Snow Day Scarf ( super fast, last minute gift idea! )

Went to Michaels today, saw this yarn, fell in love, had to have it. That’s it, that’s the whole reason/inspiration behind this scarf!!

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Seriously though, it worked up so thick, warm and squishy!! And bonus, even though it’s called wool ease, it’s machine washable!!
So here you go, make yourself something that laughs at the cold days when the snow just keeps falling.
Supplies:

Super Bulky yarn ( size 6 ) I used two skeins of Lions Brand Wool Ease in Hudson Bay
P – hook
Yarn needle

For this cowl, we’re going to work in the third loop of a hdc:

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In the first photo, you’re looking at the hdc from the front, in the second photo, we’re looking at it from the top. Work all of your stitches into the marked loop.

Ch 100
Slp st to form a ring being careful not to twist.
1.Ch 2, hdc in each st around – 99
2.slp st into first 2 ch, hdc in the third loop of each st around – 99
3-10. Repeat row #2
Fasten off, weave in ends.

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Look! You can wear it two ways!!
This one is super easy to customize, use more than one color, just switch colors on each row, make it thicker or thinner by adding or subtracting rows.
Have fun with it and stay cute and toasty!
Alright, I had this pattern written up and on hold for a couple of weeks now. It’s been scheduled to post this morning, I woke up, looked out the window, saw this:

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First significant snowfall of the season! And it’s still going. Turns out this scarf was named properly!!
Following the pattern, this took me only a couple of hours. So if you need a cute last minute gift, it’s perfect. The yarn can run you up to $10 a skein depending on your location, but don’t fear, go online and grab yourself a coupon. Michaels and joanns always have coupons available on their websites! 😉

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The making of a “scrap-ghan”

All yarn-ists, will inevitably have the issue of too many left over scrap balls. I found myself in this predicament recently and it was stressing me out. So many small balls of yarn taking up space, not big enough to do anything spectacular with, yet still enough to be unable justify just tossing them. I spent weeks trying to figure out what to do with them and then one day inspiration struck!
I love blankets, I’m notorious for heading straight to blanket sections of thrift stores and can whole heartily admit I have too many. However, when you live in New England and winter strikes, nothing is better than curling up on your couch wrapped in soft cozy blankets!
With that in mind, I made the scrap-ghan!

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Get it scrap-afghan, scrap-ghan!? Anyway….
The stitch choice is crucial in my opinion, get it wrong and the blanket ends up a hot mess. I settled on a C2C ( corner to corner ). It works up quickly and makes a soft drape.

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If you need instructions for this stitch, I highly suggest watching The Crochet Crowd video on YouTube.

My first step was to gather all my scrap balls and pair them up by size. I tried my best to keep one light color with one dark color, didn’t always work, but hey I tried. I should also note that I made sure to use all the same weight yarn to keep it cohesive. Mine are all worsted weight.
Next I grabbed my N-hook. Went with the large hook here because I held two strands of yarn together the whole time, hence the pairing of sizes!!
And then, just C2C, I had plenty of yarn and extended it into a rectangular shape as opposed to the typical square. This took me about a week to make, had issues with a certain someone being obsessed with it!

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We had a lot of that going on….
What started as a way to use up yarn, quickly became my family’s favorite blanket! Everyone who sees it loves it and want their own. It’s so soft, warm, and squishy.

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So save up all those leftovers and make a new blanket for your home. 😍

Tiny little turkey!

I don’t really decorate for thanksgiving, which is strange because I do love this time of year?! So I thought I needed to make something in honor of turkey day and of course a turkey was perfect!
Here he is, I just love him! He’s the perfect size for table settings, not too big and not too small.

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_**Supplies:**_
G – hook
Medium weight ( 4 ) yarn: brown, yellow, and any color of choice for feathers
Safety eyes ( I used 9mm ) or black embroidery floss for eyes
Poly-fil stuffing
Yarn needle

_**Terms:**_
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
inc – increase ( 2 single crochets in same hook )
dec – decrease ( crochet 2 stitches together)
slp st – slip stitch

_**Head/Body:**_
Using brown, ch 2
1. sc 5 in second ch from hook – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. ( sc 2, inc )5x – 20
5-8. sc around – 20
9. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
10. sc around – 15
If using safety eyes, attach to the sides of the head now. I put mine in between row #4&5
Begin stuffing
11. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
12-13. sc around – 10
14. ( sc, inc )3x, sc 4 – 13
15. ( sc 2, inc )3x, sc 4 – 16
16. ( sc 2, inc )4x – 20
17. ( sc 3, inc )5x – 25
18-21. sc around – 25
22. ( sc 3, dec )5x – 20
23. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
24. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
25. dec 6, sew shut, fasten off, weave in ends

**_Beak:_**
Using yellow, Ch 2
1. 4sc in the second ch from hook – 4
2. 2sc in each st around – 8
3. sc around – 8
4. ( sc, inc )4x – 12
5. sc around – 12
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

**_Wings:_ Make two**
Using brown, ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hook – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3-7. sc around – 10 each row
8. dec 4 – 6
9-11. sc around – 6 each row
Whip st closed ( do not stuff ) leave long tail for sewing.

