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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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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to show you part 3 of the crochet nativity I finished recently. You can read all about the first part here and the second part here. Today I’m showing you the three wise men and their camels.

3 Kings and Camels

The pattern for the wise men is from Let’s Knit Magazine, a magazine published in the UK, and can be found here. It contains the patterns for Baby Jesus, two shepherds, a sheep and the three wise men. This pattern is written in UK terms.

Three Wise Men and their gifts

The original pattern for the wise men calls for you to use some sort of bead for the gifts but I couldn’t find anything that I thought was the right size. Never fear because Charlie came to the rescue. He made some cubes and cut a dowel and then stained them to match the wise men (we just happened to have the right stain colors to match the wise men). He topped them with some walnut and then drilled a hole through that I used to sew them to the wise men’s hands. I think they are perfect!

Red King and camel

I decided that the wise men needed to have camels. I found this pattern from Canal Crochet. The same site I found the mule and ox pattern.

Purple King and camel

Just like the mule and ox pattern this one is written in Spanish. She does provide a key to translate the stitches to English but some of the longer phrases took a bit of work.

Green King and camel

The great thing about these patterns is that the author also has full length videos of the entire process. Between the video and Google Translate I was able to decipher the patterns. I’m very happy with how the camels turned out. The original pattern calls for some fancier details on the camels blanket but I decided to just go with the two color look.

Knit Picks CotLin™ Yarn colors for Three Wise Men and camels Top: Cerise, Surf, Canary, Brown Sugar (discontinued color), Cashew Bottom: Lilac, Sprout, Moroccan Red, Linen, Coffee

Knit Picks CotLin™ Yarn colors for Three Wise Men and camels
Top: Cerise, Surf, Canary, Brown Sugar (discontinued color), Cashew
Bottom: Lilac, Sprout, Moroccan Red, Linen, Coffee

I used Knit Picks CotLin™ for all the pieces in this project.

If you like to do amigurumi you should definitely check out Canal Crochet’s blog and YouTube channel. There is a wide variety of patterns and they are all free! With just a little bit of work you can easily translate them.

Nativity all boxed up - open

I found the perfect sized box to hold all the figures. They were packed up and sent on their way a few weeks ago.

Nativity all boxed up - closed

With Christmas just around the corner I’m sure these ami will be out of the box and on display soon.

Nativity - all the characters

I hope I didn’t put some of my non-hooking blog friends to sleep with this post. If you are interested in seeing more crochet creations please visit the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop.

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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to show you part 2 of the crochet nativity I finished recently. You can read all about the first part here. Today I’m showing you the shepherds and farm animals.

Nativity with Shepherds, Sheep, Mule and Ox

Nativity with Shepherds, Sheep, Mule and Ox

The pattern for the shepherds and sheep is from Let’s Knit Magazine, a magazine published in the UK, and can be found here. It contains the patterns for Baby Jesus, two shepherds, a sheep and the three wise men. This pattern is written in UK terms.

Shepherds and Sheep

Shepherds and Sheep

Of course instead of just making one sheep I decided to make a couple more and made one in black. The eyes look different for the black faced sheep because Charlie painted them brown. It took a few coats of paint and sealer to make sure the brown didn’t just rub off.

I decided that I wanted to add a couple more animals to the menagerie so I went to Google and found this pattern that was of both the mule and ox from Canal Crochet.

Mule and Ox

Mule and Ox

Except for the heads the pattern for these two are the same. One hurdle I had to overcome with this pattern is that it was written in Spanish. She does provide a key to translate the stitches to English but some of the longer phrases took a bit of work. The great thing about these patterns is that the author also has full length videos of the entire process. Between the video and Google Translate I was able to decipher the patterns. I’m very happy with how they both turned out. In case you are wondering the mule does have a tail just like the ox but it is hidden in the pictures.

Knit Picks CotLin™ Yarn colors for Shepherds, Sheep, Mule and Ox Top: Swan, Cashew, Black, Hydrangea Bottom: Brown Sugar (discontinued color), Wallaby, Gosling, Linen

Knit Picks CotLin™ Yarn colors for Shepherds, Sheep, Mule and Ox
Top: Swan, Cashew, Black, Hydrangea
Bottom: Brown Sugar (discontinued color), Wallaby, Gosling, Linen

As I mentioned in my previous post I used Knit Picks CotLin™ for this project. The pattern for the mule uses pink for the nose and hooves but I liked the light grey color better.

