Cotton Star Baby Toy

Here’s another baby toy made from cotton yarn!

I used a 5mm hook and Bernat Handicrafter cotton yarn.

Star Pattern

Make 2
Make a magic circle. In the centre of the circle, make 10sc. Join to first sc with a sl st, then ch 1.
Row 2 – make 2 sc in each sc. Join to first sc with a sl st. Ch 1. (20 sc)
Row 3 – make 2sc in first sc, then 3 sc, repeat around. Join to first sc with sl st. Ch 1. (25 sc)
Row 4 – make 2sc in first sc, then 4 sc, repeat around. Join to first sc with sl st. Ch 1 (30 sc)

This finishes the body of the star. Now we’ll make the points. You’ll make five altogether.

Row 1 – 6 sc, ch 1 turn.
Row 2 – sc2tog, sc 5, ch 1, turn.
Repeat for 4 more rows, decreasing by 1 sc each time. When you get to one st, you’ll make sl st all down the arm until you get to the body again, where you’ll repeat to make 4 more arms.
When you finish with the last arm, finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Finishing
Hold the two wrong sides together, and whipstitch around. Leave a gap for stuffing with polyester fibre fill, or scrap yarn or fabric. I also put two jingle bells inside. Finish stitching, and then tie the ends and cut them. Then give them to a happy baby!

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Banana Custard Recipe (and creme brûlée)

I had some eggs that needed to be used up. My baby is 8 months old, so I figured that he’d enjoy some custard. Here’s the recipe that I used (this makes about five cups. It can easily be halved):

Banana Custard Recipe

In a saucepan, mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 3 cups milk, 2 tbsp cornstarch, and a pinch of salt. Cook over a medium-high heat until it starts to thicken, then turn to low and cook for 2 minutes. Make sure to keep stirring so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of your pot. Separate six eggs, and set aside the whites. Lightly beat the yolks. Add a bit of the milk mixture to the eggs to temper, and then pour the egg mixture into the pot. Turn the pot back up to medium and bring to a boil. Cook for two minutes, stirring constantly. Take off the heat and add 2 tsp of vanilla. Pour into a bowl, put a layer of Saran Wrap on the top, and place in the fridge to cool for at least an hour. Just before you are ready to serve, fold in 2 bananas. Because I was making this for my kids, I puréed the bananas first. You could slice them if you were serving it to a crowd with teeth.

*Note – because I was making this for little ones, I cut the sugar in half. If you like sweet custard, you could put a full cup in. I found it plenty sweet, especially with the bananas.

I gave my husband a creme brûlée torch for Christmas last year, and he broke it out tonight. He took some of the custard and put it in a creme brûlée dish, sprinkled a little sugar over top, and then burnt the top with a butane torch.

Now… What to do with those whites? I preheated my oven to 350, and greased 4 spots in a muffin tin. I put water in the empty spaces. I then added mushrooms, ham, and cheddar cheese to the bottom of the tin, and then poured the egg whites over top. I cooked them for about 20 minutes, and then had a delicious breakfast!

I’ve only got a picture of the custard… The creme brûlée didn’t last long, and I wasn’t thinking in the morning to take a picture of the egg ‘muffins’. What do you like to make with eggs?

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Tassels Baby Toy

I made my baby a new hat last week. His favourite part are the tassels. He often has the hat pulled off, and the tassels in his mouth. I decided to make him a toy.

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I used a 4.5mm hook, and Bernat Handicrafter yarn. When the toy gets full of baby drool, it can be thrown in the washing machine with my other dishcloths and towels!

Ch17. Insert your hook into the 3rd chain from the beginning, and make 15hdc across. Ch2, turn. Make 10 total rows of 15 hdc, then bind off.
Make a second square the same size, but don’t bind off. Hold the wrong sides together, then sc all around to attach the two squares together, putting three scs at the corners. Bind off.

Make 24 long lengths of yarn, probably around 8 inches. Take six of each and pull them through the corners. Braid and then tie off the ends. Give it to a teething baby, and make them very happy!

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How to Make Chocolate-Dipped Bacon Roses

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That’s right. These happened in our house today. There are just some times that you need to tell that special someone in your life that you love them more than bacon.

