Monday’s Makes: Episode 1

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Mondays suck. It’s a simple fact of life. So let’s make Mondays a little less mundane with a blog series! Monday’s Makes. I considered calling it Wednesday’s WIPs but I figured Monday could use a little more love then Wednesday.

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Furthest down on my ‘to do’ list of crochet projects is this luscious lovely. It’s a Puff Stitch slouch beany. I made the band a little differently. I did horizontal fpdc and bpdc rather then vertical back loop only like it says in the pattern. I prefer this technique because it gives it a little more stretch and spring.
It was coming along beautifully until I realized I would run out of yarn before I was finished. Drat! So now it’s on the back burner until I can order more. I just love working on it though.

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Of only slightly more importance then the hat, we have a gift bag. I doubt I’ll enclose all my crochet gifts in equally time consuming gift bags but I thought I’d have at least one or two for the extra special family members. I plan on making them drawstring and tying them with a crocheted poinsettia. I’m not using a pattern for it. Just wingin’ it.

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On to something delicious! This began as a side project/mindless scarf for myself. However, feeling the crunch of Christmas gifts looming I have turned it into a soon-to-be colorful cowl for a close relative. Her colorful personality fits perfectly! This lovely pattern is the Mindless Scarf on Ravelry.

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Hmm what to do with this

Not quite a ‘make’ just something I need your help with. I ordered 3 balls of this lovely ‘Autumn’ colored yarn. It’s a thick worsted weight green yarn with rainbow color flecks. I can’t figure out what to do with it! Any ideas? I’m looking for gift ideas for non crafters. I’m open to anything!

What’s on your hooks this week? Did you just finish something? Do you have anything that seems to be perpetually in the WIP stage? I’d love to hear about it!

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Thick and Quick 2

Last weekend I wrote about Lion Brand’s ‘Hometown USA’ yarn in my Thick and Quick post. Well, I have exciting news:

The Man’s yarn arrived! Or, I should say, arrived a week ago. After only 3 more rows were added and the hat was cinched, it was done! An awesome, quick, warm, new hat. Made especially for his noggin.

Cozy and Warm

He was so funny, he watched the mail as eagerly as I did for the arrival of his second skein of yarn. He knew the completion of his hat was imminent and it was only a matter of materials.

Up close and cozy

This yarn was tons of fun to work with. Even with Baby L ‘helping’ me unravel the skein (an essential job of course). The hat worked up in about an hour total work time after all my materials arrived. A win win!

 

In other news, the rains have arrived and the season is making me feel positively festive. I’m not generally a fan of rolling out the holidays early, however, as a crafter, it’s completely necessary! I’m already feeling the pinch of time trying to get gifts done while balancing family time, work, and the itch to go hog wild decorating.

She loves to swing

Seriously, I’m ready to skip Halloween. I did my pumpkin run, I got my fall photos. Over it, lets decorate for Christmas! Is that crazy? I’ve had Christmas on the brain for a month already and it’s not even November yet. Anyone else feeling the holidays early? I need an extra month in between November and December!

A T-Rex Adventure: Day on the Farm

So we took the T-Rex (Baby L) out for her first visit to a farm to pick out a pumpkin. Oi!

(Yes, and to publically debut her Halloween hat. Mama couldn’t resist.)

T-Rex Model

I’m SO glad that project is done. Those spikes man…

After hitting traffic just as we got in, dealing with a poo-splosion in the car, and quickly nursing her while Dad got drinks, we finally got Baby L to the pumpkin patch.

There. Were. So. Many. People!

There. Were. So. Many. People!

We quickly grabbed noms for Mom and Dad and jumped on the back of a tractor for a hay ride down to the pumpkin field. Once there we found the perfect little circle of pumpkins to set the baby dino down in. She romped and rawred a bit before a pumpkin was placed on front of her.

Well, Hello!

Well, Hello!

Then it was all smiles as she explored every bit of the gourd.

Wait, what are you?

(The hat held up like a dream. It draped perfectly down to her bum and the spikes stood at attention just so!)

Fun on the Farm

She licked it, she smacked it, she rubbed it, and she even used it as a stand to pull herself up.

Up I go

Before long her selection had clearly been made!

I choose you little pumpkin.

I choose you little pumpkin.

We wrapped up our photo shoot just as the tractor arrived to take all the happy pumpkin pickers back to the main part of the farm to have their prizes weighed.

On the tractor back.

On the tractor back.

We jumped on, grabbing our pumpkin on the way out. She had, of course, torn her hat off at this point so it was replaced with her sun hat.

The traffic leaving the farm was so bad that it took us an hour just to get back on the main road, out of the parking lot! That enraged the T-Rex who decided to display her dissatisfaction by squealing. Constantly.The squealing, thankfully, only lasted 5 miles. (I know, i know, it could have been worse!)

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Two hours and four sore ear drums later, we made it home. Baby L had finally succumbed to the sleep she’d been fighting the whole way and all was peaceful within the car. Traffic notwithstanding, it was a beautiful day. A perfect day to put you in the mood for Fall and make you crave pie!

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Mmm…. Pie

Who I am and why I’m here.

Who are you? Why are you here? These could be deep meaningful questions of life, padsion, and wonder. They can also be more practical questions which connect people by giving them a deeper understanding of one another. I am here to talk about the latter, though I’m sure the former will come up in some future post.

