For Halloween, I went to a really fun costume party as a Samurai. I made a kimono and hakama, but as I was trying on the costume, I thought: “it’s just not going to look like a samurai without a katana.”
What to do next? Make a wooden katana, of course!
I found a piece of lumber which was of an acceptable length (roughly a yard) and sketched up the basic outline of a katana, which is pretty basic, just a simple sword with one straight edge and one curved slightly at the end, because it’s a single-bladed sword.
So, I just cut it down nearly to where I wanted it with the saw I had available (which is to say, a circular saw) and then used a mallet and chisel to define the hilt a little better. The last bit of smoothing out was done with a razor blade and a power sander (because hand sanding on something so big is tedious, at best) until the blade side was defined and there were no splintery bits left.
So recently I had the opportunity to write an article for an E-Zine called Crochetvolution, which was all about the instinct we crafters have to make scarves, and hats and SO ON more frequently in colder weather. (You know the feeling: the weather gets chillier, and you start thinking things like, “Wouldn’t that yarn be so nice in a scarf?” And so, you go and get the yarn, find out what you’d like to do with it, and begin.)
Also for the latest issue of Crochetvolution: have made a scarf!!! Not a scarflet, or a neckwarmer, or anything like that, but a scarf. A men’s scarf. As a gift.
Those of you who have tried to crochet something for the men in your lives may have run into a similar conundrum that I’ve found, which is: guys don’t ask for much. They don’t want anything fancy, and (let’s face it) crocheting can often look a little too lacey for your average guy.
Solution? I found out about this nice stitch called a “Granite Stitch”. It’s super simple, makes a nice pattern, and a good, flat scarf with pretty much zero curling.
So, if you want the pattern it is here, and I hope you enjoy! 😀
Sorry it’s been a while, folks, but I’ve been working hard on my current projects, the most recently finished one is:
My magic slippers!
The whole concept of these is based on the idea of a “magic square“, which is a method I’ve used in the past, for making some very nice potholders. I had the idea of applying the same method to making a pair of slippers, and this pattern is the result. 😀 I made mine with Vanna’s Choice yarn and a G hook; you can customize yours to fit you by making sure that your starting chain reaches from your heel to your toes when you measure it against your foot.
(Yeah, that’s all the stitches it uses. Cool, huh?)
Rnd 1: Ch 40. Sc in each ch across, then sc in the other side of the ch to make a round.
Rnds 2-13: Sc in each st around.
Decrease 2 on either side of the toe area (just pick an end, put your foot in, and you’ll see what I mean), turn around and do 2 more rows in just the toe end, decreasing 2 on each end of each row. (12 decreases total)
Sc 1 after the rows, decrease 1, then continue in a full round.
Starting from the toe corner you started your last round in, make 2 rows, which end in the opposite toe corner. These rows will go around the back of the slipper, instead of across the toe area, like the earlier rows.
Sl 1, cut off and weave in ends.
Ch 15; sc in each st across. Turn at end, sc in each st across and repeat for a total of 9 rows.
Sc into first 6 sts of 10th row, ch 10.
Wrap around middle of rectangle to gather into a bow shape.
Sl 1 into the base stitch of the ch, sc across the remainder of row 10.