Monday, December 30, 2019

As 2019 Comes to An End...

Hello and Good Evening from my home to yours!!!  In my neck of the woods, this time of the year has been 68 degree weather...not a lot of snuggling up by the fire to stay warm...but, the new year is upon us and the hope of cold weather to bring in the snow so I (and all my family) can enjoy wearing my crocheted creations as they embark outside to play, to work or to just enjoy the outside. 

I hope everyone has been enjoying the Christmas holidays this year with your family and friends.  This time of the year is so magical, special and cheerful.  My television in my Sunroom has been locked on one channel.

Any guesses on what channel?

If you guessed the Hallmark Channel, well, then you are ABSOLUTELY correct.  I don't care if the plot may seem cheesy and the endings are all the same.  I LOVE watching ALL of the Christmas movies.  Simply put, they make me feel good.  Even after Christmas, I'm still watching this channel.  Lol.

I injured my right rotator cuff while visiting my family in Oklahoma for a few weeks back in July.  So, I have undergone medication, rest, exercise and injections while nursing my shoulder back to health.  I'm left-handed, but I'm a righty crocheter.  This injury has hindered my crocheting for the past 6 months.  It has effected my speed immensely.  I have only been able to work on crochet-specific projects.


So, what to do with my extra time?  Well, I've managed to keep myself quite busy.  I still continue to Home School my eldest grandson, Jacob.  He's an avid third-grader who keeps me on my toes.  We have taken a few field trips - two trips to the mountains of West Virginia, two trips to Myrtle Beach and one trip to New York City with four to five trips to North Carolina's Zoological Park.  We had so much fun in NYC.  We rode the ferry over to New Jersey so we could learn about the Statute of Liberty, we stood at Ground Zero and talked about what happened on September 11, we ate the best pizza ever and we enjoyed riding the subway...


For the Christmas holidays, my four grandchildren beautifully decorated my Christmas tree in my Living Room with all of our "Special Ornaments..."  Each one of my grandchildren is gifted a new ornament every year to hang on my tree.  Then after Christmas, they will add their collection of ornaments to their own designated box to store away until next year.  So, one day, when they are all grown, and trimming their own Christmas tree in their own homes, they will already have a childhood collection of special ornaments.  I take great care in picking the perfect ornament that embodies/signifies the year for each of them.  For example, Arielle was all about unicorns this year.  I enrolled her in a Unicorn Art Class, bought her unicorn clothes, shoes, book bag, and so on...I found her the perfect unicorn ornament for her to hang on our tree.

For my Christmas tree in the Sunroom, we decided to do an old-fashioned tree.  My son, Cory, made a trip to the beautiful mountains of Boone, NC, so that my grandson, Luke, could pick out the "perfect Christmas tree" to be cut down.  Well, Luke's idea of perfect was a tree barely five feet tall, but to his 4-year-old mind, his tree was tall and beautiful.  We placed it on a table in the corner of the room, added clear lights and then set out to hand make all of the ornaments for this tree.  Throughout the month of December, Luke, Jacob, Gabriel and Arielle made beaded candy canes, foam red trucks, candy canes with a sloth, fabric shaped hearts, strung popcorn garland and a few of my own crocheted ornaments.  It was simple and beautiful.  For the most part, it was just about spending time together, making ornaments and decorating together.

We participated in Asheboro's Christmas Parade, took in a show (How the Grinch Stole Christmas), made lots of candy and cookies, watched movies, sang Christmas Carols, visited Santa, trips out to see all the lights and decorations in neighborhoods and enjoyed lots of family time.

My year has been a very blessed one.  I thank God for each and every day of life and all the blessings in my life.  As we prepare to end 2019, we will be getting together with family on New Year's Eve to play board games and enjoy snacks and appetizers.  On New Year's Day, we will do our yearly ritual - family get-together at my mom's house to eat lots of cabbage - fried cabbage, cabbage rolls and cabbage soup, as we celebrate the first day of the New Year.

I hope as each of you are preparing to close out the old year and welcome in the new year, you find yourselves grateful, thankful and blessed for what God has given and done for you.

