Warm hat man

Make a crochet hat is really nice. I really enjoyed doing this, Above all, I have made the big laughs to try constantly leading the “model” that just means you willingly submit to misurazioni.E that as little willingly lends itself to be photographed and. But, in exchange for the gift of the hat had to give…..

The pattern, in English, I found in this site : is explained very well and is easy to realize why I do not find worthwhile to translate. For those who have difficulty with the English terms can always go to the ABC crochet in which are also of links useful for the conversion of the terms.

 

I have realized the brimless hat so that it can be used as a simple Basque.

Here's how it came, using a very soft wool and crochet n ° 4.

 

 

 

 

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I do with my hands: candy and quince jelly

I can finally take up the theme dear to me for the things done in the house, of ” I do with my hands” and the hands of my children…

This time we really did things right. The company is not difficult, but with great patience, provides a result that for the kids is really the most: production house of candy. And also for me, great satisfaction to have my quince jelly, good on cheese.

The raw material is easy to find and costs too little. Here we have many neighbors have a tree quince and we give it willingly without us spending a penny. It must be said, in fact, that the quinces, are not any apples. They look a bit’ corrugated and despite the delicious smell are not edible raw because they are very hard and very bitter.

The recipe (for which I have to thank my friend Susanna, also supplier of apples!) is divided into two parts and at the end of each step you get both the gelatin candies.

Gelatin

Chop the apples without peeling, cover them with water, put on medium heat and boil gently until the mass has not been defeated.

Subvert them with their broth on a cotton towel taut and collect the liquid will flow. This is the most delicate and time. Also plans to wring, occasionally, the napkin which contains the bulk of apples so that fuoriscire meglioil liquid. I have taken advantage of the strong hands of her husband ;-) because it takes a certain strength.

Between one and the other I placed wringing the “bundle” of apples on a colander above a pot and I have left it overnight.

In the morning, again wringing and when I found that the mass was freed of virtually all the liquid I weighed it and I've added the same weight of sugar cane. I brought to a boil and thicken made, removing the foam from time to time, until the gelatin, placed on a spoon has created a veil. It took an hour. I added a little’ lemon juice (not too) and possessed hot.

Candy (also called quince)

Using the remaining dough after wringing and you switch to the strainer. The let it dry in a water bath and then weigh. It takes the same weight of sugar and caramelize it is done (Be careful not to burn!) with a little water. It blends the caramelized sugar to the dough apple and goes back to a boil cook for a while '. He pours, then, the dough on baking paper, in a pan and you cool down. At this point carves out the dough with stencils or cut into rectangles.

 

You get candy very tasty and healthy, that is consevano for months in a refrigerator.

 

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Two awards, 1.000 fans, thanks!

How beautiful, at once I received two awards, two awards to those who are exchanged between bloggers. I'm really happy to have received them and the happiness of the neophyte, I guess! It's not even a year since I started this blog and the rewards have been very many, I never thought of having so many readers, Although my field of interessei a very niche.
We start from the first. The first Prize is Shaqwi (Arabic word which means "fond") and they are awarded bloggers:

- responding to comments from their readers;
- do not leave readers disappearing from the blog;
- thank followers and who rewards them.

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I accept with pleasure the award that was given to me by Tiz of MyMeiTai. Tiz is the inspiration for my blog, in the sense that it was she who gave me the courage to network ideas and projects that until now were hidden in my head. His is a blog that struck me on the first visit to the message clear and deep mom cares about the environment, close to the children and a new way of life “slow”, away from the clamor of advertising, the rat race and with an eye to the past in the recovery of what you can do yourself at home, family. The photo that I dedicate to Tiz is a drawing of Clari, My older daughter who has dedicated his work to the care of newborns and in particular breastfeeding!!! Nothing more than a child at the breast of the mother can be Tiziana.

