Production Comes in Many Forms

It’s Monday my Friends.  Here we go another week started.   We are crazy busy at work right now and it takes more energy than I can muster to do anything in the evenings when I get home that requires using the computer.  I’m sorry for the long period between posts this time.  I really haven’t had much to write about.  Things have been pretty dull around here. 

My weekend was somewhat productive this last weekend. Especially when you consider that I had Audrey all day on Saturday!  She can take the productivity out of any day! HA!  She’s learning to sew and so this past Saturday she had another sewing lesson. This time she made Christmas stockings for her mom’s boyfriend’s 3 little girls for Christmas.  We went to the dollar store when they were finished and filled them up with candy.  I am making these same stockings for people at my work. I need 50 of them and I am at 42.  I should hopefully get them done this next week.  I also completed a cute little doll for my Etsy shop. It is a Mrs. Claus pattern

So, how are your Christmas projects coming? I think mine are done…well I think all of my crocheting projects are done.  I still have several sewing projects to complete, but if I would just sit down and do them I could probably knock them all out in a day or two.  However, I have this pesky job thing that I do, so now they are probably going to have to wait till next weekend.

One other thing I got completed this weekend is a lovely vest that I’m going to share the pattern with you for.  I think that one size will fit most people sizes small through large.  Since it ruffles at the front, there is no need to make it close.  It is designed to be open and drapey.  I hope that you all enjoy.  I feel like if you do it in black or red or green or white it would be a fabulous holiday piece—even maybe a metallic would be beautiful. It is done in sport weight yarn and a size I hook.  So, here we go! Have fun and enjoy your week!



Papaya Vest

Designed by Lori Baker


Village Yarn Layla 1.75 ounces, 136 yards

8 skeins

Size I crochet hook

Yarn needle for weaving in ends


Row 1:  Ch 146, sc in 2nd ch from hk, *ch 4, sk next 3 ch, (sc, ch 3, 2 dc) in next ch, sk next 3 ch, sc in next ch, rep from * across. Turn. (18 shells)

Row 2:  (right side) Ch 5, (counts as dc, ch 2) *(sc, ch 3, 2 dc) in next ch 3 sp, sc in next ch 4 sp,**, ch 4, rep from * across ending at **, ch 2, dc in last sc. Turn.

Row 3:  Ch 1, sc in first st, * ch 4, (sc, ch 3, 2 dc) in next ch 3 sp, sc in next ch 4 sp, rep from * across, placing last sc in 3rd ch of beg ch 5.  Turn.

Rep rows 2 & 3 until piece measures 16 inches—ending with pattern row 2.

Divide for shoulders/armholes/back

Row 1:  Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 4, (sc, ch 3, 2dc) in next ch 3 sp, sc in next ch 4 sp, rep from * 5 times more.  Turn.

Rep rows 2 & 3 until pieces measures about 9 inches.  End by working pattern row 3. Fasten off.

Middle section

Row 1:  Join to body section in same ch 4 sp as last sc worked, sc in same sp, *ch 4, work (sc, ch 3, 2 dc) in next ch 3 sp, sc in next ch 4 sp, rep from * 5 times more.  Rep rows 2 & 3 of body until middle section measures same as first.

Last section

Work as for middle row 1, ending last sc in 3rd ch of beg ch 5 of last row on body.  Work rows 2 & 3 until piece measure same as first 2 sections.


With right sides together, sew right front to middle section over 3 inches, rep for left front.


Row 1:  Join with sc at back of neck, sc evenly around vest. Join to beg sc.

Row 2:  Ch 3, work 2 dc in same st, work 3 dc in each sc around, join to beg ch 3.

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

Row 4:  Sl st in ch 1 sp, ch 3, work 2 dc in same sp, work 3 dc in each rem ch 1 sp around. Join to beg ch 3.  Fasten off.