Friday, August 7, 2020

Yarn Guide Ring Knitting Thimble

 Yarn Guide Ring Knitting Thimble


Have you ever used this? is a convenient ring type yarn guide that slips on your finger and separates yarns.

Yarn Guide Ring Knitting Ring Tool Yarn Guide Thimble Yarn image 0

https://www.etsy.com/listing/732164183/yarn-guide-ring-knitting-ring-tool-yarn

This ring worn on the tip of your finger, features two yarn guides to control fibers,to helps hold yarns and keep an even tension Works well, comfortable and stays in place

What is more, it reduces the strain on your forefinger. 

If you have RA, arthritis or any other hand issues, this could be a huge help 

A TRICK TO KEEPING THIS THIMBLE IN PLACE - take a pair of needle nose pliers and stretch  the spiral out just a little so that it can hook over your knuckle and that way it doesn't budge

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Mar 21, 2020 Latest Coronavirus Updates



Medical workers wearing their PPE, personal protective gear.




Global confirmed cases: 303,816; total deaths: 12,973; total recovered: 91,676 (JHU)
U.S. confirmed cases: 24,783; total deaths: 307; total recovered: 171 (JHU)
FDA authorizes first rapid test for coronavirus that can give results in 45 minutes
Health officials in New York City and Los Angeles County recommend doctors avoid testing patients except in cases where a test result would significantly change the course of treatment

Prevention Tips

Help stop the spread of COVID-19
Clean your hands often.
Don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
Keep 6 feet away from others when possible.
If you feel sick, stay home when you can.
Listen for orders from your local government to stay home.
Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow. 









Saturday, March 12, 2016

ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATIONS IN CHICAGO

ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATIONS IN CHICAGO






Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick’s Day. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green.


There are 34.7 million U.S. residents with Irish ancestry. This number is more than seven times the population of Ireland itself.





THE CHICAGO RIVER ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY








As Irish immigrants spread out over the United States, other cities developed their own traditions. One of these is Chicago’s annual dyeing of the Chicago River green. The practice started in 1962, when city pollution-control workers used dyes to trace illegal sewage discharges and realized that the green dye might provide a unique way to celebrate the holiday. That year, they released 100 pounds of green vegetable dye into the river–enough to keep it green for a week! Today, in order to minimize environmental damage, only 40 pounds of dye are used, and the river turns green for only several hours.



St Patrick's Day Parade 






The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in the United States on March 17, 1762, when Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City.
 
The Parade always occurs on a Saturday. If St. Patrick's Day does not fall on a Saturday, the Parade is held the Saturday before. The Parade always steps off at noon.

The Irish in Chicago have always exhibited a remarkable sense of community, solidarity and togetherness. It is that sense of community that has nurtured the prosperity of Irish-Americans here. The Chicago Irish-American Bar Association aims to embody the spirit of previous Irish generations by bringing together the Irish-American legal community and fostering its continued development.










Irish was estimated to be the top ancestry in Chicago in 2010, closely followed by German and Polish, which were ahead two decades ago. But the Irish-American population has dropped since 1990 by about 16.4 percent, or about 39,000 people, according to U.S. census data.


When the Irish diaspora began with the coming of the Great Famine in 1845, the City of Chicago was only 8 years old with a population of 6000. Thus, the early Irish immigrants in Chicago, in contrast to their counterparts in the great US cities of the east coast, had a genuine opportunity to be a part of, and contribute to, the growth of Chicago from its inception. It was an opportunity the Irish seized.






http://www.chicagostpatsparade.com/parade-and-river-dyeing.html 
http://www.chicagotribune.com/
www.chicagostpatsparade.com
http://chicagoirishamericanbar.com/history 









Thursday, February 25, 2016

Hello Again A year since the last post

Hello how are you doing? It has been more than a year after my last post. 
The truth is that I have neglected the blog, but I have not had much time to devote to it.

Last year, I went under various medical and chirurgical  procedures. The most important,   bilateral cataract surgery one after two months of the other. For almost six months I had to use a magnifier because I couldn't see anything without my lenses, I received the order for the new ones 4 months after the second surgery and now I can see far objects fine, but I can't read anything close to me without them 

I also had leg and spine problems which are consequences of back surgery I had 27 years ago.
For this, I received an injection via epidural, which helped me for about a  month only.    I have an appointment with my Dr  in a couple of weeks to see if he will inject me  again or change the dose of medication I take.  But I do not want to bore you with my problems,

I have to say I've been working a lot on my knitting and crochet patterns. Thank God I have had good response from most of my clients, they contact me when they find a mistake and then help me to work on the updatee. Then, I change directions and photos and post the updated pattern.

There are always some unhappy customers, but that's life.

Something that has been welcomed by many people are circular, long, short ponchos, turtleneck, round neck etc. I have several patterns of those already on sale and some to finish (they are still being tested)

Here I will show some of the Circular Ponchos we have for sale, I hope you like them as much as I do.

Link under each picture, takes you to the listing.



The Green Poncho




The Brown Poncho





The Blue Poncho








Circular Poncho for Girl




 Short Poncho # 2










Saturday, January 17, 2015

Heart & Sole Slippers Free Crochet Pattern

Heart & Sole Slippers| Women size | 

Free Crochet Pattern | Written Instructions and Graph









This is a supercute pattern courtesy of
My Hobby is Crochet
It was published yesterday
Just in time for Valentine's day.












