Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Three Bear Hats

Our daughter and granddaughter stopped to admire hand-made hats on Pearl Street in Boulder. When our daughter mentioned Grammeo could make hats like that, our granddaughter asked for a bear hat. One without ear flaps. She is totally into bears these days.

They sent a photo for reference. Like this, but without the bee please.
I started our granddaughter's bear hat one week before our trip to Boulder. The first one was too big. I could tell because it fit me. The second one looked about right. I couldn't be sure because our daughter forgot to send measurements. Since these hats worked up quickly, I did one more in a smaller size for our littlest grandson making Three Bear Hats in total. A perfect surprise for our granddaughter and daughter.
 
 
 
 
 
These Three Bear Hats were a big hit with our granddaughter. She enjoyed donning her hat pretending to be a bear. Our youngest grandson tolerated his hat for short periods. The largest hat fit our daughter perfectly. I can just picture the three of them dressed as bears on cold winter days walking to school to pick up our oldest grandson ... so sweet.

To make these hats, I used worsted weight acrylic yarn in brown, off-white and black with a 5.0 mm hook. For the base of the hat I followed this panda hat pattern at Repeat Crafter Me making three sizes: child, toddler/preschooler and 9-12 months. I made the ears from my Buster Bear pattern. The muzzle is a simple circle worked using half double crochet. The nose is an elongated circle in single crochet. I added button eyes and embroidered the face using the long tail from the nose. Hats like these are an easy project sure to impress the little ones in your life.


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Friday, 31 August 2018

Honey Bee Pattern

HONEY BEE PATTERN

PDF Version


Materials used:

1 ball (5 oz) of worsted weight yarn in bright yellow.
1 ball (5 oz) of worsted weight yarn in black.
Hook size = 3.5 mm
yarn needles to join pieces
Polyester Fiberfill for stuffing

Stitches used:

ch - chain stitch
ss - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
tc - triple crochet
inc - sc increase
dec - sc decrease (sc2tog - single crochet 2 together)
Magic Circle - see how here (start each piece with magic circle)
Use stitch marker to mark end of rows (work in continuous rounds with no joining)

Time to Complete - 16 hours (approximately)
Finished size - 14 inches tall

Head

Use yellow yarn.
R1 - 6 sc (6)
R2 - inc x6 (12)
R3 - (sc inc) x6 (18)
R4 - (2 sc inc) x6 (24)
R5 - (3 sc inc) x6 (30)
R6 - (4 sc inc) x6 (36)
R7 - (5 sc inc) x6 (42)
R8 - (6 sc inc) x6 (48)
R9 - (7 sc inc) x6 (54)
R10-18 – sc around (54)
R19 - (7 sc dec) x6 (48)
R20 – sc around (48)
R21 - (6 sc dec) x6 (42)
R22 - (5 sc dec) x6 (36)
R23 - (4 sc dec) x6 (30)
R24 - (3 sc dec) x6 (24)
R25 - (2 sc dec) x6 (18)
R26 - (2 sc dec) x3 + 6 sc (15)
R27 - sc around (15)
R28 - sc around (15)
Finish off and cut yarn leaving a long tail for stitching nose. Stuff head and neck firmly to hold shape.


Cap

Use black yarn. Check to make sure cap fits head and adjust tension based on fit. You may have to move up a hook size if the cap is too tight.
R1 - 6 sc (6)
R2 - inc x6 (12)
R3 - (sc inc) x6 (18)
R4 - (2 sc inc) x6 (24)
R5 - (3 sc inc) x6 (30)
R6 - (4 sc inc) x6 (36)
R7 - (5 sc inc) x6 (42)
R8 – sc around (42)
R9 – sc around (42)
R10 – sc around (42)
R11 – (6 sc inc) x6 (48)
R12-24 - sc around (48)
R25 - ss loosely around (48)
Finish off and cut yarn leaving a long tail for joining. Position on head as shown in photos above. After attaching head to body, I like to wrap the tail from the cap around the neck to cover joining stitches.

Antenna (x2)

Use black yarn.
R1 - 4 sc (4)
R2 - inc x4 (8)
R3 - (sc inc) x4 (12)
R4 – sc around (12)
R5 - sc around (12)
R6 – (sc dec) x4 (8)
R7 – sc – dec – sc – dec – 2 sc (6)
R8-16 – sc around (6)
Finish off leaving 8" tail for joining. Attach to head (see photo above).

