Velvet Acorn, A Favorite

Tis the season for yarn, coffee, needles and hooks. With the increasing cold weather, those of us that make, have an increase in orders. What is the most requested items this year? Non other then the wonderful Velvet Acorn designs.

I have had my eye on this lady for over two years now. Since before she had crochet patterns available, and before she lifted her “personal use only” terms. When I saw her recognizable designs all over ETSY, I had to hop aboard!

Her patterns are extremely well written, and easy to follow for all skill levels. She also has pattern pack purchases available at a discount. I have gladly participated in her pattern packs.

Here is her knit Failynn Fox hood. I’ve made quite a few of these this winter, and it always comes out fabulous. With a color change or two, you can make many animals. Knitters will need to know some basic crochet to get the proper look.

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Knitters only- This hat is so absolutely gorgeous. If you love cables, or have always wanted to make a cabled project, you will not be disappointed with the Serenity hat. The math that it must have taken to get the cables just right in this pattern, well, it gives me a headache just thinking about it. This was actually requested by a crochet friend. Yarnies, not afraid to ask others for a must have =)

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Crocheters only- The Ashby scarf is a very feminine cowl that is great for those (like me) that worry about a choking hazard. One end tucks in the other, and can be pulled open. The make up is very simple, but the look is exquisite. This is a great beginner pattern.

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I have other patterns that I have yet to make. I admittedly went pattern crazy, but they are all so adorable, I blame her ever so cute models =).

Have a Crafty Day!

 

 

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I’m Back

Hello my friends, it’s been awhile.

I took a hiatus during the summer. Why? Well truth be told, my mood was down in the dumps. My kiddos went visiting for the summer, and I was out of sorts.

But they are back, I am back, and things are back to what we think is normal 🙂

What have you been up to?

I have been attempting to perfect my sewing skills and stranded color work skills. Here are a couple pettiskirt types I have made. It was an arduous process to say the least. I made them with no pattern, and parts of them were kind of cut and paste, not gonna lie. I’m still trying to perfect a formula that’s comprehensive enough to share. 2014-08-14 10.17.57 2014-08-25 13.26.54

The top skirt is for my 10 year old. The bow looks great right? Welll, it’s hiding a defect, lol, yeah embellishments! The purple skirt and headband I made for my neighbors wee one. I’ve had this material since my daughter was a baby, and I FINALLY used it. This example will fuel my never ending argument with my husband about why I can’t get rid of anything!

Here’s some stranded color work in knit.

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See! Busy, busy!

Patterns, updates, and reviews to come.

Hope you’ve been having some…

Crafty Days! 

 

Pricing items- Something to think about

If you’re like me, it’s really hard to price your creations.

I tend to think like a buyer. Would I pay that much? Where else can I get it, and at what cost?

I need to think like a crafter. Handmade item. One of a kind. How long did it take to make? How much was the materials to make it?

A character hat can cost up to $12 of inexpensive yarn, just for the appropriate colors. Then time and talent need to be factored in. Think about it.

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Here’s a great article for crafters and buyers alike.

http://www.handmadeology.com/pricing-for-time-intensive-handmade-items/

Charting for Intarsia

After my success with intarsia crochet, I went Google and Pinterest crazy! I used keywords, “pixel, knit chart, crochet chart,” and then expanded to “cross stitch chart, bead chart” so many options! Then I found this very helpful website, Knitpro. It’s ah-mazing! And FREE! It takes any picture and turns it into a chart that you can print or save. What’s the down side? There are a couple.

First, it takes the picture and digitally separates the color spectrum. Now I don’t know the techie talk for it, but I’ll show you what I mean.

Here is a picture I uploaded, thunder, Thunder, THUNDERCATS, HOOOO

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Nice crisp lines, perfect for intarsia work! Knitpro saves as a PDF, so I had to take a photo of my screen to show you what I mean.

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The reds are in different shades, black and greys make up the darker areas, but still, I am not artistic enough to draw it myself. So we have 2 choices, color it in, guess, or re-graph it.

I didn’t have large enough graph paper to re-graph this picture, boo, but I was able to graph other ones I found on my google search.

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Here is some bead art of R2D2 I found. There are pretty distinct lines here, very easy to chart for yarn work. Of course I took some artistic liberties.

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Now I can use this for intarsia, YAY! The possibilities are endless, just takes a computer, color pencils, graph paper, patience, and maybe some glasses, your eyes might hurt if you go at it for as long as I did.

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Happy charting!

Have a Crafty Day!

Pinspiration Recreation- Buttoned Cloche Knit Hat

I get a lot of inspiration from Pinterest, I like to call it Pinspiration. Sometimes it can be difficult to find the origin of the picture if it was pinned from a search engines’ images search. Sometimes a pin can take you to a pattern, or an item for sale. When I pin knit and crochet items, I categorize them in my head as need to make or need to figure out how to make.

If I feel totally overwhelmed by the construction of a pattern then I will purchase it, if that’s at all possible. I have found that, with a lot of research, most patterns for sale have recreations out there. They are of course different from the original, but just as good, or at least a starting off point for your own recreation. I found this lovely pattern for purchase on Ravelry by Andrea Delhey:

Cloche1kl_medium2I fell in love with this look! It is a chic modern look with a real classic charm. Naturally I had to recreate it.

 I have linked the Ravelry page to the photo so just click on it to purchase the pattern. With that being said, I will not give you my pattern recreation, I think that would just be bad form, and offensive to this fellow knitter, but I will give you a few pointers for recreation. The stitching wasn’t difficult at all, any semi-intermediate knitter can make this. I use the term “semi-intermediate” since you only need to know the knit stitch BUT you also need to know how to pick up and knit stitches, and knitting in the round. I knit a wide strip in garter stitch, knit every row, to the length I wanted. Then I picked up and knit the crown portion on the inside edge of the strip. So this is made in two portions. Added buttons and Voila!

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I like the longer portion partially covering the side of the face, simply placement preference. Picking up stitches on the inside of the strip creates the ridge on my cloches. It looks like the pattern cloche picks up on the edge of the strip for a more invisible join, I like the ridge. For some knitting help here is a Youtube video by “Knitting Help” on picking up and knitting.

  

Have a Crafty Day!

Catching Up

I have been neglecting my blog a little bit, so these next few days I will be catching up on my posting.

With the holiday season over, and the character hat requests slowing down, my sis and I have decided to take a break from our “made to order” items to experiment with new projects and ideas. We are also taking that time to just live a little. I wanted to share some of my gifts that I know you all will appreciate.

My husband found me this fabulous t-shirt from Busted Tees. I love, love, LOVE it, and I love him for accepting me as a yarnie =)

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Here is the link to purchase it, but there are no shirts for crocheters, sad. So since my husband is a very talented crafter as well (don’t tell him I told you), he hand-stamped me this keychain.

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By far my favorite gift is my Nomades bracelet. I posted awhile back about becoming an Independent Nomades Consultant. I simply adore the product, and it is perfect for any Patriot and anyone associated with the military. I was finally able to put together a bracelet that summed up our life together thus far.

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Me from the Marine Corps, him from the Army, represented by the USMC/ARMY beaded spacers. A charm for our marriage, rightfully called the “We also serve” charm for the military  spouse. The postcard with the inscription “Miles apart, together at heart” when he was deployed this past year. Our little family (my favorite) and the 82nd Airborne charm. As our life changes with each experience or move, I can add to my bracelet. Here is the link to an online catalogue for your shopping pleasure.

I am a lucky gal!

Have a Crafty Day!