Easy Crochet Cowl

I am so in love with this yarn. I am lucky enough to have a local yarn shop in my town and my husband was so sweet and bought me a gift certificate. This yarn is from Three Irish Girls and the shop that carries it is called Harps and Thistles. The color is Bellini Springvale Bulky. It's 4oz and 98 yards.

I am using an N hook- 10 mm. You will also need a tapestry needle.

This pattern is perfect for a beginner!

 *Start by making a slip knot.
 *Chain 46
When you get to the end of the chain half double crochet in the third chain from the hook.
Continue the entire way down until you reach the end.
Chain two and turn your work.
Half double crochet in the back stitch the entire way down. Chain two and turn your work.
Continue to half double crochet in back stitch and following the same pattern until you have reached your desired cowl length.
Once you have reached your length you will want to cut your working yarn up where the last loop is. Bring the long piece of yarn though your last loop and tighten.
Weave in the ends.
Fold your cowl in half. Take your yarn and tapestry needle and sew (Whip Stitch) up the end stitches together. I show you exactly how to stitch in the video.

Easy Loom Knit Cowl

 I was asked if I could make a simple cowl on a loom. I have a great beginner friendly pattern.

I used a 41 peg loom, yarn tool, tapestry needle and super bulky yarn. I used one skein of Bernat Softee Chunky yarn #6. You can use any color of yarn you want and add a skein or two more to make your desired cowl length.

I started with the ewrap cast on. This is a common and simple cast on. After I did my cast on I continued using the ewrap stitch for almost the entire skein of the cowl. It is important to remember not to use the entire skein on the cowl. You will want to leave enough yarn to wrap around the loom 1 1/2 times. You will need this yarn to do your Basic Bind Off.

Please leave me a message if you have any questions. I am always happy to help or answer any questions.

Thanks for watching! Happy loomknitting!

Easy Loom Knit Slipper Socks

This is one of my favorite loom knit patterns. This pattern is written by Mei Lynne Travis. This is the link to her Ravelry pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/libra.... Follow her blog at http://yarngear.blogspot.com/http://yarngear.blogspot.com/.

I used Lion Brand, Wool Ease Thick and Quick yarn. You will need a 24 peg loom, a yarn tool and tapestry needle to weave in the ends.

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Easy DIY Christmas Tree Centerpiece

I am so excited to share this easy and low cost DIY Christmas Tree Centerpiece! My daughter and I had so much fun making the first tree. I hope you have fun too!

What you need for this project:

*A cone shape from  a local craft store or Walmart.
*A glue gun with glue sticks.
*Tinsel garland

*Beaded garland
*Shatter proof bulbs
*Extra tinsel garland to make tree look full

Personalize your tree by adding the colors of your choice! You can make your tree as fancy or plain as you would like. It's all up to you!

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Easy Christmas Ornament Wreath (DIY)

I am so excited about making my new wreaths that I had to share!

The items needed for this craft project are as follows:

*A hard foam wreath.
*15 inches tinsel garland
*Large and small Christmas bulbs
*Beaded garland
*A glue gun with glue sticks

I got my ornaments, tinsel and beaded garland on sale at Target. My wreath was on sale at Michael's. I recommend if you have a smart phone to download the Michael's app. You can easily get coupons from the app making it much easier then trying to find a paper coupon.

My tips for this project:

*Measure the tinsel garland before starting the project. It will help when you are applying the tinsel to the wreath.
*Before starting the project take all of the metal tops off the bulbs. 
*Arrange the pattern of ornament colors to your liking.
*Be careful when applying the glue. The gun and glue both become very hot.

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Easy Loom Knit Mittens

My daughter and I were walking to her school door one morning and she said she was cold. She asked me if I would make her a pair of mittens. How could I say no? The problem is that I was having a terrible time finding a pattern for a young child. I worked hard and put together a pattern that is just right for her!

For this project you will need a 24 peg loom, chunky yarn or worsted weight 4 doubled, yarn tool, and a tapestry needle.

Start by making a slip knot and attaching it to the anchor peg.
Cast on using the Ewrap method.

To make the cuff K1, P1 for a total of six rows.

To make the heel of the hand Ewrap for 15 rows or use this pattern.
*Row 1   K12, EW12
*Row 2   K12, P12
*Rows 3-5 K24
*Row 6   K12, EW12
*Row 7   K12, P12
*Rows 8-10 K24
*Row 11  K12, EW12
*Row 12  K12, P12 
*Row 13  K24

To make the thumb use a flat knit back and fourth with pegs 1-7. You start your count from the anchor peg. Knit to the right of the anchor peg for the left hand and left of the anchor peg for the right hand. For this mitten I knitted 14 rows.

To finish the mitten Ewrap for 13 rows.

When you are finished bind off using your tapestry needle through each loop on the peg. Pull the yarn tight to close the hole. I use the same bind off as I do with a hat. Weave in the ends.

Now you can make a pair of mittens of your own or for someone else! They make a great gift!

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Thanks for stopping over! I appreciate the support. Happy Knitting! 

The Walking Dead: Season 6, episode3 "Thank you". Who gets it next? **(Spoiler Alert)**

I am a forty-something mom of four kids who watches The Walking Dead faithfully. That includes every marathon playing and my own Netflix parties when my husband goes out of town. I am not afraid to admit it either. Please let me clarify that I NEVER watch when my small children are awake.

We aren't the average household when it comes to entertainment. Our youngest son has autism and it's not possible for us to pick up and go. So, we do what we can and the best way we know how. This leads me to my next topic of home entertainment. We found The Walking Dead when it first started. It's the best tv show and I am totally hooked! I have to admit I have never been a "Zombie" fan. But this show got me. The writers and actors are amazing!

Last night's episode "Thank you",  is still in my head and probably will be until next Sunday when we can either deal with his death or be overjoyed that he has not been taken away from his beloved Maggie.  Either way, waiting is torture.

So let's go over why I think he is dead. I believe he is dead for every reason they are making us think he is alive. I have heard a few theories online from people who think they know Glenn's fate. Some people think he crawled under the dumpster and the zombies just ate Nicholas. Not to mention I have heard the entire scene was a hallucination.

They did not list Glenn in the weekly memorial wrap up like they do every other character on  "Talking Dead" and we were told by Scott Gimple that next week we will have "closure" on Glenn. The message stated that we would either see Glenn again, some version of Glenn, or parts of Glenn again, in a flashback or current story to help complete closure from this heartbreaking episode.

We will have to wait and catch this Sunday's 90 minute episode to find out what exactly has happened! What do you think? I want to know! Leave you opinion in the comments below!