After all the holiday crafting I thought it might be nice to relax on the sofa and crochet a little something for myself. First I had to find a pattern that I loved. One that didn't frighten me and that would use up some of my yarn stash.
I started my search on Ravelry and found the Anna Hat pattern. I hadn't thought about purchasing a pattern - I really love free patterns (doesn't everyone?) - but when I saw photos of the Anna Hat and its reasonable price I clicked on over to Etsy to buy The Anna Hat by CrocheTrend.
I used some mid blue Soft Yarn I had in my stash and really love the color. It just fits. Snug is probably good for a hat and I bet it will stretch a bit as I wear it. The pattern was really quite easy to crochet - the instructions were clear and well written. Overall, it probably took me about three hours to crochet while watching TV at the same time.
Only snag I ran across was that my crochet needle didn't fit through the button holes. Luckily I had some embroidery thread almost the same color as my yarn. It did the trick. I also tacked down the corner of the flap to keep it from rolling up.
BTW, if there are any iPhone users out there, I took these photos with ShakeItPhoto. It makes Polaroid inspired photos right on your phone. I absolutely love the effect. If my skin could look that clear and glowy in every photo. Guess I will have to keep using the app.