Thin Blue Line Beginner Scarf Pattern

Today begins National Police Week and is also Police Memorial Day. In honor of all of those who have served or are currently serving I whipped up a super simple thin blue line crochet scarf pattern.

In addition to writing, I also spend quite a bit of time crafting. I especially love to crochet, which I learned a little over 10 years ago. Scarves are my favorite item to crochet, basically because they don’t require much thought. I like simple stitched scarves where I can sit down and watch a TV show (or 10 if I’m binge-watching on Hulu) and not have to pay too much attention to the pattern.

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Chalkboard Mug

I’m so glad everyone is enjoying my word count mug updates. It has been fun updating it every night and getting to see my actual word count grow. As of today, I am a little over a thousand words away from hitting 20,000!

I’ve had a lot of people ask me questions about my chalkboard mug. I thought I’d take a few minutes to answer them here, in case you are wondering too.

1. Is that a real mug?

Yes. It is an actual mug, not an app or image I tweak every night. I wipe off the amount and re-write my new word count every day. I do take the picture in the same spot in my kitchen. The lighting seems to be pretty good there.

2. I love your mug. Where did you get it?

I got my mug at Michaels craft store. It was an impulse buy, actually. I noticed it on the way to the checkout line. There wasn’t a price on it, so when the cashier checked the price I was super excited to find out it was only $1.99! I couldn’t resist.

3. How do you get your writing so straight using chalk?

I don’t use a piece of chalk. I actually use a chalk pen, which might be the coolest invention ever!

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It wasn’t easy to find, though. I looked at Office Depot, Staples, and Target, but I finally found mine at AC Moore. I’d love to get some different colors too. You can find one on Amazon for only $2.50.

I’ve had a hard time finding another chalkboard mug, especially one as cheap as I found mine. But there are a lot of DIY chalkboard mug tutorials floating around the web.

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photo credit: Wit & Whistle

Here are a few that look really fun and easy:

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A Beautiful Mess

The Small Things

So there you go. However you decide to keep track of your word count, make it fun!