Saturday, June 24, 2017

Essence Fringe Top - Crochet Pattern Review - MermaidCatDesigns

Last Summer, I pattern tested this for my friend Stacey of MermaidCatDesigns. I was really excited when I received an email from her with the photo of this one asking if I was interested in testing it out. It is such a fun piece with great coverage, is lightweight and would look great paired with some shorts, a skirt or jeans as well as over a bathing suit top or not. It worked up fairly quickly. 

*06.25.17: It's come to my attention that this crochet pattern has been retired from the MermaidCatDesigns shop :(  I did reach out to Stacey, and she said she may be releasing this as a free pattern so make sure to favorite her shop, and keep your eyes peeled! Aside from that, this is good inspiration for working up a similar top. There are so many other crochet summer tops. You could start with a basic bikini/top base, and then added a fringe to the bottom, and knot it just the way you like.

Materials:
     - Less than 1 skein of Baby Bee's Sweet Delight in Hot Orchid (which I found on Clearance at my local Hobby Lobby so not sure if that color is available anymore)
     - 3.5mm Crochet Hook (Larger than Recommended)
     - Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends
     - Essence Fringe Top, Paid Crochet Pattern by MermaidCatDesigns

Material Notes:
     I opted to use Sweet Delight Yarn on this top because I wanted something soft and lightweight with good stretch. Cotton would definitely make this top better for the summer and help keep you cooler, but I don't like how cotton yarn tends to not stretch back or keep it's shape too long. I think the top would be just fine worn out during the day (or at night).

Time Spent:
     I am not sure how long this project took me, as I misplaced my original notes, but fairly quickly.

Measurements:
     I worked the Medium size, but sizes Small and Large are also included in the pattern.

My Gauge:
     With 3.5mm: 24 SC by 30 Rows = 4" (Larger than Recommended)

Pattern Notes:
     I worked another pattern by MermaidCatDesigns that had the same gauge as called for in this pattern, and after meeting the gauge and working the top, it turned out to be too small for me, so when I saw that this pattern was with the same size hook and gauge, I opted to use a larger hook which produced a larger gauge. It worked out perfectly for me, and the top fits great! I have a feeling that had I worked it with the smaller hook, it would have been too small. A factor that contribute to this though is the yarn type - I used a 100% acrylic yarn, while she used a cotton yarn.

This is a beautiful and fun pattern. The knotting has always been intimidating to me but after I did a few I found that it wasn't scary at all and they all came out to be pretty consistent - just go slow, and be patient.

Finishings: I worked the pattern as written with the long, criss cross ties along the back to tie in the front, but I didn't like two things about this:
     1. The thin straps were cutting into my back, and not a lot of support. Also, not that pretty looking along my back;
     2. It was causing the sides where the ties were attached to not lay flat and sorta poof up.
I opted to take the ties down to a chain 100, slip stitch down the chain in the back bumps and use a single tie along the back. With both back ties, front support was no issue.

To Care For: If machine washing and drying - I would highly suggest using a lingerie bag or pillowcase, but handwashing is definitely recommended.
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Eclair Cake - Recipe Review - The Country Cook

This is one of the most simple, easy crowd-pleasing desserts I have ever made. It takes about 10 minutes to prepare and will disappear in less than half that time.
My first experience with this dessert was at a family reunion about 10 years ago. Since then, I have made it numerous times and always get the best compliments. Even the most picky eaters love this delicious dessert. It has such a lovely creamy texture with a sweet hint from the graham crackers. Followed by a punch of chocolate on top. What could be better?
I most recently made this last week for a family dinner. It was the perfect ending to a hearty meal. Even those who have had it before said it was even better than they remembered. I prepared it the day before as suggested and by dessert time it was so easy to pull out and serve. Many people went back for seconds. It’s also another great recipe to have your kids assist with.
I slightly altered the recipe, one ingredient unintentionally. I don’t usually use cinnamon graham crackers, but my kids were helping shop and grabbed that one instead of the honey flavored. It turned out to be a yummy mistake. It gave it a slightly sweeter taste, which is always a good thing in my eyes. No one seemed to notice it wasn’t supposed to be like that. I also added some vanilla extract. About a teaspoon. I love the extra enhancement vanilla extract gives to baked items. So I always add a little extra and every recipe or at a little if it doesn’t include it.
This recipe is as easy as 1….2….3!
The Country Cook may not have been the originator of this recipe, but it’s the one I like the most - No-Bake Eclair Cake from The Country Cook.
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Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Importance Of Hobbies For Seniors: Staying Connected, Sharp, And Healthy

