Happy Holidays

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Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and the start of four days of non stop family time! I just wanted to take a minute, in one of my last calm moments, to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday.

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Tunisian Crochet ( a how to )

I love myself some Tunisian crochet. There’s something repetitive and calming about it and the finished product is just so lovely.
Tunisian or Afghan crochet is much easier than it looks, all you need is your favorite yarn and an afghan hook.

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As you can see, the hook is longer than your average hook and has a stopper on the end. This is to keep your stitches from falling off!
I suggest a worsted weight yarn to practice with. Once you get the hang of it, you can switch to a “fancier” yarn.

Ok, here we go!

*Step one:
-ch 15. Personal opinion here, it’s an easier number to work with.

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*Step two: starting in the second chain from the hook
-Insert hook through the ch, yarn over, pull through. You now have 2 loops on the hook.
-Insert the hook through the next ch, yarn over, pull through. You now have 3 loops on the hook.
-Continue in this manner for the entire chain.
-this is your foundation.

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*Step three: The beauty of Tunisian crochet, is there is NO turning of your piece! Here we go:
-yarn over the hook, pull through the first loop on hk.
-yarn over the hook, pull through the next two loops.
-yarn over the hook, pull through the next two loops.
-continue all the way across making sure to pull through two loops each time, until you have one loop remaining on hook.

See how it starts to “fall” off the hook.

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*Step four: you will notice vertical posts on your piece now, from this point on, you will work in these

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– insert hook through the second post, yarn over, pull through. You now have two loops on hook.
– continue in the same manner all the way across

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Step five: repeat step three!
– yarn over pull through first loop.
– yarn over pull through next two loops, etc.

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⬆️ there are your first two rows ⬆️
-remember to use the vertical posts.

*To finish a Tunisian crochet piece, you simply slip stitch across the row:
– You will be working from right to left, insert hook through post, yarn over, pull through both loops on hook. This leaves you one loop on hook.
– Continue across; insert hook through next post, yarn over, pull through both loops on hook, again you have one loop left on hook.

And that is the Tunisian crochet stitch, see easier than it looks! 😀

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Look how pretty the stitch looks!!

The Super Slouchy Beanie (free pattern)

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Here’s the hat I made to go with the mittens! Again, this is a quick and easy pattern. All you need are basic crochet skills and a few hours.
This hat, like the mittens, was made a little snug on purpose, the more you wear it, the loser and more relaxed it becomes, without losing its fit and becoming overly stretched like most crochet projects.

Super Slouch hat:

I-hook
Worsted weight yarn, I used red heart super saver solid

Terms:

* ch – chain
* hk – hook
* slp st – slip stitch
* hdc – half double crochet
* dc – double crochet
* inc – increase (two dc in same stitch)
* dec – decrease (crochet 2 stitches together)
* bl – back loops

Notes:

* end each row by slip stitching into the top of the first ch
* Starting from row 2, crochet in bl only on every row, unless otherwise noted.

Ch 4
1. dc 12 into 4th ch from hk – 12
2. ch 2, 2dc in each st around – 24
3. ch 2, ( dc, inc ) around – 36
4. ch 2, ( dc 2, inc ) around – 48
5. ch 2, ( dc 3, inc ) around – 60
6. ch2, dc around – 60
7. ch 2, ( dc 4, inc ) around – 72
8. ch 2, dc around – 72
9 – 22. repeat row 8 – 72 (each row)
23. sc 10, dec ) 6x – 66
24. ch 1, hdc around in both loops – 66
25. hdc in bl only around -66

*For rows 25 and on: When crocheting a hdc you will notice it has three loops ( look at the row directly from the top ) make sure you use the furthest one back, this is what gives you the lifted ribbing.

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* continue row 25 in bl only around until your brim is as thick as you’d like, mine was done 6 times ( so my hat has a total of 31 rows ), finish off with one row of sc. F/O weave in ends.
* Add a cute little tag if you’d like. I used ribbon I picked up at Michaels, just cut a small piece, fold over the edge and sew into place. Just love the snowflakes!
* The hat may seem slightly snug, remember that crocheted items do stretch.

Now you have a set!!

