One of the hats I made to sell this crafts fair season. Easy to knit up and comes in toddler, child and adult sizes. The colors I used reminded me of the leaden skies and snow that we get in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.
This is the perfect dog lovers toque! There is stranding, so you have to put up with that (sigh) but the frolicking dogs playing on the new spring grass with the puffy clouds floating overhead make it a worthwhile endeavor! Because of the height of the chart and the gauge of yarn I used, this particular pattern will only work for pre-teen through adult sizing. If you want a smaller hat and want to keep the integrity of the chart, I would recommend using dk or even fingering weight yarn, and the appropriately sized needles and keeping everything else the same. Click here for the pattern.
Here it is, just a week shy of Christmas, and I’m adding a pattern! Never fear, this uses worsted weight yarn and works up fast. This year I’ve been really interested in stranding and I love snowmen, so I thought I’d make my own chart and my hat. I downloaded a chart from Pinterest for the red hat. I’m sorry – I don’t remember which! Just enter knit snowflake chart in the search bar and you’ll get so many cool options. I included the picture so you can see the versatility of the basic hat pattern. So here it is, just in time for Santa’s visit!
I do love the hood/cowl combo, so I decided to make another version of it -the chicken skodie! I don’t know about where you live, but chickens are real popular in my neck of the woods, so I thought, eh, why not? Quick and easy to make like all the others, this will be someone’s favorite winter accessory. Free for your use, if you do make to sell, just link back to me.
Hey, everybody. It’s getting to be that time of year where some of us need a little extra cash. I discovered a decent consignment shop where I take my work and have someone else sell it. The cut is a bit higher than I would like, but this shop really moves it because there’s a bunch of foot traffic. You pay for location no matter what, huh?
Anyway, I have found that my Foxy Hooded Cowl is a big seller. As a crafter, what makes this particular design so attractive is that it’s not tremendously expensive to make, is quick to work up (usually no more than three hours) and it’s just so darned cute it won’t sit on the shelves long. You actually feel like you’re making some money, versus just paying for the materials!
Does anyone else do this on a regular? What are your big sellers? Do you mix up crafts? Let me know!
As I sit here in the perpetual twilight of my house that is a Northern California winter, clacking away on the laptop, I let out a deep, bronchial
cough that seems to reach back 10 years. Oh, yea. Hurts so good… As the title suggests, this is about being sick. Kinda. Not really. It’s just a segue. But read on anyway.
I expect one cold a year, and this one is early. They normally show up around January or February, so whatever this is, it was in a hurry. Probably trying to run its rounds before the upcoming election. (Ha! Can’t get around that impending disaster about now. And I also can’t shake the feeling that we’re being played to, and that the actors cast for their particular roles are not very good.)
So back to me, because this is my blog.
Have you ever started a project, let it set for years, brought it out, put it back and let it molder for another few years, and repeated that cycle? Oh, you haven’t? Well, bless you! Because this project has loitered around my consciousness for close to a decade. Sometimes it’s in the forefront, where I believe I’ll actually bring it out to play, the other times, it sits dormant for years, and then I’ll see something that reminds me, Oh, yea. I need to work on that. In an effort to get the damned thing done, I’ve brought it out of its hiding place in the upstairs closet, put it next to the stove in the family room and waited for inspiration to strike. This ploy has worked a bit. I’ve brought out my paints and dabbled here and there.
Like my knitting and crocheting, I prefer to work on my projects in a linear fashion, i.e., one project at a time, and if I’m stuck on one particularly difficult task, everything gets backed up. So for close to 10 freakin’ years my painting groove has been backed up. Must not be a serious thing for me, because you’d think I’d move on. Honestly, I have sneaked in a painting or two since…actually several. They went to a good friend of mine, Miss Pamela Fein (images not available), and my mother, who usually gets any decent* painting of mine. Ok. You got me. I have been painting a little on the side, but I feel like this unfinished still life has been choking me and needs to be done. Now.
Which brings me back to the sickness. I’m over the worst of it, I hope, because I’m starting to drain. I don’t feel like dancing a jig or going out to the costume tonight (damnit! My husband and I were going to dress up as Bob and Linda Belcher.), but I do feel like…painting. Being sick has forced me to stay indoors, where I would usually knit or crochet, but not today.
You may be asking yourself, Glenda, why are you telling us? I would initially shrug my shoulders and play ignorant, but in all honesty, I think I need a boost. What’s your long-running project that you finished? What was it that made you think, Ok. We’re done with having this hanging around, let’s finish it! Was it writing? Painting? Crafting? Woodworking? Tell me!! I want to hear your story.