Wednesday, December 2, 2015

One More Fingerless Glove Pattern

Wondering about that title? Lol there are endless choices when it comes to crochet patterns for fingerless gloves, but I just had to do my own thing. 
(My ten year old is the model, they are not as roomy on my adult hands)

So, here it is. I've made several, but it's in my head. If you see an issue with the pattern and instructions  please leave me a polite comment. It's my first pattern writing venture, y'all! 

Materials: Worsted weight yarn
                   Size 7 (4.50mm) Hook

FHDC- foundation half double crochet
SC- single crochet
DC- double crochet
Sl st- slip stitch
Ch- chain
DC Cluster - 3 DC in same stitch
V stitch- DC ch1 DC in same stitch 

Row 1:FHDC 30, join with slip stitch

Row 2: 
Ch 3, 2 dc in same stitch, *skip 2 stitches, 3 dc in third stitch, repeat from * around until there 
are only 2 stitches left, join to top of  ch 3 (10 DC clusters made) 

Row 3:. 
Sl st in middle dc of dc cluster, ch 4(counts as 1st DC and Ch 1) , dc in same stitch, *dc in middle stitch of next dc cluster, ch 1, dc in same stitch, repeat from * around, join 3rd chain of ch 4 in beginning of the round. (10 V stitches made) 

Row 4: 
slip stitch into the chain space of the first V stitch, chain three, 2 DC in same space.*3 dc in ch 1 space of the next V stitch, repeat from * around, join (10 DC clusters)

Row 5: 
Sl st in middle dc of dc cluster, ch 4(counts as 1st DC and Ch 1), dc in same stitch, *dc in middle stitch of next dc cluster, ch 1, dc in same stitch, repeat from * around, join to 3rd chain of ch 4. (10 V stitches made)
Row 6: repeat row 4
Row 7: repeat row 5
Row 8: repeat row 4
Row 9:  Repeat Round 5 until the last dc cluster, skip the last dc cluster, and join to 3rd chain of ch 4 with sl st (that is your thumb space)  (9 V stitches made) 

Row 10: repeat row 4 (do not work into the space left for the thumb,) (9 DC clusters) 
Row 11: repeat row 5
Row 12: repeat row 4
Row 13: chain 1, sc in the next stitch and every stitch around. Join row.  (27 stitches)
Row 14: chain 1; SC, ch2, SC (into  the same space as the ch 1), *skip next stitch. SC, ch2, SC into next stitch*repeat from *to* join with slip stitch to chain 1 at beg. Of round. (13 SC shells made) Bind off, weave in the ends. 

Thumb Space (optional) 

Pick a spot around the thumb opening and attach yarn.  Chain 3(counts as 1st DC) place 11 DC evenly around the thumb opening. (12 DC) 
Sl st to beginning top of chain 3. Ch 1; sc, ch1, sc in every other stitch around. Sl st to beg. of round. Bind off weave in ends.

There you have it! These are fast and cute. My favorite yarn to use is Impeccable. 


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Luscious Lavender Lip Balm {DIY}

Are you in love with that creamy lip balm in the yellow tubes with the cute little bee on it? Yeah, me too. But, this is better. I promise.

 Here is a picture heavy (because I live with a photographer and I like her work) blog post that will take the mystery out of how they get that wonderful balm in that little tube.

 I am calling this Luscious Lavender Lip Balm because, well, that is exactly what it is.

Luscious Lavender Lip Balm
 1 oz beeswax (This what I used Beeswax Organic Pastilles)
1 Tbsp jojoba oil (or sweet almond)
2 Tbsp Organic Coconut Oil

1/2 oz Organic cocoa butter
20 drops Young Living Lavender Essential Oil
 24 Lip Balm Tubes
1 funnel (click the link, this funnel fits the tubes perfectly)


 Finally, a good use for that food scale.  *big wink*

Melt them together gently in a double boiler. 

Once is it all melted, remove from heat and use a toothpick to stir in the Young Living essential oil of choice. 

I used Lavender, of course.
Line your little containers up.

 Then pour into containers.

 Allow the balm to harden. 

Then you can make some really cute labels, if you have the patience for that sort of thing. ;) I may work on that later.

So, there you have it. Easy as pie! By the way, I didn't come up with this lovely recipe all by myself. My friend, Michelle, shared it on Facebook cause she is just wonderful like that. 

Now, you may think that all of that yummy, organic stuff cost a lot. Let me tell you, I have made 4 batches of lip balm and I haven't made a dent in my supply, except for the tubes. It all goes a very long way!

Click here for a printable copy of this recipe.

Don't have the wonderful Young Living Lavender essential oil? Let me help you with that! 

Send me an email, just click the link on the sidebar. 

P.S. This blog post contains affiliate links. I can promise you, I am not getting rich off of these, but if you click them I may earn a few bucks. My hubby thanks you. :)


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