Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Featured Artisan: Elaine Doumont of Zoomgraphik


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Monday, February 27, 2012

Plans for the Week: Feb 27 - Mar 4


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This is actually going to be a two for one post because I forgot to post my What I Did This Week post on Saturday, and I didn't have any pictures to go with that post anyway, so it would have been very pitiful looking.  So I'll just include it here.

Last week, I managed to:

  • Start and complete a 100% cotton purse in Carnelian Red.  I really like it, but I still need to weave in the ends.
  • I started the Shades of Blue Granny Square Blanket that I have been designing.  Since I'm doing all the squares at once (IE, do all the light blue at one time, all the white at one time, etc), I am almost through with it.  I have a layer of white and a layer of the last shade of blue (light blue on six squares and dark blue on six squares) to complete, then I will stitch them all together with white and add a border.  I should have enough of the blues to do another blanket, I think.
  • I worked on my Pastel Green and White Toddler Blanket until I ran out of white...again.  I ordered more this morning, so I'll do the last few rows of that blanket as soon as the white arrives.  I'm not looking for a perfect blanket on this one since it's for my son and I just wanted to use the rest of the discontinued Pastel Green Pompadour up that I had.  It'll be a bit off-shape, but it'll wrap him up and keep him warm, and he loves it, so that's all that matters to me.
  • I did locate a printer type that I would like to get, and I found somewhere that sells it locally so I won't have to pay to have it shipped here.  Just need to save up a little money now to purchase it, and I need to use up the rest of the ink in my old one before we toss it.

This week, project-wise, I plan to:

  • Cast-on and hopefully finish my other Bulky Blue Slipper Sock.  I didn't cast it on last week because I knitted it on my smallest Knifty Knitter Loom, which I have misplaced in my clutter.  I found it last night though, so I'll cast on probably this afternoon.  It's supposed to be a little on the cool side here this week, so I really would like some warm socks to wear.
  • Cast-on a pair of socks for my husband.  These will take me a while simply because he has the biggest feet I've ever seen, but they aren't a real rush order because he's a homemade sock skeptic.  At least if he doesn't like them, I can wear them.  They'll be a little loose, but meh, a sock is a sock.
  • I would like to crochet the rest of the Shades of Yellow washcloths so I can make the sets up and get photographs for my Artfire Studio.  I should have enough for definitely four sets, maybe five.  Whatever is left over will be used to make matching make-up remover sets.
  • I would like to finish up the Shades of Blue Granny Square Blanket this week.  As I said further up, I am almost done with it, and it would be nice to have one of my two blanket projects under my belt before the beginning of March.

This week, administration-wise, I plan to:

  • Update the Author's Biography, Shop Policies, and all that information in my studio.
  • Update my Shop Categories.
  • And hopefully, update my shop avatar and banner to look more professional.  (This really depends on if the kids will let me do any graphical editing this week, which is highly doubtful.)


Those are my plans for the week.  Let's see how much we can get done between doctors' visits and the kids.  :o)  Happy Monday, Everyone!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Featured Artisan: Doug of Moonsong Ranch


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This weeks Featured Artisan is Doug- Moonsong Ranch!
 Moonsong Ranch Handmade Alpaca Fashion products 
include Yarn, fiber and roving, felt nuno scarves, western
 style hats, purses, cases, knitted scarves and many other
 unique supplies and gift items. You can find Moonsong Ranch on:


Monday, February 20, 2012

Plans for the Week: Feb 20-25


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This is a new thing that I plan on doing regularly, and it will change a lot over time.  I figured that if I wrote a post outlining the projects and tasks that I intended to complete in the forthcoming week so that everyone could see it, that I would be held accountable for actually finishing them.  We'll see if it works.

Projects:

I have a lot of projects that I really would like to finish up this week--mostly just to clear off my desk.  I'd like to:
  • Finish my Ugly Bulky Socks.  The first one really didn't look pretty when it was done, but I'll only be wearing them around the workroom when it's chilly, so it's not like anyone will ever see them.  And they are really warm.
  • Finish crocheting the pastel green and white toddler/infant blanket that I am making for Sammy.  I had to wait on the new skein of the Pompadour White to arrive before I could continue with my work on it.
  • Finish crocheting the sunshine washcloth sets that I intend to sell in my shop.  They are made up of three dishcloths--one solid yellow one and two with multiple shades of yellow and white in them.  The set of three will be available for $11.25 in my shop soon.
  • Crochet some more of my standard-sized facial scrubs/make-up removers.  Sets of 8 will be available for $9.50 in my shop soon.
  • Crochet more of my scalloped-edge coasters.  Sets of 6 will be available for $7.50 in my shop soon.

