From Netta, With Love

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Update on From Netta, With Love.
So we have decided that this winter instead of donating the hats to a local place (since I have not been able to make up as many as I had wanted) that we will make up care packs to hand out when we see people in need. The care packs will be a gallon zip-lock bag packed with

1 Hat and an assortment of the following:

*Washcloth/Bar Soap

*Wet Wipes

*Deodorant

*Toothbrush/Toothpaste

*Band-Aids

*Tylenol packs (maybe)

*Hand Warmers

*Chapstick

*Comb

*1 pair of Socks

*1 pair Gloves

*Razors/Shaving Cream

and maybe other possibilities…

We will be buying these supplies as we can. We are price comparing right now. eBay is looking to be our best option as long as we can avoid high shipping prices.
I will try to keep everyone updated with our progress.

I am really looking forward to this adventure.

It has been asked if we will be accepting donations of any of the items listed above and the answer to that is ABSOLUTELY! 🙂 Anything and everything is greatly appreciated.  If this is something that you would like to do comment here and we can iron out details.

It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it.

-Nelson Mandela

 

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“Swirly Whirly” Cupcake Pillow

 

I came across a pattern one day to make a donut pillow.  Yes, you read that right.  Donut Pillow!  How neat and different!  I saved the pattern (pattern available here) and kind of forgot about it.  If you are a crafter you know how that is.  So many patterns so little time lol.  Well a month or so later I came across that pattern again and thought I would give it a whirl.

After sharing the donut pillow picture on Facebook I was asked if I could make a cupcake pillow.  I thought ok, I think I could do that and started scouring the web for a pattern.  After a few days of off and on searching I was finding mostly small appliques, amigurumi’s and hat patterns.  It was becoming clear that I was not going to find what I was looking for/wanting so I became determined to make up my own pattern.  *This pattern actually came to be months before my “Hold My Towel” Holders (my pattern found here).*
I started with the “cake” part of the cupcake and rather quickly figured out a stitch combination that gave me that texture/look that I was wanting.  I knew like cupcake liners I wanted it to have ridges.  From there I decided that the cake and icing where going to be two separate pieces and in the end would be sewn together.  Feeling pretty confident and proud of myself I thought the icing would be smooth sailing. HAHAHAHAHAHA oh was I ever wrong.  I wanted the icing to have the swirl look to it and nothing I tried seemed to give me that desired effect.  I went back to the web and went through crochet stitches listening through descriptions of ones I already knew and ones I didn’t.  It was while I was doing this that I was reminded of HDC (half double crochet) and the third loop on a HDC.  Eureka!!!  I was going to alternate rows of regular HDC and HDC’s in the third loop of the previous rows HDC.  Stitches decided I sat down and started testing if this would work and wouldn’t you know it….it did!  I had a couple flub ups.  Losing track of what kind of row I needed to be doing, making the increased area to large etc.  Determined to make it work I would sigh and frog the work that was wrong and start over.  With many deep breaths and pep talks I give you ‘Swirly Whirly” Cupcake Pillow!  I hope it gives you just as many smiles as it gives me 🙂

Cupcake Pillow

Materials:
Worsted Weight Yarn: 1 color for “cake” part, 1 color for the “icing”, a small amount of red for the cherry, and small amounts of rainbow color (or) brown for sprinkles
H 5.0 mm hook
Polyfil
yarn needle
scissors
Foam (optional) Cut into a cylinder (6.25″ x 4″) to fit inside your “cake”

Stitches:
MC – magic circle
ch- chain
st(s)- stitch(es)
rd – round
sc – single crochet
slst – slip stitch
hdc – half double crochet
fphdc – front post half double crochet
bphdc – back post half double crochet
blo – back loop only
dbl – double crochet
tl- third loop
sc2tog – single crochet 2 together

Special Stitches:
Shell Stitch (ShSt) – 4 dbl in the same stitch
TL of a hdc: Video to show you how to locate this – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2nyqJZBfvA
sc2tog: Video to show you how to do this – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAQWZMZJXnE

Special Instructions:
Ch. 1 does not count as a stich unless otherwise noted in the pattern

