Posts Tagged ‘little hippie girl’

how to crochet – half double crochet // a littlehippiegirl tutorial

June 11, 2012

hello friends!  it’s been a while, for sure, but alas i have been without internet.  i am now however back in the land of the internet living and ready to continue my crochet series for you- i hope you’re enjoying it so far!

the half double crochet is abbreviated “hdc” in patterns (such as “hdc in each stitch around” or “2 hdc in each stitch”).  the half double crochet is kind of like a cross between single crochet and double crochet.  it’s excellent for projects, because it’s short and compact like the single crochet, and it’s also very thick, making it excellent for washcloths.

make a chain of any length.

wrap the yarn around the hook…

and insert your hook in the third chain from the hook.

wrap the yarn around the hook again and bring it up through the chain.  you will now have three loops on your hook.

wrap the yarn around the hook again…

and pull it through all three loops.

continue on down the chain.

when turning, you will chain 2 for the starting hdc.  try using this to make a washcloth or scarf.  by working in the back loop only, you can create a nice ribbed pattern.  this pattern for a ribbed helmet hat is an excellent pattern i use often- it works up quickly and the hat looks great and fits well on the head, especially when you want a hat that will be snug at the ears.
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the art of making money beautifully

February 14, 2012

i purchased tara gentile’s the art of earning e-book today.  since i’ve become homeless by choice, with my entire life packed into my car, traveling from one place to another a-calling on friends, i’ve started to do some hard thinking about how much simplicity should be mandatory in a person’s life for them to be able to own their own small business.  how much i need to pare down to be able to work doing what i love.  i have had an etsy shop since 2007, selling on average 1.5 items per month, which isn’t bad for someone just dabbling.  i’ve always thought of money as tara quotes kelly diels:

I’m not terribly motivated by money. Shiny things, yes. Money, no. When I have enough, when the survival mark is made, I lose interest in making any more.

but i’ve repeatedly considered what it would take to be able to support myself.  the numbers are staggering when considered.  for me to pay my 2 bills, allow myself 1 tank of gas per week, $50 per week for food and incidentals, $30/month for dog food- in other words, the bare minimum- i would need $500.  i can’t be homeless forever, so add onto that the exceptional price of $300/month for a magical all utilities paid apartment, and you have a bare minimum needed of $800/month.  with an average of thirty days per month, i would need to make $26.70/day.  if i could sell one hat per day at that price plus shipping, it could work out- provided i could make it to the post office with the gas on my allowance.  but that’s just the bare minimum.  what if i got sick and needed to go to the doctor, or my tire blew on my car?  i would have no buffer.  so if i added $200 in savings to that a month, that would make it $1000/month for all of my expenses.  that brings the total up to $33.30/day.  i can knit one hat a day if i spend four or five solid hours knitting.  but would i be able to physically knit every day for five hours?  what if no one bought hats in a month?  what if five hours wasn’t enough to make a hat that i could sell for $33.30 plus shipping?

this is just to point out that my current hat-selling business is going to have to change, i’m afraid.  haberdashery just ain’t what it used to be.  i’m an obsessive knitter, though, so rest assured there will still be a few tams available for sale at all times.

this is why i turned to tara, and i am hoping that her e-book helps me formulate an idea for a profitable business.  i have a few ideas and i’m looking forward to exploring them.  and i’m looking forward to getting settled somewhere again where i can set my plans into motion.  i’ll let you know how it goes.

how to crochet: selecting yarn // a little hippie girl tutorial

February 12, 2012

i’ve been wanting to do crochet tutorials for a while, but it seemed that it would be a bigger undertaking than i was capable of.  i’ve written some tutorials on quazen, but i really don’t like how much advertising they put on their pages.  so this is my humble attempt at providing you, the general public, with a free crochet class via internet.

you can crochet with any yarn-like substance, from plastic bags to t-shirt scraps, but when selecting commercial yarns, a few basic tips will go a long way. yarns are classified by weight, and weight is determined by gauge- or how many stitches it takes to make a square inch of crocheted fabric.

weights range from lace, the finest, to super bulky, the heaviest. if you’ve ever seen a crocheted doily, then you’ve seen a good example of lace weight crochet thread. baby items and socks are made from super fine (also called sock or fingering) weight yarn, or the next weight up: fine, also called sport or baby weight yarn. many crocheted clothing items and accessories are made with DK and worsted (also called aran or medium) weight yarns. very thick items can be made from bulky and super bulky weight yarns- most rug yarn is also bulky weight.

various yarn weights

crochet is done with a single hook, and for each yarn weight there is a corresponding range of hooks to be used to get the gauge you need. hook sizes can vary if you want a looser or tighter stitch. a small hook with a heavy yarn will produce very tight, solid stitches, and a large hook with a lighter yarn will produce loose stitches. the best way to know which hook is recommended for the yarn you’d like to use is to read the label.

yarn label with various indications highlighted

many patterns will provide the yarn weight and hook you need to use for the project. others are more open to interpretation, and most will suggest that you crochet a small swatch to make sure that what you make is the correct size.

