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. I can use gift cards to buy yarn. I can accept yarn from swaps or as gifts. I can buyRead the rest…

The craft fair was yesterday and to keep it simple, I’ll just say it was disorganized and not very many people were making sales. Traffic was so-so, and several people commented to me that they would never spend money at something like this. It was just not a good day. After all that, today I decided I needed a little retail therapy. There were several good coupons in the apps for both Joann’s and Michael’s, so I decided to visit both of them. This is what I came away with. Joann’s Caron jumbo skein with a 60% off coupon – $5.99 (reg. $9.99) RHSS jumbo skein with a 40% off coupon – $4.79 (reg. $7.99) 8 regular skeins of RHSS with a 30% off coupon – $2.44 each (reg. $3.49) 2 Big Twist value at 25% off – $2.39 each (reg. $3.19) Total savings $17.18 After that I decided to go back to Michael’s and got this stuff. Michael’s 3 skeins Craft Smart with 20% off coupon – $2.39 each (reg. $2.99) 2 skeins Caron Simply Soft at 2 for $5 & 20% off coupon – $2 each (reg. $4.49) Impeccable BIG! on sale for $7 and 20% off couponRead the rest…

ukulele gig bag

As some of you might know, I have two ukuleles. A tenor, and a concert. I have a soft sided gig bag that came with the tenor, but my concert has no such bag to protect her while travelling. I decided to knit and felt the Hana Hou! gig bag pattern and make my own. Unfortunately it didn’t go exactly to plan, and the bag fits my tenor better than my concert, but its super thick and padded and will probably protect either of them better than my other bag does. After 4 cycles in a hot water/heavy agitation wash, it wad down to this size and not getting any smaller. And finally, hanging out with my concert uke inside. Its a little big for it, but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I would definitely consider making this again, though I would have more fun with the colorwork. You can see details here.Read the rest…

I haven’t been doing a lot the last few weeks besides looking at project ideas and making parts of things to try our make. I did however finish this throw this morning and its so cozy and warm! I used 11 7oz skeins of Bernat Mega Bulky in four different colors and it measures about 44″ x 55″. Here’s a close-up of the cables. I didn’t count the rows between them – I just cabled on the first right side row of each new skein. It turned out pretty well though! And as always, this sweet face was making sure I was doing things right.Read the rest…

First things first. I have a lot more yarn them I need and I keep acquiring more. I just flew home yesterday from Washington state and in my bag was 11 new skeins of yarn, from two different but wonderful yarn shops. I stopped at So Much Yarn first and later at Maker’s Mercantile and neither one was disappointing. Both received 5 star reviews from me on Yelp and on their Facebook pages. I also ordered some more yarn online while I was on my trip and it will be arriving early next week. What else did I order? A shelving unit that better suits my needs and takes up a bit less floor space in my craft room. This morning I grabbed a screw driver and a hammer and built the unit and started loading it up. I put all my sewing and crafting books into two of the spaces, and the rest will be dedicated to yarn. The bottom left square has my luxury / natural fiber yarns, and the top two /middle ones with yarn is my Red Heart Super Saver. I was able to take my skeins I had stored in totes out and put themRead the rest…

On the 15th of January, I got in the car with one of my best friends and I drove with her to Kent, Washington. We spent a lot of time just hanging out, but I also did some crocheting and some shopping. This is the throw blanket I did almost entirely while at Nikki and Dennis’ house. It’s a chevron pattern with 4 rows of shells down each side. I had hoped to use up all of the yarn I broth with me but didn’t quite do it. I also visited two fantastic yarn shops and between them, spent about $120 on some really lush yarns I normally wouldn’t have bought plus a book on crocheting monsters. There are all sorts of neat designs in the book and I hope to make a few of them. The two shops I visited are So Much Yarn in Seattle, and Maker’s Mercantile in Kent. I have nothing but good to say about either one of them. I’m flying home early Wednesday morning so my bags are all packed but I’m looking forward to sharing with you my new lush yarns after I get home and can properly photograph them.Read the rest…

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. Cute, right? Its made from 17 same sized hexagons, carefully stitched together like this: Then you just stitch up the side seams and you get this? Seriously, follow the diagram and get the right shape! Learn from my example! LOL The first photo, my final result, shows it reallyRead the rest…

Good evening friends! I haven’t posted for a little while so thought I’d pop in and show you a few new makes. After I made the triangle scarf I showed you last time in the Red Heart Super Saver yarn, I decided to make another one, this time using some pesky boucle yarn I had in my stash that I’ve been eager to see gone. Boucle yarn is not something I like working with, and honestly, its a pain in the butt. If you make a mistake, its very difficult to pull out your stitches and chances are the yarn will just break instead and you’re left with a mess. But after its crocheted or knitted up, it makes a very nice fabric that feels pretty nice to the touch. Anyway, here’s the boucle yarn triangle scarf. I don’t feel like I’m tooting my own horn to say this turned out beautifully and is really eye catching! I think I will keep it for myself and hope I get to actually wear it often enough to justify keeping it. My Halloween costume this year involves snakes, so obviously I needed a pair of snake earrings. I decided to tackle this outRead the rest…

I’ve been working on some new stuff and I have some things I did a while ago that I kept forgetting to share with you. As some of you might know, I play on pool league once a week and it can be tough to tell your stick bag apart from everyone else’s when they are all basically the same. I made this little charm for my back to mark it as mine and I also made another one for my ukulele case while I was at it. They’re just simple clay shapes stamped with rubber stamps. The ladybug one I painted before baking using dust from colored chalk pastels, and the other I painted with acrylic paints after baking. They were both super easy to make and there’s so many different things you could do with this idea. I finally finished my triangle scarf that I have been waiting over a week to get the yarn to finish it. It figures I’d pick the one stash yarn I can’t buy anywhere around here when I needed more to finish! But it finally arrived yesterday and I was able to finish it this morning. I went crazy on the fringeRead the rest…

So, I’m having a great time using Alumilite Amazing Clear Cast Resin! I’ve been making resin earrings and its so much fun! These first two I posted yesterday before the findings were attached but these are better, clearer photos. I added Delica seed beads to each of these, setting some into them after the resin started to gel. This first pair has silvery beads in the front and behind those, black and white beads. I think these turned out pretty cute.   This pair I did a baby blue, bright pinkish purple, and white beads into. They are kind of 4th of July in feeling, though I’m a bit late for the holiday. These have a small tab at the top of the mold shape made to be drilled, so I got to see how good I am at putting holes in things. Apparently good enough because I drilled this pair and another not pictured without a problem. These ones I like even better than the other two. I sniped a few inches off of some of my silk sari yarn and I shredded it into little fuzzy bits, putting them into the molds before I poured the resin in. Most ofRead the rest…