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Last month I received an email from Maria of Hobby Jr. asking if she could share a post on the benefits of why hobbies are great for mental health, and of course, I jumped at the chance to have her share here. She went on to say as someone who has dealt with depression and anxiety, she has found that having a hobby - hers being quilting, sewing and knitting - that it can be the perfect prescription for boosting mental health, not to mention that it challenges the brain. 

I can relate 100% with her. When I am stressed or having a bad day, I make sure I make time to stop and crochet because it is my binky if you will. It instantly relaxes me, and relieves any anxiety I have. In fact, I will often take my yarn with me to work, get to work earlier just to have a few minutes of crocheting before work, and also spend part of my lunch break working on something. Though I do love my job, crocheting is what releases my stress and worries, and makes my day a whole lot better and smoother.

Maria goes on to say, "In general, no matter how old you are, hobbies can reduce stress, improve mood, offer feelings of accomplishment, and provide opportunities for socializing. Unfortunately, not everyone realizes the benefits of hobbies." Hobby Jr., though still in it's infancy, is a place for resources, DIY tutorial finds and other hobby related content. Please take a moment to visit Maria, and read this awesome article about The Importance of Hobbies for Seniors! Many things all of us can relate to.

Seniors often start to feel isolated when they get older and perhaps less independent, but hobbies often can counteract those feelings. There are many different types of hobbies that seniors can embrace, and the benefits to their mental and emotional health are significant. From reducing stress to boosting brain power and providing opportunities for socializing, finding a fun hobby can be a key strategy for improving a senior's quality of life in their later years.

Hobbies can reduce stress in seniors

Life can feel quite stressful for seniors as they head into their older years. They may be facing health or mobility issues or a loss of independence, and they may start to feel lonely as they lose touch with family and friends or adjust to a new living situation in a nursing home or assisted living facility. Starting a new hobby or continuing a treasured one can be a great way to combat those feelings of stress and these activities tend to provide a boost to one's mood.

Simple Most shares that there are several hobbies in particular that are shown to reduce stress, and ultimately, any hobby that a senior enjoys regularly is likely to elevate their mood and improve their mental health. Hobbies that are particularly good for stress relief include yoga, dancing, reading, writing, hiking, gardening, and knitting. These types of hobbies can also help to provide opportunities for socializing, another key plus that is particularly important for seniors.

Socializing comes naturally with many hobbies well-suited for seniors

Socializing is important for seniors as they age, as isolation takes a serious toll on a senior's mental health. Card clubs, book clubs, and dance classes are great hobbies that help seniors connect with others, and Elder One Stop suggests hobbies like woodworking, painting, scrapbooking, cooking, and even working with local theater groups too. Seniors may also enjoy volunteering or getting involved with a local church as a hobby that allows them to connect with others.

For seniors who are living in an assisted living facility or nursing home, there are likely many activities scheduled that are geared toward socializing and facilitating the chance to continue treasured hobbies. For seniors who are still living on their own, however, it can be a bit more challenging to find these opportunities. Some neighborhoods have card clubs, book clubs, or cooking or gardening groups, and community senior centers or YMCA facilities often offer great senior classes and activities that lead to socialization as well.

Hobbies help to keep your brain active too

Many of these types of hobbies benefit seniors by teaching them new skills and helping them keep their brains sharp as well. The Helderberg Society for the Aged explains that it is critical that seniors stay active and engaged in order to maintain their mental fitness, and trying new activities and exploring new hobbies is a great way to do that. Linked Senior notes that hobbies like doing Sudoku, brain games, card games, and crossword puzzles can be great for keeping up problem solving skills and keeping the brain sharp and these often provide a sense of accomplishment as well.

