White Poppies Lariat Scarf

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So I had some scrap white yarn left over and made this:

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It’s almost 6′ long (maybe just a hint shorter) and has 16 white poppies stitched into it. Would look great against a black or red holiday dress, methinks. 🙂

I have some more scrap yarn in purple and a few other colors; I might make others in different colors.

Remembrance Day Poppy

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Admittedly here in the US, 11 November is Veterans Day, a day to pat our living veterans (like my husband) on the back for their service to our country. So it’s not as somber as Memorial Day (at the end of May) is; our Memorial Day, when we commemorate our war dead, is more like what other countries (like the UK & Australia, etc) call Remembrance Day. So wearing one of these poppies here would be more appropriate for Memorial Day.

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I could make it with or without the green leaf. Either way is ok. If I decide to sell these on Etsy or any other site, I think 20% of my proceeds will go to benefit some charity that supports homeless veterans…

Rosary

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Some years back, when I was walking as a pagan, I made some rosaries that I thought would interest other pagans. I’d learned about Catholics praying their rosary, and thought it would be a very effective prayer tool for pagans to use as well. So I made this lunar rosary:

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There’s a reason that it has this number of beads and they’re spaced out the way they are, and there’s a reason I used those shells (not just looks, although it does contribute to the overall watery/oceanic feel of the piece). If anyone wants to know, I can describe it here, but maybe for the time being it’s best to just skip the theology and focus on the piece itself. It’s very simple, as it should be, and I really like the moon charm on the end. Kinda makes the whole thing. 🙂

2 More Crochet Earrings

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Warning – I may go more than just a bit earring happy here, because not only is it entirely too hot in Florida for hats and scarves, BUT I just dropped $100 on crochet thread (bad redhead) and a few other supplies to make these. This may prove to be a better use for my “mad skillz” here in this hot state. I mean, think of it – it was 90 degrees outside yesterday, and very sticky. NOT scarf or hat weather.

So here we are – I made two pairs of earrings today, white flowers and ocean color pentagrams with heart beads. Check it:

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I think I’m improving, especially considering that I’m using hooks that are a bit smaller in size; my first attempts were used with a 3.75mm hook, and it seems to be just TOO big for most earring projects.

Crochet Earrings

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Went to Joann’s today and spent entirely too much money that I don’t have and got lots of crochet thread, some beads and a few other materials, and began experimenting with making crochet earrings. So far, this is what I have to show for it – try not to laugh too hard:

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I got hooks on the pentagram earrings, yes. The ecru colored earrings are the very first ones I made, and the round ones I just completely winged. No pattern. Just started doing stitches and that’s what came out. I think they kinda look nice. Kind of a hippie chick feel to them.

I’m going to keep trying and see if I get better. I REALLY LIKE the idea of doing earrings and other forms of jewelry, as opposed to clothing. You don’t have to worry too much about sizes and gauges with earrings. And it’s one size fits all, basically. I may specialize in this, and not worry too much about doing scarves and hats and all that. If I focus in this way, I can eventually get really good and produce excellent earrings.

It’s a thought.

A New Bag *EDIT*

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OK here are a few photos of a new bag I just made, based on Crochet Geek’s Bob Marley hat pattern:

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Well, it’s not 100% done yet; I have to make handles for it and I will start working on those today. I may line it too. But I did want to have a sizable, roomy bag and I figured this pattern would work just fine to make one. First time I’ve done this type of bag, and I basically just winged it. LOL!! I think I’m learning some lessons in shaping here….

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I put the handles on today (Friday 18 October):

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Now, to consider lining it. I found my late aunt Mary’s vintage Singer Genie sewing machine; I wonder if I can get it working and figure out how to line a bag!!

Dollar Size Purses

Wonderful little bags!

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Dollar PursesIf you like the metallic clutch bag I use as my profile picture, these little purses are similar.  These were made specifically to fit US dollars, gifts for my friend’s girls who recently emigrated stateside.

I love how a simple flower can pretty up these items.  These purses are dead easy to make, so perfect for a beginner or expert looking to make a quick gift.

You will need three colours of yarn (one green for the leaves) in dk (around 50m of main colour) and a 4.00mm hook.  You may also like to add a popper for a fastening as I did.Dollar Purses 2

Bag Pattern:

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Tip: Measure your chain length to ensure it is long enough for your desired purse size.  Rather than worrying about gauge, just chain a few more or less (you can amend the st count as needed).

R1: sk2 ch, hdc…

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A New Hat!

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Some pictures of the first hat I’ve made (and I’m working on a matching scarf – basically the same stitch in a scarf; it’s all hdc / ch 1 in each ch 1 space). In theory, this hat is supposed to be a Bob Marley-esque slouchy hat, but it came out more like a Scots bonnet/tam o’ shanter. That’s fine by me. I like tams.

Here’s the hat with the scarf in progress:

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What I may do is steal some of my husband’s wool yarn, make the same bonnet with it, and then felt it! He has 2 skeins of the Fisherman’s Wool yarn in oak tweed; it looks like this:

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That’d make a nice hat, yes?