Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year's Resolutions

I usually try to set 2-3 resolutions each year.  In 2011, I resolved to pay off my debt, lose some weight, and organize my house.  I DID pay off my debt, I DID lose weight, and I DID organize my house.  (You may recall my posts from the beginning of the year highlighting the before & after photos of my freshly cleaned abode.)


Well, we moved this year, so I racked up some more debt, gained back most of the weight I lost, and I haven't gotten the new house organized yet.  I'm also expecting baby #3 in June, so I can't expect to lose weight anytime soon.  At any rate, here are my resolutions for 2012...
  1. Get this house organized top to bottom.  I will probably do the 21 day challenge again b/c that is definitely a good place to start.
  2. Pay off my credit card debt (again).  I have one regular credit card & an Old Navy card... and I've resolved not to shop at Old Navy until that one is paid off completely.
  3. Plan more menus.  We eat out more than we should, and I can't even imagine how much extra money we spend when we do that.  So I'm going to plan more menus, try new recipes, and hopefully we'll all be healthier, too!  If I come across any super easy/yummy recipes, I'll be sure to share. 
  4. Organize my photo albums.  I have stacks of photos in various places around the house & I just need to stick them into albums & frames.  It would probably only take me a couple of days if I could just focus.  
SO... What are your resolutions for 2012?

Happy New Year!!
Danyel

Friday, December 30, 2011

Coming in 2012...

I'm going to try some new things at CrazySocks Crochet in the new year.  Here are a few things you can expect to see...

*Weekly Deals:  I did this briefly in 2011, but you can expect a new sale and/or coupon code each week.  The weekly deals will be posted on Sunday mornings, and will expire on the following Friday night.


*OOAK Sales:  I have organized my planner so that I will have more time to create more OOAK (one of a kind).  These hats will be RTS & will be sold in "Fast Fingers" style.  Visit my fan page for more information.

*Auctions:  Occasionally, I will have some items in stock (leftover from testing patterns) that will be available via auction.

*Monthly Giveaways:  I will host a monthly giveaway here on my blog.  The giveaway will be posted on the first Monday of the month & the winners will be drawn on the last Monday of the month.  Each month, one or two other vendors will join me in giving away some themed prizes.  There will be reminders, but there is also a button on the left side of the blog you can click to take you straight to the current giveaway.

*New Patterns:  My goal is to write at least one new pattern each month.  I'll also try to add a couple of freebies to my blog.

*CAL/KAL:  Mama's Little Monkeys is hosting a Crochet Along/Knit Along.  Everyone will be making dishcloths each month.  I'll be participating & you should too!  Click on the Crochet Along link up top for more info.

That's enough to keep one girl busy for a while!  Thank you for your continued support & please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments.  :)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Blog Comments

I just found a bunch of questions that some of you had asked in comments on some of my blog posts.  I don't always remember to check the comments here on my blog, Sorry!!

If you ever have a question about a pattern or an item, please don't hesitate to e-mail me directly at danyel@crazysockscrochet.com

Thanks!!!
- Danyel

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tasty Recipe - White Chocolate Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

Someone brought these cookies to a Cookie Swap I had a few years ago... I've tweaked the recipe a little, and they are my FAVORITE.  OK, 2nd favorite... nothing is better than my Grandma's Carrot Cookies, but I'll share that recipe some other time.

These are simple to make & are super delicious.











Ingredients: 1 cup butter (VERY soft), 1/2 cup sugar (Splenda is OK), 2 cups flour, 1 tbsp water, 1/3 package white chocolate chips, 1 cup dried cranberries (Craisins)

Beat buttter & sugar until fluffy.  Add water & flour.  Mix until dough is soft.  Stir in chips & cranberries.  Form into balls. I use a tablespoon-size measuring spoon, but you can make them as big or small as you like.

Bake @ 350° for 13-16 minutes, until cookies are very light brown.  Makes about 40 cookies.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Deal of the Week - Free Shipping on Elf Hats

 This week's Deal of the Week is....

Free Worldwide Shipping on ELF HATS!  AND 50¢ off the Elf Hat Pattern!

