Baby Blankets being made!

Here are some of the baby quilts I have put together for local hospital!

Our sewing group is putting together another tote of blanket to send out this New Year 2011 ! 🙂
We have sent out 2 totes last year 2010. Hope you all, like checking out what we enjoy doing! May it be a wonderful New Year! 🙂

Christmas Gift ! The History of “Apron”

I received a really darling bib style apron from Edith, my sister-in-law, at our Christmas Party! In the pocket I also found a matching pot holder and a poem about the history of aprons. My daughter, posted all the photo’s & fun we all had.. and ask me to post the poem that was in my apron. So here goes….
The History of “Aprons” 

I don’t think our kids know what an apron is. The principal use of Grandma’s apron wast to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children tears,and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears. From the chicken coop the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks,and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.
When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids. And when the weather was cold Grandma wrapped it around her arms. Those big old aprons wiped many of perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.
Chips and kindling wood where brought into the kitchen in that apron. From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.
In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees. When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.
When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men folks knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner. It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace the “old-time apron” that served so many purposes.
REMEMBER: Grandma used to set her home baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.
They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron. I don’t think I ever caught anything from an apron- but love…
I really do enjoy reading this, it brought so many memories of my childhood growing up with my grandmother’s & how they used their aprons. I remember apple peeling that my grandmother would give me while we where waiting for a pie to bake. And so many tears wiped from my eyes when some one would hurt my feelings. I will wear this lovely  apron that Edith made me with pride of knowing that I will be there for my grand-children in the same way when needed. God Bless the hands of a seamstress for there is joy to be had by many! Thank-you, so very much Edith. May God Bless..love you, Bea.

The Knotty Christmas Party

Well the holidays are over but not forgotten! Our first Knotty Christmas turned out to be just what we needed to unwind right before the Christmas festivities! Our hostess Edith’s home was merry with Christmas decorations and cheer as we enjoyed each other’s company. For the month or so before the party everyone had been fervently working on their Secret Santa Gift. With little hints and gentle inquiries, everyone was getting very excited to see who had made them what!
We piled our gifts under Edith’s beautiful tree. Then tortured ourselves by crocheting, knitting, and chatting for an hour! We also enjoyed a delicious luncheon of a deli tray, croissants that Leann shared, cookies and homemade pie that Edith shared, and hot coffee, tea and peppermint hot chocolate that was so good. After that we were finally ready to share our gifts with each other!
At our Thanksgiving meeting we had written our names on slips of paper and everyone had drawn one out of a basket. That is who we made a gift for.
First up to open her gift was Bea. She received a really darling bib style apron from Edith. In the pocket she also found a matching pot holder and a poem about the history of aprons. I will have to remember to ask Bea to post the poem, it is truly heartwarming. I think she loved her gift because she wore it the entire meeting, lol!
Up Leann opened her gift. It was a gorgeous knitted scarf. Leann guessed it was from either Edith or Aimee since they are the only two who knit. Aimee had knitted the scarf in a pretty pastel variegated yarn. It is a nice width and has such a pretty delicate look to it that I’m sure Leann will find many uses for it!
The gift with Amanda’s name was the biggest one, we were all itching to know what was inside! Amanda had a tough time getting the box open (tape!) What an adorable pillow! Bea used cute kitten fabric to make this super cute bolster pillow for this kitty lover! The pretty red ruffle and checkered trim made it really pop. She was in love 🙂
Finally! It was my turn! Right off the bat I knew I’d like whatever it was because my gift was wrapped with a rooster kitchen towel. What was inside was even better though! Leann had crocheted me a set of simply sweet and crazy cute kitchen accessories! She had made a pretty doily, a big chickie potholder, and a peepin’ cute tea cozy, which I promptly decided could also be worn as a hat 🙂 Love them!
Now it was Aimee’s turn, eek I was nervous! She liked it! So it was safe to tell her that I had made her the sturdy green project bag. The front has a filet crochet monogram with an accent four leaf clover. The special touch though was the surprise inside – pretty sparkly purple and black cat material! Aimee is a kitty lover too, she started using the bag that day 🙂
Poor Aunt Edith had to wait until the very last, we should have let her go first since it was her home! What were we thinking? Aunt Edith was delighted with her gifts from Amanda. She had made Edith a pretty pastel and flowery mini bag that’s perfect to take along small projects. Edith also loved the crochet shell stitch trivets, they match her victorian / cottage style home just so.

