Sunday, November 20, 2011

Lights, Camera, TURKEY!




Happy Thanksgiving!!

As you know, in this states this coming week is a time where friends and family get together, overload on some form of bird and sack out on the couch watching football. (There's also always a dog show on that morning for you dog lovers :P)

As someone who does enjoy a bit of turkey on top of mashed potatoes covered in a smidge of gravy with a side of cranberry sauce I thought, what would be more fitting than a tribute to the Turkey. You go bird!

The above picture was so kindly donated by our friend, Deb Richey. Deb is a pattern maker extraordinaire. And if the above picture doesn't prove that to you, just check out her Etsy site or website.

And for your viewing pleasure, a trio of hand picked turkeys:



Also very kind to donate a few festive pictures was Brooke Krueger. Brooke is a wife and mother and loves to crochet new and fun hats for her toddler. (I have that same inspiration Brooke!)






I just adore this one. It's got whimsy and looks a lot like a football helmet. I'd love to see a turkeys vs. stuffing game one Sunday! The edging around the brim of the hat is a nice touch and makes the hat look nicely finished.

And lastly just to get you excited for next month.....a Moose!


Also created by Brooke, this hat is cute and creative. (Are those antler stuffed?!) The neck ties are a nice touch and how cute is the nose made with buttons, crazy cute! more of Brooke's items can be seen on her etsy site.

I hope all of you have a very wonderful Thanksgiving - and for my international viewers, have a lovely November 24.


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Thanksgiving is just as important as Christmas


Happy Winter!

I was going to lead off with a picture of my Santa hat, but then it occured to me that I might be akin to the grocery store, completly skipping thanksgiving in favor of the big guy in red. Well, that would be wrong of me. So the next few weeks will be dedicated to THANKSGIVING! 

I understand that some of you do not celebrate thanksgiving so to you I apologize. But, any event where family gathers to eat together and be together is something we can all support. 

I think the above hat is ADORABLE! but it's not super Thanksgiving-y is it? Well what about this one?




I love the colors in this one. It looks like the sky if you were looking at it through a tree. And the ear flaps will keep your ears warm. Obviously the ears on top are decorative, but if you were in the woods you might be able to fool some dazed and confused animal that you are actually a rare form of jackolope. ...... it could happen!

BUT if neither of the above colors works for you I do have a third alternative:

Hunters will like this as it's camouflaging and functional. Ok, maybe not really manly hunters, but it is the holidays, we need to embrace our inner silly person don't we? 

Just in case your curious, I got all three of these at Michael's, which annoys me because they don't do online sales, but they do have nice yarn. Maybe we can started a letter writing campaign to get them to modernize. No? That seems like a lot of work? Ok, ok, well if you have one close buy, go on their website and print out their 40% coupon and get yourself a skein. It really is soft yarn and very pretty. 
I'm thinking reindeer, turkeys and football related themes this month. I can't wait to see what you guys come up with, but also, can't wait to show you what I come up with!


Happy Crocheting and don't forget to enjoy the falling leaves (before you're forced to rake them all up).



Saturday, November 5, 2011

Craft Show Today!!! Sterling VA 9am - 3pm!!!







Guys I am soo excited to be showing at my fourth show so far this year. This one is guaranteed to be a fun and exciting time. I mean cupcake decorating!!? And so many great vendors.

And I have lots of cool new hats to sell:
Santa Hats
Elf Hats
Winter Hats with ears (muliple colors!)
Kitty Kat Hats
and more!

But don't worry, if you can't make it to the show, I just bought a new light box and will be posting some pics of all my new hats soon. In the mean time, what should our November theme be???

I'm thinking Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer!

So get crocheting and we'll trade pics in a few weeks.




Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Spider Hat




Eek! It's a Spider Hat

I know you guys were starting to think I wouldn't get this one posted right!? Well, I admit it took a LOT longer to get this guy done, but I think he looks awfully cute. This is a bad picture though, in actuality the entire hat is black (not gray like it appears). So it'll look really cool on Halloween.

And not to dissapoint I decided to throw in two other pictures of special orders I completed this week.






