Last Minute Hostess and Kid Gifts!

  Would you like to take something unique to the next Christmas party you go to for a hostess gift? Or do you need to make a cute little something for some special kids in your life? Then I have two fun projects for you! Back in July I wrote a guest blog post for Red Heart here titled, “Christmas Ruffle Tree”.  It was part of their “Christmas in July” blog fun.  It is a different way to use their Sashay[Read more]

Deep Red Cowls for Christmas Gifts

This is a great time of year to wear red!  This Bangle Bead Scarf from the October issue of Crochet World (you can purchase here ) works up very quickly with Berroco’s Captiva yarn. Captiva (see Ravelry page here ) has a lovely sheen and when paired with the silver scarf bails and beads shown here, makes for an eye-catching one-of-a-kind cowl. (I recently wore this project over a mint green sweater and received several compliments.) This Crimson Beaded Neck[Read more]

Decadent Cookie Garland

  Don’t you love the look of a Christmas garland?  There is something whimsical and inviting about them and how they soften the sharp angles of a doorway or mantel.   This garland is made of cookies, candy canes, stars and pom-poms.  Each cookie and candy cane are 3-dimensional and stuffed with polyfil but are all calorie and sugar-free!  I crocheted them using Caron’s Simply Soft Solids – this yarn has a wonderful sheen and comes in several vibrant colors.  [Read more]

Quick Snowflake Projects

  Well, it is that time of year again when the snowflakes will soon start to fall – at least in our part of the country.  Our family loves to watch the snow fall in the winter especially around Christmastime.  We are still waiting eagerly for the first official snowfall but until then, I’ll enjoy the various snowflake ornaments and decorations we have up around the house. I love the beautiful designs of snowflakes so much that I created two[Read more]

Ireland Photos and Beauty

In the current December issue of Crochet World my friend Bonnie Barker designed a beautiful throw made with Red Heart’s Super Saver yarn in their teal color.    This Hills of Ireland throw incorporates a variety of elegant cable stitches that give it a great texture. The full pattern can be found on page 45. In addition to what you will find in the magazine, Bonnie has written an article for the Crochet World newsletter (Talking Crochet) that you can[Read more]