Into the Mystic

Um…. so this happened.

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Meet Mystic, my gently used secondhand Ashford Traveler. She was sitting just so prettily on display near the front entrance of my LYS, Yarns Unlimited, at a price that I wasn’t going to be able to beat online or elsewhere.

The helpful woman behind the register told me this beauty was once the wheel of one of the spinning instructors that operated out of the store, given up because the owner couldn’t take all of her wheels with her in her recent move to assisted living. The story struck a chord with me. Not only was I getting a machine that had been kept up by someone who knew what they were doing, but I was getting a piece of someone’s life.

This connection with the past and with the shared experience of artistic expression through generations is one of the most meaningful insights into what makes fiber art so popular and moving for so many. Some may only practice stitching once a month, some may only work in the cheapest and scratchiest of acrylic yarns (more power to you!), some may insist on the most luxurious equipment (bamboo needles and teak yarn bowls galore!) some may only ever learn one or two techniques, some may be a techie fiber artist with a massive dictionary of stitches. It doesn’t matter, because we are connected by strands of a heritage, one that moves our hearts because it warms our families, and one that dictates through necessity our meditation on what it means to carry out work in the name of love.

…what it means to work in love, and to work on love.

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-MF

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Ravelry Projects Episode 1!

I was really excited to discover some photos of projects made from my patterns posted on Ravelry recently, and I couldn’t wait to share them here. I adore Ravelry for supplying the ability for fiber artists to connect and share notes, patterns, and tips and tricks with each other, as well as show off their work. If you’re not on Ravelry yet, try it out! And if you are, and you make things from my patterns, I would love to see them and share them here (with permission of course). So here’s the first episode in what I hope will be a series of Ravelry project posts of Morale Fiber patterns…

First up is tammyc77’s Morale Fiber Lotus Throw, a version of my free pattern where she squares up the circular motif to awesome effect! To be honest, this looks better than the original. Nice job!
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Then there’s Queenie74’s Into the Woods, a version of my Woodsman’s Wife Ruana, made with regular weight Homespun instead of Homespun Thick & Quick – she has great notes on the changes written on her project page if you’d rather work with bulky weight instead of super bulky. In fact, I might try that out since I have a few skeins of Homespun on the ol’ yarn wall.

(*to self* Yeah right MF, after you finish the 90 other things you are supposed to be doing.)
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Plus look at that beautiful shawl pin!

Have you got Ravelry projects made from my patterns? Post them and send them to me!

-MF

Sylphie Crocodile Stitch Hat

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I’m super proud to present to you my new pattern- the “Sylphie” Crocodile Stitch Hat / Dragon Hat in three sizes: Adult, Child, and Baby (6 months). The Adult size can be worked with just one skein of Lion Brand’s squishy warm Scarfie yarn, or two skeins of the gorgeously colored Lion Brand Landscapes!

All three sizes are available in one comprehensive pattern via Ravelry and in my Etsy Shop for 5.50 USD! Yay!

EDIT: This pattern has been UPDATED with some jazzy new pictures and one or two tweaks to the design & layout. For more info, see this blog post.

The whimsical crocodile stitch – with its 3-D look akin to scales, petals, leaves, or even berries – easily captures people’s hearts and imaginations. The Sylphie Crocodile Stitch Hat is as versatile as it is charming, so stitch one up and get transported into the realm of the flower-bedecked wee folk or impish and troublesome swamp dragons!

Even if you’ve never worked crocodile stitch, this pattern is easy to follow with detailed instructions including photo tutorials and step-by-step directions. Adult, Child, and Baby sizes and directions for earflaps, braids, and dragon horns are all included!

Sizes & Yarn weight required

Baby (6 months) – 18” (worsted weight)
Child – 21” (worsted weight)
Adult Small- 23” (bulky weight)

Now, on to my next project! Sleep is for idiots!

-MF

Candy Corn Hat Free Crochet Pattern

October has, as per usual, incited a flurry of frantic crochet activity on my part as I try to outfit myself and my loved ones in cute and warm Halloween accessories. Actually that’s not terribly different than usual, but add in pattern development and schoolwork and you’ve got a busy month on your hands.

I’ve been working this great Knight’s Helmet pattern for Chaston – it’s free and so far the pattern has been great, I recommend it! Make sure you measure as you go, though, since she doesn’t give a gauge. Seems like that helmet would look really good with a nice medieval style hood, no?

Also, what’s cuter than dressing a baby up as candy?

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I got a request for a candy corn hat for a 6-month old, and wanted to share the pattern in case anyone else has similar ideas! This little hat is adorable and easy, 8″ long from point to brim, with a 17″ brim when fully stretched. The fpdc (front post double crochet) and bpdc (back post double crochet) give the brim some elasticity so it will not fall off of baby’s head.

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Candy Corn Baby Hat

Hook: 4.5 mm

Yarn: #4 Worsted Weight yarn in white, yellow, and orange.

Gauge: 4 sts = 1″ in double crochet

Notes: The Ch 3 and the beginning of ea round DOES NOT count as the first dc of the round. Each round is ended with a slip stitch join to the first dc of the round.

Make Magic  Ring  in WHITE

1: Ch 3 (does not count as first dc) 12 Dc into the ring, sl stitch in the first dc to join.

2: Ch 3, dc in the same stitch. 1 dc in ea dc around. Sl st in the first dc to join.

3: Ch 3, dc in the same stitch. 2 dc in the next stitch. (1 dc in next  stitch, 2 dc in next stitch) around.

4: Ch 3, dc in the same stitch and in the next st. 2 dc in the next st. (1 dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in the next stitch) around.

5: Ch 3, dc in the same st and in ea of the next 2 sts. 2 dc in the next st. (1 dc in the next 3 sts, 2 dc in the next st) around.

Cut yarn and tie off. Switch to YELLOW

6: Ch 3, dc in the same stitch and in ea of the next 3 sts. 2 dc in the next st.(1 dc in the next 4 sts, 2 dc in the next st) around.

7: Ch 3, dc in the same st and in ea of the next 4 sts. 2 dc in the next st. (1 dc in the next 5 sts, 2 dc in the next st) around.

8: Ch 3, dc in the same st and in ea of the next 5 sts. 2 dc in the next st.  (1 dc in the next 6 sts, 2 dc in the next st) around

9: Ch 3, dc in the same st and in ea of the next 6 sts, 2 dc in the next st. (1 dc in the next 7 sts, 2 dc in the next st) around.

10: Ch 3, dc in the same st and in ea of the next 7 sts, 2 dc in the next st. ( 1 dc in the next 8 sts, 2 dc in the next st) around.

11: Ch 3, dc in the same st and in ea of the next 8 sts, 2 dc in the next st.  (1 dc in the next 9 sts, 2 dc in the next st) around.

Cut Yarn and tie off. Switch to ORANGE

12: Ch 3, dc in the same st and in ea of the next 9 sts, 2 dc in the next st.(1 dc in the next 10 sts, 2 dc in the next st) around.

13: Ch 3, dc in the same st and in ea of the next 10 sts, 2 dc in the next st. (1 dc in the next 11 sts, 2 dc in the next st) around.

14 -16: Ch 3, dc in the same st. 1 dc in ea stitch around.

17, 18 : Ch 3, 1 fpdc into the same stitch, 1 fpdc into the next st. 1 bpdc into ea of the next 2 sts. (2 fpdc, 2 bpdc) around.

Sl st around the entire brim of the hat. Weave in all ends.

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Sweet stitching!

-MF