Author Archives: K Anderson


“God makes the earth yield healing herbs which the prudent man should not neglect.”

Sirach 38:4


I’m not sure when herbalism or holistic health turned into “New Age” but I’m supposing it was right around the time when medicine was Westernized, patented, and sold for profit…hauling the church right along with this erroneous way of thinking.

Après Skirts

(note: pattern/measurements are NOT complete! since these are still a work in progress I haven’t been able to properly size for all sizes yet. Because they are so easy for a quick work-up, however, you can adjust as needed)

The perfect skirt following a day on the slopes! These skirts are meant to cover-up and keep warm after peeling off your winter outerwear. These skirts are hand-crocheted with a variety of wool fibers and can be custom made to suit your size/color preferences.


  • The skirt on the top left uses a J hook with approx. 600 yds of a worsted weight 75% Navajo Rambouillet & Domestic Fine Wool / 25% Mohair blend from Peace Fleece. This skirt is warm and mid-weight.
  • The skirt on the bottom left uses a K hook with approx. 600 yds of a bulky weight wool blend such as Wool-Ease Thick & Quick by Lionbrand yarn. This skirt is thick and warm with a heavier weight.

SC – single crochet
SS – slip stitch
HDC in BLO – half-double crochet in back loop only

 General Sizing   (check fit as you go)

18” – 20” waist
12” length
Chain xx (worsted weight)
Chain xx (bulky weight)

28 ½” – 32 ½” waist
37” – 40” hips
Chain 86 (worsted weight)
Chain xx (bulky weight)

30 ½” – 35” waist
39” – 42.5” hips
Chain 96 (worsted weight)
Chain xx (bulky weight)

Instructions for worsted weight skirts (S/M / M/L)


Rows for waistband:

  1. Chain (86 / xx)
  2. Row1: SC starting (5 / 6) chains from hook, 5 SC in last chain to round corner
  3. Row 2: SC to 2nd to last chain from start, 3-5 SC in last chain to round corner
  4. Row 3: SC to 2nd from last chain from start, 2 SC in each of 5 to round corner
  5. Continue these steps to desired width of “belt”
  6. This is where you will leave some of the button hole end of belt (approx. 1 in) free from being attached to skirt to allow for tightening
  7. Beginning with new color, SS to join belt to start first round of skirt – SC for the entire round – if needed, chain 3-5 to join the ends, otherwise you can just SS to join. Use the chain on the button end which ends just before the corner, and the chain approx. 1” in from the end of the button hole to join.

Rows for skirt (starting with second color)

  1. SC for approx. 1” OR HDC in BLO for approx.. 1” (4-6 rounds)
    1. SC will give you a tighter section below the waist, HDC in BLO will allow for more stretch
  2. Pattern: HDC in BLO (rnd1) plus *DC + CH1* (rnd 2) – repeat these 2 rounds 3x
  3. Beginning body of skirt (starting with third color)
    1. Increase for the hips in the first 6 rounds by:
      1. HDC in BLO, increase by using 2 HDC in BLO every 10th chain
      2. HDC in BLO next round
      3. HDC in BLO, increase by using 2 HDC in BLO every 9th chain (begin your count with the 5th chain; i.e., starting at 5th chain begin counting that as “chain 1” for your increase – this will put the increased chains in the middle of those in step “i”
      4. HDC in BLO
      5. HDC in BLO, increase by using 2 HDC in BLO every 8th chain
      6. HDC in BLO
    2. HDC in BLO for remainder of rounds, to desired length of skirt

And that’s it, fairly simple and you can adjust the increase as needed, or modify the length/color of each section. I’ve also created these in lighter-weight wool/polyester blends for a light skirt that’s perfect for out on walks/hikes.


I Heard the Leaves Clapping

It was a typical Sunday drive, or could have been another day of many roaming the countryside and back roads. Feeling a little nutty, feeling a little absurd. Pondering things seen, felt, and done.

Meditating on Scripture seems to be the prevalent distraction these days and while I think it’s good to do, it can take away from the faith. As it consumes my thoughts it’s difficult to give proper consideration to other things, as in, living life.

