Thursday, March 29, 2012

Scallop-Edged Button Cowl Crochet Pattern

I am very excited to share my first ever crochet pattern! My sister bought me some great handspun Merino wool called Wheat Fields from as a gift and I couldn't find the perfect crochet pattern that would show it off best. Feeling rather frustrated, I pulled out a crochet stitch book, and started playing around. This is what I turned up with after a few different failed combo's.

Scallop Edged Button Cowl Pattern


Stitches Used:
CH – Chain
SC – Single Crochet
TC – Treble Crochet

Materials Needed:
125 Yards of Bulky Yarn, Approximately 4 ounces
(I used Merino Handspun by Hampton Artistic Yarns)
Size N 9.0mm Crochet Hook
Tapestry Needle for Weaving Yarn Ends
1 Large Button

CH 18
Row 1: SC in second chain from hook, *SC in each CH to end*, CH 4, turn
Row 2: TC in back loop only of each SC across, CH 1, turn
Row 3: SC in back loop only of each TC across, CH 4, turn
Row 4 - 43: Continue to alternate Row 2 and Row 3 until piece reaches desired length (or you run out of yarn!)
Weave in yarn ends, making sure to double back at last once
Attach button to the cowl in desired place, wrap it around your neck and enjoy!

Pattern by: Amanda Sanders @
Feel free to use this pattern as you desire, but please give credit where credit is due. Links back to my blog would be greatly appreciated for any future posting online or in print.

If you make one, can you please let me know and tell me what you think? Also, if you have any questions ask me and I will see if I can help. Thanks and I hope you enjoy!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Freezer Strawberry Jam

My friend Terri Biondi gave me an awesome Christmas present of some freezer jam containers, freezer pectin, and removable jar labels. I was feeling guilty about not using any of these supplies, until I found an awesome buy on three-packs of strawberries at a store. Perfect I thought! Just the thing to use in making some jam.

I followed the No-Cook Strawberry Jam recipe that came on the Ball Freezer Jars package.
  1. First I had to wash and cut up the strawberries.

2.  Then I mashed them using a potato masher.

3.  After adding in the instant pectin, I ladled the fresh jam into sterilized jars and sealed them up. 

Yum! It turned out so delicious. I think I'll be trying some more fresh freezer jams this summer. Maybe I'll do nectarine or peach.