Monday, April 29, 2013
Mike’s niece is having a baby boy in June. I shared with you the crochet chevron baby blanket I made for her already. I finished the blanket earlier than I thought so I had some extra time to make something else. She has mentioned they were going to get newborn pictures taken and buying props was super expensive so I decided to make a hat that the baby could wear in pictures.
Since she lives in Atlanta and it’s going to be June I wanted to make something a little more open than I would usually make so the baby won’t be roasting. It may or not last him until the weather cools off but at least he can look cute in his pictures :)
I originally wanted to make some baby booties to go with this hat but I got pretty frustrated with the patterns that were on Ravelry. I either didn’t have the right yarn or the right hook. If I found a pattern I thought could work then my gauge was way off or I hated the way the booties look. If you know any great patterns please share and maybe I’ll give booties another try.
Anyway on to the pattern. I never made a v stitch hat before so I’m not sure if I did my joins the “proper” way but it looked good to me.
Worsted weight yarn (I used Caron One Pound)
Dc- double crochet
Ss- slip stitch
Sc- single crochet
Hdc- half double crochet
V stitch- Double crochet, Chain 1, Double crochet all in same stitch
Note: I prefer to put my v stitch in the chain space from the row below instead of putting it into the chain. I did a lot of research (googling) on this stitch and either way is acceptable but my way is easier. Here’s a video tutorial if you haven’t used this stitch before.
Row 1: Ch 4. 9 Dc in 3rd Ch from hook. Join with slip stitch to top of first Dc. (9 Dc)
Row 2: Ch 3. 2 Dc in each stitch around. Join with slip stitch to top of first Dc. (18 Dc)
Row 3: Ch 3. (1 Dc in first stitch, 2 Dc in next) repeat around. Join with slip stitch to top of first Dc. (27 Dc)
Row 4-7: Ch 3. (Skip 1 space, V stitch in next stitch, Skip 1 space, V stitch in next stitch) repeat around. Dc in the Ss. Ch1. Join to top of Ch 3.
Row 8: Ch 1. Sc in each stitch around. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Ears (make two)
Row 1: Ch 3. 6 Sc in 2nd chain from hook. Join with Ss to first Sc.
Row 2: Ch 1. 2 Hdc in each stitch around. Join with Ss to first Hdc. Fasten off. Leave a long tail for sewing.
Attach ears to the top of the hat using picture as a guide with a whip stitch. Depending on where you place them it will give the hat a different look. It can also look like a mouse if the ears are closer and more on the top of the hat or a monkey if the ears are further down the sides of the hat.
You may use any of the patterns I create for personal use. If you would like to make an item to sell with my patterns you must link back to the pattern on my blog. You can not sell my patterns as your own.
If you liked this pattern then check out my other crochet patterns and projects.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
16 weeks of outfit posts and I haven’t worn the same outfit to work twice! This has been all with clothes I already own. I haven’t bought any new clothes since a couple of sale items right after Christmas. I have bought a pair of shoes and a couple of accessories. I’ve also made some scarfs and refashioned some existing items but that’s it.
I am definitely more creative with what I wear to work now because I have tried not to repeat any outfits. The weekends are a different story but I don’t think yoga pants and long sleeve tees are very blog worthy :)
Cardigan- Thrifted, Tank- Old Navy, Pants- Thrifted: Limited, Necklace- New York and Company, Shoes- JC Penney
I used to only know one way to wear this cardigan and it was with a brown polka dot button down (I wore it in this post.) I only recently discovered I liked it with black but I’m at a loss for other ways to wear it. Any good color combination suggestions?
Cardigan- Thrifted: Target, Shirt- Thrifted, Pants- Thrifted: Daisy Fuentes, Shoes- Thrifted, Necklace- Gabriel Brothers
I had to check back my old outfit archives to make sure I wasn’t making up the fact that I hadn’t worn this combo before because I have, but just before I was blogging. I have a hard time matching up this cardigan too. I notice I’ve been wearing it with dresses a lot lately (you can see it here and here.) Well now I’m mixing it up with pants.
Dress- Target, Cardigan- Old Navy, Boots- JC Penney, Necklace- Target
The day I wore this outfit it was supposed to be in the 80’s but only started out in the 60’s. I was not quite ready for bare legs so I settled on bare knees. It was actually perfect until I got hot on the ride home. I finally found a new outfit for this necklace since I only ever have worn it with my teal sweater dress (seen here.)
