Friday, May 24, 2013
Congratulations to "StaceyKnitsit"! You won our reversible tote. Please email me at email@example.com and let me know where you would like it mailed. Hope that we made your day!
And Sheila asked what the class was from Craftsy that I took to make this bag. Sheila, it's called "Bag Making Basics with Kristin Link." You'll love it.
Tomorrow's post is sure to make you smile a bit because I found something so amazing and I'm sure a lot of you have lost sleep wondering what happened to it. But, you'll have to check back to see what this amazing find is. Here's a hint: It has something to do with a millionaire and his wife and several others! Any guesses?
Monday, May 20, 2013
Have you ever wondered how they get those nice square corners on tote bags? It's baffled me for ages. I mean, I don't lose sleep over it or anything like that. But, it has "bugged" me a bit!
This morning I took my very first Craftsy class on how to make a reversible tote, taught by Kristin Link. I totally enjoyed doing this. I was smiling the whole time! AND, she showed exactly how you "box" a corner. So simple, even I can do it.
I had lots of apron fabric sitting around and thought that it would make a marvelous bag, plus I had bought some lining on my last trip to JoAnn's Fabrics.
Even a nice size pocket was added with knitters in mind.
And VOILA! Now that the basics are out of the way, I can embellish the next one and the one after that, too. This first one may not be perfect, but I totally had a ball making it.
And since we haven't had a little giveaway for ages AND since tomorrow is our son's 36th birthday, how about if we have a little giveaway for this tote? How does that sound?
Just leave a comment on this post and if you love to sew, tell everyone what you enjoy making the most. If you don't sew, just make something up!!
On Friday, May 24th, I'll randomly draw one lucky name from all the comments (well, that's if anyone leaves any!) and announce the winner that day.
See you all then.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
If you're new to our blog, this is Doris our antique sock machine. She's somewhere close to 100 years old and makes fabulous socks.
This afternoon my childhood girlfriend came up and brought me an absolutely darling gift. Dena frequents a shop in Utah called "Wood Creations" and decorated these letters to form the word "Doris."
She first paints each letter with an acrylic paint and then uses modge podge on the front and adds regular scrapbooking paper on top of that, followed by another coat of modge podge. Once they're dry, she adds a ribbon here and there.
Pretty cute, huh?
I just love 'em and will have to find the perfect place in my office for them.
The other day I showed you one of the sleeves to our "Mrs. Crumpet's Flock" sweater. Sleeve #2 is now complete and I thought it would be fun to add a few embellishments. Even tho the actual chart will not show this, I'll add extra notes in the pattern with pictures to show how to add these little extras. I think getting the knitter to participate in part of the design process is great fun and really encourages them to step out of their shell a bit with their knitting.
I use the same weight yarn with the duplicate stitch or French knots and thread the needle so that two strands are used. Pick any spot and bring the needle to the front.............
Wrap the yarn around the needle twice and then insert the needle back in to the sweater just a slight distance from where you had brought it to the front. Don't go back into the same spot, or you will undo the French knot.
Give it a slight tug once the yarn has been taken to the back, and there you have it - a French knot. I love to make bushes out of these knots and it adds a 3-D element to the sweater which is even more fun for kids.
Once the bush is done, I do the same thing with a different color to make flowers. The only difference is that instead of having the yarn doubled, I use just a single strand.
And there you have it, a couple of extra bushes for the sheep to graze on!
I think I'll keep one sleeve plain without any French knots to give just a slight variance to the two sleeves.
Another thing that you can do with a sweater like this is to add French knots to the actual sheep to "puff" them out a bit. Adding embellishments is quite fun and will really make your sweaters unique.
Well, now that both sleeves are done, I will begin work on the sweater front and back. I'm afraid the pictures will have to stop here until the entire sweater is completed. I can't give too much away or you won't be surprised when it's all done!
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Here's the first sleeve for the "Mrs. Crumpet's Flock" sweater. A little Intarsia, a little duplicate stitch and VOILA! I'm trying to keep the two sleeves fairly simple because the sweater's front and back have a lot of detail work to them. So, now I'll hurry and make the second sleeve because I can't wait to get to the good stuff!
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Every so often, but less often than often, we happen upon a magical place. But, in our haste, we scurry past and fail to catch a glimpse.
'Tis a magical world you now enter - one worthy of your glance. It's where dreams and adventures await you. It's the world of "Crumpet and Tea."
These characters will enchant you and even inspire you. You'll travel along on their knitting adventures while being caught up in the magic of it all.
And when it's all said and done, you may just find that you've fallen in love with knitting all over again.....
That was the introduction to our "Crumpet and Tea" collection that I began over a decade ago. I once tried to get the entire concept published. While the publisher sent me an amazing letter telling me how enchanted she was with these characters and their storyline, she said it wasn't the type of book that they published. She gave me two other sources to send the idea to, but for some reason I didn't.
Instead, I've released the designs as single patterns. Last night, I decided to redo a child's sweater pattern that is in this collection called, "Mrs. Crumpet's Flock." I thought you might like a sneak peek at the chart for the sleeve. It took me several hours yesterday to get the chart just the way I wanted it using Adobe Illustrator. Even then tho, I made the command decision to change out one of the colors. (can you see my hand written note there on the edge?)
Lots goes in to creating a design, especially an Intarsia one. This sweater will be written for sizes 4, 6 and 8. I'm hoping to use my youngest grandson, Carter, as a model.
The storyline tells of how Mrs. Crumpet is an avid knitter and a yarn shop owner. Since she is an imaginary character, so are the things that surround her. She never has to buy dyed wool, because her sheep naturally come in assorted colors!
Will this collection and storyline ever come together as a book? Who knows. But, that sure would make my day!
Monday, May 13, 2013
Saturday's craft show was a total bust. I mean, it was downright depressing. There were hardly any vendors or attendees. But, now I know not to do that show again. Fortunately, it only lasted until 1:00 and we were out of there.
We decided to go home the back way up and over Alpine Forest from the Cummings Valley. It's quite scenic and I thought that you'd enjoy seeing the countryside.
Lots of ranches are scattered throughout this area.
After leaving the Cummings Valley and Alpine Forest, you come down in to Brite Valley which also has lots of small homesteads.
Since I was so busy this weekend, I placed our Etsy shop on vacation mode, so will spend some time this afternoon re-opening it and re-listing some of our products.
Since it's so hard to sell winter items during this time of year, I'll come up with more creative items to sell in our Etsy shop. During this time I hope to spend some serious time coming up with new patterns to sell, too.
Leisure Arts has eluded me and I am so determined to get something published with them. I've got a few crazy ideas spinning around right now and will focus on that this summer. Cross your fingers!
Thursday, May 9, 2013
I'm still adding a few last minute projects to my inventory for Saturday's craft show. These knitted bracelets only take about an hour to make and sure use up my leftover sock yarns.
And those darling buttons that I bought at JoAnn's Fabrics are perfect for that special added touch. Being a teenager in the 60's and loving folk art and music is probably what inspired me to create these. I love making them!
And when you're busy with such serious knitting, it's important to make some hearty meals! This is the Pioneer Woman's Beer and Beef Stew and it is one absolutely satisfying meal in a bowl. YUMMO