February 2017

I’m still not organized–there’s a shock–but I did get some things done: Continue reading


January 2017

So while my country goes to hell, I’m cleaning up my crochet life.  This year I’m finishing four pre-2017 WiPs a month, at least.  A lot of them will only take an hour or two of work, so it’s absolutely do-able.  And if I look at it and think, “I don’t want to do you any more,” I can frog.  Since I have over eighty WiPs, this may be more than a 2017 project, especially since I am driven to start new things, but I can put a dent in it.  And along the way, I can destash, clean out my Dropbox crochet folder, and maybe write some of the patterns I’ve designed.

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The Irish Rose

The Irish Rose pattern is old, old, old, as old as Irish lace.  Of course the lace roses were done with thread and a tiny hook, but you can use yarn and a much bigger hook to make bigger flowers faster.  Bonus: no working into stitches, the Irish Rose petals are all worked into chained loops.  If you can chain, sc, hdc, and dc, you can make an Irish Rose. Continue reading


The Egg-and-Cress-From-the-Beginning-of-Time Scarf

In Terry Pratchett’s Eric, the characters go back to the beginning of time, watch the world pop into existence, and meet the Creator, who’s eating an egg and cress sandwich. They’re on an empty beach and the first tide rolls in, and somebody tosses the egg and cress into a tidepool where it washes into the ocean:

“Tidal action turned it over. Thousands of bacteria suddenly found themselves in the middle of a taste explosion, and started to breed like mad. If only there had been some mayonnaisse, life might have turned out a whole lot different. More piquant, and perhaps with a little extra cream in it.” Eric, by Terry Pratchett, page 151

This was also the birth of the Egg-Cress-Sandwich-From-The-Beginning-Of-Time Scarf.

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Plants Vs. Zombies Scarf

The people in our house love Plants Vs. Zombies, the game where you use plants to repel the zombies trying to cross your lawn and eat your brains. The energy in the game is supplied by sunflowers that smile up at you from the PvZ checkboard lawn until a zombie eats them. This scarf is a PvZ sunflower scarf, a plain dc scarf with ends made from nine closed granny squares in light and dark green, doubled to make pockets appliqued with sunflowers that you can fill with whatever powers you: Snickers, granola bars, Red Bull, etc. I used Knitpicks Stroll Tonal on this one, but the colors are wrong; I’d suggest looking at Knitpicks Palette colors to try to get closer to the colors in the game.

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