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Merry Christmas 2011

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Christmas 2011 has come and now is gone, but it was lots of fun. I have to say that this holiday was a very good one indeed. Since long ago, I decided to be Happy during the Holiday even when I am not a Christian any more. I like gifts and celebrating love and friendship. I don't give what I can not afford and I definitely buy myself a gift every year and wrap it. I know that no matter what happens there is a present for me.
There are always fantastic gifts that I receive, a lot of what I want and always everything I need. I learned a long time ago that I want a lot of things, but I can deal with my wants as they come along. I am more into the things I need, and few things I want lol.
Is always nice to get some fiber magic and this year was no exception.
This was something I really wanted and I am hoping to play in the new year with friends.
I got a Nook Tablet and it is amazing to use, very fast. If you are looking for a Tablet in the Market, you are better off with an Andr…

Nook Soft Touch Bag

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Here you have the finished project. I enjoy weaving a lot, but more than weaving, I enjoy the finishing touches. I am learning as I go. Stitching by hand is another story all together.


This is the stitching that is hidden inside the bag liner and below you have a band at the end of the bag to hide some of the would be fringe.  It was stitched by hand as well. I am as pleased as possible, given the fact that I am learning a lot. I made a small I-Cord for the loop.

Below you have the Nook as it looks without the stand case that I got for it. The bag is a bit roomy, but is perfect. I like the color and the fact that it is machine washable and dryable. I say the HiKoo Simplicity behaved fantastic for a weaving project.

I put a button to help with the closure. You see the liner as well. Below you can see the Leather Stand that I got. Is not an overkill, because when you are knitting, the stand is holding the Nook. If you have seen this Stand-Case on the Net and wonder if it is worth the …

HiKoo Weaving for the Nook SimpleTouch

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So here is my entertainment today as I am relaxing. I am using some of the HiKoo Simplicity to make a case for my Nook Touch.  I am hoping to test some of my finishing techniques on the hems.


I made up the pattern inspired by the pattern from the Simple Summer Scarf from Schacht. I am hoping I can finish the weaving today.  I am also hoping to do a nice hem, following Jane Patrick's instructions on her DVD. As they say, anything is possible. Thanks for stopping by!

Nook Touch Review

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I am very happy to promote this device, from the Colonies of Men. It is a good technology and you can cut the wireless before the Cylons hack into it.  Seriously, if you are looking for a good E-Reader, the Nook Touch is a basic yet fantastic e-reader. It is not an IPAD, nor it is competition for the IPAD, but it is a great pocket size  E-Reader. I can tell you that given  the latest software update, version 1.1, the e-ink is more crisp and the system is very fast. If you look at some of my previous posts you will see my old Nook ,(1st Edition), which I traded in for an upgraded Tablet, but that is for Xmas.  This Nook has a touch screen, it weighs  a bit less than half a pound, or 8 ounces. It feels like a paperback novel and at night with a bit of light you can read your book under candle light. No email, no ads, you have access to the Barnes and Noble shop,   It is easy to bookmark, search and I am very happy with the device.  I am hoping to make a nice cover so that I can take it…

A new Hat is born

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The hat above is a modification of the Solstice Arrow to show that Andorians can wear the hats with Pride.  Even if you are not Andorian, with a few modifications you can create the same hat and blend among the Andorians.  Benjamin even has a Spock Doll. The true reality of this post is the hat below.  I have started the Philosopher's hat and hopefully will be publish in the new year.  This will be a magnificent hat as it will have some very challenging features that will incorporate many techniques that are Tapestry Crochet, yet it will be easy to make.  I am not sure if I will be able to make it for many sizes, but I will do my best to accommodate the whole family.  It will just take a bit of thinking and just some thoughts, no need to fold the Space-time continuum, but I may have to travel to the past if not satisfied.  I hope you  are having a great week and there will be more fun coming up , maybe weaving or spinning.  Thanks for stopping by!

"Solstice Arrow" A Crochet Hat

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"Solstice Arrow" A Crochet Hat by Crafty Andy ©. I want to give special thanks to R. Buffalo Jr. for helping me with the testing and proof reading of this pattern. His help is always appreciated, along with the other testers that happen to want a challenge of color and texture. This is a hat to celebrate the Solstice and to bring some cheer into your life. It is a very simple Tapestry Crochet Hat.  You can use almost any kind of yarn, but dk weight is the yarn suggested. The yarn featured here is HiKoo  Simplicity, but any dk weight yarn is acceptable. I like superwash merino like HiKoo, it makes it easy to wash, dry and wear.

The Techniques used in these hats allow for some breathing at the crown and it allows you to block it to size. The technique makes a dense fabric. If you are making a hat for an infant you can add chin straps to hold the hat in place.  When you block this hat, it may grow in circumference 2 to 4 inches, and 1 to 2 inches in length. I block my hats…

Culebra Holiday

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Isla Culebra (Spanish pronunciation: [kuˈleβɾa], "Snake Island") is an island-municipality of Puerto Rico originally called Isla Pasaje and Isla de San Ildefonso. It is located approximately 17 miles (27 km) east of the Puerto Rican mainland, 12 miles (19 km) west of St. Thomas and 9 miles (14 km) north of Vieques. Culebra is spread over 5 wards and Culebra (Dewey) Pueblo (The downtown area and the administrative center of the city). The island is also known as Isla Chiquita ("Little Island") and Última Virgen ("Last Virgin", reflecting its position at the end of the Virgin islands archipelago). Residents of the island are known as Culebrenses.
The trip was about 1.5 hours for such a short distance. The ferry is ok, but could use some upkeep. People writing with markers on the seats is sad, but mostly ignored. Otherwise clean, the Ferry is the one connection to the outside world. There is a freight Ferry that brings merchandise on Wednesdays and Friday…