Sunday, 3 November 2013

Finally getting some work done

So as usual I didn't get a chance to write up the pattern for the hats.  I don't know why I even plan on doing it.  There just isn't enough time in a day... but thought I would write a quick post to share with you some projects I've been working on in the past week.  I started testing for some new designers in the past couple of weeks, and here are some pieces made from their patterns.  

Any My Little Pony fans out there?  Well check out these hats.  How fun.  

Zecora pattern to be released soon.

Working on one more as we speak.  These will go in Christmas presents for some kids whose parents needed extra help buying gifts this year.  I will be making 12 hats this year to donate.  Hope to put a smile on some kids faces.

I also got to test an "Ollie Monster" pattern by Bobbles & Baubles... I am so in love with this little guy.  I think he turned out great.  Not sure what I will do with him yet.  Might keep him around for a while.  I made him with fun fur, or a cheap "dollar store" version of the yarn, which was great since I needed 4 balls of it to make him.  Would prove expensive if I paid $6+ per ball.  Crafting is not cheap.  I just am lucky to have a huge stash of yarn to go through.  But here he is, hope you like him as much as I do.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend :)

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Tests, tests, and more tests. Can a hobby be stressful?

What have I been up to?  What has been keeping me away from my blog?  Well it's summer is finally over which was super busy for us.  The kids were home from school, and we did a lot. My house flooded when my sump pump stopped working, and we're still trying to nicely get them to finish all the work.  My house is in shambles, but on a positive note we did get rid of a lot of stuff that we dumped down there.  Hopefully once we are done with it, the downstairs will be a better organized and used place.  Now that the kids are back at school I was lucky to get into a sewing class.  So excited.  I have used a sewing machine before, but never seem to find the time to sit down and work on any projects... kind of hard with 4 kids running around.  And when they finally pass out from exhaustion, instead of getting some sleep myself what do I do?  I came to a realization that I am working on other people's dreams.  But what beautiful dreams they are.  I have been very lucky and hooked up with some wonderful designers who need their patterns tested.  I have tested headbands, hats, dresses and even shawls.  The list is never ending, mainly because I cannot pass up a beautiful test without trying to get  it.  And that is how I end up with tons to do, and not enough waking hours to do it in.  That of course adds up to little or no sleep... and lots of stress.  So I guess the answer to my question is ... Yes a hobby can be stressful. 

But there are also rewards to what I do.  I think I am learning so much from these wonderful ladies, and am making beautiful things, and of course using up the huge yarn stash that I've accumulated.  But a girl can never have enough yarn... Especially since I keep running out of the ones I need :(   I think it's funny how although I have what I would consider a huge stash of yarn, I never seem to have what I need.  Now that might be mainly due to the fact that I simply cannot find what I need because my stash is not well organized.  I've been looking for ways to organize it but haven't found anything I was totally pleased with.  For now I settled on organizing it by type in vacuum seal bags.  This way I can see what I have, and know where to look for what I need.  Maybe not the best solution but works for my needs.  This is what my downstairs stash looked like.  Does not include what I had out or hidden upstairs... and explains my dilemma about finding yarn.

I have also worked up a pumpkin hat for my girls, since one of them has a school field trip to the pumpkin patch.  I first made a beanie, and then converted the pattern to a bonnet.  I love, love, love bonnets on little girls.  I am in the process of writing out the pattern, to share with you guys.  Hopefully will have it by next week.  

Thursday, 3 January 2013

The New Year

Here is to the New Year, and new beginnings.  We have been sick though the holidays and the New Year I spent in bed.  I am not big on celebrating so did not miss much.  I do try to do better than in the year before though.... so try to make a few New Year's resolutions.... that usually fade out as the months go on.  But here's to making this year better than the last :)

I have been super busy in the last few months crocheting and testing patterns.  I am now finally getting caught up on the things I wanted to make for my kids.  

What do you make with all your yarn ends?  Well I would tie it on and roll it into a big ball... Decided to use it up when making my son's gift.  A snake.  It's still a work in progress as he decided he wanted a cobra which complicated things a bit... I am now working on the flat cobra head... Oh the fun :)

Another project I worked on was an owl purse.  I've seen many different ones online... quite a few free.  I loved this Wise Owl Tote Bag from Red Heart.  It looked so lovely that I decided to make one.  Here is how mine turned out.

And here are some boot cuffs that I tested. They too turned out great. Best thing is they fit both of my girls.  Now that's definitely a bonus.

A friend from work had a birthday, in December and what better time to share my talents.  I made her a hat, and she loved it. That's what makes it all worth while.  I used the Little Miss Muffin pattern.  It is a second hat I made with this pattern.  The first one was for my daughter.  They both turned out awesome. 

And a little gift for me... I participated in a gift exchange with some of my fellow crochet ladies and got totally spoiled.  I got lots of goodies... Eeek :)

And last but not least, two of the many patterns I have tested that I totally fell in love with.  The Oopsy Loopsy hat by Boomer Beanies

Happy New Year Everyone :)