FO: Ha'Penny Cowl


I can't believe I started this project a little over 3 years ago and just finished it this past Sunday (9/15). *hangs head in shame* In any case it came out beautifully. The timing was perfect. It's quite chilly in NYC now...depending on what day it is. This tricky transition between summer and fall is annoying! But I was so cozy wearing this today that I really didn't mind the cold.

I'm already looking for a new something to knit up. Something quick possibly to help eat up the yarn stash that surprisingly (not really) keeps growing.

DIY Pattern Weights

I love the idea of taking an inexpensive item and putting it to use as something else. Case in point: metal washers turned into pattern weights. The use of pattern weights allows you to keep your sewing pattern flat while tracing and cutting out fabric. I find pinning patterns to fabric kind of annoying, so instead of buying weights I wanted to make my own.

I purchased 5 pieces each of 1/2" and 1 3/8" wide flat washers from a hardware store (like these) and wrapped them in scrap yarn. That's it! Quick, simple and super cheap. You can use glue or a small piece of tape to hold down the start of the yarn. Clip and glue down the end or use a crochet hook to pull the end through the beginning loops before clipping. In total I paid less than $2 for the washers. 

What do you use when cutting patterns: weights or pins?