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[Crafts] Wander’s Lament – Slouchy Beanie

I usually hate knitting hats, and prefer the instant gratification of crocheting hats, but I loved the color and pattern and decided to give it a go.

I did not anticipate so much hassle of trying to hand wrap a shank into a ball. FIRST MISTAKE! Next time I will need to purchase a swift or just go to the local yarn store to use their’s.

The knitting up of the double moss pattern was extremely quick! I was able to complete it within an accumulative 2 hours.

I will definitely be knitting this again.

Two corrections to the pattern:

1) 60cm circular needles are too long to join without having to knit using the “magic loop” technique.
2) On the fourth double moss pattern (or as they abbreviated it to DM), they note to “Repeat Row 2” which says to “Repeat Row 1” — I figured it out that it means to “Repeat Row 3” — DUH!

Also, the instructions says “13.5 stitches and 8 rows” to get gauge– How do you knit a 13.5 stitch to check? AI-YAI-YAI! O_O

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Pregnancy #2 – Baby Shower Decorations

I’ve been putting together decorations for my shabby chic-inspired baby shower. Here is a quick preview of what I’ve done so far. I plan on putting together tutorials as well as photos of my baby shower later.

Paper Lanterns

I loved the idea of having cute paper lanterns for my baby shower but wanted to add a little bit of my own style to them. I saw that instead of getting the paper and wire lanterns, I could just use origami papers over each little light.

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After folding about 105 little paper lanterns, I’m finally done! I put them on each light and plugged them in and they are ready to go. I might need to do one more rope of 100 lights, but for now, one rope is good enough.

Flower Pinwheels

Chairs can be rather boring looking and so I wanted to go ahead and add a little bit of texture to each chair. The go-to thing that most people will do is just tie a big fabric bow and be done with it. I wanted something a little more colorful and went ahead and started creating paper flower pinwheels.

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Glue gunning a couple of these together and adding a thick piece of ribbon to attach them to the backs of chairs will add some great color to plain white chairs.

Crochet Project – Puff Stitch Hat

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It’s been awhile since I last knitted or crocheted anything and I’m not entirely sure why I had stopped.

I have several half finished sweaters and afghans (as they call it, or throws) in my yarn stash. About twenty or so double-pointed needles and half a dozen circular needles, drop stitch holders, crochet hooks, and single-pointed needles. Yarns in nearly every shade, various weights, synthetic and wool.

And yet, with an arsenal of crafting tools and material, I hadn’t even looked at a pattern for over 2 years.

That changed when I decided that I wanted to do something creative for my daughters. My oldest is in love with hats right now, and has a huge head, so I decided to knit her a nice little puff stitch slouch hat. It fits my head a little loosely but it seems to sit on her head nicely. (Pictured above)

The pattern was something I found on YouTube and only took me about two hours to complete. Since it turned out good enough, I decided to make one for my friend’s newborn (smaller yarn wight and smaller needle used) and it looks great!

I can’t wait to give it to her, mostly to see if my second daughter that is on the way (28-weeks pregnant, currently) will be able to wear it when she arrives. I don’t currently have a photo of it, but hopefully I’ll post a photo of it on my friend’s daughter.

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