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Thursday, July 2, 2015

VID My tip for highlighting those black needles making them easier to se...

Helpful Addi machine tip!

Video:  My tip for highlighting those black needles making them easier to see using darker yarn.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Micro-Preemie Hat Batch 6-18-2015

June 18, 2015:

My 1st time to set up the Addi on the patio. I am using up some smaller balls of soft yarn today and making some more micro-size preemie hats. I am thinking that these will fit the 1-4 pound babies in NICU. :). 

 The lighting sure is better out here! :) 

#preemie #crochethats #crochetgottaloveit #chapeau 6-18-2015

Yours in Christ,
Lee Ann H
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Elise Shawl

June 9, 2015:
1st Elise shawl:
I am using 2 different colors of thin acrylic chenille cone yarn which I wound from those large cones of yarn you can find for sale on Ebay. Colors used are a gold and a brown/burnt umber color.
However, when I reached row 18, I accidentally spilled a glass red wine on it and the entire ball of the lighter colored yarn. Ahhhhh! &%@$!
I cut the yarns and in an attempt to salvage this chenille on the ball and what I had already crocheted, I washed the shawl. The stain seems to have come out (thank goodness!) The ball of yarn which soaked up a lot of wine was put into a knee high stocking nylon and then tied shut. I put it in the washing machine this morning and it's in the dryer now. I'm hoping that it removes the wine stains in the center of this ball. The stocking is keeping the ball intact and from becoming tangled.

June 10, 2015:
2nd Elise shawl:
So, last night I began another one. For this second one, I used the brown/burnt umber-colored yarn and a celery green chenille yarn. I like this color combination too. I will keep any drinks away from this while I am working on it! :)


Get the pattern here:

Yours in Christ,
Lee Ann H
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Sunday, June 7, 2015

My Berry Harvest Bandana Cowl

‎June 7, 2015:

I finished my first Berry Harvest Bandana Cowl yesterday.    
What an amazing pattern by Tamara over at Moogly Blog:  

This pattern works up so quickly and it's very easy to follow. It's a free written pattern; no chart or diagram.

I made my burgundy one (which I am wearing) , with yarn from a large cone of acrylic chenille. This is more like a DK weight and it's a flat chenille. 

I plan to make another one using some chenille from this cone I am holding.‎ This is a DK weight bit it's a round, not flat, chenille.

A friend of mine has made several using Red Heart Unforgettable and one of these cowls doesn't even use a whole skein, just to give you an idea of yarn consumption.

See you on Facebook, Ravelry and Twitter!    And please leave a comment.   I love hearing from you!    :)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

LSU fans wear crochet hats at 2015 SEC Baseball Tournament In Hoover, Alabama!


Tuesday, May 26, 2015:

We finally went to the Southeastern Baseball Tournament in Hoover, Alabama. This was our first time to attend and it's been loads of fun!

I crocheted my own purple LSU hat and got one of the guys to wear the jester hat I made in LSU colors.   :)

 Last year, mom crocheted hats for all the ladies in the group and I crocheted the flowers for the hats.   She and my sister have gone for the last 6 or 7 years and they love it!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Yours in Christ,
Lee Ann H
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Monday, April 27, 2015

Hat Dummy!

‎April 27, 2015:

Apparently one of the neighbor's family pets didn't take kindly to this foam punching dummy and it decided to try to eat it! ROFL
My son saw it, brought it home and has been punching on it. I measured the head and it is 24 inches (mine is 23 inches) size; AWESOME for hats!

‪#Crochetgottaloveitblogspotcom‬ ‪#crochethats‬ ‪#hats‬

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Preemie Hat Donation 208 hats

April 16, 2015:

I made a donation of 208 little preemie hats to Women's Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.    The nurse was glad to receive these.
They are mostly loom and machine knitted and I have a few crochet ones I gave them as well.   I am sticking mostly with the knitted since they have the best stretch to the fabric.  

The smaller hats are double-layered and I knitted these on my Addi Express Professional 22-needle machine.   Using one strand of soft yarn, I cranked out about 55 to 57 rounds (or until the tube was resting on the table.   Then I did a needle cast-off.   At this point I had knitted a tube. I then pulled both ends separately into a gather and secured the threads.   I put one side into the other and tied the ends together.    Then simply fold up the brim and there is the hat/beanie!

