Thursday, January 8, 2015

Christmas Gift Hats

Like many others, I had a huge running list of projects to complete for Christmas gifts this year. It was so much fun crossing each completed item off the list.

There was only one (rather intense and tedious) project that had to be put off to wait for gifting it another time so that everything else could be accomplished. A story for another post.

My dear sister-in-law encourages my love of crafting.*

She often sends me adorable patterns or items she'd love to someday make for her kids. However, with 3 little ones, she doesn't have an abundance of free time. So sometimes I just steal her ideas and make them for her instead. It all works out, and she's never (yet!) been upset at me for it. And I can't pass up snagging someone else's creativity since I've always been the first to admit that I can't come up with anything new on my own.

Since they've moved to a colder area than where they were, bundling the kids up is a priority. Having fun doing it makes it even better; therefore, fun hats were a must for this year.


Even though two of them leave a little room to grow, they look pretty pleased with how they turned out!

The two boys have earflaps to keep their ears toasty, and sweet niece has braids to hopefully shut out a little wind (though it's already looking a little snug! =( Bummer!)

Each hat became its own creation with many on-the-fly modifications, so I have no pattern suggestions for you. I hope they enjoy them!

*...side note: do you have that person(s) in your life that really spurs you on in your creativity and crafts? We all know those that don't particularly love or appreciate our handmade gifts, and that's ok. But often, there is someone that truly understands and appreciates the time, effort, and quality/craftsmanship that you pour into projects. Well, I have a couple of those dear people in my life, and my sister-in-law is one of them.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

World's Biggest Stocking

Caron United is setting out to make the World's Biggest Stocking.

Join Us! Make the World's Biggest Stocking
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Anyone participating?

You knit or crochet a 36x36" blanket (following their pattern of a solid block or a 9-square pattern) using Caron United yarn. Mail it in, and they'll sew together the stocking. Once completed, they'll disassemble the parts and give the blankets to military families.

Care to join?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Boys

You know you're surrounded by boys when this conversation pops out of nowhere:

"That's my favorite thing about butterflies...

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...you get to spell 'butt'."

Yep.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Quick Doily

Here's a little doily I whipped up yesterday.


Hubby called it a little Sunburst Doily! It only measures 5" across. I blocked it with water, but no starch yet. I'm trying to decide if I want it for this one or not. But I'm happy with the cheery colors!

Pattern is from Olga at Lacy Crochet. Check out her other great patterns, too!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Long-term projects

A friend was recently giving me a hard time because of how long a certain project was taking me. I had started it on February 25, and the last stitch was completed on August 3. Now, obviously, there were a lot of other projects that were done during that time, but the fact remains that it sat in my 'in-process' stack for several months. (That's not too bad considering the blanket that was 'back-burnered' for 4 years.)

After reading this story, I don't feel so bad anymore.
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Wow!!! Talk about incredible craftsmanship! Simply beautiful.

What's the longest you've ever worked on a project?

Monday, August 4, 2014

Bead Necklace on wire

I've done Bead Crochet for some time now, but I haven't been brave enough to try straight, simple bead-on-wire necklaces. The wire was just too intimidating and ...final.

Well, I purchased the supplies, and it was time to dive in.


It's far from perfect but acceptable for a first attempt.

The whole concept opens up so many possibilities, though!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Second-Hand Store Find

I just picked this up the other day with the purpose of taking it apart and using the yarn.


I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was done holding 2 strands together, so I'll have even more yarn than I originally thought!

Now to decide what to make...