we need nature

January 30, 2012
duck footprints by littlehippiegirl
duck footprints, a photo by littlehippiegirl on Flickr.

i believe it is both vital and necessary for human beings to remain in complete contact with nature.  it’s likely no one realizes this because we have been so easily separated from it for so long and have been allowed to tame it to keep it near to us for what we need.  as humans, we are gifted with thinking minds.  but too often we forget that our thinking minds are only a small part of our systems, and that our human body is not different from plant or animal bodies, consisting of the same chemical structures.  therefore, when we are removed from an environment which once was our atomic equal, and placed among the pavement and pesticides of chemicals not matching our own, it damages us.  it is not by accident that even the most unfocused and hyperactive of children pauses to watch a beetle in the dirt.  we are inexorably linked to the earth that birthed us from its oceans, several protein strands ago.

bisquick banana bread

December 30, 2011

i wanted to make banana bread with my old bananas but we were out of flour, so i found this delicious bisquick recipe!  i used jiffy mix, which worked spectacularly.  i baked the bread in small loaf pans with tinfoil over the bread and left it in for 40 minutes instead of the recipe’s recommended 55.  the bread turned out flavorful, sweet and spongy.  it’s delicious.

ingredients:

  • 2 1/3 c bisquick or jiffy mix
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1/3 c vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 large very ripe bananas
  • 1 t vanilla

mix together bisquick, sugar, oil, and eggs.  beat well.  stir in bananas and vanilla.  bake at 350 degrees for 55 to 60 minutes.

5 excellent reasons you should give a crap about recycling

December 27, 2011

i was told the other day that i recycle because i’m a democrat.

after fighting with my eyebrow, which after shooting up as quickly as it did was dangerously close to getting stuck in an upright position, i replied that people of all political affiliations recycle.

the person i was talking to replied, “yes, but you know, the whole going green thing, it’s such a liberal thing to do.”

when faced with (il)logic like this i am always at a loss for words.  it is one thing for someone to say, “studies show the energy used at recycling plants heavily offsets the environmental benefit gained from recycling.”  this can set the grounds for actual exploration, debate and discussion.  but statements like this are the ones that make me bang my head on the desk when no one is looking because i am sad that in this world people can still think this way.

so if you are a person who does not think about it, here are five quick and easy reasons you should give a crap about recycling.

1. landfills suck.  the more we recycle, the less we shovel into landfills.  landfills, despite containment efforts and standards, are rife with things like human waste, decomposing plastic, and toxic computer chemicals that leech into groundwater and soil.  they are also one of the largest contributors of methane gas to the destruction of the ozone layer.  the less ozone layer we have, the more cancer we get.  and cancer sucks just as bad as landfills.  if we’re pumping this much methane gas into the environment, it makes us no better than all those burping cows that are doing the same with their rumbly guts.  do you really want to be on par with a burping cow?

2. it’s too hard for you to avoid it without being lazy.  i am lazy, you say, and i don’t care who knows it.  well, all right.  while you’re at home explaining your position to your realdoll, the rest of us who have other people directly affected by our actions (spouses, children, family, pets, customers, guys we regularly beat up at the bar) will adjust our round tuits and realize that recycling is really not that difficult anymore.  if you live in a city with a recycling program, they make it easy and put a nice big bin next to your trash bin.  if you can take out the trash, you can recycle.  take five minutes to learn what can be recycled and what can’t, and easy as that, you’re a pinko commie liberal.  just kidding.  you can recycle and hate gun control.  you can even recycle your guns (in some places.  please do not ever place a weapon in a recycling bin.)

if you’re like me, and live in an area where there is no curbside recycling, then proceed as follows: buy a laundry sorter at wal-mart, separate your recyclables accordingly (newspaper/cardboard in one, plastic in another, aluminum in the third), and, next time you head to town to go to the mall or the feed store or the NRA meeting, pause at your local recycling place and dump the sacks out.  not knowing where the recycling center is in your town is no excuse anymore, either; Earth911 will tell you in 2 seconds.  go!

3. it helps raise money for our severely underfunded schools.  sometimes people won’t do something unless it’s attached to the mean, green almighty dollar.  these days, a lot of schools are using the paper retriever program, which pays schools for newspaper, cardboard and magazine recycling.  if you’re looking for a way to give back that requires very little effort, take those old papers you’ve been hoarding in the garage and drop them off at the nearest bin. maybe if you have a newspaper subscription, ou could find a way to use it as a tax write-off.

4. you don’t actually want to wallow in your own crap, do you?  it took a lot of effort to reduce litter, and now it’s taking even more effort to take the next step toward recycling.  but to me, the math is simple.  more consumption = more waste.  more waste = more litter.  more litter = more filth and problems for all of us.  if you have kids, you should be especially mindful of the fact that you’re trashing the world they’re growing up in.  it doesn’t seem like a big deal to most of us until our toddler decides they want to pick up and play with a natty ice can or a plastic bottle full of urine on the way to the park.  some say this is impossible.  i say nay, good people, look closely next time you decide to park at that pull-out along a scenic road.

