Thursday, February 26, 2015

Winter knit patterns to help keep you warm outside.

This year, winter has really hung around.  With the cold hanging around the country we have burned more wood this year than in previous years.  I love to knit and crochet by the fire.  Lately, I am working on a new pattern for a shrug.  Here is a picture of the completed project.
It fits women's XS to Medium.  I made it with Merino wool and silk and it is the perfect accessory for adding warmth and flair to an outfit.  This link takes you to the completed shrug.  long shrug.  I am currently working on another for larger sized women in teal and grey.  The results are stunning and I am excited to get this listed in my shop.
Hopefully, I will have the pattern ready to be tested soon and it will be available in several sizes.  All my patterns are tested by at least two others and the knit patterns include charts.
A scarf is also needed in this weather.  Here is a design for anyone who is dreaming of flowers.
You can find it already made for you in my Etsy shop and I made it again with a wonderfully soft and  silky Moreno and silk wool.  long lacy iris scarf.
Here is another scarf that I designed using Suri baby alpaca and silk yarn.  I love how nice and warm this design keeps the wearer.

Of course I had to design some fingerless gloves to complete the set using the same yarn.

When I was designing the women's gloves my husband asked for something that he could wear so I had to design some fingerless gloves for him and other men.  I made a cable stitch that looks like a winter tree.

Stay warm and be sure to bundle up when venturing into the frozen out doors.
What do you like to do when it is too cold to go outside?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Valentine's patterns and spring time lace knit and crochet patterns

With the weather just beginning to warm up in Kansas, I thought I would do a post on some of the wonderful knit and crochet patterns I have available for the spring.  Because it is just starting to warm up, there are a lot of times a beautiful wrap is just the needed accessory to stay warm.

One of my favorite designs is this lovely knitted lacy wrap called Pretty in Hearts.  Made in colors of your choosing, it works up quickly.
Another exquisite wrap design, that is a little more difficult because it involves nupps, but just as great for staying warm on cool nights is my 2 hearts together wrap.  My pattern have all been tested by others and include picture tutorials of stitches.  This pattern also includes instructions on how to make it without the nupps.
I also made a scarf for lace knitters who love the iris flower.  This delightful scarf will provide warmth around the neck and head with the promise of spring coming.
If you would like to get this beautiful scarf already made using Merino wool (a very soft wool) and silk, I have it my etsy shop.
I love knitted lace designs.  I also love to crochet.  I have many different patterns that would work well with the Valentine's Day or a spring time theme.
One of my favorite items in my own home in the winter time is my sun catchers in the window of my kitchen.  It catches the winter sun shining through the prism and creates rainbows all over the walls.  Here is the pattern for my sun catcher.
If you would like to buy this premade you can find it in this
If you love doilies as much as I do you will love this pattern.  The doily will add that special touch to any display you have in your home.
If you would prefer to buy it ready made it can be found here.
Of course, I had to make a story bookmark to celebrate Valentine's day.  Here are two patterns that can be made for Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy lovers the world over.
I couldn't leave Raggedy Andy out, so here is what this bookmark looks like.
Naturally, they gave each other heart shape Valentine's. 

My husband and I got married in February and so beside Valentine's Day this time of year is very special to us.  What do you like about this time of year?


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Warm knitting patterns for January

Brrr... It is cold in Kansas this January and it looks like a large part of the world is dealing with frigid temperatures.  So what do I do when it is so cold?  I sit next to our fireplace in a very comfortable chair and knit with Merino wool yarn.  The yarn I am using currently is Merino and silk yarn.  (I like warm and soft wools, hence the choice of Merino)  This way I stay warm and comfortable and provide a warm choice for others looking to stay warm.

Here is a wonderful pattern that I made my husband.  He wanted a fingerless glove so that he could continue to feel the wood he works on in his heated shop.
I  made a pair to sell in my Etsy shop using cotton and tencel to add to the ease of washing.  I love the color
Of course, I couldn't forget the women out their who love to make warm fingerless gloves.  I love pine trees and see very few of them in Kansas so I decided to design some in this lace knit pattern.
I loved this lace pattern so much I just had to design a scarf to go with it.  I used Misti Alpaca lace weight yarn which is quite warm and soft. 

 The pattern also gives directions for making it into a hat/scarf called a scoodie if you wish.

Last year, my neice asked my to design a scarf for her using purple as the color.  I came up with lace knit design for people who love the wonderful iris flower.  I used Cascade's Merino and silk DK weight yarn for this pattern
If you don't want to knit the pattern your self I have a long scarf already made for you out of this fabulous yarn in my Etsy shop.
I am currently working on a shrug design I hope to have out soon using the same wonderful Cascade Merino and silk yarn.  It is so soft and warm.
What do you like to do when the temperatures turn cold to help stay warm?

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas crochet patterns

I love Christmas time.  Maybe that is why I have so many crochet patterns that would add that special touch to your home.  I thought I would showcase some of these patterns.  The first pattern is a Victorian Carolers Wall Hanging when you want to add a bit of Victorian flair to your holiday decorating.

