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TSA Rules for Crochet – Second Chance Giveaway – Mother’s Day Poetry

One of the questions that I see over and over in the crochet groups on Facebook is, “Can I take my crochet hooks on a plane?” Personally, I have never had a problem with my hooks, and I carry a small nail clipper rather than scissors just to be safe. According to the TSA website, crochet hooks and knitting needles are allowed.

Scissors are allowed, but they must be less than 4″.

Airline travel involves lots of down time, so I always pack a small project in my carry-on to keep me occupied on long flights and layovers. There’s nothing more satisfying than turning down time into productive time. Enjoy your summer vacation and happy crocheting!

The latest edition to my pattern collection is a series of bowling ball carriers, but these would make great carry-on bags for your travels. Stay tuned for the fourth in the series along with an ebook of novelty bowling ball bags. https://www.myfingersfly.com/products/eyeball-bowling-ball-bag-crochet-pattern

Take Baby to Work Day Sweaters – Military Edition

To celebrate Month of the Military Child, I am giving away a copy of Military Baby Sweaters Kindle book. Like the post and tag a friend by 4/28/2019 to be entered. See my Instagram for details. http://instagram.com/p/Bwr1M6fBfAX/

If you’re interested in a ready-made item, I have green camo, blue camo, and sailor sweaters available in Newborn-3 month size. https://my-fingers-fly.myshopify.com/admin/collections/192715014

Poodle Eyeglass Holder

My most popular pattern last Mother’s Day was the Poodle Eyeglass Holder. This free pattern is available as a free download on Ravelry with instructions for crochet or to make on the Addi King knitting machine. The pattern is also available translated to Dutch by Jeannette Kemp – Poedel Brilhouder. It’s a great Mother’s Day gift, and it also works well for those of you who do spring craft shows. Several other eyeglass holders are also available including elephant, tiger, lamb, and clown. Post a photo of your poodle to Instagram and tag @myfingersfly. I’d love to see them all!

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/poodle-eyeglass-holder

Materials:

Red Heart worsted weight yarn – 2 oz. MC

Size G crochet hook

Yarn needle

Plastic googly eyes

¾” black pompom

Directions:

HEAD:

Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st (12 sc).

Rnd 3: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, repeat around (18 sc).

Rnd 4: *Sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, * repeat around (24 sc).

Rnd 5: *Sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (30 sc).

Rnd 6: *Sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (36 sc).

Rnd 7: *Sc in each of next 5 sc, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (42 sc).

Rnd 8: *Sc in each of next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (48 sc).

Rnd 9: *Sc in each of next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (54 sc).

Rnd 10: *Sc in each of next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (60 sc).

Rnds 11-22: Work even on 60 sc.

Rnd 23: *Dec, sc in next 8 sts,* repeat around (54 sc).

Rnd 24: *Dec, sc in next 7 sts,* repeat around (48 sc).

Rnd 25: *Dec, sc in next 6 sts,* repeat around (42 sc).

Rnd 26: *Dec, sc in next 5 sts,* repeat around (36 sc).

Rnd 27: *Dec, sc in next 4 sts,* repeat around (30 sc).

Rnd 28: *Dec, sc in next 3 sts,* repeat around (24 sc).

Rnd 29: *Dec, sc in next 2 sts,* repeat around (18 sc). Stuff firmly.

Rnd 30: *Dec, sc in next st,* repeat around (12 sc).

Rnd 31: Dec around (6 sc). Fasten off leaving 6” length for sewing. Weave through last 6 sts and pull firmly. Sew opening closed.

SNOUT:

Rnd 1: Ch 2, 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st (8 sc).

Rnd 3: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, repeat around (12 sc).

Rnd 4: *Sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, * repeat around (16 sc).

Rnd 5: *Sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (20 sc).

Rnds 6-10: Work even on 20 sc. Fasten off leaving 12” length for sewing. Sew to center front of head.  

Make two 1-1/2” pompoms for ears and sew to sides of head even with snout.

Make a 3” pompom for top knot and sew to top of head.

Glue black pompom to end of snout, and glue eyes to face above snout.

More Eyeglass Holders

Easter Lamb Free Pattern

Eyeglass Holder Crochet Patterns Ebook

Owl Eyeglass Holder

Another alternative for a Mother’s Day gift is poetry. If Mom loves the greeting cards you buy her every year and saves them in a scrapbook, she’ll flip over this poetry book. https://www.amazon.com/dp/1095818457

Mother’s Day Handbag Blog Hop

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Easter Bunny Hot Rod Crafts

One last posting for Easter craft ideas. When I was in 8th grade home economics class, I learned a simple craft made with Easter candy, and I’ve made them every year since then for my children and extended family.

