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Saturday, December 10, 2016

BOOK REVIEW- RACHEL AND THE HIRED GUN

Rachel And The Hired Gun (Men of Defiance Book 1) by [Levine, Elaine] 
When Rachel Douglas left her aunt's house in Virginia for the wilds of the Dakota Territory, she knew the journey would be long and arduous. But she didn't realize that she had been summoned west to be used as a pawn in a ranch war with her father's neighbor--or that her fierce, sudden attraction to Sager, her father's hired gun, would put her heart and her life in jeopardy. 

Seducing Rachel and feeding a bitter feud between the two ranches was Sager's plan of vengeance against those who slaughtered his Shoshone family. Instead, Rachel's guileless mix of courage and vulnerability touches the conscience he thought he'd buried long ago, and draws them both into a passion without rules, without limits--one that will change their destinies forever. . . AMAZON 4.5 STARS


This story starts with action right out the gate.  I really enjoyed this book. 
It doesn't take long to realize that so many people have taken advantage of Rachel.  I think a better way to say it is that they used her.  To her aunt and uncle she was treated as a servant.  Even when she is taken under a family's sponsorship on the wagon-train.  They were getting the best of the deal, with her once again being treated like an overworked, undervalued servant.  Yes, she escaped the unbearable situation with the aunt and uncle but once again she had to walk a tightrope in order to survive.  Kindness was something she had not experienced much and those two things were just a quick view into how ill-treated she had been.  She was an interesting contrast;  she was so brave and stood up when she had to but even as Sager noticed she was also afraid of what he thought were strange things.  They weren't that strange when you got to see why she was afraid of it.  Then it made perfect sense.    Sager, was a different kettle of fish, he had some years of being loved in a family but he also had his share of great sorrow.  And some of it was continuing on into his adult years in this story.  I liked both of them a lot and it was easy to get drawn into their story. There were many times when Sager showed kindness and tenderness towards Rachel. Even when he knew it was probably going to bring trouble at some point or other.  Of course it wasn't just kindness and tenderness that he felt for her; there also was a really strong physical attraction too.  And she began to feel it too.  
There were some pretty interesting secondary people in the cast and Sager's brother, Blue Thunder was just one of them.  Sid, Logan and Old Jack are a few others.  I'm not going to mention the villains of the piece, because why ruin it for future readers?  Just to let you know there will be action, twists and turns and a few surprises.  A few sex scenes and romance that has to fight its way into a HEA. 
This story starts with action right out the gate. I really enjoyed this book.
It doesn't take long to realize that so many people have taken advantage of Rachel. I think a better way to say it is that they used her. To her aunt and uncle she was treated as a servant. Even when she is taken under a family's sponsorship on the wagon-train. They were getting the best of the deal, with her once again being treated like an overworked, undervalued servant. Yes, she escaped the unbearable situation with the aunt and uncle but once again she had to walk a tightrope in order to survive. Kindness was something she had not experienced much and those two things were just a quick view into how ill-treated she had been. She was an interesting contrast; she was so brave and stood up when she had to but even as Sager noticed she was also afraid of what he thought were strange things. They weren't that strange when you got to see why she was afraid of it. Then it made perfect sense. Sager, was a different kettle of fish, he had some years of being loved in a family but he also had his share of great sorrow. And some of it was continuing on into his adult years in this story. I liked both of them a lot and it was easy to get drawn into their story. There were many times when Sager showed kindness and tenderness towards Rachel. Even when he knew it was probably going to bring trouble at some point or other. Of course it wasn't just kindness and tenderness that he felt for her; there also was a really strong physical attraction too. And she began to feel it too. You just wondered when they were going to give into it. There was times of such tenderness between the two of them and not just on Sager's part.
There were some pretty interesting secondary people in the cast and Sager's brother, Blue Thunder was just one of them. Sid, Logan and Old Jack are a few others. I'm not going to mention the villains of the piece, because why ruin it for future readers? Just to let you know there will be action, twists and turns and a few surprises. A few sex scenes and romance that has to fight its way into a HEA.

