January Blahs

Good morning, friends! I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season.  Mine was good.  Our Christmas was a bit of a whirlwind though.  We went to my parents' the 23rd, home the 24th, and to my stepdaughter's the 25th.  Back to work on the 26th. :-( Work always gets a sad face!  My New Year was much more relaxed.  John had to work the night shift on NYE so I was home on the couch in my pajamas with junk food and a crochet project. :-) I am trying to think of everything i made for Christmas gifts this year.  I know that i forgot to take pictures of everything, but let me think if I can come up with a list!

For my side of the family, I made everyone large duffel bags with matching toiletry bags.  That's 7 of each.  Then I made 2 scarves, one for my nephew's girlfriend and one for Audrey, I made 4 little mani/pedi bags, one for one of the girls at work, 2 for two of my older granddaughters, and one for a friend. I made a cowl for my stepdaughter. A wooden box filled with cookies for John. I did not bake the cookies, I made the box.  I am not a good baker regardless of what my last name implies--that's only by marriage! HAHA! Then for my 3 oldest grandsons I bought those freezable beer mugs and printed waterproof labels out for those that said "Jake's Mini Bar" or whatever the kid's name was and I filled those with those little bottles of liquor filled chocolate.  I also did one of those for a friend and one for Missie's husband. In case I've never mentioned her by name before, Missie is my stepdaughter.  OH! And I made a St. Louis Cardinals stocking for our youngest grandson--Caden.  I made 8 of those little doll outfits for our youngest granddaughter--Jaylie. Oh I also mad Jay a scarf.  I forgot about that one.  I made 2 hats for Sunni and also for Sunni, I made a cute little coffee cup cozy that looks like a pug then I stuck a little Starbuck's gift card inside of it--she loved it.  I should tell you that Sunni and Audrey have a pug.  His name is Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald.  HAHAHA! He has some issues so he needs that big important name to help with his self-esteem--at least according to Sunni. Then for my brother's 2 Godsons, I made one an adorable stuffed snowman and the other one a stuffed gingerbread man.  Those came out so adorable!!!!! I have to get creative with my crochet projects for the boys now because their parents up and moved them to Hawaii! There's not a lot of call for adorable hats and scarves or big heavy blankets in Hawaii!!!!

Okay that's it--that's the end of my Christmas list!  What kind of handmade gifts did all of you make?

That's it for now friends. I'll be back soon with a free pattern! Have a lovely week!

A Magical Week

Well friends, here we are, just 6 days until Christmas.  Are you all ready?  Why is it that no matter how early I start, I still manage to be trying to finish stuff up at the last minute? I have 3 or 4 gifts left to wrap and a scarf that I'm trying to complete. I just started it yesterday and I have to work every day this week.  It is a beaded scarf and it's working up pretty quickly, but it was not a smart move to make this decision just a week before Christmas.

I wrapped a lot of presents, but I also did a lot of gift bags this year.  It costs a little more, but I kept running out of tape! LOL So finally, instead of buying stock in 3M, I just went to the dollar store and bought lots and lots of gift bags!!!!! 

And the shopping! OMG! I have bought so much stuff for myself this year.  One thing is for sure--I have got to rein in my spending!  I am never going to be able to retire to Florida at this rate!!! And let's face it, I did not need anything!  So, my New Year's resolution I think is going to be no more new clothes, shoes, boots (I thought I better list those separately in case I tried to get around my resolution with a loophole). Or anything else until the weather warms up.  You know because at that point I will NEED new clothes for summer and probably a lot of new sandals and flip flops....

Okay let's move on from the shopping.  I know that I'm out of control with it, I don't need to keep reminding myself nor do I need to put it out there for the world to see and judge!!!!! 

Okay Let's move onto the final installment of the Mini Doll Wardrobe.  Very simple.  We're going to do shorts and a top.  Then you will have all of the patterns you need to make tons of outfits for your little one. :-)  

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This is really simple as it's kind of a cheat for me!  Work the tank top from outfit number one and the pants from outfit number one, but only work 2 rows of the legs.  Now you have 3 patterns for 3 different outfits, but you can make TONS of clothes with these three basic patterns just by changing up your yarn colors.  

That's it for now friends.  And this will probably be my last post until after the New Year. So, please have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Remember to be good to one another. Peace my friends.

20 More Days!

It is almost here! Can you feel the excitement all around you??? Yeah me either.  You know I watch those corny Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel--I love those, they make me feel good. Don't judge.  Anyway, I watch them and I love the small towns that they are set in and wonder if there are really any little towns like that left anymore.  You know where you walk down Main Street and you know all of the shop owners and everyone gathers in the center of town for a winter festival?  I really hope that there are.  I would love to find one--well let me be more specific--I would love to find one in Florida.  LOL I don't want to be walking down Main Street in 20 degree weather and a blizzard.  I am not one of those people that gets all hung up on havng a white Christmas.  I hate snow and I hate cold.  Christmas on the beach sounds perfect to me with decorated palms in the front yard instead of fir trees. :-) 

How are your Christmas projects coming along?  I was done.  But you know how it goes--you just keep taking on more and more and before you know it, you're staying up until the wee hours of the morning trying to get the last one finished in time for Christmas morning.  Hopefully that will not be me this year.  I started in July for goodness sake!!  You would think that would be plenty of time!  Oh well, let's move on to today's free pattern.  Maybe that will take our minds off of how far behind we are. :-/

I am giving you the 2nd installment today of the American Girl Mini doll wardrobe.  I hope that you all enjoy! 

Have a great day!

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Mini Doll Wardrobe

Outfit 2

Materials

Herrschners 2 Ply Afghan Yarn

Grapefruit

White

Size E crochet hook

2 small snaps

Sewing needle and thread

Dress

Row 1:  Ch 15, sc in 2nd ch from hk and each rem ch across.  Turn.

Row 2:  Ch 2, (counts as first hdc now and throughout), hdc in same st, work 2 hdc in each rem st across. Turn.

Row 3:  Ch 2, hdc in next st across.  Turn.

Row 4:  Ch 2, hdc in next 4 sts, sk next 5 sts, hdc in next 8 sts, sk next 5 sts, hdc in last 5 sts. Turn. (18 hdc)

Rows 5 & 6:  Ch 2, hdc in next st across.  Turn.

Row 7:  Ch 4, working in BLO, dc in same st, work (dc, ch 1, dc)  in each rem st across. Turn.

Begin working in rounds.

Rnd 1:  Sl st in ch 1 sp, ch 3, work 2 dc in same space, work 3 dc in each rem ch 1 sp around, join to 3rd ch of beg ch 4.

Rnd 2:  Sl st in next st, ch 4, dc in same st, sk next 2 sts, *work (dc, ch 1, dc) in next st, sk next 2 sts, rep from * a round, join to 3rd ch of beg ch 4.

Rnd 3:  Rep rnd 1 and fasten off.

Underskirt

Rnd 1:  Join white with sl t to first free loop on row 6, ch 3, dc in same st, work 2 dc in each rem st around, jon to beg ch 3.

Rnds 2—4:  Ch 3, dc in next st around, join to beg ch 3.  Fasten off at end of rnd 4.

 

It's Getting Closer

Hello my friends!!!! It's getting closer! Can you feel the stress yet?????  Christmas is only 26 days away!  Are you excited?  I am very excited.  As I'm sure that you all have gathered by now, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Christmas!  I love the shopping, and the making, and the decorating.  It's just a fun time of year.  And I also believe about Christmas as with most everything else in life, you get out of it what you put into it.  I get very frustrated with people that whine and complain about the holidays all of the time..  They just can't wait till it's over, or there's just too much stress, etc.  This is my theory--if you're miserable about the holidays, please stop trying to spread it around!  Do something to make yourself less miserable.  Volunteer, throw yourself into some handmade projects, something that will keep your mind occupied and your hands busy. To find some fabulous holiday project all you have to do is a quick search on Pinterest or Ravelry and you will have more ideas than you can possibly get done between now and Christmas.  And, if you're the baking type, you can always throw yourself into that.  Baked goods for everyone you know--box them up in beautiful packaging and you have a wonderful gift.  I am not a baker--regardless of what my last name says.  Truthfully speaking I'm not much of a cook at all. I mean we're not going to starve to death, but don't come to my house expecting a gourmet meal! 

That's all I have for today friends  I'm hoping to be back soon with the next installment for the mini doll wardrobe.  I have a couple more written up, I just haven't gotten them typed up yet.

Thanks for listening and have a wonderful day!
 

