After A Long Hiatus…

The Handmade Handmaiden has returned! I’m sure that many of you have forgotten about me, and I would not be the least surprised. When I started this blog back in 2014, it was mainly because of my love for crochet. I enjoyed finding patterns to share with my fellow crafties, and it was one of the joys of my week to post here with my new findings.

Last November, I participated in NaNoWriMo, in which the goal is to write a 50,000 word (or more!) novel in just one month. I succeeded (loud whooping and hollering!), and sitting on my computer’s desktop is my second rough draft, which is in the process of slowly being edited. It was a challenge, but the story had been ruminating in my mind for some time, and NaNo gave me the perfect push to get it all out into a Word document.

My Book Cover!

The Wardens are erasing every memory of a church, driving the believers underground, leaving them without Bibles since the burning. It’s up to Lynn to code the Bible before it’s too late, or the Bible (and the churches) will be nothing more than a forgotten memory.

After that month of intensive writing, the last thing I wanted to do was write… anything. In December, my family and I moved to an old farmhouse in the country, where the birds sing in the trees, cows moo happily in the nearby fields, and Internet is a distant memory. Blogging for me right now is somewhat impractical since I can’t do it from home like I used to, but I am going to give it another try.

To tell the truth, I miss blogging. I love to write. I want to keep using this blog as a place to share what’s going on in my life and in my faith, and hopefully, I will still be able to post some cool crochet patterns. I have not been crocheting as frequently as I did last year; since I am going to college full-time, studying has often taken precedence.

Thank you for coming along on this journey with me, and I hope that I will see you again soon!


The Handmade Handmaiden



Four Little Letters That Changed My Perspective

If you’ve never heard of the MBTI Test, or the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, I would highly recommend doing so, and as soon as possible. In a nutshell, you answer a series of questions about your personality and what you are more prone to do in certain situations, and then you are given your four-letter type. There are 16 types, and theoretically, everyone falls into one of those types. [I’ll post a few links at the end of this post to some of the better MBTI tests for you, if you’re interested in figuring out your own type.]

I know that the MBTI test is not 100% accurate, but it is accurate more often than not, as long as the questions are answered honestly and to the best of your ability. When I was 12, I remember taking a shortened version of the test, but all I can remember was that the first letter of my type was “I,” which means Introverted. It wasn’t until more recently that I became more interested in knowing my personality type, mainly because I wondered if there was anyone in the world who was somewhat like me.

Mind as Wide as the Sky

All my life, I’ve had an overactive imagination. Thoughts that just wouldn’t shut off, no matter how hard I would try to just stop thinking for even a moment of peace. No, I don’t hear voices in my head; I’m just constantly thinking. Even as I write this post, I’ve had literally dozens of thoughts completely unrelated to this post fly through my mind like a flash of lightning.

I’m quiet and reserved on the outside, but on the inside, I’m the funniest person in the room, making people smile and laugh. I just can’t seem to bring what I am on the inside to show on the outside, and that’s something I’ve always struggled with, even when I was a child. I can form the most eloquent thoughts and the wittiest comebacks in my mind, but when I open my mouth, the words come out all twisted, or they don’t come out at all.

One last thing, then I’ll get to the point of this post; I promise. I also have an uncanny knack of being able to just look at a person and figure out what it is that they’re feeling or whether they are being genuine or not, and I’m usually right, 9 times out of 10. I observe people without even realizing it, and I can pick up on their body language, the words they’re saying (or not saying), and other little cues of the like. It’s rather like being a Sherlock Holmes, or a Miss Marple, actually; always observing the little things and asking myself why things or people are the way they are.

I’ve taken the test several times to be sure, trying to be honest each time, and I keep getting the same result.


I for Introverted.

N for I(N)tuitive.

F for Feeling.

J for Judging.

And from the first description of the INFJ type, it felt like coming home. Finally, someone actually knew me! It was like reading a diary of my life, just written by another person. Creative, yes. Sensitive, check. Insightful and Perfectionistic, double check. Those four little letters suddenly meant a lot to me, giving me a new perspective on why I do the little things like I do. It has been so encouraging, and it has also made me think about how I can use the quirks and functions of my personality in my walk with the Lord.