And here's a picture that represents me, what's on my mind right now, I would like to give me time to reflect, the slow pace that I would give to my Gornate to better follow the children, to understand what I see on the horizon, a time that first the women allowed themselves in front of the molten, to spin wool. I also have started taking up my time and follow my threads…….see where they will lead.

As expected from premium Shaqwi, point out two blogs that deserve your attention:

Cosmosicula’s creations: because it is a very full blog full of original ideas, of ecological ideas in a creative way to recycle many materials and why his creations are really nice!

The school in the attic : because it gives me new ideas to work every day with my kids at home, and consoles me a little’ the fact that they are a homeschooler failure (however, you never know…..)

The second prize is what I have often found evidence on various blogs and gave me yet Tiz of My May Tai, and whose banner is this

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and is assigned to blog:

1) It’ updated regularly
2) Show genuine passion for the topic of the blogger is writing about
3) Promotes sharing and active participation of readers
4) It offers useful and original content and information
5) It is not packed with too much advertising

The award requires me to other signals 5 blog worthy of the Reliability 100% that you list after the declaration of intent:

I declare that the following blog I have chosen meet the 5 rulesAward “The Reliable Blog” available to this page http://www.gliaffidabili.it / a / other / the-prize-the-blog-reliable . Are therefore a useful resource for users of the network and deserving to be known by a wider audience as artisans, companies and the professional members ofhttp://www.gliaffidabili.it/“.

And finally………since we are talking about satisfaction, here is that today we have reached, in Facebook page CrochetCircus of the 1.000 Fans !!!!!!!!

They, which are of many countries of the World (and this is what I like most and hits me, look at the table below with their numbers and origin!!), I dedicate this Thanksgiving.

242
Italy
136
Argentina
74
Brazil
50
United States of America
47
Egypt
42
Chile
35
Mexico
35
Turkey
25
Portugal
22
Spain
17
Tunisia
17
Iran
16
Germany
14
UK
11
France
9
Bulgaria
9
Venezuela
8
Greece
8
Poland
8
Uruguay

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Tunisian crochet: the sunglasses holder gift

Going around the hardware stores that, after the mercerie, are my favorites, I found some very interesting material. I believe that sooner or later will work crochet also floss ...... ;-).


Therefore, a beautiful skein of linen thread very crude, but very flexible, natural color, caught my attention and trying to work it out I realized that it was a beautiful texture. So I decided that it was time to try a technique I learned in network: the Tunisian crochet. In practice, using a crochet hook much longer than the classic and makes a process that is halfway between knitting and crochet. Here one of the many video tutorials for learning Tunisian crochet, which provides a variety of points and you can indulge achieving very pleasant.


I wanted to make, with this technique, a sunglasses holder to give to my mom for her birthday and I started doing a long strip that I, then, joined on one side to the other side to crochet and crochet and chains crossed using a thick thread of cotton purple. A semicircle worked with crochet hook (time crocheting normal) and a small ball amigurumi have been the end of the spectacle case I lined inside with cloth, to avoid that the lenses are graffiassero (although the linen that I used while crude, it was not too rough).

It is not difficult to do and to show you how I did it, I experienced a new way of writing the tutorial. I learned in Social Crochet (one day will deepen this argument). It’ a middle ground between the photo and the tutorial written in words. I hope that the result is clear. I wrote the tutorial in English because most of you who follow the blog is the English-speaking, but in the end I have translated the terms of the mesh in Italian.

However, you can always go to the page ABC crochet where you can find help with the translation of the points.

If any explanation of the tutorial there is no clear please email me through the comments below (and not in private) so that my possible explanations may serve to others who look at the blog. Thanks and good luck!!! If you made the eyeglass let me have the photos that the public in the directory DONE BY YOU.


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Hook Itinerante

After having spoken of’crochet hyperbolic behold, now I show you some works with this “technique” that are part of a beautiful project of art shared. This is the project of Hook Itinerante, the party’last year an idea of ​​Simonetta Russotto and Rita Cavallaro and now in its second edition.

