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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


Dragon Scale Shrug


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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Just a Quick Update

Wow! It’s been busy around here, with 2 daughters graduating, and a son finishing up his sophomore year in high school! My Step-Daughter had just graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio, the commencement ceremony was on Memorial Day. It was very exciting, First Lady Michelle Obama was there and spoke to the graduating class, also the commencement address was by Marian Wright Edelman, who is the founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund! This coming Sunday, May 31, is my Daughters commencement. She is graduating from high school, and will be attending a local Community College in the fall. My eldest son just finished a month of Physical Therapy last week and is doing well. His PCP is very happy with his continued progress though all of his health challenges. We are so very proud of both of our girls, and both of our boys, and all of their achievements! Love and Congrats to them all! <3

Through all of this, I still crocheted, taking it wherever I go. I even crocheted on the 2-1/2 hour car trip down to Oberlin, Ohio for the commencement. I have finished crocheting the various versions of the “Winter into Summer Hat”, now renamed “A Hat for All Seasons Peasant Hat”. I have a pattern written up, but still need to get photos of the hats. After the photos are taken, and last minute proof-reading and editing, if needed, then I will be putting the pattern up for purchase. Right now I am working on another hat, similar in shape to the “AHfAS” Peasant Hat, but much more lacy, worked up in size 10 cotton, and it will definitely be something for summer. If it doesn’t work out as a hat, it’ll be a very pretty doily instead ;)

Learning Something New, Knooking!

I’m taking a short break on the Winter into Summer Hat pattern/project right now because my husband got me a new “toy”, The Knook basic beginners kit by Leisure Arts. For only $7? Why not! Knooking is basically knitting with a modified crochet hook and I remember seeing this kit a year or so ago and being fascinated by the idea. I can knit and feel I am fairly accomplished in my knitting, I’m definitely way beyond the basics, I just crochet more than I knit. I’ve also been crocheting many more years longer than I’ve been knitting, so knitting with a crochet hook? Yes, please! I’ve been playing around with it since last night after getting comfortable with holding the “knook” (knitting hook) and making the knit and purl stitches. I found that I have to hold this particular hook more like holding a knitting needle than how I hold a crochet hook to be comfortable. Once I got the basics down, I decided to jump right into making a cable. Last night, I got the hang of making a front cable (holding the stitches to the front), and today I’m trying the back cable (holding the stitches to the back). Next I want to try lacework, with the yarn overs and knitting/purling 2 together stuff. It seems you can do anything that can be done on the needles on the knook and with having a cord hold the unworked stitches as you work, there is no accidentally dropping a stitch, and I found frogging back to fix a mistake is much easier. The only down side I’ve found is that the knooks are more difficult to find and it looks like, in my limited research, there aren’t as many hook sizes and it seems the smallest size is 4.00mm. So, it seems the downside of knooking is the limited hook size choices. I have seen around the web that some people have made their own knooks from regular crochet hooks made from plastic or bamboo, of even from Tunisian (afghan), or double-ended, hooks. What makes the knook different from a crochet hook is a cord attached to the bottom of the hook, whether through a hole or some other method. THIS is one persons way of making a Knook.

What I thought would be fun is a project combining crochet a knitting without having to change from a hook to needles or vice versa. I thought it would be worth the try, anyway.




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