Happy New Year, My Apologies, and a Recent Make

First off, I know that I’m a bit late, but Happy New Year! It’s only (or already, depending on how you look at it) the 11th day of 2019. At least it’s still January, so I can get away with this post, right? 😘

For the past couple of months my brain hasn’t been on crochet. I was derailed by the knitting train. I’ve been on a knit sweater kick, and when these sorts of moods strike, I find that I just have to roll with it. But know that it’s not only crochet I’ve been ignoring…I’ve been ignoring the whole blog thing in general. While I was busy knitting. I wasn’t even working on my knitting blog either! Having said all this, I currently do have a knit sweater on the needles…and hopefully I’ll be able to finish it in a timely manner now that I’m back to blogging!

I did make one crocheted “thing”. For no particular reason other than to use up some of my stash, and to try to sell it on Facebook for a bit of cash (hey, that rhymed!). But no, it did not sell 😪. It’s the Twin Sweater Set by Gayle Bunn on the Red Heart website. I made this cute little set for my (now 4 year old) daughter Olivia while I was still expecting her, which I’ll include a photo of also.

So here is the photo of the set I recently made:

I used some Bernat Baby Sport for it, and I think a 4 mm crochet hook. The gauge actually turned out perfectly!

And a photo of the one I made for Olivia. I think I also used Bernat Baby Sport for that one too. I no longer have this set that I made for her, which she wore home from the hospital, because our “friend” who stored our belongings for us for a couple of months when we became homeless kindly “donated” it, along with all of our other belongings. I try not to hold grudges, but when someone you trust trashes all of your belongings, it’s very hard not to. Most things can be replaced.

Anyhow, here is a photo of the set that I made for Olivia. She was maybe a week or two old in this photo. I omitted the edging on the button hole band, but it’s still pretty much the same.

So…I am back to the blog now…Hurray! I have some new ideas in mind, both for the blog as well as projects and designs.

Over the past couple of days I’ve been working when Olivia allows me time, lol, on a new Facebook page where I can further promote my original designs. When it’s complete I’ll post about it here so you can all give it a thumbs up. The COTB fan page doesn’t exist anymore on Facebook, because I permanently deleted the account I used to manage it.

I have a lot of work ahead of me as I get back into the swing of things. But I think it’ll all be good in the end.

Until next time,


The Yarn Has Arrived!

I published this to my knitting blog this morning…yesterday my order of Cloudborn yarn was delivered. I’ve already cast on a pair of socks with the fingering yarn, and am contemplating what to make with the DK yarn…perhaps fingerless mittens?

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It was a very exciting day for me yesterday, as my yarn arrived from Craftsy! 2 hanks of Cloudborn Highland Superwash Sock Twist yarn in the color Grey Heather, and 2 hanks of Cloudborn Highland DK yarn in the color Oatmeal Heather. Immediately I wound a hank of the sock yarn into a ball and cast on a pair of socks ☺ This is the first time I’ve made a nice pair of socks with real sock yarn…I’ve always used worsted weight slipper type socks. So I am excited (perhaps a bit too excited?) about this “milestone” in my yarning life. I don’t know for sure yet what I’ll make with the DK yarn, but I’ve been looking at fingerless mitten patterns. I’ve also been thinking maybe I’ll create my own design with it. And I don’t know if I’ll knit or if I’ll crochet with it…

Well I’m off…

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Sometime’s, She Knits

Recently I created another blog where I will be publishing my original knit designs. Today I finally posted my “Welcome” message and my first free pattern. If you are a knitter and interested in checking it out, I’d love for you to swing by for a visit! You can find it by following this link:  Sometime’s, She Knits.

I’ve not finished customizing the look of the blog, but that will come in time. For now, it is what it is, lol.


Bearnabus Bear- Free Pattern

I’ve decided to re-blog this pattern today because it has been updated…in Polish! Karolina of Szydlaki Cudaki has translated it, and you can find it at HERE

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If you would like a free Polish version of this pattern, Karolina of Szydlaki Cudaki has kindly translated it! You can find the translated version HERE.

Bearnabus Bear Crochet Pattern

© 2017 Amanda Bryant

This cute bear is approximately 8 1/2 inches tall. Made with safety eyes and a safety nose, he can be hugged and squished by kids of all ages.


Red Heart Super Saver- (Color A) Coffee, (Color B) Warm Brown, (Color C) Black (just a very slight amount for mouth)

3.75 mm crochet hook

12 mm safety eyes

18 mm black safety nose

Polyester Fibrefill

Stitch marker

Yarn needle

Abbreviations Used (American terminology):

ch- chain

sc- single crochet

sc2tog- single crochet 2 single crochet together (decrease)

st- stitch

sl st- slip stitch

beg- beginning

Special Notes:

  • This project is worked in the round. Using your stitch marker, mark…

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A Trio Of Baby Bibs- Free Pattern

This week’s reblogged post is a baby bib pattern I designed about 2 1/2 years ago. These bibs hold up extremely well, and look nice in any color. I still use the bibs I made here with Olivia when she eats something really messy, like spaghetti. I particularly like the buttoned bib myself, as it’s easier to get done up and doesn’t get tangled in Olivia’s hair.

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A Trio Of Baby Bibs Pattern

© 2015 Amanda Bryant


4.25 mm hook

Peaches & Creme cotton yarn- “Ivy League” Color #1235 (100% Cotton Yarn. Worsted Weight; 706 yds/645m; 14oz/400gm)

25 mm (1 inch) button (optional- instructions included to make ties instead of using buttons)

yarn needle

Gauge– 4sc and 4 rows= 1 inch

Finisheddimensions= about 8 inches long, by about 7 inches wide (excluding neck piece)


Bib #1- buttoned bib (pictured top middle)

Beginning at bottom of bib, ch 21

Row 1- sc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea ch across, ch 1, turn (20 sc) (right side)

Row 2- 2sc in 1st sc, sc in ea sc across to last sc, 2 sc in last sc, ch 1, turn (22 sc)

Row 3- sc in ea sc across, ch 1, turn

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Crocheting On A Budget

As the yarn piles up, the bank account balance goes down.

Today I’ve decided to re-share an old blog post, in which I listed ideas on how to save some money on this increasingly expensive, and often obsessive, hobby called “Crochet”.  It is my belief that we shouldn’t have to cash in our life insurance policy, or sell body parts, to fully enjoy our hobbies.

If you have more ideas on how to save money on this hobby, I’d love for you to share them!

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To tell you how many times I’ve stumbled upon patterns that I wanted to use but couldn’t would be impossible. I have downloaded countless patterns to my laptop and have invested in many hard copy books over the years, but it seems only a handful of those patterns have ever been put to use. And why is that? Not because I don’t have enough time to crochet (Let’s face it, serious crochet addicts like myself ALWAYS find time), but because I can’t afford to buy all the supplies required!

Tips On Getting The Most Out Of Your $$

  • Make smaller items which allows you to make more items per skein of yarn.  One ball of crochet thread can make many bookmarks, or even a couple of smaller doilies. One skein of yarn can make a pair of mittens and a hat, or a couple of pairs of slippers or socks.

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