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Darling Christmas Mittens - Free Pattern!

I am on a roll :)

I was working on a not-so-top-secret Christmas treat for our friends when I decided that it just needed a little something something.

Darling Mittens

Like mittens! Darling wee mittens. They just take a minute to make and the tiniest bit of yarn. So in no time you can have sweet little toppers for your gifts, ornaments for your tree or whatever else you can think up to do with these bad boys.

Darling Holiday Mittens:

With any medium worsted weight yarn and a G (4.5mm) crochet hook:

To begin: In a magic loop, ch 2

Round 1: 8 dc in loop, join to first dc with sl.

Round 2: ch 1, sc in same st as join, sc in each st around (8 sc), join to first st with sl.

Round 3: repeat round 2

Round 4: ch 1, 2 sc in same st as join, (2 dc, sl) in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in remaining 4 sts (14 sts), join to first st with sl.

Round 5: ch 1 sc in same as join, sc, skip next 6 sts [These will form the thumb], sc in remaining 6 sts (8 sts), join to first st with sl.

Round 6: ch 1, sc in same st as join, sc in remaining 7 sts. (8 sts), join to first st with sl, fasten off.

Finishing: With a small piece of yarn, join the tops of the 4 skipped dc stitches (ignoring skipped sl) to shape the thumb. Weave in ends. If desired, use a piece of yarn to connect two mittens.

And there you have it... FINGER MITTENS!

Darling Mittens (Pair) Finger Mittens
Gift Embellishment Tree Ornament

[Edit: After making about a dozen pairs of these, I'm finding that the shape of the thumb is more pronounced and just better if I change round 4 to include a sl st in the increases. Previously the increases were "...(dc, sc) next st, (sc, dc) in next st..." Hope that helps!]

Please enjoy responsibly :)

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Introducing... HUGO!

I have been working on this pattern for the better part of a month, ripping and frogging and hooking. It's like a battle sometimes between finding the right yarn and the right hook to get the texture you are imagining, and by battle, I mean lots of yarn carnage and violence. There's times where you rip out several days worth of effort and (think you're going crazy) wonder if you're just not going to make it happen. But today it finally came together and I am in LOVE! I don't want to part with him... but alas, he is destined for another.

Hugo Collage

The idea was for an insanely oversized cowl. I made the buttons myself in pottery class and they are just right, I think. On brisk days, this and mittens will be all that you'd need!

The pattern is going to be for sale in my Ravelry and Etsy shops and I've made a limited quantity of stoneware buttons (to be listed in Etsy) as well in case anyone is interested in reproducing Hugo exactly.

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Winter Wristers - Just for fun

Had some yarn left over and an idea.... well admittedly, I do have an obsession with fingerless gloves, wristers aren't a far leap from those so it's only natural my obsession would include them too :)

Ok, so if you're not in the know, 'Wristers' are just another term for fingerless gloves or wrist warmers. In my head they're more wrist warmers and less fingerless gloves. Kind of like a fingerless glove but there is no specific opening for a thumb or fingers. Still with me? Think of these as a cozy sleeve extender.

I think they look best when worn under something, where with fingerless gloves, regular gloves or mittens you can wear them with short or 3/4 sleeves and they look just fine.

These ones are fitted to hug your wrist and then slightly flared to fit nicely over your hand, and not too long so they shouldn't get in the way of your activities but you can tug them down to cover your fingers more if you get chilly easily.

Wristers Wristers Wristers

Pardon the shadows. It was a dark dark day.

They're pretty basic but I made them from scratch so I didn't want to get too fancy until I saw how they turned out. Now I know. Y'know? Let's call these the prototypes :) And I'm pleasantly surprised at how nicely they turned out. I'll be making more for sure. Perhaps not in multi-colour, it's too tricky to weave the ends in discretely.

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Crochet. That's what.

But more importantly....



Well shucks. It's so nice to be included with so much talent. And it's FLARE Magazine!


Daenerys Sweater Front

Daenerys Sweater Back

Finished my Daenerys Sweater :)

So excited. It really could be done in a weekend, I just get distracted too easily.