These elf hats can be made in ANY color combo, and in ALL sizes.  Order one in a solid color, striped, or in a funky variegated yarn.  I will also create a Santa Elf Hat (shown on left) for no additional charge.

Elf hats are great gifts, perfect for the holidays, and look cute on boys & girls of all ages.  Just please supervise small babies when using the elf hat so that they don't put the tassel in their mouth.

Order your Elf Hats HERE. Use coupon code ELFHAT to get free shipping on that item.

Crocheters can get 50¢ off of the Elf Hat Pattern by using coupon code ELFPATTERN.

Coupons expire Monday 11/7/11 at noon PST.




Thursday, October 27, 2011

CROCHET PATTERN - Super Slouch Hat

I know there are only a million other slouch hat patterns out there, but I haven't found one that works well for me, so I whipped up my own. It's quick & easy... and is great for BHDs (Bad Hair Days).

I have included instructions for both Child & Adult sizes, and included some notes to customize the fit of your Super Slouch.

SUPPLIES:  M/13 (9.0 mm) hook, K/10.5 (6.5 mm) hook, J/10 (6.0 mm) hook and/or I/9 (5.5 mm) hook.  You may also want to use a stitch marker.

YARN:  I prefer I Love This Yarn or Vanna's Choice for this project, but your favorite sturdy Worsted Weight yarn will be fine.

STITCH GUIDE:  HDC = Half Double Crochet, SC = Single Crochet, BPSC = Back Post Single Crochet, ST = Stitch

GAUGE:  With K hook, 5 HDC and 5 rounds = 2"  [If yours is a little bigger, that's fine.]

NOTES:  This hat is worked in a continuous spiral.  Do not join at the end of each round.  


[Both sizes] Using M hook, Start with Magic Loop.
Round 1:  10 HDC in loop.
Round 2:  2 HDC in each ST around.  [20 HDC]
Round 3:  1 HDC in each ST around.  [20 HDC]
Round 4:  2 HDC in each ST around.  [40 HDC]
Round 5:  1 HDC in each ST around.  [40 HDC]
Round 6:  (1 HDC in next, 2 HDC in next) around.  [60 HDC]
Rounds 7-8:  1 HDC in each ST around.  [60 HDC]

** Switch to K hook.
Rounds 9-16:  1 HDC in each ST around. 
[If you would like your ADULT hat to be EXTRA slouchy, add a few more rounds with your K hook here.]

** If you're making an ADULT hat, switch to J hook now.  If you're making a CHILD hat, switch to I hook now.
Round 17:  SC in each ST around.  [60 SC]
Rounds 18-23:  BPSC (not too tightly) in each ST around.  [Too complicated? Too fancy? Work a snug SC in each ST instead.]
** If you'd like a wider band, add a couple of extra rounds.  If not, fasten off and weave in ends.
Enjoy your super slouch. 





 © 2011 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.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Did You Know?

A fire truck with a ladder is called a Fire Truck.
A fire truck without a ladder is called a Fire Engine.
Print this coloring page:  http://www.easy-child-crafts.com/images/fire-truck-2.gif

The kids went on a little "firefighter field trip" yesterday & that's what the firefighter told us.  I can only assume he knew what he was talking about.


♡  Danyel

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Surprise!

About a month ago (about the time we moved to our new house), my husband and I decided we officially did not want to have any more kids.  C just turned 5 and started Kindergarten & M just turned 3 and is very independent!  Well, about a week and a half ago, I got heartburn... Oh crap.  Went to the drug store to get a pregnancy test... Yep, pregnant.  We were pretty shocked at first (I was on the verge of a big freak-out) and we really started to regret selling off all of our baby stuff... but we're really starting to get excited about it now!  I'm due June 14th, which seems like an eternity from now.  No morning sickness yet... but the heartburn is super annoying.  Anyway, there will be a new hat model joining our family in about 35 weeks!  ♥

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Did You Know?

Did you know...


The average bra size today is 36C.  Ten years ago it was 34B.  (I bet this makes men happy.)

... and in case you were wondering, I'm average.

♥ Danyel

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Post-It Note Tuesday

Do you ever find it difficult to come up with things to talk about?  I don't.
Make your own Post-Its HERE.




