Here we go!

Crickets. It’s been nothing but crickets here. Why?!? Because something BIG is happening in our life here at RRF! We are moving! That’s right! And we are moving FAR! We e decided to uproot and replant ourselves in my hometown of Pittsburgh PA! I will miss so ,any great things about California. ๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒดmy backyard serenity buddy.

A litter under ten years ago we moved out to the Bay Area and planned on not looking back. The older my children got the more my heart ached to be home and with my family. To raise my children alongside their cousins in a close knit community. It’s no secret California is ridiculously expensive. To top it off i live in Silicon Vally. The most expensive suburb in the nation right now. I can’t hack it out here and we want more children and that’s just impossible budget wise out here.

Pittsburgh has everything a city needs and everything a small town has. There’s a reason it’s called the Paris of Appalachia. Friends feel like family and nearly my entire family is there!

We set out the last week of February.

I can’t wait to take the littles dahntahn(downtown) to ride the incline and dance barefoot at the Point folk music festival!!

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Barking Balloon

๐ŸŽˆBarking Balloon ๐ŸŽˆ 
Level: intermediate 

4 mm hook

RHSS(Red Heart Super Saver)

Stitch marker or counter 

Polyfil

Needle and thread for securing

Pattern is worked in the round and uses single crochet. Stuff pattern  tightly with polyfil as you go. 
***Magic circle(start)

Tail:

1.) 3sc in magic circle 

2-15.) sc in each st around. 
Butt:

1.) 2sc. Sc. 2sc. (5)

2.) 2 sc in each st (10)

3.) 2sc. Sc in next. Repeat. (15)

4.) 2sc. Sc in next 2. Repeat. (20)

5.) 2sc. Sc 9. 2 sc. sc 9. (22)

6.)Sc in each. 

7.) dec, sc 9, dec, sc 9. (20)

8.) dec, sc in next 2. repeat around. (15)

9.) dec, sc in next. repeat around (10)

10.) dec 5x (5)

11.) dec, sc, dec (3)
2 rows of sc in each st around
Leg 1:

1.) 2sc. Sc. 2sc. (5)

2.) 2 sc in each st (10)

3.) 2sc. Sc in next. Repeat. (15)

4.) 2sc. Sc in next 2. Repeat. (20)

5.) 2sc. Sc 9. 2 sc. sc 9. (22)

6-18.) Sc in each. 

19.) dec, sc 9, dec, sc 9. (20)

20.) dec, sc in next 2. repeat around. (15)

21.) dec, sc in next. repeat around (10)

22.) dec 5x (5)

23.) dec, sc, dec (3)
2 rows of sc (3)
Leg 2:

1.) 2sc. Sc. 2sc. (5)

2.) 2 sc in each st (10)

3.) 2sc. Sc in next. Repeat. (15)

4.) 2sc. Sc in next 2. Repeat. (20)

5.) 2sc. Sc 9. 2 sc. sc 9. (22)

6-18.) Sc in each. 

19.) dec, sc 9, dec, sc 9. (20)

20.) dec, sc in next 2. repeat around. (15)

21.) dec, sc in next. repeat around (10)

22.) dec 5x (5)

23.) dec, sc, dec (3)
2 rows of sc (3)
Body:

1.) 2sc. Sc. 2sc. (5)

2.) 2 sc in each st (10)

3.) 2sc. Sc in next. Repeat. (15)

4.) 2sc. Sc in next 2. Repeat. (20)

5.) 2sc. Sc 9. 2 sc. sc 9. (22)

6-18.) Sc in each. 

19.) dec, sc 9, dec, sc 9. (20)

20.) dec, sc in next 2. repeat around. (15)

21.) dec, sc in next. repeat around (10)

22.) dec 5x (5)

23.) dec, sc, dec (3)

2 rows of sc (3)
Leg 3:

1.) 2sc. Sc. 2sc. (5)

2.) 2 sc in each st (10)

3.) 2sc. Sc in next. Repeat. (15)

4.) 2sc. Sc in next 2. Repeat. (20)

5.) 2sc. Sc 9. 2 sc. sc 9. (22)

6-18.) Sc in each. 

19.) dec, sc 9, dec, sc 9. (20)

20.) dec, sc in next 2. repeat around. (15)

21.) dec, sc in next. repeat around (10)

22.) dec 5x (5)

23.) dec, sc, dec (3)
2 rows of sc (3)
Leg 4:
1.) 2sc. Sc. 2sc. (5)

2.) 2 sc in each st (10)

3.) 2sc. Sc in next. Repeat. (15)

4.) 2sc. Sc in next 2. Repeat. (20)

5.) 2sc. Sc 9. 2 sc. sc 9. (22)

6-18.) Sc in each. 

