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Crafty Andy Turns 50!

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My 50th birthday has been yesterday, but I have been celebrating for some time now lol! These are some of the birthday  greetings I received through the mail, there were so many on the Internet and some that may still arrive.  My Birthday was simple and full of fiber which is something I enjoy. There are a few things that you learn in 50 years, mind you and one is not to take life too seriously. The picture is of a Tension Kate I got for my birthday, it is a nice portable one , by Ashford.  Thank You Michael.
In 50 years I learned a lot , and I am very much going to live the next 50 without repeating the same mistakes if I can.   Here are some  50 things I have learned.


Love is never enough.

Love lives within you, no one is going to love you like you love yourself.

Respect yourself and your personal values.

Don't allow an injustice to go unnoticed, it will eventually be your turn.

Have lots of acquaintances and enjoy them for what they are.

Some friendships last a lifetime and throughout…

Paean A Man's Scarf

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Paean A Man's Scarf is the latest creation that I have embarked.  It is a light Lace Scarf for a man that with the right colors will make a great addition to your wardrobe.  It gets made in a few days and it blocks fantastic. 
This is another view of the scarf.  It is made with less than one skein of Malabrigo Superwash Worsted Weight Merino, around 70 grams of the 100 grams skein.   The skein is about 210 yards per 100 grams.   This scarf is light and warm at the same time and can be kept inside your shirt without much bulk, yet give you the warmth around your neck and chest that you require when the temps drop a bit.
I can honestly tell you that I had no idea how beautifully it was going to block, but then again it is malabrigo.  You can purchase the pattern by clicking on the Buy Now Button Below and it will take you directly to paypal.  There are three more patterns coming out in the next few weeks.  Next week there will be a Man's Shawl Pattern by me that you are going to …

Paean Mans Lace Scarf

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Paean Mans Lace Scarf
Originally uploaded by Crafty Andy This is the New Pattern for Release in the next Few Days. This is a pattern for a man's Lace Scarf that you can wear with pride. It is name after in Honor of Apollo the Son of Zeus.

Paean (pronounced /ˈpiːən/, as in European) is a term used to describe a type of triumphal or grateful song, usually choral though sometimes individual. It comes from the ancient Greek "παιάν", "παιήων", or "παιών", "song of triumph, any solemn song or chant" and it was also used as the name for the physician of the Greek gods and as an epithet of Apollo.

Thanks to Naomi for her Help and to the Vogue Knitting for the inspiration. More pictures and the pattern to be published in the next days. Thanks for stopping by.

Toe ups and Man's Shawl

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Being a bit quiet during these days , maybe because I am turning 50 , maybe because I am busy as well.  I finished the Scorpia Memories Toe -Up socks and what a success they were.  I am very happy wit the outcome of the pattern that I modified from the  Antje Gillingham books.
This is my next challenge which is  a man's Scarf / shawl.  If you make it on fingering weight yarn  or worsted weight, depending on the needles that you use and the blocking technique you may have both.  I am aiming for a shawl like scarf.  It will be offered for sale soon, right now is in the testing stages.  I am hoping to make a woman's shawl as well, but that is in the world of ideas at the moment.  Don't be fooled it will be this  shawl with a bit of a twist so that it can be more delicate in its look than this one.  In the end , let it be said by me here, do not let anyone tell you what you can or can not wear it is your choice, designers have suggestions not mandates.  I will keep you posted a…

I Cord, Navajo PLying et Facebook

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I Cord, Navajo Plying et Facebook and Blogger of course have something in common, Crafty Andy. There are many things that are great with facebook, but one of them is not the greatest. Facebook has no real appeal to me besides getting to see what my friends are up to, but I can do that in the internet anyway.  There are also game after game after game, but nothing like a true craft such as knitting, crocheting are.  Facebook the same as Second Life have a place, but nothing beats an exciting real life, which I do possess and keep on making every day.  If facebook goes for pay, It will be a great experiment, but I will be one of the free floaters.  I may indulge in the virtual world once in a while, but there is nothing like knitting and crocheting with my friends at the Cafe Trieste, the park or one of the Men Knitting Retreats.  I have take a break from Facebook, but this feed will be posted there from my personal blog.  I decided to take a break from Facebook, because is ok to be awa…

Wisteria and Socks

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Spring has arrived to the City By the Bay with a passion.  Blooming around tow are trees and flowers.  Our weather is always nice for flowers, there are very few times during the year when you will not find any flowers in the city.
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Knitting More Circles Around Socks: Two at a Time, Toe Up or Cuff Down is a great book that I have used before and it is the best method I have found for toe-ups.  I mean I like Cat' Bhordi's Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters: Book Two in the New Pathways for Sock Knitters Series , but is more technical .  I have made more than two pairs with Antje's Book.
I turned the heel on both socks and I am able to finish the sock the way I want it with the perfect Gusset triangle.  Just being fuzzy I  guess, but nothing like a perfect gusset  triangle on a pair of socks. This is accomplished following her instructions easily. This is what gives the sock a beautiful termination.  I am using the newes…

The Wool Combs Arrived

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Today I got my set of Wool Combs and let me tellyou I am very Happy.  I was able to make my first COmb Top, well some of it .  It was as easy as it seems in the video by the Crafter Ben Jamin Green Studio.  I hope you enjoy the video and the picture as well, thanks for stopping by.

