Celtic Weave Lapghan

The Celtic Weave Lapghan is a small throw blanket that is perfect for just covering the lap. It is crocheted in vibrant contrasting colors of reds and greens, separated by borders in black. The depth and density created by the Celtic Weave stitch ensures a thick, warm blanket. This lapghan cozy and comfortable – perfect for chilly settings.

This blanket has a pleasant weight for winter time, and is perfect for cold days in the car or is just a nice blanket to keep your lap warm while you watch tv in your favorite recliner. Lapghans are small and easily portable. This one folds up relatively small and also looks great draped across the back of a recliner. The colors in green and red make it a great blanket for Christmastime, but the black borders and particular shades of color make it a blanket that you don’t automatically think “Christmas” when you see it – making it a year-round blanket if you choose. This blanket can be made in any color combination you like.

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Lemon Meringue Lapghan

The Lemon Meringue Lapghan is a small throw blanket that is perfect for just covering the lap. It is crocheted in bright, cheerful yellows and white. The three-dimensional crocodile stitch creates peaks and valleys that resemble the meringue on a pie. This lapghan is surprisingly warm, despite the size of the holes in the blanket, because of the three-dimensional depth that helps the blanket hold warmth next to you while it is on your lap.

This blanket has a pleasant, light weight, and is perfect for car rides, visits to the movie theater, or any situation in which you have to sit in an environment that is cooler than you prefer. Lapghans are small and easily portable, and this one would even fit, folded up, in a large handbag or beach bag.

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Caron Summer Mist Afghan


The Caron Summer Mist pattern is for a throw blanket, but this has been adapted to fit a queen size bed. It is intentionally shorter from top to bottom than it is from side to side, so that the blanket does not get sucked down between the bed and the footboard of a bed frame, and so that there is extra blanket for both sides of the bed – no one is likely to be able to steal the covers with this afghan!

Being that this is such a large blanket, it takes quite a bit of yarn – as well as time. This is a very big project, but the end result is lovely. This is a blanket that has a nice heavy weight to it and a good amount of warmth. The yarn is soft and cozy. This blanket calls for five colors and can be made in any color combination you choose.

Colorful Tilda Doll


The Colorful Tilda Doll is a rather free-spirited style of doll, who wears colorful, mismatched clothing that is made with Red Heart brand yarn in white, green, and two different kind of rainbow variegated yarns (all colors can be altered to suit your tastes). She has green and white striped stocking legs and is wearing a variegated color/dark rainbow jumper. The jumper has golden ties on the sides of the legs and a front pocket with stitches showing as part of the style. Her hair can be either a skein of light rainbow colored yarn, or it can be crocheted pink velvet yarn in spirals that are tied up in a ponytail with rainbow yarn. The version of the doll that has loose yarn hair comes with a drawstring-adjustable bonnet in variegated colors of your choice. Her shoes are crocheted boots in variegated blues and greens. This doll can be made with safety eyes or button eyes.

Blue Tilda Doll

The Blue Tilda Doll is made with Lion Brand Feels Like Butta yarn in white, has a white bodice decorated with pink and purple velvet French knot roses, with shoulders shirred in pink ribbon, and a lacy skirt tiered with velvet edging. Her hair is blue and white Softee yarn knotted firmly to the scalp of the doll. She is wearing a headband that ties at the top of the head and is made with Feels Like Butta in pink. The headband is decorated with pink and purple velvet roses with teal leaves. Her shoes are crocheted Mary Janes. This doll can be made with safety eyes or button eyes – the last photo is of another doll, but to show what button eyes look like.

Pink Tilda Doll

The Pink Tilda Doll is made with Lion Brand Feels Like Butta yarn in white and pink, has a darker pink bodice decorated with a pink velvet yoke with white velvet roses, with shoulders shirred in pink ribbon, and a lacy skirt tiered with velvet edging. Her hair is crocheted pink velvet yarn in spirals that are tied up in a ponytail with a ribbon. Her shoes are crocheted Mary Janes. This doll can be made with safety eyes or button eyes – the last photo is of another doll, but to show what button eyes look like.