Cardigan- Thrifted and altered by me, T shirt- Target, Pants- New York and Company via Gabriel Brothers and altered by me, Shoes- Kohl’s, Necklace- Gift, Belt- Thrifted
Friday is the best and worst day of the week for me. Work is out for the weekend but I’m always so tired. Every. Week. I rocked a similar color combo a couple of weeks ago and decided to recreate something similar and added my polka dot cardi. I am undecided if this one will end up being too warm to wear when the weather turns so I am trying to get some more wears out of it.
Cardigan- Thrifted: New York and Company, Tank- Cold Water Creek, Pants- Kohl’s, Boots- Shoe store in the mall, Scarf- Thrifted in Portland: Missoni via Target.
I wore this out to dinner with come friends on Saturday. We had 80 degree weather on Wednesday and on Saturday it was down in the low 40s. Typical weather for the spring around here. I hadn’t worn my cobalt jeans in a while and I love them with this scarf so I had a winning combo. I always get compliments on it and people think I made it. I love to tell the story of how I thrifted it when we were in Portland. It’s fun trip to remember.
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Monday, April 22, 2013
Nothing makes me feel like it’s really spring like my flowers blooming in the garden do. It’s always amazing to me how they start coming up even when it’s cold outside because it’s the right time of year.
The crocus are the earliest followed by the hyacinth and daffodils. My daffodils didn’t make a good showing this year and I’m thinking I might need to plant some new ones in the fall. I’m not good about fall bulb planting so I was also thinking of checking out Lowes to see what they have right now. I still have two good clumps but my yellow ones didn’t bloom at all.
I almost missed some good shots of them because it’s been rainy and cold but I finally got out in the garden with my camera the other day and captured them in all their glory. I could just stare at my flowers forever. I’m so fascinated by how all my other plants look when they first come up and I get excited to think of what is going to bloom next. I’m a bit of a gardening nerd :P
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
I’ve been feeling a little under the weather so I don’t feel like my outfits were that exciting this week. This felt like a “just get something on that seems work appropriate” kind of week.
Cardigan- Target, Skirt- Target, Necklace- Groopdealz, Boots- Aerosoles, Tights- Kohl’s
I think this was my best outfit of the week. It was raining so I wanted to wear boots that I felt like I could walk in the rain in and these fit the bill. Heeled boots would have been a bit cuter but much less practical.
Cardigan- Thrifted, Old Navy, Shirt- Thrifted, New York and Company, Pants- Express via Ebay and altered by me, Shoes- Thrifted
I realize I wore almost the same color scheme two times this week. I think I was feeling the springy blue color. In my defense I worked from home in between these two outfits so I totally forgot what I was wearing the day before.
Cardigan- Old Navy, Cami- Kohl’s, Pants- Thrifted, Limited, Shoes- Kohl’s, Necklace- Gift
This was my Friday outfit. I love how this cardigan is a little longer than some of my other ones. I could use a few more similar to it. I actually switched these nude shoes out for brown ones once I got to work but they never made it into a picture.
Dress- Target, Cardigan- Old Navy, Belt- Target, Leggings- Kohl’s, Boots- Dr. Scholl’s, Necklace- Made by me
I wore this to Mike’s niece’s baby shower. It was only in the upper 40’s so it was pretty chilly but I pulled this out of my spring/summer dresses so at least I could pretend like the weather was nice. I still paired it with boots and leggings to stay warm.Linking up to:
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Cardigan- Target, Pants- New York and Company via Gabriel Brothers and altered by me, Shoes- Kohl’s, Necklace- Made by me
I found a new way to wear my mint cardigan besides pairing it with gray. I was feeling super springy in this combo too. Nothing like light colors to put you in the mood for warmer weather.
Dress- Thrifted, Cardigan- Thrifted, Old Navy, Belt- Came with a sweater, Boots- Dr. Scholls, Tights- Kohls
I love how versatile this dress is becoming to me. It’s three quarter length so it will work in the summer but it also pairs well with my cardigans. Hopefully I won’t need to wear it with tights very many more times.
Cardigan- Thrifted, Old Navy, Jeans- Old Navy, Boots- Aerosoles, Belt- Kolhl’s, Necklace- Sassy Steals
One more day of jeans at work! I went with a neutral color palate. I’ve been dying to wear my latest bubble necklace impulse buy and this seemed like a great sweater to pair it with. I love how the necklace is a different size than my other ones. I didn’t think I would buy anymore but this one was just calling my name and I couldn’t resist :)Linking up to:
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
We finally started to get some warm spring weather this weekend. My crocus are just finishing up blooming. They unusually only last a couple of days but I think the cool weather helped to prolong their bloom time this year.