Body (black with three yellow stripes)

Start with black yarn.
R1 – 6 sc (6)
R2 – inc x6 (12)
R3 – (sc inc) x6 (18)
R4 – (2 sc inc) x6 (24)
R5 – (3 sc inc) x6 (30)
R6 – (4 sc inc) x6 (36)
R7 – (5 sc inc) x6 (42)
R8 – (5 sc inc) x6 (48)
R9-12 – sc around (48) à Switch to yellow yarn using jogless join.
R13 – (7 sc inc) x6 (54)
R14 – sc around (54) à Switch to black yarn using jogless join.
R15-17 – sc around (54) à Switch to yellow yarn using jogless join.
R18 – sc around (54)
R19 – (7 sc dec) x6 (48) à Switch to black yarn using jogless join.
R20 – (6 sc dec) x6 (42)
R21-22 – sc around (42) à Switch to yellow yarn using jogless join.
R23 – (5 sc dec) x6 (36)
R24 – sc around (36) à Switch to black yarn using jogless join.
R25 – sc around (36)
R26 – (4 sc dec) x6 (30)
R27 – sc around (30)
R28 – (3 sc dec) x6 (24)
R29 – sc around (24)
R30 – sc around (24)
R31 – dec – 10 sc – dec – 10 sc (22)
R32 – dec – 9 sc – dec – 9 sc (20)
Finish off. Stuff body firmly.

Right Leg

Use black yarn.
R1 - 6 sc (6)
R2 - inc x6 (12)
R3 - (sc inc) x6 (18)
R4 - (2 sc inc) x6 (24)
R5-R6 - sc around (24)
R7 - sc2tog x4 + 16 sc (20)
R8 - sc2tog x4 + 12 sc (16)
R9 – sc2tog x2 + 12 sc (14)
R10 – sc2tog x2 + 10 sc (12)
R11 – sc2tog x2 + 8 sc (10)
R12-R30 - sc around (10)
Finish off leaving a long tail for joining. Stuff only foot and part way up leg.

Left Leg

Use black yarn.
R1 - 6 sc (6)
R2 - inc x6 (12)
R3 - (sc inc) x6 (18)
R4 - (2 sc inc) x6 (24)
R5-R6 - sc around (24)
R7 – 16 sc + sc2tog x4 (20)
R8 – 12 sc + sc2tog x4 (16)
R9 – 12 sc + sc2tog x2 (14)
R10 – 10 sc + sc2tog x2 (12)
R11 – 8 sc + sc2tog x2 + 8 sc (10)
R12-R30 - sc around (10)
Finish off leaving a long tail for joining. Stuff only foot and part way up leg.

Arms (x2)

Start with black yarn
R1 - 6 sc (6)
R2 - inc x6 (12)
R3 - (sc inc) x6 (18)
R4 - sc around (18)
R5 - (4 sc dec) x3 (15)
R6 - sc around (15)
R7 - (3 sc dec) x 3 (12)
R8 - sc around (12)
R9 - (4 sc dec) x 2 (10)
R10-R30 - sc around (10)
Finish off and cut yarn leaving a long tail for joining. Stuff only hands and part way up arm.


Fore Wings - larger (x2)

Use light grey yarn.
Chain 15 leaving a long starting tail for joining
tc into third chain from hook, 3 tc, 3 dc, 3 sc, 3 ss (work in back bumps of chain)
Without turning work around bottom side of chain
ss into first chain, 2 ss, 3 sc, 3 dc, 3 tc
2 sc around post of last tc, 1 sc into ch (centre), 3 sc around starting 2 chains
ss to narrow end of wing
Finish off leaving a long tail for joining (should be two yarn ends together)


Hind Wings - smaller (x2)

Use light grey yarn.
Chain 12 leaving a long starting tail for joining.
tc into third chain from hook, 2 tc, 2 dc, 2 sc, 2 ss (work in back bumps of chain)
Without turning work around bottom side of chain
ss into first chain, 2 ss, 2 sc, 2 dc, 2 tc
2 sc around post of last tc, 1 sc into ch (centre), 3 sc around starting 2 chains
ss to narrow end of wing
Finish off leaving a long tail for joining (should be two yarn ends together)

Refer to photos of Honey Bee before joining the pieces. I like to pin pieces in place and pick the most pleasing look before attaching. 

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Thursday, 30 August 2018

Crochet Honey Bee

I was inspired to make a Crochet Honey Bee way back in June when our niece named her baby "Beckett" which literally means "bee cottage". 

Since I couldn't find a free bee pattern, I decided to make my own. 

How hard could it 'Bee'?

I started with the head and cap (similar to my other patterns) then a striped body followed by two legs, two arms, two antenna and lastly four wings. I worked slowly a few rows at a time putting it down for long stretches busy with all sorts of other things. This was my summer crochet project. It took ages, but I finally finished and took some photos to share.

