Check This Out, Mary Shelley!

I spent a rainy afternoon crocheting for one of my favorite holidays:  Halloween! What I ended up with was a green-faced monster with little black hair on his head, and two gray screws protruding from his neck! One name described him perfectly:  FRANKENSTEIN!

EEEEEK!!!

Photo taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo taken by: Debra Lee

The monster came to life in my hands within a few hours. I must admit that he was really easy to put together! Although the screw placement was a little off (I’d recommend placing them anywhere after Round 3 from “Complete Face Opening and Work Neck.”), Frankenstein can always be adjusted accordingly.

This pattern name is, “Frankenstein Hat,” designed by Snappy Tots. Red Heart Reflective yarn was recommended for this pattern, but I used Red Heart Super Saver and it worked just as great. It is an “Easy” rated pattern, which means there’s minimal  shaping. Easy-peasy! Enjoy!

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HEADWRAPS are Back!

Photo taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo taken by: Debra Lee

Woo hoo! I’m pleased to announce the return of the *drum roll, please*…

Headwrap!

Yes, your read that correctly. Headwraps are every girl/woman’s best friend. Why? Well, first of all, they’re UBER cute and easily add color to your outfit. In a rush? Simply put on your favorite headwrap, and WHAM! You have a perfectly-put-together ensemble. Secondly, they’re easy to put on. With crochet headwraps, all you need to do is tie the back of it under your hair and you’re done. Bada-bing, bada-boom! Forget putting unnecessary time into fixing your hair in the morning. 😀 LOVE IT! Lastly, they’re fun to crochet! The possibilities are endless when it comes to making your own crochet headwrap. Add a flower applique, a few buttons, some glitter glam, or even a heart applique. Simply said, you can made the crochet headwrap your own.

I’ve created a couple of headwraps, each with a flower applique (see photo above). The first one on the left was inspired by the 4th of July. I chose a vintage palate for the colors, which tones down the headwrap. Thus, making the wrap versatile for use with most outfits. As for the headwrap on the right, the colors were chosen based on what yarn I had on hand. Its bright colors can be used with any spring or summer time outfit.

Gotta love headwraps! 😀

Halloween Candy Corn Scarf

Photo taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo taken by: Debra Lee

I’m SUPER-DEE-DUPER excited to share my current crochet project:  my Halloween Candy Corn Scarf! 😀

I created this crochet pattern about six months after I learned how to crochet. It’s a fairly simple pattern, but has 100% Halloween flare! All you’ll need is medium-worsted yarn (yellow, orange, white, and black), size I (5.50 mm) crochet hook, scissors, a tapestry needle, and of course, the pattern.

P.S. I’ll be posting my FREE Halloween Candy Corn Scarf pattern on here really soon! I’m making sure it’s kosher so you all don’t struggle with a poorly written pattern. If for some reason it’s not written correctly, please let me know! I’d love to hear what you all have to say about it. Gracias!

Fall Poncho Part II

My Fall Poncho is still not done. Nope. I blame it on the kiddos! Ha ha! I did, however, finish the edging, but still need the hood. Oh, the hood… Let’s just say that it’s all about the gauge. I started making one part of it, was almost done with it, and realized that the piece was GIGANTIC compared to the poncho itself. Good grief! It was soon unraveled…(I’m sure you know the feeling all too well!)

The poncho itself is soft and warm, without being sweaty-hot (mind you, I’m a hot-bodied person). Thus, it will make the PERFECT poncho for my neck of the woods (AKA:  ‘The Sunshine State’ – where it’s really never cold)! 😉

Fall Poncho Part II:

Fall Poncho Part II
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Fall Poncho Part II_2
Photo taken by: Debra Lee

Fall Poncho Part I

A few nights ago, I talked about a peach seed, and briefly mentioned the fall poncho I’m working on. Almost done with it; just need to finish the bottom front, add the hood, and edging. It’s a one-size fits all. Can’t wait to see how the completed poncho turns out! Will definitely keep you all updated.

(P.S. I was supposed to use bulky and cotton yarns, but didn’t have enough of either to complete the project, and didn’t want to spend more money on yarn (My collection is out of control! Ha!). So, I used medium-worsted weight yarn. The poncho obviously lacks the thick texture of that the bulky and cotton yarns provide, but the medium-worsted weight yarn allows for more movement and clings more to your body frame. I think it’s perfect if you want to accentuate your body shape.)

