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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Pieces for a piggy hat!


So next on my pattern list are the PIECES for a piggy hat. I capitalized pieces because its not an actual hat pattern, but the pieces that you sew onto an already made hat to create a pig hat.
You can find my pattern for a basic earflap hat here http://ruthmcneilsblogging.blogspot.com/2011/11/basic-hat-with-earflaps-i-had-request.html

So for this hat you want to use a soft pink for the main color and either a darker pink or white for the accent color (i.e. the border of the hat)

Materials
Size H 5mm hook
pink and white yarn
yarn needle
black yarn

Ears (make 2)
chain 8
1. Sc in second chain from hook and all the way across, chain 1 turn
2. Sc all the way across, chain 1, turn
3. Sc 2tog, sc all the way across
4-8. repeat row 3
Fasten off and leave long tail for sewing

Eyes (make 2)
with black chain 2
6 sc in second chain from hook, slipstitch into first sc and tie off, leaving a long tail for sewing

with white chain 2 (this piece is worked in the round
1. 6 Sc in second chain from hook
2. 2 Sc in each stitch around, place stitch marker in first sc of round
3. 2 Sc in next sc, place stitch marker in first sc of round, sc in next stitch, repeat until you reach stitch marker, fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.
*Eye assembly- sew black "pupil" onto the white of the eye, this becomes your full eye. I placed my pupil at the bottom of the white, but I just liked the way it looked. You could even make it cross eyed for a silly pig!

Nose (worked in rounds using a stitch marker)
with pink
Chain 2
1. 6 sc in second chain from hook
2. 2sc in each sc around (place stitch marker in first sc of the round)
3. 2 sc, sc, repeat around
4. Sc blo in each stitch around
5. Sc in each stitch around, fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing
*with two pieces of black scrap yarn, tie "nostrils" to the front of the nose, leaving the tail inside so its hidden when you sew piece onto hat.
*When sewing nose on stuff with scrap yarn to make sure it doesnt go flat

And there you have it! Have fun with it too! Add a red bow or eyelashes to the piggie to make her more feminine!

Happy Crocheting!


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Bear Hat


Here is a basic pattern for the pieces that attach to a bear hat. First you will need the pattern for the basic earflap hat which you can find here http://ruthmcneilsblogging.blogspot.com/2011/11/basic-hat-with-earflaps-i-had-request.html
Then you will need yarn for the colors of the bear. I did a polar bear because my son loves them. But if you did brown with black instead of white and black you have a brown bear....voila!

Materials
Hook size H 5mm
Worsted weight yarn in white (or brown)
Worsted weight yarn in black


NOTE* This is a pattern for pieces that you sew on. Not a hat pattern

Ears (make 2)
Chain 2
  1. Sc 6 in first chain, working in rounds use stitch marker
  2. 2 sc in each stitch around (using stitch marker)
  3. *2 sc in next stitch, 1 sc in next* repeat around
  4. Sc around
  5. Sc around
  6. Sc around Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing
*When sewing on ears you will be folding them so they for a sort of cup. The bottom of the ears that you sew onto the hat are the open end of the ears.

Eyes (make 2)

With black Chain 2
1. In first chain Sc 6 Attach to first sc fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing

Nose
With black chain 2

1. 6 Sc in first chain, Break black and join white, working in rounds use stitch marker
2. *Sc in first stitch, 2 sc in next, repeat from * all the way around
3. Repeat row 2
4. Sc around
5. Repeat round 4 fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing
**If you want a larger nose just add an extra row of sc....or for a wider nose add an increasing row

Sew all pieces onto hat in appropriate places and there you go!! Happy Crocheting!!



Saturday, November 19, 2011

Basic Hat with earflaps

I had a request recently to write a pattern for some animal hats. I love doing animal hats and have done enough that it wasnt too hard a request. The hat pattern is always the same so I figured I would write the hat pattern and then the "parts" of the hats in seperate entries. That way I dont have to keep writing out the hat. The earflaps and braids on these hats are optional and are totally what you prefer. I love the earflaps though, so most of my hats have them!

