My second project was to make 14 bracelets for the Awana T&T girls, before our awards ceremony was on Sunday. I had been working on pulling materials together for a couple of weeks, but it was not as easy as I expected; I mean, there are beads and their accessories everywhere, right? Wrong...at least not what is needed to make bracelets for young ladies.
I went to Michaels first, because I knew they had lots and lots of beads, etc. The problem: when I read the fine print on the packaging, I found that most of the beads available have age warnings, Not a toy. Not for use of anyone under the age of 15. My girls are not 15. I didn't mind seeing that on some of the beads, but everywhere I looked, I was seeing the same warning, including on the hemp that I wanted to use. I asked a worker there why this was and he said that those items were probably marked that way because they contain lead. I decided I better not fudge on the age limit, so I started wracking my brain for a new plan. I finally decided to crochet them. I found one set of really cute cube beads that were green with blue flowers and were actually age appropriate. I bought those and the crochet thread, but I still didn't have all of the beads I was hoping to find.
Next I checked JoAnn and was not happy when I discovered the same situation there. Most of their items had the same age restrictions. I searched and searched and finally found a package of glass seed beads in an assortment of colors, including the Awana red, yellow, blue and green I wanted.
Once the aprons where completed, I got out pencil, paper, scissors, my crochet needles and started planning. I had thought I would do necklaces instead of bracelets because I wasn't sure on the sizing of the bracelets, but after it took such a long time to crochet just one, I knew I had to make another plan revision. I went to my friend, Professor Google, and asked him how long a young lady's bracelet should be. He told me 6 to 7 inches. So, I figured out my scale and started working. It took me hours to finally come up with a pattern I liked (I even ended up switching to a thicker thread), but once I was satisfied they went pretty fast. It took the afternoon to do them all, but I was pleased when they were finished.
I realized yesterday that the bracelets should have blocked. They are a bit twisty on their own, so if you are a mother of one of the recipients, you might want to do that for her (Professor Google can tell you how, he knows everything).
Complaint: I have always said that when something is made to do a job, it needs to do that job. A can opener should open cans. A toaster should toast bread. A car should get you to your destination. Well, a silver clasp's mechanism should open up all the way when you pull on that tricky little lever. Out of the two packages I purchase, which amounted to way more clasps than I actually needed, only 13 of the 20 worked. So, I had to pick up more to complete this project. You would think they would check those out in the factory before releasing them to the stores. End of complaint.