The aims dell'inziziativa with the words of the creators:

JOIN THE ARTISTS BY A THREAD OF ORIGINALITY '.

FOUND THE MUSEUM OF CROCHET.

MAKING A GREAT STRUCTURE WITH THE TECHNIQUE OF CROCHET BY EXPERT HANDS OF WOMEN AND MEN DO AND TRAVEL IN ITALY AND ABROAD

The result of this first edition was, with a special contribution also Daina Taimina, Latvian scientist creator crochet hyperbolic:

The work was exhibited at the Cultural Shipyards Zisa in Palermo for the Event “Let us open Shipyards”.
Hundreds were people who were able to watch the live work. That is available for those who want to show in as many suitable places.
This year it has occurred Crochet Travelling with a Second Edition that has already seen the participation of several hands in creating a colorful snake. From Sicily to Tuscany, the message thread is traveling to create a work of art to display yet shared in public. This image represents a part of the result up to now obtained (find the names of the participants in the Blog Hook Itinerante 2):
After seeing the works of the first edition and after meeting Simonetta Russotto I could not resist and I wanted to participate in this edition. It’ was fun to get the snake worked crochet and other passionate add my piece the colors and finding the most suitable forms to continue in harmony with their choices of wire and shade. I show you how I contributed to the snake and, as soon as the work is completed, I promise to bring it back to a post to show it.
And that's all the snake now, before sending it to the next star of Crochet Itinerant.

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The hyperbolic crochet: the fundamental role of crochet in a scientific discovery.

What I'm about to write is a fascinating story that connects the hook to the scientific world and in particular to mathematics. I never thought that my scientific studies of high school could bind to my passion for crochet. And here, instead, I met, on the network, the experience of Daina Taimina, a mathematics scholar Lithuanian, with its models crocheted, has succeeded to explain to his students the difficult concept of the hyperbolic plane, making it a reality with a model in three dimensions.

Daina refers in his wonderful book (Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes) how she came to use the crochet hook to make his model of the hyperbolic plane.

To understand his reasoning and scope of his work is useful to a small introduction about Hyperbolic Geometry.

We define, Meanwhile, the concept of zero curvature, positive or negative of a surface.

(There is help in the Prof.. Lazzarini, who in his very useful blog gives us a very intuitive explanation, below that carry the entire).

The idea is to “crush” the surface on the floor. When we try to “flatten” a curved surface are given three options:

  • We can flatten the surface, operate without tearing or overlapping. We will say in this case that the surface has zero curvature (ie in all points of the surface curvature is nothing). For example any region of the cylindrical surface can be made perfectly flat and therefore has zero curvature. Reflect on the fact that a cylindrical surface can be achieved by rolling a sheet of paper. May regret but things are just so: there are areas that we are accustomed to consider curves but, technically, are considered to have no curvature.

  • Riusciano not to flatten the surface, why should we make of tears. It’ what happens, eg, with a region of the spherical surface; we can think, trusting intuition, that in this case there is “surface phenomenon” of what it takes to be flattened. In this case we say that the surface has positive curvature.

    In the next picture you see a balloon that has been cut in half, along a maximum circumference. Try to flatten: you will not succeed.

    The only way is to make radius cuts as you see in the picture below (the greater the number of cuts, the greater the adhesion to the plane).

    As you see between one cut and the other of the surface are created spaces that correspond to surface missing.

  • Riusciano not to flatten the surface, why should we work overlaps. It’ what happens, eg, with a region of surface saddle-shaped; we can think, entrusting again intuition, that in this case there is “more surface” how much will be in the plane. In this case we say that the surface has negative curvature.

    In the picture below you see a saddle surface.

