Sunday, July 17, 2011

Crafty weekend!

Working at the hospital has been great, because of the patients mostly. I have met so many awesome people that I have met this summer and I really feel like I have known them forever. There are tons of patients who we can all just joke around with while they're still getting the workout complete; there are patients who grow their own fruits and vegetables and bring in TONS for the staff to have (one day, a patient brought in 9 trash bags with 24 ears of corn each. Can you just imagine Mom's face when I told her what was in that bag...haha!); and there are patients who I have learned a little something from.

One of the ladies is a fabulous jeweler and I swear, every day she comes in with the most unique necklace, and she has made each one herself. The one she wore at the beginning of the week really caught my eye and I had to ask her about it. Turns out that it was wire that had been carefully crocheted, beads added on in a certain order and then finished off with a hook! She told me to look on Youtube and there would be several videos that were really easy to follow. Well, I looked for a video, and sure enough, easy to follow (although, I'm not gonna lie, I got frustrated in the beginning, ha!).

First, here's the final product:

I think the most difficult part of the whole process was picking out which beads I wanted to use. Luckily, I was with Mom so she helped me picking them out: The first step was to lay out the beads in the order that I would want them. Since there are three strands, it was helpful to lay them out this way to get an idea of what it would look like. After following the crocheting instructions and making sure I had the correct number of stitches for each strand, I finished each end off with a hook, and here's what I got!: You could also braid the strands together, but I like the way they each just hang. Then this morning before church, I decided I needed a matching bracelet, so I allowed myself time after getting ready to whip one up real quick:
And finally, this afternoon I needed to make matching earrings. I started out making one of each of the following types, and I couldn't decide which one Iliked more, and everyone in the house had split opinions too, so, hey, why not make both pairs?

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