November 05, 2018

My 20th Design! Square Owl Hat

My 20th Design Square Owl Hat - AnnaVirginia FashionThis month marks the release of my 20th crochet pattern! I've been designing since 2010, when my first daughter was an infant. I have continued to design as I've had three more children after her!

I'm always designing in my mind, but if you've written a crochet pattern, you know it takes time. But I love it!

This Square Owl Hat was originally designed back in about 2011, but has evolved a lot since then and finally been written out, edited, and published in a magazine! The pattern includes sizes from NEWBORN to LARGE ADULT! So you can make one for anyone--any size--in your list of family and friends to give gifts to.  Which is why it's in the magazine issue called "Great for Gifting."

The yarn used on these hats is Aran Weight, and doesn't use much at all.  Aside from the main colors of the hat, the tassels, braid tassels, owl eyes, and beak are all great scrap busters since those parts don't use much yarn at all. Even the main colors on the hat don't use too much yarn, either!
My 20th Design Square Owl Hat - AnnaVirginia Fashion
Until January 2019, this pattern will be exclusively in the Happily Hooked digital magazine (and in limited print copies mid-December).  The digital magazine is available at Ravelry for $7.99USD and includes 9 additional patterns from various designers and articles related to crochet! After that, you will be able to purchase the pattern directly from my Ravelry page if interested.

Happy Holidays!
My 20th Design Square Owl Hat - AnnaVirginia Fashion
Clockwise around: Red/Gray Hat - Large Adult
Pink/Black - Small Adult
Blue/Brown - Large Child
Orange/Cream - Small Child
Gray/Black - Infant
Green/Red - Newborn

My 20th Design Square Owl Hat - AnnaVirginia Fashion

September 06, 2018

Accidental Pixie Grow-Out!

So, I've been busy working on all kinds projects, and blogging in my brain! But I'm finally sitting down to type this part out.

I've got another magazine-released pattern in the works, so keep your eyes open for the announcement! I can't say much yet except that I'm really, really excited about this one!

In the meanwhile, I've also been working on trying out some other patterns and I'll post about those soon. Basically I've followed some other patterns for a project here and there and I want to post my edits here on the blog.

Today's post, though, is about hair. I got a haircut, but I wanted it pretty short but the stylist didn't get it quite how I wanted it. It was okay, but I've got curly hair and I thought it made my hair shape very triangular. So she offered to fix it and I went back and the re-cut was even worse in a new way! I guess I'm not good at explaining what I want! And maybe it wasn't a style that works with my hair? Either way, with my wavy hair, it looked like a great-grandma haircut with a flat spot. So I hated it. I've never hated a haircut before... My hair usually is pretty flexible with various bad cuts, but I guess it met its match.
Anna Virginia Fashion - Pixie Grow-Out
Top photos are the first attempt
Middle photo is what I was going for
Bottom photos are the re-cut.
I found another hairstylist and got her opinion, and she trimmed it up so at least it would look like an intentional pixie. This adjustment made me think of Julie Andrews in "The Sound of Music."  Not my preferred style but at least it had style!

It's been a year since then and my hair has grown a lot! I wanted to show how long it can grow in a year. Here are some pictures... I have a hard time making it totally straight even when I try!
Anna Virginia Fashion - Pixie Grow-Out
Top Left: Pixie Straight; Top Right: Pixie Curly
Bottom Left: Year Later Straight; Bottom Right: Year Later Curly
Plus, I've learned a lot about my wavy/curly hair! It's curlier than ever which has been fun, although it looks shorter than it really is thanks to "shrinkage" (that's a curly-term for how long your hair looks versus how long it actually is). I have been shampooing with actual shampoo only once or twice a week, and instead doing co-washing ("washing" with conditioner). I've been on a medication that dries me out, so I've been co-washing every day for now.

I've noticed that for my hair, mousse works best in the Winter (I've used got2b mousse or Dove style+care mousse), and in the Summer a curl cream or cream gel works best (I've been using Pantene controlling curl creme or Garnier Fructis curl sculpt conditioning cream gel). I've also found that one of these products will work in my hair for a few months and then suddenly it doesn't work as well, so I switch it up. I also use double-prong hair clips to lift up the hair near the roots and pin them in place so that when my hair dries it lays away from my eyes (otherwise my hair dries in front of my face -- not fun!). I take the clips out when my hair is nearly dry.

So, I guess I want to say that if you end up with a haircut you don't like, get it to look good-enough-for-now and then give it some time.  I even had a wedding to go to a couple months after those pixie pictures.  It worked out; I received
lots of compliments! I took pictures once a month to remind myself and document how much it was growing, such a good idea when I was thinking it hand't grown at all!
(P.S. I'm not affiliated with any of these hair products or hair stylists. Any information shared is exactly that: information shared.)

May 01, 2018

My First Time in a Magazine!

I feel like Mike Wazowski, from Monsters Inc., who is excited to be on the cover of a magazine!  I'm not on the cover, but I did get my first pattern published in a magazine.  It's called Happily Hooked magazine and they do monthly digital issues and print issues every other month.

My "debut" is in their May 2018 issue (or in the May/June 2018 in print), shown to the left. I'm so excited!  I have this pattern available for download in several locations for $5.00 (Ravelry, Etsy, and Craftsy).  However, if you're interested, you can purchase the Happily Hooked digital magazine for $7.99 and get several other patterns included.  Not a bad deal. Some of the other patterns in the issue also look fun!

Anyway, I'm pretty excited and so I had to share my news! I'm hoping to get at least one more pattern published in a magazine this year, so keep your eyes open. In the meanwhile, I'm always thinking of more patterns that I can add to my website as well!

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