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Baby gifts

I’ve kind of been taking a break from crafting for various reasons the last several months, but I have maintained some items in my Etsy shop.  One of those items sold this morning and I couldn’t be more thrilled!

This is a baby gift set consisting of a stroller- sized blanket, and newborn hat and scratch mittens. I think the set is simply beautiful. This is the set for a little girl which sold today.  I made this set starting with the blanket. I loved the pattern so much, I made up my own hat pattern to go with it and then stumbled across the adorable mitten pattern one day, knowing that it was the perfect way to complete the set.  

I still have a set for a baby boy, as well as a yellow/green set that works for a boy or girl, some gift sets that are just a hat/scratch mitten set, and some adorable baby flower headbands. I have some adorable loom knit baby socks that I need to get listed on Etsy.  Custom diaper wreaths and some baby yarn wreaths are also available.  If you need a gift for a special baby, be sure to stop by Stitches of Light– custom orders are always welcome!

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The result of a flea market 

The other weekend I went to a flea market near where I grew up.  I love flea markets, but rarely go and that’s probably a good thing for my wallet. This one was in conjunction with a festival and the festival was the reason I was there. But of course I checked out the market.  I was glad I did!  I found 3 cute crochet books at a bargain price!  There were several others, but I didn’t allow myself too many.   Two were only $1 and the other was $0.50!



I tried out one of the patterns from the doily book and I think it turned out well!  I’m not super experienced working with thread and I always feel clumsy working with it. This also had a new stitch to me in it. 



Have you ever found any great bargain craft books at a flea market?  



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Baby Girl Blanket, Hat, Scratch Mittens Gift Set- Finished Friday

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve written last. We were on a month-long vacation out west, which was wonderful, then it was getting home and settle back in, and then laziness I suppose! So it’s time to get back to it! But I have definitely been busy crafting the entire time! Hopefully over the next few weeks I’ll get to show you most of what I’ve been up to.

For today, I’m sharing this adorable baby girl gift set that I just finished yesterday- complete with a stroller blanket, hat and scratch mittens!

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The blanket pattern can be found at http://www.examiner.com/article/waves-of-color-easy-baby-blanket-to-crochet

The mitten pattern can be found at http://patternsforcrochet.co.uk/baby-mitts-usa.html

The hat pattern is my own that I made to coordinate with the blanket! I’m so excited to be finally creating some of my own patterns. I’m trying to decide if I want to write up the pattern to put on Etsy or not.

The gift set can be found in my Etsy Shop, as well as just the hat/mittens as a set, or even the hat by itself! Here is a direct link to the listing: baby girl set. I also have some done in a yellow/white and green theme which is great for a boy or girl! Go check them out!

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Thursday Roundup #2- Flower Power Crochet Patterns

Welcome to Thursday Roundup #2!

With spring having sprung (both on the calendar and in the air…FINALLY! 🙂 I thought that a flower roundup would be appropriate and maybe even appreciated this week!  There are so many ways to crochet flowers.  Everyone’s talent just amazes me!  I am a pattern collector, so these will definitely be added to my collection LoL. So here are some incredible flower power patterns!

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1. Crochet Daisy– skill level easy!  (My favorite kind!)  I think these would be adorable on a blanket. (FREE!)

2. 5 Petal Flower- This adorable flower was used on a card, but certainly has lots of other uses as well.  (FREE!)

3. Leaves and Flowers- A stacked flower pattern, but you could also use them just as 1 layer.  Also includes a pattern for a leaf.  (FREE!)

4. Canterbury Bells

5. Crochet a Rose epattern This super simple pattern will work up in now time as it is only 2 rows!. (FREE!)

6. Star Flower– A unique flower shaped like a star.  Also perfect for any skill level.  (FREE!)

7. Daffodilly Flower- Nothing says spring like a daffodil! (FREE!)

8. Chrysanthemum- A bit more advanced, but lovely.  (FREE!)

9. Bunny Flowers- I know we just passed Easter, but this is so adorable! (FREE!)

 

There are soooo many other wonderful flower patterns out there!  This is just the tip of the iceberg.  What is your go-to favorite flower pattern?

