Too Cute to Handle (and Eat)!

If you read my blog from midnight today, you know that I picked up a couple of crochet kits from my local grocery store last night. (In case you need to catch up on my latest and greatest blog, click here.) Nevertheless, I woke up this morning with only ONE thing in mind- to work on a “Yummy Crochet” project; and that’s exactly what I did! Thanks to Kristen Rask, I now have the most ADORABLE, oh-so-squishy crochet cupcake sitting smugly on my ottoman. 

You’re probably wondering how the pattern went. Was it hard? Did it make sense? Were there incorrect instructions? So, here’s the absolute truth:

“Cupcakes” pattern was extremely easy to read and follow. Now, I’m not just saying this because I am an experienced crocheter. They truly are straightforward and mistake free! The one thing I do want to critique is the lack of assembly instructions. My little guy came out with a flat top, but he should have been rounded out on top. No big deal, but the assembly instructions would have helped to make him turn out just right. 

Verdict on “Yummy Crochet:  12 Projects Too Cute to Eat!”? Well, after crocheting one project, so far so good. Let me make a few more before I make my final judgement! ☺ 

Take care, y’all! ¡Hasta luego!

XoXo

P.S. Can you say, “Valentine’s Day gift!”?! Oh-em-gee, YES!

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Holy Moly, Kristen Rask!

Sooooooooo…!

I was at my favorite, local grocery store earlier (Aldi’s of course!), and as I was purusing the ‘specialty aisle,’ Ray pointed out these MARVELOUS items to me! Can you guess what they were?!

YES! Two crochet project kits by Kristen Rask! (She’s quite popular, you know!) One is titled, “Yummy Crochet:  12 Projects Too Cute to Eat!” The other is called, “Woodland Crochet:  12 Precious Projects to Stitch and Snuggle.” Each crochet kit comes with enough worsted weight yarn to make two adorable projects, plushie stuffing, a 2.7 mm steel crochet hook, and of course, the pattern book, which contains twelve sweet amigarumi patterns. I seriously recommend going out to your local Aldi’s TODAY to purchase these lovely kits before they’re all gone! I’m going to start crocheting a yummy project now. Hee hee. Have a goodnight, y’all!

‘Tis the Season to Crochet

Who’s counting down to Christmas? I know my family and I are! (Yes, there are only THREE days to go!) With Christmas in mind, I went to town with my crochet hooks, crocheting one timeless piece after another. And so, allow me to introduce you to a few pieces I put together.

Hanging merrily from the ladder in the back is a scarf I created (FREE pattern will be posted soon!) using a yarn called, “Comfort 12” by Jack Frost Yarn Co. Not only was the 50 gram ball priced right at a dollar and change back in the day, but the yarn itself feels wonderful! If you come across this vintage yarn, buy the entire lot and make yourself lots and lots of beautiful crochet items!

On the sofa, there is a pillow splashed with the colors of fall and I’ll argue- Christmas! See the red and green? Yup! The story behind this pillow is such:  I had two pillows which were going to pot from being put in the washing machine soo often. I didn’t want to toss them because they’re super comfy! So, I find a stitch pattern from my favorite handy-dandy book entitled, Crochet Stitch Guide by Jean Leinhauser and Mary Ann Frits, and come up with pillow covers for the pair. I tell you, it was a sigh of relief knowing that my two comfy pillows would not be thrown out! (No worries! Click HERE for my FREE Pillow Cover Pattern!) 

Last but not least, there is a cream colored lap blanket draped neatly over the head of the sofa. I used “Caron by the Pound” yarn for this pretty piece, and it’s THE softest blanket I’ve ever crocheted! It gets softer and softer with each wash, and makes the perfect Christmas gift for any loved one. (The stitch pattern was acquired from my handy-dandy pocket book mentioned above. See page 27 when you buy it! The stitch pattern can be found there.)

I hope my enthusiasm for crochet has inspired you to create your own masterpieces! I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Many blessings to you all.

(Revised 12/27/2016)

Kid Road Map: An Exciting Adventure Awaits!

Howdy! I MUST tell you all about my current W.I.P. (work in progress)…

It’s a kids road map that is absolutely super-awesome, fun-filled, and has endless-imaginative possibilities! There are hay bales, a freshly plugged field, long, lush, green grass, and a turning road that can go on for miles upon miles. (Not to mention there’s LOTS more to add to the map than what I just typed!)

I got the pattern from the one and only HappyBerry (click on her name to be taken to the first episode of this crochet-a-long(CAL)). The woman is a true genius, and extremely talented! Hats off to her!

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While the road map is indeed a blanket-sized map (I believe she said it’ll be 4’x5′ when completed), I have chosen to downsize mine to 3 squares by 4 squares. Each square is 4″x4″, and the yarn she recommends is DK (AKA:  baby sport, or 3-ply) yarn. I’ve used both DK and worsted weight yarn (4-ply) for my map; I simply adjusted the hook size to match my gauge.

My next two squares will be the pond with the round-top trees. I seriously don’t want to sleep tonight so I can finish working on it! It’s THAT addicting! Ha ha!

Don’t worry. I’ll keep you guys updated on my road map. But, until then, I wish you all a happy and safe weekend. 🙂

Sugar and Spice, and Everything Girlie!

