Thursday, June 26, 2014

Quick Fancy Headbands - new pattern

I'm so happy these are finally available as a pattern-- lots of folks asked about them when I sold them at craft fairs.

it's a headband party and you're invited!

Deceptively simple and QUICK as heck, with yarn ends used as braided ties-- these are the ultimate last-minute-crochet gift.

two head(bands) are better than one

The pattern includes photo directions for the beginning crocheter, making this a simple, pleasurable hooking experience.

tassels are fun

Endless border and color combinations! Also, they make cute bracelets and bookmarks.

gifts for all your lovely peeps

Quick Fancy Headbands crochet pattern PDF

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

New crochet pattern! Patches the Elephant

Do these curtains make my ears look big?

Patches is here! I made this squishy, huggable pillow-toy for Ewe Ewe Yarns in their excellent superwash Wooly Worsted.

This happy creature is about a foot long, a nice large size for playing or snuggling at nap time. Patches only has two legs-- but really, how many legs do you need when you're a pillow?

The better to hear you with, my dear

I chose colors that were sunny and bright and unisex (at least in my opinion! I was never one for the pink-or-blue dichotomy). The pattern involves minimal finishing: the belly-ful body is join-as-you-go, stuffed with plenty of cushy stuffing, quick embroidered eyes and sew the ears on-- done. 

It's times like these when I wish I had a handy kid-model for scale. We'll have to settle for this shot of me being a goof.

Do the Pachyderm Rock

Patches the Elephant crochet pattern PDF


Monday, June 2, 2014

Hot Time knitting and crochet

Let's face it, the weather affects what you want to work on, right? Here in Chicago it is a humid 83 Fahrenheit and I am avoiding the presence of my woollier, warmer yarns for the time being.

So, what to do? My answer is usually: Cotton or small or quick or all of the above.

Melt Slouch Hat

Realistic Crochet Octopus

crochet headband party!

Some random tips for making yarn-crafting bearable during the warmer months:
  • Drink more water! (basically my solution for everything)
  • Put your project and/or yarn into a bag so they don't get fuzzies all over you
  • invest in a spray bottle from the Dollar Store or something, mist yourself like an orchid when you get hot
  • stick to smooth fibers like cotton, linen, hemp, bamboo, viscose 

I'm getting ready to make a few pairs of cotton socks. Keepin' it cool and small.

Has summer crafting season reached you yet? Got any more tips? Because you know we're not just gonna stop just because it's hot!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Octo Shawl all purty and finished

The colors, they are strange.

It's no secret at this point that I am a big fan of all things Grellow (grey + yellow). This color combination was what inspired my Kitefish Shawlette, and as soon as I designed the Octo Shawl I knew I'd make a grellow version at some point. 

With my grellow Malabrigo Lace in hand, and the addition of a purpley deep mauve, I got started on this version for the Octo Shawl KAL last fall. Deviating a little from the stripes in the pattern turned out to be very fun (whew!) and I adore how it turned out.

Blocking this shawl is really satisfying. Is it weird that blocking is my favorite part of the process?

Eight pins, that's it!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Floaty mohair perfection - Parfait Scarf(ait) pattern

I am an intermittent blogger. What we have here is an overdue post on Parfait Scarf(ait), a "new" pattern (shhh let's pretend it's not almost a year old) that I adore. It has come in really handy during this Chicago-Winter-From-The-Frozen-Depths-Of-Hell.

Los Angeles flashback photos! This is NOT my Chicago winter wardrobe.

Parfait has 3 keyholes, so there are many ways to wear it. I like options, what can I say!

About the yarn: how good is Shibui silk cloud?

So good.

It's the finest, silkiest silk/mohair blend I've encountered. Gorgeous sheen, super soft mohair (not too fuzzy and not itchy), I am a serious convert after years of using another hazy silk/mohair blend that shall remain nameless for now. It's the one from the British company named after a tree.

Parfait Scarf(ait) pattern PDF

Friday, March 7, 2014

On Silence

I noticed something today. After about two hours of working in the studio, sunlight streaming in the windows and the humidifier quietly simmering, I realized that I was being unusually productive. My mind felt clear, tasks were started and completed without distraction, everything was just flowing.

What's this about? I asked myself. Usually I struggle with sticking to one duty at a time, and get sucked into thinking about the entirety of my day's work all at once. It's overwhelming, stressful, and counterproductive.

I sat quietly for a moment, pondering what was different today. And then it hit me -- I forgot to turn music on. It was quiet.

Total Aha Moment. I love listening to music while I work... but maybe it's really that I love listening to music. Maybe it's better to save it for mindless tasks like cleaning and cooking and winding yarn. Giving my brain room to breathe in silence has (accidentally) proven to be the key to focusing. In place of my morning caffeine (which, it turns out, leads to migraines), this will have to do.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Double Deco Shawl knitting pattern!

I'm so excited to share this with you: My new knitting pattern Double Deco is now live on Ravelry!

It was designed with Ewe So Sporty which is just lovely to work with. A soft, springy merino sport weight and it's washable... can't beat that.

Tina (my dressform) can't help being bootylicious

This shawl is looong, perfect for wrapping yourself up on these chilly afternoons. It's a simple knit (deceptively so) with a bold graphic style. The knitting is mostly very very easy garter stitch (knit stitch forevaaah!) -- If you can increase (kfb), pick up stitches, and knit, you're good to go on this. TV knitting at its finest.

Like wings!

There are so many ways to wear this. And think of all the 4-color combinations you could do! I want to make a more pastel version at some point. 

Thanks to Heather Walpole at Ewe Ewe Yarns for the yarn and inspiration.

I hope you enjoy this fun pattern!

Double Deco Shawl knitting pattern