19.) dec, sc 9, dec, sc 9. (20)

20.) dec, sc in next 2. repeat around. (15)

21.) dec, sc in next. repeat around (10)

22.) dec 5x (5)

23.) dec, sc, dec (3)
2 rows ac (3)
Neck:

1.) 2sc. Sc. 2sc. (5)

2.) 2 sc in each st (10)

3.) 2sc. Sc in next. Repeat. (15)

4.) 2sc. Sc in next 2. Repeat. (20)

5.) 2sc. Sc 9. 2 sc. sc 9. (22)

6-16.) Sc in each. 

17.) dec, sc 9, dec, sc 9. (20)

18.) dec, sc in next 2. repeat around. (15)

19.) dec, sc in next. repeat around (10)

20.) dec 5x (5)

21.) dec, sc, dec (3)
2 rows sc (3)
Ears:

1.) 2sc. Sc. 2sc. (5)

2.) 2 sc in each st (10)

3.) 2sc. Sc in next. Repeat. (15)

4.) 2sc. Sc in next 2. Repeat. (20)

5.) 2sc. Sc 9. 2 sc. sc 9. (22)

6-9.) Sc in each. 

10.) dec, sc 9, dec, sc 9. (20)

11.) dec, sc in next 2. repeat around. (15)

12.) dec, sc in next. repeat around (10)

13.) dec 5x (5)

14.) dec, sc, dec (3)
2 rows of sc (3)
X2
Muzzle:
1.) 2sc. Sc. 2sc. (5)

2.) 2 sc in each st (10)

3.) 2sc. Sc in next. Repeat. (15)

4.) 2sc. Sc in next 2. Repeat. (20)

5.) 2sc. Sc 9. 2 sc. sc 9. (22)

6-12.) Sc in each. 

13.) dec, sc 9, dec, sc 9. (20)

14.) dec, sc in next 2. repeat around. (15)

15.) dec, sc in next. repeat around (10)

16) dec until 3sc remain. Slst in first sc. ch1(3)

Balloon knot nose:

1.) 3 sc in each sp around. Join. (9sc) 

***Fasten off weave in ends. ***

End result should look like this:


Assembly:   I decided to use video tutorials for an easy way to show you how to twist the balloon together ๐Ÿ™‚
1.) tail and hind legs. 

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To hold in place you can either sew at the twist joint or use a glue gun on the pieces. Or both!

2.) body, front legs and neck

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…and in true raising Robertsons fart fashion. Here’s part three interrupted by my daughter (7mo) farting. ๐Ÿ’จ

3.) ears and muzzle

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๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’จ

Wool and where have I been?!?

Let’s start by addressing my absense!!

    Am I done with this website?!?  Absolutely NOT!  I now have a nearly five month old baby, a three year old and a five year      old!!  Ahhh what is life?!?  I currently exclusively breastfeed Virginia, my daughter, so between feedings and typical day to day stay at home mom duties I haven’t had time to really focus on this website and even any crochet at all!  I did however dabble in some fiber arts that is not crochet and/or m
Where will this site be headed?!?

       Slowly headed  back to posting free patterns and fiber arts related content regularly. 

What have I done lately?

ROVING WOOL. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘That’s right. Good old raw roving wool of spinning yarn and felting. I stumbled upon a really cool new trend. Synthetic dreadlocks. Now these dreads can be made using either roving wool or synthetic hair. Wool is lighter and easier to make and wear but can look fluffier than hair dreads. I got my toes wet and ordered some roving wool from Wistyria Editions roving wool in one gram increments. 


I chose chocolate, lilac haze, grape, and berry. You can find those HERE. (Sneak peek of single ended dreads). 

 How did I turn roving into dreads?!?  Let me show you!
First you will need:

*Roving wool.  Divided into the thickness you desire. A neat trick is to twist the wool to measure the final thickness you wish to have. 

*boiling soapy water. I used dove bar soap. Works great!  The water needs to be hot. You may need to reheat it multiple times during the rolling process. 

*kitchen dish gloves. The thick kind. The water is hot!  

*textured towel. Or,bubble wrap. I prefer a towel. Less mess 

*time. Lots and lots of time. These take FOREVER. And that’s for normal people without three kids and a house to clean. 