Cake:
Rd 1: MC, ch 1, 12 hdc into mc, sl st into first hdc, ch 1 (12 sts)
Rd 2: 2 hdc in same st as ch 1, 2 hdc in each remaining sts of the round, slst into beginning hdc, ch 1 (24 sts)
Rd 3: 1 hdc in same st as ch 1, 2 hdc in next st, *1 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next sts*, repeat * to * until the end of the round, sl st into beginning hdc, ch 1 (36 sts)
Rd 4: 1 hdc in same st as ch 1, 1 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, *1 hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st*, repeat * to * until the end of the round, sl st into beginning hdc, ch 1 (48 sts)
Rd 5: 1 hdc in same st as ch 1, 1 hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, *1 hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st*, repeat * to * until the end of the round, sl st into beginning hdc, ch 1 (60 sts)
Rd 6: 1 hdc in same st as ch 1, 1 hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st, *1 hdc in next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st*, repeat * to* until you reach the end of the round, sl st into beginning hdc, ch 1 (72 sts)
Rd 7: 1 hdc in same st as ch 1 , 1 hdc in 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st, *1 hdc in next 5 sts, 2 hdc in next st*, repeat * to * until the end of the round, sl st into the back loop beginning hdc (84 sts)
Rd 8: this round will be done in blo. 1 hdc in blo of same stitch as ch1, 1 hdc blo of each st around, sl st into (BOTH loops) beginning hdc, ch1. (84 sts)
Rd 9: fphdc around same st as ch 1, bphdc around next st, *fphdc around next st, bphdc around next st*, repeat * to * until the end of the round, sl st into beginning hdc, ch 1 (84 sts)
Rd 10-21: Repeat Rd 9
Rd 22: hdc in same st as ch 1, hdc in each stitch around, sl st into beginning hdc, tie off
Weave in ends

Icing:
Rd 1: MC, ch 1 12 hdc into mc, sl st into beginning hdc, ch 1
Rd 2: 2 hdc in tl of same st as ch 1, 2 hdc in tl of each remaining sts of the round, slst into beginning hdc, ch 1 (24 sts)
Rd 3: 1 hdc in same st as ch 1, 2 hdc in next st, *1 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next sts*, repeat * to * until the end of the round, sl st into beginning hdc, ch 1 (36 sts)
Rd 4: 1 hdc in tl of same st as ch 1, 1 hdc in tl of next st, 2 hdc in tl of next st, *1 hdc in tl of next 2 sts, 2 hdc in tl of next st*, repeat * to * until the end of the round, sl st into beginning hdc, ch 1 (48 sts)
Rd 5: 1 hdc in same st as ch 1, 1 hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, *1 hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st*, repeat * to * until the end of the round, sl st into beginning hdc, ch 1 (60 sts)
Rd 6: 1 hdc in tl of same st as ch 1, 1 hdc in tl of next 3 sts, 2 hdc in tl of next st, *1 hdc in tl of next 4 sts, 2 hdc in tl of next st*, repeat * to* until the end of the round, sl st into beginning hdc, ch 1 (72 sts)
Rd 7: 1 hdc in same st as ch 1 , 1 hdc in 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st, *1 hdc in next 5 sts, 2 hdc in next st*, repeat * to * until the end of the round, sl st into beginning hdc (84 sts)
Rd 8: 1 hdc in tl of same st as ch 1, 1 hdc in tl of each st of the remaining sts around, sl st into beginning hdc, ch 1 (84sts)
Rd 9: 1 hdc in same st as ch 1, 1 hdc in each of the remaining sts around, st st into beginning hdc, ch 1 (84 sts)
Rd 10-17: Repeat Rds 8 & 9
Rd 18: 1 sc in same st as ch 1, 1 ShSt in next st, *1 sc in next st, 1 ShSt in next st*, repeat * to * until the end of the round, sl st in beginning sc, tie off leaving long tail (You will be using this to sew your Icing to your Cake)

