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Welcome to Night Vale Scarf

“Regret nothing, until it is too late. Then, regret everything. Welcome to Night Vale.”

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I regret everything.

Okay, so I started this project over the summer because I wanted a change of pace from the tiny octopi I was making to keep my physical stock up. I found a chart for a knit scarf (on Tumblr of all places. Here’s the link) based on the podcast Welcome to Night Vale, and I was like, “That looks cool. I’ll just make it in crochet. It’ll be fun.”

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What a fool I was.

So I actually really like intarsia pieces like this, and crocheting it was really fun. However, I decided to use this piece to experiment with bobbins (I’d never technically used them before). And I made the horrible, horrible mistake of just leaving all the individual strands I was working with completely loose, rather than wrapping them into balls or, you know, actually using bobbin holders. I also made the horrible, horrible mistake of not planning ahead and measuring out how much yarn I needed for each bobbin. So at the end, I was left with a tangled mess of really long ends that needed to be weaved in.

I hate weaving in ends. It’s the bane of my existence.

20170911_103421In the end, though, the scarf turned out pretty cool. I mean, I need to block it if I ever want it to lie flat, but seeing as I don’t have an easy way to do that at school, that’s not going to happen for a while. Besides, it looks fine when I’m just wearing it as a scarf, so mission success in my opinion.

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Super awesome selfie powers activate!

Incidentally, the quote I started off with is from Welcome to Night Vale (Episode 10, entitled “Feral Dogs”). The podcast itself is hard to describe, but if you like the Cthulhu mythos and/or unabashedly surreal fiction, I think it would be worth checking out. I rather enjoy it, for what it’s worth. Here’s a link to their website, and another to the first episode, just for good measure.

So, yeah. Until next time, Goodnight, Night Vale. Goodnight.

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Tiny Crochet Hat

I love tiny hats. This might be kind of obvious, seeing as my first instinct when confronted with a pattern for tiny octopi was to put little top hats on them. As such, it was only a matter of time before I came up with a tiny hat pattern for people. And I think it turned out pretty cute.

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This was a pretty last minute project. I’ve been working on a few longer pieces, but none of them would be finished on time, and this has been rattling around my head for a while. It literally took, like, an hour from start to finish. I think the hardest part was figuring out what color ribbon to use. Oh, and figuring out how best to affix it to someone’s hair. I ended up sewing two barrettes to the bottom of the hat, which seems to hold it pretty well.

So…yeah. I don’t really have much to say about this one. The pattern is here. See you in two weeks!

 

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Flower Barrette

I made a thing! It’s for sale! You can find it here! What is this thing, you ask? Why, it’s a barrette with a crochet flower on it. And it’s adorable!

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Ok, so I made more than one, in multiple colors, and adorable might not be the best word to describe this, but I think it’s pretty. I made these using a pattern for a headband that I found on the website for Red Heart Yarn. (Obligatory pattern link).  I like this pattern because, unlike with most flower patterns, you don’t have to sew it together 20170410_181919at the end.

I originally came across this pattern when one of my friends who was just learning to crochet wanted to make a headband with a flower on it, and wanted me to teach them how to do it. I walked her through making the flower, and at the end, wound up with one of my own. That flower sat around for about four months before I got the bright idea to sew a barrette to the back of it.

Overall, this pattern is cute and fairly easy to make. Additionally, it makes up in under an hour, so it’s a great quick craft, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to embellish something.

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Candy Color Hat and Gloves

 

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Incidentally, that’s me in the picture. This is what I look like.

Hello all! It’s mid January, and as it happens, today is the first day of a brand new semester. So, naturally, I’m sharing something that I made back in December that is only tangentially related to my college experience.

 

I go to school in New Orleans, which doesn’t normally get very cold, even in winter (right now, for instance, it’s a comfortable 77 degrees outside). However, in December this year the temperature dipped down into the 30s and stayed there for an unusually long length of time. I, not expecting the cold, did not actually own a hat or gloves at the time, but I did have a large supply of yarn (as always). So, I found a pattern and set to work.

The patterns I found came from the Moogly blog and are here and here for the hat and gloves respectively. They are called the Ups and Downs Slouchy Beanie and Fingerless Gloves. Go check them out, they’re pretty neat. I especially like the raised braids around the rim of the hat and the base of the gloves.102_8654

The yarn I used was from Red Heart Boutique’s Unforgettable series, which is arguably my favorite selection of yarn of all time ever. The color I used is called Candied, and I love how the soft, pastel colors lazily melt into one another. I love when multicolored yarns have long, individual patches of colors so the resulting pieces end up striped instead of covered in chaotic speckles. I also like that, by a happy accident, the gloves ended up with opposite colors on the top and bottom. In all, this was a fun pattern to make, and I successfully found a way to keep warm in the unusually cold winter.

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Partly Cloudy Super Scarf

So, after a particularly hot October, New Orleans weather has finally decided to get colder and, as the winter months descend upon us, I felt it thematically appropriate to share a particularly cozy scarf.

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My friend, Jessie Conrad, modeling her new scarf

Now, normally I don’t make scarves, because I’m impatient and scarves take forever. However, I have been wanting to make something using super bulky yarn for a while, and I found a scarf pattern from Cre8tion Crochet that is absolutely gorgeous (Pattern link here).

The scarf worked up really fast—as I imagine scarves made of super bulky blanket yarn often do—and as an added bonus, it’s super cozy. In the future, I’d like to experiment more with super bulky yarn, but until then, I’m really happy with this scarf.

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Colorful Crochet Infinity Scarf

20160926_132142So I recently discovered the Moogly blog, which is a treasure trove of crochet patterns, including this one. I highly suggest you check it out, if you haven’t already. (Incidentally, this is the second Moogly pattern I’ve featured on my blog. The first one was the rainbow organizers.)

I really like the way this scarf turned out. I made it as a way to try and use up some of my multicolored yarn (of which I have a lot) and to take a break from my recent, significantly more complicated projects. I was a little skeptical about how it would look going in, as the yarn is kind of a weird mix of colors, but I like the way the oranges and purples play off of each other to create a unique, colorful look. This scarf has a personality, which is an impressive thing for such a simple pattern.

I think this pattern is a great for crocheters of all experience levels, and if you want to make one, you can find it at http://www.mooglyblog.com/artfully-simple-infinity-scarf/. Additionally, this particular scarf is available on my Etsy shop (click here for the specific listing).