Now there are two different types of dreads. Single ended and double ended. Single ended is one dread with a loop at the end for your hair to go through. Double ended is twice the length of the single and resembles,just one long dread, tapered at both ends. Another difference in dreads is you will need half of the amount of single ended dreads you would use if using double ended   Technically a double ended will make two dreads  when installed. I decided to make single ended because my wool was shorter in length. About 12 inches. You can buy various lengths. I hope to work with 36 inch next time and attempt hip length synth sounds. 

For the first part of the dread you need to make the loop end. I used Tina Tianens video on how to create the ends. She includes TWO methods. You can see her video HERE

Once your dreads are ended you can start the rolling process. Did the dread into the hot water/soap solution. Begin to roll dread back and forth over the towel/bubble wrap like you would when making a dowel or rod. Add water and pressure as needed.  Roll roll roll roll and ROLL!!! This is the part that takes forever. It really takes time and effort to get the dread formed. You will know it’s working when you are unable to split the dread fiber between your fingers   It will be one rolled mat. 

Should look like this!
For thick hair, you will need around 85-100 single ended dreads. That’s how many I made. Now let me say, it cost significantly less to make my own. Premade dread sets cost hundreds of dollars. It’s labor intensive. I can see why. 

My set came out like this:

Now to install!  This also takes FOREVER but it’s worth it. Section hairnoff into four quadrants. You will work with one quadrant at a time. Using about 20-30 dreads perm quadrant. Take small size of hair, slightly smaller than dread itself.   Pull hair through loop at end of dread. Separate hair into two even parts   Using dread and two strands  of hair, braid hair onto dread/with dread. When you reach the end of your hair, secure with tiny hair band. Repeat a bajillion times until hair is installed!


Upkeep: 

  You can keep the dreads in as long as 1-2 months. Possibly more depending on hair growth. Then they need readjusted or reinstalled. YES you can wash them!  Wash your roots as normal. For the dreads themselves, dilute shampoo with water in small bottle or bowl. The dreads get VERY heavy when wet so make sure to really wring them out. I think that’s about it!

Here’s a before and after install pic. ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป

Funky Fringe

I had this lamp that my middle son ripped a hole in.  The hole was towards the Bottom so I decided to trim it above the hole for a quick fix. How bland and weird it looked so I decided to add some flair to the lamp and designed a fun fringe!  


This fringe can be used for anything that needs a funky trim to accessorize. When I took a step back I noticed it just wasn’t enough!  I needed some tassels!  With the help of Donna Wolfe of Naztazia dot com I had found the perfect tassel to add to my fringe!  


The tassel pattern and tutorial can be found HERE:

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Let’s get started!

Funky fringe. 

5.0mm hook

Red heart super saver
Hdc-half double crochet

Tc-Triple Crochet

Picot(ch3. Slst in first ch)

**Any length is fine as long as you ch multiples of 5 then add ch1 to account for starting st. 


Ch111. (Measures 32 inches in length) 

1.)In 2nd ch from hook hdc. Hdc in each so across. Turn. (110hdc)

   Switch color

2.)ch1, sc in each sp across. Turn. (110sc). 

    Switch color 

3.)ch1, hdc in each sp across. Turn. (110hdc)

    Switch Color

4.)slst in first 3 sp. (3tc, picot in next sp. (3tc) in next sp. repeat across. (22 petals. 66slt)
Tassle Tutorial by Donna of Naztazia:

To attach to the lamp I used a hot glue gun and slowly attached the first three rows of fringe to the lamp leaving row 4 to dangle with the tassels. The cool part about hot glue is it dried super fast!

Welcome to the world Virginia Marie!!

Our daughter was born ten days ago!!  I’ve finally gotten around to making and update post for you all in the form of a ginormous pattern showcase too!

      Here she is! ๐ŸŽ€๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿผ getting all cozy and settled in at home a few days ago at a week old. 


This blanket it the very first thing i ever crocheted for her.   The blanket is a bunch of African Flower Hexagons assembled together. The pattern is by Heidi Bears Crochet and can be found HERE


And here she is just hours old!  Getting all snugly in this cute Newborn Apple Hat. This pattern is a Cream of The Crop Crochet original and can be found HERE

       And now for the debut of her nursery and nursing nooks.  I’ve been posting progress pics on my Instagram account but here I’ll be linking where to find the patterns I used to set it all up with!

Let’s start in the corner where I set up a recliner and cozy supplies for breastfeeding!  The hammock is by Dvortygirl and can be found HERE

I whipped up this dragon fly mobile using the dragonfly appliquรฉ pattern created by JKW Designs. The pattern for the appliquรฉ can he found HERE

I had to match the darling mobile with a blanket to keep my baby and my boobies warm during feedings so I of course went with the ever popular radiating Dragonflies Throw by Pattern Paradise. This pattern can be found HERE

And now onto the Nursery Nook!