Thursday, October 6, 2011

Damn Straight

A wise man once said...

"I don't know... Go ask my wife."

(I saw this on a bumper sticker & about peed my pants laughing!)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Did You Know?

OK, this really isn't a random fact... but here's a little random Math humor for ya... 

Question: Why is this a mathematical limerick?

( (12 + 144 + 20 + 3 Sqrt[4]) / 7 ) + 5*11 = 92 + 0 .

Answer:
A dozen, a gross, and a score,
plus three times the square root of four,
divided by seven,
plus five times eleven,
is nine squared and not a bit more.


---Jon Saxton (math textbook author)


I know, I'm a nerd... and proud of it. :)
∆∀∩y∈¬

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Service

I saw a similar sign at the veterinarian's office, and I thought it works just as well for my shop...

"If you are pleased with your purchase, please tell your friends.
If you are not, please tell Me."

Seriously.  All feedback is appreciated.
Have a great day!   :)

Danyel

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Did You Know?

When you combine a question mark (?) with an exclamation point (!), it’s called an “interrobang”.

Grammar never sounded so dirty... hee hee.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sunday, August 21, 2011

CROCHET PATTERN - Upcycled T-shirt Coasters


Don't throw away your old, holey t-shirts! Turn them into something functional!  I know there are lots of ways you can upcycle your old clothes... but when one of my favorite old shirts had finally seen it's last wear, I decided to cut it into strips & crochet it into a set of coasters.  I sent the coasters to my parents for testing & they LOVE them.  In fact, my mom has me crochet more of them when her shirts get worn out.  I like to make mine square, but you can make them any shape you like.

Supplies:  Old cotton t-shirt, Size N or P crochet hook, scissors.
Prepare your old shirt by cutting off any seams, bias tape, etc.  Then cut your shirt in one continuous 3/4 - 1" strip. I cut mine around and around in a "spiral" so that I don't have to tie individual strips together.
Using your crochet hook, CH 10. (If you want the coaster to be larger or smaller, chain as many as you like.)
Row 1:  SC in 2nd CH from hook & in each CH across, CH 1, turn.
Row 2:  SC in each CH across, CH 1, turn. 
Repeat row 2 until your piece is square.
Fasten off & tuck in the ends.  Trim any pieces of shirt that stick out, or leave them... Whatever you think looks best.

These work great for big glasses of ice cold water and hot coffee mugs.  Enjoy!  :)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Moving Soon...

I've been in limbo for most of the summer, living with my in laws, waiting to find out where the army is going to send us next. We should have new orders by this time next week, and the it'll be a mad rush to move, find a place, and get my son signed up for school. I'm starting to spaz... I don't like to feel rushed, but I know it'll all pan out just fine. I should be able to FULLY reopen my shop for custom orders around September first. I also hope to share a few new designs with you around then, too. I hope you've all had a great summer!!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mothers Day to all moms. 

I'm still preparing to move, and preparing to send my hubby to AZ for a month.  There's so much to do, so my shops are closed (but you can still purchase crochet patterns).  I won't be writing a newsletter until after we move, and I probably won't blog much in the next 2-3 months. 

So I hope this little note finds you all well, and I hope you enjoy your summer!!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

KNITTING PATTERN - Adorable Mini Elf Hat


This is my first attempt at writing a knitting pattern.  This cute little hat is easy to knit & works up fairly quickly.  I used a self-striping yarn, but you can use any worsted weight yarn you like.

Materials:  Worsted weight yarn, Size 8 DPNs (or 9" circulars if you have them), yarn needle, G or H crochet hook, scissors

Size:  Newborn (14" head circumference)

Gauge:

Stitch Guide:  CO - cast on, K - knit, K2TOG - knit 2 together (decrease)