**_Legs_: Make two**
Using yellow, ch 2
1. 6sc in the second ch from hk – 6
2. 2sc in each st around – 12
3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18
4-5. sc around – 18 each row
6. ( sc, dec )6x – 12
7. dec 3, sc 5 – 9
8. sc, dec 2, sc 4 – 7
Begin stuffing.
9-12. sc around – 7 each row
Do not stuff last two rows of leg. Sew shut flat. Leave long tail for sewing to body

_**Feathers**_: **make at least four of each**
Using brown ch 13
1.starting in second ch from hk, sc 10, slp st 2 – 12
2. ch 1, turn, slp st 3, sc 8, inc – 13
3. Now continuing around the back of the chain: inc, sc 8, slp st 3 – 13
From this point, you will have 26 stitches around with a flat base.
4. ch 1, turn, slp st 5, sc 7, inc, sc, inc, sc 7, slp st 5- 29
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.
_Using any color you choose and an F-hook_
Follow the pattern for the feather base row 1-3.
Leave a long tail, sew onto the brown base

**_Wattle:_ Make two**
Using red
Ch 4
1. starting in second ch from hk, slp st 2.
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

**_Assembly:_**
Sew the beak on stuffing lightly as you go.
Sew wattles under the beak.
Sew on the feathers.
Sew on wings.
Sew on legs

Finished size: 4 1/2 inches sitting down.

Costume time!!

My daughters school does “senior Halloween”. It’s a right of passage deal where only seniors are allowed to dress up for school. The classes are basically cancelled and the kids are encouraged to go full out and stay in character all day. I give those teachers so much credit, she’s taken photos and videos of previous classes and its utter chaos!!
But, this is her year! They start planning in early summer and its now crunch time.
All over town you can see the high schoolers running in and out of thrift stores looking for pieces, the goal is always to be the best!
Happily I got to make one of my favorite characters from one of my favorite shows!! Momma didn’t even mind helping out, even taking on some of her friends pieces to get this perfect for them.
We spent a total of $20 and still plan on getting orange hair dye ( I’m not kidding about how serious they take this! ) and a box of Scooby snacks for her to feed “Scooby” throughout the day. So all in all I think we did well. She also has pink tights and some amazing retro purple heels. But here it is:

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They’ve been practicing posing as a group, character runs, walking and the iconic Scooby/shaggy jump. Also “Scooby” has a mini van so they’re all being picked up and entering school as a group. Can’t wait to see the group photos!!

Trick-or-Treat part 2!

And of course you need to make her little brother!!

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Vampire Boy!!

**_Terms_**:
ch – chain
hk – hook
sc – single crochet
st – stitch
inc – increase ( 2sc in the same stitch )
dec – decrease ( sc two stitches together )
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
tr – triple crochet

**_Supplies:_**
G-hook
Worsted weight yarn in any color you choose. You will need skin tone, a small amount of white and clothing colors.
Yarn needle
Safety eyes or felt for eyes
Poly-fil stuffing
Tulle ( optional )

**_Head:_**
Using skin tone: Ch 2
1. sc 6 in the second ch from hk – 6
2. 2sc in each st around – 12
3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18
4. ( sc 2, inc )6x – 24
5. ( sc 3, inc )6x – 30
6 – 11. sc around – 30 each row
12. ( sc 3, dec )6x – 24
13. ( sc 2, dec )6x – 18
*if using safety eyes, attach them now. I put mine in at row #6.
* begin stuffing, stuff firmly
14. ( sc, dec )6x – 12
15. dec 6 – 6
Fasten Off, weave in ends.

**_Hair:_**
Using hair color of choice, Ch 2
1. sc 6 in second ch from hk – 6
2. 2sc in each st around – 12
3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18
4. ( sc 2, inc )6x – 24
5. ( sc 3, inc )6x – 30
6 – 8. sc around – 30 each row
9. hdc, dc, tr, dc, hdc, sc 25
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing to head

**_Feet/Legs:_ **make two
Using shoe color: Ch 2
1. sc 5 in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. ( sc 2, inc )5x – 20
5. sc around – 20
6. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
7. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
8. sc around – 10
*begin stuffing
9 – 17. sc around – 10 each row
Fasten off

**_Body:_**
***see the witch girl pattern for instructions on how to connect legs***

1 – 3. sc around – 16 each row
*switch to shirt color
4 – 10. sc around – 16 each row
*continue the stuffing, stuff firmly
11. dec 11, fasten off, leave long tail,for sewing.

