8.29.2013

::Crochet Design and Vintage Find::

You might remember this little peek at a cowl-in-the-works that I shared with you...



It's a simple but awesome looking stitch pattern called the
Victorian Step by Laura Pavy from The Crochet Case (on BobWilson123). It's adaptable to any size you want--skinny scarf up to king-size afghan. I adore that kind of versatility!




I worked mine up in Red Heart Unforgettable (Color: Parrot) which is perfect for the self-striping effect with its long color runs. And I particularly like the texture achieved by working in the back loops only.


Here is the finished cowl with some notes on how I worked it...




I began with a chain of 56--or (5 X 10) +6. And then I just hooked along for 59 rows, seaming the cowl loop with a whipstitch. Seriously, easy peasy. 

Although I do NOT like being in photographs, here is the cowl actually on ME (ugh)...


And, yes, those are BUTTON earrings! Because BUTTONS are always terrific!

Speaking of buttons, I came across these little hooky creations the other day that I made some time ago.


This is a simple little felted tie-on earwarmer that I made--with a grouping of buttons, of course.



And this is another earwarmer I made with a super large flower and, again, buttons to boot.




I don't have patterns, though, so sadly, I can't direct you anywhere. I can probably figure them out to share if you are interested. Let me know in the comments.

And finally, a happy little discovery at the thrift store today...

A very old, very tattered, very terrific Primer.


From 1916. With lots of traditional nursery rhymes and stories. Love it!! Some of the people I admire most would have used a book like this as children--possibly this very book. And I like to imagine that they did. I love these kinds of finds!


This story is of the wee, wee woman who is scared by a mouse in her wee, wee bowl. B-o-o-h! Simply charming.

I'll be back soon. I'm hooking two delightful and interesting new patterns that I'll let you see as soon as I can!

Be well. Be peaceful. Be happy. 

{On the Board} -- The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.                 --Dieter F. Uchtdorf






23 comments:

  1. your cowl looks wonderful on you!!!!
    xxxx Ale

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    1. Thanks, Ale! You are sweet!

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  2. Oooooh Susan its GORGEOUS!!!! That yarn is lovely too, we've just started getting some red heart in the UK, exciting!!

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    1. It's really nice to work with, too. But it has a little halo so isn't very good at frogging. Exciting that you can get your hands on some Red Heart. Now if I can get my hands on some Stylecraft! Isn't the worldwide market nifty?

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  3. Your cowl is beautiful! As are you :)

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    1. Ahhh! Thanks, Kara! That's so kind.

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  4. Love the cowl - and you look great in it. I understand your photo-phobia as I have it, too. My phobia is real, but yours must be fake - cause you look so good! Thanks for sharing.

    Annette

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    1. Annette,
      Haha! Thanks! I'm glad to know I'm not alone with the "photo-phobia" thing. I just feel so awkward and stiff when posing. I do much better with candids when I am unaware of the camera! But you make me feel better about it:)

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  5. What an absolutely LOVELY cowl. The pattern is very exquisite looking and the colors bold and beautiful. Your Ear Muff Warmer is very neat. Lovely idea. Hugs judy

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    1. Thanks, Judy! I think the pattern is really pretty, too. So many possibilities!

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  6. That stitch is great, I've never seen it before. Your cowl is beatuiful. I love Red Heart Boutique yarn, it's really a great yarn, works up well in so many products.

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  7. I really like the cowl and the colors!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday

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  9. Stopping by from moogly. I love love love the Parrot color from this yarn line. I have a skein of it because I couldn't resist and now I know just what to do with it! Thanks for the inspiration and your lovely photos!

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    1. You are so welcome! Thanks for stopping by! And thanks for the kind words about my photos!

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  10. I have put one of your buttons along with a link back to you on my blog. I hope that you will accept the link up between us. :) http://kimiikins.blogspot.dk/

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    1. So happy you stopped by! Thanks for the link! And best wishes to you!

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  11. Visiting via Moogly. Beautiful cowl on a beautiful woman! I do have one question how much yarn aka how many skeins did it take you to make yours? I want to make one the same size for a friend for Yule

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    1. I used less than one skein for the pictured cowl! I looove these kind of projects!

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  12. Lovely cowl. I will have to "borrow" this stitch. I too love Red Heart's new Unforgettable yarn. I just used 8 skeins of the Candied to make a crocodile stitch skirt for my niece AND a shawl for my aunt for Christmas presents. The "halo" does make frogging a PITA, but the yarn is gorgeous to work with.

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  13. This is gorgeous! As are you :) Definitely going to make one or a few as gifts this year! Found you via Moogly :)

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  14. Hello Susan, I just happened upon your site tonight and feel like I have found a kindred spirit! I am also a lover of old books and buttons and have been since I was a child. The stitch you used in the cowl is very unique and I can't wait to give it a go, and no worries, you look wonderful...thanks for sharing, I will definitely be back to see what's new!!

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    1. So happy you found me! This stitch really is so nifty cool! And please come visit again. It's good to "chat" with friends!

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