Category Archives: Crochet

Zen Crazy Evil Eye shawl

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This is just a section so you can see the evil eyes. I could tell you how I started the center. But then this has a strangeness to it from there. I couldn’t figure a pattern to continue in the round with it, and every time I tried something, it required me to unravel it. Then it demanded I just observe its own nature. By doing that, intuition kicked  in and I just went with the flow. When I quit using my ego to make this thing, and just allowed it to be and grow however it was meant to, it became enjoyable and fun to see what was  going to happen next. Isn’t that odd?

And this is my “I quit smoking” project.

To start, using the magic loop, 4 dc, then chain 4, go back to the top of 4th dc and slip stitch. (This makes a picot) Repeat till you have 4 picots with 4 dc’s in between. Slip stitch to the top of the beginning 3 dc ‘s and put the crochet hook through the picot making a slip stitch there.

Second row:  Chain 8. Go back 4 chain and slip stitch- making a picot. Chain 2, then make 4 dc ‘s in the picot. Turn work with your yarn going under the first 4 chain stitches, like using it for a post, then make 4 d ‘s, a picot, 4 d ‘s, (all in the picot space), another picot and slip stitch the top 3 d ‘s, and slip stitch into the first picot. Chain 4 and slip stitch into the first eye’s picot. Repeat around. You’ll have 4 separate evil eyes, when this round is completed. Remember to pay attention to the turning of work around the post and not get them twisted.

You’ll notice the slight slant. From there, your on your own way with it. 🙂 Good luck should you try and attempt this. Sure has been a lesson in humility for me. lol

I wanted to work in the round which set up the challenge. Then I saw I could stop at some point and just work half. That meant breaking the thread at the end of each row. When I get it long enough, I’ll go back to the smaller section of round and work it out for a hood. That’s what I felt was  right to do. It could be totally different for you!

I’m using up all my scrap wool yarn in finger weight for this so it’s going to be wild and colorful.

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Going round in circles with scraps

I had some lovely green cotton yarn left over from my bags project and wanted to use the rest up. So I crocheted this little round box and a few tatted bookmarks.

The top and bottom of the box are doubles. 4 circles are used and then a small border or side/middle. It’s like having a thicker base by using 2 rounds sewn together. And the double one’s for the top of the box are great for keeping whatever treasures are inside, safe from falling out. 🙂  I sew half of each round on the top with a whip stitch. Then I tuck one full circle on the inside and the other for the cover.  I am using the little bit of yarn left over to make a tassel and I’ll add that to the box later.

The shuttles in the picture are of my own making and design. I did those many many years ago, when I had the urge to tat with yarn. Hence the motivation to make my own shuttles that would accommodate yarn instead of thread.

I make magic circle rings with left over yarn as well and make hot pads. These are double circles sewn together and then tacked together. But what you don’t see is the inside of each little round. I reused/recycled some thin cork-board and cut out circles as well to fit inside each. I like using up wool scrap yarn for hot pads. They make great gifts too. 🙂

I made another hot pad just like this one, only it’s two layers deep of rounds. Looks like a big flower. And where that got to just now, I don’t know! In a drawer somewhere! I made several of these for xmas gifts a few years ago. Made a few for myself too 🙂

 

 

Floppy Things and a poet

Crocheted Floppy Hat

I needed a gray hat. And floppy is fun because I can shift it around to get different looks.  The pattern built itself as I went along with it. So I got that out of the way and went back to knitting. Right now, I’m on bag 4, got # 3 done with the new cotton yarn. It’s a cotton blend from Red Heart called “Eco-Cotton Blend” 75% recycled cotton. Nice to work with. Lighter cotton than my other bags, but just as strong.

Market bag #3

I tried to do rolled handles on this one. They feel nice, but I think for added strength, I’ll crochet a little at the corners. It’s floppy too. 🙂

Now onto other things,….I wanted to just write a little tiny bit about the 100 year old Japanese poetress Toyo Shibata that I discovered when I did some searching the other day.

As soon as I saw a picture of her, I felt the love,wisdom and gentleness that came from her image. Made me smile. I wish there was an English translation of all her poems. Guess I’ll wait for it. She inspired me so much- I was able to find one poem that someone translated.

Glad I followed my instincts and impulses.

I’m thinking about a little home made book, that contains inspirational thoughts, quotes, poems, little messages from the internal whispers, little picture or two. Something I can take with me and just flip to any page and know it will bring me a smile.

Goofy passion for red and white striped socks :)

I know it’s weird. It happened when I was really young and read a book about pippi long stockings. If I am remembering rightly.

I can’t get enough red and white stripped socks it seems. And I wear them with everything. I could be wearing a purple shirt and blue jeans and still wear those socks! I’m just not into fashion at all. I’m into wearing what makes me feel good. Giddy even!

I’ve knit spiral pattern knee high socks in red and white striped. 🙂  They are my fav!

I’ve also got this urge of late, to wear sparkly stuff. I don’t know why. Don’t ask me. It’s just a “thing” and I’m going with it 🙂

Now that I’m thinking about this, I need to get some red shoes 😀

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