The blanket is the same blanket as I mentioned above using the African Flower Hexigon by Heidi Bears. 

Making Mandalas has always been some of my favorite things to crochet!  Top Left Mandala i made using Sophie’s Mandala in size Medium. Left side below is the size small of Sophie’s Mandala which both are designed by Look At What I Made. The pattern can be found HERE. Right hand side is the Star Bright square by Stitch11. I  edged the square with picots. The pattern for the Star Bright square can be found HERE


Lastly I made a ton of flowers and strung them up into a bunting. I used my very own Fast Flower pattern. You can find that pattern HERE
I’m beyond in love with this little girl. ๐ŸŽ€๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŽ€๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŽ€Her brother and daddy are too. I’m happy I get to share her with all of you and I’m so glad I have crochet in my life so that my babies can be cozy and my eyes have some crochet candy to gaze over too. 

One Skein and One Day Scarf

My mum sent me such a fun find!  A box of vintage yarn.

  My favorite. My mum is an avid collector. She hunts around at auctions and antique malls for neat finds to sell and fix up. She found this box ofnyan . Some of the skeins are from the 80’s and some are as old as the 1950’s!!  
   My oldest son snatched up the two fuzziest blue yarns and asked for a scarf. While waiting for my daughter to be born I decided to try and whip up a scarf as fast as I could during early labor!  


One skein & One Day scarf. 

This pattern is great for beginners or for those who started making Xmas gifts at the last minute ;). it’s literally only two lines of pattern and lots of repetition. 
     *You will need*

*Bulky yarn. (I used Lion Brand homespun) 

*9 mm hook

This pattern uses the Half Double Crochet. 


Start with Ch12

1.) Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each sp across. (11hdc). 

2.) turn. ch1, hdc in each sp across. Repeat until end of skein. 

**Add fringe or flair as desired. 

Cute Butterfly Pencil Topper/guest pattern by Rebeckahโ€™s Treasuresย 

This pattern is copyrighted to Rebeckah Ferger of http://www.rebeckahstreasures.com. It is for your own personal use only. No part of this pattern may be copied or distributed in any way. If you sell what you make from this pattern, please credit โ€œRebeckah Ferger of Rebeckahโ€™s Treasuresโ€ as the designer, and be sure to link to the above website if you sell online.

Skill Level: Easy

Youโ€™ll Need:

crochet cotton thread size 10 (I use Circulo Clea) about 10m (2 grams / scraps) – in three colours (black + 2 choice colours)

1.05mm hook

stitch markers

tapestry yarn needle

scissors

Abbreviations: ~US Terminology~

*…** – repeat instructions between the two asterisks as directed.

(…) – work the stitches between the parentheses into the space as directed.

[…] – work stitches between the brackets however many times called for.

avail – available

BL – back loop

ch – chain

dc – double crochet

dtr – double treble crochet – yo 3

FL – front loop

f/o – fasten off

hdc – half double crochet

lp(s) – loop(s)

picot – (instructions below)

prev – previous

rep – repeat

rnd – round

RS – right side

sc – single crochet

sk – skip

sl st – slip stitch

sp(s) – space(s)

st(s) – stitch(es)

tog – together

tr – treble/triple crochet

ttr – triple treble crochet – yo 4

yo – yarn over

Special Abbreviation:  
*Picot = ch 3, insert hook into the v-ridge of the last st made, yo and pull though it right on thru the st and the ch-lp on the hook. See the first example in this video tutorial by Moogly (link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQmO74im2N0).

Sizing:

Designed to fit a standard pencil or pen.

The base of this pencil topper, the part that slips onto the pencil, is approximately 1โ€ (2.5 cm) in height.

Gauge:20 single crochet stitches x 24 rows = 2โ€ (5 cm), or 10 single crochet stitches fit around the pencil snuggly but not too tight.

TIP: Thread/Yarn weight and hook size are flexible. Most lace or fine weight yarns will work well for creating a pencil topper. Whereas, thicker yarn weights such as DK or WW work great for turning it into a finger puppet.
All you have to ensure before you begin, is 10 single crochet stitches wrap snuggly, but comfortably around the pencil, pen, chalk, finger or whatever staple you wish to accessorize!

Cute Butterfly Pencil Topper Instructions:
This butterfly pencil topper is worked in five parts. The first part creates the pencil topper base and antennae. The remaining parts create the wings.

