I haven't posted in quite some time as I've been rather busy with school. I have managed to squeeze in a few craft projects. The most recent one is a crochet scarf I made for a friend for her birthday. It uses a really simple technique to make single crochet to look similar to a knitted drop stitch. I have a feeling it's easier to do than the knitted version, although I've never tried knit drop stitches myself. I think it would probably be a pretty good beginner project. It's sc the whole way, and it goes super fast because of the large hook and the stretching. Plus it looks pretty cool, imho!
You start with a row of foundation single crochet using a hook that is the right size for the type of yarn you are using. Make the foundation row the width that you want your scarf to be. Then switch over to a hook at least double the size of your original hook, and single crochet away! Here, I was using a bamboo ribbon yarn, and started with a 5mm hook. I then did a row of single crochet using a 6mm hook to make it a bit easier to get my fat hook in the stitches, and on the third row I switched to an 11.5mm hook.
You end up getting a really loose stitch, and then you just streeetch it all out. Here you can see the unstretched portion to the left and the stretched portion to the right
Here's the scarf after steam blocking
I ended up using 4 skeins to finish the scarf. I had a bit of yarn left over so made a flower pin to go along with it
In other news, a fellow crafter Agnes G was nice enough to feature one of my bags in her blog post about modern granny squares. Check it out! And here is a pic of the featured bag: