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Flower Crochet Headbands for Two Seasons

The weather in Colorado has been a little unusual lately. While the calendar clearly says that it’s the end of May, we don’t have our normal abundant sunshine and warm weather. Despite this, we all are looking forward to the warm weather. This past week I’ve crocheted headbands for each type of weather – one to get through the chilly weather and one to celebrate Spring.

A Headband for Chilly Days

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This headband is just cozy  enought to keep the chill away. To make the headband, I chained until the chain was long enough to fit around my head and slip stitched the ends together to form a circle. Next I chained 3 and then double crocheted all the way around joining with a slip stitch. I repeated that round two more times, cut the yarn and wove in the ends. The flowers were created from a free pattern from The Anarchist Knitter.

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For the headband I used Paton’s Classic Wool Bulky, and for the flowers Vickie Howell’s Sheep(ish) by Bernat. Throughout the project a size K crochet hook was used.

Springtime Happiness Headband

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Last week I posted about two “project yarns” we carry at Wild Yarns and mentioned that I couldn’t wait to try out Vickie Howell’s Cotton-ish by Bernat. Well, I didn’t wait long to whip something up with this lovely yarn! As inspiration for two younger crochet students, I crocheted this little headband with flowers. A size G hook was used for both headband and flowers.

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To begin with I made a chain that was long enough to wrap around my head, tie with a knot or bow and allow the ends to hang down like a vine. Then, beginning in the chain 3 away from the hook I started making half double crochets in each chain and continued all the way to the end. Voila, the headband portion was finished!

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To make the flowers I used The Anarchist Knitter’s pattern again but for the smaller flowers I only did the first three rows.

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Next, the flowers were arranged and sewn on.

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While the headband was cute at that point, I decided to add a little more pizzazz and sewed a button in the center of each flower.

And there you have it – headbands for two seasons which exist in the same month here in Colorado!

For the Love of Denver – Brunch Without the Wait

There are so many places in Denver to enjoy brunch, and I’m sharing some of my favorites! While there are places that have an extensive brunch menu, sometimes on the weekends you just want breakfast and a mimosa without having to wait in line for a seat. El Charrito and Dougherty’s are perfect for this. While most people get to enjoy brunch on the weekends, there are some of us with alternative schedules who would like to enjoy a relaxing brunch during the week. My two favorite choices for weekday brunching are Lucilles and the Denver Biscuit Company.

El Charrito

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Our neighbor on the corner of 21st Street and Larimer, El Charrito, does a Sunday Mexican brunch that is delicious! Bottomless mimosas and delicious meals like Huevos Tostadas, Vegan Burritos, Chilaquiles, Charro Omlette, and of course eggs any style. El Charrito’s breakfast is especially great for anyone recovering from an exciting Saturday night or starting off a relaxing Sunday Funday!

Dougherty’s

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My favorite Irish bar in Denver, Dougherty’s, has a killer breakfast on the weekends! They’re in the South Broadway neighborhood on Ellsworth between Broadway and Lincoln. With Corned Beef Hash and Eggs, Eggs Benedict, Chicken and Waffles, Biscuits and Gravy, and Irish Breakfast highlighting their menu and of course bottomless mimosas, I wish it was brunch time right now!

Denver Biscuit Company

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With two locations and a third on the way along with brunch starting at 8am every day of the week, Denver Biscuit Company makes brunch convenient. With all sorts of combinations of biscuit, egg, and breakfast meat, the yum factor is way up there too!

Lucile’s

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Lucile’s Creole Cafe’ has locations all over the Front Range and hours starting at 8am on weekends and 7am on weekdays making Lucile’s another convenient choice. With a Creole focused menu and Mardi Gras decorations, eating here is like a party everyday.

For the Love of Denver – Coffee Part I

I LOVE to drink coffee and love catching up with a friend over a coffee at the many coffee shops here in Denver! Each one has their own personality and each has a different coffee roaster affiliation. Because I do have several faves, this is one of a series of posts about coffee in Denver. I probably could make this an organized sub-series but here are some that popped into my mind as places that are different from each other and that I go to again and again.

Mutiny

Officially Mutiny Information Cafe, it’s located at 2 South Broadway (at the intersection of Broadway and Ellsworth). As you walk in you’re greeted with the wonderful scent mixture of old books and coffee as the location sells used books. Their coffee beans are from Pablo’s. Every time I go in I intend to order a regular latte and then I see their current list of flavored lattes and mochas and can’t resist.

