Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Collection Time!

I need to apologize. I have hardly posted, and I am sorry to those who have wondered where I have been.

Basically, I had a baby in January and put this side of my life on hold for awhile. This usually happens every time I have had a baby.  There are seasons in life where we need to put one thing down to make room for another, and this guy was well worth the break.

However, my hands miss playing with yarn, and we are LONG overdue for another collection.  I have been putting off setting a collection date until I wrote up a few patterns, but I have decided to just go with it already and patterns will come (hopefully)!

Our NEXT Rosie's Cozies collection date is going to be January 1st.  We discussed a Pixar/Disney theme on the Facebook page.  Currently, I am open to patterns to post for people who want to stay true to theme, so feel free to design and send me links!

As ALWAY we collect ALL hats even if they aren't within the theme.  I am sure that the NICU will have a few people who prefer not to put a minion hat on their new teeny tiny baby!

Thank you do all those who have been patiently waiting! I am glad to get back in the groove and to start putting hats on those sweet babes!

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Sunday, August 24, 2014


So much has happened since I last wrote! Sorry for the absence for the past 7 months, however, I have been busy with a new baby and summer activities.

So yes, let's do some updating. On January 22, our sweet Samuel John was born.  This kid is a heart breaker. He has the greatest smile, a fabulous head of hair, and somehow handles his crazy older sisters with ease! I think loving on this guy is a pretty good excuse for taking some time away:

I have also taken on a new business venture in the past month that you can read about here. It's been a lot of fun so far, and I am enjoying it. I am always looking for new people to host FB parties, so if you're interested at all let me know (yes, I know it's a shameless plug ;-) )

Our summer has been amazing and full! We went camping with friends, took our annual family vacation to Traverse City for a week (and I recommend if you ever go to stay here), and made it to Michigan's beautiful upper peninsula! Honestly, as much as I love to crochet, it was a really nice break from the yarn and hooks. I know, am I crazy??

Alas, my hands are missing playing with yarn, and winter is coming up--which  means orders are already coming in. I'm ready to get back into the creative groove. The first area I want to start working is for Rosie's Cozies, which  many of you already know about. For those who are unfamiliar with Rosie's Cozies, you can read about here.

There is major news for Rosie's Cozies too!  We are now OFFICIALLY a 501c3 non-profit organization! It took a lot of work and time (and I can't take most of the credit for this at all), but we are FINALLY there! This being said, we are OVERDUE for a new collection. This is where I would love some help. We are going to do a Disney/Pixar collection---Mickey Mouse, minions, Monsters Inc, Princesses, etc, etc....but I need YOUR help with pattern writing. Please consider helping out! Although I am ready to get crocheting, my brain might still be mush when it comes to writing patterns.

If you want to help write a pattern (or two!)  email me at Once I feel we have a good number of patterns I will post a link with the collection date.

I've missed this area of my life and I am glad to be back at it! The past few months have been really great to focus on my family and start some new things, but it's time to get back to one of my original loves. Thanks to all of you for hanging with me as I took some time to figure out life with three kids!

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Holy Moly, It's December!

I just realized that the last time I ACTUALLY posted was in August. August!  Time to check in!

First things first.  I made a drop-off to the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital a couple weeks ago with over 700 little Rosie's Cozies Hats!  As always, the staff was extremely thankful and I have heard from a couple of mothers that they are appreciative and touched by the donations.  Again, thank you so so so much for those who have donated!

Next, I have been busy with finishing up orders and prepping for this baby boy--who is due to be here in a little over 3 weeks!  Eek!  I have just a couple more orders to finish, and then I will be all caught up.

Speaking of this baby, I have been doing a lot of crocheting for his nursery.  This has included a mobile for his nursery, as well as a faux taxidermy moose head.  The moose took me a lot of time getting the right shape and trying to figure out the best way to mount it, but I am MORE than thrilled with how it turned out in the end.  I was going to write up the pattern, but at this point I think it has been lost out of my brain and don't think I will get to writing anything down anytime soon.  I thought I would share some of the pictures of his room.  I'm pretty proud of how it turned out.  Please forgive my terrible photography skills.

Sorry, again, to be so MIA.  I will be sure to post soon to announce the arrival of our new bundle.  Hopefully I can get myself back into my crocheting groove in a few months!   I have a feeling I'll be itching to find some cute little boy patterns :-)

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Holiday Preemie Patterns

OOOOKAY, so I am struggling to find patterns specific to Fall, Thanksgiving, Halloween, and Christmas.  Below is the list I have compiled, and it is pretty pathetic:

I am asking for some help!  Please consider designing some patterns for us, or even doing some searching around!  I would love to add some footballs, witches, Santa hats, turkeys, gingerbread men, Frankensteins, etc.  I even think a prince or princess hat would be adorable as a costume for those babes  on Halloween!  Something....ANYTHING!  If you are willing to write up a pattern please email me at, or comment on here or on Facebook.  I would love to make this list much larger so people have loads of ideas to choose from.


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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Rosie's Cozies Holiday Collection

Let's get our next collection started!  I have decided to make the deadline:

November 16th

That will insure that we get hats in before Thanksgiving and Christmas, so those sweet babes can be decked out for the upcoming holidays.

