Trust in the Lord, and do good;dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord,and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:3-4

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

New Crochet Directory!

I'm pleased to announce the creation of a new crochet pattern directory, Crochet At Play.  It can be found at www.crochetatplay.com .  The first batch of links was just posted today, but the site's owner is working full time to add more.  Let's help her out!  If you have a blog or website that posts free crochet patterns, follow the link on the site to contact Megan so she can add them to her site.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas is coming...

No new pattern yet this week; I had a bit of a melt-down (which seems to have become an integral part of my creative process) and decided my patterns are too rushed and I need to FOCUS.  Does anyone else spend so much time multi-tasking that the idea of doing just one thing becomes daunting?  Part of it, of course, is that I work retail; one never can catch up to all the things that need doing working retail during the Christmas shopping season.  And if I stay extraordinarily busy I don't have time to think too much about all the nagging details I can't figure out or am uneasy about or the fact that I'm generally unsure of where my life is headed AND I still have far too many Christmas presents left to buy.  Yes, I should be making more of my  Christmas presents and no, I really don't have time.  I found myself seriously considering today the idea of crocheting a little something for each of my cashiers before our supervisor meeting Thursday and then realized that even I am not that insane or ambitious.  One of these days, someone is going to have to give me a lesson in the fine art of planning ahead, but I do work so well under pressure, it almost seems a shame.  Which brings me to my point, if I can stop rambling long to get to one, that I especially need a more concrete plan for this blog, and if anyone has any ideas, by all means let me know.  If I ever get time, I thought I'd write and/or gather some articles about amigurumi design; I also have considered making a pattern links list as my go-to list was recently taken over by an advertiser and has stopped updating.  Contests would be fun once I get more regular readers and amigurumi reference material all in one place would be good and now I'm rambling again.  I think I'll go sign off and see if I can't manage to get a good start on the crocheted polar bear-ling I've been mulling over.  Good night, all.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Free crochet amigurumi pattern: Little House-Mouse


Little House-Mouse
Worsted Weight Yarn Colors:
Gray-one skein or less
Black and beige-small amounts

Other Supplies:
F/5 (3.75 MM) crochet hook
Yarn or tapestry needle
Scissors
Stitchmarkers
Polyester Fiberfill
Ears
Use gray. Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 6 (12 sts)
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Head
Use gray yarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: (Inc, Sc 1) rep 3 times (9 sts)
Rnd 3:  Sc 9 (9 sts)
Rnd 4: (Inc, Sc 2) rep 3 times (12 sts)
Rnd 5: (Inc, Sc 3) rep 3 times (15 sts)
Rnd 6: (Inc, Sc 4) rep 3 times (18 sts)
Rnds 7-8: Sc 18 (18 sts)
Rnd 9: (Dec, Sc 1) rep 6 times(12 sts)
Stuff. Sew on ears and use black yarn to make French knot eyes.
Rnd 10: Dec 6 (6 sts)
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Arms
Rnd 1: Sc 4 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 4 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnds 2-3: Sc 4 (4 sts)
Rnd 4: (Inc, Sc) rep 2 times (6 sts)
Rnd 5: (Dec, Sc) rep 2 times (4 sts)
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Feet
Use gray yarn and make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Body
Use gray yarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 6 (12 sts)
Rnd 3: (Inc, Sc 2) rep 4 times (16 sts)
Rnds 4-6: Sc 16 (16 sts)
Rnd 7: (Dec, Sc 2) rep 4 times (12 sts)
Rnd 8: (Dec, Sc) rep 4 times (8 sts)

Fasten off and weave in ends, leaving the piece open.  Sew the feet to the bottom of the body (the closed end).  For the tail, knot the end of a strand of beige yarn and thread it, from the inside of the body to the outside, leaving the knot in the body.  Sew an arm to either side of the body.  Stuff the piece and then sew the head to the opening at the top of the body to finish your mouse.

All designs on this blog are my original work.  Please do not sell these patterns.  Feel free to sell items made from these patterns  if you credit me as designer.

