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Deadline: June 1 approaches

In community challenges, crochet, events, knitting, sewing, stash busting on May 26, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Last call for those who may be interested in Making for Makers, discussed here.  The deadline to private message me on Ravelry with your email and to complete the entry form on the Secret Santa shuffler is approaching.  Intake for this cycle will be shut down at 11:59pm EST on June 1, 2014.

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In community challenges, crochet, designing, events, knitting, stash busting on March 15, 2014 at 7:03 am

I’ve gotten some great responses from you all for the Makers, Unite post.

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I am pleased to announce that a RAVELRY GROUP has been formed for this initiative. The initiative is called, Making for Makers. If you are interested in participating, please check out the group and sign up!

Thanks a million for making it happen!

#letsdothis

Makers, unite

In community challenges, crochet, knitting on March 13, 2014 at 10:18 pm

My last post brought up some interesting comments and stirred up some thoughts.

As makers we often create for others and seldom for ourselves. But often times the people we make for are under the impression that we’re always making for our individual ourselves.The problem is we don’t… At least not enough of us do.

But what’s troubling too is that while we’re quick to make non-creators things as birthday gifts or just because gifts, we never think of making gifts for our maker friends. Yes, a skein of luxury yarn is nice. Yes, that fancy and too cute project bag is nice. (And I do know that we would still take those happily because you can never have enough! Lol) But I think that this logic is so sad. I guess we feel like we can make it for our individual selves and we’ll get to it… Eventually. Which really means never. Why do we have to wait until eventually?

I would like to encourage a maker exchange program here…online via my blog as a forum or Ravelry. Making a gift for someone in secret and presenting it at the end of the year. Like a secret Santa type of thing. The details of the swappage we can work out later. The guidelines we’ll do later.

How many of you are in? Thoughts?

VKL NYC 2014

In community challenges, crochet, events, knitting on January 23, 2014 at 12:56 am

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Vogue Knitting Live NYC was this past weekend- January 17-19. It was all that I expected… Crowded and intriguing. There was do much creativity in the atmosphere I did not know what to do with myself! Everyone was spending and spending….I humbly watched.

There was yarn galore. Every year I promise myself I will save enough to indulge but I fail. In any event, I only bought a few things. Firstly, I bought buttons and somehow I was trapped in this vintage button booth for a while. The beauty and uniqueness of these necessary pieces consumed me…deeply. Next, I bought 2 natural baby lotion stick thingies for 2 pregnant friends of mine. Lastly, I bought the Bergere De France pattern book I blogged about here. Please don’t judge me…I went tab crazy!lol

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I was even able to meet the owner of Loopy Mango. She was so gracious and allowed me to photograph her knitting with the super, super chunky yarns and tag her on Instagram.

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The day was also topped by meeting author Susan B. Anderson…She was so pleasant and fun! I actually messaged her on Ravelry regarding a question to one of her patterns early last year. Had I known she was going to be at this event I would have brought it to be autographed.

Another highlight for me was the crocheted giant doilies, positioned as giant webs. I interpreted that the webs catch our creative fears and expose that there are no boundaries on how far we can go if we push ourselves and break free. These pieces really spoke to me…Absolutely stunning! A couple sayings this reminds me of…”Fences are for those who don’t climb over.” and one from my mother, “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good becomes better and your better becomes your best.”

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So with that, I’m again challenging and pushing myself to do a little more crochet and more designing (that is to say,finish the current one, publish and on to the next).
A big hit last year and again this year is amirigumi, both crocheted and knitted.

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I feel like you have to see them in person to appreciate it!

What I learned (and keep seeming to forget) this year, after being surrounded with beautiful things I want, again, is that my mainly yarn (sometimes button) habit should only be supported at major events; mainly VKL NYC, Rhinebeck, Stitches East, and Black Friday sale at Eat, Sleep, Knit.

So, from hence forth, no more yarn shopping. Seriously. I’m dieting until May 2014. Who’s in?