For the slightly larger preemie hats, I used my blue Knifty Knitter loom which has 24 pegs and measures 5 inches across. Using two strands of soft yarn held together throughout pattern, I did E-wrap stitches and knitted them off with the pick tool.   I knitted the hats until they were the length of the Knifty Knitter pick tool (around 28 rounds depending on your yarn).    I did a needle cast-off and then pulled a gather for the top of the hat. I secured this with two true square knots.
I also did two true square knots for the cast on side (brim).   The curl of the brim hid where I cut off the loose ends which I square-knotted, so that worked out great hiding loose ends.
My mom went with me and it was a great experience!    There is another NICU at Baton Rouge General Mid-City.   I plan on doing a donation to them too.   

And to make it easier, this knitted rubber grip helped tremendously!   See my previous post!

These little crochet hats below with the two colors, are Margaret Olander's pattern from the Sheepishly Sharing website:

Below are just some other photos I took over the last few weeks as I was making these little preemie hats.

These little hats are made on the Addi Express Professional (22-needle) knitting machine.  I make a long tube (using one strand of yarn in the machine), and I knit for about 55-57 rounds, depending on the yarn.  Or, I just knit when the cast-on edge touches the counter top which I have my machine anchored to.

Then, I do a needle cast-off (with a large-eyed sewing needle), pull both ends of the tube into a gather.  Then, place one end of this gathered tube into the hat and sew it into place against the opposite gathered end.  Secure your loose ends well and cut off the excess yarn.
Next step is to just roll up a brim and it is done!

This is a little hat I made on the Knifty Knitter Flower Loom.  This loom has only 12 pegs.

Regarding the preemie hats I make on the blue Knifty Knitter handheld loom, this is what I mean when I say that I make the hat the length of the Knifty Knitter pick tool. I knit the hat about 7 inches or 28 rounds with 2 strands yarn held together:

Yours in Christ,
Lee Ann H
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Loom Knit a Rubber Band Grip!

April 7, 2015:

I saw the neatest youtube video the other day on how to use a handheld loom and knit a grip using small rubber bands.    It looked so easy and seemed to be a useful creation.

I found the Rainbow Loom rubber bands at Michaels and I already had bought a long rectangle loom but it was still new in the package.

Here is the video link to follow along to make this!

This is such a neat project. I already had a rectangle loom but I had never used it before.    This rubber band grip is my first project on this long loom.   :)
The directions in the video are terrific and it was easy to follow.   I love my colorful grip for my Knifty Knitter tool!   :)

Below are my progression photos!  This worked up really quickly and it is very easy to do and above all, it made holding the slippery Knifty Knitter pick tool a breeze!

Please leave me a comment and thank you for visiting!  :)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Quick loading method for a Knifty Knitter or other handheld loom

Quick loading method for a Knifty Knitter or other handheld loom, March 25, 2015

I find it extremely awkward to load a handheld knitting loom the traditional way, that is, wrapping each peg by holding the yarn with your fingers.   It was slow - going and my tension always turns out too tight!   Examples of these handheld looms include The Knifty Knitter brand.    There are other brands too in which this method would work.

All you need is a pair of scissors, a narrow drinking straw and some scotch tape. I find the shiny tape works smoother with the yarn.

NOTE:   a straw from McDonald's is a little too big but it will work.    A coffee stirrer straw would be too thin to for your yarn.

I have a video below which explains and demonstrates this technique or method.   I cut my straw in half and then I reinforce the straw by wrapping it in tape.    This makes the straw less prone to bend and adds a little rigidity to it.

Then, thread your yarn through the straw and fasten the yarn with a slip knot to the outside peg to secure it to the loom.

Then doing E-Wrap stitches, simply go around the pegs by holding the straw!    It will be easier to understand if you view the video.

This straw method cuts the time it takes to load the loom by more than half...if not more.     This makes it so fast to get the yarn on so you can get back to knitting that row!     Basically, it speeds up your project time so you can make more!

Enjoy the video and thank you for watching!

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

My first Addi King projects!

I found this wonderful pattern at Nerdgasm Knits on

I tried it for my first project ever on the Addi Professional King size machine with 46 needles. It is a ‎truly terrific hat and it's a double layer for extra warmth.

You just knit a long tube and gather the two ends and sew them together.

Here is Nerdgasm 's pattern: