Are you going?
I hope so, because I will be there!
And I have been busy, busy, BUSY knitting and crocheting like crazy to get ready for the show. Below are a few of the items I will have with me.
Show details can be found here.
Saturday September 14th
9:00 - 3:00
Allen Senior Recreation Center
I have two fabulous nieces. One is a tomboy and is into all things dinosaur. The other is a little fashionista and LOVES accessories. At only three, she cracks me up wanting "options" for her wardrobe.
With her in mind, I created this crochet hat pattern that delivers on just that - OPTIONS! Want a messy bun? DONE! Want to keep it simple? DONE! Want to jazz it up with ribbon or pom poms? DONE!
In this pattern I show you how to take the same pattern and finish it out multiple ways. What other options can you create?
The pattern is available on this site, on Etsy, and in my Ravelry store.
. . . but I think I'm okay with it.
I'm getting ready for the fall shows that are just around the corner, so I've been knitting up a storm. I've made quite a few of these skinny scarves so far and have a few more in the works. I just love how they all look different.
The yarn is by Red Heart and I've found it at most of the local hobby stores.
Next up - coordinating hats and fingerless mitts!
Question: Who doesn't love water balloons?
Answer: Parents. The fill up. The tie off. The kids playing for 5 minutes and wanting more because they used them all. The picking of of thousands of rubber pieces all throughout your yard for the next several years.
That's why when I saw this FREE pattern by Left in Knots - www.leftinknots.com - I knew I had to make a ton. And I did. And the kids LOVE them.
Washable, Reusable. Eco-Friendly. Colorful. What's not to love?
Happy Water Balloon Fight!
Hey ya'll! I am tickled to show you my new trailer!
I decided a few months ago that making multiple trips with multiple cars to bring in all the displays, tables, chairs, and merchandise for the various shows at which we exhibit was getting exhausting. After watching a few other vendors to see how they did it, it was clear I need a trailer. Thus the search began.
I found a white trailer in great condition and snapped it up right away. I mean, this thing looked like it was never used. I got it for a steal and immediately began plotting on how to wrap it. I knew I wanted something fun and crazy that could work as a back drop if I ever did a pop up show.
How did I do?
I had the team at ColoritGrapics.com take my concept and come up with the design. They also installed all the graphics. From the time we started the process until delivery only took a couple of weeks. They did fantastic work and I highly recommend them. The guys there said that, while it was in their shop, several others asked for similar designs for their trailers. Does that make me a trendsetter? HA!
Vince said he got a lot of attention on the drive home. I'm thinking we need to just start driving around as advertisement.
Last weekend I took an embroidery class at Rocking Bobbin Quilt shop. I had a great time and got to sharpen my embroidery skills that had gotten a bit rusty over the years. Not only did I get to learn several new techniques, I walked away with 12 completed ornaments for the holiday. If you've never worked with Kimberbell designs before, check them out here. I am hooked!
This design set is called "Happy Hoop Decor Volume 1 Whimsical Christmas Ornaments."
Another afghan complete!
Okay, I confess. I actually finished this some time last year but never got around to posting it. I think I wanted to keep making it bigger (like king size) but after living with it (and napping with it on the couch) I think I'm done.
There is no pattern. I actually saw a picture of one that had been done by someone else. I searched for nearly a month trying to find the designer and I would have happily paid for a pattern, but I gave up and decided to go for it.
The inspiration afghan had the edges squared off, but I decided I liked the wonkiness of the sharp edges. This photo was taken just after completion, so it has flattened out with usage and washing.
Every once and a while a pattern or project comes along that forces you to stop EVERYTHING you are doing and focus on it. That was true of the Flower Power Afghan. When I saw this I was reminded of the bright colors of the Lite Brite toy I loved playing with as a kid.
Not only are the colors super vibrant and fun, the blanket is soft and warm - simply perfect!
Others have done this same pattern in softer colors such as gray and pink, which makes a beautiful baby blanket.
Best part? FREE pattern! Download your copy here.
The Blueberry Mojito blend has been re-imagined into this new mix of purple and burgundy. With this deep and vibrant colorway, it goes very well with other colors, such as Aviation, Pink Lady, and Tequila Sunrise.
Available in both DK and Fingering weights, you can pick up a skein or two on my Etsy shop or on this site.
Happy Yarn Hoarding!