I made a new hat.  I had made a scarf and hat last year in the same yarn, but the had stretched too much from being crotched with too big of a hook. I ripped it out and started over.  This time knitting.  I had painstakingly made my husband a hat last winter with size 3 yarn on size 2 needles.  About 150 stitches, had to start over twice and I made an accidental increase, which is luckily fixable.  Yuck.

My hat is made with super bulky yarn, size 6.  In fact I used lion brand wool ease thick and quick.  It is awesome yarn and comes in pretty colors, including metallics.  My yarn in a deep purple with a purple metallic in it.

The pattern:  there are so many ways to knit a hat.  This is a simple one.  I started with size 10.5 double pointed needles, you could go up to 13’s but I used what I had.   I have a book with a master hat pattern, I did a gauge swatch, and measured almost 3 stitches per inch.   Checking the chart, I needed to cast on 60 stitches.  I did a double open and closed long tail or Latvian cast on.  Then did 2″ of k2 p2 ribbing.  Then I switched to a straight knit stitch till it measured 6″ from the cast on edge.  As for the top shaping, I decreased 6 stitches per round, starting with every other round, the last 4 rounds I decreased every round, ending with 6 stitches on the needles.  This made sure the hat would be long enough to cover my ears.




So, one of my recent projects was this lovely star blanket.  I found this wonderful soft yarn, bernat baby blanket.  It is a soft bulky yarn that works up quick, comes in cute colors too.  Unfortunately, I needed more of that citrus color, but I couldn’t find it anywhere.  The blanket is doll sized, and the star pattern was fun to crochet.  My girls love playing with smaller sized blankets and the little one really likes dolls, so everyone is happy.

I have more of this yarn in different colors, I just gotta think of something cute to do with it.


Busy, busy, busy…

I started this blog, then well life happened, as life always does.  I just don’t have the time do draw or paint with my little girls around.  I have been knitting and crocheting like crazy though.

Starting on Halloween last year I made this guy for my youngest daughter’s birthday.  It is a gobbeldy ghost from mochimochiland.com.  I love her knitting patterns.  I have also made some hats for winter, a scarf, and some mittens.

For Christmas, I knitted more characters from the mochimochiland cast.  A star for each of my nieces, and an elf for my nephew, born near Christmas.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture.

Lastly, my oldest daughter needed to have surgery in January, and I made her a crochet dinosaur, she lives dinosaurs.

I have many other things I am working on as well, but we will get to them later.




Welcome to Arina’s Alchemy!  This is where I will be posting my creations. I work cross media from pen and ink to acrylic painting to knitted creatures and beyond.

Here is a pic of the start of my newest project. I will eventually draw in every panel, but I still need to figure out what I want to put there.