This got me itching to get some spring planting going. I bought some onion seedlings and planted some pea seeds in my cool season bed. I already have some garlic springing up that I planted in the fall. I was hoping to try broccoli this year but I think I went a week too early to find it so I will have to try again next weekend.
If I’m really ambitious I’ll start some seeds for basil, parsley and cilantro. Tomatoes, peppers, beans and cucumbers are on my garden list this year too. I’ll probably start the beans and cucumbers but I’ll get better results with buying the tomatoes and peppers as seedlings. Suddenly this seems like an ambitious plan :)
Hope great weather is coming your way too!
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Sweater- Modcloth, Skirt- JC Penney, Tights- Kohl’s, Necklace- Made by me, Shoes- Thrifted
When it is not appropriate to wear mustard anymore? Can I get away with this color in the summer? I’m pretty sure I am going to keep wearing it no matter what season it is.
Sweater- New York and Company, Pants- Express via Ebay and altered by me, Necklace- Made by me, Shoes- Thrifted
This time of the year I look in my closet and try to figure out what I still want to wear again before it starts getting too warm out. This sweater fit into that category. It’s still pretty cold but at the end of April into May is when we will really start warming up. These pants were a recent alteration that may end up in a post if I can get one together :)
Dress- Thrifted and altered by me, Necklace- remade by me, Belt- Target, Tights- Target, Boots- Dr Scholls
I planned this whole outfit around these boots. Mike’s boss took his team and the spouses out to dinner and I wanted something comfortable to be walking around in since we went right after work. And yes my tights are purple although I feel like they did not photograph very well.
Sweater- Ann Taylor Loft, Button Down- New York and Company, Jeans- Old Navy hemmed by me, Necklace- Groopdealz, Shoes- Thrifted, Belt- Thrifted
Last day of jeans day :( I busted out my boot cut jeans to wear and I forgot how nice they look. Although they felt so baggy compared to my skinnies. I actually wore a different pair of shoes with them but they were at work so I used what I had available for this picture.
Old Navy makes their pants too short for me most of the time so these were longs that I bought to wear with heels then decided they needed to fit with a sneaker so they got a quick hem.
Turtleneck- New York and Company, Jeans- Old Navy, Shoes- Old Navy
This was my simple Saturday errands and then out to dinner and bowling outfit. I haven’t worn this turtleneck in forever to I decided it either needed to be worn or donated so I wore it. The collar is a little weird and the ruching makes it look wrinkly but I think I’ll keep it around.
Dress- Thrifted and altered by me, Cardigan- Thrifted, Old Navy, Tights- Target, Shoes- JC Penney
Here’s my Easter outfit. This was planned entirely around these tights. I bought them in the fall and have yet to wear them so this seemed like the perfect occasion. I tried on a bunch of other dresses but the length on this one covered up the right amount of hot pinkness so it was the winner. We had a nice lunch at Mike’s cousin’s and enjoyed visiting with the family.
And on a separate note, this post had really made me want to make some new jewelry since I am wearing a bunch of pieces I made. I have a couple of projects in mind that I may need to dedicate some time to :)
Monday, April 1, 2013
Mike’s niece is having a baby in July. (She is only three years younger than me in case you were wondering.) I made her a hat at Christmas time and she lives in Atlanta so I didn’t want to bombard her with hats. She registered for blue and white chevron sheets and it got the wheels in my head turning so I figured a blanket would be a good gift the baby could use for a long time. The shower isn’t until the 16th but since I’m pretty sure she doesn’t read my blog I think it’s safe to post it early :)
I scoured Ravelry for chevron blanket patterns and I settled on this one from Coats and Clark. I used Caron Pound of Love in a Navy and White. I actually had a ton of yarn left over so I could have bought smaller skeins but I was too nervous I would run out that I over bought to be safe.
The stitch pattern was super easy. It’s all made of double crochet with increases and decreases. I didn’t follow the pattern exactly because the stripes were uneven. Instead I made three rows of each color. I didn’t want to have to weave in a million ends but there still were quite a few at the end.
This blanket was surprisingly quick to make. I had the pattern memorized after a couple of rows. I set a goal to crochet at least three rows at a time on most days. It took me around three weeks to finish the whole thing and I didn’t get sick of it like I usually do with most bigger projects. I think this is my go to baby blanket for the future. There are so many fun variations you can make with it using different colors.
I had no clue how big it was going to be when I started it but I think it turned out to be a nice size. Here I am holding it up so you can see how big it is.
I may be linking up to one of these fabulous parties.