Tuesday, August 19, 2014

crochet love {dahlia doily scallop garland}

I've been dreaming up a white, doily-ish, scalloped garland for a while now. When I came up with the dahlia doily pattern, I realized that it would work perfectly as a garland!

So basically, each scallop is just a half of dahlia doily! It's so simple, but let me tell you exactly what I did:

1 skein worsted or aran weight yarn, I used Vanna's Choice in white
Size H/8 crochet hook

sl st- slip stitch
ch- chain
sk- skip
sc- single crochet
dc- double crochet

Make 7 (or as many as needed)
1. Ch 3. Sl st in first ch to form loop. Ch 2. Work 5 dc in center of loop.
2. Turn. Ch 2. Dc in same st. 2 dc in each remaining st (12 total, first ch 2 counts as a dc).
3. Turn. Ch 5 (counts as a dc + a ch 3). Dc in next st. *Ch 3. Sk next st. Dc in next st. Repeat from * finishing with a dc in last st.
4. Turn. Ch 1. Sc in each st across (1 for every dc, and 3 in each ch 3 space). Finish with 4 sc in last ch 3 space.
5. Turn. *Ch 6. Sk next 3 sts. Sc in next st. Repeat from * around finishing with sc in last st.
6. Turn. Ch 1. *[3 dc, (ch 2, sc in first ch), 3 dc] in ch 6 space. Sc in next sc space. Repeat from * around, finishing with sc in last st. Fasten off, weave in loose ends.
7. When ready to join, ch 40. Sc evenly across flat edge of first doily (approx. 20 sc). Ch 3. *Sc evenly across flat edge of next doily. Ch 3. Continue from * until all doilies are connected. Finish with ch 4. Fasten off.

Now, I'll let you in on a little secret!

I wanted the doilies to keep their shape. I just love the pretty little pointed "petals" and I didn't want them to be all floppy. I took some spray starch (that we use on Curtis' white Sunday shirts) and sprayed what I deemed to be the back side of the garland. I then ironed across the whole thing (still on the back side). Once good and dry, the garland was perfectly stiff! I was a little worried about the heat of the iron meshing all of the fibers together, but luckily the detail of the stitching on the front of my garland was still in tact! I think if I had used a wool yarn, it would have started to "felt" though, so take care if you try this!

I really like how the dahlia doily garland turned out! I especially love it in white. It looks great hanging along my mantle right now, but it would be so cute as party or wedding decor or even hanging in a little girl bedroom!

If you try it for yourself, I'd love to see how it turns out! And as always, email me with any questions @ LindsayHaynie [at] gmail.com!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

our family beach week, part 3

During our trip every year, we make sure to visit Beaufort, one of our favorite little towns, for dinner. We like to let the boys run up and down the boardwalk and gaze out at the many boats docked nearby (although this year, Milo totally stressed me out when he kept trying to board a sailboat on his own). We lean against the wooden railing trying to spot wild horses on the island across the way, and sometimes get delicious ice cream cones that melt down our arms before we can finish them. Every time we go, I think about how glorious it would be to live there and secretly start planning for, and getting excited about, our retirement.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

our family beach week, part 2

When I'm at the beach, I really feel like I'm "home." So many memories from my childhood are tied to the beaches of North Carolina, and now so many memories with my own children are as well. It doesn't get much better than the sun on my skin, the cool feeling when I dig my toes down into the sand, and the sound of the waves crashing. It's just, the best.

During our trip last week, we were all sort of gathered near the window when the rain finally subsided. Through the clouds we saw two bright rainbows in the sky. It was so beautiful and so reassuring that the sun was ready to join us. The rest of the week, we enjoyed watching the boys digging to their little hearts content. And because of all the rain, the tide came up unusually high each afternoon which created these amazing tide pools. They were perfect for little feet to splash in, for crazy rides on the boogie board, and for baby pool-turned-boat river rafting!

Ahhh....take me back!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

our week at the beach, part 1

And we're back. 

We spent the last week on our annual family beach week and it was fabulous. We stayed in the same house that we went to last year because we loved it so much. I mean, it's humongous.

It rained for the first weekend of our trip and let's be honest...I was super grumpy about it. And it didn't just sprinkle, it poured. The street was flooded and the skies were dark, but it sure didn't get the kids down. They splashed in puddles and played on the beach, regardless. I also got in a lot of reading and sleeping, which I'm definitely not complaining about!

By the time Owen's "pretend birthday" rolled around (we pretended it was his birthday, even though it wasn't until this week), the sun was out and all was right with the world again. We blew up balloons, played with new toys and best friend cousins, and watched big cupcakes smash into little mouths for breakfast! I can't believe my Obo is 3. He has been stubborn from the start. We struggled for a little while before finally getting pregnant with him, and then I had to walk him out of me the day he was born. And now, he's so big, but I'm sure glad he still has a funny lisp and little squishy body to snuggle every day. He is starting to really grow into his roll as big brother to Milo and I love watching his kind heart, curious mind, and silly self in action every day!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

knitting love {on talents and the sweet peach shawl}

A couple weekends ago, I knitted up this shawl, the Sweet Peach Shawl by Lion Brand. It was my first attempt at knitting a shawl and I was surprised how quickly I was able to learn the pattern and knit this up (and it would've been even faster if I hadn't spent two days untangling a massive yarn knot...).

I really love the look of lacey, knitted shawls. They are feminine and elegant...yet...I still haven't gotten the guts to actually wear one outside of my own home! 

Knitwear isn't exactly "high fashion" and many people seem to categorize knitting as an activity only elderly women participate in. I even joke pretty often about how I'm an "old lady" trapped in a young person's body. 

But as weird a hobby as it is, and as "unfashionable" as it may be, I still love what I do. I like to make things by hand. I like to create, and I'm good at it. So maybe I need to stop wondering how other people might judge and stop stereotyping myself as well. 

I posted a quote on my Instagram (@lovecitycrochet) last week from a crafty business podcast that I love, Elise Gets Crafty, and it was,

"Don't water down who you are. Be you!"

This quote really made me think. Why be embarrassed or shy to show off something you love to do? And, this doesn't just apply to my knitting or crochet habits...but really any talent or gift that anyone has.

So my questions to you are...what are you good at? Have you ever been a little timid about sharing it? What are you doing to really appreciate your talent(s)?

Really...I want to know!