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Another Quickie Project: Simple Mesh Cowl

Most people are still in the grip of Summer's relaxing vibe, including myself, so tackling a huge complicated project may still feel a bit daunting. Here's a quick, easy and addictive crochet cowl that can be worked up poolside, while at a BBQ or even in the comfort of your own home under the air conditioner.

The Simple Mesh Cowl can be made from any DK or even Sport weight yarn you wish. It works up wonderfully in cotton and cotton blend yarns and has a wonderful drape. I made the cowl shown here in Rowan Purelife Cotton yarn. Sadly, it has been discontinued so I also made another cowl out of Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton yarn and found it to be a wonderful substitution.

The Simple Mesh Cowl pattern is available on Ravelry here.

A Quick Summer Project: Floral Bun Cover

For those who have medium to long hair, do you ever feel like you're stuck in style a rut? Do you always wear your hair in a ponytail or bun style? I'm guilty as charged, especially in the Summer. I detest feeling any hair on my neck or even forehead for that matter. Even though I did just chop my hair into a chin length bob I still have enough to make a cute ponytail or bun.

This lacy bun cover is a quick crochet project that can be made from any Sport of Fingering weight yarn. And it'll help dress up that hair bun. The back and sides of the cover are worked in a double crochet stitch to give it (and your hair bun) a more rounded shape and it also prevents hair strands from peeking through.

I made the one below from M & K Eco Baby Bomull cotton yarn in the shade Pink. This yarn is ultra soft and really nice to work with.

The Floral Bun Cover pattern is available here on Ravelry.

Lazy Days of Summer

After putting out a healthy slew of patterns over the course of last year I figured it was time for a much needed mental break. It is after all Summer and the World Cup matches are in full swing (go USA & Argentina!!), so now's as good a time as any to recharge the old batteries.

That's not to say I'm not keeping busy though. I'm just not going at warp speed like I usually do. So, what have I been up to? I'm still knitting and crocheting on a daily basis. I've been working on lots if small projects and accessories to fill my shop indieknits. This is especially awesome since I'm crafting while futbol is playing in the background. I also don't have to give these projects the intense attention required as when I'm designing and writing patterns so that's a welcome break. 

I also go out to watch some of the matches at our local pub so it's not like I'm a total hermit. Still, I am admittedly quite the homebody. With non-stop soccer, two cats, a fiance who actually took his vacation around the Cup and plenty of yarn who needs to be out every day anyway? 

Check out my shop indieknits if you're looking for some unique ready made knit accessories. 

Hope everyone is enjoying their Summer/Winter and knitting during the World Cup if you're into that sort of thing. :)