Craft Hope

Wednesday Round Up 9/24/14 ~ Craft Hope for Kenya!

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This week’s Round Up is in honor of the latest Craft Hope project. You can find all the details here. Some of the needed donations are knit or crochet hats, scarves, and mittens for kids, so that is what I have to share with you!!

The above photo is full of crochet patterns and the links are below. Underneath the crochet links you will find another photo full of knit patterns and the links for those below that photo. Now go forth and craft some hope!!

Here are the names and links of each pattern, along with a little something that each designer has to say about them.

1) Scrappy Scoodie ~ Crochet Version Designed by Jessie Rayot
Last week I made some yarn from left over bits of yarn I had, and it was screaming “scoodie!!” to me. So here is my fabulously fun scrappy scoodie pattern for you. 🙂

2) Twisted Cable Scarf and Headband designed by Kim Guzman

3) Spring lacy hat for little girls designed by My Hobby is Crochet
This is a crochet hat with a nice lacy shell pattern and no visible seams! Perfect for spring and fall!

4) Eternal Love Hugs & Kisses Infinity Scarf by The Crochet Lounge
After creating the infinity scarf MCAL, I doubled back to make the Eternal Love Headband free crochet pattern in my size and made it with matching border color to my scarf. I simply LOVE it, and now my Music child also wants a set 🙂

5) Diagonal Steps Scarf designed by Kim Guzman

6) Crochet Infinity Scarf Doris designed by My Hobby is Crochet
This infinity scarf worked in rounds it’s very easy and fast to make!

7) Crochet Hat Swirling Ribs designed by My Hobby is Crochet
This is a chunky, warm hat, perfect for winter! It is very stretchy, that’s why can fit a 6 year old child, but also an adult woman!

8) Butterfly Kisses designed by from Grammies Heart with Love
Butterfly Kisses; captures the beauty of summer. A sweet little butterfly flutters over a lovely flower full of nectar! This little butterfly looks quite content perched atop the adorable pink flower. What little lady wouldn’t enjoy wearing such a sweet yet spunky hat!?

9) Raised Stripes Hat & Scarf Designed by Jessie Rayot
Create one or both pieces of this fun hat and scarf set!

10) Eli Hat ~ Chunky or Worsted Weight Designed by Jessie Rayot
You can make a set with this hat and the matching Leo scarf which is also available in chunky or worsted weight. OR you can make the Ali cowl in chunky or worsted weight. So many options!!

11) Mrs. Murdock’s Mittens Designed by Brenda K. B. Anderson
My sister-in-law (who incidentally lives in Michigan, the nation’s high-five) asked me for a no-frills mitten pattern using worsted weight yarn. I wrote this one for her.

12) Crochet Scarf Valentine toddler- adult designed by My Hobby is Crochet
Use up your scrap yarns and make a pretty scarf for your toddler or for yourself!

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1) Stone Creek Scarf Knit and Crochet designed by Kim Guzman

2) One Row Handspun Scarf Designed by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
This pattern is quick, easy, has only one row to learn, is reversible, looks good in any gauge, is easy to make wider or narrower (making it awesome for handspun) and looks (I believe) fabulous.

3) Lorraine Ear Warmers ~ Knit Version Designed by Jessie Rayot
Lorraine is a quick ear warmer pattern that buttons in the back. This is a great way to keep ears warm, without a lot of damage to styled hair.

4) Holloway Hat Designed by Jemma Helliker
A perfect introduction to cables, this quick knit is an adorable winter accessory for the small people in your life.

5) Bev’s Really Basic Stretchy Hat Designed by Beverly A. Qualheim
This hat can be made in many sizes, one to fit everyone you know! Easy to knit, and a great pattern for beginners as all you need to know is how to cast one, knit, purl, knitting stitches together, and casting off.

6) Chutes and Ladders Scarf Designed by Jessie Rayot
This scarf is a simple and fun way to show off your prettiest yarn. It is made in garter stitch, with some yarn overs added and then dropped to create a fun, off~kilter, look.

7) Basic Pattern for Children’s Mittens with 4 Needles Designed by Elizabeth Durand
Avid community knitter Elizabeth Durand generously offers the use of her 4-needle mitten pattern for the afghans for Afghans project and other charitable purposes.

Don’t forget to check out some of the other great Round Ups that have happened in Blogland over the last week!

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Delivering Hope!!! Craft Hope #19

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Well, as of this past Thursday, Craft Hope Project 19 is all wrapped up! The girls and I made our deliveries, and had a fun (and slightly stressful) adventure.

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Doug helped me pack up the 371 softies into Thor ~ my trusty TrailBlazer.

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The girls strapped into the back, and Owlivia sat up front with me to supervise the delivery of herself and her 370 closest friends. Then we drove over to the first drop off.

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I had contacted Bergen County United Way for advice on where to distribute some of the softies. They put me in touch with North Jersey Vineyard Church. The church members have been working hard to assist in the repair and rebuilding of homes devastated by Sandy. They plan on distributing the 250 softies we left them when they are out helping in those areas.

