Friday, August 30, 2013

Caron Simply Soft cowls & shawl

I have been busy, busy crocheting. Apparently I'm in a fiber mood again. Paper what??? ;D

This is a lovely light and soft cowl I found the pattern for here, I used her pattern for the shorter cowl. I really love this. It's made from Caron Simply Soft in Springbook. 1 skein made this perfect lightweight cowl.

Here is a close up of how the yarn works up in this stitch. So pretty with its variegation and sheen.

This is the same pattern and yarn in the color Sunset. It is lovely cranberry's and maroons and even a touch of brown.

And something new for me. A shawl. I have it wrapped around my neck and the ends are tucked under, around the front of my neck, but it is wide enough to wear around my shoulders down my back also. This pattern actually has a lot of stretch and a lovely drape whether wearing it towards your chest or your back. It's light and soft also.

Here is a close up of the color, which is Passion and the stitch. This was something new and different for me, but I definitely like it. I changed up her wonderful pattern only in using this chainless starting double crochet stitch at each new row and I opted for no fringe on this one, but I might like a lil fringe for a dressy one. Hmm, that might be next.

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Granny stripes scarves

It's yarn addiction time for me, again. Sorry I have been absent from my blog for a while. I am going through another paper crafting dry spell. So I am filling my crafty need with yarn lately.

This first scarf was inspired by this beautiful pattern, and a desire to use up some partially used skeins of yarn. I love this color combination. I know, its very Christmasy, but that's not a bad thing in my book. I am thrilled with how this looks. It's finished size is 5 x 60 inches.

These are the skeins I used. All were either hand me downs or partials left over from prior projects. So that makes this project even better!

When I finished the first scarf, I still had lots of yarn left so I decided to give a go at a different granny stitch design. This was fashioned after this awesome pattern. It's finished size is 7 x 60 inches.

Here's a close up of the unique start of the granny stitch. The design start up was very different from any I had ever seen before. But the pattern was very easy to follow and I really like how it worked up. Nice even design and I liked that the stripes followed around the narrow ends of the scarf.

And in other yarn related creativity, I have finally made my own wool yarn balls. They are for use in the dryer to fluff clothes while reducing dryer times. I used the yarn pictured above, believing it to be 100% wool. It is not. I ordered it online and the description said wool but no where did it give percentages. When I go the package and read the label it is 78%. They still felted properly according to the instructions I found on this pin on Pinterest. I have been using them for two weekends now and am thrilled with the results. I no longer use dryer sheets for anti-static and I feel the difference in the amount of time a load of towels and sheets takes to dry. It's a win-win.

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!
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