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Day 2 of the 12 days of Christmas – NICU Charity Challenge

Have you signed up for the challenge yet? There is still plenty of time, but I urge you to sign up TODAY! :)

Watch this breathtaking video to see why your help is needed! <3

This is just a sample collage of photos sent in by some of the amazing folks who have joined in the challenge. So far, there are over 200 volunteers all over the world making these tiny little hats for these tiny little people.
1 day collage

Please join us by entering the challenge here and signing up for the daily newsletter. A new pattern will be delivered to your email daily for 20 days, along with some bonus patterns courtesy of Bonnie, the founder and host of the 2014 4th annual NICU Charity Challenge at Sunset Family Living! Follow the progress on Facebook here.

Happily making my hats today and enjoying every stitch!

<3 Wendy

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Twelve days of Christmas, 12 Hats – NICU Charity Challenge!

What a wonderful feeling to share this post with you all today. A very worthy cause is underway, starting today! The 4th Annual NICU Charity Challenge – 12 days of Christmas founded and hosted by Bonnie at Sunset Family Living – read all about what drives Bonnie to do the Challenge year after year here. Last year alone there were over 25,000 hats lovingly made and gifted to NICUs all over the world – this year it is expected there will be a great deal more – especially with your help!

Twenty incredible designers have each contributed patterns to this challenge that you’ll get simply for joining the challenge. These hats are adorable!! When you join the challenge, you’ll receive each of the patterns via email. You are welcome to use all of the patterns, only one of the patterns, or any combination of repeats (or your own patterns) to make your 12 hats. We ask that you share a photo of your finished hats with us before you drop them off to your local hospital/birthing center/NICU. You can post the photos to Bonnie’s Facebook page or you can email them to her. Photos will be posted on the blog and on Facebook so that all participants can enjoy the results. To receive the patterns and join the challenge, enter here to subscribe to the challenge patterns newsletter. You’ll receive a new pattern each day of the challenge, beginning the day you subscribe.NICU Charity Challenge - 12 days of Christmas by Sunset Family Living

Are you up for the challenge? Join me and the hundreds of other yarnists all over the world by simply signing up! So come join the Challenge and make up some tiny little hats for tiny little people who need to spend a bit of time in a NICU near you. If you don’t have a NICU facility nearby, Bonnie has a list of hospitals who will gladly accept your donation.

Designer Badge

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I personally will be proudly wearing two of the badges available for the challenge this year! A Featured Designer badge and an I’m Making Hats badge. The local Birthing Center in Roseville, California will be the recipient of my hats <3

Hats “on” to the wee ones all over the world spending time in the NICU!

<3 Wendy

Wendy’s Weekly Pattern Picks, Vol 3

With the colder weather setting in, thought it may be time to share some gloves, mittens, wristers and fingerless mitts with you this week – some paid, some free!

Here’s a little history on glove fashion throughout the ages and a great read! Gloves Through History

The photo collage has a coordinating number to the links provided below for you <3

wendy's weekly pattern picks vol3

  1. Bow WOW! Wristers Houndstooth fingerless gloves
  2. Moroccan Midnight Fingerless Mitts
  3. Owl Mittens
  4. Crochet Mittens (baby to Adult)
  5. Sweetheart Wrist Warmers
  6. Rowan’s Wristies
  7. Sam Mittens
  8. Lacy Fingerless Mitts Gloves
  9. iMittens (texting gloves)
  10. It’s a Hoot! Owl texting gloves
  11. Superhero mitts & hat set
  12. Scalloped baby hat and mitts
  13. Crochet Mittens with wavy border
  14. Outlander Tartan Fingerless Mitts
  15. Fingerless Glove Sleeves
  16. Ari Wrap Wristers

Enjoy this round-up of “warm hands”!

<3 Wendy

Wendy’s Weekly Pattern Picks, Vol 2

This week in “Wendy’s Weekly Pattern Picks” feature, I’ve rounded up 16 links to both free and paid patterns for the babies – preemies and newborns! I encourage all of you during this season to crochet up a few and gift them to your local NICU! There is also a wonderful NICU Crochet Challenge coming up on the 20th – and I’ll give you all the details soon… So be sure to subscribe to this blog, so you don’t miss the announcement and sign up sheet!

I’ve included my newest pattern in this roundup – the Baby Sophia Cloche, written for both the preemie and newborn babes <3

Please add it to your favorites and queues on Ravelry!

Wendys Weekly Pattern Picks, Vol 2

Here’s our lineup for this edition of Wendy’s Weekly Pattern Picks~

  1.  Baby Sophia Cloche
  2. Preemie/Newborn Vintage Style Bonnet
  3. Olivia’s Preemie Hat
  4. Wrapped With Love Preemie Hat
  5. Little Hoot Owl
  6. Patchy Puppy Dog
  7. Perfect Fit Newsboy
  8. Teddy Bear Hat
  9. Preemie Elf Hat
  10. Knight’s Hat
  11. Diagonal Weave Bonnet
  12. Hello Little Pumpkin Head
  13. Valentine’s Heart Bonnet
  14. Preemie Tiger Cub
  15. Baby Bonnet Preemie
  16. Zane’s Beanie

So there we have it friends, 16 pattern links for the Wee Ones!

<3 Wendy


Let the PIN-spiration Party BEGIN!

How fun to be the “featured blogger” this week with Amy & Rhondda and their PIN-spiration Link up Party! Thank you wonderful ladies for the nod! Be sure to grab your button from the PIN-spiration link below, and add it to your sidebar on your blog, so others can Pin and Link! Come and join in the FUN – pinning, pinning, pinning and linking, linking, linking!

Meet Your Hosts:

Amy from The Stitchin’ Mommy


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Rhondda from Oombawka Design

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Our picks of the week:

Amys Picks

(left) Chocolate Hersheys Cookie & Creme Cupcake - City of Creative Dreams
(right) Metallic Painted Pinecones Blooming Homestead

rhonddas picks

(left) Brick Wall Boot Cuffs - Crochet for You
(right) Caramel Apple Nachos The Pin Junkie

Featured Blogger:

This week our featured blogger is the lovely Wendy from The Hooked Haberdasher


I was blessed with two dear Grandmothers who were wonderfully gifted and loved all the arts of handcrafting. At their knee, a wee little blonde girl learned the fine art of crochet under their wise and talented tutelage. Now that little girl has grown up and enjoys a lifestyle that affords me the time to put hooks, yummy yarns and fibers back into my hands, returning to the joy and fun of the art of handcrafted crochet. I am awed by the talent and creative patterns of modern new designers, continuing to enjoy the beauty of vintage designs and modern rustic as well. My hands are never idle, designing, crocheting and blogging. The Hooked Haberdasher website and blog debuted nearly a year ago, and it has been a very fun adventure; especially sharing and meeting others who, like me, love the fiber arts. 
Here are two great posts from Wendy’s blog:
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You can find and follow Wendy on these social media platforms:

Facebook Ravelry  | Website | Etsy 

Check out all of the projects that have been featured here plus some of the party favorites on our Tuesday PIN-spiration Pinterest Board: 

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Link your pins by following the grahic link below!!!


  Thanks for partying with us! See you next week!

 By linking up to Tuesday Pin-spiration, you are allowing the use of your pictures if you are featured here. Please note that your pictures will NOT be used for personal use. A proper backlink to your site will always be provided!

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