Kid Road Map: The Adventure Ends

I’ve OFFICIALLY  completed the kid road map I had been working on (a CAL brought to us by HappyBerry)! I must say that it was a fun and delightful adventure, with the exception of a few bumps on the road. Ha ha! But, where would the adventure be if the bumps weren’t waiting for us?

I must say that if you have Little Ones, this is the best toy for them. Mine are eager to have one made especially for them! (This kid road map is a special gift for a special Little One. 🙂 ) Not is it super soft to touch, and the textures are endless, but it encourages their little imaginations to run wild!

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Yes, my piggie, car, and sail boat are exaggerated in size, but I did so intentionally so they could be handled easier by the recipient of this super cute gift. 

I hope to see YOUR version of HappyBerry’s kid road map soon! Feel free to post yours in the comment section below. 🙂

Happy crocheting, y’all!

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“Are You Ready for Some Football?”, or Better Yet… HOCKEY?! (FREE eBook Inside)

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Hey, all you FOOTBALL and HOCKEY fans out there! I’m sure it’s getting chilly in your neck of the woods (unless you live where I do, or where I’m from!), so how about some NEW crochet Game Day ponchos and accessories?! Yup, I’ve done you the favor of saving Red Heart’s “Sports Fever” eBook.

SCORE!

In Red Heart’s wonderfully FREE eBook, you’ll find a nice variety of ponchos, warms hats for both men and women, a comfy stadium seat coushin, cozies, and we can’t forget about baby attire! Soo many exclamation points, yes I know, but fall is a wonderful time of year because I get to see my Boys back in action on the ice! Not to mention, the voices of the football commentators always get me in the ‘fall mood.’ Ha ha!

The patterns are about 50% crochet, 50% knitting, which means we ALL WIN – both crocheters and knitters alike! Most of the patterns are also rated at ‘Level II, Easy.’ No headaches with these patterns (I hope!). Additionally, “Sports Fever” eBook gives you the opportunity to use up all your 4/worsted weight yarn. Yippee! I know I can definitely get rid of some of the hoards of worsted weight yarn I have stashed away in large, plastic bins.

So, enjoy your “Sports Fever” eBook, and show off what you’ve made in the Comment section below! I’d LOVE to hear from ya!

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?!

Hail! The Glorious Quintuplets!

For those of you following my blog, THANK YOU! 😀

By now you’ve seen a few crochet pattern book references in my blogging. I’d like to share with you all the names of the books (and photos of them to help you scout them out at the store). These little books come in handy when you’re looking for a quick and easy crochet project to complete in a day’s time. They provide you with ALL the necessary materials in lovely, big font at the beginning of each pattern. And, they even tell you what yarn is available in the big box store you’re buying them from. Yes, Wal-Mart is my source for these little books. Five are currently in my collection, but there are several more to purchase, ranging from crochet stitches to crochet hats. Each book costs less than $5, which is killer awesome! Scope them out. Tell me which one you think would tickle your fancy. 🙂

Hail! The Glorious Quintuplets!

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

 

1.) Hats & Diaper Covers Book Two

Hendrix, Shelle, 2013. Hats & Diaper Covers Book Two. Arkansas:  Leisure Arts, Inc.

Six uber cute animal diaper covers and hats are featured in Shelle Hendrix’s book. I’ve created all of them (some more than once!), with the exception of the “Sock Monkey Set” on page 28 (for no reason other than I didn’t have the yarn colors). Every pattern was easy to follow, using either 3 or 4 worsted weight acrylic yarn. Hats & Diaper Covers Book Two is my go-to book if I want to give an expecting Mother a unique, from-the-heart gift.

