Monthly Archives: January 2011

Manly Sports Lapghan (Illini) [Pattern]

Illini Lapghan

One struggle I’ve always had with making items for men is that crochet is just not a manly looking craft. many of the stitches are frilly or open – and let’s face it, the manly men just don’t like it too much. I have successfully been able to make manly scarves, hats, and afghans for male family members and friends, so when my husband was complaining of being a little chilly in the living room, I thought this was a good opportunity to make him a lapghan for his recliner.

The colors he wanted: Illini Blue and Orange. Read the rest of this entry »


Scarves for IL Special Olympics

I pledged 5 scarves for the 2011 Special Olympics for Illinois – I have finished 10!

This is just a quick shot of the box I had planned on filling…. and noting that I ended up having to use two boxes. I’m excited to be able to participate in such a wonderful project. Anyone who creates knows that if your output is less than your input (what you make vs. what you send), then you end up with a big mess!

So it is good to be able to create and know that it is going to go for something worthy. Someone will smile when they see a scarf I made.

It’s just exciting.

There are still plenty of states that have not met their deadline or their goal – so if you crochet or knit and want to donate your time to create a scarf then follow this link and check out the details. Basics: make a scarf in the designated colors and mail it.

So – this is my contribution for IL. Once I get this semester started and I can see what sort of obligation I need to make to each class, I’ll be crocheting some more for other states that are in need.

Scarf Project Link


Plarn ‘n Yarn Pot Scrubber [Pattern]

plarn side of the scrubbie

This pattern requires the use of any worsted weight yarn (acrylic preferably) and plarn. For those of you not familiar, plarn is plastic yarn – created by up-cycling plastic bags. If you don’t know how to make plarn, I’ve created a lovely tutorial that you can view here.

This pattern is for a circle pot scrubber. It is created in two pieces – a yarn side and a plarn side. There is an optional loop for hanging.

The trick with this pot scrubbie is when you join them, make sure “tail sides” are facing eachother (the inside of the scrubbie) and that you pay attention to how they are lining up as you join them. Read the rest of this entry »


Plastic into Yarn – PLARN!

 Up-cycling (or recycling for simplicity) is important in today’s day and age. It is always nice to make something from another item rather than just tossing into a recycle bin and hoping that it’s taken care of properly.

This is a video tutorial on how I make plarn – or plastic yarn. Please enjoy and leave a comment. If you like the video – I’d appreciate a “thumb’s up” for the effort.



Posted by on January 17, 2011 in Video Tutorials


Pointed Granny Scarf [Pattern]

This is a pattern I came up with after attempting to create a granny square scarf for the 2011 Special Olympics Scarf Project.

The colors of this pattern are not important. You can use a different color for every row, two colors, or a single color – the choice is up to you. A softer, worsted weight yarn is preferred although the blend is up to you as well. If you change colors in the pattern, I find it is best to tie off each row and start a new row in on it’s own; however, if you are using one color, you can eliminate the need to weave in a lot of ends simply by moving up to the next row instead of tying off. 

There are two versions of this pattern – one has a straight ended point and the other end has a flare to it. This pattern is for the non-flared version. It took me around 2.5 hours to complete.


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2011 Winter Olympics Scarf Project

I genuinely feel that anyone who can should contribute to charity in any way that they can. For a person who crochets or knits, this means you can help make someone’s day a little brighter. This could be in the form of crocheting for animal shelters (pet beds, sweaters, toys, etc), homeless shelters (scarves, hats, mittens, afghans, etc), nursing homes (walker/wheelchair bags, lap throws, hats, etc), hospitals (scarves, toys, premie clothes, baby blankets, etc) …. the list goes on and on.

One program that you may not know about is the Special Olympics Scarf Project. The donated scarves are to be created out of very specific yarn colors and similar dimension. The colors this year are Red Heart Super Saver Blue and Red Heart Super Saver Turqua.

I will be donating some scarves to this year’s project. I am making them in honor of two people: my cousin Mikey and my childhood friend Lee Ann.

I encourage all who can to visit the website, find a state to sponsor, and pledge at least one scarf. You do not have to be an expert – a simple scarf pattern will do. Each state has a different deadline and number of scarves needed. If your state’s deadline has passed or they have received all the scarves they need, please find another state and donate to those athletes. Remember – the scarves are about unity – it doesn’t matter what state you donate to… just donate.

Here are some links:
The official website:
The project blog:
The project FB page: