Monday, April 14, 2014

Chicken Earflap Hat

My mom adopted about twelve chickens a few weeks ago.  When she told me about this, I was inspired to come up with a chicken hat.  This one is pretty easy to whip together.  It would be fun for a summer photo session!

CHICKEN EARFLAP HAT

 
Newborn and 0-3 months
 

1 skein Hobby Lobby Yarn Bee – Cameo Bulky in Quartz Crystal
Red yarn
Orange yarn
2 black button eyes
N Crochet Hook
H Crochet Hook -- for comb and beak
 
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
ss – slip stitch
scdec – single crochet decrease
 
NEWBORN – 12-13 inch circumference, 4 ½ in height
 
 
With N hook, start with Magic Ring, ch 2, 8 hdc in ring, ss in top of ch 2.  (8)
Row 2 – ch 2, 2 hdc in each hdc around, ss in top of ch 2. (16)
Row 3 – ch 2, 2 hdc in same as connecting stitch, 1 hdc in next hdc, *2 hdc in next stitch, 1 hdc in next stitch, repeat from * 6 times. ss in top of ch 2. (24)
Row 4-8 - ch 2, 1 hdc in each hdc around, ss in top of ch2. (24) 

 
EARFLAPS
 
Row 1 – ch 1, 1 sc in next 4 hdc. (4)
Row 2 – ch 1, turn, 1 sc in next 4 sc.  (4)
Row 3 – ch 1, turn,  1 scdec in next 2 sc, 1 scdec in next 2sc.  (2)
Row 4 – ch 1, turn, 1 sc in next 2 sc. (2)
Row 5 – ch 1, turn, 1 scdec in next 2 sc, tie off. 
 
Count 11 stitches over on back of hat.  Slip stitch to connect yarn for 2nd earflap. 
Row 1 – 1 sc in next 4 hdc.
Row 2-5 – repeat above. 
 
COMB
Using H crochet hook and 2 yarn thickness, ch 12.
Row 1:  1 sc in 2nd chain from hook, 1 sc in each across. 
Row 2:  ch 3, turn, 1 hdc in next sc, 1 sc in next 2, (1 hdc, 1 dc, 1hdc) in next st, 1 sc in next 2, (1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 hdc) in next st, 1 sc in next 2, (1 hdc, 1dc) in next st, 1 dc in last st. 
 
Attach comb to top of hat.  Double thickness should make it stand up.   
 
BEAK
 
Using H crochet hook, Ch 5
Row 1:  slst in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next, hdc in next, dc in next.  Tie off, sew onto hat front. 

Add two black buttons for eyes.  I backed the eyes with a circle of felt on the inside of the hat to help keep them secure.
 
 
0 – 3 MONTHS – 13 inch circumference, 5 in height 
 
With N crochet hook, start with Magic Ring, ch 2, 8 hdc in ring, ss in top of ch 2.  (8)
Row 2 – ch 2, 2 hdc in each hdc around, ss in top of ch 2. (16)
Row 3 – ch 2, 2 hdc in same as connecting stitch, 1 hdc in next hdc, *2 hdc in next stitch, 1 hdc in next stitch, repeat from * 6 times. ss in top of ch 2. (24)
Row 4 – ch 2, 2 hdc in same as connecting stitch, 1 hdc in next 5 hdc, *2 hdc in next hdc, 1 hdc in next 5 hdc, repeat from * 2 times. ss in top of ch 2.  (28)
Row 5-9 – ch 2, 1 hdc in each hdc around.  ss in top of ch 2.  (28)

COMB and BEAK--see above.



Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Growing Up

Today was, well, one of those melancholy kind of days.  Spring is finally arriving bringing with it some warmer weather, however, today it was rainy and gray.  So, I found myself inside.  My youngest daughter will be moving into her new apartment/loft in a couple of weeks and I'm a mess of emotions...excited for her, sad for me.  I knew this day was coming, but it just seems too soon.  Too soon to not have her a part of our home.  Too soon to say good-bye to the little girl that once was.  I had hoped to squeak out one more summer together.  Today I decided to start packing up the remainder of her belongings, things I know she will want with her.  I stood there in her room desperately wanting to do the impossible...hold onto those little girl days.  My thoughts went to, not so long ago, when she danced through the house and belted out her favorite song.  I miss the sound of her laughter, our daily conversations, and just the life she breathed into my every day.

The season outside is changing as the buds appear and the flowers begin to blossom and once again my life is changing.  My little girls are grown women now, making lives of their own.  Although, today I am sad and I mourn the loss of those simple childhood days, I hope for our future and anticipate the changing relationships.  For I am truly blessed to have them in my life. 

Our lilac buds are just beginning to show...a promise of the beauty to come.
 


The new Flowering Almonds we are planting out front.
 


 

Loved the look this little bluebird gave me!  He made me smile.
 
 
This pair of bluebirds come by every few days for a visit.  These little creatures bring such joy!
 
 
A little something I picked up in Kimmswick...have a thing for these little nests.  I guess they remind me of Spring and proof that the seasons will change.
 

 
 

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