 I usually make Kitties in multicolor yarn, but this green kitty looks pretty cute. It has ear flaps to keep ears warm and a neck tie.I don't have this one up on my Etsy site just yet, but am thinking adding it soon.





This cute apple hat was totally different from anything I'd done before, but I do love a challenge. See the cute little worm on the top of the apple. I was having a Zen moment with Sesame Street when I thought of it.

What have you guys been up to this week? Any fun new projects? Are you all decked out for Halloween? I want to hear all about it!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Festivals, Craftshows and Fun Fun Fun!


Festivals, Craftshows and Fun Fun Fun!


Good Morning fellow crafters! As I do love a good festival I thought I'd throw out a few plugs for local events happening around VA. First is the Haymarket, VA Octoberfest on October 22, 2011. There's nothing better than people watching on Octoberfest. Girls in dirndls, boys lederhosen and everyone dancing the polka - now THAT's entertainment! 

To find out more go to http://www.townofhaymarket.org/Oktoberfest.php

"Spend The Day in Haymarket" in cooperation with the Town of Haymarket presents:

OKTOBERFEST!!
Oktoberfest 8
October 22, 2011
12:00 Noon - 4:00pm
(rain date October 23, 2011)


Second is an event that I will be hosting a booth at. The November 5, 2011 Joyful Noise Holiday Basaar and Bakeshop. This is a fundraiser for the Hammond Foundation's College Scholarship program and includes a lot of fun activities, hot food, and of course, CRAFTERS!




If you go to either of these, please share your feedback and spread the word! 

Monday, October 10, 2011

The 2011 Fairfax Fall Festival



Thanks to all my supporters and friends who came out to see me this past weekend at the Fairfax Fall Festival. It was a beautiful day with lots of great crafts to see. I myself bought several bags of spiced nuts (pumpkin pecans and garlic pistachios, yum!). Now I'm on the hunt for another show for this year. I was waited listed for my first pick and would love a second option so if anyone knows of one let  me know! :)

Now that winter has started to roll in and the leaves have begun changing color I find my creative juices pumping and my need to try new things growing stronger. In celebration on the changing of the seasons I thought it would be fun to get a bit creative. So each week I'll post my week's idea and then everyone can post pics on my Facebook page of their creative interpretation. I received a lot of great recommendations at the show from some creative people so I have a whole arsenal of ideas.

October being the month of ghosts and goblins I think we'll go with a spooky theme all month. This week we'll be honoring the mighty Spider!

So crack out the yarn and make your best hat, tea cozy, sweater, scarf, mittens, skirt, hand towel, whatever! with the theme of the SPIDER in mind.

I'll post the best submissions on my page with a personal shout out to each crafter.

Remember to post pics on my Facebook page and happy crafting!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Sock Summit 2011


I've just learned of a fun upcoming event in Portland, Oregon for my knitting viewers. It's called the Sock Summit (http://www.socksummit.com/). I don't follow the knitting circle (a pun!!) to closely so I'm not clued in on all the fun happenings around the world, but this event sounds pretty fun. If you are headed there I'd love to hear your story of travel, adventure, new friends, new techniques and fun fun fun.

Also, if you have an event coming up or sponsor a crochet or knitting group, send me a message with all the info and make sure to send a shout out to the group about it.

The summer's gotta end sometime and when it ends, the cold winds blow into town and people starting searching for their hats, mittens, gloves and sweaters. Start your crafting friends, because winter is a commin'!

Also, miss you guys. I'm back I swear :)


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

2011 Craft Show Update!


Get Your Applications In!!!



Joyful Noise Holiday Bazaar and Bakeshop
Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Dominion High School
21326 Augusta Drive
Sterling, Virginia 20164
9am – 3pm

www.joyfulnoisebazaar.com
info@thehammondfoundation.org
(703) 421-0268

Make a Joyful Noise With Your Giving!!  The Hammond Foundation, a 501
(c) (3) non-profit organization, is hosting a charity shopping event
to raise funds for its annual scholarship program.  Shoppers will gain
access to local artisans/crafters/home business owners selling unique
crafts and gifts.  The bazaar will also feature assorted baked goods,
including cupcakes, at the popular Cupcake Corner.  It is an
opportunity to give unique gifts to family and friends while giving
back to the local community!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Ode to my Sis






