This is the one guys! This is the new thing I've been most excited to show you!! You may remember that last year I had a fringe-y cowl, it was cute, rectangular, fancy. I liked that cowl, it was easy to make and fun to wear, but ultimately it was not my own pattern. Additionally I found that people were intimated by the styling and had a hard time remembering how to fold and button it to get it to look like what they bought. As I searched around for inspiration and began tinkering I thought "ah ha! bandanas!" What you see below is the result, the Bandana Fringe Cowl!!
When I started working on it I realized that to get to the size I wanted it was not only going to take a lot of yarn, it was also going to start to look a little bulky and heavy. I decided to add a few rows of open work on the edge and I really like how it turned out! Its still a very simple and fun pattern, but now all the wearer has to do is put the button in a hole and the look is achieved!
I'm still working my way through the lines and getting them photographed, so this is just a preview! I can't wait to unveil these at craft shows, they are so beautiful in person! I'm about to start on the "Basics" line and I think these are going to look stunning in black and other neutrals!
Holy hot sauce! It's creeping up near the triple digits around here...are you guys ready for fall or what?? I'll be honest, I'm not. I love fall actually, but fall means winter is near and I hate being cold. I'll take the scorching heat and high humidity of a Kansas summer over the brutal windchill of winter any day. That said...100 degrees is a bit excessive.
Anywho, lets think about fall and winter, and lets think about hats! I've always struggled with hats. It seems like when I find a pattern I like it takes too long to make, is too fussy, or stretches out too easily when worn. Last year I was making a cable stitch hat that I quite liked, but it wasn't really my pattern. I had also gotten a few requests for slouchy hats, which I know are quite popular right now. I didn't want to make and carry a ton of different hats, so I tinkered a bit and came up with a hat that can really be worn as either a regular, I call it old school, stocking cap with a folded up brim, or you can fold down the brim and wear it slouchy!
Here is what they look like!
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Cute huh? The mannequin heads are a bit smaller than a real human head, they look a bit different on a people!
Hi All! I'm doing my first ever giveaway! All you have to do is use the form below and follow me on Twitter to be entered! You could win this delightful Kitty Koozie!! Entries are open through Thursday 7/21 and I will announce the winner on Twitter and Facebook on Friday! The more entries I get the more likely I am to do more giveaways with bigger prizes...so share this with your friends!!
Here is the prize up for grabs:
It seems like my weeks alternate between a flurry of activity and productivity and a struggle to get anything done at all. That can really be a bit frustrating, but life does get in the way unfortunately! This week it has felt like I've just gotten a bunch of small starts with no payoffs yet, but I know (hope!) that it will turn around and I'll be cranking it out by the boatload soon enough!
For now I'm in luck because I have a backlog of things to show you and tell you about! You may recall that I've been working to really make my patterns my own, and for the most part that is now the case. The first pattern I really developed on my own was the pattern for my Tech Mitts. In previous years you've seen them in 2 colors, but honestly that got a bit fussy. There was a lot of stitching things together and weaving in ends, and my color combinations often aren't for everyone. I realized I could make them a lot faster and more sophisticated by just using one color! I am also really please with how the new packaging and the photographs of these turned out! I have completed the mitts for the Richies line and you can see those below. The Voids line is coming...gosh hopefully soon!
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With the new color palettes and styles you can expect to see a BIG sale on last seasons things in my etsy store soon! I will let you know when that goes down! We need to clear out the brush so the new trees can grow (I am a metaphor queen am I not?)! Additionally check back Tuesday because I will be doing my first ever giveaway! I'm really excited about trying this out as a way to drum up some new fans! Don't worry, I will remind you across all social media platforms!
...And we're back!! As suspected I was able to get a TON of stuff done over the long 4th of July weekend! You could say I kicked my to-do list's ass...that's what I would say! I think I even have a few posts up my sleeve for upcoming weeks...which is a very good feeling!
But let's talk about today's project! I have been in need of a better way to display scarves and cowls in the craft fair booth. Dressmaker's mannequins are expensive and unruly to travel with. Same for store mannequins if you can find them, and many of them offer another downside of having nipples awkwardly sculpted on them...why do mannequins need nipples?? I have a plastic torso that can hang, but hanging sometimes isn't an option...and it is plagued with the nipple problem. I have to put two shirts on it just so it isn't scandalous to children and elderly ladies!
I did a lot of back and forth about how the finish should look. I decided straight away that decoupage was out for me. Too many steps mean I just won't do it! I finally decided I wanted them to be a white so shiny that it would look lacquered or still wet. I bought the most high gloss paint I could find at Lowes, primed these bad boys, and then...when I opened the can...it was black. I very much needed these to be white. I was soooooo mad at myself for not looking more closely! I could have gone back, tried to find the paint in white, all that jazz...but ultimately, I was in a hurry to get these done! I had 2 cans of gloss white spray paint on my shelf, so that's what I went with! They are not quite the "holy wow" shiny I was looking for, but they are still pretty glossy so I'm ok with the outcome.
All lined up they look a bit like creepy weird crosses don't they? I glued cheap hinges to the back to connect the easel stands with E6000 and wah-lah! Because these hinges didn't have any sort of a stop on them to keep them from just opening all the way up and making the whole thing fall down I attached a little ribbon to the bottom to keep them from going to far. I just used hot glue on that...less toxic, faster drying! Even without the ribbon they seemed to stay up on their own pretty well and passed my very scientific stability tests (shaking a table and pulling at cowls while they were on them)!
I am so excited to get to road testing these guys! I hope to have some cowls ready to photograph on them soon!