**_Arms:_ **Make two
Using skin tone, Ch 2
1. sc 4 in second ch from hk – 4
2. 2sc in each st around – 8
3 – 4. sc around – 8
5. dec, sc 2, dec, sc 2 – 6
6. sc around – 6
*switch to shirt color
7 – 13. sc around – 6
* do not stuff arm, fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

**_Vest:_**
Using red, ch 22
1. starting in second ch from hk, sc across – 21
2. ch 1, turn, sc across – 21
3. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 17, dec – 19
4. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 15, dec – 17
5. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 13, dec – 15
6. ch 1, turn, sc 2, ch 5, skip next 2 stitches, sc 7, ch 5, skip next two sts, sc 2-20
7. ch 1, turn, sc across.
Crochet around entire vest to clean up edges. Fasten off, leave a tail for sewing vest closed.

**_Cape:_**
Using black, ch 23
1. starting in the second ch from hk, sc across – 22
2. ch 1, turn, sc across – 22
3 – 6. repeat row #2 – 22 each row
7. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 18, dec – 20
8. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 16, dec – 18
9. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 14, dec – 16
10. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 12, dec – 14
11. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 10, dec – 12
12. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 8, dec – 10
13. ch 1, turn, sc across – 8
14. ch 1, turn, 3dc in first stitch, dc in next 8, 3dc in last stitch.
Fasten off.

_**Pumpkin Pail:**_
Using orange, Ch 2
1. 5 sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. using back loops only: ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4 – 6. sc around – 15 each row
7. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
Fasten Off.
Use felt or yarn to add face. Use yarn or pipe cleaner for handle.

Assembly:

* Sew hair onto head
* Sew head onto body
* Pin vest on and mark where the arms need to go, remove vest, sew arms into place
* Put on vest, put on cape
* Add any additional details

Finished size: 7 inches

Nature inspired me today!

Today was the perfect fall day and while walking Louis I was inspired to make something “fallish”. So I grabbed a few perfect little acorn tops, my stash of embroidery floss, and the trusty glue gun!
I love how they came out and may make a few more before winter hits us.

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Look at Louis’s sweater! Does that not make you think of cocoa by the fire and thanksgiving dinner!? Love it! 😍

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Trick-or-Treat!

Halloween seems to lose something when you’re no longer picking out the perfect costume and walking around at night asking for free candy. And where I live is too rural for trick or treaters, so this year I made my own!

LITTLE WITCH

**_Terms_**:
ch – chain
hk – hook
sc – single crochet
st – stitch
inc – increase ( 2sc in the same stitch )
dec – decrease ( sc two stitches together )

**_Supplies:_**
G-hook
Worsted weight yarn in any color you choose. You will need skin tone, a small amount of white and clothing colors.
Yarn needle
Safety eyes or felt for eyes
Poly-fil stuffing
Tulle ( optional )

**_Head:_**
Using skin tone: Ch 2
1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6
2. 2sc in each st around – 12
3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18
4. ( sc 2, inc )6x – 24
5. ( sc 3, inc )6x – 30
6 – 11. sc around – 30 each row
12. ( sc 3, dec )6x – 24
13. ( sc 2, dec )6x – 18
*if using safety eyes, attach them now. I put mine in at row #6.
* begin stuffing, stuff firmly
14. ( sc, dec )6x – 12
15. dec 6 – 6
Fasten Off, weave in ends.

**_Hair:_**
Using hair color of choice, Ch 2
1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6
2. 2sc in each st around – 12
3. ( sc, inc )6x – 18
4. ( sc 2, inc )6x – 24
5. ( sc 3, inc )6x – 30
6 – 10. sc around – 30 each row
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing onto head.

**_Pigtails:_ **make two
Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2 – 3. sc around – 5
4. sc 2 in each st around – 10
5 – 7. sc around – 10 each row
8. dec 5
*stuff now
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing

**_Feet/Legs:_ **make two
Using shoe color: Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. ( sc 2, inc )5x – 20
5. sc around – 20
6. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
7. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
8. sc around – 10
*begin stuffing
*switch to white
9 – 10. sc around – 10 each row
*switch to black
11. sc around – 10
*switch to white
12 – 13. sc around – 10 each row
*switch to black
14. sc around – 10
*switch to white
15 – 16. sc around – 10 each row
*switch to black
17. sc around – 10
Fasten off

_**Body: **_
*using the clothing color
Hold both legs side by side, insert the hook thought the inside of of one leg into the second leg.

