Two Halves Make a Whole

When you are running a crochet business, it seems like the yarn stash never goes down. Especially as you have to purchase yarn pretty consistently to stay on top of orders. This means that some of the other yarns that you purchased along the way, such as impulse purchases, get left farther and farther behind. Also, there may be half skeins left over from other projects.

What do you do with all these extra skeins? It’s easy enough to make a hat from some of the single skeins, but it’s the half skeins that tend to the problem.  I spent some time earlier this week matching up some half skeins to make striped slouch beanies! While half a skein of worsted weight is not enough for a hat, two halves are! As in two halves make a whole!

Here are a few hats that I made using these half skeins. They can be found in the Basic Slouch Beanies section of my Etsy shop.

2014-05-022The ones where I combined the solid and variegated yarns are my favorites!

Almost Farmers Market Time!

My favorite thing about late Spring and Summer is Farmers Markets.  I am lucky that I live in an area where I can find a local market to go to just about any day of the week.  One of my favorite markets is the Wakefield Farmers Market in Wakefield, MA.  Not only are there plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, but there are also many other interesting food and craft offerings, as well as entertainment.  It is also situated in a nice area by Lake Quannapowitt.

Of course, when you go to a Farmer’s Market, you need a great bag to carry around all of your goodies.  My friend Lianna over at Salem Style, has some awesome ones in great colors!  They are roomy and stretchy, yet sturdy and made with 100% cotton and can be used over and over.  They are also machine washable!  My favorite is this one in bright blue.

blue market bagYou can find several of them in her shop here:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/SalemStyle?section_id=12863015&ref=shopsection_leftnav_8

My favorite Farmers Market offerings are in season strawberries, blueberries and corn on the cob.  What are your favorites?

Come on Spring!

This feels like it has been the looooongest Winter ever.  I am sure it feels like that every Winter, but we have had a lot more cold days and a bit more snow than normal.  However, nothing brings me out of the Winter doldrums more than bright and fun colors!  I have been working on a new line of slouchy beanies that are perfect for Spring and almost any time of the year!  Here is a sampling of a few of the beanies currently available in my Etsy shop.

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These are all made with a super soft, medium weight, 100% acrylic yarn.  In addition to these colors, I currently have Bright Magenta, Bright Green and Sea Green.

Yarn Stash Down Update:  I did stick with my yarn stash down and did not get any new yarn until about February 21st.  Okay, so I did order some before the actual end date, but I didn’t receive it until after. ;)

Stash Down!

Yikes!  Has it really been 4 months since I blogged?  I really should try to be a better blogger this year.  So I guess Happy New Year is in order for my readers…if I have any left! ;)

As with most people, the new year always brings the need to organize.  I recently found some great organization for my yarn at Home Depot.  They are the Rubbermaid All Access storage bins.  They have a clear front that pulls down to open.  I am amazed that it took so long for a company to come up with this idea.  It’s genius for yarn organization!  It has also helped my productivity because I can see everything I have at a quick glance.

yarn stashHowever, all this yarn organizing has made me realize that it’s time for a Stash Down!  I found so many miscellaneous skeins of yarn that I didn’t realize I had.  In addition, I am fully stocked on the yarn that I use the most in my Etsy shop.  For the next 4 weeks, I am putting myself on a “no buy”.  That means no random trips to JoAnn’s, no online orders, etc. until February 18th.  This will force me to get creative with all the miscellaneous stuff.  I will try to check back here in 4 weeks and let you know how I did.  Wish me luck!

Happy Fall!

Okay, so we are not quite there yet, but today is the last day of Summer for my son as he starts school tomorrow.  To me, that is the beginning of Fall.  This is my absolute favorite time of the year.  While many people get depressed at this time of year, I have a sort of awakening.  The sights and smells of this time of year are wonderful.  The reds, orange and yellows on the trees, the smell of cinnamon and spice from Fall baking…it just brings such warmth to me and makes me feel renewed!

I can also feel it in my crocheting as I find myself using more seasonal colors like these…

Fall hats

Burnt orange, cranberry red, forest green and mustard yellow…you can find these rich, seasonal colors and many others in my Etsy shop.  Enjoy the season!

New Camera/New Hobby

I am never satisfied when it comes to my Etsy shop, so I am always looking to improve something.  Lately, I have been finding that my product photos just aren’t cutting it…in my opinion anyway.  I decided to get an early birthday present and buy myself a new camera.  I upgraded from my Canon Powershot to this beauty:

This is what is called a bridge/superzoom camera.  It has a lot of features, but is much less expensive than a DSLR.  It also has a 30x zoom which is pretty awesome.  I am already feeling like it is taking better product shots.  The colors in the photo below came out so vibrant!  The listing can be found here:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/155327137/red-slouch-beanie-womens-slouchy-crochet

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What I am also finding is that I am now enjoying taking photos and discovering all of the features this camera has.   I am definitely a super novice when it comes to photography, but I am trying to learn all I can.  I have been pinning photography tips on Pinterest, signing up for newsletters, and liking photography Facebook pages.  I guess you could say I have found a new hobby!  You also might find me blogging some photos other than items in my shop. ;)

Oh, Hi!

I have gone through many stretches of neglecting this blog and I really want to make it more of a regular thing.  I actually miss it.  What has happened is I have gone the quicker route of posting things on Facebook or Twitter.  But it’s nice to be able to kick back and write out thoughts and share things instead of the post and run world of social networking.

So what have I been up to?  Well, crocheting…as always.  I am spending these warm late Spring and Summer days thinking about the Fall and cooler weather.  It is only a few months before things will get busy in my Etsy shop again, so I have been in the process of choosing colors to add to my inventory as well as creating some new designs.  I placed a huge yarn order a few days ago that will probably take me through the next couple of months.  Some of the fun colors I ordered are called Frosting, Delicious and Grape Soda.  Hmm, kind of sounds like I was ordering junk food!  I have also been looking at some of the Fall/Winter knitwear lines for inspiration for colors and designs.  One of the colors I noticed that was featured pretty heavily was canteloupe.

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I have seen lots of oranges during the Fall and Winter, but they usually tend towards burnt orange or pumpkin.  I am thinking this might be following the trend of coral that has been pretty popular this Spring and Summer.  It might be interesting to try out this color.  I will definitely think about it as I check out the fashions that come out for Fall.

I will definitely be offering my core colors like grays, browns, navy blue and cream, but I will also be offering red, raspberry pink, mustard yellow, burnt orange, light and darker greens, teal, ice blue, purple, wine and who knows what else! It’s pretty obvious I love color, so I love to offer variety.  And maybe, just maybe, you might see canteloupe by the time Fall gets here!