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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Fun Fur Scarves - Great Christmas Gift Idea

I love winter scarves.  My favorite are the fluffy, "furry" scarves, but the colors are never quite what I'm looking for.  So, I decided if you can't buy it, then make it.  There are many ways to make a fun fur scarf, but I chose to crochet one using two yarns - one fun fur and the other plain or chenille to give stability. 

Next I tried three different sizes of crochet hooks, K, N and P.  I prefer P since it is bigger and makes a looser stitch.  I found a pattern that said to always start with an uneven number of chain stitches and double crochet in the 3rd chain from crochet to begin the 2nd row.  I added an extra chain stitch to row one, so that the corner "hole" is looser and more uniform to the rest of the scarf.  Here is my modified version of the pattern that I found to work the best. 
With both yarns together, chain 12.  This is Row 1. 
Row 2: Then double crochet in the 4th chain from the hook. *Next chain 1, skip a chain on Row 1 and double crochet in the next chain.  Repeat from * to the end of the row ending with a double crochet in last chain. Then Turn. (When this row is completed, you will have 5 "holes".  Be sure there are 5 holes in each subsequent row)

Row 3: Chain 3 and double crochet in the double crochet of Row 2, then chain 1, and double crochet in the next double crochet of Row 2 and repeat to the end of the row.  When you get to the end of the row, you will double crochet in the chain 3 you started the row with.  Then Turn and repeat Row 3 until your scarf is the desired length. 

Because I crochet loosely, I can make one scarf from 1 skein of Lion Brand Fun Fur that is 64 yards.  Some fun fur is only 57 yards, so it might take 2 skeins.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Profitable Weekend & A Glass Tile Project

Our little town had a Street Festival, Farmer's Market, Car Show and BBQ Cookoff this past Saturday.  Busy Saturday!  So my friend and I decided to take my jewelry and her husband's drawings and set up a table to see what extra spending money we could earn.  But before I went I expanded my Bottle Cap Necklace Collection to include some of the Twilight hunk images and the Lenoir City High School Mascot logo.  I also took my latest creation of Glass Tile Pendants.  I was amazed at the interest in the Bottle Caps.  Grandparents were buying them for their grandchildren, teenagers were buying anything Twilight, and kids were buying my halloween Bottle Caps.  Several Glass Tile Pendants sold too.  I would post a picture of the High School Mascot Bottle Cap, but I will need to make more first.

Later this week, I will write a "tutorial" for creating your own Bottle Cap Necklaces and Glass Tile Pendants.  If anyone is interested in purchasing Bottle Cap Necklaces for your local high school, to resell or give away, let me know.  I will be glad to look into creating them for you.

I also posted pictures of the glass tiles (please excuse the poor photography, I haven't mastered that one yet!).  There is a link for purchase too.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Bottle Cap Necklaces

Here is my newest idea - Bottle Cap Necklaces. It all started because my friend's daughter wanted something she could sell at school. Most kids were selling dmc floss bracelets for $1. Through my internet searching I found the cool idea of making Bottlecap Necklaces. They are so easy to make and are still unique in our area. Plus with all the holidays coming up, this is the perfect time to start! Many holiday designs to make for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, and what wonderful Stocking Stuffers!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Blog that Got Me Started

The Idea Room - An absolutely incredible blog!  If you are looking for something fun to create or a way to organize your house, you have to check out this blog.  Amy inspired me to start my own creative blog and also gave me some great ideas to make for my own home.  Take a look!