Testing: Breezy Top

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Over the past few weeks, I was fortunate enough to be chosen to test this lovely pattern from Desamour Designs.

My daughter had requested that I make this into a crop top for her and since I was testing the small version of the pattern, I really did not need to modify much – other than leaving off a row or two.  I am a relatively tight crocheter and this size came out perfect for what my daughter wanted.

After a trip to my nearest Michaels, I fell in love with Caron Cotton Cakes — the yarn is so silky compared to other cotton yarns I have used in the past.  The Gerber Daisy shade caught my eye right away and I knew it would be perfect for what my daughter wanted.

Although, I am unsure if this pattern is available to the public yet, please go check out the pattern creator – Desamour Designs – she is such a talented lady!!

Crafty Crocheters

Facebook is a huge part of most people’s lives at this time.  It is a place to connect and share.  A friend of mine and I have created a new group for all lover’s of crochet.  It is a place for connecting with like-minded fiber-craft artists and a place to share your creations and get feedback or help if needed.  We will have a weekly shop/site/page share for members to post their sites.  I hope that it will become a welcoming community for crocheters of all ages.

If you are interested, please join this newly created group.

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So Many Sandals

It seems that lately everyone loves crochet baby sandals!  Okay – maybe, it’s just me… I love these adorable little shoes! But I have had a few orders and once I make one pair, I usually end up making 3 or 4 more of the same style to test out different colours and textures of yarn just to see which I prefer.

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I was absolutely thrilled when I got an order for the sandals posted above (thank you Facebook, for making designs go viral through mommy groups!!).  I searched for a pattern that resembled the style the customer had sent me – which actually proved to be a little more difficult than I had thought.  Finally, I found sandals from PatternsDG on Etsy that would be perfect.

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The pattern called for a light sports weight yarn and after checking my local Michaels, I could not find yarn that weight in the shade I needed.  I ended up using Loops and Threads Impeccable yarn – which is worsted, so I dropped to a lower hook size to obtain the gauge required.  I have since made the sandals in a cotton sport-weight blend, but I actually like the look of the worsted better.  The soles were thicker to give the illusion of more support and the sides actually “stood up” on their own.  I found although the cotton blend was a dream to work with, it resulted in a “floppy” sandal.

The newborn headband was super simple to make, using the chart featured HERE for the correct length, I simply completed a foundation chain single crochet (Gleeful Things has a great tutorial if you are unfamiliar with this stitch technique) with a 4.0mm hook and used a slip stitch to join the band into a circle and sewed my favourite flower on the front.  Easy Peasy.

Have you attempted baby sandals?  What is your favourite pattern and/or yarn to use.

Happy crocheting!

Back to the Grind

Is it just me, or is it insanely difficult to get back to the grind after a vacation?

camping3July 1st is Canada Day in Canada (obviously) and my family decided to take a much needed camping trip.  It was wonderful getting all the children unplugged and having some real family bonding time.  As much as they complained about the idea of camping beforehand, I really do think they enjoyed themselves – other than the car ride, during which we were packed like sardines.  Three kids plus two adults and two of our three dogs makes for a tight squeeze!

Being that this was our first family camping trip, I really embraced my craftiness and organizational skills and made many things to assist us on our trip.  after a quick trip to Dollar Tree, I was ready to begin.

As per my son’s request, the first thing I made was a first aid kit.  Although I could not find the carrying case I envisioned, I was quite happy with the choice I finally made – just a simple clear kitchen stacking container.  In addition to the basic contents for the first aid kit, I also grabbed a weekly medication divider to store all our medications in, rather than taking full bottles.

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And then it was time for my favourite part… using my Cricut to create designs to complete my crafts.

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Red vinyl seemed like an obvious choice for everything related to first aid.  I used Oracle 651.  I prepped and primed all surfaces using rubbing alcohol prior to the vinyl application.  Although it seemed like I was using my Cricut for a glorified label machine, I was so happy with how everything turned out.

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Since returning home, I have made labels for all of my essential oil roller-bottles since I loved the look of these ones!  In the next few weeks, I will add roller-bottle labels to my SVG freebies page.

~ Happy Crafting ~