Halloween is in my top three favorite holidays and I LOVE to decorate and crochet each year for it. Every year I add a bit more to my decor. In fact, my obsession with designing crochet patterns began with the Pumpkin Jack pillow pattern. It's still one of my favorites because it's reversible - Halloween on one side and Thanksgiving on the other.
After creating Pumpkin Jack, I was hooked (see what I did there?) and went on to create several more pillows. All of these patterns are available on this site, Etsy, and Ravelry. These work up quickly and will last through several years of washings and butt abuse.
This year I decided to make some coasters and hot pads. I started with spiders and then decided I needed a cat too. Both of these patterns are FREE and are available on this site and in my Ravelry shop. They work up very quickly and are a great way to use up leftover yarn. The spider coaster only takes 25 grams of cotton yarn. The spider and cat hot pads require 50 grams. I think I may need to make the cat in other colors - like orange and lime green . . .
I hope you have as much fun crocheting for the holidays as I do. There's nothing better than snuggling up with a good crochet project as the weather turns cooler.
Well, I'm still stuck on scarves, but I've moved onto Halloween themed! I'll let the photos speak for themselves.
. . . but now I'm scarf obsessed.
All of these were knit with my Addi circular knit machine, with which I have become obsessed. The good news here is I have made a pretty big dent in my embarassingly large yarn stash.
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."