Headband Pattern

This pattern will work for either a plain headband, a beaded headband, or the Spring Flower headband.  If you’re making a beaded headband, string your beads onto your thread before beginning your project.  If making a plain headband or the Spring Flower Headband, nothing needs to be done in preparation.

Materials

  • 1 elastic hair pony
  • C/2 – 2.75mm crochet hook
  • Embroidery thread (in color of your choice)
  • Needle to sew in ends
  • Clear nail polish (optional – helps to keep the ends of thread from fraying)
  • Beads, flowers, or other decoration of your choice

Abbreviations

Sl St – Slip Stitch

Dc – Double Crochet

Rep – Repeat

Dc2Tog – Double Crochet 2 Together (decrease)

sts – stitches

C1 – Color 1

C2 – Color 2

hdc – Half Double Crochet

tr – Treble Crochet

Headband Instructions

Row 1:  Sl St into hair pony, ch 3, Dc 9 times into hair pony (10 sts across).  Turn

Row 2:  Ch 3, 9 dc across (10 sts). Turn.

Row 3-4:  rep row 2

Row 5:  Ch 3, dc2tog, dc in next 5 sts, dc 2 tog.  Turn.  (decrease x 2)

Row 6-7:  Ch 3, dc 7 across (8 sts).  Turn.

Row 8:  Ch 3, dc2tog, dc in next 3 sts, dc2tog.  Turn.  (decrease x 2)

Row 9-13:  Ch 3, dc 5 across (6 sts).  Turn.

Row 14-50:  Ch 3, 4 beaded dc, dc in last st.  Turn.  (If you’re not using beads on your headband, continue doing 6 dc across with no change.)

Row 51-55:  Ch 3, 5 dc across (6 sts).  Turn.  (No beads on these rows.)

Row 56:  Ch 3, 1 dc in same st as ch3, 1 dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in last st.  Turn.  (Increase x 2)

Row 57-58:  Ch 3, dc 7 across (8 sts).  Turn.

Row 59:  Ch 3, 1 dc in same st as ch 3, 1 dc in next 6 sts, 2 dc in last st.  Turn.  (Increase x 2)

Row 60-61:  Ch 3, dc 9 across (10 sts).  Turn.

Row 62:  Sl st around hair pony and into headband 10 times (once in each st).  Fasten off and tie in ends.  Coat ends of thread/knot in clear nail polish to help prevent fraying.

 

Flower Instructions

Row 1:  With C1, dc 7 times into magic circle.  Pull circle closed, fasten, and tie off.

Row 2:  Join C2 with a sl st to any space BETWEEN 2 dc’s.  Ch 3, hdc, tr, hdc, dc into same sp as joining st.  Sl st to join the petal to the circle.  *Sl st into next space, ch 3, hdc, tr, hdc, dc, sl st in same sp.  Repeat from * all the way around.  Fasten and tie off.  (6 petals)

 

Now sew the flowers to the body of the headband using C1.  Use clear nail polish on the ends of the thread and/or the knot to help prevent unraveling and fraying.

Spring Hand-Flower

I don’t know if I’m allowed to enter two things into the Woolhogs Made It contest or not, but I finished the bracelet that matches the Spring Headband I made for my daughter.  Except… it’s a bit more than just a bracelet.  It’s actually a hand-flower; so a cuff around the wrist, and then a triangle that goes down the back of the hand and is connected to a ring that goes on the middle finger.  Some of you may remember a few posts ago, I talked about how my husband and I took our kids to the Renaissance Festival, and how we’re great big nerdlings and dress up every year.  I have a pair of chain mail hand-flowers that I bought from the Renaissance Festival several years ago, so this was inspired by that.  No pattern yet, but maybe if it’s popular I’ll sit down and write one out.

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It’s not real clear in the picture – my iPhone doesn’t take the best pictures, I’m afraid – but either end is actually done with chain mail and finished off with a circular lobster clasp (I don’t know what else to call the thing, sorry.  O_O).  Turns out it’s a little too big on my daughter, so I’m going to revisit it tomorrow and take out some of the chain mail pieces to make it a little smaller.  Actually, it’s too big on me, too, so I’m thinking that this revisiting thing is going to be interesting.  ^_^

 

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This is my hand you see here, and while the cuff is fastened on the underside of my wrist, there’s also quite a bit tucked under my arm to try and hide just how big it was on me.  Still came out cute, I think, and it’s lightweight and comfortable.  I think I might try to make another of these, but with beads next time instead of flowers.