Hi Guys!!! In the spirit of sharing I wanted to share a little of my sister's work with you. She's the person who constantly encourages me to crochet new things, start this blog, and open my Etsy site. We're twins too! While I've always been into the fiber arts, but sister's passion has been clay. When we were in high school she crafted a 1.5 foot tall replica of her own head. The head still sits on my parents' fireplace hearth and still looks just like her. Now she works with her husband, who is a potter, adding her own touches to his items and also sculpting animals and items of her own. I personnaly have an entire dish set that my husband and I purchased from them last year as well as a set of coasters, cups and earring.

Who was your greatest inspiration growing up? One if mine was my sister. So in the spirit of sharing here are just a few of my favorites of her creations (See more at http://www.etsy.com/shop/sagerocky):


Large serving dish with fish accent

 

Garden Gnome


Sushi Plate with TURTLE soy sauce bowl / chopstick stand (<--So Cute!)



Galapagos Turtle


Share who inspires you most and I might post it on my blog with a link to your page! Post on Facebook or Twitter.

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Friday, June 3, 2011

A Fishy Predicament


I've been eaten by a fish!!!

This is not a well known fact, but fish are carnivorous and they love brains...mmmmmm brains. I'm thinking I need to add some eyes and a mouth, but it's a fun idea. I'll post again when it's all finished and you can tell me what you think. 

I'm also working on a monkey hat this weekend. Should be hilarious regardless of whether it looks good or not :) 

Next weeks goal is to post every day and get back into my routine. (*crossing fingers*)

In the mean time, have a fabulously sunny and enjoyable weekend!




Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Puff, A Bobble, A Popcorn Oh My!



What's the Dif?

When reading a pattern you might encounter a word like Puff, Popcorn, Bobble, Picot and think to yourself - 'what the heck?' Do not fret! You are not alone. These are in fact different techniques, but even I have referred to one by the wrong name. So, for your learning pleasure, here are the true meanings of each term:
The Bobble:
The bobble is a collection of loops crocheted together. 
 To see step by step instructions on how to crochet bobble, click here.

The Popcorn
The popcorn is a collection of stitches where the first and last of the collection are crocheted together to make the set 'pop' out of your crocheted piece. 

To see step by step instructions on how to crochet a popcorn, click here.

The Cluster
The cluster is a collection of double or triple crochet stitches (or extended stitches) where they are not completed until the end and then all are crocheted together. 
To see step by step instructions on how to crochet a cluster, click here.


The Puff
The puff stitch is similar to the cluster except all stitches are crocheted into the same base stitch before being crocheted together.

 To see step by step instructions on how to crochet a puff, click here.


Sunday, May 29, 2011

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!



Happy Memorial Day Weekend

Good Morning friends and fellow crafters. All is well here on the East Coast of the US today. Yesterday was a hot and humid day, but my family made the most of it by playing PlayStation games and reading books on the deck!

I also was working on some different sizes of my hats. I don't have another show until September, but I want to be super prepared. Now that I have a general pattern I like to use for the shells (that's the hat part with out the body parts and eyes) I can sit and whip up a bunch and then work on adding the extra bits. I was working on a purple version of my monster hat. Hopefully tonight I'll finish them up with ears and eyes. 

I also took a moment to do a little photo shoot. My son is such a good sport (see above photo), but at about picture 10 he wanted to switch places and me wear the hat while he took pictures. He loves cameras- and is adorable - so we compromised and I let him use my old Canon Powershot and not the fancy Nikon. 

So what's everyone's plan for Memorial Day? I know this isn't a holiday for my european/southamerican friends, but for the US peeps - will you Grill, go to a parade, go see family, call up a loved one? What ever you do, I hope the sun shines down on you!

And in case you're feeling down, here's a pic to lift you up!


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Extended Single Crochet in Two Colors



Extended Single Crochet in Two Colors
(Multiple of 1)

I doing some experimenting and discovered this beauty and like the nice person I am - decided to share it rather than horde it. But that's crochet for you. What's the point of coming up with new stitches and patterns unless you share it. BUT I would LOVE to see what you do with it! (see the side bar for my Facebook and Twitter pages)
Ok, so we covered the extended single crochet stitch a few weeks ago. (Click HERE if you want to see the posting.) Here I've added some flair using a second color as part of the stitch.