I am currently struggling to find patterns specific to pumpkins, elves, and santa hats.  If you would like to design a pattern or if you find one PLEASE pass it along!  I will be posting again soon...hopefully with a long list of patterns!

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Knit vs. Crochet

I asked people on my FB page if the honestly knew the difference between knit and crochet.  Thought you would enjoy their answers :-)

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Rosie's Cozies Business

Last night marked the first official board meeting for Rosie's Cozies!  We are VERY small, but it is a start towards getting 501c3 status.

I had debated making Rosie's Cozies a non-profit for awhile, but when I had looked into it I was quite overwhelmed and the paperwork was far over my head.  Thankfully, there are a lot of people who want to help out.  Megan, Rose's mom, has many friends who definitely take an interest in Rosie's Cozies and are willing to step in and offer anything they can to help out.

Enter Kyle.  He is a friend of Megan and Ryan's and is a lawyer, with a HUGE heart who stepped in and decided to help us out.  He has been the backbone of getting this thing rolling, and honestly, I could not have gotten this far without him!  He has helped us come up with by-laws (okay, he did all of them), and went over all of the legal jargon with me.  He has assisted me in figuring out who to appoint as officers, and he led our board meeting last night.

Although I have always worked in non-profits,  I have a lot to learn about RUNNING a non-profit.  Thankfully I have a lot of help.  I am really excited to be able to have something more professional for Rosie's Cozies.  I am excited to open a bank account to put in donated funds, and maybe someday work towards forming a more organized way of offering support to families with babies in the NICU through gas cards, cafeteria gift cards, etc.  Overall, I just feel that making Rosie's Cozies a legit non-profit is going to open up may more opportunities for this ministry.

We are still working towards official 501c3 status, and it may be a bit before all is complete.  Keep praying all goes smoothly and that it won't be much longer till we can announce that Rosie's Cozies is an OFFICIAL non-profit with 501c3 status :-)

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Friday, July 26, 2013

NEW Rosie's Cozies Collection

We are quite due for another official collection!  Just in case any of you didn't know, I do collect Rosie's Cozies ALL year long, but we have certain times we do more organized collections to make a nice push for a bunch of them.  It is also fun to have a theme!

I posted on FB asking what our next theme should be, and have decided to go with more of a holiday theme.  I know it's July, BUT Fall is right round the corner, AND if we don't do another collection for awhile Christmas will come and go.

So, with the help of some of your suggestions, I think we should do a holiday theme.  These means all things related to Thanksgiving/Fall--apples, scarecrows, turkeys, etc.  AND all things Christmas/Winter--snowmen, gingerbread men, elf hats, Santa, etc.

Thoughts?  I think this would be a great way to bring a little holiday cheer into the NICU, AND make sure those babes are looking quite festive :-)  I will start doing some work looking for patterns that will help us along, but please feel free to share any you have.

Oh, and let me get back to you on the deadline.  Still trying to figure out the best goal and deadline for this one :-)

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!!!  Rosie's Cozies is such a blessing to so many, and it could not be what it is without you!

(and a quick side note--for those of you who have non-holiday hats finished, please still send them!)

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Checking In

I need to apologize.  I have been quite absent lately, and I really have no excuse.  Right now I haven't been crocheting much, so there hasn't been much to talk about.  Weather is warming up, so I have fewer orders, and every once in awhile I find that I take some long breaks from all my hooking.

With that being said, I do have some stuff coming up for little baby newborns :-)  I have a cocoon, some hats, and a new niece who will be here on July 1!

I still have quite a few Ready to Ship items if you are looking for something!  Not loads of newborn stuff, but maybe something for this fall???

So, this was just quick little check in to let you know that I am still here, and hope to pick up my hooks again soon!  Am I the only one who has crocheting lulls, or can anyone relate?

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Beginner's Dishcloth

I am part of a MOPS group and for our April Mom's Night Out I have agreed to help teach the group how to crochet!  How much more fun does it get for me than to hang out with a bunch of women, eating good food, and crocheting?!?!  I had searched for a good starting project, but just didn't find much I was thrilled with.  I finally decided to write up my own dishcloth pattern.  I wanted to make sure that it gave a beginner ample time to practice the sc, because I feel once you master this, the other stitches come easy.  I also wanted to make sure it also was a pattern that worked in rows and in rounds. Below is what I came up with.  Enjoy!

Hook: H
Yarn: Sugar 'n Cream

sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
slst = slip stitch

Chain 26
Row 1: 1 sc in second chain from hook and in each chain across. Chain 1. Turn (25 sc)
Row 2: 1 sc in each stitch across. Chain 1. Turn (25 sc)
Rows 3-28: Repeat Row 2
Row 29: 1 sc in each stitch across. Chain 3 (counts as dc). DO NOT TURN. You will now work in rounds to complete edging.

2 dc in same stitch as chain 3 to make the first corner. Work dcs evenly across edge of piece until you reach next corner. 3 dc in corner. Now work along beginning chain, work dcs across until next corner. 3 dc in corner. Work dcs evenly across edge of piece until you reach the beginning chain 3. Join with a slst to top of chain 3. Finish off.

Chain 4, (dc, chain 3, slst) into first chain.  (chain 3, dc, chain 3, slst) into first chain 4 times.  Finish off.   Sew to dishcloth.

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