Thursday, October 28, 2010

CROCHET PATTERN - Chunky Visor Beanie

This hat was formerly known as the "Jamie hat" but wasn't a big seller in my shop & I feel that it now belongs among the ranks of the free patterns here on my blog.  This chunky beanie is made using a double strand of WW yarn & works up quickly.  Enjoy!

Materials: M hook (9mm), L hook (8mm), WW yarn, yarn needle, scissors

Stitch Guide: BL – back loop, CH – chain, DC – double crochet, FL – front loop, HDC – half double crochet, SC – single crochet, SC2TOG – sc two stitches together, SL ST – slip stitch, ST – stitch

Notes: The ch-2 at the beginning of each round does not count as a stitch – when joining at the end of the round, you should slip stitch to the 1st dc, not the chain.

ADULT SIZE (21-23” head circumference) - Using M hook and holding 2 strands of yarn together throughout…

Start with magic ring/sliding loop or ch 4/join.

Round 1: ch 2, 10 dc in ring, join with sl st to first dc. [10 dc]

Round 2: ch 2, *dc in FL of next st, dc in BL of same st* around, join. [20 dc]

Round 3: ch 2, *2 dc in next st (in both loops), 1 dc in next st (both loops)* around, join. [30 dc]

Round 4: ch 2, *dc in FL of next st, dc in BL of same st, dc in FL of next st, dc in BL of next st* around, join. [40 dc]

Round 5: ch 2, *dc in FL of next st, dc in BL of next st* around, join. [40 dc]

Round 6-9: repeat round 5

*For beanie WITHOUT visor, repeat round 5 once more (OR do 1 round of HDC for a more finished look) and fasten off. For beanie WITH visor, continue on…

Round 10: ch 2, *hdc in FL of next st, hdc in BL of next st* 6 times, sc in next 16 sts, *hdc in FL of next st, hdc in BL of next st* 6 times, join. [12 hdc + 16 sc + 12 hdc = 40] Fasten off.

VISOR - Using L hook, with right side of hat facing you, still holding 2 strands of yarn…

Row 1: join yarn with sc in first sc from round 10, sc in next 6 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 7 sts, turn. [15 sc]

Row 2: sc2tog (in first 2 sc), sc in next 11 sts, sc2tog (in last 2 sc), turn. [13 sc]

Row 3: sc in each st across, fasten off. [13 sc] - For larger visor, repeat this round again.

FINISHING - Join yarn at back seam, sc in each st around hat and visor, join, fasten off. Weave in any ends.

[Please do not reproduce or sell this pattern in any way.  You may sell completed hats, but please include a link to my blog in your listings.  Thank you!]

Friday, October 15, 2010

Check This Out

Isn't this cute?  The owner of "Pink Fairy Princess" on Etsy purchased my crazy owl hat pattern & is making them for these cute little dolls!  I'm not familiar with the dolls she creates them for... but what a great idea!  She has several in stock in her shop.  Check her out!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

CROCHET PATTERN - Dinosaur Spikes

Add these simple dinosaur spikes to your favorite beanie, cap, or ear flap hat.  You could even sew them onto a store-bought hat if you wanted. 

I recommend you work up my Pat Hat Pattern (without the front flap).  Instructions include every size!

Need:  G hook (4.0 mm), some WW (size 4) yarn, yarn needle

Gauge:  Not important.

Note:  I work mine in a continuous spiral, but if you'd rather join at the end of each round, that's fine.

Start with magic ring/sliding loop
Round 1:  Ch 1, 6 SC in loop.
Round 2:  (1 SC in next, 2 SC in next) 3 times  [9 SC]
Round 3:  1 SC in each SC  [9 SC]
Round 4:  (1 SC in next 2, 2 SC in next) 3 times  [12 SC]
Round 5:  1 SC in each SC  [12 SC]
Round 6:  (1 SC in next 3, 2 SC in next) 3 times  [15 SC]
Round 7:  1 SC in each SC  [15 SC]
Round 8:  (1 SC in next 4, 2 SC in next) 3 times  [18 SC]
Round 9:  1 SC in each SC  [18 SC]
Slip stitch into next SC, then fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Lay your hat out flat so that you can see the ridge where the spikes should be sewn.  Use bits of yarn as place-markers, or just "eyeball" it if you're confident.  Then use a yarn needle & the long tail to sew the spikes on.  (FYI - the hat in the photo is toddler size & I needed 6 spikes.) Fasten off the tail securely on the inside of the hat & you're done.  Roar!