Happy Tuesday

Good morning, my friends!!!!! Long time no post!!!! I can't believe it's been over a month since I posted anything.  I'm sorry about that.   Time just seems to have a way of getting away from me. I've got lots of projects going on and I'm beginning to worry about getting them done in time for Christmas. I  know that i still have over a month, but when you factor in that my mother's birthday is the 28th, a magazine deadline the 29th, and Audrey's birthday is next month, plus Christmas, I'm beginning to feel a bit overwhelmed.  

We are starting to put my sewing room back together.  John has started working on the drywall.  So hopefully in a few weeks, it will be back together and totally functional and pretty again. :-) 

I have a special adorable treat for you all today!!!! One of the Christmas presents I've been working on is a wardrobe for and American Girl Mini Doll.  Now, these dolls are adorable.  They're only about 8 inches tall and look exactly like the big dolls. However, on the AG website they're about $25 each.  A bit pricey for an 8 inch doll.  I found mine on Amazon for $15.  Walmart and Target have both come up with their own mini dolls that are miniatures of their 18 inch ones.  I think that these run about $10.  So, the first pattern in my mini doll's wardrobe is this very cute pants and vest outfit.  I hope that you all enjoy!

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Mini Doll Wardrobe

Outfit 1

Designed by Lori Baker

Materials

Herrschner’s 2 Ply Afghan Yarn

Beige

Off White

Wildflowers

Size E crochet hook

3 small snaps

Sewing needle and thread

Yarn needle for weaving in ends

Pants

Row 1:  Starting at waist, with beige ch 25, sc in 2nd ch from hk and each rem ch across. Turn. (24 sc)

Rows 2 & 3:  Ch 2 (counts as first hdc now and throughout), hdc in next st across. Turn.

Begin working in rounds

Rnd 1:  Ch 2, hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, *hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st, rep from * around, join to beg ch 2. (30 hdc)

Rnd 2:  Ch 2, hdc in next st around, join to beg ch 2.

Divide for legs

Rnd 3:  Ch 2, hdc in next 14 sts, join to beg ch 2. (15 hdc)

Rnds 4—11:  Ch 2, hdc in next st around, join to beg ch 2.  Fasten off at end of rnd 11.

Rejoin to first unworked st on rnd 2, and work rnds 3—11 of first leg.

Sew snap at back of waist.

Vest

Rnd 1:  With Wildflowers, ch 4, work 7 d in 4th ch from hk, join to top of beg ch 4.

Rnd 2:  Ch 5, (counts as dc, ch 2), *dc in next dc, ch 2, rep from * around, join to 3rd ch of beg ch 5.

Rnd 3:  Sl st in ch 2 sp, ch 3, work 3 more dc in ch 2 sp, work 4 dc in each rem ch 2 sp around, join to beg ch 3.

Rnd 4:  Ch 3, dc in next 3 sts, ch 3, sk next 2 sts, dc in next st around to last 6 sts, ch 3, sk next 2 sts, dc in last 4 sts, join to beg ch 3.

Rnd 5:  Ch 3, dc in same st, work 2 dc in each rem dc and ch around, join to beg ch 3.

Rnd 6:  Ch 4, sk next dc, *dc in next dc, ch 1, sk next dc, rep from * around, join to 3rd ch of beg ch 4.

Rnd 7:  St st in ch 1 sp, ch 4, dc in same sp, ch 1, *work (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, rep from * around, join to 3rd ch of beg ch 4.  Fasten off.

Tank Top

Row 1:  With white, ch 25, sc in 2nd ch from hk and each rem ch across. Turn

Rows 2—4:  Ch 2, hdc in next st across. Turn.

Row 5:  Ch 1, sc in first 5 sts, ch 5, sk next 3 sts sc in next 8 sts, ch 5, sk next 3 sts, sc in last 5 sts. Fasten off.

Sew 2 snaps down back of top. 

Comfort

Good morning, my friends and happy Friday!  We're almost there.  :-)  For me, this is a very special Friday because once I finish up today, I will be on vacation. John and I are going to New Orleans for a few days and I can't wait. I'm so excited. I LOVE New Orleans!  The people are absolutely wonderful and the city is beautiful, and it doesn't hurt that they have a fabulous yarn shop down in the Quarter. And the French Market!!!! Oh my goodness, that is an amazing place to shop! LOL 

On the way home, we are going to stop and spend the night in Memphis where I have an appointment with the lovely Vilma Carnahan.  She is the head of non-monetary donations at St. Jude.  This years donation is some small little teddy bears.  Now before you all rush out and buy lots of 4 inch bears and start crocheting them sweaters and hats for St. Jude, you should know, that they do NOT accept stuffed animals for their patients.  Children going through chemo therapy don't have much of an immune system and the donations have to be things that can be sanitized and/or washed and dried.  Teddy bears can not.  I am dropping them at St. Jude with Vilma, but they are eventually going to wind up at their sister hospital.  My goal is to provide comfort to a sick child and it really doesn't matter to me whether the child is a patient at St. Jude or another hospital.  I chose to do miniature bears because 1--they're more affordable, 2--they work up quickly, and 3--I thought that they would be small enough for the child to take with them everywhere. Scary tests, procedures, etc.

So, now let' move on to the free pattern!!!

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St. Jude Bear

Designed by Lori Baker

Materials

4 inch bear

Fine weight yarn—size 2

Size D crochet hook

Yarn needle

Ribbing

Row 1:  Ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hk and each ch across.  Ch 1 and turn.

Rows 2—24:  Working in BLO, sc in each ch across.

Body

Turn so that you are working in ends of rows.

Row 1:  Ch 2, (counts as first hdc now and throughout), work 24 more hdc evenly across. Turn.  (25 hdc)

Row 2:  Ch 2, hdc in each rem st across. Turn.

Row 3:  Ch 2, hdc in next 4 sts. Turn. (5 hdc)

Rows 4 & 5:  Ch 2, hdc in next 4 sts. Turn.

Row 6:  Ch 3, hdc in next 2 hdc. (3 sts)  Fasten off.

Join to opposite end of row 2 and work rows 3—6.

Skip next 2 sts on row 2, rejoin to next st.

Row 3:  Ch 2, hdc in next 10 sts.  Turn. (11 hdc)

Rows 4—6:  Ch 2, hdc in next st across.  Fasten off at end of row 6.

Sew together at shoulders.

Sleeves:

Rnd 1:  Join to bottom of armhole, ch 2, evenly space 15 more hdc around.  Join to beg ch 2.

Rnd 2:  Ch 2, hdc in next st around, join to beg ch 3.

Rnd 3:  Working in BLO, sc in each st around. Join.  Fasten off. Repeat for other sleeve.

Weave in ends and place on bear with opening in back. Whipstitch back together.

Hat

Row 1:  Ch 15, sc in 2nd ch from hk and each rem ch across. Ch 1 and turn.

Rows 2--4:  Sc dec over first 2 sts, sc in each st across to last 2 sts, sc dec over last 2 sts.  Ch 1 and turn.   (8 sc)

Rows 5—7:  Sc in each st across. Ch 1 and turn.

Rows 8—11:  Work 2 sc in first st, sc in each st across to last st, work 2 sc in last st.  Ch 1 and turn.

Joining round

Work 2 sc in first st, sc in each st across to last st on row 11, work 2 sc in last st, sc in first st on opposite side of row 1 and each rem st across, join to first sc.

Rnd 2:  Working in BLO, sc in each st around.  Fasten off.

Relevance

Good morning, my fellow crocheters! It's Friday!!!!  I am so happy that the weekend is almost here. I just have to get through a few more hours at work and then I'm free for 2 glorious days! :-) We don't have anything planned this weekend.  I think John is going to try and get the flooring put down in another room and I will probably work on Christmas gifts.  Sunday Audrey is going to come over and spend a couple of hours.  I'm not sure what we're going to do yet. We're either going to go shopping or we'll stay here and I'll let her paint or something. I'm going to leave it up to her.  

I was flipping through a crochet magazine the other day and was feeling very discouraged by some of the designs.  They all seemed so OLD.  Like something a grandmother would wear or make.  Then I remembered--Oh wait, I am a grandmother.  But if I'm a grandmother, and I have no interest in making some of the things that crochet publishers are putting out there, am I the exception or the rule?  I feel like crochet like anything else has to move forward with the times or it is not going to stay relevant.  That is a great fear that I have is that it is an art form that is going to die because we haven't been able to harness the energy and attention of younger people.  My own granddaughter--whom I would give anything if she would let me teach her to crochet but has shown absolutely no interest in it whatsoever--said to me the other day, "Can't you just go buy a crochet sweater at the store?"  I felt so betrayed!!!!! My response was "Yes I can, but it wouldn't be this crochet sweater."  She just looked at me as if I had grown two heads or something. You know the way that children look at you and you can just see that they're thinking, "And grown-ups are supposed to be so smart."  Even when I started making clothes for her American Girl doll with my yarn and hook, she still wasn't interested in learning how to do crochet.  She loved the doll outfits, but had no desire to make them herself.  I've made her sweaters, and dresses, and doll clothes, stuffed animals, blankets, etc.  Almost anything you can think of that may interest a young girl.  She LOVES everything I make for her, but it has not awaken that urge to pick up a hook and give it a go.  Even the seizure inducing cat afghan that I made for her last Christmas didn't do it and she went absolutely crazy over that.  
So, I am at a loss my friends.  If doll clothes and kitty cats will not get a young girl interested in learning to crochet, I don't think there's a lot of hope!  If any of you have any suggestions on something I might try, please let me know!!!!!  Right now I'm just crocheting as much as I can when she's here and not  mentioning anything about her learning to do it, hoping that she will one day just decide she wants to learn.  Let's also challenge ourselves to start putting more modern patterns out there.  I'm not saying to do something ridiculous and futuristic, but something that is fashionable and current and above all else, something that will keep us relevant! 

Have a great weekend my friends!!!!!

Happy Friday Eve

Hello friends! It's Thursday.  You know what that means--only one more day till the weekend.  And what a fabulous weekend it's going to be--it's 3 days!!!! 3 whole days off from work without having to use a vacation day! I am so excited I feel like it's never going to get here!  So, for this long weekend, we don't really have anything planned. John is probably going to start on the project of laying new flooring throughout our house and I'm probably going to stay outside on the patio and away from the swearing.  (You know the swearing that is always inevitable when one starts a DIY project.)  Since the loss of my sewing room, I've been using my patio table for fabric cutting.  So, I cut everything out on the patio and then take it and sew it together.  So, that being said, I'm trying to get all of my Christmas sewing projects done before the weather turns.  I'm kind of under the gun there because I only really have time to do it on the weekend and I'm afraid that this year as in every other year, my list is massive!!!!

So, speaking of Christmas, I have a really super simple pattern for you today.  It's and ear warmer and fingerless mitts set.  All worked in SC, so I'm hoping that it's simple enough for even a very new beginner.  It's also great as a stocking stuffer!!!  You know because I'm a freak about Christmas and my last several posts have been about nothing but!! Now without further nonsense, onto the free pattern!

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Easy Peasy Ear and Hand Warmers

Designed by Lori Baker

Materials

Red Heart Super Saver

1 skein Peruvian Print

Size H crochet hook

Yarn Needle

Ear Warmer

Row 1:  Ch 19, sc in 2nd ch from hk and each ch across.  Ch 1 and turn.  (18 sc)

Rows 2—64:  Working in BLO, sc in each st across. Ch 1, and turn. (18 sc)

Crochet row 64 to row 1.  Fasten off.

Bow

Row 1:  Ch 19, sc in 2nd ch from hk and each ch across. Ch 1 and turn.  (18 sc)

Rows 2—3:  Sc in each st across. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 4:  Sc dec over first two sts, sc in each st across to last two sts, sc dec over last two sts.  Ch 1 and turn. (16 sc)

Row 5—6:  Sc in each st across.  Ch 1 and turn.

Row 7:  Rep row 4. (14 sc)

Rows 8—9:  Sc in each st across. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 10:  Rep row 4.  (12 sc)

Rows 11—12:  Sc in each st across.  Ch 1 and turn.

Row 13:  Work 2 sc in first st, sc in each st across to last st, work 2 sc in last st.  Ch 1 and turn. (14 sc)

Rows 14—15:  Sc in each st across. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 16:  Rep row 13.  Ch 1 and turn. (16 sc)

Rows 17—18:  Sc in each st across. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 19:  Rep row 13.  Ch 1 and turn. (18 sc)

Rows 20—21: Sc in each st across.  Ch 1 and turn.

At end of row 21, turn so that you are working in ends of rows, sc evenly around bow, working 3 sc in each corner. Join to first sc. Fasten off.

Knot

Row 1:  Ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hk and each rem ch across. Ch 1 and turn. (3 sc)

Rows 2—12:  Working in BLO, sc in each st across. Ch 1 and turn.

Wrap knot around center of bow, and crochet row 12 to row 1. Fasten off.

Weave in ends and sew bow to center of headband at seam.

 

Hand Warmers (make 2)

Row 1:  Leaving about a 12 inch tail ch 6, sc in 2nd ch from hk and each rem ch across.  Ch 1 and turn.

Rows 2—28:  Working in BLO, sc in each st across.  Ch 1 and turn.  At end of row 28 turn so that you are working in ends of rows.

Row 1:  Work 29 sc evenly spaced across ribbing rows.  Ch 1 and turn.

Rows 2—12:  Sc in each st across.  Ch 1 and turn.

Row 13:  Sl st across first 5 sts, ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 20 sts.  Ch 1 and turn.

Rows 14—19:  Sc in each st across. Ch 1 and turn. At end of row 19, fasten off leaving a 12 inch tail for sewing.

Fold in half with right sides together and sew together from row 19 down to row 13.  Using starting tail, sew together from bottom of ribbing rows to row 12.  Turn right side out.

 

 

See Ya Later Summer

Good morning, my friends!  It's Friday! I am so excited by the prospect of having two days off without any plans!!!! We do have a dinner with friends planned this evening, but after that there's nothing on the books!  I am going to stay home and sew on some of my Christmas projects and hopefully John and I will carve out some time to discuss a vacation that we want to take in October.  We still haven't booked anything, but I'm hoping to get that done Saturday. 

Then there's work...UGH! What can I say about a place that sucks every last bit of life out of me????  I have a friend at work and we're really quite close.  We lunch together every week and talk all of the time, and she dropped a bomb on me 2 weeks ago--she is retiring.  Next Friday is her last day.  I am so happy for her but so bummed for me.  She made an unbearable place bearable.  But if I could, I would retire too. So, I wish her the best and hope that she enjoys her retirement immensely!

Now, let's move on to the weather!!!! As you may or may not know, I live in the St. Louis area.  Now, living in the STL my entire life, I have learned that there are two things you can count on--one that the Cubs are the enemy and two, the weather in July and August is HOT! We should be at the very least in the mid to upper nineties right now.  However, the weather has certainly let me down this summer. We had 1 or 2 weeks of temps around 100 which made for great pool days, but ever since the heat wave snapped, it hasn't really gotten out of the seventies.  Maybe a few eighty degree days, but not warm enough to swim in the pool!  So, that being said, even though I can't count on the weather, I'm still pretty sure that the Cubs are the enemy! :-)  Is there any better rivalry in baseball than that of the Cardinals and the Cubs?  As rivalries go, it has got to be the most respectful, civil one out there! Although, I will shoot a dirty look at someone wearing a Cubs shirt in the store during the pennant race! HA!

Well, friends, that's all I have for now. I'm hoping to be back in a few days with a free pattern for you. Until then, have a wonderful weekend and whatever part of the world you're in, I hope that you are enjoying some pool time because we're not here!!!!  

In Keeping With The Christmas Theme

Happy Sunday, Friends!  I hope everyone is having a relaxing and productive weekend so far. Mine has been productive if not so relaxing. :-)  Yesterday morning I got up really early and made the second half of my brother's Christmas gift. So, now I will pick up a gift card to some sort of hipster store for him and he's completely done. One gift under my belt.  :-)  Then after I finished that I ran up to Joann's and bought some more lining fabric for these Christmas gifts. Then to lunch, then to Home Depot for paint for the bathroom mirror. (we've done a minor remodel on our master bath)  Then to Walmart for zippers.  Yes! I know I should have picked them up when I was at Joann's but did you know that a simple all purpose zipper at Joann's is $2.99 and at Walmart they are $1.77????  Since I needed several it was worth the extra stop.  Plus Walmart is right next door to Home Depot so it's not like I was going out of my way. :-) Oh and then John and I also went to lunch and a stop at the farm stand.  By the time we got back to the house it was after 5 and it was time to call it a day.  So that's when I sat down on the couch and started working on the doll again.  I think she's looking better than the last attempt. I'll see soon enough.

