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Big Snowflake Garland!

This will be my first year without snow in five years! I didn’t think I would miss it when I moved back to Florida from Utah, but I was actually pretty jealous when I heard Utah had its first snow a couple weeks ago. So, to make up for my lack of real snow, I have been busy making snowflakes! I’ve made little snowflake garlands the past couple of years, but this year I made a garland full of giant snowflakes! I LOVE the way it turned out!

DSC_8939I chose a snowflake pattern out of this book. I bought it last year and I really love all of the patterns! I used a size 5.omm hook and Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream Cotton in white. I looked for snowflakes in the book that measure 3in or more when made in crochet thread to get a big snowflake when I used the cotton. DSC_8944The snowflakes can be a little wrinkly when you’re finished, but I found that just ironing them on low heat for a few seconds helps them lay flat. I chained them together and worked a single crochet to connect each snowflake. You can make it as long as you want by adding or taking away chains between each snowflake.DSC_8931Now I just need to make about a hundred more so I feel like I’m back in Utah! I’d love to see pictures if you make your own pretty garlands!Remember to follow me on Instagram (@lizzie_bella_) and Twitter (@lizziebellablog).

Isaac Mizrahi

Somehow I missed that Isaac Mizrahi was creating a yarn line for Michaels. As a huge Project Runway fan, I was excited to check it out! I wasn’t super excited about the colors when looking at it on the website, but I decided to take a trip to Michaels to see it anyway. IMG_5693.JPGI usually really don’t like variegated yarn. I don’t know why, but I just really hate it. I’m still not a huge fan of most of the color combinations, but there were a couple I really liked. Also, I watched this video on YouTube of Isaac Mizrahi, and I fell in love with the scarf he was holding and decided I had to make it. So, I ended up bringing home 4 skeins of the Sutton yarn in YorkDSC_8718I found the pattern here on the Michael’s website. It was really quick and easy to make, and I love how long and thick it turned out. I’m also really happy with the fringe! I’ve tried adding fringe to other scarves before, and it just looked bad, so I’m really excited that this looks good! Too bad it is still in the 80s here in Florida. We still have a while until it is cold enough to wear this!DSC_8739Overall, I really like the yarn! I love the colors and the way they look in the scarf. One thing I don’t love about the yarn is how much it sheds. I do think it is a little expensive, but I definitely would like to try more!DSC_8744I haven’t tried any of the other Isaac Mizrahi yarn yet, but so far, I’m impressed!

October is here!

octoberI am so excited it is finally October! Fall is my favorite season, and Halloween is my favorite holiday, so October is my favorite month! I just wish it was starting to cool down a little here in Florida. I got a little taste of cool weather when I was in Utah last week, and I wish I could have brought the fall weather home with me.

Currently…

Reading: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. I am in a book club with a few friends, and this is the current book. I love reading books about the South, and this one has been great so far! I like the way it is broken up into different perspectives, and I’m interested to see how it ends. We like to do different activities for each book, so this week we are planning on watching the movie and making a dessert from the back of the book!

Listening: The Avett Brothers. I am still listening to the Avett Brothers! They have so many songs though, that I am always rediscovering songs that become my favorite for a while. Right now, I’m really loving Salina. This version is the best!

Watching: Fall TV. I am unusually excited about fall TV this year. There are a few new shows I am excited about, and some old ones I’ve been looking forward to returning. Some new ones that I like so far are How to Get Away With Murder and Manhattan Love Story. I really liked the first episodes of both, so I’m excited to see how they go! Some returning shows I’m really excited about are The Big Bang Theory, New Girl, Scandal and Nashville. I did not expect to like Nashville as much as I do, but I really love it. And New Girl is the funniest show on TV right now in my opinion!

Missing: My sister. I loved getting to see Hannah last week, and I miss having her home. I’m excited for everything she’s been able to do in Utah, but I wish I got to see her more. I miss being able to go to her games, but I love that we can still watch them here through the computer.

Wanting: Halloween! I love Halloween, and I’m excited for it to be close. I haven’t been home for Halloween in five years, so it’s nice to be here. I do wish it was cooler, but I’m excited to be with my little cousins this year. My mom loves Halloween, and we always had the best decorated house!

Loving: Pumpkins! I’m excited that pretty soon there will be pumpkin flavored everything! My sister made pumpkin bread last week, and it made me so happy that it’s fall! Pumpkin cookies are just about my favorite and I’m thinking of making a batch today!

The past couple of months have been way busier than I anticipated. I feel like I haven’t had much time at all to crochet or work on the blog. But I have been able to work on some things, and I thought I’d share a few pictures with you.

