Patterns and Colors

I remember visiting fabric stores with my momma when I was little. “I’m going to make you a dress,” she’d say. “But first we have to pick out a pattern.” We’d go through pattern book after pattern book. She’d see something cute and point it out to me. I’d say no, I didn’t like the color, or the print, or too many flowers. Because the picture was made in a fabric that didn’t suit my tastes, I would rule the pattern out completely and keep looking. Most of the time we both ended up frustrated. Sometimes she would find a pattern she liked and we’d go straight to picking out material. It was years before she made me realize that I was only supposed to be looking at the shape of the dress, that the rest was completely up to our discretion and we could do whatever we wanted.

I like to think that I’m better about that now. I like the freedom of being able to take what I want and like about a pattern and change all the rest of it. I have an easier time doing that when it comes to sewing.
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This dress is a perfect example. The inspiration was white and blue. I was presented with green satin. I had some very overwhelming pink organza. I love how it turned out, and so did the owner.

Crochet patterns are ever challenging though. I see a gorgeous pattern, and I love everything about it. Then I look at my yarn stash, and see nothing that will do justice to that pattern. Much of my stash is a collection of hand-dyed single skeins. They are the most beautiful yarns I’ve ever seen, but finding the perfect patterns to showcase their beauty is difficult. To that end, I will be showcasing my collection of one-skein patterns. Many that I have used, many that are in my ravelry queue. Reviews will be provided where appropriate, of both pattern and yarn. My work schedule is about to get crazy with the upcoming holiday season, so hopefully this will provide an opportunity to reflect.

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I got free fudge!

A former coworker of mine has opened a fudge business – Fudge For All – for the holidays – and other days too, I imagine. She gave away fudge to the first five people who liked and shared her page, and I got to be one of them! My fudge arrived Thursday and Oh. My. Goodness.

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Just look at the delicious fudginess of it. So good. It has the perfect texture, not gummy, not grainy, just delightfully melt-in-your mouth chocolate. This is the milk chocolate fudge and it is highly recommended if you don’t know the chocolate preference of others. Her prices are reasonable, her fudge is delicious, check her out for all of your holiday candy needs!

And At Long Last

The First Annual Hometown Craft Show has passed. It had several stressful moments, but it ended well for the majority of the vendors I think. I’ve had several requests to let them know when next year’s show will be, and rent from booths and tables totaled nearly $400! This money goes directly to our county fair so it’s definitely supporting a great cause and the members of the fair board could not be more helpful or supportive.

This coming week, in an effort to document the process of organizing a craft fair and highlight the things that were done wrong and the things that were done right from my perspective as both coordinator and a vendor, I will be posting a 5-7 part series entitled How to Have (and How NOT to Have) a Craft Fair.

The Great Halloween Giveaway!

You might’ve seen my Halloween hair bows in a previous post. I love them and I think they’re adorable. I don’t have any little girls available to wear them, but you might! So here are three ways to enter to win:

1. Follow the Blog. If you don’t have a WordPress account, you can follow with your email address.

2. Like the Facebook page.

3. Share the Facebook post with your friends.

The winner will be announced Friday evening. That’s not much time, so hurry!

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Hats for Heads – Newborn, 3-6 months, 6-9 months Patterns

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I think I have finally prototyped the bugs out of these patterns. If you find any errors or have any questions, please let me know!

All sizes use 3 strands worsted weight yarn held together and a size “M” crochet hook.

Newborn

Magic circle
Ch2, 8DC in circle, pull tight, join, ch2 (8 stitches total)
2DC in each DC, join, ch2 (16 stitches total)
2DC, DC, repeat around, join, ch2 (24 stitches total)
2DC, DC 5 times, repeat around, join, ch2 (28 stitches total)
Rows 5-10, DC in each DC
Finish off, weave in ends.

3-6 Months

Magic circle
Ch2, 8DC in circle, pull tight, join, ch2 (8 stitches total)
2DC in each DC, join, ch2 (16 stitches total)
2DC, DC, repeat around, join, ch2 (24 stitches total)
2DC, DC, DC, repeat around, join, ch2 (32 stitches total)
Rows 5-11, DC in each DC
Finish off, weave in ends.

6-9 Months

Magic circle
Ch2, 9DC in circle, pull tight, join, ch2 (9 stitches total)
2DC in each DC, join, ch2 (18 stitches total)
2DC, DC, repeat around, join, ch2 (27 stitches total)
2DC, DC, DC, repeat around, join, ch2 (36 stitches total)
Rows 5-12, DC in each DC
Finish off, weave in ends.

 

Once again, questions, comments, errors, let me know!

Hats For Heads – Preemie Pattern

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This excellent site says that 4-5lb preemie head sizes are in the 11″-12″ size range. This hat measures 11.5″, with plenty of stretch. For tiny, tender little heads, it would probably be best to make it with softer yarns (Simply Soft and I Love This Yarn! are some of my favorites).

Materials needed:
Worsted weight yarn, I use 3 different colors in most cases. You will be holding 3 strands together at all times.
Size “M” crochet hook
Yarn needle

Start with a magic circle (an excellent tutorial can be found here)
Ch2, 8 DC in circle, pull circle tight, join, ch2 (8 stitches total)
2DC in each DC, join, ch2 (16 stitches total)
2DC in first DC, DC in next DC, *2DC, DC* repeat around, join, ch2 (24 stitches total)
Rows 4-7, DC in each DC.
Finish off, weave in ends.

Hats for Heads

According to motherly and grandmotherly wisdom, we as humans can lose anywhere from 60-80% of our body heat through an uncovered head. I checked on that statistic, and it appears that the number is more likely 10%. All I know for sure is that I’m definitely a lot cooler in the summer without a hat, and that I feel a lot warmer in the winter with one. Even without the warmer feeling, I’m much more comfortable when my ears are warm. However, to give that maternal wisdom its due, according to this post (and many others like it all over the internet), the cheeks, nose, ears, fingers and toes are most prone to frostbite. Especially in children and most especially in smaller children.

Every Christmas you hear about Coats for Kids, and Toys for Tots. Those are amazing organizations and they do immense amounts of good, but what about Hats for Heads? Google turned up no results, my search on Facebook led me to a small non-profit organization page that had 30 “likes”. The page states that they are an “organization for people in need of a hat for their child in this frigid Montana weather”. Why is this not made into a matter of more importance? Why is the Bozeman community the only one on board? It gets cold in many, many other places and just like there are tots without toys and kids without coats, there are heads without hats.

Personally, the youth leadership in my county head up the Coats for Kids collection and distribution. It’s a small part of the Christmas for Kids celebration at the city park. Several of the more crafty ladies produce a number of hats, but there are never enough. I have more yarn than I’ll ever be able to use, and it’s getting on my nerves. I have to keep it in plastic bags and in closets or the cats will decorate with it, and it’s just enough. I wanted a quick hat, because the more I can make between now and then, the better. I wanted a large variety of sizes, because the only thing less uncomfortable than no hat at all is a hat that pinches and squeezes your head. The newborn pattern is ready to go, more will follow as fast as my hands can crochet. Help make Hats for Heads an actual thing in your community and mine.

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