Hi guys! I just spent some time in my craft room (yes, my mom was so gracious as to let me have a craft room here!) culling beads to be donated that I will likely never use (about 4 pounds of them) which cleaned out several containers. Now to now rush out to find more beads to fill them up…. LOL.

I also took the time to really look at my creations and take anything not quite perfect and pull it from my shop. A lot of this was stuff that I was still learning a new technique when I made them, or they were made with not quite the usual quality materials, or I just didn’t feel they were up to par.

These have either been put into bags to be donated, or added to the small pile of designs I want to reclaim the components of to make other lovely creations.

And when the weather cools off, I’ll be going through my knit and crochet creations the same way!

It’s been since November that I last posted and I’ve been trying for ages to make a new post but it keeps not happening. I’ve been getting past a yarncraft slump, where for months I didn’t want to do anything more than give some of my softer skeins an occasional squeeze. I’m past that now though, and have knitted a few things, and am currently working on the Good Vibes shawl from  wonderful French designer. I’m almost done with the big main color section and I will start the first stripe tomorrow when my other yarn color arrives.

Speaking of yarn, I’m currently cold sheeping. I’m hoping to make it through the end of the year without falling off the wagon, but we’ll see. My big goal is to get down to only 38 miles of yarn in my stash- I had 52, I donated 4, and now I just want to use up another 10. There are a few exceptions of when I can buy yarn, though for the most part, no new yarn is kind of the rule.

  1. I can use gift cards to buy yarn.
  2. I can accept yarn from swaps or as gifts.
  3. I can buy additional yarn to finish a project I’ve started.

Its pretty simple, but if you buy yarn like I tend to, its not easy!

I rearranged my craft room yesterday, and picked out another 3 bags of stuff to donate. This included all the sewing patterns I previously had listed for sale, so those are gone now, and I have more room on my shelf. Of course that shelf is mostly filled with large skeins of yarn… LOL.

The website also underwent a physical change a few weeks ago, getting a complete makeover. I like to think it looks more modern and on trend with what’s good today… Of course the 3 dozen emails I get in spam every day offering their design services seem to think otherwise! Ha!

I applied for a spot at a craft fair and chili cook-off on December 5th at the Antelope Valley Indian museum. Its supposed to be chilly in the building things are help in and the chili cook-off is held outdoors and there’s also stuff going on around the campfire, so I’m hoping to sell some warm accessories!

I’m going to bring a plastic tub filled with scarves, and a few other items and label is $20 Each or 2 for $30. I have something like 13 or 14 scarves made up, plus a few other things I want to share now. I had this bright idea that some of The Crochet Crowd’s recent projects would be really fast and easy so I dove right in. Let’s start with the Christmas stocking. Its the cutest of my new makes and while it gave me a little grief I’m very pleased with it.

stocking

Cute, right? Its made from 17 same sized hexagons, carefully stitched together like this:

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Then you just stitch up the side seams and you get this?

stockingbad

Seriously, follow the diagram and get the right shape! Learn from my example! LOL The first photo, my final result, shows it really is super cute and I loved my color choices. It also let me use up more stash yarn that was leftovers from other projects. This will be in my $20 tub.

Then I have these granny square slippers. I’m not sure what happened. They were supposed to be a lady’s medium but pretty sure they will fit a men’s 9 or even 10. They did use up almost all of my dark grey yarn though plus quite a bit of the spring green. They will be in the tub too.

grannyslippers

I decided to pick up my knitting needles and try out this faux-cable scarf, which to my delight, when smoothly and without issue and the colors worked really well together.

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Feeling good about these projects, I decided to crochet some mittens. I’ve never made mittens, but how hard could they be? I had the yarn picked out already- an ugly yarn made from sweatshirt fleece that is super soft and warm and just screamed mittens! I got started. I ran into several issues in the pattern. I made mistakes. I kept going. I had two weird ham-warmers with thumbs. This morning I frogged them back to the 4th row and started over, and ended up with actual mittens for hands instead of hams.

uglymittens

They’re not amazing, and that yarn makes them ugly as sin, but they will go to my craft sale booth too and if they don’t sell, I will donate them to thrift the following Monday.

So, that’s what I’ve been up to. I’m currently thinking about making another pair of mittens because I’ve not yet had my fill of torture this week. I hope you’re enjoyed these new makes, and I’ll have more to show you later on!

I love those of you that are fans of my work. I absolutely do. And I love giving back and helping those who need it. But there are some things that are not going to work in your favor if you want me to donate an item to your cause.

I received a message today via the Kittyloaf Designs facebook page asking me to donate am item for a charitable auction. I (snarkily , I admit) said no because of how this person approached me.

I understand when you’re trying to solicite donations you might not be familiar with the work a given person does. I really do understand. It’s time consuming to take a few minutes to look into a potential donor. But be honest. Don’t make statements assuming you know what someone makes or sells and boldly state that you know this is what they create. If you’re wrong, you’ve just started your new relationship with this person whom you want to help you by boldly lying to them. And since you were so eager to lie to me about researching my work, why should I trust that your charitable auction is even a thing?

For the record, despite the name, Kittyloaf Designs does not specialize and solely make and sell cat products. In fact, in the more than ten years Kittyloaf Designs had been around, I’ve only done two cat related things, neither of which were ever in my shop. One was a personal project and was the early inspiration for Kittyloaf, and the other was a jewelry commission.

So… Please, feel free to ask me about your charitable things, but be honest. Nothing peeves me more than a lack of truth, especially when we first met. I love giving back, but if I don’t feel I can trust you, it’s not going to happen.

E1I received an order yesterday for a pair of these so I spent the evening stitching them up. These and my girly skull earrings are my best sellers and I never remember to make an extra pair to have on hand. Doh!

These shipped out this morning and hopefully make someone’s daughter very happy!

I recently became enamored with the idea of learning to play the ukulele. Of course I need to get one before I can learn to play it, which means I need to make some sales. Money… There’s never enough of it!

Last Monday I took some of my jewelry items with me to pool league and I sold 3 bracelets and would have sold two pairs of earrings but we missed each other in the way out. Hopefully she still wants them next week. If she does, that will put me at about the $50 mark plus some survey money I have coming in. I found one online I think I like for  about $100 but I also made the mistake of going into a music store and falling in love with a ridiculously beautiful one that is marked at $300. I really should stick with the budget one though as I don’t even know if I’ll be any good and it’d be a shame to spend a fortune and not stick with it.

Anyway, my earrings are shipped and I’ve spent most of the afternoon doing surveys online until I could finally cash out. With the cash out I’m expecting in a few days, and hopefully the sale I should make on MOnday, I will very soon have my ukulele! I’m so excited!

Now its time for me to work on my donation to the Bark at the Park though. October will be here in no time!