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After the delivery, there were just a few boxes left. Owlivia, the girls, and I braved the rather stressful drive to Hoboken. I had forgotten that driving to Hoboken is basically the same as driving into NYC. In other words: Not. Fun.

Oh well, we had a purpose and some traffic and stressful driving was not going to stop us! So, we braved it all and made it to the Boys & Girls Club of Hoboken.

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In addition to the 371 softies received for Project 19, we also received a box full of these adorable hand made finger puppets. Wafa & Gisel from the B&G Club were quite taken with the little fellows. They will be kept at the club for the kids play with while they are at the club. The rest of the softies will be distributed to the kids to keep. The Hoboken Club will give out 70 softies, and they will also be giving the last 50 softies to the Jersey City Club for their kids.

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We had a great time at the B&G club! We were there while the kids were still in school, so it was rather empty.

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Wafa gave us a tour. This is the gym. It had been totally destroyed by Sandy, so it is newly renovated.

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The teen room is also newly renovated. Pretty cool, huh? Know why? The Katie Couric show gave them a hand after Sandy.

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I am IN LOVE with this Ottoman. It is fabric strips braided together and then knitted into a big ol’ ball. I may see a pattern in my future.

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Isn’t this nifty? Who would of thought a cardboard chandelier would be so cool?

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Two more of them in the back of the room!

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The kitchen was redone as well.

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Upstairs there are several class rooms. The building is very old and has the greatest ceiling.

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Beautiful, isn’t it?

Thank you everyone who helped with project 19. Remember to keep checking in on Craft Hope for future projects. Project 20 is underway right now!

If you want to see all the posts about project 19, here they are:

Introduction
I Did it Again
Softie and Toy Links
So it Begins
35 More
106!!
Hope Times 240!
Ready to Give Hope

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Ready to Give Hope ~ 371 times!

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We have finally finished opening the last of the Project 19 boxes. Those boxes kept coming all the way into February, and I wanted to wait to show you the final pile ‘o hope until they were all here and opened and hugged.

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Here is the tiniest package of hope that we received, and its inhabitant. Isn’t she the cutest?

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Kyla was very excited about the Rainbow Unicorn!!

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We had been in contact with the Boys and Girls clubs of Hobokin and Jersey City. It turns out we have more softies then they need!!

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So we contacted the United Way of Bergan county. They are very excited about the extra softies we have!

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Once the roads are a bit safer ~ Tuesday or Wednesday I am hoping ~ the girls and I will take a little field trip after school to Hobokin to drop off the softies for the Boys and Girls clubs. I will try to get some photos of the critters with their new owners.

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It may be a few more weeks before the rest of the softies make their way to Bergan county, we are still working with the United way to find the right group to hand them off to. We want to make sure they go to the kiddies who need them because of Sandy.

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It sure has been fun opening all these boxes and giving every little critter some extra love.

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The spare room (which will one day be Kyla’s room) will be so empty!

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It seems like the last batch of boxes was heavy on the monsters. We love the monsters in this house! The girls used to have imaginary Monsters who lived in their closet and came out to play with them at night.

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Look at this! Sometimes there is extra love just for me in a box. Oh, my, these were yummy! I shared a few with the kids and the husband, but only a few :^)

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As I said, lots of monsters.

Strawberry-girl!

And a strawberry girl as well!

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Everyone is given extra love and hugs to bring with them to their new kids.

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This elephant is pretty high on my list of  “it’s~really~going~to~be~hard~to~give~this~one ~away!”

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We opened another 131 softies

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That makes 371 all together!!

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It’s been a blast! Thank you

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Sometimes you need to take a day

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It was a rough night last night. Vada was coughing all night, and Kyla woke us up (OK, only me as Doug didn’t hear her) at 3am, crying with growing pains.

Due to the impending doom of Nemo *I dare you to read that without a chuckle* the district had called today as a half day for school. So, with the utter lack of sleep we all had, I decided it was time to take a day.

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We started the morning with some Yummy Berry tea from InsaniTea. The girls love to pick out the little pieces of fruit and berries and eat them.

OK, so do I.

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Nemo started off early. I tried to photograph the snow falling, but it wouldn’t show up in the snap.

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I gave it a shot thought the other side of the window and it worked a bit better.

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I decided to deal with the cold for a quick bit and opened the side door. Finally a picture where you can actually see the snow falling. I had grand plans to document the storm…but I forgot to keep taking picture throughout the day. I’m not that heartbroken about it though, as it really is only dropped a few inches of snow. Nothing like what was advertised.

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We spent the morning relaxing and watching PBS. It was nice.

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I made myself one of my favorite breakfasts. It really is better then it looks. It is a sandwich thin (you can find them with the hamburger rolls, they are flat and round and yummy) topped with sliced tomatoes, and then cheese on top. Toss it under the broiler and let the cheese melt and brown a bit. Don’t forget about it! Mine browned a bit more then I wanted, but it was still very tasty! If you have some pesto, sneak that in on the sandwich thin under the tomatoes. You can also use bread, muffins or bagels in place of the sandwich thin.

Parcheesi

The girls and I had a very pleasant morning. Doug came home early, and after their nap the girls talked him into playing Parcheesi. They really do know how to play. There are very few things in life that they like better then playing games with Daddy.