Finally, I can see the benefit in thinking about my own unique personality that God has given me, and using the things I best function at for the glory of His kingdom. I don’t feel so “weird” anymore, or that no one understands me. Now, I can work towards using the best parts of my personality to serve the Lord in new and different ways, and who would have thought that all it would take were four little letters?

Take the MBTI Test:

16 Personalities site (also has really great descriptions for each type)

Similar Minds site (just put in your gender, then take the test!)

The test isn’t infallible, so keep that in mind when you’re taking it. Otherwise, have fun, and if you want, let me know what type you are! If you are a fellow INFJ like me, check out my INFJ-Outgoing Introvert board on Pinterest.

Have a lovely weekend – I’ll be writing. NaNoWriMo First-timer right here, and I’m itching to get started!



The Liebster Award!

So this is a momentous occasion! I’m actually posting something this week nominated for The Liebster Award! Actually, I have been nominated by two awesome bloggers, Hannah from Thoughts From a Nerdy Girl and WIP: Off Hours by Elvira, so I will answer all of their questions, just to be fair and decent about it. I am so thankful for all of my readers who support my blog by reading and commenting, and I have to say, this blog has been wonderful for me, too.

The Liebster Award

If you are unfamiliar with The Liebster Award, it is a purely-online award that is passed along from blogger to blogger, in the hopes of promoting new and aspiring bloggers with less than 200 followers. (I qualify at 35 followers that I love dearly!). Since it is promoting new blogs, there is a set of rules that is attached for each person nominated to follow, should they choose to accept it. *cue Mission Impossible theme music*

The rules differ from blog to blog, but these are the rules I’ve chosen to follow:

1. Thank the person who nominated you with a link to their blog
2. Display the pink Liebster Award in your post (or any other Liebster Award button! Doesn’t have to be pink!)
3. Answer the questions I posted
5. Nominate 10 other bloggers with up to 200 followers and inform them by commenting on their blog or contacting them
6. Write ten questions for the bloggers you nominate

On to the questions posted by WIP: Off Hours by Elvira:

1. Where do you live (as I noticed this goes around the globe)? I live in the Southeast of the United States.

2. Why do you blog and what do you blog about mostly? I blog because I like to inspire others, and that is mostly what I blog: crochet inspiration.

3. Who do you consider to be your role model? Several people, actually; but I would have to say my Mom and Dad.

4. What is your profession? Right now, I’m a college student, but I hope to be a preschool teacher by the end of 2016.

5. What is your hobby? My hobbies range from crochet to reading to writing to drinking coffee.

6. What is your craft and can you place a picture of your favorite creation? My craft is crochet, and probably my most favorite creation has been my WIP basket I made for the September Container Challenge. It’s always full!


7. What is your main source for inspiration? For both writing and crochet, usually Pinterest.

8. Are you a beer or wine person? Neither, actually. I love a good root beer, however.

9. What kind of restaurants do you like to go to? Any Chinese restaurant, even though the food is mostly unauthentic.

10. Are you a car person? Please name your car as if money was not an issue. Not really into cars, but if money was no object, I’d like a 1954 Cadillac Eldorado.

Now for the questions from Thoughts From a Nerdy Girl:

1.Who is your favorite celebrity and why? Hmm. Tom Hiddleston because he seems like a gentleman.

2. What was your favorite T.V. show as a child? As a child, I loved Between The Lions on PBS, and also Wishbone.

3. How many selfies do you take on average each day? That would be none.

4. Loud music or quiet music? Probably quiet music because it matches my personality.

5. What is the highest heel you have ever worn? Do wedge heels count? If so, probably 2 inches. (Oh, my!)

6. What fictional character do you most relate to? Christy Huddleston from the book Christy by Catherine Marshall. Read it!