 

Our Christmas party was such a fun time. it was so wonderful to see what everyone had come up with for their friend, and nice to laugh, giggle, and be silly with each other. I truly hope that we carry this tradition  on and do a similar gift exchange next year! Get those thinking caps on ladies!
In other news, we all decided to continue with making more baby items for the local hospital. Honestly baby things are one of my favorite things to crochet, they are quick, simple and you can be creative about the styles and trims used to spruce them up. Plus I just love imagining all those sweet little ones being bundled in our creations! Remember ladies if you find, or know of, any patterns you would like to share or add to our pattern list we’d all love some ideas! I’d love to see a few posts with pictures any of you had taken from the party too!

Our Baby Items have been delivered just in time for Christmas!

I have awesome news ladies! Since we’ve all been busy busy and haven’t had a chance to get together to take the bins of baby items in, I had Chris take them in and drop them off today!

He spoke to Lisa at St. Vincent’s. She is the contact for The Children’s Miracle Network there. Chris said she was so happy because there are many little ones leaving the hospital today, and that have left already, who didn’t even have a blanket or hat! Last he saw her, she was headed upstairs to dig through our goodies 🙂

I think our assumption that others are donating to the hospital as well was wrong! We should think about making more since winter has only just started and there will be so many more babies without warm blankets to go home in. Then maybe we could take a field trip in to drop off the next batch?

I’m so very happy that we were able to get the blankets, booties, and hats into the hospital in time for this freezing cold weather. It’s a warm fuzzy feeling knowing that those precious ones will be snuggled inside the love we put into making them! That is certainly what makes it worth while to me, nothing could be better!

Merry Christmas ladies! I’m so proud of you!

Just a reminder that our very first Knotty Christmas Party will be on Tuesday, December 21st at Aunt Edith’s home. The festivities will be from 10am – 3pm. I will be bringing a deli tray, Leann is bringing croissants (yum!), and I believe Aunt Edith is making a dessert. So if you’d like to bring a treat to share then that would be wonderful but we won’t starve if you don’t!

Also, I know I promised to get the blog spruced up a bit but honestly I’ve been so busy that I forgot! I am making it a New Year’s resolution to have our new look live in the first week of 2011. Suggestions welcome! See you next week!

Granny Hat

MATERIALS:
Worsted weight yarn (1.5 ounces total)
Size H (5.0 mm) crochet hook
Yarn needle

SIZES: Baby 16 inch (Child 18 inch)

NOTES:
1. Read through all instructions before beginning.
2. Cut the yarn and fastened off for the color changes.
3. Beginning ch 2 doesn’t count as a stitch, it is there as a filler.
4. Pull the joining slipstitches tight, so that they don’t get counted as a stitch on the following round
5. When attaching a new color make your loop on the hook, then take it off the hook. Insert hook in desired stitch, place loop on hook and complete the slipstitch. That slipstitch counts as your first chain.
6. Each time you fasten off a color, use your yarn needle to weave the end in and out of the back loop of the stitches. Then you will crochet over it.
7. Work rounds 7, 9, 11 with contrasting color.
8. I used Red Heart Super Saver yarns.

Round 1: Ch 3. 12 dc in 3rd chain from hook. Join with slipstitch in top of first dc. [12 dc]

Round 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each dc around. Join with slipstitch in top of first dc. [24 dc]

Round 3: Ch 2, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st. Repeat from * around. Join with slipstitch in top of first dc. [36 dc]

Round 4: Ch 2, *dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st. Repeat from * around. Join with slipstitch in top of first dc. [48 dc]

For 16 inch hat, skip to Round 7.

Round 5: Ch 2, *dc in 7 dc, 2 dc in next dc. Repeat from * around. Join with slipstitch in top of first dc. [54 dc]

Round 6: Ch 2, dc in each dc around. Join with slipstitch in top of first dc.
Fasten off. [54 dc]

Round 7: Join contrasting color with a slipstitch in join, ch 3, 2 dc in same st. *Skip 2 dc, 3 dc in next st. Repeat from * around. Join with slipstitch in top of ch 3. Fasten off.

Round 8: Join main color with slipstitch in any space between 3 dc groups, ch 3, 2 dc in same space. *Skip 3 dc, 3 dc in next space. Repeat from * around. Join with a slipstitch in top of ch 3. Fasten off.