CO 50.  Place marker to mark beginning of round.
Rounds 1-18:  Knit all rounds.
Round 19:  (k8, k2tog) 5 times.  [45 sts]
Round 20-21:  knit
Round 22:  (k7, k2tog) 5 times.  [40 sts]
Round 23-24:  knit
Round 25:  (k6, k2tog) 5 times.  [35 sts]
Round 26-27:  knit
Round 28:  (k5, k2tog) 5 times.  [30 sts]
Round 29-30:  knit
Round 31:  (k4, k2tog) 5 times.  [25 sts]
Round 32-33:  knit
Round 34:  (k3, k2tog) 5 times.  [20 sts]
Round 35-36:  knit
Round 37:  (k2, k2tog) 5 times.  [15 sts]
Round 38-39:  knit
Round 40:  (k1, k2tog) 5 times. [10 sts]
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Sew top of hat closed. 
Add a braid, cord, twist, pom pom, or whatever else you want to the top of the hat.


Stockinette stitch will make the edge of the hat curl, so if you don't want it like that, I recommend crocheting one or two rounds of SC around the edge.

If you want the hat to be longer & more floppy like a stocking cap, work additional rounds in between decrease rounds.

 © 2011 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.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Huge Giveaway WINNERS

Thank you to everyone that entered the giveaways!  And thank you to all of my vendor friends for generously donating the wonderful prizes!  CrazySocks Crochet & AmeliaCalvin are honored to be in the company of such amazing people!!

And the WINNERS are...

Huge Giveaway #1 (Crochetaholics) = Angela @ A Mama's Two Cents Worth
Huge Giveaway #2 = Dorinda Varga Photography
Huge Giveaway #3 = Erin Noie Photography
Huge Giveaway #4 = Sarah Dayman

Congratulations to all of the winners!!!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Weekly Weigh-In

I'm not sure if many of you read these updates, or care that I'm on a diet... but putting it out there helps me stay accountable.  :)


I lost 1.5 lbs this week!  I'm down 11.5 lbs total, and the numbers on the scale are making me very happy.  Some of my clothes are fitting quite loosely now.  I'm starting to be able to wear some of my medium shirts again, too.  I haven't tried to squeeze into my "skinny jeans" yet... I'm still scared.


I have 9 pounds to go until I'm pre-baby weight (165 lbs).  That will feel amazing!  I've been going to the gym once a week... when both of my kids are at school. My son is in preschool & my daughter goes to the Mommy room there sometimes.  It's very convenient.  And thankfully they both still nap (most days) so I can work out at naptime.  :)


My goal for April is to get down to 170.  I have 4.5 lbs to get there... I CAN do it. :)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Did You Know?

Did you know that Tennessee is bordered by more states than any other?

The 8 states are Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

Now you know.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Weekly Weigh-In

I've hit the 10 pound mark!  That feels pretty good!  I only lost 0.1 lbs this week, but that does include a totally random 2 lb gain in the middle of the week.  I have been exercising regularly & eating much better (less sugar & sodium, too!) so I'm hoping for another GOOD loss soon.

Hope you're doing well & thank you for visiting my blog! :)
If you'd like to join me in losing some weight, you can find me on myfitnesspal.com as danyelpink.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Copyright Law and Cottage Licenses

Have you seen those "cottage licenses"?  You know, the ones that sellers try to get you to pay $50 or more for, and then they give you "permission" to sell something YOU made?  Yep, those are fake.  Don't buy them. Ever.  I have done some research on this topic.  I don't claim to be the guru on Copyright Law, but here's what I've found...

Wait... I first want to say that I'm NOT saying it's OK for you to "steal" ideas from others.  That's just bad juju.  All of the knitters, crocheters, seamstresses, and other artisans in the handmade community should STICK TOGETHER, not try to best each other.  If we band together & do the right things, we can all get a slice of that "pie". 

OK, so... more about the BS...

1.  Copyright Law does NOT protect ideas, only their expression.  (For example, it protects my tangible, written pattern... but could not prevent others from making similar items.)       
*1a.  If you find an item online & you want to recreate it, go ahead.  As much as I hate to admit this, since I'm in the business of selling patterns, there's no law that prohibits you from being "inspired" by someone else's work.  However, it's just NICE to give credit to pattern writers & designers.  Do you have to?  No.  But giving credit among others in the handmade community is good for everyone!!

2. You are not allowed to resell/reprint patterns or other copyrighted works.  Changing/altering them & claiming them as your own is also a no-no.  Using someone elses photographs, graphs, charts, and/or drawings is a BIG no-no.

