Temperature Afghan

Hey Sis,

Grandma Quick and I are both working on temperature blankets together. This is a pretty neat afghan, as you work only one row per day, and you decide what color to work with based on the temperature. Most temperature afghans have a row for every day of the year, but some of the baby blankets are smaller… perhaps, six months. 

Grandma started her afghan on the first day of this month. My yarn just arrived this morning, so I will be starting mine on the first of August! I don’t like using Red Heart, so I looked around on KnitPicks for something affordable and nice! I found this yarn, and really like. It is very nice soft acrylic and super wash wool blend called Mighty Stitch!

You pick out nine colors, this is my color pallet

90+ Pomegranate

80+ Serrano

70 + Orange

60 + Canary

50 + Alfalfa

40 + Macaw

30 + Marina

20 + Celestial 

Below 20 – Eggplant



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1861 Crochet Purse (Historic Pattern for Modern Crocheter)

Dear Sis, thanks so much for helping me get this pattern ready! 🙂

Peterson’s Crochet Silk Purse, 1861

Skill Level: Easy. If you can crochet with fine thread (think doily) and do the slip stitch, double crochet and chain you can make it!

Materials: 25 grams of Silk Yarn (or more if you use a larger hook or want much fuller tassels), 1.80 or 1.90 MM crochet hook, embroidery needle, 3″ cardboard or plastic for making tassels, sewing needle, thread (I use a ply of the silk yarn)

Size: Without tassels, is approximately 4.5 – 5 inches long and 3.5 inches wide.

What Type of Yarn do I need?: I use and sell silk that is somewhere between lace weight and 20/2 cobweb.  You can purchase silk at my Etsy store, or from a number of other places. I have used both reeled mulberry and cultivated mulberry silks. Both work fine, but have different feels to them.

Your crocheting is complete! Now, time for tassels and cords.

Bottom Tassels: Watch a Youtube Video on How to Make Tassels and Practice! Seriously, if you have never made tassels before, don’t dig into your silk yet. Make tassels with cotton or wool yarn first.

My tassels are made with a 3″ wide Quilting Ruler, and my silk is wrapped around it 45 times. I do a simple loop knot twice.Once, I have three tassels, I tie the three tassels together. Drawl the yarn up through the bottom hole in the purse, tie knots to secure, and weave the yarn through my work (only on the inside, don’t weave it through, so that it shows on both sides of your work) and cut off the extra string.

Tassels and Cords: Cords can be twisted or braided. I braid my cords.  My cords are simply the strings that tie off the top of the tassel. They are 58 inches long and folded in half… so you will have six strings per group of tassels. I then knot all six strings together about 3/4 of an inch above the tassels, separate strings into two groups, and braid.  When the cords are made. I fold the purse and half and weave the cords from one tassel in and out of row 30… both in different directions, till they meet in the center. Then, I decide how long I want my cords to be, when my purse is fully opened, and sew the strings down to the inside of the purse. Repeat on the other side, so that you have a drawstring opening and closure.

A Look into the Historical Pattern

This is what was featured in Peterson’s Magazine, in 1861. Like most patterns of the time, accuracy wasn’t really a thing. If you look closely at this pattern, you will discover it isn’t actually mathematically correct. Ladies looked at the directions, pictures, and made something work.  Which, is exactly what I did. The pattern below, is my adaptation of the above pattern. What did I change?

  • I closed the bottom to the purse. This was a preference of mine. If you want an open bottom, go for it! If you keep the same number of stitches, as I have in each round, your purse will be the same shape and size.
  • I didn’t follow the bottom diagram. The bottom diagram shows 1dc in the chain one space, and a dc in each stitch next to the chain. I choose to do 3dc in each ch1 space. Why? Because, it creates a prettier hole. In fact, when I followed the directions, it didn’t give me a pretty gap at all.
  • I didn’t add as much frill to the top. 

Fun Pictures of the Finished Projects!