1. Black and White Chevron BlanketDSC_8689I was hoping to be further along on this, but I do love the way it is turning out. I think my cousin will really like it. I’m almost done with the second skein of black and white yarn, and I’m pretty happy with how far I’ve been able to get with each one!DSC_86932. PumpkinsDSC_8312I got a really early start making pumpkins this year. They kill my hands, but I really, really love them! I made a giant one for my mom, and her friend has now requested one too! I’m hoping to have a proper pumpkin patch by Thanksgiving!DSC_8299DSC_84643. ScarfDSC_8712Even though it is still really warm here in Florida, I started making this scarf! I’m thinking of putting a pattern for this up soon too. I love cold weather primarily because I love wearing scarves, so that is something I’m definitely going to miss this year.DSC_8715

 

Little Granny Square Baby Blanket is Finished!

I’m so, so excited to share with you my finished granny square baby blanket! I made it for my college roommate who is having her first baby boy this month! I’ve been working on it on and off the past few weeks, and I’m so happy with how it turned out!

DSC_8223If you follow me on Instagram (@lizzie_bella_), you’ve probably seen a few pictures of it in progress over the past few weeks. I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn, in the colors Dark Denim, Glacier and Graymist. I like this yarn for baby blankets because it is soft and can be easily washed in the washing machine.

DSC_8343 DSC_8371 DSC_8387 DSC_8396I hope everyone is having a great labor day! We are having a big family dinner tonight for my dad’s birthday, which is tomorrow! Also, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter (@lizziebellablog) and Instagram!

 

 

Black and White Chevron Blanket

This is a quick post to show you a new blanket I’ve been working on! If you follow me on Instagram (@lizzie_bella_), then you may have seen some pictures already. I’ve made a couple of chevron blankets before and I love the way they look. This one is different though, because I’m only working out of one loop, so it has a neat texture to it! I’m making this one for my cousin and I’m supposed to have it finished before November.

DSC_8210I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn! in black and white. I like this yarn for big blankets because it is soft, washes easily and isn’t too expensive.

DSC_8232I followed a basic chevron pattern, but only worked out of the front loop! It’s a really simple way to add detail to the blanket! I was thinking of doing a tutorial on this, so let me know if that’s something you would be interested in!

DSC_8219I still have a lot of work to do on it before it’s finished, but it goes along pretty quickly and I love watching it grow!

Tunisian Dishcloth

I tried another dishcloth from KnitPicks’ 52 Weeks of Dishcloths.  This one is the Sherbet Dishcloth and uses the Tunisian stitch. I’ve tried the Tunisian stitch once before, but wanted to give it another try. It came back to me quickly and I love the way the stitch looks! I like that it makes a thicker fabric that is sturdy and doesn’t stretch too much. It really is the perfect stitch for a dishcloth!

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DSC_8201-001This stitch tends to curl as you work, but blocking it at the end worked for me. Mine was a little uneven at the bottom, but for being one of my first attempts at Tunisian crochet, I’m pretty happy with it!

I used KnitPicks dishie cotton and I love it! I only have a few colors, but one ball lasts so long I’ve been able to use it for many projects! KnitPicks also provides additional color combination suggestions for this dishcloth. I love all of them, but the third one is my favorite! I need to get my hands on that blue!

Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 12.48.16 PMI will definitely make more of these dishcloths. They are quick and I think they will be great to use!

 

Circle Granny Pillow!

I can’t believe summer is already almost over! I feel like it just began! I’m starting classes in August to get my teaching certification and will be working again when the school year starts. I’ve been pretty busy working on new projects this month that I’m excited to share with you. I have several blankets that I’m working on and a couple smaller projects that I will be blogging about over the next couple of weeks!

First up are some little pillows I’m making for my cousin.  She is getting married in November and she asked me to make a few to use as decorations. This is the first one I’ve finished and I really like it! I used the same pattern as my circle granny blanket and I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton! yarn in black and ivory.

I used the join-as-you-go method and slip stitched the finished front and back pieces together.

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It’s kind of hard to see in the picture, but the back is solid black circle granny squares.

The second pillow I’m working on will be smaller and a checkerboard pattern. I’m using the same yarn as the other pillow, and working just two rounds of a granny square. I am seriously loving this pattern lately! It is so simple and quick, but I love the way it looks!

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I am also working on a tutorial for this seven petal flower, so look for that later this week!

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Fourth of July Ideas!

Fourth of July Idea The 4th of July is just around the corner, so I thought I’d put together some easy Fourth of July Ideas to share!

