It’s been two weeks since I last updated, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have some great items in the works or that I don’t have a wonderful pattern to share today….cause I do! The projects I’ve been working on are gifts, so I’m not going to be able to post photos or patterns for a few weeks while I put the finishing touches on them and they are sent and received but I’m dying to!!!
I can share with you that one of my designs involves granny squares and an upcoming wedding, while two of the other items will be gifts for my beautifully pregnant DIL who is expecting her first child in the fall!!! As you can imagine I am obsessed with all things baby right now and I can’t wait for these weeks to pass so I can meet my new grand-daughter!!
Since I can’t share the final products with you yet or give you any more hints than that, lets move on to the last project I wanted to share and a wonderful pattern for a hat that anyone who loves the movie Frozen will also love….love….love.
Of course, following the release of Frozen all the retail stores were stocked with tons of items themed for Elsa and Anna. Gracie, along with all the kids in her class, were asking for all of it…..you know they were 🙂 Gracie was adamant about wanting an Elsa hat she saw for winter and although I said no to the $20 hat at the store, I set out to find a pattern and make one for her.
This is the end result and she loves it!!!
The pattern is here. It’s so easy to follow and the results are spectacular. This was the project that had me falling in love with Simply Soft yarn. It’s an easy beginner pattern and finishes in a weekend or less, so…go visit Mango Tree Crafts to follow this pattern or check out her other works. I hope you create one of these beautiful hats for someone you love….or for yourself. If you do, I would love to see the end results.
*Ava didn’t want the long braid on the hat, so I worked the pattern and finished it off before the instructions to work the braid.
Well, that’s what this past week of project work has been….I started out working on a sandal pattern with flip-flop bases to them. I tend to stitch loosely and with this particular type of pattern, it is not a positive attribute to have. I did finish at least one of the sandals all the way to the end and then had a good laugh with the family as I put my foot in it and showed everyone my summer clown shoe. Since it was a failed project, I didn’t think to take a photo but I will in the future. I am going to practice this pattern or another similar one and I will do some step by step photos.
My second project this week was not a complete failure, but I didn’t approve of the final outcome. It was another tank top with a really beautiful design under the bralette. The pattern was easy to read and the stitch work itself was easy, but I ended up with a back strap that was way too long and the shoulder straps were oversized as well. So, I did some quick fixes to it and my daughter loves it and says she will wear it……I’m gonna start another tank top for her and lower my needle and yarn sizes.
Since I don’t have a new project to share, I thought I would share a post that I put on my Instagram and Ravelry accounts earlier this year. I did quite a few pillow projects and this happened to be one of my favorites….
I found this wonderful pattern for FREE!!!!! Right, I love free patterns….especially when they work up this beautifully! This particular one is written in a fit to size pattern, so I was able to get a larger pillow than she worked in her pattern and follow the steps with no problems at all. Other than the sizing difference, the only variation I made was to the flower on the pillow itself. I was making this as a gift for my sister who has two young boys running around the roost. Although I love the flower clip idea that was suggested, it just wasn’t a practical option….that flower would not have made it a week. So, I looked up a puffy flower pattern and sewed the applique to only one side. That way if my taste and my sister’s taste didn’t match, there was always a plain side.
You can find this pattern on my Ravelry page which has a direct link to this pillow pattern. Click here for my Ravelry page. While you are there, check out some of the other free patterns I have linked on my page. I am always adding new projects.
Necessity is the mother of all invention, right? Well, that’s how this cute little pouch pattern came about. I work in the restaurant industry and often have trouble keeping my cash in my apron. One busy afternoon I was fighting to shove the wad of loose bills deeper inside the pocket when I realized that it was only a matter of time before some of my hard earned money would slip out and hit the floor, so after a few failed attempts…..a perfectly pretty pouch.
The pattern is simple for beginners, can be made in a variety of sizes and the use of buttons/baubles is endless. I wanted this particular pouch to be stretchy and durable so I opted to use worsted weight acrylic yarn. Of course, there are several mediums that would work for this pattern and purpose. If you choose cotton yarn, it will be durable and survive through endless washing, but it won’t be as stretchy as the acrylic yarn. Using t-shirt yarn could be the best of both worlds and I will be trying that medium on the next pouch I create. Continue reading