Easy Ribbed Beanie

A beanie that doesn’t really require much thought, as the stitch is the same throughout. This method does use more yarn than a typical hat would. I usually use “I Love This Yarn” by Hobby Lobby and it takes almost half a skein.

Yarn- ANYTHING! I have used worsted weight and chunky, both in several different brands and textures.

Hook- Typically a good hook to use in a project like this is the suggested size on the label of your yarn. If you wish for a looser tension just go up in hook size. I do this sometimes when a yarn doesn’t feel as soft as I would like. This usually works well for me.

Easy Ribbed Beanie

Chain until about 12 to 14 inches.

Half double crochet into third stitch from the hook and in each stitch across. Chain 1.

Half double crochet into the back loop only of each stitch across. Chain 1.

Repeat last row until your hat can fit around your head. For me that is usually 18 to 20 inches, depending on the yarn that I use. If this is for a child it will be obviously be less.

Sew the ends together.

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The seem will disappear when you wear it.

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Figure out which side you want to be the top and which is the bottom. It really doesn’t matter which is which.

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When you find the top, thread your yarn with a darning needle all the way around. Pull tight, tie a knot and weave in the ends.

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Now you can add a pom pom if you’d like or just leave it plain. You can fold up the bottom for the band. If you don’t want this look you will want to make sure that you don’t chain as much in the beginning.

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Folded Brim

I use the Pom Pom Maker by Clover which you can get from Michael’s here. You can also find them on Amazon but since I almost always have a coupon on hand for Michael’s, I usually go there for these type of things.

I do not claim this pattern because I’m sure someone else out there has done this way before me. It is just a super easy and mindless hat pattern that could be for women, men, children, whatever!

Thank you!

~CJ

Fingerless Owl Gloves

   

These are super easy! Crochet a square, for this child size that I made I made a half double crochet foundation of 22. Then I made 15 rows. Stitch them along the side leaving a hole about one inch in length and about 1 to 1 1/4 inch from the top. Ta-da!

I can’t remember where I had found the owl motif, I had it jotted down in a notepad because I tweaked the original pattern a tad. This is what I have:

At the end or each round I did a sl st and fastened off. This is because I wanted a different color for each round. If you don’t wish to change your colors, then just continue on.

Magic Ring

Round 1: Ch 2, hdc 11. Sl st to join. 

Round 2: Ch 2, hdc in same st, 2 hdc in the space between each previous hdc. (You don’t HAVE to do them in between, but I did it both ways and I prefer the look of in between rather than in the actual stitches) Sl st to join.

Round 3: Ch 2, 2 hdc in same st, hdc 3 in between each previous group of 2 hdc. Sl st to join. 

Round 4: (now working in the stitches) Ch 2, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 3, 2 hdc in next st, sc in each remaining st, sl st to join.

Round 5: Ch 2, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st, sl st in next 2 st, hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, sl st in next st. Fasten off and weave in ends.

The eyes are just a magic ring, ch 2, hdc 7, sl st to join. Four times altogether. I sewed little buttons into the center of the eyes but if you don’t want buttons you could crochet little black circles or glue felt onto them or even glue little googly eyes on them. Whatever tickles your fancy!

The nose is just orange yarn sewn in between the eyes. Sew the owl on the correct mitts. Double check before sewing to make sure that you are putting the Owls are the correct sides of the mitts. You DO NOT want to sew the whole thing onto a glove just to realize you made two left hands. Tragic!

 

I do plan to make more of these but I want to make them with all different kinds of creatures and objects on them so it may take a bit to finish. The next ones I make I will have progressional pictures so it will be very visual, so stay tuned!!

Thanks!

~ CJ

Slouchy Boots

I was trying to create my own slouchy boot pattern..and failed. Quite sad.. And so began my search for a great pattern. I was desperately trying to find a free pattern but couldn’t find even one good one. 

Finally I settled on buying one on Etsy. At first I was a little disappointed that I had to buy it rather than make it myself. After making only one boot, that initial disappointment was completely extinguished. They are so ridiculously adorable that I just couldn’t stop making them. After the second day of having the pattern, I had already made three pairs.

  

The pattern is simple and the instructions are very clear and well written.