I don't think I have read any books by this author before. But since I really liked this one, I will be looking to read more of them.


Friday, December 9, 2016

Live above your circumstances, not beneath 'em- Graham Cooke




Friend, what does the fullness of God look like to you?
For me, it does not involve living a mediocre life filled with sub-par conditions. This is exactly the opposite of what it means to be in Christ and to be marked by the Father’s intentionality.

Mediocrity and fullness cannot co-exist together.

Thankfully, we have been given the latter in Christ. To experience a lifestyle of fullness, we must learn to look for the upgrades: the areas of our lives that God is filling with His promises and provisions.

In Christ, we are living from our promises not our circumstances.11

We have found stability in the nature of WHO HE IS. This brings us into a place of fullness, victory, and partnership with Him.
We get to become over-comers. He sees us become more Christlike. It’s a brilliant relationship!2
If interested in learning more about His intentionality to bring you into fullness, spend some time on this short meditation written from God’s point of view. You may be surprised at the upgrades that are available to you when you step into your partnership with Him.
Life in fullness brings you to a life lived above your circumstances and not beneath them.
Being in Christ enables you to have victory in the present but also to learn to walk with Us and be ready for the future that is already here or close by. You learn by the Spirit to look ahead and plan longer term. You also realize that some situations cannot be resolved in a few days or weeks. In those circumstances your development is part of a long-term program of upgrading your identity and cultivating the trust, wisdom and growth necessary to becoming an overcomer.
Our real passion, though, is to eventually combine present victory with ongoing overcoming, and produce in you the identity of being “more than a conqueror.” Beloved, there are some battles that are won by absolute majesty. This is not just Us fighting for you but also you partnering with Us in a dynamic way that causes the enemy not to risk his resources in a conflict with you.2
That all sounds wonderfully important and grand, doesn’t it? And so it is! After all, you cannot be in Christ and be ordinary, right? You cannot be filled with the Spirit and be mediocre. We are making you like Us! We are amazing.
Remember there are no limits on your experience of His fullness. I’m excited for all the upgrades you are about to encounter!   LINK



Mary did you know the singing contractors

BOOK REVIEW- A PIRATE FOR CHRISTMAS

A Pirate for Christmas: A Regency Novella by [Campbell, Anna]
There’s a pirate in the manor house!

What is vicar’s daughter Bess Farrar to do when the dashing new earl, the man gossip paints as a ruthless pirate, kisses her the day they meet? Why, kiss him right back, of course! Now Lord Channing vows to claim the lovely firebrand, despite interfering villagers, a snowstorm, scandal, and a rascally donkey. The gallant naval captain’s first landlocked Christmas promises mayhem – and a lifetime of breathtaking passion
Pursued by the pirate…
Bess Farrar might be an innocent village miss, but she knows enough about the world to doubt Lord Channing’s motives when he kisses her the very day they meet. After all, local gossip insists that before this dashing rake became an earl, he sailed the Seven Seas as a ruthless pirate. 
Bewitched by the vicar’s daughter…
Until he unexpectedly inherits a title, staunchly honorable Scotsman Rory Beaton has devoted his adventurous life to the Royal Navy. But he sets his course for tempestuous new waters when he meets lovely, sparkling Bess Farrar. Now this daring mariner will do whatever it takes to convince the spirited lassie to launch herself into his arms and set sail into the sunset. 
A Christmas marked by mayhem.
Wooing his vivacious lady, the new Earl of Channing finds himself embroiled with matchmaking villagers, an eccentric vicar, mistaken identities, a snowstorm, scandal, and a rascally donkey. Life at sea was never this exciting. The gallant naval captain’s first landlocked Christmas promises hi-jinks, danger, and passion – and a breathtaking chance to win the love of a lifetime.    AMAZON 5 stars

I loved it.  It was charming in a spunky way.  I so enjoyed the non-courtship, courtship between Bess and Rory.  Also the story was a lot of fun with their unconventional conversations and witty comebacks.  One part that I also found fun was the fact that when Rory met Bess, he was not only attracted but intrigued by her.  She was strong and courageous, a bit bossy ( bit?) but also beautiful.  He knew she was the one for him right from the start and it was a different kind of "insta-love".  It was worth more than just one smile as he tried to make her see it too.  They had something unexpected in common; they both had to pick up responsibility at an early age.  So I can honestly say that I enjoyed the heck out of both of the main characters
The villagers were a welcome hoot.  And the donkey?  Oh, yes she is going to be trouble, for sure.  

