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Stashless?!

Category: crochet

Yes dear lovelies, it’s true. My stash is gone– well, for now anyway. My fiancé and I are trying to buy a house, so it’s all been tucked away into storage (turns out it makes wonderful stuffing to protect that most-prized-possession). But oh, I have done a silly thing. My stash is away, but my needles are still with me  all sad and empty. And thoroughly tempting. Surely having all your yarn gone just means you get to buy more, right? Well… sort of. 

I’ve had to give myself a new rule in order to keep from burdening our hosts with piles of yarn. Yes, you guessed it. If I want to knit anything, I can only have one project going at a time, and I have to finish before I buy more. I’m definitely not this kind of knitter, so it’s proven to be quite a challenge so far.

What sort of knitter are you? Do you like to buy yarn for one project and only have that one project going at a time, or do you let your stash run free and your needles adorned with projects that will tooootally be finished someday? Maybe a combination of both? 

Beautiful Buttons

Category: crochet

I love buttons. They can be so unique and beautiful, and they can brighten up even the simplest of garments and accessories. I’ll even use them to embellish my needle felted dolls from time to time!

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Every now and then when I’m facing shelves I get to take a peek through our button racks, and I always seem to find something new and entertaining. Today I’d like to share a few of my favorites with you, and hopefully spark some inspiration! (Ignore my gross fingers)

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He’s so happy!

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Sometimes I like to use these and the antlers above in my felting.

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Each of these coconut shell buttons can be vastly different from the others in the tube.

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When you’re trying to find the perfect button, look no further. This is THE perfect button for everything, no doubt about it. Everything you have needs to portray the heartwarming story of the goat that lived on a farm and was best friends with a toad. ~*~Everything~*~

DIY Costume Pieces for Halloween

Category: crochet

I love Halloween. A holiday all about chocolate and costumes? Yes, please! (I am equally passionate about theme parties, for similar reasons.) Whenever possible, I like to make my own costumes, and I actually think that’s part of the fun. I recently spent a little time browsing Ravelry for handmade Halloween costume items to share with all of you, and there are some really fun pattern ideas out there!

Wigs: You can knit or crochet a wig for just about any character — long hair, short hair, colorful hair, wild hair. Plus, it’s basically a hat, so it will help keep you cozy on a chilly Halloween night.

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© Charlotte W.

The Lassie Wig Hat by Charlotte W. is a great foundation for any costume that calls for a wig. You can do braids, or pigtails, or even wind the braids on either side, space-princess-style. Thread sturdy wire through the braids and you’ve got Pippi Longstocking! Throw a horned helmet on top and you can be a Viking!

 

 

 

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© Mary Scott Huff

The Dolly pattern by Mary Scott Huff is perfect for a number of classic costumes. Goldilocks, a rag doll, Shirley Temple, Little Bo Peep… This knitted wig also features a hat base, to help your curls stay in place, and it would be easy to make longer curls if you need them. With any hat-based wig, you can pretty much create any hairstyle — simply weave or tie the yarn into the hat base.

 

 

 

Masks and disguises: As a crafty person, you can custom-make a mask to fit your face, which means no more ill-fitting costumes that slip down over your eyes!

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The Disguise Mask by Ana Rosa is a delightful yarn-y take on a classic. I especially love the option for the fuzzy eyebrows. This disguise can stand alone as a costume, or be part of a Mr. Potato Head!

 

 

 

 

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Mask Gone Batty by Cristina Mershon is a slightly more elegant mask option. Crocheting this in aran weight yarn will make for a quick, last minute option. Add a black lace shawl — bonus points if you made it yourself!

 

 

 

There are so many amazing costume pieces out there! Hats, gloves, mermaid tails…

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Check out the Witchy Hands by Kim Hamlin — creepy yet cozy at the same time!

 

 

 

 

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© Coats & Clark

This Halloween Top Hat by Sharon Mann is super fun, and can be customized in almost any way you can imagine. Circus Ringmaster, Mad Hatter, steampunk…

 

 

 

 

There’s still plenty of time to grab some yarn and add a handmade touch to your costume! Ravelry has pages and pages of Halloween goodies, and we have skeins and skeins of yarn! Now, if anyone needs me, I’ll just be over here making a wearable cloud out of FiberFil and hot glue. Get crafty!