And, last, I have quite a few new pattern designs, how-to videos and an overall blog update coming in 2020....I hope you will continue to check out my blog, comment on my posts and enjoy my FREE patterns....

Happy New Year!!!

Happy Crocheting...



Sunday, November 3, 2019

Luxurious Pink Ponytail Headband

One pattern equals two designs!!!  Here’s a look at one of my new designs. It has everything you want in a Headband/Ponytail Warmer. Super soft, luxurious velvety yarn in Dusty Pink. Stylish and versatile pattern to keep your ears toasty warm during the cold weather.

Luxurious Pink Ponytail Headband


So, be sure to FOLLOW me and check back SOON!!!!  I will add individual photos and the pattern details in the coming days.

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Hello, Happy Fall!!

Hello and good evening to y’all. In case anyone has been wondering about my MIA lately, I wanted to provide an update.  I’m working on several new designs and projects that I hope to share soon.  My crocheting has been a little limited for the past two months, as I’m nursing a tear in my rotator cuff of the right shoulder.  As some of you may know, I’m a lefty, but, I Crochet right-handed.  It has been a slow process of healing.  

I have also suffered the tragic loss of 2 of my dear aunts, Aunt Janice and Aunt Hester - just a few months apart.  I’m thankful I was able to travel out of state for the funeral of each one.  Losing a family member isn’t always easy.  I’ve had to step back, reflect and pray more frequent for my family during this sad time.

On the homefront, I have been extremely busy with getting Jacob’s 3rd grade year of homeschooling underway.  I’m planning quite a few field trips, outdoor learning experiences and more nature walks/physical fitness into our curriculum.  He continues to excel in several areas and still needs more focus in one area (reading)...

So, be sure to continue to check out my blog for new designs coming SOON....you will definitely like what is coming....

Happy Crocheting...
Rilla

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Colorful Fall Washcloths

With Fall right upon us, I thought I’d get an early start on a few projects!!!  First up, my mom absolutely loves the Cotton Washcloths I had made her several years ago.  She’s been requesting me to make her some new ones.  So, I decided to make her a set of 5 in gorgeous Fall colors.

I used a 5.5mm hook and simple stitches consisting of single and half double crochet stitches.  This project works up quickly, super cute, and sure to please the recipient with its softness.

Colorful Fall Washcloths 

Colorful Fall Washcloths Pattern 

Size:  Average-sized; however you can make it any size you want 

Materials:
-5.5mm hook
-#4 cotton yarn (I used Crafter’s Secret and Peaches & Creme)
-tapestry needle for weaving 

U.S. Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  Chain
St:  Stitch(es)
Sl St:  Slip Stitch
SC:  Single Crochet
HDC:  Half Double Crochet 
Rep:  Repeat
FO:  Fasten Off

Directions:
1.  Ch31.  HDC into the 3rd ch from the hook.  *SC in the next ch, HDC in next ch.* Rep from * to * across, placing an HDC in the last ch.  Ch1 and turn.  (29)
2.  *SC in the first st, HDC in the next st.* Rep from * to * across, placing a SC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (29)
3.  *HDC in the first st, SC in the next st.* Rep from * to * across, placing a HDC in the last st.  Ch1 and turn.  (29)
4-29.  Rep #2 and #3 until you complete 29 rows OR your desired size.  Ch1 and turn.  

Border:
1.  SC in each st around, placing 2 SC in each corner.  Sl St join to the first st and FO.  Weave ends.  

And, that’s it for this beautifully, textured Washcloth or Dishcloth.  I’m planning to make more of these in a wide variety of colors.  I hope you will, too.  

Enjoy!!!

Aren’t these colors so warm and inviting?  I can’t help but think of pumpkins, the smell of cinnamon and a little bit of the woods when I look at this completed set...


Here’s an upclose picture of the stitch pattern created...

 


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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Unisex Scarf & Hat...

I came across this gorgeous Premier Puzzle yarn in “Backgammon” last week in Oklahoma at Hobby Lobby and fell in love with it.  From the moment it caught my eye, I knew it would make the most perfect winter projects for men and women.

