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I haven’t made many hats.  Not sure why, I guess most of my time has been spent on bigger projects, and I was focused on them.  I’ve been making a few more hats recently and they are so quick and fun!!  I’ve had several people ask me about my Ninja Turtle Hat, and I’m gearing up to make a red guy this weekend.

I’ve also made an ear warmer and a couple of basic beanies with a flower attached.  When a friend of mine asked me to make one for her baby-to-be I of course said I’d love to!!  But I didn’t just want to make her a normal old baby beanie.  I wanted this new little diva to have options!  I wanted her to be able to match her hat to her outfit!!  So, I sewed a button to the finished hat and made a bunch of flowers with an open center.  They can be popped on and off of the button on the hat to change with her mood.  The possibilities are endless, and I had a rough time stopping at 10 flowers!!  I used Caron Simply Soft, since it’s my favorite, and I just love how it turned out!!

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The beanie is from an ADORABLE tutorial over at Repeat Crafter Me.  I followed her directions for the 0-3 month hat, sans bunny extras.  The button is 1″, and how I did the flower follows.  REMEMBER, I’m not a pattern writer, I’m just writing what I do.  These are pretty simple flowers and I’m sure you’ll have no problem.  If you have a flower you already make, I bet you could just do an open center and it would work great.

Interchangeable Flower in 2 colors:  Worsted Weight yarn, H Hook, 1″ button

ch8, sls to first ch to form ring.

Rnd 1*: 12 sc in ring; sls first sc

Rnd 2: ch 2, 2dc, ch2, sls in same st. Ch1, skip next sc, slip in next sc, ch 2, 2dc, ch2, sls, continue around. Sls into beginning sts, finish off. (6 petals)

Rnd 3: Turn your work over and attach different color in FRONT LOOP of skipped stitch (ch1, skip next sc space) of previous row. Ch2, sls in next FRONT LOOP of skipped stich, continue around, join to first st. ch 1, turn (6 ch 2 spaces).

Rnd 4: Slip st in first ch2 sp,*ch2, 3dc, ch 2, sls*. Sls in next ch2 space and repeat between **; join to first stitch. Finish off. (6 petals)

 

Interchangeable Flower in 1 color:  Worsted Weight yarn, H Hook, 1″ button

ch8, sls to first ch to form ring.

Rnd 1*: 12 sc in ring; sls first sc

Rnd 2: ch 2, 2dc, ch2, sls in same st. Ch1, skip next sc, slip in next sc, ch 2, 2dc, ch2, sls, continue around. Sls into BACK LOOP of beginning sts. (6 petals)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, turn. Sls in next FRONT LOOP of skipped stich, continue around, join to first st. ch 1, turn (6 ch 2 spaces).

Rnd 4: Slip st in first ch2 sp,*ch2, 3dc, ch 2, sls*. Sls in next ch2 space and repeat between **; join to first stitch. Finish off. (6 petals)

*NOTE: You can add or subtract petals by putting an even number of sc’s in your ring; ie: 16 sc = 8 petals, 20sc = 10 petals, etc.  6 petals was a good size for the Newborn Hat.

 

 

I got a text the other day from a friend asking me if I’d like her yarning supplies.  I said, Heck Yes!!  She said she’d bring me what she had to church on Sunday.  I was expecting a bag of yarn and some hooks.  What I got was soooooooooo much more!!!Image

This is the stash I’ve inherited!  I was completely shocked.  I couldn’t believe that someone just wanted to give me all this stuff.  If you look really close to the left hand side, those 2 cream colored bunches of yarn near the bottom are 100% Suri Alpaca.  I about died when I got my hands on that.  It is the most gloriously soft yarn I’ve ever held in my grubby little hands.  And, now that I have it, I’m scared to death to use it!!!  But, one day, I’ll figure it out.