Free Crochet Amigurumi Pattern: Deadly Cute Crochet Ninja


Deadly Cute Crochet Ninjas
Worsted Weight Yarn Colors:
Peach-one skein or less
Black-one skein or less
Gray and brown-small amounts

Other Supplies:
F/5 (3.75 MM) crochet hook
Yarn or tapestry needle
Scissors
Stitchmarkers
Polyester Fiberfill

Head/Body
Start with peach yarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 6 (12 sts)
Rnd 3: (Inc, Sc 2) rep 4 times (16 sts)
Rnd 4: (Inc 2, Sc2) rep 4 times (24 sts)
Rnds 5-9: Sc 24 (24 sts)
Rnd 10: (Dec 2, Sc 2) rep 4 times (16 sts)
Rnd 11: (Dec, Sc 2) rep 4 times (12 sts)
Use black yarn to make French knot eyes or sew on safety eyes on the front of the face.  Use peach yarn to sew a nose; I used 3 or 4 straight stitches . Stuff.  Switch to black yarn and continue crocheting in the round.
Rnd 12: (Dec, Sc 1) rep 4 times (8 sts)
Rnd 13: (Inc, Sc 1) rep 4 times (12 sts)
Rnd 14:  (Inc, Sc 2) rep 4 times (16 sts)
Rnd 15: Sc 16 (16 sts)
Rnd 16: (Inc, Sc 3) rep 4 times (20 sts)
Rnd 17: (Inc, Sc 4) rep 4 times (24 sts)
Rnd 18: (Dec, Sc 2) rep 6 times (18 sts)
Rnd 19: (Dec,Sc 1) rep 6 times (12 sts)
Stuff.
Rnd 20: Dec 6 (6 sts)
Finish off; weave in ends.
Arms
Use black yarn and make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 6 (12 sts)
Rnd 3: Sc  12 (12 sts)
Rnd 4: (Dec, Sc 1) rep 4 times (8 sts)
Rnds 5-7: Sc 8 (8 sts)
Finish off, leaving the end open.  Stuff and set aside.
Feet
Use black and make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 6 (12 sts)
Rnd 3: Sc  12 (12 sts)
Rnd 4: Dec 3, Sc 6 (9 sts)
Rnds 5-7: Sc 9 (9 sts)
Finish off, leaving the end open.  Stuff and set aside.  Sew the legs to the bottom of the body and the arms to either side.
Sash
Use brown.
Row 1: Ch 21.
Row 2: Starting in the second ch from hook, Sc 20
Finish off.  Attach the sash at the left hip (your left, not the ninja’s), right shoulder, and left hip again.
Hood
Use black yarn. .
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 6 (12 sts)        
Rnd 3: (Inc, Sc 2) rep 4 times (16 sts)
Rnd 4: (Inc 2, Sc 2) rep 4 times (24 sts)
Rnd 5: (Sc, Inc 2, Sc3) rep 4 times (32 sts)
Rnds 6-7: Sc 32 (32 sts)
Work the next section in rows.
Row 1: Ch and turn, Sc 23
Row 2: Ch and turn, Sc 23, Ch 9
Go back to working in the round.
Rnd 8: Sc 32 (32 sts)
Rnd 9: (Dec, Sc 2) rep 8 times (24 sts)
Rnd 10: (Dec, Sc) rep 8 times (16 sts)
Finish off and weave in ends.  The hood can be kept loose so that it can be taken on and off.
                                                                                Ninja Weapons
Nun chucks
Handles
Use brown; make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 5 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnds 2-5: Sc 5 (5 sts)
Finish off. Weave in ends.
Chain
Use gray.
Row 1: Ch 10
Sew one of the handles to each end of the chain.
Bo (Staff)
Use brown.
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 5 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnds 2-13: Sc 5 (5 sts)
Finish off. Weave in ends.
Sword
Use brown.
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 5 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnds 2-5: Sc 5 (5 sts)
Switch to gray yarn.
Rnds 6-13: Sc 5 (5 sts)
Finish off. Weave in ends.  Flatten the end of the sword and sew it shut.

All designs on this blog are my original work.  Please do not sell these patterns.  Feel free to sell items made from these patterns  if you credit me as designer.