The first thing you need to do is to preheat your oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with foil, and put a rack on top of that. Next, begin to roll your bacon. I rolled them so the fatty side was on the bottom. The tighter it is, the better it will look. Stick toothpicks though the bottom of the roses to hold them together, and also to keep them from falling over.

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Bake them for about 20-25 minutes. Take them out, and blot them on paper towel to remove any extra grease.

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Prepare your roses by popping the flower petals off of them stem. Keep the green flower base, because that will hold your bacon rose.

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Next, melt some chocolate. I used to light chocolate melting wafers. For these ten roses, it only took about a quarter cup of wafers.  Dip the ends of your roses in the chocolate. I then placed them on a sheet of parchment paper to let the chocolate set slightly, for about two minutes. Then I pushed them onto the ends of the stems. Delicious!

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Lovable Lion Hat

Here is the hat that my three-year-old requested.

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He likes to ROAR while he’s wearing it.  I also happen to think that he looks a little like a shag carpet running around while he’s wearing it, but that’s neither here nor there.

Lion Hat – would probably fit up to 5T, he’s got a rather large head.  You can adjust the width or length accordingly to make it fit any size head. I used Impeccable by Loops and Threads, and a 4.5mm hook.

Ch 4.  Insert hook into first ch, and join together with sl st.  Ch 3.
In the circle you just made, make 10dc.  Join to first dc with sl st, ch 3.
Make 2 dc in each dc (20 dc), join to first dc with a sl st, ch 3.
2 dc in first dc, 1 dc in next.  Repeat until you reach the end of the row (30 dc).  Join to first dc with sl st, ch 3.
Keep adding 10 dc each time until you get to row 8, with 80dc.    Make six more rows.  Finish by joining to first dc with a sl st.  If you are making earflaps, continue on.  If not, bind off.

EarflapsAfter joining to first st with a sl st, ch 1.  Make 15 sc across.  Ch 1, turn.
Sc2tog, sc across until last two sc, sc2tog.
Continue in this fashion, decreasing by two sc each row until you get to 3 sc.
Sc2tog, sc.  Ch 1, turn.
Sc2tog, bind off.

Repeat instructions for second earflap halfway across the hat (skipping approximately 25 st).

When finished, go around the hat with a single row of sc in orange.

Eyes – I’m not 100% satisfied with the eyes… I may change them.  But here’s what I did:Make 2
Ch 4, join to first ch with a sl st.  Ch 1
In circle created with the ch, make 8 sc.  Join to first sc with sl st, ch 1.
Make 2sc in each sc.  Join to first sc with sl st, bind off, leaving a long tail for attaching to the hat.

Muzzle
With black, ch 4.  Join to first st with sl st, ch 1.
Make 8 sc in centre of circle.  Join to first sl st, and change colour to main colour of hat.
Make 2 sc in first 6 sc.  Ch 1, turn.
Make 2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in second.  Repeat 5 more times.  Ch 1, turn.Make 2 sc in first sc, then two sc.  Repeat 5 more times.  Ch 1, turn.
Sc across.  Break yarn.
Join orange onto the bottom part of the black.  Make 2 sc in each of the two remaining black st.  Ch 1.  When you turn, put your hook through the yellow part, as well.
2 sc in first sc, 1 sc.  Repeat.  Ch 1, join in with the yellow, turn.
2 sc in first sc, 2 sc.  Repeat.  Ch 1, join in with the yellow, turn.
Sc across remaining orange st.  Join with the yellow.  Break yarn.

When attaching the muzzle to the hat, allow it to puff out, and stuff with fibre fill or scrap yarn.

Ears (make 2)
Ch 4, join to first ch with sl st.  In the circle, make 8 sc.
Sc 2 in first 2 sc, 2 hdc in next 4 sc, then 2 sc in last 2 sc.  Join with sl st.  Ch 1.
2sc, sc, 2sc, sc, 2sc, sc, 2hdc, hdc, 2hdc, hdc, 2sc, sc, 2sc, sc, 2sc, sc.  Join with sl st.  Break yarn.  Make a second ear the same way.  Hold the two wrong sides together, and then sc around.

Mane
Make a few hundred 5 inch lengths of orange and tan.  What I did was wrap yarn around a playing card, and then snipped along the bottom to make sure they were all about the same length.  I hooked two strands of yarn in around the dc, and then pulled the yarn through the loop that was created.  If you’re familiar with latch-hooking, that’s how I did it.  Hopefully the picture will help you understand:

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Then you need to tie other pieces of mane in all around the hat.

