Sunday, October 27, 2013

Crochet Hook Holder

For my birthday, a few weeks back, we decided to take a family trip to Jamesport, Missouri. For those of you who don't know what's so special about Jamesport, it's an old Amish Town, filled with the beauty that only the Amish could give it. A simplicity fills the town, and an air of peace is over the place. It's so far out there that there is no cell service, at least not with Sprint. It was a nice break from the constant humming of cell phones and people asking for this or that. Gorgeous place.

We took the day and just walked around, looking at different places. One place we found was an amazing little craft store called Sue's Soft Stuff. In this store, she had hand spun yarns, and lots of gorgeous textiles. One thing that I found was an amazing set of wooden crochet hooks.

Yes, I made these boot cuffs for my boots. Here's the pattern Boot cuffs

When I saw these hooks, I about fainted. It's incredible hard to find a set of hooks, ranging from size 4.0 to 9 in a pack, that won't cost you an arm and a leg! There was no price on them, so when I asked, she offered to sell them all for $10! I had to hide my enthusiasm at such an amazing deal! I can't get 1 wooden hook for $10 here in the city! After paying for my purchase, we continued to look around for more amazing deals.

There's a small country store called Jamesport Country Store, where they sell the cheapest bulk items anywhere. I was able to get 20 pounds of apples for $4.70 total! Not per pound, but 20 pounds for $4.70. They also had many other amazing items, including the coolest whisk I've ever owned!

But, I digress. Once I found these hooks, I knew that I had to make a hook holder for them. Right now I have a fabric pencil case that I use to hold my metal and plastic hooks, but there was no way I was going to put my prized wooden hooks in there! So, I looked around and found an amazing pattern for a gorgeous book like holder. Crochet Hook Holder Pattern

The one problem I had with the pattern was as it was written I couldn't fit even my smallest hook in the case. I made it exactly as she wrote it, following it to the letter, but perhaps because it's made for aluminum hooks, instead of wooden ones, they would not slide in there at all! Forget about the larger hooks fitting, the smallest one wouldn't fit! So, I had to improvise and  'rewrite' the pattern myself.

Basically I did everything that she mentioned to do in the pattern, except when it came to the pouch part. I started out following like she said, but I added 2 addition rows of stitches. The first stitch I added was either a double crochet (for the larger hooks) or a half double crochet (for the smaller ones). On the 2nd stitch I added a single crochet. This made the pouches large enough so when I joined the pouch to the rest of the piece the hooks actually fit. And here's the finished product!

This antique looking button I've had for a long time, and I have clue where I got it.

Instead of doing a 5th pouch, on the left hand side, I just continued to do the double crochet so I could have a spot for small scissors and darning needles.

I absolutely love how this turned out and it's so sturdy too! My hooks are secure and safe from being broken from other hooks. I realize that I have more than 11 hooks in my case, that's because I had 3 hooks that I had collected in the past. I just paired up sizes so I wouldn't have to make more pouches.

I think the next project I do will be to make these adorable Knight Helmet hats for the boys. Jackasaurus' hat, that I made a few years ago, is to small and Alexsaur would love this hat too. I've already bought the pattern, now I just need to get started on them! I'll post my review on that pattern as soon as I'm done!

Until Next Time,

Saturday, October 26, 2013


It's been awhile since I last posted, so I thought that I would share what is going on in our prehistoric household!

School is in full swing, and going really well. Jackasaurus is breezing through math, and learning his addition facts through 20. His favorite subject (no big surprise) is Language Arts. The child loves to read, and is tackling massive chapter books! He easily understands and can read large words and learns more everyday! He's easily reading at a 2nd- 3rd grade level right now. We're thinking of having him tested to make sure that we are challenging him enough for his grade level. Kinda scary that he's only 5!

Mopsy has taken to Kindergarten and run with it. She wanted so badly to learn to read, so she could be like big brother, and has really pushed herself. She can already sound out hundreds of words, and learns more everyday. She felt so proud that she read a couple of readers all by herself, without mom's help! I think I'll have another bookworm on my hands in a few months!

Alexsaur is learning lots too. I have several math games, that use pentominoes, and he loves to make the shapes out of them. He also loves his flashcards, and can easily tell you what each letter, number, and shape are already. I have no doubt that if he keeps at this rate, he'll be starting preschool next year. You can see in his small face how much he wants to be like his big brother and sister, and he's pushing himself to get there. A part of me wants to hold him back, so he can stay my little baby a bit longer, but that wouldn't be fair to him.

I find that having the schedule of schooling makes our days a lot easier and smoother. The kids love the rare day off, but even then they love to take out the plain paper and make up math problems, or write stories. I am so blessed to have 3 children who love to learn, want to learn more, and desire to push themselves. It definitely makes my job, as teacher, easier if I don't have to try and coax them to do their work. If anything, I have to try and find more work for them to do, as they want to learn more. I can only pray that this intensity continues!

One thing I wanted to share was a really cool tool I found in the toy section at Wal-Mart. Jackasuarus was having a hard time coming up with an original story every day. Yes, he has to write a story every day. I want him to understand how to write, and it gives him a chance to write out his millions of stories he loves to tell me. After doing school for about a month, he suddenly "had no more ideas in his head". His words, not mine! Anyway, these story cubes were the answer that he needed!

Not at all bad for a 5 year old, and he loves being able to roll the story cubes out and create his story. The thing to remember about homeschooling is to make it fun. I think that can really sum up the success we've had thus far. The kids don't see it as boring work that they have to do, but it's fun. Jackasuarus wants to be an Air Force Pilot when he grows up, and he knows that he has to be really good at math and science to have a successful career in it, so he makes every math problem into a game where he has to do it to fly an airplane. Make school fun, and you'll be surprised at where they will take it!

Until Next Time,

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