Friday, January 22, 2016

Hats Galore

I decided that everyone needed a new winter hat for Christmas so I used the free Work or Play Beanie (link) and four different yarns to make an assortment of hats for all the guys in the family.

I used this pattern (link) to make a slouchy hat for my daughter.

Somehow, I forgot to take a photo of the hats I made the grandgirls using this pattern (link) and these yarns.

Yup, there was a lot of crochet going on last fall...

Thursday, January 21, 2016

For Dear Daughter

My daughter teaches third grade and her classroom is on the chilly side and I wanted to make her something she could throw on to stay warm... that wouldn't get in her way while she's working with kids.

The pattern (link) is easy... you just crochet this big rectangle, fold it in half, and stitch up part of each side to create the "armholes" at the top.  In this photo, the fold is at the top as are the openings.  This photo will give you a better idea of how it goes on.

My daughter had no idea what the gray mass was or how to wear it but loved it once she got it on.  No photo but I swiped this one from the pattern site...

Photo from the Gathering Beauty (link) blog.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

For the Granddaughters

Pinterest is a nice way to relax during a quick lunch at work and during one foray, I found a cute poncho thing that I decided to make for the grandgirls.

It took a while to locate the pattern, which is from a Yarnspiration:  Patons True Colors.(link)   and looks like this worn.

The grandgirls loved their ponchos... and wore them pretty much all day Christmas.  Sorry, no photos... after present-opening, I was in the kitchen completing the feast.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Scarf Production

I found a lovely shawl (link) on Pinterest last fall and converted it to scarf-size to see if I could do the windowpane stuff... and if the yarn I thought might work... would work.

It was a fun pattern... so easy to relax, watch a movie, and crochet away.   I had to pay just enough attention to keep my mind off stuff that was stressing me out.

So much so... that quite a few folks got one for Christmas!

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Rose Shawl

While I could cite statistics about what all kept me so busy (and stressed) at work, I'm sure you'd rather see the crochet therapy that kept me sane.

I made a shawl/wrap for my sister's friend Arlene.  It was an easy (free) pattern and worked up quickly. 

The hardest part was selecting the buttons... I thought these were perfect!

I wrapped the shawl up in Christmas paper and ribbons and sent it off to my sister...  who delivered it to Arlene.

Hopefully, it is keeping this sweet lady warm and comfy in this very chilly weather.