So.  Thoughts?  Comments?  Suggestions?  All are welcome and appreciated!

Spring Headband

I haven’t posted anything for a while, and there are a couple of factors that have contributed to that.  One, is that I’ve been crocheting so much recently that my left pinky has gotten quite sore.  I’ve been taking a little bit of a break and only crocheting here and there to give myself a bit of time off.  Secondly is that we are coming up on the end of our school year, and everything seems to be exploding.  This whole week is AIMS testing (blarg on standardized testing, but we won’t go there), and as a classroom aide, I have been proctoring in a 4th grade classroom, and will continue to do so until Thursday.  Basically, I’m just another pair of eyes to make sure no one is cheating, and another pair of hands to pass out pencils, scratch paper, tissues, and to collect test sheets.  I really don’t do much, but for some reason, AIMS week wears me out completely.

Added to that, my daughter’s 6th grade trip to Catalina is coming up this Sunday, and I am one of the chaperons.  While I am looking forward to it, I’m not anywhere near ready.  I’m not packed, I need to get both my daughter and myself new swimsuits (blarg, again), make sure we have all the necessary items, fill out all the proper chaperon-y paperwork, etc.  It’s enough to make my head asplode.

And if that wasn’t enough, I’ve got new kids joining choir every day and don’t have nearly enough music folders for all of them.  Our Area Choir Festival is next Monday, and I have busted my rear to get these kids ready for it; but I won’t be able to go and direct them as I’ll be in Catalina and will be leaving my part up to another teacher.  My end of the year choir concert is next month, and we haven’t begun learning our songs for that as we’ve been focused on the festival music.  PLUS we’re singing two songs at the school’s talent show.

…..and people wonder why I want to take up drinking as a side hobby.

The whole point of this post (sorry about the tangent, guys… guess I needed to rant a bit) was to say that I finally completed a project!  YAY!  This is the Spring Headband, made for my daughter, Alyssa, and I am entering it into the WoolHogs April Made It contest.

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Yes, it’s simple, but it’s my first entry ever and I think it’s cute.  So does my daughter, which is really all that matters.  I had some leftovers flowers that were originally intended for the headband, but they made it look to cluttered so I think I’m going to make a bracelet with them.  I guess we’ll see what happens.

Two Bracelets and Weekend Shenanigans

It seems like I have been working on this Diamonds shawl foreveeerrrrrrrr, and as I’m getting rather tired of looking at it (shame on you, Gray), I decided to do some quick and easy bracelet experiments just to give myself something different to do.

I’ve recently come into possession of about 100 or so small silver studs and haven’t yet found a use for them.  Additionally, I’ve been wanting to make a bracelet or two that I can wear on Fridays, which are my school’s Spirit day and all the teachers wear our school colors.  Well, I mixed the two ideas together today and came up with the Circles Bracelet:

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It’s purple and yellow (yes, those really are my school colors) and it has the studded accents in the middle of each circle with a toggle closure.  It’s a neat idea and I think the bracelet turned out super cute, but sewing all those circles together about drove me insane.  I think I’m going to keep searching for a less crazy-inducing way of making my school spirit bracelets.

The second bracelet I made was just a simple single crochet bracelet with hematite seed beads.  I’d bought a ton of beads quite some time ago, thinking I would make a bunch of bracelets and such with them.  Then i realized that the crochet thread I had at the time was far too big for the bitty little seed beads, so that idea was scrapped.  Until now.  I went to JoAnne’s today and found – taa daa! – embroidery thread!  I don’t know why I never thought to use it instead of crochet thread for jewelry, but better late than never, right?  Anyway, it’s the perfect size for the seed beads, so I wasted no time in trying it out.  Here is the result of that experiment:

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Sorry about my hand being in the picture; I couldn’t get the bracelet to lay flat unless it was around my wrist.

