Make: Balsam Fir Scented Sachets (from a Christmas Tree!)

Hi all, we are back today with a simple and delicious smelling craft project for a winter evening! If you’re a regular reader you might remember that last week I was singing the praises of th…

Source: Make: Balsam Fir Scented Sachets (from a Christmas Tree!)


Magic Ring starts for crochet

June Gilbank explains the benefits of using a magic ring to start your crochet projects.

Magic Ring Start by June Gilbank

AmiDoll’s SweetHeart Blanket

The crochet pattern is “Beautiful Shells Blanket” and is designed around a central square. I’m working it in pinks and white using yarn from my stash. It is acrylic yarn, an assortment of brands (hmmm…) and worsted weight. I am using a Boye H, 5mm soft grip crochet hook.

AmiDoll's SweetHeart2 I’ve called the project, AmiDoll’s SweetHeart in memory of my Cocker Spaniel, AMCH Kindred Playin’ By Heart, Ami. And a sweeter heart would be difficult to find.

I’m not sure how much yarn it will require because I’m scrapping it from yarn I bought to make my little amigurumi AmiDoll. But I’ll keep adding to it until the scraps are woven into this lovely pattern. AmiDoll Buddy

Right: AmiDoll In The Pink for Breast Cancer Prevention. The pattern for the doll is available free on this site.

A Day at the Beach

Day at the Beach baby afghanNext up, finish work, but here is my nearly completed baby afghan, A Day at the Beach. Colors move from sunrise to sunset. A day filled with sunshine, frothy surf, sand and pebbles, and seaweed. Blue skies to a rosy golden sunset.


Stitch is Fanfare found on A modified shell stitch (of course!) Yarn is a mix of brands from my stash, Worsted Weight.

A Day at the Beach

I first met my granddaughter Emma Adrienne on a family trip to a Gulf Coast beach. She was born in July and was a tiny infant at the time. Living 1000 miles away, it took some coordination to travel, but that sweet face was my blessing as well as the  beautiful white sand beach.

736193_3751716446314_456396389_oEmma has been my muse ever since then, and though my clothing construction skills are minimal, for her I try. Among my favorite patterns are those from the Pickles studio in Norway. SAMSUNG

Or the Crochet Crowd’s Bubble Dress that didn’t work because all that ruffling was far too heavy for a crocheted dress. Pretty in theory, awful as a garment. I called it a Not So Bubbly Bubble Dress and ended up taking it all apart and made Emma a sweater jacket from some of the yarn. The ruffling–I don’t know what I’ll do with that–it is pretty, but not practical.


20150116_133623This is Lion Brand’s Short and Sweet Child’s Cardigan pattern. Just right for cooler southern days.

My daughter’s best friend is expecting her first child and so I went back to the beach for inspiration. Sand and sun and blue skies with sparkling ocean spray are reflected in this baby afghan made with the Fanfare stitch.


New baby’s Day at the Beach afghan worked in a modified shell stitch, Fanfare.

Back to the sea to find another pearl.

Not so bubbly Bubble Dress

20140510_093255_resizedEmma’s Bubble Dress was a good concept, but it was a flop in creation. The weight of the ruffling dragged down the bodice so that it fit like a potato sack. Shapeless and heavy. The problem was in the design, especially at the larger size (modified slightly larger than 24 month). Perhaps the larger sizing was the problem, except that others realized how heavy the ruffling made the dress and opted to limit it. I stayed with the pattern.

With the materials costing over $40, it was an expensive exercise in learning how to use the ruffling yarn. This was the first time I’d used it. It is very pretty, just be aware that it significantly increases the weight of garment. The pattern was from Red Heart and adapted to be ruffled by someone else. It is based on the Little Sweetie infant garment.


Finishing the Emma Yummy Yummy Vest

Emma’s Yummy Yummy Vest is off the hook and the gazillion ends are woven in. The trim has been worked around the edges and all that is left to do is rinse and block it. Oh, and find the perfect buttons for it. Though it is a child’s size 2-3, it probably will be too large for the petite Emma for another six months at least. Maybe longer.

Gathering inspiration from a number of sources, and a mix of patterns to boot, I made the Emma Yummy Yummy vest using an interesting “make 1 sc into the next stitch” from Whit’s Knits on Purl Bee. This vest is probably a bit heavier than the pattern, Whit’s Knits: Classic Vest for Little Kids because of the medium weight, acrylic yarn I used. The pattern called for a merino, cashmere and nylon yarn.

But the colorway is all Angie’s inspiration (Sucrette)–those beautiful, bright colors that make a person happy just to look at them. Yummy Yummy!


Emma cheering for her daddy who is playing basketball!