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Here is another chunky infinity scarf that I created for a friend about a month or so ago. It took me awhile to finish and post this due to the injuries to my arm and wrist. I’ll be so happy when I am healed and can finally get back to my regular schedule of creating again. Until then, I am going to keep this brief and let the pictures of this beautiful piece do the talking for me.

Here are the details for the materials that I used for this scarf:

Hook size used:

Yarn used:

Here are the pictures of how this turned out:
 
 
 
 
I named this the Sunset Scarf because it reminded me of the colors of the sunset. The one yarn used is even called that, so it is very fitting.
 
Thanks for enjoying my post.
 
-Dana 

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I recently completed another chunky infinity scarf for a friend using the pattern from this post. My friend wanted one that was grey and teal, so I decided to use grey as the base color with the super bulky weight Thick & Quick and found a pretty teal worsted weight yarn as an accent to carry along with it.

Here are the details for the materials that I used for this particular scarf:

Hook size used:

Yarn used:

Here are the pictures of how this turned out:

 

The color of the Patons Classic Wool Worsted in Jade Heather was really hard to capture with my camera. I think it is much prettier in person. This yarn is really a chameleon yarn as it can look blue or green depending on the light or what color it is paired with. The hubbers liked the color so much that I might have to make him a hat with it.

-Dana

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Here is a crochet slouchy hat that I whipped up for a friend in some worsted weight black yarn. I made one of these for myself last month. This one turned out so much better. 

I think I might make more in different colors and put them in my store. What do you think?

-Dana

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I completed a pretty nifty infinity scarf for myself over holiday break and wanted to share. I used the stitch pattern called the Pavement Infinity Scarf, which is found here.  Please note that I used a few different materials than what the pattern called for. Here are the details:

I used a much bigger hook (US S) for the project as I crochet tighter and also wanted a much loser fabric for my scarf. I also used more yarn and choose to carry a medium weight yarn (Vanna’s Choice) along with the Thick & Quick to get a multicolored and chunkier look to the piece.

Hook size used:

Yarn used:

Also, when working through the pattern, I did come across one issue in the following part shown in bold:
 
Foundation Row: In the 4th chain from the hook, work dc, ch 1, dc in the same ch. *Skip two chains and then in the next ch, work dc, ch 1, dc in the same ch. Repeat 3 more times from * to end, then in the last ch, work 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc in the same ch.
 
When I worked this part in the last chain (ch), it didn’t look right as too much was being worked into that last chain, so I worked just 1 dc in that last chain stitch and the foundation row worked out much better. So, with this fix, the pattern looks as follows:
 
Foundation Row: In the 4th chain from the hook, work dc, ch 1, dc in the same ch. *Skip two chains and then in the next ch, work dc, ch 1, dc in the same ch. Repeat 3 more times from * to end, then in the last ch, work 1 dc.
 
Then, I continued on with Row 1 of the pattern. I worked until my scarf was 80 inches long as I wanted one that I could wrap around my neck and shoulders a few times. It also is wide enough that I can pull it up and wear it as a hood when it is wrapped up tightly around my neck.
 
Here is how my scarf turned out:

 

It is quite a lovely pattern that works up very quickly and can be worn in so many different ways.  I have worn it a lot since finishing and have gotten numerous compliments. I encourage everyone to check out the pattern designer’s website and give the pattern a try.

Enjoy!

 

 

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I finished my mom’s Christmas present over the weekend: a chunky stitch infinity scarf. It was done in double crochet with 4 rows of each color:

1 skein each of Caron Simply Soft Yarn Brites! in the following colors:

Each of these were held/crocheted together with 1 skein of Lion Brand Pound of Love in Antique White.

These yarns provide such a soft fabric! I worked with about 125 loosely chained stitches with a size N (10mm) crochet hook for my foundation chain. I added a single crochet edging with just the Antique White yarn (2 strands held together still) to give the piece more structure and a nice finish, and then I joined the bottoms together with the white yarn using a whip stitch seam.

