Oh, Nativity

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Hello and Happy…!

I know that I promised you a mini-stocking this week.

But I gave them all away and forgot to take a picture. My hope is to make more, and do a cute photo shoot– but it IS Christmas week and I will have to see how the time goes.

In the meantime, my husband and I ran away to our favorite BnB (bed and breakfast) this week for a little RnR (rest and relaxation). 🙂  I have found that a short get-away significantly increases my enjoyment of the holiday season and finds me much more peaceful during the inevitable stress and family squabbles.

We had a fabulous twenty-four hours, and capped it off with a little antique-ing, browsing several local shops and enjoying the time spent.

And I found something so marvelous! I entreated my sweet husband to capture it on film so I could share it with you. Well, digital, anyway, since he has a smart phone…

The most fabulous crochet nativity! And in such colorful thread…I love nativities, and every year I browse patterns and consider making one. I haven’t found the time yet, but one of these years…

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I had him take several close-ups so that I can reverse-engineer the patterns. I love Mary’s braids!

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I think the angel is my favorite. I love angels.

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A detailed close-up of the angel halo and wing. A simple wagon wheel and shell.

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And the sweet babe, wrapped in a solid granny square, on a double granny cushion.

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Not crochet-related, I also had him capture the lovely embroidery on this old lampshade. I often add a bit of sewing detail to my projects.

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And last but not least, the special project I have been working on instead of making more mini-stockings– a last-minute request for a one-of-a-kind Christmas dress for a real-live little angel.

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I used this Bernat pattern as a base

http://www.yarnspirations.com/patterns/i-heart-my-dress.html

but worsted-weight yarn (Caron Sparkle) and an H hook (5mm). Since the pattern called for an E hook and sport-weight yarn, it ended up coming out as a size 18-24 months when I followed the instructions for the 6 month size. Perfect!

For the trim (hem and sleeves), I used the edging found here:

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

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I also made the flower pattern listed in the blog above for the accent rose. I gave it a Christmas-y twist by chaining 2 or 3 stitches mid-petal (3hdc, ch-2, 3hdc) for example. This made the petals a bit pointy, more like a poinsettia.

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I can’t wait to see pictures of her in it! I love making dresses.

May you have a blessed Christmas, and be surrounded by love, regardless of circumstances. I am grateful for the Babe that came.

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Until then, happy hooking!

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The Perfect All Hallows’ Eve

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Hello and Happy…Halloween!

The weather is just miserable for trick-or-treating,

and just perfect for crochet!

The moment I am done with this post you will find me snuggled under a pile of blankets with hook in hand. 🙂

And, adding happiness to happiness…

I have a new CAMERA!!! Sqeeeeeeeeeee…

I have despaired of ever hearing back from the tablet repair shop (the third shop I’ve tried, mind you). That optimistic estimate of two days turned into a call a week later– us to them, not the other way around!– only to hear, “Oh, we haven’t started on it yet, still waiting for a cable,” WHAT?!?

So I capitulated to my need to record precious family moments and shelled out the cash for an inexpensive digital model. Sigh of relief. The blog continues.

Even more happy news: we got to see our precious twins this week! Well, the children did. They stopped by to visit while I was at work, but the children were home from school and, oh, happy reunions all around.

Their daddy was here to request a repair job on a hat they had. Not my work, I always sew my ends in TIGHT (well, except for that rainbow daisy afghan but I learned my lesson on that one, now didn’t I?)

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I easily saw where it had come apart, but could I re-crochet the loops or was it a sewing job? I did manage to hook and loop it back together, hurrah! They will be so pleased.

It is the most darling owl hat. I use this pattern when I make them:

http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2012/09/crochet-owl-hat-pattern-in-newborn.html

Fun with the new camera: I just love this shot I caught of my V-Stitch, playing with settings on my new camera. COLOR.

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Updates on a few projects hanging around the house…oh, bliss!

  1. The African Queen

With just a few rounds to go, I have decided to scrap this design and rework it as hexagons instead of strips. I don’t like it as it is, and I don’t think the intended recipient will either. Stay tuned for a colorful mass of hexies, reworked…

See more of her story here:

https://thesparklytoad.wordpress.com/2015/09/07/protea-or-osteospermum-the-lovey-african-flower/

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Some fun options for making your own hexagons and African flower motifs:

http://www.mooglyblog.com/free-crochet-hexagon-patterns/

http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/hexagon-howto.html

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/african-flower-hexagon-crochet-tutorial

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2) The South Bay Shawlette in gorgeous fall colors

I am in a bit of Unforgettable frenzy…I made a special trip to the city a few weeks ago and bought a dozen skeins of color I can’t get in town: Stained Glass, Echo, Sunrise and Polo.

This is Sunrise, with a J hook:

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Pattern here:

http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/90489AD.html?ss=

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Just gorgeous.