Enjoy the pattern! Please comment or email me with any questions, pattern notes, or success stories. For those who prefer it, I sell these purses ready made and custom made in my Etsy shop.

copywright2017 – this pattern is for personal use only. This pattern is not to be sold or redistributed.


Vintage Butterfly Slippers

Hey Sis,

My recent Pugly Pink Slippers brought about another creation. I was looking online for more inspiration, as I figured I needed another two pairs of slippers so I could wash them, and I found these pretty vintage slippers.


So, I set to work. I ended up using the basic pattern from MINNI SLIPPERS again. This time however, I changed it a bit.

Pattern for Butterfly slippers

Supplies: H & D Hooks, and some scrap worsted weight yarn

American Sizes: Ladies 6, (7), [8]

Row 1: Create a slip knot. Ch2 is considered your first hdc now and throughout the pattern. Stop when you have 9 hdc (11 hdc) or [13 hdc)

Row 2: 2 hdc in each stitch. Total = 18 hdc, (22 hdc) [26 hdc]

Row 3: Add hdc evenly around till you have 28 hdc, 32 hdc, 34 hdc. If you think it needs to be wider for your foot, go ahead and add more stitches, but make sure the stitch count is even. If you think it needs to be narrower, go ahead and take some out, and make sure it is even. Remember… these will stretch, so make sure it fits snuggly right now.

Row 4 – 9 (10) [11] hdc in the round without adding any stitches.

Row 10 (11) [12] hdc in next 20 stitches (22) [24]

Row 11+ (12+) [13+] turn, hdc in the following 20 stitches. Repeat till a good length for your foot. For me, that was 25 rows. Remember… these will stretch a lot.

Finish by slip stitching back seam together.


Starting in back of slipper do a 1 double, 2 triple, 1 double crochet shell. Skip one row of hdc, and do a single crochet. Skip 1 row of hdc, and do shell. If you want a more elastic band, skip two rows between the shells. Go around, and make sure sides are even.


With size D hook, chain 7. Slip stitch into the first chain to make a loop.

Row 1: Ch3 counts as first dc now and throughout pattern. 2 dc, ch3, *3dc, ch3* repeat from * to * till you have eight chain 3 loops.

Row 2: In first loop *sc, hdc, dc, 2tr, dc, hdc, sc* repeat in all loops. Tie off

Fold Butterfly in half, and create a chain. Tie chain around butterfly and leave the ties hanging off as antennas.  Sew onto slippers.img_0324 img_0317





Pugly Pink Slippers

Hey sis,

With the carpet in our house, and the fact that my husband doesn’t keep the house nearly as cold as Carmin does, I have taken to running around in my socks. Yay! I don’t have to wear shoes and wool socks anymore. However, as a sock knitter, and because it is rather obvious in nature, I know running around in your socks all day is a good way to kill them. So, I decided to make slippers.

With what, you may ask? With nothing, but that really ugly variegated pink plastic (I mean acrylic) Red Heart yarn. That stuff was great for teaching kids to crochet, but we haven’t really done that in awhile. And I do have a policy, that I’m not very good at following. Don’t buy more yarn, until you used some of the old stuff. 

I found a pattern on Raverly, from a Russian knitter whom was kind enough to both share her pattern, and translate it to English. http://tuumajatoimi.blogspot.com/2011/02/minni-tossut.html

The ugly pink yarn… it’s important that slipper yarn is ugly. So, you will not feel bad ruining them. hahahaha

img_0307Okay, I will be honest. They didn’t turn out that bad. 
img_0309But, they are rather the vision on our variegated pink carpet that is in the sewing room. lolimg_0310img_0311img_0316





Bedroom Set

Hey Sis,

Nate and I are feeling super spoiled right now. For our wedding gift, Nate’s mother and stepfather bought us a bedroom furniture set, complete with a bed frame and headboard, two Nightstands and dresser for each of us! Yep, we are very spoiled!