Now, onto today's free pattern. It's an adorable Christmas ornament entitled December 23rd.  Santa has picked his suit up from the dry cleaner's and it's hanging waiting for him to put it on to take his long journey. This would make a great gift for an ornament exchange or a perfect little package topper. I love this pattern! Enjoy my friends! And have a great rest of the weekend! Peace!

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December 23rd

Designed by Lori Baker

Materials

Bernat Handicrafter Crochet Thread

1 ball Perfect Red

1 ball Bright White

Size 4 steel crochet hook

Large paper clip

Large eye sewing needle

 

Row 1:  With red, ch 27, sc in 2nd ch from hk and each rem ch across. Turn. (26 sc)

Row 2:  Ch 3, dc in same st, work 2 dc in each rem st across. Turn. (52 dc)

Row 3:  Ch 3, dc in next st across. Turn.

Row 4:  Ch 3, dc in next 7 sts, sk next 9 sts, dc in next 18 sts, sk next 9 sts, dc in last 8 sts. Turn. (34 dc)

Rows:  5—9:  Ch 3, dc in next st across. Turn. Fasten off at end of row 9.

Sleeves

Rnd 1:  Join red to bottom of armhole, ch 1, work 16 sc even around, join to first sc.

Rnds 2—6:  Ch 3, dc I next st around.  Join to beg ch 3. Fasten off at end of round 6.

Rep for other sleeve.

Body Edging

Rnd 1:  Join white at back of neck, ch 1, sc evenly around, join to back loop of first sc.

Rnd 2:  Ch 2, working in BLO, hdc in next st around, join to top of beg ch 2. Fasten off.

Rnd 3:  Rejoin to free loop on rnd 1, ch 1, sc in same st, ch 3, *sc in next st, ch 3, rep from * around, join to first sc.  Fasten off.

Sleeve Edging

Join to rnd 6 of sleeve and work rnds 1—3 of body edging.

Pants

Rnd 1:  Ch 37, sc in 2nd ch from hk and each rem ch, join to beg sc.  (36 sc)

Rnds 2—4:  Ch 3, dc in next st around, join to beg ch 3.  (36 dc)

Divide for legs

Rnd 5:  Ch 3, dc I next 17 sts, join to beg ch 3. (18 dc)

Rnds 6—8:  Ch 3, dc in next st around, join.  Fasten off at end of round 8.

Rejoin to first unworked st on round 4, and repeat rnds 5—8.

Edging

Work rounds 1-3 of coat edging on each leg.

Bend large paper clip into the shape of a clothes hanger and place in coat.  Sew coat together at front opening.  Sew pants to coat on inside at round 6.

Good morning/night/whatever!

Good morning.  Well I guess you can call it morning. It's 3 AM and I am awake. For what reason I have no idea.  I woke up about an hour ago and could not go back to sleep.  That is so frustrating. I'm sure a lot of you know what I'm talking about.   You go to bed early thinking okay I'm going to get a great night's sleep because for whatever reason you just feel exhausted.  Then because you went to bed way too early you wake up way to early.  So here we are--the wee hours of the morning, watching Lester Holt on a repeat of the evening news and trying to figure out where I went wrong with my latest crochet project.  I have been working on a doll and she was going along fine until it was time to add her face.  UGH!  She began taking on a crazed look.  I'm not a good embroiderer and even though that is the case, her nose and mouth looked great.  Her eyes however--not so much!  Too small, too large, too light, too dark.  So frustrating!!!!!!  So, I've scrapped her and am going to start again.  FROM THE BEGINNING! :-/  

So, how are the Christmas projects coming along?  Mine are okay.  I finished a big one for my brother last weekend and I'm hoping to get at least another one done this weekend.  We don't have anything going on to speak of, so I'm hoping to get a lot accomplished. :-) 

Also, one other thing I want to address before I move on to today's free pattern, is the comments section of the blog.  I really appreciate it when you guys leave a comment, it lets me know that there are people out there that are interested.  However, please forgive me if I don't respond to them right away.  It used to send me an email when someone posted a comment, and then I could login and respond or whatever.  Well I just figured out it's not doing that anymore.  So, that being said, I will try and get into the habit of checking frequently for comments.

Now today's free pattern is the Cropped Cobbled Poncho.  I think this would make a great Christmas project.  It is done in Premier Yarn's Gradient Pack.

Cropped Cobbled Poncho

Designed by Lori Baker

Materials

Premier DIY Gradient Box Yarn

2 packs Sunset

Size I crochet hook

Yarn needle

Body—make 2

Row 1:  With color A, ch 40, sc in 2nd ch from hk and each ch across. Turn. (39 sc)

Row 2:  Ch 3, *work 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st, rep form * across, ch 1 & turn.  (58 dc)

Row 3:  Work (sc, trc) in first st, sc in next st, *trc in next st, sc in next st, rep from * across.  Turn. (59 sts)

Row 4:  Ch 3, dc in next st, *work 2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 2 sts, rep from * across, ch 1 and turn.  (78 dc)

Row 5:  Sc in first st, *trc in next st, sc in next st, rep from * across to last st, work (trc, sc) in last st.  Turn. (79 sts)

Row 6:  Ch 3 dc in same st, dc in next st across to last st, work 2 dc in last st. (81 dc).  Fasten off.

Row 7:  Join in color B, ch 1, sc in same st, *trc in next st, sc in next st, rep from * across. Turn. 

Row 8:  Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next st across to last st, 2 dc in last st. Ch 1 and turn. (83 dc)

Row 9:  Sc in first st, *trc in next st, sc in next st, rep from * across. Turn.

Row 10:  Ch 3, dc in next st across. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 11:  Rep row 9.  Fasten off.

Row 12:  Join in color c, ch 3, dc in next st across Ch 1 and turn.

Row 13:  Sc in first st, *trc in next st, sc in next st, rep from * across. Turn.

Row 14:  Ch 3, dc in next st across. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 15:  Sc in first st, *trc in next st, sc in next st, rep from * across.  Turn.

Row 16:  Ch 3, dc in next st across.  Fasten off.

Row 17:  Join in color D, ch 1, sc in first st, *trc in next st, sc in next st, rep from * across.  Turn.

Rows 18—21:  Rep rows 14 & 15 twice.  Turn.  Fasten off at end of row 21.

Row 22:  Join in color E, ch 3, dc in next st across. Turn.

Rows 23—26:  Rep rows 15 & 16 twice. Fasten off at end of row 26.

With right sides together, sew together at side seams.

Bottom edging

Join color E at bottom side seam, ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each rem dc and side seam around, join to beg sc.  Fasten off.

Cowl

Rnd 1:  Join color A to wrong side of neck edge, ch 3, work 87 more dc around neck.  Join to beg ch 3.  (88 dc)

Rnd 2:  Ch 3, dc in each rem st around, join to beg ch 3. 

Rnd 3:  Ch 3, dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, rep from * around, join to beg ch 3.  Fasten off. (110 dc)

Rnd 4:  Join in color B, ch 3, dc in next st around, join to beg ch 3. Fasten off.

Rnd 5:  Join in color C, ch 3, dc in next st around, join to beg ch 3.  Fasten off.

Rnd 6:  Join in color D, ch 3, dc in next st around, join to beg ch 3.  Fasten off.

Rnd 7:  Join in color E, ch 3 dc in next st around, join to beg ch 3.

Rnd 8:  Ch 1, sc in each st around, join to first sc. Fasten off.

A Crochet Christmas

Happy Hump Day my friends!  We just have to get through today and then it's only two more days till the weekend!  I am so excited for the weekend.  Although, I'm sure that comes as no surprise.  I have mentioned several times throughout this blog that I'm excited for every weekend. This weekend I don't have anything special planned really.  BUT!!!! I do have a new shipment of yarn arriving today!  Which means a glorious weekend of crocheting!  So, that is my big exciting life.  Live for the weekends and work to pay for yarn! HAHA!  

So, have any of you started your Christmas crocheting projects yet?  I have.  I've done pretty well so far too.  I've gotten four gifts done in the last two weeks.  Granted only one was my own pattern, but that doesn't matter--the rest still count! LOL So 4 down and about a million to go!!!!

A few weeks ago I bought this adorable kit from www.herrschners.com.  It is the Wendy 4-legged Friends Scarf Knit Yarn Kit.  I know what you're thinking, "Lori, this is a knit kit and I don't knit!"  True--But I don't knit either.  Well I can--if I have the book on how to do it sitting right next to me the whole time.  I'm and instant gratification type of person and knitting just doesn't give me the encouragement that I need when working on a project.  Anyway, that is why I wanted to share my scarf with all of you. That way if you don't know how to knit, you can still come up with an adorable monkey scarf for your little one!  Now on to the pattern!!!!

