cozy crochet scarf

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diy crochet scarf

Since there’s been so much snow and freezing weather where I’m at, I decided it was time to whip up another scarf!  This one took me about three hours to make- maybe not even that. I did it over the course of two days.  It is 102 inches long (including fringe) and can comfortably wrap around my neck once or twice.  I used two skeins of Lion Brand Hometown USA super bulky yarn in Aspen Tweed and one skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick super bulky yarn in Oatmeal.

To start, make a row of chain stitches however long you want the scarf to be.  Then continue on to the next row with single crochet stitches.  If you need to learn how to do the single crochet stitch, this video is a great place to start.  
At the end of the row of single crochet stitches (row 2), do a single chain stitch, turn your work, and repeat row 2 for the rest of the scarf.

scarf crochet

As you can see, my scarf is a slightly different color in the middle.  So the first skein is used for the first row of chain stitches and four rows of single crochet stitch.  The second skein is used for the next seven rows of single crochet stitch.  The last skein is used for the final four rows of single crochet stitch.

At the end, cut the yarn to about five inches and finish with a chain stitch.  Pull the yarn all the way through to make a knot.

To make the fringe, cut ten inch pieces of yarn.  To make one tassel, fold two pieces of yarn in half, put the loop through a space on the end of the scarf, and pull the ends of the pieces through the loop to make a knot.  Repeat as many times as you would like to make the fringe.  I made five tassels on each side.

Once you get all the fringe to the length you want it, you’re done!  I hope after this, you’ll be able to keep a little bit warmer!


a happy list

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colorful sunsets
fleece lined leggings
movie marathons with friends
eating cookie dough
handmade blankets
hot tubs in freezing weather
printed pictures
poetic words like shalom
white christmas lights
healthy food
a clean room


In the name of staying present and appreciating big and little things in life, I’m going to start making happy lists every once in awhile.  I hope they inspire you to think of your own life and the small things that make your heart happy.

Inspired by Leney’s happy list on A Girl Named Leney.


the art of the compliment

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Most people love to receive compliments.  The world could use more of them.

Some people might feel lost when trying to form the right words or maybe complimenting doesn’t come naturally to them.  Either way, these are things that I learned in class this semester that made sense to me and that I hope will help you.

//  Be sincere.  (This seems like a no-brainer, but how many times have you told someone that you liked their shirt, hat, coat, etc. when really you were just looking for something to say?)
//  Many small compliments are better than one big one.
//  Be specific.  This can be hard to do, but the deep thought that may be required is part of what makes a compliment meaningful. It’s the thought that counts. (If you’re picking out a character trait, describe a time that person showed that trait.  If you’re saying you like something they’re wearing or made, tell what you like about it.  Etc.)
//  Avoid intensifiers like really.  Surprisingly, taking out that one word often brings more power to the words that you do use.
//  Don’t compliment when you’re asking for something (manipulation) or when you’re criticizing.

And if you’re receiving a compliment, all you need to say is thank you. Compliments are like gifts.  All you need to do is accept them.  No disagreeing, downgrading, or rejecting allowed.  Saying thank you accepts the gift.

Complimenting someone takes thought, humility, and courage.  Not easy.  But so worth it.

May we all be on the lookout for times to warm the hearts of our loved ones with words.  And may we have the courage to speak those words- even the imperfect ones.