If you’ve been searching for a good pattern for basically any type of crochet footwear, I recommend checking out Two Girl’s Patterns. They have quite a few great patterns on there.

For a direct link to this boot pattern; Mia Slouch Boot.

  

So cute!!

~CJ

Easy Headwrap

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I was scrolling through Pinterest (one of my favorite things to do!) when I found a head wrap. Normally I don’t care too much for head wraps or headbands, not because I don’t like them, but because I guess I have a weirdly shaped head that never seems to allow for such accessories. But this was so cute and cozy looking I just had to give it a try!

For my head size, this wrap ended up being almost like a hat but with an opening at the top. This is definitely not the intended nature of the wrap, but I love it! It’s exactly what has been missing in my life.

It finishes up really quick and I love how tight the stitches look. They are so uniform and it makes it look nice and smooth. I ended up making three of them in one day.

This pattern is from the wonderful Jonna at Frayed Knot. Here is a link to the pattern: http://www.imfrayedknot.com/2012/12/30/easiest-headwrap-ever-2/

The flower embellishment is also really quick and easy and uses a small enough amount of yarn that it can be made with scrap yarn. I have made a couple more of these that are not pictured that were for children so I omitted one of the increase rounds and I thought the flower in the original post might be a little too large so I made a different one.

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I did not add a button to the orange one, just to see how it would be. It’s nice both ways, though I do like how the button looks better.

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Button Hole!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


So if you are looking for a quick and easy head wrap or ear warmer, I highly recommend this one!!

Craft Show Progress

So I have a craft show coming up in April. My goal was to make at least one thing a day..I may have let that slip a little. Oops..

Anywaaay,

IMG_9219Side note–I can’t wait until I start using my new camera to take these pictures. It will be quite an improvement.

I am making some new cabled wrist warmers to add to my craft show collection. They are gorgeous! I fully intend to dedicate an entire post to these beautiful wrist warmers. Stay tuned 😉

Thanks all!

~CJ

Knitting Needles!!

So knitting is still quite new for me. I have been crocheting for three years now but only knitting for roughly six months. Those months were also not strictly dedicated to knitting either. I attempted it a couple of times but then stopped so that I could catch up on my crochet projects for Christmas. Now I have a craft show that I am crocheting for so I wont really dive into knitting until I am done with that.

That being said, I’ve been wanting to make sure that I am prepared, so I bought my first set of circular knitting needles yesterday! I was very excited, but no one else quite shared my enthusiasm..so I did receive some funny looks as I bounced with glee while clutching my new needles…

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They aren’t anything amazingly spectacular, but I love them. 🙂

Now I just need to keep the plastic cord to stay put while I knit, it keeps wanting to coil back up! An issue for when I am ready to address my knitting once again.

Now I must go, as I have been trying out a new pattern that I’m making. I am in the “trial and error” period. Wish me luck!

~CJ

A New Beginning!

Hello!

My name is Chelsea and I thank you for sharing the experience of this new journey with me. I am looking very forward to getting to know each and every one of you!

Let me tell you a little about myself first. I have never had just one dream or passion to follow in life. When I was growing up I would bounce from one future to another. At one point I was destined to be a detective, taking notes of everything I saw and trying to solve made up mysteries. Another time I wanted nothing more than be a lawyer (this was more or less due to my love for watching Legally Blonde). Then there were many shorter lived aspirations; designing my own fashion line, becoming a world renown chef, a career in architecture, being a teacher, a video game designer, a doctor, and a singer..that is until I realized just how terrible of a singing voice I really had. And of course, a movie star, telling everyone that as soon as I graduated high school I would be off to Hollywood.

Some dreams that I had growing up went to the back burner to ones such as movie stardom and fashion designer. As I got older I realized that these were not only more practical but actually suited my talents and inner desires better than anything.

For as long as I can remember I have loved baking. When I was little I used to spend a weekend here and there at my grandmother’s house. She’s that grandma with the cookies that everyone raves over. She used to let me help her and taught me the ins and outs of cookie baking. I will never forget the day that she taught me not to touch the stove while you are baking..that was a “learn from your mistakes” type of day. I took everything I learned from my grandma and now I have a deep hearty love for baking. I love finding and trying new recipes, testing and tweaking them to better suit what I like. Anything that I can make on my own in my home rather than buy at the store, I do. Over the past seven years I have tossed around the idea of opening my own bakery. Though I don’t plan on actually starting on this escapade for another ten years or so, I still have a pocketful of information and ideas just waiting to be let out.

