SATS: Rockskipper Cowl & Wristers

This week I made the Rockskipper Cowl and Wristers by Sweet Potato Crochet Creations.

Once I realized and then got the hang of turning rows while in the round, it was an easy pattern to remember. By next week this will be listed in my Etsy shop, just in time for September’s Final Friday sale.

I’m finding it difficult to get the hang of this craft business thing. At least online anyway. But I’ll keep plugging away at it because I love crocheting. In the meantime, Ternie reminded me I’ve had an opportunity to put things in a local consignment shop and that I’ve done nothing with that opportunity. He’s right. So this coming week, I’ll be trying to make unique children’s hats and praying I haven’t burned that bridge.

 

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SATS: Quick Little Bag & Charity Cap

Today’s show and tell is a quick little bag from Jessie at Home.

I actually made this last week but forgot to put it in my last post. I’m getting lots of use from that Dollar Tree yarn. Since it was so cheap I use it to test patterns and then I can make it with colors and yarn of my choosing after I know the pattern. The yarn is a lighter worsted size 4 so it turned out too small for my purposes but with this particular yarn it makes a perfect little girl purse. When I was little I adored purses and loved thinking I was putting grown up stuff in it. Who am I kidding? I still love purses and bags of all kinds. I just imagine some sweet little dark haired girl like myself feeling grown up carrying a purse around and putting little lip glosses in this bag. The only thing is if said little imaginary girl swings the purse around in stores (I always was getting in trouble for that) she would lose her stuff so I’ll be adding a button to it before it goes up for sale in my Etsy shop.

I also made a second charity beanie identical to last weeks beanie.

For each beanie sold in my Etsy shop an identical one will be donated to either a hospital, pregnancy care center or domestic violence shelter.

And lastly, we celebrated Burger’s 12th birthday. As suspected the afghan turned out a little small but it makes a perfect lapghan for his wheelchair.

SATS: Beanie and stockings

I haven’t been able to get much accomplished this week. I’ve started and stopped I don’t even know how many projects this week so during those lulls I’ve been working on mini Christmas stockings. These stockings are for the holiday craft fair in November and I’m determined to have at least 50 (10 sets of 5). I’ll also be updating my Etsy with these stockings. Right now Etsy is all over the place so I decided to keep it simple with one size and one color (red) with an option for customization to make green.

Last night I decided I wanted to use some sport weight yarn so I chose Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn Sport in Red for this beanie. Although it was an easy project I did learn a few things. The pattern calls for a 3 stitch cable and the edging is a reverse single crochet, or crab stitch. I found a tutorial from Moogly on YouTube and once I got the hang of it it was kinda fun and will be remembering that finishing touch on future projects. I always thought it was complicated so I’ve stayed away from projects calling for the crab stitch. Maybe now I’ll hunt them down and conquer them. Although the pattern says sport weight yarn I noticed she used Caron Simply Soft which is still a size 4 so I’m thinking it was a typo because her hat was for an adult and because of the difference mine turned out a child size so I haven’t decided if I’m adding it to Etsy or donating it. Technically, the beanie is called a chemo cap so I’m sure I’ll donate this one and make more for my shop. Either way I was pleased how it turned out. I didn’t notice until I was taking my photos that this is a very red post. I guess I’ve been in a very red mood.

Have a great rest of the weekend.

SATS: Another crochet hook case and Mason line

It’s another Show and Tell Saturday…but its Sunday. Yay for a shakeup! Ternie and I are being spoiled. We had a chance for a second date in the past month yesterday and what overly exhausted parents are going to pass that up? Not this couple. So that’s why no post yesterday.

If you remember my post from last week, I decided to start working on Christmas projects. In my mind the most difficult was a crochet hook case for my mother-in-law. I made myself a test case first so I decided to knock hers out of the way since it was fresh in my mind. I used my Dollar Tree yarn in Bernat Giggles Periwinkle Purple (affiliate link: If yarn purchased through this link I will be compensated a small amount for no additional charge to you). I’m glad I decided to do a test case because I was able to work out the kinks and my mother-in-law’s case turned out much better.

Yesterday when we picked up Turtle and Burger from the in-laws, Ternie’s mom gave me two rolls of mason line (one white and one black) because “they would make great shopping bags.” I took that as both a challenge and request so last night I sat down to see what I could come up with. So far I’m just going in circles which would be the bottom. I’m kinda thinking alternating black and white chevrons (ripples) similar to Burger’s afghan.

Lastly, I’ve been meaning to post this next part for over a month but I kept forgetting. We don’t go to Target very often but this is what I walked by last time we were there:

The company is named So Dorable. I couldn’t find a website but I did see they are also sold in Sears and Bed, Bath & Beyond which makes me think the items are massed produced somehow and not handmade. The items were cute but weren’t anything that any crocheter couldn’t make. With that being said, I’m glad crochet items are getting more exposure. Has anyone else noticed crochet items in their local stores? Any thoughts or opinions on what mass produced items could mean for those of us small businesses selling handmade items?