Two is always better than one

Does anyone else SQUEAL with excitement after finishing a project? (I hope so, otherwise a lot of people will probably think I’m weird!)

While working on some Valentine’s inspired items I made this simple shelled bonnet in a few different shades of pinks and reds. I found the pattern here: http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2013/10/crochet-pumpkin-pixie-bonnet.html I altered it a little to add ties by chaining 40 and slip stitching back over the chain before attaching each tie to the hat.

When I finished the red one I immediately thought of Little Red Riding Hood.

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So, naturally, I HAD TO make a Big Bad Wolf to match! How cute would a pair of twins look in these hats?!

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I created my own pattern for this wolf hat and decided to share my pattern! I do ask that you do not attempt to claim this pattern as your own. You are more than welcome to sell your finished product, however I do ask that you give me credit and include a link to my blog. (This will help me be able to share more free patterns!) Thank you!

Oh, and I bought both of these yarns in a clearance-pound!! 😄

Note: I do tend to crochet tightly.  For newborn sized wolf hat: Your finished product should be about 6″ by 5.5″ when laid flat.

Materials:

N 9.00mm hook,  fun fir type yarn in grey, size six yarn in grey, J 6.00mm hook, size 5 white yarn

Round one: Using one strand of each yarn and N hook create a magic circle and sc 6 inside of circle. Pull tight. Join with a sl st into first sc. (6)

Round two: Ch 1. Sc two in each st around. Join with a sl st into first sc. (12)

Round three: Ch 1. **Sc 2, sc in next**, repeat around. Join with a sl st into first sc. (18)

Round four: Ch 1. **Sc 2, sc in next 2**, repeat around. Join with a sl st into first sc. (24)

Round five – 12: Ch 1. Sc in each st around. (24)

Tie off and weave in ends.

For outer ears: Again with double strands of grey yarn and N hook.

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Row one: Sc across (4)

Row two: Sc dec, sc dec (2)

Row three: Sc across (2)

Row four: Sc dec (1). Tie off leaving long tail for sewing.

For inner ear: Using white yarn and J hook

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Row one: Sc across (4)

Row two: Sc dec, sc across (3)

Row three: Sc dec, sc across (2)

Row four: Sc dec. Tie off leaving long tail for sewing.

Using tail from inner ear, attach inner ear to grey outer ear.

Using tail from outer ear attach ear to hat around rounds 3-5. Tie off and weave in ends.

ENJOY!

I <3 this clearance-pound project!

As I mentioned before it is nearly impossible to tell what brand of yarn you are purchasing in the clearance pound bags, but similar style yarns sell for $5-10 per skein. Judging by what JoAnn’s sells I would venture to say that this is Lion Brand Hometown USA which is $4.99 for 5 oz. Now, that’s a savings of about 50% which isn’t huge, but if you’re considering the savings on a larger scale it can make a big difference in your profit – which is why I bought two bags! DSC_0086

I used a bit of it to make this sweet heart prop. I like it because it it gender neutral and so simple. I have seen some cute photos taken with this prop and wooden lettering that spells out “LOVE”. The possibilities are endless! I think I’ll make it in a light pink also. It’s perfect for February babies!

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Again I purchased this pattern from Crochet My Love (are you noticing a theme here?!). You can purchase her patterns in bulk for more savings. She has ben so helpful and responsive to my questions.

You can this pattern here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/89881469/crochet-pattern-photography-heart-mat?ref=shop_home_active_1&ga_search_query=heart

Am I the only one who didn’t know??

Did y’all know that Joann’s has clearance yarn that is sold in a one-pound bag for only $7.99 – not matter what is inside the bag?!?

I have recently discovered this and lets just say I may have gone overboard in the past couple months, stockpiling this stuff! I have been unloading my car and running straight to my craft room to hide the evidence, but I have recently been found out and forbidden to go back to Joann’s until I use the majority of what I have already purchased. This is probably for the best (as I have to admit it is excessive). I am looking forward to putting it all to good use though and will share with you as I do.

One of the first bags that I purchased was a beige/brown fun fur. This is what is left AFTER my project. I can’t remember if there were 6 or 8 balls inside when I bought it.

