A beanie for my younger son who was in need of a hat for the colder days of fall. Very easy to make, all in double crochets in the back loop. I used yarn that I have previously used (some 6 years ago) to make him a sweater. It was a green sweater with beige stripes. Now that I think of it, I could have taken a picture of this sweater. But I did not think about it. I started to unravel it in April 2014 when I was in need of green yarn to make leaves. I do not remember what kind of yarn it is, but it definitely has some wool in it.
If you wish to make the same beanie, you can find the pattern here, made by Drops Design.
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Daisies and Leaves
One week ago, I saw on Pinterest a picture of beautiful daisies and leaves decorating a gift package. I followed the link and that brought me to a beautiful blog called Daisy Cottage Design, featuring lovely crochet projects (the name itself is quite lovely!). And, oh goodness!, there is a tutorial for making those wrapping decorations (DIY Floral Gift Wrap). It only took me a few seconds to decide that this would be what I would be working on during the following days. I had finished my Narcissus Baby Blanket and was in need of a new crochet project. Something completely different and fun.
I went to my yarn basket and found scraps in red and grey. The daisy is very fast to crochet and I had a few done in no time. I wanted more daisies and more colors. So I made a few in yellow. But that was not enough. Unfortunately, I had by then run out of my scraps suitable for flowers and didn’t have any for the leaves. I was starting to plan a trip to the yarn store when I remembered the two sweaters I had knitted a few years ago and that were now two small for my sons. I started unraveling them. As I mentioned in my post about my Picot Fingerless Gloves, I love recycling yarn and the one I used for those sweaters was perfect for daisies.
That was a very fun project and I know that I will make daisies again when I need to decorate a package for someone special.
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Sleeves from old sweaters I knitted for my sons and that were washed many, many times, as we can see on this picture.
I found matching buttons in my button box.
The daisies make beautiful tags.
Of course, they are quite pretty on a box.
They would be perfect when giving a quilt! No box or paper needed in that case.
I know there are not many grey flowers in nature but I just like them with their navy/gold centre.
They are quite sophisticated around a rolled sheet of paper.
Here in Canada, January means snow and very cold weather. Which means cold hands. One can always warm one’s fingers around a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate, but holding a cup during the whole day is not practical. So I picked up some yarn and crochet hooks and set to work. I chained, added single crochets, picot stitches and then double crochets.
The first yarn I picked was black. I didn’t have enough left for two gloves, but enough for two fingerless gloves. I thought: “Why not, fingerless gloves are always handy!” You can wear it outside beneath regular gloves that are not warm enough. You can wear it inside, in places that are always cold (like a skating arena). You can wear it at home when your hands are too cold for manual work (there is nothing worse than crocheting or knitting with cold hands…). In no time, I had two nice hand warmers.
I then picked a nice cotton beige yarn, that was once a child sweater. I loved so much knitting with that yarn that I could not part with it when the sweater became too small to wear. I slowly unraveled it. I like to unravel sweaters. “What a crazy thing to do!”, you may think. Of course, it takes some time to undo a sweater. (Even more if the threads got tangled, which often happens in my case…) But in the end you have a ball of yarn ready to be crocheted or knitted; you didn’t have to go to the store, you didn’t have to pay for it and you didn’t have to put in the garbage (in my opinion, it would have been a shame to throw away good yarn).
And again, in no time, I had two more hand warmers. I made a pattern that is available for free on my web site so you can also warm some hands. With new or recycled yarn… In my pattern, you will find instructions on how to make the picot stitch and on how to make bigger or smaller gloves, to warm bigger or smaller hands.
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