Cafe Europa

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Tucked away at 76 S Pennsylvania Street, Cafe Europa (or Europa Coffeehouse) is a block east from Logan and Bayaud. There are plenty of seats inside with outlets plus a nice little shady patio out front. It’s a pretty relaxing place to grab a coffee and catch up with a friend or just relax with a book. They have sandwiches and breakfast options too!

Stella’s

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Another location with abundant indoor and outdoor seating, Stella’s has delicious coffee drinks and is a great place to meet friends or get some studying or work done. Located at 1476 S. Pearl Street, Stella’s is in the middle of the Old South Pearl neighborhood which is a great place to check out shops or get a bite to eat.

Rooster and Moon

The northmost of the shops I’ve listed so far but still south of downtown, Rooster and Moon has a variety of drinks (including a little bar with local beer) and light bites to eat. It’s another place that has seating inside and out with plenty of outlets for laptops or charging your phone. It has a more cafe feel than the other places because of the beer and food. Not too far off of Speer, at 955 Bannock Street, it’s a great place to pop into on your way to or from downtown or as a central Denver meeting spot. It’s also a favorite location for Denver Stitch ‘n’ Bitch meetings!

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Project Yarns: Sheep(ish) and Cotton(ish)

While our focus at Wild Yarns is yarn from Colorado and the West, we know there are times when using pretty local stuff just doesn’t fit the budget or doesn’t fit with the project you have in mind. So, we have yarns that we call “project yarns”. They’re basically mainstream yarns that aren’t always 100% natural fibers.

Bernat Sheep(ish)

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For anyone who thinks I’m a yarn snob (and I usually am), they must think I’m slumming it by working with Bernat’s Sheep(ish) but it is the perfect project yarn for a variety of projects. We’ve had it in the store for several months as a low cost option for beginners but I’m far from a beginner and I’m enjoying knitting and crocheting with it! Even if your skill level is beyond knitting novice, there might be some reasons why you’ll enjoy it too.

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For anyone who makes and sells things, your profit margin goes way up when the yarn you use costs less. When you want to try out something new and don’t want to waste your yarn that you hug and pet and squeeze and call George (any Bugs Bunny fans?), use Sheep(ish). The most important reason? Gift knitting. Do your really know your giftee’s laundering habits?

Cotton-ish

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Sheep(ish)’s summer sister, Cotton-ish, just arrived in the store this week. It’s a little lighter weight – DK – and not single ply but still a machine-washable blend of natural fiber and acrylic.  It has all the same project benefits listed above for Sheep(ish). While I haven’t used it in a project yet, looking through all of the projects on Rav that have been made with it makes me want to start on a project right away! I’m blown away with all the creativity that has gone into using this yarn.

cottonish collagetop row: frost flowers scarf by lis4812, Alice’s Baby Blanket by kyrjava1123
middle row: Misty Day Skirt by piperredfern, Exploration Station by carlang29
bottom row:  Beaded Dress by HeyMindy, Hitchhiker by faerydust90

For the Love of Denver – Markets Celebrating the Local: May 2015 edition

One of my favorite things to do in Denver is to check out locally made products. While we have a bunch here in the space we share with Thread Handmade, there are always new makers out there! While there are events beginning this month, all summer and into the fall there are events. Here are three you can attend this month!

The Big Wonderful

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One of the closest markets to our store is the Big Wonderful. I experienced it this past fall when a customer who stopped in said she was on her way to the Denver Flea at the the Big Wonderful. The space is a fenced in block at 25th and Lawrence. Every Saturday during warmer weather (starting last week) they have local vendors, a craft beer garden, local food, and a stage with live music from noon until 7:30pm.

Horseshoe Market

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Four times a year, Horseshoe Market puts together a collection of over 100 vendors of handmade and vintage products along with food trucks and family-friendly activities. It’s a great collection of things to see, buy, eat, and do! The Spring Market is this Saturday, May 9 from 9am-4pm at 46th and Tennyson.

The Sweet William Market

The Sweet William Market runs the last Saturday of every month from May through September beginning at 9am and ending at 2pm. This market focuses on vintage, retro, and antique wares but also has handmade items and local food. It’s over in Stapleton at Founder’s Park, 29th and Syracuse.