 © 2010 Danyel Pink.  You may sell what you make, but please credit Danyel Pink Designs for the pattern. You may NOT resell the pattern, distribute it in any form, post it elsewhere online, or alter it to claim it as your own. Please provide a link back to my blog instead.  Contact me with any questions or for pattern support.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Spending your craft money...

I know some of you sell your goodies online to help the family pay bills, and other totally responsible things like that.  I started selling stuff online so I could have some of my OWN spending money, as I imagine is the case for a lot of you (especially if you're stay-at-home moms, am I right?)...

So today's question of the day...

What have you been spending your "craft money" on?

I have purchased, in no particular order.... a Dyson vacuum, Asics running shoes, my Netflix subscription, a yarn ball winder, various clothes, "books" for my Nook, and some other random goodies from other Etsy sellers.  I also buy business cards & supplies with my "crochet money" (the PayPal debit card is my BFF) and I'm happy to say that I'm almost done paying off my credit card!! :)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Some fun fall items...

Just wanted to share a few of my fun fall items.  Kitty cat ear flap hats... pumpkin beanies... and bear ear beanies, too!  All of these items are available in any size & any color.  Please visit my website for more information!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

Books I'd Like To Write

Do you ever wish you could write a book that the WHOLE world would read?  I'm not talking about writing some best-seller or making a zillion dollars (although both would be awesome).... I'm talking about publishing something that would be meaningful or helpful to others in some way.  If *I* could write a book, or two, or ten... this is what they'd be titled:

1.  "An Army Wife's Guide to Dealing with Other Army Wives"
1a.  The sequel would be called "An Army Wife's Guide to Dealing with your In-Laws During a Deployment"

2.  "How to Make it Through the Day When Your Spouse Isn't Around to Do Everything For You"

3.  "Why Can't I Just Light My House on Fire Instead of Cleaning It?"

4.  "A Father's Guide to Caring for Your Own Kids" (Inspired by the hilarious FB group "It's not Babysitting if they're your own kids")

5.  "Danyel's Opinions on Just About Everything" -- I decided that I could pretty much write a book on everything in my brain, so this book would just sum it all up.  I wonder if there'd be enough memory space on my Nook to download it all??

If you were offended by any of this, I have another book you might like, titled "Get Over It... It Was a Joke".  But seriously, get over it.  :)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Treasury Thursday

I have been included in two beautiful treasuries this week!

This first one was created by my friend Celyn.  It's a great collection of Fall-related items.
Please click here to view the full treasury.

This 2nd treasury was created by Chevonne & showcases some more fantastic brown & orange goodies!
Please click here to view the full collection.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Post-It Note Tuesday

"I invented Post-its!"  Sorry, I had to.  I love that movie. :)

OK, "Post-It Note Tuesdays" is new to my blog.  I stole it from Scotti a.k.a. Inner Hooker... who most likely stole it from someone else.  Ha ha, just kidding. :)

So, this is how it works... instead of rambling on and on, kind of like I'm doing right now, I'll sum up a few of my thoughts on these fun little post-its instead.  Enjoy.

Monday, August 23, 2010

QOTD - Time-Wasting Websites?

QOTD = question of the day

Besides Facebook and/or your shop sites (because I know most of my blog readers are fellow artisans), what website(s) do you spend a lot of time on?  Are there any sites I should know about that might keep me entertained?  Any good sites where I can find good sales?


Friday, August 20, 2010

Favorite Free Stuff -- GOOGLE

Today's blog is also kind of a rant... but some of you might find it amusing.   LOL

I hear a lot of people asking the most ridiculous questions and I cringe.  OK, I used to be a teacher & I'm SUPPOSED to think "There's no such thing as a dumb question." or "The only dumb question is the one you never ask." but I'm far to annoyed by said dumb questions to be that nice.  LOL

First of all, that little rectangle at the top of your open internet window is called a "search box".  GOOGLE IT.  You can pretty much find the answer to ANY QUESTION IMAGINABLE that way.  All of life's mysteries explained... AND you can avoid looking like a moron.

