Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Crochet Project I Want to Try

I saw these on Craftzine.com and I want to try this someday as a funky wall hanging in my crafting room. I would think that plastic hubcaps would be fairly easy to find for cheap or damn near free, in thrift stores or on Craigslist.


"I love these crochet hubcap flowers from artist Julie Kornblum. They are so fun and unexpected, and prove you can crochet into just about anything. Plus, they are made using discarded hubcaps and plarn, so they are a great recycle as well! [via Recyclart]"

Lucky Me, Part 2

I have to brag.

My husband got me three cakes of glow in the dark yarn for Christmas!!!!


"Nightlights Glow in the Dark Yarn" by Woolstock Yarn Shop: "How much fun is this? Now you can knit with yarn that will glow in the dark! This 100% nylon fiber is infused with a substance that allows it to glow for up to 4 hours when charged under a light source for 1 hour. This yarn is completely machine washable and dry-able, so it’s perfect for adding as an accent to childrens' clothing. Add glowing stars to a blanket, or scary ghosts for a Halloween sweater. Nightlights is also great for the athlete or sportsman in your life. Incorporate the yarn into headbands, vests, etc. for joggers or bikers. Even use it in a sweater for your dog for those late-night walks. Nightlights is recommended as an accent yarn, not as a full garment yarn. Yarn is available only in off-white, and glows a fluorescent green. Each 2 oz. ball contains approximately 175 yards. Equivalent to dk weight yarn-approximately 5 ½ st per inch on a size 6 US needle."

God, I can't wait to get started with this! I'm going to make myself a Minion from Despicable Me! :)

Christmas Cobbler Recipe

I'm not letting the fact that it's Christmas stop me from posting. In fact, all of the guests have gone home, the kitchen is clean and the dishwasher is doing the dirty work for me right now.

Of the cooking I did for today, I made this cobbler last night.Sam the Cooking Guy had this as peach and raspberry cobbler. I made ours as blackberry and raspberry.

  • 2-16 oz cans peaches in heavy syrup
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries, approx
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Dump peaches into the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan
  3. Scatter raspberries on top of peaches
  4. Dump the cake mix over the peaches
  5. Dump the melted butter over the top, and spread around
  6. Dump the cinnamon even overly the top
  7. Bake approximately 40 minutes. 
This looked absolutely wonderful on his show. However, I've realized that this is a dessert that should not be baked in advance. If you want it for a certain occasion, make it right then and there. It has since turned somewhat mushy and the berries have taken on kind of a dark pink glue look in appearance. I'm sure that if I had made this tonight, it would have tasted wonderful! Instead, because I waited, the flavored blended EXTREMELY well and actually it becomes quite (naturally) sweet, almost too tart, in taste.

Baby “Chicken Beanie” Crochet Pattern

Earlier this year, I posted some photos of the Chicken Beanie I made for my newest nieces and nephew. Here is the pattern for the Chicken Beanie.

Materials Needed:
--E sized hook
--I sized hook
--Yarn needle
--1 skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease in White/Multi (#301)—This yarn is mostly white with a very fine iridescent strand woven through.
--Small amount of Caron Natura in Lemon (#0076)
--Small amount of Caron Natura in Scarlet (#0045)
--Optional: Small amount of matching eyelash or other novelty yarn for edging

This hat should fit a baby 3-6 months old.

Hat
Beginning at top of hat, working with the I sized hook and the White, ch 4, sl st in first ch to form ring.

The body of the hat is to be worked in dc’s. However, through the entire construction of the hat, alternate working the dc’s in the back and front loops only. This will create a finished look that is not smooth. See the diagram at left for an example. This image is used without permission from StitchDiva.com.

You also need to alternate which loop you start each row in. For example, if you start round 2 in the front loop, then start round 3 in the back loop. This close up at the left shows what the finished hat should look like.

Ch 2, work 13 dc in ring, join with a sl st in first dc. 13 sts.

Rnd 2:Ch 2, do not turn, 2 dc in each st around, join with a st in first dc. 26 sts.
Rnd 3: Ch 2, do not turn, dc in first st, *2dc in next st, dc in next st, repeat from * around ending with 2dc in last st, join with a sl st in first dc. 39 sts.
Rnd 4: Ch 2, do not turn, *dc in first two sts, 2dc in next st, repeat from * around, join with a sl st in first dc. 52 sts.
Rnds 5 - 12: Ch 2, do not turn, dc in each st around, join with a sl st in first dc. 52 sts. Do not turn at end of last row.

