Monday, October 31, 2011

I sewed through my finger.

You guys. I didn't think it was actually possible, but it is. I SEWED ALL THE WAY THROUGH MY FINGER. I was messing with threading the needle and Sawyer walked under the table and stepped on the pedal. Thankfully it missed the bone and went in through the nail and out the other side. I hurts like hell.

You know what's hard to do after you've impaled your finger on a sewing machine? SEW. Or knit. Or crochet. Or type for that matter. But I did manage to finish up this owl hat which was mostly done already. The pattern is by Inner Hooker, and I've made it a number of times and I love it. This time, the only thing I changed was to make the eyes slightly smaller. I tend to crochet loosely, so the eyes on some of my previous hats have been a little TOO big, but I think I over-adjusted here, because I used a smaller hook AND eliminated one round. I probably could have just used the smaller hook and it would have been fine, but I like the hat anyway.

Somebody needs to buy this kid some longer jeans. :)

You know what else is hard to do with a bum finger? RAKE. Anyone want to come take care of those leaves for me? ;)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Trios Cowl Crochet Pattern

So Shannon at luvinthemommyhood is hosting a little cowl knit/crochet along. I MIGHT already have like 10 or 12 cowls, but really you can't have too many, so I made another. 

I love this cowl. It was quick, and it's super warm, and is the perfect size - it still makes a statement without being too over-the-top huge. Here's my pattern (it's barely a pattern - it's just 12 rows of double crochet).

Supplies: N (9mm) Crochet Hook
3 skeins Lion Brand Thick and Quick (I used Eggplant, Taupe, and Fishermans)

Loosely Chain 140, join with a slip stitch in the first chain
Round 1: Chain 2, double crochet in each chain, join with a slip stitch in the starting chain (140 dc)
Round 2-4: Chain 2, double crochet in each double crochet, join with slip stitch in the starting chain (140 dc)
Change color
Round 5-8: Chain 2, double crochet in each double crochet, join with slip stitch in the starting chain (140 dc)
Change color
Round 9-12: Chain 2, double crochet in each double crochet, join with slip stitch in the starting chain (140 dc)
Fasten off, weave in ends.

That's it! Enjoy!

(Side note: If you follow me on twitter, you know I got scissor happy last week and cut these bangs. I'm still undecided on whether or not I like them. Please validate my impetuousness.)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Crochet Monster Hat Pattern

This was originally posted at The Train to Crazy, but here's the pattern again in case you missed it!

I have a confession. I don't really do handmade costumes. Well, at least not sewn costumes - we did this cardboard box robot thing last year. See, I REALLY hate to spend a ton of time on something and then only have it worn for a few hours. So, today I'm sharing something that your little one can use all fall and winter long! 

This little crochet hat should fit toddlers and young children. It fits both my 1-year-old and 3-year-old monsters. 

Crochet is really easy and fun. If you don't already know how, now is the time to learn! I learned through watching YouTube videos, but there is also a Crochet School series going on right now over here.

sl = slip stitch
dc = Double Crochet
sc = Single Crochet
hdc = Half Double Crochet

For the hat, use a worsted weight yarn, a size H hook, and join each round with a slip stitch around the beginning chain.Total stitch count per round is in the parentheses. Starting chain doesn't count toward the final stitch count. Repeat the stitch pattern between the asterisks until the end of the round.

Chain 4, and join with a sl in the first chain.
Round 1: 10 dc into the loop you just formed (10 dc)
Round 2: Ch2, *2 dc in each dc* (20 dc)
Round 3: Ch 2, *1 dc in the first stitch, 2 dc in next*  (30 dc)
Round 4: Ch2, *1 dc in first 2 stitches, 2 dc in next* (40 dc)
Round 5: Ch2, *1 dc in first 3 stitches, 2 dc in next* (50 dc)
Round 6: Ch2, *1 dc in first 4 stitches, 2 dc in next* (60 dc)
Round 7-18: Ch 2, *1 dc in each dc* (60 dc)
Fasten off.

To make the smiley mouth on the front of the hat:

Count 20 stitches around from where you fastened off IN THE DIRECTION YOU CROCHET (this is different for lefties and righties) and attach yarn.