Seriously, I have this acquaintance who asks "What's That??" EVERY SINGLE TIME someone types something on FB.  It goes a lot like this: 

Susan:  I just bought a new cardigan pattern today.
Most people:  Nice!
Dumbass:  What's a cardigan?
Me:  Google it.

Jenny:  I wish I had a Roomba so I never had to vacuum again.
Most people:  Me too.
Dumbass:  What's a Roomba?
Me:  Google it.

Danyel:  I can correctly spell "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious".
Most people:  LOL
Dumbass:  How did you get so smart?
Me:  I use Google.  ;)

Google is your friend.  Use him. :)  Thank you. Rant over.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Treasury Fun - Legs & Feet

I'm going to keep up with my blog, I promise.  I've put together some fun new topics for my blog schedule & it should keep things interesting... even if I don't have much to say. 

So today is Treasury Fun Thursday.  Yesterday my baby legwarmers were included in this funky "Legs & Feet" treasury.  It's definitely the most interesting treasury I've been in.... 

Click HERE to see the full treasury.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Stitching Blackout?

<---  I just finished up a newsboy cap this morning, which is just a Levi Hat with a strap sewn on the front.  As I'm finishing off the last few stitches of the strap, I suddenly realized that I don't even remember making it.  I had a stitching blackout!  No, but seriously, I've made so many of these hats that I think I can do it in my sleep!  LOL

So I'm wondering... is there anything that you've made SO many of that you sometimes just "blackout" and create while in a daze?  Discuss....

Monday, July 19, 2010

July Giveaway has been Moved...

Since blogger decided to delete all of the old entries... and then the new entries kept getting lost in cyberspace... I have moved the July Giveaway over to my website.  I apologize for any inconvenience.  I don't know what caused all the problems, but the new website works just fine.  AND you don't have to have an account to enter, so EVERYONE can play!

If you previously entered the July Giveaway (Heart Coasters), you will have to enter again.  If you hadn't previously entered, you have until July 31st to get in on the fun.

Here's a link to the new giveaway site:

Good Luck!!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

No More Broken Links

I apologize for any convenience caused by the broken links on the right side of my blog.
If any of you have my blog in your blog roll, you may have to update the link from to  I am now using my official URL as a new website.  Stop by & check it out.

Friday, June 18, 2010

All About Me...

Who is "CrazySocks"?  Well, here's a little survey.  You'll probably learn far more than you care to know...  when you're done reading it, copy & paste it to your blog so we can learn about you too!! :)

- Name:  Danyel
- Age:  29
- Hair Color:  Dark Brown
- Where are you From?:  Chicago
- Where do you live Now?:  North Carolina, but not by choice
- Favorite Color:  Rainbow (or just red)
- Married?:  Happily... for 5 years.
- Kids?:  Two.  Calvin (3) and Amelia (1)
- Pets?:  Lucky, Golden Retriever (6)
- Favorite Animal:  Giraffes
- Favorite Restaurant:  Olive Garden... but I won't say no to Sonic either.
- Favorite Food:  Ice Cream
- Favorite Drink:  Diet Coke w/ Cranberry from Sonic. YUM.
- Hobbies:  Crocheting, duh.  I dabble in knitting too.
- Talents:  Does crocheting count?  Um, I can whistle loud.  Back in the day I could play several instruments too.
- Pet Peeves:  Hypocrites, Drama Queens, Bad Drivers, Bad Grammar, and people who complain about their lives but are too lazy to do anything about it.
- Least Favorite Chore:  ALL of them, except vacuuming.  I don't mind vacuuming.
- Sports?:  Back in HS, I was a bowler... now I run 3x a week.
- Favorite Celebrities:  I love Hugh Jackman... but Henry Cavill (the Tudors) is also particularly delicious.
- Favorite Movie: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (the old one)
- Last Movie Watched:  Sherlock Holmes
- If you won $1 million, what would you do with it?:  I'd pay off our debt, buy a new car, and hire a maid.
- If you could never do your craft again, what would you do instead?:  Knit, Paint or Sew

Monday, June 14, 2010

Protect yourself from the Wrath of Etsy!

