Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry Christmas To You!

 "But in this season it is well to reassert that the hope of mankind rests in faith. As a man thinketh, so he is. Nothing much happens unless you believe in it and believing there is hope for the world is a way to move toward it."     
                                     Gladys Taber
                                          (from 'Stillmeadow Road')
"And suddenly there was with the angels a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

Wishing you all the blessings of this holy season.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Look What I Got For Christmas!

I must have been really good this year, because look what I got:

 This is my newest grandson, Paul, Jr., who will be called Buddy (as well as Little Paul, Peanut, and several other nick names; my daughter Bethany insists she is going to call him P.J.)

 He was born Dec. 3rd, and weighed 7 lbs. 13 oz and was 21" long. He has already gained a pound!

I was able to go and spend some time getting acquainted with him last week. He seems to like the Monkey Hat I made for him.
Okay, so maybe it was really his Mama and Daddy who got Buddy for Christmas. I just feel blessed to have him in our family.
Welcome, Little Buddy. Grandmama loves you!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

The Kitty Cap: A Free Crochet Pattern For You

Autumn, age 6, wearing her Kitty Cap

I love making gifts for my grandchildren, but when you have as many as I do, you need items that can be made in a hurry. So I designed this little cap for my granddaughters; it is very quick and easy to make. It makes a great gift or item to sell (yes, you can sell items made from any of my patterns!)

The corners stand up like little cat ears, so we decided to call it the "Kitty Cap." It fits a little girl between the ages of 3-10, but I used a smaller hook (5 mm) and made one that fit my 18 month old granddaugter, Lilly. I haven't tried it, but you could probably use a larger hook and make one that would fit an adult.

by Elizabeth Ann White
for BellaCrochet

Skill Level: Easy

Size: 3-10 years (19”-21” head)

Gauge: 3 dc = 1” and 2 dc rows =1 1/4”

3 ozs. Worsted Weight Yarn
Size I (5.50mm) Crochet Hook

Rnd 1: Ch 29, dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in each of next 24 chs, 3 dc in next ch (ch at end); working in remaining lps on opposite side of chain, dc in each of next 25 chs; join with sl st in top of ch-3. (First 3 chs count as first dc; 54 dc made)

Rnds 2-9: Ch 3 for first dc, dc in each st around, join with sl st in top of ch-3. (54 dc)

Rnd 10: Ch 1, (sc, ch 2, 2 dc) in first st, skip next 2 sts, *(sc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next st, skip next 2 sts; repeat from * around, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

The first round completed.
The finished cap.
Kyleigh, who just turned three. She has the edging of her hat folded up to form a brim.

Lilly, 18 months, and her Uncle Josh. Sorry Josh, I will make you a pink Kitty Cap for your birthday!

Abby, age 4. I wonder who got into the  chocolate cookies?

Ana, age 10. She is growing up much too fast to suit her Grandmama!
Jasee, age 5, in her pretty pink Kitty Cap

Special thanks go to E. J. Miller and Jewel Fernley for testing this pattern.

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