11.30.2011

The Worsted Crochet Blog

One of my fellow crocheters has recently started up a crocheting blog with one of her friends. It's called:


They are currently trying to build their fan base and have a goal of reaching 50 followers by the end of the year. They plan on doing an awesome giveaway once they reach that goal so that is where all of you come in... if you get my drift.

Now, I've had several people send me pictures or comment on one of the totally awesome hats that Cat has designed. It is the "Big Blue" hat, which is the mascot for USU.
When I first saw this hat I thought it was complete brilliance and wished that I had thought of doing something like that... but then I remember I didn't really pick up crocheting until I was gone and away from the blessed USU, so it didn't even cross my mind. But I LOVE it! She's recently come up with a BYU Cougar hat too.

She has tons of other amazing designs as well. Like her Sock Monkey Hat.
We have a pattern exchange going on so we can make sure there aren't typos and they read well, etc. She sent me her sock monkey hat pattern, which may seem pricey at first glance, but it includes 3 hats sizes, 2 different sizes of ear flaps, 6 different mouths, and a few other ideas so you can really make it your own.

Well, I haven't gotten around to making an actual sock monkey hat yet, but I have used the pattern. The ears from the custom Teddy Bear hat I made came from the pattern, as well as the nose. It was one of the mouth patterns done in all black and flipped upside down.

Cat and Heidi have been working hard on putting up tips for crocheters and all sorts of other things, so if you're interested head over and check it out.

11.23.2011

Birthday Hats


I wanted to post a picture of the hats that I made for my sister's birthday.

The ear flap hat matches one I made for her little girl awhile ago, and the other hat was because when I asked her what kind of Christmas hat she would want for herself... this is what I envisioned when she told me she wanted a Christmas slouch.

I told her husband that if she didn't like them that he could send them back because I would totally keep them. :)

Happy Birthday to my Seester!

More Patterns for Sale

I've updated my Patterns that are for Sale.

Not only can you still purchase the Turkey Hat and Penguin Hat, but I've added my Frosty Hat, Gingerbread Hat, Rudolph Hat, and Clarice the Doe Hat. Others will be coming soon!

11.21.2011

Orders Galore

In this group of orders I've had some custom orders that have been really fun, and I've even sold more copies of my patterns. I'll have to get my Christmas ones written up and on here soon.

To start off with, I had a fun order of two baseball caps that were identical except for size. This combo is going to a dad and his little guy to support their favorite team.


Then I got an order from some of our really good Air Force friends that needs to move back here. They left over the summer for a new station. They ordered a little Frosty hat for a friend's upcoming arrival. Since it was for a little girl we added a cute little red bow on top. So darling.


And then I got another Christmas hat order from more of our really good friends. She's got three boys, two of them twins, so the two Santa hats are for them and the Frosty is for their older brother. I can't wait to see pictures!


The last post I did about orders I mentioned that I had a lot of penguin hat orders. One of those was for two penguins. It was a local order from a church friend. She ordered the hats for two of her nephews. When she came to pick them up and pay she donated extra money to my cause. I thought that was so awesome of her!


One of the custom orders that I received was from an Air Force friend that we met in Alabama while we were there for training last Spring. She recently had a little girl, so these two hats will be for her. A gingerbread girl, and then a custom made Teddy Bear hat.


My mom also ordered a hat. Funny huh!? She thought that my niece needed a turkey hat for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

And since it's my sister's birthday tomorrow I sent her some Candy Cane gloves for her little girl too.

And her husband ordered her a couple hats for her birthday as well... but since her birthday has not yet transpired... I cannot yet put up the pictures of those! It would totally spoil the fun of having them being a surprise.

I also recently mentioned that I've had a lot of opportunities to donate some of my hats for various charitable causes. Well, an order I received was from a family friend back when I was a wee little lass. Her church group is collecting hats to donate to young cancer patients, and she ordered two of my hats to donate. She said since she couldn't make hats she might as well help out two awesome causes! She got a checkerboard beanie and then a Rasta slouch cap, but in the Texas Cowboys colors. She lives down around those parts where Cowboy fans can be found quite easily.


And ironic as it is, I had another custom order from one of my good friends from way back in Middle School for a Cowboys helmet-style beanie. Her husband is a huge Cowboys fan.

It's pretty funny how I got a bunch of penguin orders at the same time, and then a couple of Cowboy orders at the same time... it's always in groups.

