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?

Springtime in Autumn

If this year’s Fall weather is going to all be like what we’ve experienced so far, then it’s going to be wet and dark.  That means I’ll need all the perkiness I could find to make sure the days are not too much of a drag!

I’m not particularly a flower lover but I’ve always wanted to know how to do the crocodile stitch in crochet.  Since I’m home this week, I found an easy pattern — the Croco Flower that gave me an idea of the concept.  The instructions looked kind “say what!” to me when I first looked at them, but the project turned out to be super easy, even for a beginner like me.

I ended up with the below — a little Autumn flower that would go well with my jackets!  A kind of “Spring Flower In Autumn”!    A kind of “Bloom” for the darker days of Fall!

I’m not sure that the yarn I used was the best one.  I’m not sure if I’ll ever use this yarn again.  It’s some Red Heart Fiesta in Coffee (yes … go ahead and curse me yarn snobs, but I do use acrylic .. 😛  LOLOL).  The plying with the multi-coloured gold thread makes the stitches somewhat indistinguishable, but not enough to blind from the overall crocodile stitch effect.  That makes the project not so much of a total bust! 

All that’s left to do is to add a felt backing and attach a pin, then I’m ready to go!!!

Now that I understand the concept, this cowl is my next stop!

Project Details

  • Pattern: Croco Flower
  • Designer: Bonita Patterns
  • Yarn Used:  Red Heart Fiesta — Coffee Colourway
  • Modifications: None
  • Rating: Easy.  Beginner skill level. 
  • Additional Comments:  Will make again in plain yarn colour.