BonBons and hats

I lived in the Caribbean for almost 8 years, and there was pretty much endless sun, sand, ocean.  When you live on an island, there is a lot of ocean.  And I loved it, but as a crocheter, it can be challenging to find projects that are fun to work on when it’s 90 degrees out.  Doilies are always good, and don’t get me wrong, I love a good doily pattern, but lets save that for another post.  Now that I’m up north, my crochet to do list has gotten infinitely bigger.  Oh my, the afghans, sweaters, hats, scarfs, the possibilities are endless!  Alas, I only have so much time to devote to my crochet, after all, there are only 24 hours in a day!

Hats can be very quick and fun projects to do and with Lionbrand Bonbon yarns you get a lot of color in a package.

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Plus, there are sparkles!!  How cool is that??

This is a Lionbrand pattern, designed for Bonbons.  The band is cute little granny squares and than the hat is worked in a shell pattern.  Adorable!  This definitely worked up quickly.  My only quibble would be the finishing, with 11 rows of shells and 6 mini granny squares, there were a seemingly endless number of ends to weave in.  You think you are finished and another one seems to pop out!  I think I got them all.

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This is not really a warm hat, more of a cute pop of color when one is having a not so great hair day.  I love it and am even thinking of doing a scarf to match!

Maine Yarn

I love shopping for yarn, I mean really, who doesn’t? I am also a firm believer in supporting both local yarn shops and local fiber artists.  So if I can combine a local yarn shop with some funky handspun yarn, Awesomenesssss!

Recently I had the opportunity to indulge my yarn obsession when we took a  two week RV trip down the coast of Maine.  There are sheep in Maine, which means there are local yarns in Maine.  I popped into a lovely yarn store in Lubec, Maine called Wags and Wool.  Now I am a certified cat person, (I know, yarn and cats, never a good mix), but how can one resist the lure of the Easternmost yarn shop in the United States?  Not me.  We popped in and were greeted by a rather large and furry friend.  Now the store is definitely geared more towards the knitter, but than again, I still haven’t found a crochet oriented yarn shop yet (maybe I should open one), but once you start talking yarn, its all the same language!  In addition to a very nice selection of yarn, they also offer dog and cat toys, since we had 2 furry kittens waiting for us back at the camper we couldn’t leave without picking out a couple of furry cat toys.  They also offer a selection of knitted items for sale, hubby was happy to pick up a beer mitten.  It’s a knitted mitten, that has a bottle cozy incorporated, no more cold hands when holding your beer!  It’s kind of genius, but it’s also knitted and alas, I have not been able to find a crochet pattern for it yet.

Let’s see, hubby got a present, kitties got a present, what is missing?  Oh yeah, ME!  No worries, I found some beautiful local yarn.

Maine Yarn

The company is Done Roving Yarns and they are located in Charlotte, Maine.  The colors are absolutely brilliant!  Elegant Ewe, is a merino/silk blend.  Kind of chunky, but super soft and the fuchsia and teal colorway had my name written all over it.  I’m still thinking what to do with it, but in the meantime my chief yarn snob is pretty happy with it.  This is Burrito and she only likes wool, no acrylic blends for her!

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Gussied up, which is the sparkly blue yarn, is a 100% wool with a metallic wrap, with 265 yards, more than enough to make a fancy scarf!  I found a pattern on Craftsy.com for the California Spring Scarf.  The base is a fan pattern that works up quite quickly and has a picot edging.  I didn’t care for the edging so I used a shell instead.  I think it came out quite cute.

California Spring scarf

The metallic glitter is a wonderful touch and the yarn is quite scarf, I’m almost looking forward to cooler weather in order to show it off!

Crochet Basket

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I recently inherited a rather large stash of yarn from my late grandmother.  She was a life long knitter and crocheter and I definitely inherited my love of all things fiber from her.  The yarn is quite a mishmash of weights and colors and fibers, ther ere are even some UFOs in there!

I found some SOFTelle plus, acrylic/cotton blend yarn. An interesting blue/white twist.  Grandma even got it on sale!! Twenty-five cents a skein!! After doing a bit of research, I learned this yarn was made in the USA by a company called Yarn Industries, Inc.  They were dissolved in January, 1990.  My yarn is at least 24 years old!  Goodness!

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Looking for something to do with this fun yarn, I found a pattern for a Diamond Trellis Basket,  perfect way to use up some yarn, and practical as well.  Booyah!!

It’s a great pattern, you can easily scale it up or down, depending on the size basket you want to make and/or how much yarn you have.  It is a little tiring to work on, holding 3 strands together and using a smallish hook will definitely put a strain on your hook hand.  So worth it though.  Once I got the hang of the pattern, it went very quickly and I love the result.

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