Thursday, November 29, 2012

Free amigurumi crochet pattern: Hound dog pup


Hound Pup
Worsted Weight Yarn Colors:
White-one skein or less
Tan or brown-one skein or less
Black-small amounts

Other Supplies:
F/5 (3.75 MM) crochet hook
Yarn or tapestry needle
Scissors
Stitchmarkers
Polyester Fiberfill

Feet
Use white or tan. Make 4.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 6 (12 sts)
Rnd 3: Sc 12 (12 sts)
Rnd 4: Dec 3, Sc 6 (9 sts)
Rnd 5: Dec 2, Sc 5 (7 sts)
Finish off, leaving the top of the leg open.  Stuff and set aside.
Tail
Use tan.
Rnd 1: Sc 4 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 4 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnds 2-4: Sc 4
Finish off.
Spot
Use tan.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 6 (12 sts)        
Rnd 3: (Inc, Sc 1) rep 6 times (18 sts)
Rnd 4: (Inc 4, Sc 5) rep 2 times (26 sts)
Finish off.

Body
Use white.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 6 (12 sts)        
Rnd 3: (Inc, Sc 1) rep 6 times (18 sts)
Rnd 4: (Inc, Sc 2) rep 6 times (24 sts)
Rnd 5: Sc 24 (24 sts)
Rnd 6: (Dec, Sc 2) rep 4 times, Sc 8 (20 sts)
Rnd 7: (Dec, Sc 1) rep 4 times, Sc 8 (16 sts)
Rnd 8: (Inc, Sc 1) rep 4 times, Sc 8 (20 sts)
Rnd 9: (Inc, Sc 2) rep 4 times, Sc 8 (24 sts)
Rnd 10: Sc 24 (24 sts)
Rnd 11: (Dec, Sc 2) rep 6 times (18 sts)
Rnd 12: Dec 5, Sc 8 (13 sts)
Finish off ,leaving the front of the body open.  The body is shaped roughly like a bean with a smooth, rounded top and an indented bottom.  The open end is where the head will be attached; sew the tail to the top of the opposite end.  The spot can be sewn to the dog’s back. Stuff the body and set aside. 
Ears
Use tan yarn. Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 6 (12 sts)        
Rnd 3: (Inc, Sc 1) rep 6 times (18 sts)
Rnd 4: (Dec, Sc 4) rep 3 times (15 sts)
Rnd 5: Sc 15 (15 sts)
Rnd 6: (Dec, Sc 1) rep 5 times (10 sts)
Rnds 7-8: Sc 10 (10 sts)
Rnd 9: Dec 5 (5 sts)
Finish off and weave in ends.
Head
Start with tan.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 6 (12 sts)        
Rnd 3: (Inc, Sc 1) rep 6 times (18 sts)
Rnds 4-6: Sc 18 (18 sts)  
Rnd 7: (Dec, Sc 4) rep 3 times (15 sts)
Switch to white yarn.
Rnd 8: Sc 15 (15 sts)
Rnd 9: (Inc, Sc 2) rep 5 times (20 sts)
Rnd 10: (Inc, Sc 3) rep 5 times (25 sts)
Rnd 11: Sc 25 (25 sts)
Rnd 12: (Dec, Sc 3) rep 5 times (20 sts)
Rnd 13: Dec 10 (10 sts)
Sew on safety eyes or use black yarn to make French knot eyes.  Use black yarn to stitch a nose.  Sew the ears to either side of the head. Stuff the head.
Rnd 14: Dec 5 (5 sts)
Finish off and weave in ends


I would highly recommend pinning the feet and head in place before you attach them.  I positioned my front feet too far back and my dog keeps falling forward on its nose! The pairs of feet should be positioned on either side of the “indent” that is the dog’s belly.  Sew them on and then sew the back of the head to the open space at the front of the body.  I sewed the top of the body opening to the highest row of white stitches at the back of the head and came out about right.  Use the photos for reference if needed, and feel free to comment if you need any help.