Supplies

Size H 5mm hook
Any worsted weight yarn
Yarn needle


Chain 2
6 SC in first Chain space
2 SC in each SC around
2 SC in first SC space, *1 SC in next, 2 SC in next SC space continue from *
2 SC in first SC space, *1 SC in next two spaces, 2 SC in next SC space, continue from *
2 SC in first SC space, 1 SC in next three spaces, *2 SC in next SC space, 1 SC in next 4 SC spaces, continue from *
2 SC in first SC space, *1 SC in next five spaces, 2 SC in next SC space, continue from *
2SC in first SC space, *1 SC in next six spaces, 2 SC in next SC space, continue from*
2 SC in first SC space, *1 SC in next seven spaces, 2 SC in next SC space, continue from *
2 SC in first SC space, * 1 SC in next eight spaces, 2 SC in next SC space, continue from*
2 SC in first SC space, * 1 SC in next nine spaces, 2 SC in next SC space, continue from*
2 SC in first SC space, * 1 SC in next ten spaces, 2 SC in next SC space, continue from *
2 SC in first SC space, *1 SC in next eleven spaces, 2 SC in next SC space, continue from *
2 SC in first SC space, * 1 SC in next twelve spaces, 2 SC in next SC space, continue from *
2 SC in first SC space, *1 SC in next thirteen spaces, 2 SC in next SC space, continue from *
SC around
SC around
Break A and fasten B
SC around
Break B and Fasten C
SC around until you have a total of 35 rows from top to bottom ( if your head is smaller or larger, add or subtract rows)
Break C and tie off. Weave in ends

Ear flaps: make two
Chain 15
SC in second chain from hook and all the way across
SC2TOG, SC across, CH 1, turn
*Continue this pattern until you have 1 SC space left, SC in last space
SC all the way around the earflap, leave a long tail for sewing, You will end up with a tail at the bottom of your earflap, what I do is weave it through so the tail comes out of the end of the top and I then use the tail to attach the ear flap onto the hat
For the braids that come off of the earflaps I take six long pieces of yarn (approx. about twenty inches give or take) and pull them through the last sc space on the bottom of the earflap. I then braid them down until I get the desired length I want and tie them off (tightly) with a smaller piece of yarn of the same color. then trim the bottom so the fringe is about 1 1/2 to 2 inches long.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Coffee Cozy








Tomorrow night a bunch of us girls are getting together for a learn to crochet + wine night. Should be a lot of fun! I was trying to find an easy beginner pattern to use, and became very frustrated after looking and looking and coming up with ......nothing! So I decided to write my own pattern. I made these coffee sleeves last year and I used mine every time I went to Starbucks or DD. They are much nicer than the disposable ones they give you, and they cut back on waste, AND they are super easy to make. I usually like to do my sleeves I use with ribbing but since this is a starter pattern I figured the easiestway to do it would be a simple easy sleeve done in single crochet. So here it is....enjoy!!


Materials needed
Size H / 5 mm crochet hook
worsted weight yarn, in any 2 colors
A being the main color (mine was a pink)
and B being the accent color ( I used cream)
yarn darner
3 buttons
Needle and thread

Chain 12
Rnd 1 SC in 2nd ch from hook and all the way a
cross chain 1 turn - 11 stitches
Rnd 2 SC all the way across
Rnds 3-36 repeat round 2 break off A

Round 19 attach B ch 1 sc across do not turn



sc all the way around entire coffee sleeve adding an extra sc in each corner

with right side together and forming a ring, slip stitch the two ends together break off and weave in all ends





(I like the way the raised edge of the slip stitch looks on the outside of the sleeve, if you prefer the flat side as your "right side" just sew the buttons on the flat side)

sew your buttons vertically near your B color

voila!


