Puff Stitch Wool Scarf

Oh boy, I can't believe it's getting cold already!  Time for winter scarves to come out.

I love this pattern so much!  The yarn, not so much.  I never thought I would have any problems working with wool, or wearing it for that matter, but I do!  I used Debbie Stoller's Stitch Nation Full 'O Sheep yarn, 100% Peruvian wool and the results are amazing.  I'm definitely going to be making this pattern again, just in a different, non-wool yarn.  I'm curious to see what kind of texture the puffs/bobbles will have with a different type of yarn.  Currently on sale on my Etsy site.


Summer Shawls

For the spring/summer months, I made these two shawls with regular worsted weight yarn and used a large hook, US size N15-10mm.  The larger hook really changes the weight of the shawl and makes it almost weightless, it's kind of amazing to me!

On a side note, I really need to get a lighter or a more comfortable grip for this size hook because the weight of this bamboo handle aluminum hook is pretty hefty and really wears out my hand quickly.  I'd make more shawls with the same combination if I could get a better, more comfortable hook.

Both shawls are available for purchase on my Etsy site.

Crocheted Seed Bead and Crystal Bangle

I really love how this bangle turned out.  I used size 8 seed beads and 4mm fire-polished glass beads crocheted in a 6 bead round. Because of the larger fire-polished size, the seed beads have to angle around a bit to frame them which gives this bangle a pretty unique look.  I used crochet cotton size 10 in silver to match the main background.

Beach Skirt

I saw this pattern in an issue of Crochet Today and had to make it.  Luckily, my sister's birthday was coming up so I jumped at the opportunity.  Very, very easy, just took a bit longer than expected. But I love how the bottom ruffles because of the longer stitches.

Crocheted Cell Phone Pouches

I've been making a lot of these little pouches, and they seem to be quite popular on my Etsy site.  These are really simple to make with 100% cotton yarn.  They measure 4 inches wide by 5 inches long and are so useful.  The drawstring easily fits around your wrist so wrap and forget!  I love making these, so I'll be putting more colors up soon!


Ocean Colors Varigated Thread Bangle

I finally got the supplies to make a new thread patterned bangle.  I used Aunt Lydia's Crochet Cotton Size 10 in Ocean as the thread and Toho transparent crystal size 8/0 seed beads.  I like the pattern this created with the multi-colors.  Available on my Etsy site.

Variegated Thread Bangle

Next time I need to choose a different set of variegated perle cotton thread so there isn't so much white, but I love the look of the changing colors underneath the clear size 8/o Toho seed beads.  The beads give the bangle a texture and weight and shape that the thread itself doesn't have.  Available at my Etsy site.

Chunky Bangle

I just made my first bangle with size 6 seed beads.  What a change from the size 11 and 8 beads!  I have a habit of making my stitches very tight, but that backfired badly.  I had to rip out the entire piece and re-crocheted it much looser for a more flexible tube.  This is a hefty bangle, weighing almost an ounce and measuring 1/2 inch wide!  Available for sale at my Etsy site.

Spring Scarves

With the weather getting warmer in New England, but still a little brisk at night or the often breezy day, I decided to make a few scarves that are still thick but have a more lacy and look, are more breathable.  All scarves are for sale on my Etsy site.

Bead Crochet Bangles

I've been obsessed with making crochet bangles recently, some solid colors and some with patterns.  Here's a look at a few I've made recently.  I love the weight and chunky-ness of the size 8/o seed beads that I've been using, also easier on the eyes with the stringing and crocheting!  The size 11/o seed beads are much smaller to work with, but their small size make these bangles look so delicate.  These are so fun to make and I love watching the patterns grow.  They are all very, very flexible and sturdy.  Available for purchase at my Etsy store, http://stringsbydesign.etsy.com.

New Blog!

I just created this blog as a supplement my Etsy site, for updates and special promotions.  This is just a work-in-progress right now, but check back soon and hopefully I'll be updating often!

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