Thursday, January 26, 2017

Scarf Donation Summary

I've been meaning to post about my latest scarves I've donated to Handmade Especially for You. I try to get a few scarves in here and there throughout the year. I enjoy making something that I know will be loved. It brings my heart great joy to know that someone really appreciates the time and care that goes into making a scarf.

I've been so grateful for the love and confidence that you, my readers, have shown to me. I receive several donations a month to go toward making these comfort scarves for charity. I've fallen a little bit behind, because of other obligations and endeavors, but I continue to work towards making the donations become the scarves they are supposed to be. Since my last donation, I've been able to make 5 additional scarves that I donated to my local affiliate of the Handmade Especially organization.

In the upcoming future, I plan on teaching crochet courses to youth interested in the craft. The goal will be to get them to make comfort scarves for this charity. For now, I'm working on teaching my 8-year-old how to crochet (she's mastered the chain and single crochet for now). I might have her look into loom knitting because it's not as complicated as crocheting can be. But I know she CAN crochet, and she loves doing it because Mom is doing it and she knows that I first learned to crochet when I was about 8 years old. So there is a lot of motivation to learn, and a lot of motivation for me to teach!

With this last donation, I have tallied the donations I received during the 2016 year and I have donated the remaining funds I was not able to turn into Comfort Scarves directly to the charity itself. This totaled 24 scarves, or in cash, $59.75. I completed and donated 14 scarves in 2016. I am grateful for your support, and will continue my efforts to help the cause!
Happy Crocheting!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Buttercup Bags

I was given a bagful of beautiful fabrics from a friend who was trying to decrease her fabric load (like that's ever a real problem, right?!). I had a whole bunch of my own that I had kept for years, because I was waiting for the right project to use. Well, I finally found the right project for a bunch of my fabrics!! Here it is, free Buttercup purses from the free pattern by madebyrae

I very much love how the purse turned out, and the fabric pairing was quite lovely in my opinion! Her pattern is free, and comes with fairly easy to follow instructions. I decided to follow some of the recommendations given in the comments to increase the size of the bag. I did this by printing out the original pattern to 125% using Adobe Acrobat's poster printing feature.

I found the pattern to be so simple to make, I decided to make one for all my family and a few of my friends. Check out the fabrics I chose! Let me know in the comments which one is your favorite!!!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Baby Octopus

This post goes along with my last post. I followed another Pinterest link to make another gift for my sister who is having a baby. She saw this post on Pinterest:

The Friendly Red Fox: Amigurumi Octopus Baby Toy Free Pattern:

So, naturally, I wanted to make one really badly. 

I underestimated the size of this thing. It's so big! The head is almost 5" round. 

I asked my sister what color she wanted, and I suggested matching the blanket, so we matched it with the blanket that I made for her. Because the octopus used a single crochet stitches and the blanket used mostly double crochet stitches, the color looks surprisingly different!

But I still think it is super, super cute! Especially when he looks at you like this:

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Baby Blanket

My latest project has been a very fun one. My sister is pregnant with her first child, and I asked her to send me pictures of the blanket she wanted me to make for her. If you've perused Pinterest lately, you might recognize this picture:
crochet feather and fan baby blanket - free crochet pattern:

So, I had her pick some colors she wanted, and I got to work! It only took me a few months working a little bit here and there, and I was finished in no time!!

Aren't the colors just fabulous!

Make your own by following the pattern found here:

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Autumn Leaves

I don't know about you, but here in Southern California we are SO excited for Fall to arrive. It has been a HOT, hot summer, with the first summer rain hitting us just a few days ago. It's been SO dry, So hot, and my family is SO OVER the heat.

Which is why to celebrate the Fall season, I found a super cute crochet pattern for some Autumn Leaves over at The Painted Hinge.

 Aren't they SO adorable! I somehow happened to have all the right colors to make my collection complete!

I'm thinking about making a WHOLE bunch to make a wreath, or maybe a table runner? The possibilities are endless with such a simple design that works up so fast!


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Triple the Fun!

I have a friend who recently had TRIPLETS! I've seen friends (and family) have twins and while I've never had to go through that, I can attest that it is a huge challenge.

I decided to make her some cute owl hats that I've made several times before. I was glad I had started right when I was invited to the shower. I didn't know how long the owl hats would take to complete, and I had about a month before the shower. I had finished the three hats (not owl decorations) when I found out the shower was being moved to two weeks earlier! I had to kick it into high gear to be sure they were completed in time.

I absolutely love the way they turned out. I almost didn't want to give them away. Glad I did though, check out the final picture.

Here is the link to the pattern for these owl hats:

Here is a photo of the triplets! Don't they make the hats look fantastic?!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Water Bottle Carriers - Free Pattern

We had a tragedy in our family last week as we were strolling around a lake feeding ducks one beautiful morning. My son tripped and fell, and the brand new water bottle I had purchased the day before came crashing to the ground and cracked. He was crying, not from pain, but from the sadness of losing his bottle. Kids. Right?

So, naturally, I needed to make something to prevent future tragedies and loss. I came up with these cute, EASY and QUICK water bottle carriers that the kids won't stop wearing!

Size H hook
Worsted weight yarn
Yarn Needle

Gauge: Pattern should fit most standard-sized bottles. With the weight of the water bottle, this stretched to about 9" tall. If you want one for smaller bottles, remove some row 6 repeats, or for taller, add some row 6 repeats.

Starting with magic circle, ch 3, and dc 11 in the ring. Sl st to top of ch-3. (12 sts)
Round 2: Ch 3, and dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, Sl st to top of ch-3. (24 sts)
Round 3: Ch 3, and dc in same st, *1 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, repeat from * around. Sl st to top of ch-3. (36 sts)
Round 4: Ch 3, dc in the BACK LOOP of each stitch round. Sl st to top of ch-3.(36 sts)
Round 5: *Ch 5, sk 2 sts and sl st into next st. Repeat from * around, ending with a sl st into the beginning stitch.
Round 6: Sl st into the first three chains from the previous round's ch-5, then *ch 5 and sl st into the next ch-5 space. Repeat from * around. Sl st into the 3rd sl st at the beginning of the round.

Repeat round 6 until you get the desired height. I repeated 6 times for the taller water bottles my kids had.

Round 13:  Sl st into the first three chains from the previous round's ch-5, *ch 2, sl st into ch-5 space, repeat from * around and sl st into the 3rd sl st at the beginning of the round.
Round 14: Ch 3, dc in each st around (36 sts)

Now, make the strap according to the size you want.
Kids Less than 6, ch 75,  Kids 6+ ch 85, Teens/adults ch 100. You can adjust accordingly.
After making the chain, make sure you keep the chain straight (no twisting) and counting stitches backwards, attach the chain to the 16th stitch counting counterclockwise (usually you work clockwise in the round, but for this count 16 counterclockwise), with slip stitch looking upside down on the piece. Sl st into the next two sts, still working counter clockwise, and dc into each ch of the strap all the way to the other side. Hopefully you kept your chain straight or your strap will be twisted! Sl st and tie in the ends to secure the strap in place.

You're finished!

After I made this twice I was able to whip them out in less than 30 minutes!

Let me know if you have any trouble with the pattern! Some parts are a little tricky so I want to be sure I am clear!


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