Sunday, December 30, 2012

20 Things a Mom Should Tell Her Son

photo by Rutchie Osher
I saw this list on Facebook, but thought it was worth sharing.  I have 2 sons (currently ages 6 and 6 months).  I want them to grow into strong, loving men & useful members of society.  They have an awesome father as a role model, but a little help from mom goes a long way.


1. Play a sport.
It will teach you how to win honorably, lose gracefully, respect authority, work with others, manage your time and stay out of trouble.  And maybe even throw or catch.

2. You will set the tone for the sexual relationship,
so don't take something away from her that you can't give back.

3. Use careful aim when you pee. Somebody's got to clean that up, you know.

4. Save money when you're young because you're going to need it someday.

5. Allow me to introduce you to the dishwasher, oven,
washing machine, iron, vacuum, mop and broom. Now please go use them.

6. Pray and be a spiritual leader.

7. Don't ever be a bully and don't ever start a fight,
but if some idiot clocks you, please defend yourself.

8. Your knowledge and education is something that nobody can take away from you.

9. Treat women kindly.
Forever is a long time to live alone and it's even longer to live with somebody who hates your guts.

10. Take pride in your appearance. (Get a haircut & pull up your pants!)

11. Be strong and tender at the same time.

12. A woman can do everything that you can do.
This includes her having a successful career and you changing diapers at 3 A.M.
Mutual respect is the key to a good relationship.

13. "Yes ma'am" and "yes sir" still go a long way.

14. The reason that they're called "private parts" is because they're "private".
Please do not scratch them in public.

15. Peer pressure is a scary thing.
Be a good leader and others will follow.

16. Bringing her flowers for no reason is always a good idea.

17. It is better to be kind than to be right.

18. A sense of humor goes a long way in the healing process.

19. Please choose your spouse wisely.
My daughter-in-law will be the gatekeeper for me spending time with you and my grandchildren.

20. Remember to call your mother because I might be missing you.

Friday, August 10, 2012


This Circus hat is a fun, pointed earflap hat for toddlers. I recommend making them in several bright colors with contrasting trim.  

This pattern is easy, but there are a lot of color changes.

MATERIALS:  I (5.5mm) hook, 5 colors of WW yarn, scissors, yarn needle, pom pom maker.

SIZE:  Toddler-Child Size

STITCH GUIDE: CA/CB/CC – color A/B/C, CH – chain, DC – double crochet, HDC – half double crochet, MC - main color, SC – single crochet, SL ST – slip stitch, ST – stitch

NOTES:  When joining at the end of each round, complete the last stitch of the round by pulling up the final loop with the next color.  I also recommend carrying MC along the inside of the hat instead of fastening off each time you use it.  The CH-1 or CH-2 at the beginning of each round does NOT count as a stitch.

Using CA, start with magic loop.

Round 1: CH 2, 8 DC in ring, join. (8 DC) Change to MC.
Round 2: CH 1, SC in each DC around, join. (8 SC) Change to CB.
Round 3: CH 2, 2 DC in each SC around, join. (16 DC) Change to MC.
Round 4: CH 1, SC in each DC around, join. (16 SC) Change to CC.
Round 5: CH 2, *2 DC in next ST, 1 DC in next ST* around, join. (24 DC) Change to MC.
Round 6: CH 1, SC in each DC around, join. (24 SC) Change to CD.
Round 7: CH 2, *2 DC in next ST, 1 DC in next 2 STS* around, join. (32 DC) Change to MC.
Round 8: CH 1, SC in each DC around, join. (32 SC) Change to CA.
Round 9: CH 2, *2 DC in next ST, 1 DC in next 3 STS* around, join. (40 DC) Change to MC.
Round 10: CH 1, SC in each DC around, join. (40 SC) Change to CB.
Round 11: CH 2, *2 DC in next ST, 1 DC in next 4 STS* around, join. (48 DC) Change to MC.
Round 12: CH 1, SC in each DC around, join. (48 SC) Change to CC.
Round 13: CH 2, *2 DC in next ST, 1 DC in next 5 STS* around, join. (56 DC) Change to MC.
Round 14: CH 1, SC in each DC around, join. (56 SC) Change to CD.
Round 15: CH 2, *2 DC in next ST, 1 DC in next 6 STS* around, join. (64 DC) Change to MC.
Round 16: CH 1, SC in each DC around, join. (64 SC) Change to CA.
Round 17: CH 2, 1 DC in each SC around, join. (64 DC) Change to MC.
Round 18: CH 1, SC in each DC around, join. (64 SC) Change to CB.
Round 19: CH 2, 1 DC in each SC around, join. (64 DC)  Fasten off.

