Just Like A Bug In A Rug

     Winter’s almost here, which means there’s more hot things to be enjoyed, such as hot cocoa and tea, which are my favorites. I just hate it when you want to sip at your drink but you can’t because your mug or glass is too hot. Of course, I made a simple solution to this problem.
     In a recent trip to the local flea market, I bought more yarn, of course. Amongst the yarn that I bought was a light blue chunky yarn. I can never think of anything to make with chunky yarn for an obvious reason – it’s too chunky for me to work with. However, I overcame that, and decided to make a mug cozy.
     I have also been more into knitting lately, just because I do quite a bit of crocheting. However, I do not have a picture of the cozy yet, and might not for a while because I accidentally broke my cell phone, which was the only thing I had to take pictures with. So as soon as I get a picture, I’ll post it for you all to see. Until then, here is the pattern:

Materials:
*Size 11 knitting needles, or size appropriate for your yarn
*Chunky yarn in light blue, or a color of your choice

Instructions:
Cast on 15 stitches.
Row 1 (RS): Knit all stitches.
Row 2 (WS): Knit all stitches.
*Repeat rows 1 and 2 until your cozy is desired length.
Add a button on one end, and make a button loop on the other end.

     Although this pattern is fairly simple, I wanted to write it down anyway just to get me into the habit of writing down my patterns. This pattern could also be a beginner pattern if you are new to knitting. Enjoy!

***If you intend on using this pattern, please do not sell the pattern. You may sell the actual finished product, just not the pattern. Also, please do not say the pattern is your own. Link back to my blog and give credit where credit is due.

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The Perfect Headband

     After making The Perfect Scarfette, I had plenty of that wool yarn left over. Since I was on the warm winter theme, I decided to create The Perfect Headband – to keep your ears cozy!
     The pattern is the same as The Perfect Scarfette – just on a smaller scale. Of course, I jotted down the pattern as promised for you all to enjoy! However, I don’t have a picture of the headband at the moment, but as soon as I take one, I’ll update this post.

Materials:
*Size I crochet hook
*The same wool yarn that was used for The Perfect Scarfette

Instructions:
Chain 15.
Row 1 (RS): Hdc in third chain from hook, hdc in each chain across.
Row 2 (WS): Chain 2, *hdc in the back loop of next stitch, hdc in the front loop of the next stitch*, repeat from * to * across.
Row 3 (RS): Hdc in each stitch across.
Row 4 (WS): Repeat Row 2.
Row 5 (RS): Repeat Row 3.
Repeat rows 4 and 5 until you have a strip that is long enough to fit around your head. I don’t measure my finish objects, so it’s based on your own measurements. Sew one end of the headband to the other.

theperfectheadband.jpg picture by angel412382

***If you intend on using this pattern, please do not sell the pattern. You may sell the actual finished product, just not the pattern. Also, please do not say the pattern is your own. Link back to my blog and give credit where credit is due.

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For Every Lock, There’s A Key

     My recent fascination has been with thrift stores and flea markets. You can find all sorts of mysteries and surprises there. Recently, my mom, brother, sister, and I decided to take a trip to a flea market in the next town over. Of course, I scour the entire place for crafts. To my surprise, they did sell yarn. And interesting yarn at that. There was a kit for a shawl with handmade yarn and hand dyed that was for ninety dollars. Honestly, the yarn and shawl did not look that great.
     However, a few tables over, we find random skeins of yarn just lying there on the table, waiting for someone to come and purchase them. Of course, my mom buys them. Amongst the acrylic yarn that was mixed in the bunch, there were two skeins of Bernat Boa in the prettiest color – Blue Bird.
     Now, I never usually knit or crochet anything with this type of yarn – for a couple of reasons. Most of the time it’s because I can never see or count how many stitches I’ve got or where the next stitch will be. However, I just had to create something with it – it was just that pretty! 
     Like always, nothing came into mind. While looking at the label, like every Bernat label has, was a pattern. This particular label had a pattern for a keyhole scarf. It looked quite interesting to make, so I decided to give it a try! (Of course, I won’t post the instructions for the scarf!)
     Here is what I came up with:

(Sorry for the picture looking funny: it’s just how my phone camera is. I tried fixing it using Photobucket, but nothing helped! I apologize for the inconvenience!)

