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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Damaged

Who wants something thats broken,
thats scarred and beaten and hurt,
Who loves anything damaged,
thats been kicked and thrown in the dirt,
Everything in you is screaming
for love and affection and care,
but who wants to take on the challenge
of putting this thing in repair

I will take you in my arms
and hold you to my chest
until the bitterness floats away
and the pain is laid to rest
I will love you with all that I have
and wrap you in warmth and care
because I have been broken and damaged
and I am still breathing this air


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

D

I would like to cry I woul like to shout close the door but keep me out. Keep those demons locked away, bring them out another day. A day when I can watch them die, watch them sizzle watch them fry. Watch them breathe their last bit of air , watch them writhe with pain they can't bear. Pain I fought to keep away, now those demons have to pay, for making me feel less than real, anger is my daily meal, I'm done with you, I accept who I am, even if I'm less than a "win." Give me my dignity, I want if now, and bow to me like the sacred cow, cause I'm the goddess worth more than gold , don't try to make another mold, I'm me, I'm she, I'm one of a kind, so respect me for my beautiful mind.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Sock Monkey Hat- Adult size


So I have been crocheting these sock monkey hats and they seem to be well received. A friend of mine who crochets was interested in making one, and I have been wanting to experiment with actually writing out a pattern, so heres my chance. This is my first pattern that Ive written out, so if you try it and have questions or get stuck on something feel free to ask me and I will gladly give you all the help that I can. I ocasionally use patterns, but I usually just do what feels right or what looks good, so this should be interesting!! Good luck!

Sock Monkey Hat
Adult Size

Materials Needed:
Size H hook 5mm
Red worsted weight yarn-for the pom pom on top
Lion brand Vannas Choice in Oatmeal-Color A
Lion Brand Vannas Choice in Barley-Color B
*You can use any worsted weight yarn of your choice if you prefer a different look
Two black buttons-preferably with two holes for sewing on (they look better than four holes)

This hat is worked in rounds and place is kept with a stitch marker

Chain 2
6 SC in first Chain space
2 SC in each SC around
2 SC in first SC space, *1 SC in next, 2 SC in next SC space continue from *
2 SC in first SC space, *1 SC in next two spaces, 2 SC in next SC space, continue from *
2 SC in first SC space, 1 SC in next three spaces, *2 SC in next SC space, 1 SC in next 4 SC spaces, continue from *
2 SC in first SC space, *1 SC in next five spaces, 2 SC in next SC space, continue from *
2SC in first SC space, *1 SC in next six spaces, 2 SC in next SC space, continue from*
2 SC in first SC space, *1 SC in next seven spaces, 2 SC in next SC space, continue from *
2 SC in first SC space, * 1 SC in next eight spaces, 2 SC in next SC space, continue from*
2 SC in first SC space, * 1 SC in next nine spaces, 2 SC in next SC space, continue from*
2 SC in first SC space, * 1 SC in next ten spaces, 2 SC in next SC space, continue from *
2 SC in first SC space, *1 SC in next eleven spaces, 2 SC in next SC space, continue from *
2 SC in first SC space, * 1 SC in next twelve spaces, 2 SC in next SC space, continue from *
2 SC in first SC space, *1 SC in next thirteen spaces, 2 SC in next SC space, continue from *
SC around
SC around
Break A and fasten B
SC around
Break B and Fasten C
SC around until you have a total of 35 rows from top to bottom ( if your head is smaller or larger, add or subtract rows)
Break C and tie off. Weave in ends

Ear flaps: make two
Chain 15
SC in second chain from hook and all the way across
SC2TOG, SC across, CH 1, turn
*Continue this pattern until you have 1 SC space left, SC in last space
SC all the way around the earflap, leave a long tail for sewing, You will end up with a tail at the bottom of your earflap, what I do is weave it through so the tail comes out of the end of the top and I then use the tail to attach the ear flap onto the hat
For the braids that come off of the earflaps I take six long pieces of yarn (approx. about twenty inches give or take) and pull them through the last sc space on the bottom of the earflap. I then braid them down until I get the desired length I want and tie them off (tightly) with a smaller piece of yarn of the same color. then trim the bottom so the fringe is about 1 1/2 to 2 inches long.

Pom-Pom
Create a pom pom using whatever technique you prefer and attach to the top of the hat, the bigger the hat the bigger the pompom should be. I included a video if you need instructions on the pompom ...hopefully the link will take you there if not, just youtube how to make a pompom.




Mouth
with Color A
Ch 10
SC in second chain from hook and all the way across do not turn
working all the way around SC around
in last ch space 2SC
SC 2 in first SC
SC in next 8
2SC in next 2 spaces
SC in next 9 spaces
join, leave a long tail for sewing mouth onto hat

attach Red to middle of mouth and SC through middle for a mouth slit....I use 8 SC stitches Fasten off and weave in ends


Ears
Make two
Ch 2
4 SC in first Chain space
Ch 3
TRC in first SC
2 TRC in next 2 spaces
TRC in last space, chain 3, join to last SC space, leave long tail for sewing ears on

Assembly
Obviously you want to center all your pieces so it looks good on your head!
You will want to use a yarn darner to sew all pieces on the hat, except the eyes which you will use a regular needle and black thread.
Attach the earflaps about 7 inches apart in the front and about 6 inches apart in the back. I usually attach the earflaps first and center the mouth and eyes and ears according to the where the earflaps are.

Sew the monkey ears just below the red yarn on that goes across the upper part of the hat, and sew them a little further forward (if they are to far back they dont look right)

Like I said this is the first time ever I am writing a pattern out! And it is for a friend who wanted to make the hat. If you have any questions at all please please please feel free to post a comment and ask and I will help you to the best of my ability!!!

HAPPY CROCHETING!!

**The bottom of the earflaps are done differently in this picture as they are instructed in the pattern. People seem to prefer the braids