I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but for $7.99 a pound, when it is normally $4.99 for 1.75 oz (think $37 savings), I knew it was a steal so I swiped it up! I sat on it for a while and then saw this picture…

Photo Credit to Cortney Rowley Photography. This image is not my own. I do not take credit for any aspect of its contents, etc.
Photo Credit to Cortney Rowley Photography. This image is not my own. I do not take credit for any aspect of its contents, etc.

It hit me instantly that this would make the perfect prop to be used as “straw”. Now, there’s nothing elaborate about this project. I worked with a large hook and double strands, single crocheting back and forth until I had a finished product about 24″x 24″.

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I just love the texture, it really gives the impression of real straw while still being incredibly soft for your newborn photos. Not bad for under $8.00 – the only problem is replicating it would likely cost full price. I did recently find another bag that is a shade darker… 🙂 The crafting continues!

A new vintage endeavor

Lately I have been experimenting with different newborn outfits and have been drawn towards a more vintage look. I am in love with this romper that I found at La Tienda de Paloma (https://www.facebook.com/Latiendadepaloma) and have made it in a few different colors and types of yarn.

I had some troubles with the pattern as I seem to crochet VERY tight. The pattern calls for an H hook with a size 4 yarn, however I had to use an I hook and crochet VERY loosely to obtain the correct gauge. I think I am going to create my own pattern based off of this one so I can go back to the H hook and tension I am used to and still get the size right. What I do appreciate about the pattern is that Paloma has included not only the gauge but also the finished dimensions (which I think are a bit more helpful).

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This is soft green from Caron Simply Soft is probably my favorite, I just love the soft, vintage look it gives. It pairs perfectly with the matte pearl buttons I added for closure.

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The headband I created to match is simple sashay yarn crocheted in a round until I reached the desired size.

Batman Applique!!!

First off, I need to apologize for the lack of response to all of your inquiries about my batman applique pattern. I think I was being a bit over-ambitious thinking that I could have two full-time nursing jobs, maintaining an Esty shop, and attempting to start a blog at the same time.

I won’t ramble for too long, I am here to say that the pattern is finally here! I originally searched for a pattern and found this one here http://www.louiesloops.com/2012/07/holy-free-pattern-batman.html, and adapted it to look the way I wanted it to. It’s still not perfect, but I was able to stretch and shape as I was sewing the applique to my hat. So leave a generous tail for sewing!

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Dc in second ch from hook, m.p., hdc 1 in next two ch, sc, m.p., sc 1 in next two ch, hdc, m.p., hdc, sc 1 in next two ch, m.p., sc, hdc 1 in next two ch, m.p., dc, sl st into same ch as dc.

Now, working on opposite side: Ch 2, dc, m.p., hdc 1 in next two sp, sc 1 in next three sp, m.p., sc 1 in next two, m.p., sc 1 in next three, hdc 1 in next two, m.p., dc, ch 2, sl st into same sp as dc.

I wrote this out pretty quickly, so let me know if you have any troubles or questions!

My “Stay-cation”

I recently started a new job… except there were a few hiccups in the process which meant that I suddenly had two weeks off. Not exactly in the situation to just take off and actually go on vacation, I decided to make the most of my time off and build up my inventory. I have all these ideas about taking my baby items to a photographer or local baby boutique to see if they are interested in using my outfits as photo props or selling them to their clients. The only problem is, I don’t have much of a selection to show them. So, I attempt to build up my inventory and just as I am satisfied with the quantity, I sell off half of what I’ve made. Tough problem to have, right? 😉

Well, these past couple weeks haven’t done much in regards to that effort. I think I only crocheted two hats. (They needed their ears sewn on and braids added to the earflaps). So I can’t say that I have been completely productive on that end.

I have gotten in to a bit of amigurumi though. It started out when my sister and nephew were in town visiting. I had just made the Batman hat and given it to my nephew when I caved and purchased a Batman amigurumi pattern. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish it before they flew back home, so I will be shipping it to him in a day or two. I had originally planned to make just the one Batman for my nephew. My boyfriend helped me out by making a Batman logo stencil and cutting out a piece of felt to make the perfect logo. There was only one problem… it turned out so well that he insisted on me making another one – because he was going to keep this one for himself. I soon got started on a Superman, which turned out even better… and then a Hulk… and then a Thor… I don’t know how much more of this I can take. To be honest, I’m not really in to making them. There just isn’t the satisfaction that comes with making a sweet little baby outfit.