Monkey Scarf

Designed by Lori Baker

1 Wendy 4-Legged Friends Scarf Knit Kit in Sky

Size H crochet hook

Yarn needle

Row 1:  Ch 25, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each rem ch across. Turn.

Row 2:  Ch 3, (counts as first dc now and throughout), dc in next st across. Turn.

Row 3:  Ch 3, *sk next st, dc in next st, dc in skipped st, rep from * across to last st, dc in last st. Turn.

Row 4:  Ch 3, dc in next st across. Turn.

Rep rows 3 & 4 until piece measures 48 inches long, ending on row 4.

Last row:  Ch 1, sc in each st across.  Turn.

Edging: sc evenly around scarf working 3 sc in each corner. 

Sew monkey parts to scarf using picture as a guide.  See! Easy Peasy!!!!

 

Long Time No Post

Hello Friends! I hope you are all well and crocheting some amazing things!  I'm good. John and I took a little weekend adventure to Louisville, KY over Memorial Day.  We visited Churchill Downs and it is a beautiful place. We had soooo much fun!  I didn't win a lot of money--but I did win a little at the track.  :-) But considering how exciting it was and how much fun we had, the fact that I won anything at all was just the cherry on top!!!! 

While we were there, I also visited an adorable little yarn shop called Yarn Crossing.  Great shop and I started replenishing my stash there! LOL The people running it seemed to be a mother and daughter I think and they were both very nice.  If I ever get back to Louisville I will definitely be stopping in there again!

We also saw the world's largest baseball bat outside of the Louisville Slugger museum. That was really something to see as well!  The only truly Kentucky thing that I couldn't make myself do was order a mint julep.  I don't like bourbon so that was a no go for me! HA!

So, other than that, not a lot is going on around here. Still trying to figure out what I'm going to do in my basement and my studio. It's still a huge mess and I just get overwhelmed every time I go down there.  This too shall pass I'm sure, but for now, I have a lot of trouble even going down there, much less trying to get something done.  Hopefully soon.

Today I'm going to share my pattern for a cape with all of you. It's done in Premier Yarns Sweet Roll in Punch Pop. I don't know why, but I am fascinated by those yarns that come in cake form as opposed to a skein or a ball.  Crazy I know.  So, without further rambling here is my pattern for the Punch Pop Cape.  I hope that you all enjoy it!  

Punch Pop Cape

Designed by Lori Baker

Materials

Premier Sweet Roll Yarn

2 balls Punch Pop

Size I crochet hook

1 large fabric covered fur hooks

Yarn needle for weaving in ends

Sewing needle and thread

Row 1:  Ch 50, sc in 2nd ch from hk and each rem ch across. Turn. (49 sc)

Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in first st, *trc in next st, sc in next st, rep from * across.  Turn.

Row 3:  Ch 3, *work 2 dc in next st, dc in next st, rep from * across. Turn. (73 dc)

Row 4:  Ch 1, work (sc, trc) in first st, *sc in next st, trc in next st, rep from * across to last 2 sts, work sc in next st, work (trc, sc) in last st.  Turn. (75 sts)

Row 5:  Ch 3, work 2 dc in next st, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, rep from * across. Turn. (111 dc)

Row 6:  Sc in first st, ch 3, *sk next 2 sts, sc in next st, ch 3, rep from * across to last 2 sts, sk next st, sc n last st. Turn. (37 ch 3 loops)

Row 7:  Ch 3, work 4 dc in each ch 3 loop across, dc in last sc. Turn. (150 dc)

Row 8:  Ch 4, dc in same st, *sk next 2 sts, wok (dc, ch 1, dc) in next st, rep from * across to last 2 sts, sk next st, work (dc, ch 1, dc) in last st. Turn. (51 V-sts)

Row 9:  Ch 3, work 3 dc in each ch 1 sp across, dc in last st. Turn. (155 Dc)

Row 10:  Ch 3, work v-st in center dc of each 3 dc group across, dc in last st. Turn. (51 v-sts)

Row 11:  Ch 3, work 3 dc in each ch 1 sp across, dc in last st, turn.

Row 12:  Ch 3, dc in same st, work v-sts in center dc of each 3 dc group across, work 2 dc in last st. Turn. (51 v-sts)

Row 13:  Ch 3, dc in next st, work 3 dc in each ch 1 sp across to last 2 dc, dc in each of last 2 dc.  Turn. (157 dc)

Row 14:  Ch 3, dc in same st, ch 3, sk next 2 sts, *dc in next st, ch 3, ck next 2 sts, rep from * across to last st, 2 dc in last st. Turn. (52 ch 3 spaces)

Row 15:  Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next st, work 3 dc in each ch 3 sp across to last 2 dc, dc in next st, 2 dc in last st. Turn. (162 dc)

Row 16:  Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next st, ch 3, sk next2 sts, *dc in next st, ch 3, sk next 2 sts, rep from * across to last 2 sts, dc in next st, 2 dc in last st. Turn. (53 ch 3 spaces)

Row 17:  Ch 3, dc in each of next 2 sts, work 3 dc in each ch 3 space across to last 3 dc, dc in each of last 3 dc. Turn. (165 dc)

Row 18:  Ch 1, sc in first st, *trc in next st, sc in next st, rep from * across. Turn.

Row 19:  Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in each st across to last st, 2 dc in last st.  Turn. (167 dc)

Row 20:  Rep row 18.

Row 21:  Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next st across to last st, 2 dc in last st.  Turn. (169 dc)

Row 22:  Rep row 18.

Row 23:  Ch 3, dc in next st across. Turn.

Row 24:  Rep row 18.  Fasten off. 

Edging

Rejoin yarn to center back of neck and sc evenly around cape, working 3 sc in each corner. Join to beg sc.  Fasten off.

Sew hook and eye to neck of cape.

Dearly Departed Stash

Hello Friends, I hope that you all are well.  As you all may know, I live in the Midwest.  If you've been watching the weather here lately, you will have noticed that we have had a TREMENDOUS amount of rain.  So much so that our basement flooded.  This is the first time that has ever happened. The only other time that our basement has ever had water in it is when the water heater broke!  However, this time we're talking about a full on life changing debilitating flood.  Our basement was finished and it was beautiful.  My husband did it himself and he is a perfectionist and everything down there was perfect.  I just can't express to you how amazing my basement was.  However, yesterday, my beautiful floor became a large pile of rubble in the back yard, as did a large portion of the drywall.  Now here's another thing--my studio was in the basement.  This "studio" was my sewing room, my craft room, my design and photo studio. Plus on top of all of that, all of my yarn is/was stored in there.  It's still in there--oddly that's the only room that didn't get covered in water, but here' s the thing--everything in the basement has got that horrible smell to it--you know the one I'm talking about--smells like a cross between a wet dog and a garbage dump!!!!  Here's the kicker--the water is still coming in!!!! It's ground water I think and I'm terribly afraid that it's not going to stop until the river recedes some. the Mississippi River is amazing.  It is our largest source of income and our biggest enemy at times.  I am beside myself my friends. I know that my stash is ruined and I know that as soon as the water stops coming in, I'm going to have to go in there and dispose of it all and I also know that it's going to be incredibly painful.  I know that most people are probably thinking, "it's only yarn, lady, get a grip!"   But I know that you all--my fellow yarn enthusiasts and people that lead the life of crochet will understand that I am not being melodramatic or overreacting when I say that I am devastated.  There is just so much comfort in knowing that I can go to my room and pull out something amazing and then hopefully create something amazing and now that is gone.  All I have right now is the yarn that was in my go bag.  Notice I say "right now" because we all know I will start replacing as soon as I have time! HA!  I am devastated my friends.  I am at loose ends.  When you lose the place that you live your life, you just don't know what to do with yourself.  Please pray for us my friends as we try and rebuild.  I know that a lot of people have it a lot worse than we do right now, and I don't want to pretend that my loss is as devastating as theirs, but my friends, my loss is pretty devastating to me. So, until next time my friends, peace out and please let's remember to help one another.

Happy Tuesday

Good morning, Friends! I hope that everyone had a lovely Easter.  Mine was good.  It was busy and exhausting but a very nice day nonetheless.  Shout out to my dear friend Joann for hosting this year and doing a fabulous job!