Candy bunny hot rod
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgLdS5kj7KQ

 

Based on the candy craft, I came up with a pattern for making the Bunny Hot Rod on an Addi Pro knitting machine.

 

Bunny Hot Rod on Addi
https://youtu.be/lgLdS5kj7KQ

Materials:

Worsted weight yarn

   ½ oz. white

   ½ oz. purple

   ¾ oz. black

   Few yards pink

Size G crochet hook

Yarn needle

Fiberfil stuffing

2 black plastic safety eyes

Yellow and pink pompoms

RIbbon

Directions:

CAR:

Cast on purple yarn (or color of choice for car). Work 40 rounds, cast off. Stuff and sew both ends closed.

WHEELS (Make 4):

Cast on black yarn. Work 15 rounds, cast off. Sew both ends closed, then sew to car.

BUNNY:

Cast on white yarn. Work 30 rounds, cast off. Sew top closed, stuff top 12 rows. Weave yarn through Rnd 12 to close for head. Stuff remainder of body and sew opening closed. Sew bunny to top of car at back.

EARS (Make 2):

Row 1: With pink yarn, ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 2 ch, 3 sc in last ch. Working on opposite side of starting ch, sc in next 3 chs (9 sc). Fasten off pink.

Row 2: Attach white yarn, ch 1, turn. Sc in next 4 sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts (11 sc). Fasten off leaving 12” length for sewing.Sew one ear to each side of head. Weave in all ends.

Glue on eyes and pink pompom to face. Glue on yellow pompoms to front of car for headlights.

Happy Easter everyone!

More Easter Projects

Easter Enchantment Crochet Ebook Giveaway – Flower Easter Basket Pattern

Fashion Doll Easter Bonnet

Bunny Nap Buddy Crochet Pattern

Easter Bunny Hot Rod Crafts

Bunny Bath Pouf Pattern

Easter Lamb Free Pattern

Bunny Nap Buddy Crochet Pattern

Miss Tulip Amigurumi Crochet Pattern

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Easter Lamb Free Pattern

The sun is shining, the birds are singing

On this lovely spring day.

Hummingbirds are searching for nectar,

And squirrels come out to play.

Lamb Eyeglass Holder Crochet Pattern

Materials:

Bernat Pipsqueak yarn – 2 oz. white

Worsted weight yarn – 1/2 oz.dark gray

Size G crochet hook

Yarn needle

Fiberfil stuffing

2 black plastic safety eyes 15 mm

Directions:

SNOUT:

Rnd 1: With dark gray yarn, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st (12 sc).

Rnd 3: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, repeat around (18 sc).

Rnd 4: *Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, repeat around (24 sc).

Rnds 5-7: Sc in each st.

Rnd 8: 2 sc in each st (48 sc).

Rnd 9: *Sc in next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (54 sc). Join with sl st. Fasten off leaving 12” length for sewing.

HEAD:

Rnd 1: With Pipsqueak yarn, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st (12 sc).

Rnd 3: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, repeat around (18 sc).

Rnd 4: *Sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, * repeat around (24 sc).

Rnd 5: *Sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (30 sc).

Rnd 6: *Sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (36 sc).

Rnd 7: *Sc in each of next 5 sc, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (42 sc).

Rnd 8: *Sc in each of next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (48 sc).

Rnd 9: *Sc in each of next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (54 sc).

Rnd 10: *Sc in each of next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (60 sc).

Rnds 11-22: Sc in each st.

Rnd 23: *Dec, sc in next 8 sts,* repeat around (54 sc).

Rnd 24: *Dec, sc in next 7 sts,* repeat around (48 sc).

Rnd 25: *Dec, sc in next 6 sts,* repeat around (42 sc).

Rnd 26: *Dec, sc in next 5 sts,* repeat around (36 sc). Turn inside out so the fuzziest part is on the outside. Stuff snout and sew to front of head. Insert eyes through top of snout. Stuff.

Rnd 27: *Dec, sc in next 4 sts,* repeat around (30 sc).

Rnd 28: *Dec, sc in next 3 sts,* repeat around (24 sc).

Rnd 29: *Dec, sc in next 2 sts,* repeat around (18 sc). Stuff firmly.