Friday, January 2, 2015

The Three Wise Men or The Magui

The Three Wise Men or The Magui





We really don’t know the names of the magi because the Bible doesn’t tell us. In fact, the Bible is silent on how many wise men visited Jesus. However, tradition has it that the wise men who came to seek and honor the infant Jesus were named Gaspar, Balthasar, and Melchior. Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar started the gift-giving custom of Christmas by bringing gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the Christ child on Epiphany, the day on which the infant was presented. 

 It is a common misconception that the wise men visited Jesus at the stable on the night of His birth. In fact, the wise men came days, months, or possibly even years later. That is why Matthew 2:11 says the wise men visited and worshiped Jesus in a house, not at the stable. 




 We assume that there were three wise men because of the three gifts that were given: gold, incense, and myrrh (Matthew 2:11). However, the Bible does not say there were only three wise men. There could have been many more. Tradition says that there were three and that their names were Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, but since the Bible does not say, we have no way of knowing whether the tradition is accurate. 

 The wise men, also known as magi, were men belonging to various educated classes. Our English word magician comes from this same root. But these wise men were not magicians in the modern sense of sleight-of-hand performers. They were of noble birth, educated, wealthy, and influential. They were philosophers, the counselors of rulers, learned in all the wisdom of the ancient East.  They were certainly men of great learning. 

The word Magi comes from the greek word 'magos' (where the english word 'magic' comes from). Magos itself comes from the old persian word 'Magupati'. This was the title given to priests in a sect of the ancient persian religions such as Zoroastrianism. Today we'd called them astrologers. Back then astronomy and astrology were part of the same overall studies (and 'science') and went hand in hand with each other. The magi would have followed the patterns of the stars religiously.

They had seen an unusual new star in the sky, and knew that it told of the birth of a special king. No one really knows what the new star is the sky was, and there are many theories including comets, supernovas, a conjunctions of planets or something supernatural!  

 They would have also probably been very rich and held high esteem in their own society and by people who weren't from their country or religion. The wise men were guided to look for the King of the Jews by a miraculous stellar event, the "Star of Bethlehem," which they called "His star" They consulted with King Herod in Jerusalem concerning the birth of Christ and were directed to Bethlehem They followed God's guidance joyfully .








 This is how they are often described: 



 Gaspar (or Caspar), who has brown hair and a brown beard (or no beard!) and wears a green cloak and a gold crown with green jewels on it. He is the King of Sheba. Gaspar represents the Frankincense brought to Jesus.

 Melchior, who has long white hair and a white beard and wears a gold cloak. He is the King of Arabia. Melchior represents the Gold brought to Jesus. 

 Balthazar,who has black skin and a black beard (or no beard!) and wears a purple cloak. He is the King of Tarse and Egypt. Balthazar represents the gift of Myrrh that was brought to Jesus. 



Herod asked the Wise Men to find Jesus and tell him where he was, not so he could go and worship him as he said, but so he could kill him! He thought that Jesus sounded like a new King that could come and take his power away.


  When the Wise Men found Jesus and Mary, they would have been living in a normal house in Bethlehem, because by this time Jesus would have been aged between one and two. Then they gave their gifts to him. 

The gifts seem quite strange to give to a baby, but Christians believe that they had the following meanings:

 Gold: is associated with Kings and Christians believe that Jesus is the King of Kings.

 Frankincense: is sometimes used in worship in Churches and showed that people child worship Jesus. 

Myrrh: is a perfume that is put on dead bodies to make them smell nice and showed that Jesus would suffer and die. 

The gifts are also all things that come the east of Israel in Arabia. 
Their gifts for Jesus were costly, and they worshiped Him.  


When they were about to go to tell Herod where Jesus was,  God warned them in a dream against returning to Herod, so, in defiance of the king, they left Judea by another route so Herod could not carry out his horrible plan.





 http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/churchhistory/qt/3Magi.htm 
http://www.gotquestions.org/three-wise-men.html http://www.whychristmas.com/story/wisemen.shtml

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hello, it's me again



Hello, it's me again


For long time I have not written here because I've been spending all my time in writting knit and crochet patterns. 

 I'm doing this is because I can not work on big things as i used to do before. A health problem does not allow me to knit or crochet in the way as I did before. 

 Most of my patterns are easy to make and they have both, written instructions and many pictures to guide you through the work. 


These are the last ones... do you like them?











 My patterns can be found in my Craftsy  

Visit ToppyToppyKnits's Craftsy Pattern Store »



And Etsy Shops


In Etsy you can find many of the patterns, as well as a lot of things that I have made during this year before my health problem. There you can find supplies, embroidery and cross stitch complete kits and much more. 

 I hope you can visit both shops and maybe find something you like, for you or for give it as a gift in this upcoming holidays.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Lightweight Crochet and Knitting Patterns

ToppyToppyKnits
     Lightweight Crochet and Knitting Patterns 

Spring and Summer


  Shawls, Pareos, Stoles, Vests, Ponchos etc
  


Poncho Crochet Two Rectangle Pattern

Skill level: easy

$5.00 USD





           

 







Cover Up, Pareo, Scarf, Shawl, Crochet Pattern 

$5.00 USD 

Skil level: easy




     









Shawl Cross Vest Stole Multifuncional

Knitting Pattern  Skill level: easy

$5.00 USD 






           







Knit Stole, Shoulder wrap Shawl pattern

Skill level: easy

$5.00 USD 








    






Granny Stitch Shawl Crochet Pattern

Skill level: easy

 $5.00 USD 



 

         








Scarf Shawl Wrap Gypsy Crochet Pattern

Skill level: easy


 $5.00 USD