All designs on this blog are my original work.  Please do not sell these patterns.  Feel free to sell items made from these patterns  if you credit me as designer.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Free amigurumi crochet pattern: The Frog Prince


Frog Prince


Worsted Weight Yarn Colors:
Green-one skein or less
Beige-one skein or less
Black, white, and red-small amounts

Other Supplies:
F/5 (3.75 MM) crochet hook
Yarn or tapestry needle
Scissors
Stitchmarkers
Polyester Fiberfill

Back Feet
Use green. Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Row 1: Inc 3, ch and turn
Row 2: Sc 6, ch and turn
Row 3: Sc 6, ch and turn
Row 4: Sc 6
Finish off.
Front Feet
Use green. Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Row 1: Inc 3, ch and turn
Row 2: Sc 6, ch and turn
Row 3: Sc 6
Finish off.
Back Legs
Use green. Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: (Inc, Sc 2) rep 2 times( 8 sts)
Rnds 3-4: Sc 8 (8 sts)
Rnd 5: (Inc, Sc 3) rep 2 times (10 sts)
Rnds 6-10: Sc 10 (10 sts)
Rnd 11: (Dec, Sc 3) rep 2 times (8 sts)
Rnd 12: (Dec, Sc 2) rep 2 times (6 sts)
Finish off.   Sew a back foot to the base of each leg.
Body
Use beige
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 5 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 5 (10 sts)
Rnd 3:  (Inc, Sc 1) rep 5 (15 sts)
Rnd 4: Sc 15 (15 sts)
Rnd 5: (Inc, Sc 2) rep 5 times (20 sts)
Rnd 6: Sc 20 (20 sts)
Rnd 7: (Inc, Sc 3) rep 5 times (25 sts)
Rnd 8: Sc 25 (25 sts)               
Finish off.  Sew the two front feet to the base of the body pointing forward (the open portion is the top of the body).  Sew the two legs to the back of the body; I sewed the legs together near the ankles with a few stitches so their tops would angle outward like a “V”. 
Inner Mouth
Use red.
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 5 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 5 (10 sts)
Rnd 3:  (Inc, Sc 1) rep 5 (15 sts)
Rnd 4: (Inc, Sc 2) rep 5 times (20 sts)
Finish off.  Stuff the body and sew the inner mouth over the opening at the top of the body using beige yarn.
Eyes
Use white. Make 2.
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 5 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 5 (10 sts)
Rnd 3: Sc 10 (10 sts)
Finish off.  Use black yarn to sew pupils on the front of each eye.
Crown
Start with red yarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 6 (12 sts)
Switch to yellow yarn.
Rnd 3: Sc 12 (12 sts)
Rnd 4: Sc 12 in the back (or inner) loops only (12 sts)
Rnd 5: Sc 12 (12 sts)
Finish off. In the loops that remain from Rnd 4, Sc in the first loop; Sc, Ch2 in the second loop.  Repeat 6 times around until you’ve stitched in all twelve loops.  Sl st into the first loop Sc to close the ring and then finish off the crown.
Head                       
Use green yarn.
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 5 in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: Inc 5 (10 sts)
Rnd 3:  (Inc, Sc 1) rep 5 (15 sts)
Rnd 4: (Inc, Sc 2) rep 5 times (20 sts)
Rnd 5: (Inc, Sc 3) rep 5 times (25 sts)
Rnd 6: Sc 25 (25 sts)        
Rnd 7: In the front (or outer) loops only (Inc, Sc 1) rep 7 times.  In both loops, Sc 11.
Finish off. Sew the head to the body, lining up the back of the body with the “Sc 11” portion of the head.  The front loop only stitches form the frog’s upper lip.  Sew the eyes and the crown to the top of the head.

All designs on this blog are my original work.  Please do not sell these patterns.  Feel free to sell items made from these patterns  if you credit me as designer.




 I'm thinking of making a version of this in blue with a wizard's cap.  What do you think?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Free crochet pattern: Cinnamon the Amigurumi Hen

My  niece moved out to the country this week, and the part that excites her most is that she now has room to raise chickens.  It's also close to her birthday, so I decided to crochet a chicken for her as a present.