Rnd 30: *Dec, sc in next st,* repeat around (12 sc).

Rnd 31: Dec around (6 sc). Fasten off leaving 6” length for sewing. Weave through last 6 sts and pull firmly. Sew opening closed.

EARS (Make 2):

Rnd 1: With dark gray yarn, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join.

Rnd 2: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (9 sc).

Rnd 3: *Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, repeat around (12 sc).

Rnds 4-7: Sc in each st.

Rnd 8: *Dec, sc in next 2 sts,* repeat around (9 sc).

Rnd 9: *Dec, sc in next st,* repeat around (6 sc). Join with sl st. Fasten off leaving 12” length for sewing.Sew one ear to each side of head. Weave in all ends.

More Easter Ideas

Easter Bunny Hot Rod Crafts

Bunny Bath Pouf Pattern

Easter Enchantment Crochet Ebook Giveaway – Flower Easter Basket Pattern

Fashion Doll Easter Bonnet

Bunny Nap Buddy Crochet Pattern

Bunny Scrubby

Fashion Doll Easter Bonnet Crochet Pattern

Eyeglass Holders

Friday Freebie, Owl Eyeglass Holder

Eyeglass Holder Crochet Patterns Ebook

Poodle Eyeglass Holder

Fiesta in San Antonio

Spring is Fiesta time in San Antonio. If you have never visited the city, April is the perfect time. The summer heat hasn’t yet begun, and the city comes alive with festivals. The traditional Fiesta kick-off is the Oyster Bake at St. Mary’s University with food booths and live music. We attended Friday night at the Tejano stage where Jay Perez performed, followed by David Lee Garza y los Musicales. Both groups are staples of Tejano festivals all across Texas. The atmosphere at Oyster Bake was wonderful – live music, great food, and perfect spring weather.

Jay Perez and the Band – Oyster Bake 2019

 

David Lee Garza https://youtu.be/GUpTpVTOs-o

 

Fiesta will continue through April 28 with parades and festivals throughout the city. One of the most popular is the Battle of Flowers Parade commemorating the victory at San Jacinto. The parade is so popular, it’s a school holiday. Fiesta queens riding the floats in elaborate gowns are taunted with, “Show me your shoes!” What started as young women wanting to wear something comfortable over the years has become an informal contest of creativity in footwear, and the crowd loves it!

Sugar Skull Bowling Ball Bag or Market Bag

Continuing my bowling ball bag patterns with a Fiesta flair – https://www.myfingersfly.com/products/sugar-skull-bowling-ball-bag-crochet-pattern-or-market-bag-crochet-pattern

Getting a head start on Mother’s Day gifts, I have combined several of my most popular potholder patterns into an ebook. These quick and easy patterns are sure to please Mom and Grandma.

 

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National Unicorn Day – Bunny Bath Pouf Pattern – Amazon Giveaway

As expected, the weather kept us from attending the Poteet Strawberry Festival last weekend. No worries – we’ll catch the Tejano bands at Fiesta’s Oyster Bake this weekend. On the upside, staying home Saturday night allowed me to get a new Easter pattern done.

Easter Bunny Bath Pouf Crochet Pattern

This pattern works up quickly in worsted yarn. Make a few this evening for your littles’ Easter baskets, add some egg-shaped bath bombs, and bath time will be extra special for them.

Materials:

Cotton worsted yarn:

   1 oz. MC for small, 2 oz. for large

   Few yards CC

Size H crochet hook

Yarn needle

Pompom

Sewing needle and thread

Directions:

Rnd 1: Ch 2, 10 hdc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st in 1st hdc.

Rnd 2: 3 hdc in each st (30 hdc).

Rnds 3-4: Repeat Rnd 2 (270 hdc). Stop here for small puff.

Rnd 5: For large puff, repeat Rnd 2 again (810 hdc).

Fold last Rnd in half and sl st through both sides. Ch 15, sl st in same space. Fasten off.

EARS:

Rnd 1: In 2nd st to the right of hangar loop, attach CC yarn, ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 3 ch. Sl st in same st as joining. Fasten off CC. Attach MC yarn in st next to base of ear, sc in 4 unused loops of beg ch, sc in tip of ear, sc in 4 sts of Rnd 1, sl st in Rnd 4 [5] of puff. Fasten off MC. Repeat on opposite side of hangar loop for 2nd ear. Weave in all ends.