7. Cake or Ice Cream? Cake! Cake has frosting.

8. Fantasy or Sci-Fi? Fantasy.

9. Current favorite T.V. show, Movie, and Book: It Takes A Thief (60’s TV show), Bedknobs and Broomsticks (movie), and any book written by Agatha Christie.

10. Video/Computer Games or Board Games? While I love a good race in Mario Kart, I like Life and Mousetrap better!

 11. Best blog post you have done (Please link!): Most definitely my “10 Free T-Shirt Yarn Crochet Patterns” post!

Here are my nominations for The Liebster Award:

1. The Nerd King

2. The Tulgey Wood

3. AYarnyRobin

4. Totally Yarnsome

5. By Jenni Designs

6. Sew Coordinated

7. Forerunner Fashion

And after a long time searching, I can’t come up with the last three nominations. I am quite sad.

Here are my questions for the nominees to answer:

1. Have you ever lived in another country?

2. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

3. What do you desire most to do in your life?

4. Do you have any pets? If so, how many and what kind?

5. Do you prefer the countryside or the city?

6. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where you would go and for how long?

7. What is your hobby?

8. What is your least favorite thing to do?

9. Current favorite T.V. show and/or book?

10. If you could time-travel, who would you see or where would you go?

Thanks again for my nominations, Thoughts From a Nerdy Girl and WIP: Off Hours by Elvira!


Weekly Gathering: 20 Handcozy Patterns for the Whole Family!

Sorry for the prolonged absence; I spent the weekend with friends in another state, and I didn’t get around to posting this crochet pattern collection last week before I left. Today, my fingers are frozen (we have a very drafty old house with single-pane windows), so perhaps I need to pick out one of these “handcozy” patterns for myself! FYI: I just made up the term “handcozy;” it just means “gloves, mittens, muffs, fingerless gloves, and basically anything that covers the bulk of your hand.” Aren’t words fun?

20 Handcozy Crochet Patterns for the Whole Family!


1. 80’s Fishnet Gloves by Bethany, at Whistle & Ivy: Looking for a light and lacy fingerless gloves pattern for the spring, summer, or fall? Make these vibrant gloves to go with a Halloween costume or in a solid color for everyday use!

80’s Fishnet Gloves: fp handcozies1

2. Fair Lady Gloves, at Free Vintage Crochet: Made using size 50 crochet thread, these delicate gloves would add a touch of femininity and old-world charm to any modern-day outfit.

Fair Lady Gloves Pattern

3. Bella Bricks Wristers/Wrist Warmers by The Stitchin’ Mommy, at My Hobby Is Crochet: I love the stripes on these wristers!

4. Mrs. Murdock’s Mittens by Brenda K.B. Anderson, at CrochetMe: These warm and simple mittens can be made in three different sizes: preschool, older kids, and women.

Crochet Mittens - Mrs. Murdock's Mittens

5. Gauntlet Style Fingerless Gloves by Nichole Verville, at Ravelry: Feeling a bit medieval? These gloves are the perfect addition to any medieval costume, or just as a casual throwback to the knights and ladies of yore.

Gauntlet Fingerless Gloves: fp handcozies4

6. Two Tone Baby Mittens by Sara, at Tangled Happy: Never lose your baby’s mittens in the shuffle with these clever two tone mittens! Christmas presents, anyone?

7. Fingerless Gloves With a Bow by DearBitsy: For that one in your life who loves bows and wristers, why not consider making this cute pair of gloves?

8. Men’s Afghan Stitch Gloves, at Free Vintage Crochet: Guys need warm hands, too! (They just might not say that out loud sometimes.)

9. Key Tab Fingerless Gloves by Elisabeth Spivey, at Calleigh’s Clips & Crochet Creations: What a unique stitch pattern! They look so soft and warm… (my hands are still freezing!)

10. Holiday Mittens, at Lion Brand: With pattern sizes ranging from toddler to adult large, you can make up a cozy pair of mittens for the whole family!