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Quick and easy warmth. (Free patterns)

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I like to think of these as the “oh crap I need a present!” mittens. Both sets work up quickly, with the fingerless obviously being a bit faster.
You’ll need an I – hook and worsted weight yarn. I made the hat out of Red Heart Super Saver Solids, the fingerless mitts are Red Heart With Love, and the full mittens are Loops and Threads Impeccable. So you have many options to choose from.
This is the mitten pattern, I’ll post the hat later this evening or tomorrow.

Basic Mittens/Fingerless Mitts

I-hook

Terms:

* hk – hook
* sc – single crochet
* slp st – slip stitch
* ch – chain
* hdc – half double crochet
* inc – increase ( 2 hdc in same stitch )
* dec – decrease
* bl – back loops

* I highly recommend weaving in loose ends as you go, it’s easier than turning the piece inside out when finished.
* Follow the main hand pattern for either style, it will let you know when to stop/or continue based off which one you are making.

Cuff:
(for both)

ch 11
1. Starting in 2nd ch from hk, hdc across, ch 1, turn – 10
from this point, work only in back loops
2. hdc across, ch 1, turn – 10
3-21. repeat row 2 – 10 each row
F/O, sew two short ends together.

Hand:

1. slp st into top of cuff, sc evenly around – 24
2. hdc in each st around – 24
3-4. Repeat row 2 – 24 each row
5. ( hdc 5, inc ) 4x – 28
6. ( hdc 6, inc ) 4x – 32
7. ( hdc 7, inc ) 4x – 36
8-9. hdc around – 36 each row
10. hdc 27, ch 5, skp 7 sts, hdc – 34 ( counting the chain, ignoring the skp sts )
11. hdc around ( using ch, ignore skp sts ) -34
12. hdc around – 34
13. ( hdc 16, dec ) 2x – 32
14. hdc around – 32
15. hdc around – 32
16. ( hdc 15, dec ) 2x – 30

**Fingerless only:

17. ( hdc 7, dec ) 3x – 27
18. hdc around – 27
19. sc around in bl only, F/O, weave in ends.

Thumb: for fingerless mitts

slp st into corner of thumb hole
1. sc around – 15
2. hdc around – 15
3. ( hdc 3, dec ) 3x – 12
4. hdc around – 12
5. repeat row 4, F/O, weave in ends.

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**Full Mittens only:

17. hdc around – 30
18. Repeat row 17 – 30
19. ( hdc 4, dec ) 5x – 25.
20. hdc around – 25
21-23Repeat row 20 – 25
23. ( hdc 3, dec ) 5x – 20
24-25. hd around – 20
26. dec 10x – 10
27. dec 5x, F/O, sew shut.

Thumb: For full mitten

slp st into corner of thumb hole
1. Sc around – 15
2. hdc around – 15
3-4. Repeat row 2 – 15
5. ( hdc 3, dec ) 3x -12
6. hdc around – 12
7-9. repeat row 6 – 12
10. ( hdc 4, dec ) 2x – 10
11. dec 5x, F/O, sew shut

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Notes:

* These mittens are meant to be a bit more streamlined so they will fit snugger than your average pair.
* Remember crochet stretches as its worn.
* When closing off the thumbs, I prefer whip stitching the top, sew them shut however you like. 😀
* You can also add a small tag, I think it gives them a touch of something… Just use any ribbon you like, fold over the edge and sew into place. I picked up the adorable snowflake one at Michaels.

I hope you enjoy!

Finally done!

Took me a little longer than expected, but I finally finished the mitten/fingerless mitt pattern. May be because I decided that I needed to include a hat with them. And then in my typical scattered brained glory, tried it on once in process, decided it wasn’t slouchy enough, and then just went crazy adding rows….. The results are an incredibly SUPER slouchy hat, I love it!! Ahh happy accidents.

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Look at those colors! They make me feel all warm and happy 😊.
So I have two teenage girls sitting on my couch who can’t be bothered to get up and go outside for a photo shoot. “Omg are you kidding it’s freezing out there!”
Hopefully I can get them outside tomorrow and then will have the patterns up for you lovelies. Until then, enjoy your evenings and stay warm!!