 

2.) Yarn Booties for Baby 10 Crochet Designs

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

As stated in its title, there are ten (yes, 10!) beautiful baby booty patterns in this book. As I mentioned before in “I Told Ya I Would,” I did have a little difficulty creating my first set of booties. It wasn’t the pattern, but lack of visualization on my end. Beginners:  know that “instep” is the top part of the booty (where baby’s toes are gently tucked under). So, some booties get worked from the instep, sides, sole, and finally cuff. Others are worked from the sole, sides, instep, and then cuff. Hopefully this tid-bit helps you out when you start working on any pair of baby booties. Bottom line is, BABY CROCHET BOOTIES ARE SOO ADORABLE!

 

3.) Headwraps 10 Crochet Projects

Dayne, Sharlee, 2012. Headwraps 10 Crochet Projects. Arkansas:  Leisure Arts, Inc.

Let’s face it – us gals LOVE to start fashion trends and make a fashion statement. Headwraps are the perfect way to do so without breaking the bank! Go out and buy a couple of skeins of acrylic yarn for under $12, and you have an array of gorgeous headwraps ready to go with any outfit. I must confess I’ve only created one headwrap, BUT! It worked up soo quickly that I could have gone through all ten projects in just ONE DAY! Sharlee Dayne includes each pattern for both girls and teens sizes. If you’d like to fit a larger head, I’d recommend going up one hook size from the recommended size given in the pattern. I’ll be posting pictures of the headwraps I create soon!

 

4.) Dishcloths 11 Crochet Designs

2014. Dishcloths 11 Crochet Designs. Arkansas:  Leisure Arts, Inc.

Ohhh, dishcloths! These puppies are such a GREAT gift idea! Work up three designs, fold them to make them look like flowers, and place them in a weaved basket with some fruit, and… viola! An inexpensive, 100% useful gift. There are both circular and square designs available. If you ask me, they’re ALL very pretty and colors can easily be changed to suite the theme of your kitchen. 100% cotton yarn is used, making them ultra absorbent and full of texture. I’ve tried and completed one design – can’t wait to finish the other ten! Go on. Start making your gifts for Christmas! Really. It’s never too early for that!

 

5.) Baby Afghans to Crochet 7 Crochet Designs

2013. Baby Afghans to Crochet 7 Crochet Designs. Arkansas:  Leisure Arts, Inc.

While I have not started on a baby afghan, I did purchase this book for a reason – I promise! Each finished blanket is in the ball park of about 3 ft. x 4 ft. (give or take), meaning it won’t take long to finish each project. Be sure to use a SOFT acrylic yarn (3 worsted weight) to ensure that baby will be comfortable when your blanket touches his or her delicate skin. There are a few Intermediate levels, but most are Easy. I’m really, really excited to start on a baby afghan. Hope to have time in the very near future. Will keep you posted on my progress. 😀

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?!

Baby Booties: The NEW Fall Fashion Chic

Indeed it’s summer time. The sun beats down on our heads with its fierce heat, the clouds come and go, bringing fat droplets of rain that plummet against the ground soo quickly you can almost hear them groan with pain, and us Crocheters get to spend some time in our wonderfully cold homes creating fall apparel for babies, children, men, and women. But, mainly babies for me! I’m talking about Baby Booties. They’re beyond adorable, keep your baby’s feet nice and toasty warm, and can be color coordinated with baby’s wardrobe! Not to mention that they’re really inexpensive to make. Ta-dah! Now THAT’S a win-win situation.

Here’s the story behind my Baby Booty Fashion Chic obsession:

I was out shopping at a big box store one day and came across some tiny crochet books in the yarn aisle. So, I opened one up, and to my surprise, the book was not only filled with cute babies with crochet booties on, but the patterns were EXTREMELY EASY to follow. We’re talking Beginner to Beginner+ status here. The line of books tells you what types/brands of yarns to purchase right there in the store. No need to go to the specialty craft stores. NICE!

Anyhoo, I made the purchase after some hesitation (seriously, I already have TONS of crochet pattern books), and started making the oh-s0o-adorable baby booties faster than you can say, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!” Pictures of my finished baby booties and the names of the books are soon to follow, so stay tuned!

 

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