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Button up neck cowl


Button up neck cowl



Skill Level: Experienced Beginner

Materials: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick - I used Glacier
Size K hook 6.5 mm
4 Buttons of your choice
Yarn darner
Needle and thread

Abbreviations : DC double crochet
BL back loop
FL front loop

Neck Cowl

Chain 40
1. dc in 2nd chain from hook and all the way across, chain 4, turn

2. dc all the way across in bl only, on first and last stitch dc in both loops, it will be the same for the entire pattern, chain 2, turn

3. dc across in fl only, chain 4, turn

rows 4, 6, 8- repeat row 2

rows 5, 7, 9- repeat row 3, fasten off and weave ends in.

the chain four spaces will provide the button holes for the cowl. Sew buttons on where the holes will line up.

**If you need the cowl to be a little larger to fit around your neck more loosely, just add two stitches to your chain 40, or however many you feel will accommodate the size you need.


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Family

So I have been missing my family so much lately. Obviously not my kids and husband, because they are right here. Two of which are sleeping on the couch because they both fell asleep watching a movie. But, my sisters and a few others. I have been having a hard time the last few weeks knowing that I cant just get in the car and go visit them. Its funny, because when youre little they are the cause of all your headaches, and when you are grown they are the few people you can count on to always love you and be there for you, no matter what youve done or who you are.
I am so glad that my kids have each other to love when they are older and we are gone. I can see it when they play. I watch them and think of myself when I was younger and how I related to my siblings. Finnegan finds a nice shiny toy to play with and Manny swoops in and takes it, leaving Finn crying (or biting, you never know which one your gonna get with Finn). Or when I am showing someone other than Everett affection and he feels the need to scream and push whoever is in my lap out of it. But all that will eventually turn into support and kindness, I hope. I know it doesnt always work out that way, but Im hoping the strong bond I have with my sisters is genetic ;).
One of the things that triggered this "emptiness" of sorts, is finding out that my youngest sister is going to have a baby! What could be anymore exciting than that? Twins? Lets hope for her sake that theres only one bun in the oven. Otherwise Im buying her a lifetime supply of tylenol and kleenex. She will make such a wonderful mother, wether she knows it or not yet. It has been instilled in us since we were little how important family is, and how we need to stay close and connected. Which is one of the reasons its so hard for me to be away from them.
I want my kids to know their kids, and I want to babysit for them, and have wine with them, and go shopping with them. We have to much of a bond to be so far apart. But, alas, this is the case for us. What to do about it? I guess for now I will just have to keep them on the phone for hours at a time, making them listen to me tell them about what Everett had for dinner, and how Finnegan was trying to ride the cat like he was a horse, or how Manny talked for eight straight hours about Bumblebee and Optimus Prime.
I miss them, but I also know that no matter how far apart we are, or how long we go without talking on the phone, we will never loose the love we have for each other, or the strong bond we share thanks to our Mother. Love you guys!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Damaged

Who wants something thats broken,
thats scarred and beaten and hurt,
Who loves anything damaged,
thats been kicked and thrown in the dirt,
Everything in you is screaming
for love and affection and care,
but who wants to take on the challenge
of putting this thing in repair

I will take you in my arms
and hold you to my chest
until the bitterness floats away
and the pain is laid to rest
I will love you with all that I have
and wrap you in warmth and care
because I have been broken and damaged
and I am still breathing this air


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

D

I would like to cry I woul like to shout close the door but keep me out. Keep those demons locked away, bring them out another day. A day when I can watch them die, watch them sizzle watch them fry. Watch them breathe their last bit of air , watch them writhe with pain they can't bear. Pain I fought to keep away, now those demons have to pay, for making me feel less than real, anger is my daily meal, I'm done with you, I accept who I am, even if I'm less than a "win." Give me my dignity, I want if now, and bow to me like the sacred cow, cause I'm the goddess worth more than gold , don't try to make another mold, I'm me, I'm she, I'm one of a kind, so respect me for my beautiful mind.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Sock Monkey Hat- Adult size


So I have been crocheting these sock monkey hats and they seem to be well received. A friend of mine who crochets was interested in making one, and I have been wanting to experiment with actually writing out a pattern, so heres my chance. This is my first pattern that Ive written out, so if you try it and have questions or get stuck on something feel free to ask me and I will gladly give you all the help that I can. I ocasionally use patterns, but I usually just do what feels right or what looks good, so this should be interesting!! Good luck!

