Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Fabulous Flower - Free Crochet Pattern

Fabulous Flower - Free Crochet Pattern

During my years of crocheting, there was something I could never get right - flowers. Every time I made one I did it a different way, partly because I couldn't remember how I did it the time before, and partly because the time before never looked how I wanted it too. I finally got it to come out right so I wrote up the pattern quick before I forgot! :)

This cute flower would be a great addition to many items. Hats, headbands, bags, etc. Or it could become a hair clip or pin. It can be used so many different ways for so many things!

Important Notes:
*You are welcome to sell items made from this pattern, but please do not sell this pattern. I would love it if you linked back here though!
*If you think any corrections should be made to this pattern, please let me know!
*All abbreviations used in patterns are explained here.

Finished Size:
Depend on what size hook and yarn you use. Mine with an I hook and worsted weight yarn turned out to be about 3 in wide, with the top flower being about 1.5 in wide.

-Yarn of Choice (I used worseted weight)
-Size hook of choice (I used an I hook)
-Yarn Needle


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Baby Apple Hat - Free Crochet Pattern

Baby Apple Hat - Free Crochet Pattern
Happy September!

Today's new fun pattern goes with the season - an apple hat!

Important Notes:
*You are welcome to sell items made from this pattern, but please do not sell this pattern. I would love it if you linked back here though!
*If you think any corrections should be made to this pattern, please let me know!
*All abbreviations used in patterns are explained here.

Finished Size:
Right now pattern is only available in a newborn size.

-Worsted weight yarn of choice, in red (or apple color of choice), small amount of green (leaf), and small amount of brown (stem).
-G and I hook
-Yarn Needle


Monday, August 12, 2013


I have badly neglected this blog, that much I know.

Most of the things I'm making these days are for orders, and repeats of hats you've probably already seen here. And anything else? Well, I always forget to post it. Also, I don't know why, but I can never get posts to flow right when I'm posting about stuff I make, so they sound weird and I don't like to do them.

So I'm gonna make some changes here on For His Glory Handiwork.

In the past I've occasionally shared a few patterns. Now, that's about all I'll be sharing!

Lots and lots of free patterns coming soon to you my lovely crocheting friends. Free patterns are about all I use, and all I want to offer to you!

I'll be adding them to Ravelry, and have an easy way to view them here on the blog. I'll also have things up like what abbreviations stand for, and helpful links to size charts and things.

I'll be sharing some other things too like links to some of my favorite patterns, and other crafting related stuff, but mostly new patterns.

Along with this change, the blog will look a little different soon! :)

Also, if you don't have a good way to follow along and get new updates for posts and patterns here, I will be making a facebook page soon too, so watch for that.

Looking forward to the changes the future will bring here! Thanks for following along!

P.S. Two of the things I used to post about here are Block Party Updates, which can now be found HERE. And updates about my business, Handiwork for Orphans, which can now be found HERE.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Block Party 2013!

This past Saturday was the 4th Annual Block Party! Pictures first!

*Formatting may not show up correctly in google reader or email, you may want to view directly on the blog. Sorry for the picture overload. I couldn't choose favorites. :)
All the blocks not already laid out into blankets
Jim couldn't be outdone by Gary! :)
These 3 played together all day!
Rachel and I - How did I get so lucky to get such an amazing best friend??
"How do you get this thing in here again??" Link's wife made over half the blocks this year as she did last year!
Making new friends while they work
Hey look! There's me sewing.. proof I actually do sew! ;)
First finished blanket!
Another one done!
Finishing up the pink one!
Repairing some "issues" with this one - these two ladies are a hoot... that's all I'm gonna say.
All done!
And the last one of the day done! It was decided we weren't leaving until it was finished, so finish it we did!
Now that you've seen the day in picture's let talk about the day in numbers... :)

I was a bit concerned with the snow that we wouldn't have a very good turn out, but we did, with a total of almost 30 people coming to help sew!

We had 6 big blankets (twin size) pre-laid out before everyone arrived. We finished all six and another big one, with a total of 7 big (twin size) blankets sewed!

