Saturday, June 30, 2012

Herbs A Plenty!



So this year we decided to try our hand at growing herbs, and we have pleasantly surprised at how fun and easy it has been.  I'm so darn proud of them, I just wanted to show them off...


Here's the basil...




And the thyme...


And the rosemary...


We had some cilantro, but I didn't get a good shot of it before it went out for the season (apparently they are a spring crop...learning so much about the world of gardening!)


So much fun!


Thursday, June 28, 2012

Stitchy Project...Star Spangled Wreath!



Here is a sweet little wreath for you to crochet...whether you are gearing up for Memorial Day, Independence Day, eagerly anticipating the Olympics, or still reveling in Jubilee excitement, this wreath will be a festive addition to any celebration.

Using small amounts of yarn and a repurposed cardboard box, you can whip one up in no time!

Here is the photo tutorial for the wreath:
Basic Crocheted Wreath Tutorial

And here is the pattern for the stars:
Tiny One Round Stars Pattern

Red, white, and blue hearts would be super cute too...here's the pattern for them:
Tiny One Round Hearts Pattern

I hope you have as much fun making this as I did!

PS If you have any leftover stars, you can whip some of these up too:
Red, White, & Pretty Barrettes




















Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Just a little peek...





Working on a new pattern this week and I really wanted to give you a little sneak peek at it because I am so in love with the yarn I am using!  It's Dream In Color's Smooshy in the Ruby River colorway...so much fun!  More to come later with this one...can't wait to share it with you when it is completely finished.




Monday, June 25, 2012

Free Crochet Pattern...Vanilla Bean Scarf!


Vanilla Bean Scarf
By Jennifer Dickerson

The Vanilla Bean Scarf is a chunky, lofty, and easy to crochet scarf using a variation of the V stitch.  Chunky yarn and a simple stitch pattern yield beautiful results. A perfect scarf for gifting, and suitable for beginner and seasoned crocheters alike!


Materials:
  • 6.0 mm (J) hook
  • 2 Skeins Bernat Alpaca Natural Blends
  • Tapestry needle
Sizing: 
  • Width-5 inches wide
  • Length-as long as you like
Abbreviations:
  • ch: Chain
  • dc: Double Crochet

Instructions:

Ch 14

Row 1: In the 5th chain from the hook, work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the same chain. Skip two chains and work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the same chain, skip the next two chains and work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the same chain, then one dc in the last chain.

Row 2: Ch 3 and turn.  Work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in each of the chain 2 spaces from the previous row (center of each V). Work a dc in the turning chain space.

Repeat row 2 until scarf is desired length.

Click the video below to watch how to crochet the Vanilla Bean scarf stitch by stitch:



Finishing:
Weave in ends and you're all finished!
(Block lightly if desired)

© Jennifer Dickerson 2013
Please note: Patterns are for personal and charity use only.  In addition, if you enjoy the pattern, please link to it, but do not copy the pattern to your own website or blog (including other languages).  Thank you!



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Saturday, June 23, 2012

All done!





Just getting the finish work done on this one...promise to have the pattern up soon...I had so much fun working on this one, even though it's alpaca in the middle of summer!  Can't wait to wear it in the fall...so super soft and squishy.


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Our visit to the alpaca farm...


We went to a cute little alpaca farm recently and saw a bunch of these guys...
The people who owned the farm were nice and super knowledgeable and answered all kinds of questions.  They had been shorn recently and looked so cute!  They sell roving and yarn undyed so when they all stood together you could get a good idea of the spectrum of natural colors...deep browns, chestnut, cream, black, and shades of beige.
Here's a beautiful cream colored alpaca, and here's another color I thought was lovely...a warm chocolatey brown.
They had two llamas too and passed by the fence to say hello to us.  I didn't realize it before then how much bigger they are in comparison to the alpacas.
Hands down this guy was my favorite...shaggy and look at those teeth!  He definitely had some personality,
he stuck his cute little face through the fence to say hello too...
quite the charmer!
A fun little field trip for a yarnie, a good time was had by all!




Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I think this sums it up...



This cute little button I found at a yarn shop last week is now living on my project bag...too cute!


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Hydrangeas...How I Love Thee





Right now where I live hydrangeas are blooming in all of their fabulous glory.  Hydrangeas are probably my most favorite flower.  I just can't get enough of them!  Here are just a few lovelies I snapped photos of on a walk this week.


Here are some spilling out and starting to bloom...
Love that blue...
Beautiful periwinkle blooms and buds...
and here they are coming up to an old window to say hello!
Here is my attempt at some National Geographic photography, when a fuzzy little bee landed in this shot...

Enjoy your summer strolls stitchers!


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Stripy Bear Hat...



Fresh from the needles, I was feeling a little experimental...here is a variation on the Baby Bear Hat.  I love this pattern because  it is so fast and easy and the cotton yarn for this particular hat is perfect for warm weather babies!  In case you missed it, here's the pattern:


Baby Bear Newborn or Preemie Hat Pattern

Here are the modifications I made for the striped one:
  • Made the brim in rib instead of rolled, worked k2, p2 for an inch or so.
  • Had some leftover yarn from 2 other bear hats, used Nature's Choice Organic Cotton in "walnut" and "almond" and worked 5 rows of each color.
  • Made the ears a bit smaller by casting on a couple less stitches and closer together so they would sit right in the cream color area of the crown.
I think it turned out really cute, and the mama of the new baby loved it! Stripes are so fun, add interest to your piece and are a fabulous way to use up some extra/leftover yarn in the process.



Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Love for Knit Picks Cable Needles!




I (finally) treated myself to a set of these recently...Harmony Cable Needles from Knit Picks...these have been on my wish list for quite some time.

Not only are they completely gorgeous, but I had been using the U shaped kind like these: 
and was ready for some straight ones...love them!!  The little grooves in them are especially nice too.

Oh and by the way, in case you missed it, here's a quick and simple tutorial on how to make cables:

Happy Wednesday to you!


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