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Yarn over the hook and pull through both legs.

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Yarn over the hook and pull through loop on hook. Your legs are now connected by one stitch.
Insert the hook through the next stitch on both legs, single crochet, your legs are now connected by two stitches.

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Starting in the first stitch on the left leg:

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Sc 8, now move to the second leg:

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Sc 8 around second leg, you now have a total of 16 stitches in clothing color.

1 – 3. sc around – 16 each row
4. in back loops only: sc around – 16
5 – 10. sc around – 16 each row
*continue the stuffing, stuff firmly
11. dec 11, fasten off, leave long tail,for sewing.

**_Arms:_ **Make two
Using skin tone, Ch 2
1. 4sc in second ch from hk – 4
2. 2sc in each st around – 8
3 – 4. sc around – 8
5. dec, sc 2, dec, sc 2 – 6
6 – 10. sc around – 6
*switch to clothes color
11. 2sc in each stitch around – 12
12 – 14. sc around – 12 each row
* do not stuff arm, using one or two stitches, sew just below the shirt sleeve sealing the arm itself shut.
* stuff the sleeve
15. dec 6, sew shut. Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

**_Skirt:_**
*using clothes color yarn, slp stitch in to the front loops of row #4
1. ( 2sc in first stitch, skip he following stitch ) repeat around – 16
2. ( sc 3, inc )4x – 20
3. 2sc in each st around – 40
4 – 6. sc around – 40 each row
Fasten off, weave in ends.

_**Hat:**_
Using black, Ch 2
*if you aren’t going to fold the top of the hat, skip row #5*
1. 4sc in second ch from hk – 4
2. sc around – 4
3. 2sc in each st around – 8
4 – 5. around – 8
6. ( sc, inc )4x – 12
7. sc around – 12
8. ( sc 2, inc )4x – 16
9. sc around – 16
10. ( sc 3, inc )4x – 20
11. sc around – 20
12. ( sc 4, inc )4x – 24
13. sc around – 24
14. *in front loops only, ( sc 5, inc )4x – 28
15. ( sc 6, inc )4x – 32
Fasten off, weave in ends.

_**Pumpkin Pail:**_
Using orange, Ch 2
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. using back loops only: ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4 – 5. sc around – 15 each row
6. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
Fasten Off.
Use felt or yarn to add face. Use yarn or pipe cleaner for handle.

**_Assembly:_**

* See hair onto head
* Sew head onto body
* Sew arms onto body
* Add any details to face and dress

Finished size: 7 inches without her hat on.

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Dobby!

I joined a Halloween themed secret Santa swap in one of my vintage groups this year. And of course the person I’m paired with doesn’t even like Halloween all that much!! Ugh, fine, whatever. She does love Harry Potter and homemade gifts, so……

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I made her a dobby! I’ll add him to the candies and smaller things I’ve already bought. Hopefully she likes him!

DIY witches broom

Fall is here!!!!!! Ok, got a little excited about that. Today was crisp and cool with the perfect amount of sun and breeze. I decided the perfect day to finally make a witches broom for the front step.
Again, I spent no money on this craft and you can too!
So, let’s play!
Supplies:
-a long stick or branch depending on the size you want. Go on a hike, crunch some leaves underfoot, bring home supplies. 😜
-older straw broom. I got mine from my grandparents basement. I believe you can purchase them cheaply though.
-twine/rope/string, whichever makes you happy. 😊
– scissors, perhaps a hammer ( ? ) these tools depend on your broom. Mine was extremely old and required a bit of stubborn brute strength to dismantle!

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As you can see my broom had a welded metal bar wrapped around it. I proceeded to pick up my phone and call my brother. He came right over and applied the above mentioned brute strength!!
Anyway, you need to first remove the straw from the broom. After the metal was removed and he uncoiled the wire at the top, I cut the rope from center pieces and begin pulling the straw out.

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Next spread your straw out, keeping it thick enough to hide the stick.
Place your stick on the straw. I placed my stick pretty far in on purpose.

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Cover the top and sides of the stick. Take your string/twine/rope and pull it tight around the bundle ( keeping close to the top ) tie a knot.
( or you know have brother do this too! )

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Continue wrapping the top of your broom until you’re happy with the look. Tie it off, display your pretty.
Tada you’ve made a witches broom for your porch! Or your brother basically did, but it was your idea and you told him what to do, so same thing right?!

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