Sprinkles:
Make as many or as few as you want. *I made 24+
Chain 4, tie off

Cherry:
Rd1: MC, ch1, sc 4, sl st into beginning sc, ch 1 (4 sts)
Rd 2: 2 sc in same st as ch 1, 2 sc in remaining sts, sl st into beginning sc, ch 1 (8 sts)
Rd 3 & 4: sc in same st as ch 1, 1 sc in each st around, sl st into beginning sc, ch 1 (8 sts each Rd)
Rd 5: sc2tog the st of the ch 1 and the next st, *1 sc in next st, sc2tog*, repeat * to * 1 times, sl st into beginning sc2tog (4 sts)
tie off making sure to leave enough of a tail to sew up the small hole and attach your cherry to the icing
Attach cherry to icing

Attaching Sprinkles:
Thread each of the sprinkles through your icing. I threaded one end through the icing and then extended the sprinkle 2 rows (this is roughly the width from one “ridge” to the next) and threaded the other end through. Tie a knot with your tails making sure not to pull to tightly on the knots first loops as this will pull the sts of the icing and cause gaps. Snip ends.

Attaching Icing to Cake:
*if you have opted to use foam to fill your “cake” portion insert it now*
Using the Whip Stitch: attach Rd 18 of your icing to Rd 22 of your cake. Once you are 1/2 way done start stuffing your cupcake making sure to add more stuffing as you go. Be mindful of how much you stuff the “cake” part as the sides will start to bulge. Tie off and weave in ends.

TADA! You now have the most sugar free, carb free cupcake ever!

If you come across any errors or have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to me!

 

The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.
-Ben Okri

 

**PLEASE DO NOT COPY, ALTER OR TRY TO PASS THIS PATTERN OFF AS YOUR OWN. IF YOU CHOOSE TO SELL ITEMS COMPLETED FROM THIS PATTERN PROVIDING A LINK BACK TO MY BLOG IS ALWAYS APPRECIATED BUT NOT REQUIRED**

 

 

 

“Hold My Towel” Holder

While crocheting a hat for “From Netta, With Love” I was trying to think of a small project I could whip up to offer on my crochet page.  Something that would make a great gift but still be affordable.  I didn’t want to pause what I was working on and search the web so I tried to think of something that I could easily make up a pattern for on my own.  Project decided, I finished the hat and then got out all the materials I thought I would need for the new project and got to work playing around with how I wanted it to look.  I went with a simple design that could be “dressed up” by using decorative or colorful buttons.  These would work on your oven door handle, fridge handle or even on the towel rack in your bathroom.  Stay with me.  I know that last one sounded kind of silly but these holders are for hand towels so think about it.  You could choose a different button for each member in the family and so they would each have their own holder.

Make sure to check clearance areas wherever you buy your materials. You may just find some awesome buttons for a super cheap price! Also keep in mind that your buttons do not have to be round 😉

This holder would be awesome as part of a kitchen gift set.  I have included a picture of a possible gift set option.  In this set I included 2 “Hold My Towel” Holders, 1 Flower Hot Pad (Ravelry Pattern) and 1 Round Pot Holder (I worked up 2 circles and then connected them with a round of slip stitches. The sky is the limit with this one)

finshed holder set 1

 

“Hold My Towel” Holder

Materials:
Worsted Weight Yarn *I used Sugar & Cream cotton yarn but acrylic would work too* I do not know exact yardage but it’s not very much
G – 4.5mm Hook
2 Ponytail elastics
Embroidery needle
Button *this is what will “dress up” your holder* and thread to attach

Towel Holder Materials

Notes:

  1. CH 1 and CH 2 do not count as a stitch throughout the pattern
  2. If you are wanting to use a rather large button then I would suggest doing a treble crochet instead of a double crochet  and possibly 1-2 more chains on your button hole row (Row 18)

Stitches:
SL – slip stitch
Rd – round
CH – chain
Sc Cr – single crochet
Dbl Cr – double croche
St – stitch
Sts – stitches

SL to attach yarn to elastic. CH 1

sl to start holder.jpg
Rd 1- Sc around elastic until it is completely covered. SL into 1st sc. Ch 2

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-You will now be working in rows to make the strap-
Row 2 – dbl cr in same st as CH 2. Dbl cr in next 7 st. CH 1 and turn
Row 3 – sc in same st as CH . sc in next 7 sc. CH 2 and turn.

