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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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Hispanic Hertiage Month 2014 Interview

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


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!

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.