Monday, December 31, 2012

Bizzy Crochet Facebook Page 1,000 LIKE Giveaway!

This is the official 

Bizzy Crochet Facebook Page*

1,000 LIKE Giveaway! 

I am giving away this Salsa inspired ruffle purse (Made by ME!) to one lucky person!

Leave a comment below to be officially signed up! 

It doesn't matter what country you live in!! Sign up!! 
Shipping is on ME!
If leaving a comment isn't an option for you, email me: 
bizzycrochet (at) hotmail (dot) com 
and put "1,000 LIKE Giveaway" in the subject line. 
I will add your name to the drawing! 
Please, only sign up once! Duplicate entries will be deleted!

Sign up dates: December 31, 2012 to January 14, 2013

The winner will be announced on  Bizzy Crochet Facebook Page 

on Tuesday, January 15th! 

*Facebook has nothing to do with this giveaway and cannot be held responsible. One Ruffle Purse will be given away to one winner. Duplicate entries will be deleted. Sign up ends January 14th. Winner will be announced January 15th on Bizzy Crochet Facebook Page. Winner will be required to provide a valid shipping address via email upon notification. Contestants are not required to purchase anything in order to sign up. The giveaway is open to everyone.*

Owl Pillows in Two Sizes: Last Pattern for 2012!

My last pattern for the year 2012 just happens to be Owl Pillows! :) This house has been on an owl craze for a month or two. The daughter is infatuated with them. I have to admit, they are pretty cute! I had someone request an owl pillow and I thought it would be a good opportunity to see what kind of pattern I could come up with, since I couldn't find what I liked on the web. 

Here is what I have to offer you:

It is a free pattern (Ravelry download), so I hope you enjoy! :)

The color combinations are endless because they use up scraps. I bought a variety pack of colorful buttons over the Holidays and decided to use those as eyes. You can really use anything that strikes your fancy! Just remember to err on the side of caution when making these for little ones. We don't want anyone choking!

Happy Crocheting!

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Busy With Crafting

Thought I would take a minute and just share some crafting things going on in my life. I still owe a dinosaur pattern, but life has been a little crazy. I am in the last few days of this block of classes, and my time has had to be spent writing essays instead of patterns.

 I decided to make the Red Heart snowman cozies part of my Christmas giving this year. It took me a little bit, but I was finally able to find the PERFECT mugs to go inside them. They are part of Target's "white" collection ($3.29-$3.99). They come in several different textures so you can sort of individualize the gift. They are just tall enough to give some 'lip room' over the cozy, and taper down enough at the bottom to slip through the opening without causing 'bobbles'. The handles are low enough on the cup so the cozy buttons perfectly over the top. I think these cups were made for this pattern....or maybe the other way around?? Who knows..they are just the perfect mug.

 My next, latest obsession has been a pattern called the Groovy-ghan. I think just about every family with a crafty 60's/70's Grandma has one of these blankets floating around somewhere. I suppose this pattern could get slightly tedious. And the weaving in later of all the yarn ends is going to be a labor of love. But, this is a fun-ish blanket in the fact that the colors make it so interesting to look at!
I have, also, been working on potholders. I am thinking about joining a Market here in Pensacola, so I'm working on "stock" items. I am using Grandma's pattern again.

Ok. That's about it for now. We are off to the market soon. This has become our every Saturday morning tradition. There are just too many goodies down there to pass it up. :)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Bubba the T-Rex

 Hi again! This week we have Bubba the T-rex. He is the third in my series of dinosaur patterns. He is available November 17th-November 24th as a FREE Ravelry Download! After that his pattern will be $2.99. If you make him, I would sure love to see pictures!!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Shameless Self-Promotion

Oh, I'm so excited. 

This is a first time for me! 

I got to guest blog for SusanD1408's Crochet Addict blog today!

I was so honored by her request! Go show your support of her blog and read my post....

Thanks Sue for such a fun opportunity!!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Beatrice the Pteradactyl

Beatrice, the Pteradactyl, is the second in my series of dinosaur patterns (even though she's not technically a dinosaur). Her pattern is a Ravelry Download. To continue my birthday month celebration, her pattern will be free November 10th to November 17th (2012). After that, her pattern will be $2.99.
I can just imagine a whole family of "Beatrice's" in a rainbow of colors. She would make a GREAT stash buster!! Her finished size is 8-1/4" tall with a 10-1/2" wing span.

Beatrice would also make a wonderful friend to put in your bag of charity toys at Christmas time. She just wants somebody to love. :)

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Zen Baby Hat Pattern

Ladies and Gentleman, I present to you....Zen Baby Hat. Available as a .pdf Download on my website &  FREE Ravelry Download! This pattern is available in sizes 0-3 Month, 3-6 Month and 6-12 Month. However, I have included instructions on how to size any close fitting hat for any head in the pattern. It is written out for the beginner, so it's very simple to understand.
 I have, also, included instructions for baby weight flowers and worsted weight flowers. There can be some differences depending on the yarn you use.

Want to make a pair of matching booties?? All I did was use this great (free) baby bootie pattern from Red Heart and add the same trim and decorations as my hat! Easy peasy lemon squeezy!!

