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Hydrocephalus Awareness – Jonathan’s Story

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My son, he is just one of the many reasons why we need Awareness.

Taking a break from posting about crochet, because I have decided to share my sons story since he just recently had to have another shunt revision surgery.

Hydrocephalus Awareness and Research is needed very badly. The ONLY treatment for this condition is surgery and the insertion of a shunt into the brain, which can plug, break, or malfunction. There is no cure for it either because Hydrocephalus is the result of other conditions or problems with the brain, whether it is congenital (developed before birth) or acquired. It’s estimated that 1 to 2 of every 1,000 babies are born with Hydrocephalus and many more children and adults develop it later due to severe head injury or by other means causing a blockage in the brain causing excess fluid to build up in the skull. Without treatment, it could cause severe brain damage and even death.

Jonathan’s Hydrocephalus Story

Jonathan was born with Aqueductal Stenosis and Chiari Malformation Type 1. Both conditions are brain abnormalities that happen during development in the womb before birth that cause congenital hydrocephalus, commonly known as “water on the brain”. The only treatment for this condition is the insertion of a shunt into the brain. A shunt consists of some kind of regulating hardware, like a valve, either a programmable or fixed pressure, with 2 catheters, the proximal that goes into the ventricles of the brain, and the distal, that ends in the peritoneal cavity in the abdomen (VP shunt) or into the aorta of the heart (VA shunt), both connects to the shunt valve. Jonathan has a VP shunt with a programmable valve. Sometimes there is another piece of hardware needed to help the valve control the flow of the CSF (cerebral-spinal fluid). For Jonathan, that is a gravity compensator that “closes” when he is upright to slow down the flow of fluid through the shunt, and “opens” when he is laying down to help it drain a little more. Since Jonathan was about a year and a half old, up until today, he has had 74 surgeries for his shunt, including the first placement of it at 17mos old. He is now 23yrs old. He has also had 2 surgeries, called Decompressions, to correct the Chiari Malformation, which is a condition where the cerebellum of the brain is herniated down into the spinal cord through the small opening at the back base of the skull. His first decompression was when he was 23mos old and the 2nd was just in May of 2014, when he was 21yrs old, almost 22. The Aqueductal Stenosis is a narrowing of a “tube” in the brain call the Aqueduct of Sylvus that is between the 3rd and 4th ventricles causing it almost impossible for the CSF to flow through causing a build up of fluid in the brain.

All of these surgeries are considered to be brain surgery and as of 11-05-15, at the age of 23 years old, between the shunt and the Chiari, he has had a total of 76 brain surgeries. This is why we need Hydrocephalus awareness and research for better treatment for this condition.

(On top of all of that, he also has Asperger’s Syndrome.)

New Pattern for Purchase!

It’s called Faerie Magic! Other than that, I’m not sure what to really call this. A cowl? Poncho? Hood? or even a Skirt? How about all 4 in 1!

Very quick and easy to make, using a 6.50 mm hook and a couple of skeins of the Red Heard Boutique Magical Yarn, this accessory can be finished in just a day or 2!

It comes written for 3 sizes: Small, Medium, and Large.

Purchase it HERE, on RAVELRY, or CRAFTSY for $2.50.


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RIP Spike, The Great Lump

It is a sad day here today in the Christensen household.

One of our cats, Spike, passed quietly during the night last night. He would have been turning 8years old next month on the 2nd. He came home to us when he was around 3 months old and it’s been a wonderful almost 8 years with him in our family.

RIP Great Lump, we love you.




Knitsy Issue #25


Remember when I said I had some exciting news to share? Well, now is the time to share!

I have my very first published pattern! I was contacted by the editor of Knitsy Magazine last month asking to feature my Dragon Scale Head Kerchief in the next issue of their magazine and here it is ready for download! You can read the issue online and download individual patterns, or download the entire issue onto your iPhone!

