I'm posting the blog early this week because of Thanksgiving...and speaking of the holiday...how about a sale! I like to keep it up long enough to cover Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday! Stop by the Etsy store this weekend and pick up some holiday gifts or some things for yourself!
I hope you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Also remember this kicks of a time of year that, while joyful for some, is difficult and lonely for others. Please consider reaching out to friends and family who may not be in the best situations. A lot of us have extra time off this time of year, maybe take someone to lunch or just stop by with a box of cookies? You never know, even the smallest gesture could make a huge difference for someone struggling!
Currently Listening to: Pisces Iscariot by Smashing Pumpkins (via: All of my albums in alphabetical order!)
This week has been filled with frantically making, photographing, and tagging final items for the big sale in Salina this weekend! Its going to be the biggest craft fair I've ever done and I don't know what to expect. Only one more in person craft fair on the books after this weekend (Check the Where To Find Me page for details!) but stay tuned for updates to the Etsy store and holiday discounts!
I've noticed at sales that people like the soft feel and mottled colors of the bulky yarns like Lion's Brand Homespun or what you see below, which is actually Hobby Lobby's Yarn Bee Fireside Super Bulky. Since it can't hurt to have more of what people like I figured I'd make a few more of those! I decided to work these up with a bigger hook than I usually do and pulled out an N hook...the result was very drapey with lots of big spaces, which I like! When I needed to think about the button I realized that my usual buttons for these cowls would be way too small...and then I remembered these big, glorious coconut buttons that I couldn't resist buying but had not yet found a use for!
Maybe taking the picture in front of my filthy (and yet never used by me) fireplace wasn't the best idea. Lets call it "rustic" and move on!
I am thrilled by how these turned out!! Here is what I don't understand: I made the blue ones first and just barely squeaked 2 out of the skein. When I started on the purple I was nervous I'd cut it too close (nervous is my default setting) and made plans for perhaps doing a row short or something. I thought maybe I'd get lucky on the theory that the blue was darker and therefore more saturated with dye making the skein reach the advertised weight before the advertised length...the purple having, theoretically, less dye would be longer I thought (see kids, you do use those science and math classes outside of school...sort of) I didn't even approach being able to get 2 out of the purple skein! Not even in the ballpark! I used the same hook only hours apart so my stress or lack thereof leading to tension changes should have been the same! I'm not sure if I feel ripped off by being shorted on one skein, or lucky to have gotten an extra length on the other skein! #yarnproblems
Currently Listening to: Paper Mache Dream Balloon by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (via: All of my albums in alphabetical order!)
This week I did my first craft fair in a church! It went pretty well and I'm fairly sure I didn't offend anybody, so it was a win! I made enough money to feel comfortable stopping at the craft store for more yarn afterward. I'm nervous about the super big one I have in Salina in a couple of weeks and I want to make sure I have enough of the colors people seem to like best! Despite a long day and a party to get to that night, I found the urge to make some Christmas decorations real quick:
As the bottles were collecting around the house I was planning to use them for some fake flowers (our cat won't let real flowers stay upright in the house) or something. Then at the craft store the other day I had a moment of inspiration when I saw that the holiday decorations were 50% off! I mentally slapped my own hand every time I picked up something glittery that would ultimately shed sparkle all over my house, car, clothes, life, and opted for these "nature" inspired bunches!
I was overwhelmingly proud of how these turned out considering how little effort I put into them! I wondered how I would transport them (not sure where I think I'm taking them yet) and then remembered that my husband had built some super cool wooden 6 pack holders that would be just perfect! When I loaded the bottles into the carrier I almost passed out it was so freaking cute! It looked like a decoration you'd see in a magazine and think to yourself "oh who has the time or the touch to pull that off?!"
Please disregard my command hook hanging out killing time between Halloween decorations and Christmas garland! Also don't mind Herbert, he gives everyone the evil eye, it isn't personal. My husband is eager to have a reason to empty more of these bottles for me, and that could fuel his fire to make more 6-pack holders!
Currently Listening to: My Majesty by Sean Na Na (via: All of my albums in alphabetical order!)
Its November...so I guess that means its officially time to think about Christmas! My favorite holiday, Halloween, came and went like a flash! Good thing Halloween is a state of mind I'm in year round! With Christmas time, comes Christmas shopping and as I have a few shows coming up, I've been working away getting things ready. I need to take some time to get some new stuff in the store but with the shorter days I'm really running out of daylight for photography! I'm finding myself still sort of a surf and turf as far as figuring out what crowd I fit best with. The things I really enjoy making don't fit in with the "craft fair shopping crowd" but I've not yet found a sure fire way to hit the crowd I think will like my affinity for crazy colors. As such I've been standing with one foot in each style trying to please everyone. As long as its crochet its fun for me to make...but bright colors are more fun!
The sale in Peculiar Missouri wasn't quite the success I may have hoped for but it was a good time. It was great to do a booth with my friend Kendra just to get new ideas of how to set things up and to see how she runs things. Although I didn't sell much I saw a lot of cute dogs and kids in costumes!
I've got a few sales coming up that you can find on my Where To Find Me page. In the meantime I've got a commission I just finished to show you! I made a couple of baby/ little kid hats for a friend! The little letters on these are just the cutest things! If there are things you want or need made of yarn let me now, I'm always happy to try to make other people happy!
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!