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December Things

A few things that stood out this December:

1. My son had his first real snow experience at the beginning of this month. Even though he’s two, last year it seemed to only snow while he was sleeping, and be mush or practically gone by the time he was awake. It was lovely to see how happy he was to be in it; he didn’t mind it swirling around his face or getting in his eyes. When I first took him out in it he walked back and forth saying quietly and happily, “‘No, ‘no.”

2. I was sick with various things pretty much all month, and the week before Christmas my husband and I had strep, while my son also had a double ear infection and possibly strep through. So that was just loads of fun. Being sick and on various antibiotics, especially during the part of the year where you’re supposed to relax and enjoy time with family, has worn me out. I’ve been drinking lots of hot tea with local honey.

3. We don’t do a big Christmas morning just the three of us, and we also don’t do Santa. Last Christmas, I made us each a stocking, and on a quiet morning around Christmas, when we’ll have time to spend at least a few hours together (even if it’s not on Christmas day), we look in our stockings. We try to get (or make, in my case) little gifts for each other that are not super expensive, but still fun. My husband and I get each other mostly a bit of candy and a small gift or two, if that, and for our son we usually base his little gifts on his latest interests or something he needs. This year I crocheted him a toy snake using this pattern here, and we got him a lollipop – of the kind that he always reaches for in the grocery store check out line. My husband also got him a little train set, and his little face was so excited when he saw it.

Free Pattern: Retro-Inspired Crochet Headband

This pattern was inspired by necessity, as I wanted a cute way to cover up my undercut during cold winter months on days when I wear my hair up. But of course, you don’t have to have an undercut to wear this headband.

It’s a pretty simple crochet pattern, and involves just a little simple sewing for the finishing touches.

Supplies:
fingering weight yarn (I used Woolike, which is an acrylic/nylon blend, since I have quite a bit in my stash that I’m trying to use up, but I don’t know if I’d necessarily recommend it, as it tangles and knots on itself a lot withing the skein which is a huge pain. But it has a good bit of stretch and nice drape, which works well for a headband.)
G/6-4.25mm hook
small darning needle
3 in. by 1 in. piece of leather (or material of choice)
leather punch
sewing thread
sewing needle
scissors

Stitches Used: (US terms)
Foundation Single Crochet (FSC): see tutorial here
single crochet (sc)
double crochet (dc)

Dimensions:
Finished headband should measure approximately 20 inches circumference and 6 1/2 inches wide. Size can be adjusted by adding or subtracting FSC stitches and rows. (Note: Headband should have a bit of a snug fit, to help it stay in place when worn. Keep this in mind when adjusting size.)

Directions:
FSC: 94 stitches, turn
Rows 1-41: (For Row 1: holding FSC row with “v’s” on bottom and ch side on top, work into FSC as seen in FSC tutorial linked above. This gives the headband an instant finished edge) *ch 1, 1 sc in first st, 1 dc in next st*, repeat * to end of row, turn

Row 42: ch 1, 1 sc in each st. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Seam ends together using method of choice (whipstitch, mattress stitch, single crochet, etc), using yarn.

Cut a small piece of yarn, about 8-10 inches long. Scrunch seam of headband and tie piece of yarn around it using a double knot to hold in place. Tie several times to make secure. Cut/weave in any ends.

Cut a piece of leather 3 inches by 1 1/4 inches. Use a leather punch to make holes along short sides of leather, about a centimeter from the edge. I made 4 holes along each side. (Be sure to adjust leather size if adjusting headband size). You can also substitute another material if you don’t want to use leather. Wrap leather around scrunched part of headband and line up punched ends, making sure ends meet on inside of headband, so they will be hidden when headband is worn. Use sewing thread and needle to sew leather ends together, working back and forth several times to secure.

And you’re finished!

If you have any questions, just ask. Please credit Tales of Butterflies and myself, Mindy Waters, for any finished headbands. Please do not reproduce, copy, or sell this written pattern, just link back here. Thank you!

Fall-Winter 2016

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Fall-Winter 2016 is here. The little collection is made up of mix and match hats, scarves, cowl, and gloves available in 8 color combos. Some designs are returning from previous years, some are brand new. And a few other random items are available again in the shop also, like the crocheted men’s tie and Collector’s Drawstring Bag. Have a look here, and go get you some cozy goodness!

Waters Wares Fall/Winter 2015 Shop Update

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There’s a new little collection of autumn-y goodness in my online shop. These items will be available in limited stock until the end of October as I prepare for baby’s birth and a maternity break. (All digital patterns will still be available for purchase.)

Go have a look here: Waters Wares

Waters Wears: Keeping Warm

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An original goal with this blog was to share outfits that 1) I really liked and 2) included something I’d made or mended. Since I started in spring, not exactly keen crochet time, this led to me coming up with outfits that included things I’d made, and pushed me to make some of the ideas I’d had for a while, such as a few necklaces, rings, bracelets. I tried really hard to have at least one outfit up each week, which left me teetering on the line of whether I was forcing these outfits just so I’d have something to post or really sharing outfits I loved. I think I was somewhere in the middle with that, and it wasn’t necessarily all a bad thing; it did force me to create and wear more of the things I’d made.

I thought, however, that when fall and winter came around, having outfits that fit my criteria would be easier, since the weather lends itself to crochet hats, scarves, gloves, etc. But in reality, winter for me is all about layers for keeping warm, and even though a lot of what I wear includes crochet hats, scarves, and gloves, the outfits aren’t necessarily anything particularly cool, and are also pretty repetitive.

I do love layering, though, and sweaters and warm socks, and these are the reality of what I wear lately. So I’ve decided to do a little series of sorts. We’ll call it, “Keeping Warm.” I think I’ll share an outfit of the day and maybe also a little on what I’m doing or thinking that day.

This picture was taken after I’d been out with my husband. This is a typical winter, survive-the-cold outfit for me, although if I’m staying at home for the day I tend to wear comfy sweatpants or nice lounge pants instead of the jeans.

Hopefully this’ll be a fun little collection of pictures/journal entries of sorts by the end.

Sweater: old, gifted
Thermal: old, Decree
Jeans: old, Forever 21
Socks: Kirkland
Hat: made by me

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