You can see it here online: Knitsy Issue #25 at mycraftacademy

or here at the App Store: Knitsy App


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New Patterns now for Purchase

I now have the Daughter of Dragons Shrug and the Plus Sizes pattern for the Dragon Scale Shrug up and ready for purchase.

Daughter of Dragons Shrug can be found HERE, on Ravelry, and on Craftsy

Dragon Scale Shrug Plus Sizes can be found HERE, on Ravelry, and on Craftsy

Both for $5.00 each


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In other news, I am back to working on the shawl eBook. This is my first, so I’m not sure when I will be finished with it yet. Also, my exciting news! Not gonna say yet, but I should be making my announcement at the end of this month/beginning of October, So stay tuned!

A (Not So) Quick Note

Exciting things are happening here!

The actual main reason I am posting, is that very soon I will be making a very exciting announcement! Don’t want to spoil it right now, but it should be within a couple of weeks, so keep checking back! (Hint: It has something to do with one of my patterns!)

I’m still working on the eBook idea, and I took a bit of a break to “throw together” the Spiderweb Skirt by Josi Hannon Madera for my garb for the Michigan Renaissance Festival. I finished it in just a bit less than a week. It makes a wonderful underskirt for the Ren Faire garb, especially if the over-skirt is lifted a bit in the front.

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I had made the Spiderweb Skirt about 5 years ago in cotton worsted, but I didn’t think about how much cotton will relax and “stretch” with wear, so the skirt ended up being too long, so I made ties to hitch up the front to keep my feet from getting caught in the web lace. It’s still cool though, because then the back kind of drags like a train and it makes a fun underskirt for faire garb. It’s my fault though, I added 4 more rows for length when I just should have stopped at the written row count, taking the cotton fiber in consideration, making it in acrylic I added 3 more rows for length and it falls just to my ankle which is what I wanted. I love the feel of the cotton, though, after washing and wearing so much it gets really soft. When we went on opening day, I wore the cotton skirt, with my Hooded Dragon Scale Shrug, and a Dragon Shawl by Collette A. Perry around my waist. I received many positive comments about my shrug all day. I also crocheted the hat I’m wearing in the first pic. It’s made in size 10 cotton in a lacy pattern.

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I’m making one more Spiderweb Skirt in Midknight Blue and it’s almost finished. The skirt looks wonderful alone too, I like to wear tights or leggings under it. Very fun to wear! I really recommend this pattern, it’s a lot of fun to make and simple too.




Checking In

Yes, I’m still around. I apologize that I have been so silent lately, so much has been going on with life in general and I’m not one to blog about my personal life very much, unless crochet is involved somehow, anyway. I know I have talked about a new hat pattern in my previous posts, and I do plan on getting that up for sale, as soon as I am able to get decent photos of the finished hats. I finally got a mannequin head for hat photos, so hopefully soon.

I did have a bit of a creative dry spell after the hats were finished, but my creative muse has recently come back with an idea for a pattern eBook. It will be patterns for shawls, wraps, and possibly a capelet or 2.

(I do have bit of a personal update under the “read more” at the bottom of this post.)

This will most likely be the only time you will see me write so much about any of my personal life. I will most likely stick to my crochet talk and new upcoming patterns in future posts. I am very excited about the eBook project. I already have a wrap, 2 different triangle shawls, and a hooded capelet, all waiting to be written up. The hat pattern is already written, just waiting for photos and some minor editing done.

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Digital Portraits Commissions Available

Amigurumi Adipose

Photo Tutorial for the Fingers and Toes Only


Amigurumi "Fat" Baby Pattern FAQ & Errata

This Errata post is for my original pattern of the Amigurumi "Fat" Baby that was available before September 12, 2014

Please refer to this page for any questions about the Amigurumi "Fat" Baby, or you can download the new updated Amigurumi Adipose pattern.


Amigurumi Adipose

My Amigurumi Adipose pattern has been featured on BBCAmerica.com along with other great Doctor Who Crochet and Knit patterns.

Current Project

Faerie Tale Cape


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