Well, I'm still stuck on scarves, but I've moved onto Halloween themed! I'll let the photos speak for themselves.
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.
Wow! The response to the Circles Shrug and Scarf Vest patterns has been so fantastic, I decided to combine the two. Introducing the Circles Vest. This is a FABULOUS piece and is sure to be something you wear year round. Made in Friday Night Fibers Black Velvet fingering weight yarn, it's airy and flowy with lots of texture, color, and interest.
And, yes, it's asymmetrical! BONUS!
You can pick up your pattern here, on my Etsy page, or on Ravelry.
Hubby has been busy! He installed the flooring this week. The next step will be to sand it down and apply clear coat, which will really bring out the character. It will be one of the last things that gets done, but for now I am trilled.
Hubby also installed most of the insulation. It took three truckloads full, but it will be worth it to keep me comfortable - especially since I plan to spend so much time in here!
There's a little more to do for the insulation. Hubby wanted a break so he could try out the new flooring nail gun. That man loves his power tools!
Next up will be either to get the electrical going or to install the drywall and slat wall. It will depend on what hubby feels like tackling next. I'm going with the flow and letting him decide.
YAY! SHE SHED!
I have a co-worker that is expecting this year. When she shared she was planning to have a jungle-themed nursery, I knew I had to make a monkey. Of course, we all could use a good monkey, so this was doubly perfect.
I searched for a pattern for a few days and landed on this one by LovelyBabyGift. You can find the paid pattern on both Etsy and Ravelry.
I worked on this for a few hours for about a week. It was very simple and the instructions were clear. I think I need to make this again in a few more colors.
#DFWFiberFest2019 is almost here! It is this coming weekend - April 4 - 7th. Are you coming? If you do, please stop by booth 602 and say hello!
This will be my first year and I'm excited to help represent crochet. I'll have my hand dyed yarn, my hand made Portuguese Knitting pins, tons of samples of my patterns, handmade crochet hooks, and lots of other fun stuff. I have SO much stuff to share that the boxes have taken over the living room!
I'm so excited that I already mapped out all my favorite booths to visit too. Hmmm . . . I wonder if I'll spend less this year since I won't get to shop as much? We shall see!
Hope to see you there!
I love fingerless mitts, roses, and sequined yarn, so what's better than creating a pattern combining all three?
The yarn is Yarn Bee Diva Sequin, which is discontinued. I feel in love with this yarn and was so disappointed when it was discontinued, but I still have a bit in my stash as it is my favorite to use for the Nancy Wave's scarf. I still had about a half a ball left of this colorway, so I decided to put it to good use.
What I like about my mitts patterns is that they are worked flat. This means they are easy to customize to get the right fit, so there's no waiting until you are done to check the size. The embellishments are added at the end, so you can add as few or as many as you like. Or, you can even place them in a different area!
What's also nice about these is they are reversible. You can wear them with the rosettes on the top near your fingers or on the bottom near your wrist.
If you'd like to make some of your own, the pattern is available on this site, my Ravelry store, and my Etsy store.