Spinning Circles…

Have you ever gotten so wrapped up in something, a project, an event, some drama, or even a tv show, that you have completely missed out or forgotten to do something else?

No?

Well, I am far from perfect, and have neglected my new blog and faithful readers for the last few days.  I can assure you that I have had crochet, and threads, and fibers on the brain – it just hasn’t translated to a blog post quite yet.  You see, I have this unintended WIP – a bed doll – that I’ve been working on.  OMG TINY THREAD – I haven’t worked with thread in years.  Then I have visions of hairpin lace patterns dancing in my head, and I’ve been exploring that world on Pinterest.  And an old friend has graciously offered to teach me to spin, which is something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time.  AND, I finally figured out what my whole hold-up with knitting has been (hint: look up continental knitting).

But what has been taking up mindless time the fast few days?  Well, let me show you.

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It’s Lambing Season!!!!

The lambs have started to arrive, and I’m technically on ewe-watch as I type this (in between taking care of the baby and other normal stuff).

…..  LOL  I have to laugh, rereading this really makes my ADD stand out, but that’s who I am.

Happy Monday, people!

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Snow Scarf & Beanie

One of the gifts I finished for Christmas was a hat and scarf set for an 8 year old boy.  He had recently lost the hat that his great grandmother had knitted and needed a replacement.  Hats are not normally something that I make readily, so I relied on Ravelry to help me choose a good pattern.  (I love Ravelry, by the way, it is an awesome resource!)

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I found this “No More Snow – a hat” from Can’t Stop Crocheting (Nina Leon on Ravelry)  at Hooker’s Don’t Bite.  It’s a free pattern on her blog.  It’s a really interesting hat that gives the look of knit, but is completely crocheted. She also provides a great picture tutorial on how to do the raised stitches.

After I finished the hat, I had just over a skein of the same yarn left over, so I designed a scarf to match.  What I love about this scarf is how soft and thick it ended up being – perfect for wrapping up when out on our windy farm in the winter!  The pattern for the scarf is below the picture!  This scarf is worked up on the long edge and made with a variety of stitches that are slightly different from standard stitches.  I started with a foundation row of 150 stitches, which made a nice length for an 8 year old boy.  200 stitches would make a nice adult size length, and 250 stitches would make a nice scarf for a taller person or someone who likes longer scarves.  The best part of the beginning stitch count is that it doesn’t have to be an exact count!  Make it as long as you wish to start!

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Windy Scarf

Materials:

Tapestry Needle

I/9 (5.5 mm) Crochet Hook

Approx. 250 yards of worsted weight (#4) yarn.  I used one skein Lion Brand Yarns – Heartland for the small size with some left over.  The medium or large size would need an additional skein of yarn.

Skill: 

Abbreviations & Stitches used: (US terms)

ch: chain

hdc: half double crochet

ss: slip stitch

rsc: raised single crochet – Insert your hook from back to front through the top stitch loops, then insert you hook from front to back of the top stitch loops of the next stitch, YO, draw hook back, YO and draw through loops on hook.

rhdc: raised half double crochet – YO, insert hook from back to front through the top stitch loops, then insert you hook from front to back of the top stitch loops of the next stitch, YO, draw hook back, YO and draw through loops on hook.

rbhdc: raised back half double crochet – YO, insert hook from front to back through the top stitch loops, then insert you hook from back to front of the top stitch loops of the next stitch, YO, draw hook back, YO and draw through loops on hook.

*Note: The raised stitches are similar to front post/back post stitches, but instead of going around the post, you are going around the stitch through the top loops.

fhdc: foundation half double crochet  (Link to video tutorial on fhdc from the fabulous blog of Moogly).

blo: back loops only

bbl:  back-back loop – horizontal loop on the back of the stitch below the back loop

reverse sc – reverse single crochet

Pattern:

Fhdc 150 (200, 250), turn.

Row 1: rsc in each stitch across, ch 1 and turn (ch does not count as stitch, now and throughout).

Row 2: rbhdc in each stitch across, ch 1 and turn.

Row 3: hdc in bbl in each stitch across, ch 1 and turn.

Row 4: hdc in each stitch across, ch 1 and turn.

Repeat rows 1-4 for desired width of scarf, ending on row 4.

Edging: Do NOT Ch1 and turn at the end of last row 4.  Reverse sc in each stitch across to last stitch.  2 reverse sc in last stitch (to turn corner).  Reverse sc evenly along ends of rows to next corner, 2 reverse sc in corner.  Reverse sc in each stitch across to last stitch, 2 reverse sc in corner.  Reverse sc evenly along ends of rows to next corner, join with slip stitch and fasten off.

I hope you like the scarf!

Slow start to a New Year

So, there’s always some saying about the best of intentions and New Year’s resolutions. I tend to try to NOT make resolutions, and prefer to just make whatever changes I’d like to make. This blog is one of those ‘changes’. I have plans and tags, picture posts and themes all lined up. Making the time to type up each post is where I need to make further change. Sometimes, balancing life and life’s passion is a difficult task!

And then there are times that a new project pops up that you had completely not expected to work on. A long time ago, I made a thread crochet bed doll for a fashion doll. I had the whole year’s collection for this particular set of patterns. Some interest in bed dolls was expressed online, and I started looking at bed doll patterns again. My husband caught me looking at a separate set of similar patterns just before the holidays. Well, he surprised me and bought the set of patterns as a present! With the new patterns, and a gift card to a yarn store, my next project fell into my lap (despite the dozens of skeins of yarn that my dear Hubby got me on Black Friday). So I’ve been working on a fashion bed doll project this past week.

What have you been working on in the new year?