Category Archives: Crafts and Creations

I love knitting, crochet, and most other crafts. I think creating something out of nothing is beyond satisfying!

I Will Not Give Up

It’s all about the attitude, am I right?  I thought I’d share my fun little adventure/experience with the blogging community.  I decided last year that I was going to branch out and better develop my knitting and crocheting skills. I’ve always made basically flat things like afghans and a few stocking hats.  Nothing that really required anything beyond basic skills.  Now, once upon a time, I was a fairly accomplished seamstress.  Honest.  So, it’s not vanity that makes me think that I should be able to reasonably learn how to make the items that I find using crochet and knitting patterns.  But somehow, nothing ever seems to come out the way it should.  I read through the threads and the comments; yep, it’s just me.

So, I decided to make a new summer hat to continue with my learning.  I chose the Flowerpot hat from Knit-O-Matic’s website. Shout-out to Haley!  I like your site!  Love your Patterns!  Thank you Thank you for making the Flowerpot hat pattern free.  But most importantly, I want to thank Haley for the intro that she gave this hat pattern.  She shows a couple of versions of the hat, in which it comes out way too big.  If it hadn’t been for her honesty in this matter, I believe I would have given up on my 2nd try and just found a different pattern.

Image But I love this hat!  So, I figured now was as good a time as any to put my conviction to the test.  I’m actually laughing at myself, because my first two tries at this hat came out looking just like the two she has shown here.  Now I’m digging in my heels, using my thinking skills, and reducing the pattern to better fit the thread that I’m using and the (apparent) tension that I use on the hook that I have chosen.  And guess what?  By jove!  I believe I may have something here!  It’s still WIP, of course, but it’s actually starting to fit!  Yeah!!  I’ll be sure to post a pic once I have it done.  But for now – I just want to state, for the record, that I will not give up.Image


Making Progress

In July [yes, July], I decided to make four sets of scarves & hats for my grandchildren for Christmas.  I have to admit that although I’ve struggled with picking out patterns and yarns for each, I’ve had a really great time.  As I made each hat, each scarf – I thought about the child for which it was intended; then as I made each thing, I would think fondly of that child – about all the many cool things there is about each one, and how each one just delights me to no end.  (Yes, I’m a Mimi that’s totally in love with my grandbabies!) — It’s been fun.  And while the things that I make for the kids will probably always be thought of as people do about those tacky Christmas sweaters that Great Aunt Lollie knits for everyone, it’s been fun for me – and I bet their mother will make them wear them in front of me, at least once! 😀

Many thanks to all the great folks out there that provided the patterns.  I’ve included your sites on my Free Patterns Page as well.  Thank you Ladies!

Head Hugger Cap by Redheart

Hat is Redheart and scarf is a simple p2k1 pattern.

Warm Up Hat

This hat was Lionbrand “Warm Up Hat” and the scarf is a Tunisian Crochet stitch that I got from


Petula Hat & Catsby 3 Hour Cowl

I loved making this set; the hat is the Petula Hat pattern by Viktoria Gogolak, found on Ravelry. The infinity scarf was super easy and can be found at Catsby Three Hour Cowl by Kathryn Jones also on Ravelry

Ruffled Hat and Mittens

This lady’s site and instructions were AMAZING! I just can’t thank her enough for all the clear, easy instructions that she has included in her tutorials. I really learned a lot from this piece and it’s one I go back to again and again! YOU RAWK!!! And aren’t these Family Mittens precious? Thanks again to Lionbrand!





Super Easy Slouchy Hat

Thank You for helping me find that last quick & easy hat pattern that I need to move on with my Christmas creations. 🙂

Bewitching Tea Latte


Oh.How.Yummy!  Thanks to Yahoo Shine! for this wonderful beverage recipe — I can totally see a warm steamy cup of this while sitting in front of the ole’ firepit.  Come on Fall!


4 cups of hot water
6 spiced chai tea bags
¼ cup honey
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups original soy milk (or regular milk)
½ cup vanilla vodka (optional)
½ cup Kahlua (optional)


In a large pitcher, steep the tea bags, the honey, and the cinnamon in the hot water for 10 minutes. On the cooktop, heat the milk and vanilla to a simmer. Be careful not to boil the milk. (This is a trick that leads to a treat!)

After the tea has finished steeping, remove the tea bags and add it to the milk on the stove. Let the mixture simmer for 10 minutes until all the flavors have combined.

If you’re feeling mischievous, this is the time to add the two liquors. Mix well, and serve while hot to your friends!

Serves 6 – 10

Pampering Soap Saver

Pampering-Massage-CloseupOh My!  I wish I’d had this pattern last Christmas!  I found some wonderful handmade soaps and bought them for the “girls” in my family, but without the time or a quick pattern on hand, I just made them little bags out of table napkins; which I admit came out fine, but this would have been better!  And even better, I actually use soap.  This makes me happy!

Iced Pie Square Crochet Pattern


This is so awesome!  I’m absolutely sure that at some point in my long list of things I’d like to make, that something with this pattern is going to come up!

Catsby 3-hour cowl

I’d like to thank Kathryn Jones for posting this pattern of the Catsby 3-hour cowl on Ravelry and making it a free pattern.  Katheryn, I’m going to use this pattern to make my 10 year old granddaughter an infinity scarf to go with the hat that I have made her.  It doesn’t match the hat pattern perfectly, but it comes pretty close.  Thank you.