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O Christmas Tree…

I love getting creative during the holidays and when the weather turns cold and the days are shorter I crave crochet projects. There’s nothing better than starting an afghan in the fall to keep you warm while you work on it all winter long. But for me I like to work on projects while I have blankets in progress because sometimes it’s nice to take a break. I found a pattern for Christmas or winter trees that I wanted to make and Mike was 100% for them. I made one evergreen style, one snow covered, and one Christmas tree style. You make the trees and then place them over styrofoam cones to keep their shape. The trees look perfect on our new walnut table that Mike made himself.

Once the trees were complete I practiced using my DSLR to take some photos. Oh the options you have with yarn and crochet!

DIY, Food Reviews, Recipes, Weekend Fun

Weekend Fun

Hi there!

How was your weekend? The arctic blast remains in Wisconsin and I’m still dreaming of warm, sunny, and sandy beaches. I need a good pick me up to remind me that this cold weather will soon go away and spring will arrive. Mike and I are definitely experiencing the cabin fever we experienced last year and wind chills in the negative are no help whatsoever!  We did enjoy brunch with some friends today. Some hot chocolate and a bubble bath did lift my spirits a little but I’m wishing for temperatures where I can enjoy a long walk outside!

But on a positive note I finished the square baby blanket I made for a friend, made Delicious and Addicting no bake energy bites, and enjoyed a new recipe from Iowa Girl Eats; Penne with Kale, Sausage, and Butternut Squash!

First let’s start with the blanket. I’ve never made a square blanket before but thought it looked cool so I gave it a try! I think it turned out nicely! The pattern I used was from Red Heart and the yarn was Bernat Baby Sport Yarn.
Baby Square Blanket

I made these no bake energy bites:
No Bake Energy Bites

They are so addicting! They taste just like no bake cookies but without a ton of sugar and butter. It’ll be hard not to eat them all in less than a day!

Last, but not least, we had the penne with sausage, kale, and squash for dinner. The dish takes less than 30 minutes to make and who doesn’t love that? Mike and I had tried kale once before and we hated it. I think we made kale chips in the oven, I’m not entirely sure because I think I purposely tried to forget it. The kale is subtle because of the chicken broth and I’ve never tried squash but you don’t really notice it in the dish. Bonus for eating veggies and not noticing it! (Fist Bump) Will you give this dish a try?
Penne with Kale Squash and Sausage

 

DIY

Fall Crochet Hats

Hi there!

How’s it going? Recently I’ve been busy making some really cool crochet hats for friends. Yes, I feel like an 80 year old woman saying that but hey, it’s fun and people like my hats.

I’ll be taking a break from hat making tonight because Mike and I are going out to dinner with friends to celebrate our engagement! I’m excited to see everyone and I know it’s going to be a great time. By the way, does anyone still have engagement parties? I know if I was asked to go to an engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party, AND the wedding it would seem a bit overkill on the gift buying part. But I’m ok with having dinner with everyone in town to celebrate!

Now for the hats. I had a friend contact me for a pumpkin hat for her soon to be son. She sent me a photo of one she liked and I quickly got to work making it! I went out of my comfort zone on this hat incorporating three different stitches. I used a double crochet, single crochet, and a shell-like crochet stitch (pattern here, start at Round 7) where you skip stitches to make the design in the middle of the hat. Then I switched to double and finished with a single crochet stitch. I started the hat using this pattern for baby hats. I used the pattern from the Buckeye hat I made to make the leaves and then for the stem I used a corkscrew pattern. I’m very happy with how the hat turned out and excited to see the newborn photos for the little guy!
Pumpkin Hat

The next hat I made was a candy corn hat. The idea of candy corn hat came up when Mike was explaining to a friend what corn hats are in reference to the Nebraska Huskers and the hats the fans wear at football games. When Mike googled ‘corn hat’ some of the images included candy corn hats and our friend really liked them. He asked me to make one for her as a surprise. I used a Red Heart hat pattern for this one and made a gauge beforehand because I’ve had some hats turn out larger and ended up redoing them. The gauge was really helpful and after adjusting my stitches based on the gauge, the hat fit perfectly. This was the first time I made a poof ball which was a lot of fun too! I love the look of the poof on top.
Candy Corn Hat 2