Thursday, December 8, 2016

O Holy Night : Kings College, Cambridge

Celtic Woman / Chloe Agnew - ''O Holy Night''

Easy Ear Flap Hat

 
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Skill Level: Easy
Sizes: Newborn, 0-3 Months, 3-6 Months, 6-12 Months, Toddler, Child, Teen/Small Adult, Medium Adult, Large Adult
Supplies:
Gauge in HDC: 14 sts and 11 rows = 4″ (10 cm) PLEASE CHECK YOUR GAUGE
Abbreviations: ch = chain, sk = skip, sl = slip, st(s) = stitch(es), sc = single crochet, hdc = half double crochet
Special Instructions:
  • The beginning chain of each round does not count as a stitch.
  • Each round is started in the same stitch as your beginning chain.
  • The end of each round is joined by slip stitching in the first stitch of the round, not the beginning chain.
  • Pattern Instructions
    Newborn • Head Circumference = 13″ – 14″ • Hat Circumference = 13″ • Hat Height = 5″
    Round 1: Ch 2, make 8 hdc in the 2nd ch from hook, sl st to join in first st (8)
    Round 2: Ch 1, make 2 hdc in each st around, sl st to join in first st (16)
    Round 3: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next st*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (24)
    Round 4: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 2 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (32)
    Round 5: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 3 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (40)
    Round 6: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 7 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (45)
    Round 7 to 13: Ch 1, hdc in each st around, sl st to join in first st (45)
    At this point the hat should measure approximately 4.75″ in height. Adjust the number of rounds if needed.
    Earflap # 1: Join in the 6th st from the starting seam.
    (The ch 1 does not count as a stitch; do not work into it.)
    Row 1: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 9 stitches, turn (10)
    Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first st and each st across, turn (10)
    Row 3: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (9)
    Row 4: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (8)
    Row 5: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (7)
    Row 6: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (6)
    Row 7: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (5)
    Row 8: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (4)
    Row 9: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next 3 stitches, fasten off (3)
    Earflap #2: Leave 13 sts unworked across the front of the hat and join in the 14th stitch. Repeat the instructions for Earflap #1, but do not fasten off after the last row; continue working around the hat making 1 sc in each st, including the ends of each Earflap row. *When you get to the last row of the next Earflap: sc in the first st of the row, in next st make [sc, ch 3, sc], sc in the next st* and continue working around the hat. Repeat between * for second Earflap, sl st to join in the first st. Fasten off and weave in all ends.
    Braided Ties: Cut six 24″ strands of yarn. Loop the yarn around a large hook or your finger. Pull the looped end of the strands through the ch-3 space on the earflap. Pass the ends of the strands through the loop and pull to tighten. Braid the strands and knot the end to secure the braid. Trim the ends so they are even. Repeat for second earflap.
    If desired, make and attach a pom-pom to the top of the hat.
    ***
    0 – 3 Months • Head Circumference = 14″ – 15″ • Hat Circumference = 14″ • Hat Height = 5.25″
    Round 1: Ch 2, make 8 hdc in the 2nd ch from hook, sl st to join in first st (8)
    Round 2: Ch 1, make 2 hdc in each st around, sl st to join in first st (16)
    Round 3: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next st*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (24)
    Round 4: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 2 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (32)
    Round 5: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 3 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (40)
    Round 6: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 4 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (48)
    Round 7 to 14: Ch 1, hdc in each st around, sl st to join in first st (48)
    At this point the hat should measure approximately 5″ in height. Adjust the number of rounds if needed.
    Earflap # 1: Join in the 7th st from the starting seam.
    (The ch 1 does not count as a stitch; do not work into it.)
    Row 1: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 9 stitches, turn (10)
    Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first st and each st across, turn (10)
    Row 3: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (9)
    Row 4: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (8)
    Row 5: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (7)
    Row 6: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (6)
    Row 7: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (5)
    Row 8: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (4)
    Row 9: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next 3 stitches, fasten off (3)
    Earflap #2: Leave 15 sts unworked across the front of the hat and join in the 16th stitch. Repeat the instructions for Earflap #1, but do not fasten off after the last row; continue working around the hat making 1 sc in each st, including the ends of each Earflap row. *When you get to the last row of the next Earflap: sc in the first st of the row, in next st make [sc, ch 3, sc], sc in the next st* and continue working around the hat. Repeat between * for second Earflap, sl st to join in the first st. Fasten off and weave in all ends.