At this point, you can decide which side of the hat you want to be the outside. I flipped mine inside out when I got to this point.

Comb:
Rnd 1: Working with the E sized hook and the Red, chain 8. This is going to create the front of the comb.
Rnds 2-3: Turn. Starting in the second chain from the hook, work 7 sc in each of the remaining 7 stitches. Chain 1 and turn at the end of row 2.
Rnd 4: Chain 1 and turn. Work first 2 sc tog. Work 1 sc in each of the remaining 3 stitches.
Rnds 5-6: Chain 1 and turn. Work 1 sc in each of the 3 stitches.
Rnd 7: Chain 1 and turn. Work 1 sc each in the first 2 stitches. Work 2 sc in the last stitch.
Rnd 8: Chain 1 and turn. Work 2 sc in the first stitch, and work 1 stitch in each of the remaining stitches.
Rnd 9: Chain 1 and turn. Work 1 sc in each of the first 4 stitches, and work 2 sc in the last stitch.
Rnd 10: Repeat row 8.
Rnd 11: Repeat row 5.
Rnd 12: Repeat row 8.
Rnd 13: Chain 1 and turn. Work 1 sc in each of the first 3 stitches, and work 2 sc in the last stitch.
Rnd 14: Repeat row 8.
Rnd 15: Chain 1 and turn. Work 1 sc each of the first 5 stitches, and work 2 sc in the last stitch.
Rnd 16: Repeat row 8.
Rnds 17-18: Repeat row 5.
Rnd 19: Chain 1 and turn. Work 1 sc in each of the first 2 sc, and work 2 sc in the last stitch.
Rnd 20: Chain 1 and turn. Work 2 sc in the first stitch, and 1 sc in each of the remaining stitches.
Rnd 21: Chain 1 and turn. Work 1 sc in the first 4 stitches, and work 2 sc in the last stitch.
Rnds 22-23: Chain 1 and turn. Work 1 sc in each stitch.
Rnd 24: Chain 1 and turn. Work the first 2 sc tog, and work 1 sc in each of the remaining stitches.

Fasten off yarn and leave a length of several inches. Use this length to sew the comb onto the hat. Line the first dip in the comb over the beginning chain 4 loop circle at the top of the hat. Attach the comb over the top of the hat with a few whip stitches and fasten off yarn when complete.  

Eyes (Make 2):
Working with the E sized hook and the Blue, start with a magic circle: chain 1 and 8 sc. Pull tight and join with a slip stitch.
Rnd 2: Change to the White. Chain 1 and do not turn. Work 2 sc in each stitch around, including the joining slip stitch.

Lay the hat flat and decide where you want the eyes to be sewn on. For mine, I lined the eyes up so they were evenly spaced out, using the comb as the midline. If you keep them in the top third of the hat, you’ll have enough room for the beak later on. Sew the eyes on with whipstitches and the White yarn.

Optional Edging (If you are making this for a little girl):
Ch 1 and turn. Alternate 1 sc and 2 sc in each st around, join with a sl st in first sc. Fasten off. Weave in ends of yarn.

Beak:
Rnd 1: Working with the E sized hook and the Yellow, ch 9. This is going to make the back of the beak where it attaches to the hat.
Rnd 2: Turn. Starting in the second chain from the hook, work 1 sc in each stitch.
Rnd 3: Chain 1 and turn. Work the first 2 sc tog, 1 sc in each of the middle sc, and work the last 2 sc tog.
Rnd 4: Repeat row 2.
Rnd 5: Chain 1 and turn. Work the first 2 sc tog, 1 sc in the middle, and work the last 2 sc tog.
Rnd 6: Repeat row 2.
Rnd 7: Chain 1 and turn. Work the first 2 sc tog the last 2 sc tog.
Rnd 8: Repeat row 2.
Rnd 9: Chain 1 and turn. Work the remaining 2 sc tog.
Rnds 10 & 11: Chain 1 and turn. Work 1 sc.
Rnd 12: Chain 1 and turn. Work 2 sc in the one stitch.
Rnd 13: Chain 1 and turn. Work 1 sc in each stitch.
Rnd 14: Chain 1 and turn. Work 2 sc in each stitch.
Rnd 15: Repeat row 13.
Rnd 16: Chain 1 and turn. Work 2 sc in the first stitch, 1 sc in each of the middle sc, and 2 sc in the last stitch.
Rnd 17: Repeat row 13.
Rnd 18: Chain 1 and turn. Work 2 sc in the first stitch, 1 sc in each of the middle 4 sc, and 2 sc in the last stitch.
Rnd 19: Repeat row 13.

