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!

Maddy’s Dragon

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And now for a trip down memory lane…

It was the dog days of summer. Hot and sunny. We loaded up the in-laws minivan and headed south, then east, to grandpa’s old stomping ground.

His cousin has spent the better part of two years planning afive generation family reunion!

And here we were.

Each branch of the family tree had been assigned a color, so we topped ourselves off in red t-shirts and headed to the hall to help set up.

My husband’s sweet cousin was expecting her first child. ❤

She had messaged me months ago with the cutest little dragon Ami picture, and asked if it was something I could make?

How could I refuse? I love a challenge, and I love taking requests. 🙂

Imagine my delight when I discovered the pattern was free, on Ravelry, and my further delight when it was one of those rare gems of pattern that one so rarely finds: well-written and of the “it looks so complex but is really quite easy to make” variety.

It was a triple blessing at that point– a new baby, and a free, quite do-able pattern.

Add in a trip to actually visit relations and deliver the gift in person, and life is good!

She wanted a little dragon in pink and green…And here it is.

It turned out just darling.

Here’s the pattern link:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bb-dragon
Now for those of you who are curious, I love the in-process photos, as the creature is becoming…

We begin with the parts:

And then a few more…

Now to sew. I love this little ridgeback!

And then the arms, the legs

The eyes were amazing. I really didn’t think I could do it…And then I couldn’t believe the difference they made, once attached, in bringing the little guy to life. I confess, I hot-glued them in place… Usually I hand-stitch everything, so the item is washable.

Now for the rest: ears, horns and… nostrils! Again, it was truly amazing as this character took shape in my hands. Each detail added so much.

And finished!

What a marvelous fiber adventure.

May you be blessed and crafty today.

Happy hooking!

Jingly the Christmas Elf

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I’m always so pleasantly surprised when a project turns out. You would think I might have more confidence in my skill at this point, wouldn’t you? Ah, but you haven’t seen the totes-full-of-failures in my basement, now have you? This blog is a bit like Facebook, just the best ten percent of my successful work.And here is today’s featur:e

My darling girl said we needed an elf. I’ll save my anti-Santa rant and dislike of the threatening-repeating parent (cf. Love n Logic) for another blog, or even another lifetime…Let’s just say our elf is NOT a spy. 🙂

So the elf. We perused Amazon, Pinterest (holy hilarious antics!) and, as usual, I found my answer on ravelry. Love that site.

Here’s the pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/elf-on-the-shelf

I thought PINK, but my sweet girl wanted red. So it began.

Fortunately, I had some cute colored eyes left over from an Etsy order I placed eons ago! I really like the blue.

We began the hair.

One of my favorite parts of the pattern is the white picot collar! I decided to use it on the hat also, instead of leaving it plain.

Added a little pink mouth, and began to sew…I used a needle to separate the strands of yarn and give her pretty curly locks.

Decided I REALLY liked the picot collar and added trim to the sleeves as well. 🙂

Then, she sat in waiting for a week or two. It gets busy this time of year!

Finally, I found the time, and motivation, to stitch on those cute, skinny arms and legs.

And she was darling!

At my daughter’s request, I even found time to make her a little baby elf friend. 

The hair is a bit comical, and she didn’t like the eyes, so perhaps I will redo those…

But still, cute n all!

Have a blessed week-before-Christmas, and may you be surrounded by much love, now and always.

Happy hooking!

Ordinary Miracles

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‘Tis the day before Thanksgiving.

The bird is ready.

The school speeches have been made.

Grandmother’s table is set…

…with the other grandmother’s ceramic turkey.

My chicks will soon all be home to the nest and I am deeply content.

So at peace, in fact, that there is nothing left to do this drizzly day but put some yarn on my hook and crochet the afternoon away. ❤

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For a fun crochet Tom turkey, see this previous Thanksgiving post:

https://thesparklytoad.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/granny-squares-mr-tom/


Happy Thanksgiving! Be blessed, tomorrow and always.

Hurray for Hats

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It’s been a busy season of crochet here!

I’ve a lot accomplished, which feels so good.

The giant grannies blanket is finished but for those pesky ends, and so is the Autumn Beauty.


I’ve needed a few quick gifts, and one thing led to another, until I found I’d made a half-dozen hats in just under a week!
First, a couple of Minnies for some sweet preschool girls.


Then a matched set for a new little mister and his proud big brother!


And finally, by request, a pair of penguins for my youngest and her friend.


Too much fun. Simple to make, especially with the well-written pattern:

http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2013/01/crochet-puppy-hat-pattern.html

The above link is for the puppy. The Minnie is also available and I just “wing-ed it” for the penguins. Two circles and a triangle make the penguin the easiest of the three, in my opinion!
What clever holiday gifts, too.

Now back to work for me. I’ve started a new blanket this week already.

Soft floral and earthy tones mean her title must be My English Garden. She’ll have a granny center, but who knows where the rest will lead? 


I’m thinking she wants for tiny diamonds next.

We shall see! Happy hooking!