f Si Nanay Madel: November 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016

A Very Slouchy Hat




I've always wanted to make a very slouchy hat!  I always ended up a little too short, because I wanted a slouchy hat using just one skein of yarn. And it's so hard to do that because usually you will need more than one skein for that. But then with RH skeins you can actually make a two or more Basic beanies, so I choose  RH Super Saver Aran Fleck

Materials:


Size:
Adult Size

Stitches used:
  • ch - chain
  • sc - single crochet
  • sl st - slip stitch
Special Stitch Used:
 Camel Stitch ( using sc)  - SC in the third loop of the previous HDC. Here is a tutorial on how to camel stitch. Just click on the link.





Instructions:

Start with a magic ring.

Round 1. 6 hdc into the ring. Close up the ring tightly, do not join, let's continue to work in round. Use your stitch markers to mark where you begin or end up.

Round 2. HDC 2 in each stitches around ( 12hdc).

Round 3. HDC 2 in each stitches around ( 24 hdc)

Round 4. HDC 1 in the first stitch, hdc 2 in the next. Repeat all around ( 36 hdc). 

Round 5. HDC 2 in each stitches around. At the end of this round your circle will be a little wavy like this... (72 hdc)
Round 6. HDC in each stitch around. (72 hdc)

Round 7-21. Repeat Round 6. Then Change color to black.  (72 hdc) 

Round 22. With black yarn, hdc in each stitch around.  Then change back to Aran Fleck (72 hdc) 

Round 23. HDC in each stitch around. (72 hdc)

Round 24.  Camel stitch in each stitch around using sc or sc in the third loop of the hdc in the previous round. (72 sc)

Round 25-30.  Sc in each stitch around. ( 72 sc).

Fasten off and weave all ends with your tapestry needle.

Then make your pompom in black and add a little aran fleck yarn to get this effect. 


And thank so very much to my son for modeling this hat for me. When I asked him to "look this way honey" this is what he did.. lol

So that's it. I hope you all learn something and enjoy this post. If you have any questions, comments or suggestion just leave a message on the comment box and I will gladly answer them. Thank you and God bless!


xoxo

Nanay Madel



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Thought of the Day

November 27, 2016

Not one moment can we be secure except as we rely upon God, the life hidden with Christ. Watchfulness and prayer are the safeguards of purity. - SDG 62




Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Sleepyhead Doll by Lanas y Ovillos



I've been eyeing to make an amigurumi, I even purchased a Craftsy Class By Stacey Trock of  Fresh Stitches called Amigurumi: Woodland Animals. I learned a lot from that class but I still don't have the expertise I want with Amigurumi. I have a problem with balance, my eyes are not in the center, the bear I did from that class was looking up. I don't know why, the class is so good, the instructor is wonderful and she answers your every questions. Maybe it was too advanced for me yet, or maybe I just expect too much from me. 

But I never give up, I will never give up on amigurumi. I even made my first pattern Angry Birds Amigurumi, although I can honestly say that the bird did not look like an angry bird at all...lol, but my son love it. So I searched the internet (Youtube) for an easy beginners amigurumi tutorial. And found this one by Lanas y Ovillos. It was very easy for me to follow and a good start for someone like me. I was just too ambitious in making those complicated toys.

With this one I am satisfied with the result, not that I am the only one satisfied, my niece seems to love it also. We asked her what to name the doll, she wants to call it "cappy" I think she means "Nappy" since it is a sleepy doll. And yes she takes it with her in her sleep.  And I am happy that she likes it, because nothing is more satisfying to know that someone appreciates and loves my work.


So I guess my amigurumi adventure doesn't stop here, someday I will make those complicated ones... My son keeps asking for a dinosaur! Wow a dinosaur! Wish me luck on that.

