Wednesday, July 23, 2014


This is a re-blog from LION BRAND YARN.

31 Ways Knitting and Crochet Can Change Your Life and Make You Healthier
17 Lion Brand Notebook / by Danielle / 5 hours ago
The research is in and there’s no denying it: people who knit and crochet have a much better chance at staying healthy, being happy and getting organized.

In the past few years, reports from authoritative sources such as CNN, the Huffington Post and Oxford University, cite evidence to support the fact that knitting and crochet can change your life in many ways … and for the better.

Health is a serious matter for all of us, so we took some time to compile our favorite writings on the matter; articles from Lion Brand bloggers such as Kathryn Vercillo and investigative reports from mainstream media outlets like the Washington Post.

We hope that you find this round-up useful and that you’ll include knitting and crochet as part of your personal health and wellness plan. It works!

31 Ways that Knitting and Crochet Can Change Your Life

Relieve depression.
Promote mental health.
Reduce anxiety.
Process grief.
Alleviate cabin fever during winter months.
Reduce Stress.
Practise mindfulness and meditation.
Create a non-medicinal, feel-good high.
Protect the brain from damage incurred by aging.
Learn discipline, empathy, patience.
Lose weight.
Relieve insomnia.
Relieve chronic pain.
Keep your brain fit.
Think clearer.
Reduce negative thoughts.
Reduce or postpone dementia.
Improve your mood.
Get organized.
Build self-esteem.
Avoid cognitive impairment.
Delay memory loss.
Control eating disorders.
Find friends.
Reduce irritability and restlessness.
Control addictions.
Get strong.
Practice prayer.
Give to others.
Build community.
:: Get the pattern shown above: Aromatherapy Eye Pillows (pattern available in knit and crochet) ::

Thursday, May 22, 2014


The link to Free Vintage was broken and finally a kind person at Ravelry brought it to my attention. So this is a repost with corrected link and step by step information. Apologies to all.

Hi everybody!
Although this is an old pattern, I'm calling it mine because I rewrote and reworked it in today's English crochet terms. I found the pattern HERE at Free Vintage I was looking for something quick for some instant gratification and this looked perfect. I grabbed some size 3 crochet thread and a 2.75 or C hook.
Now let me tell you, I'm an old hand at reading and writing patterns, but it was like this was written in some other language. After just the first couple of rows I was confused. So I *did it and frogged it* repeat *to* several times! Finally I got smart, got some paper and pen and wrote the pattern as I made it. Feel free of course to use the one from Vintage (you ought to see it and try it even to appreciate what I have done to it) but the following step-by-step will save you a lot of time and frustration.
2.75 or C hook
Size #3 crochet cotton

Rnd 1/ ch 7, join with ss to form a ring, {Do not use magic circle, this pattern needs the ss join.} ch 5, dc in ring *1dc, ch 2* 7 more times. After last ch 2, ss in 3rd ch of ch 5. You should have 8 spokes and 8 spaces.

Rnd 2/ ch3, 4 dc in next space (for total of 5), 5 dc in each space around. (5x8=40 dc) ss to top of first ch 3.

Rnd 3/ ch 3, skip 1st dc ( which is the one your ch 3 came out of) 1 dc in each of next 7 dc, *ch 5, dc in next 8 dc, ch 5 *. Repeat * to * around and join with ss to top of ch 3. (40/8=5 so you have your 5 points started.) this rnd has 8 dc in each point and 1 ch 5 space between.
There is no joining from here till the finish.

Rnd 4/ ch 5, sc in ch 5 loop of previous row. Ch 5 and skipping the 1st dc, *dc in next 6 dc, ch 5* around. ( you are skipping first and last of 8 dc in previous rnd so you now have 6 dc at each point and 2 ch 5 spaces between.

Rnd 5/ with last ch 5 on hook, sc in 1st loop, ch 5 and dc in 2nd dc in previous rnd, dc in next 3 dc for total of 4 dc, ch 5, sc in loop, ch 5, sc in next loop then ch 5 and dc into 2nd dc of next point. Remember we are skipping 1st and last dc of previous rnd. Continue around. You should have 4 dc in each point separated by 3 ch 5 loops.

Rnd 6/ with last ch 5 from rnd 5 on hook, dc in 2nd dc of point,
and 1dc in next dc. Now you have 2 dc in point. Make 3 ch 5, sc loops then another ch 5 to dc in next point. Do this around until you have 2 dc at each point separated by 4 ch 5 loops.

Rnd 7/ 1 dc in each point and 5 ch 5 spaces between each dc.

Rnd 8/ edging. You may use the original edging or any one you like. I did this: 3 sc, ch 2, 3 sc in each loop around.
(When you pin it to block, remember this is not a circle, it is a hexagon.)
That's it! I hope I've made it clear and simple and if you find any mistakes, please contact me.
If you extend the loop rounds then do a couple or three rows of plain single crochet for the band, this makes a lovely slouch hat, join several together for a larger piece, do red, white, and blue for 4th of July. I even think this souls make a nice rug in chunky yarn.
Crochet every single day,

Friday, May 9, 2014


Hi everyone,

Finally got past my eye surgeries and am back to blogging. As I has said in a previous post, I want to do more designing but have not been able to do much lately. However, Sangeetha of CROCHETKARI has been doing just that. She is my very best friend in this world (besides my husband) and she has done more in her two years of blogging than I could dream of, although we started our blogs at about the same time.

She is celebrating her 100th post, has published her first pattern (PDF) which you can read about HERE, got her own domain and redesigned her blog AND opened her CROCHETKARI ETSY SHOP.

I hope you will help celebrate her Blogaversary this month with me as I could never fit it in a singular post. This is only an introductory post in case you have not discovered her on your own yet. LOL

Crochet Every Single Day,

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


I found this quite a while ago and now cannot find source. Well there is a source but it leads nowhere, so if this is familiar to you, let me know and I will give the author due attribute.


I've had a problem with too many projects, and often times I need that hook I was using for an older, hibernating project for a shiny new project. The problem then arises when I go back to the old project, often one without instructions or one where I've gleefully ignored the instructions, and can't remember what hook I was using (and/or found out in shifting it I've accidentally ripped out a bunch of work).

Then it hit me - an idea so simple I can't believe they're not on every store in the country! Maybe because they think people finish one project before they go on to another? (*snort*) Or maybe because it's so simple. Grab a large necklace hook, a piece of thread, and some beads - regular and alphabet - and VOILA!

The necklace clasp goes around the working loop to keep it from unraveling, and the alphabet bead reminds you what hook you are using! You can also use numbers, if you're using steel hooks or one of the 'in-between-the letters' aluminum hooks. Totally simple to quickly slap together a whole set!

I think this is genius and just had to share.

Crochet Every Single Day,