If you’ve done this correctly, you will have an hourglass kind of shape. With the yarn still attached, fold the beak in half into a triangle. The narrow point of 1 sc will become the end of the beak. Working along the outside edge, do a series of slip stitches around the beak to “sew” it shut. It took me 18 slip stitches to work around the beak. I did 3 slip stitches at the narrowest point to work around it. When finished, leave a length of several inches. It should look like a little wedge of cheese.

Do not sew along the 8 sc edges. This will be where the beak is attached to the hat.

If your slip stitches around the beak show more on one side than along the edges, make that side the underside of the beak. Stick your index finger into the beak to pop it open a little. (Optional: if you want, you can stuff a tiny bit of Fiber Fill into the beak to help hold its shape before you sew it on.) Sew it to the face on the hat, centered between the eyes. I placed my beak quite close to the eyes. While sewing, give the outside corners of the beak a little squeeze to keep the backside open. Sew the top chain and bottom chain separately.

Proper Care & Washing:
Always wash this item in cold on the gentlest setting. Do not use bleach. Washing in hot water may lead to shrinkage. Either line dry or allow to dry flat.
If you must use a dryer, dry on low or no heat.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Chinese Fortune for the Day

I didn't want to cook tonight for us, since I've already gotten a start on cooking for tomorrow, so we got Chinese delivered tonight. We split a dinner and got one fortune. My husband doesn't care much about fortune cookies so I snagged this one.

"You are the master of every situation."

God, I wish! :)

Jack Skellington Crochet Hat and Scarf for an Adult


"There's children throwing snowballs, instead of throwing heads,
and absolutely no one's dead!”
--Jack Skellington, “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

Materials Needed:
--H sized hook
--K sized hook
--N sized hook
--Yarn needle
--1 skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease #301 White/Multi and 1 skein of Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice #100 White (both for the hat—makes it more like a suitable hat for the winter)
--1 skein of Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice #100 White (for the scarf)
--1 skein of a medium weight cotton black yarn (for the eyes, nose, mouth and scarf)
--1 skein of Bernat Boa Furs in grey (color # 81946) for the scarf

Hat:
With the K hook and working with both white yarns at the same time, ch 4, join with sl st to first ch to form ring. DO not turn at the end of the rows. Continue working them all in the same direction.
Rnd 1: Ch 2(counts as first dc),9 dc in ring. Join with sl st to top of beginning dc (10 dc).
Rnd 2: Ch 2, HDC in same st, (2 HDC in next st) around. Join (20 HDC).
Rnd 3: Ch 2, 2 HDC in next st, (HDC in next st, 2 HDC in next st) around. Join (30 HDC).
Rnd 4: Ch 2, HDC in next st, 2 HDC in next st, (HDC in next 2 st, 2 HDC in next st) around. Join (40 HDC).
Rnd 5: Ch 2, HDC in next 2 st, 2 HDC in next st, (HDC in next 3 st, 2 HDC in next st) around. Join (50 HDC).
Rnd 6: Ch 2, HDC in next 3 st, 2 HDC in next st, (HDC in next 4 st, 2 HDC in next st) around. Join (60 HDC).
Rnd 7: Ch 2, HDC in each st around. Join (60 HDC).
Rnd 8: Ch 2, HDC in next 4 st, 2 HDC in next st, (HDC in next 5 st, 2 HDC in next st) around. Join.
Rnd 9: Repeat round 7.
Rnd 10: Ch 2, HDC in next 5 st, 2 HDC in next st, (HDC in next 6 st, 2 HDC in next st) around. Join.
Rnd 11: Repeat round 7.
Rnd 12-16: Ch 2, HDC in back loop of next st, (HDC in front loop of next st, HDC in back loop of next st) around. Join.
Rnd 17: Ch 2, HDC in each st around. Join.
Rnd 18: Ch 1,hsc in same st as join and in each st around. Join. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Once the hat is complete, press it flat with your hands and have the front of it facing up.

