Merry Christmas!

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The holiday season in full swing around my house! 

Decorating is complete (or as complete as it could be…  you never know..) ūüôā  Coming home from work lately is so cheery!  We have candles in the window, and our decorated tree that I can see through the window.  It just seems so warm and inviting!

And in the spirit of Christmas, I am offering free shipping on all items in my Etsy Shop through December 18, 2015 with coupon code FREESHIPCHRISTMAS15

So if there are any last-minute gifts you need, hop on over to my shop and take a look!  And stop back, I might finish up a couple more goodies before the end of next week! ūüôā

My Etsy shop is Handmade at the Lake (www.etsy.com/shop/HandmadeAtTheLake)

Merry Christmas!

Scarf Obsessed!

In case you hadn’t noticed, I am obsessed with knitted scarves!

I found this new scarf pattern on Pinterest and was off to Hobby Lobby to find some bulky yarn to knit it.  It is a longer infinity scarf than I have made previously (the one in the picture is doubled) but it looked so soft and warm!

The Pinterest scarf knitted with this pattern, is made with a solid colored yarn and using that you can see the pattern in the knit better, but I am so interested by yarns that contain multiple colors, and this cream, black, and gray combination seemed like it could be worn with so many different things.

Using one skein of yarn (4 oz, 121yds) made a scarf that, when I blocked it, was about 64″ long.¬† For this pattern you really need to block it because the pattern causes the scarf to wave and curl, so if you want to see the pattern, blocking is the only way.¬†¬†¬†Since it is so long, I will wear it doubled up.¬†This scarf was originally created by Kristi Johnson at Shalimar Yarns¬†and I found it on Pinterest.¬† I am providing the pattern here but searching Pinterest for Vite Cowl or using the link in this blog will take you to the original one.¬† There were several stitch abbreviations that I wasn’t quite sure about.¬† Thank goodness for Google and You Tube!¬† I was able to look up the abbreviation and watch how it was done!¬† Of course if you have any questions or problems making this, don’t hesitate to ask and I will do my best to help you!

Finished Measurement: Circumference 64″ (after blocking)

Materials:

  • 1 skein bulky yarn (I used Yarn Bee Melody Bulky 4oz,129 yards.¬† Color: Naturals)
  • US #15 (10mm) knitting needles ( I used circular needles)
  • darning needle to connect the ends to make a circle

Cast on 18 sts

Row 1: K11, ssk, yo, k1, yo, p2, yo, k2tog

Row 2: p2, k2, p3, p2togtbl, p10

Row 3: k9, ssk, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, p2, yo, k2tog

Row 4: p2, k2, p5, p2togtbl, p8

Row 5: k7, ssk, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, p2, yo, k2tog

Row 6: p2, k2, p7, p2togtbl, p6

Row 7: k5, ssk, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, p2, yo, k2tog

Row 8: p2, k2, p9, p2togtbl, p4

Row 9: k3, ssk, k4, yo, k1, yo, k4, p2, yo, k2tog

Row 10: p2, k2, p11, p2togtbl, p2

Row 11: k1, ssk, k5, yo, k1, yo, k5, p2, yo, k2tog

Row 12: p2, k2, p13, p2togtbl

Row 13: K11, ssk, yo, k1, yo, p2, yo, k2tog

Row 14: p2, k2, p3, p2togtbl, p10

Row 15: k9, ssk, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, p2, yo, k2tog

Row 16: p2, k2, p5, p2togtbl, p8

Row 17: k7, ssk, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, p2, yo, k2tog

Row 18: p2, k2, p7, p2togtbl, p6

Row 19: k5, ssk, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, p2, yo, k2tog

Row 20: p2, k2, p9, p2togtbl, p4

Row 21: k3, ssk, k4, yo, k1, yo, k4, p2, yo, k2tog

Row 22: p2, k2, p11, p2togtbl, p2

Row 23: k1, ssk, k5, yo, k1, yo, k5, p2, yo, k2tog

Row 24: p2, k2, p13, p2togtbl

Repeat all 24 rows to create the pattern until the skein is almost gone.

Bind off stitches

Sew in ends, block generously to 64‚ÄĚ and seam together if desired.

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Again I have asked my “model” to show you the finished product!¬† Thanks Amy!

Does anyone have any scarf patterns they love?

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sandy

Easy Infinity Scarf

I hope everyone had a good weekend!¬† I can’t believe that this week will be Thanksgiving.¬† This year we will be celebrating with family here at our house.¬† That means I’ll be spending lots of time in the kitchen this week.¬† Honestly I love it!¬† I love planning the menu, making my shopping lists, and preparing the meal.¬† I spent Saturday¬†thinking about the menu and starting my grocery list.¬†¬†It won’t be long til I start making some of the recipes¬†and I’ll be sure to share some of my favorites in a post later this week!

Besides planning my menu, I have started thinking of different gifts I want to make for family members, for Christmas. ¬†A few weekends ago, I was searching on Pinterest for some new infinity scarves to knit or crochet and I came upon this pin for an infinity scarf made from a T-shirt.¬† I went¬†back to it this weekend and thought I would try making one to see how it turned out.¬† It turned out so well, I made 3 of them!¬† (OK. they are all gifts for now, but we’ll see if I can resist making one or two for myself in the next few weeks!)

Making these scarves could not have been easier.¬† First you start with a Men’s XL T-shirt.¬† Be sure to select one without side seams.

Cut the T-shirt in a straight line right below the arm pits on the T-shirt.  Also cut the hem off the bottom of the shirt and save the hem to be used later.

Measure at 1 inch intervals along one side of the T-shirt and cut in strips.  Continue cutting in a straight line across the width of the T-shirt, stopping about 1/2 inch before the end.

Once all of the strips are cut, pull each strip firmly until the strip “curls”.¬† then thread the hem strip through the uncut side of the T-shirt to gather the strips together, and tie it firmly.

The finished scarf can be worn long or doubled.  I read that you could use a T-shirt size Medium to X-Large, but I would think if you wanted to double it, X-Large would definitely work best.  I liked this purple one so much that I made two more in the same afternoon!  Here is another finished one.  I think these will make great gifts, and are really easy to make.

Thanks again to Pink Pistachio where I got this original idea!

Hope you have a great Monday!¬† I’ll be back later to tell you about some of my kitchen creations this week!

Sandy