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The Super Heros weren’t the only amigurumi I made during my staycation. I’ve finally completed all three “totoros” from My Neighbor Totoro! For those of you who aren’t familiar, this is a Japanese anime movie from 1988 featuring Dakota and Elle Fanning. If you have not seen it I definitely recommend it. The large grey Totoro is over 6,000 stitches, so you could imagine the hours that went into making him. My boyfriend’s little sisters are HUGE fans of the movie, so I actually ended up making two sets of these. I think I might take a break before I start on the next, but I am very pleased with how they turned out and will definitely be making them for my future children.

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I sold my Minnie Mouse outfit to a coworker who is expected a niece in July – the first girl in the family in 25 years! With Minnie being such a popular item I think I may have to get started on the next, just so I have one in stock. I am toying with the idea of making it in a brighter pink or even red this time.

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Speaking of Minnie, my cousins asked for a Minnie Mouse amigurumi for their daughter’s birthday. My skills aren’t quite at the level of being able to make that on my own so I searched and searched for a pattern but to my dismay could not find one. Knowing that she just got a Nabi Jr. I offered to make a Minnie Mouse cover for that instead. The result was adorable.. and I think I found my next obsession after baby outfits – device covers. I have all sorts of ideas running through my head, I just need to get my hands on an iPad/iPhone/etc and make sure I’m making them the correct sizes.

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Officially obsessed… and still procrastinating on blogging.

When I first started crocheting I fully expected to be consumed by it for about a week and then grow tired of it. To my surprise, it has been about two months and I am still going strong. I am pleased to say that I finished MOST of the projects previously mentioned. However I did, of course, start and finish other projects in the mean time. I really need to work on focusing on one thing and doing it start to finish before moving on to something else. (I have about 10 or so projects right now that are unfinished). 

I made an Elmo hat for my nephew’s friend who is having a birthday in June. I used a basic double crochet hat pattern and added eyes and a nose to complete the look. The eyes were pretty simple – I made spheres and sewed on black buttons for the pupils. For the nose I basically used the same pattern, except I added a few rows of single crochet to make it more oval. Here’s what I ended up with:

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The Batman hat was also for my nephew. He and his dad have Batman pajamas, and now he has a hat to match. 

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I finished the Sock Monkey hat and diaper cover but unfortunately didn’t get very good pictures before selling it to a coworker who wanted it for a baby shower gift. The hat had ear flaps and braids, similar to the puppy hat previously posted. Right now I am working on a purple version for another coworker who is looking for a new outfit for her daughter’s teddy bear. Here’s what the original looked like (hopefully I will get better photos with the next one):

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The lady bug outfit is complete… unless I decide to add some antennae, which I haven’t made up my mind about. Pretty simple project – I used my basic patterns for a hat and diaper cover and then added some spots.

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I am seriously excited about the Minion hat. Why? It has turned into an outfit… and has a matching amigurumi to go with it. I originally made the minion hat thinking that’s all it was going to be. I have never seen the movie so I wasn’t super familiar with the characters. I still haven’t seen the movie, but I was doing to Google searching and took a closer look at the images available. That’s when I noticed that they wear overalls. I squealed at the thought of making overalls to go with my hat. So, I took my diaper cover pattern and added some straps to it to complete the look. Unfortunately, this project is still in the works. I still have some buttons to sew on for the overalls and the amigurumi to make to go along with it. (I have spent hours online scouring the web for patterns and am sooooo excited about some of the things that I’ve found). Here’s the hat:

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Oscar the Grouch is done. I like this hat a lot because it is extremely soft! For the green I used one strand of acrylic yarn and one strand of angel hair. I did the same for the eyebrows to give them a furry effect. I have seen pictures online of babies sporting similar hats, usually from inside of a dumpster. I can’t wait to get photos back from some of my sales.

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The baby chick was probably the most simple thing I’ve made. A coworker of mine is getting in to photography, so she purchased a few outfits from me. She really liked this hat because it is gender neutral. I made a plain yellow diaper cover to match.

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The aviator outfit is still in the works. I have made a brown hat and diaper cover, and a white scarf, but there is still work to be done. I need to pick up some sort of leather to make goggles out of; so for now there are no photos. 

I think I’ve accounted for all of the projects I vowed to complete. As I mentioned before, there are many new ones that have since been started… so more to come! 🙂