Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Crochet Camera Buddy

Kids are hard to photograph because they are busy and they don't stay still. There are a few things I have that get their attention. I have an attachment to the hot shoe that allows me to clip my iPhone on it and play kiddy music videos... 

One of the things I love are the cute little "buddy" things you put around the lens to get their attention. This is the first of many I'll make if it works. We will see!

I searched "Crochet Camera Buddy" on pinterest and so many things popped up! My favorite was of a caterpillar. Here's my shot at it!

I used a hair tie. So convenient huh?!? Single crocheted all the way around. & then 2 more rows of double crochets.

2 rows of double crochets for the caterpillar.

Stitch in some eyes & a smile. Sew onto the ring. How cute is that?!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Crochet Women's Peaked Hat

I absolutely LOVE this hat.... 

I followed the Cluster Beanie Tutorial for the top portion (using a size chart) & added a brim to it using the rest of this Crochet Women's Peaked Hat free pattern.

I love how it turned out! Yay!

I added a flower to this hat using the flower tutorial here. I left one side of the brim down. I don't know if I like it up or down (yet). I may flip it up and add a button later. I'll give it a try without it up. Kinda cute that way ^_^

I used this same cluster stitch for my preemie crochet hat here. Awe he was so tiny. He's filled in quite a bit since then.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Elsa Inspired Crochet Hat

While visiting my sister and my niece, I was told that her birthday party (next month) is a Frozen theme and that my niece will be in an Elsa dress. How cute is that!? Of course, that gave me an idea to make her an Elsa hat to wear to match her dress. She's expecting a baby sister in February so I guess I'll just have to make an Anna newborn hat for a photo session! 

I followed the tutorial by Haley here for the hat. She has a beautiful story to why she made the Elsa & Anna hats. There are 2 videos. Part 1, Part 2.

I followed the tutorial by Yolanda Lopez here for the crown. There's 3 videos. Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3. She's so awesome. She does her tutorials in English and Spanish (not that I understand Spanish but it's great for people who do!)

Visit Anne Granger's site for a sizing chart:

I decided not to use white yarn because I think White is just too white for me... if that makes sense. 

I learned something new with this project. I had never heard of Blocking your crochet work. It's basically shaping your pieces by pinning it to a foam block & lightly wetting or steaming it.

I found these cute little snowflakes at Walmart for $2/pack! Its not Halloween yet & Christmas stuff is already out! I already had the turquoise gemstones for the hair. I also used clear gemstones for the crown. You can get these at Walmart too or Michaels, Jo-Ann's, Hobby Lobby...

I used E6000 to glue the gems & snowflakes on the crown & hair.

I was pretty excited about the finished hat. I can't wait to give it to my niece!

This foam head (with a nose ring!) is small. This is actually for a 2 year old. I know it will fit because I used the sizing chart and I tried it on my son who is 3 months younger than my niece. Shhhh! Don't tell daddy!

I wish I had more time to crochet. I squeeze in crochet time while I'm nursing or the baby is napping & my 4 year old is out playing in the yard. 

I really wanted to finish this last night so while I was crocheting the crown, I had the baby strapped to me and had to chase my 20 month old around... why? Because he grabbed my yarn and started running! He was giggling and laughing because he thinks it's funny. 

So I had to crochet standing up with my yarn on a high surface to finish. The 2 month old was fussy so I'm bouncing around and trying to watch the tutorial on my tiny little iPhone! Sometimes I think I'm crazy and just need to sit down. haha really? I have time to sit down? I'm nursing as I type right now!

As crazy as it gets... these are moments as a mom of 3 little boys that I will look back and truly miss. ♥

Crochet Lulu Pom Pom Scarf

Let's face it. Kids things are cute. They're miniature and the kiddos look good modeling anything! Anyone who knows me knows ...