While I was walking through Michael's
Arts and Crafts a few weeks ago I saw a skein of Red Heart Shimmer
yarn. I had already been seeing visions of a peppermint swirl design
in a scarf or a hat. When I saw the Shimmer in red and white I knew I
had to make those little balls of shiny goodness into something fun
As you can probably tell by the name of
this scarf, I had visions of peppermint sticks in mind. I tried a
number of ways to make the strips go diagonal, but after starting a
few different designs, I decided that vertical strips would be
better. I really love the way this came out, so I'm sharing it with
1 ball Red Heart Shimmer white
1 ball Red Heart Shimmer red
H size crochet hook
Piece of cardboard or similar item to
wrap your yarn to size the fringe
Using the white yarn, ch 252. (I like
my scarves really long and this reached about to my knees. You can
make it any length you want, really.)
Row 1: Hdc in …
While I was traveling with my mom, I came up with this idea for a little shrug for a baby at our church. (Enjoy MacKenzie!) I pretty much just made it up as I went along, but have now written it up and am posting it here. For larger sizes, repeat rows 1-6 an extra time before you continue.
I like using the various stitches, because it adds a bit of a texture to it, almost like ice cream ripples. My mom called Neapolitan and that name has stuck. Enjoy and please post any questions you have. This pattern is free for personal use, but please do not use it for commercial purposes.
Back in April I posted about trying a new therapy for my migraines. Most preventative medications that are prescribed do not work for me or I cannot take them due to my low blood pressure. So in April I started taking a daily dose of feverfew as a preventative. Since that time I have gone from three day long migraines on a weekly basis to only two shorter migraines. One of those I was able to identify a new trigger--the chicken hot dogs we had for dinner. I haven't eaten hot dogs in over a year and it made sense due to the nitrite/nitrate issue involved. The other blindsided me. All in all, I've decided that this therapy is working pretty well.
Now I'm researching ways to easy the physical pain. My most common issue is bad knee pain. I am started physical therapy this week, but in the meantime I'd like to lower the inflammation. After a few hours of research this weekend, I've decided to try pineapple for it's bromelain content. It's an enjoyable therapy as …