Cinnamon Hen

 
Finished Size:

 Approx. 5 ½ “ tall x 4 ½ “ wide

Materials:

F/5 (3.75 MM) crochet hook

Stuffing

Worsted weight yarn in medium brown, red, yellow, and black

Needlepoint/Tapestry needle

Scissors

 

Head:

Start with medium brown yarn

Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook

Rnd 2: Inc 6 (12 sts)

Rnd 3: (Inc, Sc 1) rep 6 times (18 sts)

Rnds 4-6: Sc 18 (18 sts)

Rnd 7: Sc 6, Inc 4, Sc 4, Inc 4 (26 sts)

Rnd 8: Sc 6, (Inc, Sc 1) rep 4 times, Sc 4, (Inc, Sc 1) rep 4 times (34 sts)

Rnd 9: Sc 6, (Dec, Sc 1) rep 4 times, Sc 4, (Dec, Sc 1) rep 4 times (26 sts)

Rnd 10: Sc 6, Dec 4, Sc 4, Dec 4

Rnd 11: (Dec, Sc 4) rep 3 times (15 sts)

Rnds 12-13: Sc 15 (15 sts)

Rnd 14: (Inc, Sc 2) rep 5 times (20 sts)

Rnd 15: (Inc, Sc 3) rep 5 times (25 sts)

Rnd 16: (Inc, Sc 4) rep 5 times (30 sts)

Rnd 17: (3sc, 2sc) rep 15 times (75 sts)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Beak:

Use yellow yarn.

Rnd 1: Sc 3 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 3 in 2nd ch from hook

Rnd 2: Inc 3 (6 sts)

Rnd 3: (Inc, Sc 1) rep 3 times (9 sts)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Wattles:

Use red yarn.

Row 1: Ch 4

Row 2: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, Sc 3

Row 3: Ch 4

Row 4: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, Sc 3

Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Crown:

Use red yarn.

Row 1: Ch 4

Row 2: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, 3sc in each st of ch

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Sew crown, wattle, and beak to head.  Use black yarn to sew French knot eyes.

 

Wings:

Make 2

Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook

Rnd 2: Inc 6 (12 sts)

Rnd 3: (Inc, Sc 1) rep 6 times (18 sts)

Rnd 4: (Inc, Sc 2) rep 6 times (24 sts)

Rnd 5:  3sc in the 1st 4 sts (12 sts)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Body:

Use medium brown yarn.

Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook

Rnd 2: Inc 6 (12 sts)

Rnd 3: (Inc, Sc 1) rep 6 times (18 sts)

Rnds 4-5: Sc 18 (18 sts)

Rnd 6: Inc 12, Sc 6 (30 sts)

Rnd 7: (Inc, Sc 1) rep 12 times, Sc 6 (42 sts)

Rnd 8: (Inc, Sc 2) rep 12 times, (Inc, Sc 1) rep 3 times (57 sts)

Rnd 9: Sc 16, Inc 16, Sc 16, Sc 9 (73 sts)

Rnd 10: Sc 16, Dec 16, Sc 25 (57 sts)

Rnd 11: (Dec, Sc 2) rep 3 times, Dec 12, (Dec, Sc 2) rep 3 times, (Dec, Sc 1) rep 3 times (36 sts)

Rnd 12: (Dec, Sc 1) rep 3 times, Dec 6, (Dec, Sc 1) rep 3 times, Sc 6 (24 sts)

Rnds 13-14: Sc 24 (24 sts)

Rnd 15: (Dec, Sc 2) rep 6 times (18 sts)

Rnd 16: Sc 18 BLO (18 sts)

Stuff body.

Rnd 17: (Dec, Sc 1) rep 6 times (12 sts)

Rnd 18: Dec 6 (6 sts)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Using medium brown yarn, 3sc in each of the 18 sts left from the BLO sts in Rnd 16.  Sl st back in the 1st st of the round to join.

 

Feet:

Make 2

Use yellow yarn.

Row 1: Ch 4

Row 2: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, Sc 3

Row 3: Ch 4

Row 4: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, Sc 3

Row 5: Ch 4

Row 6: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, Sc 3
Sl st in 1st st of Row 1 to join. Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Sew the wings to either side of the body and the feet to the bottom front, just under the 3sc fringe.  Stuff the head and sew it to the top of the body.  And you’re done!


All designs on this blog are my original work.  Please do not sell these patterns.  Feel free to sell items made from these patterns  if you credit me as designer.


