Wishlist || Fall Knitting

Friday, September 12, 2014

It may still be 82 degrees outside, but I am beyond ready for fall. I'm ready for sweaters, cooler weather, hand-knit scarves and hats, and pumpkin spice EVERYTHING. I'm really not the kind of person who enjoys summer very much. I like the sunshine and the warmth for about a month, but then I'm ready for the cold weather again. In hopes that the weather will be cooling down soon, I have found a few patterns that I think I'm going to have to try out this year!


This hat fromVery Shannon is absolutely perfect. I love the triangles! (If you haven't checked out Shannon's blog yet, you really should. She's got so many great patterns!)


This Downton Cowl also comes from Very Shannon. The chevron design is just wonderful. And of course, I'm down for anything inspired by Downton! :)


Lastly, I found these wonderful Colorblock Hand Warmers from The Purl Bee.

Now if I could just find time between work, school, and writing a thesis to make all of these....

Happy knitting!

Puff Stitch Flower Necklace

Friday, September 5, 2014



I'm kind of in love with this crochet flower necklace. The idea came to me out of nowhere. I usually spend a lot of time planning and thinking about projects. But yesterday as I was getting ready for work, I thought, "Hey... I wonder what that would look like...." Thirty minutes later, I had this little beauty hanging around my neck and I was off to the library. :) I hope you like it as much as I do!

PUFF STITCH FLOWER NECKLACE


Skill Level: Easy

Materials:
- cotton yarn
- size F crochet hook
- needle and thread (should match your yarn)
- seed beeds
- necklace chain
- scissors

Directions:
- chain 3 and join into a loop
- work 12 sc inside the loop


- Slip stitch into first sc, chain 3, [yo, insert hook into same stitch and draw up a loop the same height as the ch 3] 3 times, [yo, insert hook into next stitch and draw up a long loop] three times, yo, pull through all loops on hook, chain 2, slip stitch into next stitch. One petal made.


- Continue making petals around. You should have six petals when you are finished. Slip stitch into bottom of first petal, bind off, and weave in the ends.

- Using needle and thread, stitch seed beads onto center of the flower. There is no real rhyme or reason here. Just squeeze the beads in as tight as you can.


- Attach jump ring in between two petals and place on chain.


Ta da! You're all finished. :) Easy peasy, right?







Hexagon Pendant Necklace

Thursday, September 4, 2014




I like two kinds of jewelry: vintage jewelry and handmade jewelry. Most of my jewelry comes from antique or thrift stores, but I'm always on the lookout for pieces I could make myself. There's just something about a unique piece of jewelry that makes me so very happy. :) I like knowing that what I'm wearing is different and that nobody else is going to be wearing the same thing. 

I've been wanting to make some sort of embroidered jewelry piece for quite some time now. When I found these wood pendants on Etsy, I knew that they were exactly what I had been looking for. I love the combination of the wood with the fabric! So I ordered a pendant and anxiously awaited its arrival!


HEXAGON PENDANT NECKLACE

Materials:
- wooden hexagon pendant from Beadeux
- fabric of choice (you only need about three inches of fabric for this so scraps work really well)
- embroidery floss
- glue (I used a bottle of spray glue, but I'm sure wood glue or craft glue would work also)
- jewelry making supplies: chain, rings, and clasps (or you could be lazy like me and just take apart an old necklace!)
- scissors

All I had to do to make the necklace, was cut out a piece of fabric the size of the pendant, embroider a flower, and then glue the pieces together. I decided to be super lazy and steal the chain from a necklace I already owned. I had an old necklace that I think I wore once, so I stole the chain from it to use for the pendant. 





That's it! Ten minutes later I had a wonderful piece of embroidered jewelry all ready to go. I can't wait to wear it!


Granny Square Bookmarks

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

This semester, I am taking a course in young adult literature. I'm really quite excited about it. So many great books! :) We are going to be reading eleven books this semester in a 15-week time period. Meaning I am going to be reading A LOT. Like a lot a lot. Since one of my biggest pet peeves is folded over book pages, I decided I needed to make a couple really nice bookmarks to get me through this semester. 

These bookmarks are incredibly easy and a great project for beginning crocheters. I think each bookmark took me roughly thirty minutes to complete. So you could easily get these guys finished in one sitting.







GRANNY SQUARE BOOKMARKS
Skill Level: Easy

Materials: 
- craft thread (I just grabbed a pack of bonbons from Hobby Lobby for $5)
- small crochet hook (size C or D should work just fine)
- yarn needle
- scissors
- a good book

Notes: 
- You will need to make three granny squares per bookmark. 

How to Make a Granny Square: 
- Begin square either by chaining five and joining with a slip stitch to make a loop or by making a magic loop. (I prefer the magic loop method, it makes your square look much neater in the end.)
- Round One: ch 3 (counts as first dc), 2dc, ch 2, [3 dc, ch2] three times, join with slip stitch in top of first ch 3. Bind off. You should have 3 shells and 4 corner spaces.
- Round two: Join next color into a ch 2 corner space with a slip stitch. Ch 3 [2dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in same space (corner made).*Ch 2, [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next ch 2 corner space. Repeat from * around. Join with slip stitch in top of first ch 3. Bind off.
- Round three: Join next color into a ch 2 space with a slip stitch. Continue working the granny square pattern. Working one shell in each ch 2 space and 2 shells in each corner space. Bind off.

P.S. If you're more of a visual person and these instructions made absolutely no sense to you, try searching "granny square tutorial" on youtube. That's how I first learned to granny many many years ago. :)

Finishing:
- Join your three squares together. There are several ways to do this. Here are my favorite two ways:
        - Hold two squares together with right sides facing. Whip stitch the two squares together.
        - Join the two squares together as you work. There is a great tutorial for this here.
-Weave in the ends.

Now just find yourself a good book and get reading!



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