I am absolutely stunned at how fast this summer is going!! It surely hasn’t been 2 months since I have been here… has it? Why does the summer always go by so quickly? I think for those of us in the northern part of the states it’s because we try to cram all of the things we can’t do in winter all in the space of a few short months. We know that it won’t be long before the cold comes and the summer activities we love so much are no longer an option until next summer. And this year seems especially short because last year was the winter that wouldn’t end. It stayed cold much too long this last spring. I am looking at my calendar and seeing all the fall/winter/holiday craft fairs coming up too quickly and realizing I am no where near ready for them. I don’t stop crocheting in the summer, but it does slow a bit with all the other things to do including vacation, local fairs and festivals, grandkids, and sitting by the bonfire with friends for a few s’mores and refreshments (etc.). And now today, I realized it’s the first MN Vikings pre-season game tonight, nothing says summer is almost gone like football season. With that being said, here’s the latest project I just finished…
I got a message along with a picture from a gal asking if I could make a hat like the one in the pic she sent. It’s for her son’s 3 month pictures coming up. I couldn’t believe my luck at finding the exact same material for the John Deere patches on the front. When I sent a pic of the hat to ask her if it would work, she told me at first she thought I just sent the picture she messaged me back to her. So I guess I was pretty close HAHA! It was exactly what she wanted and I am so happy that I could get it just right for her. My greatest reward is the huge smile on a customer’s face when you give them their order and it’s just what they wanted 🙂
I am working on a baby blanket design using Tunisian crochet and Hairpin Lace. It’s coming along quite nice and the picture in my head and what’s actually coming off my hook are pretty close 🙂 Sometimes I try something out and it’s not quite what I pictured.
This is a sneak peak at my Heart Of My Heart baby blanket. When I get it all together and have the finishing touches on the pattern I will have it available on my Etsy shop. This isn’t the best pic I have ever taken, but let me know what you think of it so far.
Heart of My Heart Baby Blanket
I have also finished a custom order for some adult size character hats. One skunk and one owl hat done and delivered. I am so glad to hear that she thinks they are ADORABLE!
Adult size fun hats
The owl hat I have made in kid sizes before, so I just adjusted the pattern for adult sizes. I had never made the skunk before so I looked up some ideas on Pinterest and came up with what you see here. Looks like I’ll have to remember what I did so I can make a few more 🙂
Now I’m off to finish a couple more custom orders and add some things to my inventory for the craft fairs coming up. Happy hooking everyone!!
All I have to do is go on Facebook and I am bombarded with baby pictures. It seems to be a real baby boom in my area lately 🙂 So of course I am still making baby stuff, which is GREAT because I love it.
First there are a few hats. The Turkey hat was a custom order I made for the my hairdresser… she loved it 🙂 The other two I just whipped up for a craft event I have coming up.
Little Ladybug Hat
Snowy Owl Hat
One more item I made was a baby dress. This pattern came from the book Crochet Baby Boutique II from Annie’s It turned out so cute! The only modification I made was that I didn’t have snaps on hand so I used buttons on the back.
I used Bernat Baby Sport in pink and white.
I am working a cute Tunisian / Hairpin Lace crochet baby blanket that I’m designing as well. Hope to have an update on that the next time. Until then Happy Crocheting!!
Easter baskets are done and delivered! I made them for the grandkids and because of all the unique family dynamics of the family, I had Easter dinner at our house on Palm Sunday.
Flowers and butterflies for the girls… red tractors for the boys.
Of course grandma went a little overboard in filling them so I guess next year I’ll have to make them bigger haha. I should have gotten a picture of them filled, but alas, I got busy getting ready for a house full of people and forgot. The funny part is when the girls noticed they were crocheted and asked if I made them then how did the Easter bunny leave them? I had to do some quick thinking and mentioned that when I talked to the Easter Bunny I asked if I could send the baskets I made along for him to fill with goodies and then get them back here for our Easter party. Thank goodness they believed me 🙂
I have some craft fairs coming up soon again so I am busy, busy, busy getting things made for those. I need to fill my tables you know! So I’ll have some new pics of projects soon.
I love it when someone contacts me on Facebook and says “Can you make me this?” along with a picture of something they have found somewhere. It’s definitely a challenge, but I think the phrase “Nailed It!” applies here 🙂
It just so happens that the item they wanted this time is from a crochet along on another site and the pattern was posted free for those wanting to participate. I also found the thread of the pic they sent to me and she actually mentioned the yarn brand and color she used. It doesn’t get any easier than that! So I made one for her, posted the picture of it on her timeline and asked if that would work, then her friend chimed in and wanted one too LOL, so guess what… I made TWO.
Here are the custom order neck warmers I made this week. Aren’t they the cutest things??
The pattern is from Red Heart and can be found here… Button Up Neck Warmer …I used Red Heart Super Saver in the color Day Glow and it’s beautiful for spring! This project is quite simple and it only took about 2 hours to complete. It is a part of The Crochet Crowd’s ‘Spring has Sprung” crochet challenge. If you want to learn more about it click here… Spring Has Sprung …
Now it’s off to the next project.
As I mentioned in my last post, my yarn order came in that I was waiting for. I had ordered the yarn for a custom baby blanket I was hired to make and they wanted it in blues and greens. I get a little nervous when ordering online sometimes if I haven’t seen the color before. You never know just how far off the color on the computer screen is from the actual product. I decided to go with Knit Picks because the have not only AWESOME quality yarn, but they describe their colors so well.
The pattern they picked is designed by Anne Halliday and is from the book A Year of Baby Afghans (Leisure Arts #4439) This one is January. The original pattern is done in white and shades of blue with fringed ends. As I mentioned they wanted blues and greens… more green though. Also a cleaner finished edge instead if the fringes. I went with Knit Picks, Brava Worsted (100% Acrylic) in White, Cornflower, Tranquil and Grass. BINGO! The colors are beautiful together.
This is how far I am as of the time of this post. The pattern is not difficult and seems to go quickly. I can’t wait to show you the finished project.
I am just starting my new adventure and already have some custom orders. I love it when someone asks me “Can you make …. ?” and I can smile and say “Why YES, yes I can make that for you!” It is so much fun when you finish a custom project and their face lights up when they see it. Here is a picture of one I just finished.
This is and order for newborn twins. Daddy is a fireman and they wanted these outfits for pictures. I didn’t have a pattern when I took this order and got a little nervous when I got home because while I had an idea for the pants and how they would work, I didn’t have a clue how to turn a baby hat into a fireman’s hat.
I finally decided to make a regular baby hat and added a “flap” on the back. Then I made a separate piece for the front and added the numbers then sewed it onto the front of the hat. It gave me the chance to shape it a little bit and also gives it that “flat front” look of a real helmet. I have to say, they turned out better than I first thought they might and the customer seemed to really like what I had come up with. I hope I get to see pictures of the little angels when they are all dressed up like daddy 🙂
I’ve been on a slouchy hat kick lately and have come up with a cute and simple one that will look good on the whole family. These are my Team Spirit Slouchy Hats.
I take custom orders for what ever Team color combinations you are looking for and in four different sizes: Infant, Child, Teen, and Adult. They can be ordered through my Etsy Shop – Fromm Me To You
For you “do-it-yourselfers” I will have the crochet pattern ready soon. I am putting the finishing touches on it and am looking for pattern testers. When it’s completed it will be for sale in my shop also… I’ll keep you posted.