Row 1: Ch 2, dc in next 5 stitches, hdc in next 10 stiches, dc in next 5 stitches
Row 2: Ch2, turn work, dc in next 5 stitches, hdc in next 10 stitches, dc in next 5 stitches
Row 3: Repeat row 2. Fasten off. Weave in end, and flip mouth up toward the hat.
Using a small piece of felt, cut two triangles and place them like teeth between the hat body and the mouth. Stitch in place with a needle and thread.

Round 1: Make a magic loop, and do 10 sc in the magic loop. (10 sc)
Round 2: 2 sc in every stitch (20 sc)
Switch color
Round 3: *Sc in 2, 2 sc in next* (30 sc)
Round 4: *sc in 2, 2 sc in next* (40 sc)
Fasten off, and leave tail long enough for sewing onto hat.

Spikes (these are basically just shorter versions of these dino spikes):
Round 1: Make a magic loop/ring, and do 6 single crochets in the loop. Pull tight. (6 sc)
Round 2: Single crochet around (6 sc)
Round 3: 2 single crochet in first stitch, 1 sc in next stitch - repeat around (9 sc)
Round 4: Single crochet in each stitch (9 sc)
Round 5: 2 single crochet in first stitch, 1 sc in next stitch - repeat around (14 sc)
Round 6: Single crochet around (14 sc)
Round 7: Single crochet around (14 sc)
Fasten off, and leave a long enough tail to sew to the top of the hat. 

Sew all of your spikes and your eye onto the hat, and then send your little monster out to play (or rake the yard - whatever)!

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Boy Trifecta, Fall 2011 Edition

I adore these little men. 

Riley, fresh off the soccer field

Quinn, playing in the leaves

Sawyer, trying out Q's tricycle. 

I wish I could freeze them in time right now. Riley is in that place where you can talk to him like an adult, but he's still got that child-like innocence. Quinn is simply hilarious right now. Every word that leaves his mouth makes me chuckle. And Sawyer - he's just pure sweetness, and is learning practically a word a day. I love hearing him try out all his new words!

Having a child several years older than his brothers has made me appreciate how short the time is when they're little. I look at Riley and it seems like he was Sawyer's size just a SECOND ago. It makes me appreciate all the little moments with these guys even more. 

Being a mommy is both heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. Can't they just stay little forever?  Sigh. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Slouchy Soccer Beanie (aka SUPER DUPER easy crochet beanie)

I'm embarrassed to say this out loud.

Please don't judge me.

Of all the hats I made last year, I made NONE for Riley.

The main reason for this was that I was very dependent on patterns when I first learned to crochet last year (Inner Hooker patterns are my very favorite) and all the patterns I had purchased were sized for babies and children. Riley isn't a child. I mean, he is, but he's also 5 feet tall and 100 pounds - small adult sized. Now that I know what I'm doing when I crochet, I decided it was time to make the boy a hat.

It's soccer season around here, and Riley's team color is FLUORESCENT GREEN, hence the LOVELY (dripping with sarcasm) shade of this hat. This beanie is SUPER DUPER simple, because he just needs something to keep his head and ears warm while he plays soccer, and the hat couldn't have any fancy features that might interfere with heading the ball. 

 This hat actually fits my husband too, so I would say it is sized for tweens/teens/adults. It is a little long and slouchy on Riley, and fits more like a beanie on Bryan. Riley thinks it's hilarious to pull it down over his face to prevent me from taking pictures of it. Thanks, buddy. You can see here though that it's sort of long, but when he wears it tilted back towards his crown, it looks cute and slouchy.

(Beanie isn't rippled - it just looks that way from Riley grabbing with with both hands and pulling it down hard over his face, stretching out the fabric.)

Here's the pattern:

Hook: H
Yarn: About half a skein of Red Heart Super Saver in HOLY CRAP THAT IS REALLY BRIGHT green (not the real color name, but you get the point), and scraps of some black and white acrylic yarns. You could use any worsted weight yarn, but keep in mind that RHSS is a heavier worsted weight yarn so I would use a yarn of similar weight.

