My Very First Pattern – C2C Chick

The first time I saw a c2c pattern, I thought to myself “whoa, how on earth did someone make a picture with crochet?”  I had been making blankets and hats (not very well, I just cannot size a hat to save my life, even following a pattern), but I had never seen anything like this before.  It’s no shock to anyone familiar with crochet that I found my first c2c pattern on the Repeat Crafter Me blog, which is absolutely 100% amazeballs.  If you haven’t checked it out, do so now.  I’ll wait.  (psss… she’s on instagram and facebook too… go ahead, i’ll keep waiting).

So, I was inspired, and just so happened to have some software that might work for such a project.  You see, I also cross stitch.  Well, I mean, I used to.  I just can’t get myself to do it now that I have two kids.  One, I just know I’d lose a needle and assume it was inside of one of my kids, and two, I’m horribly slow at a cross stitching because I am a perfectionist.  I will count, double count, and triple count the stitches.  I will change the thread if the stitch doesn’t look identical to the one beside it.  It’s a long process.  I love the outcome, but I just can’t even right now, you know?  So, I’m putting my cross stitch software (PC Stitch) to good use by making some c2c patterns, and my first was a chick.

It didn’t take me long to make the pattern itself.  I started really small.  It’s only 15×15 (not inches, blocks), and it took me about 3 hours to finish the front.  I then did a solid white back and stitched them together with a single crochet stitch.  I was going to add a fancier border, but upon asking my husband if I should, he replied with “I don’t really care for those frilly borders.”  Fair enough. Plus, I was tired (I was 8.5 months pregnant at the time).  Here are some pictures of the final product…

The biggest thing I learned from this experiment is that I LOVE making c2c pictures like this.  I mean, totally love it, so much.  And also, you have so many ends to sew in.  I mean, maybe I’m doing it wrong, and there is a hidden trick, but I had just a crazy amount of ends… see…

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Phew.

My daughters finished Easter basket from us was filled with handmade crocheted items.  Other than this chick pillow, I made a amigurumi turtle (which I was too lazy to put legs on), eight easter eggs, and a quicky washcloth I made up.

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If you’d like to give this pattern a whirl, please feel free to do so!  Just remember that if you’d like to sell the finished product, link back to my blog and give me some credit, please!  Please do not publish this pattern as your own.

Just a warning, I have no idea how to make this pattern downloadable to you.  I will have to talk to my tech savvy husband about that and get back to you, if that’s something anyone is interested in!

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I used Caron simple soft yarn in white, sunshine, neon orange, and black, and I’m almost positive I used a size H hook (don’t quote me on that).  The final squares were each 9×9 and I bought an 8×8 pillow form on Etsy to go inside.  It fit like a glove.

I hope you all enjoy this pattern.  I hope to make more to share with you!

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The Days Are Long, They Say

Everyone keeps telling me that “the days are long, but the years are short.”  This, of course, being in reference to your children growing up and how difficult the days seems compared to the seemingly lightening speed of them growing before your eyes.  I will say that I think they are right, but sometimes, on the hardest of days, the years also seem long.

I find myself wondering why my 2.5 year old (3 in June) just can’t be more grown up and help me more, or cry less, or need less from me.  I wonder why my six week old can’t just sleep longer than three hours… and that’s just one stretch a night, it’s typically 1.5 hours at a time.  I feel like, when they are older and need me less, life will be easier.  And I think it will be, in a way, but it’ll also be harder because, well, they will need me less.

Motherhood is an absolutely exhausting, frustrating, confusing, wonderful time.  In a five minute span I can go from completely elated looking at my son, to clenching my teeth at my daughter, to begging my son to just quit crying for two minutes, to laughing at my daughter.  I feel like I have an entire auditorium full of people living inside of me, and sometimes I’m not sure that even one of them is actually me.  I think I stepped out a while ago to run some errands and just never returned.  I’m hoping one day I’ll feel like myself again, instead of this multiple personalitied (yes, today it’s a word) crazy mom lady.

One day, I’ll look back and realize the days were shorter than I thought.  I try to keep this in mind when I wake up in the morning and realize I have another long day ahead of me.  I mentally prep for my daughter throwing tantrums, my son wanting to nurse and sleep on my lap and no where else.  I try to remember that my daughter is going to say something hilarious, like yesterday when she sang “jingle bells, jingle bells, Santa smells like cheese,” and that my son may just sleep in the pack and play by himself, and that, interestingly enough, I will be sad that he’s not sleeping on my lap, and also grateful.  I will remember that I am only a human, raising other humans.  We are all trying to have our best day, every day, but that’s not realistic.  The best I can hope for are a lot more good days than bad, and right now, I’m lucky enough to say that’s what I have.

Hello and Welcome

Hello and welcome to my new blog.  I’ve tried this blogging thing once or twice and have never been too successful with keeping up with it, but I’m hoping to change that with this blog.  Although I have no idea why I am trying to achieve this goal at this exact moment, since I currently have a daughter who is almost three and a son who is six weeks.  Maybe the sleep deprivation has made me delusional.  I mean, yea, that’s definitely it.

A little about me, to start you off with.  I am 32 years old (eek), married to my main squeeze for almost nine years, living near Raleigh, NC, and crafting in every spare second I have available (when I’m not washing dishes or laundry… how is there so much of these two things?!).  I mainly crochet these days, since it’s super portable and easy to do with a sleeping baby on my lap and a spunky toddler, but I also enjoy playing with polymer clay and other random crafts when I have the time, which I imagine I will have again in 3 to 5 years…

I don’t really enjoy cooking.  In fact, I kind of hate how long it takes compared to how long it takes to eat.  I mean, two hours to make, 15 minutes to eat?  Eh. But I am going to try to be better.  There are only so many frozen pizzas you can eat before you realize it’s probably not the best health decision for you and your family.  I do make a green smoothie once or twice a week though… so, you know… i’m totally healthy and junk.

Well, let’s hope I can get on here frequently and share lots of fun and amusing things with you.  I’m hoping I’ll be napping most of the time instead, but when I’m not, I hope to be sharing with you.  So, welcome to my life!  Enjoy!