My tactic for Christmas is to make “one-skein gifts”. It makes the creation process faster and cheaper. Every week I take a 40% or 50% off coupon to Micheals and buy a nice skein of yarn for $2.50-$3.00, instead of the usual $5.00-$6.00. Cowls are a great “one-skein gift.” Plus, there is often enough yarn left over to make a matching crocheted headband or hat! This yarn was a bit chunky for a crocheted headband, but I like it anyways! I think it would look even spiffier with a lighter, solid-colored yarn. I modified the pattern because I was a little short on yarn and the chunky yarn didn’t have the cute “bunched-up” effect I wanted, so I made a flower to dress it up instead. Check out the crocheted headband pattern here. Now, I am trying to decide if I like the purple flower, or if I want to make a creme or blue one . . . I may make one in each color, put it on The Engaged Home facebook page, and let you vote!
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Here is the matching cowl! It is a very easy one-hour pattern. (Yep, it was a no-makeup kind of day!)
I love to make flowers! They are so fast and easy! There are all types of cute flower patterns . . . I am usually partial to the ones with buttons. I love buttons.
As denoted in my title, I had my first knitting adventure! At first, it felt so awkward and clunky to knit, like I had two left hands. However, once I caught on I genuinely enjoyed it. I have to give a shout out to my knitting mentor (and one crazy-good crocheter) Derina Burrough! She very patiently taught me how to cast on and knit stitch. I look forward to our next tutorial where I will learn the purl stitch? We are still trying to find a good once-a-month night for our beginners’ crochet group, but we did make headway with plans. I don’t have a finished picture yet, but we (mostly Derina) designed a simple scarf pattern that we can easily teach. Using it, we will instruct the girls how to chain, single crochet, and double crochet, and they will have a finished project at the end. (Not to mention the great muscle memory it will create!) When I have a finished picture I will post the pattern and tutorial. I learned so much from Derina in just a couple hours. It made me think of the generosity series I did last month. She was very generous with her patience and time as we crocheted and knitted together.
Looking back over my short 25 years of life, I am so thankful for the women who taught me how to love Jesus, cook, clean, garden, crochet, be a good wife, be a minster’s wife, and so much more: My mom, Robin Clay, Teri Berryhill, Grandma Ploma, Grandma Florence, Aunt Sheila, Cheri Clark, Michelle Tandy, Beverly McNeese, Nancy McClean, Susan Atwell, Karen Hastings, (really almost all the women at my home congregation in Grand Island), and so many more wonderful women! Never underestimate the impact you can have by investing time and love in someone younger than you.
Remember to hop on over to Ginny Sheller’s blog and Yarn Along Wednesday for many more fantastic ideas!
What are you crafting on and reading? Who is a woman who has inspired or mentored you?
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