Headbands, Headbands and More Headbands!

My favorite winter accessory?: Scarves. My second favorite?: headbands!

Within the last few years I started noticing these adorable knit and crocheted headbands that were super wide and usually adorned with a flower. They’re super cute, and actually very good at keeping one’s ears nice and toasty. Last winter, I was about to buy one, but since I’m one cheap chick I said “Screw that!” and made one for myself! The very first one I made was a simple gray band with a slinky flower.  I joined it together with a button and, VOILA! I had my own fashionable winter headband! Little did I know this would be the item I’d find myself making the most, because, as it turns out, I wasn’t the only gal looking for one of these headbands. As soon as I posted a picture to facebook I got lots of requests from friends and family. Recently I found a new flower pattern which I’ve talked about here a short while ago and started using that on my flower headbands.  After making that first headband I got a little more crafty and creative  and played with more ideas..

SOOOO, I’ve decided to share some of the different wintery headbands I’ve made.  Maybe I’ll find the time to make a tutorial/pattern for some of them in the future.. Here are a few of the wonderfully wintery accessories I love =) They look cute in all types of hair. So now that the cold weather has finally started nipping at us, bundle up and sport a headband; your ears will thank you!

What is YOUR favorite thing keeping you warm this winter?

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Thankful for Overindulgance

*groaaaaaaaan* Too much food. Must fight through the tryptophan and write…

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’m going to step away from talking about my latest crochet adventures and give you a good old fashioned Thanksgiving post that will probably have the same effect as tryptophan and put you to sleep, but whatever! I’m the crochet hooker, so listen up.. Turkey day is one of my favorite times of the year mainly because I get to gorge myself without regrets, except for that half hour after eating when I can’t move for fear of vomitting. Besides eating my favorite yummy foods, I get to recount the things in life which I am most thankful for. First off, I’m thankful for colorful yarn that eventually gets turned into fun things, and all of the helpful tutorials on youtube that teach me all of my crochet needs. I’m thankful that Black Friday commercials will finally come to an end.. until next year. I’m thankful for social media and the technology that allows me to interact with other skillful crafters as well as share my creations and inspire others. Just tonight I was told that I have inspired a family friend to pick up the crochet hook again and start playing around with it more, yay!! That’s exactly what I’m trying to do here, so I’m glad I’m finally sparking inspiration in others =) Finally, and this may sound cliché, but I’m most thankful for all of the wonderful friends and family in my life that make every day worth living. I truly am blessed to be surrounded by such a loving family and amazing friends. My family is very close and we already spend lots of time together, but it just feels extra special during the holidays because it’s just another reason to tell everyone that I love them.

I’m one of those people that needs to document every minute of my life because I have this fear that I’m going to one day lose my mind, so I took some snapshots of my Turkey Day…

Started the morning with a biscuits and gravy breakfast and cup of coffee

Threw on my apron and tried helping out in the kitchen

Enjoyed a hot cup ‘o Saffron tea while waiting to munch on some grindage

The turkey! Cooked to perfection as always by my momma

The feast, complete with turkey, mashed potatoes, corn bread casserole, green bean casserole, biscuits, cranberries, stuffing, and gravy.. It’s safe to say there was enough food for at least five other people to have eaten with us. Helloooooo, leftovers!

Let’s hear it for over-indulgence.

And what Thanksgiving would be complete without a slice of pumpkin pie…?

Chalk up another success for the day of thanks. I feel like there was so much more I wanted to talk about, but the turkey has taken over my brain functions. What are YOU thankful for??

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The Basket Weave & UPDATE!

Hey, it’s Black Wednesday!

For the first time in a few years I decided to stay in tonight because a) I’m getting up early to play frisbee on the beach with my dad and sister, as is holiday tradition and b) I felt like poop and didn’t want to be surrounded by little tipplers two nights in a row.  Black Out Tuesday and the band Leadfoot at Keegan’s Pub last night was a good old time and, judging by the amount of Killian’s Irish Red I drank, all the fun I need for a few days. Leadfoot rocked the socks off of everyone last night and I can’t wait to see them play again. This sums up the night pretty well……

SO, what am I doing on this Thanksgiving Eve? Catching up with homework and crocheting. Yaaay!

I am obsessed with CraftGawker. And when I say obsessed I mean I wake up every morning and while I’m trying to shake off the sleepies I pull up the app on my phone and fulfill my daily dose of gawking. There just isn’t enough free time for all of the cute ideas I come across… So when I strolled upon the image of an adorable boy wearing an adorable crocheted cardigan I couldn’t help but open up the link. Low and behold it took me to what is now my favorite blog by the cutest couple in the world, Katie and Reuben at House of Humble. Reuben had crocheted a cardigan using the basket weave stitch and I knew I had to do something with it.

About a month ago I was wandering the yarn aisle at Michael’s craft store and came across this lovely yarn (the label ripped off after I got it home and I can’t remember what brand it is…) and have been saving it for the perfect project. It’s unbelievably soft and fuzzy. And the color is a pretty plum purple.. one of my favorites =)

I went on YouTube and found a simple video by mikeyssmail that teaches you step by step how to do the basket weave.  Needless to say I’m going to use this snazzy plum yarn to make myself a cozy headband for the cold weather creeping in on us! It shall be my little side project while I’m banging out all the things I’m making for everyone else. Pictures will follow =D

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Gobble till you wobble!