Rather than starting with the base chain I'm going to jump after row 4, but the stitch is the same in any row so you could use this half way through a piece to make a row or two stand out or make a whole scarf, hat, bag in this pattern.


So here's my piece after 4 rows. To start your next row you're going to insert you hook in the first stitch and with only the blue pull up a loop.



Next, yarn over and pull through to completed the extended stitch. 




After this you're going to top of the stitch with a loop of red. Using only the red, yarn over and pull through all three loops on the hook (the first stitch of a row is the only time you will have 3 loops on your hook).




Here's what it looks like after a few more stitches.



When you reach the end, yarn over with both colors and pull up a loop. This will be your turning chain.


Next, flip your piece over.


The next row is crocheted the same as the last except you change colors so now the red is used to make the extended stitch and the blue is used to top the stitch. First insert your hook and using only the red pull up a loop.


Then yarn over and pull up a new loop - this completes the extended portion of the stitch.


To top the stitch, yarn over with only the blue and pull though all loops on the hook. Repeat across.





I have an idea for how I want to use this, but would love to hear yours as well. If all goes well I post a pick next week for your viewing pleasure. 

It's a three day weekend this weekend, everyone have fun and don't forget to bring a hook and some yarn in your bag in case you're stuck in line for ice cream at the fair :)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Eight Legs and Counting



Octopus Commeth

Whew, I bet you guys are getting tired of my animal farm huh? I'm having loads of fun being inventive and I appreciate your tuning in each night to see what I've come up with. Tonight I was just so tickled by the final project that I just had to post pics for you to see. 

The legs are not stuffed, they're just very fluffy and the whole thing is made with 100% acrylic, but not my normal Michael's brand Impeccable. I got annoyed at the color I wanted not being in stock (as you know, Michael's does not have on-line ordering so you are stuck with what's available!!) sooooo I went adventuring to a new craft store and picked up Deborah Norville's Everyday Soft Worsted yarn. It's got this shmoofy quality to it, very soft and the color selection was pretty good. So there's my endorsement of the year, lol. But I will still use my other yarn for certain things - when I can get the color I want (when will Michael's learn!!!??)

So anyway, back to the hat. I would say it has 8 legs, but I found enough websites which said 6 legs and 2 arms that I'm going with that. I contemplated adding a mouth, but I don't know...I think it looks pretty cute as is. 

I've got some other animals in my mental list, but I guess I need to make the last few in multiple sizes so I'll be reverting back to my typical lines up of stitch discussion, hilarious quips and all around good fun. 

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Frog By Any Other Name




Ribbit....Ribbit


Remember on my Facebook page yesterday when I said I was working on a frog hat? ...no? Ok well, I had a bit of fun on this one. The eyes are not stuffed, I used a smaller hook size to obtain a stiff texture which allows the eyes to keep their shape. You can use this technique for making a brim on a hat or other item that needs to keep its shape. 

The eyes actually took two tries. What I found worked best was to make a flat circle in white and then add a half circle row or two of green on the edges. This makes the eyes look like the pop out. 

This hat is actually my five year old size, but you can see how well the hats stretch to grow with your kids. My son will be wearing his hats for years! 

Now I need your opinions on this one - do you think it needs a tongue? nose? I kind of like it with just the eyes. And if you check out the below example I think my hat looks pretty close. Thoughts?




Feeling creative? Share your trials and tribulations with Moi for a chance to win a stuffing animal hat creation - a la Crochet By Karin. Just post to my Facebook page and I'll pick at random (with feedback from my 2.5 yr old son). 

And don't forget to come say hi on Facebook or Twitter.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Monster Hat Sucess!




A Modern Day Monster


Well, it took four tries, but check this puppy out! I have this overwhelming sense of mission impossible  accomplished! It's pretty cool. I'll be trying it out on my son tomorrow so I'll post more pics with the cuteness, but for now check out how great this looks. ...then look at the olds posts and see how ugly it was. Then look at how cute it is in this post again :)

Next up is conquering a frog hat. I had a lot of green yarn on hand so it seemed like the logical choice. 

