Ever since I received the beautiful pearl earrings from Kari, I've been, well, obsessed with earrings. Handmade earrings, because I'm a brat. Last month, I had fallen in love with a pair (the bottom ones) that Stefanie had posted on craftster, and promptly hunted her down and coerced her into swapping with me =). She wanted me to recreate these lovelies (on top) created by the talented Erin, the creative force behind purldrop and sodafine boutique.
Stefanie wanted blue earrings, and in my tiny, disorganized stash of cotton embroidery floss, I could only muster three different shades of blue. This chart was used (convenient, no?) to approximate the color of the floss so that Stefanie could make an informed color choice.
After I finished figuring out a pattern that I felt adequately approximated the earrings that Stefanie wanted, making the earrings didn't take too long at all. I lightly sprayed the completed earrings with some starch, and ironed them to give the earrings a more professional finish.
Here are the earrings that I received from Stefanie. They're even more wonderful in person...the clear glass beads have just the right sparkle. I would have gotten my hands on them even sooner if I had given Stefanie my real address instead of one that didn't exist (I wrote out the wrong zip code, doh!).
I also recently received a package of Berger cookies from Lera. She had treated herself to one for her birthday, and when I mentioned to her that I had a sudden craving for them, she sent me a box...just weeks after giving birth to her sixth child! She was way too good to me.
Sorry, no picture...Kyle ripped into the box as soon as they got here...and they were gone in the blink of an eye. Berger cookies + glass of milk = heaven. It was a favorite procrastination snack for my roommates and me during college. "Okay, okay, I'll work on the paper....after a Berger cookie," I'd say, and then pour myself a tall glass of milk, take a cookie and slowly nibble away at it for an hour. Or more. Ah, the memories. Thanks so much, Lera! There will be payback =p.
Shortly after putting the crochet earrings in the mail, I felt an overwhelming urge to make a pair to keep for myself (I'm a born-again earring glutton, remember?). So I did just that, using a different shade of blue embroidery floss.
* Erin has given me the okay to post a pattern for my version of her earrings! So without further ado, here's a quick tutorial, in case anyone feels like making a pair.
Lacy Crochet Earrings
You'll need :
- about 2/3 of a skein of 6-strand cotton embroidery floss
- a size 6 crochet hook
- 2 silver earring hooks
- small sewing needle
- starch spray
R1: ch 8, slip the starting end of the chain through the bottom loop of an earring hook, and sl st into the first ch to join into a circle. (sc, ch 3) in loop to count as first tr, 15 tr in loop, turn. (16 sts)
R2: ch 4, skip 2 tr, sc in next tr, ch 4, skip 2 tr, sc in next tr, ch 5, skip 3 tr, sc in next tr, ch 4, skip 2 tr, sc in next tr, ch 4, sk 2 tr, sl st into last tr, turn.
R3: 5 hdc in first 4 ch space, 5 hdc in next 4 ch space, (3 hdc, 2 dc, 3 hdc) in 5 ch space, 5 hdc in each of last two 4 ch spaces (28 sts). Fasten off.
Use a small sewing needle to weave in ends. Repeat R1-R3 to complete second earring.
To finish: Spray completed earrings lightly with starch. Iron to set.