Monthly Archives: February 2012

Beard Hat How-To

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Yes, I finally decided to make the ever-popular beard hat. I must say, these are rather fun and WARM! Perfect for the weather we’re starting to get around here. We’ve had such chilly wind that I’d much rather just stay inside with my hook and yarn. As I’ve surfed around the web, I’ve noticed the steadily increasing popularity of the beard hat, and once Mister saw one he said he just had to have one. So, of course, I set to work combining my own pattern for the beanie hat and a fantastically simple to follow video found on YouTube for the beard. Here’s the how-to.

HAT:
– you’re going to need two strands of regular worsted weight yarn (I tend to use Red Heart because the closest store that sells yarn doesn’t have much variety, but I think Red Heart is very easy to work with.)
– I used a 9mm crochet hook

+ Using both strands together as one, chain stitch 4.
+ Connect the last chain with the first using a slip stitch. You now have a circle.
+ Going into the circle each time, single crochet 10.
+ At the tenth single crochet, connect it to the first using a slip stitch.
+ In each of the ten single crochets, you need to single crochet twice. You will have a total of 20 stitches now.
+ Slip stitch to connect the last to the first.
+ In each of those 20 single crochets, do two single crochets again. This doubles the stitches to 40.
+ Slip stitch to connect the last to the first.
+ At this point since you are using two strands the ring will start getting large and wavy. Instead of continuing to increase the amount of stitches, simply double crochet in  each of the 40 single crochets.
+ Slip stitch to connect the last to the first.
+ Now you can continue each round by double crocheting all around and then connecting with slip stitch. Continue this until your hat has reached just short of its desired size.
+ For the very last row, half double crochet around. End the project with a slip stitch, and the beanie hat is complete.

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I could write out all the details for how to do the beard, but I find it much simpler to share this video by Hectanooga1. I find it to be by far the easiest to follow, as I’m someone who would rather be taught by watching rather than reading. I hope you all find it helpful.

For the beard, I continued to use two strands of worsted weight yarn and my 9mm hook.

WATCH THE BEARD VIDEO HERE 🙂

(Because apparently, I can’t figure out how to actually embed the video. Fail.) 

Mister was thoroughly impressed with his beard hat, and wanted to wear it out (maybe a little too) often. Since completing his, I’ve gone on to create a few more (alas! no pictures!) with a brown beard and a ginger beard. They make fantastic gifts! I’ve also recently been working on a very fun wizard hat with detachable long wizard beard…but more on that later ;).

I leave you now with this frighteningly funny picture of Mister (overly) enjoying his beard hat. Happy Crafting, ya’ll!

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We’d like to introduce you…

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Mister and I would like to introduce you to our precious new addition to our family – Otis Bartholomew Percival Doodle Remy! Oh yes, quite the big name for such a small dog, but we like to make him feel super special. Mister and I had wanted a pug so badly, it bordered on obsession. I had pug slippers, pug purses, pug salt n pepper shakers, and more all before we ever had Otis. It’s taken us almost a year since we started looking, but we finally have him, and he really just fell into our laps. Our Valentine’s Day was less than spectacular since I worked all morning and afternoon, and Mister worked from afternoon until late at night. Needless to say, we didn’t celebrate. The day after though, we had a few fun things planned, but first Mister needed to run to our Walmart to go to the bank. As we rounded the corner of the parking lot, I spotted a woman holding a small pug puppy up in the air (think Lion King style here). As I later found out, she’d been there less than ten minutes before we pulled up. She was supposed to get her female pug fixed before the end of February, but mommy and daddy pug had other plans. This litter was born December 18, 2011. There was only one male – our Otis. Our perfect Valentine’s gift for each other. 

He’s been absolutely perfect. Only 8 weeks old, and he was already potty trained! He’s never even had an accident. He’s Momma’s little boy, that’s for sure. I just can’t get enough of him. I’m probably driving him nutso with all of my constant lovin’ and picture taking. I can’t help it though, he’s too adorable! Especially when he lets me dress him up 😉

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Talk about one embarassed puppy. I make up for it though by spoiling him rotten with the best treats and toys. He’s already claimed a stuffed Mickey as his best friend and will not go to sleep without his little cuddle buddy.  You can’t deny how cute this is…

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No doubt you will be seeing a lot more of Otis around the Creative Chronicle blog. 🙂

State Map Fridge Magnets

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You’re about to learn one of my most embarrassing secrets, but I have to share it so that you understand why this craft was so fantastic and brilliant for me. Don’t laugh! Deep breath. Here it is: I know absolutely nothing about geography. Seriously, nothing. nada. ZIP! It’s a sad truth that I’ve come to realize, but I’m not alone. I’ve asked others that I’ve graduated with, and the truth is…we just were never taught. When it comes to the U.S., we were given a list of states and capitals to memorize, but we were never shown where they were on a map. Perhaps it’s not really a surprise then that I went through most of my teenage years believing Alaska was an island ( YES, you may laugh at that. Go ahead.). It’s terribly sad, but whenever we saw Alaska on a map, it was in it’s own seperate box just like Hawaii. No map ever showed the land connecting to anything. Epic Fail, I know. It’s a running joke for my best friend and I that we must alert the other whenever one of us learns something new about geography. So this is why I devised this fantastic craft as a gift for her (and also had to make one for myself!)…

All it took was a trip to the toy store for a children’s puzzle of the United States, some magnet strips, and a lot of patience with hot glue. I fitted the back of each puzzle piece with a cut-to-size magnet and hot glued it on (thus, no longer having finger prints – thanks, hot glue!). When it was all done, I attempted to put the puzzle together on my fridge without looking at the picture. Sadly, that did not last long before I had to take a peek.

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So what if I didn’t realize New Jersey’s bubble was upside down until after the picture was taken and the puzzle pieces taken down? Deal with it.  

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Sarah’s reaction was priceless, as only one whose knowledge of geography is as limited as mine could be. Maybe now we can learn a thing or two, especially about those pesky west coast states that are so hard to remember.