You guys! I got almost to the end of March without mentioning that it is apparently National Crochet Month! You know, for me, that every month is crochet month but they don't make things like that for people like me. They make them to remind people that there are super fun crafts out there that can help you relieve stress and leave you with a cool new thing you can wear or use! I know that if I go a few too many days without crochet I lose my mind a little bit, nothing soothes me like just sitting and making! I hope you all have something like that that helps you get out of your head, leave work behind, and relax a bit...if you want to learn to crochet let me know!
Now, lets talk about this past weekend's Crafts and Drafts! It went surprisingly well! I had pretty low expectations simply because it's a little late in the season for people to want to look at yarn. The morning chill and having a bit of a sale really helped me out! Most of the shoppers were super nice (likely because they all had beers in hand) and I even met a couple of ladies who crochet as well, which I always enjoy! As I loaded out I ran into an old friend that I hadn't seen in awhile and that was pretty rad too! All in all it was a worthwhile day! Here's what the booth looked like:
I found that sweet rug at World Market! It's an outdoor rug so it's plastic and durable. It also doesn't show the dust that gets kicked up. It was so cheap and I love it so much that I may go buy another one! I love the idea of having a rug in the booth, it makes it feel like welcoming little house. I've also decided that I like that gray table cloth (er, bed sheet) so much better than the white that I'm going to get another one of those. I have a lot of fun ideas for the booth next season, I can't wait to make them happen!
Hello!! As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I am very excited to be part of this year's Crafts and Drafts craft fair and craft beer party sponsored by The Pitch! Its an annual thing that has been going on for a few years now and it never occurred to me that I could be part of it...so it feels pretty special!
Its pretty late in the season for scarves, hats, and other things to keep you warm when the wind gets bitey. It's supposed to be a little chilly on Saturday, so as long as people still feel like leaving the house, the weather could help me out a little bit. I didn't want to just count on the weather though, so I've really been plowing through these drink cuffs! Hopefully they will appeal to those who like cold beers and warm hands with a little bit of whimsy! Here is my display!
In addition to throwing together some things to try to appeal to the masses I've also decided to use this as an opportunity to do a big end of season sale! Lets welcome spring but also prepare ourselves for next winter! If you're able to get out and about in the Kansas City area you don't want to miss this sale! If you aren't able but see something in the Etsy Shop that you want, just let me know and I will make it happen for you!
Happy St. Patrick's Day! I actually really love this day and it has nothing to do with drinking green beer or running off snakes...although those things both have their merits. I am a big fan of the color green and enjoy an annual dinner of corned beef, colcannon, and Irish brown bread; but mostly I like it, because I consider it the start of spring! We can finally see the light at the end of the long dark winter tunnel! Speaking of light and spring, while I love to have the extra hours of daylight on the back end of my day, the spring forward time change is really kicking my butt this year! I've barely gotten any sleep all week and its made it a little hard to be productive! Fortunately, I really kicked it in the tail at the end of last week!
As many of you know I'm a big fan of the Kansas City Royals and I have had it in my head to make a Royals wreath for awhile but hadn't gotten the time to actually do it. The idea is inspired by Valentine's Day wreaths I've seen on Pinterest (and have made) that end up having an argyle look. I'm not sure if the argyle is quite as effective on this one, but I still like the way it turned out!
I love how the glittery crowns sparkle in the sunlight! (this picture does not do my door any favors, who knew you had to dust a front door!) I didn't have any blue, white, or gold ribbon on hand to make a hanger, so I crocheted a cute little bow for it! This wreath is really simple to make, I just wrapped a wreath form in yarn and the crowns are cut from a sticky gold foam I found at the craft store. I also secured them with hot glue although I do fear that the heat that collects between my front door and my screen door will melt that...we'll see! After you get all the crowns on you just go back in with a strand of yarn to do the argyle effect. Now the whole neighborhood knows where our loyalties lie!
Aloha! As I mentioned last week I've signed up for a craft sale well beyond scarf and hat season which...may not have been the best plan, but here we are! In addition to deep discounts on winter wear I figured I better go crazy on some drink cuffs, it is also a craft beer party after all! I've been having a lot of trouble with the drink cuffs. Its been trying to get a pattern that turns out the same every time for me. Additionally my go-to patter was a chevron style and I just wasn't feeling chevrons anymore. You may have seen in previous posts that I've been trying to make a kitty cat drink cuff happen. I've been having trouble with that one too, it just didn't seem "kitty" enough! So I made the ears bigger and I'm a lot happier with it now! I just need to get some eyes to put on, maybe some noses too!
Not everyone likes to announce their love of cats (I can't for the life of me figure out why!) so I thought I still needed something else. Nothing just one color, nothing bland, but I was at a loss! Finally this weekend I remembered that I have this book called Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia by Robin Chachula. I pulled that out and got some great ideas! This was also a great way to use up (or attempt to use up) some stash yarn. And they are so quick!
I like these stitch patterns so much! I think they look delightfully 70s! I may try to translate them into ear warmers for next season!
If you know my work style you know I'm not always one to come up with my own patterns and when I do they are fairly simple. I was really excited to tweak these simple color changes into some cute things!
Next week I'll show you cat coozies with eyes!
Hi All! I'm back from a short but beautiful tropical vacation! I'm pretty sure I could stay in the land of palm trees and wild lizards forever...but alas, I had to return home! I took with me some yarn I had on hand to work on a baby blanket....and quickly realized there wouldn't be enough to finish. This didn't seem like a big deal until I realized that the yarn was discontinued! Argh!! When I got home I realized that I had some of it in white and some of it in a pink variegated, so I'm currently ripping out the one I started in pink and am turning it all into this:
Hopefully there will be enough!
Additionally I've been trying to finish my next Twinkie Chan project and realizing why I really don't make things like this. Finishing work just ignites my lazy like nothing else...so here's where I'm at:
Can you guess what it is? I'll tell you this much, when this sucker is done its one of a kind and mine all mine! Oy!
Finally, all of this is about to be put on hold because I just applied for and got accepted to one last craft fair for this fair-ing season! On Saturday March 26th I'll be participating in Crafts and Drafts sponsored by The Pitch! I'm very excited as this is a craft fair I always enjoy attending! I know scarves and hats will be the last thing on everyone's minds so I intend to do some end of season mark downs. Also since its a celebration of beer as well I will be drumming up a bunch of new drink cuffs! Hopefully I'll be able to roll out the new Kitty Cuff I've been working up! If you are in the KC area and feel like getting out and about, please come see me! I'll be wearing my new craft fair apron!!
I make a lot of stuff...I pretty much never stop making! Every Thursday I will post here about things I've made. It will be mostly crochet, but not entirely, and where I can I will include tutorials or links to how I figured out how to do things!