Bar Cozy

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The bar where I crochet (eh, drink while holding a hook) on Wednesday nights is now a little cozier. Annie, who runs the place, and Paige, fellow crochet lover and long-time friend of Annie’s (and short-time friend of mine) hatched an idea to cover the place in yarn. The two of them used leftover yarn to make a ton of pieces, while I got stuck on two little pieces.

One, a nice little sign with the bar’s name (using my letter and number patterns) and adding “W”s to the cozies Paige made from my Knit the Bridge leftovers.

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And Two: my hamburger panel.  Remember him?

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I also made one panel with orange and blue granny squares.  It’s the one that sticks out like a sore thumb!  The color scheme Annie chose was decidedly fall, but bright colors and I have a love affair that can transcend any suggestion.

While looking for a clear shot of that panel, I realized that you really needed to see this picture instead.  I feel like CH seems pretty safe here, but Annie’s barely visible hand, cupped over her mouth, seems to suggest otherwise.

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Maybe she forgot he’s a professional at craft-related stretching.

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Things went quickly, except for my slow seaming.  I was so slow, in fact, that a ladybug landed on me and had no plans to leave.  Can you tell that I a) put a hat on my hair while it was still wet that morning and b) am not extremely thrilled with having wildlife take up residence on my glasses?

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And here it is, all cozy for the winter.  Stay warm, little Warsaw!

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Bye,
Jenny Brown

Crochet Social Media Buttons

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I don’t know if other pattern designers feel this way – but I spend a lot of time making patterns and not a lot making things from them. Once the testing phase is over, they go on the shelf.

But every once in a while a perfect opportunity to use them comes up. Look to the right – great opportunity, right? Who doesn’t want custom social media buttons?

I made the letters using cotton yarn (that I had salvaged from another project) and the backgrounds from some Loops & Threads Yarn Gang yarn. As I mentioned when I made the Magic Hats, this yarn is so bright and comes in so many colors. Plus, I already have it, so bonus. (Here’s a secret – I call my yarn stash my “Local Yarn Store.” Embarrassing, right?)

I improvised the background square, but for details on how to make a square like this (with increases in each corner), watch this great video by Crochet Geek.  I sewed the letters on using a chain stitch (the embroidery kind, not the crochet kind), but any type of join would do.

Hopefully this inspires me to use my patterns more often. A header, perhaps?

Bye,
Jenny Brown

Photos by Erin Markan.  Thanks, Erin!