    Braided Ties: Cut six 24″ strands of yarn. Loop the yarn around a large hook or your finger. Pull the looped end of the strands through the ch-3 space on the earflap. Pass the ends of the strands through the loop and pull to tighten. Braid the strands and knot the end to secure the braid. Trim the ends so they are even. Repeat for second earflap.
    If desired, make and attach a pom-pom to the top of the hat.
    ***
    3 – 6 Months • Head Circumference = 15″ – 16″ • Hat Circumference = 15″ • Hat Height = 5.75″
    Round 1: Ch 2, make 8 hdc in the 2nd ch from hook, sl st to join in first st (8)
    Round 2: Ch 1, make 2 hdc in each st around, sl st to join in first st (16)
    Round 3: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next st*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (24)
    Round 4: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 2 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (32)
    Round 5: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 3 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (40)
    Round 6: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 4 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (48)
    Round 7: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 11 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (52)
    Round 8 to 15: Ch 1, hdc in each st around, sl st to join in first st (52)
    At this point the hat should measure approximately 5.5″ in height. Adjust the number of rounds if needed.
    Earflap # 1: Join in the 8th st from the starting seam.
    (The ch 1 does not count as a stitch; do not work into it.)
    Row 1: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 9 stitches, turn (10)
    Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first st and each st across, turn (10)
    Row 3: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (9)
    Row 4: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (8)
    Row 5: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (7)
    Row 6: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (6)
    Row 7: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (5)
    Row 8: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (4)
    Row 9: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next 3 stitches, fasten off (3)
    Earflap #2: Leave 17 sts unworked across the front of the hat and join in the 18th stitch. Repeat the instructions for Earflap #1, but do not fasten off after the last row; continue working around the hat making 1 sc in each st, including the ends of each Earflap row. *When you get to the last row of the next Earflap: sc in the first st of the row, in next st make [sc, ch 3, sc], sc in the next st* and continue working around the hat. Repeat between * for second Earflap, sl st to join in the first st. Fasten off and weave in all ends.
    Braided Ties: Cut six 24″ strands of yarn. Loop the yarn around a large hook or your finger. Pull the looped end of the strands through the ch-3 space on the earflap. Pass the ends of the strands through the loop and pull to tighten. Braid the strands and knot the end to secure the braid. Trim the ends so they are even. Repeat for second earflap.
    If desired, make and attach a pom-pom to the top of the hat.
    ***
    6 – 12 Months • Head Circumference = 16″ – 18″ • Hat Circumference = 16″ • Hat Height = 6.25″
    Round 1: Ch 2, make 8 hdc in the 2nd ch from hook, sl st to join in first st (8)
    Round 2: Ch 1, make 2 hdc in each st around, sl st to join in first st (16)
    Round 3: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next st*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (24)
    Round 4: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 2 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (32)
    Round 5: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 3 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (40)
    Round 6: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 4 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (48)
    Round 7: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 5 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (56)
    Round 8 to 16: Ch 1, hdc in each st around, sl st to join in first st (56)
    At this point the hat should measure approximately 6″ in height. Adjust the number of rounds if needed.
    Earflap # 1: Join in the 9th st from the starting seam.
    (The ch 1 does not count as a stitch; do not work into it.)
    Row 1: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 9 stitches, turn (10)
    Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first st and each st across, turn (10)
    Row 3: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (9)
    Row 4: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (8)
    Row 5: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (7)
    Row 6: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (6)
    Row 7: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (5)
    Row 8: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (4)
    Row 9: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next 3 stitches, fasten off (3)
