Monday, March 23, 2015

A New Blog on the Block: Sculptures in Disguise

I'm proud to announce a new blog, Sculptures in Disguise, dedicated to my unique designs of fiber handcrafts.

Check it out and download the free pattern for this Spiral Flower Square.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A New Border for the Square #4 of Moogly 2015 CAL

There is this fun CAL, 2015 Moogly CAL on Ravelry, and I'm glad I joined it. On the fourth square of the CAL, however, I had difficulties making the border as directed on the pattern so I changed it to something I designed.
A few of the fellow crocheters asked if I can give the pattern to how I did the border, but as I designed it instantly while crocheting, it really is hard to write the instructions so everybody can do it. And I also worked on the spaces between posts instead of stitches, so a stitch count is very hard to make.
But, here are close up photos of the border I've made, both front and back, with some weird circles in different colours. Pink circles indicate that they are triple crochets. You can see that they ate actually front post triple crochets, that uses the post of the previous round. The round crocheted with the orange yarn is done with half double crochets, with 2 chains in the corners. If you look closely (which you can, because the photos are big) to the fan shape crocheted with the purple yarn, you'll see that there are 6 posts, it's because I used the spaces between posts and not the stitches to crochet into. So the sc2tog with the orange yarn is to the spaces on either sides of the single crochet with the blue yarn.
I really hope this helps the observer to figure out how to make it. You see, it's very hard for me to instruct an How-To. Please feel free to ask anything either here or at my project page at Ravelry.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015


Rnd1: (With Colour A) Ch3, join with slst to 1st ch
Rnd2: Ch3 (1st of 16 posts), treble15, join with slst to 3rd ch of first post
Rnd3: Slst to space 'before post', ch2, dc to space 'after post', ch1,
*yo1, insert hook in space 'before post', yo1, draw yarn through the 2 loops on the hook (2 loops left on hook), yo1, insert hook in 'after post', yo1, draw yarn through the 3 loops on the hook (3 loops left on hook), yo1, draw yarn through the 3 loops on the hook, ch1* Repeat between "**" 15 times, join with slst to 2nd ch of first post. Close, cut yarn, and weave in yarn ends.
Rnd 4: (With Colour B) Standing treble in one of the ch1 spaces, treble2, ch2, treble3, dc3 in next ch1 space, hdc3 in next ch1 sp, dc3 in next ch1 sp
*Treble3 in next ch1 sp, ch2, treble3, dc3 in next ch1 space, hdc3 in next ch1 sp, dc3 in next ch1 sp*
Repeat between "**" 3 times
Join with slst to 3rd ch of first post.
Close, cut yarn, and weave in yarn ends.
Same as Chocolateberry #1, with colours swapped (Start with Colour B and change to Colour A)
(With Colour C, and Chocolateberries' right sides facing each other)
Hdc in first stitch of the closer Chocolateberry, and without turning, hdc in the first stitch of the farther Chocolateberry, continue to the end of one side.
Mehlika Akkaya

Friday, January 23, 2009

Catching fish...

"...balık daima kısmet sayılır. canlı balık görmek, askta ve iste sansının açıldıgı anlamındadır. balık yedigini görmek, mulk ve çocuk sahibi olacagına, suda balık avlamak iç açıcı bir haber duyacagına, balık surusu görmek yönetici durumuna gelinecegine isarettir. balık tuttugunu gören kimsenin eline toplu para geçer. cok sayıda balık tutmak buyuk servet demektir. suda yuzen balıklar da yaklasan kısmetlerdir..."

Thursday, July 17, 2008

baykusun kareleri

Benim de aralarinda bulundugum, Mimar Sinan Guzel Sanatlar Universitesi Fotograf Bolumu mezunlarinin, bolumun 30. kurulus yildonumu dolayisiyla olusturulan sergisi 24 Temmuz 2008 Persembe aksami 19:00'da Pera Muzesi'nde aciliyor.

The 30th anniversary exhibition of the Photography Department alumni of Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, to which I contribute with a work of mine, opens on the 24th of July 2008, Thursday evening at 19:00 at Pera Museum.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Ian Brown - Illegal Attacks

Illegal Attacks by Ian Brown (Feat. Sinead O'connor)

So what the fuck is this UK
Gunnin’ with this US of A
In Iraq and Iran and in Afghanistan

Does not a day go by
Without the Israeli Air Force
Fail to drop it’s bombs from the sky?

How many mothers to cry?
How many sons have to die?
How many missions left to fly over Palestine?
‘Cause as a matter of facts
It’s a pact, it’s an act
These are illegal attacks
So bring the soldiers back
These are illegal attacks
It’s contracts for contacts
I’m singing concrete facts
So bring the soldiers back

What mean ya that you beat my people
What mean ya that you beat my people
And grind the faces of the poor

So tell me just how come were the Taliban
Sat burning incense in Texas
Roaming round in a Lexus
Sittin’ on six billion oil drums
Down with the Dow Jones, up on the Nasdaq
Pushed into the war zones

It’s a commercial crusade
‘Cause all the oil men get paid
And only so many soldiers come home
It’s a commando crusade
A military charade
And only so many soldiers come home

Soldiers, soldiers come home
Soldiers come home

Through all the blood and sweat
Nobody can forget
It ain’t the size of the dog in the fight
It’s the size of the fight in the dog on the day or the night
There’s no time to reflect
On the threat, the situation, the bark nor the bite
These are commercial crusades
‘Cos all the oil men get paid
These are commando crusades
Commando tactical rape
And from the streets of New York and Baghdad to Tehran and Tel Aviv
Bring forth the prophets of the Lord
From dirty bastards fillin’ pockets
With the profits of greed

These are commercial crusades
Commando tactical raids
Playin’ military charades to get paid

And who got the devils?
And who got the Lords?
Build yourself a mountain – Drink up in the fountain
Soldiers come home
Soldiers come home
Soldiers come home
Soldiers come home

What mean ya that you beat my people
What mean ya that you beat my people
And grind the faces of the poor

(More about Ian Brown)
(And some more)

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

My own private Mary Jane slippers

Suddenly occurred to me that I needed home slippers, warm, machine washable, and most important of all, unique :)

At first I tried knitting like knitting socks, than I gave up, because they wouldn't be warm enough to walk on ceramic or marble floor, so I unravelled it. Then I decided making something crocheting: I did the sole first, before deciding how to do the upper part.

It all came improvisationally, I tried a few times to give the round and fit shape, and succeeded (there is a little fault, but goes away while wearing) .
And there had to be buttons and they had to be catching, so I dived in mom's old-buttons box and came back with these strikingly yellow ones, vintage I may say.

The result was quite satisfying for me. I wear them all the time except either when they are being washed or getting dried :)
It is sort of hard for me to write a full pattern, but I can give you some numbers so that you will have a starting point. I used a bulky wool/acrylic blend yarn with 9 mm crochet hook. The yarn is actually suitable knitting with 10 mm needles, but I had to have my slippers thicker and firmer. I started with 6 chains after the initial loop, and then continued on the next row with single crocheting every chain so I had 5 stitches (some experienced crocheters will know what I am talking about). After that, I increased the first and the last stitches of the rows by two (made one stitch two stitches) until I had 13 stitches (I'm not superstitious, moreover, I have a thing for prime numbers :) . After it was my sole length, I decreased, as I had increased, to 5 stitches. This is the sole, then I picked stitches and crocheted in the round, shaped (by decreasing), and finished. That easy... ;)