Pay-It-Forward #1 Little Lady Sunhat

Of course I forgot to take pictures of the Sunhat I made my baby cousin before giving it away and leaving her. I’m known for doing that. Thankfully my cousin Anna is amazing and took some pictures of her daughter wearing the hat! 🙂 So without further ado, here is baby Lakyn modeling her Little Lady Sunhat!

baby sunhat

How adorable is she?! She just turned 8 months too on Easter Sunday. So big!

I used Lindsey Niezgocki’s Little Lady Sunhat pattern which I found via Ravelry.

I used Lily Sugar’n Cream cotton yarn in Crown Jewels with a 4.75mm hook.

It was super easy to follow and make. I made it big on purpose so that it will, hopefully, fit her all summer long. She’s a fast grower.

Also this is my first completed Pay-It-Forward gift! I was excited about that too. I hope to have my second one done soon and I’m brain storming about the others.

I also finished two things for myself! That’s huge because I rarely make myself anything. I’ll write about that most likely tomorrow after I take some pictures tonight.


Back Home

I’m back home!!! I’ve actually been back since Saturday evening but there was no time to write a post what with all the Easter things going on. This post is just to basically say that I’m home. Naturally I forgot to take a picture of the sunhat I made my cousin so I’m waiting for a picture from her mother and when I get that I’ll have a nice post about it. Also I didn’t take ANY pictures while I was visiting home! 😮 Such a shock because I love pictures. All I really did was play a few games of Monopoly with my youngest sister Eden, watch my older younger sister (does that make sense?) Marissa get a tattoo (her third and she’s only 19!), and hang out with my cousin Anna’s new baby Lakyn. Also figured out that Eden is now taller than me which makes me the shortest of the 4 siblings 😦 But I’m still taller than my mom (by an inch!) and that’s all that matters to me!!

I did do a little crocheting while I was there. I made a few squares for Eden’s Christmas blanket (planning to start early on these gifts this year), a dishcloth for my mom, and started one of those slouchy hair net things so I can put all my wet hair in it while it dries. Again, didn’t take a picture of the dishcloth (only completed project) because I always forget to before giving gifts away. Oh well. It’s square, and pink and white. I’m sure you can imagine what it looks like in your minds.

But I think I’m going to go try to finish my hair net while watching the Harry Potter series. I got a craving to watch the movies today. Not planning on watching them all but I’ll try!

Vacation starts tomorrow

So this time tomorrow I will be on a train headed home 🙂 I always go home in April because by this time all the snow’s cleared and I’m able to. It’s sad that I miss out on Thanksgiving and Christmas with my family but you do NOT want to cross the mountains of Pennsylvania when there’s snow on the ground. Hellooo ice! So we exchange our gifts now and have the big holiday meal too. It’s a fun time. I also try to get out during the summer at some point or one or more of them try to come out here. This way we get to see each other at least twice a year. Being 4.5 hours away is a real bummer but what are ya gonna do right?

I’m super excited for this trip because of several reasons. 1: I get to see my family! duh. 2: It’s the first time seeing my 19 year old sister M after her car accident back in one of the fall months. Before you ask she’s fine. Hit a truck but she only had a broken ankle. 3: I get to meet my cousin A’s new baby girl L!! The last time I saw A was during her baby shower back in July! So I’m super excited for that. I love babies and I have a present for her too! That sun hat I mentioned a few days ago. 4: My mom’s given me permission to use her kitchen! I’ve been wanting to experiment with some recipes from our heritage from her side (my parents are split) so this will be perfect! I’ve gathered some Ukrainian, Irish, and German recipes that I can’t wait to make with them. … I think that’s about it. I have lots of family to see so I hope I’m able to see almost everyone.

With all that said, sadly I will not be making any posts for the next two weeks. Sad I know but I don’t see my family often so when I’m there I don’t want to take time away to update ANYTHING! That means I won’t be on Facebook either! Crazy I know right?! Maybe I’ll get used to it and won’t be on there as often? … Nah probably not.

Well I guess I better pack!

Blanket Inspiration

I have new inspiration!!

Last night I was working on the lapghan for the Beef n Beer and just threw on something that I didn’t need to pay too much attention to. That turned out to be an old Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode. The one titled Living Conditions to be exact. The one moment I decided to look up at the tv screen I was stunned, shocked, excited, and giddy at all once! There sitting at the end of Buffy’s roomie’s bed was a crocheted blanket! It was a granny square blanket. But not just your regular old granny squares. These look to be about 12″ x 12″ and each a solid color. I browsed the net looking for a picture because silly me didn’t think to pause the show and snap one myself.


I mean come oonnnnnn!! Look at how amazing that blanket is!! I knew from the moment I saw it that I would be making one like this. Most likely not those colors. I know you’re all thinking “But Jess, you’re working on so much right now. Including 4 blankets. How can you start another?” Thanks for your concern and great question. Answer: I won’t start now. Really you should know me by now. I RARELY make anything for myself. So I probably won’t start this for another 4 years. sigh. Doesn’t matter when I start really because it’s such an amazing blanket. Not sure why I love it so much. Probably the simplicity. Don’t fret though. I will let you all know when I do start this project.


*This is not my picture. I found it here at this site.