Wednesday, March 30, 2011


No drilling at the dentist! WHOO HOOO! The kidlet just needs better brushing habits. We don't call her "Swiper" for nothing! I don't remember being the way she is at that age. Perhaps like fine wine, memory gets better with age. Or we just make our memories better than they actually should be. Hmmm......

Sunday, March 27, 2011


My darling daughter is 11. Lord help me make until she is 18! When does the attitude go away? My mom says she'll let me know when she does. lol. Anyway dd has her first cavity and is going to the dentist on Tuesday. Drilling. Yea! I don't know who is dreading it more, me or her. I hate the dentist with a passion but I put on the brave face for her. But this does help with my no candy rule. Now if my mom would just get the memo....

Monday, March 14, 2011


My daughter is now in 5th grade. While I love being a homeschooling mom, I really hate fractions. lol. We just got done a 3 month section on fractions. I had to look up how to divide them because I had forgotten! My brain was just about fried from the sheer madness of it all! I had one of those mommy moments where you have to decide to lie to your child or be honest. She asked me "When will I ever use this in my grownup life?" I honestly couldn't come up with an answer for it. So I just went with cooking. I showed her the fractions on the measuring cups and she was satisfied. FOR NOW! On a brighter note, hubby and I went on a grownups only vacation to Luray VA. The picture is from the front of the cabin we rented.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Simple Black Hat

3.5oz Bernat Softee Chunky Black
H hook

Stitches used: ch, sc, hdc, dc, fphdc


Yarn over, insert hook from the front side of the work right to left around the post of the indicated stitch on a previous row;
yo and pull up a loop (3 lps on hk)
yo and draw through all three lps

ch 1 DOES NOT count a a stitch. I use this so that there is not a "gap" in the beginning of the rounds.

Ch 4, join to form a loop/ring.

Rd 1: ch1, 12 hdc in loop. (12 hdc)

Rd 2: ch 1, 2 hdc in each st around. (24 hdc)

Rd 3: ch 1, 1 hdc in first st, 2 hdc in next. rep around. (36 hdc)

Rd 4: ch 1, 1DC in first 2 sts, 2 DC in next st, rep around. (48 DC)

Rd 5: ch 1, 1 DC in first 3 sts, 2 DC in next st, rep around. (60 DC)

Rd 6: ch 1, HDC in each st around. (60 HDC)

Rd 7: ch 1, SC in each st around. (60 SC)

Rd 8: ch 1, HDC in each st around. (60 HDC)

Rd 9: ch 1, DC in each st around. (60 DC)

Rds 10-16: rep rounds 6-9. (60 sts each round.)

Rds 17-18: ch 1, FPHDC in first st, HDC in next st, rep around. (30 FPHDC, 30 HDC).

Finish off and weave in ends.

I made this pattern up on my own last night. If it resembles any pattern out there, I had no prior knowledge of it and apologize ahead of time. This is a completely original pattern to the best of my knowledge. Feel free to make this pattern, and to sell hats made from it, however, selling of the pattern is not allowed. Enjoy!