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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. Β 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. πŸ™‚

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.


Mindless knitting and a wee neck scarf

When I was a teenager, I had a very crafty boyfriend and he made me a leather bracelet out of one strand of leather, but it looked braided. Man, I loved that thing! He eventually showed me how he did it. Thank goodness! It was a puzzle for awhile πŸ™‚

While cruising blogs I came across a free pattern: the Cable Braided Necklace by Olga Buraya-Kefelian from her blog Olgajazzy. And it reminded me of that bracelet of so long ago. Very similar. However, I went back to his idea, and knitted one long band and worked that through the holes and it came out lovely.

I cast on 13 stitches. And since I worked a few of these in different colors yesterday, I played with the stitches to see what looked best when pulled through the hole.

Row 1-4 Knit

Row 5: Knit 2, purl till last two stitches, knit 2

Row 6: Knit

Repeat Rows 5-6 for 9 rows, ending back on the knit side

Then knit 6, yo, knit two together, knit to end.

Purl across the next row.

So every ninth row will be a YO one. And I made 10 to 11 holes in the length. (Whatever fits around your neck of course)

BO when your feel it’s long enough. Finish the ends. Then take one end of the band, and come through the underside of the top hole, pulling up through completely. This makes a nice lily petal I guess you could call it.

I’m not used to writing out directions and I hope I did okay. Enough for anyone who wanted to play with this that is πŸ™‚

You continue pulling the end through until all the holes are worked. Then it’s just a matter of taking one end of this lily petal braid, and pulling it through the last hole of the other end. No need for a button. It holds just by it’s nature. You could pin a brooch inbetween the ends. Or sew a button. You can make it longer and add a section of lace knitting to it for more flourish. You can do whatever you want πŸ™‚

Knitting is calming to me and some days it’s nice to knit something simple, mindless, with left over bits of yarn. It was a fun project and I enjoyed the day making several of these.

When my Mom passed, I was given lots of her costume jewelry. Plenty of brooches-and now I have a few little neck scarf huggies to place them on πŸ™‚ So Mom, this one is for you!


trying to live as lightly as possible on our beautiful planet

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