Faith Hope Love Ambigram Chart

“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13

Inspired by some images of tattoos that I’ve seen, I made this Faith Hope Love ambigram chart. It is 61-stitches wide by 80-stitches tall.

Chart begins on a wrong-side row.

And here’s a link to the PDF file – Faith Hope Love Ambigram

I was hoping to make it for above my front door. However, I think that no matter the thread size I use, it will be too big.



Five-Shell Bavarian Rectangle Rug

I’ve added this pattern to the Ravelry database, here.

Our front bathroom needed a rug in front of the sink. Since I’ve been feeling frugal, I decided to just make something, rather than buying one. Please excuse the bad phone photos.

I tried an existing pattern to make a Bavarian rectangle, but it was too long and narrow – more like a runner.

I could find no instructions for making a 5-shell Bavarian rectangle, so I made my own.

Each shell needs a foundation of 7 chains (3 for each side and 1 in the middle that you work the shell into). In between each shell, there is 1 chain for a single crochet.

Because the beginning shell uses part of the foundation chain, that bit of chain is counted as a triple crochet in the shell. At the opposite end, you work into the last chain stitch.

Foundation chain – 41.

7 tc in 5th ch from hook. Skip 3. (Sc next ch. Skip 3. 8 tc next stitch.) In the last chain you will be making 16 tc (wrapping around so you can begin working in the opposite side of the chain).

Single crochet in all the single crochets and put 8 tc in all the places where there’s already 8 tc (including the last shell).

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Now, you’re ready to begin doing your regular Bavarian work with the Cluny groups.

I used a chain of 4 in my Cluny groups, rather than a chain of 5. This worked better for me, as the chain 5 seems to be a little too tall.

I used Red Heart Super Saver in the colors Baby Blue, Soft Navy and White. I used a 5.5mm hook.

It is nice and squishy to stand on, in front of the sink. As I’d hoped, it isn’t too terribly slippery. I figured that if it was, I could just use some of that rubber mat stuff underneath, if necessary. Thankfully, it has been fine.

This took me a few weeks to make, because I kept putting it down. This stitch kind of aggravates my arthritis.

Phone Pillows

I go through spurts where I read a lot. Most of the books that I read, I read on either my phone or a tablet. My tablet cover has a built-in stand, but my phone does not. Since I’m lazy, I needed a way to hold my phone on my desk when I’m at work. The hunt was on for a way to make a stand. There are some great ideas out there. I stumbled across one that was crochet and I thought it was perfect. Because, you know, I have a lot of yarn…

On March 7th I made a phone pillow using this pattern.

It’s a super-simple design and took me about 4 or 5 hours to complete, with several breaks. I crocheted this in Red Heart Super Saver in the colorway Black Light. I used a 4.0mm hook. I stuffed the pillow with some yarn that I don’t like. I don’t think I stuffed the back quite enough, but it works perfectly.

I liked this pattern so much that I made a second one, in Red Heart Super Saver – Pink Camo. The Black Light one I took out to my dark office and I use the Pink Camo one in the house (on my lap). Interestingly, I stuffed the camo one a bit more and I think I really like it better the way I made the first.

The pattern is so easy and works up so quickly, you could make one for everyone!




River Fire Hat

So, there still hasn’t been a whole lot going on around here. My life has been fairly quiet – which is the way I like it. But, I do realize that I’ve completed a few projects since my last post. I will create a new post for each project.

The hat that I mentioned that I was making, I finished on February 18th. It is the River Fire hat by Varian Brandon. It took me almost two months to finish.

I used Red Heart Yarn’s Anne Geddes Baby Solids in the colors Bluebell and Daffodil. I was wanting to use the blue and a white color, but when I went back to the store they had no more white in that brand – just the yellow.

I used my 3.5mm knook to knit this hat, using the stranded technique. I used the first method described – making the ear flaps first.

I knew that I didn’t want to make i-cord for the ties. So, I used this video to learn how to make the braids for the hat.

This was my first time using the i-cord bind off and I really like it a lot. I can see why it’s such a popular bind off for sweaters.

I added this photo so that you could (hopefully) see the pattern a little better. I made a mistake on the first row of the scroll pattern, at the bottom. I was quite a ways in before realizing the mistake happened – I didn’t feel like ripping it all back to redo it.

The hat is a bit big, but that’s okay because I don’t like tight things around my head. The fact that it’s a long hat means that it’s slouchy. The fold-over helps keep it where it should be on my head. The ear flaps are a little too big and come quite far down my neck, but I really prefer that to them being too small.

Because it’s a stranded-knit hat, it is double thick. Nice and warm. I wore it several times during the winter.

There was an error in chart 7. Row 3, stitches 18 and 19 should be filled in squares.