Keep Right Side of hat facing you at all times; do not turn at the end of each row. Fasten off after each row.  Depending on size made, join colors in sequence where you left off.

Right Flap - Starting at back seam, count 9 STS to the left.
Row 1: Join MC with SC, SC in next 10 STS. (11 SC)
Row 2: Join CA with SL ST in 1st SC, CH 1, HDC in next 10 STS. (10 HDC)
Row 3: Join MC with SC in 1st HDC, SC in next 9 STS. (10 SC)
Row 4: Join CB with SL ST in 1st SC, CH 1, HDC in next 9 STS. (9 HDC)
Row 5: Join MC with SC in 1st HDC, SC in next 8 STS. (9 SC)
Row 6: Join CC with SL ST in 1st SC, CH 1, HDC in next 8 STS. (8 HDC)
Row 7: Join MC with SC in 1st HDC, SC in next 7 STS. (8 SC)
Row 8: Join CD with SL ST in 1st SC, CH 1, HDC in next 7 STS. (7 HDC)
{Work additional rows for longer flaps.}

Left Flap – Starting at back seam, count 20 STS to the right.  Follow same instructions as right flap.

Join MC at back seam with SL ST, HDC along to edge of 1st ear flap.
SC evenly around ear flap, putting 2-3 SC in each corner.
HDC along front of hat to edge of 2nd ear flap.
SC evenly around ear flap, putting 2-3 SC in each corner, join with SL ST and fasten off.
BRAID TIES (make 2) – Cut 6-9 lengths of yarn. String through each of the middle 3 SC’s at the bottom of the ear flap. Separate into 3 strands, braid it & tie off at the bottom.
Add a pom pom to the top (not too big, or it will weigh down the point) and you're done!

 This pattern is free & you can make as many as you want!  Feel free to sell your hats, but please be polite and provide a link to this blog in your listings.  (Pattern by Danyel Pink -  Also, do not copy and paste this pattern on other sites... but please provide a link back to this page instead.  Happy Crocheting!  :)

(YES.  This pattern, formerly known as the CAL HAT, has been "retired" from my shop.  If you have purchased this pattern in 2012, contact me via e-mail for a refund.  No refunds for patterns purchased 2011 or earlier. Sorry.)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

CROCHET PATTERN - Crooked Coffee Cozy

This style of coffee cozy was one of the first I ever made... I've been using mine since 2009.  I keep it in my purse (now a diaper bag) and use it on all hot & cold drinks!  These cozies whip up FAST, work great on most cans & cups, and make great gifts.

This project is EASY & is great for beginners.

Crooked Coffee Cozy Pattern...