I also want to say thank you to the people that either commented or emailed me with their kind words on the closing of my Etsy shop.  That was very kind of you to let me know that you care.  I really do appreciate it when you all take the time to show me that you care about what I write. 

Things have been pretty dull around here lately, so I really don't have a lot to write about.  Sorry about that, but I spend my days working (Blech) and my evenings crocheting.  So there's not much exciting about that!  So I'm going to try and hold your interest by giving you all a free pattern here.  I hope it works!

This is a dreamcatcher necklace that I designed a while back and I really hope that you all enjoy it.  Have a great day and now onto the free pattern!

Dreamcatcher

Designed by Lori Baker

Materials

Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Cotton Size 10

1 ball Ecru

205 size 6/0 seed beads

5—1 ½” feather charms

1—2 ½” thin metal ring (I used a small bangle bracelet)

1 large split ring

String 22 beads onto thread

Rnd 1:  Ch 2, work 10 sc in 2nd ch from hk, join to first sc.

Rnd 2:  Work (sc, dc, sc) in first t, sk next st, *work (sc, dc, sc) in next st, sk next st, rep from * around. Join.

Rnd 3:  Sl st to first dc, sc in dc, ch 2, pull up a bead, ch 3, *sc in next dc, ch 1, pull up a bead, ch 3, rep from * around. Join to first sc.

Rnd 4:  Sl st to 3rd ch, sc behind bead, ch 3, pull up a bead, ch 4, *sc in ch behind next bead, ch 3, pull up a bead, ch 4, rep from * around. Join to first sc.

Rnd 5:  Ch 3, work (3dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in first ch 7 sp, *dc in next sc, work (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next ch 7 sp, rep from * around. Join to beg ch 3.

Rnd 6:  Ch 2, (counts as first hdc), hdc in each rem dc and ch 1 sp around. Join to beg ch 2.

Rnd 7:  Sc in first st, pull up a bead, ch 1, sk next st, *sc in next st, pull up a bead, ch 1, sk next st, rep from * around. Join to first sc.

Rnd 8:  Working over bangle, work 2 sc in each st around. Join. Fasten off.

String beads and feathers as follows: 2 beads, feather, 2 beads—5 times

Join with sc to rnd 8. *ch 20, pull up a bead, ch 1, pull up a bead, ch 1, pull up a feather, ch 1, pull up a bead, ch 1, pull up a bead, sc in last ch worked before first bead, sc in each ch up to round 8** sc in next 3 sts on rnd 8, rep from * 4 times, ending last rep at **, sc in next st on rnd 8. Fasten off.

Insert split ring directly opposite of 3rd feather strand worked.

Necklace

String 163 beads onto thread

Ch 191, sc in 2nd and 3rd ch from hk, *ch 1, pull up a bead, ch 1, sk next ch, sc in next 2 chs, rep from * across. Fasten off and sew ends together.  Insert into split ring and close.

Bittersweet

Happy Sunday, friends.  I hope you are all having a lovely weekend.  Mine is fine.  A lot of crocheting happening. I've been working on an afghan for a very dear friend, that is going through a difficult time.  What is it about us as crocheters that whenever we hear about anything bad happening to someone we love, that we have to pick up our hooks and make something for them?  Or is that just me?  I always feel like even if crochet can't fix it at least it can provide some comfort in one's time of need.

In other news, I've closed my Etsy shop.  It's kind of bittersweet for me.  I enjoyed designing the doll patterns, but to be quite honest, the income it was generating was not worth the time or the stress that it was causing.  So it is now closed.  I may change my mind in the future, but for now I'm on a break.  I am still working on trying to figure out how to remove the link from my Published Designs page.  That's probably the only complaint I have about this site--it's not very user friendly for someone that's not incredibly computer savvy.  I still have to delete the doll listings from Ravelry, but I don't know that I will get it done today. 

Thanks for listening friends, and I will be back with a free pattern soon.

Happy Fri-yay

Happy Friday Friends!  I hope everyone has exciting crochet plans for the weekend.  I know it has been a really long time since my last post and I'm sorry about that.  Things have been a little crazy around here.  Work has been a pain--it's always something, you know?  

We've been doing a biggest loser competition at work and my goal was to lose about 10 pounds.  Well, the competition ends on Monday and I am nowhere near my goal.  I think I've lost about 6.  In my defense though, we've had a lot of social events going on.  One week we had a party with some friends which entailed a lot of wine, chocolate and delicious food.  Then we had a birthday dinner for my husband with family which entailed wine, delicious food, and sopapilla.  I have no idea if i spelled that right, but it doesn't matter because it's very high in calories.  Then it was a big birthday for my husband and I planned a surprise birthday party for him with a few of our friends.  Again, wine, chocolate, delicious food and cake.  Plus you throw Mardi Gras in there and I guess I'm lucky I lost 6 pounds--and to be completely honest, I've only lost 6 pounds if i don't gain an ounce between now and Monday at my final weigh in.  

Oh what a week it has been! I am so glad it's Friday.  Well, I'm always glad it's Friday, but this week especially so!  Where to begin...Well, the surprise birthday party for John was Saturday.  We went out to a latish lunch around 2 or 3 o'clock.  We were supposed to be at the restaurant for the party around 7:15.  Well we went and did a few things and then went to the restaurant. He was very surprised--which that part was great, but just as we all sat down and started enjoying one another's company, he gets hit with food poisoning and spends the bulk of his party in the restroom violently ill!  Then I had to deal with a nasty seller on EBay this week--I won't even get into that, but suffice it to say that I will not be purchasing anything from her again!  EBay made things right though even though the seller didn't!  Then my credit card company called me and there were over 1000 dollars in charges placed on my card on Tuesday and did I make them?????  UMMMM NO!  So I've been dealing with them. They've called every day since then to ask questions even though I've told them multiple times that I work during the day and don't have time to deal with them at that point and they need to call in the evenings.  Hopefully that is all resolved now and I won't have to deal with them any more until I get my new card.  So that has been my week my friends.  As i said, it's been crazy, frustrating, aggravating, and most of all very, very long!!!!  

This weekend I have very minimal plans. I'm supposed to have Audrey on Saturday for another sewing lesson and then Sunday I don't have any plans at all and I'm really hoping it stays that way! :-)  

Now today's free pattern is this really cute sweater and hat set for a teddy bear.  Not just any bear--this sweater and hat is made to fit a 16 inch bear from that incredibly expensive bear factory in the mall. You know the one--you can get the bear for about 16 bucks, but if you want to buy it any clothes, you're not getting out of there for under $50!!!!!

So here you go friends--enjoy! Have have an amazing weekend!

16 Inch Bear Sweater

Designed by Lori Baker

Materials

3.5 ounces worsted weight yarn

Size I crochet hook

Back

Ribbing

Row 1:  Ch 6, sc in 2nd ch from hk and each rem ch across. Ch 1 and turn. (5 sc)

Rows 2—30:  Working in BLO, sc in each sc across, ch 1 and turn.  At end of row 3- do not ch 1, turn so that you will be working along ends of rows.

Body

Row 1:  Ch 2, work 30 more hdc evenly across, turn. (31 hdc)

Rows 2---4:  Ch 2, hdc in next st across. Turn.  (31 hdc)

Row 5:  Sl s across first 5 hdc, ch 2, hdc in next 22 sts, leave rem sts unworked.  Turn. (23 hdc)

Rows 6&9:  Ch 2, hdc in next st across.  Turn.

Row 10:  Ch 2, hdc in next 6 sts.  Fasten off.  Sk next 9 sts , rejoin to next st, ch 2, hdc in next 6 sts.  Fasten off.

Front

Work rows 1—7 of back.

Row 8:  Ch 2, hdc in next 6 sts.  Turn.

Rows 9&10:  Ch 2, hdc in next 6 sts.  Turn. Fasten off at end of row 10.

Skip next 9 sts on row 7, rejoin to next st, ch 2, hdc in next 6 sts, turn.  Work rows 9 & 10 of first shoulder. Fasten off.

With right sides together, sew together at shoulder and at side seams. Turn right side out.

Sleeves

Rnd 1:  Join with sl st st bottom of armhole, ch 2, work 24 more hdc evenly spaced around. Join to beg ch 2.

Rnds 2—4:  Ch 2, hdc in next st around. Join to beg ch 2.

Rnd 5:  Ch 1, sc in each st around, join to first sc.

Rnds 6—7:  Working in BLO, sc in each sc around, join. Fasten off at end of round 7. 

Repeat for other sleeve. 

