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Hats, hats, hats!

crocheted hatsSo I’ve been on a hat-making kick lately. Apart from the fact that they make awesome gifts, I also needed an excuse to buy more yarn at my favorite shop in Madison Valley. I made hats for all five nephews this past Christmas, each of which was some version of this pattern. Each hat is basically made of several rows of double-crochet stitches (when in doubt, just double-crochet it!), and then finished off with pompoms or buttons. This latest one I think takes the cake — a pink beanie, with two pompoms at the sides for my friends’ one year old girl.

pink hat


I can’t stand how cute this looks on her. She even has a jacket to match!

Til the next post,

Easy DIY Baby Shower Gifts

I attended a former co-worker’s baby shower last weekend. As always I try to give people something handmade because I feel it’s more special that way. Granted, hectic schedules don’t always allow it. I mean let’s be real, by the time I get home from work and walk the dog and make dinner, all I want to do is relax on the couch. And the weekends are somehow always filled with chores. Gah! It never ends! So, pfff! Who has the time to MAKE gifts?! Well you know, these two things here are super easy to make, that’s why I wanted to share them with you. Crocheted hats for babies are really only a couple of square inches in area, and even if you’re a beginner, you can most definitely make one in half a day. Top it off with a puffy pompom and you’ve got an adorable little snow hat. The pattern for the hat below is by Kristi Simpson and you can get it for 3.99 on Etsy.

Another easy project for a baby shower gift is a receiving blanket. Every mother-to-be needs one. Or five. Make a blanket that’s big enough so baby doesn’t outgrow it too soon. I made the one below at about 45″ square. Purchase about 1 1/2 yards of plain flannel fabric (you can always save the extra for another project in the future), and about 1/2″ yard of printed lightweight cotton fabric as an accent. Cut your main fabric and hem the edges, then cut about a 4″ to 6″ wide strip of your accent cloth, fold the edges and sew it on one side of the blanket using a zigzag stitch.

Sew 4 Home has an easy step-by-step on how to sew a mitered hem. Check it out!

And there you have it! You can’t go wrong with either of these gifts. And both of these you can do in less than a day. Happy gift-making!

Baby Newsboy Hat

Hello friends! Beautiful Friday in Seattle today isn’t it? Pretty atypical considering the fact that it’s already mid-September. but I’ll take it any day. My friends who live below me have gone backpacking for the weekend and so I’m here hanging out with their kitty, and taking the opportunity to share with you a project that I made last week. My friend Jen will be having baby number two here in a few weeks, so last Sunday her sister-in-law threw her a surprise baby shower. Jen is the crafty kind, a homemaker and loves all things handmade, so I decided to make these little crocheted beanies for her baby.

I found this pattern on Etsy that looked simple enough and proceeded to make them two days before the shower. An hour into it I started regretting my idea, cursing my last minute self and wishing I had just bought something at the store because there is no way I am going to finish this, right? But I’m stubborn and kept going anyway and I’m glad I did because it turned out very nicely, albeit a little bigger in size than I expected. Note to self: Always perform a gauge check before starting.

And did she love it? I hope that big smile on her face means yes.

Thank you to the Stitch House for the pattern and the very easy-to-follow tutorials. May I just point out that those baby loafer booties are ridiculously adorable.

I am the Queen of Procrastination

But I finally got the scarf done. It took me another week and a half to finish the picot edging detail. Here are the steps:

Join yarn using sl st.

Row 1:
1 sc into each st, turn.

Row 2:
1 sc, * 3 ch, sl st into third chain from hook, skip 1 st, 1 sc into next st, repeat from * to end.

(source: the cool girl’s guide to crochet)

Curly Whirly Scarf

I was looking for a new hobby to keep me occupied during the fall season, so I figured I’d resurrect what I learned from home economics class in high school and make a scarf. This curly whirly scarf is pretty easy to do. Start with 200 chains, turn it over and work two treble stitches into each chain. When you get to the end, turn it over and start another row, increasing the number of stitches as you’re adding rows. You can add as many rows as you want. More rows = curlier scarf! Switch to another color for your last row and finish it off with a fun scalloped edge (I haven’t figured this out yet. I’m really just winging it as I go!).

I started this scarf on my week-long trip to Alaska, and I haven’t picked it up again since I got back. But I’m determined to finish it and actually wear it before the season ends!

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