Pretty crochet “Phannie” hat

The Phannie 

Crochet pattern available from ravelry

One of my closest friends made this hat but it was too small for her so she gave it to me. I do have a child’s size head after all. Anyways, now that it is cold and I am way too lazy to take the time and blow dry my hair, it is really great to have such a beautiful hat that I can just toss all my hair up into. Isn’t it pretty?

 

I never knew just how great slouchy hats were. And the color is perfect for brightening the chilly Chicago days 🙂


Thanks Jess!  

Back to the Future

–I want to get back into blogging.–

I was talking to a classmate the other day, about how I USED to be a blogger. I used to blog about crafts and exercise, but since med school started, I hardly craft or exercise, so I have mostly quit blogging.

I had a really rough start here, to be totally honest. I wasn’t prepared for the academic load and I couldnt quite get into adequate study habits. I was slow to reach out for help and my academic performance was really taking a toll on my emotional status, which in turn further damaged my academic performance. But I think, for the first time, I am finally getting back on track.

I dyed and cut my hair and have refocused my thoughts into positive energy. I found a professor who is also NOT a visual learner who was extremely enthusiastic and determined to help me succeed in both Anatomy and Histology, the two courses I am currently struggling with the most. And? I am getting back into both crafts and exercise. And I am asking YOUR help to do them!

–Join Me in My Exercises–

I am starting an exclusive exercise group to begin after Thanksgiving. For 30 days, we are gonna take control of our lives through healthy eating and exercise. My only rules are you must commit to following your exercise program, and you must drink shakeology every day. Leave me a comment or visit my exercise blog if you want more information! The first five people to be officially enrolled get to join MY group. I hope you join me!

–As for crafting?–

I finally finished the baby blanket I was working on for my nephew that was born in August. Isn’t he adorable?

And I have pulled back out the yarn to make these two socks at the same time (I had to start it over because the socks were way too large, luckily the pattern had adjustments for small feet) and I am crocheting a hat for my cousins friend.

It’s about time I get back to my future.


If you were gonna make a change for the better, what would it be?

The Teddy Bear Blanket: Both a Crochet and Knit pattern!

so my brother in law is having a baby boy in August – and I wanted to make him and his new family a blanket. I started with a crochet pattern, because, quite frankly, I am INFINITELY better and faster at crocheting than I am at knitting.

So I found this pattern – and I made the following square

The problem is, that at certain angles you can tell there is a teddy bear, but for the most part, he is hardly visible. I was rather disappointed actually. So despite the fact that this measures about 12″ x 12″ and took me only an hour to whip out – I decided to find a new pattern.

That is when I came across this one. This teddy bear baby blanket is actually knitted. Which is a much slower process for me. And each square is about 7 1/2″ x 7″ – and each ones takes me more like 2 hours. which, to be honest – is a very slow process. However, it is absolutely adorable.

For some reason, the colors are really weird. The top bear is the same color as the blue in the above crochet’d square. and the bottom bear is actually a bright teal color.

I am really happy with where it is going. I am doing it slightly different than the pattern, because the pattern called for circular needles, and my circular needles are pre-occupied. So instead I am knitting it in verticle strips. I think 4 by 4 bears. and then I will sew them together and crochet a border.


Did you have a blanket or stuffed animal that was a favorite as a child? Do you still have it?

Mine was a cloth doll named Lyndsay – I still own her – in fact as a kid I took her everywhere and the legs came unsewn. I hadn’t really thought of her in years…  but about a year ago my mom actually got her fixed and gave her back to me. cool… yes?


Blue Lagoon Spa Clothes – Crochet For Donation

10 wash clothes into my wash clothes – and here I have two Blue Lagoon Spa Clothes 

Considering how incredibly quick and easy and nice looking these are, there may be another one or two of them before everything is said and done.


The pattern: uses only hdc and chains

The yarn: 

Blue ~ Village Yarn Caribbean Cotton (no color info on packaging)

Purple ~ Reynolds Saucy (no color info on packaging)

Yellow ~ Lily Sugar’n Cream (Color: Cream)

Hook size: G


If you want to make these yourself, the purple yarn was really nice to work with. I think the blue yarn is a little flimsy and it didn’t crochet up quite as well – as you can see in this picture.

That being said, this pattern, by Heather P, was very easy to follow and use. I believe that the very first step (chain 32 then hdc in 3rd chain from hook) might be off. In order to wind up with 31 stitches after hdc in 3rd chain from hook, you would have to chain 33. I extended mine longer; the purple one is 33 across and the blue one is 35 across (they come out to the same size – due to the blue being finer than the purple)

Otherwise – this pattern has great detail. I would highly recommend this pattern and perhaps anything by Heather P and look forward to perusing her blog for more patterns.


Ending today with a completely unrelated question – Do you crave sweet or salty things?