Here are the photos I promised:

Photo taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo taken by: Debra Lee
Photo taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo taken by: Debra Lee

A Single Peach Seed

It’s late – 12:54 a.m. to be exact – and I’m reluctant to post a blog. My head is pounding, vision is blurred, ear aches, and my complaints can fill this page in no time! But, I’ll stop right there and save you from being bored with such nonsense. 🙂 So, on a positive note, I’ve been working on a poncho to wear for the fall season. The base color is a sunflower yellow, with pumpkin orange, beige, and brown accents. My inspiration for the colors was the sunset and the color of fall leaves. (Will post photos soon!) I truly LOVE the fall season! It brings back soo many happy childhood memories… I digress…

Nonetheless, I’ve been missing my poncho project for the past couple of days. I didn’t get to work on it earlier and became frustrated because my crochet time had been stripped of me. Again, I attempted to work on it right before I began typing this post, but my attempt proved fruitless. I’m not feeling well and wanted a chance to unwind. Is that too much to ask?!

So, my Son (who magically decided to nap earlier in the day – he NEVER naps) is now bright-eyed and bushy tailed. He asked Ray and I to play with him (for the 100th time today! I know, it’s all worthwhile, it really is.) and we did. Some moments later, he’s eating a peach and tells me, “Look Mommy. There’s a seed in this peach for you to plant. I’m going to eat the fruit part and give you the seed when I’m done.” My heart melted and my eyes began to tear up. How selfish of me to want to sit down to crochet my poncho when my 3 year-old Son acted selflessly by thinking of how much I enjoy planting seeds and watching them grow!

Point being – sometimes we have to drop everything, do for others, think of others, and most of all, SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH THOSE WE LOVE MOST. Our time on Earth is not promised. Make the most of each and every second, of each and every day.

Photo Source:  BigStock.com
Photo Source: BigStock.com

Teenie-Tiny Baby Plus Animals Equals PHOTO-OP!

Heads up, people!

I have THE perfect outfits for your Little One’s first photo shoot. 🙂 No, it’s not a baby cocoon or elf hat… Can you guess what they are?! *Drum roll,* please…

DIAPER COVER and BEANIE CAP ANIMAL SETS!

Woo hoo! Why am I soo stoked about this topic? Well, let’s just say that I’ve invested a bit of time in making them (a few were created more than once), and they look super cute on any baby wearing them. My testimony not only comes from how adorable they look by themselves, but I actually put a few beanie caps on my Baby Girl. She looked cuter than all the cuteness in the world combined! She LOVED wearing them, too.

Each set worked up without any hassle. Medium-worsted weight yarn was used for some sets, while other sets required that light-worsted weight yarn (AKA:  baby yarn) be used. The book I used is by Shelle Hendrix, and is referenced in the Crochet Patterns tab above.

I won’t keep you waiting any longer! Here are the photos of the completed Diaper Cover and Beanie Cap Animals Sets:

 

“Bear Set,” page 20.

Photo taken by: Debra Lee
Photo taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo taken by: Debra Lee

This set is made for babies 3-6 months. The button allows for adjustment at the waist for a custom fit. Its sweet, brown and orange braids allow the beanie cap to be gently tied around baby’s chin to ensure that it doesn’t fall off. Oh! Before I forget, I added a removable pom-pom tail to the diaper cover. I decided to make it removable via button so that it’s practical and comfortable for every day use. What better way to say hello to winter than by having Baby pose as a hibernating bear! Awwwww!

 

“Panda Set,” page 2.

Photo taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo taken by: Debra Lee
Photo taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo taken by: Debra Lee

“Panda Set” fits babies 3-6 months. It too has an adjustable waist to accommodate baby’s growth. Like the “Bear Set,” a removable pom-pom tail was attached via button. All you need are a few bamboo shoots, and Baby is ready to pose! Cute!

“Mouse Set,” page 14.

Photo taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo taken by: Debra Lee
Photo taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo taken by: Debra Lee

“Mouse Set” was made with light-worsted weight yarn. I do want you to know that because I used the light-worsted weight yarn, the ears are floppy, but still very adorable! In fact, I think the floppy ears adds to the cute factor. 😀 Additionally, I added a mouse tail using a pipe cleaner and button. The crochet part around the pipe cleaner was a few rows of SC that were stitched closed around the pipe cleaner. Much like the removable tails with the bear and panda sets, the mouse tail can be detached as well. All you need a wedge of cheese and a nest to put your sleeping mouse in, and you have a precious photo-op on your hands!

 

“Frog Set,” page 8.

Photo taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo taken by: Debra Lee

“Frog Set” was also made of light-worsted weight baby yarn. Once again, the eyes are floppy, but since they’re smaller than the mouse ears, they do in fact stay standing when the beanie cap is placed on baby’s head. For ages 3-6 months, with an adjustable waist. A lily pad and lily flower are the only two additional props you’d need to complete this whimsical scene.

 

“Lamb Set,” page 36.

Photo taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo taken by: Debra Lee 

“Lamb Set” is by far my FAVORITE diaper cover and beanie cap set! It was made out of super bulky weight yarn (working with this yarn was a first for me, but was really easy to crochet with). Because the bulk yarn was used, the entire set worked up faster than any other set in the book. Niiiiiiccce!!! The waist is adjustable, and the set fits babies 3-6 months. Each lamb ear was tied with a hot pink, foundation crochet chain. Be sure to use Dritz “Fray Check” at the ends of the crochet chain so that the sewn in tail doesn’t come out. A starry night behind Baby will make you want to peacefully count sheep. How sweet is that?!

