Bobble Poof Earflap Hat by Moogly: Pattern Review

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This hat has been in my queue on Ravelry for a long time and I finally took a day to make it. It’s adorable in the pictures Moogly has posted (and she has awesome tutorials to go along with it, perfect for beginners or those who are slightly less confident in their crochetabilities – a new word, yes). I’m trying to make more new things this year, trying to get out of ruts, trying to be a little less predictable when it comes to gifts, etc. So I was looking for another hat pattern and this fits the bill.

The pattern calls for worsted weight yarn, so I was concerned about how it would work up with a bulkier weight yarn, but it worked out great. I think Baby’s First yarn might be a new favorite. This hat is adorable and I’ll definitely be making and gifting many more.

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Crochet Owl Hat by Repeat Crafter Me: Pattern Review

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This Owl Hat is my go-to baby gift. They’re “in” right now, and I think they’re absolutely adorable. Repeat Crafter Me has some amazing patterns and tutorials, and I’ve learned several new things. Her technique for joining is amazing and I can’t make myself use anything else.

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I was a little bit worried about how it would work up with Lion Brand’s Baby’s First yarn, but I think it came out beautifully.

Hexagon Baby Blanket – Pattern Review

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My granny gave me several balls of Lion Brand’s Baby’s First yarn in Cotton Ball and Honey Bee. Since then, I’d been looking for the perfect project and the perfect baby to gift it to. When I found out one of my mom’s friends was expecting, and they weren’t finding out the gender, it was perfect. And when I found this pattern by Red Heart, it was perfect.

I followed the directions exactly, though I think I ended up with fewer rows than suggested.

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I absolutely love this yarn though! It’s so soft, a 55% Acrylic, 45% Cotton blend. I’m hoping it holds up well and I’d really enjoy working with it again. I think I might have enough left for a set of matching newborn owl hats, so keep an eye on the Etsy shop for those!

January Beekeeping

There was a feeling of Spring in the air yesterday. Temperatures climbed to a high 56 degrees, the sun was shining, it was wonderful. With the feelings of Spring, the need and desire for Spring cleaning presented itself. I believe there are now lists for organizing almost every room in the house, for preparing the garden, for getting everything in good working order.

I was in the middle of cleaning my room when I realized it was 56 degrees. And sunny. And no wind whatsoever. And I still had brood builder patties to put in my beehive, just to ensure that they don’t starve to death before there is blooming in the world.

You can imagine my extreme joy when I peeled off the outer and inner covers, hearing the buzzing. Feeling the warmth. A few little honeybees had ventured out into the fresh air and they were not happy with my presence. My bees survived a week of single digit temperatures. A whole week. In nothing but a box. That never ceases to amaze me. Spring isn’t here yet, but they’ve made it to the halfway point and that is a miracle to this first-year beekeeper.

I have plans to add two more hives to my bee yard this year. I’m looking into making a top bar hive and a Warre hive and collecting two different breeds. I have Italians in a Langstroth hive right now, but I’d really like to have some Russians and some Carniolans. I want to try all of the hives and all of the bees before deciding which ones I like the best, so this year the experiments will continue.

Currently reading and highly recommending:

Beekeeping: A Seasonal Guide by Ron Brown
The Thinking Beekeeper: A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top-Bar Hives by Christy Hemenway
Top-Bar Beekeeping by Les Crowder and Heather Harrell

 

 

Pattern Review: Nordland Morning Mist Cowl

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Let’s talk pattern review! (it’s been a long time, I know)

I was given two skeins of Homespun Thick & Quick in Painted Desert for Christmas. I positively love the colors. After a hectic few months and a year or so of making things for everyone else, I decided those were going to go towards something for me and I set out to find the perfect pattern. The Nordland Morning Mist Cowl was my pattern of choice and I couldn’t be any happier with the results.

It uses an M hook, which was great because I was being lazy. I almost went back to pattern searching when I saw the “chain 129″ part. That’s not my favorite thing in the world to do. I prefer to work the short side a hundred thousand times than the long side six. I’m so glad I stuck with it though because it worked up FAST. My cowl ended up being 80″ in circumference and 5” wide. That seems to be the ideal size for wrapping twice if you want a more decorative look, or three times if it’s really actually cold outside and you’re freezing to death. It only used one skein of yarn, so I’m going to be looking for another project, or making another cowl to giveaway.

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Happy Crocheting!

 

Frigid

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Maybe you haven’t heard about the arctic temperatures that have been occupying the majority of the United States the past few days. Maybe you haven’t.

It was -5.7 degrees when I woke up this morning. I live in Tennessee. Tennessee, okay? It’s not supposed to get that cold here. I ventured out after breakfast (in my house shoes and my sister’s coat [because stupid me left mine in my car Saturday night thinking it would warm up again before I had to leave the house…and my car is now frozen shut]) to take pictures (at 0 degrees) and before I had been out for five minutes, my hands were actually hurting from the cold.

Consequently, it’s a great day to stay inside. Catch up on laundry, work on the sock I’m making with my sock loom, take a nap, watch 1000 episodes of Boy Meets World, and play around on Pinterest. Check out my boards, show me yours, it’s a great time to be on Pinterest because over half the country is too cold to go outside!