3) Priscilla Hewitt’s Polka Dot Stockings

My third daughter picked her colors for these…I have hopes of making one for each family member, but after two evenings of trying to assemble them, my hopes are rather dashed that I will be able to complete even one. I need to google this…the toe just isn’t quite right and the directions on assembly are little or no help.

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Pattern here, let me know if you figure it out: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/polka-dot-christmas-stocking

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4) And the owl hat, all fixed up!

Isn’t it precious?

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Happy Halloween! I am off to crochet. 😀

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Dainty Doily Delight

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Hello, Hello and Happy Tuesday!

May I welcome myself back from a lovely vacation? 😉

It was a much-needed time; so completely detached from my usual tasks that I felt quite a different person, and was entirely refreshed.

Just before we left, I pulled several faded, mimeographed charts from my pile of patterns and worked up a bit of pretty cotton-acrylic blend.

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I wish I had a tub full of the stuff..that’s what it would take to make anything of substantial size!

Here’s the label:

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How anyone manages to buy enough fine yarn to make a sweater or camisole is beyond me; the cost is quite prohibitive.

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I contented myself with doing the first few rounds of this old chart. The fiber blend slipped so neatly between my fingers, and I love the stitch definition that comes from working with cotton.

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I really must pull out some of my finer thread and make another go at something long and lacy.

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Would you like to make one yourself? Here are a few patterns to choose from:

http://allcrafts.net/crochet/crochetdoilies.htm

Need something easy for a beginner? Maybe here:

http://www.favecrafts.com/Crochet/Free-Crochet-Doily-Patterns-for-Beginners

I could get lost on the internet, browsing patterns. Here are two more of my favorite search spots. Perhaps you need a new project!

http://www.garnstudio.com/

http://www.yarnspirations.com/

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Our vacation was such a lovely time away. I shall bundle it up into my happiest memories and keep it there, pulling it out to reminisce, as needed, during the long winters.

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May your summer be full of lovely tender moments and fair-weather fun!

Until we crochet again… ❤

11 Little Stockings

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I am enthralled with this pattern. Everytime I finish one…or sometimes halfway through(!)…I think of another color combination. And then there are the embellishment possibilities…hearts, stars, holly, colorful buttons…and embroidered names, too!

http://www.lemondedesucrette.com/2011/11/16/little-christmas-socks-the-pattern/
Merci, Angie!

Bitty Baby Dolly Dresses and Suits {{30 Days of Christmas Crochet Cuteness}}

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Still working on these sweet outfits for a special Christmas gift. I have loved mulling over the design, and even the trial and error of stitch-counting, usually my least favorite part, ugh! I don’t have enough green for a fuller skirt…or the time for a denser stitch, still, I am pleased with the result.

Here is the photo that inspired the project:

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Several embellishments yet to add…this will be the fun part! I have colored buttons and lots of scrap thread. 🙂 I might make little strings of lights for the tree, or maybe some bows…we’ll see!
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Can’t wait to show you the finished project.

Happy hooking! Or in my case today, embroidering!

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Also I am so looking forward to writing out these two patterns to share with all of you! They will make wonderful Christmas gifts…for NEXT year! 😉

My sale site of choice will be http://www.ravelry.com, I am excited to upload to my library…after the holiday rush! ❤

Little Stockings Sweetness {{30 Days of Christmas Crochet Cuteness}}

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I discovered this darling pattern several months (or even years, oh, it’s hard to say!) ago, and have so been looking forward to trying it out. Wish I had time to make a dozen for an advent garland, like the darling ones on pinterest!
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But for crafters, Christmas is almost over…at least the making part…sigh, until next year. If you like my little stocking, you will love the adorable blog it comes from:

http://www.lemondedesucrette.com/2011/11/16/little-christmas-socks-the-pattern/

Nearly all our Christmas parties, concerts and events are this week and next, makes for a busy time! But it is so nice when all that is over, and we can have a few days of Christmas family time, and vacation, too. Blessings from my family to yours!

See you next week for a few more fun Christmas Cuteness posts! Then on to pretty things for a January Winter Wonderland. I have some pretty patterns I have been saving for those long winter months, can’t wait to share them with you! Merry Christmas! xoxoxo

Granny Squares, Mr. Tom?

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Finished! Just in time, and better late than never, right?

Mr. Tom turned out so nicely!

 

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And just in time for the holidays, too.

First, a few granny squares:

 

 

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Then a body (slighty smaller than the original pattern, I like my turkeys petite, hee hee), beak, snood and cute eyes:

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I love her clever use of a shell type stitch for these neat amigurami eyes! Here is my sketch of the chart:

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Sew up according to the pattern and in no time you have a darling turkey for your table or to gift the neighbors!

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Many thanks to Petals to Picots for this sweet pattern! You can find the link here:

http://www.petalstopicots.com/2013/11/thanksgiving-turkey-crochet-pattern/

Happy Turkey-making!

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