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More barefoot sandals, another pair of granny square mitts, and finally, the bag is almost complete. I found some brass rings at a dollar store today so I am single crocheting around them and attaching them to the bag that’s basically one large granny.

Posing with this almost-FO is Marianna, my new head! A local beauty supply shop sells these (Sally) for about $6 and I thought it would be a good addition to my craft table (when I finally get around to doing that). I call her that because on the base it says that she is made by Marianna Industries in Omaha NE. She will model hats or bandannas for me!

I have to add something totally random that’s not crochet-related, because I was so happy to find out that Cobs Bakery’s hot cross buns are dairy- and egg-free, and I bought half a dozen only to find that they are so darned heavenly that I should have bought ten dozen! I wonder if my husband would go back into the shop tomorrow for more (c:

UPDATE:

Hallelujah, it is done. It’s not lined, but I just wanted to see this finished and off my WIP list. I feel that this is what has been holding up my Willow Yarns order so now the mailman has to bring me my parcel tomorrow.

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I’m having fun with these. I have lots of DK or sport weight odds and ends which I can use up, plus some glass beads, and I am also thinking of how to display them on a craft table. I drew up a foot shaped template yesterday with the idea to show off one of each pair with a cardboard ‘foot,’ and I could attach the second one in a bag on the back.

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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