     It’s just the softest scarf! I feel as though it would be perfect with a pretty tee shirt or a dressy outfit. Or even to cover your neck when you’re wearing a jacket that leaves just a bit of skin exposed. After all, that is what a scarf is for, isn’t it?

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The Perfect Scarfette

     I’ve been sick with a cold for the past couple of days, so I was thinking that winter must be upon us soon. When I think of winter, I think of heavier jackets, sweaters, cute little mittens, cocoa, and warm things. Nothing is better than sitting in on a snowy day with a hot mug of cocoa watching a good movie, and maybe doing a bit of crocheting or knitting, don’t you agree?
     I sat down for a moment, and thought about how I could make myself warmer this winter to prevent more colds. I have a large stash of yarn, and I needed something to make to get rid of it all. Most of which I have bought from thrift stores, chain stores such as Walmart, and others were passed down to me.
     One particular yarn caught my eye in my stash. This yarn was the softest that I have ever come across. I bought it at a flea market in town, which was a complete steal for six dollars for three balls of it. I have no idea what brand name the yarn is, nor how much there actually is. It’s the prettiest color – a mix of soft white and pastel pinks and blues. Perhaps this yarn is wool, which would be perfect for the Perfect Scarfette!
     Now I have never made my own pattern before. Actually, that’s a lie. I tried to, but nothing comes out the right way, or the way that I have made the finished piece. This time, I wrote as I crocheted, just so I can have a glimpse of what the scarfette would look like as a pattern in the end.
     I decided to post the pattern here on my blog, completely free, for everyone to enjoy.
 However, there is no picture as of yet, because I am still completing the scarfette. I’ll edit this entry as soon as a picture is taken!

Materials:
*Size I crochet hook
*Wool yarn of your choice (the yarn that I chose did not have a specific brand name)

Instructions:
Chain 40.
Row 1 (WS): Hdc in third chain from hook, hdc in each chain across.
Row 2 (RS): Chain 2, *hdc in back loop of next stitch, hdc in front loop of next stitch* repeat from * to * across.
Row 3 (WS): Chain 2, hdc across.
Row 4 (RS): Repeat Row 2.
Row 5 (WS): Repeat Row 3.
Repeat rows 4 and 5 until you have your desired length. You don’t want to make a complete scarf, just something that will cover your neck, and then hang down a couple of inches.
Fasten off, and weave in all ends.
You may also add a brooch or decorative pin to the scarfette if you desire.

***If you intend on using this pattern, please do not sell the pattern. You may sell the actual finished product, just not the pattern. Also, please do not say the pattern is your own. Link back to my blog and give credit where credit is due.

*UPDATE: Because the scarfette only used one and a half out of the three balls of yarn, I decided to make a matching headband for it. I’ll jot down the pattern for the rest of you to enjoy soon!

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First Update

This would be my first official update.

My current work in progress would be a crocheted Oddish from Wolfdreamer’s blog. If you haven’t heard of her blog, she crochets Pokemon, Mario, and Sonic the Hedgehog plushies. I’ve decided that Oddish would be the first of many that I would like to make.

Here is my work in progress: (Sorry for such a dark picture!)

This is the Oddish plushie in progress.

It’s coming along quite nicely, if I don’t say so myself. The finished product will be posted soon! :)

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Hello all!

I should probably start by introducing myself.

I’m a seventeen year old high school senior. I am into crafting, reading, writing, and all sorts of things that express creativity. However, finding time to do these things is another story. With all of the schoolwork and whatnot, it’s quite hard to find time for anything else, really.

I’m also somewhat of a philosopher. I’m a deep thinker, and I overanalyze everything. Then again, I wonder what teenager doesn’t. I think that’s one of the things that makes me unique is my ability to come up with new ideas and use those ideas to create things, which plays a role in my crafting.

I’m into crocheting and knitting at the moment. However, I do other crafts, such as cross-stitch, sewing, and all of that good stuff. I learned all of these hobbies from my mom, so it’s kind of a special thing for me.

I have another blog, but that’s for my other senseless ramblings about life. I’ll try to post often to keep people updated about what I’m up to. :)

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