Front Post Double Crochet Diamond Scarf
Here’s my latest lovely that I think turned out quite well if I do say so myself. This has to be the fastest scarf that I have ever worked up! The pattern looks gorgeous and complicated but is actually easy to do once you get the hang of Front Post & Back Post Double Crochet. I don’t know about you, but alternating between the two in a pattern always requires a bit of mental gymnastics on my part. (The extra mental exertion always causes my tongue to poke out in concentration. I don’t know how, but somehow crocheting with my tongue poking out like a loon helps.)
The pattern is basically shells that increase in size as you work that are framed by diagonal front post and back post double crochets. The result is this beautiful diamond-like pattern that I absolutely adore. I chose a crimson tweed yarn for this particular piece. The recipient is fond of tweed and hounds-tooth and I thought this to be a perfect fit for her. Once I was done, I made another once in a deep crimson yarn sans the tweedy bits. It too turned out to be lovely but found its way into some wrapping paper before I remembered to take a photo. Oops. These completed my Christmas gifts for the season and they were wonderful pieces to end on.
Once again I pulled the pattern from my favorite pattern reference book. I know, I know. You want a free pattern to link to! You don’t want to have to go out and buy a book! But trust me, this is well worth the purchase. You’ll thank me in the end.
I’ll be absent for the next week as we travel back to Georgia to spend Christmas with my side of the family. With the trip being 18 hours one way, I may need to bring some yarn along with me just in case. Surely I can come up with something wonderful in 18 hours! Suggestions are welcomed. :]
I hope that you and yours enjoy the Holiday season and I’ll see you again before New Years!
I’ve meant to post about these amazing little cupcakes for weeks now, however I have been too exhausted to make myself do so. Two birthday parties back-to-back almost did me in! I have never baked so much in my life and I am now on a baking strike until after the New Year. (I “may” have gone through 8 pounds of confectioners sugar in one weekend. Eek!)
For Jaden’s 10th Birthday, which was two weeks ago, she asked for Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes for her classroom celebration. I instantly had horrific flashbacks of the last time I made these but resolved to improve upon the last experience. Surely these cupcakes would not steal my sanity twice!
And they didn’t! This time I decided to not over think it and to just bake the darn things already!
I filled each cake cone 2/3 way full with cake batter and then placed each cake cone in an opening of my muffin pan. Mind you, you have to be VERY careful when placing them in the oven or they will tip over. (…and you will curse and shout and tear out all of your hair when this happens. Don’t worry, that’s normal.) Once baked, I carefully set them out on a wire rack to cool. While they cooked, I whipped up some buttercream icing and colored it in two not-too girly yet not too-boyish colors. (Because Jaden does not like pink.) Once colored, I filled up my piping bag which I fitted with my largest star tip and went to work. Starting on the outside edge, I piped in a clock-wise motion as I worked my way toward the center. And Viola!
Then came the hard part. Figuring out how the heck I was going to transport these things to school without them falling over. The last time I made these I constructed this complicated cardboard carrying system with custom cut holes soaked in my tears. This time I shoved them all into an aluminum baking dish and willed them not to fall over. Despite driving 0.02 miles an hour all the way to the school, about half of the fell over. Thankfully the buttercream had developed a bit of a crust to it and thus they weren’t damaged too badly. Ah well.
4thd Grade children aren’t looking for works of art, they just want to eat something sweet! :]
The beautiful yarn that I bragged about the other week has finally found its way into a beautiful scarf. I absolutely adore this yarn and this pattern! I knew as soon as I purchased this yarn that whatever it became, would be staying with me. The color palette is one of my favorites and the texture and softness of the yarn begged to be along side my neck.
- Single Crochet Drop Stitch Scarf
The pattern was very simple but yielded a visually intriguing product. I played around with a few patterns with this yarn before deciding on this one. I wanted a pattern that would highlight the vibrant color variations in the yarn and I think this pattern does just that. It shows off the subtle color changes well and drapes nicely around the neck and/or across the shoulders.
If you haven’t already purchased this book, then hopefully this scarf will urge you on. This pattern of single crochet stitches paired with drop stitches was pulled from my favorite book pictured above. There are so many beautiful patterns in there that it takes me hours to decide on which one to do next. *sigh* I do so love it.
This past Sunday, Jaden celebrated her 10th Birthday early by having some friend over for a cake decorating party. After letting Jaden & Fisher decorate cupcakes for my birthday and having so much fun, I decided that Jaden and her friends would have even more fun decorating their own mini-cakes. And I was right!
I baked a 6″ x 2″ round cake for each girl and iced it with buttercream icing. I sectioned out the leftover buttercream icing and colored each in a different color. Finally I bagged each color in a piping bag fitted with a coupler and a decorative tip. I set out the rest of my decorating tips for the girls to use if they so chose. It only took a short demonstration to teach the girls how to unscrew the coupler and change out the tips. Once they got that down, they were off to the races!
And boy did they work hard on their cakes. They carefully piped on each line and flower. They studied each angle before apply the icing. They made sure to use every tip and color available to them at least twice! As one girl proclaimed, “You can’t rush art.” So true, girls, so true.
We even tested out some spray-on food coloring. It worked well although, once the girls got a hold of the spray cans, the house was filled with a fine red mist of food coloring. They got messy with everything in every way possible and cherished every moment. You should have seen the table after the sprinkles and candy Imperials had been opened. Yikes!
After making gingerbread cookie rockets for her brother’s birthday party, these mini-cakes were a cinch! The girls absolutely loved it and each got a slice to eat once they were done. I’d highly recommend this to anyone interested. I would definitely do it again in the future. :]
For the past two years I’ve driven by this beautiful building downtown always wondering what the “Yarn and Loops” sign on the exterior meant, never knowing that it was a haven for yarn fanatics and fiber lovers of every craft. The beautiful brick building turned out to be the home of the L & B Yarn Co. L & B sells a plethora of yarn and fibers as well as crochet hooks and knitting needles. If you’re ever in Norman, OK, you owe it to yourself to stop by. The staff is amazing friendly and helpful and the yarn is to die for. Oh, I love it so.
So far these skeins have been my only purchases, but I must say that I couldn’t be happier. Look at them; aren’t the gorgeous? These are Universal Yarn’s Class Shades in the color Watermelon. It is a medium weight yarn that is 70% Acrylic and 30% Wool. Not only is it super soft but it is super beautiful. I am going to be selfish and keep these for myself. My only problem is what to make with them. I have agonized over the perfect item and pattern to use ever since I purchased this yarn. I really want to showcase the color variations within the skeins. At 197 yards each, I have a grand total of 394 yards to play with. Universal Yarn suggests using a size J-10 hook, but I may end up using a size smaller. Who knows. All I can do at the moment is drool. *sigh*
My second attempt at making my niece a capelet has been a success. After making the last two capelets from the same pattern, I wanted to try something different. I came across the pattern for this one while browsing around Pinterest. And yes, I realize that this one is purple just like the other two. What can I say, my friends and family really like purple.
Once again I used Caron Simply Soft Yarn in the color Lavender Blue with a size I-9 hook. The open work detail and shell design along the bottom edge was a nice departure from the other pattern I had done. And the cute purple gem button should be a huge hit for my 5 year old niece. I found this particular button at Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts. Can you tell that Jo-Ann’s is my favorite craft store? ;]
Up next: yarn that isn’t purple!