Crochet Flower HeadBand

Did you check out my April pattern of the month? This month I featured a flower headband. And this past weekend, I decided to make one.

First – let me start by saying that I either have the world’s smallest head, or the other of this pattern used some pretty hefty worsted yarn, because I had to do step 1 (ie making the headband) three times before I could make it fit my head.

I went with a brown headband, you know, just the cheap stuff. I used supersaver yarn to crochet this headband. Although the pattern calls for 140 stitches broken into a three part series – 30-80-30. I adjusted the pattern to fit my head by doing 96 stitches (chaining 97) with the three part series – 18 – 60-18. And what a lovely headband it made:

I think may whip up another one of these without the flower, simply because I really like the way the headband looks just like this.

Next – onto the flower. The flower pattern was perfect. Interesting that using the same yarn and hook that crocheting the flower as written came out to roughly the same size as the one in the photo. Mine might even be a little bigger! Keep in mind that when she says skip 2 dc on round three – she actually means skip 3 dc.

The entire thing took me under 30 minutes to make. It is super easy. and I LOVE it. I may need to make it in every color of the rainbow. lol.

I did insert a button whole at the end of row two of the headband. To do this, simply crochet to end of row 2 as described in the pattern, chain 4 (0r 5 – depending on the size of your button, yarn, and hook) and then slip stitch into the first 2 stitches of row 1. Then single crochet through each of the stitches you just made all the way around back to the start of row two and follow the directions for row 3.

I don’t actually own any buttons yet, so mine is currently held together with a paper clip. but it works 🙂 I wore it to the movies on Sunday.

I even made my first video tutorial to show you how to sew the flower into the headband!


If you make one, send me a picture at ashley.higashi@gmail.com or leave a link to your blog in the comments. I’d love to see it!


Arts and Crafts for Donation

One of my good friends, Jess, is an absolute genius. – She has created a space for us to auction off arts and craft pieces, with all the proceeds going to charity.

Jess was inspired by an online bake sale for disaster relief in Japan where they raised over $3700 for this in just 2 days of bidding.

The idea here is that we can have a craft/homemade online sale. People donate their own crafted/homemade items and then we start a bidding for each item at a certain amount and let people bid on them and then all the proceeds go to a charity of our choosing (well probably a charity of Jess’s choosing since she it was her idea, but I promise she always supports good groups).

Anyways, although it wouldnt be till the fall you might have to start making things this summer and we just want a feel for how many people would participate. I know a lot of crafty type people stumble across this blog so I want to make sure to catch your attention!

You can paint, knit, draw, make pottery, sew whatever you want to contribute.

If you are interested in donating ITEMS – please do three things:

1. Like our facebook page – this is where the actual auction will take place. We will also post updates concerning times and charities.
2. Post on the facebook page how many items, and of what variety you would like to contribute. You will have to determine shipping costs and a starting bid, but that can come later.
3. Share the facebook page on your wall to get your friends and family involved!

If you are interested in bidding– please do two things:

1. Like our facebook page so that you can keep up with announcements and make sure to get your bids in

2. Share the facebook page on your wall to get your friends and family involved!

Crochet Baby Dress and Shoes

My coworker is having a baby girl in just a few weeks. And last week we threw her a baby shower at work (a lunch potluck). I had finished the dress, but I hadnt tied in any of the ends or crocheted the matching shoes or diaper cover (ie baby underwear) yet, so I elected to show her the dress but then take it home to finish.

I have now crocheted all the pieces, and hope to get the ends tied in tonight. but in the meantime, I thought I would share my progress

The Baby Girl Sleeper Set

As always, I found the pattern on ravelry, and it is available for free here, along with other baby clothes patterns.

To be honest, I think the pattern is pretty poorly written. First, I think it is always important to write the number of stitches you should expect to have at the completion of each row or section. While the pattern does contain these for the dress and shoes, it is missing for the diaper cover, which is where I think it would be most useful.

Second, I made the top (purple) section of the dress three times and cannot figure out how you would wind up with 20 shells for the dress part. The second time, I forced 20 shells, but then the dress looked kinda lopsided and like it was designed for a very fat baby. So I stuck with 19 shells. *Note: if you are going to want it to be a DRESS – you have to make it longer than the pattern implies. mine totals 12.5 inches

Third, the fact that there is no picture with the pattern is always a frustration to me. Of course, there are lots of pictures uploaded on ravelry, but exactly what this intended to look like is unclear as many of the projects on ravelry differ, particularly where the purple top meets with white shells on the dress.

Overall, I am pleased with the results, but if I have the time, I intend to re-write the pattern.

Time: Dress – about 2.5 hours, shoes – 30 minutes, Diaper cover – 1 hour

Because I LOVE baby shoes – here is a close up of the shoes 🙂