Work in progress: Crocheting on a plane

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We flew into Atlanta for Mr. Cooper’s sister’s wedding. This is the first time I have crocheted in the air! Crocheting or reading in the car make me car sick, but it didn’t bother me at all on the plane. It also helped with flying anxiety! Hooray!

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Halloween masks Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Style

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Aunt Nana strikes again with her crochet!  Halloween is right around the corner, and I have to get these TMNT masks in the mail!

For Christmas last year, we gave our nephews several Teenage Mutant Ninja turtle themed presents. When I found a video tutorial on Ninja style masks in adult and child sizes,  I had to make them for my nephews for Halloween!

They love imaginative play, so I made one in red, blue, purple and orange in adult and child sizes. Over the top? Nah. Cowabunga dude!

Aunt Nana’s Crochet: Indianapolis Colts Inspired hat

Go Colts-HatMy dad would’ve loved this Indianapolis Colt’s hat. He was a tried and true blue Colts fan. Admittedly, I have not really watched the Colts religiously since they won the Super Bowl in 2007.  My nephew, Sean was just a baby then, and living with me at the time with his mother. As a family, we watched the Colts games and cheered them on in our blue!

So, I made Sean a Colt’s hat. I’ll make Barry one, too. It just seems to have a little more meaning for me. I know my dad would have loved this hat! Go Colts!

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GO COLTS! Horseshoe Crochet for your pumpkin :)

Indianapolis Colts pumpkinIt’s game day for the Indianapolis Colts! I searched the web for a crochet horseshoe for a Colt’s emblem and found a video pattern. I found this free You Tube Video tutorial for How to Crochet a Horseshoe by Sabrina at Havoc Mayhem Creations.

I crocheted a Colts hat for my nephew, and it really needed a horseshoe! This is an extra large pumpkin, and chaining 40 makes one  giant horseshoe! Luckily, you can crochet this embellishment really quick. I couldn’t waste the effort, so I used some pins and attached it to a pumpkin. 🙂

Stay tuned for my Aunt Nana’s Crochet Go Colts hat!

Work in Progress: Crochet for a Cause

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I had every intention of learning to knit.

Sigh.

My inability to use knitting needles will not keep me from trying a different route to making a prayer shawl. Now that I have a basic understanding of written crochet patterns, I am attempting to crochet a shawl from The crocheted prayer shawl companion : 37 patterns to embrace inspire & celebrate life by Janet Bristow.

The very sweet ladies of the Prayer Shawl and Knitting Ministry at All Saints Catholic Church in Dallas tried to teach me to knit. I fumbled, tangled and banged those knitting needles until they told me to go home and just practice.  They sent me home with the materials I needed to make the shawl, which will be given to a cancer patient going through chemotherapy.

Even with You Tube, I am not able to teach myself the coordination needed to knit. Thank goodness I found this crochet book at the library! It has been heavy on my heart to use my crochet talent for a good cause. I encourage any crocheter to think about making a shawl/wrap/blanket and donating it to a charity or ministry you believe in.

Aunt Nana’s Crochet: Amigurumi ON THE GO book review

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I finally finished an entire project using a written crochet pattern. Admittedly, it is a simple pattern. I found this book at the Dallas Public Library this week called Amigurumi On the Go by Ana Paula Rimoli. I absolutely had to try to make the adorable messenger bag on the front cover!

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The patterns in the book are for toddler and child size projects. I had every intention of making Barry (my two-year-old nephew) the Bear Bag in Blue from page 46 in the book. However, as soon as I realized how I could personalize this bag without adding the crochet bear appliqué,  I wanted to make one for Sean, too. Sean is seven. He is a very small (BUT MIGHTY) seven-year-old. It is perfect for his size right now.

I don’t expect the boys to keep the bags in perfect shape, but would hope they have use for awhile. This crochet pattern makes for a durable messenger bag that could hold crayons, coloring books and a few tiny toys. It is not made for a heavy duty trip to the public library, but could carry a few small books.

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It has and inside and outside pocket. I used a gray and brown yarn instead of one single color.

outsidepocketThis book has 30 different patterns for kids crochet gifts. With Christmas two months away, I will have my hands full of a few more projects from this book! It’s going to be a Cooper Crochet Christmas. 🙂

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Aunt Nana’s Crochet: Little Prince and Princess crowns

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I love novelty boutique shops! On Monday while I was walking around Willow Bend shopping mall, I stopped into a little store called Paper Crane. It is mainly a stationary store, but there are gifts available for purchase by occasion.  My maternal heart skipped a beat when I saw crochet crowns for babies. They were priced around $17 a piece, but I did not buy one. I knew I could make several for the cost of one.

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With the help of Clare at www.bobwilson123.org, I crocheted a crown for my new nephew and his soon-to-be big sister.  This project takes very little yarn, knowledge of 3 stitches and about 15 to 30 minutes of your time (depends on the size). Clare’s video on You Tube teaches this beauty at a very nice pace. By the second crown, I had the pattern down pat and didn’t need to watch.

These would make excellent newborn and toddler photo props.  I can’t wait to see Jenny & Mike’s little prince and princess in a photo with these!

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