Here are some pictures of the scarf. It can be worn many ways. This is how it looks when doubled up around the neck:

You can pull it up over your head to wear as a hood. I tried to illustrate this as best as I could with this picture. My dress form doesn’t have a head, so I pulled it up around the neck to show it off like a hoodie.

 

 Here is a picture of the scarf worn as a shawl. I love how big, cozy, and soft it is!

This is how it looks when not worn and folded over:

I also finished a purple-blue-green slouchy cowl, which was also done in double crochet with two yarns held together: 1 skein of Caron Simply Soft Yarn in Grape and 1 skein of another acrylic yarn (with purple, blue, green, and turquoise colors running through it)  that doesn’t have a label from my stash. 

Here are some pictures of the cowl. I like how slouchy it turned out.

It’s also long enough that it can be pulled up over the ears to protect them on really cold days:

 

If you are interested, the purple-blue-green cowl is for sale in my Etsy shop:

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This weekend was filled with many great finds. Not only did I score an awesome antique dress form, but I also was given some vintage/antique knitting, crochet and sewing supplies. Keep reading to find out the details!

I have been in need of a dress form to help me with creating and displaying the items that I make and wanted to get one second hand as I like reusing items as much as I can and enjoy the look of vintage/antique pieces. I didn’t have to search long for one as my parents were able to give me a dress form that fit all the criteria I needed and more. They had an antique Acme adjustable dress form stored away that was my grandmother’s from the 1950s to offer me. Not only was this a vintage piece that was in great shape, is adjustable, didn’t cost me a thing, but it has personal family history attached to it as my grandmother used to make all of her dresses with it. I couldn’t have found or bought anything better. The picture above and below shows my Acme dress form.

If you’d like to learn more about vintage dress forms and the Acme adjustable dress form that I use (as shown in the images above),   blogger Amy Meade has a wonderful post on her blog that goes into more detail and history about them. Click here to read her post  “True to Form.”  Two fun facts that I learned about this Acme adjustable dress form is that it is featured in the HBO documentary Schmatta and that older models made around the early 20th century were under the name L&M (or Ellanam) as they were all made by the Ellanam Adjustable Form Company in Brooklyn, NY.

I also got a Styrofoam head (shown above) from my mom that is a little stained and worn, so I am planning to decoupage it with some interesting fabric or paper.  She figured that I am crafty and could do something with it rather than having her just throw it away. Once I get it all fixed up with some interesting fabric or paper and Mod Podge magic, it’ll be as good as new and perfect for displaying all the hats that I knit and crochet. 

The next items I am really excited about getting from this weekend all came from my husband’s mom.  (Who I might add is amazing!) The items are all vintage/ antique as well and consist of crochet hooks, knitting needles and sewing supplies that were in her family  She wanted to pass these down to me since I enjoy these types of crafty items. The first items I will share are some antique crochet hooks made from bone:

I plan on getting these mounted in a shadow box to display in my computer room once I get it converted and decorated to be used as a craft room. They are just too delicate, old and precious for me to even think about trying to actually use them. I’d be terrified of breaking them and be heart broken if anything happened to them. So, I figured that displaying them in my craft room as decorations would be the next best thing to using them. Aren’t the details on the handles beautiful?

The next items are some vintage knitting needles. I especially like the huge size 50 knitting needles with the red tops on them. They look so pretty displayed in my red vase.  

 

Finally, the last items are some vintage, antique sewing supplies: a wood darning tool, a Prudential Girl pin holder (from the early 1900s),  a National Life and Accident Insurance sewing kit, and two sewing boxes (not pictured). I plan on using the sewing boxes for storage and display once I get my craft room together as they are perfect for holding small supplies. 

Hope you enjoyed my post!

 

 

 

 

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This past weekend I did shopping for two crochet projects: a shell stitch afghan (Christmas present for my mom) and a large, chunky infinity scarf that I had been wanting to create for awhile. This shopping haul didn’t go smoothly as I ended up not getting the yarn I needed, but I did get the large crochet hooks I needed with a little searching. 