I've heard from various sources (one of them being that the Etsy admins are on a termination rampage!  They're closing down and suspending people's shops without warning for violating the TOS.  I just recently started checking into this stuff to see if the rumors were true, and unfortunately they are!  A friend of mine got her shop suspended for something that seems pretty silly!  :(  Please take a few minutes to review the Do's and Don'ts & make sure you're following all of the rules. 

Here are a few rules you may have overlooked... or just never though about:

1. Don't link your Etsy shop to any other shop or website where you sell similar items.  Duh.  That's like wearing a Target shirt to your Walmart job.
2. If you have a link to your BLOG on your Etsy page & your blog has an Artfire rapid cart, that's a no-no.
3. If you have a link to your FB fan page & your fan page has an Artfire Kiosk (or Payvment, Zibbet, etc.) that'll get you in trouble.
4. If you have more than one shop or profile on Etsy & you don't have a link to all your other shops (disclosure) on each one of the pages, you'll get in BIG trouble.  That's just shady & they don't like that AT ALL.  Back when I had 2 shops, I linked them b/c I wanted some of my CrazySocks traffic to venture over to my Label shop... it didn't work, but at least I wasn't breaking the law.  :)
5. You must not contact another member to buy or sell an item listed on Etsy outside of Etsy's marketplace. This may also constitute fee avoidance. (That's what your e-mail is for... )

So yeah, I've taken all of my links off of my Etsy page, and I encourage potential customers to contact me via E-mail instead of Convo.  I hope this info helps some of you stay safe from the wrath of Etsy.  They're really cracking down (or so I've heard).  I know most of us are just in it for some extra spending money, and I'd hate for anyone to get shut down. :(

Sunday, June 13, 2010

CROCHET PATTERN - Baby Legwarmers

These legwarmers are cute & work up quickly.  You can make them in any size imaginable, and they're easy to customize for babies/children that have "odd" size legs.  For example, my daughter has FAT thighs and skinny ankles, so traditional baby legs don't always fit her well.  You could even make these legwarmers for children, teens, or adults.... or as arm warmers. It's a versatile pattern!

Materials:  I/9 hook (or size needed for your type of yarn), WW or sport yarn, scissors, yarn needle

My pink legwarmers were made using Red Heart Super Saver.

Abbreviations:  CH - chain, SC - single crochet, HDC - half double crochet, DC - double crochet, BLO - back loop only, ST - stitch

BEFORE YOU START:  You will need THREE measurements from the person you're making the legwarmers for.  (#1) The circumference of the calf/thigh.  (#2) The length of the leg.  (#3) The circumference of the ankle.  If you don't want to make them to cover an entire leg, take your top, bottom & length measurements accordingly.

Ready? OK, here we go... Make 2...

Top Cuff
CH 9
Row 1:  turn, skip 1st CH, SC in remaining 8 STS.
Row 2: CH 1, turn, SC in BLO across. (8 SC)
REPEAT Row 2 until the STRETCHED cuff equals your #1 measurement (thigh circ.)
Ch 1, turn, SL ST both ends of the cuff together to form a circle.
If you're going to change colors, fasten off... if not, just hold your cuff with right side facing & continue on...

Round 1:  SC in the end of each row of the cuff, join.
Rounds 2 - 5: CH 1, HDC in each ST around, join.
REPEAT Round 2, decreasing (how to hdc2tog) by 1 ST approximately every 2-3 rows until legwarmer is 1-2" shy of your #2 measurement (leg length). Keep measuring to make sure you haven't decreased too much or too little.  You'll need more frequent decreases for smaller legs, fewer decreases for larger legs.
If you're going to change colors again, fasten off... if not, just continue on.

Bottom Cuff
Round 1: CH 1, SC in each ST around, join.  Make sure that this bottom edge is the same as your #3 measurement (ankle circ.)  If it's too big, rip out a few rows & do more decreases.  If it's too small, rip out a few rows & do fewer decreases.
REPEAT Round 1 for 1-2", no decreases.  Fasten off.

Now put them on that cute little baby & say, "Awww!"