    Earflap #2: Leave 19 sts unworked across the front of the hat and join in the 20th stitch. Repeat the instructions for Earflap #1, but do not fasten off after the last row; continue working around the hat making 1 sc in each st, including the ends of each Earflap row. *When you get to the last row of the next Earflap: sc in the first st of the row, in next st make [sc, ch 3, sc], sc in the next st* and continue working around the hat. Repeat between * for second Earflap, sl st to join in the first st. Fasten off and weave in all ends.
    Braided Ties: Cut six 24″ strands of yarn. Loop the yarn around a large hook or your finger. Pull the looped end of the strands through the ch-3 space on the earflap. Pass the ends of the strands through the loop and pull to tighten. Braid the strands and knot the end to secure the braid. Trim the ends so they are even. Repeat for second earflap.
    If desired, make and attach a pom-pom to the top of the hat.
    ***
    Toddler (1 to 3 Years) • Head Circumference = 18″ – 19″ • Hat Circumference = 17″ • Hat Height = 7″
    Round 1: Ch 2, make 8 hdc in the 2nd ch from hook, sl st to join in first st (8)
    Round 2: Ch 1, make 2 hdc in each st around, sl st to join in first st (16)
    Round 3: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next st*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (24)
    Round 4: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 2 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (32)
    Round 5: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 3 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (40)
    Round 6: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 4 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (48)
    Round 7: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 5 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (56)
    Round 8: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 13 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (60)
    Round 9 to 18: Ch 1, hdc in each st around, sl st to join in first st (60)
    At this point the hat should measure approximately 6.75″ in height
    Earflap # 1: Join in the 9th st from the starting seam.
    (The ch 1 does not count as a stitch; do not work into it.)
    Row 1: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 10 stitches, turn (11)
    Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first st and each st across, turn (11)
    Row 3: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (10)
    Row 4: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (9)
    Row 5: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (8)
    Row 6: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (7)
    Row 7: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (6)
    Row 8: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (5)
    Row 9: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st, sc2tog, sc in the last st, fasten off (3)
    Earflap #2: Leave 21 sts unworked across the front of the hat and join in the 22nd stitch. Repeat the instructions for Earflap #1, but do not fasten off after the last row; continue working around the hat making 1 sc in each st, including the ends of each Earflap row. *When you get to the last row of the next Earflap: sc in the first st of the row, in next st make [sc, ch 3, sc], sc in the next st* and continue working around the hat. Repeat between * for second Earflap, sl st to join in the first st. Fasten off and weave in all ends.
    Braided Ties: Cut six 24″ strands of yarn. Loop the yarn around a large hook or your finger. Pull the looped end of the strands through the ch-3 space on the earflap. Pass the ends of the strands through the loop and pull to tighten. Braid the strands and knot the end to secure the braid. Trim the ends so they are even. Repeat for second earflap.
    If desired, make and attach a pom-pom to the top of the hat.
    ***
    Child (4 to 10 Years) • Head Circumference = 19″ – 20″ • Hat Circumference = 18″ • Hat Height = 7.5″
    Round 1: Ch 2, make 8 hdc in the 2nd ch from hook, sl st to join in first st (8)
    Round 2: Ch 1, make 2 hdc in each st around, sl st to join in first st (16)
    Round 3: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next st*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (24)
    Round 4: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 2 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (32)
    Round 5: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 3 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (40)
    Round 6: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 4 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (48)
    Round 7: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 5 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (56)
    Round 8: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 6 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (64)
    Round 9 to 20: Ch 1, hdc in each st around, sl st to join in first st (64)
    At this point the hat should measure approximately 7.25″ in height. Adjust the number of rounds if needed.
    Earflap # 1: Join in the 10th st from the starting seam.
    (The ch 1 does not count as a stitch; do not work into it.)
    Row 1: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 10 stitches, turn (11)
    Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first st and each st across, turn (11)
    Row 3: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (10)
    Row 4: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (9)
    Row 5: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (8)
    Row 6: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (7)