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Meet Bert the Triceratops!

Bert is my newest toy pattern! November is my birthday month (like my birthday decorations?) and I have decided that I am going to celebrate my birthday month by giving away more patterns! Bert is the first of a series of dinosaur patterns that I have come up with. He is a FREE Ravelry Download from November 3rd to November 10th, 2012. After that, his pattern will be available in my Ravelry and Etsy stores for $2.99. Get him FREE while you can....don't waste any time!!
Because Bert is eventually going to end up being a purchased pattern, there are no restrictions put on your ability to sell the items you make from this pattern! Even if you got it for FREE! :)
Bert works up fast and easy. He is what I would consider a good beginner's pattern for someone just getting into Amigurumi. Not too many pieces and he's simple to put together.
Hope you enjoy making Bert as much as I did!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Understanding Exhaustion

Have you ever seen a child that has just fallen asleep where they sit? I have. I watched my kids do it a few times when they were very small. You look at them and think, "Man, I would love to be able to just sleep like that." There is a reason. They are exhausted. Their little bodies are so worn out from growing and expending pent up energy, they just collapse.(Actually, my Dad falls asleep like that too.)

I got a new job. It was a total whirlwind romance from the temp agency interview, to the background check, to the call that said "Hey, I'm looking at this job...would you be interested?"

Um, heck yeah I'm interested! I had gotten to the point with applying for jobs that I said, "If it sits still too long, I'm slapping my resume on it!" We were at the point of desperately needing extra income and while I am willing to work anywhere (I am not too good for any job), I know that my knees would not have been able to handle a job that had me standing for 8 to 12 hours at a time. I decided to go to a temp agency that specializes in placing office staff. From interview to placement, it was less than a week. Praise God! I am just so thankful on every single level.

That having been said, I am exhausted. My usual routine is to go up to bed around 10-10:30 and then play my little games on my phone till 11 and then go to sleep. I always lay on my tummy with my head facing the foot of the bed (the TV, lol) and play my games. Last night, Tony said that I sat up, put my phone and my glasses on my bedside table, picked up my pillow and started moving it to the head of the bed. I said, "Goodnight" as I was laying my pillow down. Then he said it was the craziest thing because he doesn't think my head was even on the pillow before I was snoring. Ha! I kid you not when I say I have been tired. I can completely relate with the little kid in the picture. :)

I must say, I love my new job. I work as an admin assistant doing what I am good at. I am loving the fact that we can start saving money and have an emergency fund. God has been SO good to us and just constantly provides our every need at the exact time that we need them.

I am afraid that my crocheting and designing may suffer. I am still feeling all of this out and trying to create a pattern, but it's only been 2 days of work so far, so I need to cut myself some slack. I am thinking of starting to sell at one of the local artisan/farmer's markets, but I'm not sure I will have time to do that before the end of the year. Life is just so busy and I have regular orders from Etsy that I am working to keep up with. Plus, I'm trying to keep up with college on top of that. Something will have to give. Not sure what it will be. I'll keep you posted.

Tah for now!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Family Time

 We enjoyed a few hours at the beach recently. We gathered some shells and enjoyed the lovely breeze. The weather has finally cooled down to a reasonable temperature. We have had the house open for the last three days and I LOVE IT!
My baby man, Teo, turned 16 in September. We had fun decorating and being silly for his birthday. We bought a whole bunch of Avengers decorations and put up streamers and a Happy Birthday banner. He asked for brownies for his birthday 'cake', so I made some super fudgy ones. He got a kick out of his goodies. :) Then we celebrated at Steak N Shake (his choice) and went to see Batman: The Dark Knight Rises. That was a wonderful end to that series. It left openings for certain story lines to be continued, and completed the Batman trilogy on a tremendously hopeful note. We are pretty geeky in this house, so those things matter to us. LOL.

Baby Stuff- the OTHER obsession

Chunky Fuzzy Bear & Booties
My other obsession, lately, has been making baby things for my Etsy store. I have found that hats and booties are so much fun to make (now that I know how to size hats appropriately)! I have always enjoyed it, but lately, I have been designing quite a bit of my own stuff, as well as, purchasing some new patterns and trying them out. The sock monkey hat is a pattern that I bought from Sandy's Cape Cod Designs on Etsy. The sock monkey booties are something I came up after I learned how to make booties in a consistent size. (I've had some challenges!!) I came up with the Zen Baby sets on the bottom of the post after making a basic pair of booties that "just needed something". So, I made a flower that turned out to be too big for the toes, so it went on the side. Then I thought "how cute would that be to make a matching hat?!?" So the hat was born and needed to have a matching flower. Then I looked at the trim I put on the hat and thought "omg...that would just tie the whole thing together if I put the trim on the booties too!"......

If you ever wondered what my "methods" were for designing....there ya go. It's as scientific as a bunch of random, scattered thoughts all landing in the same place at the same time. :)

Patterns for Chunky Fuzzy Bear and Booties and Zen Baby Sets, coming soon!

