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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to tell you about a new volunteer organization I’m working for. In the October 2017 issue of Crochet World Magazine they had an article about a non-profit organization called Feel Better Friends (FBF).

According to their website, “Feel Better Friends are handmade dolls stuffed with love and well wishes, crafted by volunteers and donated to children battling cancer and other illnesses.” I’ve enjoyed making amigurumi crochet figures so I thought this would be a great way for me use my crochet hobby to help others.

In order to become a volunteer for this group you have to create a test doll. The first thing I had to do was find a child to make a doll for.  My grand nephew is a bit young yet and I don’t have any other young children in my family. I finally remembered one of my friends that I get together with to crochet and knit had a 2 + year old grandson. Jan was more than happy to let me make a doll for Chase.

Meet Chase

I went over to her house one morning to meet Chase and take some reference pictures. He is a typical 2 + year old boy that is full of energy and exploring everything. I needed to pick up some yarn to match his skin color but everything else I needed I had in my stash.

After a few weeks of work I had the Chase doll done.

One of the things that took the longest was putting in the hair. Chase has a nice full head of hair so I wanted to give his doll the same. Each strand of hair was looped through the crochet stitches. Then I had to trim it like a hair dresser to get it to the right shape.

When I first handed the real Chase his doll his eyes got very big and he could tell it was just for him. I think you can tell by the look on his face that he liked it.

Chase, Grandma Jan & the Chase Doll

After giving Chase his doll I submitted pictures to the FBF volunteers in training Facebook group and was quickly admitted to the approved makers group (you don’t have to be on Facebook to volunteer though). I’m already working on my first official FBF doll for a beautiful little boy. Do to privacy concerns I probably won’t be able to tell you much about my future subjects but I hope to continue to show you the dolls.

If you enjoy making amigurumi and want to volunteer your talents you might want to give the Feel Better Friends a look.  They make dolls for children all over the world and currently have a fairly lengthy waiting list. I look forward to bringing a smile to the face of lots of children that just need a hug and need someone to hug when they might not be feeling very well.HOHD-Badge

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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to show you a clutch purse I made. One of the other reasons I haven’t blogged much this summer was because I had a family wedding to attend and along with being away for that I also did a bit of sewing for wedding gifts and made this clutch to go with the dress I wore.

I found this pattern in the April 2015 issue of Crochet World magazine called Rendezvous Clutch. It worked up to the perfect size to hold my phone and a few essentials. I wasn’t sure at first if I would add the flower details but decided that it was too plain without them. It also helps to weigh down the flap so it stays closed.

The original pattern called for a zipper across the top but it didn’t call for a lining. With the way the crochet fabric had fairly large holes in it I decided to add a lining so nothing would fall through and you couldn’t see what was in the clutch. Speaking of the crochet fabric, it is made with a special stitch called “Crossed Double Crochet” that is well described in the instructions. At first it was a bit awkward to do but it got easier once you got used to it.

To make the bag perfect I added a couple of pockets, one with a zipper, to the lining. The pattern was very easy to follow and the bag worked up to the same size as the pattern description.

I used about 1 1/2 skeins of Lily Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn. Usually I don’t enjoy working with cotton yarn because it seems kind of sticky but this time I used a Clover Soft Touch Crochet Hook and the yarn slid easily around my hook.

Picture from Crochet World Magizine
April 2015

I’m real happy with the way my bag turned out and hope I have some other occasion to use it sometime.HOHD-Badge

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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to show you a sunhat I made for my mom for Mother’s Day. We all know that as our parents age it becomes more difficult to find things to gift them at holidays and birthdays. When the Summer 2017 issue of Crochet! magazine arrived I glanced through it as usual and when I saw the pattern for the Sheer Southern Style Sun Hat by Kathy Lashley I just knew I had to make it for my mom.

My mom loves to wear hats, especially in the summer, so since Mother’s Day was a few weeks away I set out to find the yarn. When I do a pattern for the first time, that you must do to the same size as it’s intended (unlike an afghan for instance), I like to use the same yarn that is called for in the pattern. The yarn used for this pattern is Omega Sinfonia DK-weight yarn. Fortunately I found a local source and went to acquire the yarn. The pattern calls for the colors Navy, White and Blue Orchid. The store didn’t have any of the Blue Orchid but the Light Teal was a great substitute since it was the same value color as the Blue Orchid.

