Category Archives: Gifts

Boot Cuffs

20150101_145418_1Happy 2015! Welcome to the new year.  After last year, I am just exhausted.  I feel like I could curl up in bed and sleep for 3 months!

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Here is one of the gifts I was working on for Christmas gifts last month.  My sister asked me for a pair last year, but it was just too close to Christmas when she did and I couldn’t get them done so I tried them out this year.  It seems they’re even more popular now.

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I did create the pattern for this and am working on putting it together.  I made a pair for my sister-in-law and my niece too.  I’m also working up a pair for my Mom right now too as she wanted a pair after seeing my sister’s. I would even like a pair, but I actually don’t own a pair of boots!

 

After I finish my Mom’s pair, it’s Granny Square time!

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Party Hat Models

Here are the girls in the Party Hats I made for them.  Thanks to Sarah for the pics! I love getting pictures of people using the gifts I’ve made them!

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Party Hats

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I made these cute little party hats for a friend of mine’s twin girls’ first birthday party.  The pattern for the hats can be found here.  I added the crown myself.

After adding the ruffle edging I changed yarn so the crown would stand out a little, and worked two rows of single crochet- the first in the unworked front loop left after working the ruffle.

Then I did a row of shells (sc, skip two sc, 5 dc in  next sc, skip next 2 sc) around, join with sl st.

Then  a row for the peaks (sc in first sc, hdc in next dc, dc in next dc, [tr, ch 2, picot, ch2, tr] in next dc, dc in next dc, hdc in next dc) around join with sl st finish off.

I happened to have some Swarovski elements left over that I glued to the front three peaks of each.

Just a simple project for a quick birthday gift!

I did get the yarn today for the dress that I’m making for my daughter so I can finish it up this week.  After that it’s back to Grannies!

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A Gift For Me

Pot holdersIt’s not often that I get a crocheted gift from someone else.  But my friend Kay from church brought me these two lovely pot holders yesterday.  This is absolutely perfect because I had just been thinking I needed to make myself a pot holder to keep at work for when I microwave my lunch and carry it back to my desk (which is more often than not.)  So now I don’t have to, and I’ll think of her every time I warm up a lunch at work.  Plus, I have two so if one gets soiled I can take it home to wash and still have another to use.  And have I ever mentioned how much I love variegated yarn?  Finally, it doesn’t hurt that all colors bluish-green (teal, turquoise etc) are my favorite!

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Before-And-After

Before Two-Year-Old

Sephy loves her baby-doll.  She took it to the Dr’s office with us last night when we went to get G-man weighed.  Then she wanted to take her to daycare with her this morning and I had to talk her into leaving her at home because, “She’s a super-special present just for her and didn’t she want to keep her nice and safe at home?”

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With her new baby-doll

She definitely enjoyed playing with her – taking her out of the basket, hugging her and rocking her, putting her back in the basket and covering her up…

 

 

 

After Two-Year-Old

After Two-Year-Old

 

 

 

Here is the same poor baby-doll last night after a few hours play.  I knew I should have tacked that pillow in.  I have absolutely no idea where it is – I looked.

 

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Completed Baby Doll

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Here it is, all finished up.  I just love it, and I can’t wait to give it to Sephy tonight.  If she were a little bit older she would probably be asking me to make her doll clothes after this.  As it is, I might have to find a “dolly and me” pattern to make her and another baby doll she has matching dresses.

I’ll try to post a picture of her with her new doll tomorrow.

I love the feeling of finishing a project, especially when it’s a gift for someone!

BabyI know that I need to get caught up on my Granny Square Project, but I’m going to take a couple of days and work on some Irish Crochet tape I’ve been wanting to make. We’ll start back up with the Grannies on Monday.

 

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One Day More

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Ok, is this not incredibly adorable?

After the gauge issues I had with the basket I dropped down a hook size and that seems to have resolved my issues for the most part.  The bumper was still slightly too big in circumference for the basket, but fortunately the little pucker can be hidden behind the pillow.  The sleeper seems to have come out nicely though.  I started and finished that up today.

BabyThe pattern didn’t call for it, and you can’t see it very well in the picture, but I felt the sleeper needed an edging at the neckline and ties at the back.  So I added that in the contrasting color white yarn.  That will also help keep my daughter from undressing the poor baby.

I must say also that I really like the baby that came with this kit versus the one pictured.  It’s got a cute smile and actual glass eyes instead of painted ones.

The only thing I have left to do is the bonnet.  I’m hoping to get that done tomorrow.

 

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Weekend Fail

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So I failed at posting this weekend.  The kids have me two against one since Husband is working weekends now and it’s just too hard to get posts in those days.  I might have to just stick to posting during the week.

I got a little bit done on Sephy’s gift Saturday.  I started the basket’s bumper and finished it up on my breaks today.  BabyThe four ties that attach it to the handles are supposed to be sewn to the bumper but instead I made half of the chains and then joined them with single crochets to the bumper and completed the rest of the chains.  This was easier and seemed like it would be more secure to me.

I think it’s looking pretty cute and all I have left to do is the baby’s sleeper and bonnet.  I’m started to get excited about giving it to her.

 

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At the DMV

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I didn’t get as much done today as I had hoped.  I took the morning off and went to the DMV to get the Van titled and licensed.  Yay fun.

I brought my crochet bag with me, anticipating the typical long wait.  Imagine my surprise when I realized I was number 31 and they were already on 28.  I was called within 5 minutes and done and back out to the van in less than 15.  I didn’t have a chance to open my bag let alone get anything done.

I spent the afternoon working from home and picked up the kids from daycare and took them to visit Mimi and Papa so I didn’t get a chance to even pick this up until 10:00 pm after I finally got G-man down.

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The basked looks much, much better after frogging and re-crocheting.  I also got the mattress and the pillow stuffed and closed and tacked the mattress inside the basket.  This week has really gotten away from me and I don’t think I’ll be finished tomorrow.  It will probably take me most of the weekend.

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The Frog Cometh

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Always. Check. Your. Gauge.

Well this time I DID check my gauge and I STILL had issues.

My stitches have always been unusually small and tight.  So anytime I work on something where gauge is important I usually end up using a crochet hook two times bigger than called for.  This project called for a US size D or 3.25 mm hook.  When I made the gauge swatch I had to go up to a size G or 4.25 mm in order for my swatch to meet the indicated measurements.  That’s three sizes up! But somehow it still didn’t work out and my gauge was too big instead.

The instructions call for the assembly of the plastic canvas that supports the basket after crocheting the basket.  I wish I’d assembled the canvas first.  The base of my  basket ended up being a good inch too big for the canvas.  Figures.

Frog 2Rip it! Rip it! Rip it!  I frogged the basket clear back down to the base, ripped out two full rounds of the base, and started on the basket walls from there.  I’ve gotten two more rounds back up the side of the wall and it looks and fits much better.   Picture for that tomorrow.  I also had to go back and frog two rounds from the top and bottom pieces of the mattress before joining them together so it wouldn’t be too big to fit in the bottom of the basket.

This is why I rarely work on projects where gauge is crucial.  Even when I do take the time to check my gauge and adjust my hook and stitches things still often come out wrong.   I really feel like I should be a better crocheter than this with all my years of experience.  <Shakes head at self admonishingly and rolls eyes.>  Sigh.

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