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Hi Friends,

This week has been a busy one – in a good way! I have had a number of items to crochet and this turquoise cowl was one of them.  I absolutely love the soft, silky yarn and color! This is actually one of my daughter’s favorites. She thinks anytime I make something in her favorite color, it must be for her. Lol!

I also crocheted some boot cuffs, 3 sets of fingerless gloves and am finishing another 2 piece cup cozy order.  Oh, and I have a baby beanie to do.  I get to go to the yarn store for that one!  🙂

I will try to post some more photos of the other items soon.

Did you craft or crochet this week? Whatcha working on? I’d love to hear.

Blessings and happy Friday!

Jackie

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Two Crochet {Toys} Tools: A Review

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Hi Friends,

Recently I ordered and received a couple of crochet toys tools.  Today I was able to try them out while crocheting a cup cozy order.   Here is my review on each.  {You can read more by clicking on the product name and reading about it on the Amazon.com listing.}

The Boye Ergonomic Aluminum Crochet Hook Handle:

Product Description – “…Ergonomic Aluminum Crochet Handle. Use this tool to get a better handle on a crochet hook while working on any project! It fits all hook sizes from B/2mm to K/6.5mm. This package contains one 4-1/2 inch long handle with eight washers in assorted sizes. Imported.”

The Pros – Felt surprisingly comfortable in my hand, was easy to get use to, has washer inserts for each common size crochet hook, felt no strain on hand while using.

The Cons – Not much except that the part of the crochet hook that was inside the handle rattled a little when using it, so I wrapped a little tissue paper around it and closed it up and that solved the problem.  Also, this handle may not work with everyone’s crocheting style, but it does work with mine.

Clover Yarn Cutter Pendant, Antique Silver:

Product Description – “Yarn can be cut using any of the grooves. Rotary cutting blade is integrated with pendant, making it safe to use.”

Pros – It worked well and was very handy to wear around my neck.

Cons – When finishing off a crochet piece by weaving in the yarn ends, you may like using a pair of scissors better to snip as close as you want to the end of the yarn.  It wasn’t an issue for this project, but I could see where it might be in some cases.

Needless to say, it is fun having some new toys tools to use while crocheting.  🙂

What are your favorites?

Joyfully,

Jackie

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Fit For A Princess

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Hi Friends,

One of the crochet pieces I enjoy making the most is this little tiara/crown I came up with awhile ago. I love to think about the precious little princess (or prince in a baby blue crown perhaps) that will eventually be wearing it as I crochet each row.

I also decided to release it as a pattern a few months ago and it is definitely one of my best sellers in my Etsy shop. What fun!

I am highlighting this today because I just finished making one for an order last night and I received another order for one this morning so it is on my mind! 🙂 I am very honored that people are choosing my tiara/crown to bless their dear little ones with.

Do you have a favorite baby item you love to make?  If so, please share.

Blessings and stay well!
{I’ve been fighting a stomach bug for the last 3 days now – ugh!}

Jackie

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If interested in crown, click this image to go to my shop listing.

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If interested in pattern, click this image to go to pattern listing.

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Today’s View – Robin’s Egg Cozy Cup Sweater

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Hi Friends,

Last night I had fun crocheting this cozy cup sweater for my shop. Isn’t that a scrumptious color?!

I used “Sheep(ish)” yarn again by Vickie Howell in the beautiful shade of “Robin Egg(ish)”. If you missed my post last week highlighting the Autumn Sweater Drink Cozy in “Pumpkin(ish)”, here’s the low-down:
I buy this yarn at my local Joann store. It is a medium weight, roving yarn made of 70% acrylic and 30% wool and it feels amazing! All the colors in this line are vibrant with a lovely sheen to them. The care instructions are “machine wash cold, gentle cycle; dry flat.”

I decided to do a ruffle at the bottom and I think I like it better than the straight design I used earlier.

I am also crocheting up an order today and finishing up some boot cuffs and fingerless gloves this week. What creative goodies are you currently working on?

Joyfully,

Jackie
*If interested, click on image to see shop listing.
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Today’s WIP – Autumn Sweater Drink Cozy

Hi Friends!

This was a small WIP (work in progress) that I finished today – an Autumn Sweater Drink Cozy.   These cozies are great for cold or hot drinks.  They are especially nice for keeping your hands from burning when sipping on your yummy coffee or hot tea of choice.  And it’s always nice to feel like you are hugging a sweater instead of a paper cup.  🙂  I may make the next one a little shorter than this so it will fit the smaller coffee cup size as well.

