Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Busy, Busy, Busy!!!!

It has been a busy spring and is already started as a busy summer! I have been making amigurumi for baby showers and hair accessories for a cousin and a craft fair comming up! The NIGHT MARKET AND CRAFT FAIR is happening July 10, 17, 24, and 31 from  4-8PM at Bridgewater Fitness on Rte 18/28 in Bridgewater, MA. It is sponsored in part by P.M.P. Associates, LLC, Civil Engineering and Land Planning, my father's company, and where I work as an Administrative Assistant.

Jessica Arts and Crafts will have a table where hair accessories and coffee cozies will be available for immediate sale. Cusotmers can also order from the items available on my Etsy Store.

So, here are some pics of my recent projects:

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Check me out on Etsy!!!

I just opened my Etsy store, so you can order some of the great projects that I make as gifts or just for yourself! Just click in the banner at the top of the page!

Do you want to make one of these projects yourself?

Just ask- I'm not stingy about where I got the patterns. Most of them I got online for FREE!

I'm so excited about starting my own Etsy shop!!!


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Getting Caught Up

Hi there!

I know I haven't been on in while, but I have been quite busy. I've been working on lots of project and I've some great photos!

If you would like the patterns, just ask!

Happy crochetting!!!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


So here in Massachusetts we've had some cold weather, and I just recently got a really short hair cut (not completely my choice, but hair will grow back!) So I decided to make an ear warmer for myself and I found a great pattern in Crochet One-Skein Wonders Ed. Judith Durant & Edie Eckman, pp-177-179.
ISBN: 978-1-61212-042-3. $18.95. I got it at The Christmas Tree Shop

So, I used a bulky weight yarn, so I stopped increasing at 15 stitches accross, and even then it still came out pretty wide. If you use a worsted weight (4) I suggest you still may want to stop at a row of 15 or 17 stitches if you don't want it too wide. Two of my sisters liked it so much that they asked me to make them one. One asked for on in Simply Soft and the other in homespun, but both asked for them to be skinnier, and sadly no flower :(

What is really great about this pattern is that it has a button at the back so you can easily get it on & off. It goes easier on hair styles, too, since it doesn't cause static electricity or having to slip your hair through anything.

Anyone else find a great ear warmer pattern?
Please share!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 25, 2013

OK, so I said that I would post the pattern I used and doctored for an ear warmer that fits over a ball cap, so here it is:

Ball Cap Ear Warmer

G or H hook
When using Simply Soft yarn or similar yarn, I felt 13 stitches for the split rows was enough to fit over the brim of a ball cap.

Remember: if you want to increase or decrease the opening for the brim of the ball cap, always do an ODD number of rows so you can do the joining row so it stays in the pattern for the BLO.

Also, a great way to determine if you need to increase or decrease the number of full rows to do before and after the split rows is to measure the baseball cap that fits the person you are making it for. You want the opening to stretch, but the rest of the ear warmer should fit, but not be stretched out.

Abbreviations: ch= chain    sc= single crochet    st= stitch   sl st= slip stitch
BLO= back loop only   FO= finish off


Ch 17

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each chain across. ch 1, turn (16sc)

Row 2-22: Sc in BLO in each sc across, ch1, turn. DO NOT FO!

For split rows:

Row 23: Sc in BLO in next 10 sc, ch1, turn

Rows 24-36 Sc in BLO in next 10 sc, ch1, turn.

Row 37: Sc in BLO in next 10 sc then FO.

Go back to Row 23: attach yarn in BLO in the 11th stitch and sc in the same stitch and the next 5, in the BLO, so that you are continuing the same pattern in that row. Ch1 and turn.

Continue the pattern as before, only in sts 11-16

Row 38: Sc in BLO of all the sc in order to join the split rows. Ch1, turn (16 sc)

Rows 39-60: Sc in BLO in each sc across, ch 1, turn.

Sc, sl st, or sew ends together.

The ear warmer on the ball cap is made with Simply Soft. The black one is my first attempt and was made with Homespun. I crocheted an R on the front by ataching with a sl st at the bottom, ch 3, attach w/sl st, ch 3 attach w/ sl st., turn, chain 2, attach w' sl st, ch 2, attach w/ sl st, ch 3, attach w/ sl st & FO. pull through to other side and tie ends and weave in.You can do a similar pattern to make any letter- just figure out the shape as you go. Make the letter bigger by adding more chains between each sl st. This is such an easy way to do monograms!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Recent projects

Hi there!

I've been quite busy! I made a couple of ear warmer headbands for  a person to wear over a ballcap. The pattern I used seemed to need a few alterations, so I will post the pics and the altered pattern at another time.

I also found the most cute pattern for adding a crochet beard to a hat. OMG!!! I made a size small and I started a medium last night. The pictures are so funny!!! Here's the link for the pattern:

I've decided to make some for family as a gag gift. They are soo easy to make, and for anyone, it can be a fun and warm addition to any hat. I was thinking of making them detachable by adding buttons or velcro. I'll update you on what I did, and of course, take pics!!!

As for the hats, I was thinking of making some on the knitting looms and adding stripes with the yarn I used for the beards. OH, I didn't want to spend $4+ for the Vanna Glamour, plus the store didn't have the color I wanted. Vanna Glamour is a 2 weight, and I had a hard time finding other yarns of the same weight at AC Moore. I finally found a bag of mill ends that was the color I wanted and a simmilar weight (they aren't listed, so I had to eyeball it) It seems to have paid off! I have enough yarn for many beards and to add stripes to hats, and it cost me $6.99. Sometimes, AC Moore and Michael's Crafts with sell mill ends and you can guess what brand they probably came from, such as Simply Soft or Lily & Cream. They sometimes even do a deal for the mill ends, so I love to buy these 1 lb bags when they go on sale for 2 for $10. I wanted to get this project done, so I bought it at the regular price, but still, a pound for $6.99 is still a great deal!!!

Well, lunch break is over, so I'll be adding to this later this evning or tomorrow so you can have some pics and that pattern for the earwarmer.

Happy crafting!