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Bernat Faux Fur Pom-Pom

Good morning lovelies!

It is officially 11 days until Christmas and it is such a stressful time. Really feeling the time-crunch pressure here. I am currently working on making a crochet mitten pattern and I got a beautiful one done, my problem now is that I didn’t write down the exact number of stitches and pattern so I am having issues making the second one to match. It’s the left hand if you happen to be in the market for one, really pretty left hand mitten. You never know.

This gorgeous red toque was originally planned to have a little emblem similar to the Eleanor Roosevelt one, I decided to go with a Bernat Faux Fur Pom-Pom because they seem to be all the rage right now. I will admit that I over-paid for this pom-pom, like seriously over-paid. I didn’t realize it until I got home and looked at the bill. I knew they were around $6 but I paid….wait for it, $9. Like I would normally sell this for $20, but the dang thing cost me $17. Plus the 1-2 hours to make it. That’s just the way the yarn unravels sometimes. *Insert laughter for my punny joke*

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This is an easy project if you are looking for something quick. Use the pattern from the Stepping Texture Hat that I posted earlier, use a chunkier yarn and throw on this adorable fuzzy pom-pom.

But please get the pom-pom from a place like Yarn Canada, $5.25

There are a solid 11 days left to get it all done, so if you only consume coffee and don’t sleep, you might just get it all done!

 

 

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Stepping Texture Hat

Hello everyone!

Quick reminder that there is only 31 sleeps to Christmas, it’s go-time to get those gift projects done! ….Or else you will have to purchase them, or perhaps win them, from me 😉

I am the type of person who cannot sit through a movie, unless I am doing something else at the same time, I fall asleep. So this is my ‘movie hat’ because it can be completed in the same amount of time as watching a movie. It will seem like it is going slow because of the ribbing, it is worked in a single crochet using the back loops so it doesn’t feel like you are making much progress. I have made about 20 of this pattern because it is easy and it looks good. I like that it starts from the ribbing and works its way up to the top so that you keep that nice shape. For some reason when I try to make a hat starting from the top and working in a round with the magic circle, it just becomes a rather large circle. It never turns out for me the way I want it to.

Thanks to Christmas with the Kranks for getting me through this one.

The pattern is posted at the bottom of the page!

I opted out of the pom-pom.

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I am in love with the warm colors of this yarn!

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Without a pom-pom, it felt a little unfinished, So I added a little metal emblem that I found in the jewellery making section of Michaels.

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Adorable! The little extra touch pulled it together. It’s harder to see the texture when it isn’t a solid color.

logolicious_20161122_203243An areal view without a pom-pom, just cinched together.

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One skein of yarn is all that was needed but as you can see, there wasn’t much left over. This hat fits me but if you need to make one for a larger noggin, be sure to purchase 2 skeins. I always buy 2 of each when I am yarn shopping just in case.

I splurged and got a size 5.25mm hook with the fancy handle because it is the one that I use the most, it wasn’t worth it though as I hold the hook closer to the top anyways. It just makes me look like a serious hooker…. 😉

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Stepping Texture Hat Pattern from Yarnspirations

Stepping Texture Hat

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Easy Burp Cloths

A good Friday night is being left alone with my sewing machine and a glass of wine. I moved my work area into the kitchen as my office is freezing! The joys of living in an older house, very poor insulation. A lot of my friends are having babies lately, must be something in the water, and I wanted to make them a special gift that is equally adorable as they are useful.

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Materials
1/3 yard Patterned flannel or cotton, prewashed
1/3 yard Chenille or minky, prewashed
Thread and needle
Ruler
Rotary Cutter
Cutting mat

I chose a soft patterned flannel and a cotton and made both kinds. I do not prefer to work with one over the other and didn’t run into any issues. I used chenille and minky for the backs because they are super soft and are extremely absorbent which is perfect for what we want.

To make the burp cloths, cut out one rectangle 10×18 inches out of each fabric, one of the pattern and one of the back.

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Lay the two pieces together with the front sides facing each other. Minky and Chenille are both very stretchy fabric so I suggest that you add pins in the middle to hold it in place as well as along the edges, it will keep the chenille from pulling/stretching and making a pucker in the front.

Sew all along the edges leaving a 1.5 inch opening at the top. Pull the fabric through the hole to turn it right side out. Using a needle and thread, hand sew the opening closed. (This is also a good place to add a label/tag if you plan to sell them)

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And voila, you have a burp cloth! Very easy and quick to complete. To finish it off, add a top stitch with using matching thread. I did one with a top stitch and it was all wobbly and didn’t look very nice in the end so I just opted out of doing that for the rest.

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Then iron them and use a lint roller to pick up any threads or little fuzzies. I do three together with different patterns that go together and wrap a silk ribbon around them and they are just gosh darn cute, makes me wish I had a little baby of my own to use them on, but for now they are just a precious gift for you!

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Is this something you would like to see for a give-away? Let me know!

Watch for the matching taggie quilts and baby blankets