Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Crochet Hat Pattern - Organic Cotton

Simple Crochet Hat from me, LazyT. Happy Holidays!
1 skein Nature's Choice Organic Cotton from Lion Brand Yarn (walnut color shown)
J (6 mm) hook
Fits adults/teens.

Ch 3, work 7 hdc in first st. Join. (8 hdc)
Ch 2, hdc in same. 2 hdc in each. Join. (16 hdc)
Ch 2, hdc in same, hdc in next. *2 hdc in next, 1 hdc in next* Repeat from * to * around. Join. (24 hdc)
Ch 2, hdc in same, hdc in next 2 sts. *2 hdc in next, hdc in next 2 sts.* Repeat from * to * around. Join. (32 hdc)
Ch 2, hdc in same, hdc in next 3 sts. *2 hdc in next, hdc in next 3 sts.* Repeat from * to * around.
Join. (40 hdc)
Ch 2, hdc in same, hdc in next 4 sts. *2 hdc in next, hdc in next 4 sts.* Repeat from * to * around. Join. (48 hdc)
Ch 2, hdc in next and each st. around. Join. (48 hdc)
Repeat until out of yarn, or until hat is desired length. Fasten off.

*Optional - Fold up brim and sew on a button.©2011 LazyTcrochet

**My approximate gauge was 10 stitches X 9 rows = 4 inches. I ended up with 16 rounds of hdc, after the increases. When I increased to the 48 stitches, my circle measured approximately 6 1/4" (slightly stretchy). And this hat fits ladies/teens.
If your gauge is tighter, you could either add one more increase row (to 56 sts.) but that might be too loose, or you could try working with a larger hook (K).**

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Crochet Pattern Granny Square Circle Shrug

The pattern is now available for this shrug. It's crocheted out of Cascade Eco Wool and is a snuggly one-size-fits-all kind of shoulder warmer shrug. Not your typical granny square. Visit the pattern page here... and the finished sweater is available in the same Ecru color as in the photo here...

Click HERE for all available patterns.

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Circles seem to be all the rage. I've come up with a pattern for my circle vest shrug since so many people have asked for it. Some designs start with a circle at the back and continue all the way around the collar. This one has a distinct square back to it, with an added circular collar around. You can add a button or use a shawl pin. I have both the pattern and finished designs available at
Here's one in Paprika, with a wooden button...

And Black, with a wooden shawl pin...

The pattern is available in my Etsy shop here. See my post on Foundationless Crochet for tips!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Felting Time

While Granny Squares are not my favorite thing to crochet, I am excited about felting them into a groovy handbag. It's been a long time since I've felted (or fulled) anything fun. Hats are my favorite thing to felt, but I'll be making mittens, purses, slippers, and more. I think I'll get an electric tea kettle to use down stairs. My water is hot, but it doesn't stay hot enough and I like to add a kettle of hot water to it as it cools down. I was making myself nervous carrying a kettle of boiling water down the stairs.

Crocheting or knitting something and then felting it in hot water is my favorite form of felting.
Wet-felting is fun, but I tend to make a huge mess! Needlefelting is something I'd like to do more of. I've never been "artistic" in the drawing or painting sense, but needle felting seemed to coax the creativity right out of me. It flowed so easily as I painted with the wool. So, I'll be working with some raw and colorful fibers very soon!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

It's Strawberry Time

****This is a repost of a 2008 blog.****
I thought I'd share a recipe that's been used in my family for as long as I can remember. Every year when the local strawberries are ripe, I buy a flat and freeze some. Sometimes I make strawberry jam, but I definitely have to make a batch of shortcake since the berries are so sweet.

Strawberry Shortcake
Mix together with a wooden spoon 1/4 cup, plus 2 Tablespoons shortening and 1/3 cup sugar. Add 1 egg and mix well. Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.
Mix together the dry ingredients - 1 1/2 cups flour, 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, and a dash of salt.
Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture, alternating with 1/3 cup of milk. Mix until combined. If it's too stiff, add more milk (I almost always do, but no one ever changed the recipe).
Bake in a greased round or square 8 or 9" cake pan, sprinkling the top with sugar, if desired...or in muffin cups (approximately 8 muffins). I made a double batch to take to a party last weekend. I love mine served with sliced, sugared berries and milk. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream if desired.
Eat it fresh, or the next day. If you cover them with a towel, the sugar tops will stay crisp for awhile. If you store it tightly in a plastic bag, they'll still be delicious, but will get softer.
This is really good with peaches and other fresh berries also!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Lemon Balm Pudding

I thinned out the lemon balm patch this morning. It smells so wonderful when first-picked, but you have to use a lot of it for a recipe as well as accentuate the flavor with some lemon rind or juice.
I made an easy cornstarch pudding and added a lot of chopped lemon balm. It instantly lost the lemony aroma, so I added two large pieces of lemon rind. I opted to strain it since it looked a bit chunky. Now it looks like Vichyssoise, but it tastes deliciously fresh! Add some to sweet bread recipes or cookies, but don't forget the lemon!
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***Edited to add more lemon balm recipes previously blogged.
Here is a refrigerator cookie recipe with Lemon Balm...

