and were themselves later overthrown by the Olympians. With his sister, the Titaness Theia, Hyperion fathered Helios (Sun), Selene (Moon) and Eos (Dawn).

Hyperion's son Helios was referred to in early mythological writings as Helios Hyperion. He was always distinguished from Helios; the former was ascribed the characteristics of the "God of Watchfulness, Wisdom and Light", while the latter became the physical incarnation of the Sun.

Another beautiful hat in my series honoring the Gods and human divinity, it is timeless piece with some strong lines. Embrace the divine spark within you and wear it with pride. 3rd Treasury of knitting by Barbara G. Walker Patchwork Cable 1 adapted for a circular knitted hat by me.


Yarn: Wollmeise Sockenwolle 80/20 Twin Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) or any fingering weight yarn

510 yards (466 meters) 150 grams (5.29 ounces)

How much? 0.3 skeins = 153.0 yards (139.9 meters), 45 grams

Colorway Stella polaris (Main Picture Hat at 133 sts takes less than 45 grams, 22” stretched)

Needles: US 4, 3.50 mm double pointed needles or a circular needle with cable of 30” or more.

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

 For sale for $ 6.00


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"Hyas" a lace hat


This is the latest hat pattern from Crafty Andy and it has a brother.  I don't mind wearing a lacy hats.  I actually like it because I get overheated and these hats have plenty of ventilation. I think it is a unisex hat and I will    leave it up to you the god or the goddess to make it for yourselves or for a friend.

Suggested yarns
Cherry Tree Hill Yarn Supersock Merino
Wollmeise "Pure" 100% Merino Superwash
Wollmeise Sockenwolle 80/20 Twin In my stash "Pure" 100% Merino Superwash Yarn weight Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi)

Gauge 12 stitches and 17 rows = 2 inches in Stockinette

Needle size US 4 - 3.5 mm
Yardage 160 - 350 yards (146 - 320 m)

 Sizes available Small, Medium, Large, and Xtra Large

This pattern is available for $6.00 USD

Hyas, in Greek mythology, was a son of the Titan Atlas by Aethra (one of the Oceanids). He was a notable archer who was killed by his intended prey. Another beautiful hat in my series of lace attire. It comes along in my series honoring the Gods and human divinity, it is timeless piece. It has delicate appearance to chaperone the rain nymphs. Embrace the divine spark within you and wear it with pride.

Pattern Notes:

You can increase the stitches by multiples of 19 (for each additional chart repeat) if you wish to widen the hat for a tam or a more slouchy hat. You will do this by making your increases while knitting a plain knit Rnd like the 1st Rnd of the Chart. Spread the increases evenly on your circular needle or double pointed needles. I personally find the long tail cast on very stretchy, but feel at ease using your preferred way of casting on stitches. When you block your hat, the finished dimensions should easily reach 20 ( 22, 24, 26) inches if you get gauge. Your hat should be able to stretch to size and fit effortlessly. (Hat in pictures fits my head at 22”, and 133 sts)

Once you have set up the size of your head band, I recommend a (K1 x P1) ribbing of about 1 to 2 inches in length. Have a longer ribbing if you desire, remember that ribbing can always be folded, I would rather have a longer ribbing that one that is too short. This has is very stretchy by design, having a negative ease to fit you with no problem. Finishing Hat This hat can easily be made into a beanie or a Tam depending on how you block it. Tams are easily blocked by using a dinner plate, and allowing the hat to dry taking the shape. I believe this hat can be made for a man or a woman, it really has no gender. You can get creative with sizing and make one for the baby or the toddler or even a teenager.

 $ 6.00 USD


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

"Orion" a lace scarf

Orion collage2
Orion was a gigantic, supernaturally strong hunter of ancient times, born to Euryale, a Gorgon, and Poseidon (Neptune), god of the sea in the Graeco-Roman tradition. One myth recounts Gaia’s rage at Orion, who dared to say that he would kill every animal on the planet.
Another beautiful lace scarf in my series of Men lace attire. It is a unisex item and a timeless piece. It has a strong, yet delicate lines to appease the muses. Embrace the divine spark within you and wear it with pride.

This pattern is inspired by the Book Series “A Treasury of Knitting Patterns…” by Barbara G. Walker.

Yarn: Schoppel Leinen Los by Schoppel-Wolle DK / 8 ply 70% Wool, 30% Linen
328 to 500 yards / 100- 150 grams (1 – 1.5 skeins ) Main Picture shown 1 skein

Needles: US 6 or 4.0 mm for dk weight

Gauge: Plain stockinette not blocked
10 sts and 14 Rows = 2 inches Dk Weight yarn on US 6


Stitch markers (recommended) Blocking (stainless) wires, boards and pins.

Finished measurements before blocking were 48 inches by 8.5 inches.
Finished measurements after blocking were 52 inches by 15 inches. At 30 repetitions of main pattern.

Pattern Notes:

You have the option of following the written instructions or using the charts for this pattern. You will always have 43 stitches, keep that in mind. If you substitute the yarn, you must make a swatch and blocked it. This yarn is 70% wool and 30 %Linen. This yarn is from a felted family of yarns. The linen here is visible, and creates a striated look that will knit into a tweedy marled fabric. Like all linen blends, this strong fiber will get softer with use. It does have a nice drape. This yarn when blocked keeps it’s shape, and does not shrink. The pattern repeats are 10 sts, so you can make it wider or with less repeats.

I have taken a lot of care to personally test the instructions and the charts and found it to be free of mistakes. I was assisted in the design and creation of these charts by Intwined Studio Software. If you find a mistake, feel free to contact me.

Thanks for your patronage and feel free to email me if you have any questions. Enjoy!

$ 6.00

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Brethren in Blues

Here is the Brethren in Blue. This is a great yarn that has subtle purple spots around. By now I can say with certainty that given the right circumstances, I can knit a pair of Brethren socks in under two weeks. Talking about two weeks, I am hoping to finish my Men's Fall Knitting Retreat 2014 post later this week.

Musical Brethren in Blues (2)
I am hoping to make more colors including the boring natural white, but hey, no color is boring! I hope you enjoy the color and thanks for stopping by!!!!Musical Brethren in Blues (8) 
Just another view of this wonderful pattern, you can find it on Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-brethren-sock
Musical Brethren in Blues (10)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Saturday, September 06, 2014

MFKR 2014 Day 1

MFKR 2014 Swag
The swag this year was very good as always.  We actually had a choice of getting a bag, a back pack or a shopping bag.  One skein of American Brand yarn and a wonderful pattern book.
Charan Sachar  MFKR swag 2014
Charan Sachar a  local artisan and potter, donated these wonderful dishes so that we let our stitch markers rest while we knit or crochet. Charan has a full line of ceramics that are to die for.  Yarn bowls, coffee mugs, glasses and plates.  He has a shop and a blog link provided below,
  MFKR 2014 fun (19)
Charan's Blog 

MFKR 2014 fun (1) 
Every year for a while we have had a silent auction from items donated.  You can see my two bears at the end.  The donations help fund the MFKR scholarship fund.  The scholarship allows the group to help  2 or more candidates assist the MFKR with some financial help.  I was glad to be able to contribute to the MFKR with my bears.  The first day is about meeting people and getting settled.  The fisrt class will begin soon after dinner, it is Learning to spin using a drop spindle by Aaron Bush and Michael Wade.  Tomorrow is day two, don't you miss it.  Thanks for stopping by!