In other news, I am a great big bum.  I have done nothing but laundry and dishes all weekend.  Well, aside from crocheting, of course.  Hopefully I’ll get some motivation and actually do something around the house before I have to go back to work again on Monday.

Psssh.  Yeah, right.

An Award? Me? REALLY?!

Being relatively new to the blogosphere, or at least, newly returned, I figured I would trudge along at a snail’s pace for some time with only myself and maybe a few friends to read through the insanity that is my life.  Imagine my utter and baffled surprise then, to be nominated for a Leibster Blog Award.

Before you get all excited, let me ‘splain.  This award isn’t anything official; there aren’t any guys in suits who are going to come shake my hand and congratulate me; and nor is there a trophy or certificate or anything.  What I do get is to share this awesome idea with you all, and then reciprocate in kind.  Also, I did find this:

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So, first and foremost, I was nominated by Pamela over at Crochet With Passion – thank you SO MUCH, Pamela.  I am honored that you thought my blog was worthy of this nomination – and you should all go visit her and say hi because she’s got some amazing crafts and ideas, not to mention some great tutorials.

Secondly, the rules.  Because it wouldn’t be an award without rules, right?

The Rules

  1. Thank and link back to the blogger who presented you with the award.
  2. List 11 random facts about yourself
  3. Answer 11 random questions
  4. Create 11 random questions for your nominees
  5. Present/nominate a Liebster Blog Award to more newbie bloggers!  (no tag backs)

Random Facts About Me

  1. I am named after four generations of women in my family – two generations for the first name, and two for the middle.
  2. Watching Disney movies is always choice number one; action, sci-fi, etc… are all a second choice if there are no new Disney movies, and no old Disney movies that I want to see again.
  3. I have a weakness for sunflower seeds and hot cheetos.  I don’t know why, but they’re addicting.
  4. My favorite number is 4
  5. My favorite colors are bright, happy orange, and deep, dark green.
  6. I am terribly allergic to cats and dogs, but I have three cats anyway.  Yes, I’m insane.  Sssshhhhhhh.
  7. I want to go back to school to get my teaching degree, though I’m torn about whether I want to teach early childhood special education (which is what I currently do as a classroom assistant , or teach general music and choir to elementary school kids.  Or even just focus on choir for high school.  I DON’T KNOW!!!!  *wailwailwail*
  8. I have texture issues.  Mostly with food, but a few textile things, too.
  9. When not crocheting in my spare time, I am a gaming nerd.  I play SimCity – the new one, released in 2013 – or Sims 3.
  10. When I was a kid, I had dreams of becoming a writer.
  11. I have a strange obsession with pens.  I’m not fully satisfied with the way my desk looks unless my desk caddy is full of pens.  Forget the pencils; it’s all about the pens.

Questions from Pamela

  1. Gold or Silver, which do your prefer?    I prefer silver, though I don’t mind mixing the two, either.  I wear both silver and gold rings and earrings together on a daily basis.
  2. What is your favorite candy?    Actually, I’m not a big candy eater, though I do love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  And recently I’ve developed a fondness for Sour Gummi Worms.
  3. Best book you have ever read?    Oh geez, I can’t pick a single book.  It’s impossible for me.  ONE of the best is “What Dreams May Come,” but there are definitely others that rank up there, too.
  4. Three favorite online web sights you like to buy from?    Yarn Paradise for yarn and thread, Lima Beads for beads and other jewelry needs, and Amazon or Crochet Me for crochet books and patterns.
  5. Something you have recently learned?    No matter how awesome I think Def Leppard or Ozzie Osbourne is, 5th and 6th graders just don’t seem to agree with me, despite the arguments I give.
  6. A pet peeve?    Well, the biggest one for me is stupid people.  This covers many topics and areas, far too many to list or go into detail for, so let’s just leave it at that, shall we?
  7. What is your favorite season of the year?    SUMMER!  No school, swimming, and my birthday.  Summer is FABULOUS.
  8. Number of hours that your slept last night?    Um… not enough?  It was about 8 hours, but the older my body gets, the more sleep it likes.  So 8 hours doesn’t seem like enough anymore.
  9. Why did you start your blog?    Because I have a lot of friends and family who live a fair distance away, and who are interested in the crochet projects I work on.  I thought a blog would be a nice way to stay connected, share crochet projects and ideas, and update them on family happenings at the same time.
  10. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be?    Ireland.  Second choices are Rome, Italy, Greece, France, Germany…. basically anywhere outside the US.
  11. What is your favorite hobby?    You mean aside from crochet?  Probably reading or playing the piano.

