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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Yoooooo Gabba Gabba!

If you have a kid between the ages of 1 and 5, chances are you are familiar with the gloriously trippy Yo Gabba Gabba show.  We are big fans in our house.  The music is great and it gets my kids up and dancing.  Monkey is especially enamored of it.  While Muno is his favorite character, who wouldn't love the fabulous DJ Lance Rock?  

So there I was today perusing the yarn at my favorite LYS and what do I find?  ORANGE EYELASH YARN!  Hooray!  I immediately snatched it up, along with some coordinating cotton, and rushed home to replicate DJ Lance's signature style.  Monkey was thrilled with the results, and so am I!

It is a very simple hat pattern, worked with double strand (1 of the eyelash yarn and one of the cotton worsted weight).  I used a K 6.5mm hook, but that can be adjusted for size and tension.

Start with a magic ring
Rnd 1) 12 sc into ring
Rnd 2) ch 2 (counts as first dc here and throughout) dc into same st, 2 dc into each st around, join with ss into first dc
Rnd 3) ch 2, dc into same st, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, repeat from *, join
Rnd 4) ch 2, dc into same st, dc in next 2 st, * 2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts, repeat from * around. Join. 
Rnd 5) ch 2, dc into each st around, join.
repeat Rnd 5 until hat is desired length.  Finish off and weave in ends.

I cut stars out of white and dark yellow felt and stitched them on to finish the look.  Put on your toddler and get your YGG groove going!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The ides of March bring new crochet projects!

I recently finished up an afghan for my Aunt that turned out quite nicely.  I used a pinwheel pattern in neutral tones.  The finished product is soft, squishy and soothing.  Super duper happy with this FO!

Next up on the hook is a felting project.  I have felted a couple times (once on accident heh) but this is the first "felted object" I will be attempting.  A bowl is the goal; one good enough for trading in a Ravelry swap.  My swap partner likes purples (cause all the cool chicks do, you know), so I dug up some stash wool to use.  One is a pretty lilac Shepherd's Shades, one is a brown/pink/berry Paton's Classic wool, and last but not least we have a chocolate brown wool of indeterminate origin.  I think I will just free form it.  We don't need no stinkin' patterns!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Monkey has a Star Wars room!

The H and I woke up early (for a Sunday) and got crackin on all the kids' rooms changes we've been talking about for months now.  We hung space posters and ballet pictures for the bigs, and completely transformed Monkey's room from his nursery decor to a Star Wars theme.  Painting and drills and cursing were involved, but all was well in the end.  I'm not sure who was more excited with the end result, Monkey or Daddy!

Monkey and Chewie

Saturday, February 12, 2011

And so it begins

I have decided to start a blog.  I'm not really sure why I feel the need to have yet another project, considering I have 3 (4?) crochet projects, redecorating Monkey's room, and school all on the agenda.  Oh yeah, cleaning should be on that list, too.  

Anywhoodle, it seems that this will be the best way to share all the fun and yarny goings on. I hope to venture more into the pattern design realm this spring, and there are some refreshing Ravelry swaps on the horizon.  Let the crafting and blogging commence!