People's health may decline during the seniors years, but that doesn't mean that they have to give up their favorite activities. In fact, it is important for one's mental health to continue favorite hobbies as these activities help to reduce stress, challenge the brain, and provide chances to socialize with others. Beneficial hobbies can include activities like card games, cooking, painting, woodworking, and even volunteering or getting involved with a church, and all of these hobbies accomplish a great deal in terms of helping seniors to stay active, engaged, and feeling connected with others.


Thanks soooooo much for sharing Maria!

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Vintage Granny Square Hat & Scarf - Free Crochet Patterns

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Yay! This is the sixth post of the year for the 2017 GrannySpiration Challenge! I am so excited to see what everyone has been working on, especially you! At the end of this post, you will find the information for this month's giveaway, and link up.

I will start by apologizing that I did not get my full post up in time! I was unsure of what I was going to be sharing this month, and last minute pulled this together. I planned on putting my pattern up here yesterday after work, but I came home and was so tired, I just laid down on the couch and watched tv until bed. Todd and I did watch the Edge of Tomorrow with Tom Cruise, and I will say, that was a pretty interesting movie. It's similar to Groundhogs Dog in which he relives the same day over and over, but it's filled with lots of action as it's during war time, and of course the race to figure out why the day is repeating and how it can be resolved.

Anywho, I have been on a mission to find my favorite worsted weight yarn that isn't Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn. Why? Because I am wanting to create some crochet kits, and Hobby Lobby unfortunately does not off bulk discounts. *Sad face. This was my first experience with Berroco Vintage Yarn, but I really love how this yarn feels and worked up. It's a more lightweight worsted weight yarn, and has really beautiful stretch being that it has some nylon in there. The wool is nice and cozy, and not itchy. It feels a like a mix between Lion Brand's Vanna's Choice and Heartland Yarns. The thing I like about this yarn, that I don't like about some others, is the fact that it doesn't get fuzzy and icky looking with heat from fingers, or ripping back, though I wouldn't suggest excessive ripping out as I think it would get fuzzy. The label says it can be machine washed and dried which is another great perk, though I haven't tried it yet. My favorite local yarn shop carries this, but you can also find it online - just not through Berroco as they do not sell to the public.

In continuance with the desire to create some crochet kits, I thought the first place I would start is with my popular Granny Square Hat and Scarf <3  I have updated my Granny Square Beanie pattern that I first posted back in March of 2014! And using my Granny Square Scarf as a basis, I made this scarf slightly different. The biggest difference is that I created two pieces and sewed them together so the granny stitch pattern would be facing the same direction from both ends, whereas in my original Granny Square Scarf, the pattern is right side up on one side, and upside down on the other end. I never noticed before working this one up. I also added a fun fringe :) Enjoy!
From Your Hosts: May in a Little Bag (Crochet Inspiration) from Kat Kat Katoen, Simple Granny Dishcloth (Free Crochet Pattern) from Rhelena, Summer Holiday Granny Bag (Crochet Tutorial) from Atelier Marie-Lucienne, Upcycled Reusuable Shopping Bag (Crochet Inspiration) from Mariam's Creations, Granny Square Bear Lovey (Free Crochet Pattern in German) from Hakelfieber, Life Squared (Life) from Crochet is the Way and Two Grannies Headband (Free Crochet Pattern) from EyeLoveKnots (that's me!).
Please make sure to stop by our other co-host and see what they've been working on too. In the image above, you'll find their projects (and mine) from last month's challenge.


Marjan from Atelier Marie-Lucienne
Sandra from Hakelfieber Austria (in German)
Sigrid from Kat Kat Katoen
Jenny from Crochet is the Way
Rhelena from Crochet n Crafts
Mariam from Mariam's Creations: Recycle and Create
Materials I Used:
     - About 436 yards of worsted weight yarn - I used two skeins of Berroco's Vintage in the Mushroom (5104) colorway
     - I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook
     - #18 Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends

Material Notes:
     Yarn Alternatives: Deborah Norville's Everyday Soft, Lion Brand's Vanna's Choice, Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn, Red Heart's Soft

Time Spent:
     I had my hat done up in about an hour, and scarf in about two and a half hours.

