I'm one of those people. The ones who get giddy as soon as the weather starts to change, the temperature dips, the first flakes fall from the sky, and the store shelves start to fill with Holiday Cheer. I do hold off on putting up the tree until Dec 1st, only because I have a toddler who loves to take the decorations off and throw them around. However, this year is extra exciting! I'm spending the first 8 days of December in Mexico where I will be getting married! We have been planning this for over a year now, and I think it will be the perfect kick-off to the Christmas Season. Since we won't be around to put up the tree on December 1st (the day our flight leaves), I thought it was extra appropriate to release this Basket as my first Holiday Design of 2017! Drum roll, please.....
A year and a half ago I took part in a Crochet Charity Drive on Facebook that is hosted by the wonderful Sonya of Blackstone Designs. A whole bunch of us got together to design some mittens or gloves for people to make and donate. I created the Shelby Mitts and Gloves! This year she asked us if we could all come up with something for people to donate to Children's Charities. I thought of this little guy that I had as a WIP for too long, so I dug him out of the bin, finished adding his features, and here you are! The Robot Pillow is now at his regular price of $5 on Ravelry. I would love to know what you think!
Every project needs that finishing touch. Sometimes it's a pompom on top of a hat. Sometimes it's fringe on a poncho, or buttons on a sweater. Maybe it's just some great blocking on an afghan. And sometimes, it's a belt! For the Danielle Cardigan, I knew that style called for something to tie around the waist, and a belt was the perfect fit. The only thing missing were some Belt Loops to allow me to wear the Cardigan open, or closed, depending on how I was feeling at any given moment. Here I will show you an incredibly simple way to add Belt Loops to any item you feel might need a pair!
- A small amount of yarn to match your project. I used Caron Simply Soft in Pagoda to match my Cardigan.
- Crochet hook in the recommended size on your yarn label. I used an H (5mm).
- Tapestry Needle.
- Measuring Tape (optional).
- Stitch Markers (optional).
- The item you are adding Belt Loops to.
1: With yarn and hook, leaving a 6" tail, ch10, sc in 2nd and across. (9) *** If you are using a belt other than the one in the Danielle Cardigan pattern, chain enough sts to fit comfortably over your belt.***
2-3: Ch1, turn, sc across. (9)
Fasten off leaving a 6" tail.
Try the Garment on and tie the belt around your waist. Mark where you want your Belt Loops to go with the Stitch Markers, or a small scrap of yarn. Alternatively, you can measure with a measuring tape the distance from your underarm to your waist. Make sure your Stitch Markers are evenly spaced. With the Tapestry Needle and tails, stitch the Belt Loops on, making sure to leave space between the Belt Loops and the Garment so that the Belt slides through easily. Do not weave in your ends! Once your Belt Loops are attached, try the Garment on with the belt. Make sure they are evenly spaced, and comfortable. Once you are satisfied, weave in all the ends. Enjoy!
©2017 Pam Dajczak
Wow! I blinked, and now it's March 2017! Isn't March great? I mean, I could do without the Lake Effect winds, -20C temps and snow up to my eyeballs; but March means we are so close to Spring. Soon I will be able to put away the snow suits, the winter boots, the shovels and ice scrapers. My entrance won't be covered in slush and soggy mitts. I can once again open my windows and let in the fresh air! Ahhhh... Spring is so close I can almost feel it ❤️. But, do you know what else is so great about March? It means we are also celebrating International Crochet Month, or NatCroMo!
I like to think that I have a pretty sweet job. I work from home in my pjs, set my own hours, and let my creativity be my guide. Of course, the drawbacks would be never quite getting away from work, like, ever. Oh, and the unpredictable pay. And maybe even the lack of face to face contact with other grownups, unless you count the cashiers at the grocery store. I try to get in as much adult conversation as I can while they ring up my order. Just slightly embarrassing. However, the good always outweighs the bad when it comes to this Dream Career, and it never hurts when some extra perks come along that sweeten the pot! Enter, Chetnanigans. Sean and Holly O'Brien are the Masterminds behind the name, and with Sean's love of wood working, and Holly's passion for crochet, they are looking to fill a void in the under-serviced Crochet and Knit market. Chetnanigans offers...