Sock Monkey Hat
Adult Size

Materials Needed:
Size H hook 5mm
Red worsted weight yarn-for the pom pom on top
Lion brand Vannas Choice in Oatmeal-Color A
Lion Brand Vannas Choice in Barley-Color B
*You can use any worsted weight yarn of your choice if you prefer a different look
Two black buttons-preferably with two holes for sewing on (they look better than four holes)

This hat is worked in rounds and place is kept with a stitch marker

Chain 2
6 SC in first Chain space
2 SC in each SC around
2 SC in first SC space, *1 SC in next, 2 SC in next SC space continue from *
2 SC in first SC space, *1 SC in next two spaces, 2 SC in next SC space, continue from *
2 SC in first SC space, 1 SC in next three spaces, *2 SC in next SC space, 1 SC in next 4 SC spaces, continue from *
2 SC in first SC space, *1 SC in next five spaces, 2 SC in next SC space, continue from *
2SC in first SC space, *1 SC in next six spaces, 2 SC in next SC space, continue from*
2 SC in first SC space, *1 SC in next seven spaces, 2 SC in next SC space, continue from *
2 SC in first SC space, * 1 SC in next eight spaces, 2 SC in next SC space, continue from*
2 SC in first SC space, * 1 SC in next nine spaces, 2 SC in next SC space, continue from*
2 SC in first SC space, * 1 SC in next ten spaces, 2 SC in next SC space, continue from *
2 SC in first SC space, *1 SC in next eleven spaces, 2 SC in next SC space, continue from *
2 SC in first SC space, * 1 SC in next twelve spaces, 2 SC in next SC space, continue from *
2 SC in first SC space, *1 SC in next thirteen spaces, 2 SC in next SC space, continue from *
SC around
SC around
Break A and fasten B
SC around
Break B and Fasten C
SC around until you have a total of 35 rows from top to bottom ( if your head is smaller or larger, add or subtract rows)
Break C and tie off. Weave in ends

Ear flaps: make two
Chain 15
SC in second chain from hook and all the way across
SC2TOG, SC across, CH 1, turn
*Continue this pattern until you have 1 SC space left, SC in last space
SC all the way around the earflap, leave a long tail for sewing, You will end up with a tail at the bottom of your earflap, what I do is weave it through so the tail comes out of the end of the top and I then use the tail to attach the ear flap onto the hat
For the braids that come off of the earflaps I take six long pieces of yarn (approx. about twenty inches give or take) and pull them through the last sc space on the bottom of the earflap. I then braid them down until I get the desired length I want and tie them off (tightly) with a smaller piece of yarn of the same color. then trim the bottom so the fringe is about 1 1/2 to 2 inches long.

Pom-Pom
Create a pom pom using whatever technique you prefer and attach to the top of the hat, the bigger the hat the bigger the pompom should be. I included a video if you need instructions on the pompom ...hopefully the link will take you there if not, just youtube how to make a pompom.




Mouth
with Color A
Ch 10
SC in second chain from hook and all the way across do not turn
working all the way around SC around
in last ch space 2SC
SC 2 in first SC
SC in next 8
2SC in next 2 spaces
SC in next 9 spaces
join, leave a long tail for sewing mouth onto hat

attach Red to middle of mouth and SC through middle for a mouth slit....I use 8 SC stitches Fasten off and weave in ends


Ears
Make two
Ch 2
4 SC in first Chain space
Ch 3
TRC in first SC
2 TRC in next 2 spaces
TRC in last space, chain 3, join to last SC space, leave long tail for sewing ears on

Assembly
Obviously you want to center all your pieces so it looks good on your head!
You will want to use a yarn darner to sew all pieces on the hat, except the eyes which you will use a regular needle and black thread.
Attach the earflaps about 7 inches apart in the front and about 6 inches apart in the back. I usually attach the earflaps first and center the mouth and eyes and ears according to the where the earflaps are.