I love snow. Kansas doesn't always comply so I made this really easy snow on icicle ornament pattern to put around the house, on a tree or wreath. 
A new crochet ornament that I finished this year is for anyone who has a new baby in their life.  The back of the ornament has a flat area that could have a label attached with the baby's date of birth and name.  They will last long after Christmas on a nursery wall.
In our house, Christmas is all about the announcement that the angel made to Mary about the birth of her miracle baby.  Angels are all around us but we can't usually see them unless they allow us to.  This ornament can hang on the tree or a wall the remind us of God's protection no matter what time of year.

What would Christmas be without the birth of that special baby 2000 year ago.  This ornament of the sweet baby Jesus can be used on a tree or wreath.  Making this ornament can help teach small ones what Christmas is about without fear of small hands breaking them.  I had one customer tell me that she makes one for friends when they need comfort. 
I love nativity sets so I had to design one that could hang on the wall as all my surfaces were covered with other crèches.  This pattern includes 4 ornaments that would look wonderful on any tree or wreath.

Each pattern can be bought separately.  A more economical choice is the buy the wall hanging pattern to house them. 
I hope you enjoyed this review of all my Christmas patterns available right now.  All these patterns can also be found at my Ravelry store.  My Etsy shop has all these patterns along with many of the ready made items.  What do you like to make at Christmas time?



Thursday, November 13, 2014

Babys first christmas ornament

There is so much to be thankful for this month.  On October 30, our new granddaughter, Ayme Elizabeth, was born.
She is so darling and so opposite her older sister, Naomi, who had no hair and is platinum blonde.  (The story of Rose Red and Snow White is what comes to mind.)  I wanted to design a pattern for her older sister when she was born. 
This pattern is a more advanced pattern with picture tutorials on how to make the stamens.  I wanted to design something a little simpler for our new grand baby.  Since Christmas is coming up, I thought of a Christmas ornament.  Here is Ayme's new ornament.
Once I got the pattern figured out, I decided to make one for each of the grandchildren including our grandson, Ethan.
This ornament has no glass for young hands to break.  The backside has a perfect spot to transfer name and date of birth onto. I will be transferring the information onto a piece of cotton material and then sewing the material onto the back.

The pattern is back from my pattern testers and has been checked for errors.  It is a fast and fun Christmas crochet pattern to make.  You can find the pattern here in my etsy shop. Here is the pattern in my Ravelry and Craftsy shops. 
Not only would this ornament be great on a Christmas tree but when the season is over, it would make a wonderful wall ornament for the nursery.
I hope everyone has a fun and wonderful holiday with lots and lots of blessings from the Lord.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Custom orders

It has been a while since I was able to blog.  We had two wonderful vacations this summer.  One to see our darling grandchildren and one to see the Colorado mountains where I get so much inspiration.  When I got back, my computer broke.  After the purchase of a new one it is finally up and running.  Then came the loss of my father in this world. (I know I will see him, again, one day.)
 One thing my father taught me is, when life gets tough, start looking at everything I can find to be thankful for.

I thought I would do a post on one of the wonderful serendipities to selling my knit and crochet on line.  That is custom orders.  They always challenge me.  One concern I often have is in using words to describe what a customer wants can cause confusion.  (i.e., they want a tree.  When I think tree, my mind envisions a Ponderosa pine tree.  Is that what your mind envisions?)  Most of my customers are not artists and so sending a simple drawing to show me what they have in mind is not an option.

A few months ago, I had a customer who was an artist.  She could define colors to the shade and sent simple drawings.  She also loved my rendition of columbines and she was wanting different versions of what I had in my shop with color variations from what was already there.  She loves dark columbines and she wanted barrettes using these colors. Here are the pictures of the barrettes she wanted.
She also wanted a set of traditional colored columbines.
Custom orders give me an idea of what others are looking for and so I often make more to add to my shop.  Here is what I am currently offering but color variations are an fairly simple request.  current supply of barrettes in my etsy shop
Besides this particular item, she also wanted columbines made into bookmarks and I came up with this design.

Finally she wanted a columbine necklace in various shades.  I added this particular variation to a columbine pattern that is available in my pattern stores because I love how it came out.
If you would like to make your own choker necklace in the colors of your choosing, the pattern for it can be found here.  columbine necklace pattern  The pattern includes picture tutorials that explain any stitches that might seem challenging.
It is amazing what ideas can spring from one customers order.  I am very grateful for custom orders.  I love making just what the customer had in mind and it sparks all sorts of ideas in my mind to do for future shoppers.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

April Showers bring May Flowers

After a very long winter and a very dry spring, we finally got some rain in Kansas.  I thought I would show some of the spring flowers in my yarn.

The red bud trees are putting on their bloom.
The iris are glorious.
Peonies are popping out all over.
daffodils are almost done.
My first bloom on my new rose bush.
I found a fabulous artist in a shop on called ClaySoul.  She makes some wonderful stoneware clay toad houses.

Encourage toads to eat the harmful insects in the garden

What a delightful way to add color to a garden when the color of the flowers is gone.  She is a wonderful artist to work with.

What does this all have to do with fiber art?  Flowers are one of my main sources of inspiration..  Their color and beauty is so amazing and I just have to pick up a crochet hook (or knitting needle) and see what I can make that will imitate them.

Right now I am working on a large custom order of Columbine hair accessories and bookmarks in specific colors.  This is a fairly advanced pattern and I love the results.
What is your favorite thing to do with May flowers.