So, here ya go!!!  Here’s the FREE patterns for my beautifully textured, flowing “Unisex Scarf and Hat(s).”  I added fringe to the ends but it looks just as good without the fringe.

Unisex Scarf & Hat Pattern
Size:
Scarf - 60” in length before fringe added
Hats:  Average Adult-Sized

Materials:
—6.0mm hook
—#5 Premier Puzzle yarn in “Backgammon” (328 yds/skein) = 1 skein is enough for 1 Scarf and 1 Hat 
—tapestry needle for weaving

U.S. Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
St:  stitch(es)
Sl St:  slip stitch 
SC:  single crochet
DC:  double crochet 
BLO:  back loops only
FLO:  front loops only
FPDC:  front post double crochet
BPDC:  back post double crochet
MR:  magic ring
Rep:  repeat
FO:  fasten off 

Directions:
Unisex Scarf:

1.  Ch21.  SC in 2nd chain from hook.  *DC in next ch.  SC in next.* Rep across.  DC in last ch.  Ch1 and turn.  (20) 
2.  Working in BLO, *SC in first st, DC in next st.* Rep across.  DC in last st.  Ch1 and turn. (20)
Now, continue to Rep #2 until your scarf measures 60” in length OR your desired length.  

Optional:
If desired, add fringe in each stitch across the short ends.  I cut strands of yarn about 6-8” long.  I put my hook through each stitch, grabbed the center of the strand, pulled through, removed hook and pulled two ends of strand through the strand hole to secure.  Once I completed this for each stitch on both ends, I then aligned my scarf ends and trimmed ends to match in fringe length.

Special Note:  Each hat is worked in the round, unless otherwise specified.  Be sure to use a stitch marker to keep track of your first/last stitch of each round.  Move the stitch marker up after each round.  

Beanie Hat:
  
1.  10 DC in MR.  (10)
2.  2 DC in each st around.  (20)
3.  *2 DC in first st, 1 DC in next st.* Rep around.  (30)
4.  *2 DC in first st, 1 DC in next 2 st.* Rep around.  (40)
5.  *2 DC in first st, 1 DC in next 3 st.* Rep around.  For this round, Sl St join to the first st and Ch1.  (50)
6.  *Working in BLO, SC in first st, DC in next st.* Rep around.  (50)
7.  *Working in BLO, DC in first st, SC in next st.* Rep around.  (50)
8.  Rep #6.
9.  Rep #7.
10.  Rep #6.
11.  Rep #7.
12.  Rep #6.
13.  Rep #7.  
14.  1 DC in each st around.  Sl St join to the first st.  (50)
15.  Ch3.  This counts as the FPDC.  *Next, BPDC, then FPDC.*  Rep around.  Sl St join to first st.  (50)
16.  Rep #15.  
17.  Loosely Sl St join in each st around.  Sl St join to first st and FO.  Weave ends.  
Pom (optional): 
For the pom, I wrapped yarn around 4 of my fingers, 75 times.  I then tied a secure double knot in the center.  Trimmed ends and attached to the center top of the hat.  

Brimmed Hat: 
  
1-13.  Repeat steps 1-13 for the Beanie Hat Pattern above.  At the end of Round 13, Sl St join to first st.  (50)
14.  Ch3 (counts as first st), DC in same st as the Ch3.  *DC in next st.  2 DC in next st.*  Rep around.  Sl St join to first st.  (75) 
15.  Ch3 (counts as first st).   DC in same st as the Ch3.  *DC in next 2 st.  2DC in next st.* Rep around.  Sl St join to first st.  (100) 
16.  Ch3 (counts as first st).  DC in each of the remaining st.  Sl St join to first st.  (100)
17.  Loosely Sl St in each st around.  Sl St join to first st.  FO.  Weave ends.  
 
And, that’s it for this very stylish and beautiful Unisex Scarf & Hat Set.  I hope you all will enjoy this pattern. 
  