 © 2010 Danyel Pink.  You may sell what you make, but please credit Danyel Pink Designs for the pattern. You may NOT resell the pattern, distribute it in any form, post it elsewhere online, or alter it to claim it as your own. Please provide a link back to my blog instead.  Contact me with any questions or for pattern support.

Kufi Beanies... a rant

These Kufi beanies are pretty popular right now!  But they make me sick. 

For example, look at this hat (I don't know who made this one... I just picked a photo from Google.) ---->

HUNDREDS of people sell hats exactly like this on ETSY... Sure, they're cute, very cute!... but they are NOT handmade!  They are mass produced by MACHINES, often in foreign countries.  And the flowers in most cases are bought at a store & then glued to a clip.  Which part of this is Handmade?  How do people justify selling this crap?

Why not learn to crochet them yourself?  The pattern is SIMPLE & you can offer them in many sizes and in hundreds of wonderful brands of yarn.  I'm not against people selling the machine crocheted versions... I just think they have no place on Etsy, that's all.

I do not mean any offense to those of you who sell them, or to those of you that buy them.  This is my opinion.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Another Awesome Artisan - Cynthia Korman Photography & Design

Cynthia is so creative & talented!  She's a great photographer, an awesome graphic designer, and she crochets too!  On top of all that, she's a busy mom of 2, and a really nice person with a great sense of humor!  I really enjoy chatting with her!

She custom designed my new logo by looking at a photo of one of my favorite hats & used my own handwriting as the font!  She recently created this 'button' for me, too.  (If you'd like to add a CrazySocks button to your blog, grab the code at the bottom of my blog.)
crazysocks crochet

I did a trade with Cynthia a few months ago.  I made her a few hats & she made my logo.  Here's one of the photos she took using one of my hats.  It's currently the profile photo on my fan page. :)  I really love this photo!  Cynthia does really nice work!!!

If you're thinking about having a logo, avatar and/or banner, please consider having something NEW created by Cynthia.  If you're not already a fan of Cynthia's work, please take a minute to become her Fan on FB and Follow her Blog.  :)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tasty Recipe - Cabbage Vegetable Soup

This soup is VERY low in calories & is normally used by people who are dieting.  BUT it's very good for you, it's filling & quite tasty.  You could most definitely add stuff to it... meat, spices, more veggies... whatever you want.  If you follow the recipe as it's written, one cup of soup is about 50 calories.

1/2 head Cabbage
1 packet of Lipton Onion Soup Mix
2 Beef Bouillon Cubes (you could also use chicken, or leave them out)
2 cans Diced Tomatoes
Green Onions (I used 8)
2 small-medium Zucchinis
1 Red Bell Pepper
3 stalks of Celery
salt & pepper to taste

In a large soup pot, Chop/slice all the vegetables, cover with water, add soup mix & bouillon cubes.
Bring contents of pot to a boil, then reduce to low heat for about an hour (or until veggies are soft, but not mushy).  Yields about 12-16 cups.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

CROCHET PATTERN - Textured Soap Saver

If you've been following my blog for a while, or are a fan of my FB page, you've no doubt heard me singing the praises of these wonderful soap savers.  They're convenient, "green", money-saving, and comfortable.  They're great for ALL people... babies, grandparents, mommy... even my husband & his soldier buddies like using them!  It's a quick & functional project!  Enjoy!

Soap Saver Pattern

Materials: approx. 1 oz cotton yarn, H/8 hook, yarn needle, scissors

Finished dimensions:  approximately 3" x 5"

Row 1:  Ch 10, HDC in 2nd ch from hook & across. (9 HDC)
Row 2:  Ch 1, turn, HDC across. (9 HDC)
ROUND 3:  Ch 1, turn, SC across, work 1 SC in the end of each row, SC across unused loops of starting chain (and crochet over tail), work 1 SC in the other end of each row, do not join. (22 SC around)

Rounds 1-10:  Work 1 SC and 1 DC in first SC (you may want to mark this stitch), skip next SC, *Work SC and DC in next SC, skip next ST* continuously around for 10 rounds. SL ST in next SC. (If you want your soap saver longer, work additional rounds here.)
Round 11:  Ch 2, DC in every ST around, join & fasten off. (22 DC)

Ch 35 – 40, fasten off. Use needle or hook to weave drawstring through the last round. Tie ends securely. Enjoy.  :)

 © 2010 Danyel Pink.  You may sell what you make, but please credit Danyel Pink Designs for the pattern. You may NOT resell the pattern, distribute it in any form, post it elsewhere online, or alter it to claim it as your own. Please provide a link back to my blog instead.  Contact me with any questions or for pattern support.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Battery Powered Bubbles: Genius... or Lazy?