 

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Crocheted iPhone cozy (free pattern)- finished Friday

Not so long ago I got a new iphone. Of course, old cases never fit new things, do they? LoL! So I wanted something quick that I could protect it right away and I hate spending a fortune for things like that. So of course I turned to my yarn stash for some help. In no time at all I whipped up this little cozy for it.

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(Please excuse the numerous dog hairs- I had misplaced it for a while and found it on the floor under a basket. I didn’t take the time to pretty it yet.).

I made own pattern, and it was super easy! I simply chained 15, then joined it with a slip stitch to the first chain (be careful not to twist!) to make a circle. Then I just single crocheted in every chain. At the end of the round, I didn’t not join to 1st stitch, just kept spiraling around until it was long enough to cover my phone (about 15 rows. You might want to mark your rounds if you choose to count. Or just eyeball it until it fits). I did join that final stitch to the beginning of that last round (I did mark each new round). Bind off and weave in end. Turn inside out and whip stitch your bottom closed, weave in end and turn right side out. Add an embellishment if you choose.
I think you could easily add a cute little embellishment of your choice to cuteness it up- the possibilities are many!
Now I know it’s protected when I drop it in my purse as I rush out the door. 🙂

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Thursday Roundup #1- Eggcellent Crochet Patterns

I just love the idea of round ups! What a great way to promote each other and share the awesome, hard work of others! There is so much talent out there. So I decided that I would make Thursday my round up day and hope to add a weekly weekly linky party in the near future on Thursdays also. Some weeks it might be crochet, other times plastic canvas or wreaths, or anything else that comes to mind 🙂

For my very first round up theme, I chose crocheted Easter eggs. If you haven’t seen some of these amazing eggs, you are in for a non-fattening treat!

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1.  Little Yarn Friends- Give your egg décor some personality with these adorable little Moustache Easter Eggs. (FREE!)

2.  Plastic Easter Egg Bird-  These sweet little egg birds are sure to be a hit with the little ones! (FREE!)

3.  Little Monster Easter Egg-  Another adorable pattern that little kids will love to play with. (FREE!)

4.  Crochet Easter Egg-  I love these Easter eggs because you can actually hide treats in them!

5. Pineapple Lace Crochet Egg Cover- So beautiful!  Pattern comes with ideas for embellishment also.

6. Crocheted Easter Eggs–  These eggs would be beautiful in a pretty bowl or scattered about on shelves.  I love the added flower embellishment.  (FREE!)

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Spring Crocheted Washcloths- Made by you Monday

I’m running way behind this season switching out my home decorations.  I change them seasonally and often for the holidays as well.  But it’s been spring for over 2 weeks now, and my winter decorations are still out.  I intended to get to them over the weekend, but then my older son (who normally helps me move the boxes in and out of the attic) sprained his ankle very badly pole vaulting, ending up on crutches.  So, between the doctors on Saturday for that and then the younger son’s lacrosse game, and company yesterday, it still isn’t done.  But it’s ok! 🙂  Hopefully this week I will get a chance between homeschooling the little one and other to-do’s.  You certainly never know what the day holds!

I did, however, find time to whip up a couple of the bright, springy washcloths.

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I made up the pattern as I went along 🙂  This was my 1st washcloth pattern created by me.  I think they came out pretty good.  And I love the colors!

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I’m not sure how well the ribbing texture shows in the pictures.  I hope to have these available in my Etsy shop soon. Be sure to check out my Spring yarn wreath and Easter yarn wreath also available on Etsy.

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Flower coaster pattern

I did have a few people interested in the pattern for the flower coasters. This is my first pattern that I’ve written for anyone other than myself, so please ask if there’s anything I don’t explain well!

