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November 28, 2011


Just like everyone else who crochets or knits, I have been needling my little hands off in order to get some projects finished before the big day: Christmas!  I have lots of family members to make things for, and whether they like it or not, they would LOVE to get something homemade from me for Christmas!  I don't know about you, but I love the instant (well, almost) gratification of one skein projects.  They come together quickly and allow you to use up spare yarns from your stash.  I found a cute hat and scarf pattern that fits the bill!  The coolest thing is that I have recently started using recycled yarns and this groovy stuff called Plarn.  Read on for more about recycled yarns, plarn, and grab the hat and scarf pattern for yourself!

I don't know about you, but I taught myself to crochet.  I have the sort of problem that I think I can do anything.  That tends to get you in trouble sometimes, but so far no trouble has resulted from my crocheting escapades.  I have developed something of an addiction to yarns.  I get excited when I see a great yarn at  great price, and sometimes (gasp!) I buy them without having a project in mind!  This results in a HUGE stash of yarn and no plans for any of it!  I am determined to use the majority of it for my winter projects, and after it is gone I have made a vow...from now on I am buying recycled yard only.  Recycled Yarn!?!    Yes.  Recycled yarn.  This means I need sweaters and plastic bags (really?)  So I will be going to thrift stores, garage sales, begging some off from friends, perhaps even snatching them off the backs would be bad!  Then I just have to unravel them and get to work!  You can even buy recycled yarn from some shops.  It comes freshly laundered and wound up in a ball.  I recently bought almost 500 yards of recycled silk yarn for a fab price.  Oh, and the plastic bags.  I am talking grocery bags, you know, the ones that are piling up in our landfills and never biodegrade?  Well, there is this really cool thing called Plarn.  Yep, Plarn, Plastic + Yarn = Plarn.  You can find directions for making plarn all over the net.  THIS ONE has nice clear, easy to follow instructions.

To the hat and scarf!  This hat and scarf are perfect for my sister.  She lives in a climate with pretty heavy snow so I know she will appreciate something that will keep her nice and cozy warm!  I started the hat a few days ago, but got side tracked on something else so I have only worked on it for a couple of hours.  Seems to happen a lot around here.  The pattern is simple and the directions are quite clear.  It is rated for beginners, so I was pretty sure I could handle it!  It is pretty much your standard hat, you are working in rounds.  I am on round 19.  Woo hoo!  Not much to go, then I can start the scarf.

I will post picture once I finish it.  I sure hope she likes it, and I hope you enjoy the pattern.  It is offered free on the Internet, so I know I can share it without any troubles!  Grab it HERE.  It's a PDF download, so easy peasy.  Happy crocheting!

Love and hugs,

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