As y’all know, this is actually the box for October even though we don’t get it till the end of the month. With that being said, November was such a hectic month for my family and I. We had to move! Ugh, I know that I’m not the only one that absolutely hates to move. It sucks, I hate hate hate it. So between packing up the old house, 2 kids, 3 animals and moving everything over I was swamped. Because my kids are both ASD we have to unpack the house immediately and get them as comfortable as quick as possible; starting with their room. TV, toys, beds, VCR (yes, we still have one and use it daily) boom! set up. Living room and Kitchen unpacked and ready to go a couple hours later. By the end of the night I am exhausted. Packed a trailer, moved everything over, unpacked it all in one day! We’re not done….

I have to clean the old house to be move in ready for the original home owner to move back in. Never in my life have I cleaned a house this quick this well. Mind you, I have moved a lot and I leave all places super clean but I’ve never gone to this extent. I washed walls, vacuumed all cob webs from windows and corners of walls and ceilings, washed windows, washed walls, and baseboards, cleaned the stove and refrigerator. Normally I do a basic clean when I move out so that it is presentable. This was all new to me when moving. I clean so much that I ended up flaring up the tendinitis in my right shoulder. I physically could not move my right arm for 2 days. It was so inflamed and painful it was awful. It took me over 24 hours over a month period to clean the house. Needless to say the home owner was shocked and absolutely stunned that she could move right in and not do a thing.


Cleaning the old house…..DONE

Now on to Octobers box. Oh wait, it was Thanksgiving this month also. The founders of Crochet Surprise Box live in Australia and do not celebrate Thanksgiving. I had to ask Sarah, haha. She told me they don’t celebrate it BUT they are starting to do BLACK FRIDAY SALES!!! Woo Hoo. I hope they aren’t as crazy scary as our black Fridays. So Thanksgiving we just stayed at home. My 2 boys, my husband, and his dad. I cook a 15 lb turkey, yes, a 15 lb turkey for 3 of us.

My kids won’t touch it due to their ASD and sensory disorders. My 5 year old did try the Turkey, “chicken” as he called it. He also ate a Roll. My 4 year old refuses to eat any type of white meat so knowing that I made him the smallest plate ever. Literally a bite of turkey, candied yams, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn and green beans; he didn’t touch it. Again, knowing this I had all ready made a box of good ol’ mac and cheese for him and he chowed down. I know that Thanksgiving has gone and passed but I wanted to share a little something I posted on my personal Facebook page:

“Thanksgiving is the appointed time for focusing on the good in our lives.
In each of our days, we can find small blessings, but too often we overlook them, choosing instead to spend our time paying attention to problems.
We give our energy to those who cause us trouble instead of those who bring peace.
Starting now, let’s be on the lookout for the bits of pleasure in each hour,
and appreciate the people who bring love and light to everyone who is blessed to know them.
YOU are one of those people! On this Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for you!!
Happy Thanksgiving!” 

I found this really touching my heart in the world that we live in now. This is truth. I wish that we could change everything and make the world peaceful once again. Anyways. A week before Thanksgiving I had a friend, that prepares and delivers Thanksgiving meals to families in need around our little town, post on Facebook asking if any of her friends had small businesses that could donate items for her “helpers” as a Thank You from her. I messaged her telling her I could crochet something small for them. We came up with the idea to crochet Amigurumi turkey legs and pumpkin pie slices; 15 of each to equal out 30 pieces of Amigurumi. I was awake till midnight for a week getting them done. They turned out so cute. She told me that the pictures don’t do them justice at all. 

I happened to get this box delivered before I actually had to move so I had my normal “BANG, BANG, BANG” post carrier knocking. I can honestly say that I was so busy packing still that I opened the box looked at the materials, tea, and insert. I gave the bag of tea to my father in law like always. Again with the move I think it just got pushed aside and he hasn’t even opened it yet. I literally just found it, after about 10 minutes of looking for it.

Tea of the Month is “French Breakfast – A creamy, floral brew of malty black tea, lemon myrtle, lavender flowers, natural vanilla, honey and a touch of citrus.” I really just have a sensitivity to tea leafs. My father in law loves the smell and is brewing a cup as we speak.

The Angel pattern is courtesy of Veronica McRae from Cubby House Kids. You can find more of her patterns on her Etsy Shop, (click on etsy shop to get to her store directly). When I noticed that this was made with fingering yarn, twine and DK yarn I was so glad that I had ordered a hook set from Crochet Surprise (in the members only area) because the set I have does not have the hook size we needed to complete the angel. I was excited to do this project because, I have never used fingering yarn or twine to crochet; I have always used a worsted weight or bulky yarn.

This angel is absolutely adorable. After receiving the box, I seen another crochet blogger/designer post a link for the exact pattern, and I giggled to myself. This angel is a hit in the crochet world right now! The insert has the directions for the head, cap for the hair, the body, the hands, the arms, and the wings. To sew the angel together, you will have to be a subscriber so that you have access to the members area of the Crochet Surprise website, in the members area there is a pattern section. You’ll want to click on Octobers pattern and download the rest of the purchased pattern. This section includes how to sew the hair. When working this pattern I seen there was a special stitch. I knew about single crochet 2 together but, I did not know there was an invisible way to do this. Invisible meaning there won’t be a big gap/hole where you decreased. It is really easy to do this stitch and will most likely use this technique for any decreasing I have to do in the future unless the gaps are part of the design.

Picture from Insert

The angel worked up really quick. I was surprised that I managed to get all the pieces made and stuffed in one day. The next day I sew’d it all together, and day 3 I spent on the hair. The hair was fun to figure out. I liked how we had to make a cap first, then the hair was worked onto the cap. If I make this again, I have enough left to make another one, I would probably sew the head on last once the hair was finished. I also would change the wings from twine to the DK yarn that we did the body with. The twine was just too small, the hair and body hide the wings completely. The last thing that I would change is the hair. I followed the pattern completely; I didn’t change anything about it. The angel is super cute but I didn’t like the hair style. Next one I make will just be 2 pig tails to the side instead of 3. A few of our subscribers did the hair differently. With their permission I have posted their photographs below of their angel.

Photo by: Deb Perry

Photo by: Michelle Silbert

Photo by: Tania Widmann

Photo by: Cheryl Kakos

Photos by: Teri Moody

I think that is it on this one. I believe I have talked your ear off enough. STAY TUNED FOR THE NEXT POST; MORE ANGELS!!!