Saturday, December 1, 2007

Lion Brand Jiffy Crochet Baby Afghan pattern

This is a free pattern I got on several skeins of Jiffy yarn. It's not online anywhere so I'm posting it here, so I can link to it on Ravelry. Comments are of course welcome. (Originally posted at, moved here on 03/28/2014.)



* Lion Brand Jiffy yarn, 6 skeins, 2 balls of each color (pattern calls for 2 b
alls each Light Pink, Caffe, and Dusty Pink. I'm using 2 balls each Slate, Fisherman, and Charcoal Mist) - colors known as A, B, and C in pattern
* Crochet hook size K - 10.5 (6.5 mm)
* Large-eyed tapestry/blunt needle

5 1/2 repeats of row 1 = 8 inches with 1 strand. Be sure to check your gauge.


Thanks to Sandie on Ravelry, who figured out the error in the pattern for me! I believe I have it corrected below; you can see the original pattern as scanned, but the text above is corrected. The pattern incorrectly has 2 shells at the beginning of row 1, when it should not.
With color A, chain 104

ROW 1: In 8th ch from hook, work (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc), * ch 1, skip 3 ch, dc in next ch, ch 1, sk 3 ch, in next ch work (2 dc, 1 ch, 2 dc)\, repeat from * across
ROW 2: Join B, do not end off A. Ch 4, turn. * In next ch work, ch 1, dc in next ch, ch 1, repeat from * across, end last repeat dc in 3rd ch of Row 1 beginning chain.
ROW 3: Join C, do not end off B. Ch 4, turn. * In next ch work, ch 1, dc in next dc, ch 1, repeat from * across. End last repeat with dc in top of beginning ch.

Repeat row 3 working in stripe pattern of 1 row each A, B, and C. Carry unused colors up side of work. Work until af
ghan measures 36 in from beginning. End with an A row. Fasten off.

With A, single crochet evenly along both long sides of afghan. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

ch = chain
dc = double crochet
work = 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc

Photos:Here are scans of the label the pattern came on:

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

In the Background: Richard Simmons

(Note 03/28/2014: This originally appeared on my first and now-deleted blog, and has been imported over here for safekeeping.)

One of my recent hobbies has been finding famous people as bit players or extras in films. Richard Simmons was one of my first fascinations. About a year ago, I watched the A&E "Biography" of Simmons -- a friend had insisted that Simmons' past was sketchy at best, completely fabricated at worst, so I was curious to see what "Biography" would reveal. To my surprise, I learned that Simmons had spent some time in Italy in his early 20s, and was a bit actor in the 1969 film "Fellini Satyricon".

"Satyricon" is a fragmented, sprawling film by famed director Federico Fellini. It leads one through a semi-fictitious early Roman world enveloped by lust, greed, bloodshed, and illicit behavior of all kinds. The camera lingers over hundreds of extras with unique faces and surprising bodies, so it's no surprise that a young, doe-eyed, very large young man would be cast as one of these human decorations.

"Biography" showed a brief clip of the extra identified as Simmons:

Yes, he's the chubby longhair playing the lyre.

Here's a bit of a close-up:

I'm sure that's the correct clip, and at least one other blogger saw the same thing I did. At the time, I caught only a glimpse of this clip, and was amazed that it did, indeed, look like Simmons. Having rented "Fellini Satyricon" recently, though, and re-watched this segment, I began to have my doubts... especially since my friend was insistent that Simmons -- for whatever reason -- was making up much of his early years.

There's very little about Simmons' appearance in "Satyricon" out there. Most references state Simmons was in the "famous food orgy" scene; a blurb by author Joanna Torrey mentions this, as do other articles. Some go so far as to claim Simmons was a "battle-axe wielding centurion" in the dinner scene.

I've just watched the so-called "food orgy" scene three times, and I saw no battle-axe wielding centurions in the scene at all, let alone one that looked like a twenty-year-old Richard Simmons. Further, the Biography clip is not from the food scene, and as Simmons obviously cooperated with A&E for "Biography", I would presume he knows which scene he's in. The young man playing the lyre is about 15 minutes into the film, before the food scene. He's one of the dozens of unique-looking extras seen in the background as Encolpio leads his slave boy into their underground room for the night.

Simmons has been telling people he was in "Satyricon" since at least 1981, according to this 1981 People Magazine article. The article, however, also notes that he has no photos of himself from when he was younger and larger, which is odd.

The New York Times lists Simmons as being in "Satyricon", but the IMDb does not. The IMDb does have him as a guest star on the 1960s series "The Bold Ones: The New Doctors", which was rerun on Hallmark in the early 2000s and is currently (as of 2008) being re-run on the Retro Channel. I'd love to get a picture of him from that episode and compare it to the "Satyricon" clip.

That said, I did sort of compare the 1969 Simmons with a more recent picture:

There are definite similarities. And it's so hard to compare pictures when there's 30 years and 150 pounds of difference between the two, not to mention the heavy eyeliner and facial hair Simmons is wearing in "Satyricon".

Ultimately, the official word from Simmons is that this is his appearance in "Fellini Satyricon", whether it looks like him or not.

EDIT: Updated 7-26-08