Tuesday, March 27, 2018

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Messy Bun Hat - Book Review

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I have been wanting to try making a messy bun hat for a while.  While I do not personally wear buns, I do wear ponytails a lot, and sometimes it would be nice to have something on my head to keep it warm even when I have my hair in a ponytail.

I recently received the book Messy Bun Hats, Plus! from LeisureArts.com.  I love all of the different patterns and variations of messy bun hats in this book.  There is something for everyone!
When I started out, I wanted something that I could wear to school events, so I found this beautiful variegated yarn from Premier Yarns called Frosty.  It has shades of blue, grey and white.

Once I made the hat, I did not really like the look of the band out of the variegated yarn (see image below) so I made some adjustments.  I loved the stitch, but just thought it would look cuter in a solid color.

I grabbed some Grey Heather yarn from Premier Yarns, and started to make the hat again.  I was planning to make it in all grey, but then I placed the grey band I was working on over the top of the variegated hat I had already made and I knew I had the perfect hat when I combined these two colors.

The book by Leisure Arts is really easy to follow, and has great pictures.  I love how easy it is to follow along and watch the progress of your project.  Since this pattern does call out a gauge to follow, I was quickly able to figure out that the hook I was using was too big, and I went down one size . . . which turned out to be the perfect size.

And now, the finished hat with a grey brim and a variegated body . . . I think it turned out really cute!

Since I have a smaller head, the next time I make this I think I will just take out a row or two from the body of the hat, but I am going to give this one to a friend so the size will be perfect for her.

I would highly recommend the Messy Bun Hats, Plus! book.  Find a yarn in your favorite color and jump on in and try one out.  They are fun and easy to make.  This one only took me a couple of evenings to make and I even changed my mind and switch color combinations after making the hat the first time.

Messy Bun Hats, Plus! - Front Cover

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Crocheted Headband/Ear Warmers

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Have you ever found a crochet pattern or stitch that you love so much you just want to use it all the time?  That is how I feel about the stitch used to make these Mickey Mouse Headbands!  

The band is made with a stitch that combines a single crochet stitch and a double crochet stitch, so if you can make those two stitches and a chain, you can make this headband.  These are perfect to wear when you have your hair in a bun or ponytail, but still want something to keep your ears warm from a cool wind.

How did I discover this stitch?  It is in the LeisureArts.com book One Skein Baby Projects, and is used to create the blanket in the Teddy Bear Lovely pattern.  I have actually used this stitch several times in the past year to create some full sized blankets.  I just adjusted the number of stitches I used. If you would like to see those projects you can find them HERE and HERE.

For the headbands, I start off with a chain of 55 stitches.  For the circles to make the Mickey Mouse icon made circles in two sizes using the pattern I learned from the LeisureArts.com Teach Me To Crochet book.  I originally used that book to create an Emoji Pillow from the circle pillow pattern, which you can check out HERE.

After making the circles, I just slip stitched them onto the headband.  I made all of these out of Red Heart with Love yarn.  I love how soft this yarn is!  It comes in a lot of amazing colors too.

I hope that this blog post showed you how you can take what you learn in one or two books from different patterns and combine them into a brand new project that is all your own.

I am also selling these headbands on my Storenvy site and on a crafting Facebook group I have.  Come check them out!

LeisureArts.com books used included One Skein Baby Projects and Teach Me to Crochet

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Shaped Number Graduation Card

Graduation season is just around the corner, and since my daughter will be graduating high school this year I know we will be going to a lot of Open Houses for her friends.  I wanted to make unique Graduation card from them instead of getting the same ones that everyone else will be getting from the stores.

I was able to easily make this 2018 shaped card in school colors using Cricut Design Space.  I used a font that has several layers, and then I welded the shadow of the white outline together.  After it was welded, I made a copy and mirrored it above the original image and added a score line to it to create the card base.

The next step was the gray outline, which I also welded together.  I made a copy of this and welded a square to the inside of it to create the piece for the inside of the card.  Instead of writing something on the inside, I used my Cricut pens to have the Cricut write a nice sentiment on the inside.

I layered the gray 2018 on the outside of the card

Then I layer the gray piece with the sentiment to the inside of the card.

Next I cut the blue 2018 

And last but not least, I layer the blue numbers on to the front of the card.

This is a simple but fun Graduation card that can be made using any school colors.