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Lumbersexual Hats

Posted by M Starr on December 21, 2014 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Well true to form I have continued to purge the yarn stash in my studio. A couple of weeks ago I was sitting and thinking.. “What the heck am I going to make to purge this yarn?” I woke up one night and it was there in my head!.. Retro hats, double thick. I had the pattern sitting in my web store for the last couple of years and just never got around to knitting any. Never seemed to have time with all the craft show knitting I was doing.

 

After this years’ season I knew I had to revamp what I was doing, and I had to make the decision as to whether I was even going to participate as a vendor next year. This year it seemed like there were several shows every weekend from the first of October until last weekend. This not only over saturates the craft show vendors but the shoppers as well. With so many shows in the area the shopper numbers were extremely low and anyone that makes it to the show they usually end up being tire kickers.

 

Anyway, enough complaining about the craft show season. Time to move on. So I did. I grabbed the skeins of yarn, needles and just sat and worked up a hat.. Hey it turned out great! and as soon as I posted it on facebook, IT SOLD!.

 

It is a vintage, retro hat that I now call Lumbersexual.

 

Soooo.. I made up a few more.. and will continue using up the yarn I have until I can see the bottom of the shelves.. lol


These work up quickly because I use two strands of the #4 Worsted weight yarn. Win win !!!!

 

I have this hat pattern for sale if you are interested in working up your own hat.

 

Retro White Buffalo Hats

 

I am working on another one today, darker tan. Great way to spend the day, Christmas Movies and Knitting!


Sock Monkey Mitten

Posted by M Starr on August 7, 2014 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (3)

Well I did it!!!.. I saw a pair of mittens I really liked online and the woman was not prepared to write up her pattern. Been asking for a couple of years so I decided.. heck.. I can do that!!.. I dug out my chunky yarn. found the grey,, and red... but could not for the life of me find my white chunky so I figured.. hey a pair of boy type ones. It didn't take me long to knit them, once I figured out how to start them off. Oh.. did I say!.. these are top down mittens. The one thing about mittens that I really don't like is the pucker at the top and they always seem to go pointed at the top.. ugh.. so I figured..hmmm. I love the toe up socks so why not use that skill to make the top down mittens.. well howdy DO I worked!.. The second mitten will go much faster as I think I have the gist of the basic pattern done up. Also did the afterthought thumb which makes the knitting go so much faster.

So here is the right mitten I have just finished

The top is just the way I wanted.. well.. not exactly.. need it a bit rounder but this pattern works great!.. I am thinking of making several pairs for the winter and bonus!.. it will use up my chunky yarn that I have stored in my studio.

So on to the second mitten. I am also writing down the pattern and it could possibly be for sale in the near future.


Knit to Crochet Conversion

Posted by M Starr on June 17, 2014 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

And here I go again. My brain is in overtime now.  I have had several people ask me if my dog sweaters are available in crochet form.. um.. never did that since I have been a knitter for years, but I do love a challenge you know. I have decided that I am going to attempt to convert my knitting patterns for my dog sweaters into crochet patterns. I have found a site that helps you to figure out your knitting stitches and how to convert them into crochet stitches.

( http://crafts.creativebug.com/convert-knit-stitches-crochet-stitches-1808.html)

I have taken my pattern and hand wrote the instructions for the crochet pattern and now I am going to sit and try to figure out what to do. The only thing that is really puzzling me is the decrease stitches.. hmm.. should I do a decrease on the body of the sweater or on the chest piece. And hmm.. how am I going to do the collar. should I keep it looking like the rib stitch? So many questions of myself.  If I do the body then I am not sure how the decrease will work out as I have too many rows in my decrease to work out the conversion. I will figure it out as I go along I guess. One good thing about crochet is that if you don’t like what you are doing, or you have made a mistake it is easy enough to pull out and redo from a particular row.. So.. here I go.  Off to figure this out

Pictures to follow as I am going along.

Have a great sunny day

Craft Room Transition

Posted by M Starr on June 15, 2014 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Wow what a busy month or so. I have not be able to even think straight let alone get anything done around here. The Apple Blossom Craft show was a somewhat success. Being the first year and getting it together in less than 6 weeks it turned out great. The venue was spectacular as well as the staff there. The vendors were great and easy to work with (no big suprise since I pretty well hand picked most of them ) The weather was warm and sunny and things went off with minimal problems. I will be organizing the show again next year and I have learned my lessons from this year. I assumed that local advertising would be extensive but it turned out that it was not. I will have my list ready for next year.. some new signs printed for local placement and since the shoppers were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the crafters, I assume that word of mouth will double our shoppers!.. We can only hope

Now for myself. I have had a month of reflection and since I was dealing with craft show burnout I have made the decision that I am leaving the shows to younger vendors. It had become not fun any more to mass produce and when it ceases to be fun then it is time to take a step back. I have enough stash to do two shows in the fall and once they are over I will be leaving the craft shows as a vendor. Time for some me time.

I have rearranged my studio (pics to follow) and spent the last few days purging what I did not want to do any more. I am going to concentrate on building my website    I am going to make minimal stuff for that site. High quality knit and crochet wear as well as selling my vintage (discontinued) knitting patterns. 

Not that I am saying I am old and tired.. but geeze... I am old and tired.. hahahaha.. and I know this comes from not being able to say NO to people. I have learned to say NO.. and don't get any ill feelings about it any more. Yeah.. baby steps!

I need to regroup, recoup,, and reset my memory board and start doing what I like to do. No more craft show factory in my studio. It is being changed around to be my sanctuary not a production assembly line. 

Took me a while to make this decision but once it was made I was good to go. I will still be in charge of organizing two craft shows. One in the fall at Northeast Kings Education Centre and the new one in the spring for the Apple Blossom Festival. Other than that I will be producing and listing items on my site as they are made. No pressure just relaxing and enjoying this gift that has been given to me. 

And on that note.. have a great week and take care of yourselves


Infinity Scarf Friday

Posted by M Starr on March 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

This week has been a mish mash of weather and projects. I started the week with good intentions but got sidetracked a bit. All in all I did get the raccoon hat made and delivered and today I completed a couple of infinity scarves. They are both made with Bernat Premium yarn. I just love the texture and softness of this yarn. It makes beautiful scarves. I have no patterns for these….I just sat down, started a long chain and figured out what stitch I wanted to use and there you go. The pink was a consistent cluster stitch while the purple one changes from a twist DC, SC and HDC. What ever I felt like doing I did. Nothing wrong with that, it makes an original scarf for sure.. hehehehe

So there you have it. Storms are over in the area, the ice is melting and dripping and hopefully spring will show up soon.