Sew the monkey ears just below the red yarn on that goes across the upper part of the hat, and sew them a little further forward (if they are to far back they dont look right)

Like I said this is the first time ever I am writing a pattern out! And it is for a friend who wanted to make the hat. If you have any questions at all please please please feel free to post a comment and ask and I will help you to the best of my ability!!!

HAPPY CROCHETING!!

**The bottom of the earflaps are done differently in this picture as they are instructed in the pattern. People seem to prefer the braids



Monday, February 28, 2011

Well Everett is taking his glorious afternoon nap so I thought I would write a little blog while the boys were watching their show.

I was recently browsing through some heels online and I figured I would share some. I know this isnt going to be interesting to everyone who reads this blog, but Im gonna do it anyway. Because Im good enough, Im smart enough, and doggone-it people like me!

The first thing is a pair of heels that I could picture myself wearing with anything!! Except maybe a pair of sweatpants, but who knows, I could start a new trend. Rolled up sweat pants and some hot high heels!! I would call it trailer chic!


http://www.punk.com/1370152.html

I think its because they are sparkly!! And the hot pink and black helps too.

I also have been trying to find a swimsuit that is a "pinup" style. I think because you dont have to look like a waif to wear one. Now that Ive had kids, whenever I come within 100 feet of a swimsuit store I break out in hives, sweat profusely, and have a sudden urge to find a large rock and hide under it. So needless to say Ive had the same bathing suit for about four years now. Sad I know.
But I love love love this one! And the fact that its in red makes it even better. I picture myself laying on the beach with my hair pulled back in a cute bandana, sipping on a mint julep and wearing my fire engine red lipstick. In what world this scenario would ever exist who knows, but a girl can dream!

http://www.pinupgirlclothing.com/retro-halter-swimsuit-one-piece.html

This one is a very close second!

http://www.pinupgirlclothing.com/sailor-bikini-top.html

Last but not least I have always wanted the "little black dress" but have never been that fond of black clothing. I dont know why, I just dont like it for myself. I feel so bored in it. So I am always looking for something that could replace it. Something with lots of color (or sparkle, since God knows if I was born a man I would have been a drag queen!). So this is one that I found that I love love love

http://www.pinupgirlclothing.com/dixiefried-paris-dress-pink.html

Well theres Everett, awake and crying....back to reality ;)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Dreams

Sometimes when I have a dream that seems real to me it gives me this sort of "life means more than we know" feeling. I once had a dream where I had traveled to India. While I was there I was traveling through a vast desert of nothingness. It wasnt a brutal desert like you see in the movies. It was more of a cool sort of thing. Not to hot or uncomfortable. I hadnt seen anything for miles and then all of the sudden a scene emerged. I came across what looked like a school. The buildings were all a washed out sort of aqua color, but nothing was elaborate or decorated. It was just the walls with open doorways (no doors) and a light peaceful breeze was blowing through empty concrete like rooms. The whole atmosphere was "breezy". It was like I had arrived at the quietest place on earth. When I came into the area where the building was I noticed three or four yogis sitting on these low to the ground fabric swings. They were all very tall but the yogis sat only an inch or two from the ground in them. They were all in some kind of meditation. All very quiet and still.

The dream never went much further than that, but it was one of those dreams that you feel every emotion and see everything in it like it really is happening, and you wake up feeling like it really did happen. It was a wonderful dream because it was so peaceful. And I have always wanted to somehow get back to that place. Then I started to think that place was in my soul, and although chaos and constant noise may always surround me, I can find that place within my being. When I get overwhelmed sometimes I visualize that scene and I am instantly relaxed.

What reminded me of that dream was a site that I was looking at that was showing indoor swings. Swings that you put in your house or apartment and just sit and relax in them. I wasnt really aware that they existed but now I really want one!!

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/dc/inspiration/inspiration-gallery-indoor-swings-138557