Around the age of eleven I thought that I had an extremely original mind. I just knew that I could be an acclaimed author. Ahh the mind of an eleven year old. I got out my favorite notebook and started writing my first novel. It was about an awkward young girl who found a puppy in her backyard. They quickly bonded and she knew that no matter what happened in life that her best friend would always love her. It had a decent start, almost no context in the middle, and an ending that was never technically finished unless you went to the notes page at the end and saw that the dog had died. Throughout the years I have tossed around MANY ideas for other books. They ranged from fantasy to romance to mystery to thriller. Until about a year ago I thought that this would always be something that stayed in the protective chamber of my mind. If it stayed there then I wouldn’t have to hear anyone say that I wasn’t good enough to do it. I decided that if it was something I truly wanted to do, then I would just put on my big girl shoes and go for it. If I didn’t try, then clearly it wasn’t important enough to me after all. So, I did it. I took the plunge. I’m currently in the process of writing my first, and hopefully it goes well and it’s not my last, novel. Wish me luck!!

My next calling was discovered one day while I was scrolling through Pinterest. Who doesn’t love Pinterest!? I saw these adorable baby booties, they were crocheted and, as I had never even known what crochet was, I just put them in the back of my mind. Then I saw that one of my friends knew how to crochet, so I had asked her if it was a difficult thing to do and she told me that once you got a hang of it, it was pretty easy. So I gave it a go. I went to a super store, found the yarn aisle, and looked at the wall of crochet hooks and knitting needles and all of the other accessories. It was like looking at a big picture with hieroglyphics, I had no idea what to do. So, naturally, when confronted with a confusing task, I winged it. I grabbed a pink crochet hook (because, yes, it was pink) and some pretty pink yarn and checked out. Lucky for me that the hook size I had gotten was only half a size away from the recommended hook size for that yarn. Not that I even knew that at the time but that’s neither here nor there. I jumped onto YouTube and watched just about every beginner video that I could find. At first it was so irritating and I just couldn’t get a handle on how to work the hook. UGH! With an amazing amount of support from my Man, I kept at it. Three years later and my house is half yarn. A while ago I started selling some of my work and now I’m venturing out and opening an Etsy shop.

Knitting is still new for me. I haven’t quite gotten the hang of it yet, but now I know that all it takes is a little time and attention and I’ll catch on.

I also plan to start sewing. I learned how to sew in my high school home economics class. Haven’t done it since. I am so ready to start re-learning how to sew, because I’m sure I’ve forgotten how to do it. I need to make myself an adorable new apron! I already have a couple ides for that too. Now all that I need is a sewing machine!

As for the last part, Geek. When I was growing up, people used the word geek to put others down. Because of all of the movies and TV shows and such that have become so popular, being a geek has seemed to become quite orthodox. Whether you are a bandwagon geek or you’ve been a geek since childhood, welcome. I hope I don’t ever embarrass myself by getting a little carried away, but I will warn you now..it may happen. I just want you all to be prepared, just in case.

Now that I’ve gotten all of that out of the way, I would like to tell you what you could be seeing in my future posts and such. I hope to write about my love for baking with recipes both failed and successful. I plan to start a series about recipes that I find on Pinterest. I will try out the recipes and post results with descriptions of what I did accompanied by pictures. If it was a major fail, I will talk about what may have gone wrong and much to my probable dismay, I will post my fail pictures as well.

I will also post about all things crochet and knit. Projects that I have done, want to do, patterns, and any information that seems like it should be shared. I would also love to help anyone who wishes to learn how to crochet or knit. I will answer any questions and if there are any requested posts I will gladly address anything that I can!

There may also be random posts about the things that I love. Hopefully you all enjoy those posts as much as the more informative ones. This might be where my “geekery” could come into factor.

I am so very excited to embark on this new adventure and I hope that I can make many new friends in all of you.

~CJ