Faux Sun Hat

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Materials

1 ball light fingering weight (1) yarn (Yarn used – Yeye yarn 100% acrylic)

1 ball Ice Yarn Cha Cha Cha ruffle yarn (06 Bulky)

3.5mm hook

Finished Size = 18” circumference

Abbreviations and Special Stitches

ch = chain

CSDC = Chainless Standing Double Crochet. Find tutorial on Mooglyblog

dc = double crochet

sc = single crochet

sp = space

st = stitch

Notes:

Each round will be joined with a slip stitch, unless otherwise specified.

Pattern

ch 3.

Round 1 (right side) : Work (2 dc, ch 1, [3 dc, ch 1] 3 times) in 3rd ch from hook (2 skipped chs count as dc); join with slip st in 3rd ch of beginning ch-3—4 groups of 3 dc.

Round 2: Slip st in next 2 dc, (slip st, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-1 space (beginning 3-dc group made), ch 1, 3 dc in same ch-1 space, [(3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next ch-1 space] 3 times; join with slip st in 2nd ch of beginning ch-2—8 groups of 3 dc.

Round 3: Slip st in next 2 dc, (slip st, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-1 space; *(3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in space before next 3-dc group**; 3 dc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * 3 more times, ending last repeat at **; join with slip st in 2nd ch of beginning ch-2—12 groups of 3 dc.

Round 4:  Slip st in next 2 dc, (slip st, ch 2, 2 dc) in space before next 3-dc group; *(3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next ch-1 space**; [3 dc in space before next 3-dc group] twice; repeat from * 3 more times, ending last repeat at **; 3 dc in space before next 3-dc group; join with slip st in 2nd ch of beginning ch-2—16 groups of 3 dc.

Round 5: Slip st in next 2 dc, (slip st, ch 2, 2 dc) in space before next 3-dc group; *[3 dc in space (or in ch-1 space) before next 3-dc group] twice, (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in space before next 3-dc group**, 3 dc in space before next 3-dc group; repeat from * 3 more times, ending last repeat at **; join with slip st in 2nd ch of beginning ch-2—22 groups of 3 dc.

Round 6: Slip st in next 2 dc, (slip st, ch 2, 2 dc) in space before next 3-dc group; *[3 dc in space (or in ch-1 space) before next 3-dc group] twice, (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in space before next 3-dc group**, 3 dc in space before next 3-dc group; repeat from * 3 more times, ending last repeat at **; join with slip st in 2nd ch of beginning ch-2—25 groups of 3 dc.

NB: Crown now measures approximately 5 inches

Round 7-19: Make 3 dc in the space between each 3-dc group – 25 groups of 3 dc.

Round 20: From here on we will work in a spiral. Mark the first stitch of the row, moving marker up with each row. 1 sc in each stitch around. – 75 sc

Round 21: Move marker up. Holding the ruffle yarn in front of your work and parallel to the working stitch, fold about an inch of the beginning of the ruffle yarn, insert hook through all the folded layers and the stitch to be worked. Complete 1sc stitch. *Insert hook through the next thread loop from front to back and then again through the triangular loop of the ruffle yarn, from front to back and through the next stitch on the hat, completing a sc*. Repeat from * to * around. – 75 sc.

Round 22: Repeat round 21 – 75 sc

Round 23: Repeat round 21 but without the ruffle yarn. – 75 sc

Round 24-27: Repeat round 23. – 75 sc.

Fasten off.

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Marriage is Beautiful – An observation

I was reading the book ‘Marriage is Beautiful’ by Kalu I.Kalu, a friend of my husband. If you recall I mentioned the book in my last post. I haven’t finished reading it yet, but something I read got me pondering and I wanted to share my ponderings with you. Below is an excerpt of it.

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……men are wired to approach life like mechanics. They see relationships as a machine that is not working as it should and therefore want to quickly get a new part, stick it in and get the thing up and running again.

………women ………approach life like farmers. A woman tends to see a relationship as a garden that is growing requiring nurture and attention. ……… She is emotionally as well as physically oriented.

– Chapter one, page 5, first paragraph

This point really struck me because it reminded me of my personal experiences in marriage. Both my own and others’ I have witnessed. Men truly do approach life, not just relationships, like mechanics. They are always prepared to “fix” things. They rarely, if ever, want to talk or discuss things. Whereas, we women are always ready to discuss things. When a relationship breaks a man’s reaction is to “replace” the relationship if he can’t “fix” it. But let me say here that this is not true for every man or woman. Some women can “nurture” a relationship to death!

