Skein Passion

Luscious 'fioro' hand died merino-silk yarn skeins from The Yarn Bowl in the shades sepia rose, abalone and plum purple As Valentines day approaches sprinklings of pink hearts and cutesy romance sayings start popping up all over the place. Yarn sales are overflowing with red and pink colourways and patterns are dotted with love knots.  But I want to talk about Passion. That deep intense desire you experience when you touch that divine squishy yarn skein, you know the one I'm talking about, that skein that makes your heart sing. It's a magic colour, squishing it is like touching a cloud with the lustre of angels. The yarn of your dreams. Where were you when you had that experience the first time? In a specialty yarn store looking at the silk-alpaca blends? I'm willing to bet it wasn't, more likely it was at the discount store passing the bargain aisle and this little ball of fluff caught your eye and you sighed and squished it and wished you had the skill to turn

Crochet Hair Ties

crochet hair ties
If you're like me you've suddenly realised it's less then 10 days to Christmas and you haven't done any shopping whatsoever, the piggy bank is hungry and you're nieces will be expecting some cutesy little gift to open on Christmas day from their favourite Aunty. What to do?

Crochet hair ties of course!

small hair ties - 3 cm - perfect for small crochet hair motifs

To make cutesy little hair ties you'll need some yummy yarn and a packet of hair ties in whichever size you prefer.

I'm using small hair ties about 3cm in diameter. 

Yummy Yarn perfect for small crochet motifs - Gelato by Moda Vera
Yummy Yarn perfect for small crochet motifs - Gelato by Moda Vera

My yarn is a 4 ply cotton blend which apparently is what is called fingering yarn in other parts of the world. The hook I'm using is my 2.35mm wood handled Milford hook.

small motifs are perfect for cutesy hair ties

Find the patterns for these motifs on my Pinterest board - Crochet Hair Ties
The patterns for the motifs shown in the picture on the left are all by other wonderful crocheters.

On the board you will find all the motifs you see here plus a few I haven't tried out yet.

The three flowers on the right are from my 6 Petal Poppy pattern. 

The only variation from the poppy pattern was adding the hair tie and not adding the button.

6 petal flower motif for hair ties

To add the hair tie to the 6 petal Poppy:

Where the pattern calls for sc 12 into the circle in round 2, instead sc 2, sc 4 over the hair tie, sc 6 and your hair tie has been added.
Continue as per the pattern.

I'm making a couple of hair ties every now and then and in no time I'll have a mountain of the cutest little hair ties. I've got a few other little things planned for the girls too so make sure you come back to see what else I've got in store for my nieces this year!