What do you think of this Crochet Honey Bee? Isn't he adorable?
If you would like to make a Honey Bee just like this one, I will be sharing the pattern soon on my Free Crochet Patterns page ... a Free Bee.
 

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Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Counting Crows Chair

I spent my birthday money on a chair with hand-carved images created by a Celtic artist who runs Sidhe Ring shop at the Western Fair Market. It was the last in a series he had done using old chairs rescued from Odd Fellows and Rebekahs Temple Caterers in St. Thomas when they renovated. He added a small stylized white hare to each piece calling them "Hare Rescue Chairs". Functional artwork from old chairs ... love it.
I was drawn to the crows on this chair. Seven crows hold strings supporting a girl in flight to represent a nursery rhyme called "Counting Crows". Above that a crow skull depicts the crow spirit. There are crows on either side of the chair perched on pointing hands with three crows on the arm of the chair. I just love the whimsical nature of these carvings. 
Counting Crows
One for sorrow, Two for joy
Three for a girl, Four for a boy
Five for silver, Six for gold
Seven for a secret never to be told.

I love love love my Counting Crows Chair ... a perfect choice for me.


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Thursday, 28 June 2018

Heart Baby Blanket

I finished the Heart Baby Blanket just one week before our niece gave birth. Baby Boy Wheeler arrived three days ahead of schedule Monday afternoon. His birth announcement was posted on Facebook for all to see yesterday. Baby Boy Wheeler looks adorable in the photos, much like our niece when she was a baby. I can hardly wait to meet him. 

As promised I took a few photos to show how this blanket turned out. I love how the teal heart pops against the light grey. I also love the soft fluffy feel of all those rows upon rows of little puff stitches. This is a blanket full of crochet love made especially for Baby Boy Wheeler. 
Technical details are listed below for the crocheters out there who might like to make one too. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed if you do.

Heart Baby Blanket

Follow instructions for Heart Baby Blanket found here.

Lightweight fingering yarn
Four hanks of Berroco Ultra Alpacca in grey 
One hank of Gems 100% Merino Wool in teal
Hook size = 3.75 mm

Starting chain 156
Total number of rows 130 
Finished size - 30" x 35"
Gauge - 4x4 inches = 11 puff sts in a row and 18 rows

Each row on blanket ~12 mins
Each round on border ~40 mins
Plus time to weave in ends
Total Time to Complete ~40 hrs

Washing Instructions
Machine wash in cool water. Lay flat to dry.

Note: I used different yarn than the pattern suggested because I could not find Loops and Threads Cambria Big Lightweight Fingering Yarn in Canada. To make a baby size blanket, I started with a chain of 156 instead of 148. I also added 40 rows to the length. With these changes, I worried about running out of yarn. A valid concern as I ended up running out of yarn on the final round 8. Luckily I was able to finish with a small amount of yarn left over by ripping out 3 rounds and working only 4 instead of 5 rounds of single crochet on the border.


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Friday, 1 June 2018

Love My Morning Matcha

 
I have been making matcha tea lattes with hot frothed almond milk for a while now to replace decaf cappuccino which tastes good but leaves me feeling jittery and anxious. Matcha lattes are good for you and delicious too. I highly recommend making the switch.

Even though it is challenging to make a decent foam with almond milk, I like to make simple designs on my lattes. This one mirrors the teal heart on my current crochet project - a Heart Baby Blanket. I can hardly wait to share photos when I finish. It shouldn't be too much longer.

In the meantime ... Love My Morning Matcha 💙 


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Friday, 25 May 2018

Graduation Celebration

Last night my husband, Mom and I drove to Kitchener to attend a banquet at Conestoga Place to celebrate the Pre-Service Firefighting graduating class of 2018. Our son was graduating with this class.

He surprised us a couple years ago when he announced he wanted to train to be a Firefighter. We knew little about Firefighting except that it seemed like a lofty goal and potentially dangerous. 

Luckily our son loves the physical challenges and training required to become a Firefighter. He is motivated to keep working step-by-step towards his ultimate goal of a career in firefighting. We are proud of our son's courage to Dream Big and Work Hard to reach his goals. 
Our son posed beside the student helmets displayed at the front of the hall. We counted eighteen helmets ... one for each graduating student.
  He pointed out his helmet ... bottom row near the end.
My husband took a photo of us all at our table with bright sunshine in the background. He took another from across the table.  
And one more photo showing a close-up of the note on our table favours ... cookies shaped like fire hydrants we think.
A note for our son: We had a good time at your Graduation Celebration ... an accomplishment worth celebrating. Congratulations and best of wishes with all your next steps. We love that you are enjoying the journey. 

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