Eyes (make 2):
With the H hook, leave a length of black yarn (enough to sew the eye to the hat) and chain 4.

Row 1: In the second chain from the hook, do 1 HDC. Do 1 HDC in each remaining chain, but do 2 HDC in the last chain (4 HDC). Chain 2 and turn.
Row 2: Do 1 HDC in the same loop as the 2 SC, 1 HDC the rest of the loops, and 2 HDC in the last loop. Chain 2 and turn (6 HDC). Chain 2 and turn.
Row 3: Skip the same loop as the 2 SC, 1 HDC the rest of the loops, and 2 HDC in the last loop. Chain 2 and turn (7 HDC). Chain 2 and turn.
Row 4: Do 1 HDC in each loop as before (7 HDC). Chain 2 and turn.
Row 5: Do 1 HDC in each loop, but do 2 HDC in the last chain. Chain 2 and turn.
Row 6: Do 2 HDC in the same loop as the 2 SC, 1 HDC the rest of the loops. Chain 2 and turn (9 HDC).
Row 7: Do 1 HDC in each loop. Chain 2 and turn.
Row 8: Dec the row by 2 HDC: one at the beginning and one at the end. Chain 2 and turn.
Row 9: Dec the row by 3 HDC: one at the beginning, in the middle and one at the end. Chain 2 and turn.
Row 10: Dec the row by 2 HDC: one at the beginning and one at the end. Fasten off yarn. If you don’t think you left enough at the beginning for sewing, leave a good length of yarn here in addition to the beginning.

Remember, Jack’s eyes are not always the same. If you want, make one eye as shown and make the second eye different (add in an extra HDC somewhere in the middle, decrease the shape by one HDC somewhere, or maybe even leave an entire row out). His eyes change shape according to his mood, so they don’t have to match.

Nostrils (make 1):
With the same hook you used for the eyes, leave a length of yarn (enough to sew the nostrils to the hat) and chain 8 and finish off yarn.

Flatten the beanie and find the center. This is where his nose will go. Thread the same crochet hook into the beanie. Make sure you have 2 HDC’s over the hook. Hook one of the loops from the center of the chain onto the hook and pull it halfway through this space. (Think of this like you’re doing a latch hook.) The nostril length should now almost look like an upside down U, with the white yarn covering the curved part of the U.

Thread your yarn needle with one end of the length of yarn. Pull the nostrils into a parenthesis shape and sew one side into place. Repeat on the other side.

Position the eyes in the space above the nose. Depending on how you made them, one side should curve out more than the other. Place the eyes with the curved sides facing the center. The bottom of the eyes should just about be even with his nose.

It doesn’t really matter how you sew the eyes on. For mine, I just did a whip stitch around the edges. With a little care and attention, you can actually work your sewing stitches through the HDC’s and not have to go all the way through the front of the hat. The only time my stitches go through the front of the hat is when I was securing the final stitches.

Smile:
Thread a yarn needle with a length of black yarn, and embroider the bottom of the beanie as shown: start before the edge of one eye and continue past the other eye. The smile does not have to be perfectly straight. Go back over the smile with 10-13 evenly spaced “stitches,” placed about 2 HDC’s apart. At this point, it would probably be easier to go all the way through the front of the hat you’re your stitches, through the holes between the HDC’s. Finish off yarn.

Scarf:
Starting with the black yarn and the N sized hook, make a chain of SC in the length you want your scarf to be (minus tassels).

Row 1: Once you’ve reached the desired length, do a HDC in the second chain from the hook, and continue it the length of the chain. Chain 2 and turn.
Rows 2-3: Do 1 HDC in each loop. Chain 2 and turn (for a total of 3 rows of HDC’s in black).
Rows 4-5: Switch to the Bernat Boa Fur in grey, and do one row of HDC’s. Chain 2 and turn.
Rows 6-7: Switch to the Vanna’s Choice in white, and do one row of HDC’s. Chain 2 and turn.
Rows 8-9: Switch to the Bernat Boa Fur in grey, and do one row of HDC’s. Chain 2 and turn.
Rows 10-12: Switch to the black yarn, and do one row of HDC’s. Chain 2 and turn.
Row 13: Do 1 row of SC the entire length. Finish off yarn.