I bought these battery-powered bubble blower wands for my kids.  You dip them in the bubble solution, push the button... and Voila!  Bubbles!  Hundreds of bubbles! 
My daughter is 19 months... so the "old-fashioned" bubble wands end up going straight into her mouth.  My son is 3 1/2 and can sometimes blow the bubbles, but most of the time he chooses to wave the wand wildly & flings soap everywhere.  These magic bubble wands are much less messy.

So, I'm thinking these magic bubble wands are genius... but then I started feeling like a bad mom.  Like I'm turning my kids into lazy little bums.  Sure, this is easier & the results are better... who doesn't love instant gratification??  But isn't part of the fun actually blowing them yourself?  There are so many other electronic toys out there... should BUBBLES be powered by batteries too?  Ugh.

Maybe I should just enjoy the satisfaction of watching them play outside instead of watching TV.... AND my golden retriever won't fetch worth a crap, but he'll chase bubbles all day long. 

More bubbles + more fun for the kids + more exercise for the dog = more quiet time for me. 

My vote = genius.  But what do I know?

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Crochet Tip: Invisible Join

Sometimes fastening off your work with a slip knot can look awkward.  Here is an alternate method that you should use to avoid that ugly little knot ruining your beautiful work!  I didn't invent it, but this is how *I* do it.

I had just finished making a strap to go across the front of a newsboy cap.  You could also use "Invisible Join" at the back seam of a hat, the collar of a sweater, the edge of a dishcloth, or pretty much anything that's worked in a round..

Step 1:  In this photo the last stitch I made was a HDC (you could use this for SC or DC also).  Instead of finishing this piece with a SL ST, I just clipped my yarn & pulled it through the HDC.  Leave a good 6-8 inch tail for weaving in the ends.

Step 2:  Take your needle & thread it under both loops of the first stitch of that round. (as shown)

Step 3:  Now insert the needle down through the top of the last ST you made (where the tail was coming out before).  Pull the yarn so that the tension of your join matches the tension of the adjoining stitches.

Step 4:  Weave the tail of the yarn SECURELY into the wrong side of the work.  Look at the right side... No ugly knot. :)

Well done.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Time To Get Organized!!!

I don't know what my problem has been lately, but I have been so "out of it."  I've let my house get too messy & my crochet orders sometimes pile up to the point where I feel stressed.  I don't like how lazy I've become.  So it's time to fix it.

My MIL has sent me a couple of these daily planner pads (you can get these at almost any store, but I know the ones she bought for me came from Michael's in the $1 bin).  I used to plan my chores & the menu on it... and now I've decided to schedule my crochet projects on here too.  This photo is part of my schedule for next week. --->

On the left, I keep track of my housework.  I don't write out my daily maintenance things, like loading the dishwasher or bathing the kids.  I only chart out the major chores.

In the middle, I plan out my crochet projects.  I'm going to try to complete one order per day... unless I get a BIG order that will take up several days.  If I can finish 2 orders in one day, I'll do that too.  But I'd also like to be able to squeeze in a few personal projects... like at night when I'm watching TV after the kids go to bed.  I have a gigantic stash of yarn that is screaming my name!

And on the right I make a list of all the possible dinners I could make.  I've stopped trying to plan a daily menu b/c leave it to my husband to come home from work and order pizza.  And since he's in the army, only God knows if he'll even be home in time to eat with us anyway! 

So that's my plan.  It's not rocket science, but if I can stick to it, I should have a cleaner house... and my customers should have a better idea of when they can expect their orders to go in the mail. :)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

New Item in my Shop - The "Ella Hat"

The "Ella Hat" is a soft crocheted beanie with a large, ruffled brim.  It's the perfect all-seasons hat!  Warm for cool months, but can be made with cotton for the warm months.  Plus, the ruffle brim keeps the sun out of your eyes.  This hat is available for customization in my shop right now.  The pattern for this hat will be available later this week.