3. Copyrights & Patents are only good for a certain amount of time anyway, so don't get suckered into renewing a "cottage license" forever... because even if the pattern you got ripped off on DOES have a real copyright, it's only good for a certain amount of time anyway, before it becomes public domain.

4. The Doctrine of Exhaustion states that, "the first unrestricted sale of a patented item exhausts the patentee's control over that particular item." In human being words, that means that once a seller sells you the pattern, they have no control over what you do with it.

Long story short... a "Cottage License" is not a condition a copyright owner/seller can place upon the sale of an item... at least not without the consent of the purchaser. (If you paid for a "license"... Sorry Charlie, you got ripped off.) A license requires the approval of all parties (buyer & seller, in most cases), as well as many other conditions. Patterns are sold, not licensed. Anyone who says otherwise is just blowing smoke up your ass.  HOWEVER, if a seller asks nicely for you to not sell their designs online... it would be nice of you to follow.  If you REALLY want to sell something online, design it yourself, or buy the pattern from someone who allows it.

Some of you might also want to look up more information on trademarks, while you're at it.

And on that note... Happy Crocheting. 
You are always welcome to sell the items you make from my patterns.  Sell a billion hats, really!  I just ask that you help spread the word about my patterns by giving me credit for the pattern I wrote.  If you become a self-made millionaire selling crazy owl hats, throw me a bone, would ya?  ;)



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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Post-It Note Tuesday

I don't really have anything witty to say today, so here are 3 facts about me.
You don't care?  Me either.



Create your own Post-Its HERE.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Did You Know?

Did you know that there are only 13 blimps in the world?
... and that 9 of them are in the U.S.?
... and that the largest one is the Fuji Film blimp?

Now you know.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Did You Know?

Monday's new blog posts are going to be useless snippets of knowledge.  Someday when you're on "Jeopardy!" you can thank me for helping you with the Daily Double.

Did you know that "Spaghetti" is plural?  The singular term is "Spaghetto."

Now you know.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Weekly Weigh-In

Lost 0.7 lbs this week.  I had a couple of days where I ate entirely too much sugar (i.e. cookies!), so I'm pleased with this outcome.  I've lost 8.7 lbs total... and I'm getting so close to 10 lbs, I can taste it!  Also, 9 lbs is 1/4 of my goal, so that's a pretty cool milestone too.


I'll admit, I'm thoroughly sick of counting calories, and there are days where I just want to sit and crochet... but I just can't quit.  I would really like to lose 6 lbs in March.  I'm not sure if I'll be able to muster up enough motivation to do that... but hopefully if I can just cut back on the sugar & play outside a little more with the kids, I'll at least come close.


How are you doing?

Friday, February 25, 2011

Weekly Weigh-In

I lost 1/2 a pound this week.  I'm actually VERY happy with that.  I ate a LOT of junk food (pizza, cupcakes, girl scout cookies) this week, and I seriously expected to have at least a 1 lb gain.  Most of the junk food is all gone, and I can get re-focused on my goal.  I've lost 8 pounds total, and I'm really looking forward to seeing a *10* on my ticker! 


If you're dieting, how's it going?


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Design Requests?

Is there anything special you'd like to see in my shop? 
More hats for boys?
More photo props?
More stuff for adults?
More items for the kitchen?
Something totally new?
Or maybe there's one of my current items that could be better if.....

Let me know!  I'd like to add some new items and/or patterns to my shop soon, but I'd like to know what you all want!  Thank you!! :)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Weekly Weigh-In

Well, I lost a whoppin' 0.1 lbs this week.  (7.5 lbs total)  I'm OK with that.  It wasn't a gain.  I had a few lazy days this week, and I didn't follow my calorie plan as well as I usually do.


I just tried on my "skinny jeans"... I used to not even be able to pull them up past my thighs.  Today they made it up onto my butt.  I'm not even close to being able to zip them, but at least there was some progress.  The weather is getting nicer here in NC, so I really need to start playing outside with the kids more.  I sure wish I could burn more calories crocheting.  ha.