Images © Christyl’s Creations

Base patterns for dolls and clothing are by Suwanna’s Crafts Room and have been embellished by Christyl to make them unique.

Poetry and Artwork Published in UCCS’ literary arts journal, riverrun

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Two new poems and one artwork by Chrissy Lorraine have been published (under her old nickname of Nina) in the 47th edition of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) literary arts journal, riverrun. The poems are entitled, “Earth’s New Gown,” and “The Storm,” and the art piece in oils is entitled “Fox Fantasy.”

“Earth’s New Gown,” is an eight-stanza, thirty-two-line, rhyming (ABAB form) and metered poem about falling snow. It is located on page 24 of the journal.

“The Storm” is a poem about a snowstorm, written in a structure and style created by Chrissy. The style is 8 lines of object nouns followed by three present progressive verbs describing that noun, and then a 9th object followed by fourteen present progressive verbs, finished with a six-syllable statement of summary. The end effect is lyrical and rhythmic when read aloud, with a building tension and climactic finish. This poem is on page 48 of the journal.

“Fox Fantasy” is a painting in oils on canvas, using a sfumato style of smooth brushwork, and featuring a masked white fox in a surreal, springtime landscape, with a large blue bird. The painting is featured on page 113 of the journal. To read and view these publications, please follow the link, below.

The 47th edition of riverrun can be found here

Faith (in the face of Covid 19)

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Frail, we fear,
but our fear stands alone:
our faith, it is here,
and our hope is regrown.

Between these, we swing,
like a great pendulum:
our hope on a string,
and our fears, genuine.

And meanwhile, our God
gazes down from above,
as our lost go to sod,
and we teach of His love.

Is He calling us home,
to our Heaven, our bliss?
Is He culling with comb,
taking us home like this?

We can’t know; we guess,
and we hold out our faith,
using our breath to bless,
living by what He saith.

But these times are so hard,
there is so much of pain –
leaving us scarred,
‘tho the death rate may wane.

And the fear does us harm,
as our stress is a thief,
raising the alarm,
and prolonging our grief.

So, in prayer, we rise,
and we show love to all,
for each one who dies
has answered the Call.

But we know it will end;
we hold on, we dream.
We cherish each friend;
we stifle our scream…

When it’s over and done,
and the danger has passed,
we’ll count losses, each one,
our grief, unsurpassed;

we’ll rise in mourning,
a unified cry;
pain blazing a warning,
as we ask our God “why?”

But we’ll get no answers,
God doesn’t speak loud;
just as with cancer,
all death is allowed.

So remind ourselves, now,
and tell every friend,
God made us a vow,
that He’ll keep, in the end:

that Heaven awaits,
for those who stay strong,
that death has no dates,
and God does no wrong;

that all, by His will,
happens by His plan;
that no measure of skill,
by man, cheats past His span.

So, we place our trust
in Him who protects;
we do what we must,
as His loyal subjects;

and we pray every day,
that His will be done –
that our strength will stay
‘til this battle be won.

The end, it will come,
For each, one and all –
right now, for some,
or later, withal.

To take it with grace
is expected of us,
right now, in our space,
with not too big a fuss,

as we isolate,
to keep others safe,
we cooperate,
our role, we don’t chafe;

supporting in love,
our family and friends;
and God, we speak of,
‘til this life, it ends.

~ Chrissy Lorraine

© Chrissy’s Creative Corner 2020

All images public domain

The Silly Sloth & The Squirrel

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The silly sloth so loved the squirrel,
that the two ran paw in paw,
looking for snarks and going for larks,
and outright defying the law.

While chasing their tails, delivered, the mail —
a letter was once dropped off.
A letter for me? A letter for you!
But at papers, both did scoff;

Yet the letter did hint at a tale of tails,
and that did so interest them,
that they ripped it open, ripped it apart,
and could not at all read it, then!

So they threw it upwards; it rained like confetti,
and they danced under the falling tatters —
and then they sang a song; a laughing sweet song
their feet going pitter-a-patters;

And they ran through the woods, and over the sky;
they ran until time stood still —
they ran and they ran until they fell down,
and lay oh-so-dead on the hill…

~ Chrissy Lorraine

© Chrissy’s Creative Corner 2020

All images public domain