Note: I am NOT A FAN of the super saver yarn. It just feels rough and yucky to me. But this hat needs to be washed repeatedly and is likely to get muddy and gross, so I went with it, since it was the only yarn I could find in this color. Riley doesn't seem to mind it at all.

Ch 4, join with a sl in the first chain.
Round 1: ch 2, 10 dc into the loop (10 dc)
Round 2: ch 2, *2 dc in each dc* (20 dc)
Round 3: ch 2, *1 dc in first stitch, 2 dc in the next stitch* (30 dc)
Round 4: ch 2, *1 dc in first two stitches, 2 dc in the next stitch* (40 dc)
Round 5: ch 2, *1 dc in first three stitches, 2 dc in the next stitch* (50 dc)
Round 6: ch 2, *1 dc in first four stitches, 2 dc in the next stitch* (60 dc)
Round 7: ch 2, *1 dc in first nine stitches, 2 dc in the next stitch* (66 dc)
Round 8-Round 14: dc in each dc (66 dc)
Round 15: Change to stripe 1 color, dc in each dc (66 dc)
Round 16: Change to stripe 2 color, hdc in each dc (66 hdc)
Round 17: Change to stripe 1 color, dc in each hdc (66 dc)
Round 18: Change to main color, dc in each dc (66 dc)
Round 19: hdc in each dc (66 hdc)
Fasten off and weave in your ends.

You're done!

Side note - today is Riley's half birthday. He wants half a cake and half a LEGO set to celebrate. How did my sweet baby get so old?!?! Also, I am fairly certain that any minute now, little girls are going to start banging down my door trying to get the attention of this guy. I mean, really. He's just too handsome for his own good.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Thanks for your votes!

I just wanted to say a quick thank you to all of you lovelies who voted for the Arlington Bag during Purse Week! 

The Arlington Bag

I got second place! The first place bag was my (other) favorite because it's a masculine bag. As we know, I love a good man-project, so I am totally cool with taking second to that bag! You can see all the results here

Thanks to Christie at A Lemon Squeezy Home for hosting!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Crochet Monster Hat - Guest Post at The Train To Crazy

Hi! I'm visiting my bloggy buddy Andrea from The Train to Crazy as part of her handmade dress-up series. Hop on over to get the pattern for this crochet monster hat!

 (Yes, he is as dirty as he looks in this picture. I let the kid play in the mud. So sue me.)

Get the pattern here.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Manly Cowl Tutorial

In case you missed this one last month over at Skip to My Lou, here is the Manly Cowl pattern. This pattern is insanely quick, and makes a great gift for the guys in your life.

Cowls, or neckwarmers, or whatever you want to call them, are super trendy these days, and can be made from all of those gorgeous wool fabrics that are showing up in fabric shops this time of year. 

Did I mention that these are so quick and easy to make. I did? Well, I meant it. Seriously. All you need is a half yard of fabric. If your fabric is 60 inches wide, you only need a quarter yard!

Step 1: Cut two pieces of fabric 30 inches wide by 9 inches tall. 

Step 2: Sew them right sides together along the long edges of the fabric. Turn it right side out. You should have a very long tube.

Step 3: Fold your tube in half, matching the seams.

Step 4: Sew the short edges together. To do this, you want to sew the MIDDLE two layers of fabric together, being sure to keep the top and bottom layers out of the way while stitching. You can see me holding those layers out of the way in the photo below. Stitch as far around as you can - as you close the opening with your stitches, the fabric will need more maneuvering to keep from sewing the outer layers to the inner layers.

Step 5: Slip stitch the remaining opening shut.

Step 6: Give the cowl a good pressing, and then top stitch the top and bottom edges about an eighth inch from the edge.

Step 7: Find a SUPER handsome guy to model for you!

Ask him not to make faces likes these.

And when he ignores your request to not make those faces, embarrass him with the photos on the internet. :)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Go Vote for Purse Week!

The top ten purses are up, and voting has started!

The Arlington Bag

The Arlington Bag

All of the top ten bags are FANTASTIC. I am excited that the Arlington Bag is included in the top 10!

Head on over and vote for your favorite! Voting for purse week is open until 11:59pm MST Wednesday night.

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