I am going to talk about the large sized crochet hooks first in this posts since those were the ones that I was able to purchase and am most excited about. I purchased a set of crochet hooks in size US L-P  by Boye. The other crochet hook that I purchased is the largest of the hooks, size S, which is also by Boye. I have all them shown in the picture below.  Aren’t the colors on these so pretty! I have been using the N size one since Saturday and really like it so far. The plastic is really light and smooth and doesn’t catch on the yarn  I am using (which is Caron Simply Soft and Lion Brand Pound of Love). This is my first time using plastic hooks, too, as all of my other hooks are steel and aluminum. I am definitely pleasantly surprised at how much I am enjoying crocheting with a plastic hook.

I purchased these hooks at Michaels Craft Store, which was the second store that I went to.  I was able to use their mobile app on my phone to pull up a 40% off coupon that I used for the  purchase as well, so if you have a smart phone, it’s worth looking into their app for extra coupons. Here is a link to their mobile app page in case anyone is interested.

I’m going to continue this post with talking about the yarn that I ended up not purchasing. Here is a little back story first.  I always do all of my searching for supplies online first before I go to the stores, especially this time of year because you can find out what you want without having to drive from store to store in traffic, find what sales are going on and get great coupons online to take to the store. I saw that Jo Ann Fabrics had some great sales. I needed 7 skeins of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick Yarn for the afghan I was going to make, and they had it on sale for $5.59 when everywhere else it was priced at $7.99 (pictured below). This was a great deal! With that, they had crochet hooks and knitting needles at 25% off. So, I figured that I’d head off to Jo Ann Fabrics and get all my supplies there.  

I got into the store and was really impressed with the selection of yarn they had. I was able to find my 7 skeins of Thick & Quick yarn without issue. They unfortunately didn’t have the crochet hooks that I needed, so I kept those on my list to get at Michaels as I remembered seeing them there during my last shopping trip.

I got up to the cash wrap and was shocked when the yarn was rung up full price. I asked the cashier about the price saying that I had checked it online before coming and had specifically made the trip to the store because they had this yarn on sale. She told me that the prices and sales online aren’t always the same as the ones in store. I asked if it was possible to do a price adjustment and honor the price that was shown online. She said she would check and got a manager to assist me in explaining that I would need a print out of the web page to do this. Unfortunately, this didn’t help me in my current situation as I was already in the store and would have to go home, print out the web page and come back to battle all the holiday traffic and crowds again. I asked if it was possible to accept the sale price if I pulled up the product page with the sale price on my smart phone; they said this was not acceptable either. I was a bit frustrated at this point, so I ended up not getting the yarn there. 

So, the lesson learned here is that if you do online research before you go shopping for materials, be careful if you use Jo Ann Fabric and Craft Stores website to scope out sales and prices. They do not always reflect what is in the actual stores. You can print out the web page of the item to try to get a price adjustment in store, but for me, this just seemed to be a huge hassle, and you might not even be guaranteed a price adjustment with this. It might be best to just order the item from their website if it has the best price or to check out their print circular for sales as those will reflect what is in store. Hopefully this post will keep you from running into the same issue as me, and you can save time by not having to drive around to a store that you think might have a sale when it really doesn’t. If there’s a good sale on the website, be safe and just order it online, or check the printed circular if you want to shop in store. 

As for my mom’s Christmas present, I ended up coming up with a better idea for her, so I no longer need the yarn. My mom mentioned that she wanted a rainbow that she could wrap around herself, so I am making her just that. Here is a sneak peak of her rainbow chunky infinity scarf in progress:

Excited that I get to work on the large, chunky knit infinity scarf sooner than what I thought as well! I’ll be making more of these when this one is done. 

And, since I’ve been doing more reviews lately, I wanted to make a note at the end of this post to let everyone know that I did not get paid by any company mentioned with money or products to write this post. All view points and opinions expressed in this post are purely my own based off of my experiences. I enjoy writing and sharing these posts with my readers in hopes that this information is helpful to others out there. 

 

 

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