Bunting I’ve always loved the look of bunting, I’ve just never made it before. I thought the 4th of July would be a perfect time to try it out! I used Lily’s Sugar and Cream Cotton in Red, White, and Nautical Blue. The colors were perfect for these projects! DSC_7933I found a great bunting tutorial at Pink Milk! You can make them whatever size you want and in any color combination! I made one that was just red and blue and another that was a little bigger in red, white and blue. I added little stars (tutorial from bitOwhimsey) to the blue ones. I just attached them to the blue triangles with fabric glue, and they’re holding on great!DSC_7967.NEFDSC_8053 I love the way the bunting turned out! It was really easy, but turned out so cute! If you want to try another kind of bunting, I’d take a look at this beautiful bunting from Petals to Picots! It is so pretty and festive! Bunting Star Pot Holders and Dishcloths I saw these and thought they would be perfect for the 4th! I used this pattern by Maggie Weldon to make dishcloths and potholders. DSC_8032.NEF I love these! There are so many color combinations you can try! I am so excited to use these on the Fourth of July! I stitched two dishcloths together to make thicker potholders. I added a few pictures to show you how I joined them and added the loop! 1. Make 2 star dishcloths DSC_7973.NEF 2. Put them back to back. You will slip stitch through the back loops only. I marked them with stars in the picture below.DSC_7978_FotorDSC_7979 3. Join new yarn with a slip stitch through the back loops. Continue slip stitching through the back loops of each double crochet DSC_7981DSC_7986 4. In the corners, slip stitch in the top loop of the chain stitches. DSC_7987_Fotor 5. When you get to the corner that you want to add the loop, slip stitch in both chain stitches like the other corners, then chain 7. DSC_7993 6. Flip the potholder over so you’re looking at the back side. DSC_7997 7. Slip stitch in the chain 2 space of both potholders, chain 1DSC_8000 8. Work 11 single crochets in the chain 7 loop DSC_8003DSC_8007 9. Continue slip stitches in the remaining double crochetsDSC_8010 10. When you get back to the beginning, slip stitch in the first slip stitch and fasten off!DSC_8012 I also made a few dishcloths with this pattern. I usually really don’t like variegated yarn, but for some reason I’m okay with it for the Fourth of July. I used Lily’s Cotton and Cream in Nautical Ombre and Nautical Twists! I love the way the one in Nautical Twists turned out!Screen Shot 2014-06-13 at 8.09.24 PM Screen Shot 2014-06-12 at 5.12.22 PM I really love the way these potholders and dishcloths turned out! I love that they are quick enough to make in one sitting, and I plan on making several more! I think they would be great little gifts to bring to a Fourth of July barbecue or cook out! I think they would be a hit! Blanket If you have a lot of free time between now and the 4th and you’re feeling motivated, how about making one of these awesome blankets? I definitely don’t need to start another blanket right now, but maybe one day I’ll be able to make it. I think it would be so great to have for any patriotic holiday! I love it! This is a free pattern from Lion Brand and you can get it here! American Flag Blanket I hope these suggestions helped you come up with some ideas for the Fourth of July! I would love to see anything you make!

Teal Swirl Dishcloth

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I tend to start big projects that take a lot of time and are too big to bring with me. I wanted to find projects that I could finish in one sitting, so I started making dishcloths and potholders. This pattern is from Knit Picks. They are doing 52 Weeks of Dishcloths and have a ton of free knit and crochet dishcloths that are easy and quick to make.  This one is the Teal Swirl pattern. The pattern is easy to follow and didn’t take me too long, so it would be a great choice for someone new to crochet!

Pinterest Picks

I am a true fan of Pinterest. I’ve been an avid pinner since 2011 and I still spend way too much time looking at all of the wonderful pins Pinterest has to offer. Here are a few things I pinned recently that I really love!

1. DIY Pom Pom Throw

PomPomThrowI am so in love with this! I love all things pom poms and I think this would be so awesome to have. This tutorial can be found at sugarandcloth.com.

2. Little Crochet Houses

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I saw these a couple months ago on Pinterest and I think they are so adorable! They look like they could be little fairy houses! I think my little cousin would love to have a few. They are from waselwasel.com and you can also find the pattern on Ravelry.

3. DIY Art

ColorfulDIYARtI really love this art! And it looks like something I could actually accomplish and have it look ok. I Love the colors and the pattern is so great! I found this at Craptastic! She has a lot of other really great DIYs and projects! You should definitely check it out!

4. Giant Pom Pom

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How awesome is this giant pom pom? I have never seen one this big! This is found on blueskyalpacas.com.