Here's a little fun for your noggin':

One day Bryan was walking in the woods. There was a stream just over the next hill and he had brought his boots so that he could go wading, looking for rocks to add to his collection. The stream had many times before provided colorful stones that Bryan polished and kept in a secret box under his bead. He'd spend hours looking up each stone in the rock book his dad have given him. 

Just over the next crest Bryan would just see the edge of the stream. Something bent over, taking a drink. It seemed to short for a man and it was hairy. Afraid it could be a bear Bryan ducked down and shuffled to a nearby tree. The thing drank from the stream for long minutes and for each passing second, sweat and shivers coursed down Bryan's arms. He was sweating and yet freezing and his whole body screamed to run, but he couldn't; he was mesmerized. Finally the thing bent up to sniff the air and Bryan could see large dull ears twist in his direction. The animal did not turn to look at Bryan, even though he was sure it knew he was there. Instead it raised its head and let out a low whine - the wind carried it and upon reaching Bryan's ears a sharp pain stung him behind the eyes. 

Bryan squinted and raised his hand to rub the ache away when a loud shuffling alerted him that the animal was moving quickly. Looking wildly around Bryan was shocked to see the animal mear feet from him, his head tilted, staring at Bryan. Bryan only stared back, not sure what to do next. The animal had a reddish speckled coat and large eyes. It's nose projected from its face and it seemed to be twitching - smelling him. 
Just when Bryan thought the animal would turn to leave it lept at him, knocking him over. Bryan scrambled to his feet ready to kick and punch, but the animal ignored him. Instead remaining on the ground to grapple with an unseen thing. Bryan again stared unbelievingly until the animal finally turned, a snake it's hands. Relief filled Bryan's body and he quickly grabbed the tree to keep from falling. It hadn't tried to kill him. Whether it saved his life or merely caught a bit of food, it didn't want to eat him and that's all that matter. 

Bryan silently tipped his head to the now distracted animal and slowly backed away. When he'd gained a significant distant he turned and walked back up to the next hill and over. Next time, he told himself, I'll need to bring some food for the Monster.

Night guys! Have a great Tuesday! And don't forget to say hi on Facebook and Twitter!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Monster Hat - Attempt three





I tried again tonight. Still not really impressed, but I'm getting there. This one looks slightly like a pig and I think the eyes need to be closer to the nose and a little bigger. Thoughts?

This is the fun and yet aggravating part of crochet work. You need to try over and over and over and until you make something truly fabulous. But don't give up! I spoke to a very nice woman at my last show who'd made the same hat 3 times and still wasn't happy. Why? The stitches might be too lose, or maybe she messed up the pattern early on and wanted to go back and fix it, or she made it too small or too large.

You just need to keep trying! And don't worry, if it looks silly it doesn't matter - your friends will still be impressed, your kids tickled and your hands busy.

Hugs everybody!

Here's a few more pics for your enjoyment:



Saturday, May 21, 2011

Monster Hats!




Monsters always come in Twos

Good evening fellow crafters and yarn enthusiasts! I wanted to share with you all a little project I've been working on and get your feedback. My niece Alli loves my monster hat that I made for infants and want want wanted one for her adult sized head. Sooo I've been fiddling with the design to find just the right combo of features to be cute and yet still monster-ee. 

For those of your who have not been to my Etsy store (http://www.etsy.com/shop/CrochetByKarin), here is a picture of the hat in question: 





The yarn I used for this hat is from an old stash I had and I didn't have any more so I went to Michael's and I found two alternative multicolor yarns that were very soft and 'shmoofy.' But I wanted to play with the nose a little. 


First, I wanted to get your two cents on the nose I crocheted for the new hats. The one in the above picture is more of a half circle while the two new hats have more of a triangular nose. 





Do you like the more half circle one or do you like the new design with the triangle?

Secondly, which do you like more the fan-like ears or  the circle ears?

In any case, they are both very soft and yummy to wear and my niece will now get to pick wether she'd rather be in orange or purple. 

Any of you have some fun projects you'd like to share? Let me know on my Facebook or Twitter pages.
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