Christmas Crochet Projects

I was a little last minute with my Christmas crochet projects this year. Who am I kidding? I’m a little last minute every Year!! I’ve been working steadily on 4 projects since the beginning of December and finally finished them all on December 19. Too bad two of them were being sent to Ontario! They’ll be getting New Years presents instead of Christmas gifts this year!

Christmas Crochet Project 1: Cozy Crochet Blanket

Blue and grey cozy Christmas Crochet blanket project

This one is for my Dad! I’ve actually been working on it for a while now. I think originally I was going to give it to him for Fathers Day, then for his birthday in September. Well, it’s done for Christmas! Since my Dad is now wheelchair bound and it’s gotten colder out, I thought a lap blanket would be a great present for him. It’ll keep him nice and warm during these winter months!

Christmas Crochet Project 2: Penguin Toque

Crocheted Penguin Toque

Yes, I’m Canadian, I call it a toque!! My sister in law is obsessed with penguins, so I made her this adorable toque! As usual, I didn’t really follow a pattern, but got my inspiration from Pinterest and Craftsy . I found a simple Penguin hat pattern and then just kind of did my own thing. I should really write down how I do things and start making my own crochet patterns!!

Also, don’t I have the cutest model?!?

Christmas Crochet Project 3: Scarf

Grey and Blue stripped scarf

This one is for my brother in law. It’s a trendy navy blue and grey skinny scarf. I didn’t follow a pattern at all on this one, just whipped it up out of my head. Super simple double crochets across, 2 rows of each colour. Then I added the fringe on the ends once it was the width I wanted.

Christmas Crochet Project 4: Teacher Gifts

Christmas crochet project, teachers gift. 2 crochet cup cozies.

I had a hard time deciding what to get Lily’s preschool teachers for Christmas. I had an idea, but because I wait until the last minute, there wouldn’t have been time for shipping it here. So finally I decided on a coffee gift card and cup cozies! I got some reusable cups to go with it too. I liked the snowflakes for winter/Christmas time.

I do love making Christmas crochet projects. Maybe next year I’ll remember to start earlier because I always end up causing more stress for myself, but maybe that’s half the fun of it!

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Crochet Tinker Bell Hair

This year Lily wanted to be TinkerBell for Halloween. We watched the Disney Tinker Bell movie a few months ago, and ever since she saw it, she wanted to be Tinker Bell. I thought it was adorable, she kind of looks a little like Tinker Bell… big blue eyes, blonde hair.

Last year she was a Princess and I found a pattern on Pinterest to make a crochet crown with a long braid coming off. Her and Maggie call it their “Elsa” hair now even though it’s purple and white. I would think Rapunzel makes more sense, but whatever they want to call it is just fine with me!

So after Lily decided to be Tinker Bell, I went looking again for a pattern to make her a crochet wig to wear. I love the hats because they are adorable and keeps them warm if it’s a cold evening of trick or treating. I couldn’t really find anything that I liked other than a few pictures. But I thought to myself “hey, I can make this!!”

I found this simple double crochet toque pattern on Craftsy and figured it would be the perfect base for what I wanted to make. I just wanted a straight forward hat, nothing too fancy. Sometimes I wonder why I even get patterns though as I don’t often stick to them. For instance in this one, I decided to work in rounds rather than joining every row. It’s probably just me, but I can’t stand joining rows, I’d rather just keep going!

Once I was done that, I started adding the hair. I looped a piece of yarn from my hand around my elbow and back up and then cut about 30 more of those! Because Tinker Bell’s hair is swept over, I started to add the hair just off center. Here’s  a great tutorial on adding hair to crochet dolls. Same applies for hats. I decided to actually knot the hair in place rather than using a glue gun at the end. If it’s on a doll it’s fine, but I didn’t think it would be very comfortable on something to wear. I added hair in the first 5 rows, the next stitch over I did 4 rows, then 3, then 2, then 1. I found it filled it in a lot better than just doing a few strands in each row. When I was done that, I filled in a few more spots I thought looked a little bare. I swept the hair over until it looked about right for Tinker Bell. Then I secured all the strands to the first row on the hat by taking one strand through the loop and then tying it tight a few times. I’m not 100% sure if this is the best way to do it, but I found it the easiest to get the look I wanted. After that, I did 5 or 6 strands of hair on the other side and attached them the same way.

Finally, it was time for the bun. I took an old, holey sock (clean) from my husband and cut off the foot part. Then I rolled the ankle part into a doughnut. I just started wrapping yarn around it like crazy. Once it was all covered, I wove strands through the middle so it wouldn’t be a big open hole. Then I sewed it on to the top of the hat! And VOILA… the finished project!

Needless to say, I think she liked it!!

It’ll be interesting to see what she wants to be next year… and if she keeps wanting me to make “hair” for her! One thing I would change is to make the toque part a little longer. It didn’t cover her ears, which is fine because Tinker Bell’s ears show, but I just think it would have looked a bit better with a few more rows.

xoxo

Caroline

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Mermaid Give Away!!

Update September 10, 2018- The mermaid was donated to the Surrey Memorial NICU to give as a gift to an older sister of a NICU baby. Our neighbours in the NICU when Lily was born already had a little girl. She would come on visits and try to play quietly, but it’s hard for a toddler to do that.  A stay in the hospital is hard on all family members, especially older siblings. If this mermaid can bless one of those little girls, I’m a happy camper!

