Saturday, January 28, 2017

A Second Pussy Hat Pattern


Hi all!

 Lately, I've been a little overwhelmed by the negativity coming from the eight-day-old administration. I made another pussy hat pattern to try to relax. Here's the pattern, using worsted weight yarn this time.

 Materials:
 Worsted weight yarn (less than 170 yds)
 H hook
 G hook
 Tapestry needle to weave in ends

 Abbreviations:
 Ch - chain
 Dc - double crochet
 Fpdc - front-post double crochet
 Bpdc - back-post double crochet

Pattern

Starting with a H hook...
1. Chain 38.

2. Dc in third chain from hook. Dc in each ch. When you reach the end (36 stitches), rotate the piece 180° and dc back across the bottom of the ch stitches you already dc-ed into. In total, you will have 72 stitches. Join to the first dc with a slip stitch. Ch 2. Do not turn. 




3. Dc into stitch slipped into from previous round. Dc in each stitch around. Join to the first stitch with a slip stitch. Ch 2. Do not turn.
Repeat step 3 until piece measures 6-6.5 inches long (approximately 12 additional rounds).

Switch to G hook...
4. *Fpdc, bpdc. Repeat from * around. Join to first fpdc with slip stitch. Ch 2. Do not turn.

5. Repeat previous round two more times. Do not chain at end. Break yarn. Secure yarn. Weave in ends.

I hear for the scientists march that brain hats will be accessory of choice. Stay tuned for a pattern for one of those!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Spiralis Hat


It's been a pretty dreary day here in Maryland. Sleet and freezing rain has kept me inside all day. But with that time, I was finally able to write up my first original knitted hat pattern. It won 1st place at the Maryland State Fair in the original design category in 2016. The judges liked it. Now the pattern is written up and available for the world to make. (I know I look a little angry in the first photo, but it's the best one I have of me wearing the hat.) You can find the pattern here and here.

 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Chunky Pussy Hat


I know I'm behind on this. But don't take this as me trying to pile on the bandwagon. I have loathed Screaming Carrot Demon from the start. He is a danger to our country, to diversity, to kindness in this society. Darth Cheeto could put my best friend on a list because she wears a hijab. Agent Orange could take away my health insurance and the insurance of 20 million other Americans. All of this is unacceptable.

I couldn't make it to the Women's March on Washington today, but here is a pattern I made for the Pussy Hat.

Materials:
K hook
J hook
Bulky weight yarn (just over 120 yds)

Abbreviations:
Ch - chain
Hdc - half-double crochet
Fpdc - front-post double crochet
Bpdc - back-post double crochet


Pattern:

Starting with a K hook...
1. Chain 30.
2. Hdc in third chain from hook. Hdc in each ch. When you reach the end (28 stitches), rotate the piece 180° and hdc back across the bottom of the ch stitches you already hdc-ed into. In total, you will have 56 stitches. Join to the first hdc with a slip stitch. Ch 1. Do not turn.



3. Hdc into stitch slipped into from previous round. Hdc in each stitch around. Join to the first stitch with a slip stitch. Ch 1.
Repeat step 3 until piece measures 6-6.5 inches long (approximately 12 additional rounds).

Switch to J hook....
4. Ch 1 more (should have 2 ch stitches to start this round). *Fpdc, bpdc. Repeat from * around. Join to first fpdc with slip stitch. Ch 2. Do not turn.
5. Repeat previous round. Do not chain at end. Break yarn. Secure yarn. Weave in ends.

The next four years will be long. Keep fighting. Keep moving forward. Keep the panic up. Do not let society normalize what is going on. Don't give up.

"A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it's in hot water."
-Eleanor Roosevelt

We are in hot water now. We must be strong.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Just got my first 1-star review on Etsy and it isn't even my fault

I just need to get this out because I'm upset about it.

I sold a crochet pattern to someone at the end of December 2016. He messaged me yesterday saying that he had never received the item. I messaged him back saying that he purchased an electronic download, the link was in an email Etsy sent him. We had a few more emails back and forth about.

I refused to offer him a refund. I can't. It's an electronic download. If I offer a refund, I can never get the item he purchased back. And I'm sticking to my guns on this.

Now he left a 1-star review and my overall rating is down to 3 stars. I'm upset about this. My buyer didn't read the title, the first image (it has the word pattern on it), and the first line of the description. The second word of the title is "PATTERN".

I feel like I'm being punished for someone else's mistake and I'm worried it's going to affect future sales because my current rating is relatively low.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

687


 I'm going to be brief. I've already worked almost 30 hours this week and it's only Wednesday. But thus is the life sometimes of a QC chemist.

I missed posting the donation of three scrap yarn hats in April (probably because I had just moved back to Maryland or was days away from moving).

Here are the pics of the three hats from April and seven items donated in December 2016:


Items:
-4 hats
-1 earwarmer
-2 knitted cowls (both scrap yarn)

Cheers!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

677


Hi, all. I just accepted a job in Maryland so I will be moving back very soon. In the meantime, I'm trying to whittle down my yarn stash so that I have less to ship back. This turns into hats and mittens and donations to Jee Jee at ARC. Here are the latest:

Donated items:
-16 hats
-2 knitted hats

-2 pairs of adult mittens

-1 pair of child's mittens

Those of you who are mathematically inclined may have noticed that I donated 21 items above but my total increased by 22. The extra item was a hat that I gave to a woman I met at a knitting group in Columbia, MD. She makes and collects handmade hats for children at a local elementary school. One less cold head.

Cheers!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Second Knee Surgery

Today I had the second knee surgery for the ACL injury from last June. Over the last seven months, physical therapy has been trying to get the range of motion back into my leg. In the last three months, there has been no change. I couldn't straighten the knee all the way or bend it all the way. It hurt to stand (to the point where I would lean on the other leg most of the time) and it hurt to walk, every step.

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Today my surgeon went back into the knee and removed scar tissue adhesions that had developed including one called a cyclops lesion. Now, I'm my surgeon's second patient ever to develop one after an ACL reconstruction.

In the meantime, I resigned from job in Texas. I was missing home too much. I'm going to move back to Maryland in the coming weeks.