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I have long been wanting to make clothing for my Little One, and finally did! Here’s a sweet chevron dress I crocheted for her. It fits like a glove (remember that gauge is extremely important when working up garments)! This dress is made beautifully girlie with a crochet bow added at the waist. A MUST-HAVE in any girl’s wardrobe!

Caron “One Pound,” worsted weight yarn was used in colors peach and cream. The pattern was easy to follow, and didn’t have any mistakes (at least for the size for 4-year-olds). And! I know you’re dying to know where the pattern came from! Yes, you guessed it. It’s a Red Heart pattern! Here it is:

Child Chevron Dress by Lorene Eppolite

Enjoy this freebie, y’all! And, don’t forget to post a photo of YOUR completed chevron dress in the
comment section below. I’d love to see your work!

It’s a Turtle, It’s a Basket, It’s… A Turtle Toy!

I have been M.I.A. for quite some time now, and want to apologize. During my time, I have put together a few patterns to share with you all! Woo-hoo!

The most recent, and literally fresh off the hook, is my Turtle Basket Toy. I must say that the little guy turned out exquisitely ADORABLE! Take a ‘looksie’ for yourself. 🙂

Easter and TMNT (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) were my inspiration for him. I also wanted to create a multi-purpose item that my Nephew could use year-’round. So yes, the turtle is an Easter basket, toy, and decoration all in one! 🙂

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The pattern will soon be uploaded to Etsy.com, so stay tuned!

“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!

Let’s Go Trick-or-Treating Again!

This is Halloween, everybody make a scene.

Trick or treat until the neighbors die of fright.

It’s our town, everybody make a scream.

…Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!

The Nightmare Before Christmas:  “This is Halloween”

Photo Taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo Taken by: Debra Lee

We’re almost TWO months away from the night when all the ghouls and goblins come out to play; the vampires flee their dark coffins to suck your blood, while the werewolves who were once men run wildly in the dark – hungry for anything and anyone who cross their path! Ghosts soar high in the sky and come back down every so often to say…

“BOO!”

What a spectacular night!

Amidst it all, children chuckle with glee and shriek when spooked. Some are dressed to resemble the Halloween creatures of the night, but they all have one thing in common – Halloween Loot Bags!

“Cupcake Bag” by Michele Wilcox is a super cute Halloween Loot Bag that will complement any little girl’s costume. (Click here for the “Cupcake Bag” crochet pattern.) It’s an ‘Easy’ level crochet pattern, and works up rather nicely. I will say that I found a few errors within the pattern, of which I will list below. But! Don’t let these tiny mistakes deter you from trying this pattern out! It’s THE perfect Halloween candy bag to add to your children’s Loot Bag collection. (Click here for Wilcox’s “Scary Skull Bag” pattern.)

I can’t wait to see my Little Ones using their Halloween Loot Bags! They’ll definitely stand out from the crowd of children, especially with their small flashlights inside their bags. Too cute!

Photo Taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo Taken by: Debra Lee

“Cupcake Bag” Crochet Pattern Errors:

  1. Row 3:  End with 51 sc, not 50 sc.
  2. White Chain:  Use Row 10, not Row 9.
  3. Handle:  Round 1 should say, ‘…in next 34 chs…’, not 33 chs.

Let me know how your cupcake Halloween Loot Bag turns out! Did you pick different colors for the frosting and hearts? I’m excited to hear from you!

(P.S. If my errors are in error, please let me know! Thanks a million!)

Trick-or-Treat, Smell My Feet! Give Me Something Good to Eat!

Photo Taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo Taken by: Debra Lee

Voices of a thousand years rise again unseen, Voices whisper in the trees, “Tonight is Halloween!”

-Dexter Kozen

I stumbled across this really scary trick-or-treat bag while browsing through Redheart.com’s ‘Free Pattern’ section a few months ago and thought to myself, “PERFECTO! This will be great to make for one of my kiddos!” Not only will it save me some cash, but it’ll be a one-of-a-kind Halloween bag. It’s a win-win!

ALSO…! My son came up with a GENIUS idea. He tells me, “Look, Mommy! You can put a flashlight inside the bag to light it up!” HOW BRILLIANT! Be sure to see the photo below to see what the Halloween bag looks like lit up. It’s (the light) a great way to keep track of your child on Halloween night, too.

Lastly, the pattern is titled, “Scary Scull Bag” by Michele Wilcox. Click on Scary Skull Bag by Michele Wilcox for the FREE pattern! It is rated as an “Easy” level, which means there is little shaping to be done. Honestly, I didn’t have much of an issues creating this spooky trick-or-treat bag. Though, the creation of the nose did confuse me a little (probably because I was soo tired when making it! Ha ha!). Just pay attention to the wording, and the nose will turn out fine. Looking at the photo helped me immensely (great for all of you visual learners!). Hope this trick-or-treat bag is on your Halloween crochet ‘To Do’ list! It’s a fun pattern to work on. 🙂 If you’d like to check out some more “Easy” level Halloween crochet patterns, click here. I have a list of them on a blog I previously typed up. Cheers!

Note:  As I previously mentioned, I found the pattern on Redheart.com, but I just looked for it now, and it’s no longer available on their website. If you have any issues with the pattern file, please advise me in the Comment Box below!

Photo Taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo Taken by: Debra Lee