Mermaid Give Away

The making process is almost done!!  Just a few finishing touches left on this gorgeous little mermaid! Originally I was making her to donate to an organization that makes care bags for people (including kids) undergoing cancer treatments here in BC. Unfortunately, the lady organizing the bags had to take a bit of a break due to family reasons (totally get it!!)

Anyway, I still want her to go to a deserving little girl. So, do you know of a special little girl who would absolutely love and deserves this little mermaid? Drop a comment or email me at caroline@lilymags.com with your nominations.  On September 10th I will decide on one special girl to receive this. (Canadian residents only- not affiliated with Instagram or Facebook)

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Reusable Crochet Water Balloons

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It’s finally summer time!!! Not that the weather here has been cooperating lately, but it’s supposed to clear up this week. I love the summer, it’s my favourite season; camping and the smell of campfires, being light out until almost 10pm, warm weather, swimming pools and beaches. I just love it all. And who doesn’t love a good ol’ water balloon fight, am I right?!? We used to have these all the time when I was younger. We’d gather all the kids in our neighbourhood and just have at it! It was a blast!!!

As I’ve gotten older (and more mature of course) I’ve become more aware of environmental issues and the trouble those little pieces of left over water balloons have on our planet. According to Wikipedia water balloons are made of latex which naturally decomposes, however the problem is with the left over pieces being ingested by animals. I’m not some crazy “Save the planet!!” kinda girl, but if I can make one small change to help, I will!

“Dolphins, whales, turtles, and many other marine species, as well as terrestrial animals such as cows, dogs, sheep, tortoises, birds and other animals have all been hurt or killed by balloons. The animal is usually killed from the balloon blocking its digestive tract, leaving them unable to take in any more nutrients. It slowly starves to death. The animals can also become entangled in the balloon and its ribbon making the animal unable to move or eat.”    (https://balloonsblow.org/impacts-on-wildlife-and-environment/

We’ve seen deer, bunnies, coyotes, squirrels and many different types of birds right in our own backyard. I would feel awful if we caused harm to any of these animals (even if it is unintentional).

So, a few months ago I started seeing crochet patterns and blog posts about reusable crochet water balloons. I thought it was such a great idea and totally jumped on the bandwagon. They are so easy to make, I can do a few up in one evening. All you have to do is soak them in water and throw away until you need to “refill.” They last quite a while before you need a re-soak. You can’t play water balloon toss as well with these, but for a water balloon fight they are awesome… and they don’t hurt! I was using a pattern I found on Pinterest, but I didn’t really like it. I hate joining rows when working around (ch 2 join with sl to 2nd ch of last round… blah, blah, blah), I’d much rather just continue working in the round. So I changed the pattern up a bit to make it more enjoyable for me to crochet. I can’t say I can tell much of a difference in how the balloons turn out, I just enjoy the process of making them this way a lot better.

Crochet Water Balloon Pattern

Supplies:

Blanket Yarn (I used Bernat Baby blanket yarn in a different colour, but any kind of blanket yarn will do Blanket yarn absorbs the most water)

10mm (US size N) crochet hook

Stitch marker (I have some of these, but honestly I use a bobby pin most of the time- I always have one of those handy!!)

Or you can search Craftsy for more hooks, tools and notions.

Pattern:

Round 1: 3 dc into Magic Ring

Round 2: 2 dc in each st around (6)

Round 3: 2 dc in each st around (12)

Round 4-5: 1 dc in each st around (12)

Round 6: dc2tog around (6)

Round 7: dc2tog around (3)

Round 8: dc in each st (3)

Round 9: sc in each st (3)

Finish off and weave in ends

If you want to make a larger balloon, you can start with 4 dc in the Magic ring and increase the stitches from there (8 in Rnd 2, 16 in Rnd 3 etc.)

That’s it! Easy Peasy!! I hope you have as much fun making these as I have had! As always, head on over to my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/lilymagsandCo/) if you’d like to purchases these or any of my other crochet creations!!

What are some of your favourite summer time activities besides water balloon fights?!?

Octopuses for Preemies

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We all know skin to skin, the smell and sound of mommy and even white noise like a heart beat can make baby feel safer once they reach the outside world. Recently, they have done research that discovered that tentacles of crochet octopuses for preemies made babies feel safer as well. They reminded the baby of the umbilical cord they played with in the womb. A group in Denmark, Spruttegruppen, started a group that started making these octopuses and sending them to Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU’s) all over their country.

Their idea has spread! There are approximately 31 countries participating in this amazing cause now. When these octopuses are donated to NICU’s, it’s highly recommended to go to the Facebook group for that country to ensure the octopus is made up to standard. These are sick little babies after all, so some care and precaution definitely needs to be taken. I know when Lily was in the NICU I didn’t want to put anything in her bed with her, so if I was going to, I’d want to know if was safe first! (you can read about Lily’s story here)

Here’s a list of all the Octopus for a Preemie project countries and their websites. The pattern is actually really easy. I can usually make one in a couple hours (I like to crochet while watching hockey with my husband and I can finish one in a game and a half!)

This little guy went to a good friend’s baby

I love crocheting, so I started making these little guys for friends and family who were having little ones. Then I started getting orders from people! I’ve donated to babies in the NICU, and I’ve been able to sell them too. They aren’t just great for preemies, they’re good for any newborn and toddlers love them as well. I made 2 for my daughters for their Easter baskets and they were so excited! You can take a look at my Facebook page LilyMags & Co for more information.

love,

Caroline

 

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