After I’d sorted all the goodies I couldn’t just let it all sit there.  That poor yarn had been sitting in boxes for years just waiting to become something.  Since most of the yarns are a bulky weight, I thought an infinity scarf would be just the ticket.  I picked out a lucious aqua & white yarn with shimmery ribbon threaded through it, and googled “infinity scarf”.  I found this really simple Infinity Loop pattern that took me less than 3 hours to complete.  It uses 2 stitiches I hadn’t used before, a Foundation Chain and a Herringbone Half Double Crochet, but after a quick look on YouTube it was smooth sailing from there.

I don’t really like scarves, but I just knew that this yarn had to be made into a piece of big, chunky neck candy.  I just love it, and even though I probably won’t wear it, I usually make pieces to give away anyway, so I’m sure I’ll find just the right neck to gift this to soon 🙂Image

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Hello friends!  The other day I was on the hunt for a great *FREE* eye pattern to use on a ninja turtle hat I was putting together.  I couldn’t find any, so I just figured I’d give it the ol’ college try, and see what I could come up with on my own.  I’m not an experienced crocheter, I’m not a designer, and I’ve only been reading patterns for about 6 months.  So, I did some basics I knew and came up with some pretty cool eyes for my guy!  I wrote down what I did, and I thought I’d share it incase others were looking for some eyes that were a little different.  Remember, I am NOT a pattern writer.  I wrote down what I did, but honestly, I don’t know how I did it 😀  Also, these eyes can be shaped after completion.  How you attach them will determine how they will look on the finished project.  As you can see, I slanted mine and pulled them to make them a little more narrow.

I started out with a great beanie from I’m Topsy Turvey in her child size.

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Ninja Turtle Eyes:

Black and White worsted weight, optional colored yarn to match “mask”,  H hook, tapestry needle

With black, make 2:

10 sc inside magic ring, sl to first sc

ch1, 8 sc, turn (do not chain)

sl in second sc

2 hdc in next

1hdc & 1 dc in next

2 dc in next

1dc & 1 hdc in next

sl in next 2, finish off (leave long tail for attaching)

With white:

Attach white with sl to first sl of black (leave long tail for attaching)

sc in next

2 hdc in next

2 dc in next

1dc & 1 tr in next

4 tr in next

1 tr & 1 dc in next

2 dc in next

2 hdc in next

sc in next

sl in next, finish off. (leave long tail for attaching)

*Optional mask color:

Left eye:

Holding the eye with the black part on the right and the white part on the left attach colored yarn to the first, top, white sl; hdc in same

hdc in next 7

2 hdc in next

2 hdc & sl in next, finish off  (leave long tail for attaching)

Right eye:

Holding the eye with the black part on the left and the white part on the right, attach colored yarn in 10th st from left to right (should be second of the groups of 4 tr); 2 hdc in same

2 hdc in next

hdc in next 7

slst in last, finish off  (leave long tail for attaching)

I attached through back loops, and lined up the orange of the eye with the orange of the mask.

I hope that helps!  I’m sorry if they were confusing.  Like I said, I don’t write patterns, I just wrote down what I did.  I think these would also be super cute froggie eyes if they were turned upright.  Maybe that will be next 😀

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I was raised in a loosely Catholic home.  My mom was practicing, but what seemed to me, only just enough to keep her parents happy.  My dad almost never went to church.  My brothers and I went to church on Sundays and CCD until we were in 8th grade, and after that we were given the option to continue practicing or not.  Since I never saw church as anything but a place to go and be bored I chose to stop going after I made my Confirmation.  During my childhood though, Lent was always practiced in our home.  My mom gave up desserts and chocolate, and there was no meat consumed on Wednesdays or Fridays.  No one ever really explained to me why we did these things, they just happened before we could celebrate Easter.  I understood that it had something to do with Jesus, and why he was hanging on the cross behind the alter, but that was about it.