***** Note: the 1st 7 rounds are worked in a spiral, do not join to the 1st stitch of round, but do mark the beginning of each round.

1. Begin with a magic circle.
2. Round 1: 6 single crochet into circle (6 stitches)
3. Round 2: 2 single crochet into each stitch around (12 stitches)
4. Round 3: *1 single crochet in 1st stitch, 2 single crochet in 2nd stitch*. Repeat between ** around (18 stitches)
5. Round 4: *1 single crochet in 1st 2 stitches, 2 single crochets in 3rd stitch*. Repeat between ** around (24 stitches)
6. Round 5: *1 single crochet in 1st 3 stitches, 2 single crochet in 4th stitch*. Repeat between ** around (30 stitches)
7. Round 6: *1 single crochet in 1st 4 stitches, 2 single crochet in 5th stitch*. Repeat between ** around (36 stitches)
8. Round 7: *1 single crochet in 1st 5 stitches, 2 single crochet in 6th stitch*. Repeat between ** around (42 stitches). For this round, join to the first stitch of this round with a slip stitch.
9. Round 8: *chain 6, skip next 3 stitches, slip stitch into 4th stitch. Slip stitch in stitches 5, 6, 7.*. (1st petal). Repeat between **. You will have 7 petals when finished. Slip stitch to join in 1st chain of round
10. Round 9: single crochet around each petal and each slip stitch of previous round. Join with slip stitch to 1st single crochet of round.
11. Weave in ends.

That’s it! Here is a picture of the 2 I’ve completed so far. Sorry, I haven’t weaves in my ends yet. Let me know how this works for you!

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Crocheted Easter Eggs- Made by You Monday

I can’t remember where I had first seen those cute little crocheted Easter eggs. But I thought that it looked like a project I could handle and work up relatively quick. So I researched around the internet and compared some patterns. Then I went and got some foam egg shapes to stick inside. The pattern ended up not quite fitting my egg forms though. I don’t know it it was my yarn, my gauge or the eggs lol. So I ended up modifying the pattern a bit. Here is how my modified version turned out:

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I like them a lot, then I tried some different yarn that I saw at the store and thought would be perfect for Easter eggs and stuffed them with fiber-fill.

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The original pattern can be found here: http://delights-gems.blogspot.com/2013/03/crocheted-easter-eggs.html?m=1

I especially love the 2-color ones with the designs. That’s a bit tedious to me as I’m not great at changing colors. (Anyone know any good tutorials?).

Has anyone else tried any eggs? I would love to see your photos (and anything else you’ve been working on!)

If you would like to purchase a set or have a set created for you, they are available here in my Etsy shop.

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Crocheted make up bags- Work in Progress Wednesday

As I’ve mentioned before, I usually have several projects going at once. The last week or so I’ve been finishing off a bunch of those projects, so I only have two at the moment! (I’m sure that won’t last long though, as I have a to-do list of ideas to accomplish).

My first work in progress I’m not going to post as I’ve shared it before on my blog- just another Air Force coaster set in plastic canvas.

However, I will show you my second project. I like to bounce back and forth between plastic canvas, wreaths, crochet and even loom knitting. (Common item of yarn, as I mostly do yarn wreaths, though I do a few others as well, such as diaper wreaths.).

Anyway, this project is crocheted. I’m making some small, make-up sized bags, complete with a liner. This is a great accomplishment for me, as I don’t have the best sewing skills. I’ve made two so far that have turned out wonderfully (but I forgot to take pictures of the finished product, and they have already been gifted).

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These two bags are both finished with the crocheting and are just waiting for their liners. For several weeks now. I think I’m procrastinating because I would love to put a zipper on them, but I’m not sure I have the sewing skills to do it. I’ve never done anything with a zipper before. Honestly, I’m not even sure a zipper would fit as I wasn’t thinking about zipper lengths when I crocheted them.

So that’s it for this week, I’m sure by next week I will have several projects going again.

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