Mason Jars!

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Folks in the Deep South drink from these. I know I did as a gal. But as we grow older we shed our former selves and strive toward sophistication. We drink coffee from expensive chain cafés, wear polo shirts with little alligators on them, and our mason jars? We knit cute cozies and put sticks in ’em!

Of course you can still down an Arnold Palmer from yours if you want but why when you can make it into a modern vase with a touch of whimsy?

A free knitting pattern perfect for Spring. Score! Not a fan of well positioned tree limbs in your jar? How about some agapanthus blooms or tiger lilies? Could be beautiful, right? Now hop to it!

Momma’s Gotta Brand New Bag!

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With the weather starting to warm up I’m left feeling a bit down hearted. No cold. No snow. No more crocheting, right?

Who wears beanies and scarfs in May besides homeless people in late 70’s TV cop dramas? NO ONE!

So I’m on a mission to find stuff to keep the creative juices flowing even in the dead of Summer! I’ll knit on the beach while sucking down a margarita and be glad of it!

Starting with something like this! A purse! Simple, chic, and incredibly gifting worthy. But make one for yourself first. You’ve earned it.

Everything is Better in Soft Focus

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I love a good old fashioned chunky sweater as much as the next person. But with warmer weather approaching you’ll need something a little less Eskimo and a whole lotta cute.

Perfect for layering, this Lion Brand soft focus v-neck is unique and very Boho. Also the pattern is free!

Get a Grip, People!

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The main reason I haven’t made slippers for myself is because I didn’t want to die chasing my son across our tile floor. Who wants that crap on tombstone? So this made me very happy and I’m sure it can be applied to knitted ones too!

Thank you KT and the Squid! Now when I die it can be for a far cooler reason like saving a bunch of puppies from a fire or succumbing to the running bulls in Spain.

Seams Baaaaaaad!

One of the things I love most about crochet is working in the round with only one hook. That noise is awesome! It’s like sculpting with yarn. It all comes to together and its easier for me see where the project is headed. The down fall? The, what I like to call, Frankenstein seam as shown below in the chicken hat I did.

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See? It’s this diagonal line that gives away where you join your rounds. I thought this was due to some fault of mine in reading patterns but no…its supposed to be there. WHY?! It completely takes away from the beauty of your work!

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I tried masking it better on my first attempt with the shark hat I’m working on and it’s still pretty obvious. Not to mention kind of bunchy. Not going well.

But then I watched this video from Crochet Ever After and I was like “Whaaaat?”

Why is this just not a standard way of joining rounds? The nearly invisible straight seam is amazing! It’s easy and I used it on my second hat attempt with far better results! Look!

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No bunching, more uniform, less sloppy looking. I’m sold! I cant wait to try it on other things and get it perfected.

Ruffle Scarves on a Hook!

Whilst my momma visited during the holidays she made me two ruffle scarves. They are frikkin awesome! I don’t know if they keep me warm so much as they make a great prop for impromptu cabaret dancing. *Insert the entire Chicago soundtrack here*

Mom tried to get me to knit my own but I’m having a torrid love affair with crochet right now so we came to an impasse.

” You can’t crochet ruffle scarves.” she sniffed haughtily.

Au contraire mon frère! Got this video in my Micheal’s mailer by email last week! I have not tried it myself but it looks like the same results as knitting and not too difficult. I’ma buy me some sashay yarn and give this a go to prove the ole gal wrong.