In the meantime, I have continued to be crafty with other projects that do not involve my fearful sewing machine! I completed a custom order for an infant pumpkin hat.
I found a free pattern here. This hat is unique in that it is crocheted in straight rows, and then joined. It is the first one I have ever made that way. Generally, hats are made in rounds, usually starting on the top. I really like this pattern, as it is quick, and rather easy. It only took me a few hours to complete, while also managing children and waiting in the carpool line to pick up my daughter from school.
|Is this not adorable?!|
I am becoming aware of a new trend in the crafting world. They are exchanges, such as a garland exchange, which I am currently participating in, or a hoop exchange. The one I am a part of is a fund raiser for a family adoption, so there was a $5 charge to participate, but there are others that are just for fun. You sign up, and then are given a recipient for whom you create your item and send it off. Its is exciting to bless someone else with a surprise and so fun to get happy mail in this world these days! The idea is to keep your recipient a secret, so they are completely surprised when their happy mail arrives.
If you like the thought of an exchange, you should check out ShopAlt3. Marquia is creating a sort of crafting pen pal exchange! How fun would it be to get a new craft or gift from a friend every month?! You can find more details on her website. The exchange is called threaded together.
How have you been creative this week? Leave a comment and let me know so I can have more ideas for things I do not have time to do!