No hat is complete without a proper hat box. Since this hat pattern uses millinery wire to keep the brim from flopping I wanted to give it to my mom in a box that could be used for storing it properly. I looked all around (Michael’s, JoAnn’s, etc.) and couldn’t find anything wide enough for the wired brim. A quick perusal in our basement found a box that stored a vacuum hose for Charlie’s wood shop that was the perfect size for the hat. He was very gracious in giving up the box for the hat but I couldn’t have my mom’s hat sitting in a “tool” box.

This is one of those boxes that comes apart and opens to a flat piece of cardboard. I rummaged in my wrapping paper supply and found this great floral and two solid colors that all went together (even if they weren’t bought as a set). With a bit of spray adhesive, scissors, and tape I had a proper hat box. The only thing left to finish off the gift was a flower.

I couldn’t find one pattern that fit the bill so I took three patterns and combined them to make the above flower. The main pattern is called Blossom Posy and I did the whole pattern using the white for the center and the light teal for the petals. I wanted to make the flower a little bigger and so I used a modified version (by not doing the “extended single crochet”) of the final round of the Cheerful Crochet Flower pattern to add the white around the outside. The last thing I added was a covered button to fill in the middle of the flower with the navy colored yarn. The reason I wanted to fill in the middle was because I added a pin to the back and I didn’t want that to show through the hole in the center of the flower. With the pin back the flower can be worn as a lapel pin if desired.

I love the way the hat and flower came out. My mom was very surprised and happy with the hat and has worn it many times already. We have an outdoor wedding to go to this summer and she said the hat matches her dress.

The hat pattern was very easy to follow. I had never worked with this yarn before and found it a bit sticky to use. It is a nice 100% cotton but as you pull it out of the skein it kind of sticks to itself and can sometimes get tangled. This wasn’t too much of a problem that I would use this yarn again if I found the right pattern for it. When I went looking for the millinery wire I did a search on Etsy and found Kathy Lashley’s shop by accident. I didn’t even realize at first that the Etsy shop where I purchased the wire and joiner was owned by the woman who wrote the pattern.

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Warning to Frankie & Ernie…you might want to avert your eyes and also not let your mom see this post.

Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to show you what I’ve been working on since making all that baby stuff. While perusing one of my favorite catalogs, Mary Maxim, I saw the cutest kit that would be a great addition to our winter decor. I waited for a “free shipping” sale and ordered the kits. Without further ado I’m pleased to introduce you to the Snowman Family!

I had the dad done just after Christmas and finished the rest of the family a few weeks ago.

Snow Dad

The kits (you can buy mom and dad separately and the kids as one kit) come with patterns that were all very easy to follow and have everything you need except the stuffing.

There are a couple of things I did differently from the pattern. The first was the way the nose was made. It is made of felt and the instructions tell you to hot glue it into the cone shape and then glue it to the face. That seemed like a messy way to do it so I sewed the cone shape by hand and then sewed the cone to the face. I had just the right color orange thread and you can hardly see any stitching.

Snow Dad’s Snowflake Garland

The pattern also called for the sequins to be glued onto the snowflake garland but again I didn’t want any messy gobs of glue so I sewed them on. With grey thread it is barely visible.

Snow Mom

The Snow Mom’s sweater was fun to work on as it required some different shaping than I had ever done before.

The sweater had some lovely details with the trim around the edges, the little pockets, and the snowflake buttons.

Snow Girl

The Snow Girl has similar trim details around the neck of her poncho as the mom’s sweater and they both have ear muffs that are made from pompoms and a pipe cleaner.

Snow Boy

The Snow Boy’s colors really tie the family together. I love the little pompom snowball he is holding.

Caron Simply Soft (White), Mary Maxim Ultra Mellowspun DK (Dark Blue), Lion Brand Vanna’s Glamour (Diamond)

All of the bodies were made from the Caron Simply Soft yarn. The colored fabrics were made by holding one colored yarn together with the Vanna’s Glamour Diamond yarn.

