Monday, January 24, 2011

Team Color Beanie's

Remember the post where I mentioned all the newsboy caps I've been crocheting?  See here if you missed it.
I've been doing a ton of them.  They're easy, I can do it while watching TV with the hubs, or at bboys with Hurricane or....well the point is, I can take em anywhere!  So one day while visiting my parents, I went on a covert op...Papa Pirate's bday was coming up, and Papa's and Memah's are hard people to buy for.  So I thought I'd make him a newsboy cap.  I sneakily had DH give his Huskers hat to daddy-o and then proceeded to interrogate him to see if he liked it haha.  What I found out...or sensed I found out was that he liked the warmth but wasn't too keen on the brim part so...a beanie was born.  We're Fins fans to the death, yes they've never shown us a superbowl, but I'm an underdog kinda girl...apparently Papa Pirate is too, cuz well, we like the Dolphins always and forever.  So I took the Fins colors and came up with this....

What do you do when your model is not cooperating cuz he wants to watch Rudy? It's an adult hat, but my DH was NOT gonna be caught DEAD in those colors...he's a Steeler fan through and through.  I call him fairweather but hey....where was I again?

oh yeah,You take the hat off and place it on the boring table and get the shot...whatever.'s the pattern... my disclaimer is this...
I'm new to crochet.  This is my first shot at pattern writing, I'm in NO way a pro, so be kind :)  Last thing I ask is that you link back to me in anything you may publish...spread the love, give credit where credit is due.  Thanks friends!

Here we go...
I used a size K needle and bulky yarn (ideally)
I had to get creative on this hat, cuz the aqua and orange only came in really thin baby yarn (worsted weight) so I used three strands of that as one string and it gave me the bulk I needed to match up to the bulky weight of the white yarn.  Hope that opens up your options on color! 

Round 1:  Chain 3...Slip Stitch (SS) to join in a loop.
Round 2: DC 9x in loop join with a SS. (you should have 9 stitches here)
Rnd 3: Chain 2, do 2 DC in Each Stitch (18), SS to join.
Rnd 4: Chain 2, DC in next stitch, 2 DC in following stitch.  Follow pattern around, 2DC every other stitch.  SS to join (18)
Rnd 5: Chain 2, DC in next two stitches, 2DC in third stitch.  Follow pattern around, 2DC in every third Stitch.  SS to join (27)
Rnd 6: Chain 2, DC in next three stitches, 2DC in fourth stitch. Follow pattern around, 2DC in every fourth stitch.  SS to join (36)
Rnd 7: Chain 2, DC in next four stitches, 2DC in fifth stitch, follow pattern around, 2DC every 5th stitch.  SS to join.  (45)
Rnd 8: Chain 2, DC 22 stitches, 2DC in 23rd stitch.  DC next stitches to your last one in the round, 2DC in last stitch of the round, SS to join (47) Tie off and weave
Rnd 9: Chain 1 with new color. (Mine was Orange) Now we're gonna Half Double Crochet this round (HDC) if you don't know what that is, click here for a utube tutorial.  So HDC the round, SS to join.  Tie off and weave the ends. (47)
Rnd 10: Chain 1 with a third color (here mine's white).  SC the round.  SS to join, tie off and weave. (47)
Rnd 11:  Chain 1 in your second color (Remember mine was Orange) HDC the round, SS to join, tie off and weave.
Rnd 12: Chain 1 in your original color, SC the round SS to join tie off and weave.
That's it your done!
Why tie off and weave so many times you ask?  Well, this is the "cleanest" way to change the colors.  I've left them attached before but then my colors get skewompus at the change of colors.  I'll show you what I mean...

See where the smaller white stitch is?  That's where I am changing colors.  See how seamless that is?  In the past, I would have had orange stitches in the white row and white stitches in the orange row!  If someone knows a better way to do this...easier than tying off each change, I'm open to suggestion!  Like I said, I'm new at this!
Anyway, that's my daddy-o's Team colors beanie!  Hope you enjoy!  And if you make it, I'd love for you to comment pics to this post!  Love to see whatcha got!

I'm a linkin fool!  Today I linked up to....