Now, I'm really excited about this last order I'm going to talk about. It came from a family friend (actually a sister-in-law to the friend who ordered the two Santa hats and a Frosty) and she actually only ordered a penguin hat.

Well, her husband is this awesome songwriter and he has written several amazing shows as well. One of his most popular characters is called "Juanito Bandito."

Here is a picture of him for reference.


Well, as I was perusing facebook one day I saw this awesome picture of a pumpkin someone had carved to look like Juanito Bandito.

It totally inspired me...

And so I crocheted me up a sweet Juanito Bandito figurine. And then sent it to them as a surprise.

It was SOOOO fun. And I love how he turned out. My little guy loved him as well.

Might have to make something similar for a Christmas present.

Speaking of Christmas... Happy Turkey Day this week! And then on to Christmas!

11.14.2011

Silent Blog Auction

A good friend of mine is trying to raise money for one of her previous students. She's auctioning off a bunch of items and services for people to bid on.

Not only is she auctioning one of my hats, but all sorts of other awesome goodies too!

11.09.2011

Over the Halfway Mark

Well, I guess it's official.

I am over halfway to my goal of raising $1,000. Woot, woot!

I've sold a couple copies of my Turkey and Penguin patterns. Those orders are pretty easy to fill. :)

To get started, I received an order from one of my awesome Music Therapy friends. She ordered a little pumpkin patch for the Thanksgiving Holiday. It was fun to see all of the hats together.


And then I received an order from one of my older sisters really good friends (I count her as my friend too). We played soccer together back in High School and she was my favorite senior. Well, she recently had a little girl and so she ordered her an adorable newsboy hat. Before I added the button, I tried it on my little guy and I was so smitten.


Then the friend who previously ordered the USU baseball cap ordered another hat for her new nephew. She had me send it out to them with a message that said "Welcome to the Family!" I thought that was so neat.


I've received a few local orders which is pretty cool. This particular order came from a lady who is in my ward for church. Just in time for the cold, snowy weather, she ordered a penguin hat for her youngest and a newsboy for herself. I really like the dark navy hat with the white and yellow daisy.


And the penguin hats have been a hit. Besides from the above order I've received three other orders that include penguin hats. I took a picture of all the penguins together because there were so many.


And here's a little trivia for you today: What is a group of penguins called?

My hubby and I were wondering so we looked it up. It's called a rookery of penguins. And some of our other favorites were a "smack of jellyfish" and a "murder of crows."

Aside from orders I been receiving several opportunities to help others out with their charitable causes as well.

I donated a bunch of hats for my husband's work booster club. They had a silent auction during their annual chili cook-off. They earned over $600 with all of their donated goods.


And then I've also been able to donate some hats that will be at the Festival of Trees. My friend's sister is a volunteer and has a booth to raise money for Primary Children's Hospital. Since I love that place and the wonderful miracles that are performed there daily I was all about helping her out with her cause.


And one other opportunity that I have been given is through another friend of mine who's trying to raise some money for a former student. His mother recently passed away and the family had to take out a loan to pay for the funeral services, and didn't have enough for a headstone, so she's going to be auctioning off all sorts of things to help raise money. I'm not sure which hats she's planning on auctioning, but a couple will be going for that.

I love all the different causes that people are so passionate about. It really helps me stay motivated to reach my goal. Hopefully I'll be able to deliver the money to the guest house around Christmas time when I'm down visiting family. We'll see if I can make it by then!

And stayed tuned for more of the orders I've received, because I have some really sweet ones with some awesome surprises involved. :)

11.07.2011

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!

"It's the best time of the year
I don't know if they'll be snow,
but have a cup of cheer..."

Well, there is definitely snow up here! And I'm loving it.

All weekend I felt like it was the Christmas holiday with all the beautiful snow we've been getting.

So, in honor of the snow, (shhh... don't tell my mom. She'd ground me. She's not a snow fan.) I'm finally posting some of my Christmas themed hats!

Here's the line-up:
Candy Cane

This hat can be ordered in green and white stripes as well.
(Or any color for that matter.)
Frosty the Snowman


Gingerbread Man (or Woman)


I think the Gingerbread Woman would look really cute with pink frosting too...

Rudolph
the Red-Nosed Reindeer



Clarice the Doe
from the movie "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"


Santa

Another pattern from Playin' Hooky Designs.
When I first saw this hat I fell in love with it. Just picture this in green for St. Patty's Day, or even brown for Thanksgiving!

If you have a special request...
just drop me a line and I'll let you know what I can do!


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