Mary Maxim Baby’s Best (Pink)
Mary Maxim Ultra Mellowspun DK (Robins Egg)

The Vanna’s Glamour yarn is a combination of white with a metallic strand so it makes the colors twinkle.

Snow Dad before the rest of the family was finished.

During the winter the Snow Family will reside on the buffet in our foyer. Frankie and Ernie you can rest easy knowing that they have been put away for the season.

Hey mom! Are you sure I can’t play with the Snow Dad for just a little while?

I would highly recommend these kits to anyone and I hope you enjoyed meeting our Snow Family.

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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to finish showing you the things I crocheted for my grandnephew Henry Charles. I previously showed you the baby rattles, and more recently the hats and booties I made. This week I am showing you the circular baby afghan I made to complete the set.

Lille Matelassè Circular Baby Afghan

Lille Matelassè Circular Baby Afghan

The design is from a collection from Priscilla’s Crochet. She can be found on her website or on Ravelry. This afghan is from her Matelassè collection. I bet you are wondering what “Matelassè” is so here is the designers explanation.

If you’re not familiar with matelassé (pronunciation: må`lå`sã´) fabric, here is one definition:

Definition of MATELASSÉ: a double cloth of cotton or rayon or other fibers woven on a jacquard loom and used esp. for clothing, upholstery, and bedspreads and marked by raised floral or geometric designs with a
puckered or quilted appearance achieved by the interlacing of threads in the weaving or the contracting of threads in the finishing.

Courtesy Miriam Webster Dictionary

My intention while creating these designs was to imitate the feel of beautiful matelassé fabric and to translate that imitation into crochet. I hope you find the resulting patterns satisfying.

Center detail

Center detail

I picked this afghan because I liked the texture and thought that might be interesting for little hands to explore. I also like to challenge myself and had purchased the matelassé collection initially to make a different afghan. This afghan finished at about 36″ in diameter which was just to gauge. I again used the Bernat Satin yarn and this is the “Sage” color.

Edge detail

Edge detail

I had explored the designers Ravelry page before I started this project and was glad I did. It’s difficult to see from the pictures but the area where the diamond shape is (seen above in the outer ring – before the scallop edge) is actually a series of chains worked in front of double and half double crochet stitches (US terms). Sorry to get all crochet geeky on some of you. It was good to look at some of the other projects from this same pattern on Ravelry before starting my own.

Henry Charles approves

Henry Charles approves

As you can see I think Henry approves! He is such a cutie and a real joy to his parents and grandparents. My sister is lucky to live so close and has been a real help to her daughter and son-in-law.

I have an update on the hats I made for Henry. Either I needed to use a larger hook, larger yarn or he has a slightly larger head than most babies but the hats I made were too tight for him. Well what is a good auntie to do but make a couple more.

New larger hat fits well

New larger hat fits well

I whipped up a couple more hats using a larger hook and in a larger size and the new ones fit. The above hat is the same pattern as one of the previous ones but in the larger size.

New two color hat for Henry

New two color hat for Henry

This hat is from the “Cuddle Bug Bunting Set” in the December 2012 Crochet World magazine. The pattern doesn’t call for two color yarns but I thought a solid color would look too boring. I also modified the pattern on this one to be larger than the pattern in the magazine. This one is made a bit longer so you can roll the brim of the hat up.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the baby afghan and new hats I made for Henry Charles.

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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to show you some baby hats and booties I made recently. The last time I showed you the baby rattles I made for my soon to be born grand nephew and since that time he arrived! Henry Charles (I’m leaving his last name out) joined his family on January 25 at 12:50 am. He weighed in at 8 lbs. 4 oz. and was 19″. I don’t have any pictures of him yet but hope to share some soon. In case you were wondering the Charles in his name is in memory of the baby’s grandfather (my father) who happened to have the same name as my husband.

Baby hat - booties - sage white

This first set (above) is the same color as the afghan I made (to be seen in the next HHOD). The hat pattern is from the August 2008 Crochet World and is part of the “Last-Minute Quick Baby Set”.

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The next set the hat is from the December 2010 Crochet World “Baby in Blue” set.