Without the tassels, my scarf is 58” long. The tassels add about 4” more to each end.

Proper Care & Washing:
Always wash this item in cold on the gentlest setting. Do not use bleach. Washing in hot water may lead to shrinkage. Either line dry or allow to dry flat. If you must use a dryer, dry on low or no heat.

Shutting Down the Etsy Store

On Dec. 1, 2010, I finally decided to open an Etsy store. It was called Shabby Cro-Chic and my intention was to sell crochet patterns to start and see where it went from there. I only had about eight items listed, spent about $1.60 in listing fees and made one sale for $2.50.

Etsy does a great job of sending newsletters to it's shop owners, to keep them up to date on various things. It was in one of those newsletters that I learned I was expected to charge sales tax. That was a bit of a surprise, because I've sold things on eBay (as an individual, not as a store) and never had to charge sales tax there.

I contacted our tax guy and spoke with his assistant. It turns out there are a bunch more things I'd need to provide in order to get our taxes done, because of having a "business." As something that's supposed to be a hobby for FUN, I'm not trying to make all this work for myself.

I've deleted all the items from my shop but I'm keeping my account active because I want to be able to continue to buy from Etsy sellers.

So, in the interest of continuing having a good time with my crochet, I'm just going to start posting all of my patterns here for free. Lots of other people list their original patterns online to share, so that's what I'm going to do here.

If you decide you want to use one of my patterns, I'd love to know how it works out for you. Happy crocheting!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

I Just Love This Video

It's been making me giggle since I came across it months ago. I had it bookmarked so I could watch it when I needed a laugh.

Sackboy Went on Vacation

Last August, I made a Sackboy for Nicole's supervisor's son. Shortly after receiving him, the mother and son went on a cruise for summer vacation. While they were cruising, I heard that Mom told Son, "Whatever you do, don't drop Sackboy. If he goes overboard, you're not getting another one."

Thankfully, Sackboy did not go to Davy Jones' locker. In fact, he had a good time with Mom and Son, and even got some clothes while he was away so he's no longer running around naked.

But the best part? I got my picture of the son. I swirled his face because he is a kid and I don't want to put up random pictures of kids here, but I wish you could have seen the giant cheesey grin on his face. He's holding onto Sackboy like a proud papa.


Or maybe he looks like he just won the showcase showdown on "The Price is Right." :)

Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

And he volunteers with Fire and Rescue in Virginia Beach.

I damn near cried like a baby at work when I read this article in the Virginian-Pilot. It's just beautiful, and I don't normally get all mushy over things involving kids. These men just get it...the undeniable faith children have in Santa Claus and how he'll always come through for them when they really need it. The article needs to be cut and pasted here to read.

It's Santa - coming to the rescue in Virginia Beach!

Kathy Adams
The Virginian-Pilot
© December 22, 2010

It was a cold Christmas Eve two years ago when Dan Daugherty, a volunteer paramedic with the city, and his crew aided a woman who'd fallen ill in a Rosemont Forest home.

She was fine after some attention from the medics, but her two granddaughters, who were about 5 years old, were terrified.

That is, until Santa stepped in.

Soon a hearty "Ho! Ho, Ho!" came through the crackle of Daugherty's radio and Santa himself asked to speak with the girls. He reassured them the medics were there to help and reminded them to leave out some milk and cookies for his visit later that night.

By the end of the conversation, they were smiling again.

For the past six years, Santa has made himself available - through a direct radio connection to the North Pole - to speak with Virginia Beach children who experience an emergency in the days leading up to Christmas.
This year, he's on call starting today and continuing through Christmas Day.

The program, called Santa on the Air, is intended to lessen the impact of an emergency, such as a fire or illness, on a child, said Division Chief Bruce Nedelka, a spokesman for the Department of Emergency Medical Services. An EMS volunteer inspired by a Christmastime call started the project in 2004.

"He was disturbed that their Christmases from then on were always going to be tainted by the fact that this had happened," Nedelka said. So he recruited Santa to help.

