Flamingo Sleep Masks

Good Morning Bauble Heads!  Two weeks ago, I received a request for custom flamingo masks.  Most of you already know that I have a variety of masks, including sheep and pandas.  Making a flamingo one never even crossed my mind.  But you know me, I aim to please.  So I quickly agreed and with the help of my lovely wife, who sketched it out for me, I was able to create this pattern.  Enjoy and if you happen to make one, share your pics with me!

Flamingo Sleep Masks

Flamingo Sleep Masks - Bobbles & Baubles

MATERIALS
Size J Crochet Hook
Size H Crochet Hook
I skein of yarn (I used Vanna’s Choice Yarn in Pink)
Black yarn for the eyes, tip of beak and straps
White yarn for the eyes
White Cotton Fabric
Stitch Marker (or safety pin)
Yarn Needle
Sewing Needle
White thread
Disappearing Ink Fabric Marker

INSTRUCTIONS
MASK (with J hook)
R1:      Ch 6.  2 sc in 2nd ch from hook.  Sc in next 3.  2 sc in last.  Ch 1.  Turn. (7)
R2:      Sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn (7)
R3:      2 sc in first.  Sc  in next 5.  2 sc in last.  Ch 1.  Turn (9)
R4-8:  Sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn. (9)
R9:     Sc 2tog.  Sc in next 5.  Sc 2tog.  Ch 1.  Turn (7)
R10:   Sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn. (7)
R11:   Sc 2tog.  Sc in next 5.  Ch 1.  Turn (6)
R12:   Sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn. (6)
R13:   2 sc in first.  Sc in next 5.  Ch 1.  Turn (7)
R14:   Sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn (7)
R15:   2 sc in first.  Sc in next 5.  2 sc in last.  Ch 1.  Turn (9)
R16-20:  Sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn (9)
R21:   Sc 2tog.  Sc in next 5.  Sc 2tog.  Ch 1.  Turn (7)
R22:  Sc in each st across.  Ch 1.  Turn (7)
R23:  Sc 2tog.  Sc in next 3.  Sc 2tog.  Ch 1.  Turn (5)
R24:  Sc in each st across.  DO NOT TURN.  Continue to sc around the entire mask.  Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

EYES (With H hook, make 2)
Rnd1:  With black, 4 sc in magic ring.  Join and change color to white.
Rnd2:  In back loops, dc in same st.  2 dc in next 2 sts.  2 sc in next.  Join.  fasten off, leaving a long tail for weaving in

BEAK (with H hook)
NOTE:  leave a long tail for sewing in the beginning (round 1, before chaining 12) because this is the row that will be attached to the mask)
Rnd1:  With Pink.  Ch 12.  Making sure to keep chain straight, join with sl st to first ch.  Place stitch marker (you will be moving it up as you complete each round)
Rnd2-3:  Sc in each st across.
Rnd4-5:  Sc 2tog.  Sc in each st across.
CHANGE TO BLACK
Rnd6:  Sc 2tog.  Sc in each st across
Rnd7:  Sc 2tog twice.  Sc in each st across
Rnd8:  Sc in each st across
Rnd9-10:  Sc 2tog across.  Finish off.  weave in ends.

Flamingo Sleep Mask - Bobbles & Baubles

Attach eyes and beak to  mask as shown in picture above.

STRAPS (make 2)
Cut two 22″ strips of black yarn and two 22″ strips of pink yarn.
With yarn needle, thread them evenly through side of mask.  Braid and knot at the bottom.
Repeat for other side.  Trim.

TUFT
Cut a small amount of yarn (at least 4 pieces).  Thread through top of mask (see picture for placement) and tie in a knot.  trim as necessary.

Flamingo Sleep Masks - Bobbles & Baubles

LINING 
With fabric Marker, place mask over fabric and trace around it.  Cut fabric just below tracing. Place it on the back of mask and trim if necessary.  Using a blanket stitch, sew around the edges of fabric.

Flamingo Sleep Masks - Bobbles & Baubles

*Whew*  That was a long one!  I hope you enjoy making these masks.  Try them with different shades of pink as I did or go a little crazy and use other fun colors!   Happy Hooking!

Welcome Fall

It’s been so long since I have updated that I don’t even know where to begin. So I’ll give you brief recap! The summer flew by this year!! Did anyone else think so? I for one am so happy that we’ve gone back into the routine of things; it makes life so much easier.

It was a lovely summer: my youngest went to Girl Scout Horse Camp for 2 weeks, my oldest went to NYC and stayed with her grandmother for 2 weeks and my wife and I recently celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary!! I guess we can no longer refer to ourselves as newlyweds. We took a 2 week vacation to Cape Cod, where we went for our honeymoon (where we have gone every year for the past 4 years). I love it there. It is my dream location. The water, the sand, the quaint little shops, the friendly people… I just can’t get enough of it! But now it’s back to the real world of work, and school, and laundry and bills… yuck!

However, I am super happy to be back on my blog! I’ve missed you all. I was also busy creating lots of new things! Some were given to family and friends and others made their way to my Etsy shop. Here is just a sample (click on the pic to go directly to the shop):

il_570xN.502374211_e6dz il_570xN.503489857_5jhy il_570xN.504361377_oej9 il_570xN.487146755_jv3z

il_570xN.507296045_o7sj

Before I sign off for the day… I wanted to let you all know that effective this week, I will be posting one free pattern every Friday. Let’s call it FREE PATTERN FRIDAY. I’m looking forward to it. It will keep me motivated to create new projects. If there is anything you would like to see, post a comment below and I’ll try my best to make it happen.

Finally… Check out my Facebook, a new giveaway will be posted tonight! Until Friday baubleheads!!

Busy as a Bee

I had an extremely productive weekend.  Shall I say, even more productive than when I did this?  Well, maybe a different kind of productive.  This weekend, I opened up an Etsy store!!!  I am so exited about this new venture.  Because of this, I’ve started making things other than afghans.  I figured this is just the thing to give me a much needed push out of my afghan rut.  I have quite enjoyed making all sorts of new things to put in the store. I’ll be adding more products to the store as the weeks go by.   Here’s what I’ve accomplished thus far:

Bedtime owl sleep masks

Bedtime owl sleep masks

Retro Flower Pot Holders

Retro Flower Pot Holders

photo 2

Sets of 6 crocheted caoasters

PH 1

A few sets of pot holders in varying designs and colors

I also started making bags and am putting a efw of them up.  Here’s one:

BOHO 1

Reversible Boho bag

And of course, all of the afghans that I make and feature on my blog will be available for purchase.  I am so excited about this.  Even if nothing sells, that’s ok.  The fact that i have accomplished this much is a reward in and of itself!  This blog and now the Etsy store has made me push my crafting limits, I have been able to make so many more things in these past few months than I have in the past few years!  And everyone who has read the blog, left positive remarks and have sent me e-mails and questions have all kept me pushing to be better.  Thank you!