Thursday, October 2, 2014

Frozen inspired Anna Cape and Cap

With Halloween coming up in a few weeks, I thought it might be time to unveil my daughter's costume. She will be two soon, but our house has not escaped the Frozen frenzy. When it is her turn to pick a movie she invariably repeats "Frozen" until the music is well underway. So what better way to celebrate Halloween and an early birthday gift than to make her an 'Anna' costume. My mom agreed to make the dress part, and I have been working on the cape and cap. I am quite pleased with the results. Not only will my sweet girl be the cutest Frozen character, but she will be toasty warm. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Lacy Flower Toddler Beanie

With the cuteness overload of the newborn beanies I have been making, I decided to do one that would fit my daughter. Her hat ended up being fairly similar to one of the newborn hats I had made, but I just love how it turned out. The lace is so feminine and understated that I have debated even making myself one. For now, I will just pacify myself by making my daughter wear hers whenever possible. With the weather acting up lately, I've had a few chances to do just that!

Isn't she a cutie?!

Dusty Crophopper Earflap Hat

One of my son's favorite characters (at the moment) is Dusty Crophopper from Disney's PLANES movies. A friend ordered two Dusty hats and my son has been bugging me to make him a Dusty hat ever since then. This was my first attempt at the Crophopper pattern found on Ravelry. There are a few kinks for me to work out, but I'm pleased with the overall turnout. And I'm pretty sure my son is in love with his new hat. What do you think?

Friday, August 22, 2014

Baby Newsboy Hats

I have been trying to even out the number of hats I have for each gender. Don't underestimate the power of cuteness that goes with boy hats. I used two different newsboy cap patterns for these hats. The colors may be similar, but the styles are very different.

The first hat has ridges that add some texture and a dark blue band held in place by two tiny buttons.
The second hat has a light blue stripe, a different style bill, and a fancy gold button. I just love how two similar hats can have such distinct personalities.

Newborn Bonnets

One if my new obsessions is vintage style bonnets for those new babies. The first one I made has a lacy stitch pattern. I added a lace trim and long ribbons as well as a flower. I a quite proud of the finished project.

And then I made this beauty. The style is a little plainer, but I still love how it turned out.
The beige and navy ribbon are just so cute!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Crochet them stripes

I have gone a little hat crazy in the last couple of weeks. Girl hats are so fun because of the frills and flowers, but I came up with a yarn-busting pattern that works up quickly and turns out so cute. Here are three newborn beanies that are great for boys. 

I love this one. The colors are so fun and bold. 

This blue one uses a variety of stripe sizes. 
And this one will be great for fall. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Foxy Loxy

I am always looking for fun projects to complete. I found a cutie-patootie fox hat on Pinterest and I had just the right color of yarn in my stash to give it a try. The pattern is from another blog: Goodknits. My yarn is a thin afghan weight, so I knew using the same pattern posted for a 5 year old, would end up being quite a bit smaller.
size 3 months fox hat

My foxy hat ended up being about the size needed for a 2-3 month old baby, which is great because I love making baby hats! I stitched the eyes, and added a bit of black on the outside of the ears. I just loved how it turned out. Don't you?

Monday, August 4, 2014

See that Mermaid?

One of my finer and ore fun projects was this little mermaid costume. I had never even attempted to make anything similar to this. I found a few patterns and combined them and then changed quite a bit in the overall design. And this is what came of it. I am quite tickled with how amazing this costume turned out.

And of course before shipping it off, we had to take it for a test run. 

But my very favorites are the professional pictures taken by CareTouch Photography 
I made that!!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Love those Popsicle Cozies

Summer is a great time for frozen treats. And OtterPops are high on my kids' list of go-to refreshments. And what is better than an OtterPop? Having an OtterPop without getting frozen fingers. That is where the popsicle cozy comes in. 

These are just the right size for those frozen snacks. And kids love them!

