Tuesday, September 21, 2010


The Marjan Earflap Hat without earflaps made for the best friend of the 10yo boy.
This hat is called a "Goonie Hat" and I found the pattern on a blog, but I did not copy down which blog it is from - rats!! Anyway, I love this pattern. It is crochet and I had to learn the half double crochet - it's totally great. The yarn is soft and the hat came together really quickly. It is for one of the cousins for the holidays. I will knit a matching one in a different color for his wife :o).

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Tiny Bear

I truly do like making these little bears. This one is for K - she has been wanting a small one for ages and I thought I'd make her one for the holidays. Although you can't see it, there is a clip attached to the top so she can hang it from her backpack if she would like.
Started: 8/6/2010
Finished: 9/16/10
Needles: US0
Yarn: #10 Crochet Cotton
Color #310 for feet, hands and head
Color #26 for legs, body and arms
White for the skirt
Misc. beads for the hem of the skirt and for the belt
My own pattern for the skirt. A combination of yarn overs, k2tog and then garter stitch.
Although this picture is a little fuzzy, I think you can see the beaded detail at the wasit.
More beads at the hem. These seemed to take FOREVER to stitch in place!
I think this is my favorite bear. I like the beaded detail and also the longer more complicated skirt.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Class Quilt

Every year our 2nd grade teacher has the students in her class make a quilt. The students come up with the quilt idea and then they learn some basic hand stitches. The students are always enthusiastic and excited when this time of year rolls around. This year the theme was "One World, One Nation" - I thought that was a very sophisticated theme for 2nd graders - Go Students!!
They decided to put a picture of the globe in the middle and flags from their ancestor's countries all around it. Myself and three other mom's helped out with this project. One of the mom's cut out all the globe components, I sewed the globe together, and another mom sewed the globe to the background fabric.
Sorry this picture is sideways! In class, the students cut out felt and handstitched their flags together. Then they embroidered their names under their flags. The teacher contacted our school photographer who graciously allowed us to use their images on our quilts. I printed out each child's picture on fabric, cut them out and then attached them to the quilts underneath their flags. The fabric I purchased was supposed to be able to be ironed on, but it was peeling off so I just tacked down each photo with "real" stitches to make sure they would stay put.

Here is a picture of the finished front. The front was finished before school ended in June and all the kids were totally thrilled! I think this is a great quilt - imagined by and mostly made by the kids - love it, love it, love it!! Another mom put on the backing and binding over the summer - perfect don't you think?
I also put the class picture on the back of the quilt. The quilt was delivered and hung in the class the day before school started this year. WHEW!! We wanted it up before the first day so the students could come back and see the finished quilt. Made it just under the wire!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Granny Stripe Blanket

More progress on my Granny Strip Blanket. All the different color combinations have really taken me out of my comfort zone which is a really good thing!
The top part of this picture shows the new rows that have been added since the last time this blanket was blogged.
I tried to get some pictures of the whole thing - not too successfully as you can see :o)
There are now 45 stripes
and it measures: 50 1/4" long X 48" wide
Almost done!