Thursday, August 26, 2010

Make Your Own Red, White, and Blue Bangles for Labor Day!

I could make these for you, but better yet, how about you give it a try?  If you're not from the US, you could use the colors of your own flag.  I've shared this pattern on a few BLOG LINK PARTIES.

These are fun and super easy to make.  You've probably seen my free crochet pattern for these bangles before, but I changed the pattern just a bit.  Instead of using a double crochet in the middle, they are all single crochet stitches.


Leave a 3 inch tail.

25 single stitches.
Loop the last single stitch back to the first one and stitch together to form a ring.
Single crochet in each single stitch you made above.
Single crochet in each single stitch you made above (again).
Single crochet in each single stitch you made above (again).
Finish off.

Super easy, right?

I usually have a few bangles in my ETSY shop if you'd rather I make them for you.

Hey, if you have 2 minutes, vote for this free pattern on CraftJuice.  THANKS!

These little bangles take about 10 minutes each for an intermediate, and they can be washed with your cotton wares.  The ones above are 100% cotton.

Email me here if you'd like me to make them for you - any color, any theme.

Here's another pattern for a quick and easy (but super cool) drink cozy.

Have fun!

Here are a few variations of the above pattern:  

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Deborah Norville Yarn Review

Deborah Norville Yarn

Serenity - Bulky Weight
(Last Updated 8/25/2010)

I found a beautiful synthetic yarn by Deborah Norville yesterday at Joann's ($3.29 regular price) and decided to try this yarn to make "The Perfect Bath Puff (Pattern Link)". Before I get started, it's only fair to tell you that I'm addicted to fabric and have reviewed fabric quite a bit - this is my first yarn review. Nevertheless, let's get started!

  • Deborah Norville Serenity Chunky Yarn
  • 100% acrylic
  • Crochet gauge: K-M
  • Color: Golden

  • Because this is a chunky weight yarn, the project worked up much quicker than standard cotton yarn.
  • Super soft - doesn't have that plastic feel that some acrylic yarns have.
  • Beautiful colors to choose from.
  • Machine washable/dryable.
  • Yardage is enough to make 2.5 large bath puffs.
  • Very little splitting of the yarn when crocheting.
  • Light weight when wet and dry.
  • Getting help on choosing the right yarn for this project was easy and quick!

  • After washing 4 times, the yarn frays a bit. However, I took my scissors to it and trimmed off the fraying. Looks like new now.
  • While the yarn makes great bath puffs, I have to admit that cotton yarn does work up a better lather. BUT, cotton yarn is much heavier when wet.
Bottom line -- I absolutely love this yarn. It works great as a bath puff, but might even work better for a blanket or sweater. And, it gets softer with every washing. There are several free patterns on the Premier Yarns website, but I have to admit that I'd love to see more free patterns! Deborah Norville yarns are fairly inexpensive and are not in all the stores yet. Because I wanted to make sure I had the right yarn for the job, I sent an email from the web page and got a response the next day -- from Deborah Norville herself! It doesn't get much better than that!

I'll definately be buying this yarn again and adding these bath puffs to my
ETSY shop!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Weekend Link Party - Link Up Your Latest!


When you link up your projects please be sure to:
  • Link to your specific post, not the main page of your blog, so people can easily find your project.
  • Link to a craft/art project.
  • Show some love!  Visit some of the projects linked up and leave a comment!
  • Become a follower on my blog.
  • If you don't have a blog, feel free to link one of your ETSY items!

Super easy, right?  What are you working on?