Does sameness scare you? Every now and then it gives me the heeby geebies. It happened the other day, so I’m fighting back with a doily.
My crush for crochet started with a friend of my mother’s, Phoebe. She breezed in and out of our lives, arriving with a laugh and disappearing with a twinkle in the eye. The ten year old me couldn’t get enough of her stories of lovers and other adventures. Like the time she cut a hole in the middle of her mother’s crochet tablecloth and wore it as a dress, in all its holey glory, to an ultra-conservative party. She wore a good pair of knickers.
On Saturday night we went to a party with a conservative crowd and I realised I wasn’t wearing a crochet dress. Instead, I was dressed the same as everyone else. It was a 70th birthday party… oops!
I wanted to rush home and cut a hole in my tablecloth, but I love it too much.
On Sunday morning I woke up with a plan and during the babies’ afternoon sleep I pottered away while the rain pattered on the roof. The last time I played around with my thrift shop crochet was in the summer heat and I ended up with Christmas baubles.
Ingredients for an easy crochet necklace
Saves $13 (let’s just say you could buy one for $15 and your thrift shop crochet also cost 50 cents a piece)
Reusing fabric significantly reduces carbon emissions, water use and packaging.
Nail file or medium-fine sandpaper
Clasp from old necklace (not pictured)
How to make a crochet necklace
1. Snip the skewer to match the width of the doily. You can probably do it with a really sharp knife, but I do love any excuse to bring out my big Bertha scissors. File any rough edges with a nail file or little piece of sandpaper.
3. Give the cut skewer a good coat of glue.
4. Stitch along the skewer to help set the glue. Leave the ends long and loose. Mr 4yo woke up and my necklace clasp went walk about (no doubt it’ll turn up tomorrow), so I can’t show you how to tie them on this time, but thankfully it’s pretty easy.
Seriously, this little tutorial is really just the beginning. Have a play. Why should the kids have all the fun? You could spray paint it neon or add embellishments.
Has anyone else had a ‘I dress like my parents’ freak out?
linking up with the gorgeous With Some Grace