Sumo's Sweet Stuff...Market yourself Mondays 
Ninth Street Notions
Keeping it Simple
Tootsie Wootsie
Making the World Cuter

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Artisan Truffles

Hi all my three followers!
If your close enough to me, in the past few years you have been privy enough to receive my yummy chocolate truffles at Christmas time.
I'm VERY proud of these!  a) cuz it took me about three years to dial into the "right" recipe. b) they are super yummy, and c) I've gotten VERY good feed back!
So for all these reasons, I've decided to give it a go and list them for Valentines Day!!
To tempt your tastebuds, follow me...
Mmmmmm.  yummm.....Amaretto Goodness

ohhhhh.  Are you serious?  Is that your tummy growling?

No way??  Did you just salivate on your keyboard?

Thats a few I have to offer!
Check out my listing...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Easy Peasy Headband

I LOVE those headwraps.  Thats why I learned to crochet.  The funny part about that is... I have yet to make one!!!  I've been soooooooo busy with newsboy caps....
I made em for the kids...

Then for Hurricanes BBoys....

Then for cheap homemade Christmas Presents...
Ooops couldn't find that pic arghhhhh
Anyway, I'm just about hatted out.  But I'm not good at just sitting somewhere...I'm a great multi-tasker.  Take now for instance, I'm watching Glee, waiting on the dipes to dry, and blogging :)  Well, when we were out in California, my multitasking options were limited.  So I pulled out my crochet.  Hmmmm I thought, I could attempt to make one of those headbands but um, a) my hair is now short, b) I've made it through half the winter without one, and c) I couldn't find a pattern... hee hee.  I closed my eyes and thought...if I were a long piece of yarn, just waiting to take shape, what would I want to shape into?  Something pretty, frilly, fun, useful...something that still goes on the head, but not as bulky as the wrap...

This was perfect!  It was SUPER DUPER EASY, and I love that it's kind of intricate and mythical princess-y.  Wanna see another pic?
There we go from a little more head on approach.  I'm a dork.
And a new angle, same freakshow look on my face.

and another take...this is my ode to Napoleon Dynamite...the part where Uncle Rico is getting pics for his business card...oh yeah.  That one!  Tell me you aren't quoting a little ND now!!!

I know what your thinking right now....gawrsh mama, you're so talented!  How ever did you come up with this?  I didn't.  I copied.  Here's the link to my pattern.  Hope I inspired you to pull out the yarn and needles!

I linked up to:
make it wear it


Friday, January 7, 2011

Look ma...

Just a quicky...
My lil man.  Just thinking about him brings a smile to my face.  I speak in a softer voice and my eyes well up with tears when I speak about that little boy.  He has me WRAPPED TIGHT around that little 7 month old pinky.  I know.  I admit it.  He's my favorite Ocean...not my favorite SON (DH!!)  anyway.  My little baby is growing up.  As much as I don't want him to, he has braisenly proven this to me in two ways this week... well three, but one he didn't do I did.
1) He was moved to his very own room (I need to blog pics cuz I'm really proud of his room)
2) He slept through the night.
3) this....sniff sniff...

Next thing I know he'll be suitin up for homecoming game sniff sniff wahhhhhhhh!!!!

Sonoma Surprise

Christmas was good to us.
Ya know as you get older, your Christmas wish list diminishes in proportion with your Christmas Gift list growing.  I like to think it's because I'm maturing and learning the true meaning of Christmas is giving not getting hee hee.  That said, the best gifts given are the truly unexpected completely thoughtful gifts.

 We went to Cali for Christmas,  to visit the inlaws... On Christmas morning, we were presented with a seemingly benign piece of paper entitling us to one night away from the kiddos AND dinner to boot!!!  Thursday morning, we kissed the children and patted them on their little heads then took off before my inlaws rethought their gift :)  The first forty-five minutes of our drive I don't think we said a word.  I think we were just drinking in the silence, and maybe secretly waiting for the phone call saying, PSYCH!  We need you back here!  Imagine our mild surprise when we pulled off to our hotel in Sonoma...with no calls :)
First stop was our hotel; Doubletree, compliments of DH's travels; we left ten minutes later loaded with maps, and lots and lots of buy one get one coupons. (I'd highly recommend this tactic).  Then headed out to get in what we could before they closed cuz ahem, we didn't take into accord winter hours and we blew into town at like three.
Down the 101, to 16 over to wine mecca.  We drive through this little town square, through what seemed to be a neighborhood and just as DH and I were thinking Penny (GPS) had screwed us, we run smack dab into Sebastiani.

