My Votes Are In. How About Yours?

There’s still time to read this year’s Mormon Lit Blitz finalists and vote for your favorites. Each finalist is under 1000 words. Several are half that length or less. So put your feet up and head on over to http://lit.mormonartist.net! Voting ends on June 6th.

With the move, I’ve been too busy to finish up Baby’s new garb. But she will be wearing it this weekend whether the hems are finished or not.

Happy Yarning.

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A Week of Flash Fiction

Have you read the flash fiction pieces posted this week on lit.mormonartist.net? They’ve been wonderful, some of them piercingly touching. I’m excited for the rest. And of course only a week left until you all get to read my story “Should Have Prayed For a Canoe.”

Voting for the winner of Mormon Lit Blitz 2015 will take place in June. Everyone votes for their top 4 favorites, so be sure to read them all.

On the crafty side of things, I’ve been keeping busy sewing, namely a dice bag for my brother-in-law and a sideless surcoat for Baby.

After my last fiasco with sewing baby clothes, I figured I better try a garment that can’t go wrong (famous last words, right?). Pictures to follow.

Happy Yarning!

Tunisian Baby Jacket

Look what I made!

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I don’t like sewing seams on crocheted projects. In making up the pattern for this jacket, I endeavored to leave as little sewing as possible. If I had a double-end crocheting hook in the correct size, I would even have tried to do the sleeves in the round. (P.S. Tunisian crochet in the round is fun stuff.)

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I saw pictures of this style of sweater online, and the first thing I did was go back and find the tutorial I encountered once for a Tunisian Ten Stitch Blanket. Makes total sense, right? No? Well, I wanted to learn how to join diagonals and sides as I crochet, and this teaches it all.

I worked each of the five sweater pieces (right front, right sleeve, back, left sleeve, and left front) from the neck down, joining to the previous pieces at the shoulders and sides as I went.

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And the decorative stitches are ones I learned from My Tunisian Crochet, an awesome blog I have highlighted before.

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I hope to work out the kinks in this pattern and write it all down, because I found it an attractive and relatively simple way to make a sweater.

Happy Yarning!

Simple Crocheted Baby Hat Pattern

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There are lots and lots of cute and simple baby hats out there. Here’s one that I made up.

Hat for 2-4 month old baby:

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5mm hook, light weight yarn.

Rnd 1: ch 2, sc 6 in second ch from hook (6)

Rnd 2: sc 2 in each sc around (12)

Rnd 3: [sc 1 in first sc, sc 2 in next sc] repeat around (18)

Rnd 4: [sc in each of next 2 sc, sc 2 in next sc] repeat around (24)

Rnds 5-9: continue this pattern, increasing by 6 each round until you have 54 sc around

Rnd 10: sc in each sc around (54)

Rnds 11-23: repeat previous row 12 times (Optional: crochet rounds 15-16 in a different color)

Rnd 24: (For boy’s hat, omit this round and do one more repeat of Round 10) sl st into first sc, ch 3, dc 2 in same sc, dc 3 in each sc around (Optional: crochet this round in a different color)

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

It’s so easy to change this pattern to fit any head or work with any yarn. Just add more or leave out some increasing rounds and even rounds.

Happy Yarning!

Sewing Fail

I had never tried to make clothing for children before. I assumed sewing a medieval dress for my baby would be like making a dress for an adult.

Not so.

Part way through sewing the pieces together, I discovered that I could not get the dress on her. Apparently, non-stretchy garments have to be quite a bit bigger than the baby they’re intended for.

After fiddling around with adding more panels to the dress, I finally ran out of time and gave up. Baby went to the faire in her mundane clothes.

Live and learn!

Happy Yarning.

Baby’s First Garb

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I’m working on my baby’s first medieval garb for an event tomorrow! She’ll certainly grow out of it before the next event we attend, but I figure I can save it for our next child. The great thing about t-dresses and t-tunics is they are exactly the same except for the length, so I can use it again even if we have a boy.

Next project: figure out which of my garb I can modify so I can nurse her without stripping down…

Happy Yarning!

One-String Booties

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I’m making a pair of booties for Baby.

They’re based loosely on this pattern, which I like because it doesn’t require sewing any pieces together or weaving in lots of ends. Each bootie is one string of yarn from start to finish (well, plus the optional drawstring or ribbon). And right now, anything I can simplify is great.

My baby has very long feet, so it took me two tries to get the sizing right, but the first bootie is finished.

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Happy Yarning!

Order All the Books!

I’m not sure why I’m so adverse to taking book recommendations, but I rarely read things other people recommend.

Sometimes I do. Like the other day, when I put a whole slew of books on hold at the library.

The Eight by Katherine Neville

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

The Memory of Earth by Orson Scott Card

Middlemarch by George Eliot

Princess Academy: The Lost Sisters by Shannon Hale

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

An odd assortment? Yes. Also, far too many for me to read before they all come due.

We’ll see how far I get. I do have my bum glued to the couch for several hours a day thanks to a hungry and adorable baby girl, so I ought to make fair progress.

Happy Yarning!

No Luck Yet

My first flash fiction piece got its first rejection!

That’s all right–I have another story ready to send to Daily Science Fiction, and there are lots of other places to submit short fiction.

…If I could just find the time to search them out and read over their guidelines.

My daily schedule is…non-existent. Every day I get an unpredictable amount of sleep at unpredictable times. Everything (and I mean everything) takes a back seat to baby. Those of you who have kids know how it is.

How did/do you scrunch writing in alongside 24/7 baby care?

Completed: Green Twill Blanket

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Yesterday I finished up the light green baby blanket I’ve been working on. Still with a month to spare!

I thought a round, frilly border would be a good accent for this very geometric pattern, so I whipped up some shells around the edge. The border went so quick that I somehow felt I was cheating or being sloppy. I guess crocheting still comes easier to me than knitting.

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I used size 6 (4.25 mm) needles with light weight yarn, so it turned out quite stretchy and light. Then I went and used some huge crocheting hook (size K, 6.5 mm) for the border so it would be as stretchy as the blanket.

It also makes a nice sort of wrap to wear.

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Anyway, it has Pippin’s approval!

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Happy Yarning.