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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 1

Kickin’ off something new to the blog!!! Wendy’s Weekly Pattern Picks. This week features “It’s In The Bag” – yep, cuz we all need a bag or two or ten! I’ve searched and found all shapes and sizes, free and paid patterns alike. Twenty-five to be exact!

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The numbered pattern photos in the Wendy’s Weekly Pattern Picks photo collage corresponds to the pattern link!

Wendy's Weekly Pattern Picks, Vol 1

  1.  Derek Bag
  2. Dot’s Little Ditty Bag
  3. Nautical Knots Beach Tote Bag
  4. Nordstrom Crochet Hobo Bag
  5. Crochet Star Stitch Tote
  6. Grab and Go Project Bag – Felted
  7. The FatBottom Granny Square Bag
  8. Lady Bug Backpack
  9. Cutie Cupcake
  10. Ruffle Travel Pouch
  11. Flower Purse
  12. Sassy Ruffle Bag
  13. Easy Pleated Crochet Bag
  14. On the Go Makeup Bag
  15. Shimmery Crocodile Stitch Evening Bag
  16. Kelley’s Simple Satchel
  17. Splitty VW Campervan
  18. Watermelon Coin Purse
  19. “Audrey” Clutch
  20. Bonbon Kisses Crochet Pouch
  21. Amazing Grace Tote Bag
  22. Fancy Market Bag
  23. Ice Cream Cone/Cupcake Purse
  24. Bonbon the Owl
  25. Hounds Tooth Tote

Wishing you a wonderful first week of November. Be sure to come back next week to see what I find to share with you on Wendy’s Weekly Pattern Picks!

Happy Crocheting~

<3 Wendy




New Pattern: The Wimple Hood Bandanna Cowl Scarf

When designing this pattern, I knew what I wanted in its fashionable stylishness and the functional versatility of the garment. The criteria had to meet 1) A wimple hood which would also cover the neck and shoulders in a shawl-like fashion;  and 2) A bandanna cowl/scarf that did not need to be tied.

With that criteria in mind and searching for visual inspiration, I hit the internet running!


When I ran across the beautiful Katharine Hepburn photo of her donning her Wimple Hood in the movie “The Lion in Winter”, I knew I had found my inspiration for this now modern rustic medieval garment.

I really needed to study the history and definition of the wimple. Linked to the photo above there is an interesting publication about the original medieval garment at the Center for Medieval & Early Modern Studies, along with a “review” of the accuracy of the costume design of Ms. Hepburn’s wimple hood. Finding the article to be a most interesting and an educational read, I thought I would share the link with you! It is not a very long article, but very accurate in the reasoning behind the medieval garment’s design and history. While the article does indicate that the costume designer’s of Ms. Hepburn’s wimple, got it half-right or “almost” – it is THE inspiration for the crochet pattern garment I have designed.

 I would now like to introduce you to the Wimple Hood Bandanna Cowl Scarf and show you how the pattern has met all of the elemental criteria I was aiming for.

Don’t lose it, add it to your Favorites and Queue it on Ravelry here!

The wimple hood

1wimplecowl4  Wimple Hood Bandanna Cowl Sarf

The neck and shoulder coverage of a cowl, scarf and shawl

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The modern rustic look of the ever popular cowl bandanna scarf

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The pattern is written in standard US terms and offers average women’s sizing of S/M (approx. size range of 6-10) and L/XL (approx. size range of 12-16). The suggested yarn is Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable, using approximately a skein and a half. I used a Sick ‘Lil Monkeys bubble hook, size K, which tends to give me a loose tension; however, most of my testers had to go up a hook size or two to meet the gauge listed in the pattern. So it would be handy to have an L, M or N, just in case you are unable to meet gauge with a size K.

 You can purchase a copy of my Wimple Hood Bandanna Cowl Scarf  crochet pattern on Ravelry. The pattern is listed at the sale price of $3.99 for one week (sale expires 11/9/14, regular price $5.50)

Happy Crocheting!

<3 Wendy

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