MATERIALS:  H (5.0 mm) hook, small amount of worsted weight cotton, yarn needle, scissors

STITCH GUIDE:  CH - chain, SC - single crochet, SC2TOG - single crochet 2 together, ST(S) - stitch(es)

1.  Work entire project in back loops only to create ribbed effect.
2.  Count your stitches EVERY time... it's very easy to miss the last stitch of the row!
3.  The piece will look crooked (hence the name) but that means you're doing it right.  ;)

CH 23.
Row 1:  2 SC in 2nd CH from hook, 1 SC across to last 2 STS, SC2TOG, CH 1, turn.  [22 SC]
Row 2:  SC2TOG, SC across to last ST, 2 SC in last ST, CH 1, turn.  [22 SC]
Row 3:  2 SC in first SC, SC across to last 2 STS, SC2TOG, CH 1, turn.  [22 SC]
Rows 4 - 24:  Repeat Rows 2 and 3.  (Piece should measure around 8" long now.)
Join end to end & either slip stitch or whip stitch closed. Flip right-side-out & slip onto your favorite travel mug, coffee shop cup, soda/beer can, or water bottle!  Enjoy!

 © 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.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Shop of the Week - HOFFEE AND A NUFFIN

I am a BIG fan of this week's shop.  Hoffee and a Nuffin is one of the cutest shops ever... and the owner, Rebecca, is super nice & super talented.  Most of the items in her shop are sock monkey inspired, but she has a great variety of items for everyone!

Rebecca makes sock monkeys... they are adorable & the quality is beyond excellent.  All 3 of my kids have one & they LOVE them!!!

Many of my hooker friends own at least one of these hand-carved rubber stamps.  There are several designs available in her shop & she will accept SOME custom orders!

Rebecca also knits coffee socks!  This knitting pattern is available in her shop, too! 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


If you're a fan of mine, today's shop shouldn't be new to you... HollyCraft Originals is one of my favorites!  Holly makes hand-sewn fabric appliqués & embellishments.  They are very cute, colorful,  and excellent quality!  She has a wide variety of shapes/styles, and enjoys custom orders!

Holly made this tractor for me when a customer requested a hat to match her John Deere nursery theme!  Cute, huh?

 Check out these tiny owls!  They're perfect for hats, purses, sweaters, or anywhere else you want to put them.  They also look great as scrapbook embellishments!

I LOVE these colorful flowers!  I could think of about 20 things to put these on.  SO pretty!

Sunday, June 3, 2012


I've gotten to know lots of other hookers over the past few years, and one of them is my friend Mel.  She owns Mel's Crocheted Creations... her shop is STOCKED with items for everyone in the family.  Mel has also been very supportive of CSC, and you may see a few of my designs in her shop also!

My absolute favorite item in her shop is this cowl.  It's not just ANY cowl... it's for a supplemental nursing system.  The inside of the cowl conceals a small bottle.  Click HERE for more info & photos.  REALLY wonderful idea!

There are a lot of people making crocheted cowboy/girl hats these days, but Mel's are just too cute!  Her work shows great attention to detail & she clearly loves what she does!

 Mel sells a great variety of items for boys & girls... for all seasons.  
I really like this little hat for spring & summer!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Weekly Wrap Up

I haven't been blogging much... sorry about that.  Being pregnant has zapped ALL of my motivation.  Just wanted to stop by & share a few of this week's projects with you... 

I finally got around to making a hat for our new baby boy... hopefully he will decide it's time to come out soon!  I bought this skein of variegated yarn months ago, but it's too "weird" for most projects... but I think it turned out really cute with the little blue ears. :)
I'm technically on maternity leave, but if you'd like a bear hat for your little one, you can customize one at

 This beanie is available in the RTS Sale on my AmeliaCalvin fan page.  There are LOTS of items available there & the prices are GREAT!  Definitely go check it out!
(The fabric owl was handmade by HollyCraft Originals.)

A customer ordered these black wrist warmers.  I haven't made a set of these in a while.  The free pattern is available here on my blog!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Shop of the Week - CROCHET MEDLEY

I'm pleased to share my friend Erin's shop with you this week!  Erin owns Crochet Medley, a crochet shop (obviously) where she sells an awesome variety of hand-crocheted goodies!  She has a little something for everyone in the family in her shop!  I have purchased a few things from Crochet Medley over the past 2 years & the quality of her work is excellent!

