Fall for Crochet: Extra Large Hook Infinity Scarf

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For whatever reason, ever since I got pregnant, I've been wanting to crochet.  I mean I was yearning to crochet.  It was so weird! Honestly, I've never been super into yarn-ish crafts, though I have toyed around with them at different points-- knitting, crocheting, and even a feverish two months of using those dang Knifty Knitters to make all my Christmas presents (completed while binge watching all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls, I might add).  So, while I've been adding plenty of baby items to my list of crochet projects, in typical me-fashion, I took a selfish approach to my first go back on the hook.  The end result was this ultra chunky infinity scarf, in this gorgeous burnt red-- perfect for fall!

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I was really excited to try something new and different, so I picked up this GIANT 25mm (size U) hook.  I couldn't believe how big this thing was.  I mean, look how big it is in my hand! 

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The size hook works great with t-shirt yarn and ultra bulky yarn (one or two  or strands, depending on how thick your yarn is).  But for this project, I worked EIGHT strands of the Red Heart Super Saver yarn.  

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I used four skeins of yarn, and pulled from the outside and the inside of each one.  

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Obviously, you need to be careful about not getting your strands tangled up, or you're going to have a big mess.  I set my skeins up in this crate and gave my boys a serious talking to about what would happen if the crate was disrupted- ha!

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You also need to be careful that you're getting all eight strands when you pull through.  I'd stop and count quite frequently when I felt like I missed a strand.   If you happen to miss a strand, you'll end up with a large loop like this . . .

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Just work it back in, and redistribute that extra yarn into the stitch, and you won't notice it ;) 

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I double crocheted the whole project.  My finished scarf was 12 inches wide by 39 inches long.  But the width was really rather large.  I did 10 stitches wide, but you could easily get away with  6 or 7 (see the end of the post for all the specific details on creating it!).  Because it's so bulky, you actually don't want it too thick, because it isn't very flexible/drapey.  Because mine was so thick, I made it longer than what I was expecting.  If you make yours a bit more narrow, you'll be able to get away with less length.  Just try it on when you're getting close and you can decide along the way how long you want it!

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You could easily work the ends together to make it a true infinity scarf . . .

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But I love the addition of buttons to use as a closure instead.  Choose buttons that are big enough to work with the size of your spaces between the stitches.    

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I love how it turned out!  The big hook means this project goes fast.  Honestly, just like with sewing, I appreciate a project I can finish in an afternoon-- I love the immediate sense of accomplishment. 

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And since this is just made up of double crochet, it's an easy beginner project!  Whether you're brand new at crocheting, or if you just need a crochet refresher I recommend a trip to YouTube. It's so easy to figure out when following along with the videos!  For some intro videos, check out Simply Daisy (Part One on chain stitching and single crochet and Part Two on half double, double, and triple crochet).  

Here are all the dirty details on the project.  I'm excited to try out my new hook on some new items this fall.  Thanks for hanging around! 

Materials

Directions: 

  • Chain stitch 13
  • Yarn over and insert the hook into the fourth chain from the hook, complete the double crochet. 
  • Double crochet each loop all the way to the end.
  • *Chain three for a turning stitch 
  • Double crochet each loop in the row, beginning with the second loop (ie: skip the first loop). 
  • Repeat from *
  • Continue until you reach your desired length.
  • Finish off. 
  • Sew the two ends together with extra yarn and a tapestry needle to complete the infinity scarf OR use coordinating thread and sew buttons onto one end of the scarf to fasten to the other end. 

As I mentioned above, you may want your scarf more narrow than mine.  I'd consider only chaining 9 or 10 in the first step. 

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Our First First Day of School!

Okay, let's be honest: Grant is three.  His program meets for FIVE hours a WEEK. So, it might be hard to call this "school" . . . but he's wearing a backpack, he has a teacher, he puts his stuff in a cubby and leaves me for 2.5 hours twice a week, so. . . I'm gonna call this school.  I'll take what I can get, ha! 

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I've basically been looking forward to this since Grant started toddlerhood.  This kid is a big ole pile of energy and sass. Let's just call him "high spirited".  

