>Happy Halloween

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Vintage Halloween Post Card, originally uploaded by riptheskull.

>Amazing Russian Crochet

>Found this site that shows tons of Russian crochet or should I say their interpretation of what American’s call Irish Crochet.  Sorry I do not have permission from any of the artist to show their photos here but trust me follow this link and this one too.  Please look through all the pages it will blow your mind.  Let me know what you think of it.  I would like to make some stuff like this pretty cool.

>peter cotton tail progress

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Haven’t shown any thing on this in a little while. Thought a few of you might be interested in Peter’s progress towards completion.

>Mitts for art teacher



This set of gloves I did for my two oldest daughters’ art teacher last year we gave her a scarf and she wanted gloves to match.

front and back

>Hat sizing

>People have asked how do you make hats for babes with out having a baby around to size. Well there are standard sizes is that answer and I have found old doll heads (creepy to some) and measured them and labeled them as to what size baby they would be.  That way I can have a mannequin around to try hats on. If you do not have such things here are some standard measurements. Remember not everyone is exactly the same size at the same times these are just estimates.


Head Circumference 13″ – 14 “
Hat Circumference = 11.5″ – 13″
Hat height = 5.5 to 6″

Baby – 3 to 6 months

Head Circumference: 14″ – 17 “
Hat height= 6.5 – 7″

Baby – 6 to 12 months

Head Circumference: 16″ – 19 “
Hat height = 7.5″

Toddler -12 months – 3 years

Hat height = 8″
Head Circumference: 18″ to 20 “

Child – 3 – 10 years

Hat height =8.5″
Head Circumference: 19″ – 20 1/2″


Hat height 9-10″
Head Circumference: 20 1/2″ – 22″

Adult Woman

Head Circumference: 21.5″ – 22.5″

Adult Man

Head Circumference: 23″ – 24″

I am 23″ and my husband 24″ I don’t land in the woman’s area and he is at the very top end of the mans area. Like I said not every one is the same.

>halloween mitts finished


halloween gloves

I worked on these in the car over the weekend during a road trip to and from California.  My children had a golf tournament in Long Beach so we went and visited family and went tot eh tournament.  While traveling there I worked on these and finished the set.  I started and frogged about 5 projects on this trip my hand just wouldn’t work right and it kept frustrating me.  But this one got doen and one other got closer to compleation.  these are made with a self striping yarn but I also used a solid black to divide did up more.  I think I did pretty good at lining up the repeat in the sock yarn fairly well.

stripes almost lineuppalm and back

I will post the other set I worked on later. Had a few issues with it.

>lace dresses for 2-4 year olds

>I started this dress years ago when my youngest daughter was actually a size 2T.  Well it was placed on the back burner along with another one for the reason I didn’t get them done before she out grew the size.  I found them recently again I really should get back to them and get them done.  No one in my family can wear them now.  But I could always put them away for the next generation to wear.  I have three copies of the original book in my collection one is missing the back cover and part of the pattern becasue of that, one is torn in the middle but everything is still there and one is mint so to speak.  I have noticed that even though I have three copies they are hard to find on the internet for other crocheters.  But I did find one person who has them in her photos  and a ton more antique patterns check them out.  So I set them up on ravelry and posted the links so others could make these dresses.  there are 7 adorable patterns in the original book I have made one and started two others.  Here is the link on Ravelry where you can find the links to all 7 patterns. These are all thread dresses ranging from size 30 thread which is what the two on this page are to size knit-cro sheen.  These are not yarn patterns. As you can see these are both almost half way done.Who knows why I never finished probably moved and packed them and by the time I found them she was to big.

I posted about Precious Pet a long time ago I had made it larger so my daughter could wear it at 7 years old but as a blouse.  She still does wear  and is almost nine so if you play with the patterns a little you can get them to fit older children.

image 2 orange crochet shirt

Here is the one named Flower Girl that I am making.

detail of bodicebackdetail of skirtfront

This one is called Daddy’s Pal but I modified it when I made mine and added sleeves and a picot edge to the neck.

skirt areayokefront

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