Friday, December 31, 2010

How to silk screen

Crocheted Baby Hat

Easy Crocheted Baby Hat

 Judith Prindle

This measures 6&1/2 inches long to the eylets and 11 & 1/2 inches wide without stretching before it is stitched together.
Hook Size G
Redheart Baby Soft Yarn or Bernat Softee Baby Yarn
Always working in the back loop of each stitch for ribbed effect.
You also will be working in the same stitch as your turning chain through out. You just "ignore" the chain when you come to it, working only in the actual half double crochet.
Chain 36
Row 1: Half double crochet in second chain from hook and next 29 chains, single crochet in next chain, half double crohcet in last 4 chains. (34 half double crochet and 1 single crochet stitches).
Chain 2 and turn.
Row 2: Half double crochet in same stitch as turning chain, half double in next 3 stitches, chain 1 and skip the single crochet, half double crochet in next 30 stitches. ( 34 half double crochet and 1 chain) .
Chain 2 and turn.
Row 3: Half double crochet in same stitch as turning chain 2 and in next 29 stitches, single crochet in hole made by chain 1 loop, half double crochet in next 4 stitches. (34 half double crochet and 1 single crochet.)
Chain 2 and turn.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 for a total of 34 rows, except on last row do a slip stitch in the single crochet. Sew up seam.
Make a chain of 50-55 stitches or cut a length of ribbon to thread through eyelet holes. Tie in a bow. This opening can allow for wires if needed while baby is in the hospital.
Easy Newborn Baby Booties To Match the Hat
 Judith Prindle
Size G Hook
Redheart Baby Soft Yarn or Bernat Softee Baby Yarn.
Measures about 3 & 1/2 inches square before it is crocheted together.
Working in back loop through out.
Chain 21 stitches.
Row 1: Half double crochet in second chain from hook and each chain remaining. ( 20 half double crochet stitches) Chain 2 and turn.
Row 2: Half double crochet in same stitch as turning chain 2 and in each half double crochet remaining. (20 half double crochet) Chain 2 and turn. Just ignore the chain 2 when you come to it, same as the hat.
Repeat row 2 until you have a total of 20 rows.
Turn your piece and working across the end of the rows, single crochet in the end of each half double crochet row. (total of 20 single crochet stitches)
Round One of top:
Fold the bootie in half , turn, and single crochet the toe together across the top, for a total of seven single crochet.
Now working in the one side of the bootie, half double crochet in the next 13 stitches continue around the other side of the bootie half double crochet in next 13 stitches on the other side. The back of the bootie will be open. Join by slip stitching around the beginning chain 2.
Round Two of Top:
Half double crochet around front of next half double crochet,
half double crochet around back of next half double crochet,
repeat this pattern to end of round, slip stitch around beginning
chain 2.
Round Three of top: Repeat round two. End off. Sew up the heel seam.
Either crochet a length of yarn to fit around bootie or use a ribbon. Thread this through the first round of the bootie top and tie.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus

Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.

"DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.

"Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.

"Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.'

"Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?



VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Cards made from Scraps

I save every scrap of paper to make cards at the end of the year.
I could buy cards but these seem so much more fun and frugal.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas Blog Neglect

Well friends the end of the year is fast approaching and I have been absent from the blog.

I would love to say I have been celebrating the holidays but sadly this year I am again in poor health.

It's still is my favorite time of the year.Not for the gifts but for the joy of the season. People are a bit happier and kinder and over all joyous . This year I have cabbaged all the old cards and made new cards to send out. So I will be posting some of the cards soon.

As for now sitting up any time is a chore so Please check out the recipes and tutorials that are across the blog.