If you like to do amigurumi you should definitely check out Canal Crochet’s blog and YouTube channel. There is a wide variety of patterns and they are all free! With just a little bit of work you can easily translate them. Who knows you might learn a bit of Spanish like I did. I can now count to 10 and can recognize the words for stitch, increase and decrease! I enjoyed watching her videos too as she has a pet bird that sometimes likes to get in the middle of her work and is quite comical to watch.

Stay tuned for the final Silent Night installment on an upcoming Hookin on Hump Day. I hope I didn’t put some of my non-hooking blog friends to sleep with this post. If you are interested in seeing more crochet creations please visit the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop.

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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to show you one of my latest crochet creations.

I’ve been working on this for quite a while but couldn’t show you because it was a gift for my sister and she hadn’t seen it. My sister was here for a visit a few weeks ago and got to see it then. I’ve finally finished the whole collection and will show it in a few posts. There are 17 pieces in all so I thought I would space it out a bit.

Today I will start with the core figures. You may have guessed by the post title that it is a nativity.

Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus

Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus

When I was visiting my sister last February, for my nieces wedding, I gave her a choice of a couple things I thought she might like that I wanted to make for her. She had pinned a couple of crochet nativities that I saw and that was what she decided on. Her reasoning was that with her first child getting married she was hoping to be a grandma soon and wanted to have a child friendly nativity to share with her grandchildren.

I used the pattern from, surprisingly, Let’s Knit Magazine, a magazine published in the UK. The pattern was published in two parts and is available online for free. The first part can be found here and contains the Mary and Joseph patterns.

Mary & Joseph

Mary & Joseph

Part two can be found here and contains the patterns for Baby Jesus, two shepherds, a sheep and the three wise men.

Mary, Joseph & Baby Jesus

Mary, Joseph & Baby Jesus

If you aren’t a hooker you might not know that patterns written in the UK use different terms than those written in the USA (here is a nice article about that). The first thing I had to do was convert the pattern to US terms. I also modified the pattern slightly for the arms of the figures. The pattern calls for the hands to be made separately from the arm and then sewn together. I didn’t want to be fiddling with sewing all those hands onto the sleeves so I adjusted the pattern to do the arms in one piece.

The yarn I used was different from what the original pattern called for. I used Knit Picks CotLin™ for this project. Since I used this yarn for the birds I made last year I had some of the colors needed already and it was easy to find the rest of the colors I needed.

Knit Picks CotLin Yarn colors for Mary, Joseph, Jesus and the manger Top: Cashew, Brown Sugar (discontinued color), Swan Bottom: Linen, Hydrangea

Knit Picks CotLin™ Yarn colors for Mary, Joseph, Jesus and the manger
Top: Cashew, Brown Sugar (discontinued color), Swan
Bottom: Linen, Hydrangea

Above are the colors I used for these figures. When I started the project I bought one skein of each color and as you can see I almost ran out of the light skin color “Linen”. I did run out of the “Brown Sugar” and was very disappointed to find out, when I went to order more, that the color had been discontinued! I still needed some of the “Brown Sugar” for one more figure. At first I checked Ebay for any but the only listing I found was charging a gouging price of $13.99 a skein (regular price is $2.99)! Then I remembered the social network for yarn enthusiasts called Ravelry.

It took me a while to find it but there was a way to find people who had yarn they are willing to sell. You have to be a member and then you can click on “Search” and select “Stash”. You should also select the “Will Trade or Sell” check box. Luckily I found someone that had not just one but 5 skeins of Brown Sugar CotLin™ at a very reasonable price! Of course even though I only needed one skein to finish my work I bought all 5. That way if I want to do more amigurumi I will have that shade of brown to use.

My sister was thrilled with how everything looked and as of this writing the set is on its way to Michigan thanks to my mom who is visiting there. As luck would have it my sister is going to be a grandma soon too. My niece isn’t due until late January so she will have it to use next Christmas and for many Christmas’ and grandchildren to come.

Stay tuned for the next installment on an upcoming Hookin on Hump Day. I hope I didn’t put some of my non-hooking blog friends to sleep with this post. If you are interested in seeing more crochet creations please visit the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop.

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