She sells a wide variety of amigurumi animals... I'm wasn't always a huge fan of crocheted animals, but hers are super cute & the details are amazing!!

 One of my favorite items from her shop are these fun button necklaces. They're perfect for girls of all ages & she can customize them in any colors!

She also sells beanies, scarves, cloths, cozies, and more!  
Take a few minutes & browse Erin's shop!  I'm sure you'll see lots of stuff you'll love!
She loves custom orders, too!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Weekly Wrap Up

I'm now 37 weeks pregnant, so I'm not doing much of anything these days.  I'm not terribly uncomfortable, but I'm definitely unmotivated.  This "nesting" thing everyone keeps talking about has NOT happened to me at all.  Oh well.  I did manage to get some orders mailed out this week, of course!  And I had a little extra time to make some new hats & work on a new pattern!

This is the newest hat in my collection.  It's called the Swivel Beanie.  THIS exact hat is (so far) still available in the RTS sale on my AC fan page!  The pattern will be available "soon"...

I've been making Golf Visors for over a year now, but I finally just sat down and typed up the pattern.  The pattern is available HERE... or you can customize one HERE.

 I didn't post an update, but the Summer Rose Beanie pattern was released last week...  it's a great hat for summer & is available in all sizes.  Pattern available HERE.

Thursday, May 17, 2012


I just love seeing all of these bottle caps being up cycled into really cute stuff these days!  This week's SOTW belongs to a friend of mine who customizes some really great things using them!  Teri from Diamond Bottle Cap Designs creates wine glass charms, pet ID tags, key chains, magnets, badge reels, and more!  She's very friendly & loves custom orders, too!

I love these pet ID tags!  They're cuter (and cheaper) than the custom ones you can buy at most pet stores... and she will customize them with your favorite color, font, address, phone number, etc.  Plus, you know they're lightweight, so they're perfect for small dogs/cats too!

Save the date magnets.  Better than those small cards that will probably just get tossed out anyway...

Promotional keychains for your business.  They're really nice, don't you think!?  Great idea!  I might need some of these in the near future, Teri... I'll be in touch.  :)

Friday, May 11, 2012

Shop of the Week - HAFF IT YOUR WAY

This week's featured shop is Haff It Your Way.  The owner & crocheter is a good friend of mine... Shala is a hard-working, fellow army wife, SAHM of 2.  Her hats & creations are made with love, and she loves custom orders!  Please take a minute to check out her fan page & shop!

This sack hat is one of my favorite items from her shop.  So cute & colorful!

She also hosts weekly RTS (ready to ship) nights on her fan page.  You can find adorable handmade hats & headbands for all ages during these sales... like this handspun watermelon hat.

Drop by her page & tell her I said hi!  :)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Shop of the Week - INNER HOOKER

This week's featured shop is Inner Hooker!   

Scotti (the owner) is a fellow hooker (crocheter) and pattern designer.  She's a hard-working mama, and really nice lady!  She has a wide variety of patterns in her shop for all ages.  One of my favorites is this cute little clown bonnet!!  

Visit her shop & "like" her on Facebook to keep up with all of the patterns she has to offer.

Scotti also occasionally hosts CAL's (crochet-a-long) on her page.  Anyone can join, and I'm pretty sure the patterns are free for the CALs... but you can click HERE for more info about that.  This is a photo of a really cool granny square blanket that she was working on recently.  LOVE the colors!! 

Inner Hooker is also one of the vendors that will be participating in my upcoming pattern giveaway that will launch on May 7th.  Make sure you stop by and check that out!

Monday, April 30, 2012


Hair spirals are a cute, classic hair accessory.  Many of you probably remember wearing these in your pigtails when you were a kid!  There are about as many ways to make these as there are people to make them.  I forgot all about them until my friend Monica from The Fine Lime suggested them a few weeks ago. Hair spirals are quick & easy to make & you really can't mess them up.

SUPPLIES:  G (4.0mm) crochet hook, any worsted weight yarn, scissors, yarn needle, stitch marker.