So that's it. I hope you all learn something and enjoy this post. If you have any questions, comments or suggestion just leave a message on the comment box and I will gladly answer them. Thank you and God bless!


xoxo

Nanay Madel



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Thought of the Day

November 22, 2016

If we expect our own prayers to be heard we must forgive others in the same manner and to the same extent as we hope to be forgiven. - Pr 283


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Crochet Drawstring Backpack


I made this bag for my  eldest.  I have never made a bag for him yet, because I was thinking of making something not for babies but not for adult also. Something for a little big boy. He is 7 years old and he won't appreciate if I make him some character bag, he won't even take a look at it. He is so proud to be a "big boy" already. So I made this drawstring backpack. I did not plan for this to be in 2 colors. It is supposed to be just the fleck one, but I run out of yarn, so added the black yarn. and it turned out fine and actually much better.

The design of this bag is very adjustable.. You can make a bigger one by adding more chains in the beginning and more rows. You can either make this in one color or more.  I did not indicate in the pattern when to change color, because it is not necessary, use your imagination. You can even make this in rainbow colors if you want to.



Materials

Stitches used:
  • ch - chain
  • sc - single crochet
  • sl st - slip stitch 

Instructions:

Row 1. Leave a long tail at the beginning of your work before starting about 2 feet, we will use this for sewing the fold use to hold our cord. Then chain 90 plus 1. SC in the 2nd chain from the hook, and the rest of the chains. Chain 1, turn.

Row 2. SC in the first stitch until the end. Chain 1, turn. 

Repeat Row 2 until your desired width of the bag is achieve. For this bag I was only up to Row 42. Then fasten off and leave a long tail also in this side for sewing again the other side of the bag to hold the cord. Make sure that the tails are on the opposite ends and side of your rectangle. Just like the illustration below

We are going to fold both ends of the rectangle and stitch it with a simple whip stitch. This is where our cord will go through.  My two tails are in different colors, and since this bag is in two colors also, when I fold and stitch them, the white one would go to the black part and the black yarn would go to the white part. But in the front it doesn't really show that much. So I just leave it like that.

See? it really doesn't show that much. So now that you're done sewing the fold, let's fold the bag in the middle and sew both sides using the whip stitch also. BUT do not sew till the top for we will insert our cord in there. 
Then let's add the finishing touches. This is were you insert your cord also.  The pattern for this is simply chain 6, sc in the 2nd chain from the hook, and sc till the end, chain 1 and turn. Repeat sc all the stitches until row 4. Leaving also on both ends a long tail for sewing.  Make two (2). I made one in aran fleck and one in black also. Then sew this small piece into the back of your bag.



Now in inserting the cord, i follow this video on Youtube. Just watch till the last part where she insert the cords. I hid the knots at the folded area so that it won't show. 

Here are some pictures of my son wearing it. At first he doesn't like it ( yes that's true) he dislike everything that I made for him, for he feels like I am only making things for babies. When I told him that even his father would wear this one, he did not hesitate anymore. He even use this one at school during examination day. And I think he loves it already. 

So that's it. I hope you all learn something and enjoy this post. If you have any questions, comments or suggestion just leave a message on the comment box and I will gladly answer them. Thank you and God bless!


xoxo

Nanay Madel



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Thought of the Day

November 20, 2016

The Sabbath and the family were alike instituted in Eden, and in God's purpose they are indissolubly linked together. - SD 181


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Free Pattern: Christmas Ornaments



It's the time of the year. Christmas season is almost here. In the Philippines, Christmas time starts so early. It can even start as early  as September.  But now it is almost December and I can see so many houses decked with Christmas decorations already. Even in a tropical country like the Philippines, chilly winds do blow when Christmas time is near.

And since we all decorate our houses with everything Christmas, here are some Christmas ornaments for a crocheter like me to do. I plan to make all of them, and I wish I can this time. I always plan to make so many Christmas Crochet and end up not even making half of it. I am super busy working full time and also being a mother and a wife, I don't think I can make any of then anymore.  But these patterns are so easy and quick, and I am hoping to do them all before Christmas time.  


