Need a crafty refreshment?
How about a tasty project from:
Anastasia Blaes and Kelly Wilson
Not your grandmother's knitting book!
The new needle arts enthusiasts are young and hip. Most are either new to needle arts or are crossing over from knitting to crocheting and vice versa. This book presents knitting as a fresh and exciting leisure activity, dispelling any former notions of the hobby as grandmotherly. Each fun project in The Knitter's Guide to Yarn Cocktails teaches a specific skill so techniques can be learned in easy increments. The simple patterns offer a mixture of techniques which are the ingredients for learning more advanced projects. Angled toward the younger needle arts enthusiast, each project is inspired in name and attitude by a popular drink. By completing a "Yarn Cocktail" pattern, the reader will have created a beautiful unique accessory or garment and mastered a new knitting skill, and be empowered to tackle a more challenging project. Each pattern is accompanied by a recipe for the drink that inspired it, encouraging needle artists to knit as a fun social activity. But remember, the authors' motto is: Yarn Over, not Hangover!
Anastasia Blaes was taught to crochet by her grandmother at six years old. Too rebellious to follow traditional patterns, she soon began designing for herself. Discovering that others were interested in her original designs, she sold original finished garments locally and in a baby boutique in Chicago. Anastasia has designed for such companies as Lion Brand Yarns and Jeanette Crews Designs. She is a member of TNNA and the Prince William Purlers knitting guild, where she served on the board as publicity chair for the years 2002 and 2003.
Kelly Wilson, a self-taught crocheter, has taught people of all ages to knit and crochet and is the author of several booklets published by Leisure Arts and Jeanette Crews Designs. A former knitting editor, Kelly has proofed patterns for Leisure Arts, Herrschner's and Jeanette Crews Designs. Kelly is a member of TKGA as well as CGOA, where she serves on the Education committee.
Well, I was craving some crafty refreshment and so this is what I came up with inspiration from Yarn Cocktails:
A bloomin' re-purposed flower broach choker.
I knit a 3 stitch I-cord out of Aunt Lydia's Fashion Crochet Thread color 0012G Black/Gold on size 3 (3.25mm) double pointed needles.
My neck is about 14 inches, so I knit about that much when the I-cord was relaxed. It tends to stretch.
I then sewed a button on one end and formed a loop on the other end.
And then simply pinned on my vintage flower broach and ta-da! I had me some new bling!