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Case in point: We were just about to leave and I was getting the camera out to take these pictures.  I turned my back to get the light-up sign ready.  I heard Grant marching around the dining room, banging whatever new "drums" he had found.  Suddenly I hear a burst and a shatter and a cry.  Turns out his new "drums" were two lightbulbs he had grabbed out of my camera bag for my photography light set.  Cue the crying, the angry mom, and the cleaning up of broken glass.   

So, yeah . . . yay for getting out of the house! 

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He was subdued on the car ride in . . . though he did want to know why he doesn't get to ride the bus!  

But this is what I get when I ask for smiles.  I don't know why.  

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Don't let this happy kid fool you . . . he definitely cried when I left.  Cue the mom guilt (relieved when I heard back from a friend that he was smiling and waving and her when she walked by a little while later).  

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Roman was pretty devastated that he doesn't get to go . . . he wants a backpack and to go to school too.  Thankfully, tears subsided after I asked if he wanted a donut.  

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I loved having the time with just Roman.  After our coffee and donut break, we went grocery shopping and to the only big box store we have left in town (not that I'm still bitter about Target leaving, or anything like that).  Man, is it nice to shop with just one kid.  I can keep one kid happy.  One kid is easy as pie! 

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Since we live too far out of town to drive back home, Roman and I will likely be doing a fair bit of grocery shopping while Grant's at Shooting Stars.  A little bit of the train museum and some playdates too, hopefully!   

Grant was all smiles when we picked him up.  He can't remember anything they did, but at least this painting was sent home as proof that he did something while he was there ;) 

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Annnnd, this is why we 3k:  

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Thanks for appeasing my need to post all the first day photos ;) 

Molly

G&G Release: The Rebel Choker Tee

The new Rebel Choker Tee from George and Ginger was exactly what I needed in my life right now. I was feeling a little down and out, but this was the perfect pick-me-up in late August, when we were testing the pattern.  I've actually had a choker top on my mind since late November, when we were at a wedding and unsuspecting wedding guest was subjected to my usual litany: "Hi, I'm sorry, but I sew and I really like your dress.  Can I take a picture of it?" So far no one has turned me down, HA! 

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And the Rebel pattern delivers!  It's designed to be loose-fitting (looser than how mine fits, actually . . . but I've got an 18 week old baby in my belly, and I made my normal size so it'll fit post-partum).   The choker is the perfect fit-- it isn't so tight that it feels constricting, but isn't so loose that it's flapping about.     

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This super sweet border print is from Sincerely Rylee.  I thought for sure it was destined to be a skirt, but then this pattern happened, and I couldn't resist. 

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Annnnd, just when I thought I loved the Rebel . . .  Kristi added the long-sleeve version, and then I really knew what love was. 

Seriously. 

This particular one is honestly my favorite shirt. The sleeves give the pattern a whole new dress-it-up look, the deep 'v' makes me feel just the right amount of sassy, and to top it off, it's so comfy in this brushed poly from Pretty Posh (I've been all about maroons and dark purples going into fall!).  

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The sleeves are perfect, whether you choose to insert elastic for a sweet gather at the wrist, or if you simply leave the elastic out and hem the edge for a bell sleeve.  Either way, it looks divine in both the long-sleeve or the 3/4 sleeve.  

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Every fabric I look at tells me it wants to become this top. If you've been collecting DBP the way I have, this is the perfect use for it! Rayon Spandex and ITY both also work great.  The pattern has a special sale price through Sunday, so make sure you pick it up.  Check out more tester pictures on the George and Ginger Facebook page

Sunday Lately: Week 139

Sunday Lately is a weekly linkup hosted by the Blogger Tribe, led by Katy (Wild & Wanderful) and Angelica (Gardening in High Heels).  We e-hangout every Sunday, sharing a small glimpse into the past week of life in our own worlds. 

This week's themes: Skipping, Mastering, Climbing, Encouraging, Modeling


Hey-oh, friends! It seems to me like I may have accidentally taken the entire summer off . . . What can I say, I'm the wife of a teacher, haha.  And to be honest, I've been doing basically zero crafting or sewing this summer, so goodness knows what I would have wrote about anyway!  I'm excited to get back into Middle River Studio.  I love fall; to me it really feels like the beginning of a new year, and I'm ready to move forward with some new goals, ideas, and projects.  Some exciting things ahead: I'm in testing for a few new fall patterns from George and Ginger, some non-sewing crafty projects to share, and maaaaybe some exciting news (along with a whole new wavelength of projects and posts) in the next few weeks-- stay tuned! 