Bernat Satin Yarn Colors: Silk, Flamingo, Dandelion, Sage, Lavender

Bernat Satin Yarn
Colors: Silk, Flamingo, Dandelion, Sage, Lavender

All the yarn is Bernat Satin. The booties are the same pattern I have used before and is from the June 2010 Crochet World “Easy Baby Booties”. They really are easy to make and are worked much the same way you do an amigurumi.

Baby hats to donate

Baby hats to donate

Since I have so much yarn left over I’m making more hats and will be donating them to the hospital were my mom had her surgery a few month’s ago. She was on the surgical ob/gyn ward (where mom’s that have C-sections go). The nurses there said the ward with the natural birth mom’s get first dibs on any donated items so I told them I would make some especially for their ward.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the baby hat and booties I made for Henry Charles. Stay tuned for the final installment in a couple of week to see the afghan I made for him.

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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to show you some baby rattles I made recently. I haven’t been able to let you see my recent crochet creations because I have mainly been working on some things for a baby shower for my niece. The shower was the weekend after New Year’s day so now I can show you what I’ve been making.

This week I will show you the rattles I made and in upcoming Hookin on Hump Day installments I will show you the other items I made including an afghan. I wanted to make a rattle to go with the afghan and I found a cute pattern in one of my magazines, Crochet! Presents Gifts to Go – Spring 2013.

Butterfly Kiss Rattle

Butterfly Kiss Rattle

The afghan is made in the sage green color that is the body of the butterfly and I picked other yarn colors that would go well with it. All the yarn for the butterfly is Bernat Satin. The secret of how to make the rattle make noise was as simple as a cat toy (as described in the pattern instructions).

This is what makes noise in the rattle.

This is what makes noise in the rattle.

These come in a package of four so I had three left over and I didn’t know what I would do with them. I thought I might make a few more butterflies and donate them somewhere but just before Christmas I received a text message from my sister (the grandma to be) with the following picture attached and the message, “Liz just sent me this…apparently hinting!”

farmers-market-veggie-rattle-set-spearmint-love

My sister is a very accomplished knitter but she doesn’t crochet and since these were crochet she figured I might be able to make them. Luckily I had already finished everything I was planning on making for the shower but just couldn’t resist adding these too, after all I had three left over cat toys to use for something. I went to the website where you can purchase this set, hoping to find a pattern to purchase, but of course there wasn’t one. Thanks to the Google Machine I was able find free patterns for all the veggies. The next thing I did was check my stash of yarn and was happy that I had all the colors I would need for all four veggies.

Veggies anyone?

Veggies anyone?

I used worsted weight yarn in a variety of brands from Redheart Super Saver to Caron One Pound. I wanted to use worsted weight to make sure the rattles were big enough to fit the balls inside. For those that might be interested I will let you know where I found all the patterns.

As usual I didn’t follow the patterns exactly in some places. One in particular was the tomato that called for you to sew some yarn around the outside of it to make indentations to look more like a tomato. I didn’t think that would be safe for little hands so I omitted it. I also didn’t like the way the stem and leaves on the tomato were made and modified it to be crocheted more like the eggplant stem was made.

veggie rattles in tote bag

To finish the project I also went into my stash to whip up the little market bag to put the toys in. I’ve made enough bags now that I can practically do them in my sleep. I just had to figure out how big to make it.

veggie rattles in tote bag 2

I also added a lining just to keep all the seams neat. If you have been keeping count you realize that I had only 3 cat toys left for my rattle inserts but made 4 more rattles. Before I started my last veggie, the tomato, I asked Charlie if we had any empty film canisters around. Being former Kodak employees and film users it wasn’t hard to find one.

Not my picture but this is what I used.

Not my picture but this is what I used.

Next thing I did as go to the junk drawer (doesn’t every house have one of these?) and pull out a couple of lock washers.

Also not my picture but this is what I used.

Also not my picture but this is what I used.

I popped a couple of washers inside the film can and stuffed it into the tomato. Here is a little video showing you the rattles in action.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the baby rattles I made for my Grand Nephew to be. His due date is January 28th so he should be here soon.

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