I Have Hired a New Model.

I have not fired adult styrofoam head, her job is secure.

I was over visiting The Wee House of Crochet complimenting on one of her toddler hats. She told me that she had just ordered baby and toddler mannequin heads for displaying hats and help with sizing her hats. This reminded me that I was going to get one of my childhood dolls out of my keepsake bin for just that purpose. I was sure that she had a head circumference of 14 inches which corresponds with newborn size in most crochet hat sizing charts.
I received this doll from a couple that had taken a shine to me. They were our neighbors when we lived in Glasgow, Montana in 1972. She was a second-hand doll but she still worked. When she was new she came with a phone that she “held” in her hand. You pushed a button on her hand that made her talk. She would say one of 11 different phrases as if she were talking to you over the phone. She was sold back in 1971 by the Mattel Toy Company as “Hi, Dottie”. I don’t think she had the phone, just the hand set when they gave her to me. I can’t remember if she had shoes at that time.
So Saturday afternoon I got her out of my keepsake bin. She needed a bit of cleaning, her hair need a wash and a comb. So without further ado, I would like you to meet Dottie my new model for baby hats.


This is her original dress.
Her left eye is faded and that might be a pen stain on her cheek. We will say it is her beauty mark. 🙂
Full standing view.
I laid her down to measure her. Those are also her original underwear.
She is 17 inches tall.
I was pretty close on her head circumference. It is actually 13 and a half inches. So if the hat is a little big it should be fine for a newborn.

Here are a few photos of her doing her modeling.



This Puppy Is Done!

I finally finished the baby blanket after a total restart and a small set back in the new design. I think this finished size will be perfect for covering and using in a car seat or for a bassinet blanket. I left it this size because I did not have enough of each color to do another set of the color pattern. This was part of my reasoning in doing the edging in this manner. I wanted the top to be distinguishable from the bottom so I did the wide band. With what I have left of this yarn I am making a new-born beanie and some booties. Since they don’t take long I will just post when I finish them rather than do a work in progress.












I decided to single crochet a wide band using all the colors excluding white and the puppy print. This is the top of the blanket.

I did a row of single crochet of white around the other 3 sides. I followed that with a row of half double crochet in the puppy print. I did a kind of granny square type of stitching around the bottom corners for a bit of flair.


The Length

Twenty-one Inches

The Width

Thirty-eight and One Half Inches

Full view with no tape measure in the way.

Here are all the stats for you to gander at.

Project Name: Simply Soft Puppy Print Baby Blanket
Pattern Used: Double Crochet Double Skip Stitch
Design Improvised by Arlene K. Didier from Skrappy Skarves
Started on: 03/15/2017
Finished on: 04/09/2017
Hook Used: J/10 – 6.00 mm (Blue one)
Stitches Used: Double Crochet and Single Crochet
Colors Used: Caron Simply Soft 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 9608 Blue Mint, 9784 Cobalt Blue, 9701 White, 9712 Soft Blue, and 9508 Charcoal Heather and an unlabeled ball of Yellow
Red Heart Baby Steps 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in Puppy Print (variegated blue, green, and white).
Measurements: 21 inches long by 38 1/2 inches wide

I Need More Summer Items


So to get that idea going I made this dark brown visor. I also need more items in colors that will also appeal to guys. I think these colors will appeal to both. I may need to go up a hook size too so that I can get the circumference larger than 21 inches for those guys with bigger skulls. These don’t take me that long to do either. So I will probably be doing a few more in various colors and sizes.

Project Name: Dark Brown Summer Visor with Burnt Orange and Dark Gold Stripes
Pattern Used: Summer Visor
Designed by: Tia Davis from Craftown.com
Started on: 04/06/2017
Finished on: 04/07/2017
Hook Used: H/8 – 5.00 mm
Stitches Used: Half Double crochet, Double crochet, Single crochet and slip stitch
Colors Used: J.C.Penny Knit and Crochet 100% Acrylic Fiber 4 ply Worsted Weight in 715 Dark Brown
Red Heart Wintuk 100% Virgin Orlon Acrylic Fiber in 255 Burnt Orange Hand Knitting and 602 Dark Gold
Measurements: Circumference of 21 inches . Band withd measures 2 1/2 inches when laid flat. Brim is 13 inches long by 2 1/2 inches wide.
Size Made: Adult
List Price: $ 7.00


I could also do some more of the indoor/outdoor golf discs. They take me awhile though. It is all single crochet and lots of colors with small hook.












Project Name: Pink and Cream Indoor/ Outdoor Golf Disc
Pattern Used: Coozie Lion Brand Pattern # LO577
Hook Used: G/6 – 4.25
Stitches Used: Single Crochet
Colors Used: Various shades of pink unlabeled balls of yarn.
Unlabeled various shades of white/cream balls of yarn.
Measurements: 8 inches in diameter. 1 inch lip/brim.
List Price: $ 8.00

I also made 3 more as gifts for my kids.

I think I have plenty of variety in bags, purses, wallets and coin purses. That can be bought and used at any time of year.

And of course I have many other designs that are more for summer as they have brims to keep the sun off.

You can find all these projects on my home page “Crochet Projects”. When you get to the page just  click the photo of the project you fancy, the stats and the link for the pattern are given there.

All of my “Crochet Projects” are available for sale on Ebay. I have not posted the Ebay links directly in the projects, because the links will change each time the item ends and I relist it. So you can click this Ebay link or click the one in my “Blog Roll” at the bottom of each page.

This Little Coin Purse Is on Its Way to Sunny California!

