Thursday, April 25, 2013

Quick and Easy Lanyard

This project is perfect for pretty weather. Why? Because when you go to the beach, pool, park or walking trail you can easily keep up with your keys! 

I personally hate trying to keep up with all the things you need to keep up with when you go outside to enjoy pretty weather. Think about it. Depending on if you're alone or with a significant other will depend on how much you can carry. Throw kids into that mix and the list grows enormously. Water, bug repellant, sunglasses, towels, keys, purse, etcetera, etcetera. 

Well this past week, in and amongst making more of this motif, I made two items that will help with packing things for an afternoon outdoors.

First; a quick and easy lanyard for keeping keys handy.

Materials: (I used the swivel hook)

Stitches used:
  • Single Crochet (SC)
  • Chain (Ch)

Make a slip knot and chain a number that equals the length you desire for your lanyard. I chained 80. Try it on by holding it across the back of your neck and pinching the ends together to make sure the hook/ring will fall in the right place. (Don't attach the hook yet)

1: SC in second chain from hook and in each ch across. When you get to the end, tie off, leave tails loose.
2: Slip the hook/ring onto your work. Close the lanyard by using the tails to sew the two ends together. Tie off securely, weave in ends and trim.
3: Cut a piece of yarn about 6" in length. Center the hook/ring at the opposite end of the lanyard from your seam. Pinch the lanyard together one inch above the hook/ring. Using the cut yarn and embroidery needle, sew this spot together to secure the hook/ring in place. Tie off securely, weave in ends and trim.

Now your first project for a great time outdoors is completed. On to the second!

The other project was this F A N T A S T I C bag from +bobwilson123. I absolutely lovelovelove it! Keep in mind though, while you're making this bag it won't look big enough and you will be tempted to make it larger. Well, that's entirely up to you, but let me just say one word .... H U G E!!!!! It will hold a metric ton of summer stuff!!!!

 This picture shows the bag holding ...
  1. rolled up 60" beach towel
  2. hard cover novel
  3. large tube of sunblock
  4. and TWO POUNDS OF YARN in the bottom
There was still room for more!!!!! LoL  

Well, there you have it. A couple of easy projects to keep your warm weather gear together and easy to pack along. When you go outdoors remember to stay safe, stay hydrated and stay bug-bite free!

Peace and blessing,

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  1. Don't forget to wear your sunscreen!!! And admit it...that bag has nothing to do with how much odd and in stuff you can get in it...IT'S ALL ABOUT HOW MUCH YARN YOU CAN FIT IN THERE!!! ;P Love you Sissy!!

  2. Great stuff Karen, thanks for posting!

    1. Thank you and you are most welcome!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I Loved that bag as well except for the straps. I am not totally happy with how they worked, attached something. I just don't like them. I may take mine off and start again. For one thing I think I got them too long.
    Then they seem too flimsy and stretchy for the bag although I made them three rows wide,. Any advice?

    1. Jen, What I did with the straps was this: I followed her instructions for 2 rounds THEN I crocheted 2 rounds on the INSIDE of the strap. IF you look at my pic the "inside" would be the area where you can see the sunblock bottle. I thought it made the straps much more sturdy. Hope that helps!

      And thanks for stopping by! ^_^