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Kyla found a little piece of yarn and tried to tell me it wasn’t trash. She insisted I could make something with it. So I did.

Sight-Word-wall-stars

I have a Pinworthy idea I have been meaning to share with you. I know you have seen it in pictures before, but I never really told you about it. As any of you with school age littles know, Kindergarten is full of “sight words” that you are encouraged to practice with your children. I came up with this solution as a place to display the sight words where the girls would see them everyday, and we could easily practice them. It’s quite simple. I took some 1 1/2″ ribbon and attached it along the stairway. I was able to just use a household stapler to attach the ribbon at the top and bottom of the stairs. Then use paper clips to attach the sight words onto the ribbon. I did staple the ribbon again under a few of the sight words to keep the ribbon from sagging. We really like it.

Well, I have some things to finish up this evening. I hope you are all ready for the virtual party here tomorrow!!

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Flower bib ~ free crochet pattern

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With the hope of spring to come, I have made you this pretty flower bib pattern. I hope you enjoy it!

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I actually started out this pattern with my Large Flat Flower Motif. So get that flower made and then hop back on over here!

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Use just about any yarn, and the hook to match. Sample was made with Lily Sugar ‘n Cream and a 4.5mm hook.

Other Notions:
Yarn needle for weaving in ends

Stitches and Abbreviations used:

sl st ~ slip stitch
ch ~ chain
dc ~ double crochet
dc2tog ~ double crochet 2 together
beg ~ beginning
sp ~ space
st(s) ~ stitch(es)

dc2tog ~ yo, insert hook into next st, yo and pull through (3 loops on hook), yo, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yo, insert hook into next st, yo and pull through (4 loops on hook), yo, pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook), yo, pull through all 3 loops

After making the Large Flat Flower Motif continue working here

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Rnd 1: work this row in back loops only, switch colors and sl st in between 4th and 5th sts of any petal (see above photo), ch1, sc in same st, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next st, * 2dc in next st, (hdc, 5sc, hdc) across next 7 sts, rep from * 6 more times, 2dc in next st , (hdc, 2sc) across next 3 sts, sl st to top of first sc

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Rnd 2: ch2 (counts as first hdc), hdc in same st, (hdc in each of next 8 sts, 2hdc in next st) 7 times, hdc in each of next 8  sts, sl st to top of beg ch2

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Rnd 3: ch2, hdc in next 4 sts (2hdc in next st, hdc in each of next 9 sts) 7 times, hdc in next 4 sts, sl st to top of beg ch2

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Rnd 4: ch40 (add 10 more for a longer strap), sc in second ch from hook and in next 38 chs, (2sc in next st, sc in each of next 10 sts) 6 times, turn

Rnd 5: sl st into previous st (to the right), (skip a st, 5hdc in next st, skip a st, sl st into next st) all the way around to end of strap, ch6, sl st to end of strap to create a button hole ~ make more or less chs at the end to adjust for different size buttons.

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Attach button and weave in ends.

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To find a printer friendly version of this pattern (text only, in black, no photos) click here. This will bring you to the listing for this pattern on Craftsy, where you can also find printer friendly versions of all my free patterns, and where you can purchase my sale patterns.

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Hope times 240!

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We opened more boxes of Hope last week.

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The girls even got to stay up a little past bedtime to open all 134 new softies,

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and quality control check them all for lots of love.

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There was much giggling and hugging and love infusing.

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Our new count is 240 softies,

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though that number will go up again soon as we open up the rest of the stragglers next week.

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I am in the processes of finding another donation site,

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as we have more then needed already for the Boys and Girls clubs of Hobokin and Jersey City.

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Oh what a problem to have!

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I hope you enjoy the photos!

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Just a quicky

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Just a quick post for you before I turn in for the night. Last week when my friend was over here (when I hurt my ankle,) she saw my stack o’ hats for my Max hat pattern, and asked if I could make her and her daughter a matching set.

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So I picked up some sparklie pink and black yarn when I was finally able to go to the yarn store.

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I think they turned out awesome!! The flower was made loosely from this pattern by Lucy.

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This morning Kyla was wearing all white. She wanted a red necklace. So I grabbed some chunky chain I had laying about, left over from my chain infinity scarves, and tied this together for her. She was quite the happy little one.

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Then off to the store I ran. Look what I found for 99 cents. I bought 3 boxes. Anyone want to come over for tea and caramel wafers?

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This weekend I would love to finish unpacking this pile. It is in one corner of the “spare” room ~ one day to be Kyla’s room ~ and is the last of the girls stuff. Mostly off season clothes and books. I think. I have a feeling the Goodwill pile will be large.

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The girls brought the large pile of boxes upstairs to stack in another corner of the room. We will have to have another Craft Hope box opening party tomorrow. I really hope to make some deliveries next week.

There are quite a few things I would like to get done this weekend, but we will have to see how my ankle is doing. It is much better, but if I use it too much, I have to stop for a while. That’s fine, I have more knit and crochet to do then I would like to admit.

Well, past my bedtime. We’ll chat again in a day or two. Nighty~night.

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