So what is the recipe to a blissful and beautiful marriage. Kalu has a whole list of them in his book.

But what does the creator of the institution say? I’m sure you all are active on social media. I saw a little story doing the rounds recently about Henry Ford. Now I don’t know if this story is true or not but it is interesting. Below is a reproduction of it…..

One day a man’s Ford car broke down on the side of the road. Now this man knew a lot about cars so he tried fixing his own car. He tried different ways and each time he went to crank the engine, it wouldn’t start at all. He was a little stubborn, so rather than call for help, he continued to work alone. He tried everything and still nothing. The car wouldn’t start. A few minutes later another car pulled up beside him. Out stepped an old man and watched him for a few minutes. The old man looked at him and said, “Son, do you see this part? Just twist this one and you’re good to go.” The man thought in his mind; ‘There’s no way this old guy could know more about this car than me.’ Anyway, he gave it a try. He adjusted the part, got in the car and sure enough, the engine cranked to life! He was surprised and asked the old man; “How did you know what to do?” Then the old man smiled and said; “My name is Henry Ford. I’m the one who invented your car. And I know everything about it.”

When your life breaks down, don’t ever think that you know how to fix everything.. …that you don’t need any help. Always remember, only God knows how to fix our lives because we are His creation and HE LOVES US SO MUCH!

This story is a reminder that once we follow the Bible (user manual) that God (Creator) has given us we will always have a smooth running life.

→So, what does the Bible say about marriage? Let’s see, shall we?

Gen-2:24  Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. (KJV)

Pro-18:22  Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD. (KJV)

Pro-19:14  House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD. (KJV)

 

→And what are our responsibilities to each other?

Eph-5:23  For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. (KJV)

1Co-7:3  Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. (KJV)

1Co-7:4  The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. (KJV)

 

→And a special note:

Eph-5:33  Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband. (KJV)

Eph-5:28  So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. (KJV)

Pro-12:4  A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. (KJV)

So in conclusion God created us in pairs and when He brings us together we are meant to forget our individual families and cleave/cling to each other. A man should love his wife as he loves himself and a woman should be submissive and respectful to her husband. A prudent wife is a blessing from God and brings God’s favor on her husband. A virtuous woman is a crown on her husband’s head. And a crown ought to be taken care of and treated with care, right?

If we follow these instructions we will really have a beautiful marriage and be a testimony amongst our fellow couples. We will shine bright as the lamp kept on a candlestick. We shall be a city on the hill. And when other couples see you they will desire to have what you do and thus you will have won more souls for the Lord, fulfilling His primary injunction to all believers.

Mat-5:16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (KJV)

Man……this post ran longer than I’d planned!! Hope you’ll are still awake. I would love to hear what your take is on my ponderings.

Cha Cha Cha with Ice Yarns

I don’t think I have mentioned this before but I do have an online yarn store called Patchwork Creations (http://patchworkcreations.yarnshopping.com). We have some great deals on Ice yarns available. The yarns I bought are also Ice. I got one pack of Cha Cha Cha yarn (http://www.iceyarns.com/en/ cha-cha-cha-mixed-lot#) and one pack of Twin Ringlets (http://www.iceyarns.com/en/ twin-ringlets-light-olive- green-cream#inc579)

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Never having worked with ruffle yarn or scarf yarn before I set out to do some research. After going through many different websites and youtube videos, all I saw were scarves, scarves and more scarves! So I set to work.And here is the fruit of my labour

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And while I agree that the models are beautiful * cheeky grin ;D * the scarf itself left me feeling depressed! 😦

So obviously I went a-frogging! And came up with a faux sunhat for my DD instead.

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She loves it! What do you think?

And for those of you that are interested, I’m in the process of writing out the pattern. Will post it soon!

Till then……happy craftin’!

A Nigerian White Wedding

So, in my last post I told you guys about my friend’s daughter’s traditional marriage, and the samples of the wedding accessories I was making for the white wedding. Well, today’s post is about the white wedding. All the samples I showed the bride were approved and appropriately oohhh’d and ahhh’d over.