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The Real Elephant in the Room: 5G

It amazes me that the “smartest” people running the world (the UN) are so eager to develop technologies that have obvious negative health effects on people all over the world. Has the UN ever stopped to wonder why they are labeled “evil dictators” by independent media outposts? I believe they are tripping over their “superior-intellectual” brains and have failed to see the obvious right in front of them.

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Winter Skirts

This skirt transpired from a pattern at Mama In A Stitch along with a grab bag of locally-processed fibers from the Kurth Valley Fiber Mill. It contained a variety of golden-dyed skeins of alpaca, llama, wool, angora, and even some buffalo fibers. I had started the poncho but not far into it decided the pattern would make a great skirt for wearing over leggings. With a little added color from a random skein of bright orange/pink/army green/yellow wool, I realized I could mesh this with the slightly tougher llama fiber (as in sidebar picture) for the waist and hips and then allow the softer alpaca to hang for the rest.

Three-tiered Alpaca-Wool-Llama Skirt
You will need:
US size K 6.50 mm crochet hook
Approx. 75 yds llama, 75 yds wool, 300 yds alpaca (2 skeins, these are all approximate as I obtained them from a small local processor and didn’t jot down the exact lengths of each skein)

Approximately 16” wide (32″ circumference) at the waist, 19.5″ wide (39″ circumference) X 20” long.

Approximately 12 stitches and 9 rows per 4 inches.

HDC: half-double crochet
BLO: back loop only
DC: double crochet
SS: slip stitch

Starting with the waist (llama)
Ch 112, SS to first chain to join in the round
Round 1: HDC in each of the starter row chains, working in the round, SS to both loops of starting chain to join in the round
Round 2: Ch2, HDC in BLO beginning with the first open chain and repeating through all, SS to both loops of starting chain from previous row to join in the round
Round 3: Ch4, DC in 7th ch from hook (this is the 3rd ch on row below), *ch1, skip1, DC*, repeating between * throughout the round, SS to both loops of starting chain from previous row to join in the round
Round 4: Ch2, HDC in BLO beginning with the first open chain and repeating throughout, SS to both loops of starting chain from previous row to join in the round

Repeat rounds 3 and 4, three more times.

Switching to the hips (wool) and the body (alpaca)
This is where you begin working all rows as HDC in BLO, beginning each with a chain 2, and SS to both loops of first HDC of previous row.

To increase from the waist to the hips, I worked two HDC in BLO in one chain, once every 10-12 chains (an increase to 122-124). (I meant to do this every 10 chains but toward the end worked every 12. I ended up with 120 total. Considering the fiber and the stretchy-ness of the stitch, you can choose if you want more or less so there is some flexibility here. If you want to increase to the hips a little more then work two HDC in BLO every 10 chains (this increases your count from 112 to 124). If you want to increase less, work two HDC in BLO every 12 chains (this increases your count from 112 to 122).

I ended up with a seam that runs slightly diagonal which for these fibers, and the skirt, I liked how it turned out. I’m not an experienced crocheter so if you want to get a straight seam you can find out how to adjust this (in a skirt, not working in a circular pattern which increases, like a hat), here (

Tie off and weave in ends.

Now, the funny part of this is that while I knit or crochet, I tend to find myself working out other mental gymnastics usually associated with Scripture. And for some time I’ve often wondered if there is something more to
Deuteronomy 22:11 “You shall not wear cloth of two different kinds of thread, wool and linen, woven together.” other than the symbolic reference where it is resurrected in Matthew 9:16. The verse from the old testament, similar to other precepts and laws laid out by the Lord during old testament times, were then, taken as literal commands.

Similar to Deuteronomy 22:9 “You shall not sow your vineyard with two kinds of seed, lest the whole yield be forfeited,…” where the aim of the command seems to be to maintain healthy crops by keeping seeds separate.

