Oh My Messy Bun Hats! 

Every crocheter out there will be able to relate (I think 🤔). Many of my friends and acquaintances know that I crochet, so naturally, when they see a crochet (and sometimes knit) project that they like, they post it to my personal Facebook page. I don’t mind. I think it’s sweet that they think of me. So recently, someone posted one of those messy bunhats to my page. Then another person posted. Then another. And another… Within a couple of days,it became clear to me that I should go ahead and make one. So I made a little one for a coworker’s 2 year old granddaughter. They posted a thank you picture and the floodgates opened! I’ve been making bunhats for a month straight! I couldn’t make them fast enough!

The purple sparkle was my first. Here are some of the others I’ve made. 


As you can see, I had a lot of requests to use the Redheart “unforgettable yarn in Stained Glass.  I was craving variety after a while, but I was in factory mode. 

Finally, after over 20 hats like this, I was able to get caught up on orders. It was a relief. The next 3 orders, I was able to get a little more creative. My customers gave  me color requests, and I came up with these. 


And then a simple request from my daughter 😉 

We should all be seeing a lot of bunhats this winter! Almost every crocheter that I know has had requests for them. 

How about you? Have you been busy with the messy bun hats? 

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Red Heart “Scrubby” Yarn

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Has anyone else tried out this yarn yet? I have been making face and dish scrubs for a long time. Normally I just use leftover scrap yarn –cotton for face and acrylic for dish–but this scrubby yarn caught my eye as I was minding my own business strolling through the yarn aisle today. It’s 100% polyester and while not super soft, not super abrasive either.
I just took the last 10 minutes or so to whip up a little circular scrub (really simple 2 ply by dc 10 in a circle, build out 2 rows, and then use decrease stitches to build back in), and I think I rather like it! Not sure if I will use it as a face scrub in the shower or a dish scrub.  There’s plenty of yarn left in the skein to make several more, so maybe I’ll test it out for both! I’ll let you know what I think after 🙂

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Keepsake Baby Afghan

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One of those projects that I started (about a year ago!), ran out of yarn, tucked away and forgot about, recently found, purchased more yarn, and FINALLY FINISHED!

Yarn: I Love This Yarn – turquoise
Hook: 5.00mm
Pattern : “Sweet Memento” Keepsake Baby Afghan by Leisure Arts
**adjusted slightly as I only did 59 of the 77 rows that were in the pattern.
Finished size: approximately 39″x39″

Graph to Greek Key!

So you know how we want for our children to intrinsically value themselves and be excited about learning? Well, I am so excited about my learning and can’t wait to share it with you!
I have forever been looking up Greek key patterns for crochet on Pinterest, but have consistently put them on the back burner because I am not a fan of all the color change that would be necessary (sidebar: this is also the only reason I haven’t attempted a “grafghan” yet).
Then I found a picture on Pinterest of a tunic that was made up of strips of Greek key connected. The best part was that there was no color change, just “blank” and “solid” spaces! This I could do! Bad news. No pattern. The link had been blocked as spam 😦 I started looking up Greek key crochet graphs and found a link to this little gem.

Despite being in a different language, I was able to do this :

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From there, I began to draw the key “pattern” on graph paper in multiples

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I applied what I learned in the video about the stitches used for “blanks” and “spaces” and began crocheting using my drawn pattern. As I finished a row by using the visual graph, I wrote down what I did (in a very rough/not suitable for sharing “pattern” that at least I was hoping to be able to understand for the next strip).
Here is my first finished panel!

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I am so excited and hope to finish a couple more panels this weekend!
Stay tuned… I may be able to create something resembling a tunic eventually 😉 Wish me luck!

Altering a Pattern

Does anyone else do this? I bought that “Wrapped in Warmth” pattern from ELK Studio and I absolutely love it! In the short time since I’ve purchased the pattern, I have made 2 shawls with it.
I decided (kind of last minute) to make a shawl for a friend that was having surgery tomorrow and decided to use the pattern again. As I was making it, I thought that it might be quicker and use less yarn if I omitted the repeating 3 solid dc rows. It was! I also omitted the last 3 rows of edging, but still love the finished look. What do you think?
I used a 5.5mm hook and 2 1/2 skeins of “I Love This Yarn – COLORS” in Morningstar. I bet if I had used a solid color, I probably could have finished the shawl with only 2 skeins as they seem to be bigger, but I really liked this yarn…or rather I loved it!
What do you all think about my changes?

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Wrapped in Warmth

I don’t often buy patterns, but when I saw this, I knew that it was one that I would use over and over. And I have! I am now making my 3rd shawl with this pattern and altering it a bit so that it will use less yarn. I will post pictures of that one soon (I hope). This was the first “Wrapped in Warmth” shawl by ELK Studio (found on ravelry) that I made. I used Isaac Mizrahi yarn and a 5mm hook.
These are pictures done by my  photographer friend. Just goes to show how important a good picture is to marketing your items! Thank you Christina from http://www.beeskneesphotographync.com for the wonderful photos! Please go check out her beautiful nature photography as well.

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