The wedding was beautiful. The bride, though kinda harrowed and stressed, still managed to look beautiful.

Here’s the hairband made for the flower girls. While I used the same Gerbera flower pattern I mentioned in my last post I changed the hairband pattern (sorry Mrs. Micawber!). Instead I used the Pearly Girl Baby Headband designed by Jennifer Fayard, I just left off the flowers.

The boutonniere for the groom and groomsmen. I used the same patterns I mentioned in my previous post. I put two crystals instead of the one featuring in the pic but forgot to take a pic after the modification.

 

The hair bow for the little angel and little bride.


My own DD was the little angel and my DS was the page boy

 

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Wedding Accessories Samples

Hey there my yarny friends,

As I told you all I will be making some of the accessories for my friend/mom’s daughter’s white wedding. So to that end I worked up some samples. Here they are….

This is the hairband for the little flower girls. Its supposed to be in red, but as this is a sample i worked it up in this colour so my DD can wear it later!

For the band I used Mrs. Micawber’s Winding Lane Bracelet, a 3.5mm hook and 2 ply (1 weight) acrylic yarn.

For the flower I used the Gerbera pattern from the Gerbera and Rose Corsage pattern I found online. It’s from the Craftzine.com book excerpt. Its a pdf file I downloaded a while ago and now I can’t seem to find the link anymore 😦

Bow tie for the page boys. This one I just made up. I used a 2 ply (01 weight) acrylic yarn doubled (1 strand yellow 1 strand orange) and a 5mm hook for the bow. and used a 4 mm hook and just 1 strand of yellow yarn for the strap. I used the foundation double crochet for the appropriate length then made a border of slip stitches around the entire stranp to make it firmer. popped on a 1/2 inch button on one end.

The boutonniere for the groomsmen. For this I used the Crochet Bridal Flowers – Bridal bouquet and Boutonniere pattern by Cre8tion Crochet.

So what do you think? Are they any good? Would love to get your feedback and any suggestions you may have.

A Traditional Nigerian Igbo Marriage!

So on the 26th of March 2016 I went for a Nigerian Traditional Marriage. In Nigerian Igbo culture the traditional marriage is the main event. The traditional European wedding with a white gown and floral arrangements and the whole she-bang, called a white wedding here, is a secondary event. Once a couple have been united in a traditional marriage with the traditional rites they are considered husband and wife and the woman can go to live with the husband in his house. They are permitted to start their married life and can then go on to the white wedding anytime later. In my husband’s village (Abiriba) and in most conservative Christian families, the girl goes to her husband’s house only after the white wedding. In such cases the traditional marriage is just a matter of fulfilling tradition, no real importance is given to it.

To me this was a very exciting event. It was the daughter of my dearest friend and a lady who I consider to be a mother to me in this strange land. She has looked after me and looks out for my interests almost like my own mother. And this was the first marriage in her family! Moreover, I was also a lot more involved in this event. Unlike other traditional marriages I’ve been to where I was a guest and a spectator, here I was involved. My two little ones were even in the bridal train! OOhhh the excitement!! Usually events here tend to be boring for me because I don’t understand the language nor the significance of the rituals. But as I was more involved here, I was given more information and more interpretations! I’m going to add a collage of pics from the wedding at the bottom of this post. I was requested to wear an Indian Sari in the wedding colour of red so I did. Of course my jewellery was made to match 😉 And since I’d made something for myself I had to make something for my daughter too. I made her a hairband to match her bridesmaids’ (Ashebi, as they are called here) dress.

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For the hairband I used the pattern from My Hobby is Crochet (www.myhobbyiscrochet.com/2013/08/thread-headband-free-pattern-and.html) but I didn’t use the suggested flower. Instead I used the Chrysanthemum Flower designed by Clare Sullivan (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmGjPTFDJkg) I got it off the BobWilson123 website. I used the Yeye yarn I have available (light fingering / 01 weight) and a 3.5mm hook.

For my own jewellery I used seed beads that I had (not sure about the size cause the sizing system here is very different from global systems, though they maybe a size 10/0) and used a basic spiral bead rope pattern tutorial from Inspirational Beading (http://inspirationalbeading.blogspot.com/2010/02/beading-tutorial-spiral-rope-chain.html?m=1) The blog has some great beading tutorials. I’m going to try her Dutch spiral and double spiral rope patterns next. The designer, Mortira, makes everything seem so easy.

