Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Vintage Neck Tie - Paprika

I had been eyeing this pattern for months but thought it just looked too complicated.... I finally got the guts to try it and can't believe I waited this long!!!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Blue Lavender Coasters

Coasters make great housewarming and hostess gifts! Here is a pretty way to gift them :o)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The One for the Blue Coat - Infinity Scarf

Have blue coat that needs a matching scarf? Have no fear! "The One for the Blue Coat" infinity scarf is here!

Pattern from Trifle Infinity Scarf post.

Ribbon Wrapped Scarf

Do I hear bells jingling??? It's Christmas time!!!! Have some gifts you're just not sure how to wrap? Here's an easy and cute way to gift a scarf.

  1. Roll up scarf like a jelly roll. 
  2. Wrap a ribbon around, loop it through some spaces in the scarf to keep the ribbon from sliding off, slip on a tag (I made mine out of unlined note cards cut in fourths and hole punched one end), and tie a bow.
  3. Set the super cuteness in a deep square box loosely lined with tissue paper and you're set (I haven't found the perfect box yet so it isn't photographed...please use your imagination!). 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Prayer Blanket

Happy Thanksgiving! There is plenty to be thankful for. Family. Friends. Health. Love. The 12 sections of this blanket represent the 12 months in a year. Everyone has ups and downs but we make it through. The days go on. There is always tomorrow. Be thankful and take time out of your day everyday to reflect on your blessings and feel grateful for them. Let compassion and kindness fill your heart!

This blanket is made of all shell stitches with a finishing border of single crochet, 5.50mm size hook.
Basic Directions For Solid Shell Stitch
Starting Chain: Multiple of 6 stitches plus 1, then add 1 more for base starting chain.
Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, * skip 2 ch, 5 dc in next ch, skip 2 ch, 1 sc in next ch **, repeat * to ** to end of row. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 2 dc in same st as ch-3 just made, * skip 2 dc, 1 sc in next dc (which is the center st of the 5-dc shell), skip 2 dc, 5 dc in next sc **, repeat * to ** to end of row, ending the last repeat with 3 dc in last sc, skip turning chain. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, 1 sc in first st, * skip 2 dc, 5 dc in next sc, skip 2 dc, 1 sc in next dc **, repeat from * to ** to end of row, ending last repeat with 1 sc in top of the ch-3 turning chain.
Repeat rows: Repeat rows 2 and 3 consecutively, until desired length is reached.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I started with a 29oz can of pumpkin, and had some leftover after making the Cranberry Walnut Pumpkin Bread. What better use than pumpkin chocolate chip cookies? These soft cookies are fluffy and like bite-sized pumpkin bread. If you're looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, whip up some cream cheese frosting and make a whoopie pie!

Recipe slightly adapted from Food Network Recipes-Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Trifle Infinity Scarf

I am obsessed with scarves. Solid. Striped. Floral. Fringe. Circular. Cotton. Short. Long. Wool. Practical. Decorative. You name it, I probably have it...or I just haven't found the perfect one yet. In fact, I even have a drawer devoted to my collection. 

This infinity scarf I crocheted using a few basic stitches and a couple new ones I hadn't tried before. This scarf is worked in rounds - hence "infinity." The main color doesn't get fastened off so the only ends you have to weave in are the color changes! The pattern below is based on using 2 colors (A and B) so if you use more colors like I did, just keep track of what color you're on and if it's supposed to be "A" or "B." 

Cranberry Walnut Pumpkin Bread

Bring on the spirit of Thanksgiving with this tart and nutty pumpkin bread! Easy to make on a weekend for the week's breakfasts or after school/work snacks.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Coziest Shrug

With chillier mornings and evenings, a cozy shrug is in order! Dress it up - comfy for work. Dress it down - great with pajamas for a night in.

3 balls of Lion Brand Homespun yarn in desired color (I used Corinthian)
Crochet Hook Size N 10mm

Note: A large hook is used to create an open fabric that will easily stretch to fit a range of sizes. Your finished product should measure approximately 38 inches by 42 inches. It will be folded in half and seamed on the sides, leaving a 7 inch gap for armholes.

(Pattern adapted from:
Ch 85
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across – 84 sts.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across.
Repeat Row 2 until piece measures about 38 inches from the beginning.

Fold piece in half to measure 21 x 38 in. Place markers on each of the 21 in. sides, 7 in. below fold for armholes. Seam sides from markers down to lower edge. Weave in ends.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Amigurumi Jellyfish

This started out as a little blue bird but the yarn color ran out and the eyes were placed in the wrong spot. Days went by and this little creature had no identity until one became a jellyfish!

There isn't a set pattern to this morphed creature. It probably goes something like this:

Amigurumi Turtle

Lion Brand Pattern 70591AD
Note: I used 3.75mm hook (instead of a 6mm hook) and plastic pearl beads (instead of safety eyes). I also omitted the tail.

Friday, November 11, 2011

3 Boys at the Zoo

Today I had the pleasure of chasing after Cameron, Eric, and Ronin. These boys recently celebrated their 2 year birthdays, 6 days apart. We celebrated their milestone at the zoo! 

This is probably the only split second the three sat still for one frame.
Carrots Make Giraffes and Little Boys Very Happy

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Amigurumi Pig

Oink Oink

I tried making it a little smaller since the pattern called for a 4 inch tall piglet. However, I didn't proportion all parts of the little Miss so she's 3 inches tall and a little funny lookin' but still cute :o) Check out Pattern Number: 70589AD below (without my adjustments):

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Amigurumi Inch Worm

My little sister Janice has always had a thing for inch worms. So obsessed, she used to pretend she was an inch worm. Janice, this one's for you! Love, Sis.

Adapted from Lion Brand Pattern #: 80284AD.

Amigurumi Penguin

Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting small stuffed creatures. They're usually made of single crochets and smaller hooks to achieve a tighter gauge which keeps in the stuffing. I followed Lion Brand's Amigurumi Penguin pattern (below with a couple modifications). Have fun! Once you start, it's hard to stop! Think of all the creatures who will dance upon your Christmas tree!

Worsted Weight Yarn:
A: Black
B: White
C: Gold

Crochet Hook H 5.00mm

Bear Beanie

It finally feels like fall/winter here! Bring on the hats and scarves! To celebrate, I made a Bear Beanie. It's a pretty standard beanie of sc and dc but with added ear flaps and ears. 

Friday, November 4, 2011

Amigurumi Owl

In the past few months, I've expanded into the realm of crocheting creatures. They are the cutest little projects and so much fun to make! If you can single crochet, count, and make basic shapes, you too can create creatures. The pattern I followed (with minor modifications) is Coats and Clark's Cutest Little Owl. Enjoy creating your own little hoots!! Note: Make a loop on top with the starting tail when weaving it in during finishing and you've got a Christmas ornament!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Happy Feet

Given the challenge to make an adorable pair of slippers that resemble real shoes (you know, like ballet flats but for around the house), I researched various patterns and combined ideas from each one to make a pair that fits me. The result?


3.75mm crochet hook
100% cotton yarn
My basic pattern (minus the embellishments) for approximate size 6.5 women's: