For the Little Ones

I know for some, crafting started on Day 1 of 2015 but it took a few days for me to get started.  But once I did, as the kids in my neighborhood would say, “it was on and poppin’.”  To start the year, I figured a little focus on someone else would be a good way to start my crafting year.  Seems like that was everyone’s thought since charity crafting is the focus of the Ravelry’s HPKCHC Quidditch Match 1 (Winter 2015).  Out of those thoughts came these:

The Little Prince & The Little Princess


The Little Prince & The Little Princess II

Two crochet beanies to be added to some other hand-made goodies for babies dropped off or left in my local area hospital under Daniel’s Law.  No one needs to start his or her life being unloved and/or unwanted.  While the hats might not make any difference to the abandonment circumstances, my hope that in some small measure, the Little Princes and Princesses will have a better than nothing at all start with the handcrafted layettes these hats will be a part of.

  • Pattern: Newborn Hat
  • Designer: Athena De La Rosa
  • Modifications: Used aran weight yarn in order to create a larger sized hat.  Added two rounds of sc (single crochet) through the front loops to lengthen and add a decorative element to the pattern.  I also attached some iron appliques for some added panache!
  • Yarn Used: Vanna Choice in Dusty Blue and Beige.  King Cole’s Cotton DK (pink yarn)
  • My Ravelry page: The Little Prince & The Little Princess
  • Additional comments: These items have been totally crafted from my stash, including my library of patterns.  One of my crafting goals this year is to work through the entire year with my current stash and pattern library (outside of any unsolicited gifts I might receive this year).

How has your crafting year started?

Since The Last Time …

we chatted, I’ve thought of you often and want to express my gratitude in ways words can’t seem to express how much I appreciate your thoughts, prayers and well-wishes.   I was overwhelmed by your kindness via the responses to my last post.  I received every single one of them plus all the text messages, emails, and Ravelry private messages.  I can’t thank you enough.  ❤

My surgery went well — can’t believe I was “under” for an hour and forty five minutes — and I’m recovering nicely.   Last week was a blur of sleep, pills, a visit to the Dr and more sleep.  So much for all my plans to craft ALL DE THINGZ!!!  I didn’t realise how immobile I would be my first week out but that didn’t stop me from wanting to get some things done.   😉     There’s still discomfort but I want to start getting around this week since I’m back to work next Monday (June 9th).

Since the last time we chatted, I:

spent a lot of time propped up here

Sweet Spot

 either sleeping or watching BBC English series like Lark Rise to Candleford on my kindle.

 spent time being my own Florence Nightingale with these

Nightingale tools

 watched my garden grow and unlike Mary Queen of Scot (Mistress Mary Quite Contrary), I’m very happy with what’s happening in my garden.  The basil is even bigger now and I can’t wait to harvest peppers.

Herbology Inspiration -- May 2014

made a makeshift drying space and hung my lemongrass to dry.  Can’t wait to have some lemongrass tea!

Lemongrass drying

dyed yarn using some random food colouring in my stash for my Ravelry Harry Potter Knitting and Crochet House Cup assignment.  I guess my inner Slytherin is calling!  The yarn base is merino so the dye job shows up beautifully.

Herbology -- May 2014

Made more swatches for my Flax Sweater.  Oye vey!  So far, I’ve used 3 yarn options and made 5 swatches!  I’m going to wear the “what’s it not” out of this sweater when it’s done.  I might even sleep in it after all the gauge issues I’ve been having.   The final yarn choice is Cascade 220 in Magenta and Pacific.

More Flax Swatches

was finally able to crochet three more rounds on my Mood blanket last night.  If I stick to my schedule, I’ll be able to finish all the rounds that I’ve fallen behind with by the end of the week.  Wanna see the adds?

Mood Blanket

welcomed my newest baby cousin Zoe J. into the world.  She came on May 22nd and her mom is my cousin Ann.  I can’t wait to meet her. ❤



That’s what I’ve been up to.  What about you?   Can’t wait to visit you all and see. 🙂