Base Instructions:



Make 1
The base of this butterfly pencil topper is worked in continuous rnds from top to bottom. The third rnd creates the antennae and serves as a base for the wings to be worked into later.
Work continuously and do NOT turn at the end of rnds unless directed otherwise to do so. *Side facing you = RS.
Starting with blackโ€ฆ 

rnd 1:
sc 5 into a magic circle (5 sts).

rnd 2:
sc 2 in each st around (10 sts).

rnd 3:
[ch 2, sk 1 st, sc] x 2, starting the antennae โ†’ *ch 5 (change to ch 7 or ch 9 for longer antennae), sl st in the bottom lp (a.k.a. back hump) of the 2nd ch from hook & in each ch across,** sl st in the same sp on the circle, rep * to ** โ€“ antennae complete, sc in the same sp on the circle, [ch 2, sk 1 st, sc] x 2, (hdc, dc 2) in the FL of the next st, (dc 2, hdc) in the FL of the next st โ€“ 

tip: mark the 2 unworked BL sts so they are easier to find for the next rnd (4 ch-sps, 11 sts + antennae). *This is the wing base rnd. The taller sts are the tail or bottom of the butterfly.


rnd 4:
sc 2 in each skipped st from the prev rnd โ€“ pulling the ch-2-sps to the front of work so they stay on the RS or the outside of the butterfly, sc in each unworked BL from the prev rnd โ€“ it helps to pull the tail sts inwards towards you, so you can easily find the BL and work the last sts of this rnd (10 sts).

rnd 5-16:
sc 10 โ€“ 12 rnds or until desired height is reached, sl st & f/o at the end of the last rnd (10 sts). *The number of rnds you work here may vary according to your project and preference.


Bottom Left Wing Instructions:

Make 1

The bottom left wing of this butterfly pencil topper is worked directly into the ch-sp on rnd 3 of the base, nearest to the tail on your right, when looking at the butterfly base from above. *Side facing you = RS.


rnd 1
: make a slip knot in bottom wing thread colour (red in tutorial) & with the RS or top of the base facing you โ†’ sl st attach to the ch-2-sp from rnd 3 of the base nearest to the tail on your right or the left of the butterfly, ch 2, (tr, dtr, picot, tr 2, dc 4, sc, sl st) into the same ch-2-sp, ch 1, f/o (10 sts). *The ch-2 in this set counts as one st.



Top Left Wing Instructions:
Make 1
The top left wing of this butterfly pencil topper is worked directly into the ch-sp on rnd 3 of the base, nearest to the antenna on your right, when looking at the butterfly base from above. *Side facing you = RS.


rnd 1:
make a slip knot in top wing thread colour (orange in tutorial) & with the RS or top of the base facing you โ†’ sl st attach to the next avail ch-2-sp from rnd 3 of the base next to the antenna, ch 3, (tr 3, dtr 2, ttr 2, picot, ttr, dtr, tr, dc) into the same ch-2-sp, ch 3, sl st into the same ch-2-sp, ch 1, f/o (13 sts). *Both of the ch-3 in this set count as one st.


Top Right Wing Instructions:

Make 1
The top right wing of this butterfly pencil topper is worked directly into the ch-sp on rnd 3 of the base, nearest to the antenna on your left, when looking at the butterfly base from above. *Side facing you = RS


rnd 1:
make a slip knot in top wing thread colour (orange-red-purple in model) & with the RS or top of the base facing you โ†’ sl st attach to the next avail ch-2-sp from rnd 3 of the base on the other side of the antenna, ch 3, (dc, tr, dtr, ttr, picot, ttr 2, dtr 2, tr 3) into the same ch-2-sp, ch 3, sl st into the same ch-2-sp, ch 1, f/o (13 sts). *Both of the ch-3 in this set count as one st.

Bottom Right Wing Instructions:



Make 1
The bottom right wing of this butterfly pencil topper is worked directly into the ch-sp on rnd 3 of the base, nearest to the tail on your left, when looking at the butterfly base from above. *Side facing you = RS.

rnd 1:
make a slip knot in bottom wing thread colour (red in model) & with the RS or top of the base facing you โ†’ sl st attach to the final ch-2-sp from rnd 3 of the base, (sc, dc 4, tr 2, picot, dtr, tr) into the same ch-2-sp, ch 2, sl st into the same ch-2-sp, ch 1, f/o (10 sts). *The ch-2 in this set counts as one st.
Weave in all ends.

 Attach to your favourite stationery staple!

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