Candy Corn Hat

The last hat is a Packers themed hat for a friend who is a huge Packers fan. I’ve seen yellow and green yarn at Joann’s that’s really cool because it switches from yellow to green throughout the skein and you don’t have to switch while making a hat, it automatically creates a striping effect. I used the exact same pattern as the one I used for the candy corn hat and with a poof, of course!
Packers Hat 2

Packers Hat

What do you think? Which hat is your favorite? Interested in a hat for yourself or a little one? Check out my shop Rachel’s Yarn Creations on Etsy!

DIY

Crochet: Baby Hat and Blanket

Hi there!

Happy Wednesday! I returned from vacation yesterday evening and while I’m sad that vacation is over, I am excited for the weekend in just two short days! What a crazy trip getting to Tampa and returning but more on that later.

My friend received her gift for her baby boy Friday morning. I was so glad it arrived before I left for the beach so I could talk to her. She loved it! I’m so glad. :)

I sent a buckeye themed present complete with a scarlet and gray striped blanket and buckeye hat plus a football hat. I crocheted everything in about 2-1/2 weeks. I can’t believe I did it so quickly!
Buckeye Baby Gift

For the blanket I single crocheted the red yarn until I reached 36 inches across. Then I did 4 rows of double crochet. After that I did 7 rows of gray half double crochet. When switching colors I used this YouTube video.

Then I did 4 rows of single crochet for the border. I had 19 rows total, I began with the red and finished the red so the gray border would frame it nicely.

Buckeye Blanket

My first attempt at the buckeye hat I planned was rather unsuccessful. The hat wouldn’t even fit me! So I unraveled it and redid it to fit an adult and sent it to my friend. Coincidentally, it arrived around the time of her birthday. How convenient! Here’s the result:
Buckeye Hat

For this hat I used this tutorial and counted out the appropriate rows for the stripes as I went. One row of red, two of white, and then another row of red.

After mastering how to crochet in the round and finishing the first hat I began making the first baby hat. The red one with a buckeye and leaves. This one took me about an hour to do for just the hat portion. The buckeye and leaves didn’t take too long either. I used this tutorial for the hat and made it the 3-6 month old size. The tutorial was very detailed and easy to understand! To make the leaves and buckeye use the pattern located here.
Buckeye Baby Hat

Finally we have the football hat! I love this hat and plan to make more because it’s adorable. I used the same tutorial as the red hat but included the white rows using the stripe tutorial to add them in. The white stripes are double crochet stitches and the hat has 11 rows total so row 4 and 9 are white. I used the same size pattern- 3-6 months but it did end up slightly bigger than the red hat.
Football Hat

After the hat was finished I hand sewed the laces to make it look like a football!
Football Hat with Laces

Now if only Mike would quit volunteering me to crochet things for people. ;) Just kidding!

Friday's Fab Five

Friday’s Fab Five

Happy Friday!

Today’s high is 40 degrees! Woohoo! And our temperatures should stay in the 40’s for more than day. Even better! I need to run outside the next couple of days in order to stay sane. :)

This is the first Friday of Lent and I’m excited to have fish fry tonight! I never liked fried fish until moving to Milwaukee and now I love it. It’s nice to have another meal idea when I’m not supposed to eat meat.

I don’t have much planned for this weekend but that’s not necessarily a bad thing because next week will be busy!

Less than two weeks until it’s officially Spring!

#5 Spinach Artichoke Pizza
This would be a great dinner to try on a Friday night during Lent!

#4 American Flag
How cool and easy is this?
American Stick Flag

#3 DIY Knit Cup Cozies
Another great crochet project to add to my list!
Knit Cup Cozies

#2 (un) corgi cuteness
Leave your troubles in the wind.
Puppy with Sunset

#1 Photo Challenge
Now that I have an iPhone and a camera that works, I think this would be a fun challenge.
Photo Challenge