My home-alone-Christmas-project was this hooded cowl. I found the pattern online on Ravelry (here’s the maker’s blog) and have started it a few days ago. As I started, I made a few changes to the pattern. I didn’t want to work it back and forth, turning the work at the seam, but I wanted to work it in rounds. I find this to be prettier in the end, but that’s just my opinion.
I can’t count stitches properly, it seems, and I just winged-it entirely. It’s a bit wonky, but I don’t think that will be too much of a problem while wearing it.
This is my progress so far. I need to work more rows on the shoulder part of the cowl, but I’m very happy how it’s turning out to look and feel. It’s such a pretty color and I can’t wait to wear it outside. 💜
I looked for these online, and I have found them on the Big A and Aliexpress, too. But alas, on A they are pretty expensive and on Aliexpress, the shipping is just meh. I don’t want to import these, tbh. So, how else to acquire something you want when it’s seemingly not available to your conditions? Right. Do it yourself. 😏
So, I started thinking what I’d need to make one of these. It’s fairly easy: some leather scraps, paper, something bind it all together and a strap. I’ve got everything, so I did it.
I chose my leather scraps. There is some grey, light brown, some red and black leather scraps in my collection. All of these are leftovers from crafting projects my Mom did or just scraps from former leather clothing from my grandparents. It’s a wild mix, but I did not buy any of these, is all I am saying. 😉
Next up: paper. My favorite theme. I collected some sheets from my stash, cut them all to DIN A8 size, so that in the end, the pages of my journals are about A9 in size. So that’s really tiny. I cut all my papers and it was a lot. I decided I had enough to make 4 little journals, so I folded all of them and stacked them up. then I made a template for the stitches, punctured the first stack of papers and stitched them together as signature for my first mini journal. After finishing this, I stitched the signature to the leather cover I cut out previously. For the first little booklet, I make a little strap from a rubber band. Attaching it to the leather proved to be difficult. In the end, I made a hole with a punch into the spine of the leather cover, put the band through it ant glued it to the leather. I also put some glue into the spine of the cover to glue the signature into it. And there, it was done.
I ended up adding some charms to it, but I’m done and I love it. The second one was basically done in the same way, I just used some waxed cotton yarn to wrap around the cover to hold everything together.
Now, I still have two stacks of paper left, so two more mini journals are to be made, but I will not do that today anymore. I hope you enjoyed reading this! ✨💜
I got some yarn from my mother last year and I intended to make a scarf from it, initially.
I started and wanted to make a loop scarf. In the process, I decided to just.. unravel it and start over, crocheting something else entirely. A leaf-inspired pattern I found only seemed like a great idea, so I started to do just that and crocheted along. It was so much fun, but this pattern really, really needed a LOT of yarn.
Unravel a Scarf, Start a Star
I was kinda happy how this turned out, but I never got to use or finish it entirely. So I, well, put it away for a while until my Mom found the other yarn balls of the same kind and color in her stash. She wanted to try knitting something from it, deemed the yarn to be “weird to work with” and unraveled her project again before handing me the rest of the yarn. And there I was, thinking what to do with it now before I decided to unravel my scarf project and start something else entirely: a star-shaped afghan.
I used this pattern here: Ravelry.com – well, mostly. I needed a Video Tutorial to be able to follow along better. And so it started! Unravel the scarf, start a star.
Somewhere in the process, I picked up too many stitches so it ended up a little crumbly, but I still like how it turned out in the end. 🥰✨ I can even use it wrapped around my shoulders, if I want to.