Here's a photo of my sweet daughter wearing the "Ella Hat".  Isn't it lovely? :)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tasty Recipe - Soft Oatmeal White Chocolate Cookies

I accidentally made these tasty morsels... I never have all the ingredients I need to follow directions, so I made some substitutions to the "normal" oatmeal raisin cookie recipe to come up with these Oatmeal White Chocolate Cookies... If you like soft cookies, you'll like these! Yum!!

1/2 lb (2 sticks) margarine or butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups SELF RISING flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
3 cups quick oats
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Beat together margarine and sugars until creamy.
3. Add eggs & vanilla.  Beat well.
4. Add in flour, baking soda, cinnamon & salt.  Mix well.
5. Stir in oats and chips.  Mix well.
6. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet.
7. Bake 12 minutes or until lightly browned.
8. Let rest for 2-3 minutes & remove from cookie sheet.

Makes about 2-3 dozen.  Cookies should be soft, almost cake-like.  You can substitute raisins, chocolate chips, craisins, or any other sweet goody you have in your pantry.

Enjoy :)

CROCHET PATTERN - Simple Flower Coasters

Need a quick gift?

You can whip up a pair of these coasters in about 30 minutes, and with less than 1 oz of yarn.  These coasters are very pretty!  They work well as face scrubbers or toddler washcloths!

YOU NEED:  about 5 yards of cotton yarn (acrylic would be OK, but cotton is best), an H hook, scissors, yarn needle

STITCHES:  SC - single crochet, DC - double crochet, SL ST - slip stitch.

Start with Magic Ring or ch-4/join.

Round 1:  CH 2, 12 DC in loop, join with SL ST to 1st DC.  (12 DC)

Round 2:  CH 2, 2 DC in each DC around, join.  (24 DC)

Round 3:  CH 2, *1 DC in next, 2 DC in next* around, join.  (36 DC)

*If you want your petals to be a different color, change yarns now.

Round 4:  CH 1, SC in same ST as join, skip next ST, 5 DC in next ST, skip 1 ST, SC in next ST, (skip 1 ST, 5 DC in next, skip 1 ST, SC in next) around, join with SL ST to 1st SC.  (9 petals)

Fasten off & weave in ends.  That's it.  4 rounds of simple flower fun!

If your "petals" curl up or the coaster won't lie flat, reduce number of stitches per petal to 4.

 © 2012 Danyel Pink.  You may sell what you make, but please credit Danyel Pink Designs for the pattern. You may NOT resell the pattern, distribute it in any form, post it elsewhere online, or alter it to claim it as your own. Please provide a link back to my blog instead.  Contact me with any questions or for pattern support.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Crochet Tip - Use the Magic Ring!

I'm not sure who gave me this tip, but as a hat maker let me just say that it was one of the BEST tips I ever received!  If you make a lot of hats, or anything that's worked in the round, you NEED to know how to start with the Magic Ring!  It's also sometimes called the Magic Loop (not to be confused with the magic loop used in knitting) or Adjustable Ring or Sliding Loop.  Whatever you want to call it... LEARN IT!  I've seen some hats in people's shops where they're still using the Ch-4/join method.  No no no... that little hole in the top of the hat looks icky!

<-- The center of this hot pad is not cinched closed, and that's OK b/c snowflakes are supposed to look like that.

When you use the magic ring, you can pull the tail thread and the circle can be cinched totally closed.  No more holes!

<-- See a hole?  Nope.  That's how it should be. :)

On, there is a step-by-step tutorial with photos... this is the page I used to learn the magic ring.  It was SO helpful!   CLICK HERE

There are also various videos on YouTube that you can watch to learn the method.  Sometimes watching them over and over is helpful.  Just search for "magic ring crochet" or CLICK HERE for a good one.

Hope you found these links to be helpful!  Happy Crocheting!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

A Day Off?