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UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE!: I finished my headband =)

Surprisingly I finished it a lot faster than I thought I would. I am in love with this basket weave stitch and will be using it again, for sure! The headband turned out more than fantastic and will be keeping my ears warm throughout the frigid Chicago winter.. Wanna seeeee??

It’s a very simple pattern and I think you should try it out and make beautiful things for yourself =) Happy crocheting!

Marathon Crocheting

What is my favorite attribute about the cold weather seasons? Cuddling up under my cozy blanket, Netflix and some yarn.  This weekend I did some marathon crocheting because my orders are blowing up! I’m so grateful to everyone who is supporting me and my creative efforts by purchasing some cozy, warm goodies from me, even if my fingers feel like they’re going to fall off! So I sat at home this weekend, saving my libations for fun on Tuesday and Black Wednesday, and made a dent in my orders…

My good friend Jeff requested some baby hats which turned out more than adorable. There was one more hat but I didn’t take a picture of it, only because I’ve made one just like it before. Needless to say it was adorable too!

AAAAAND I found a way to improve on my lovely flower headbands with an awesome new pattern for a flower, which I found on youtube! I really like this flower because it has a cool 3D effect and I can do dual colors =) I banged out three of these little guys in one sitting.

And finally, I started on another big comfy infinity scarf for a Christmas present. I have quickly remembered why I hate making scarves. Row.. after row.. after row.. after row.. how exciting. BUT it’s going to be worth it because infinity scarves are rad, and if it turns out anything like the one I made for myself last year, every inch of it will be loved and cherished! On another note, I’m planning on trying out a basket weave headband for myself and today I added to my crochet hook collection and bought an afghan hook so look forward to some cool new creations.

P.S. I feel bad for my friends who subscribed to this blog.. What could be more boring than hearing about my granny activities??! Oh well, time to go watch Dexter and drool over Michael C. Hall.

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Crafting on a Friday Night

Sometimes you just don’t want to go out on a chilly Friday night, am I right? So how could I refuse when my sister sent me a text saying “Crafts night at my place with me and Jess?”

UH YES!!

So many activities. Really it was just wine, poking through crafty things like buttons and me crocheting some hats for a friend.  Regardless, it’s always a joy having a chill night with some of the people you love =).  Here are some snippets of the night..

Krystle and Jess, Jess goofin’, Boxes of goodies, more goodies, embroidery by Jess, fabulous feathers, buttons buttons and more buttons, and of course me being a crochet hooker.

I hope your Friday night was fantastic, whether you spent it out and about or inside keeping cozy! I have a feeling my Saturday night will consist of pretty much the same as last night =)

Have a pleasant weekend!

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Ello!

Hello, all! I just want to welcome you to my new (not yet improved) blog all about my adventures in crocheting.  Exciting, yes?! This is the first time I’m attempting to blog about really anything so give me a break here.  A little of what’s to come:

  • Projects I am undertaking
  • Projects I have completed in the past and absolutely have to share with everyone
  • Pretty/fun/colorful/cozy yarn I come across & new and exciting techniques I learn
  • Sharing fun ideas I come across online, just in case you miss them (there are so many beautiful ideas out there!)
  • New and exciting things going on in my life that won’t necessarily have anything to do with crochet

So to begin with my very first post (forgive me if I seem nervous and shaky!) I’ll tell you a little about how I began with the hobby I love the most. Sit back, relax, and wait for the anti-climactic ending…  Waaaaaaay back in 2009 before my lovely cousin Amanda was living in Oregon for good, we had a little cousin retreat in Indiana.  We decided to have one last camping trip with the ladies and got everything planned out.  Amanda thought it would be fun to leave my sisters and I with a little skill she loved, and told us to buy some yarn and a crochet hook.  My mom used to crochet, as well as my grandma so she was pleasantly surprised when she found out.  Not knowing a damn thing about the art of crochet I went to my local craft store and bought cheap yarn and what I didn’t realize at that time was the smallest crochet hook ever.  A few days later we were off on our camping trip and I spent the whole 4 hour car ride there rolling yarn into balls.  Needless to say that’s about as far as I got with learning how to crochet.  Rolling yarn balls.  Excellent.  I should mention here that when you get my family together things can get kind of weird and really nothing gets accomplished except for adventuring through forests and, on this particular camping trip, cooking yummy food, swimming across the small lake looking for water lilies, and huddling around a laptop screen watching scary Japanese films.  Before I knew it the trip was over and I was asleep in the car for the whole trip home.  Amanda moved to Oregon, and never got the chance to teach me how to crochet.

Okay, so I have all of this cheap yarn and the world’s smallest crochet hook.  Now what?  Mom knows how to crochet, let me ask her! She tried, I failed.  So I turned to Youtube and taught myself… Climactic ending right?  Basically I searched countless tutorials on Youtube (none that I can remember to grant credit) and learned how to crochet.  The very first thing I made was a teeny tiny white scarf (Bah, I wish I had a picture of this pathetic little scrap!) that was far too small to even consider wrapping around even my scrawny little neck.  From there I made a huge wrap/scarf that I still have today and will upload a photo of.  Then I went on to learn how to make hats and really the rest is history.  I will tell you now that I am TERRRRRRRIBLE at following patterns so I like to improvise my own creations.  So please..PLEASE do not expect any patterns from me.  Let me rephrase that: the only patterns you will find from my blog are those which I find and link from other sites.  Holy crap am I bad at following patterns.

So, I guess that’s all for now.  Time to finish up some baby hats and I guess get started on that homework stuff.

HAPPY FRIDAY!

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