Recipients of the Liebster Award as presented by Gray

  1. Dominique at My Other Loves
  2. PrincessBob
  3. Renee at A Lazy Beauty
  4. The Veiled Purl
  5. Crocheting In Canada
  6. Did You Make That?– I know she’s got more than 200 followers, but she’s got such AMAZING things on her blog and I’ve gotten so many ideas I want to try, I just had to share.
  7. EJM Crafts
  8. Crafty Gypsy at GypsySunshine
  9. Kathy at ELK Studio
  10. Emma at A Quiet Riot
  11. Little Orphan Skein

Questions for my Nominees

  1. If you crochet, what is your favorite pattern to date?  If you don’t, what is your favorite crafty thing that you or someone else has made?
  2. What is your favorite meal to cook?
  3. Who is your favorite band/singer?
  4. Glass half empty or half full?
  5. What is the main purpose of your blog?
  6. When not blogging, what are some of your favorite websites to visit/hang out at?
  7. Incense, candles, or room spray?  And what flavor?
  8. If you could pick one superpower for a single day, what would it be and why?
  9. If you could go back in time and talk to anyone from the history books, who would you choose and why?
  10. What is your favorite animal?  Not pet, but animal.
  11. What is your favorite memory from your childhood?

Weekend Funsies and a WIP

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First, I would like to show off my newest WIP – the Diamonds Shawl from Kristin Omdahl’s book, “Crochet So Fine.”  This shawl is taking FOREVER to do, but in the end, I think it’s going to be worth it.  Lightweight and airy, which is perfect for desert weather, and a lovely pattern that can be dressed up or down, depending upon the situation.  I’m looking forward to finishing it.  Below is a closer picture of the shawl pattern.

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Yesterday, Dean and I took the kidlets to the Renaissance Festival for a day of just being out and about with the family.  He and I are great big nerds, and we both have full costumes; but we’ve never bought outfits for the kids because they’d wear them once and then outgrow them before the Festival ever came back to town.  SO, we rented outfits for them instead.  And, of course, I took pictures.  Here are Brendan and Alyssa first in their costumes – he as a noble boy and she as a peasant maiden, then Alyssa and I – I’m a belly dancer, and finally Dean and Brendan – Dean is a nobleman.

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We had a lot of fun at the Festival, though we did miss the Falconry show.  However, we got to see the lads of Tartanic, and finally managed to buy a CD.  It’s already been copied to the computers and downloaded to all the various and sundry iPods/iPhones to be listened to at our leisure.  Also, we all got souvenirs of our time at the Festival, though I only got a couple of pictures.  Dean’s got a running collection of mugs from every year at the Ren Faire starting with 2005, so he picked up a 2013 mug as well as a silver flask and holder to add to his costume’s belt.  Both of the kids picked up a necklace of their choosing, plus Brendan picked out a plain wooden sword that he’s now started to paint, and Alyssa chose a lovely blue and green leather mask.  I actually picked up a whole new costume – more gypsy and less belly dancer this time – but I couldn’t get a decent photo of me in it.  So, you get a picture of my new hair spiral, instead.  I fell in love with the hair wraps years ago and have always made it my goal to get a hair wrap every year that we go to the Renaissance Festival.  The only thing I don’t like about them is that they only last for about 3 months, and when you want/need to take it out, you have to cut your hair because the thread is glued in.  With the hair spiral, I basically get the same effect, but the spiral can be removed and put back in at will, with no damage (or CUTTING) done to my hair.

Alyssa's Mask  Hair Spiral

 

Now the kids and husband are all in bed, and I’m headed that way myself in order to prepare for work in the morning (blech!).  And thus our weekend funsies come to a close.  How was your weekend, fellow bloggers?