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Surely I am not the only crazy crafter working round the clock in attempts to get orders out before holidays creep up?! When I finally close my eyes at the end of the day I see blurry remnants of crochet & knit designs floating behind my heavy lids. Life is good.

I have a plan in mind for these lace crochet snowflakes. Hopefully I manage to put it all together before Christmas :/ I’m just really grateful I can still see well enough to actually work these tiny steel hook thread designs.

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This is perhaps one of my favorite lace scarfs ever! Still working on the trim & loving every little detail of this soft & beautiful design.

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What crafts are you feverishly working on?

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New lace detachable collar design in shimmery burnt orange thread. I love everything about this.

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Lace crochet detachable collar/caplet in progress

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pattern will be available for purchase via Etsy soon 🙂

Fresh Off The Hook!

I have a project in mind for all these newly crochet doilies.   Still have a few more to go before I can get started!

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pile-o-doilies

 

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a couple of original Off The Hook Thread  doily designs
Some day I will jot down the patterns if anyone is interested.

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My very first attempt at a diagram crochet pattern (with a little twist of my own thrown in for good measure) !
Seriously do not know why I did not try these before!
***Proud moment 🙂

Hope your day is full of sunshine and happiness!

Peace, K

As promised a Wrapping It Up– glass jar cozy tutorial.

Things you’ll need:

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Several scraps of different shades & textured yarn/string/ribbon/thread.
I imagine you could even use strips of fabric although I have not yet attempted this method

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*Clear drying craft glue (I’ve tested several and have had the best results using fabric stitch glue)
*A glass bottle or jam jar
*Sponge for applying glue or if you are brave and don’t mind getting your hands a bit messy use your fingers to apply glue (I used a little makeup application sponge–it’s what I had on hand and it works perfectly for this project)
*Small scissors

Directions:

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Remove any labels from glass jar by spraying a little ‘Skin-So-Soft bath oil by Avon’ directly onto the label.
After allowing to sit for a few minutes the label should lift right off the glass.
If you do not have SSS bath oil on hand just soak your jar in warm soapy water for 15 minutes or so and use a little elbow grease. If the label is very stubborn & difficult to remove after soaking just scrape off using a Brillo pad or steel wool while the label is still wet. (btw SSS makes an excellent mosquito repellent as well. Love the stuff!)
image source: Google Images-Avon

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Apply glue to your sponge and swipe a thin layer to a small area of the glass. You do not have to saturate your jar in glue because once you begin wrapping the yarn stays pretty secure. Only apply the glue to begin & end each new color so that it lays flat & secure against the glass.

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Slowly & evenly begin wrapping one color yarn around jar using your fingers (or you could use the flat side of a nail stick) to push the yarn into place so that it is nice and snug. You don’t want to see gaps between the yarn.

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Choose a different color and/or textured yarn and repeat the above step until you are satisfied with your design.

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use various textured/colored yarns

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Allow to dry completely before displaying
makes a unique pen cozy
or bud vase.
*note the two solid color crochet designs pictured above are removable crochet glass cozies. The yarn wrapped cozies are permanent and can not be removed from the glass jar.

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I love these little glass jar sweaters.  I really enjoy making them because not only are they adorable but they work up rather quickly.

You can find a crochet pattern for one HERE  (cute green cozy pictured above).  The multi colored cozy designs are actually thread wrapped glass.

I will be posting up a super simple wrap cozy tutorial soon so keep your eyes peeled!   Have a wonderful day!   -K

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100% white Egyptian cotton…love!

Hi. My name is Karen and I am a yarn hoarder.   Yes, it’s true, I do tend to collect lovely yarns & fabrics. I have loads  tucked away in my “maybe someday” vault.    It’s as though they call to me and I just can’t leave them once I spot them…I’ve just gotta have em.    I adore cotton threads…and love working with them.   I have a tendency to be attracted to light colored yarns.  White is actually my favorite because I figure any  items made can be dyed if need be.  Personally I never find the need to dye anything.

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flower motif white cotton crochet collar
pattern for this collar can be found on my link for DROPS. Wonderful pattern.

As of late I have really been into crocheting these lovely detachable collars.  Initially I made one for myself & wore it atop a plain grey cashmere sweater.  Loved the result!  It added that extra oomph to an otherwise very expensive albeit dull looking cashmere.

Crochet collars are super easy to make and  work up rather quickly which is always a great incentive for those of us who love instant gratification.  I actually enjoy spending time and energy on my crochet projects, in fact I’m working on a table runner that is quite intricate and time consuming. My estimation is I will have my runner complete in about 6 – 8 years months, which is fine   but its always nice to work on something small and unique in between the larger projects.  Its a wonderful intermission & I find it helps keep my creative juices flowing.

A few of my inspirations for my own collar- I have made quite a few of these for gifts and of course myself  and LOVE them!
Lululoves Blog

Adorable collar free pattern

and a cute pattern from Drops

Here are a few photos of the ones that I have made using the  patterns listed above and some of my own:

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this was made from the pattern listed under DROPS. Love Love Love

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eventually I will post up a DIY how to for this collar. It’s fabulous!

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While I do own an online Etsy shop where I sell some of my crochet and knit goodies, I’ve not made use of it for over a year!  Life sometimes has a way of getting in the way of plans.  When things calm down & I do decide it is the right time, I will reopen my shop & definitely will consider selling some of my own collars & patterns.

Have a great Wednesday everyone!

Peace, K.

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