Measurements:
     Hat pattern includes Adult Small and Large Sizes. Each have a crown of about 6.25" (6.75") in diameter, a circumference of nearly 19.75" (21.25") to fit a head size of 20-22" (22-23"), and fall 7.75" - 8.5" in length.
     Scarf measures 6" Wide by 54" in Length before Fringe, 60" with Fringe

Gauge:
     14 DC Wide = 4"

Abbreviations:
     DC - Double Crochet
     SC - Single Crochet

Pattern Notes:
     For the rest of the instructions including Pattern Notes for the Granny Square Beanie, please visit my free Women's Granny Square Beanie Crochet Pattern.     

Now onto the Scarf...

For the foundation row, you will work into the back bump of the chain to create a nice, clean and even foundation row. If you plan on working a final found of single crochet around the scarf, you can work the foundation row as you normally would as the single crochet edging will create the same effect.

Beginning chain 2 counts as a double crochet, as does the first four chains of the foundation row.

Pattern:

Main Body - Work 2:
     Chain 23. Working into the back bump of the chain: Work 2 DCs into the 5th chain from the hook, chain 1, skip the next two chains, (3 DC into the next chain, chain 1, skip the next two chains) 5x, 1 DC into the last chain.

R2 - 54: Chain 2, turn. Work 2 DCs into the 1st chain space, chain 1, skip the next cluster, (3 DCs into the next chain space, chain 1, skip the next cluster) 5x, 1 DC into the top of the beginning chain 2.

Fasten off. When fastening off the second one, leave a longer tail for sewing. It's best to weave in ends now, keeping the longer tail loose.

Assembly:
     Lay right sides of the scarf together, and whipstitch the two pieces together. Make sure not to pull your stitches too tight, or the piece will bunch at the seam. 

Weave in final end.
This collage shows laying the pieces in preparation for stitching, inserting needle underneath both legs of the stitch is important and making sure to stitch through both layers (top row), followed by what the first stitch looks like, working into the next stitch making sure to line up both stitches, and what the second stitch looks like (bottom row). You can click on the image to view a larger one.
This second collage shows a reminder not to forget the last stitch, then to lay the piece flat and bring the yarn and needle down to the bottom piece to close up the gap (top row), followed by repeating from the top piece down to the bottom piece to finish closing up the gap, a view of what the piece looks like from the wrong side and then what the piece looks like from the right side. You can click on the image to view a larger one if needed.
The seam is barely noticeable!
Fringe:
     Cut 120 13" strands. You may want to sit them aside in groups of 10 as I did for mine - this is how you will attach them.

Lay scarf down with ends pointing away from you, and wrong side facing facing up. Grab a group of fringe pieces, and fold them in half. With hook in your other hand, insert the hook into the same stitch as a granny square cluster, grab the loop of the fringe with the hook, and pull through enough to fit your fingers through. Remove hook, insert your index finger and thumb through the fringe loop and pull the fringe tail through to create a knot. Make sure you get all loops through, otherwise stragglers will fall out. Your knots should show on the right side of the scarf. Repeat across working 6 loops to create the fringe.

Once all fringe is attached, take your scissors and trim down so it is all even.
Please feel free to make and sell your own Granny Square Hat/Beanie and Scarf using these patterns, but please DO NOT claim these patterns as your own nor should you sell my patterns, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my patterns anywhere, link to it instead.


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This Month's Giveaway is sponsored by Marjan of Atelier Marie-Lucienne! One winner will receive two skeins of Wolke 7 (or Cloud 7) yarn. It's 75% virgin wool and 25% polyamid. Each skein is 100g/420m.