Sock Monkey Booties

Sock Monkey Hat and Mittens

Zen Baby Set in Blue

Zen Baby Set in Pink

Catherine's Wheel Afghan

I just had to share my latest obsession with you. It's called Catherine's Wheel Square or Wool-Eater Stitch or Bavarian Stitch. I learned it by watching Crochet Geek's YouTube Tutorial. She did a fabulous job at teaching the stitch. 

The video is only 26 minutes long, so it's a short, but worthy investment!

I highly recommend that you learn the stitch. It lives up to its name and becomes a bit of a wool eater when you get about 20" wide. I finished my lap afghan at 36"x36" and it was taking about a 1/2 skein of yarn to finish one color strip. I adore this pattern and I will be making many more. I'm thinking about trying it without the square accent and see how that turns out. :) Should be fun!

Endangered Baby Animals and Iceberg Toy Bag

Iceberg Bag
 The newest addition to the Toy Bag Family! Endangered Baby Animals and Iceberg Bag! 

Albert the Polar Bear
Albert's behind

Dewey the Seal
Smudge the Penguin
Earl the Orca

Monday, October 01, 2012

Thoughts on a Website

Ok, all you crazy people. I am hamming around the idea of starting an actual website that would incorporate all of my free patterns in a more usable format, as well as, have my blog, etc all in one easy spot. 

Thoughts? Comments? 

I never seem to get much for feedback or comments, so this should be interesting......

Friday, September 21, 2012

Reversible Tiers Hat - Crochet

 I made another new hat pattern this week! Yay!!

I used Vickie Howell's Sheep(ish) and an H hook. 
It's fast, simple and works you through some fpdc and bpdc practice.
Instructions are included for figuring out custom sizes.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Easy Sweet & Sour Chicken- Crockpot

Easy Sweet/Sour Crockpot Chicken:

1-1/2 lbs frozen chicken tenderloins
1 can pineapple rings or chunks
1 rough chopped green pepper
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 Tbs minced ginger (or a heaping tsp)
1-2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 cup brown sugar

Cook frozen chicken and pineapple with juice for two hours on high.

Mix soy, ginger and garlic together.

Add pepper, soy mix and sugar to chicken. Mix in and cook another 2 hours.

Remove chicken and pineapple/pepper chunks.

Make gravy out of juice left in crock pot. (I use corn starch & water)

Cut chicken up. Add everything back to crockpot. Serve over rice. Salt to taste.

Lazy Girl's Minimalist Hat- Crochet Pattern

I said to myself, "How do I do the least amount of work and get the biggest bang for my buck?"

Thus the Lazy Girl's Minimalist Hat was born. Using Bulky yarn and a huge hook; make some awesome hdc ribbing and we've got us a hat, baby!!

Baby's, Kids, Teens,'s for everyone!!

4 oz Bulky yarn (Used Hobby Lobby Yarn Bee-Bulky Washable Wool)
K hook
Lg eye needle for ends

See? Even the supplies are minimal. lol

Gauge: in pattern 6 hdc x 4 rows = roughly 2"x 2"

Row 1- ch 21, hdc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch (20 hdc)
Row 2- ch2 (not hdc), turn, working in the back ridge of hdc from row before, hdc in each back ridge. *see pic 1*

(Picture 1)

Row 3-?? Repeat row 2
This is where you get to size it for your head. I have a 23" head and I ended up only needing to crochet 18" (ribbing ridges are approx 1" apart. makes it easier to count that way). Based on my approximation and the stretchability of the pattern, you should crochet about 5" short of the needed circumference. You may have to play with it a little to get it just right for you.

Sl st through back ridge of last row and both loops of the beginning ch on Row 1. *see pic's 2 and 3*

(Picture 2) sl st row

(Picture 3) what sl st row closing should look like

THEN- without cutting your yarn, turn your work and hold edges together flat and sc through both thicknesses into the row ends. *see pic 4*

(Picture 4) top of hat sc closed.

This is now your Wrong Side, so flip your hat inside out so that the Right Side is out and facing you.

Now. Gather your "corners" together by cutting 4-6" pieces of yarn and stringing them through the corners and making a square knot like *pic 5*.

(Picture 5) Corners tied together

Last- with Right Side facing you, sc around the row ends at the bottom of the hat. I have a few pictures *6-8* to show you what I did. Join this row. ch1, do not turn, and sc in each sc for a second trim row.

(Picture 6)

(Picture 7) Please excuse my awful cuticles! *embarrassed*

(Picture 8)

And there you have a hat!! :)

Thanks for being my model (again!) Stefani! :) Love you!

*side note: I used to make a fisherman's sweater years ago that had this hdc ribbing pattern. When I opened up my yarn store in 2006, I hung one of these sweaters in the window. I had more people come in and exclaim utter shock that it was crocheted, because you just can't crochet like that! I had knitter's swearing it had to be knit! The beauty of it was that I wasn't a knitter at that point, so I could honestly say to them, "It is definitely crocheted, because I made it and I don't knit!" I wanted to use a pattern stitch for this hat that looked hard, but was easy, fun and made you look like a yarn genius! :) Happy crocheting!!*