Who am i?
That has the simplest answer of the two. I am a crafter, a mother, a devoted partner, and a lover of life. I try to see most things in a positive, creative light. I strive for balance in my life and in my soul. I am an optimist to the core and a realist to boot! (Yes you can be both!)

My love for crafting and cooking has led me down the rabbit holes of more then a few fantastic blogs. Seeing the work others do inspires and energizes me. That’s what I’m hoping to bring to this blog. A sense of inspiration, exploration, and energy! I hope, in sharing my adventures with you, that you are inspired to go out and have your own adventures or create your own beautiful works of yarn art!

Why am I here?
There will be food, crocheting, crafting, and of course, Baby L!
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I hope to connect to other crafters, mothers, and bloggers of a like mind. By this time next year I hope to have an established posting routine and possibly even my own line of crochet patterns. (A girl can dream, no?)

I’d be thrilled if you want to join me on this wild ride we call life. Let’s throw our hands up together as we plummet into adventure! (Cheesy enough for ya?)

Thick and Quick

Thick and quick. No I’m not talking about how you want your ice cream.  I’m talking about every hooker’s favorite thing, yarn!

 

Walmart yarn shopping spree!

Walmart yarn shopping spree!

During one of our rare trips to Walmart,  as I was perusing the baby clothes the Man uttered my favorite sentence ‘we could buy some yarn’. Whew! Let me tell you, his sexy rating went up by 2! Adorable baby stuff instantly forgotten, I rushed over to the craft section where both he and I were delighted to see Lion Brand’s “hometown USA” line was on sale!
For those of you who haven’t seen this yet it is a super bulky yarn similar to their “thick and quick”. Ultra squooshy,  which is, I think, what finally convinced the Man that he wanted me to make him a hat out of it. You bet! I’m always delighted to do special requests for him and the fact that he was picking out his own yarn made it that much better!

We selected a pattern specifically for that type of yarn from Lion Brand’s website.  It is a basic slouchy beany pattern that is basically a bunch of hdc’s worked in the round until it’s the desired length. Simple right? Well this yarn makes it amazing.

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The Man has a slightly bigger head so I upped the foundation chain by 5. I got a few rows up and quickly ran into a problem, I was running out of yarn! I never imagined a hat would take more then one skein but I’d also never worked with such thick yarn either! Guess I’m off to the store for more yarn! I just hope I can find the same color. I will certainly post pictures when it’s all done. For now, here is baby L modeling my W.I.P.

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Have you ever run put of yarn unexpectedly?  We’re you able to get more?

Christmas Giftlist #1: Queen Anne Lace

I’m on the hunt! For Christmas gift patterns, that is. My mother-in-law has always been my top priority for Christmas shopping because she does so much for us throughout the year and i try to take every chance I can to show her how much we appreciate it. So, when I saw this Queen Anne Lace Scarf pattern I knew it was perfect for her.

My first adventure into the pattern happened when I first found it about a month ago. I had a ball of a super chunky, earthy, rainbow color yarn I found at Goodwill. After perusing Ravelry for the better part of an entire evening (no joke, must have been up until 3 am with a snoring man on one side and a snoozing baby on the other) I found this little nugget. It worked up decently but between the hook size I was using and the intricacies of the pattern, my small ball of yarn was quickly devoured.  By the time it was tied off the whole project was only long enough to be a baby cowl. So, of course, I seamed it up and ‘made it so!

Isn’t it darling?

Having tucked a bit of experience with the pattern under my belt I carried on… Until!

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I scored these lovelies on another Goodwill run. I kid you not, they still smelled like a craft store. They were almost brand stinkin’ new! The tags one the squishy pastel yellow and pink ones says $5 a piece and I saw a partial tag on the blue ones (100% wool by the way!) that said $6 (There were 3. I’d just already gone through one by the time I snapped this). So $33 worth of yarn for $2.99. Yeah, I was thrilled!

After only a day of contemplating I knew what the soft blue wool was meant to be! Queen Anne Lace for My mother-in-law of course. I started working that evening with my trusty H hook. Mama’s favorite. But woe was me! After 4 or 5 motifs I realized my dang stiff hands kept my gauge much too tight for that hook and pattern combo. Thus began the agonizing task of pulling a part what I’d done thus far to salvage any yarn I could. Which, if you’ve ever done that with wool, you know, is hard! 100 or so tangles and knots later the strand finally broke on me. I have saved all I was going to and it was time to cast on with a new hook. I pulled out my I hook and was off again.

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To the right is my “H” hook attempt. On the left is my “I” hook,

Between baby L, work, and keeping food in everyone’s bellies I didn’t get to work on the scarf much but when I did it was always a joy. The whole thing only took a total of about 4 hours. I think the finished project speak for it self.
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My favorite thing about this pattern? It’s fun! If you’re an easily distracted ‘hooker’ (like me!) you’ll enjoy this one. I sometimes can’t handle big projects with rows and rows of one stitch. With this pattern the motif works up quickly and with ease and utilizes different stitches and elements like turns and chains.  Much more interesting.

Do you have any extra special people om your list (Besides your kids and spouse of course)? Will you be crocheting them a gift? I’d love to hear about or see your creations!