So, without further ado, my first Sunday Lately post in TEN weeks (cue guilty, disappointed music).  


Skipping: Well, looks like I've been skipping all the general blogging, pattern tests, and strike-offs, all summer long.  I gotta say though, it was nice to have a break.  It was great to have some some quality family time and enjoy the summer.  When you live in Northern Wisconsin, you wait all year for summer.  These gorgeous times on Lake Superior remind you why you put up with the snow, the wind (oh, that frightful wind), and sub-zero temperatures.

Mastering: Check out this pile of library books!  For whatever reason, my crafty soul has been desperate to crochet lately.  In the past, I've toyed with knitting, crocheting, and of course those oh-so-trendy Knifty Knitters, but never really did a whole lot, or retained any amount of knowledge.  Here's to mastering the hook! 

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Climbing: We did a two-night camping trip to Bayfield, WI this week.  We had a gorgeous campsite right on Lake Superior, picked blueberries, and climbed some beautiful hiking trails.  We all went to bed completely exhausted (especially Mike and I, I think).  

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Encouraging: Myself to make some new goals and kick off September right! You should be seeing a lot more of me again ;) 

Modeling: Little Man G helped me model this strike-off from RP Custom Fabrics this past week.  Nothing like having your Christmas jammies ready in August!  My in-laws have a Christmas Tree farm, so I especially love this print. 

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Sunday Lately is a weekly linkup presented by the Blogger Tribe.  Next week's themes are: Surrendering, Applying, Signing, Researching, Drawing 

Sunday Lately with Blogger Tribe

Sew Americana Blog Tour

Can you believe the 4th of July is almost here?! Mike and I were just talking today how fast June went by and wondering what the heck we managed to accomplish this month (answer: not much).  Buuut, I did manage to pull together some sweet Independence Day outfits for the boys and me, and I'm so excited to share them with you as part of the Sew Americana Blog Tour

We're a motley crew in red, white, and blue. Ha! 

So, my dress here is the Free Spirit Tank from Patterns for Pirates.  Don't tell anyone, but this was actually my first ever FST.  Gasp! I feel like everyone has been sewing all the FSTs forever, so it was almost sacrilege to be a Pirate without having sewn one.  But, I'm in the cool kids club now, and I'm pretty sure my closet will be full of them in no time because I L-O-V-E this one!

This is the stars and stripes rayon spandex from Jo-Ann's that you've probably been seeing all over.  Normally, I hate most of their rayon spandex, as it's too thin for my liking, but I'll make an exception for patriotic fabric. I think this will be a great swim cover up at the lake this summer!

So, every year for the Fourth, my husband's family has a party at the lake, where both his mom's side and his dad's side grew up cabin-ing.  All in all, family members own 4 cabins on the lake, so we spend the day doing a progressive dinner  and walk or canoe or pontoon boat to each stop, as our bellies get fuller and fuller.  Fun, right!?  But a highlight of this event is the theme.  The past two years have been "State Fair" and "Mardi Gras", but this year, the theme is "1776". 

I picked up some tanks from Walmart, loaded up Silhouette Studio and got to brainstorming t-shirt ideas for the boys around the theme "1776":

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
All men are created equal
One if by land, two if by sea
Party like it's 1776
Sons of Liberty

All good ideas, but in the end, two slogans won out.  For Grant: 

Aww, look at that smile.  Don't let it fool you, he's getting ready to throw his tea in the harbor.  

And for little man Ro, who sticks his tongue out at King George III, well he's just too cool for British rule!  

I'm so excited for the boys to wear these to the party! I was also so excited to take these pictures of them, but let me tell you, they turned out nothing like I had envisioned.  While I foresaw cute brothers holding hands, or standing with their arms around each other, they had other things in mind. Mostly, running away from me and refusing to smile. I'm telling you, graphic tees are even harder to photograph than strikes, since you need to see the whole front.

