Crafty

Pirate Themed Baby Shower Gift

I have started creating things again. I manage to crochet a row here and there while my son sleeps or has tummy time. On Saturday, I attended a baby shower for my friend due at the end of October. She and her husband went with a pirate theme for their nursery, so I made my gift around that theme.

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I included:

  • An octopus I made using this pattern
  • The book How to be a Pirate
  • A hat with an octopus appliqué I made using this pattern
  • A onesie with a ship and baby pirates on it
  • Disposable breast pads for mom (not pictured)

My friend loved the gift. I look forward to seeing her little one wear the hat this winter. It feels good to start crocheting again.

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Hobbes Security Blanket

After listening to my friends describe their pregnancies in the past, I fully expected to get bit hard by the nesting bug after my morning sickness went away. However, I did not feel the urge to make anything for my baby until this weekend. I think preparing to move this spring kept me from going into nesting mode. I felt a greater urge to purge and pack than to craft.

In the back of my mind, I picked out a project to make for my little one’s arrival. Almost two years ago, I crocheted a stuffed Hobbes for my hubby. The stripes seemed to take forever, so I knew I did not want to make a full-sized version again. I stumbled across a pattern a few days ago for a bunny security blanket. Remembering my desire to make a mini version of the stuffed animal I made hubby, I decided to tweak the pattern and make a Hobbes security blanket. The results:

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Size comparison with my earlier project.

Size comparison with my earlier project.

If I made this project again, I would make the blanket part larger and elongate the head to create a more accurate look alike to Bill Watterson’s comic strip character. If any of you want to make your own Hobbes security blanket, please leave a comment below. If I have enough interest, I will write up the pattern.

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An Evolution of Sewing

I feel slightly guilty for the time I have let pass since my last post. I have several reasons for this, but it mostly comes down to laziness. During my blogging hiatus, I managed to work on some sewing projects. However, I doubt my skills have improved. Observe the evolution (or rather, de-evolution) of my skills as I try to make a stegosaurus:

First attempt, notice the overlapping "tags".

First attempt, notice the overlapping “tags”.

 

 

Second attempt, crooked "tags" and a short tail from where it jammed my sewing machine.

Second attempt, crooked “tags” and a short tail from where it jammed my sewing machine.

 

My last attempt, still have crooked "tags". I should have continued using fleece; it ended up being more forgiving.

My last attempt, still have crooked “tags”. I should have continued using fleece; it ended up being more forgiving.

Eventually, I decided I should try something new. I feel proud of my next project.

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Now, on to my excuses for my blogging absence. Most recently, I started a new job where I provide companionship and help to seniors still living in their homes. I enjoy the work and the flexibility of my schedule, but the morning shifts leave me feeling tired. I also recently started working for an Hossier Ag Today (an agriculture radio company) on a freelance basis. Visit http://www.hoosieragtoday.com/national-ag-leaders-celebrate-agriculture-day/ to read my latest article. I write about two articles a week for the website.

P1050806Perhaps my best and longest-running excuse for avoiding the blogosphere is . . . Baby M will arrive the middle of July! Tomorrow, I will reach the 24 week mark. I had horrible all-day sickness during the months of November and December and evening sickness in January. My nausea mostly stays away these days, but I still suffer from a lack of motivation to do much more than lounge around the house. My husband and I look forward to the arrival of our first child. I promise to avoid turning this blog into a baby journal. However, my readers can expect to see periodical updates.

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My Fierce Little Dragon

Here in the Midwest, we had one of the largest snowstorms in years last week. The wind chill at the beginning of last week reached a dangerous -45F but warmed up to a balmy 40+F. Sadly, the heat wave this weekend melted most of the snow, leaving only the pathetic remnants of a snowman army and puddles of slush to remind us of the days of freezing cold, driving restrictions, and playing of board games. 

I managed to start and finish a new crochet project during the temperamental Midwestern weather. I stumbled across this pattern by Lucy Ravenscar on Pinterest more than a year ago. I finally worked up the courage to try it the past week. Besides the end of the tail, I feel pretty satisfied with the results. Lucy has made the pattern available as a free download on the knit and crochet website Ravelry. Feel free to leave comments about my dragon below.

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A Year of Crafts

Even though I only started this blog back in October, I spent the entire year crafting. I thought I would share with my readers some of the things you missed.

Kangaroo I made for my niece.

Kangaroo I made for my niece.

Fingerless mittens to keep hands nice and warm.

Fingerless mittens to keep hands nice and warm.

Stegosaurus I made for a cute little boy.

Stegosaurus I made for a cute little boy.

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Holiday Pop-Up Shop, An Update

I have really neglected my duty as an artist in the Gathering holiday pop-up shop as far as advertising goes. The people over at the Gathering kindly featured my product back in October as they geared up for their holiday season. To see what they wrote visit this link. They have 63 other artists participating in this pop-up shop. To see the other artists, visit their blog. If any of you find yourselves in the Indianapolis/Bloomington area, stop by the shop.

I hope to get my Etsy shop running again in time for the holidays. I made some new owls for the pop-up shop, and I can’t wait to share them with my readers. Happy crafting!

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New Format

Greetings readers! I wanted to draw your attention to some new features on my blog. I had trouble sleeping this morning, so I thought I would add some widgets to make my blog look more interesting.

Please, take a chance to check out some of the blogs I follow. My husband just started his own blog, so I encourage you to check out Kaleb’s Thoughts.

I have also added a Facebook like widget. If you don’t already follow me on Facebook, please do so. I have more information related to my crafts on there.

Thanks for reading!

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Coping Mechanisms

(First off, I want to apologize for the cliché titles, but they most readily convey what I have had on my mind lately)

The phone rings, and something in my gut just tells me I will receive bad news. I don’t usually get those gut feelings. My intuitive side rarely kicks in to tell me what I need to know. When it does, I pay close attention.

Saturday morning, I received bad news. This news reaches in and grabs ahold of my most secret fears–the ones I hate to admit even to myself. The ones I keep locked away because I know, if I think about them too often or examine them too closely, they are bound to come true.

Even though I knew news like this would come one day, I had hoped it would wait decades to catch up with me. Part of me still hopes and prays to the God I know watches over us that we can still avoid some of my worst fears. I won’t go into too many details at the moment. Wednesday will determine if hope will continue, or I will have to live through one of the most difficult phases of my life thus far.

Until then, I run. Not literally. Right now, I try to keep busy to avoid my fears catching up with me. I keep busy to avoid thinking too much about the future. I keep busy cherishing my loved ones. I keep busy by making these little hats for the bundles of hope my friends and family will bring into this world in the near future.

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Here’s a pattern for a simple baby hat. You can finish off each row to get even stripes, or you can crochet continuously in one color.

Row 1: make a magic circle; put 10 dc (double crochet) in the magic circle

Row 2: inc (2 dc in ea stitch) around [20 stitches]

Row 3: inc, dc* [30 stitches]

Row 4: inc, dc in next 2 stitches* [40 stitches]

Row 5: inc, dc in next 3 stitches* [50 stitches]

Row 6: for a larger hat– inc, dc in next 4 stitches* [60 stitches]–otherwise, dc around

Row 7 on: dc around until desired length

*repeat

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