    Row 7: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (6)
    Row 8: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (5)
    Row 9: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st, sc2tog, sc in the last st, fasten off (3)
    Earflap #2: Leave 23 sts unworked across the front of the hat and join in the 24th stitch. Repeat the instructions for Earflap #1, but do not fasten off after the last row; continue working around the hat making 1 sc in each st, including the ends of each Earflap row. *When you get to the last row of the next Earflap: sc in the first st of the row, in next st make [sc, ch 3, sc], sc in the next st* and continue working around the hat. Repeat between * for second Earflap, sl st to join in the first st. Fasten off and weave in all ends.
    Braided Ties: Cut six 24″ strands of yarn. Loop the yarn around a large hook or your finger. Pull the looped end of the strands through the ch-3 space on the earflap. Pass the ends of the strands through the loop and pull to tighten. Braid the strands and knot the end to secure the braid. Trim the ends so they are even. Repeat for second earflap.
    If desired, make and attach a pom-pom to the top of the hat.
    ***
    Teen / Small Adult • Head Circumference = 21″ – 22″ • Hat Circumference = 19.5″ • Hat Height = 7.75″
    Round 1: Ch 2, make 8 hdc in the 2nd ch from hook, sl st to join in first st (8)
    Round 2: Ch 1, make 2 hdc in each st around, sl st to join in first st (16)
    Round 3: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next st*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (24)
    Round 4: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 2 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (32)
    Round 5: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 3 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (40)
    Round 6: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 4 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (48)
    Round 7: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 5 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (56)
    Round 8: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 6 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (64)
    Round 9: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 15 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (68)
    Round 10 to 21: Ch 1, hdc in each st around, sl st to join in first st (68)
    At this point the hat should measure approximately 7.5″ in height. Adjust the number of rounds if needed.
    Earflap # 1: Join in the 10th st from the starting seam.
    (The ch 1 does not count as a stitch; do not work into it.)
    Row 1: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 11 stitches, turn (12)
    Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first st and each st across, turn (12)
    Row 3: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (11)
    Row 4: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (10)
    Row 5: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (9)
    Row 6: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (8)
    Row 7: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (7)
    Row 8: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (6)
    Row 9: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (5)
    Row 10: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (4)
    Row 11: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next 3 stitches, fasten off (3)
    Earflap #2: Leave 25 sts unworked across the front of the hat and join in the 26th stitch. Repeat the instructions for Earflap #1, but do not fasten off after the last row; continue working around the hat making 1 sc in each st, including the ends of each Earflap row. *When you get to the last row of the next Earflap: sc in the first st of the row, in next st make [sc, ch 3, sc], sc in the next st* and continue working around the hat. Repeat between * for second Earflap, sl st to join in the first st. Fasten off and weave in all ends.
    Braided Ties: Cut six 24″ strands of yarn. Loop the yarn around a large hook or your finger. Pull the looped end of the strands through the ch-3 space on the earflap. Pass the ends of the strands through the loop and pull to tighten. Braid the strands and knot the end to secure the braid. Trim the ends so they are even. Repeat for second earflap.
    If desired, make and attach a pom-pom to the top of the hat.
    ***
    Medium Adult • Head Circumference = 22″ – 23″ • Hat Circumference = 20.5″ • Hat Height = 8″
    Round 1: Ch 2, make 8 hdc in the 2nd ch from hook, sl st to join in first st (8)
    Round 2: Ch 1, make 2 hdc in each st around, sl st to join in first st (16)
    Round 3: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next st*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (24)
    Round 4: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 2 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (32)
    Round 5: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 3 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (40)
    Round 6: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 4 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (48)
    Round 7: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 5 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (56)
    Round 8: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 6 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (64)