So why, I’ve wondered, would the Lord be concerned with giving precepts of this sort, with regard to the ancients’ clothing, and how, if at all, can it be applied today. This certainly goes deeper than it would appear on the surface (and more than this post is intending to express) since to understand the Lord is to know that He is concerned with ALL aspects of our lives. For after all, “even the very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Luke 9:16).

But perhaps sometimes, his precepts really are just a simple as they seem (which again goes to show his great concern for even the tiniest details of our lives). Because now I find myself wondering how I’m going to wash this skirt, where the wool and llama are quite resilient but the alpaca is soft and vulnerable to damage. On retrospect, I should have (and originally intended for) the wool to span only 2-3 rows to break up the colors between the llama and alpaca. But since I completed 6, it may have added too much bulk and especially with respect to the care instructions.

So, depending on your fibers, there is a lot of flexibility in the number of rows for each but if you’ve made it this far in the post, it’s a good idea to consider the stretch and composition of the fibers that you decide to use. My goal was to have a warm yet durable skirt for wearing over leggings in the winter. I may return to the fiber mill to pick up more llama as I think this is a great material to use for this type of skirt, especially around the waist and hips where there is more tension. The alpaca, however, gives it a nice flow without being form-fitting, as you might find in a cotton-polyester blend.

Climate Geoengineering: Taking note

The featured image shown above was taken by me over the skies of western Wyoming in February of 2018. Through all my travels in recent years, however, I realized this was not an isolated sighting of what is being termed “chemtrails”. I’ve seen these over the skies of SD, MN, and WI. While I have not seen our skies in the midwest littered as much as some pictures in areas of FL and CA, it certainly raises the question as to whether they will increase, what are they, and who is doing this.

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New yarn and new techniques brought my new favorite winter hats this season. Crocheted bean stitch, knit pillars, and a soft chunky yarn from Loops & Threads.

The top left pattern is a modified version of the Malia Beanie – Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet at I modified this pattern by using a chunky yarn (rather than a worsted weight) and a K hook size – thereby decreasing the number of chains required for the vertical rows (I used 22: 18 for the main section and 4 for the brim). I also eliminated the 3rd round of the magic circle and worked directly from the 2nd round. To compensate for the loss of chains on the 3rd round of the magic circle, I (randomly and inadvertently) created 2 rows from each chain rather than moving to the next for every row. Also, for the large bean stitch, I pulled through after 6 sts on the hook rather than 8 – again, to compensate for the bulkier yarn. And finally, at the end of my rows, I crocheted (using a slip-stitch) the last row to the first (rather than sewing together). That gave me an additional row of a raised chain but I could have eliminated this by ending one or two rows earlier.

Added note on size: this hat turned out to be a Large, or possibly even XL. Since I was somewhat winging-it with the modifications I was really happy how it turned out but would like to try again with a little more systematic approach. Working from the 2nd round of the magic circle gives you 24 chains to work your rows from, and if you start 2 rows from each chain you’ll end up with 48 rows.

The bottom two hats use some of the Carbon Copy pattern from Sarah Keller at
Here again I used Loops & Threads, Charisma – a bulky yarn, with US 8 circular needles.
I inverted the purl rows for knit and used 2×2 ribbing for the brims.
With the blue I stopped short of a slouch hat because I wanted this for a ski hat and it turned out great – it’s warm and stays on tight! With the off-white I completed the full slouch but it makes a really bulky (read: heavy) slouch hat. It’s okay but not my favorite.
Regarding size: I cast on 72 sts and used about 10 rows of 2×2 ribbing for the brim. This created a ladies M/L.
Regarding the rows/pattern: After the brim I purled for 2 rows then knit for 6.
The “pillar” rows can be done in any way – on the blue hat I purled for only 1 row before beginning the 1×1 ribbing – but for the white hat I purled 2 rows before the 1×1 ribbing.
No matter how it’s done, the pillars give the hat some flexibility – especially important with a bulky yarn using size 8 needles – otherwise you get a stiff hat that’s not very form-fitting. Also, these are really quick and easy to make so I plan to do a few more and will try to post a standard size chart for the ski hat in S/M/L after a few more.