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Must be 18 or older to enter. Open to all countries. Void where prohibited. Winner has 48 hours to respond to email notification, or another winner will be chosen. Helena of Rhelena/Crochet n Craft is responsible for prize fulfillment.
The three most viewed projects from last month's challenge can be found in the image above. From left to right, top to bottom: Sweet Treat Baby Blanket from Underground Crafter, Granny Square Cushion Makeover from Made by Demi, and Flower Granny Square Afghan from The Purple Poncho.


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New Granny-Spiration Projects will be shared from your hosts the first Saturday of each month. Post times will vary. You will be able to link up from 12:00am EST on the first Saturday of the month, through midnight EST on the second Thursday from the start date - specific dates are on top of the Rafflecopter form - giving you almost two weeks to link up and enter the giveaway!

Please share projects that are family friendly, and GRANNY INSPIRED through use of regular granny square or solid granny square, granny stitch pattern or other afghan square in the form of a free pattern, pattern review, or inspiration piece. Not limited to crochet or knit.

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3 Minute Refashion: Slingbacks to Flip Flops

My favorite thing to wear is slingback sandals, but if you are like me and also like to wear them, then you know that over time they get stretched out either behind the heel, or pull out of the toe part and both of these situations can be frustrating, especially if you love the shoes! And even more so if it is the only pair of shoes you have with you when you experience the blow-out, ugh!

These gorgeous slingbacks were stretched out around the heel, and would fall down when I was walking with them, so I decided rather than put off wearing them, that I would revive them by cutting off the slingback part, and get new wear out of them as flip flops. 
I grabbed my scissors, and it literally took me about 3 minutes to cut off the slingbacks. Some material is tougher than others, so just work slowly if you have to! Mine was leather so took about two passes each of my scissors and those bad boys were loose, and I was wearing them out to run my errands!
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Monday, May 22, 2017

Slanted Shell Afghan, Happily Hooked Magazine Issue 37 and a Giveaway!

Photo Courtesy of Happily Hooked Magazine.
My Slanted Shell Afghan can be found in April 2017, Issue 37 of Happily Hooked Magazine. This issue features "Stitches and Textures that will take your crochet to the next level".
Remember my Great to Be a Grenadier Slanted Shell Afghan(shown above)? I posted this in May of 2015, and designed it specifically for my old high school. I made it in their colors, and donated it to be auctioned off at an end of the year band concert. 
Well... Time for another silent auction so I worked up this new Still Great to Be a Grenadier Afghan named Slanted Shell Afghan for this issue of the Happily Hooked Magazine. This afghan features one of my favorite stitches - the Slanted Shell Stitch - in individual afghan squares, and then joined together using the Pull Loop Through (PLT) Method and one continuous join meaning less ends to weave in!

To complete your own Slanted Shell Afghan, you will need about two and a half skeins each of Color A and B and one skein of Color C for join and border of I Love This Yarn - I used the Red, Black and White colorways - or about 2262 yards of worsted weight yarn, and an I9/5.5mm crochet hook. 

Issue 37 Also Features...

These Crochet Patterns:
     - Julie Lynn Poncho by Salena Baca
     - Tree of Life Pillow by Dianna Judge
     - Petalette Shawl by Padma R
     - Hour Glass Shawl by Amanda Brown
     - Twists & Turns Boot Cuffs by Debbie Richardson
     - Bamboozled Delight Dishcloth by Carol Rupprecht
     - Stella Hat by Danyel Pink
     - Crochet the Rainbow Bag by Shelby Goddard
     - Just Peachie Cocoon Set by Maria Bittner for Red Heart

These Articles:
     - Stitch of the Month: Bobble Stitch
     - Business Tip: 4 Keys to Unlocking Productivity
     - Crochet Heals: Kirsty P
     - Artist Profile: Luisa of Crochetdoll
     - Stitching in Love
     - Hooked on... Roundup
     - Red Heart Pattern Roundup

A few of my favorites include the Tunisian Petalette Shawl (top left), the Julie Lynn Poncho (top right), the Tree of Life Pillow (bottom left), and the Crochet the Rainbow Bag (bottom right)!
Photo is front cover of April 2017, Issue 37.
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