New Pattern coming soon! ( because it’s cold )

It’s been chilly here lately and I hate the cold! Typical of the area, my house is oil heated and anyone who knows the horrors of oil, it can get expensive. This time of year, you’ll find me wearing multiple layers in a feeble attempt at not going “heat broke”. And we won’t even talk about the instant icicles my poor hands turn into whenever I have to step outside. For these lovely reasons I have worked out two/one new pattern for you folks. Trust me, that makes sense it’s a “fitted” mitten ( for when those super bulky ones won’t do ) that can easily be turned into a fingerless mitt ( you know, to wear in the house. Don’t worry no ones judging you ).
So hang in there, I’ll be posting in a few days and your hands can to benefit from some new snugly warmth!

Cinnamon ornaments

As obsessed as I am with mid century EVERYTHING, when it comes to my Christmas tree, I’m all all about the woodsy/rustic look. We used to buy a real tree every year, and then one year the dog decided he needed to ” use the bathroom”! Couldn’t really yell at him, he was trained to go outside on trees after all… So after much hunting we found the perfect fake tree. The problem was the lack of smell.
I love homemade and decided that buying “smelly sticks” just wasn’t going to cut it. After much online hunting, and trial and error, I happily present AMAZING smelling cinnamon ornaments to hang on your tree!

Cinnamon Ornaments:

Ingredients:

* 1 cup applesauce
* 2 cup ground cinnamon
* 1 tablespoon ground cloves (optional)
* medium to large mixing bowl
* rubber spatula
* cookie cutters in desired shape(s)
* skewer or straw
* Paint,glitter,jewels,etc (optional)

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Instructions:

* Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
* In a large bowl, combine ingredients.
* Using spatula, slowly begin mixing together. I can’t emphasis the slowly part enough!! Otherwise you end up with a cinnamon shower…

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* You want the dough to form a ball without being too sticky. Add additional applesauce or cinnamon if needed.
* Place about 1/4 of the dough between two pieces of wax paper to roll. Make sure you sprinkle the paper top and bottom with cinnamon before placing “dough” and rolling! Use a rolling pin to roll the dough to 1/4 inch thick.
* Cut out into desired shapes and place on the prepared sheet pan so that they aren’t touching.
* Use a skewer or straw to poke a hole into top of each ornament (to attach string after baking).
* Bake in the preheated oven for 1 1/2 – 2 hours or until dry and hard. *remember slow and steady wins the race here*
* Once cooled, tie a pretty string through hole, hang up and enjoy! Keeping with the rustic theme, I just tore some fabric into strips and let them fray.
* You can also decorate to your hearts content, glitter, paint, jewels. The sky’s the limit!
* Store in a cool dry place, attic not recommend, and they will hold their scent for years.

**You can air dry, however it will take quite a few days. Handle with care, they are not super delicate but can break. DO NOT EAT.**

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“Sugar cookie ornaments” ( to hang NOT eat )

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These ornaments are too cute! They’re made with items you most likely have in your kitchen, so preheat that oven and “bake” up a batch for your tree.

Supplies:

* 1 cup flour
* 1 cup salt
* about 1/2 cup water
* extra flour for rolling
* rolling pin
* parchment paper
* cookie cutters any shape

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees

2. Using a mixer with paddle attachment, combine flour and salt

3. Slowly add water a little bit at a time, you may not need it all, until the dough combines and is not sticky.

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4. Place in fridge for about 10 min, to firm up a bit.

5. Roll out on well floured surface, about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out shapes.

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6. Place on parchment covered cookie sheet, bake about 30 min.

7. Flip over about halfway through.

You want them to dry out, but NOT brown. Let cool, make the “icing”.

Icing:

* mod modge or white glue
* food coloring
* sprinkles ( optional)
* small bowls for mixing

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1. Mix about 1 tablespoon (there’s really no measuring here) of mod podge and food coloring. Add color in small amounts, mix well before adding more. ( remember you can always add but not take out!)
2. either carefully dip or paint color on, if you’d like to add sprinkles, add them when the glue is still wet.

Let dry completely, run ribbon through hole, hang on tree!

* Remember, do not eat!!*