  1. Caron Candy Cane Ornament
  2. Crochet Christmas Light Flowers by LookAtWhatIMade
  3. Crochet Star Ornament by One Dog Woof
  4. Fair Isle Evergreen & Snowflake Ornament by One Dog Woof  again - In the link is the Pattern for the evergreen. Just read on the post and you will see also the link for the snowflake.
  5. Pompom Christmas Ornament by PysselBolaget
These are all Free Patterns. I can't wait to start making, although I might be too late already on starting one, as almost all are putting their decorations already. As I said these are so all so easy and quick, the pompoms appeal to me the most. So easy and yet they are so pretty. And If I can't set up a Christmas tree this time ( a long story why), the Christmas Light Flowers would come in handy for all my Christmas lights. 


So that's it. I hope you all learn something and enjoy this post. If you have any questions, comments or suggestion just leave a message on the comment box and I will gladly answer them. Thank you and God bless!


xoxo

Nanay Madel



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Thought of the Day

November 17, 2016

The Christian home is to be an object lesson, illustrating the excellence of the true principles of life. - AH 31



Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Crochet Panda Shoulder Bag


I've been wanting to make this little girl a bag. But can't seem to find the right pattern. I want it to be just small. Just enough for this little one put on her little things. Then I came up with this Cute Panda Bag. The yarn I used are purchased locally. It's cotton and is 8 ply, so you can substitute any yarn with that weight and type.

Please excuse my niece's outfit. It's really not that easy to make a 2 year old  model your work, even if that work is for her. So no time to change clothes or even to tie her hair. lol.



Materials
  • Cotton yarn (8 ply) in black and white
  • G /4.0 mm crochet hook
  • 2 Metal rings
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors



Stitches used:
  • magic ring
  • ch - chain
  • sc - single crochet
  • dc - double crochet
  • hdc - half double Crochet
  • sl st - slip stitch



Instructions:
Round 1.   Ch 23. 2 Sc in  2nd chain from the hook, sc in each chain until the end (20 sc) with 5 sc at the last ch. Then continue on working to the other side of the chain to complete the round. Sc until the end with 3 sc in last ch, where the first 2 sc is located. Join with a sl st in first sc of the round, ch 1.

Round 2. 2 sc in each of the first 2 sc, then sc each of the next 20 sc's. 2 sc in each of the next 5 sc, then sc 20 in each stitches, 2 sc into the last 3 stitiches. Join with a sl st in first sc of the round, ch 1.

Round 3. *Sc, 2 sc * repeat 2 times, then sc 20 in each next stitches, *sc, 2sc* repeat 5 times. Sc 20 in each of the next stitches, *sc, 2 sc* 3 times. Join with a sl st in first sc of the round, ch 1.

Round 4. *Sc, sc,  2 sc * repeat 2 times, then sc 20 in each next stitches, *sc, sc,  2sc* repeat 5 times. Sc 20 in each of the next stitches, *sc, sc, 2 sc* 3 times. Join with a sl st in first sc of the round, ch 1.

Round 5. Sc in each stitches on the back loop only (BLO). Join with a sl st in first sc of the round, ch 1. (80sc)

Round 6 - 30.  Sc in each stitches on both loops now. Join with a sl st in first sc of the round, ch 1.
(80 sc).



Attaching the metal rings for the strap.

Round 31.  Sc in each 35 stitches, then attached the metal rings with 5 sc . ( Here's a video on how to attached metal rings. In this video I used hdc, but the principle is still the same with sc. )

Round 32. Sc in each stitches on both loops now. Join with a sl st in first sc of the round, ch 1.
(80 sc). 

Fasten off and weave all ends using your tapestry needle.


 For the straps. 

Row 1. Attached your yarn to your metal rings and sc 5, ch 1 and turn. 

Row 2-150.  Sc in each stitch, chain 1 and turn. ( you can adjust the length of the straps by adding more rows or lessening the rows of 5 single crochets.) At the end. Single Crochet 5 into the other metal ring. Fasten off and weave all ends using your tapestry needle.



For the panda face.

