Immigrants or Pioneers Part 2

I am not asking to be called anything but Italian? Don’t say!


Matthew 13:44 The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field

The myth that the streets were paved with gold clashed harshly with the reality that my grandparents faced as they found themselves in the cold confines of Ellis Island waiting for approval to enter the city of New York. Yet despite the struggles they faced in a new and strange land they came with determination to begin a new life. These weren’t the classic “Pioneers” with covered wagons, but they were none the less bravely facing the same kinds of challenges.

Though my grandfather could have decided to live in an Italian neighborhood insulated from the culture around him, he chose his own path. America was his new home and he was determined to…

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God’s Gifts

Like turtles!


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And are of unimaginable worth!

013_13Matthew 2:11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with His mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

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Misfit Spotted Elephant



He’s so cute! I can’t figure out why him having spots made him a misfit… I think it made him cuter!!


G hook
White yarn in worsted weight ( I used loops and threads impeccable )
Poly fil stuffing
Yarn needle
Black felt for eyes
For spots: either pink yarn or pink felt
Purple felt for toes

Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. ( sc 2, inc )5x – 20
5. ( sc 3, inc )5x – 25
6. ( sc 4, inc )5x – 30
7. sc around – 30
8. ( sc 5, inc )5x – 35
9. ( sc 6, inc )5x – 40
10. ( sc 7, inc )5x – 45
11 – 16. sc around – 45 each row
17. ( sc…

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Complimentary Pattern: Textured Headband/Ear-warmer

This has more feeling and stretch involved.

The Cotton Gin

I’ve updated this pattern to include a button closure. See this post.

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I’ve been working on a design for a headband. My version is all one piece and works up quite quick. It only uses three stitches, slip, sc and dc. I also used a chainless foundation technique to keep it from tightening up on one edge. This pattern ended up fitting an adult woman. You can change your hook size or decrease the number of stitches by an even number to adjust the circumference.

Worsted Weight Yarn

H – Hook

Stitches used: chainless foundation slip stitch (fslst), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc) & double crochet (dc). Worked in rounds after the second row.

Row 1: Leaving at least a 6″ tail, using the chainless foundation method, work 60 fslst. Join with slip stitch into the first stitch creating a large ring.


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