Summer Projects in Crochet

Hot summer weather has hit hard in Denver this week! All of the sunshine is beautiful but maybe you don’t want a big wool or alpaca project laying across your lap as you work when the weather is so warm. There are plenty of crochet projects that either can be worked small or in small pieces.

Granny Squares

Now is a great time to work on a granny square blanket. Seam it all together when it gets a little cooler out but you might surprise yourself with how many square you can finish this summer!

This Lacy Flower Granny Square by Meladoras Creations has a great photo tutorial along with video tutorials for righties and lefties.

This crochet-along begins June 26th and is a chance to learn overlay crochet. It’s also low-commitment as you’re making a pillow instead of a blanket.

Dishcloths and Washcloths

Even lower commitment than a granny square project and usually made with cool cotton, dishcloths and washcloths give you a chance to try out a new technique with the responsibility of only making one. Pair them up with a soap that makes dishwashing or bathing a luxury and you’ve got a great gift that your giftee will appreciate!

These Cable Stitch Dishcloths give you the opportunity to try out cables while at the same time either using up scraps of yarn or working in just one color.

Another opportunity to try out some new stitches, the Jazz Age Washcloth is a beautiful washcloth that is a great gift to give – even if you’re giving it to yourself!


How about adding a necklace or bracelet to your jewelry wardrobe? This Seed Bead Necklace pattern is free through July 5th.

As another opportunity to try out a new stitch without a commitment to make something big, this Crocodile Stitch Owl Bag is pretty darn cute!

Do you have some other ideas for summer projects in crochet? I would love to see what you’ve been working on! Post them to the Wild Yarns’ Facebook page or tag me on Instagram!

For the Love of Denver: Welcome Summer!

As people visiting from out of town stop by the store today, we’ve been discussing all kinds of events that are going on this weekend. According to the calendar, summer begins this weekend and as long as you like to have fun there are a bunch of events in Denver that will help you to kick off this summer!


On Saturday (6/20/15), the music starts around noon at several Golden Triangle (near the Denver Art Museum) locations. In addition to national headliners Flume and MisterWives, there are over 100 local bands and artists.


Denver’s annual Juneteenth celebration in the Five Points Neighborhood is this Saturday (6/20/15). This festival kicks off with a parade beginning at 8:30am and continues with music, vendors, and events all day. The theme is 80s Block Party; so dig into your closet to wear your 80s best!


Over in the Highlands Square neighborhood, on 32nd Avenue from Julian to Perry this annual street fair kicks off at 10am on Saturday. There are 180 vendors, food, cocktails, and music for you to enjoy all day long!


This is the biggest and most fabulous party that lasts all weekend long! Official events begin at 11am on Saturday at Civic Center Park with the Big Gay 5K starting at 10am. With music, entertainment, over 200 vendors, and hundreds of thousands of people celebrating, this party ends up spreading out into other venues. I love a good parade, and the PrideFest parade begins at 9:30am on Sunday!

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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.


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!


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


Next, the flowers were arranged and sewn on.


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!



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!

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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 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.


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


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!



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!