I used “Sheep(ish)” yarn by Vickie Howell in the beautiful shade of “Pumpkin(ish)”. I buy this yarn at my local Joann store. It is a medium weight, roving yarn made of 70% acrylic and 30% wool and it feels amazing! All the colors in this line are vibrant with a lovely sheen to them. The care instructions are “machine wash cold, gentle cycle; dry flat.”

I would like to take a better picture in natural light for my Etsy listing, although I’m using it for now.

Happy Autumn all!

Jackie

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WIP & What a Day!

Hi Friends!

Is this day almost over??  This has been one crazy day: Up, down, and all around exhausting!  But ultimately, it has been a blessed day.  God is good.

Car trouble – but everyone is okay.

My sweet young single-mom friend flying out with her two little ones tonight and totally stressed out and not ready – but God giving me the opportunity to minister to her in a helpful way.  I love that young lady!

A hubby who is getting ready for a trip – and yet, had flowers delivered to my work for an early birthday surprise.  Totally unexpected and precious!

Having a neck strain / headache – but at a manageable level.

Yes, God is so good.

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And now my WIP {work in progress}: Another pair of knit & crochet fingerless gloves. They are actually in the very last stages of getting done.  I just have to weave in the ends and then wrap it in pretty tissue paper and send it on it’s way tomorrow.  It is a gift for a gal my husband works with.  She works tirelessly, so we thought we’d surprise her.

I found this beautiful plied yarn at the Seward yarn shop on our overnighter this week.  I decided to make the fingerless gloves a little longer this time and finish both the top and bottom edges with crochet {the center is knit -knitted?- on an Addi Express machine}.  Personally, I think I like the somewhat shorter length, but hubby really liked the longer length.

So there you go.  A crochet post at last!  {Heehee}  What are you working on this week?

Blessings, Dear Ones!

Jackie

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Yarnalicious!

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A beautiful surprise!

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Granny Square & Cozy Bear

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Hi Friends,

Here is a project I am working on for my son.  The plan is to make 4 of these large granny squares and crochet them together to make a lap size afghan.  It was originally going to be for a baby shower gift, but I wasn’t real happy with the colors {not knowing if it was a girl or boy} so I chose a different palette.  Hearing this, my son piped up and said that he really liked this one.  Music to my ears!  So, now I need to get going on it again so he can use it this year.

As you can see, Cozy Bear took a liking to it too.  He is engrossed in his book {tee hee} and snuggled up warm as a bug in a rug.

What is your favorite afghan pattern to crochet?  Share if you have a mind to.  🙂

Have a fabulous Friday!  Mine is going to start EARLY, but I am so excited!  I am catching a train to Seward with my team at work.  We are taking a boat from there to Fox Island for lunch and then back to town.  It’s been rainy here so I hope I stay as warm as Cozy Bear!

Joyfully,

Jackie

P. S.  I decided to add a pattern in case you are interested.  {Click image for pattern info.}

P. S. I decided to add this Red Heart pattern in case you are interested. It is the same general idea as what I crocheted, but the pattern calls for thicker yarn and I used worsted weight.
{Click image for pattern info.}

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Wordless Wednesday – For the Love of Crochet :)

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Oh the Joy of Lace!

Hi Friends,

Isn’t lace lovely?  I’ve often admired it from the time I was a little girl.  I think I can honestly say that I never ever thought I’d be able to produce it myself from a piece of “string”.   But because of the wonderful world of crochet, I get to do just that…any old time I wish! 🙂  Here are a couple of pieces I’ve created.  One is a simple flower {used here as a bobby pin}, the other is a bridal lace choker necklace I have in my shop.  To my great delight, a young bride purchased one of these choker necklaces this summer and wrote to tell me that it was just that special touch she had been looking for.  That just absolutely made my day!  To think that a bride wore something I had crocheted on one of the most important days of her life.  Crochet bliss!  If you haven’t tried it yet, find a simple flower pattern, get out your tiny hooks and crochet thread and give it a go.  If you have crocheted lace, let me know all about it!

Blessings from Alaska, Jackie

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Crochet Coaster with a Second Job

Hi Friends,

Sometimes I play around with my yarn leftovers (or new yarn in a fun color) and make coasters. Here’s one I recently made that I like the look of. And as I was making coasters one time, I came up with the idea to give them a second job. You know how everybody gets out a glass, gets a drink of water, then puts the glass in the sink {instead of using it again the next time they need a drink that day}?  Well, I decided that I was tired of that so I made 4 different coasters for the 4 people in our family and then put them side by side on the counter against the wall and next to the kitchen sink. Now when one of us gets out a clean glass or mug to get a drink, we put it on our coaster when we’re done drinking to use again later that day.  And the nice thing is that not one of our coasters has ever complained about working 2 jobs! 😉

What do you like to make with your yarn leftovers?

Blessings & Happy Friday!
Jackie

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