Another year comes to an end

 

Seems like I’m still getting used to 2012, and now it is just hours from being 2013! Oh well…it has been a year of many ups and downs for me, and I am looking forward to more ups than downs in the coming year!

We had a good Christmas holiday visiting family. Little J was especially thrilled with all the lights and decorations. We had to take down our tree a bit early so that the cats would not destroy it while we were away for Christmas, and he still talks about it every day. I think he misses it! We had a big snowstorm here Christmas night, and our house got about 14 inches! That is a lot for Southern Illinois! A couple of days later we got 6-8 more inches, so we had quite the winter wonderland outside then! Just beautiful…

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Little J doesn’t really like the snow so much, though. I think it we hadn’t had quite so much he might have enjoyed playing in it, but since he is so short he can’t walk in it. And his mittens kept falling off so his hands got cold and wet very quickly. So we decided to just come in and enjoy looking at the snow from the comfort of the indoors.

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I didn’t spend much time crocheting while we were away, but I did manage to get this darling little set made and listed just a few days ago. It sold so quickly that I didn’t even have time to blog about it! I decided to go ahead and relist it as a made to order item, and I hope to get more orders for these little sets this year! It seems that my boys crochet hats and sets have been quite popular, so I will be focussing on expanding that section of my shop more in 2013.

Baby Newsboy Cap and Bow Tie 

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Well, I wish I had more time and brain power to write, but Little J is calling to my from the other room. I think he wants me to play peek a boo with him while he pops in and out of a big box. :p It’s the little things that make a toddler’s day!

Happy New Year to you all!

Shop Update–Winter Item No. 1

Hey all! I’ve been so bad about blogging lately, I know. But I have been getting some important crafting done in the mean time, so that kind of makes up for it, I think! I just wanted to pop in and show you my most recent items that are now for sale over at Cocoa Cream Crochet. First is another addition to my little line of bath crochet, the Pure White Bath Puff.

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I love making these, so simple and so quick to crochet! If only we could spare the extra money, I’d buy a zillion different colors of cotton and just crochet bath puffs all day! But, DH has informed me that we need to take a severe cut in spending…so no crazy yarn shopping for now!

My newest creation is one I’m very happy to share because it was a stash-busting project that came to me in the middle of the night: a scarflette!

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These things seem to be all the rage right now, and they really are very stylish and practical! What I love so much about them is that I can make them with just one little skein of yarn! I had this particular yarn, a super soft nylon/acrylic blend, sitting around forr months, not knowing what it wanted to become. But one night I realized what it wanted to be! Yippee! I hope to make another one of these in the coming weeks, next time in a red-toned fuzzy, sparkly, boucle-type novelty yarn. I can hardly wait!

Divine Hat

I’ve been working away on my Trench Coat, and I’m making lots of progress…but at this stage in the project I needed a break from the large scale project to do a little quick crocheting. I found the perfect thing while reading The Kidney Bean’s blog…winter hats! Here in Texas I don’t really use winter hats much, but when visiting relatives in the North I always wish I had one or two. So, I decided to try out the patterns Laura used.

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The first one I made was the Divine Hat, pattern found here. This worked up soooo fast with the big hook, but now I wish I would have followed Laura’s example and used a size or two smaller because it is a bit too big for me. I left off the last row of ribbing just so it wouldn’t cover my eyes! I am thinking of frogging it and redoing the hat with a smaller hook, but I just had to finish it and be done for now. I love the design, though. It looks lacy, but it’s still warm.

The second hat is also from Rheatheylia.com…this time the Cable Hat. I love that crocheters can do cables, too! I can’t knit, but I just love the look of cables! I’m just starting, but it’s coming along nicely. And I did go down one hook size for this one, so hopefully it will have a nice, snug fit when finished.

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Oh, and I learned a new technique doing these hats! The patterns do not include a starting chain, so I decided to look up the adjustable ring that everyone is always talking about. And I am hooked! I used Donna’s tutorial on Crochet Me, and it was the perfect thing to start these hats. I see many uses for this technique in my future!

Well, I have much, much more to blog about and get done on the internet…so off I go!