I really enjoyed making this hat. It is a beautiful pattern. Naturally, when working in the round there is a jog. But, the tassel hangs down to the bottom of the hat and hides this feature nicely.

If you are looking for a fun, unique hat to wear yourself or make as a gift, do make this hat.


Quick Update

Hello everyone! I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything.

It was a false alarm, for my youngest son and his girlfriend. False positive on the pregnancy test. 😦

Not much is going on around here. I’ve been working a lot, the last couple of months and haven’t really done much crafting. But, I am currently working on a hat for myself.

Central Oregon has been hit with a lot of snow and very cold temperatures. So, we’ve been dealing with the challenges that come with that situation.

I hope this note finds everyone happy and healthy!


Happy News!

My youngest son and his girlfriend are expecting their first child! I’m very happy for them and am looking forward to holding a baby! You can probably expect to see me making more baby stuff, pretty soon. 🙂


Cowl for James

I’ve been on a colorwork kick, again. It really is fun to do. I love watching the pattern emerge, row by row.

I decided that my sweetie needed a new cowl. And, since it needed to be thick, I decided to make it a Fair Isle thing. I used Red Heart Super saver for the decorative portion of the cowl.

I used the colorwork chart from the A carreaux pattern. I re-wrote the chart to make it repeatable and made it 80-stitches wide. Using the Alba cowl as a guide, I made the charted portion of the cowl 31 stitches and did 5 rounds of 2×2 rib on the top and bottom.


I wish that I would’ve put a couple of rows of garter stitch between the ribbing and the pattern. Because I didn’t, it looks like the ribbing is infiltrating the Fair Isle. Bah!

In order to make sure that the cowl was super-thick and warm, I decided to make a liner. For this, I used Red Heart Soft yarn. I made the liner 41 rows of gray. It was not tall enough. So, I added a few rounds of black Soft yarn to the top and bottom. I’m not sure what the bind off I did was, but I sewed the liner to the main cowl at the same time.

WordPress is being difficult and won’t let me upload a photo of the liner. That’s okay, it’s just plain stockinette in gray yarn with a little bit of black on the top and bottom. I’m sure your imagination can show you what it looks like.

I cast on a foundation chain of 80 stitches with a 6mm hook. I knit the body of the cowl with a 5mm knook. I also bound off with a 6mm hook.

Because I seem to very much enjoy color knitting, I decided to get a Norwegian Knitting Thimble. I have high hopes that this will make colorwork much easier.



Baby Blankets!

I made a few baby blankets for an auction.

The first is the Textured Grid baby blanket. You can get the pattern at Bernat. I used TLC Baby in the colorway “Lovey”. I used approximately 3.75 skeins of yarn. This blanket took me an astounding 11 days to finish. Granted, I wasn’t working on it for several hours a day, but it still took a lot longer than I expected. It is 28″x36″.


The next blanket that I made was from the same pattern as my Mist Stole Curtains. The stitch pattern is a free Ravelry download. Get it here. This blanket took me 8 days to make. I used TLC Baby in the colorway “Girly Girl”. I used approximately 3.25 skeins of yarn. It is 25″x35″. I used these directions for the ruffle.


The third blanket was the FanTail Baby Blanket. This blanket took me 5 days to finish. I used Red Heart Soft in the “Off White” colorway. It is 28-inches square. It took almost 3 skeins of yarn. Because I wanted this blanket to be gender-neutral, I didn’t opt for the fancy border. You can get the pattern here. I didn’t notice that the bottom right corner was stretched out in the photo, until after I had delivered the blanket to the auctioneer. Doh!


Now I’m on a mission to make a cowl for my sweetheart…


Spirit Cat

I just realized that I never shared this project and it’s one that I’m very fond of!

I completed this wall-hanging last September.

I used a 5.5mm knook and Red Heart Super Saver in Macaw and black. I stranded the colors.

This is a chart that I’ve had for quite some time. I actually, initially, intended to do it in filet crochet. I never did that, but after getting started in colorwork, I decided to give this a try. You can get the chart here.

Spirit Cat 1

Spirit Cat 2


Entrelac Cowl

Followed this tutorial to make a swatch and then decided to make a cowl.

I couldn’t figure out how to make it in the round, so I made it flat and then sewed it together.

I followed the instruction from the tutorial, however, I started with 10 triangles. CO 80.

I don’t know what I was expecting, but I didn’t expect this yarn to be so stripey. It is very nearly a self-striping yarn. It looks good in entrelac, I do believe. It reminds me of the Brach’s Neapolitan candy.

I used Red Heart Super Saver in Pink Camo and a 4.5mm knook.

My foundation chain is a bit tight. Next time I’ll cast on with a bigger hook.

It took me about 3 days to finish this, but I wasn’t working on it constantly.

Entrelac Cowl