Family, Knitting

Foxy Baby

I’ve been wanting to share this project with you for a long time, but it was to be a gift, so I had to wait in order not to spoil the surprise…!

My sister, Hannah, is expecting a baby girl later this Fall! We can’t wait to meet her and welcome her into the family that loves her so dearly!

Hannah has a thing for foxes… So it naturally follows that her daughter will be blessed with a love of foxes as well! (At least until she’s old enough to make her own opinions understood!) 😉

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I found a pattern for this stunningly adorable Sleepy Baby Red Fox sleep sack for newborns, and just HAD to make it for her! I made a lot of progress on it during the road trip to Ohio the other weekend.


The stitches used are all pretty basic crochet stitches, so the actual crocheting part isn’t difficult…


The sewing up though, is a bit complex, but the pattern has helpful pictures, along with instructions on how to do each type of sewing stitch used…


Placement of the different pieces is critical, and I had to re-sew the ears on the hat multiple times!


Even now, I think one may still be just a tiny bit crooked…


I finally decided that if I kept fussing with it, I’d make it worse instead of better…



…So if it is still a tad crooked, it just means that this foxy baby has personality! ☺️

9/21/2016 Update: 

I have been hearing from reliable sources that Hannah’s first Baby Shower was a huge success; and that she absolutely loves the fox! Here she is, opening it up…


Many thanks to sister-in-law, Heather LaRocca for sharing this precious pic!

Photo credit – Heather LaRocca.

Knitting

So Much to Knit, so Little Time…

I don’t know about you, but I can always find more projects that I want to knit much faster than I can actually knit them!

Here are a few recent finds that I’m adding to my queue…

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The Undergrowth Hat by Mandy Powers. I just love the colorwork – and the colors used! Any contrasting colors would work great, but that teal is breathtaking! And the pattern is free!

 

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The Glacier Gloves by Julia Mueller have such intricate cabling. I can’t wait to give them a try!

 

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And The Gamayun Bird Shawl by Natalia Sha is truly spectacular! The feathers look so real!  And I love the rainbow colors, they make me feel happy!

 

I have recently become obsessed with Reindeer!

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Amelie-Claire’s Christmas Reindeer is beyond adorable! It’s based on the pattern for Murray The Reindeer by Dawn Toussaint. A “Murray” would make a great Christmas gift for my niece next year…

 

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And I know several people on my Christmas 2015 Gifting List who will be getting this awesome Moose Fair Isle Hat; the pattern is by ResQCrafts! That’s right! It’s never too early to start planning for next year…

What projects are you looking forward to in 2015?

 

Crochet

How to Make African Flowers

African Flowers are beautiful, fun, and interesting to crochet! When I wanted to learn how to make them, I had a very hard time finding instructions / tutorials with both pictures and words. I hope the following is helpful to someone in similar circumstances.

 

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Round One: Chain 5, join with slip stitch.

 

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Round Two: Chain 3 (counts as first double crochet), double crochet in ring, chain 1; (2 double crochet in ring, chain 1) five more times. Total of six shells. Join with slip stitch to first double crochet.

 

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Round Three: Chain 3, (2 double crochet, chain 1, 2 double crochet) in each chain 1 space from Round Two. Join with slip stitch to first double crochet.

 

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Round Four: Chain 2, (7 double crochet) in each chain 1 space from Round Three. Join with slip stitch to first double crochet.

 

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Round Five: Chain 1, (7 single crochet, 1 double crochet in the center stitch between petals from Round Three), repeat five more times, join with slip stitch to first single crochet.

 

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Round Six: Chain 3, [3 double crochet (first side of petal),  1 double crochet, 1 single crochet, 1 double crochet (center of petal), 3 double crochet (second side of petal), 1 double crochet (between petals)] repeat around. Join with slip stitch to first double crochet. Cut yarn, leaving tail to weave in.

 

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You can make lots of African Flowers and join them together to create a scarf, a bag, a throw… the possibilities are virtually limitless! What are you planning to make with your African Flowers?