Swirling Leaves Wine Cozy

I love this wine bottle cozy!! I’ve made up my own in the past with some worsted weight held two strands together to create a bulky yarn so that it would be more sturdy. This one was done in a sport weight so definitely not sturdy but the way this is worked up it doesn’t need to be because it clings to the bottle! Just another thing to love about Leah’s patterns, which are amazing by the way if you didn’t already know. I’m able to meet her gauge with no to little issues and her patterns are always very well written and explained 🙂 This pattern is also written for a 750mL and 1.5L bottle. Find her free pattern HERE

For this cozy I used a 4.25mm hook and Vanna’s Glamour in Platinum. I had so much of it left over from the Knight’s Helmet and it’s the perfect yarn to use this as a gift. The gray color is nice but the sparkle is great! This design is being added to my wedding/hostess/housewarming gift lineup! Can’t wait to see what else she comes up with!

This was completed as a test for Creative Threads by Leah

On the Hook:

  • Baby G’s things
  • Bacon and Eggs Scarf
  • Baby T’s things

Baby Flip Flops

These are probably the cutest little shoes I’ve ever made! Who can resist tiny flip flops? A trusted customer showed me a picture of a similar looking flip flop asking if I could make her a pair. So I searched online for something with a pattern. I found a chart that is in what I believe is Russian? It’s not English and that didn’t stop me before! Also, it is a chart so it’s all the symbols which are pretty universal I think and a really good picture tutorial. So pretty simple to follow along.

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I used my trusty 5.00mm hook along with Red Heart Super Saver in Coffee, White, and Perfect Pink. I used Coffee for the bottom sole and White for the top sole. Yes a double sole!! Woohoo! In order to get the needed length of 4.25 inches the first round was done in double crochet and the second and third rounds in single crochet. Everything else I did was the same in the photo tutorial. They’re clear enough that I was able to count the stitches and chains needed. I used some embroidery floss to whip up a couple of flowers and sewed them along the strap. So adorable!

On the Hook:

  • Birthday Scarf
  • Baby G’s things
  • Bacon and Eggs Scarf

Cafe au Lait Lapghan

There’s so much I can say about this lapghan!! Do you guys know the term lapghan? I know it took me some time to use it. Basically all it is is a mini afghan. It’s roughly half the size of a normal sized afghan. About the same size as those fleece throws everyone has. You know where I’m going here? It’s an afghan the perfect size to fit on your lap. Hence the name lapghan!

Anyways, back to the pattern!! It is Lion Brand’s 5 1/2 Hour Throw / TV Lapghan (Aran). The pattern can be found HERE but you need an account to download. Don’t worry, it’s absolutely free and it’s great because you can save patterns.

I have made this lapghan countless times! I love it that much. It’s really my go to gift when I need something really personal without being overly in your face that I made the gift. Because I mean who doesn’t want a home made blanket in their house?? And since it uses three strands of yarn at once I’m totally able to customize each one for the giftee and each one is totally different!

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This particular lapghan was made for one of my cousins as a wedding gift. I used Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo in Aran, Buff, and Cafe. These three colors together I just couldn’t resist the name of Cafe au Lait for this color combo. I also used my trusty P/Q 15.00mm hook!! It says to use Vanna’s Choice which don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love but I don’t like to have to deal with ends in a mesh like stitch so I either use Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo or Caron One Pound. The only thing I do different is my border goes all the way around instead of just two sides. Just makes more sense to me that way.

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You may be wondering “It says it’s 5 1/2 hour lapghan, is that for real?” I can tell you “Yes, this lapghan can be worked up that fast!” Holy cow is right! I’m pretty sure the time is just for the main blankety part without the fringe because that’s about how fast I was able to make this once. Only once you ask? Yes because apparently I have weird hands and working with a giant hook and three strands of yarn cramps my hands worse than thread and a teeny tiny hook. So I have to take frequent breaks. But that one time I was working under super crunch time deadlines and HAD to get it done. And I did 🙂 The fringe always takes what seems like weeks to complete. But that’s only because I loathe attaching fringe almost as much as I hate sewing on limbs. So yes, I have completed this blanket start to finish in two days. It can be done!!

On the Hook:

  • Birthday Scarf
  • Baby G’s things
  • Bacon and Eggs Scarf

Winnie the Pooh – Amigurumi

This was the last gift for Luke’s cousin but naturally it was completed AFTER baby boy arrived. Speaking of, she had her second baby! Baby Girl arrived the other day and both mommy and baby are healthy 🙂 Yay! Anyways, I wanted to make a stuffed Pooh for her but I wasn’t happy with what I had made in the past. Mine didn’t look anything like the pattern pictures, he came out really fat so I had to adjust the shirt, and overall I just wasn’t happy. So I sought out a better pattern.

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And I found one!! I used this Winnie the Pooh pattern by Novedades Jenpoali found HERE. But there was a problem. It was in Spanish 😦 I don’t speak Spanish. Yes I had one marking period of it way back in 6th grade but I didn’t learn crochet terms!! Since I couldn’t find anything else I really liked I took on the task of translating. I found translation charts and sat down. Took me forever but I had got it!! Well, for the most anyways. I couldn’t figure out the black nose bit so I just embroidered that.

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I love him!!! I don’t remember how tall he turned out, definitely a lot taller than the previous! I added some beans in his butt for weight so he won’t tip as easily and so he’d stay sitting easier. The legs were a bit troublesome to attach. Just to make sure they laid flat as he sat. I absolutely love him!! He’s going on the never ending to do list for myself for sure!

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I don’t do this often but I was able to deliver him in person!! Oh it was so awesome! Parents’ and baby’s reactions were priceless! It’s most definitely my favorite part of making these gifts 🙂 ❤

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On the Hook:

  • Baby G’s things
  • Birthday Scarf
  • Bacon and Eggs Scarf

It’s my birthday!!

Woohoo!! I always like to spend today working on something for myself because well, it’s my birthday. But also because I don’t normally make things for myself. And with it being right after the holidays and having spent what seems like forever making things for everyone else, it’s a nice change to make something for me 🙂

What I forgot about and remembered yesterday is that I’m celebrating my 10 year crochet-iversary!! It was 10 years ago during my winter break somewhere in the end of December / beginning of January that my mom taught me to crochet! I picked out a pretty pink yarn (Lion Brand Homespun) and a pretty colored hook (Boye 5.0mm). I learned how to chain and do double crochets and tried to make a scarf. Believe it or not, I wasn’t very good. I kept dropping the last stitch of the row because I couldn’t tell it was there thanks to the yarn. So my scarf edges were super wobbly and it ended in a point 😐 yaaaaay I eventually went back, frogged it, and redid it. It came out a perfect rectangle. I did what I still do now, I gifted it to a really good friend. So I don’t have it or any pictures.

But guess what I do have??! Some of that exact yarn!!! This is what I’m going to use for my birthday project 🙂 I’m so excited! And this time I’m going to keep it!! I’m not sure what I’m going to make because I only have the one skein. So I’m going to look through my stitch books and pick something out I like and make another scarf, most likely. I’m not sure what else to make with one skein besides a hat and I just made myself another one of those (first project of 2017 but it’s a test so I can’t show you yet!)

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I use Ravelry to help keep track of my projects but I haven’t always used it. I joined in 2011 and as of right now I have 208 projects! I know that’s not even all of them since 2011. Some of those I grouped together and some I never added. And then there’s everything I did before then! Countless items. Can’t wait to see what I make today and in the next 10 years!

On the Hook:

  • Birthday Item
  • Baby G’s things
  • Bacon and Eggs Scarf