2014 Changes to FTLOS

Most people make changes to their business at the beginning of the new year.  But I prefer to make mine as my busy season wraps up, which means the beginning of spring.

Last year brought many changes for my family, changes that are forcing me to make a few of my own to adapt.  With a new home, a job outside of the home, and all of the activities the kids participate in, it’s often been difficult for me to find the time (not to mention the motivation) to really GET creative, make beautiful things, and fill orders.

With these changes and lack of inspiration, I have decided to tone things down a bit with my sales.  The option to order online will soon be GONE.  My Facebook fan page will remain where it is and I will continue to use it to show off my new wares.  I’m not going to just disappear!  I hope you won’t disappear on me.

I will now focus on building stock for local craft events, learning new patterns and techniques (and writing my own to share with you), and really just getting back to LOVING making things (and giving things away!).

I have high hopes of revisiting internet sales at a later time.  Thank you SO much for the last three years of online sales and support!  It means the world to me!

 

With Love,

Renee :)

G-I-V-E-A-W-A-Y!!

September is an awesome month, for many reasons!  The leaves are beginning to change here in northern Illinois, apple orchards are in full swing, it’s my business anniversary (3 years!), my birthday, and I’m finally moving at the end of the month!

To celebrate all of these things, I’d like to give something away to some fans!  I have a lot on my plate right now (working a new part-time job, organizing a local craft event, and raising three kids) and half of my house is packed in cardboard at the moment, so I’m sorry it’s not a HUGE gift.  I already have something in mind for next time though :)

I’m choosing THREE fans to ship my wool bracelet to!!  It will look like the picture below, but the button may vary depending on what is available at the store. (I should really start stocking up on specific button styles!)

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TO ENTER:

For this giveaway, you can earn a total of THREE entries.  Each entry should be made as a separate comment below.

What do you have to do to earn an entry??

IT’S EASY!!

1. Be a fan of For the Love of Scarves on Facebook.

2. Share this giveaway link on your Facebook wall.

3. Share my fan page on your Facebook wall.

Remember to post one comment for each entry below.  Contest ends Saturday, September 14th, 2013 at 12:00 noon (CST).  Winners will be chosen and notified via e-mail within 24 hours.  

Serendipity Scarf Pattern

When we were planning our family photos last fall, I wanted to incorporate a scarf.  Mostly because my daughter and I had both chosen to wear a cream color top.  We needed some color!!  I went to the store and fell in LOVE with Yarn Bee Diva yarn….every color variation was beautiful so choosing was tough.  I finally decided on Kathmandu, and I think my favorite part is the sequins!

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I brought it home with me and decided that I couldn’t waste it on a boring stitch.  I didn’t really see anything online that took my interest, so I sat down and created this little pattern myself.  I’m sure there is another variation of it somewhere out there, but I promise, I did not copy.  This was not inspired by anything I saw.  It was just in my head :)

Before we get started, I want to show you this yarn up close and personal.

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This yarn is mostly acrylic, with a little bit of wool (12%), and lots of pretty sequins.  It comes in 3.5 ounce rolls and runs about $8 each.  I usually do not spend this much on yarn because my kids are the recipients of many of my projects and I know they just wouldn’t appreciate it the way I do.

In the photo above, my daughter is wearing the same scarf made with Caron Simply Soft.  This is a great substitute for what I used and comes in a larger roll for less money.

Another great substitute is Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable.  It comes in 3.5 ounces and is about $5 a roll.  This is great for those with animal fiber allergies since it is 100% acrylic.

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My scarf is 5 “shells” wide and 6 feet long.  I used about one and a half rolls.  My daughter’s scarf is 4 “shells” wide and not nearly as long, requiring less material.  If you want the narrower version like my daughter, you should be able to get by on just using one 3.5 ounce roll of yarn for this project.  If you want it wider like mine, then make sure you grab two rolls and be sure to check lot numbers!

Are you ready for the pattern yet?!

SERENDIPITY SCARF PATTERN

**Please do not copy and paste my pattern.  You may sell what you make, but please link back to this page on all listings.**

Use J hook

Ch 23 + 3 (This is for 5 “shells”.  Ch 18 + 3 for 4 “shells”.)

Dc 2 times in 6th ch from hook, ch 1, dc 2 more times in same ch.

Skip 4 chs.

Dc 2 times, ch 1, dc 2 more times in next ch.  Repeat this pattern across your row of chs.  Your last “shell” should be in the last ch.  There should not be any chs left over.

Ch 3, turn, dc 2 times in ch 1 space of first “shell”, ch 1, dc 2 more times in same st.

Continues this pattern across.

This is a very simple pattern to execute and looks beautiful when it’s made with yarn that changes color.  I like my scarves long so I can wrap them in several ways.  You can make yours as long as you want!

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Not a crocheter?  You can order this scarf from my shop HERE!

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