Ears. (Make 2 pairs of circles or 4 circles )

Round 1.  Make 6 sc into the magic ring . Do not join , just continue to work into the second round.

Round 2.  2 sc in each around.

Round 3. SC in first, 2 sc in next. Repeat around, then sl st into the next stitch, and and leave a long tail for sewing later. Only leave a long tail into 2 of the 4 circles.

Then with 4 circles join 2 circles by sewing them together using your tapestry needle. Do this also to the other pair.  And attached your ears in the front of the bag, about 12 to 15 sc apart.



Eyes.

White eyes.  Make 6 sc into the magic ring and fasten off. Make 2. Fasten off and leave a long tain for sewing

Black eyes.  Make 6 sc into the magic ring. Do not join , just continue to work into the second round.

Round 2.  2 sc in first sc. Hdc, Dc in next st. 2DC in next 2 sts. Hdc, dc in next st, 2 sc in last st. (12 sts)

Round 3. SC in first 2 st. hdc, dc in next st, dc 2 in next 2 st, dc in next 2 st, dc 2 in next st, dc in next, hdc in next st, sc 2 in next 2 st.

Round 4.   *sc, sc 2* repeat 2 times, *hdc, hdc2 * repeat 5 times, *sc, sc 2* repeat 2 times, then sl st into the next stitch, and and leave a long tail for sewing later



Nose.

Chain 6. SC in the 2nd chain from the hook, hdc, dc in next 2 sts, hdc, sc in last st. Chain 1 and continue to work in the other side of the chains. SC , hdc, dc in the next 2 st, hdc and sc in last. Chain and fasten off. Leave a long tail to sew later.


After all is done. Carefully sew all the pieces into the bag, using your tapestry needle. Don't forget to sew the mouth of the Panda. 

Here's a another picture of my niece modeling her own bag. When I said smile, this is all that she gave me and wry smile.. lol

So I guess that is all there is for this particular pattern. I hope you all learn something and enjoy this post. If you have any questions, comments or suggestion just leave a message on the comment box and I will gladly answer them. Thank you and God bless!


xoxo

Nanay Madel



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Thought of the Day

November 14, 2016

Pure air, sunlight, abstemiousness, rest, exercise, proper diet, the use of water, trust in divine power - these are the true remedies. - ML 135



Sunday, November 6, 2016

Oh My Hat - by Moogly


A friend of mine gave me a very wonderful yarn. Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Oxford Grey. It's my first time to take hold of a yarn like this. Seriously, I was elevated when I had it. Please excuse my ignorance, but I am living in a tropical country and most of our yarns here are made of cotton. My sister is even asking me why am I making all this crochet that I cannot use here since it's so hot and humid in here. I don't know, I just love to make anything out of my yarns, and yes sometimes chilly winds blow so I got to use them, but not all the time. There are also who order from me such things and I wonder also if they got to use it all the time. 

So back to the yarn, it was given to me but it was only 1 skein of yarn. Since I want it to be wearable even in the tropics, I decided to me it into a hat. So the quest for the best pattern begins, at first I tried to make it into something I've designed myself but was disappointed because the yarn is not enough. So I've searched the internet, and so happy that the first blog I've looked upon was Moogly. So happy that when I needed a perfect pattern it was given to me immediately.  Oh My Hat is perfect for the yarn I have. Perfect also for what I needed, I could use this everyday. So happy also that one skein is all I need. 
I added some pompom to it. I made it by myself with some Lion Brand Bonbons Party.

So go ahead and try the pattern now on mooglyblog.com. The pattern is so easy to follow, I thought to myself first that this would be a long project because I thought the stitches were hard , but it is not. It is so easy to make. I've finished this in one seating only and I am sure that after you've finished your hat you will surely gonna say "Oh My Hat!"


