Playing with plaid – weaving a scarf for my husband

Playing with Plaid while I was weaving a scarf for my husband. A personal request from my husband who wanted a scarf in his favourite colour from Sweetgeorgia Yarns Chili Chocolate (this colour is no longer available but there is a similar one). I decided to do a plaid version as if feel it is a nice design for a man but instead of weaving the plaid throughout the scarf I chose to only weave it at the bottoms and leave the middle with a more subtle strip pattern due to the warping. The colours in the stripes are a brown and a beige to give a more neutral effect to the design. The base colour yarn is a hand painted yarn and adds lots of splashes of subtle colour changes throughout the design. I am currently weaving another “plaid” style pattern where the yarn does most of the work because of how it is dyed. I will show pictures of this scarf at a later date.

Weaving with a plaid design is very enjoyable as it is interesting and keeps you focused while weaving. My next goal is to try a much bigger scarf that has a deconstructed plaid essence. The pattern I found was in my Handwoven (handwovenmagazine.com). That weaving adventure is for another day!

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Horizons scarf crochet pattern

Pattern available on my Etsy store:  www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com See my Etsy store for more information such as yarn needed or to purchase.

Horizons Scarf crochet pattern has a beautiful seashore essence. My favourite place to be is on the beach by Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Moments by the waters edge calm and rejuvenate your mind and soul. Designed for SweetGeorgia Yarns as one of their monthly patterns which is very fitting since they to are in Vancouver and my favourite stop while I am visiting. I love spending time in their store side of the business see the newest colours and fibres available. What an uplifting time to be surrounded by so much colour and yarn! My creative mind is in bliss when I am there surrounded by creative people and stunning and exquisite yarns. Make sure you pop into SweetGeorgia Yarns when you are in Vancouver.

The Horizons Scarf features an elegant lace design giving the essence of calmness, the feeling of standing by the edge of a beach watching as the sand colour fades from light to dark. The blue deepens as you look further out into the sea, the beautiful white waves cresting in between. Each of the colour changes bringing you back to the peaceful moments by the Seashore. The gray toned scarf shows the versatility of this design and how you can personalize the colours it to your wardrobe. Pattern is written using US crochet terminology.

PATTERN NOTES
The Horizons Scarf is worked in flat and pattern is written for Scarf A (blue, ivory, apricot) using a combination of the large skein of Birch with intermittent Party of Five mini skeins in the Seashore colour. You can use different colours of sock weight yarn from your stash or other mini skeins as long as they are the same yardage. The trim around the edge is worked once the base of the scarf is finished.

YARN Scarf A (ivory with blues and apricot)

Main colour: 1 skein sock weight yarn 425 yd / 388 m per 4 oz / 115 g skein (shown in SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Love Sock Yarn in Birch).

Plus:
Accent colours: Instructions are written for Scarf A with 4 colours of stripes. You need 4 mini skeins or 4 colours of sock weight yarn for the stripes of colour. SEE BELOW.

Scarf A is shown in SweetGeorgia Yarns Party of Five Mini Skeins in the Seashore Colour that were put together for this scarf, (105 yd / 96 m per 1 oz / 28 g skein).

Scarf B (gray and ivory) shows how you can use yarn from your stash or other mini skein sets just make sure the yardage is 105 yd / 96 m per 1 oz / 28 g skein for each stripe.

You can use most sock weight yarns and yarn from your stash for the colours or make it in a solid colour too. The Party of Five mini skeins are perfect for this design and available at Sweetgeorgia Yarns.

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Mountain Inspired Mug Rugs

Mountain mug rugs are inspired by the beautiful colours of the mountains, trees, and lakes and rivers. This set was made for a family who loves hiking in the mountains surrounded by beautiful foliage and trees of green. They spend time fishing in the rivers and lakes as they enjoy the view around them of the beautiful blue waters. Memories of the wonderful moments are woven into the colours of the Mountain Mug Rugs.