Round 9: Join contrasting color with slipstitch in any space between 3 dc groups, ch 3, 2 dc in same space. *Skip 3 dc, 3 dc in next space. Repeat from * around. Join with a slipstitch in top of ch 3. Fasten off.

Round 10: Join main color with slipstitch in any space between 3 dc groups, ch 3, 2 dc in same space. *Skip 3 dc, 3 dc in next space. Repeat from * around. Join with a slipstitch in top of ch 3. Fasten off.

Round 11: Join contrasting color with slipstitch in any space between 3 dc groups, ch 3, 2 dc in same space. *Skip 3 dc, 3 dc in next space. Repeat from * around. Join with a slipstitch in top of ch 3. Fasten off.

Round 12: Join main color with a slipstitch in top of any dc, ch 1, sc in each dc around. Join with a slipstitch in top of first sc.

Edging for girl’s hat:

Round 13: Ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in same sc. *Skip 3 sc, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next sc. Repeat from * around. You may have to fudge the last shell with only skipping 2 sc. Join with a slipstitch in top of ch 3.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Edging for boy’s hat:

Round 13: Sc around

Round 14: Ch 1, rvsc (reverse single crochet) around. DO NOT join, but fasten off and use your yarn needle to join and weave in end.

Crochet Mittens

OK, Bea. Here’s your pattern for the crocheted mitten. Super simple, super quick, & it totally fits my little hand model 🙂

Chain 11
Single Crochet in second chain from hook; SC (single crochet) across; you should have 10 stitches
Chain 1; turn
Next row & every row after: SC in Back Loops Only. This makes the cuff. Continue SC in Back Loops Only every row until you get about 5 1/2 inches
I slip stitched the cuff together; you can sew it if you want.
You’re now going to work across the top of the cuff. SC 20 stitches around the top of the cuff. Do this for 2 rows
We’re now going to add some stitches.
This is Row 3 of the mitten
SC 2 SC in next SC, SC in next SC, 2 SC in next SC, SC in next 7 SC, 2 SC in next SC, 1 SC in next SC, 2 SC in next SC, SC rest of stitches. You should now have 24 stitches
Row 4
SC in next 2 SC, 2 SC in next SC, 1 SC in next SC, 2 SC in next SC, 1 SC in next 9 SC, 2 SC in next SC, 1 SC in next SC, 2 SC in next SC, SC rest of stitches. You should now have 28 stitches
Now just SC around until you have 9 rows altogether.
Now we divide for the thumb. Just SC around on 20 SC, skip 8 SC, join. SC around until you have 17 rows altogether. Now we begin shaping the top of the hand.
SC in next 2 SC, SC 2 together around. You should now have 15 SC
SC in Next SC, SC 2 together around. You should now have 10 SC
SC 2 together around. You should now have 5 SC
Sew top closed

Now we’ll do the thumb. Add yarn to first skipped SC at thumb. SC around, adding 1 SC at end. You should now have 9 SC
Do six rows altogether for the thumb
Now we’ll shape the top
SC in next sc, SC 2 together around. You should now have 6 SC
SC 2 together around. You should now have 3 SC
Sew top together

That’s it. I’ll be sending this up with you know who (if he goes out) so you’ll have something to look at. Any questions; just ask.

Easy Knit Baby Hat


Materials: Worsted Weight yarn, Size 8 Knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge, yarn needle
Gauge: 10 st= 2′, 11 rows= 2″

With Color A, Cast on 70 stitches
Knit 1, Knit 2, Purl 2 to last stitch, Knit last stitch
Knit1, knit the knit stitches & purl the purl stitches as they face you for a total of 10 rows Color A
Switch to Color B, continue in pattern for 25 additional rows
Begin decreases
K1, (K2, P2, K2tog, P2) to last stitch, Knit last stitch
K1, knit the knit stitches & purl the purl stitches as they face you, K1
K1, (K2tog, P2, K1, P1)to last st, knit last stitch
K1, knit the knit stitches & purl the purl stitches as they face you, knit last stitch
K2(K2tog, K1, P1, K2) to end
K1, P1, P2tog (P1, P2tog, P2tog) to end
K1, K2tog to end
Cut thread, leaving 12″ tail
Thread yarn needle with tail end of yarn & thread through remaining loops on knitting needle
Pull tight & sew seam closed

Very easy & this hat can actually be made in under 2 hours.