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It’s a New Year! Welcome 2016…

Yeah, I know, January is close to half over now, but I am still recovering from the holidays and the end of 2015, and trying to get back on track. After having almost spring like weather all thought December and the beginning January, I am also trying to adjust to the sudden winter weather and the cold air we have here in southeast Michigan right now. My hands get very cold, stiff, and painful, very easily in this kind of weather, so it can make crocheting very difficult. What I really need to do is find where I put the fingerless mitts I made back in the winter of 2014 and start wearing them all of the time. Or I can just make a new pair.

I started a couple of fairly ambitious projects last year that pretty much went on the back-burner when I needed to work on the holiday projects and gifts, but I am hoping to get them finished and up for purchase hopefully before summer is here, or at least before Christmas. I have the A Hat for All Seasons peasant style slouchy hat written up, but still haven’t gotten the photos taken of the finished hats yet, so my goal for that one is to have up by spring at the latest. I am still working on the shawl eBook also, which still needs a lot of work done and samples to be made, so it’s a good chance it won’t be ready for awhile yet.

I do have a new free pattern in the works though. It’s a simple, quick and easy, winter cowl that highlights a vintage stitch called the Waistcoat crochet stitch that mimics the look of the knitted stockinette stitch at first glance, but it yields a heavier fabric than the knitted stockinette stitch. I have it paired up with the 3rd loop half double crochet stitch for a simple stripe like texture to the finished cowl. The stitch pattern makes for a wonderful and warm unisex cowl. It will be written for one size, but easily customized for any size desired for men, women, boys, and girls of any age, since it is meant to be made just only slightly larger that your head circumference, but it could also be made to be much longer, or larger circumference, if desired. I made a few up for Christmas gifts and they were a hit with the recipients! I will hopefully have this pattern ready within the next week or so.

Keep checking back, I am hoping to have a lot more goodies coming up this year!

 

If there is anything you would like see this year, a project, pattern, photo tutorial, etc., please leave a comment!

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Not Happy with the Changes, Crochet Me.

Well, this is disappointing. I haven’t been on the Crochet Me website in awhile, in maybe almost a year, and I don’t like the changes it’s gone through. I’m not sure how long it’s been since the website revamp, but it wasn’t like this when I last visited. My entire profile, including my bio, was wiped, plus I can’t even view my public profile to see what others see, if there is even one anymore. All it had left was my user pic and my user name. I couldn’t even find my patterns that I had posted there very easily. I had joined the site way back in 2007, long before Interweave Press took over, and I liked it much better back then, it was a nice little crochet community with forums and pattern sharing for the amateur designers and crocheters, now it’s all commercial, not a much of a community anymore, in my opinion. I did a search for one of my patterns and I did find it, so through that and clicking on my user name in the post, I found the list of my patterns there. but they can not be found in the “Free Members Patterns” index. I also looked to try to edit one of my pattern pages because I noticed something funky in the text in the summary, but there isn’t any edit button I can see. I would visit to check on my CM profile and update it, if needed, and check on my pattern pages, at least once or twice a year, but now I’m not very inclined to do that anymore. I also had a second account that I used for downloading patterns I find on the email newsletters, but that profile is gone now.

I had also found that the link I had to my CM profile on my links list in my sidebar didn’t work anymore, so I updated it, but I’m debating if I really want to keep it there. The few patterns I have on CM, I have here anyway and I’m able to keep them current here, so I really don’t see the point in keeping the link up.

Cold Weather Wristies ~ Free Pattern

A WordPress Exclusive Free Pattern!

The cold weather is pretty much here in SE Michigan and I’ve already started wearing my winter coat and gloves. The one problem that I have, and it happens every year, is cold wrists. That ever present gap between the end of the glove and beginning of the sleeve of my coat. I try to pull the sleeve over the bottom of my gloves, but as soon as I have to move, my wrists end up becoming exposed again. In the past I have tried to squeeze my long fingerless mitts into my gloves, but it’s a tight fit and not very comfortable and the mitts are not large enough to be put on over the gloves.

Last night I decided to make just a pair of simple longish wrist warmers that start at my wrist and covers to just up under the sleeve of my coat and they work wonderfully!

For this pattern, I used the Foundation Half Double Crochet as the foundation and the 1st round combined. If you are not familiar with it, there is a wonderful tutorial over at Moogly with both a video and written/photo tutorials. I also use the 3rd loop half double crochet stitch, where there is another great tutorial over at Moogly also, if this is a new technique for you.

This is a very simple and quick to stitch pattern. I have written it for about a 7-7 1/2 inch circumference (slightly stretched) and it measures about 5 inches long, but you should be able to customize it fairly easily by adding or subtracting stitches in the first row before joining to work in the round for a larger or smaller circumference and you can also make it any length you would like.

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Sizes:

One Size  7 – 7-1/2 in. circ. slightly stretched, 5 in. long

Materials:

4.50mm hook
Any 4/Worsted Weight yarn

Stitches used are in US terminology

Terms used with abbreviations:

ch – chain
fhdc – foundation half double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
slst -slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)

Gauge:

7hdc and 6 rows in half double crochet

 

Note: This pattern has not been tested. Please let me know if there is anything that is unclear. Thanks

 

Pattern

Do not turn at the end of the rounds. The beginning ch 1 of every row does not count as a stitch.

Foundation and Rnd 1: 25 fhdc, join with slst in 1 st made.

Rnd 2 – 10: Ch 1, hdc in the 3rd loop in the back of the same st as joining and in each of the sts around, join with slst in the top of 1st hdc of round. (25 3rd loop hdc)

Rnd 11 -15: Ch 1, hdc in same st as joining and in each of the sts around, join with slst in the top of the 1st hdc of round. (25 hdc)

Finish off, weave in ends

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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 traumatic means, such as a brain tumor, 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.)

Update: As of November 3, 2016: Jonathan had his 75th Shunt Surgery at 24 years of age, making that a total of 77 Brain Surgeries.

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.

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