White, Navy and Gray

I recently had a custom order for two elf hats for a newborn photo shoot. The mom wanted a few hats that would match the nursery decor. Here is what I came up with :
Wouldn't that navy and white one be so cute with a little red anchor on it?

These hat and diaper cover sets are perfect for those newborn pictures. I personally think that matching sets are adorable. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Hats Hats Hats

One of the best things about doing custom crochet is that people find projects for me to do that I probably wouldn't have decided to do by myself. 

One person wanted three matching owl hats with different colored trims. Two for her girls and one for a nephew. 

All of the owl hats were for kids ages 1-3. 

And then I had another hat project that was so fun! A close friend of mine has a few baby showers to attend in the near future. For the first she sent me a picture of a moose hat and asked if I could make it. 

You can judge for yourself how well I did. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Crochet for a Princess

I was able to crochet a princess hat for a sweet five year old girl. She has short hair, so this hat gives her a chance for some long braids. 
The crown is removable and the hat uses an airier stitch so it can be used in summer and winter. 

This hat was so fun to make, and now it will be fun for all sorts of play!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Crochet Kitchen Items

Recently, one of my childhood friends got married. For her bridal shower gift, I made an entire set of things for the kitchen. The set included three potholders, two dishtowels with crocheted hangers, four Tunisian stitch washcloths, and a dish scrubby.

Another set I made was for a house-warming gift. The entire set included two daisy granny square dishcloths and two Tunisian stitch dishcloths.
 I also had an order for two sets of dishcloths. One in purples and the other in cream and teal. Here is what I came up with.

Projects Galore

Phew! My fingers have been kept busy busy busy. I have been working on some of my favorite projects - baby things! I have a friend having a little baby girl soon and I gave her this cute little getup as a baby shower gift. That reminds me, if you have a baby shower coming up, my goodies make great one-of-a-kind gifts. You just don't find handmade things like this for reasonably prices anymore.

 And this cute newborn boy outfit was an order made by a local photographer CareTouch Photography

She took this amazing photo in her newborn shoot. How precious is that baby? Visit her page here.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Memorial Day Crochet

This last week my Grandma and Grandpa Allred and Great Aunt Marie stopped in for a quick visit. Every year, just before Memorial Day, they drive from Boise to southeastern Idaho to visit cemeteries in Pocatello, Blackfoot, Shelley, Idaho Falls, Sugar City, Plano, Anis, and maybe a few others (in just two days). I love that they keep this tradition and visit the graves of people that touched their lives. They live almost six hours away and we are always grateful when we are able to see them, one way or another. 

I was happy to hear that they would be in town and wanted to come over for a few minutes. During their visit, I was able to share some of my crocheting projects and ideas. My grandma is the one who taught me to crochet. Without her, I doubt that I would have had any interest in the yarn craft. When I am able to come back to her with what I can make now, I am so grateful that she took the time to teach me two simple crochet stitches (single and double). 

On a different note, I received a rush order to make a diaper cover. Here are a few pictures of the finished product. Diaper covers are always fun to make, especially these frilly ones. One day soon I plan to make a whole set, perhaps a diaper cover, booties, hat and/or headband. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Beginning Crochet Creation

Hello and Howdy!

Welcome to the first post of CustomCrochet by Sarah. I am excited to share with you projects and patterns. This is the first week I am running this blog and am taking orders for items (both here and on Facebook).  Speaking of which, head on over and like my Facebook page at CustomCrochet by Sarah

I recently agreed to make a friend some hair barrettes for her little girl. I have been experimenting with different flowers, bows, hearts and stars. These little projects are great because they work up quick and are just so cute. Each one is placed on an alligator hair clip, perfect for all ages.

The heart pattern is from Planet June Craft Blog - This is such a great heart pattern in three different sizes.


And I also have my first official order for CustomCrochet by Sarah. The order is for six crocheted washcloths. These will be similar to ones I have done before, I am partial to a Daisy Granny square pattern. I also do some using the Tunisian Knit stitch because it makes a great washcloth texture. I will post more about this project once it is on the road.