Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Time to Get Crafty

It's that time of year. You know the one I mean if you crochet. Thoughts of chilly weather and cozy hats, scarves, and gloves.

I was very fortunate to get a spot at a local market in our new home town this year. I am so excited! If you are in the area please be sure to stop by the Barn-n-Bunk to check out all the crafters and yummy fresh foods. They have a Christmas open house coming up soon so be sure to check that out!

Here are a few pictures of my space there. If you don't see something in the size or color you need please feel free to contact me! There are business cards there with all my information.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Are we there yet??

Have you ever had one of those projects you just could not wait to get started on? That one pattern you've just been itching to make and know it will look awesome once it's done. Yeah, me too. This one here... the Annie's Lace Throw.

A few of my friends had worked this pattern and I just loved it. So I chose my yarn colors, no easy task, grabbed my hook and pattern then set to work. I want to say that this is no easy pattern. Not that the design is particularly difficult but I personally prefer to work with stitch counts included in the pattern. I had to frog this thing more times than I care to remember!

I finally think I have the stitch count under control...it's been a few sections since I needed to frog anything...and I'm cruising along quite happy with myself and the progress I am making. I reach down to pull some more yarn and get that sinking feeling in my stomach.  I peer over the side of the bag, look at the throw, the bag, the throw...I'm now thinking it isn't going to be enough. So, like I usually do, I start hooking faster. Do you do that? Think that by some miracle if you hook fast enough the yarn will somehow magically stretch out to be enough? Never happens does it? Lucky for me, I guess, I had used the Caron One Pound yarn..with no dye lots! Yay for small favors at least :)  It took me about a week to track some down at the local craft shop and get back to work hoping to get this thing finished and that the no dye lots would actually match. I started this throw in January but when we sold our house and moved it obviously got put on the back burner.

I'm now hooking along again confident that this beauty is about to be finished. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! I have now run out of the contrasting color and I am only a side and a half from being done!!! Disgusted I toss it in the bag and toss that in the closet. Out of sight out of mind right? That was about two weeks ago. I get emails from JoAnn's and in there happened to be a yarn sale with free shipping. Perfect! I order the color I need, and a few others because who orders one skein of yarn?! Nobody is right.

Lucky for me I had more than enough to keep me busy until my yarn got here. Then with all the happenings at the farmer's market, see previous post, they yarn actually sat in the box for a few days before I even opened it. Never thought that would happen!

Today was THE day. After finishing up two other projects I was working on I grabbed the bag out of my closet and FINALLY finished this throw. WOOHOOO!! And while I love the look of this pattern, I can honestly say that unless someone makes a special order for it, this is not one I will work again. I'll be happy with this one and hope that someone else will enjoy it.


Monday, August 4, 2014

Feels Like Home

As I'm sure you are tired of reading, the hubby and I are enjoying our new home and community very much. It was a hard decision but one I'm glad we made.

This past week we visited one of our local farm markets and discovered they have several crafter spaces. I sent an email inquiring about possibly setting up there some time soon, or at least participating in their Fall Festival. To my surprise she told me she had browsed through my facebook pics, I always include links to my pages in my emails, and liked what she saw. She told me she would find a space and asked to meet with me to go over details. That was just last Friday...today is Monday and hubby and I have set up the first items this morning! I am just so excited to be able to participate in something like this. They are open year round and have activities scheduled for every season. I feel it will give me the opportunity to try more patterns than I would for the craft shows and I look forward to creating many new items.

I know this first month will be slow with everyone getting ready for back to school but I think that works to my advantage. I now have time to get some more seasonal items ready for the Fall as well as working on my craft show items. I'll also be trimming down my online stores and working on using Pinterest more to share the work I'll be doing...and of course keeping up the Facebook posts!

I will never make a lot of money at what I do, but I can honestly say I am very, very, lucky to be able to do what I love. I am also very lucky to have a husband that supports me and helps me in any way possible in my little yarny adventures. I couldn't do it without him!

Here's a look at Creative Kitty's little corner of the Barn-n-Bunk Farm Market. Thank you Bev for giving me this opportunity. :)





This is what we have to work with for now. We can make a few changes and will be working in a way to display a couple of afghans before cool weather sets in.










Here is Creative Kitty Crochet ready for business! It was a hard choice of what to take in. I still want to work in some more baby and pet items along with the afghans. Need to make some sales so she will want to get me to a larger space ;)  lol

If you are ever in the Trenton, Ohio area please stop by to see us!