Mad Hatter Hat Challenge

Mad Hatter Hat Challenge was a great adventure…

Alice in Wonderland Fairytale represented by a Top Hat. Mikey from TheCrochetCrowd.com along with sponsor’s RedHeart.com &  James C. Brett & Schachenmayr Yarns came together for this great Challenge.

Contestants would crochet the Top Hat per instructions and then incorporate the theme Alice In Wonderland to the hats. There was an overwhelming 341 submissions of these hats and was I in total awe at the creativity that was represented.

The best 5 top hats were awarded $500 Prize Packages and the next 10  were awarded $50 Yarn samplers.

The rest of the hats were auctioned off and/or sold during the Creative Festival and the money goes toward The New Crochet Crowd Scholarship Program to provide financial assistance in the form of Academic Awards for ‘creative based’ post secondary students.

I made a board on my Pinterest to show all the great work that was done. You will be amazed!!  http://www.pinterest.com/19garfield67/mad-hatter-hat-challenge/      The winners submission pics are marked to show the 15 chosen.   Enjoy!

Here is the pattern for the basis of the hat..  http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/halloween-top-hat 

Below you will see my submission in to the challenge. I kinda amazed myself that it turned out decent.. LOL  The last time I tried to make an animal it looked like a Gremlin!  🙂

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Official submission photo for the challenge.

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My version of the White Rabbit

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Completed items before assembly..

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Who believes that knitting and crocheting has long-term health benefits?

Have you ever notice that the repetitive movements while knitting or crocheting can relieve stress for some?  I’ve read that for some people that have medical issues say that the rhythmic movements help relieve pain and even depression.  I know by personal experience with having arthritis and Fibromyaglia, crocheting helps me calm my mind and I can concentrate more on my projects.

I’m not promoting any one newspaper that’s out there today, but I read a great article by Amanda Mascarelli for the Washington Post which states ” Crafter’s have long recognized the therapeutic value of activities such as knitting and crocheting.”

There was a survey done last year by The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, which also stated that “Knitting has significant psychological and social benefits, which can contribute to well being and quality of life. As a skilled and creative occupation, it has therapeutic potential – an area requiring further research.”

I have learned that with my Fibromyalgia I do have some limits of how long I can sit and crochet before some pain creeps in and I have to take a break. So who out there believes that knitting and crocheting has long-term health benefits?

With that being said…. Let’s grab our hooks and get hooking!!!

Fellow crochetaholic,

Bobbie Asche

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In the Beginning…… :)

Bear with me while I get this blog up and running. It’s my first attempt at trying something like this and I want to be able to show the love of my home state of Kentucky and my world in the transplanted state of North Carolina.

I also want to share my likes of all things crafty and genealogy, my two very most liked obsessions.

So in a bit you’ll be able to come on over and sit a spell and enjoy what I see thru my eyes…