Christmas isn’t over

In crochet, finished projects, knitting, stash busting on January 2, 2014 at 9:40 am

My dear, long time friend asked me to make this particular item since the summer past. I got caught up in fulfilling this request and that’s all I can say. So here we are in Christmas season and the request is made again. Gosh! The search was on and Ravelry had the solution.

I found one. The first attempt of the crocheted applique was a fail. I gotta say this again, I don’t think I have crochet in me anymore. I will have to relearn this skill… Time to break out the books and video footage I suppose. Anyway, I found an easier crochet applique and it came out decent. Onward to the knitted body which was easy as pie; couldn’t be any simpler than garter stitch.

Ending this was also a problem. My initial bind off was too tight. I couldn’t seam it together. So I pulled that out. Then I seamed it with crochet slipped stitches and sewed on the applique. I realized that it looked kinda big, so I pulled it back some and binded off again. The problem is that I ended up with an awful bulky seam. The public side had an obvious error from the seaming. I did a back stitch to try and correct it.

The good news here, in all this, is, that I got to use my Cast On, Bind off book and did the suspended bind off which was incredibly easy.

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So, what is it that I made? I know, with all this drama! A cup cozy!

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I gave it to her on New Years day and she loved it! Yeah!

“Handmade just for you”

In crochet, finished projects, knitting, stash busting on December 29, 2013 at 2:59 pm

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This is a close up of Northmoor Watchcap that I gave to a friend of mine for Christmas, today. I think the label made it even more special.

I would have posted this sooner, but unfortunately, I did not know about this sooner. After several hours on Pinterest (you all know how addictive it is so no judgment please lol), I found these gift/care labels.

I printed the labels on a heavier than standard weight printer paper… I think that will be your best bet. When I found this, it sparked an idea to use the labels for charity projects and such for 2014. And I thought to even have them professionally printed in longer lengths for sweaters and such would be fantastic. I like things to be uniform and this would satisfy that look. What do you think?

Please enjoy this simple gift for your handmade gift items. This is just a simple thanks for following me thus far and for all the comments. It came late, but I don’t think it’s ever too late to receive gifts!

Christmas Day

In crochet, knitting on December 25, 2013 at 11:48 am

Christmas Day was spent mainly in bed and then to a friends. I got gifts from co- workers and I had saved this from Fable Fibers. I opened the other gifts from my coworker’s, so those were no longer a surprise but this was. I stuffed it in a box waiting for Christmas for the reveal. I got Fable Fibers Biography DK in Fairy Garden, take a looksie:

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I’m not sure what I’ll do with it. Ideas?

Change in circumstance

In community challenges, crochet, knitting on December 14, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Due to an unfortunate set of circumstances that has been the source of the trouble I’m experiencing, the blanket will no longer go to the intended recipient. I will,however, send the cards that were sent for her.  The blanket will be going to someone’s relative at work who is sick. So at least it’s still going to someone in need and will have some gratitude.  At the moment it is being seamed; I’ll be sure to post a picture of the finished piece.

Updated: Cowl will be given away. I will make another for myself.

Another change is that I’m thinking about dissolving my knitting and crochet group at work. I’m getting tired and discouraged. Perhaps in January I’ll be more refreshed.

I really don’t have any more words right now. So, that is all.

There goes my plan

In crochet, knitting on October 14, 2013 at 6:08 pm

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I have 2 weeks vacation and my plans of blissful knitting has disintegrated. All because I decided I needed to eat homemade fries. My mandolin sliced off the top of my right thumb. What’s the problem here? I’m right handed! So that’s a wrap for now. I may be able to crochet but I’m not sure. I may just find myself reading. My hands will be anxious and idle. I don’t like that feeling. Two weeks off for naught.

Can someone knit my projects for me please?

Update: If you like gorey pictures. The picture of my thumb is posted on my Instagram page. I thought I’d spare you that on here.

Photo Challenge Day 4 and 5

In community challenges, crochet, knitting on October 5, 2013 at 6:52 am

Day 4: Light
No filter photo of needle holder.

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Day 5: Tape measure
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I got this at VKL NYC this year for free. I use this all the time and it’s usually in my toolbox.

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This is a sleeve of my Tilted Duster, my fall project.