County Fair Part 2

Last night we went to the county fair. We always have a good time but this year was phenomenal because Turtle (who is 4.5 years old) was completely into it. He is for the most part, normally, a pretty cautious child. It took us by surprise that he wanted roller coasters. Like not just the kid roller coasters. He wanted the grown up ones that, thankfully, he was still too small for. He did go on the Tilt-a-Whirl and another similar one that I can’t remember the name for. It was really fun to watch just pure exhilaration on Turtle’s face. Even Burger had a great time. Because of his cerebral palsy Burger is easily overstimulated so he keeps his head down a lot and pretends he’s sleeping. But not last night. He went through a few minutes screaming right along with his brother. Turtle was screaming on this Dragon Wagon ride and we could hear him and Burger just screamed and laughed. I was actually able to get some good photos of Burger with his head up and smiling. I treasure so much of what our 2 boys do and/or say in my heart and last night was no exception. It was just fun!

To top the night off we stopped by the Family Arts Building to see how my 7 items of crochet did. If you can hear a drumroll in your head, now is the time. (Excuse the photos. They’re in display cases and I didn’t want to wait until I got my items back).

First up, Turtle’s fidget spinner case. It got 2nd place. Yay!!!! Its the red ribbon.

Finally, my Minty Toddler Cardigan with Sleeves. CHAMPION! I couldn’t (and still can’t) believe it. Beyond excited. 

I hope everyone had as great of a day as we had yesterday.

County Fair Part 1

Yesterday was exciting. I took 7 items I’ve made in the past year and submitted them to our County fair. I always enjoy seeing what others have made and hope they like mine as well. This is the 2nd year I’ve turned in projects since I felt inspired by last year. It was kind of fun picking out this year’s projects and remembering making them. Here’s the photos and links. 

Christmas Tree Skirt

Pink Pearl Cap

Burger’s Gentle Waves Afghan

Hanging Wreath Ornament

Ring Around the Rosie Toddler Cardigan

Granny’s Little Girl Vest 

Fidget Spinner Case

Fidget Spinner Case

Have you seen these fidget spinners? Personally, I don’t “get” them but they are kinda fun. Like any responsible parents, we’ve had to use them as bribes to get Turtle to take his eye drops after his eye surgery last week. So in the past week we’ve managed to collect 3. 
I was browsing around Pinterest (of course) and came across a fidget spinner case by Fiber Flux. Naturally I had to give that trick a whirl. It was super easy and fast for some ultimate cuteness. I found this cute hand button in a pack of 7 at Wal-Mart today. The orange worked perfectly I thought. By the way, I told Turtle last night he could choose any of my yarn and this old school (judging by the sleeve) was what he chose. I thought he didn’t know what he wanted so I started making a blue one and he said “Moommm, I told you I wanted this yarn. Why did you ask me?” Haha. He had a good point. 

Are any kiddos in your life into these trendy hand spinners? If so, these would make a great gift. Custom orders accepted. 

Water Balloons

I’ve seen these crochet water balloons on several sites and wanted to make some for Turtle. The pattern is from Left in Knots and there’s also a video tutorial. The pattern is really super easy. 

As for the yarn, I’m not used to big hooks or super bulky yarn but oh my goodness its incredibly soft and squishy. The pattern calls for 9.00mm/N hook. My N hook is a 10mm which is the bigger balloon. I then decided to try a K hook which I like a little better for Turtle since he’s only 4. We haven’t gotten to play with them yet but I almost can’t keep the surprise from him anymore because I want to know if they’ll work. I bought 2 skeins of the Bernat Blanket and will update this post as to how many balloons I get. 

Are you having a fun-filled summer using your yarn and hooks?

Mary Maxim: Conquered

Pattern: Mary Maxim Granny’s Little Girl No. 98071N

Check out this item in my Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/listing/538164521/girls-circular-sleeveless-shrug-vest
Practice yarn used: Bernat Giggles (3 balls) in color Periwinkle Purple 

So I’ve had this pattern since maybe January (possibly December). My mother-in-law’s (Ms S) friend (Bev) bought it and decided she couldn’t do it so she gave it to Ms S who decided she didn’t want to do it. I inherited it because they know I love a crochet challenge. So here we go.

Challenge is a bit of an understatement. Headache: yes. Frustration: yes. Mind-boggling: you betcha. While the pattern isn’t exactly difficult once you get the hang of it, I just don’t recommend it for OCD people like myself. In my mind each stitch in a round or row should be accounted for and that’s not the way parts of this pattern work.

There is a pattern add-on for sleeves but I find the circular sweaters so much cuter without them. This was a practice piece so I could get used to the pattern without ruining the very delicate Mary Maxim yarn. Once Bev and Ms S saw the finished product we all decided it was a little more frilly than we were expecting and decided that for her intended gift I would just make The Lavender Chair’s circular sweater seen here.

So with so many negatives was there anything positive about this pattern? Absolutely. For one, I didn’t buy it so my money wasn’t wasted (sorta kinda just kidding). No, but really it was a difficult pattern that I can look back on with appreciation and say to myself “Brit, you stuck with something challenging and you conquered it! You’re not a quitter, you’re an OVERCOMER!” What good advice to myself for so many things in this life. 

My very most favorite part of this pattern is the pinwheel center medallion. I mean it’s gorgeous!  

Have you ever had a pattern that didn’t make sense that you conquered and can now call yourself an overcomer?

Ring Around the Rosie Part 2

Hope everyone is having a beautiful weekend. A couple of posts ago I showed you the Ring Around the Rosie Circular Sweater jacket/cardigan by The Lavender Chair. I was debating on whether or not I wanted to add sleeves. As you see in the photo above I did add sleeves and a button. On one hand I’m glad I did the sleeves because they were my first ever and it was an easy pattern. But my final decision on others of this pattern will be no sleeves (unless specifically asked). I feel like they made the rest of the garment look a little wonky. I’m not overly crazy about the button either. Now I know. Also if any of you decide to try this pattern I’m glad I could do both versions so you can now make a well informed decision. You’re welcome.

Turtle Burger Joins Instagram

Hi Readers. This is just a quick note to let you know as of yesterday I have joined Instagram. My user name is turtleburgercrochet. 

To be honest I’m not sure what this really means yet because I don’t have Instagram figured out yet. So there you go. I hope you’ll join me and we can share lots of crochet creativity.