It is the second week of November.  IT IS THE SECOND WEEK OF NOVEMBER!!!!! Where has the time gone?  I just got done making Clara’s Halloween costume, we just went trick or treating, we still haven’t raked all the leaves in our yard; how can it be the second week of November?

Clara wanted to be Darington from Blaze and the Monster Machines.

I realized how close we are to Christmas when my mother-in-law brought over a Christmas Cookie book that she picked up at an event on Saturday.  Suddenly, it hit me, we only have about six weeks.  If I want to give any token, handmade, gifts to friends and family, I have to get going!

I have so many ideas, too many ideas.  Once I start working on a project, my mind wanders to the next project and the next.  Suddenly, I have a dozen half finished projects on my craft table all balled up and in plastic bags!  For instance, right now I am working on a crochet skirt to be worn during the holidays, and a multi-colored crochet lap blanket for my home.  Both projects are close to completion, and both are for me.  Should I say Bah Humbug! I am only making myself stuff this year?  No, I don’t want to do that!  What I do want is to make things that  others will either use or wear.

So my first project is to make the cozy neck warmer that I wore all winter last year.

Here is one of the cowls I wore all last winter. I recently made a matching headband, hmmm, could be project number two...
Here is one of the cowls I wore all last winter. I recently made a matching headband, hmmm, could be project number two…

I love these cowls, they are so soft and cozy, but don’t add the bulk at your shoulders.  My upper body is broad (to put it delicately), and I don’t need anything making me look wider, or deeper like so many of the cowl styles out there today.  This neck warmer gives the contemporary style of a cowl, without the bulk.  I also love that it isn’t a scarf.  I often get cold indoors, and there is nothing more unappetizing than when a scarf hangs in a plate of pasta.  This cowl acts more as a mock turtleneck, and it adds a pop to any neckline.

So my first project idea is a go, and I know exactly who will get this present this year….

If you want to make this cowl check out Lionbrand Yarn’s Uptown Circle #Scarfie at

http://www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/patternView.fcgi?itemKey=1923679393

I followed this pattern, but used a different yarn, although I love Lion Brand, and I’m sure the Thick and Quick would be lovely.

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The cowl is complete, yet something is missing.  These are the holidays, after all, and  big embellishments are very in for winter wear.  You know what I mean, big Blossom like flowers, or over-sized pompoms.  For my cowl, I want to make a detachable snowflake.  It will be something  she can wear all winter, but on those occasions where she doesn’t want the appliqué, she can take it off! Here’s what I came up with.

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Snowflake front.
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Snowflake back.
Finished Cowl.
Finished Cowl.

If you want to purchase one of my cowls, please visit

Crochet539.etsy.com

Happy crafting!

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