About Ballytrehy

Ballytrehy is where I go to create: hand-crafted crochet, from-scratch cooking, etc. Here I share my creations and my journey of creativity.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Life has been quite the whirlwind for me these past few months, full of professional and personal challenges, and it shows no signs of slowing!  At least not for another month.  Here are the highlights of what I've been up to.

Original Design
Crochet:  In the most recent NerdWars tournament, I once again fulfilled my own personal challenge of completing all 18 challenges plus a "dissertation" over the three months of the tournament.  However, the most satisfying accomplishment of the past few months has been the creation of my very first original design and pattern!  I created the crochet square pattern that will represent Team Stargate Command in the final NerdWars Scarf pattern (available eventually - still in testing).  The feedback of square testers this past month has been most complimentary, and I am encouraged to possibly create - and document - more original designs.
Modified Colors
This has been the number one difference in my crochet since I started playing with NerdWars - the desire and motivation to create my own designs to fit my vision of what the finished product should be.

Tournament 5 begins on Friday, and I can't wait to see what our moderators have in store for us this time!

Cooking:  The most innovative recipe I have come across recently was for homemade granola bars.  I modified the recipe by adding cocoa powder and created dark chocolate almond cranberry bars.  They were a wonderful snack, full of yumminess, and containing NO artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, only ingredients that the average person can pronounce!


  1. I still have to try the square...and I went back and read your other posts...love the reindeer!

  2. Thanks! The reindeer found a home with my 3-year-old niece at Christmas. It was a free pattern on the Lion Brand Yarn website.