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And hopefully you’ll have a happy customer!  The extra yarn keeps him pretty toasty as he’s running around outside.

If you try this pattern out, please let me know if there is anything missing, or any inconsistencies!  Please feel free to make and sell items using my patterns, but do not publish them as your own or sell them.  If you make it, and feature it on your website, please send them back to my site for the original.  Thank you!

Mighty Monkey Hat

I’ve often called my kids animals, so now I’m dressing them that way. With my baby’s big brown eyes, I wanted to make him an animal hat that complemented them. I settled on a monkey.

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I used Loops and Threads Impeccable for the yarn, and a 4.5mm crochet hook. This hat will fit up to 1 yr old. You can adjust the circumference or length as necessary.

Begin with dark brown.
Ch4, slip st in first ch, ch1.
Row 1 – make 8 sc in the ring. Join with sl stitch, ch 2.
Row 2 – make 2 hdc in each sc (16 hdc), join with sl stitch, ch 2.
Row 3 – 2 hdc, 1 hdc, repeat until end for 24 hdc. Join with sl stitch, ch 2.
Continue in this fashion, evenly adding 8 hdc each row until you get to row 9 (72 hdc).
Make 72 hdc all around for 5 more rows. If making a hat without earflaps, bind off at the end of this row, then do a round around with light brown. If making earflaps, do not bind off, but continue with the following directions:

Earflap 1 – ch 1. Make 13 sc across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2 – sc2tog, sc until last 2sc, sc2tog. Ch 1, turn.
Continue this way, decreasing by two sc each row, until you get to 3 sc.
Next row – sc2tog, sc 1, ch 1 turn.
Next row – sc2tog. Bind off.

Earflap two
Count 23 st from the side of the first earflap. Join the brown yarn, and follow the steps for the first. When finished both earflaps, outline the entire hat with light brown yarn, making scs all around.

Ears (make 2)
With the light brown, ch 4. Join to first ch with sl st, ch 1.
Row 1 – make 8 sc in centre of ring. Join to first st with sl st, ch 1.
Row 2 – make 2 sc in each sc. Join to first sc with sl st. Ch 1.
Row 3 – 2 sc in first, 1 sc in second. Continue around until you get 24 sc. Join yo first sc with sl st, bind off.
With dark brown, repeat to end of the third row, but do not bind off. Hold two ear pieces together, with the right sides facing out, and then make a row of sc all around. Bind off, leaving a long tail for attaching to hat.

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I attached the ears at the seventh and eighth rows.

Eyes (make 2)
The eyes are done making the same three row circle as the ears, using light brown. After completing the row circles, sew them together with 4 or 5 stitches, as seen in the picture before adding them to the hat:

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Muzzle
Ch 12. Make 1 hdc in second ch from hook, 8 hdc across, and 4 in last ch. Make 8 hdc across the other side, and 3 in the same st as the first. Join to first hdc with sl st, and ch 2.
2 hdc in first st. 10 hdc, 2 hdc in each of the next 2, 10 hdc, 2 hdc in last.
Hdc all around. Bind off, leaving a long tail to attach to hat.

Finishing
Sew ears to hat
Sew eyes, adding black dots for pupils
Sew a smile onto the muzzle, before attaching it to the hat. When attaching the muzzle, allow it to puff out. I stuffed mine with spare yarn. Add a nose.
Make a tassel for each earflap using 2 strands of brown, light brown, and black, braiding them together.

Feel free to make this hat. Let me know of any irregularities or inconsistencies in my pattern.

You can sell any finished hats with this pattern, but please do not sell the pattern or reproduce it without my consent. Feel free to post any finished projects on your own site, but please send them back here for the pattern. Enjoy!

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Stay tuned, because I’ll be posting the pattern for big brother’s hat soon!

Family Bracelets

For Christmas this year I gave my mother and my mother-in-law both grandmother’s pride bracelets.

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They were made on a stretchy cord with pearls and crystals. The hardest part was finding the right crystals to match the birthstones! Some ones you can try are daughter’s pride, which has the daughter’s birthstone in the middle with the parents on either side, or mother’s or grandmother’s pride, which is the children or grandchildren in order from oldest to youngest. I hope to make something for myself incorporating my boys’ birthstones soon.