Remember the wedding accessories I’d mentioned in my previous posts? Those are for the same girl’s white wedding. So far I’ve finished the silver bow for the little angels. Since the white wedding is in May I still have time to make the rest. Though time does seem to have a habit of getting away from me 😉   teeheehee…


I like the bow but i think its missing a bit of bling. What do you think?

 

And here are some pics of the traditional marriage itself.

The Cake.

The base is a trunk, topped with the brides traditional clothes, beaded jewellery and next to it is a Calabash, used for the traditionally drunk palm wine and unseen behind the trunk is a walking stick traditionally carried by the groom.

HOTH!!

Gosh! It’s been a looong time!! I just checked and my last post was almost a month ago!! :O Wow! I don’t know where the time has gone! I have been neglecting my blog because of all that’s been going on, though I know that’s no excuse. I have been as busy as a bee completing old and current wips….

So what have I been up to you ask? Well, I completed the Woven Stitch Beanie designed by b.hooked designs, for my little niece. 

The design asks for worsted weight yarn and a 4mm hook. Since all I have accessible here is light fingering 100% acrylic yarn, I had to make a few modifications.

I used a 4mm hook and made a magic ball of all the different colours of yarn I had (it’s for a kid). Also as it’s for a child around 18 months old I had to make the band with a less number of rows. So instead of the 110 rows called for I made 90. Now that its completed I feel I should’ve gone with 75 or 80 rows instead though. Because the band is really stretchy. Oh, well…the kid will get a lot more use out of it, right? 😉 Instead of going with a length of 10 inches I stopped at 8 inches. The circumference is 16 inches, unstretched. Made a pompom the old fashioned way (with a piece of card paper) and sewed it on. And here it is in all its colourful glory….

 

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I made a phone pouch for my SIL using the woven stitch i learned from making the beanie. I really love the woven stitch. Both sides  of it look beautiful and one side has a lovely pebbly and textured feel to it. It makes me think it may make a good wash cloth. I just used all the left over yarn from my rainbow coloured woven stitch hat I’d made for my niece and a 3.5mm hook. After some amount of frustrated frogging I finally got the stitch count right to match the desired size. Now the only thing left to do is the handle. That’s actually got me stumped though. I need a long handle since she’ll be wearing it cross-body at work to leave her hands free (she’s a hair-dresser). It also shouldn’t sag too much with use, so it needs to be firm. And most importantly I need it to be something simple and easy cause I’m reaaallllyyyy done with this pouch (*rolls eyes in boredom*). I was leaning towards a 5 strand braid myself but I am open to suggestions.

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I eventually managed to get done with Part 4 of The Wonder Crochet Blanket MCAL 2016. A little late though. I haven’t even started with Part 5 yet and Part 6 is already posted (yikes!!). I’m really lagging behind, but hopefully I’ll complete it within the next few days (or weeks…fingers crossed). I’m sure Misty is not gonna be happy with me if I keep this up (*wink*)

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I finally finished the single crochet lariat I’ve been working on since last year though and that has made me very happy. In fact I wore it yesterday for a Nigerian Traditional Marriage I attended!! Yayyy…

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A friend’s daughter is getting married in May this year and she asked me to make some accessories for her little flower girls and bridesmaids. I have been busy researching on that and working up samples. Besides spending time in consultations with the blushing bride 😉 She’ll be having her traditional marriage this weekend in fact and my two little ones will be in her bridal train. I’m quite excited cause this is the first Nigerian traditional marriage I’m actually involved in!! Usually I’m just a spectator and it gets real boring real fast! I’m not making anything for this event though.

This is a sample I made. It’s a simple 5 strand braided headband made with individual strands of double crochet. Perhaps I’ll write out the pattern for it in the next day or two. And a flower pattern I found years ago and now can’t find the source for anymore 😦

And last but not the least I made a hat for a friend with one of the Ice Yarns yarn I ordered a few weeks ago. It’s my own design again but I forgot to write down everything and now I don’t know if I’ll be able to replicate it again (darn!)

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So you see….I have been busy…busy…busy. I didn’t realize quite how much I’d done till now though….whew…no wonder I have brain freeze!

Oh well! It’s back to work for me. Wanna work up a few more samples for my friend. Ta for now….