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A Hat .. simple as that.

For the longest time I only crocheted blankets. I slowly ventured into new stitches but stayed in my comfort zone. Then I took a tiny step sideways and made scarves. Then …then I was so brave. I made an infinity scarf and a head band.

I find myself with extra time these days and a willingness to try something different. So I tried making a hat.

My first attempt was comical. The photo is blurry because I was giggling too much.

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Lesson here is to always check the stitch.  A double stitch is NOT a half double crochet.  lol

My second attempt is ok. Turns out I don’t like the style and it’s too big for me.

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I did find out that they’re not hard at all to make! So next I’m adding mittens and finding another hat pattern.

I think hats and mittens will be my summer yarn busting project. That way the kids at the school I work at will always be warm when they ‘forgot’ their mittens and hat.

Here’s the pattern for the hat I tried, a Cloche Hat at Hopeful Honey My attempt did not do her hat justice. Please visit her blog to see what it should look like.

And a scarf for me!

The holidays are done and packed away. It’s time to make a new scarf or two for me!

When I was Christmas shopping I found two beautiful yarns so I WP_20150120_12_35_35_Prodecided to make two scarves for my collection this year! The one that I’m showing in this post is a Red Heart Yarn called Earth & Sky.

I saw a few similar scarves on Pinterest. I really liked the tassel / fun of the design.

I decided to make it two long rows of double stitch for the ‘base’. Then for the tassel part I made the start of each single stitch strand at one stitch (of the base) then ended the strand at the stitch next to it. To finish off the ‘base’ (opposite side to the tassels)  I made a row of puff stitches for texture.

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Little projects

This is my first summer with no bigger projects. I started with projects because of the many hours I used to spend sitting and watching / waiting for my kids. It used to be 2 to 3 hours at swim lessons 5 days a week plus 2 to 3 hours of baseball 4 / 5 nights a week plus trips to the pool with their cousins for several hours every couple of days. I had A LOT of time to work on projects.
Now my babies are more grown up. Swim lessons are done, baseball is down to just a couple nights a week (and being score keeper my hands are busy), my oldest has a job and they don’t need Mom to be at the pool any more.

So far this summer I’ve made a baby blanket to get ahead of things. Last fall/winter that’s all I did!

I made a few scarves, one for daughter and one for Christmas gifts.

I have a baby blanket the I started for someone at work but she’s left that job. I think I’ll finish the body and leave the trim. The sunshine yellow and elephant grey is trendy. I’ll personalize it when I have someone specific to give it to.

I tdouble strand lap blanket (1)ried to make a shawl but had a very difficult time following the pattern. I gave up on the pattern and free formed it. Did NOT like that. So I just made a lap blanket.

I also got a wonderful bag of possibilities! I’ll save that for another post.

In Honour of Margaret and too many others…

A couple weeks ago I talked about buying yarn for my new shawl. It’s a lovely pattern with a very touching story.  As April starts it seems an excellent time to share the post behind this shawl.

Pattern Margaret’s Hug / Prayer Shawl

Please take a few minutes to read Keep Calm and Crochet On UK ‘s post.  The patterns that she has kindly shared is free. As she suggests a donation to your local Cancer Society would be lovely. Below is a link to the Canadian Cancer Society.

April is daffodil month

To some the daffodil is just a flower. For us, it is a symbol of strength and courage. It says we will not give up. It says we will fight against cancer and we will win.

Buy a daffodil pin and show your support for people living with cancer.