So that's it. I hope you all learn something and enjoy this post. If you have any questions, comments or suggestion just leave a message on the comment box and I will gladly answer them. Thank you and God bless!


xoxo

Nanay Madel



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Thought of the Day

November 6, 2016

The vine has many branches, but though all the branches are different, they do not quarrel. In diversity there is unity. - AG 211


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Suzette Beanie

I've been working on this pattern for a week. A friend gave me a very wonderful yarn. One that I haven't had ever before. It's Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Oxford Grey. I have never had this kind of yarn, just because it's so hard to find a Lion Brand yarns here in the Philippines. I love it very much so I was thinking of making a slouchy hat out of this yarn, and even posted on Instagram a WIP.
A photo posted by Si Nanay Madel (@sinanaymadel) on

But I was so sad because I only have a skein of that yarn and wasn't able to finish the project. It can't even finished a beanie, much more a slouchy hat. So I had to frog it and think of a new project for that yarn ( SPOILER! I found one and would post soon about it. So excited for that one)

And so I look for another yarn, long enough and soft enough for a slouchy hat. Good thing this locally bought yarn was good enough to be a replacement for this project. 

The stitch is called "Suzette Stitch" and it is so easy to do but an eye catcher. It is just a combination of single crochet and double crochet. 
And as you can see it's still not as slouchy as I want it to be. But then I am already happy with the result. If you have a better yarn, that can make it more slouchy go ahead and use it. My goal for this was to use only one (1) skein of yarn , but have I had more skein of the wool-ease I could have make that exemption, but no worries all things come together for good. So here is the Pattern of this hat.

Materials

Size
Adult Size

Stitches used:
  • ch - chain
  • sc - single crochet
  • dc - double crochet
  • sl st - slip stitch


Instructions:

Round 1 . Chain 80, join to the first chain. Chain 1, sc in first stitch, sc all around. Join with a sl st in first sc, chain 1.

Round 2-10. Sc all the way around. Join with a sl st in first sc, chain 1.

Round 11-24. Sc in first stitch, dc in same stitch. * skip next stitch, sc, dc in next*. Repeat * all the way around. Join with a sl st in first sc, chain 1.  Leave a long tail to gather up the crown or stitch it up to close it. The pompom is optional. 

Now if you want a more slouchy hat you can continue working up to your desired length. 

That is all there is for this pattern. So easy and yet so pretty.


So that's it. I hope you all learn something and enjoy this post. If you have any questions, comments or suggestion just leave a message on the comment box and I will gladly answer them. Thank you and God bless!


xoxo

Nanay Madel



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Thought of the Day

November 3, 2016

Christ in us will meet the Christ in our brethren, and the Holy Spirit will give that union of heart and action which testifies to the world. - TC

Wedding Cupcakes


Last weekend I have the opportunity to bake some wedding cupcakes for my friend's civil wedding. It's just a gathering of about 20 people. Small, simple and intimate. They do plan to have a church wedding next year and they already told me to bake the cake! wow! Can I ever do it? Our circle of friends started since high school and all of them chimed in to help.  But enough for that cake, this post is about the wedding cupcakes I made for them on their civil wedding.

I used this recipe  from my other post about baking. I put the cupcakes in a fancy paper cup and add some frosting using a large star tip and some white sugar pearls to give that wedding vibe to the cupcakes. The bride made those signs for the cupcakes. I made just about 25 cupcakes just enough for all those who came. Actually the recipe itself can make up to 32 not so small size cupcakes. I only made about 25 for medium size.


The pictures below are from the couple. They are not mine, I already asked permission from the bride before I posted them here. I have to put a watermark to prevent anyone from claiming them as theirs. 




 The food!!


My friends for 20 years already! wow! we are no longer young indeed! hahaha.


And this very cute baby girl just can't stop licking the cupcakes! How adorable! 



So that's it. I hope you all learn something and enjoy this post. If you have any questions, comments or suggestion just leave a message on the comment box and I will gladly answer them. Thank you and God bless!


xoxo

Nanay Madel



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Thought of the Day

November 2, 2016

True faith rests on the promises contained in the Word of God, and those only who obey that Word can claim its glorious promises. - AG 207