These Hawaiian Waves Carry Memories

“Who goes to Hawaii for the weekend?” my coworker teased me. Well, I was going. Actually, it was a long weekend.

I’ve learned that one of the keys to happiness in traveling is being able to enjoy an experience without being concerned that “I don’t have enough time.” Simply being grateful for the chance to be there brings a lot of joy out of a few days. And my Waikiki weekend was one of those especially joyful times.

Hawaiian_LullabyThe flight to Honolulu, sitting next to two lovely older ladies, was how I began this vacation-appropriate pattern, “Stroller Blankie” by Lion Brand. (Lion Brand’s patterns are free on their website, but you need to register an email address to have access to their pattern galleries.) It’s made with Lion Brand’s “Ice Cream” yarn in “Lemon Swirl.” Continue reading

Patterns I Love: Who’s Sleepy Owl Afghan by Lion Brand

I love Lion Brand patterns, and this is one of my favorites.

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This photo is a detail of my completedWho’s Sleepy Owl Afghan.” The pattern uses Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn, which is rich in color and soft to the touch. The chunky yarn makes the afghan suitable for a play or nap mat or even a wall hanging.

It was a relatively fast project for me to complete because the chunky yarn works up quickly. The pieces are crocheted separately and then joined. I used invisible thread to sew them together firmly to withstand little fingers. Continue reading

Crochet for Charity: Bridget’s Cradles

Losing a baby before birth or shortly thereafter is heartbreaking. But mothers who have lost children say that the simplest things can mean so much to them when they are grieving.

BridgetsCradlesAbout a year ago I volunteered to make a few tiny hats for a project started by a mother named Amanda in memory of her extremely premature son, Robby. She wanted to collect hundreds of caps for the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) that took care of her and her baby. She said the handmade cap she was given in the hospital was the only thing she had left to hold onto after he died, and it meant so much to her.

The August 2016 issue of Crochet World features a story about another project that helps parents facing infant loss: Bridget’s Cradles. Bridget’s Cradles is a nonprofit started by a woman named Ashley whose mother knitted a tiny “cradle” for Ashley to hold her baby in. Continue reading

Pattern: Little Crown Easy Newborn Cap

Want to make your own gift for a new mother but don’t have a lot of time? This “Little Crown” newborn cap takes me about an hour and a half to make.

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The pattern is simple, but the brim edging gives the cap a distinctive look. It’s a perfect project for the last-minute baby shower or for those times when you’d just like to tell a mother-to-be, “I’m thinking of you and wishing you well.” It should fit a newborn or preemie.

This pattern is an exclusive for TheStitchinMommy.com. Go visit Amy and see her beautiful, free crochet creations!

Welcome to St. Clement’s Daughter!

Thank you for visiting! My name is Kathryn. I have been crocheting since I was a child and especially enjoy making blankets and clothing for babies and children. I look for unusual, eye-catching patterns that would make stunning gifts.

My Etsy shop, St. Clement’s Island, features colorful handmade gifts for babies and children, specialty layettes, and creative patterns. Every item is made with love and attention to detail. I am always adding items, so please mark St. Clement’s Island on Etsy as a “favorite” to see the new arrivals. You also can find me on Pinterest and Ravelry.