Thursday, April 10, 2008

Spring Fever, Turkeys and knitting...

I've recently joined the Etsy Knitters Street Team. What a fabulous group of talented knitters! Check out the Etsy Knitters blog.

I'm also a member of the newly formed Etsy Maine Team. We Mainers need to stick together... course it helps us get through these long unbearable winters like we've just had. YUCK! The snow is melting and the grass is brown, but at least we can finally see it... I actually had turkeys in my back yard the other day:
With the warmer weather I suddenly have spring fever and have not been knitting as much. I want out!!! It doesn't matter where I go... I just want out of the house. :)

So where did I go yesterday? To the craft store, the yarn shop and the fabric store. Pretty predictable huh? I had such fun!

I picked up the yarn shop as a new wholesale account for my handbag pattern. They are also anxious for me to finish writing my next two patterns - the knapsack/backpack and the shoulder bag. Here's a quick peek at the finished products:

Hopefully I'll have the patterns finished in the next week or two. Saturday the Maine Team is getting together in Augusta for our 2nd meeting. I'm so excited! I love this fabulous group of people and I enjoy getting together with them. I'm bringing a big basket of "Wee Wallets" to sell or trade.

So... I really should get knitting huh?

Friday, March 14, 2008

... fuzzy's a bit funky...

Yup. Fuzzy is definitely a bit funky. I've got a cold... or something. My head hurts and my energy is gone and my sides hurt from coughing. I guess that doesn't help my creative streak much!

My knitting has gone by the wayside and between sleeping I've been aimlessly roaming the internet, hanging out on the Etsy forums, strung out on cough medicine.

I wonder how the knitting would look if I did pick up the sticks during this cough medicine haze????

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Creative surge underway...

My creative juices finally kicked in last night. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I am not feeling my best and have had to rest, sitting in front of the tv and knitting. I have two neckwarmers in process, a super soft white one in Paton's Bohemian and the other in Organic Cotton in a light apple green. They will be in added to my shop tomorrow.

I've been reaching outside the knitting realm lately, playing with my new sewing machine. It's a 77 stitch pattern Brother that I purchased right before Christmas. It's awesome! It's like a breathe of fresh air, considering I was replacing a 20 year old Brother that had seized on me in the middle of a quilt that I had to finish before Christmas.

I finally received my MOO cards last week too- WOO WHOO! They're great. I had to, of course, get to work on a MOO key ring cozy so that I could have my MOO cards handy when I needed them. Because they are quite small, it would be easy for them to get lost in my purse.

Check it out:

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Sufferin' Stash

It's hard to admit, but my stash is in dire straits.

I haven't ventured to the yarn shop for several weeks and I've been knitting up a storm. Not much left in the baskets. One of these days maybe the yarn fairy will shower me with a heavenly stash... but until then it is all my responsibility.

I did manage a few small additions to my shop today, and I have several more that need photos done. I'm working on my photo taking abilities. I've learned quite a bit from fellow etsy sellers and my photos are improving.

I've also set up my own profile on MySpace... you can check me out.

I think I'll roam etsy for a bit to enhance my stash...

And, check out my newly designed pattern: Heart's a Spinnin' Handbag Knit Pattern

It's a knitted pattern for beginner to intermediate level. It can be created in any worsted weight yarn, felted or not, and it uses store bought handles, or handles recycled from old handbags.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Monday, Monday... isn't that a song?

It's a Monday morning and I've been looking back at all the changes I've made to my etsy shop over the weekend and I'm pleased. I have more to do, but I accept progress is good.

I'm working on designing a new pattern for a tote bag/knapsack that is knitted. My Heart's a Spinnin' Handbag pattern is finally finished and available in my shop.

The newly formed Maine Etsy Team was due to meet this past Saturday, but the weather interfered- bummer! I was so looking forward to attending! We're on for this coming Saturday though. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a sunny day and no more %*&* SNOW! We've already reached over 90 inches of snow here so far and the record is only 107 inches! March always has snow... AARGH!

I'm off to meet a friend for breakfast, but I resolve to post more consistently now. I've also been thinking about highlighting various Etsy artists in my blog.

I'll be back...

Saturday, December 22, 2007

I see the light....

... the one at the end of the tunnel- finally!

It's a good thing too. I'm running down on time. I have parties on Christmas Eve and then family celebrations on Christmas Day and these items need to be completed. The blue cropped hoodie is getting there. I should have the hood finished tonight and will assemble. I'll have time to do the finishing garter borders tomorrow.

I managed to get the backing of the quilt finished this morning - Whew! Tomorrow I'll do the quilt stippling and wrap it. My brother will love it!

I've been counting down the days. Feb 5th is the day my sweetie is flying in to live with me! Yeah!! I can hardly wait for him to get here. We've been doing this long distance thing for 5 years now. That's too long.

Back to the hoodie....

Friday, December 21, 2007

WIP ... RIP ???

No, my WIP's haven't seen an untimely death- just the opposite. They've seen a huge jump in activity. Time is winding down and the results are beginning to show. Here's a quick update:

The olive green cropped hoodie is completed and ready to wrap.

The last cropped hoodie in a dusty blue "Vanna White" acrylic is still on the circulars. I'm onto the hood. The sleeves are finished and waiting to be set in. I've been procrastinating so much on this one.... I think it's because it's the 3rd one of the same pattern. All 3 of my nieces are receiving these for Christmas. They are 12, 13, & 14. I know they'll like them.

Here's the finished Bar Harbor shell bag! My Mom is going to love it!!! Thank you Madeline for creating such an awesome pattern! The picture really doesn't do it justice. It's done in a light green and 2 shades of purple with a black mohair that gives the stained glass effect. I lined it in a soft purple flannel fabric with interfacing.

I've been busy knitting for my etsy shop as well... here are some of the items still available for sale:

... back to work. I also have a quilt to finish -- AAAHHH!! I'll take some photos to share of that as well.