Image of Holiday Mittens

11. Ruffled Muff by DesignsByKN: This muff conjures up the paintings on those old holiday postcards of the women in long skirts ice skating with their hands all snug in a muff just like this. What fun!

ruffled muff: fp handcozies16

12. Owl Mittens by Janette, at The Green Dragonfly: Definitely the cutest fingerless gloves I’ve ever seen! Who-oo do you think would like a pair?

owl mittens

13. Moroccan Midnight Fingerless Mitts by Tamara Kelly, at Moogly: As always, any of Moogly’s patterns are great! I love the stained-glass effect these mitts have.

Moroccan Midnight Fingerless Mitts - free #crochet pattern on Moogly! Be sure to check out the matching hat and cowl!

14. Baby Mittens by Kelly Kearney, at Bella Bambina Knits: These precious little mittens will keep your little one’s hands nice and warm, and they also have a handy tie to keep them from coming off so easily.

15. Shell Wrist Warmers by Emma, at Lulu Loves: These lovely, colorful wrist warmers are written using UK crochet terms, so substitute the US terms, if needed! Aren’t they so pretty?

Shell Stitch Wrist Warmers: fp handcozies12

16. DROPS Gloves with a Wavy Border, at Garn Studio: Has pattern written with both US and UK crochet terms (I am linking to the US version). I feel like going to a tea after seeing these gloves… they look so warm, too!

17. Men’s Sideways Gloves by Rose Powell, at Ravelry: I love the stripes, and I could see my dad or my brother definitely wearing gloves like these.

18. Kitty Paws Mittens by Joy, at The Craft Frog: For the mittens pattern, just scroll down the page a ways, and there it will be! If you’re feeling extra adventurous, make up the matching hat, too!


19. Adeline Fingerless Mitts/Arm Warmers by Crochet Dreamz: I love the faux cables on these mitts! I need to start doing some more cables…

20. Houndstooth Gloves or Fingerless Gloves by Maria Bittner, at Pattern Paradise: With the option to make either gloves or fingerless gloves, these stylish houndstooth gloves are the perfect addition to any winter wardrobe!

Hope y’all enjoyed today’s pattern collection! Happy makings, and let me know what you’re making this week in the comments!

Ever made gloves before? A little nervous or really excited? Let me know!


Simply Chenille Cowl

As promised, I’m pleased (excited!) to share my newest free crochet pattern with you. I have fun coming up with new ideas to use up my slowly-diminishing yarn stash, and it gives me practice in my crochet design skills. [Note: if you find anything in my patterns that you don’t understand or that I didn’t explain, let me know!]

I’ve had some Lion Brand Chenille Thick & Quick that has been sitting very patiently just waiting for me to use it. Inspiration struck the other day, and I pulled out the chenille yarn and whipped up this lovely little cowl in just under 3 hours!

Simply Chenille Cowl


Isn’t it so thick and plush? I love the way it feels, and it doesn’t feel heavy at all! Perfect for the cold weather coming ever closer!

Simply Chenille Cowl Pattern

By Lauren Lasher

Simply Chenille Cowl

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9mm crochet hook

85-100 yards of chenille yarn (I used Lion Brand Chenille Thick & Quick in Purple, but any other chenille yarn, or even a bulky weight yarn, should work just as well! I can’t guarantee the yardage will be the same, however.)


ch = chain

sl st = slip stitch

sc = single crochet

trc = treble crochet (US). To make a treble crochet, yarn over your hook twice, insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over, pull through two loops on your hook, yarn over, pull through next two loops on your hook, yarn over one more time, and pull through last two loops on your hook. Look at that; you’ve made a treble crochet!

Pattern: [note: the first row is worked flat then seamed at the ends to make it round]

Ch 74.

Row 1: Work first trc in 4th ch from hook. Work one trc in each ch across to the end of the row. Use sl sts to join the two sides together, forming the round cowl shape.

Round 1(Row 2, if you prefer): Ch 4. Work one trc in each st around to end of round. Sl st in beginning trc.

Round 2 (Row 3, if you prefer): Ch 4. Work one trc in each st around to end of round. Sl st in beginning trc.

