Yoga Socks?

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Yoga socks? Really? I guess they are kinda like bottomless sandals, more decoration than anything. I’m no yoga expert but yarn tends to be soft and slippery sometimes and when you are trying to pull a Downward Facing Dog or whatever, your bare feet are helpful in keep your grip and stance. These seem like they would cause more harm than good in a yoga class but I could be completely wrong. They are cute nonetheless and there is a free pattern! Namaste!

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Dinosaurs DO Exist!

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Ok guys. I’m gonna level with ya. Aside from feeling like patient zero of the zombie apocalypse (ie: cold from hell), I’m in a bit of a downward swing. Depression is cruel mistress and she has me in her bony clutches. It has been rough wanting to do much of anything but I am forcing myself to do this.

I’m crocheting my son a dinosaur hat.

My first larger crochet project. Not so big I won’t finish it and the excited look in my son’s eye when he sees the progress keeps me going.

“Mom. You making that?” He says with chubby finger pointing at the pattern.

“Yup.”

“For me?”

“Yup.”

“Thank you, mom!” He squeals followed by a giant spaghetti sauce soaked kiss to my cheek.

Love that kid. And look! I did an ear flap!

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The darker green piece in the last pic was for the muzzle. See? This is what it will look like (hopefully) when all is said and done. The colors are not exact but…

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If you wanna take a crack at it or squirrel the pattern away for another day, check it on yarnspirations.com.

I Still Don’t Get It But…

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There I was sitting in my living room with a book of crochet patterns trying to figure out how the deuce to make heads or tails of the instructions. I was staring some of the “beginner” projects for over an hour and let me tell you, I’ve read calculus problems that made more sense than that noise.

EX: The first line of the baby hat pattern I tried from RedHeart.com goes like this. Rnd 1: Ch 2; 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook; join with a sl st in first sc.

WHAT???

I don’t see how that translates to a circle type pattern I was expecting from the picture. I just kept getting jumbled messes and had to cut horrible knots off my yarn before trying again. I don’t take defeat easily. Today is my day off and I’d damned if I didn’t have something to show for my efforts! So I found whole project videos on YouTube.com!!!! I thought they would just show how to do a single type of stitch, but no! They have whole projects! There were tons but I really like hats so I went with this lady.

Love this woman! Love her! I’d kiss her face if she were here! It took me a few hours but I made my first crocheted newborn beanie! Can I get a “what, what”? I’m so proud. My success was not without some set backs though. Look at this.

 

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I clearly screwed up my rounds. Looking back I think I didn’t do the slip stitches right as I moved to the next round. But I just wanted to finish something to build my confidence, you know? I can’t help but think those gaps shouldn’t be there at all either…I’ll try again and see what happens.

I still have no idea no idea how to read a pattern though. I think knitting patterns make more sense on paper but don’t translate well when I execute it. Crochet is the exact opposite.

Oh well! Vive la Crochet!

Behold! My Everest!

sweet baby hat  FRIENDS! I have looked out upon the internet and I have seen my future! And it is good! Yes!

IT…

IS…

GOOD!

You know, I’ve seen Red Heart Yarn since I was a kid but it never held any significance before today. Now it is the source of my salvation and education cause they have a mad selection of free patterns for noobs like me on their website.

I chose this one. A simple, cute, baby beanie. At least it LOOKS simple. I glanced over the pattern and it might as well be Russian cause I haven’t a clue as to what k2p2 means. There should be a dictionary out there some place on the web…