Succesories!

I’m not even going into the title. If you don’t see the play on words, you’re clearly not nerdy enough. Or I’m too nerdy to be clear. Either way, LaLove Designs’ new accessories line is in full swing! 
  
  

 

  
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Mix and Match Crochet Scarf

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Man, I love contrast! I’ve been meaning to take pictures of this scarf I made for my daughter for a while, but I was planning on making sure she had a good coordinating outfit on when I did. Turns out, she’s got really good style intuition. She hates the “matchy matchy” look like I do, and perfectly paired this light aqua scarf with a gray dress with a ditsy yellow flower print.
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How’d The Ugly Sweaters Turn Out?

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 This dress was just so adorable the way it was. Both of my girls wanted to keep it for every day wear. Neither of their names start with a C.

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So I admit, I  kind of threw the dresses together at the last minute. I ran out of steam a bit after the sweaters, but the girls enjoyed them. They both had jingle bells on them, so it was a pretty loud church service. Fun.
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Mine was pretty silly. It wasn’t as extravagant as I was gonna go for, but I just couldn’t resist this cute ugly puppy! I did manage to add really big jingle bells to my right shoulder so I could do a little festive shoulder jig every few minutes to make sure everyone at the party was still awake and merry.
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This is the hubby! That’s the nicest thing I can think to call him since he often calls me his “ole lady.” Flattering. I’m still proud of our Goodwill crochet score. I’m extra super proud that there are jingle bells in each of those wreaths. I totally made him jiggle for everyone who complimented his sweater. The man can shimmy.IMG_2031Dec. 2014 Group 2 421

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I feel like I have a lot of explaining to do about this picture. I didn’t get any pictures of myself in the hat and the sweater together, but this is the magnificent hat I found to go with. I think I may wear it throughout the year when I have diva moments. Try arguing with a woman in that hat!

Merry Christmas, guys!!!!

Holiday Scarves

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Here’s my new reason for loving crochet: It makes excellent gifts! Here’s my suggestion for the holidays: Pick one design that you like, perfect it, and duplicate it in a bunch of colors so you can hand them out to everyone and the next year pick another item. This means you don’t lose track of who got mittens and who got scarves already, and you get the benefit of quick chain-style production and not having to switch gears between each gift. The real beauty of this manner of DIY gift giving is that it’s newbie-friendly. I JUST learned to crochet. I can only make a few things. This is the second type of scarf I made and I loved it, so I decided that’s what everyone would get. I don’t have to worry about learning how to make a ton of items right away. Next year I think I’ll work on those ear warmer head wraps. And maybe the year after that I’ll attempt mittens. Who knows? Maybe by year 4 or 5 I’ll learn how to send out Christmas cards instead of just buying them and addressing half and leaving them on my table until it’s too late to possibly send out. Maybe this blog just became fictional.

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These are the two scarves my daughters are giving to their teachers this year, and I must say I think it’s a good gift. They probably have more plaques and tree ornaments with rulers and apples than they can stand. I used the thick yarn and my blue plastic jumbo hook, which I love! If you want to take up crochet and have very little patience, I suggest starting with those two items. And a double crochet. It goes pretty quick that way.

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For the scarves, I chose the infinity style, obviously, because they are so popular and snuggly and cozy and everybody’s happier when their neck is warm. I used the double crochet and made them ribbed by only putting the crochets into the back part of each loop. (Can you tell I don’t really know all the terminology yet?) I will probably do a step by step picture tutorial at some point. If anyone is dying to see that soon, however, I would make that tutorial sooner if you told me to do it in what? Your handy dandy comment section, of course! (Can you also tell I’m really vying for your feedback?)IMG_1976

Here they are all wrapped up. And by wrapped up I mean jammed into a bag and topped with tissue paper because mama hates to wrap. Is it just me or does that cardinal look a bit nefarious?IMG_1974

The Moral of The Story?

Find something you want to learn how to do and dig in. Look at blog tutorials. Look at Youtube.  Don’t overwhelm yourself trying to learn everything at once. Work on making one killer item and be proud of it.  

Then, mass-produce it and stuff it down all of your friends’ and relatives’ metaphorical throats for the Holiday Season!

 

Comment Section:  Do you give DIY gifts? Which are you favorites? Which ones are well-received? Which ones bombed?

My Very First Granny Squares

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 My latest obsession? Crochet.

 

   I’ve always loved the idea of learning how, but I also knew how time consuming it would be. I assumed it would take forever to learn, but I was happily surprised to find out just how easy it is. (Easy, that is, after two days of doing it completely wrong before breaking down and watching a YouTube video on it.)
   To show anyone who’s interested in learning but intimidated by getting started, here’s a little bit about how I finally made my way into the wacky world of crochet.
My initial investment was about $16. That bought a “Learn How To Crochet” kit and two skeins of yarn from my local Walmart. The kit came with several crochet hooks, some plastic needles to hide loose yarns, some rings I haven’t experimented with yet, a book with each basic stitch and several projects, and a DVD. It was a super value, as far as I’m concerned! I had decided to work my way up through the different stitches using the diagrams first before watching the videos. I assumed I’d learn quickest by figuring it out by myself. My opinion on that one has been swayed! I misinterpreted a diagram for the single crochet stitch and was leaving out one of the-very, very- important steps. YouTube did save me, and with the help of that website and Pinterest, I’ve been blissfully crocheting away. And I must say, it seems to be just what the doctor ordered to get me through football season!