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.

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.

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).