 

 

 

 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

More Baby Hat Embellishing

Oooh, here's a nice simple design with options for embellishment with bear ears and ear flaps!
http://bysmallmeans.wordpress.com/free-patterns-and-tutorials/  Just follow the link and scroll down to the crochet section.

Monday, August 20, 2012


Okay, so I'm only scratching the surface here, but here's some of the embellishment ideas I dredged up with the great inter-net for our hats.
Flowers: http://daisycottagedesigns.blogspot.com/2011/04/another-flower-pattern-6-petals.html
(plus I think this blog is really cute![I'm beginning to realize how often I use the words "cute" and "adorable" in this blog. I promise you, this is not normal for me].)

(Haven't actually had time to read through the rest of this blog yet, but I intend to).

(Also a blog I need to read more of).

I'd like to come up with more details to add to the baby boy hats, as I think they should be just as "fancy" as the baby girl hats, but that may have to wait till next month's hats. The more I research crochet, the more I find out I have to learn.

Until next time,
Sheep O'Delight

Midnight Reverie

I have had a truly awful, wretchedly terrible, unspeakably horrible day so ,to spite the devil, I'm going to write a blog about things that make me happy.

Things That Make Me Happy or Delightful Interludes


1. The clever five year old from my Sunday School class who, in an attempt to "trick" the youth minister who was teasing her this morning, pointed behind him at the wall of the church basement and announced, "Look behind you!  It's a pony!"
2. The absolutely gorgeous view of the night sky I was treated to when I got out of my car a few minutes ago.  The sky is extraordinarily clear, and I don't think I've ever seen so many stars at once.
3.  My amazing, incredible, insane, clannishly loyal, delightfully eccentric family.  Especially the newest members, who are all so adorable it almost hurts to look at them.
4.  The hand-painted "Please Slow Down-Chicken Crossing" signs my neighbors have put up at the side of the road on either end of their property.  I'm not sure why they fill me with such delight every timeI drive by, but they do.  And I very dutifully slow down every time.
5. The slowly growing pile of crochet patterns I've invented. Design makes me ridiculously, obscenely happy.
6. The younger co-worker who, seeing that I was getting overwhelmed, told me quite seriously, "I know you'll be fine.  You're a superstar."
7.  Babies.  The one thing I really, really enjoy about working retail is the extraordinary number of adorable little ones I get to see/talk to/coo over during my shift.
8. Leverage commentaries. I'm aware it makes me a dork, but I think I've now watched the first three seasons of the amazing TNT show with commentaries far more than I have without commentaries.  And somehow they never get boring.  And while I'm at it, seasons of show on DVD in general, since we don't actually get channels.  I'm always a season behind, but the ability to rewatch indefinitely is totally worth it.
9.  The fact that I'm actually managing to pick up an internet signal this late at night and ...
10. ...the fact that I don't have to work until afternoon tomorrow and therefore, could conceivably sleep until after lunch.  Not that I will, but it's nice to have the option.
Good night, world,
Sheep O'Delight

Friday, August 17, 2012

Last weekend, a bunch of ladies from my church (ok, it was four, but it's a very small church) got together to crochet hats for the newborns at the nearest local hospital with a maternity ward (which is located an hour away.  Very small church, very small town.).  For anyone who's never crocheted in a group before, I highly recommend it, especially if you can find a way to do it for a good cause.  And now of course, I'm mildly obsessed with the concept of hat-making and am dying to find better ways to embellish the very simple basic hat pattern we used.  We started off with the dimensions and instrucions from this website: http://www.slugsontherefrigerator.com/home/2011/10/how-to-design-a-hat.html And delving a little deeper for those using less basic stitches she adds a second blog post here: http://www.slugsontherefrigerator.com/home/2011/10/how-to-design-your-own-hat-pt-2.html . Both are fantastic, well-written articles that I really need to remember to print off.  But I'm dreaming of pom-poms and earflaps and flowers and edgings and lots and lots of delightful etcetera, so I think I'm going to have to go websurfing and collect some more links.  Any suggestions would be much appreciated.  Signing off, Sheep O'Delight
P.S. I highly recommend browsing the aforementioned blog!