I crochet every day. I'd crochet every single second if I could, but there are other things that need my attention sometimes... kids, chores, dog, husband, etc.  I work mostly on custom orders that I receive through my Etsy or Artfire shops, and I rarely have time to stock new pre-made items... and I hardly ever finish anything for ME.  So a few weeks ago I decided that I'm going to start taking a "day off" from my shop stuff once a week.  I chose Saturdays... mainly b/c there's no mail on Sunday.  Ha ha.   I kind of felt bad about sitting around crocheting stuff for ME, like I was neglecting the orders on my project list.  It wasn't until I went on vacation that I realized that I really do need that break once a week.  I do my best to get my customers' orders out as quickly as possible, but if I don't sit down and crochet something that feels more like "fun" than "work" I'm going to get burnt out.  And I don't ever want that to happen.  So that's that... I crochet for ME (personal projects, pre-made items for my shop, or things for friends) on Saturdays & my customers get my attention Sunday-Friday. :)  That's fair, right? :)

Monday, March 15, 2010

Tasty Recipe - Simple Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons are sweet & delicious.  We usually have them at Christmas-time, but they're good all year! :)

One 14 oz bag of Sweetened Coconut Flakes
 1 can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
 2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

 Mix well in large bowl. Carefully place spoonfuls onto GREASED cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Tips of coconut will be light brown. Remove from cookie sheet immediately using a wet spatula.  They will be sticky at first, but will harden as they rest.

*You can also top Macaroons with sprinkles, candied cherries, finely chopped nuts, or mix in small chocolate chips before baking.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

CROCHET PATTERN - Lazy Daisy Granny Square Motif

This little daisy square can be made in 6" or 7".  It's cute and simple!  Read the directions carefully & refer to the photo for stitch placement.  Enjoy! :)

Need: H or I hook, WW yarn (2 colors – CA and CB), yarn needle

Difficulty: Easy

Gauge: An H hook should give you a 6” square. An I hook should make a 7” square.

Stitch Guide: BLO – back loop only, ch – chain, dc – double crochet, hdc – half double crochet, sc – single crochet, sp(s) – space(s), st(s) – stitch(s)

Using CA, Start with sliding loop (magic ring) or ch4/join.

Round 1 – ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), 11 dc in ring, join with slip st to top of ch-3. [12 dc]

Round 2 – ch 4 (counts as dc + ch-1), *dc in BLO of next dc, ch 1; repeat from * around, join with slip st to top of ch-3. [12 dc + 12 ch-1 sps]

Round 3 – ch 1, sc in same st, ch 3, *sc in next dc, ch 3; repeat from * around, join with slip st to 1st sc. Fasten off. [12 ch-3 sps]

Round 4 – Using CB, join with sc to any ch-1 sp from round 2 BEHIND ch-3 sp from round 3, ch 3, *sc in next ch-1 sp in FRONT of ch-3 sp, ch 3, sc in next ch-1 sp BEHIND ch-3 sp, ch 3; repeat from * 5 times, sc in next ch-1 sp in FRONT of ch-3 sp, ch 3, join with slip st to 1st sc. [12 alternating ch-3 sps]

Round 5 – ch 1, sc in next ch-3 sp, * ch 4, sc in next ch-3 sp; repeat from * around, ch 4, join with slip st to 1st sc. [12 ch-4 sps]

Round 6 – slip st into next ch-4 sp, ch 3, 4 dc in same sp, 5 hdc in next ch-4 sp, 5 dc in next ch-4 sp, *ch 3, 5 dc in next ch-4 sp, 5 hdc in next ch-4 sp, 5 dc in next ch-4 sp; repeat from * 2 more times, ch 3, join with slip st to top of 1st ch-3. [15 sts per side]

Round 7 – ch 3, dc in next 14 sts, *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner, dc in next 15 sts; repeat from * 2 more times, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in last corner, join with slip st to top of ch-3. Fasten off. [19 dc per side]

Round 8 (optional) – Join CA with sc in any corner sp, 2 sc in same corner, sc in each st across, *3 sc in next corner sp, sc in each st across; repeat from * 2 more times, join with slip st to 1st sc. Fasten off, weave in all ends.

ANOTHER SUGGESTION:  Work rounds 1 and/or 4 with 3rd color to make flower pop.

This pattern is free & you can use it anywhere... but if you're going to make these to sell, please give me credit by providing a link to this blog in your listing! Also, please don't post my pattern on other sites, but feel free to provide a link back to this page instead. Thank you! :)