Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


Infinity Scarf DIY {On the Hook}

Mustard Infinity Scarf {Living Outside the Stacks}

I love mustard. Not the condiment, the color. Well, no, I like the condiment too but this isn’t a food post. That’s coming on Thursday, so stick around. Hint: it involves potatoes, corn and shrimp… Anyway, back to the scarf, I’ve been seeing mustard colored clothing and accessories everywhere, yet it was lacking in my wardrobe. Then I remembered this beautiful golden mustard colored yarn I had tucked away and instant happiness was upon me.

It took me about three days to whip up this lacy scarf. And don’t you just love the brooch? I may have to hit up some thrift stores for some more.

After posting a picture of the scarf on Facebook, I received a lot of requests for the pattern, so here it is. Just remember I’m not a pattern writer, so I did things the best I could.

  1. Chain 35
  2. Turn. Chain 5. Skip 2 chain’s on the base chain. Single crochet in the next chain. Chain 5. Skip next 3 chains and single crochet in the next chain. Repeat all the way across, ending with a single crochet.
  3. Turn. Chain 5. Single crochet over the center of the chain 5 (do not go through the stitch). Skip next chain, chain 5. Repeat all the way across, ending with a single crochet over the turning chain.
  4. Repeat step 3 until you reach the desired length for your scarf.


  • You can make the scarf long so you can double wrap it and let the ends hang loose
  • You can make an infinity scarf by single crocheting the ends together, this creates a ruched effect.

What are you working on this week?


Retro Baby Blanket {On the Hook}

Retro Baby Blanket {Living Outside the Stacks}

Retro Baby Blanket {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’ve spent the last few months working on this baby blanket. Not steady work, just off and on when I haven’t felt like doing much of anything else. You know those days, when you need to do something but you don’t want to think too much or too hard?

The blanket is for a young couple at our church who are having a baby boy in the next few months. They have two of the most adorable little girls, all bubbly and bouncy and full of giggles, ribbons and bows. That poor little boy is going to have a hard way to go. Smile.

I selected the colors:

  • Aran
  • Turquoise
  • Latte
  • Coffee

Because I thought they were appropriately boy but not traditionally boy. The parents are a young and hip couple with a Christian rock edge to them. And, well, I like coffee so any colors that evoke images of my beloved beverage can’t be wrong, right? Right.

I still have the vest from a few months back that I need to finish, but I don’t see that happening any time soon. Maybe I’ll try my hand at something new like boot socks. Or leg warmers. Or fingerless gloves. Or a hat.

What are you working on this week?


Shopping in NEPA: Earth and Wears

earth and wearsFor about a year I’ve been passing by a little sign in Dallas, Pennsylvania that reads: “Earth and Wears” and I’ve been dying to go inside to see what they have but I’ve always been in a rush to or from somewhere so I haven’t been able to stop.  However, yesterday, I saw the store was opened and decided to run inside and take a look around (even though I had 1/2 a gallon of ice cream in the back seat of my car).  Let me tell you, it was worth the risk…

I walked into a cute little shop full of handmade goods.  Lining one wall were shelves of pottery, jewelry and handbags and in the center was a table with soaps and other little trinkets and along the side wall and the front wall were other piece of pottery, headbands, bobby pins, etc.  Just about everything in the store was made by local artisans!  And y’all know I love the whole idea of buying local, especially when it comes to handmade accessories.

I talked with the owner, Lyn Carey, for a little while and discovered that the store has been opened for about 2 years now and that she makes many of the pottery and a few of the jewelry pieces herself (by total coincidence, the two pieces that I purchased ~ a coffee mug, that reminded me of one that my father used to own, and a funky flower ring ~ were made by her).  Lyn also sells her “wears” at local craft fairs and online.  One of the things I appreciated most about Earth and Wears is that Lyn also sells handcrafts made by other artisans, for example there were beautiful handbags, delicious smelling soaps and the cutest earrings made from playing cards…

Earth and Wear Coffee Mug and RingAs I mentioned before, I ended up purchasing a coffee mug (no, a girl cannot have too many coffee mugs) and a flower ring.  When my daughters saw my ring, they literally tried to rip it off my finger (so now I know where I’ll be going for some Christmas presents).  The prices were incredibly reasonable, ranging from a mere $15 for some of the rings to $20 for earrings and a little over $60 for a beautiful handmade capelet (that I’m going back for next week).

If you’re ever in the Back Mountain, please stop by and visit Earth and Wears, and tell Lyn that you read about her shop here!

Contact Information
Earth and Wears
68 Main Street
Dallas, PA 18612
Hrs: Tues ~ Sat 10 AM~5:30 PM (and by appointment)

You can also buy online:
Etsy: Earth and Wears
Facebook: Earth and Wears

Disclosure:  I did not receive any compensation from this post, I just love the idea of buying local and buying handmade.

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