5. you’re smart. i’m saying this in good faith, so don’t let me down.  humans have the most troglodytic methods of dealing with our trash: dig a hole and bury it.  i think it’s time we moved past this option and used our expanded, eco-conscious, fully functional brains to actually find inventive ways of either reducing our waste or coming up with better ways to dispose of it.

we live in a society of disposable goods, and sometimes it’s difficult to remember that with every article we dispose of unnecessarily, we are adding that much more to our landfills.  try recycling for a month- you’d be surprised how quickly it becomes a part of your life.

solstice

December 22, 2011

winter is officially here.  it has been a difficult year for me.  this is not a blog for deep details, but suffice to say that i am looking forward to 2012 being a much better year than 2011.  after going through a laundry list of heartbreaks and difficulties, i have finally ended up back in montana, resting after traveling, before setting off on the next leg of my trip with a boy that i- dare i say it?- love. i am considering designs for bags that will be made entirely of recycled yarn and fabrics.  i bought the above typewriter today because i can’t help myself, and besides, being mustard-yellow and in pristine condition, it was impossible to resist for the whopping price of $8. the best part?  there was a piece of paper in it to test the ink, and someone had typed “life is good”.

the cure for the modern machine.

i have been busy with christmas gifts and various manic whims lately but will be back soon with more blogness and patterns- i am becoming the queen of knitting flat and i hope you will join me.

high five! fingerless gloves

November 29, 2011

it took me a long time to learn to knit in the round.  and while i’ve gotten to a place where i love it, i have to say that in my heart i am what most would call a quite lazy knitter.  therefore, i offer up to you this pattern for fingerless gloves… knit flat!  and don’t fret, DPN fans- you’ll need 3 pairs of needles to make these, 2 of one size and 4 of another size 2 sizes up from the first.  for this pair in the picture i used size 8s and 10s.

high five!

this is a very simple pattern and is easy to modify to make it bigger, smaller, longer, shorter.  feel free to use your own different stitches.  and send me a link if you post your finished projects anywhere- i’d love to see what you came up with!

you will need:

  • 1 pair size 8 (or whichever) needles
  • 2 pairs size 10 (or whichever) needles OR 3 size 10 needles and an afghan crochet hook
  • 1 crochet hook (size I or J works)
  • worsted/medium (or whichever) weight yarn (separate off 3-6 yards for thumb gusset)

pattern

cast on 26 sts.  work in k1, p1 ribbing for 8 rows.

row 9: (rs) kf&b in first 2 sts.  k until 2 sts remain.  kf&b in last 2 sts. (30 sts)

row 10 (and all ws rows of body saving the last): purl.

row 11: k 14 sts, kf&b in next 2 sts, k 14 sts.

row 13: k 14 sts, kf&b in next st, k 2 sts, kf&b in next st, k 14 sts.

row 15: k 14 sts, kf&b in next st, k 4 sts, kf&b in next st, k 14 sts.

row 17: k 14 sts, kf&b in next st, k 6 sts, kf&b in next st, k 14 sts.

row 19: k 14 sts, kf&b in next st, k 8 sts, kf&b in next st, k 14 sts.

you can continue like this to make the thumb wider- just increase the number of sts between the kf&b sts.

thumb

row 21: slip 15 sts onto one size 10 needle or afghan hook.

1

attach the scrap yarn and knit the next 10 sts with another needle.

turn and purl across the back.

turn and knit across.  turn and purl across.

5

bind off with crochet hook or very loose knitting.

6

cut, leaving a long tail to sew up thumb.  you can either sew it up straightaway or knit the rest of it and then sew it up.  a mattress stitch works great on this.

hand

transfer the 15 slipped stitches back to the other needle, so they’re all on the same needle in a line.  knit across (30 sts).

6

continue in stockinette stitch for as long as you would like the glove to be.  on the last ws row, knit instead of purl, and then bind off with a crochet hook.  sew up the side of glove and thumb.

i hope you enjoy!

setting off

November 23, 2011


friends, i am about to embark upon a cross-country journey to take photographs and write about our beautiful land currently encased in ice and fog.  there will be a pattern up before i go for fingerless gloves knit flat; otherwise you are welcome to keep up with my photoblog rubbertramping in addition to this lovely one!  cheers, and i hope everyone is having a great fall.

fall

November 6, 2011

fall is here.  well, not really here in arizona, but in the rest of the world that has seasons, yes.  a time to don hats and scarves, and start making gifts for relatives (which in my case means making hats to sell or for charity while procrastinating on christmas items.)  it’s a very pensive time of year for me.  fall has always been my favorite season, and having lived back and forth from arizona to other places it’s very difficult for me to be here when the rest of the world is curling into autumn’s long slow sleep.  all the poems i have been writing lately have been about fall not coming to arizona.  it was in the 60s today for the first time this year, and the entire desert did not know how to take it.

i am going hiking tomorrow to reconnect with the nature of the desert and hopefully remember that there can be beautiful things here, even if it is not my ideal living place.  i will sit and absorb the vibration that our mother earth gives no matter what the surface environment.