    You can easily get it by proceeding in this way. Drawn on a sheet of paper a circle and a circular sector with the same radius of the circle and an amplitude, say, of 60 degrees (see figure below). Cut out the circle and sector. Cut the circle along one of its radius so that it has a slit. Inserted into the slot and secure the area at the edge of the crack with clear tape. Of course, this insert operation is not possible if you stay in the plan (We are expecting to add more 60 degrees in a full circle); but we can do it if we leave flex the surface in the third dimension. So you will get a saddle surface (is also appropriate to apply the tape on the other face of the surface). The realization of this model is very instructive: you realize that a saddle invades “more surface” how much will be in the plane.

    Now try to flatten your seat on the plane, for example relying on a book: you will realize that form folds, overlap, As you can see in the picture below.

Rieman in 1854 gives this definition:"Hyperbolic geometry can be considered the intrinsic geometry of a surface with curvature constantly negative that extends indefinitely in all directions". This assumption is based on all the research mathematicians who over the years have dedicated themselves to find the complete hyperbolic surface. In fact, while you can find examples in nature of surfaces constantly negative

 

Such surfaces, unfortunately, not have the characteristic of stretch to infinity. The mathematicians for a long time, therefore, asserted, that it was not possible to obtain three-dimensional Euclidean space, a total area of ​​a hyperbolic plane (a surface with constant negative curvature extended indefinitely).

In 1954 Kuiper (a German mathematician) suggested that such a surface could exist, but did not explain how you could build. Fu William Thurston nel 1970 to have the idea of ​​using strips of paper (definite “anuli”) to describe a hyperbolic plane in three dimensional space.

Taimina, in his book explains how to make the paper model with "anuli" , as described in the above picture.

From paper model Daina was inspired to create his model or crocheted; studying the anuli paper, in fact, she realized that, working so as to increase the number of meshes in a constant way from line to line, and following a definite proportionality, was obtained in the form of a hyperbolic plane model or crocheted.

The concept is simple and revolutionary at the same time, because through the use of a technique housewife and within everyone's reach, how to crochet, you can create a three-dimensional model which was considered by scholars impossible.

Whoever can use the hook can be home a hyperbolic object. I found explanations in English here, in a pdf downloadable, but equally useful is the Italian translation of points used described in this post my friend Cosmosicula (I thank him for the inspiration of this wonderful topic that is the hyperbolic crochet).

These beautiful models closely resemble natural forms Mushroom, coral sea slugs etc..

Ovviamentemi I ventured execution crochet some of these forms and I got these results:

In the book of Daina there are a lot of images and you'll find many ideas about the nature of a hyperbolic plane that can be verified through the crochet patterns; I'm going to write more posts on this topic I find so fascinating.

In addition, in a few days I'll be able to show even more of my creations with the hyperbolic crochet that, I'm sure, inspire your future work, as it has been for the Moebius strip.

Some images and information in this post are taken from: The site of Professor. Lazzarini and the site Daina Taimina

 

 

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Treasure Hunt: at the end of a bit’ I have to reveal!

This post was created as an initiative of Mammafelice, I follow your blog for a long time, and that indeed was one of those who inspired me (and that gave me the courage) to create my own blog.

The initiative is called Treasure Hunt: introduce me a blog and questions all I really enjoyed:

 

” But the other? How many blog we're missing? As we closed, we mothers, in the 'circle of mothers'?
I, how many interesting people I'm missing?

So, here is that the Treasure Hunt this year is based on this desire: meet new people, enlarge its borders, invite people to dinner, and reshuffle the cards.

Each of us has certainly among its bookmark a link to a blog of the heart, a blog that wants to present to others. A blog to raise awareness. A blog to present.” 

So at this point I decided to participate and introduce:

Identity card: My name is Irene, mother of three children still small and quite lively.

Blog Name and objectives: My blog is CrochetCircus and deals with crochet and traditional crafts.