For this set I used a wonderful colour way from Sweetgeorgia Yarns www.sweetgeorgiayarns.com called Grouse. This colour is actually inspired by Grouse Mountain in the Vancouver area and was the perfect choice for the greens, browns and has a touch of blue too. For the lakes I used various colours of blues I had in my stash. A bit of gray is add in one for the mountains and on the hem stitch.

The pattern is simply 2 picks of one colour and 2 picks of the other colour. The length is about 5” long and the width is about 5”.

Mug Rugs are a wonderful way to personalize a gift for those you care about. They are also a great way to try a new pattern, stitch or colour way since they are small. I am off to try weaving something else on my next Mug Rug.

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

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Happy New Years!!

Wishing you a wonderful, safe and healthy New Years! As we leave 2020 in the past lets learn from the year and move forward with a caring, loving and helping attitude. Give your time to others and help them during this difficult time and enjoy the joy of making a difference in others lives. It will help change a negative year into a positive moment in time.

I hope you have a wonderful New Year filled with many joys and new found perspective on life. Enjoy the gift of giving! It will be the greatest joy you can ever imagine. Together we can accomplish anything!

Happy New Year! All my very best to you!

Valerie

SAVE 25% on all patterns until January 1, 2020

SAVE 25% until January 1st, 2020! Happy New Years Sale!

All patterns and pattern collections are now 25% off to celebrate the coming New Year. Various styles to choose from including easy to crochet to more advanced patterns. Each one is designed by myself with written, photo and some have chart instructions. See my links below for more information.

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Weaving a Friendship together – Friendship Factor Scarf #1

Weaving a friendship together is the first weaving adventure that Lisa, great friend of mine, decided we wanted to start. Since we both live in different countries we could enjoy virtual time together weaving and enjoy picking out a pattern, yarn and colours. Since I live in Canada and Lisa lives in the USA it makes it difficult to get together and enjoy our making our crafts. Lisa is actually the one who inspired me to try weaving (thank you Lisa! it’s just what I needed for my next fibre adventure). I started with a Frame Loom and worked up to a Rigid Heddle Loom. I am totally hooked on weaving and dream of larger 4 or 8 shaft looms in my studio to create on. I have known Lisa for years, but we have never met. We share a love for crochet and now weaving. Our friendship has evolved along with our artistic adventures to new and exciting directions. You never know where life will take you or who you will meet along the way. Lisa and I will be making various projects together so follow along as we jump into a weaving adventure that virtually brings us together from different countries.

The first scarf is the Friendship Factor scarf. We both went through our weaving magazines and patterns and settled on this lovely one available on Handwoven Magazine’s Little Looms edition, Easy Weaving With Little Looms Summer 2020 – Long Thread Media We chose the Plumage Scarf to weave as our first Friendship Factor scarf. The photo below is from Handwoven Magazine (handwovenmagazine.com) and I hope they don’t mind that I used it as I promote this wonderful weaving pattern. If you are looking for inspiration for your weaving project Handwoven Magazine is a wonderful place to start. Beautiful photo’s and patterns as well as history of weaving, artist, yarns and more are in each volume. You can even buy it online so you can look at it on your phone and computer. I love looking through the older issues and seeing how weaving has evolved over the years. This pattern uses Brooks Bouquet as the main pattern. I really like weaving this pattern it is an interesting design yet easy to do. I previous made a different scarf with the Brooks Bouquet in gray that had a lacey effect, but with this scarf the pattern is spaced differently giving a more texturized look.

This weaving adventure with Lisa was a wonderful journey that I was able to enjoy with a great friend. We took time looking for patterns at each end and both ended up really liking this one. I love that we both used different yarns and colours to achieve the scarf we wanted. Here are our thoughts about the pattern:

Valerie: On my version I chose to make it shorter as I wanted a Fall scarf to wear when out for a walk that was smaller in size. I also wanted to try it with two different colours on the warp and love that it added a stripe effect to the design. I used a darker hand painted yarn with softer colour on the warp and a natural/ivory colour on the weft. Using the ivory/natural on the weft had a subtle effect when I washed the scarf leaving the two other colours to stand out even more. I can’t wait to enjoy wearing this one. I will always think of our great friendship and the enjoyment we had making it every time I wear it.