More Easter Projects

Easter Enchantment Crochet Ebook Giveaway – Flower Easter Basket Pattern

Fashion Doll Easter Bonnet

Bunny Nap Buddy Crochet Pattern

Easter Bunny Hot Rod Crafts

Easter Lamb Free Pattern

Bunny Nap Buddy Crochet Pattern

Bunny Scrubby

Miss Tulip Amigurumi Crochet Pattern

More Unicorn Designs

 

There’s still time (through 4/10/2019) to enter the Amazon Giveaway for a Kindle version of Endangered Animals Crochet Patterns.
https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/699d3d5f2b25f3cd

Currently in the works is another ebook – Bowling Ball Bags. The first in the series is available now at https://www.myfingersfly.com/products/boob-bowling-ball-bag-crochet-pattern.

Stay tuned for more designs and the complete ebook. Happy crocheting!

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April in San Antonio – Amazon Giveaway – Free Easter Pattern

Butterfly Baby Dress Crochet Pattern

easter

Unfortunately, our Houston mini vacation has been postponed due to Mick Jagger’s health. Disappointing for us, but I’m sure it’s more frustrating for the Rolling Stones. Hopefully he will heal quickly, and the tour will be rescheduled. Facebook rumors say it will be rescheduled for October, so we’ll see.

We also had tickets for the San Antonio Commanders final home game this weekend, but the Alliance of American Football abruptly shut down the league this week. It’s so disappointing for San Antonio football fans. We attended all the home games, and the fans were great! Texas is definitely football country.

football earwarmer 2

http://Football Earwarmer Knit Pattern

From an entertainment standpoint, we definitely won’t be bored. April is definitely a good time of year to be in San Antonio. This weekend is the Poteet Strawberry Festival, which has always been a favorite for our family. Great music, carnival rides, and all the typical fair food including anything you can think of that is made of strawberries. If the rain holds off on Saturday, we will go see David Lee Garza y Los Musicales, one of my husband’s favorite Tejano bands.

Next week I’ll be getting the house ready for Easter. The Ferrel Family tradition is fajitas for Easter dinner – beef, chicken, and sausage. There will also be rice and beans, potato salad, guacamole, pico de gallo, tortillas, and I’m still working on ideas for a dessert to impress. Family, good food, children running in and out, and of course, cascarones, confetti eggs to crack on someone’s head.

My go-to gift for the children for Easter is a bunny bag filled with candy. The pattern is available in my Ravelry shop as a free download with any purchase through Easter.

bunny in sun

https://www.ravelry.com/people/myfingersfly

My newest Easter pattern will be available only on the blog this month – Easter Bunny Scrubby using Red Heart Scrubby Sparkle. Make a few as hostess gifts, or add a couple to your teen’s Easter basket as a gag gift.

bunny scrubby

Materials:

Red Heart Scrubby Sparkle –   ¼  oz.

Size G crochet hook

Yarn needle

 

Directions:

BODY:

Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st (12 sc).

Rnd 3: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, repeat around (18 sc).

Rnd 4: *Sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, * repeat around (24 sc).

Rnd 5: *Sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (30 sc).

Rnd 6: *Sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (36 sc).

Rnd 7: *Sc in each of next 5 sc, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (42 sc). Join with sl st. Do not fasten off.

HEAD:

Row 1: Ch 1, 6 hdc in next st.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, dec, hdc in next 2 sts, dec, sl st in base of same st. Do not fasten off.

EARS:

*Ch 4, sc in 2nd ch and next 2 ch,* sl st in Row 3 of head. Sl st in Row 2, repeat * to *, sl st in

Row 1 of head. Fasten off.

TAIL:

Ch 3, 10 dc in 3rd ch from hook. Join with sl st in top of 1st dc. Fasten off leaving 6” length. Sew tail securely to body. Weave in all ends.

More Easter Patterns

Easter Bunny Hot Rod Crafts

Easter Lamb Free Pattern

Easter Enchantment Crochet Patterns Ebook – Over 20 Easter Patterns in PDF Format

Fashion Doll Easter Bonnet

Flower Easter Basket Pattern

Bunny Nap Buddy Crochet Pattern

Bunny Bath Pouf Pattern

 

April is also Month of the Military Child. My Military Baby Pattern Book was inspired by my daughter’s fatigues. Living in Military City, USA, I am very proud of these designs. Through April 10, you have a chance to win a free Kindle copy by liking my Amazon Author Page.

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/699d3d5f2b25f3cd

military book cover amazon

This month promises more adventures at Fiesta San Antonio. Stay tuned for more free patterns to come.