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Friday, July 26, 2019

Ares Swirl Blanket

I’ve had the privilege of spending the last 9 days in Oklahoma getting to know my little cousin, Ares. He is 4 months old, chunky and all-around adorable.  I’m completely smitten!!!  I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with him.

So, as crocheters often do, I had to whip up a special blanket for him.  I used Yarn Bee’s Sugarwheel in Green Tea Swirl.  It sorta reminds me of Harry Potter...lol.  I used 2 skeins of yarn (355 yds/skein) and a 6.0 mm hook.

This blanket measures approximately 30” x 30”.  For the blanket portion, I used the C2C (Corner-2-Corner) method with DC stitches.  I think the border I created makes this extra cute...

Ares Swirl Blanket...

And, here’s a picture of my sweet Ares...
Happy Crocheting...




Monday, July 15, 2019

Everything Is Peachy Hat & Booties...

The past couple months has really been busy on my home front.  I've worked on quite a few crochet projects, but I've been really lax in updating my blog with the patterns.  I'm hoping to get caught up over the next few weeks.

I know some of you have asked about the hat and booties set I made for my Everything Is Peachy Blanket.  So, ask and it shall be given!!!!

Enjoy...
Everything Is Peachy Hat & Booties...
Size: 0-3 Months (15.5" head circumference)

Materials:
--6.0mm (Hat) & 3.5mm (Booties) hooks
--#4 worsted weight yarn in peach, gray and white (I used I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby)
--1 faux fur pom
--tapestry needle 

U.S. Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch:  chain
Sl st:  slip stitch
St:  stitch(es)
SC:  single crochet
DC:  double crochet
HHDC:  herringbone half double crochet
Rep:  repeat
Sk:  skip
MR:  magic ring
FO:  fasten off

Special Stitch:
Herringbone Half Double Crochet Stitch:  Yarn over, insert hook into next stitch or chain, yarn over, draw through stitch or chain and first loop on hook; yarn over and pull remaining two loops on hook through.

Crab Stitch (Reverse Stitch):  Work single crochet stitches in reverse.  


Directions:
Hat:
*

1.  With peach yarn, 8 HHDC into MR.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (8)
2.  2 HHDC into each st around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (16)
3.  2 HHDC in the first st, 1 HHDC in the next st.  Rep around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (24)
4.  2 HHDC in the first st, 1 HHDC in the next 2 st.  Rep around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (32)
5.  2 HHDC in the first st, 1 HHDC in the next 3 st.  Rep around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (40)
6.  2 HHDC in the first st, 1 HHDC in the next 4 st.  Rep around.  Sl st  join to the first st and FO peach yarn.  Weave ends.  (48)
7.  Join white yarn in any st and ch1.  *SC and DC in the first st, Sk the next st.* Rep from * to * around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch2.  (48)
8.  *DC in the first st, SC in the next st.* Rep from * to * around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (48)
9.  Rep #7.  (48)
10.  Rep #8.  At the end of this Round, FO white yarn and weave ends.  (48)
11.  Join gray yarn in any stitch and Ch1.  HHDC in each st around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (48)
12.  HHDC in each st around.  Sl st join to first st and Ch1.  (48)
13.  For the final round, I used the Crab Stitch.  If desired, you can work the single crochet stitches as normal.

Add the pom and you're all done!!!!

Booties:

For the booties, I used Ellie the Elephant Baby Bootie free pattern by hopefulhoney.com.  I did add an extra round of SC stitches and omitted the camel stitch round.

I added little yarn poms to mine.  I used the gray and white yarn.  I held the 2 colors together and  wrapped around 3 of my fingers 10-15 times.  I tied a double knot in the center, trimmed ends and attached to the center front of the booties.

You could also add bows, if you’d prefer.  For bows, just make a magic ring and Ch2.  Then add  2 HHDC stitches into the MR.  Sl st into MR.  Ch2.  2 HHDC stitches into the MR.  Sl st into MR.  FO and leave a long tail.  Pull tail to close center.  Wrap tail around the center of the bow.  Be sure to leave enough tail to attach to the top front of each bootie.


And here is my super cute Everything Is Peachy Lovey...
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