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Summer Crochet Hat….

Last night I sat down to do a little crochet work…  I have 4 Afghans in progress, 2 of them are almost finished…  If you are like me, I love quick projects and Afghans aren’t usually in that category!  Hmmm,,, I really debated on trying to finish up one of the Afghans, but I decided to start something new and something I could finish in one evening…

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My friend Kathy Lashley over at Elk Studio Handcrafted Crochet Designs has been designing hats and wow are they beautiful!  This time I choose her latest hat, “Hounds Tooth Hat” and to top it off it is a free pattern… Click here to get the pattern.  While you are there, check out her other patterns too!

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I loved this pattern and it was easy to follow and I was able to finish it in just a couple of hours!  I did make some personal modifications, I added the brim and flower for a little femininity.  I made it out of a nice cotton yarn for summertime too!  I can’t wait to make more of these with and without the brim and flower… I think they will be a hit especially in the winter and in wool!!

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So here is to Quick Projects, Hounds Tooth Hats and Flowers!

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Elena

A Crochet Addict’s Mother-Daughter Weekend…

Yes, I love to crochet,,, Rarely does a day go by that I am not working on a project!  Today I wanted to share a little mother-daughter bonding/fun/vacation tradition.

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For the last decade, I have taken my youngest daughter on a weekend trip every summer.  The focus is to buy her school clothes and spend some quality time together… This was her final year… She will be a senior and my last one at home…   Kinda bittersweet!

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Over the last decade our trip has evolved from the types of clothes she chose, the city we go to and what we do to entertain ourselves.  It use to be great to spend a day in the mall,,, grab the clothes (of which she wasn’t very picky)… and hit the hotel swimming pool after a quick dinner at a homey restaurant… To a decade later we seem to do a large city excursion, 2 days filled with multiple malls, pedicures, movie theaters, hot tubs, fancy restaurants, longer stays and more thought put into the wardrobe!.

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So I wanted to share just a few pictures of our weekend excursion…

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The drive… With my baby driving… Yummy food at a great restaurant,,, Trying a new guitar out for this years school project (Learning to Play)

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   We got our noses pierced…

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Stopped by my longtime BFF’s Antique Store in Sacramento

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Yarn shopping for something special

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So for this last year,,, we did a few special things… here is the rundown!

Drive to Sacramento,,, Stayed in an extra nice room for 3 nights… Shopped for 2 days at 2 major malls, pedicures, great lunches at nice restaurants, evening hot tubing, nose’s pierced, fancy dinner at a Japanese restaurant, Two evenings at movie theaters,,,one of them at an IMAX Theater, friends antiques store, yarn shopping, great orchard where we picked out all our favorites including dehydrated chili-sugar encrusted mango’s… stopped by to see family on the trip home and yes,,, I did crochet in the evenings in the room!  It was a great trip and we both have looked forward to being with each other (sometimes rare with a teenager)…

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Lots of crochet coming down the line!   Hope your weekend was great!

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So here is to Tradition, Mother-Daughter Weekends and Crochet!

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Elena

 

 

Beatrice Ryan Designs… We have a winner!

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I know you are all sitting on the edge of your seats to see if you were the winner of the great little prize package!!!  I just want to really thank those who participated and everyone who is following along… I have a lot of very exciting things coming up!!

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So… Here it is.. The winner is Sue McQ,,,, She loved the posts on the Owls… Thank you Sue!!!  Just give me a quick email at [email protected] with your shipping information and your gift will be on the way!!

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So here is to winning a prize, August and Crocheting!

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Elena

 

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