Archive | October 2014

Finding My Happy (i.e. going to the LYS)

My craft fair is this Saturday! Eek! I’ve been so busy getting ready—I think I’ve made at least ten new hats in the last two weeks. I went through my for-sale items and pulled out a couple of older pieces I’m not as proud of anymore, and I pulled out all the things I’ve made since my last craft show, i.e. all the things that need tagged and priced. It was a bit daunting. IMG_5125Since I took that photo, though, I’ve gone through and tagged almost half of it. Of course, I’ve also made two earwarmers , a pair of bootcuffs and worked on a hat order. Like I said, I’ve been busy. And yesterday, a couple of flowers I ordered from Junie Balloonie arrived, and they got added to my bags. I love them! IMG_5127 IMG_5129Speaking of flowers, I also knitted a new one yesterday. The craft fair asked for a donation, so I’m donating a purple and green beanie made with some gorgeous sparkly Berroco Brio. It should make some girl happy. It was originally unadorned, but since it was going to be a focus item, I decided it needed a bit of flair. And quick! Thank to the Rose Pin pattern, I had a little dusky-purple flower to sew to the hat. I like it. IMG_5130Today I needed a break. I needed to do something I wanted to do, not something I thought would sell, not something that was an order or a suggestion. I needed to make something that came completely from me. Of course that means a trip to the LYS, right? I came home with some rainbow Mochi plus, and it’s going to be a simple beanie with a ribbed edge. I love rainbow yarn, hats, ribbing, and working in the round, so this project pleases me. And I even learned a new cast on for it: the German Twisted. It’s so simple and fun; I can’t believe I haven’t done it before! I’m sure the hat will end up at the craft fair, but right now it’s serving its purpose: knitting as therapy. IMG_5137

A Wild & Woolly Weekend

Busy, busy weekend! Saturday was Homecoming for my freshman daughter, and since she’s in marching band it meant we started off the day with a parade. Who doesn’t love a parade? It wasn’t too big, just the band, the Homecoming court, and a few other floats, but since I only cared about the band I was happy. We took my niece with us, so she and my 11yo son were happiest about the candy they were throwing. The boy noticed that his cute 7yo cousin was getting more candy than he was; that’s a rough lesson to learn but he handled it well.

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See that pretty girl grinning? She’s mine.

We had a brief respite after that, then it was time for the football game. We had to be there to watch the band do the anthem and the fight song, and then we had to sit through the *entire* football game. Because of all the Homecoming festivities at halftime, the band wasn’t doing their show until after the game. Have I mentioned I am not a football fan? It was a long game and our team lost 42-7, but at least I made a lot of progress on a hat order. And the band show was great! Definitely worth waiting for.

Mine is the grinning one again.

Mine is the grinning one again.

Finally, that night we had the Homecoming dance, her first high school dance. I thought she cleaned up quite well. She did go with a boy, but they’re just friends. (Whew!)IMG_3058You’d think that’d be enough for one weekend but not for us! We had four tickets to the Kansas City Renaissance Festival from a silent auction, and this was the penultimate weekend for it. The weather was perfect and the day was unscheduled, so it seemed like a good time to go. Everyone else thought so too: the place was packed! But we had a great time wandering around, admiring the jewelry, woodcrafts and fiber arts. We played with chain mail, and of course the boys had to try it on. IMG_5117We stopped and watched a couple of shows, interacted with wandering cast members, and of course did some shopping. The best part for me came toward the end, when we found a pottery booth near the exit. We’d missed it in all our wanderings but my eye was caught by some gorgeous two-tone purple mugs. I had it in my hand, ready to buy, when I saw…a YARN BOWL. A PURPLE YARN BOWL. Decision made, yarn bowl is mine, I went home happy. IMG_3063OH! I almost forgot! I saw the coolest thing too! There was a booth with several ladies demonstrating spinning, and I admired them with their wheels, but it wasn’t anything new. Then I saw another woman spinning with what looked like a wooden toy top, and it was AMAZING. Apparently there are these things called drop spindles that I’ve never heard of because I’m not a spinner (yet?). It was fascinating to watch her and it looked so much easier and approachable than the big scary spinning wheels. I can actually see myself getting into spinning that way…if I can get my woodworking husband to make me a nifty drop spindle, maybe.

I even managed to get a couple of projects finished this weekend. The hat I finished during baseball games (GO ROYALS! TAKE THE CROWN!!) and the earwarmer I finished in the car coming home from the Ren Fest. IMG_3064IMG_3066So now it’s Monday, everyone’s back at school and work, and I have the house to myself. As tempting as it is to go back to bed, I have work to do. I want to make a couple more things before the craft fair this weekend to add to my inventory. I think I’m going to brew another pot of tea and curl up with some yarn and TV. What’s on your agenda this marvelous Monday?

And the winner for Best Button on a Crochet Newsboy goes to…

Simple Black! IMG_2969

It was not the overwhelming favorite, but it came in second. (Granted, I only got like 10 votes. But still.) I liked the size, the color and the versatility. The anchor came in first, but I just wasn’t sold on the design. The fuchsia was my favorite, and what I would have done if it was for me, but the black will go with more things. IMG_2970 IMG_2971Now it’s off to see how many more owl hats I can churn out before the fair next weekend!

The Boon of Buttons: A Crochet Newsboy

Buttons are amazing. They can add a pop of color, a flash of drama, or a touch of whimsy. They come in so many colors and sizes and styles that there’s sure to be the perfect button for each project. That’s the blessing of buttons, but it’s also the curse.

I love buttons. Adore them. I have two boxes full, buttons I’ve saved from my own clothes as well as buttons I’ve bought at estate sales and garage sales and antique stores. I’ve got vintage button cards with all the buttons still sewn on. I covet the box of buttons at my mother’s house, which contains buttons from both her and her mother. When I’m making something I know will need a button, I can’t wait to dig through the boxes to find the right button.

But which one is the *right* button? Sometimes it’s obvious; I’ve known which button, or least which color, I’ll be using from the beginning. And sometimes all I know is that I need a button and I have a heck of a time picking just one.

That’s where I am right now. I crocheted another newsboy cap last night, this one in some bulky gray Premier Yarns Serenity. It needs a button. This morning I went through my button stash, thinking it needed black. Well, I have a lot of black buttons. While digging, I found a few other options that are kind of nifty. So…which one do I pick?? The hat isn’t for anyone specific. It’s for my craft fair on the 11th, so I want it to have a broad appeal. It’s sized for teens/small adult. Here are the options.

Fuchsia

Fuchsia

Purple

Purple

Ivory

Ivory

Matte black

Matte black

Simple black

Simple black

Glossy black

Glossy black

Black anchor

Black anchor

Detail of black anchor

Detail of black anchor

Little black

Little black

That’s a lot of choices, I know. Now it’s up to you. I need your help. Which one(s) do you love? Which do you hate? I know which one is my favorite but I’m not saying yet!