Round 3 is optional if you don’t want the edging. Just work one more round of treble crochet, then slip stitch to finish. Make it however wide you want!

Round 3(Row 4, if you prefer): [edging] Ch 3, *skip next 2 sts, sc in next st, ch 3* to end of round, ending with a sl st in last st.

That’s all there is to it, friends! As always, let me know if you come across any problems or have any questions! Just comment or you can find my contact info on my About Me page.

~Copyright Lauren L. 2014. I don’t mind if you use my patterns to sell items (just don’t sell the pattern itself), but I would appreciate it if you used your own pictures of what you’ve made on your website or listing. My pictures might not be very good, but they are mine!~


The man of true faith may live in the absolute assurance that his steps are ordered by the Lord. For him misfortune is outside the bounds of possibility. He cannot be torn from this earth one hour ahead of the time, which God has appointed, and he cannot be detained on earth one moment after God is done with him here. He is not a waif of the wide world, a foundling of time and space, but a saint of the Lord and the darling of His particular care.
-A.W. Tozer

It’s comforting to know that I’m not a foundling of time and space, but a darling of the Lord that receives His special care. Things have been kind of hazy for me when it comes to the future, and this gives me reassurance that all will come together at last.


Weekly Gathering: 10 Simply Striped Afghan Patterns!

Hello, friends, and what a week it’s been! Between missing a day of classes because of illness, and working on several projects simultaneously (crochet and schoolwork), the week has flown by without a post from me, much to my chagrin. However, that will soon be rectified with today’s pattern roundup and the addition of new free pattern using some lovely, soft chenille yarn! (Isn’t that a fun word? Chenille.)

Since Autumn has graced my Northern friends with cool weather and even snow (I’m looking at you, Ohio!), afghans are great to cozy up in and also use up stash yarn. So, without further ado, here’s my collection of Simply Striped Crochet Afghans to inspire and get those hooks moving!

10 Simply Striped Afghans

1. Color Block Afghan by Cara, at caracory.com: Definitely a great project for stashbusting! Think of all the colors…

2. Bias Stripes Afghan, at Yarnspirations: Worked from corner to corner, the stripes are made up of rows of little squares. Personally, I like the colors used here, but pick your colors to suit your taste (or whatever is on hand!).

Bias Stripes Afghan

3. Dots & Dashes Throw by Darla Fanton, at Red Heart: I love the soothing color palette in this afghan!

Dots & Dashes Crochet Throw

4. Herringbone Stripe Afghan by Bernat, at AllFreeCrochetAfghanPatterns: Ooh! Here’s your chance to try out the herringbone stitch; it’s lots of fun!

Herringbone Stripe Afghan

5. Loopy Love Blanket by Tamara Kelly, at Moogly: If you haven’t checked out this great treasure trove of patterns and pattern collections, then you should put that on your To-Do list right away! This blanket can also be made in 7(!) different sizes, according to your preferences!

Loopy Love Blanket - a free #crochet pattern in a variety of sizes!

6. Fall Striped Afghan by Rhelena, at CrochetN’Crafts: This afghan conjures up long walks through golden leaves and hot apple cider by a fireplace.


7. Granny Stripe Blanket, at The Purl Bee: A traditional pattern with a modern twist, this stylish afghan is great for showing off that minimalist vibe.

8. The Afghan Striped, at Lion Brand: The more stripes and colors, the better, when it comes to this playful and vibrant afghan!


9. Aunt Dot’s Afghan by Carol, at Wolf Crochet: Somehow, this particular afghan seems more feminine to me; perhaps because of the ruffled edging or the beautiful color contrast. I’d put it in my living room!

Aunt Dot's Afghan

10. Warming Stripes Throw by Glenda Winkleman, at Ravelry: I love everything about this afghan, including the fringe (which is strange because normally I hate fringe).

Hope you enjoyed this week’s pattern collection! If you’re interested, you can follow me on Twitter or like my page on Facebook now! Just look for the icons at the top of my blog’s homepage. Happy makings, friends!

What are you making this week?