Here we go! My first What She Said Wednesday blog post! Yesterday in my FB Page Live Video, I talked about how to choose colors that go together. Here is a little more of a detailed post with the samples I shared yesterday...
Do you follow along on my Facebook Page? They have this new feature over there where people can post LIVE videos! I mean, what's not to like? You see the Actors, Athletes, Reality Stars, and even Crochet Designers, like myself, flub our way through a live broadcast, trying not to look at our own faces instead of the camera, wondering if there is anything in our teeth and trying not to say "Ummm...." too much. No place to hide. No retakes. Scary stuff. Anyhoo! I digress. The whole point is to say that I started, it isn't too awful, and it keeps me on track! If you watched the third video I posted, you know that I mentioned a new series of weekly Events, mostly on my FB page. Feel free to follow along if you like a bit of scheduled variety in your life. I know, I like to live life on the edge ;)
Monday - Make It With... Monday! Here I will chat with you about an item; yarn, crochet tool, pattern, or Designer, that will help us create Crochet Amazingness! It will be something that I researched or used myself, or something that I cannot wait to try!
Tuesday - Tips & Tricks Tuesday! Pretty self-explanatory. I will be doing a live video (gulp!) on my Facebook Page usually around 1pm EST where you can watch me make a fool out of myself, ahem, help you with a question that you may have about crochet! If you miss it live, it will be there for you to watch whenever you have time. Archived forever. Sigh.
Wednesday - What She Said... Wednesday! Blog Post Day!! You will find a new post right here! It will probably be about something we chatted about on Monday or Tuesday. A yarn review, a tutorial, or maybe even more info about a new pattern. Squeal!!!
Thursday - #TBT, or, Throw Back Thursday! Check my FB page, or Instagram (@bysincerelypam) to see which pattern will get a shoutout and be available for 24 hrs on Ravelry for a DEEP discount! You won't want to miss that!
Friday - Freebie Friday! Once again, on my Facebook Page I will do a random giveaway. Free patterns, maybe some yarn, a tool we chatted about on Monday.... You will have to come and see ;)
Well, I really think you will enjoy what we chat about! I'm looking forward to seeing you around and getting to know you better :)
YES!!!! I'm so excited to be talking to you about this Challenge! And for several reasons. First of all... I LOVE THIS YARN! And secondly, I have been itching to design something like this for a LONG time! Well, the stars have aligned and everything seems to have worked out! First a little about the yarn....
Happy National Crochet Month!!!! This is my second year as part of the incredible month long Blog Tour put on by the incredible Amy and Donna of Crochetville! This year I have 2 fun things to offer everyone stopping by! The first is a sneak peek of my newest pattern, the Hunny Bunny Bonnet! Grab the Newborn size for FREE right here. If you want all sizes NB-5 years, you can pick up a copy in my Ravelry Shop! And, while there, why not stock up? Until March 31 2016, you can get any 10 Sincerely Pam patterns for $10!!!! Just use code 10FOR10 at check out! Offer valid in my Ravelry Shop on single patterns only.
Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope you stick around for what I'm working on in Spring 2016!
I purchased some beautiful Merino Superwash in this lovely lilac color at my Local Yarn Store. As soon as I put hook to yarn, this gorgeous Bunny Bonnet began to take shape! I love the texture of the Bonnet as well as the little bunnies that play along the Brim! I think the timing is just perfect with the first day of Spring here and Easter only a week away!
My name is Pam! I'm a 30-something WAHM of two amazing children! I live in beautiful Northern Ontario with my husband, kids and our feisty Westie, Rigby.