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It’s a funny name, not to be confused with the Hyperbaric Chamber they put you in to cure the bends!

Technically, Hyperbolic Crochet is the name given to applying a mathematical principle to crochet patterns. A hyperbolic plane expands exponentially from any point on its surface, always curving away from itself. In other words, evenly double or triple the stitches!

You can easily crochet a hyperbolic surface by increasing at a constant rate throughout the piece. So if,  for example, you start with a chain of 3 single crochet (3 sc), you may crochet 6 sc in the third chain from the hook. Then, go around 2 sc in each of the 6, (12 sc), then 2 in each of the 12, (24 sc), etc. Eventually, the piece will fold in on itself in evenly distributed sections and become a sphere.

Choose a crochet hook smaller than the hook size suggested on the yarn label. The smaller the crochet hook, the tighter the stitches will be and the more stiff your final creation will be. You won’t need to get the stitches too tight since you don’t want this to strain your hands.

You can add cylinders, ruffles, circles or any shape to the surface of your creation by increasing or decreasing stitches! You can work from the surface directly or create a shape from a separate yarn and then attach it to your piece! The combinations are endless!

To see some amazing creations which inspired me, go to The Institute For Figuring online. There are instructions and details for crocheting coral reef designs.

Once you get started in this amazingly simple technique, you may never go back to flat surfaces again!


Oooo, orange is my latest fave! Perfect for fall and Halloween of course! Warm, thick, luxurious and fun!

Check out all my beautiful hand-crocheted scarves!

I started this blog with the hope of helping you save your precious pet. I am not a Veterinarian and luckily, I received great advice from several in my quest to save my cat from this truly horrible disease. By the time a person notices the symptoms, the disease has already taken a strong foothold. If you read about it on line, it seems doubtful that your pet will survive, but mine did, so I want to share with you how we managed it. By the time I noticed that my cat wasn’t eating or drinking and was just laying around, it was a Sunday, so I just figured I would have the cat checked out the next day if he didn’t perk up. I came home from work Monday afternoon and his skin was yellow from the jaundice and he felt hot and feverish.   I rushed him to Dr. Faith Hughes, DVM who did a blood slide and confirmed it was caused by a tick bite and at that time he was running a fever of 106. She gave him 2 shots- Imidocarb  and Atropine. Since he was not too dehydrated, she let us take him home. Your cat may need intensive fluids  and may need to stay over night. We brought him home and the treatment plan consisted of forced feedings, watering regularly as well as consistently timed medication. I purchased cans of AD prescription food which I mixed with clear chicken broth to make runny enough to suck up into the big syringe Dr. Hughes gave me. My friend Gail Perfect, DVM also suggested strained turkey baby food would work well too. Every 4-6 hours I pushed a syringe full of this goo into the side of his mouth then followed it with a smaller syringe of water. I also gave him water between these feedings. Every 12 hours I gave him a syringe of antibiotics- you may receive either Amoxicillan 50mg/ml or Clavamox from your vet. Also for the fever one prednisone pill every 24 hours. Every 12 hours I also gave him a syringe of Lixotinic, a dark brown vitamin tonic. In addition, I gave him a syringe of coconut oil, for energy. I mashed up bananas with water for a syringe in the mornings since he loves bananas. Keep your cats favorite foods handy for when he perks up and can eat again.  This lasted all week and finally on Friday night at midnight, I went to give him a feeding and there he was with his face in his food bowl of cruchies munching away on his own!! He was almost back to his old self. Today is Sunday and there is a little yellow left to his skin but I have water in front of him all the time and I am just finishing the last of the antibiotics. Good luck and don’t give up!! Great thanks to Faith Hughes, DVM  of the VCA Wakulla Animal Hospital  in Crawfordville, FL and Shepherd Springs Animal Hospital, Crawfordville, FL for their help. Also my friend Gail Perfect, DVM and all my great friends for their suggestions and support.


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  • gurglefish: I have been crocheting for 40 years! I hand crochet every scarf myself, and no two are exactly alike! I offer exciting and unique designs and textures