Fast forward to 2008.  I am now married to a nonpracticing Cradle Catholic with 2 young children, both baptized Catholic as infants, because we just had to, and another baby on the way.  It was around this time that my oldest child started asking questions about heaven and God, and the basic kid stuff.  My husband and I decided that it was probably time to find a path we could both agree on since Catholicism wasn’t appealing to filling any spiritual void we were experiencing. (Let me say that this is my experience, and no disrespect to the many wonderful Catholics practicing today!)  An invitation from my husband’s coworker would reveal our path us, and start us both on a course for a stronger relationship with God and Jesus.  We began attending a local nondenominational church, and within a year I had accepted Jesus Christ as my saviour.  Since that time my husband has been on a mission trip to Haiti, he has been baptized into Christ, my oldest child has given her life to Christ, and my middle child is expressing strong interest in also entering the waters of baptism.  We are part of something bigger then us, but still intimate enough to be personal.

So, where am I going with this.  Well, I’m headed this way, so keep going.  Recently a good friend of mine was chatting with me about Lent.  She asked me what I was giving up, and I quickly said, “Nothing.”  I’m not Catholic anymore.  I’m not doing that.  What’s the point?  But, later I began to think about Lent.  The real reason for Lent.  Not the “giving up” chocolate for 40 days, but WHY this is happening.  Why are people taking “vices” out of their lives for the next 40 days?  I’m no Bible scholar or theologian, but where my thoughts lead me was to this…Life gets busy.  It’s easy to get into a routine of the mundane.  It’s easy to dress up for church on Sunday, sing some songs, listen to a message, shake some hands, have some coffee, and go home for the week back to the mundane.  Lent is a time of remembrance, reflection, and preparation.  I’m remembering WHAT the season is for; Jesus’ time in the desert before he began his ministry and the temptations he faced from Satan.  I’m reflecting on WHY this season happens; because Jesus obeyed God’s command and was the slain sacrificial lamb for my sins.  I’m PREPARING for the end of the season; Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.  When taking all of these things into account, I didn’t feel like giving up a Hershey Kiss here and there, or passing up the dessert cart for the next 5 weeks was sufficient for what He did for me.  My take is that you are to deny yourself something that you will miss.  And, during the time you are missing that “thing” you reflect on Jesus’ suffering.  It didn’t take me long to come to my personal conclusion on how I will REMEMBER, REFLECT, and PREPARE for Easter Sunday.  And here it is…

I hate to get up in the morning.  I wait until the last possible second to get up, and it usually ends with me rushing around the house to get everyone dressed and out the door.  I also hate running.  If you look back at my previous posts, you’ll see that I’ve attempted in the past to change my lifestyle for the better, and one of those attempts included doing a Couch to 5K training program.  So, this Lenten season, I feel like the burden God has placed on my heart is to rise early to run.  Both of these things are difficult for me, BUT also beneficial.  So, when I’m contemplating pulling the covers over my head for the extra hour of sleep I REMEMBER why I am doing this.  When I feel like I can’t go anymore on the treadmill I REFLECT on Jesus’ sacrifice in the desert, in the street carrying the cross, and His crucifixion and I keep going.  I am PREPARING not only my mind but also my body for the resurrection.  If the goal of Lent is to be a changed person by the end of it, what better way then to be stronger?  What better praise is there than to respect and care for the gift of flesh and bone given to me by God?

So, this is my humble sacrifice for a great one made more than 2000 years ago for me.  I’ve tried before and failed, but I think a big part of that failure rests on the humanism of my reasons.  This attempt is not only for me, but to show my love and appreciation to my Savior.

A friend shared a pretty amazing blog recently with 40 ideas for Lent.  If you’re interested in participating then I recommend checking out the post at Rachel Held Evans.  You don’t have to be a Card Carrying Christian to participate in Lent.  You don’t have to go to church or pray all the time.  You don’t have to tell everyone and their brother that you’re sacrificing a part of your life for Christ.  And you don’t have to go big.  If passing up the dessert cart for 5 weeks, or skipping the Diet Coke, or even just reading a bible verse a day is how you will connect with God this season then good for you!  If you aren’t ready to do anything that’s okay too.  It took me a long time to get to a point where I WANTED to sacrifice, and if you’re not there yet no worries.  I believe that God waited for me, and he’ll wait for you too.

 4“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?  And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. (Luke 15:4-7 NIV)


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