After a lil wine tasting, some picture taking, a few of my favorite things...we headed on down the road (literally) to our next venture.
By this time it's like four, we are RACING against the clock.  So we had to make a choice where to go where to go?
We ended up here...
This place was FUH-REAK-UN AWESOME!  I felt like we were guests arriving in a friends home.  Not only did they walk us gently through our flight, they gave us tips along the way.  Then, as they were cleaning up (cuz by this time they were closed) all the tasting room dudes poured a glass.  HOW cool is that?  We chit chatted with em, bought a few bottles, and walked out wishing we didnt have to!  They were that cool!
One of the entry doors, you cant really tell, but the windows have their emblem etched into it, which is three ravens holding each others claws.  It's really cool!
I'm experimenting with my photo taking these days, I ended up with this pic at Ravenswood.  I know it doesn't say anything about the winery, but isn't it cool?
We ended up in the parking lot a little buzzed, newest members of a wine club and two bottles heavier!
Day one of our impromptu trip was a success!
The next morning, we didn't have much time but I still wanted to get up to a few wineries...and more pics hee hee!
Alot of people had talked about Ledson.  Then the pics in the visitors guide really intrigued me.  So that was first on our agenda.  We pulled up and DH was convinced we were trying to enter someones house.
It looked like a castle... really
There's no creativity in this pic, but you can see that it looks castle like.  I have to admit, DH had me second guessing myself, maybe we were about to enter on some unassuming family eating their breakfast.  We tread lightly up the steps and almost tiptoed inside just in case we needed to make a quick get away.  But we were greeted quickly and ushered into the tasting room.  Nevermind it was all of 1030...bring on the wine!  And the grounds....
To me this picture captures the epitome of the romance of a vinyard anyway.  The rows of grapes, the italian villa in the background.  This was my favorite part of Ledson, rather than the the grandeur of the castle house, and to be honest, this was my least favorite vineyard.  They were kinda hoity toity.  I took a few more pics, and we headed down the road.
Kunde...we didn't spend much time didn't even do a tasting here, but got some cool pics.  This one would be a great place for a picnic.
I have grand plans for this pic.

Isnt this cool????

In looking through the guide, there was a winery and olive press that really piqued my interest, so that was the last stop on our tour, and a great way to end our tour too.  
Jacuzzi Family Vineyard...where to start.  The main house is modeled after the familys villa in Italy, so I appreciated that.  Second they have an olive oil tasting room AND a wine tasting room.  Plus they have other stuff you could make a small lunch out of, and plethora of picnic options!  
We started in the olive oil area... amongst the choices, new evoo, (smooth clean crisp, highly recommended) Blood Orange OO was a good choice.  Then of course Basil Parmesan and Roasted Garlic and Rosemary are both good savory choices.  Mmmmm yummy!  Onto the other tasting room....
First off, we had the best tasting expert (IDK what the real term for these diamonds in the rough are, but I thought my title was appropriate...albeit made up) anyway, she was FANTABULOUS!  She walked us through our flight, taught us alot...cuz we're still novices...aint no shame in it!  She was patient with our questions and just fun to be with!  I would have invited her to dinner she was so cool!  (and a breath of fresh air after our Ledson experience) now for the encore...this little beaut in a chocolate cup...
ALLH.jpg this is a late harvest Aleatico if you are into sweet wines, this is DIVINE!  And the label is cool!  We saved the bottle, I thought it would be cool to add a little stopper to it and fill it with olive oil... I just love the bottle!
Oh it was good!!!  I'm thinking I'll join this wine club too!
And the grounds...they were beautiful!  Here are a few pics I have plans for...

Cool Right??

What a great way to end our tasting!  
We bid farewell to Sonoma and headed back to reality...much refreshed and a little buzzed...well I was anyway.   IF you're planning a trip, I'd recommend checking with your hotel, getting a visitors guide, and some BOGO's then finding a little place to have coffee or lunch and map out your trip.  For us, it think the better way to do it was to head north of our hotel, then loop south.  We it passed most of them on the main little highway.  Also, if you get down there, you go through a little town before you hit Jacuzzi (so town north of) there are some great photo ops on the windy road through the town!  SO take it slow and stop if you see something cuz I missed this awesome staircase that I am still kicking myself about!!!!
Tune in next time, I had some crafty things I did, and haven't posted yet.  I'll get em up, but wanted to share somethin a little different!

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