Leisure Arts Infant Boots and Hats

Its that time of year when it seems like every time you turn around there is a baby shower. There are things every mom to be needs like diapers but they also need adorable hand made things for the baby on the way. Leisure Arts has a book out called Infant Boots and Hats and this book does not disappoint! The book has a total of 6 sets of hats and boot crochet patterns and all for $3.99 for the digital and $5.99 for the paper back book. That is only .50 cents per pattern for the paper back copy! These are patterns that you can do for girls and boys so I really feel that you are getting a real bang for your buck. 
The patterns are adorable!! My favorite is the Lacy Boot and Hat set that is in the photo above. I would say a slightly seasoned crocheter to advanced crocheter would enjoy this set of patterns. The patterns are all listed as an "easy level". I will say while I think the patterns are simple they are not thoroughly explained in some aspects. An example of this is on the boots. The boot patterns do not explain which direction to crochet after joining so going the wrong way will cause your toe area to be in the wrong place and cause frustration. However it just takes a few minutes of looking at your project and you realize which way to go. 

All the patterns use a worsted weight #4 yarn, I am almost positive EVERYONE has a skein of that laying around their house and this book gives you a great reason to use it. I also want to add I really like how they go over the yarn used on the last page. This is so important.... If you are not able to use the yarn used it is very important to know what type of yarn used so you can find an alternate that will give you the same drape. If you are unsure of a great alternative I highly suggest www.yarnsub.comI love the font size of the patterns. The book is set up up with each pattern having a shopping list section that tells you how many colors you will need, the size hook and any additional supplies you will need. 
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You can see all the patterns in the set here.
I do find the yardage estimates on the patterns to be pretty close. On the Lacy Cuff Boots and Hat pattern the estimated yardage was 170 yards. I made the hat and the boot and got gauge and used 150 yards. I do however wish it gave the estimate of yarn needed in each color so you could work from leftovers in stash.

The back of the book has a general instructions area that has things like abbreviations, symbols/terms, pattern level guide, a brief explanation of gauge, goes over markers, yarn weight guide, crochet hook guide, yarn information on the yarn used in the patterns and how to do the techniques used in the patterns with some visual aids. 
Since the book is written for INFANT boots and hats the patterns only come in two sizes. The sizes are distinguished by color and (). According to Leisure Arts the patterns are sized :"Small (2 inches wide by 3 inches long) and Medium (2 inches by 3.5 inches) and the hat patterns are in one size to fit a 16 inches head circumference."
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So far I have made two hats from the book and one set of shoes. The patterns I have made are the Lacy Boot and Hat and the Casual Hat. I think they both are adorable. While the Lacy set is more feminine I do think the casual set can be geared to any gender with a simple change of colors. Really the Lacy set is the only set that is more feminine the others could really go either way with the colors you choose. In conclusion I really think for the money this is a great book to own. If you do not have the need to make baby gifts for your own little ones they make wonderful gifts. If you are interested in this book you can buy it here. This is my affiliate link which means if you purchase from this link I make a small profit from your purchase. There is nothing that gets charged extra to you it just lets Leisure Arts know I told you about their product. 

Thank you for reading and Happy Yarning... 

B. Crochet-tive Designs

Happy Mother's Day! 
I want to share with you a wonderful mother and designer Brittany from B. Crochet-tive Designs

I was so blessed to have gotten to do a pattern test for the amazing Brittany the master mind of B.Crochet-tive Designs. She has got some adorable patterns and they are priced so well!

I got to make her Nico Narwhal. The pattern is very well written and very easy to understand. Brittany and I met through a Facebook Crochet group and were instant friends. She has such a sweet soul and a very creative mind. She has made some cute things and I hope she continues to let her creative juices flow so we can make her designs.

She just released a momma pig and piglets play set and even has a mud play mat to crochet to extend the imagination of whoever is playing with it.  I also have her Ulyana an Ad Orbs and two of the doll patterns and will be making those soon.

I really love her patterns and she is always having promotions on her Facebook page. If you have not already liked her page I encourage you to do so. You can find her Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/BCrochettive/. Her patterns can be found on Etsy and her Ravelry store that you can find links to bellow. She is also in Instagram and you know I love me some Instagram. To follow here click here: https://www.instagram.com/b.crochettive/

These are her designs and by clicking the photo bellow it will take you to her Ravelry Store. If you want to find her Etsy store then Click Here. 
I really hope you check out her shop and she has quickly become one of my favorite designers and friend. Happy Crafting!

Catching up and getting ready for changes.

Its basically summer here in Alabama, the temps are getting close to the high 80's already and school will be out in a week for my kids. We are ready for summer and ready for the changes we will be participating in as a family. We are pulling our kids from public school and homeschooling them. I am beyond excited about this decision. I will miss some amazing teachers but we need to do this for our family. We will be starting homeschool in July and I already have so many things planned. This is something the hubs and I talked about before and we just feel it is time. I am picking my homeschool blog back up and you can find that here.

I had a slower month craft wise in April but since my last projects post in January I was a busy little bee. I have completed a total of 21 projects since Jan 1st and have a few close to coming off the needles/hooks. In all the photos in this post if you click on them you will find my project page and from there you can see the pattern link and the yarn I used as well as any modifications I made.

I completed the January and February dolls from the Simply Crochet issue 64. This doll are designed from Toft Designs. They have a "Doll" book out that can be found here and I highly suggest their books. I own the monster book one and made a monster from it for Aiden. The monster book is super cool, it has flip sections to you can really customize a monster. I really love the Toft designs and plan on making the dolls for the whole year. I am just a little behind so will be doing so catch up.

I also did some various Amigurumi. If  you hadn't noticed I love making amigurmi also know as stuffies. They are fast, fun and  great use of scraps. I made some random things again click the photos to get to my project page for pattern links and yarn used. The rabbit is a super sweet project. The pattern also includes a ball. The rabbit and the ball (I did not make the ball) are both rattles! I used some bells I tied together and sewed a little pocket for them. I then stuffed them in the rabbit with fiber fill. The snail was something I completed yesterday. It is a free pattern and also a easy one once you get it going. It is so tiny and he really makes my heart smile.

As far as other things I have completed from the Simply Crochet Magazines I have made a shelf sitting chicken and some adorable apple coasters. I love the coasters and there are several free patterns that can be found on Ravelry that are very similar.

I completed two wips the Voyager and my Lets go Camping Mitts. They were both fun knits and I love my shawl. I made some mods towards the end of the pattern and I am glad I did.

There have been other projects that have come from my hooks and needles and like always I have a project page for them on my Ravelry account that can be seen here. 

Whats in the making:
Currently I am activity working on my Cozy memories blanket, Rainbow Ripple Blanket, The March Doll from Toft, and a mystery shawl from Romi Hill.

What's been cooking:
https://www.thecountrycook.net/crock-pot-chicken-and-gravy/ the was a pretty good fast recipe. It is similar to the Ranch house Chicken that is a household favorite and can be found here.  We are eating a lot of veggies and have already started preparing our summer garden. We will naturally have tomatoes and I have some herbs going. One of our favorite ways to prepare Brussels sprouts is with a McCorrmick seasoning and cooked in the oven. They are delicious!!!

As always these photos are my own and there are some affiliate links in this post and on this blog. With the affiliate links if you click them and purchase from them I made a few pennies that I use to fund this blog. There is nothing extra that gets charged to you in anyway.