Old memories: Growing up, my grandparents always cooked the dinner, whether at their house or ours. Long, long hours spent waiting for the bird to be done. Homemade stuffing, stuffed inside the bird, the jellied cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and rutabagas. Dinner was around 4pm and the naps began quickly afterwards. Football was a must watch, family conversations, laughter.
Now Thanksgiving dinner is ordered, less cooking time needed, rutabagas and potatoes not on the menu, appetizers are in place, Martinelli’s Apple Cider the drink of the day, and the Bartholomew Green Slime (lime jello mold) are on the menu. As we make our way to Long Beach to Lee’s family home, I want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.
(Ahem, Baggy wishes you all a happy Turkey day, too! Now I wonder how much yarn I can unroll while they are gone…)
As a crocheter, I am usually making crochet animals for arts & crafts fairs, my website or my consignee,Buy Hand – Laguna Beach. Yesterday, I had to make a fiberfill run because I was running low on stuffing plus a 50% off coupon enticed me. I had heard that JoAnn’s Fabric and Craft Stores would be carrying Premier Yarns’ Sweet Roll, their version of Caron Yarns Cakes. I decided to purchase 2 skeins, because I can’t come home with only 1, right?
I chose Mint Swirl, a trio of green (husband’s fav color) and Black Pepper Swirl (black and gray, Raider Nation). Time to crochet a scarf with the Mint Swirl, and knit a scarf with Black Pepper.
I grabbed my Prym Ergonomic Size J (9mm) crochet hook, a longer and larger hook because I want the scarf to have a loose tension. Deciding how wide and long was not an issue for me, 245 yards is plenty for a crochet scarf. Half Double Crochet is my stitch of choice.
I like the Sweet Roll yarn. A nice worsted weight, acrylic yarn, that worked up quickly. Its soft to the touch, the color changes were smooth, with an exception where there was a knot, but I was able to hide that knot. When I folded it in half, the blocks of color closely matched up.
The scarf measures 7 inches wide by 53 inches long. It is long enough to wrap around your neck. It is machine washable, cold temp. Tumble dry. I plan to wash it with SOAK yarn wash to soften it even more.
(Baggy Here: As Kathy’s creative director, I’m thinking the next one Kathy crochets will be longer and not as wide, so stay tuned.)
There are many color combinations to choose from and at $5.99 per cake, it is a good price for the 245 yards you get.
After about 3 years of reading other people’s patterns, and making their products, I wanted to try my hand at creating my own. With much effort, lots of paper, lots of “frogging,” I created my first pattern. It is called CUPCAKE.
I had crocheted some cute cupcakes, sold them at shows, and people asked where I got the pattern. With delight I said “I made up the pattern”. But I did not have the pattern to sell to them. At that moment, a lightbulb flashed over my head… (BAGGY HERE: Well, duh. Sell your patterns, silly human!)
For the next 2 weeks, until November 18th, you can get my very first pattern I ever designed for FREE. Just hop on over to the Shop page, tap patterns and you’ll see your free pattern. (BAGGY HERE AGAIN: Or you could just tap this link HERE.)
While you’re there, check out the other patterns I have. I will be adding more patterns along the way, so be sure to subscribe to this blog to keep updated on new patterns and products.
It’s been just a few days since YarnKat was launched and I feel reminiscent. Jump into my time machine as we go back (GASP) 40 years, a shy teenager learning a few tricks with knitting needles and crochet hooks: How to do the backward loop cast on, making chains and single crochet with a crochet hook.
I was proud to be able to knit scarves with circular needles. All I needed was 1 circular needle, 1 straight needle, and 1 crochet hook, all Boye brand.
I knitted my brother a scarf and embellished it. I think the yarn I knitted with was Wintuk, an acrylic yarn. I was quite surprised to learn that he kept the scarf. It looks brand new. Handcrafted by me, handmade by me.