Home Spun The adventure

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Originally uploaded by Crafty Andy I will tell you that my hopes is to make yarn and teach people how to make their own yarns. So far I noticed that it is exactly like the Drop Spindle in a sense. You need to practice and become the observer. WHen you become this observer you pay attention to your hands, your feet, what is happening to the fiber in your hands and on the flyer. How am I drafting, how fast is this thing going lol!. Don't worry I am a true believe that your body and brain will get into an automatic mode and you will be able to create various yarns easily. One thing that you need is lots of practice. I got a gift from a friend Teach yourself Visually Hand-Dyeing, it is a book worth my studying.

As You can see I am always reading and learning something.  I enjoy reading different people's ideas and listening to different people about how they approach something and then I can pick the best way for me.  I personally would not go to the last place I went…

Spinning Sunday

The book on the left is something I am looking forward to to help me along my spinning.    Iit is not Sunday any more, but I can tell you I spent most of the weekend practicing my spinning.  The discovery of my spinning skills and how I spin was a nice thing to see.  As I went on a day by day basis I realized that this spinning is like drop spindle spinning in a way.  Well this guy has gone bunkers you say!  Not at all , your body , specifically your hands , your feet and the coordination of both needs to be learned by the brain.  It may take about 21 days of daily continuous practice to create this habit.  As I am going along this journey I see how my drafting changes and how my yarn develops different.  The last skein of yarn that I did yesterday actually had a bit of draping without much blocking and the twist was a lot better than the other day.  Anyway thanks for stopping by and I am hoping to spin along  on drop spindle and spinning wheel and have a lot of fun.

Ashford Book of Carding

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The Ashford Book of Carding (Ashford Craft Series) is a fantastic book for your library and it will give you an insight into carding and color blending while carding.  It shows you the different kinds of carding and what each one gives to you.  The color theory is not new, but it definitely gives you the show and tell to demonstrate what is it they are talking about.  There are some projects on the back of the book that you may want to involve yourself in, but it is not necessary to get the best out of this book.  This book is in an easy to understand language that you will be able to translate into art, yes you heard me right.  After reading this book I am very comfortable that you will be able to take risks into carding with color to create unique blends.  There is also a brief explanation on how to use different kinds of animal fibers to create a more soft or lustrous blend.  Thanks for stopping by.

Birthday Carrot Cake

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Originally uploaded by Crafty Andy Happy Birthday to Michael. One of my talents is to bake, not much I may say, but the little I know I bake almost from scratch. Carrot cake home made For the Birthday Boy. Thanks for stopping by!

Tumeric and Beet Juice

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Easter Sunday was kind of  boring and the weather was not very nice.  Well it was rainy so it was nice, but not nice to go out and walk around lol!  I decided to do some dyeing,  One of my favorite books to use is Natural Dyeing , which I reference everytime that I want to use natural stuff to dye wool.  I have so much roving to practice my spinning and I found it all boring.  One of the things that you can do to make your yarn exciting is to dye it.  I made these two batches the yellow with tumeric and the pinkish with beet juice.

They are still wet and will be coming out of the drying in the next two days or si, they need to be fluff after being in hot water they get kind of matted and need to be caressed into shape.  If I had a drum carder I would definitely card this again, it will make a big difference.  Still I may  give it a good Brushing lol!  I hope you have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by!

Spin me Round & Round Baby

I have had the opportunity of watching these  videos to enhance my Wheel Spinning   experience.  There are very different videos.  For the beginner spinner I will say that the  Maggie Casey and Eunny Jang DVD Set of 2 DVDs is a video beyond fantastic.  After taking a class in a local Yarn store, I can tell you that I did not get half the practice or information that I got from this video.  Maggie talks a bit soft, so you have to raise the volume, but otherwise it is a marvelous tool. The information in this set from Maggie and Eunny   will answer a lot of your questions, if not all of them, and will benefit you in a great manner. She starts from discussing the wool types, goes through the making singles, carding, woolen , worsted, rolags, parts of the wheel, maintenance of the wheel, tips and tricks with the wheel and the fleece, roving or batt.  This DVD set is the greatest class you will have without a hands on teacher, yet you can start to spin from watching the DVD.  Eunny and …

Caprican Socks

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Originally uploaded by Crafty Andy The Caprican socks are done and in good time to start another pair, I want to make about 3 more pairs with this pattern., but this time I am going to be using a pattern from Antje's second book Knitting More Circles Around Socks: Two at a Time, Toe Up or Cuff Down.  It will be a toe-up call the Manly Aran Sock.  The socks of course are going to be called Scorpian Memories.


 I am going to use a malabrigo superwash and will start in about five to ten minutes, lol,  I hope you have a great weekend no matter what holiday you celebrate.  Thanks for stopping by.

Caprican Socks almost done

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Originally uploaded by Crafty Andy I am 95 percent done with these babies and ready to start another pair with some other pattern. These are fantastic , I never knewe how much I would like the color orange. Here to you, and The Oliver Pattern from Malowe Crawford. I am making at least 3 more pairs with this pattern, it is just fantastic. Thanks for stopping by.