One of my long time online friends purchased it. I put a status on my personal Facebook that I had other things besides cold weather gear, like these little coin purse and other small bags and pouches. So she messaged me that she was interested in this one but she had to wait for her new debit card. Well it came today. So I packaged it up for her and David took it to town this afternoon to mail it.


My WIP’s List Just Got Shorter But This Post Kept Getting Longer.

Tuesday was another cloudy, dreary, wet day.

So I busted out this bad boy.

I was finally in the mood to do some sewing. I was able to get two projects finished. The first was adding the liner with pockets to the crochet fabric to complete the makeover on my crochet hook pouch. I selected my fabric and fitted it to the size the crochet fabric. I had some spray fabric finish that I got from my sister-in-law which I used to iron the piece to fit. I just folded it, sprayed it, ironed it in place. It worked like a light starch. I loved doing this instead of pinning the fabric. I am always pricking my fingers. Nope, don’t own a thimble. lol  I then used another piece and sewed each pocket for each hook. I then sewed  the big orange button onto the crochet fabric. After that I sewed the pocketed liner to the crochet fabric. I then crocheted the button loop. And there you have it a finished crochet hook pouch. It may not be perfect, but it is just for me. I liked how it turned out.  😀

The Old Crochet Hook Pouch

Just a reminder what it use to look like.

The Crochet Fabric

The New Crochet Hook Pouch

Project Name: Crochet Hook Pouch Make Over
Designed by Arlene K. Didier from Skrappy Skarves
Hook: F/5 -3.75 mm
Stitches: Single crochet
Colors: Red Heart Wintuk Handknitting 100% Virgin Orlon Acrylic Fiber in 255 Burnt Orange for trim.
Tied- together Unlabled Scrap Ball of rainbow variegated yarn.
Crochet fabric piece measures 10 1/2 by 6 1/2 inches


Now on to the second project I finished sewing.

That would be the Blues Market Bag.

A look back at its beginnings.

The crochet bag all finished just waiting and waiting and waiting for that lining to be sewn in.

I did the lining a bit differently this time. Instead of just laying the fabric out, folded in half, laying the bag on the fold and tracing to make the liner. I cut five different pieces from cloth napkins that I purchased at the Senior Citizens’ Garage Sale thrift store. I got 4 of these light blue ones for a dollar. I cut two side pieces, a front and a back piece and the bottom piece. I sewed the sides to the bottom first. Second, I sewed  the front to the bottom then the front to the sides. Next I sewed the back to the bottom then the bottom to the sides. I now had a nice rectangular fabric bag. I then turned it inside out and placed it over the crochet bag which was also inside out. I hand stitched them together using a heavy waxy thread and needle. When I finished stitching I turned the whole thing inside right again.  And finally that lining is sewn in.

Project Name: Blue Multi-Color Market Bag/Purse
Pattern Used: Dynamite Market Bag
Designed by: Jaime Maraia from Crochet Dynamite .com
Started on: 02/05/2017
Finished Crochet on: 03/07/2017
Finished Sewing in Liner on: 04/04/2017
Hook Used: I/9 – 5.50 mm
Stitches Used: Half Double Crochet and Single Crochet
Colors Used: Red Heart Wintuk Knit and Crochet 100% Virgin Orlon Acrylic Fabric in 814 Robin Blue
Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo 100% Acrylic 4 Ply worsted wieght in 0381 Light Blue and 0387 Soft Navy
Kitten Spun Yarn Knitting 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in Light/Dark Blue Ombre
Unlabeled Skein in Purples/Blues variegated
Vonnel Pop n Yarn 100% Acrylic 4 ply Worsted Weight in 605 Blue/ White (variegated)
Measurements: 10 inches in length x 11 inches wide. Base is 3 inches x 11 inches
List Price: $ 20.00


I didn’t have to sew the next two projects, but they are finished too. Instead of working on the baby blanket this week, I finished up the rust colored beanie and made some matching mittens to go with it.

The Beanie

Project Name: Brushed Rust Set- Beanie
Pattern Used: Bubblegum Heart Beanie or Emy’s Beanie
Designed by: Amanda Evanson from MNE Crafts.com
Started on: 03/19/2017
Finished on: 04/02/2017
Hook Used: I/9 – 5.50 mm
Stitches Used: Front Post Double Croche, Front Post Single Crochet, and Single Crochet
Colors Used: Red Heart Caress 60% Acrylic 40% Nylon 4 ply Brushed yarn in 281 Rust
Unlabled Scrap Ball in Peachy Pencil
Measurements: Circumference of 20 inches. Crown to edge measures 8 inches when laid flat.
Size Made: Teen/ Small Adult
List Price: $ 8.00

The Mittens

Project Name: Brushed Rust Set- Mittens
Pattern Used: Mommy’s Simply Easy Mittens
Designed by: Rhondda Mol From Oombawka Designs
Started on: First Mitten: 04/02/2017 Second Mitten: 04/03/2017
Finished on: First Mitten: 04/02/2017 Second Mitten: 04/03/2017
Hook Used: I/9 – 5.50 mm
Stitches Used: Single Crochet, Single crochet back loop only, Half Double crochet, and Half double crochet 2 together
Colors Used: Red Heart Caress 60% Acrylic 40% Nylon 4 ply Brushed yarn in 281 Rust
Unlabeled Scrap Ball in Peachy Pencil
Measurements: Cuff- 3 1/2 inches wide. Thumb palm 5 inches wide. Fingertip 3 1/2 inches wide.
Length: 10 inches
Size Made: Teen/ Small Adult
List Price: $ 8.00

Total Price of Set: $16.00