Following more tutorials from bobwilson123, I have made two different types of barefoot sandals today. A minimalistic style that takes hardly any time at all, and a granny triangle version. The green pair I made tonight even have gold beads added in. These are really easy to make and pretty to wear.

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What do you think? Would you wear these? How much would you be willing to pay?

These are cute but if I make more to sell I will use a larger hook and bulky yarn so they are quicker. Also variegated yarn would make for fewer ends to weave in. Thankfully last night I had Despicable Me 2 to watch, which made the weaving in more fun.

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I don’t know whether you’ve heard of bobwilson123. The woman who posts You Tube Tutorials under this name is actually called Clare, and she’s Australian. I know there are tonnes of tutorials out there, some better than others, but I really like hers. (That link will go to her website.)

She is very popular – one of her videos that I was watching the other day had had 10,000+ views. Incredible!

She has an informal chatty style and crochets fun things like shawls, bags, hats, slippers and fingerless mitts. Her camera work is decent so you get a good look at what she’s doing and she explains everything well.

I watched her making some granny square fingerless mitts and they are simple enough that I don’t need to look at her written tutorial. Four squares, joined in pairs, edged for the finger end and the cuff end, all in half doubles. These squares are in Knitpicks Brava Worsted with a 5mm hook.

If you’re into crochet, go and check out her patterns and videos.

If you saw the photo of the four granny hats, then you’ll have an idea of how many ends I had to weave in today. I took the hats with me to the park today, as ds3 had a birthday party to go to. A homeschooling friend had invited a bunch of people to one of our most popular parks for Capture the Flag, other games, and hot dogs (vegan options too).

It was quite chilly, windy at first and showery too. I was glad I put on an extra layer and took a couple of blankets, one to sit on and one to wrap around me. The kids kept warm running around for hours while I darned in yarn ends and chatted with the other parents.

It was great to see them all, actually – I’ve been a bit out of the loop lately. While I was plying my needle, one of the girls, I think she’s 5, asked her mum if she could have one of the hats. I told her I’d give her first pick when I was finished. Another girl was showing an interest too, and while I would have been glad to give them away, I was offered money and ended up accepting $10 for each.

We ended up staying until the last of the families were leaving, the sun was just about to disappear behind the mountains and it was a good time to head home for some hot soup, pyjamas and blankets!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Well, hopefully that title doesn’t attract any hits from people looking for something completely different!

I have this book, Get your Crochet on – Hip Hats and Cool Caps by Afya Ibomu, from the library right now. I’ve borrowed it before but never got around to making any hats from it, and finally I tackled one of the patterns tonight.

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This hat is what I’d call a Rasta hat, in that it’s very slouchy and colourful. However I think my gauge is way tighter than the pattern intended, as I followed it to the letter and achieved more of a beanie.

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So I added an extra four rows, repeating the green, and it is now slouchier, though I don’t think it would win any prizes for accommodating dreads!

There are instructions in the book for weaving in elastic on the last row and crocheting over it, but I couldn’t figure it out, so instead I went down from a 6mm hook to a 5mm, half double crocheted another round, then single crocheted another (half treble then double to you UK people) which makes it fit nicely.

It just took me a couple of hours. One thing I would do differently next time is add an extra chain at the beginning of each round. For example, the author tells you to chain 4 at the beginning of the round, then dc and ch2 around. I would ch5 in future, as I have a line up the side of the hat where the mesh is slightly smaller.

Here are some goofy bathroom mirror photos for your entertainment!

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That collection of 16 random granny squares? All are now incorporated into hats, three of which I made tonight. I feel like I accomplished a lot, though as I have been awake since 6.30am and it is now almost 12.30am, I have a bit of a headache and I really need to sleep.

I grouped the squares into fours, and they went together rather nicely. One hat is finished with dark wine to match the border of one square, another with brown which matches two squares in that hat, another with teal, another with bright green. I would never normally have put these colours together but I do find I am a little conservative when deliberating over colour combinations, so it’s good to try new things.

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The hats are a little snug on me but would be great for girls (once I’ve sewn in the bazillion ends).

I still need to find handles for the big granny bag, and now have the motivation to get it done as I have a yarn order coming from Willow Yarns (part of Herrschners.ca). They have many lovely looking yarns and today I had a good browse around their site and invested in four different kinds of yarn which I will show you once they arrive in the mail. And because I spent over $60, shipping is free!

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A while back I crocheted 16 random granny squares and today four of them have been converted into a hat. I slipstitch seamed four together in a ring then made the crown up as I went along, double crocheting and decreasing until I had what looked like a decent crown.

Then a round of single crochet around the brim, and a LOT of ends to weave in, and it was done.

The squares are about 4.5″ wide, so the hat is 18″ in circumference but it stretches enough to fit me. I will add this to my inventory for the crafters markets.

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