I'm happy to announce that Vicki O'Dell, The Creative Goddess herself has come by today to share a guest post with all of you! Be sure to visit her blog, I know you will love it! Without further ado, here's Vicki!
Spring isn't too far off now. I'm beginning to see crocus and daffodil shoots poking up through the ground here in the frozen tundra of North East Ohio.
But still, it's cold, damp and dark much of the time.
I don't know about you but this time of year all of that starts to get under my skin. I start to long for sunshine, birdsong and digging in the garden.
I've started a few little rituals that help me when on days when I feel like winter will never end and I desperately need a dose of Spring. One of the things I do is to visit my local garden center. The sight of growing plants and the smell of damp earth calm and relax me.
Another thing I do about this time of year is to dream up a way to "refresh" my winter coat. While I'm not the kind of gal who will run out and buy a new coat because I'm tired of the old one I will do what I can to refresh it and make it seem new.
This year I've decided to crochet a new scarf with Lion Brand Yarn BonBons. I just couldn't resist those little bundles of cheerful color!
Hmmm. On second thought. I think I will make a cowl, not a scarf.
I know it might sound odd to you but I'm not a pattern follower when it comes to crochet. I like to make things up as I go along.
I wanted my cowl to have an airy feel so I choose a larger size N hook and I decided the stitches would be done in double crochet.
I started chain stitching and stopped at 100. Just because it just seemed like a good length when I put it around my neck.
Then I proceeded to double crochet a couple of rows of black, two rows of color, three rows of black, two rows of color, 1 row of black and on and on until I used every color in the Bon Bon package.
I finished off the ends with a row of double crochet. Then on the end that would be on the outside of the cowl I stitched a row of 3 double crochets in each hole to make it ruffle a little.
I folded the ends over and overlapped them a bit and stitched the whole thing into a tube using the black yarn.
Then I sorted though my stash of buttons to add to the edge. Just to make it look like it could button and unbutton.
Black or colors? Decisions. Decisions.
It was very difficult to get a photo of myself with my new cowl but I love it. It's warm but not so tightly crocheted that it's too warm. I also like that it's loose enough that I could pull it up over my head if it is really snowing and blowing outside.
The best part is that it adds much needed COLOR to my boring, black coat.
Vicki O'Dell is the creator of The Creative Goddess Blog http://www.vickiodell.com, a daily creative lifestyle blog where she shares craft and home decor projects as well as recipes, inspiration and her own brand of Creative Goddess wisdom.
Thanks Vicki! This is such a great project! I'm sharing it with the girls at Yarn Along!