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Monday, November 15, 2010

More Hats!

I've been having way too much fun with hats lately.  After my last post about hats, a friend of mine commissioned* a bunch of newborn and toddler hats.  In trying to get sizes right, I ended up making a few more, but I figured that was fine, I'd just keep them for myself to give away.  I have plenty of people I wanna make hats for anyway.  But she loved them so much, she bought them all.  My favorite is the pink one in front.  Hence why it's in front.  :)  You can see that there are a coupla hats that are exactly the same except size.

I want to start making adult hats, too, so I started by making me one.  Because, let's be honest, if I'm making all these hats, I certainly deserve one for myself.  My first attempt was a ridiculous failure.  It's still sitting in my crochet bag, mourning its sad existence.  Next time I need that yarn I'm just going to rip it all out.  It's that bad.  But that's what I get for just trying to make it up.  So I went and found a pattern and ended up finding this one. It's probably the hardest thing I've ever crocheted.  Mostly because I couldn't figure out the pattern.  (And looking at the comments, I wasn't alone.) But once I figured out the pattern, it got pretty easy.  It's also super thick because the pattern on top is basically on top of a layer of hat underneath.  Which, hopefully, will keep my ears nice and cozy warm all winter. (Note BJ in the background finally getting around to playing Zelda: Twilight Princess. I think he got it for his birthday.  In March. He's just been so busy programming!)



And then tonight I finished another hat for Jeri (the friend who bought all the hats).  Ok, it looks kind of funny laying down by itself, but the lighting on Photobooth was horrible and you couldn't see the pattern in the stitches or the color at all.  Maybe when Jeri comes to get it I'll make her pose for a picture.  Haha.  I'm kind of proud of this one because I made up the pattern as I went.  It's all based off other hats I've made with patterns, but I've never been able to convert into an adult hat.  Today I had a brain wave and this is the result:

*If anyone else is interesting in purchasing a hat, I charge $10 for newborn, $12 for toddler and $15 for adult.  (Except that fancy shmancy cream-colored one I'm charging $18 for because of the difficulty and because it uses about twice as much yarn.)  I can customize colors.

Sunday, November 7, 2010


It all started a month or so ago at our last Relief Society meeting that was done much like Homemaking of yesteryear.  We made cards and Boo Blocks.  (3 blocks with scrapbooking paper and the letters B-O-O modge podged on.)  And I realized that although I'm not really crafty, I really enjoy being crafty.  (I know some of you are scoffing at that statement because of the hats I've been making, but that's a different genre of crafty that I'm talking about.)

It continued when I went to Roberts the other day to get some yarn and they had a table set up of Christmas crafts and instructions of how to make them.  A couple of those crafts mixed with my desire to have some sort of Thanksgiving decor.

The result?  I was crafty!

Like, I came up with the idea (not the idea of how to do it, but the specific idea of my craft), I picked the word (creative, I know), I picked the paper (probably the hardest part), the paint and splurged on modge podge.  Who knew I'd someday own that stuff?  I did all the work, made all the mistakes, and learned all the lessons.

The result?

What do you think?  How'd I do on my color/pattern choices?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Impromptu Photo Shoot

Recently I noticed that my favorite pictures of Kessa are the close-ups.  So when she was being cute, I grabbed the camera and played.  Here are some of my favorites:

And now one just for fun.
She loves our Wii Remotes.  A lot.