Thursday, September 11, 2014

knitting love {cinched turban head wrap}

 

I am in the process of growing my hair out. And boy, is it a longgg process! With the heat of the summer, I have been dying to be able to throw it up into a bun high on my head! I am almost there, but there are still all these short stragglers underneath that can't quite reach up the back of my head. And for some reason, bobby pins are useless back there! 


I decided that a wide headband was the perfect way to hold my hair in and keep it off my neck! Also, I just love a good turban headband, don't you!? I knit this one up real quick and I kind of love it. It is really (I mean really) simple, but I used a larger needle to make it look a little more interesting. And there's also that gathered cinch in the center, that I love, that makes me feel all "Rosie the Riveter-esque."


Supplies: 
Any worsted or medium weight yarn
Size 11 knitting needles
Tapestry needle
scissors

How To:
Measure head from forehead to the nape of your neck.
1. CO 30 sts.
2. (K1, P1, K1, P1) in first 4 sts. K next 22 sts. (P1, K1, P1, K1) in last 4 sts.
2. (P1, K1, P1, K1) in first 4 sts. K next 22 sts. (K1, P1, K1, P1) in last 4 sts.
3. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until piece matches your head measurement. Cast off, leaving a long tail for sewing together.
4. Attach tapestry needle to the long tail and sew the two short ends of your piece together as if you were closing a seem. Tie off, but don't cut your yarn just yet.
5. Cinch/gather the fabric together where you just sewed your seem. Slide your tapestry needle through this gathered section to keep it together. Tie off, making sure the gather/cinch stays tight. Weave in loose ends.


Like I said, it is so easy with a basic garter stitch and ribbing along the edges, but using the larger needle makes the fabric of the yarn look kind of stripey and lacey at the same time. It gives it a loose, stretchy texture that I really like. 

This turban head wrap would make a great ear warmer in cooler temps, but has also been great at keeping the hair off my neck!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

life lately




Reading... Longbourn by Jo Baker. I've read the first chapter about three times now because I either get distracted or fall asleep. Next on the list to read: The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons

Enjoying...Sleeping in. Ande is "tracked out" of school for three weeks so I get a reprieve from the 645 am trek to the bus stop!

Watching...Murdoch Mysteries. It's a crime/detective show that is set in the late 1800's. Not the best acting in the world but it's clean and of course I love the Edwardian period!

Dreaming...a lot of crazy, scary dreams lately. What does that mean!?

Working...on listing all of the new fall crochet and knit accessories for my shop (www.lovecitycrochet.etsy.com) and hopefully getting the patterns for some of the items listed soon as well!

Loving...my new dress from Forever 21 and the time spent shopping with friends!

Learning...a lot about how kids learn to read and getting so excited watching Ande figure it out!

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What are you watching, reading, doing lately?

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

my favorite kids clothing shops at the moment

I have become a little obsessed with kids clothing boutiques lately. A handmade shop owner myself, it's no surprise that I also love and support other handmade shops and small businesses as well. I love that the clothes are so unique and different from your typical big store outfits, especially for my boys. I'm pretty picky about what they wear. I'm not a huge fan of the usual "boy" clothes (polo/collared shirts, cargo pants, or any baseball paraphernalia). Honestly, that stuff just seems so boring and uncomfortable!

I spend a good chunk of my free time (nap time, and when I'm not crocheting something) browsing around Instagram for really cute kids clothing shops. First of all, Instagram, I love you (find me @lovecitycrochet). I am really drawn to bright, interesting photos, and here are some shops that I've come across that have really caught my eye...

organic baby leggings, baby pants, baby leggings and hat, toddler pants, organic baby, Indian, woodland hat set, fox, baby gift
Of all the baby cotton leggings I've seen, her fabric choices are my absolute favorite! I want one of everything! Each item is 100% organic, and she's a fellow North Carolinian! 

Onesies gift pack
I love the simple designs of Whistle and Flute as well as the neutral colors that she uses. I have really been digging the white/black color palate lately. Maybe it's the cleanliness and crispness of all the white space? I dunno, but it catches my eye right away and I love it! Also, the cloud onesie reminds me of my crochet cloud mobile, don't ya think?

Muslin cotton Purple Shorts
I die over these muslin cotton bloomers. What a comfy looking pair of shorts! I love the design and the fabric and would totally wear them if they came in my size ;)

Another shop where the designs pulled me right in! We have a couple items from here and they are great quality and so cute! 

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Now, in all honesty, most of the basic clothes that we buy for the boys are from Old Navy, Target, and H&M. Their prices can't be beat, and they usually have great basics that last. But as often as I can, I save up to buy from wonderful handmade, and small businesses, like the ones above because their clothing is comfortable, adorable, and best of all, unique!

Where do you like to shop for your kiddos?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

the trouble with toddlers







You know what the trouble with toddlers is? 

They're not babies anymore and they're so dang independent!

They pull you in with all their snuggles and chubby baby-ness and then BAM, they learn how to walk.

Suddenly they don't think they need you anymore.

They're still cute...saying funny things as they learn how to talk, their obsession with monkeys, and the pitter patter of their feet around the house all day. They're even still a little bit chubby. 

When they say, "yuh-yoo" instead of "love you" and "buckey" for "monkey" your heart melts into a puddle and you just want to squeaze them and kiss their cheeks off. 

But good luck catching them.

They're too busy trying to keep up with their older brothers, or walking around in your headband, or putting their shoes on all by their self. 

You might be fast enough to scoop them up for a smooch, so enjoy that brief moment for all it's worth.

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:

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

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


Begin:
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!