To Dishcloth, or Not?

If you asked me how I felt about crochet dishcloths a month ago, I would have looked at you in somewhat of a deep thought,  lifted the right corner of my lips, creased the right eyebrow above it, and in a split second  I would have told you, “Nah, I wouldn’t  use them.”

WELL my friends, my perspective on crochet dishcloths has certainly changed!

After finding a wonderful dishcloth pattern book (I’ll reference it later),  I searched for the 100% cotton yarn it recommended and headed straight for the check-out counter. A few minutes drive and I was home. Eagerly, I created my first dishcloth in a matter of minutes. Okay, okay. Sixty minutes is what I’m talking about here. Anyhoo, the cloth was completed, I stared at it for a good while, and sighed. ” This isn’t going to clean my nasty dishes, nor will it hold up in the washing machine,” I thought to myself. “No way!”

So, I threw it in the kitchen sink and started washing the dirty dishes. Let’s just say the crochet dishcloth left my dishes squeeky, sparkly clean! Amazement number one.

Next day, I threw the cloth in the washing machine thinking it was going to shrink up to the size of a dime (if it survived at all!). Drying time came and went. Immediately, the crochet dishcloth was taken out of the dryer, and LOW AND BEHOLD… NO SHRINKAGE and it DIDN’T  COME APART! Amazement number two.

An entire month of using the dishcloth (Of course it was washed frequently! Come onnnn, people.), and it’s still held its integrity. Amazement number three.

Go ahead. Ask me what I think of crochet dishcloths now.

I LOOOOOOOOVVVEEE crochet dishcloths!

 

Photo taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo taken by: Debra Lee

 

I Told Ya I Would…

Back to Crochet Baby Booties

I told you all I’d post the name of the book I’m using to create these oh-soo-adorable baby booties. Well, here it is:

 

Yarn Booties for Baby 10 Crochet Designs

2014. Yarn Booties For Baby 10 Crochet Designs. Maumelle, Arkansas:  Leisure Arts, Inc.

 

And…! Don’t forget about the photos of the baby booties I’ve created so far.  Do share which baby booty is your favorite and why in the Comment box below. Gracias and enjoy!

 

"Spring Fresh," page10. Design by Carole Prior. Photo Taken by: Debra Lee
“Spring Fresh,” page10. Design by Carole Prior. Photo Taken by: Debra Lee

“Spring Fresh” by Carole Prior was the first set of booties I decided to create from the book. Their ruffled cuff makes them fun and versatile. Add them to any casual outfit to give a hint of ‘dainty,’ or use them with baby’s favorite dress to complete a fancy look. Ribbon can always been changed out, and of course, so can the colors of the yarn used. Let your creative juices run wild!

Note:  Honestly, despite it being a Level II, Easy crochet pattern, I struggled a bit with trying to visualize how each part of the booty was being constructed. Yup, I’m a 100% visual learner, so reading these patterns doesn’t always do me justice the first time around. BUT! I did in fact finish the pattern with success, as you can see in the photo provided above. I’m going to toot my horn a little – *Pat on the back* to me. 😀

 

"Precious in Pink," page 27. Design by Mary Ann Sipes. Photo Taken by: Debra Lee
“Precious in Pink,” page 27. Design by Mary Ann Sipes. Photo Taken by: Debra Lee

“Precious in Pink” by Mary Ann Sipes was the second set of baby booties I created. By far, they have been THE easiest and quickest set of booties to make. A Mary Jane look-alike makes them a sweet gift to give any expecting Mother. No issues with this pattern!

 

"Sunshine Booties," page 34. Design by Jennine DeMoss. Photo Taken by: Debra Lee
“Sunshine Booties,” page 34. Design by Jennine DeMoss. Photo Taken by: Debra Lee

“Sunshine Booties” by Jennine DeMoss has been my FAVORITE baby booty pattern thus far. Their soft yellow and white color combination, along with their subtle clusters brings a smile to anyone’s face. A definite MUST HAVE to any baby’s fall (or spring) wardrobe!

 

"Bluebells," page 23. Design by Mary Ann Sipes. Photo Taken by: Debra Lee
“Bluebells,” page 23. Design by Mary Ann Sipes. Photo Taken by: Debra Lee

“Bluebells” by Mary Ann Sipes is such a precious pattern! I love, love, LOVE the FP Cluster (Front Post Cluster) texture that Mary uses throughout. While this pattern looks intimidating, it’s actually quite simplistic and quick to work up. Seriously, what Mommy wouldn’t want to see her newborn Baby Boy in these fall-chic baby booties?!