Lisa: For my version, I chose to use two variegated skeins like the pattern called for because I was curious to see how they would blend together. Plus, I thought it would be a fun addition to my winter wardrobe. To choose my yarn, I looked for colors that look good together and looked for a common color to unite the skeins. In this case it was a mint and a light blue that were close in value. I liked this because it was not the prominent color in either skein, it was what I call the “pop color,” or the color that stands out on a yarn skein. This scarf was a lot of fun to make because I had no idea how the colors would come together – it’s kind of that throw paint on the wall and see what happens effect. Lisa Gossman-Steeves (@lisagossmansteeves)

I really like how Lisa’s turned out with all the beautiful array of colours mingled together. It has inspired me to add this scarf to my make it again list but this time longer and perhaps a thicker yarn like the one Lisa did. Our scarves started with the same pattern yet turned out as unique designs. The Friendship Factor Scarf is an example of how two people can take the same idea and make it completely different. That’s what friendship is about. Two or more people with individualities coming together and creating amazing and unique moments, items and friendships. Try a weaving project or other craft project with your friends. See where that adventure takes you and the beautiful way it weaves your friendship together.

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Free Pattern: Coffee Time Cowl Scarf Knitting Pattern

This pattern and other FREE patterns are available on my Ravelry at: Ravelry: Designs by Valerie Baber

Perfect east to knit cowls to enjoy making on your “coffee break” or any moment to calm the day and relax. Includes pattern for the Accordian Cowl and the “Layered Look” Cowl. The Coffee Time Cowl Collection is inspired by taking moments in the day to create something special for yourself or someone you care about. I wanted to design an easy to knit cowl that can dress up any wardrobe. You can use a variety of yarns to achieve your own style. A nice relaxing design and pattern to knit during your coffee time or anytime you have a spare moment in the day.

Examples of the yarns you can use include Malabrigo Mecha which was used in the pictures below ( malabrigoyarn.com). On the pictures above I used SweetGeorgia Yarns (sweetgeorgiayarns.com) Chunky weight on the layered look cowl and 2 worsted weight yarns of different types together on the Accordian Cowl with the button.

Yarn:  

Chunky weight, for each scarf you  need: 1 skein approximately 115 yds or 105 m in length in gauge below.  Any chunky weight yarn can be used   I also used Sweetgeorgia Yarns Superwash Six hand painted merino wool.   Works great using 2 strands of worsted weight yarn with similar results, slightly bigger as shown in pictures on the back.  

Gauge for Chunky weight yarn: 3.5 stitches wide by 4.5 stitches tall in a 1 inch square done in stocking stitch.  

Needle Size:   Round,  I used a  6 mm or US 10,  24 inches long.  

This pattern and other FREE patterns are available on my Ravelry at: Ravelry: Designs by Valerie Baber

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

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SAVE 15% on all crochet patterns at Valerie Baber Designs

SAVE 15% on all crochet patterns at www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or Ravelry: Designs by Valerie Baber Many more designs available on my sites. Easy to crochet designs are also available.

Various crochet patterns available perfect for Christmas gifts and yourself. Cozy up a cold day crocheting a new scarf to adorn your favourite coat. My patterns are easy to follow as I use charts and pictures in most of them as well as written instructions. Various weights of yarn are used depending each design. More information is available on the links above.

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

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SAVE 15% on all crochet patterns!

SAVE 15% on all crochet patterns at www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or Ravelry: Designs by Valerie Baber Many more designs available on my sites. Easy to crochet designs are also available.

Various crochet patterns available perfect for Christmas gifts and yourself. Cozy up a cold day crocheting a new scarf to adorn your favourite coat. My patterns are easy to follow as I use charts and pictures in most of them as well as written instructions. Various weights of yarn are used depending each design. More information is available on the links above.

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or Ravelry www.ravelry.com/designers/valerie-baber

Follow me on my Instagram, Twitter and here on my Blog for the newest patterns, free patterns, weaving adventure, crochet journey and other fiber related items. 

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