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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

Miscellaneous:

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!

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

Hispanic Hertiage Month 2014 Interview

HHM-Andy-Nevarez
Here is a little interview  about me, by Underground Crafter Blog on Hispanic Heritage Month. This is the direct link http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2014/09/16/interview-with-andres-nevarez-hispanic-heritage-month-series/

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!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Morchen Brethren

Morchen Brethren (4)
Another pair of socks before the Men's Fall Knitting Retreat.  I will tell you that this is the most wonderful men sock pattern that I have made in my life.  There are such a beauty, I am thinking of modifying this pattern to make a pair of kilt hose for me.  I love this pattern and I love bright colors.
 Morchen Brethren (7) 
 There are more than two projects on the horizon.  There are more than 2  scarves in the burner for the  knit fashion and at least one Tapestry crochet hat.  Hope your week is as fantastic as mine.  I am heading for the gym and will definitely have a great gym session. I can't way to see my Brethren next week and look at them from a new perspective.  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

"Helius" a wool hat

Collage Helius 1A
 Helius a wool hat

  HELIUS (or Helios) was the Titan god of the sun. He was also the guardian of oaths and the god of the gift of sight. Helios was described as a handsome god crowned with the shining aureole of the Sun, who drove the chariot of the sun across the sky each day to earth-circling Oceanus and through the world-ocean returned to the East at night. Helius is a simple Tapestry Crochet hat with lots of character.

This hat is an addition to my gods, goddesses and titans series that honors our human existence. Helius crown was the inspiration for this hat, as I seek to express it with Tapestry Crochet. You can adjust the size of the hat by using different hook sizes and or yarn.

This hat comes in 3 sizes: (S)mall 128 sts about 19”, (M)edium 144 sts about 22”, (L)arge 160 sts about 24“ These hats have negative ease of about 1 to 1.5 inches, depending on your tension.

Materials: Brand: Wollemeise Twin , Fingering weight yarn , (2 colors) Color CA is about 250 to 350 yards, CB is about 125 to 200 yards. Hat in Main picture at 144 sts , CA is 75 gms and 255 yards, CB is 41 gms and 138 yards.

You may use any fingering weight yarn with similar wool/nylon or wool/polyamide blend. This pattern may have floats (last Picture) as you carry the yarn not being used, or you may encase the yarn not in use within the sts, as you crochet along.

Stich Markers

US F hook 3.75 mm

Darning needle Gauge:
13 dc or 13 FPdc and 8.5 Rows per 2”
This is a fun hat, I hope you have fun making it as much as I did designing it.

"Nerites" a lace scarf

Nerites Collage 2

Nerites was a sea faring god. It is said that following a dispute with the god Helios (whom Nerites had dared challenge to a chariot race) he was transformed into a shell-fish. This is a scarf that honors the divinity in the human, the gods and demi-gods. Nerites was a minor Sea-God, and is part of my series dedicated to humanity, mysticism and the Ancient Greek Mythology.

This scarf while it is a lace piece, it possesses some interesting textured stitches. I aim to capture the riding of the waves and the dancing of the dolphins and Tritones, while these two beings ride their chariot across the 7 Seas. I hope you enjoy the journey into this Ocean lace world. Materials:


Yarn and Needle options:

The suggested yarns may be substituted with any lace weight or fingering weight yarn.

1) Fingering weight US 9, 5.5 mm, Gauge = 10 Rows and 7 sts = 2 “ in stockinette

2) Wollemeise Lace Garn US 8, 5.0 mm, Gauge = 13 Rows and 9 sts = 2 “ in stockinette

Miscellaneous:

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

Main Picture is on Wollemeise Lace Garn. Blocked to 64 inches by 14 inches. At 48 repetitions of main pattern. I used 64 grams that accounts for about 374.1 yards (342.1 meters). Pattern Notes: There are 39 stitches, but there are some (Right Side) odd numbered Rows (Row 3 & Row 7)that go up in number of stitches when you perform the kfb. On the Wrong side as you return and do the appropriate decreases on the even numbered Rows (Row 4 & Row 8), you will then have 39 stitches.

 

Friday, August 01, 2014

CraftyAndy.com & CraftyAndy.net

Beard flowers 2014 
As of August 01, 2014 I am the proud owner of  CraftyAndy.com and CraftyAndy.net, both domains have been registered to me.  It launches a new era in my life and more to come as life keeps evolving.

There is a cool trend for men these days, flowers in your beard.  I could not resist.

I have been quiet these days as I am working on a pattern.  Pattern working is very hard, as you need to test the fabric you are making and be willing to undo and redo the work until it is up to your liking.  I hope you have a great summer and a wonderful winter to my souther hemisphere friends.  Thanks for stopping by!