I love the open back, but plan on wearing it with a tank underneath just 'cause that's how I roll.

This is one of the very few times I actually did a proper gauge swatch to make sure the sweater measured up to the pattern's specs and the payoff is that the sweater fits PERFECTLY. Imagine that. I'm usually so impatient to get started that I just hop to it.

The original pattern is called "Peacock Sweater" designed by Linda Skuja (Eleven Handmade). I keep seeing really interesting designs for clothing and accessories and every time I hunt them down to see who created them, it turns out to be her. This has happened 4 or 5 times now LOL, I even emailed her to tell her that a long time ago! I think it just means we both have great taste. So if you're passing by here and are looking for a great pattern or great designer, you can find her on Ravelry or Etsy.


Mother of Dragons Sweater

I've been contemplating making a sweater for myself for the better part of a year, the last time I tried, something went horribly wrong and it ended up being big enough for a 10 year old girl. Luckily enough, my friend's little sister fit that description.

So, I've had my eyes on this pattern for a long time. (I really admire this designer, every time I come across a pattern that's just my taste, I find out it's by her!) The sweater is not terribly complicated but it's got style in spades. It reminds me of dragons for some reason and since the colour of yarn I am using is the colour of Daenerys' hair, I'm calling it my Daenerys sweater.

I managed to get the front and back done yesterday which is very impressive. I'm worried it might be too big but we'll see how it comes out once it's blocked.

Daenerys Sweater (Back) Daenerys Sweater (Front)

Time to neglect the mutts and crochet! Err I mean... nope nevermind, I do mean neglect the mutts and crochet.

Coffee Cardigan

... I also may have demanded that Bunny bring me home a coffee just so I can take more pictures. Yeah. That kind of crazy.

Chunky Cabled Coffee Cup Cardigan

Hehe, say that 5 times fast!

Fall is fast approaching (the 4°C/39°F temperatures tend to drill that point home), and that makes me purchase hot beverages with more frequency than usual. While having your own cup is obviously the most economical approach, you can still help out the environment with style by making your very own coffee sleeve! There's a few patterns out there, lots of them are great!

This is pretty much a scaled down version of my Cabled Convertible Cowl pattern.


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If you're a member of Ravelry, the pattern is also available as a free download in my shop.

Go forth and happy hooking!

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Busy Beaver.. I mean Hooker.

LOL Every time I hear/read/type the word "beaver" I'm reminded of this shirt my dad had from the 70's that my mom would never let me wear. I could never figure out why, when all it said was, "If you're Canadian, show me your beaver". ROFL.

But, I digress.

I've been super busy making all sorts of goodies and here are two of the most recent. (I realize I'm probably the only person on the planet who finds this first one laugh-out-loud funny, but hey, whatever floats my boat and all that.)

Bunch-o-Grapes Banana Hammock... say what?

Jack-o-lantern Stranded Cowl
Jack-O-Lantern Cowl

Both of these have been added to my shop, Me and My Hook, for your enjoyment.


Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?!

LOL! Oh man, if only I was 10 again. Best. Show. Ever.

Anywho, I've been on the hunt, for months, for a glass mannequin head to display hats. Amy and I bought Styrofoam ones waaaay back when we were in university and Dudley just isn't cutting it. It falls over too easily and just looks bleh. So I want a glass one damn it! Who knew they were so hard to track down. I've been scouring antique shops and flea markets and every time I find one there's a sign saying it's not for sale! D'oh! I checked Kijiji and Ebay but they were too expensive and/or shipping was ridicle.

And today, on a whim, I went into Pier 1 and they effing had one! Actually, they had 3, and I would have snapped them up if they weren't 30$ each. Though, 30$ is still cheaper than I've seen them for! I'm so pumped.

I've been catching up on my crocheting today too, I fell a bit behind because of pottery and umm.. something else that I can't recall. But anyway, I'm all caught up to my "quota" for the show. Yahoo. I have a few side projects I'm working on, but I need to put the show first incase I get accepted, I need to have stuff ready. So my blanket and fingerless mitts for myself will, once again, take a back seat. Boo-urns.

And without further ado, Meet Frieda:


Isn't she beautiful?