My sister is getting married in a couple of months, and I've been tasked with creating crochet flowers to use as decorations for her bridal shower. Because I need to make them in bulk, I decided to go with a very simple, two-round design. I experimented with a few different possibilities before landing on this version, which I'm calling the Wedding Day Crochet Flower.
Being the yarn hoarder that I am, I had ample shades of purple (one of the wedding colors) to use to hook up these simple crocheted flowers. I've used a mix of Scheepjes Catona and Schachenmayr Catania that I had on hand.
Last night, which happened to be a Friday, I was at home enjoying a beer and some crochet (as you do). I commented on Instagram that if you had told me in my 20's that this would represent my perfect evening, I would have looked at you bewilderedly and probably laughed. But here I am, on the doorstep of 40, and I couldn't be happier with an evening in with some yarn and my hooks! And as your comments indicated, I'm not alone. It's nice to have found my tribe of fellow crochet nerds!
We Are Knitters recently dropped their new crochet pattern and kit collection, and it is HOT! The patterns are all modern, on the minimalist side, and absolutely gorgeous.
I had the opportunity to try out the Danko Scarf kit, and it didn’t disappoint. With 3 balls of The Cotton, a 5mm hook, and a tapestry needle, the kit came with everything needed to crochet a beautiful and hip scarf.
The first time I laid eyes on Bear's Rainbow Blanket by Purl Soho, I knew I had to crochet it. The bright, bold design, and the brilliant spectrum of yarn drew me in at first glance. The original pattern calls for Koigu yarn, an absolutely stunning 100% merino wool yarn, whose hand-painted colors are to die for. But its price tag was too steep for me, considering that there are 41 different colors used in the pattern. I shelved the idea for some time, until I happened across DROPS Alpaca, a 100% alpaca yarn of the same weight, that comes in almost 60 different colors. It's incredibly soft, with fabulous drape, and best of all, when on sale, is about one-fifth the cost of the Koigu. (Garn Studio, makers of DROPS yarns, place their different yarns on sale at least annually, through all retailers.)
Raise your hand if you have a bad habit of putting off gift making until the last minute. [Sheepishly raises hand] I have the utmost respect for all of you non-procrastinating types who probably have actual to-do lists, with actual items on them, including "make gifts for your kids' teachers prior to the night before the last day of school."
That will never be me.
So here I am, the night before the last day of school, as previously mentioned, trying to figure out something cute and easy to gift to the individuals who have so lovingly cared for and shaped my children's education over the past year. I did manage to think ahead enough to purchase some Target gift cards, because I have to believe every teacher can appreciate free money to spend at Target.
Add in a handmade gift card holder that can later double as a credit card/loyalty card/business card holder, and we're in business!