Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Preemie Hat

A co-worker's new baby daughter was born a little early, about two months early to be exact. I guess she couldn't wait any longer to greet the world. Plus, the best things in life come in small packages. She will be spending some time in the NICU as a precautionary measure, since her lungs are so immature. As a welcome to the world gift, I whipped up this little precious pink preemie hat. It took me a couple of hours, but I suspect I could complete a new hat in less time now that I know the pattern.                


This picture shows it next to a Nintendo 3DS for a size reference. The 3DS measures about 5 1/2 inches long to give you a better idea how big this hat is. I just cannot get over how little it is. I used the Half-Double Crochet Preemie Baby Cap from Handcrafting with Love, which is really easy to follow.

Friday, August 4, 2017

From the Archives: Crochet and Tatting Heirloom

old patterns
Every once in a while I like to search through the online archives which provides rare, out of print material free of charge online. If you haven't heard of archive.org, it is

"Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more."
 You can find some really fascinating gems. I like to think of it as my diamonds in the rough. From the site you can download the pattern book in whatever format you would like to use. To give you an idea, some of the formats that the Archive site supports are pdf, ebook, and kindle. Of course feel free to browse through it online prior to downloading to see if it may be an item of interest to you. I highly suggest you give it a try.

Today's "from the archives" is Star Book No. 66, Crochet and Tatting: Heirloom Tradition printed back in 1949 by the American Thread Company. There are some great ol' patterns in it that are worth trying. It is hard to believe that these would be patterns that my grandma would probably do back in the day.

I am going to show images for four of the crochet patterns.


Here are three patterns from the book that I absolutely love. Don't they look so pretty? If you couldn't tell, they are cross bookmarks. A great project to do during Lent which could be given as Easter gifts. A nice confirmation or first communion gift perhaps? I know I would be more than happy to receive one of them.

 Crochet DoilyThe top two in the image to the left are crochet, which I think I will be adding to my ever growing projects list. The image is from the book. The cross bookmark at the bottom was tatted. Looking at its beautiful appearance makes me wish I knew how to tat. Maybe I will be able to find somebody to teach me. In the mean while, I continue to crochet up a storm.


Of course, what heirloom book wouldn't be complete without at least one doily pattern?

Well, this book has two crochet doily patterns. That's right, two! They are featured in the image to the left.

I might have to give these patterns a try and report back on my progress in another post. They would certainly make great heirlooms.

Happy hookin' and stitchin'!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Filet Crochet: Lift High the Cross

This little gem was a design I was playing around with. The design part didn't take as long as it took me to actually crochet, so I wasn't playing around with it too much.  The inspiration came to me on a quiet, lazy Sunday afternoon, which can be rare in my household. Perhaps it was divine inspiration? It didn't take me long to make once I settled on the pattern. Overall I like how it turned out and it has received multiple compliments, but I think I will keep messing around and modify it some. I already started another designed based off this one and will have that posted once I finish crocheting it.  I have the chart written down on graph paper with a pencil, which I will scan and upload when I get a moment to do so. Unfortunately I don't have those fancy computer programs to spit out the design in a more professional manner. Perhaps it will be something I look into in the future.

If you are interested in just use the above picture for the chart, you can chain 80 for the foundation and double chain into the 9th chain from your hook to get started. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Leaping Stripes and Blocks Blanket

When I was pregnant with my little girl, I was super excited about the opportunity to crochet using girly colors. After so many years spent as being a mother of only boys, it was a nice change of pace. Don't get me wrong, I love my boys, LOVE them! However, there's nothing like doing a project for a little princess, especially my little princess. This was the first time that I was pregnant since crocheting on a regular basis.

I know you're thinking, "little girl, why not go with pink?" I did use pink, but in a different project that I will post at a later date. For this project I decided to do a blanket, since my little girl would be a December baby and need lots of things to fight off the winter chills.

I decided to use the Leaping Stripes and Blocks over at Moogly using Red Heart Soft Yarn in Lavender, Lilac, and White. This was an easy project. Once you figure out the pattern, you can easily do this while vegging out in front of the television. I whipped this out in a week. I probably could have finished it earlier, but pregnancy takes a lot of energy out of me. I am really pleased at how well it turned out, especially when wrapping up my little girl in it. Precious!