My Fourth of July wardrobe plans wouldn't be complete without a shout out to this number I made from a Vintage Lace strike off back in January or February!

They had soooo many cute panels for this round, and the woodgrain stars and stripes have been a favorite two years in a row now (I still have my shirt from last year too, which read "Hello Madame President").  This is the Bowlicious Top from George and Ginger-- one of my favorites for summer.  I'm planning on wearing this outfit to the parade! 

I paired the top with a pair of Mama Bear Jogger shorts (Patterns for Pirates).  I cheated and did an elastic waistband, but still threw in the grommets for a faux drawstring ;) 

Well, that's my line up for next week!  Check out all the other awesome makes as part of the blog tour, and make sure to add your own creations to the link up (you can even add Instagram posts).  Have a fun Fourth of July! <3 

Sew What Do I Wear: Vacation Edition

When the Made for Mermaids and Patterns for Pirates girls mentioned a Vacation Edition blog tour, I couldn't imagine doing any theme other than camping for my own post.  I come from a family that pulled the tent out every other year or so, but I married into a true camping family.   Every trip, I beg and fight for each night in a hotel, but the heart of the trip is at the campground.  So, for my stop on the blog tour, I decided to feature outfits I'd wear during one of our camping road trips.  If you need a soundtrack to this post, I suggest you start with the Go-Go's Vacation, because that's what I'm singing the whole time I'm writing this (Vacation, all I ever wanted , vacation, had to get away)! 

My first outfit is the Megan Romper.  I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'm team romper.  

You take the style and simplicity of just throwing on a dress but make it so stinkin easy to wear, and you get yourself a romper.  And by that, I mean: my bum isn't showing when I bend down for the 100th time in an hour to pick up a scorned sippy cup or the crying toddler.  

And the deep V still manages to make it look sexy, right?! Seriously.

The other thing I love about packing rompers (and dresses too, for the matter), is that I don't have to think about.  Packing seriously stresses me out.  Just tossing in rompers and dresses eliminates a lot of over-thinking that usually happens when I pack.  And then when I'm on vacation, I just pull one garment out of my suitcase and I'm ready to go.  

And did I mention this one comes with pockets!?  

This gorgeous, fun and bright double brushed poly is from Love Adore Knit Fabrics.  Perfect for a morning at the campsite, chasing toddlers and relaxing!

Our camping trips are loaded with hiking and swimming and exploring the area . . . and more hiking.  But we always are sure to take a trip into town to check out the scene.  And on that day, this Boundless  is perfect! I am loving the maxi-length this summer. And at 5'3 (and three-quarters), I love getting to customize the length of my maxis.  

Our last vacation was this past March, to the Florida panhandle.  Our "trip to town" was a day in Apalachicola, and I can't help put picture myself wearing this there!  

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There's something about a maxi that makes me feel a little Greek Goddess-esque, you know? And yet again, this is double brushed poly, so you know it's comfortable! 

Don't you love the woodgrain look to the florals? If you know where I got this fabric, let me know, because I cannot remember for the life of me! 

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Finally, when we get back to the campsite for the night, I just want to snuggle up and be cozy.  The air gets cool, the sun goes down, the bugs come out, and that's when this Favorite Tee and Peglegs come in! 

I made this Favorite Tee (with the banded knotted hem option), in a soft, light-weight French Terry.  It's perfect for curling up at the bonfire.  

And Peglegs are a camping and road trip must.  They're always comfortable, even after sitting in a car all day long, plus they're perfect to wear straight from the campfire and into the sleeping bag.  This pair is made from an awesome brushed cotton spandex (seriously an awesome weight to it, from Love Adore as well).  I used the new contoured waistband that came with the Pegleg update.  It's been my favorite! I don't know if I'll ever go back to the normal waistband again (and, bonus! The contoured waistband doesn't add any yardage to my size, so it's so, so easy for me to get a pair out of one yard).  

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Of course, I had to have some marshmallows to make modeling the outfit seem authentic . . . 

Thanks for joining me for a peek into my suitcase!  Make sure you check out all the stops on the Sew What Do I Wear: Vacation Edition.  Click the schedule to take you to Day 1 of the tour!  

One final look at my three outfits (if only because I took waaay too many photos, ha!).