And a vinaigrette or marinade recipe.....

Friday, May 6, 2011

A Little Birdie Told Me

...but I already knew! These are my Mom's favorite cookies. I posted the recipe for "Nonie Cookies" a few years ago
but thought I'd share it again. I'm baking these sweet little birds and sending a package to my Mom for Mother's Day. Hopefully they'll arrive with only a few broken tails.

This was my great-grandmother Eleanor's recipe for sugar cookies. They've since come to be called "Nonie Cookies" since she was "Grandma Nonie." It is a classic cookie recipe, enjoyed all year long. I like them a little thick, while my Mom likes them thin and crispy. See what you think.


Mix together 3 1/2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar and a dash of freshly ground nutmeg. Make a well in the center and add 1 cup shortening, 1 egg, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Mix well.

Roll half the dough on a floured cloth or board. Sprinkle with sugar and roll it in gently. Cut with your favorite cookie cutters. Bake at 350° until lightly brown. Roll and cut remaining dough. You can use colored sugars if desired.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Hot Mustard

While I do love this color, I've been working with it so much lately that I'm getting tired of the mustard! I just finished this custom bolero in crochet and am knitting a vest next. For acrylic, Vanna's Choice does make a lovely sweater.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Fantastic Day Giveaway!

I think that my 500th Sale on Etsy is worthy of a blog giveaway....don't you?? Today has been a fantastic day. Not only did I sell this Chunky Knit Cowl to hit the 500 mark, but I also am discussing a few custom orders with clients, AND submitting some original patterns to a magazine!
I thought I'd celebrate by giving away one of my most popular designs. The winner will receive a custom pair of fingerless gloves in their color choice!
The rules are as follows: Open to U.S. residents only. One entry per person. Contest closes at midnight on March 31st. One winner will be chosen from all eligible entries. If the winner does not respond to my email within 2 weeks, I will choose another winner.

How to enter? Just make a comment on this post and be sure to include your email address (or make sure your blog profile links to a contact email).

CONTEST is now CLOSED. Winner will be announced soon. Thanks!

And the winner is.. Jane! (Chosen at random from Thanks to everyone who entered and for all your kind comments!
A big THANK YOU to all my customers and friends!!!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

It's Not Over Yet!

Although the birds seem to be a lot more active this week, the temperatures here have been brutally cold. Winter, it seems, is not over yet! The groundhog predicted an early Spring. We can only hope!
Here are a few new things to help keep you warm. I love making wraps and this Mobius style is fun to wear. Wear it as a hood or as a shoulder warmer - with the twist to the side with a brooch, or just loose and casual. Here's one in a pretty Granite Gray.

I've also designed my own pattern for Hooded Scarves. I like to make the hood part rounded at the top so it's not too pointy. This soft, homespun-style yarn drapes nicely, is lightweight, yet warm!

Visit my Etsy shop for some warm gifts for yourself or others! Custom orders are welcome.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Crusty Bread

My mom gave me a baguette pan a few years ago, but I was afraid to try it. Now that I found this recipe, I've been making a lot of baguettes! Here is the original recipe, written for a bread machine. I'd rather mix the dough by hand than bother with a bread machine.
French Baquettes Recipe on

Here's my adapted version that's easy to mix by hand or with a dough hook on your mixer.
In your mixer bowl or a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 teaspoons yeast, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 cup bread flour, and 1 cup warm water. Mix well and let sit 5 minutes, until bubbly. Add 1 1/2 cups bread flour, mix well and knead (either by hand or with the dough hook on the mixer) until smooth. Place in a greased bowl, roll it around so that the top of the dough is greased also, cover and let rise in a warm place until double.
Roll the dough out on a floured board until it measures approximately 12" X 16". Cut with a sharp knife into two pieces 8" X 12". Starting on a 12" side, roll each piece, trying not to allow bubbles or too much flour. Pinch the ends closed and place on a greased baguette pan or on a parchment-lined baking sheet. With a sharp knife, cut 3 diagonal slits in each. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size.
Preheat the oven to 375°. Mix together 1 egg yolk and 1 tablespoon water and gently brush over the tops of the bread. Bake 20 - 25 minutes in preheated oven until golden brown. Cool on a rack.