Mostly we see large flocks of invasive starlings in winter. Sometimes, though, an occasional hawk or group of vultures passes through. Such was the case during my nature walk early in January. The sky was so blue and cloudless.
This was a lovely yarn to use. I like the varying colors that remind me of fall. The finished headband has already been claimed by a loved one for their winter gear. I think they will stay nice and warm with the thick double crochet.
My neighbor grows this plant. I’m not really sure what it is. It has a vine sort of structure, creeps along the ground, and has this nice variegated foliage that sticks around even in winter. I guess now I grow it too, for it has escaped my neighbor’s planting and also grows near my doorstep. It’s a nice little plant.
I originally had this yarn as my trellis-making yarn, but now I have a roll of real twine that I don’t have to fuss over my trellises at the end of the season. I wanted to give this yarn a better use since it is so nice. The yellow yarn is synthetic and shouldn’t be left out because it could pollute the earth with plastics, whereas twine is a natural fiber and is just fine to compost. I had a whole lot of the yarn left. Enough yarn to make a hat and a headband/ear warmer! Making these was fun. The color is so cheerful. I could never lose such a bright hat, even in the snow. If I choose to keep this set, I may have it in the car for emergencies since it’s bright and noticeable.
The hat was made with a large circle of alternating single and double stitch, and the ear warmer was made with a single stitch foundation chain, double stitch for most of it, and then another single stitch for symmetry.
Here are three of the headbands/ear warmers I’ve crocheted this winter. I used a double stitch for the whole thing save for the first and last rows which were single stitch. They are plush and soft and like they’ll keep the ears nice and warm. The white one is from the remaining yarn after I made my first hat. The light blue one is from the remaining yarn after I made my first pair of socks. The navy one was just a small ball of secondhand yarn I had, and it became a gift for a loved one.
Technically, though I’m posting this in the new year, this is a part of my 2019 Fabric Use-Up Project, as I’m counting my fiber stash as another thing I need find good use for.
I am not a slippers person, but I recently got up in the middle of the night, and the floor was so cold I dug around in my sock drawer for my (handmade) warmest socks to brave walking about. I haven’t had need for a pair of slippers since I was a kid (I’ve made do with a pair of sandals when needed), but I want a pair now. I’m not going to buy one, though!
This is a project that I’m not using a pre-made pattern for. I made it up as I went, using the crocheted slipper padding as a guide for the size and shape of the whole slipper. It was pretty fun to hunt through my scrap pile for just the right piece of fabric- the right size with the grain in the right direction.
It’s satisfying to see so many useful projects come together for no additional money cost. I’m spending my time, sure, but I enjoy making things and I enjoy using the things I make. I don’t have to wait in line and spend my hard-earned money on things that will wear out soon and get thrown away too quickly.
The inner padding is a thick yarn from my slipper socks. It is double crocheted in the shape of a footprint. (Knowing what I know now, I would recommend half-double as it can make the yarn go further while still feeling plush.) I also made an extra heel padding circle from the very last scraps of that yarn. The padding pieces were stitched together by hand. I used whatever thread the needle was already threaded with, as it doesn’t actually matter; the padding will be covered in the completed slipper.
The bottom of the slipper is made from an old towel that was so old I was cutting it into cleaning rags. I think I’d prefer a towel texture for the bottom rather than a tightly woven fabric. It may be somewhat slippery no matter what, but I think the texture of a towel will provide slightly more grip on the floor.
Do you recognize the fabric of the sole and top of my slipper? I love this calico! It’s a sweet purple with those little white flowers. I never got around to wearing the dress I made and it’s up on my etsy now because I think someone else can give it a better home, but I’m enjoying working with the scraps from the process of making that dress!
I have used these slippers daily since making them and they’re holding up well. It’s satisfying to be able to make something out of what I already have available!
I love cooking with my walking onions. They have a strong onion flavor even after they have been cooked for a while, and as a perennial, I only have to plant them once. The onions that grow on the flower tops look like alien creatures growing in my garden.
My blogging-related goals for this year:
- Include more 2D art posts on a regular basis
- Add new items to my esty
- Showcase more plants while gardening and in the wild
- Continue posting crafts I make, particularly ones that encourage upcycling and using what you have
What are your goals for the new year?