Darling Slippers

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Welcome to January. The weather has been typically erratic. Unseasonably mild turned bitter and hostile winds in 48 hours. Just the usual.

Something sweet to warm my heart and spirit: a dear friend lost her mother not too long ago, and in sorting her things, found a variety of pattern pamphlets and leaflets. Was I interested in them? But of course!

Her condition? I make her something.

That was an easy one! She mentioned mittens, but that pattern was knit, and I am not (yet) bi-stitual, though I hope to someday be…

The next set of patterns included this one: slippers in all shapes and sizes!

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Now, if you’ve been here a while, you know I rarely use a pattern that isn’t free. But in this case, well, it was free to me!

Now this dear lady, she loves her football. When asked about a color she’d like, she replied, the Detroit Lions, of course! And I was happy to comply.

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Aren’t they just adorable? I used the flower slipper pattern, and just added  little lion instead of a flower. 🙂 Too cute!

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It was a happy day when she received them. Not just cute slippers in her favorite team colors, but in loving memory of her mother.

The ‘Toad was happy to oblige.

May your hearth be warm and your yarn soft.

Happy hooking!

Until next time.

 

 

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Sunny Summer days

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Ah, happy summer. Filled with swimming and sweating, treats and crunching snacks, sibling spats and sudden sweetness and just plain family TIME.

My favorite things.

I’ve crocheted just a little, after a nice long break to regain my bearings and rest my hands and head.

The self-striping mandala yarns –that are all the rage– proved too, too tempting and I found myself the owner of several mismatched shades. Who can resist those glorious colorways?

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The challenge with one skein is always the dreaded question: but will it be enough?

I promise, with my favorite quick work-ups, it is. For this I used my go-to favorite toddler pattern, the French Popover. Find the link here:

https://thesparklytoad.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/mais-oui/

I hope you are enjoying our warm days and summer season as well, or whatever your weather may be this time of year. Happy hooking!

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Time

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Today’s post is more announcement than crochet.

It has been a banner season for the ‘Toad. A good one. And after a flurry of activity, growth and profit, what is a business owner to do?

A bit of a rest is in order.

The well of creativity is run nearly dry. A brief sabbatical will fix that right up!

So the ‘Toad will be on hiatus pending several factors.

First, I shall treat myself to several neglected personal projects.

My 2017 Weather Afghan:

2) Several Sophie’s Universe

3) And something with these beauties

I shall begin at least one new project– probably more! 🙂

And finish a few special requests for friends, as gifts.

Last, but not least,

I shall reflect upon and evaluate the nature of my business.

Creativity, or profit? Design or production? Will I finally publish a few patterns? Or perhaps take the blog a new direction? We shall see!

Happy crocheting!

Let it snow. ❤

From Turkeys to Reindeer

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I love Christmas.

Everywhere I look, the world has turned itself inside-out to decorate in honor of our savior’s birth. I love the music. The lights. The stories.

When I was a child, it could never come fast enough. Now it seems so short.

Blink, and we’ve gone from August to December with a major holiday per month. Goodness!

So it is with a little sadness I pack up my turkeys.

And break out the Christmas cheer!

Though I still have several holiday orders pending, I indulged myself in a day of rest– and crochet design– over the long weekend.

Inspired by an overload of classic Christmas movies, I found myself compelled to make something, anything, holiday-ish while putting my feet up one evening off. Pre-Thanksgiving grocery retail is no joke!

I found some reds and greens, a little gold, and a picture on Pinterest that suited my mood exactly, so away I went!

I started with red pentagons.

Joining as I went, because who likes sewing when you can crochet instead?

The increase and decrease was tricky! But I managed. It would need some tweaking to fly as an actual pattern, but not bad for a from-scratch first attempt.

V-stitch decrease on the inside and a granny-stripe ripple on the outer rings.

And then there was this cutie on the infamous lap.

Happy holidays from my family to yours. May your table and hearts be full. ❤

Holiday Madness

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Fall is the crafter’s busy season! Savvy customers pre-order Christmas goodies. Yarn goes on sale, everywhere. 🙂 Blogs are full of fun holiday makes, and so is the calendar.

I did my first craft bazaar sales! We are sending a volunteer team to Pueblo, Mexico next summer and all funds raised pay toward travel expenses. I donated a few items and helped work the booth.

Hats, hat, hats 🙂

I’m also scrambling to finish holiday orders and keep things in order on the home front. Life is good.

Happy holiday crafting!

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It’s been a dozen days of no crochet!

The US Capitol

I’ve been a-travelin’.

Authentic Philly Cheesesteaks for lunch, yum!

I joined our local school and took a little trip to our nation’s capitol for spring break. You haven’t lived until you’ve taken a seventeen-hour bus ride with a class full of eighth-graders…

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My daughter and I had a wonderful time.

Gettysburg, PA

The weather was chilly some days, but the crisp blue skies made for great pictures. And we had one nice day in there, too.

The Liberty Bell

The history was so meaningful. The last time I visited, I was thirteen myself! So it was fun to go with my daughter at the same age.

Smithsonian Air and Space

Now I am back, recovered, and caught up on household things…On to finishing my chromium star project for a friend! I just love how it is working up.

MLK Memorial

Washington Monument from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial

Cherry blossoms

Chromium Star 

Three colors to go! I better get crackin’.

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Happy hooking!