Last weekend, all four of us went furniture shopping together. We got into the car and drove for about an hour to Wayside furniture store, and browsed. Just when I thought we finished and saw everything in the store, the sales assistant said, “would you like to see the next building?”… twice! The place was huge, and I Nate and I were a bit overwhelmed with choices. We knew what we didn’t want. No cushioned fabric headboard, no foot board to kick in our sleep, nothing that would try to kill our toes if we cut a tight corner around the bed, and something in the cherry color. Yes, Nate and I both liked a deeper cherry. 

After we left Wayside, we took a few photos of the ones we liked the most. And decided to drive down to Andreas. Andreas was a bit further away, and we were getting very hungry. So, we stopped at an Amish restaurant. The line was huge. Nate’s step father and I eyed the line thinking… is there anything else nearby? But, the food was very good! Nate got a pie sampler platter and had fun tasting peanut butter, cherry and apple pie. He couldn’t finish, and I told him as his life helper, I would take care of the rest. 🙂

We went through all the pictures and measurements, and determined we had a tie. We liked one set from Andreas, and one from Wayside. Eeep. How did we decide? Well, we found out the set from Wayside was made out of real cherry wood instead of particle board. Problem solved, we were ordering that one. Boy are we glad we did, it is  beautiful!

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I know you have got your eyes on our bright pink carpet! Because Nate and I are super sweet… if you really want it, we would be happy to give it to you? 😉 We are getting rid of that eyesore (actually the whole room used to be painted pink with a rose wallpaper border) after we potty train our future puppy!

With new pretty Nightstands, the last thing I wanted to do was ruin the finishing.  And because Nate and I both like to have water nearby, I made some coasters. I wanted them to match the bedroom comforter set, as well as look great on the cherry wood.  So, I went through that cotton yarn stash that you left me. (You know sis, I have practically every color, but cream and white in there hehehe)


The Pattern 


Up to 4 colors of cotton worsted yarn

G sized hook


Chain 4, slip stitch into first chain to create a loop.

Row 1: Chain 2 (counts as first dc), dc 12 times in loop, slip stich to top of chain 2. Cut off color. (Total 13 stitches)

Row 2: Chain 1 (counts as first sc) sc in stitch, 2sc in every stitch around. Slip stitch to top of chain. Cut off color. (Total 26 sc stitches)

Row 3: Chain 1 (counts as first hdc) dc in stitch, *1 hdc, 2 hdc* repeat from * to * until complete.  Slip stitch to top of chain. (Total 40 hdc)

Row 4: Chain 1(counts as first slip stitch) *1hdc, dc and tr in same stitch, tr and dc in next stitch, hdc, slip stitch* repeat from * to * until around. Slip into chain 1 to close round. You will have 8 petals. Cut off color.

Row 5: Start row on a slip stitch that is between the petals of the previous row. Ch1, (counts as first slip stitch) *sc, hdc, hdc and dc in same stitch, dc and hdc in next stitch, hdc, sc, slip stitch*repeat from * to * until around. Slip into ch1 to close round. You will have 8 petals. Cut of color.

Weave in tails and you are done!!



Monkey Hats

Dear Sis,

This year I am crocheting Monkey Hats as the Littles Christmas gift. I finished the first one this weekend while they were visiting with Grand Michelle and Mommy. 


In my new less adventurous pregnant lady mind set, I am using Caron Critters kits I found on clearance at Michaels a few months ago.




What’s Cookin’ Good Lookin’?


Dear Sis,

I hope you and Nate will enjoy this chicken inspired cooking set! I can’t wait for you to open it at your Bridal Shower in July 2016.

Chicken Oven Mits

Oven Mits

tutorial found here: WonderUnder

Crochet Chicken Hot Pad Set

Chicken Pot Holder

pattern found here: ravelry

Pattern Notes: My Hot Pads are only a single thickness,

so I skipped all the steps related the second body and binding the two layers together.

Chicken Pot Holders

with Hot Pad Trio

Pot Holder Trio


All the Hot Pads

Chicken Timer

I hope you like it!