Neck Edging

Rnd 1:  Join with sl st at center back of neck, ch 1, sc evenly around, join to back loop of first sc.

Rnd 2:  Working in BLO, sc in each st around.  Join to first sc.  Fasten off.

Hat

Front

Row 1:  Ch 25, sc in 2nd ch from hk and each rem ch across. Ch 1 & turn.  (24 sc)

Rows 2 & 3:  Sc dec over first 2 sts, sc in each rem sc across to last 2 sc, sc dec over last 2 sts, ch 1 & turn. (20 sc)

Row 4:  Sc in each st across.  Ch 1 & turn.

Rows 5—9:  Sc dec over first 2 sts, sc in each st across to lst 2 sts, sc dec over last 2 sts, ch 1 & turn.  (10 sc)

Rows 10 & 11:  Sc in each st across. Ch 1 and turn.

Hat Back

Rows 12—18;  Work 2 sc in first st, sc in each st across to last st, 2 sc in last st. Ch 1 and turn.  (24 sc)

Row 19:  Sc in first 4 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts, rep from * across. Ch 1 and turn. (28 sc)

Row 20:  2 sc in first st, sc in each st across to last st, 2 sc in last st.  Ch 1 & turn.  (30 sc)

Row 21:  Rep row 20.  (32 sc)

Begin working in rounds

Rnd 1:  Sc in each st across row 21 and in each st on opposite side of foundation ch, join to black loop of first sc.

Rnds 2 & 3:  Working in BLO, sc in each st around. Fasten off at end of round 4.

Post Holiday Blues

Hello Friends! I hope that everyone had a glorious holiday season.  Mine was different, but it's okay.  Because of work schedules our traditions got shifted a bit, but we made it through and hopefully things will be back to normal next year.  Everyone seemed to really love and appreciate their handmade gifts which is always rewarding.  It's reassuring to know that all of the money, time and love that you have invested is not unappreciated. In fact one of my stepdaughter's gifts was an infinity scarf that I had bought for her and she was disappointed that it wasn't handmade! LOL So, note to self for next year--more handmade gifts! HA! I was never sure if she would be one of those people that would appreciate something like that, but now I know. :-) So my Christmas was a success if for no other reason than that.  Now I'm going to share some pictures with you of some of my Christmas projects.  This is by no means all of them, but you get the idea.

Afghan for very dear friends.  This couple has been best friends with my parents forever and they were my second parents growing up.

Afghan for very dear friends.  This couple has been best friends with my parents forever and they were my second parents growing up.

Afghan for my youngest granddaughter.  She's 5 and she loved it!

Afghan for my youngest granddaughter.  She's 5 and she loved it!

Hat for my brother's Godson Waylon.

Hat for my brother's Godson Waylon.

Hat for brother's other Godson Odell.

Hat for brother's other Godson Odell.

Afghan for Odell.

Afghan for Odell.

Afghan for Waylon.

Afghan for Waylon.

Afghan for Audrey

Afghan for Audrey

Tote bags for 2 women in my department.

Tote bags for 2 women in my department.

50 stockings for everyone in my office.

50 stockings for everyone in my office.

Afghan for my brother.  HE LOVES IT!

Afghan for my brother.  HE LOVES IT!

Afghan for Sunni.

Afghan for Sunni.

Christmas Birthdays

Happy Friday, my friends.  Today is December 16th--only 9 days to go!  My granddaughter's birthday is December 21st, and we always try to make a big deal out of her birthday because otherwise it will get lost in all of the Christmas hustle and bustle.  I am off from work today because Christmas falls on a Sunday and I got an extra day off in December for the holiday.  So, today I am picking Audrey up after school and we are taking her out for a special birthday celebration.  I will be exhausted tomorrow, but it will all be worth it to see her excitement. 

Now onto today's free pattern.  This is an adorable little pattern set for a Chelsea doll. For those of you that don't know, Chelsea is Barbie's little sister.  This is a set of 3 outfits and even a little bag to carry them in.  I hope that you all enjoy and have a little girl in your life that will absolutely love them.  I can't promise I'll be back on again before Christmas, but I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday and a very peaceful and prosperous new year.  Peace!

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Church, School, and Play Set

Designed by Lori Baker

Easter Dress

Materials

Aunt Lydia’s size 10 in Coral

Aunt Lydia’s size 10 in White

Size 6 Crochet hook

2 small snaps

2—4 MM pearls

Sewing needle and thread

 

Row 1:  With Coral, ch 14, hdc in 3rd ch from hook and each ch across. Turn.

Row 2:  Ch 2, hdc in first st, 2 hdc in each rem st across. Turn. (right side)

Row 3:  Ch 2, 2 hdc in next st, *hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, rep from * across. Turn.

Row 4:  Ch 2, working in BLO, hdc in next 5 sts, ch 4, sk next 6 sts, hdc in next 12 sts, ch 4, sk next 6 sts, hdc in last 6 sts. Turn.

Row 5:  Ch 2, hdc in each rem st and ch st across.  Turn.

Row 6:  Ch 2, hdc in next st across. Turn.

Row 7:  Rep row 6.

Begin working in rounds

Rnd 1:  Ch 2, hdc in next st around, join to top of beg ch 2.

Rnd 2:  Ch 2, hdc in next st around. Join to beg ch 2.

Rnd 3:  Working in FLO, ch 2, hdc in next st around. Join.

Rnd 4:  Ch 4, sk first 2 sts, *dc in next st, ch 1, sk next st, rep from * around. Join to 3rd ch of beg ch 4.

Rnd 5:  Ch 3, dc in next ch 1 sp, *dc in next dc, dc in next ch 1 sp, rep from * around, join to beg ch 3.

Rnd 6:  Rep rnd 4.

Rnd 7:  Sl st in ch 1 sp, ch 3, (dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same sp, work (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in each rem ch 1 sp around. Join to beg ch 3.  Fasten off.

Top Ruffle

Join white with sl st to first free loop on Row 3, (ch 3, dc, ch 1, 2dc) in same st, *sk next 2 sts, work (2dc, ch1, 2dc) in next st, rep from * across. Fasten off.

Underskirt

Rnd 1:  Join white with sl st to free loop on rnd 2, ch 3, dc in next st around. Join to beg ch 3.

Rnds 2—4:  Ch 3, dc in next st around, join to beg ch 3.

Rnd 5:  Ch 3, (dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same st, *sk next 2 sts, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next st, join to beg ch 3.  Fasten off.

Hat

Rnd 1: With white, ch 4, work 11 dc in 4th ch from hk, join to top of beg ch 4.

Rnd 2:  Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each rem st around. Join to top of beg ch 3.

Rnd 3:  Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, rep from * around, join to beg ch 3.

Rnd 4:  Ch 3, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, rep from * around, join to beg ch 3.

Rnds 5 & 6:  Ch 3, dc in next st around, join to beg ch 3, fasten off at end of rnd 6.

Flower

Ch 4, join with sl st to form a ring. In rin work (sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc) 3 times.  Join to beg sc.  Fasten off.

Flip brim of hat up and sew flower to center front. Sew 2 pearls to flower.

Sew snaps to back of dress.

Playset

 

Materials

Aunt Lydia’s Size 10 in Delft Blue

Aunt Lydia’s size 10 in Pink

Size 6 crochet hook

5 small snaps

 

Overalls

Row 1:  Ch 23, hdc in 3rd ch from hk and each ch across.  Turn.

Row 2:  Ch 2, hdc in next st across. Turn.

Begin working in rounds

Rnds 1—3: Ch 2, hdc in next st around, join to beg ch 2.

Divide for legs

Rnd 4:  Ch 2, hdc in next 10 sts, join to beg ch 3.

Rnd 5:  Ch 2, hdc in next st around. Fasten off.

Join with sl st to first unworked st on rnd 3, and work rnds 4 & 5.

Bib

Row 1: Sk first 7 sts on top of shorts, join to next st, ch 2, hdc in next 7 sts. Turn.

Rows 2 & 3:  Ch 2, hdc in next st across. Turn.

 

Straps

Rows 1—10:  Ch 2, hdc in next st. Turn.

Fasten off at end of row 10. 

Skip next 6 sts on row 3 of bib, join to next st, work strap rows 1—10.

 

T-Shirt

Row 1: Ch 13, sc in 2nd ch from hk and each rem ch across. Turn.

Row 2:  Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, rep from * across.  Turn.

Row 3:  Ch 3, dc in next st, work (dc, ch 1, dc) in next st, dc in next 2 sts, (dc, ch1, dc) in next st, dc in next 6 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next st, dc in next 2 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next st, dc in last 2 sts. Turn.

