I loved making pom-pom flowers for Valentine’s Day, but I didn’t realize how much yarn I would have leftover when I finished. One of my resolutions this year is to use the supplies I have whenever I can, rather than buying new. I already have two 6′-high bookshelves stuffed with yarn and I’m afraid if I don’t start to whittle down my stash I’m going to find myself on an episode of Hoarders (and I really don’t want to be known as “the crazy yarn lady”).
I knew I wanted to make something small and have been obsessed with the chevron pattern lately, so I decided to make a 16×16 pillow cover. I only used the cherry red and white yarns, but I figure depleting 2/3 of my V-day stash is better than nothing, right?
I always know I've made something good when Eli won't stay away from it.
Just wanted to give you a sneak peek of what I’m finishing up today. I’m glad to see Eli already likes it.
Who isn’t obsessed with Pinterest nowadays? While perusing the popular pins a few days ago I found this little gem and have been itching to try it for myself. Earlier in the week I finished my pom-pom flowers for Valentine’s Day but couldn’t seem to find exactly the right vase in which to put them. I finally settled for two small glass vases that I found at my local Target store but never really felt satisfied with the finished product. Luckily, fate (or as I like to call her most of the time, “the internet”) brought me the solution right when (or at least, shortly after) I needed it. Tonight I finally sat down and painted my boring glass vases a bright white and tomorrow hopefully I can get outside in the daylight to take some new and improved pictures of my V-day Bouquet!
I first heard about the Special Olympics Scarf Project last year through twitter and I remember feeling immediately excited and couldn’t wait to participate. Red Heart announced the official colors (Red Heart Super Saver 387-Soft Navy, Red Heart Super Saver 319-Cherry Red, Red Heart Soft 4604-Navy, Red Heart Soft 9925-Really Red) along with 4 free scarf patterns in April of 2011. For my contribution to the scarf project I decided to use the Red Heart Soft yarns and create my own pattern. To create the look of this scarf I crocheted the navy and really red yarns together and worked single crochets into only the back loop on each row to give it that ribbed effect.
All of the scarves donated to the project will be given as gifts to the athletes, coaches, families, volunteers and supporters of each participating Special Olympics Program. As of this post there are 18 programs whose deadlines to contribute have passed; however, there are still 22 open! I decided to contribute my scarf to the program in Louisana because it’s the closest to me and has the latest deadline (I’m a bit of a procrastinator). If you can knit or crochet and have a couple spare hours I encourage you to make a scarf and donate, donate, donate!
2012 Special Olympics USA Scarf Project
Red Heart Blog Post
Scarves for Special Olympics on Facebook
Special Olympics Scarf Project on Twitter
Quick & Easy Cotton Coasters
- Approximately 11yds of any worsted weight cotton yarn (I used Sugar ‘n Cream by Lily, color: Hot Blue)
- Size H/8-5.00MM crochet hook
- Yarn needle
Stitches and Techniques:
*This is a stitch I came upon accidentally while trying to complete a double crochet stitch. It’s very possible this is an actual stitch and has another name, but I haven’t come across it. If you know what it is please let me know!
- Magic Circle
- Slip Stitch
- Modified Double Crochet (mdc)* – YO, insert hook into space and pull up a loop, YO, draw through first loop on hook, YO, draw through two loops on hook, YO, draw through remaining two loops on hook (mdc made).
- Begin with a magic circle, ch 3 (counts as 1 mdc)
- Round 1: work 11 mdc into magic circle, join with sl st into 3rd loop of ch 3 (12 mdc)
- Round 2: ch 3, 1 mdc in same stitch, *2 mdc in next stitch, repeat from * around, join with sl st to 3rd loop of ch 3 (24 mdc)
- Round 3: ch 3, 1 mdc in same stitch, *2 mdc in next stitch, 2 mdc in next stitch, 1 mdc in next stitch, repeat from * around, join with sl st to 3rd loop of ch 3 (40 mdc)
- Fasten off and weave in ends.
Each coaster takes about 15 minutes to crochet and measures approximately 4″ in diameter. I hope you enjoy!