A good reason to follow: For moms I write about crochet (I especially like to provide free designs to do at home) and ancient crafts because they do not lose the desire to create something with their hands. I found the taste to see materialize my creations to the birth of my third daughter, that gave me the energy to go back to doing the hook after so many years that I had abandoned. And after that I saw with my day job cards only crowded and cold files of your computer. For children I write about crochet (small school with the basic points and diagrams very easy) because they learn to use their hands and their patience / concentration and ancient crafts come because their memory works that are more. I recently put a video on hand carding wool, I described how it was done and how you can make bread at home etc.., hoping that they can appreciate this through observation and memory of the past and recover the important one manual that you are a little’ losing. For mothers and children together I write crafts proposing to do one next to the other in order to share the time and emotions.

Two posts that are worth reading:

I do with my hands (not)

Ancient crafts: the sense of making bread at home today

How to follow : I have my own page on Facebook CrochetCircusFind me on Twitter here 

Address RSS feed: http://www.crochetcircus.com/feed/

In the next post.

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My first “fat bottom bag” or plump the bag

I found several bags on the net made with this technique and I liked it so much that I decided to make one. Also the name, “fat bottom bag” is nice. This is a bag of medium size which is swollen in its lower part, so is called “by chubby ass”.

The scheme is very simple and can be realized even the novice. Here I've used a rather large cotton, I've worked with crochet hook no. 4, but you can also use the tape. I made the body of the bag with high-shirt, even if the diagram showed the half-shirt and high handles and trim with crochet. Easy.

So we come to scheme. You can find it at this link, where you can download and print. In this site, instead, find the depth explanations on how to make the handles and the trim and lining of the bag as. Are in English, but there are many explanatory photos. So much so that this time I tried to prepare me well in the operation of inserting a lining in satin.

The application is the personal touch and was made with the’crochet hyperbolic, of which I intend to talk to you in a dedicated post, since it represents one of the best inspirations I've found turning on the network.

 

 

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African Flowers, Crochet Granny Squares and colorful.

Today I present a collection of realizations, ispirate agli African Flowers, to Granny Squares and other techniques that I liked a lot and I have the opportunity to also linkarvi schemes (Free, obviously) so that you too can try to make them. They all feature bright colors and very sunny and pleasant accozzamenti. Enjoy them.

The first was entitled “Flowers in the snow” and the name really makes the idea. The instructions can be found at this link images with much explanatory.

Under a pattern used for a scholarship, but which can have many other uses. A this nice blog found the tutorial to make it and other indications for similar reasons.

Other squares compose. With so much tutorial to achieve.

These are nice because they have a pleasant alternating color and black. Here statements here how to make them.

“African Flowers Hexagon”. A beautiful composition of which are here the tutorial fotogafico.

Again hexagons and colorful their explanation construction.

Another interesting composition of squares. Here's the link to the tutorial.

The most beautiful of all, by me, this composition is. I find that black emphasizing the great brilliance of other colors. The scheme of realization of these hexagons is very simple and I found at this link.

Of these, I put in, I do not have the pattern, nor the link to the diagram of realization, but I could not resist…..are too good and you can certainly draw inspiration.

And finally, a video explaining how to make a “tile” African Flower.

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Urban knitting per Brienno: the tree of hope.

The 7 July ended the firm of Urban Knitting for Brienno….a country in pieces.

It was described in This Post Elected to the initiative taken by the situation because they were not forgotten the little village on Lake Como Brienno, hit by a landslide.

The result was amazing. Voted to have come thousands of pieces that she, together with a group of friends and volunteers, has exhibited around the country to give a spectacular effect.

What happened in those days and the great job you did well describes the Elected in his blog.

I just want to bring photos of one of magic arising due to Social Crochet, that the working group shared crochet (of which find, sooner or later, the manner and time to talk in depth…..). The participants at the Social Crochet sent a series of pieces that have given rise to the tree of hope for Brienno.

Look what a beautiful result:

Obviously I have sent my patches, both the trunk and for the beautiful colored foliage: guess what???? Not, not, I will not tell….

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