    Round 9: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 7 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (72)
    Round 10 to 21: Ch 1, hdc in each st around, sl st to join in first st (72)
    At this point the hat should measure approximately 7.75″ in height. Adjust the number of rounds if needed.
    Earflap # 1: Join in the 11th st from the starting seam.
    (The ch 1 does not count as a stitch; do not work into it.)
    Row 1: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 11 stitches, turn (12)
    Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first st and each st across, turn (12)
    Row 3: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (11)
    Row 4: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (10)
    Row 5: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (9)
    Row 6: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (8)
    Row 7: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (7)
    Row 8: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (6)
    Row 9: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (5)
    Row 10: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (4)
    Row 11: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next 3 stitches, fasten off (3)
    Earflap #2: Leave 27 sts unworked across the front of the hat and join in the 28th stitch. Repeat the instructions for Earflap #1, but do not fasten off after the last row; continue working around the hat making 1 sc in each st, including the ends of each Earflap row. *When you get to the last row of the next Earflap: sc in the first st of the row, in next st make [sc, ch 3, sc], sc in the next st* and continue working around the hat. Repeat between * for second Earflap, sl st to join in the first st. Fasten off and weave in all ends.
    Braided Ties: Cut six 24″ strands of yarn. Loop the yarn around a large hook or your finger. Pull the looped end of the strands through the ch-3 space on the earflap. Pass the ends of the strands through the loop and pull to tighten. Braid the strands and knot the end to secure the braid. Trim the ends so they are even. Repeat for second earflap.
    If desired, make and attach a pom-pom to the top of the hat.
    ***
    Large Adult • Head Circumference = 23″ – 24″ • Hat Circumference = 21.75″ • Hat Height = 8.25″
    Round 1: Ch 2, make 8 hdc in the 2nd ch from hook, sl st to join in first st (8)
    Round 2: Ch 1, make 2 hdc in each st around, sl st to join in first st (16)
    Round 3: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next st*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (24)
    Round 4: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 2 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (32)
    Round 5: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 3 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (40)
    Round 6: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 4 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (48)
    Round 7: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 5 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (56)
    Round 8: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 6 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (64)
    Round 9: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 7 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (72)
    Round 10: Ch 1, in first st *make 2 hdc, hdc in next 17 sts*, repeat around, sl st to join in first st (76)
    Round 11 to 22: Ch 1, hdc in each st around, sl st to join in first st (76)
    At this point the hat should measure approximately 8″ in height. Adjust the number of rounds if needed.
    Earflap # 1: Join in the 12th st from the starting seam.
    (The ch 1 does not count as a stitch; do not work into it.)
    Row 1: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 11 stitches, turn (12)
    Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first st and each st across, turn (12)
    Row 3: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (11)
    Row 4: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (10)
    Row 5: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (9)
    Row 6: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (8)
    Row 7: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (7)
    Row 8: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (6)
    Row 9: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (5)
    Row 10: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next st and in each st across, turn (4)
    Row 11: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in the next 3 stitches, fasten off (3)
    Earflap #2: Leave 29 sts unworked across the front of the hat and join in the 30th stitch. Repeat the instructions for Earflap #1, but do not fasten off after the last row; continue working around the hat making 1 sc in each st, including the ends of each Earflap row. *When you get to the last row of the next Earflap: sc in the first st of the row, in next st make [sc, ch 3, sc], sc in the next st* and continue working around the hat. Repeat between * for second Earflap, sl st to join in the first st. Fasten off and weave in all ends.
    Braided Ties: Cut six 24″ strands of yarn. Loop the yarn around a large hook or your finger. Pull the looped end of the strands through the ch-3 space on the earflap. Pass the ends of the strands through the loop and pull to tighten. Braid the strands and knot the end to secure the braid. Trim the ends so they are even. Repeat for second earflap.
    If desired, make and attach a pom-pom to the top of the hat.