Row 4:  Ch 3, *dc in next st to ch 1 sp, work (dc, ch 1, dc) in ch 1 sp, rep from * across to last 3 dc, dc in last 3 sts.  Turn.

Row 5:  Ch 3, dc in next dc to ch 1 sp, dc in ch 1 sp, sk next 6 sts, dc in next ch 1 sp, dc in next st to ch 1 sp, dc in ch 1 sp, sk next 6 sts, dc in ch 1 sp and each rem st across. Turn.

Rows 6 & 7: Ch 3, dc in next st across. Turn. Fasten off at end of row 7. 

Headband

Ch 25, sl st in 1st ch. Fasten off.

Sew 2 snaps down back of shirt. Sew one snap to back of shorts and a snap to end of each strap with corresponding piece to back of shorts on either side of back opening.

School

Materials

Aunt Lydia’s size 10 Dark Royal

Aunt Lydia’s size 10 White

Size 6 crochet hook

3 small snaps

Skirt

Row 1:  Ch 23, hdc in 3rd ch from hk and each rem ch across. Turn.

Row 2:  Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, rep from * across. Turn.

Begin working in rounds

Rnd 1:  Ch 3, dc in next st around, join to beg ch 3.  Fasten off.

Rnd 2:  Join in white, sc in each st around. Join to beg sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 3:  Join in blue, ch 3, dc in next st around. Join to beg ch 3. Fasten off.

Rnd 4:  Rep rnd 2.

Rnd 5: Rep rnd 3.

Vest

Row 1: With blue, ch 20, sc in 2nd ch from hk and each ch across. Turn. Fasten off.

Row 2:  With white, sc in each st across. Turn. Fasen off.

Row 3:  With blue, sc across.

Rows 4—9:  Ch 1, sc in first 3 sts, turn. Fasten off at end of row 9.

Skip next 3 sts on row 3, join blue in next st,

Row 4: Sc in same st, and next 6 sts. Turn.

Rows 5—9:  Ch 1, sc in next st across. Turn.  Fasten off at end of row 9.

Skip next 3 sts on Row 3 and work rows 4—9

Sew together @ shoulders and sc evenly around vest.

 

 

Shirt

Row 1: Ch 13, sc in 2nd ch from hk and each rem ch across. Turn.

Row 2:  Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, rep from * across.  Turn.

Row 3:  Ch 3, dc in next st, work (dc, ch 1, dc) in next st, dc in next 2 sts, (dc, ch1, dc) in next st, dc in next 6 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next st, dc in next 2 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next st, dc in last 2 sts. Turn.

Row 4:  Ch 3, *dc in next st to ch 1 sp, work (dc, ch 1, dc) in ch 1 sp, rep from * across to last 3 dc, dc in last 3 sts.  Turn.

Row 5:  Ch 3, dc in next dc to ch 1 sp, dc in ch 1 sp, sk next 6 sts, dc in next ch 1 sp, dc in next st to ch 1 sp, dc in ch 1 sp, sk next 6 sts, dc in ch 1 sp and each rem st across. Turn.

Rows 6 & 7: Ch 3, dc in next st across. Turn. Fasten off at end of row 7. 

 

Beret

Rnd 1:  Ch 4, 11 dc in 4th ch from hk, join to top of beg ch 4.

Rnd 2:  Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each rem st around, join to beg ch 3.

Rnd 3:  Ch 3, 2 dc in next sst, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, rep from * around.  Join to beg ch 3.

Rnd 4:  Ch 3, dc in next st around. Join to beg ch 3.

Rnd 5:  Ch 3, dc dec over next 2 sts, *dc in next st, dc dec over next 2 sts, rep from * around. Join to beg ch 3.

Rnd 6:  Ch 1, sc in each st around, join to beg sc.  Fasten off.

 

Bag

Materials

Aunt Lydia’s size 10 Passionata

Size 0 crochet hook

18” of 1” wide ribbon

Sewing needle and thread          

 

Pattern Notes

Beg Corner: Sl st in ch 2 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp

Corner: (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch 2 sp

Make 2

Rnd 1: Ch 4, in 4th ch from hook work (2 dc, ch 2, 2dc), ch 1, *work corner, ch 1, rep from * twice more. Join to beg ch 3.

Rnd 2:  Sl st to ch 2 sp, work beg corner, ch 1, work 3 dc in next ch 1 sp to ch 2 sp of next corner, *work corner in ch 2 sp, ch 1, work 3 dc in next ch 1 sp to corner, rep from * around, join to beg ch 3.

Rnds 3-7:  Rep rnd 2.  Fasten off at end of rnd 7.

 

Holding squares with wrong sides together, crochet together with sc on 3 sides.  Fasten off.

Handles

Cut ribbon in half so that you have two 9 inch lengths.  Sew to inside of bag 1 inch from each side seam on both sides.

13 Days to Go

Happy Monday my friends! I just love Mondays, don't you?  Okay that's a lie. I'm trying to convince myself that they're not as horrible as I know in my heart of hearts that they are.  Let's see--can we think of anything positive to say about a Monday....well, we're alive.  That's really positive considering that if we weren't, the fact that it's Monday would be the least of our worries.  It's only 13 days until Christmas--I think.  It is the 12th right?  If not, you get the idea. Unfortunately that's not something that can be said about every Monday--just this one.  Just today so celebrate that! ;-)  Now there may be those of you out there that absolutely LOVE your jobs and to people like that I guess Monday doesn't see as bad to them as it does to the rest of us.  I am NOT one of those people.  I despise my job with every fiber of my being!  As George Bailey said--"Cooped up in a shabby little office trying to figure out how to save 10 cents on a length of pipe."  That's my life--shabby little office and all! But again, things could be worse.  
So, is everyone battling the last minute stress of the season?  I am in a BIG BIG way!  My daughter just moved into a new apartment and she's decorating her bedroom in a boho theme.  Which I absolutely love! I love that whole hippy, festival, retro, gypsy look!  Mix in a little bit of beachy surf style and I'm in heaven! ;-)  Anyway, I got this brilliant idea over Thanksgiving weekend that I would crochet her a giant mandala afghan for Christmas to go with her hippy dippy bedroom. So I sat down on November 26th to order the yarn.  No big deal right?   I mean I'm a pretty fast crocheter so I wasn't really worried about time. I figured it would take about a week for the yarn to get here and that would give me 3 whole weeks to finish.  3 WHOLE WEEKS!  I mean to have 3 weeks to complete anything this time of year is a Christmas miracle! Well, a Christmas miracle did not happen.  A week and a half later--on Wednesday, December 7th, I still had not received the shipping confirmation.  A little concerned I emailed the company and inquired about my order--still too soon to panic, I just sent a general email inquiring about the status. I mean it could have shipped out and they just forgot to update the order status--right???? WRONG!  They emailed me back and said that they're sorry for the inconvenience, but due to a large influx of orders, they are experiencing longer than usual processing times!  Okay at that point I was livid!!!!  I mean that's bull and we all know it. I don't care how busy you are, it doesn't take 11 days to ship something out--I mean it's not like they're spinning and dying it themselves!  I think they made a mistake and lost my order and thankfully I emailed about it.  So, I responded to their response--I was pretty angry and not very nice--I'm rarely mean, just so that you all know that.  I subscribe to the theory that you can catch more flies with honey and it usually works--but not this time--my first email was nice.  So, my response to their "Longer than usual processing times" was that it had been 11 days since my order was placed and an 11 day processing time is quite ridiculous and since they haven't been of much help otherwise can they at least tell me WHEN my order is going to ship out?  Do you know what they said?????? They said, "your order is on the packing line and will leave our warehouse in the next 24 to 48 hours."  I didn't eve respond. I mean at this point I was so angry I was speechless.  Don't you think that if you had a customer that had been jerked around the way that I had--this close to Christmas that you would have done whatever it took to make it right?  Were it my company, at the very least I would have shipped the order out the very day that I got the email inquiring about it and would have shipped it out priority at my own expense.  But NO!  I still don't have my yarn.  It is scheduled to be delivered tomorrow.  So, tomorrow is the 13th and my order was placed on the 26th.  For those of you keeping track, by the time I receive this yarn, it will have been 17 days since my original order was placed.  Wish me luck that the afghan gets done... I'm hoping to be back again later in the week with a free pattern for you all--I just rambled on too long today that I need to get moving now.  Have a fabulous week my friends and Godspeed on all of that Christmas crochet! Peace!