STITCH GUIDE:  CH - chain, HDC - half double crochet, ST(S) - stitch(es).

NOTE:  You can make these longer/shorter and fatter/skinnier... I will include some tips in parentheses as we go to help you customize your spirals.  Experiment with them to see what you like best.

OK, here we go.  This should take you about 15 minutes...

CH 26 (you can make this longer or shorter if you want, but if you change this number, write it down)

Work 2 HDC (or 3, if 2 doesn't make them curly enough for you) in 2nd CH from hook and in each ST across.  (first spiral made)

CH 40 & MARK LAST CHAIN.  (make this chain longer if you have thick hair)

CH 26 again  (this number should be the same as the first)

Work 2 (or 3) HDC in 2nd CH from hook and in next 24 STS.  (just work back to the stitch marker)

Fasten off & weave in ends.  Tie your hair spirals in a bow around a pretty ponytail, attach them to a ponytail holder, or even use them as a bookmark!  Lots of possibilities!

Final note:  You can use Single Crochet or Double Crochet stitches to get thinner or wider spirals.  It's your choice.

 © 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.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Shop of the Week - SARAH'S STITCHES

This week's featured vendor is Sarah's Stitches!  Sarah is an amazing seamstress (is that what we're calling them these days?) and sews the cutest aprons, bags, totes, organizers, and dresses!  Her Etsy shop is stocked with a colorful assortment of goodies!  You should definitely stop by and take a look.  She also gladly takes custom orders!

Many moons ago, I had the great luck of being the winner of one of Sarah's giveaways.  She designed this AWESOME patchwork tote and matching crochet hook organizer for me!  I still use it regularly.  The quality is excellent, and the colors are fabulous!

In her shop, she sells various types of gadget sleeves.  This one is for an iPad.  I'm probably going to have to snag one of these so I can keep my iPad stored in my diaper bag for trips to the doctor's office, long car rides, etc.  Really great idea!

Sarah also makes these really beautiful aprons.  I don't spend enough time in my kitchen to need an apron... but this one is SO cute. I suddenly have the urge to bake something...  


Saturday, April 21, 2012

Weekly Wrap Up

It's been a pretty productive week!  The weather is slowly starting to get warmer (and less rainy) and that has seriously improved my mood!  I'm 32 weeks along in my pregnancy (baby #3 for those of you that aren't regular stalkers) and I'm feeling pretty good.  Thankfully crocheting helps keep my hands busy & doesn't hurt my back. :)

I got this precious photo from Little Canary Photography.
These adorable twins are modeling my new Trinity Beanie, available @

I added some Hair Spirals to
EVERY little girl needs some of these!   

I created these little monsters & added them to my AC shop... they're available in blue, pink, green, purple, and red.  They're super soft & crazy cute!! 

And you may have seen photos of my new Watermelon Beanie floating around on both sites.  You can purchase the pattern (all sizes included) from my CSC shop... or you can purchase a custom watermelon beanie from either AC or CSC. 

That's it.  Enjoy your weekend!!  :)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Shop of the Week - CAPRICE CREATIONS

This week, I have the pleasure of sharing another awesome artisan... Caprice Creations!  Janet (the owner) makes lots of colorful crocheted goodies, as well as some paper crafts, coasters, clocks, trivets, and other goodies for the home & body in her shop.  
She also has a sale going on right now & a percentage of her proceeds this month will be going toward "Autism Speaks".  Visit her shop or Facebook page for more information.

These small hand sanitizer cozies are really clever!  She sells them in many colors & you can have it with a hook or a keychain attached.  Great idea.

If you don't know the joys of cotton crocheted dishcloths, you're really missing out.  They're perfect for kitchen & bath.  I really love these bright colors!!!

I LOVE this set of coasters.  They're funky & SO colorful.  If someone else doesn't buy these real soon, I'm probably going to snag them myself.  They're just my style!  :)