We had near 1300 blocks donated before the Block Party, and more were brought the day of, with a total of 1769 blocks for this year!

Thank you so much to Jill, Anna, Rachel, Isaac, Rebekah, Anita, Betty, Amy, Lora, Jenny, Sydney, Hazel, Ellie, Ellie, Tracy, Darlene, Jim, Jeanne, Laurie, Diane, Link, Sheri, Lisa, Lisa, Rochelle, Klara, Jocelyn, Heather, and anyone else I missed for coming and helping sew!!!!

And thank you from the bottom of my heart to every single person who made blocks, whether it was 1 or 1000, each one mattered!

Many people will feel the love stitched into each blanket, and they will be blessed because of your efforts. Each blanket and block is bring some joy and hope into the lives of the hopeless in Ukraine. Thank you!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Block Party Update!

Yup. So I failed at keeping this blog updated about the Block Party.

Contrary to previously announced date, the Block Party HAS NOT happened yet. It's being held a week from tomorrow, on February 23rd (we moved it from the 2nd mainly due to me traveling).

Here's this year's flier.

And please go visit our new website! - Block Party Let me know what you think!

Please don't forget to RSVP if you are coming, and thank you so much for your support with this project!!!

Looking forward to the 23rd! :)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Slippers for Valla

In 2010, while in Ukraine, I made slippers for a sweet old lady at an adult mental institution. He name was Valla. A couple months later I blogged about it here. This is what I shared:
Most of the time we ministered in an adult handicapped home. We were at the facility most of the time but we also took them to outings to the beach a couple of times. We also go to visit the teen dorms, new mother dorms, baby orphanage, and children’s handicapped facility. There are only about 15 ladies at the adult handicapped home, and 300 men. One of these ladies is named Valla. From what I heard after, she had talked to almost everyone on our team (through a translator) and it just happened to be me who she talked to when she said she needed new slippers, because the ones she was wearing were getting old and had holes in them. I told her I would make some new ones and bring them to her next time I saw her. So I was able to go back to our apartment that night and crochet her a pair of slippers. I brought them to her the next day, and she loved them and kept saying how beautiful they were. It was so special to me that I was able to see what my hobby could do in the life of one of the lost and forgotten of Ukraine. I hope they fit her as she didn’t try them on as she was saving them for winter.
That was 2.5 years ago. Assuming she was wearing them all winter (or year) long, they would have been long worn out by now. When I heard that the mom of the kids I am staying with was going to that institution while she was in Ukraine, I knew I had to make Valla new slippers and send them with Stephanie. (She is in the same city I was, and I was at also the orphanage their new little guy is at.)
Here is Sasha (a sweet guy with Ds I also met at the institution, Valla, and Stephanie (the mom). It sounds like she really liked them... Stephanie said: Valla got her slippers today. She wouldn't let go of my hand. The boy in the photo has a toothache. His face is even swollen. Pray for these lovely people please.

It breaks my heart. They have nothing, and no hope. I can't be in there in person to minister to them and show them the love of Jesus, but I am soo blessed to be able to show Valla and others that they are loved in this small way and keep their feet warm.

"Preach the gospel always, when necessary use words." - St. Francis of Assisi 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

He likes my hat.

For those of you who don't follow my other blog... I am back in KS with the family I was with in December. I'm back because their mama had to go back and bring home their new brother for good!!! This little man is one of the little ones I'm taking care of.

He likes my hat. He was smiling like crazy kept putting it back on when he would take it off. Love him!

So, not that it hasn't been, but forgive me if my blogging is a bit sparse in the next few weeks. I am getting lots of crocheting done for some reason (I can't figure it out!), but not much worth blogging about or anything DONE enough to blog about. :)

But.. one of the other little ones found my camera yesterday, and so here is a rarely seen picture of a work in progress. ;)

If you want, you can follow along on my other blog - What it Means to Love.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Little Lion

A friend of ours asked me to make a lion hat for her little one's lion themed birthday. It was fun to make and a pain to make at the same time, but she really liked it, and he is absolutely ADORABLE in it, so it was worth it.

Love this little man!! Can't believe he is one already!!