Holder Sc row
Rows 4-17 – repeat row 2-3
Row 18 – dbl in same st as CH. Dbl in next 3sts, ch2 (this will be your button hole), dbl into last 4 stitches. CH 1. Do not turn.

Holder Button Hole.jpg

Edging- sc 3 into the side of the dbl cr. (This will make you corner) Sc down the side of the strap. Once you reach the ring, SL st around until you reach the other side of the strap. Sc up the side of the strap. When you reach the last row of dbl sc 3. Sc across the top of the strap. SL st into the 1st sc of the edging. Tie off and weave in your ends.

Attach button of choice with thread of choice and there you have it!

Completed Holder.jpg

 

Note: Please do not copy or sell this pattern in any way. If you choose to sell completed items please remember providing a link back to this pattern is always appreciated, but not required.

“From Netta, With Love”

 

One day while working on a crochet project I was thinking about a conversation R and I had had awhile back.  In the area where we live in it is not uncommon to see someone down on their luck standing on the lane dividers at intersections asking for any help people are willing to give.  Now, I know there are some individuals who will do this even when they don’t “need” it or that will scoff if they think you gave them to little of an amount but every time he mentions that someone is standing there my heart suffers a sadness.  One of my greatest wishes is for everyone to be comfortable in life.  To not have to worry about if they will eat today or whether they will have a place to sleep tonight or if they will have to sleep outside and battle whatever weather we may be having.  To feel safe and warm.

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While sitting there I was trying to figure out a way I could help…..and then the light bulb went off.  The answer was literally right in front of me.  I may not have anything to give money wise but I do have yarn.  I can crochet.  I then went on to think of what I could make.  At first I thought about mats crocheted using plastic grocery bags like I had heard about on Facebook but quickly realized as awesome as that would be it was just not something I felt I could tackle on my own.  The turn around of finishing one would take me an enormous amount of time due to what it took to simply prepare the bags to crochet.  So for now that thought has been filed in the brain box to possibly be revisited another day.  It was then that I thought about how uncomfortable it can be outside when it gets cold.  Another light bulb.  Hats.  I could make hats.

 

I am not the fastest crocheter but I have decided to challenge myself to make a minimum of one hat a day.  365 hats in a year?  I think I can do that.

Project decided, I then thought about how I would want to hand them out.  Not being able to drive or navigate unfamiliar areas on my own put some limitations on my options so I thought about who could do the that part of the “leg work” and I immediately thought about local charities.  From there this is what I decided…

  1.  I want to keep a small box in our car and when he sees someone while we are out and about down on their luck I want to give them a hat, thoughtful words and a smile.  And…
  2.  I am going to pick 2 charities/organizations (Links to their websites are below)  and I am going to start making donations.  As of right now I plan to alternate yearly between the two.  If I am able to crank out more hats that I am anticipating then I will divide them between the two charities.

It may be a small gesture but if I can help even one person be warm and not have to make the decision of whether they will eat today (or for several days) or use the money they have collected to buy a cheap hat to help keep them warm than I will be happy.

Chosen charities/organizations:

Horizon House: Website

Wheeler Mission Ministries: Website

Acknowledgements: I would like to thank R, my family and all of my friends who have been so supportive with this decision. I would especially like to thank my book sisters from Bink’s Clubhouse for helping me decide what to call this hat adventure that I am going on. They made name suggestions and then voted on favorites. A special hat tip to Manda Laurie for suggesting “From Netta, With Love”.

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”

-Mother Teresa

 

 

 

Giving it a whirl…

My blog is not going to have just one focus.  It will be a hodgepodge of things. My mind is in a constant whirl of all that I enjoy, learn and encounter so why not share those things with you! Some of the things that I plan to post about are books I read, recipes, crochet patterns, things I use to make the world more accessible to me and anything else I think you all might find interesting.

Join me on my journey into the world of blogging!

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched –  they must be felt with the heart.

Helen Keller