Monday, March 28, 2016

More Headbands...

     I made several trellis headbands this weekend.  I think I like the results.  These headbands tie in the back (or wherever you want the tie to be) to close.  They are handmade and because of difficulty with patterns I had to come up with my own.  I'm eager to make this headband in different yarns, fibers and colors.  I think it will be a versatile accessory.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Spring headbands anyone?

This week I got a request for some spring headbands for little (and big) girls.  I really haven't made many headbands, so it's a new project for me.  Here's what I have come up with so far.  I'm still thinking on the 'big girl' headbands.  There are lots of patterns out there to choose from, but I would love to come up with something original.  I'm thinking of something boho/hippie style.  We'll see if my boho mojo kicks in.
Flowers and butterflies.  

Love the sweet little rose on this one.

This one is my favorite so far.  Love the
adorable little daisies.  This one is for
my sweet great-granddaughter, Maddie.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Eli the Goofy Goat

I'm not sure what it is about goats, but I love them.    My friend at Grimm Acres has some of the cutest ones!  Visit her website to see some pictures of her goats and other awesome livestock!

Eli is a bit on the goofy side, but I think he is quite adorable.   I especially love the little bit of wool roving I used for his goatee.    I think it adds an aura of 'wisdom' to counter-balance the goofiness.

You can find the pattern for 'Eli' on Ravelry.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Cozy 'Prayer Shawl'

     I made this over the  week-end!  It's the first shawl I've ever made and I was able to finish it fairly quickly once I figured out the pattern.
     It's not that the pattern was that difficult, but it was a bit confusing at first.  I do love the stitch pattern and this yarn is absolutely the softest and coziest!  I got the yarn at Caring Stitches and attended Lyn Strothers' class  to get the mojo to do this.  It was so worth it!

     The pattern for this shawl can be found here.  I hope some of you will decide to give it a try.  This would make a wonderful gift for the prayer warrior in your life.

     If you live in the Mt. Carmel, IL area, check out Lyn's shop and ask her about her awesome knitting and crocheting classes.

Sunday, March 13, 2016


    While working from patterns is very rewarding, there is also great satisfaction in working up my own designs.  I love making cute, whimsical little creatures that bring a smile to faces.  ‘Giggles’ is one of those creations, and I offer this free pattern to all my fellow crocheters.  This little creature is pretty simple and works up fairly quickly.    I think these would make an adorable addition to an Easter basket or any festive occasion.  I may decorate my tree with them this next Christmas.

Worsted weight yarn
G crochet hook
fiberfill for stuffing
felt for eyes (or may use safety eyes if you like)
needle and thread to sew on eyes
yarn needle for weaving in ends

This pattern is worked in rounds and I used a running stitch marker to keep track.  An understanding of basic stitches and general crochet terms is helpful.

   If you are not familiar with how to make a magic ring, here is a great tutorial to explain it.

Rnd 1:  In a magic ring make 6 sc.
       2:  Make 2 sc in each st.  (12 sc)
       3: *Sc in next st., 2sc in next st.* Repeat to end of rnd.  (18 sc)
       4:*Sc in next 2 sts., 2 sc in next st.*  Repeat to end of rnd. (24 sc)
       5 *Sc in next 3 sts., 2 sc in next st.* Repeat to end of rnd.  (30 sc)
       6:*Sc in next 4 sts. 2 sc in next st.* Repeat to end of rnd.  (36 sc)
      Rounds 7 through 11, Sc in each stitch around.
Rnd 12: *Sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog*  Repeat to end of rnd.  (30 sc)
       13 and 14  Sc in each stitch around.
       15: *Sc in next 3 sts.,  sc2tog*   Repeat to end of rnd.  (24 sc)
       16 and 17  Sc in each stitch around.
       18: *Sc in next 2 sts., sc2tog*  Repeat to end of rnd. (18 sc)
        19: Sc in each stitch around.
        20: *Sc in next stitch, sc2tog*  Repeat to end of rnd. (12 sc)
        Stuff your ‘Giggle’ and then sc2tog around until opening is closed. 
        Fasten off and  weave in the yarn end.

To make the arms and legs visit this website  for a great pictorial tutorial. 

Attach your finished curlicues to the sides and bottoms of your ‘Giggle’ for arms and legs.

Now, let your creative juices flow as you envision and create unique facial expressions.  I used felt shapes for the eyes and stitched them securely onto the ‘Giggle’.  If you decide to use safety eyes, attach them before you stuff and finish off your ‘Giggle’.  I used yarn to embroider on the mouth.  You can make the face as simple or as detailed as you like. 

Tip: I have found it easier to sew on the face before stuffing the 'giggle'.

For the hair I attached strands of yarn as if attaching fringe.  This tutorial does a great job of showing how to do this.

I hope you enjoy making these as much as I did!  I would love to see pics of your ‘Giggles’ in the comments below.



Friday, March 11, 2016


It's true.  Necessity IS the mother of invention.
On a recent visit to my daughter and her family, she had occasion to go to a wedding.  Being a bit of a fitness buff, she always wears a fitness band tracker.  As many of you know, fitness bands are not the most attractive accessories for a formal or semi-formal affair.  Yet, there are so many steps to be counted and moves to be noted at weddings and receptions.  Who wants to lose all that fitness data for the sake of style???

Mom to the rescue!  I pulled out some fancy yarn I had just acquired and was eager to try out, and I got to work.  In a flash I created what we affectionately dubbed the 'Fit-Bling', a cute and classy cover-up for her fitness tracker.

                                                  You must admit, she wears it well!