Now all of the city's police officers, firefighters and medics know how to reach Saint Nick if they discover a child in distress. While Santa can't promise that everything will be OK, he reassures children that the responders will do all they can to help. He also guarantees he can still find them to deliver presents, even in the hospital, sorts out naughty-or-nice list concerns and entertains last-minute gift requests.

During an interview earlier this month, "Santa," taking a break from his Christmas preparations, said he fields about eight to 10 calls a year through the program. While on call, he keeps a cell phone and radio handy.

"Kids come to rely on Christmas as a kind of point in their lives when something special is going to happen, and when an emergency happens, all of a sudden everything about Christmas sort of gets swept by the side," he said. "It's hard for a child to understand that."

"We want you to know that somehow Christmas will still come to you," he said.

The calls from Santa make a big difference, said former EMS volunteer Robin Helfant, who used the program to help a little boy in the emergency room several years ago.

"He was very scared," she said. "It was just absolutely amazing how one little call on the radio can distract from fear and chaos and even pain."

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Not What I Was Looking For

I realized the night before last I was missing a pair of earrings. Red stone and gold clip on earrings that belonged to my grandma. Last night, I decided to feel around through the couch and move it out of the way to see if I could find it. I only found one of the earrings but I also found a golf fee, a quarter, two pennies, and some wool yarn I didn't know was missing. I'm not sure but I think the cat's involved.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Lucky Me, Lucky Me!

Look what my friend Nicole the knitter brought me from her Seattle-Portland-Chicago vacation! (These goodies came from the Seattle-Portland portion of her trip.)


The bamboo hook, like the yarns, are from Japan. But it's labeled as being a knitting needle. That must be what crochet is called in Japan. It's quite thin, so I don't know what size it is. I've never had a bamboo hook before and I really like how slick it feels when I'm using it. The yarn seems to slip and slide on it really well.


Both of the yarns, the purple and dusky greens, are my favorite colors. In fact, my kitchen used to be these colors. They are both boucle yarns and very light. Each package is only 25 grams in weight but it feels heavier than that.

I can't wait to use these for something fun. I'm thinking something flowery for a coat.

Thanks, Nicole!

A Quick Baby GIft

One more baby blanket to add to the growing mental and photo pile of the ones I've already done this year. :)

This weekend was spent whipping up a quick little baby gift for a coworker. My goal was to have it ready for her on Monday (tomorrow) and all I have left to do is make her a card. She's having a girl and all I have are cards for baby boys.

She's already got two daughters and was hoping this would be the son she wanted. I thought she already had a son but I was wrong. She's still holding out hope that she'll see a little something at her next sonogram but so far, it's looking like another girl.


As usual, it's another funky, stashbuster granny square travel blankie. Made with a K sized hook, it's about 33" across. I'm really starting to think of these weird little blankies that I'm throwing together as more freeform in color than anything else. It's made with:
--Premier Yarns Angel Shelf Shading in Peach Candy (#63-201)
--the leftover unknown Confetti yarn (I swear, this better be the last of this yarn...how can I keep finding more of it???)
--Caron Natura in Cream (#0214) and it's damn near identical twin, Premier Yarns Merit (100% wool) in Cream (#35-101)
--Lily's Sugar 'n Cream in Strawberry (#00144), which was also what I used to make the crocheted mousies out of this year. Hope she doesn't mind! :)
--Lion Brand Fun Fur in pink (#101), which was the same edging on my sister's daughter's starghan from August.

But I didn't just make this funky little blanket. I decided that since she is going to be a spring baby, she needed a cute little springy hat to somewhat match the blanket.

This was made out of the same Sugar 'n Cream yarn, so it does tie in with the center of the blanket. It was made on a thin, unknown sized crochet hook from this pattern. I didn't want to make another typical little beanie. This one worked up so much faster than any hat I've ever made, most likely because it's made with treble crochet stitches, which are quite long. However, because of the length of those stitches, it's an airy, open hat and wouldn't be good for winter since it's not going to really keep a baby's head warm. But it would do a great job of keeping the sun off her little head.

I also learned a new edging for this hat: the popcorn stitch. To me, it looked kind of elaborate but couldn't have been easier.

Hopefully, this little project will be handed over to it's new owner tomorrow, provided I can get my crafting room cleaned up enough today to make that card!