Tasks:

I only have a few things here that I would like to get accomplished as soon as possible.  They are:

  • Determine a model and price of a new printer.  My current one is over 12 years old and really, it just needs to be taken out back and shot.  They don't even make cartridges for it anymore.
  • Update my Artist's Bio, Shop Announcement, Shop Policies and everything else in my Artfire Studio.  It's long overdue.  (This one will probably be handled in parts simply because I rarely get more than a few moments to sit down and focus on something important to write.)


Those are my big plans for the week, business-wise.  And other than my ultrasound appointment tomorrow morning, there isn't anything personal-life-wise that is going on this week.  Hopefully, it will be a fairly quiet but productive week.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Pattern: Simple Knitted Headband


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                              (excuse the bad pictures.  I can't get a good day to take photos.)


Materials:
    Worsted Yarn
    Size 6 (4mm) dpns
    Tapestry Needle

Knowledge Needed:
    I-cord  (http://www.knittinghelp.com for instructional videos)
    Yarn Overs
    Knit 2 Together (K2tog)
    All Sl-st are done purl-wise

Pattern:

Starting I-cord:
    Cast on 3 stitches.
    Knit I-cord for approximately 5-6 inches.

Starting Headband:
Row 1:   Top 3 stitches of I-cord.
Row 2:   Sl st purl-wise, knit across.
Row 3:   Sl st, YO, K, YO, K.
Row 4:   Sl st, knit across.
Row 5:   Sl st, K, YO, K, YO, K2.
Row 6:   Sl st, knit across.
Row 7:   Sl st, K, YO, K3, YO, K2.
Row 8:   Sl st, knit across.
Row 9:   Sl st, K, YO, K5, YO, K2.
Row 10: Sl st, knit across.
Row 11: Sl st, K, YO, K7, YO, K2.
Row 12: Sl st, knit across.

*  Continue knitting row 12 until headband is approximately 2 inches short of head circumference without tie-off.  *

Row 1 (after length is reached): Sl st, K2tog, YO, K7, YO, K2tog, K.
Row 2:   Sl st, K2tog, K7, K2tog, K.
Row 3:   Sl st, knit across.
Row 4:   Sl st, K2tog, YO, K5, YO, K2tog, K.
Row 5:   Sl st, K2tog, K5, K2tog, K.
Row 6:   Sl st, knit across.
Row 7:   Sl st, K2tog, YO, K3, Yo, K2tog, K.
Row 8:   Sl st, K2tog, K3, K2tog, K.
Row 9:   Sl st, knit across.
Row 10:  K2tog, K3tog, K2tog.

Starting I-cord:
    Knit I-cord for approximately 5-6 inches.
                Bind off.

Weave in ends and add decorations.  (I added two flowers made with this crochet flower pattern:   http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/us/pattern.php?id=3349&lang=us after I took the photos.)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Valentine's Day at Our House


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Valentine's Day has never really been a day that I have looked forward to. My parents never really made a big deal out of it, and I swear, almost every boyfriend I had broke up with me about a month or so before Valentine's Day, so I rarely got any gifts. I was that child at school that never walked out with balloons or flowers on the 14th, back when the school system allowed gifts to be sent to the schools for the students.

With our two kids being so young, we really couldn't do much for them. My husband picked up some small chocolates for them on the way home from work a few days ago, and that was pretty much what we did gift-wise for them. Now, Anna and I colored in hearts, and Sammy and I did some heart outlines with stickers, but when they are 1 and 2 yrs old, it's just hard to involve them. Next year, I'm planning cookies and cupcakes and such. My oven is still broken, so I couldn't bake beforehand, and with Sammy's allergies, I was scared to get anything store-bought. I'm also going to have some construction paper and child-safety scissors around next year so we can make Daddy some Valentine's before he gets home from work.  All in all, they enjoyed themselves though, so it was a good day for them.

My husband refused gifts this year, mostly because his only inside hobby is video games, and he has all of those he wants. And we really don't have a place (workshop-wise) for him to put anymore tools, so he would have gotten more screwdrivers and wrench sets. Not exactly a big priority for him. His only request was that supper that night be what he wanted from where he liked to eat. So he got his Bacon Cheddar Burger from Applebee's. We ate at home because Anna had been sick off and on all day, and we really didn't want to make her carsick to boot, so he just went and picked it up and we ate here.

He spoiled me though. Seriously. I'm not the kind of woman who spends a lot of money on my own vices. I don't smoke, don't drink, and my outside adventures are fairly limited since we only have one car, and anywhere I go, the kids have to go. As I said, Anna gets carsick. So he laid down a lot of money for yarnie goodness for me. And I mean, a lot.

 On the left side of the picture are two rows of Acrylic yarn.  I like to use acrylic for children's item.  Anything that is going to be heavily washed I make with acrylic.  And believe me, after two babies and with one more on the way, I know exactly how often one article of clothing can be washed just in one day.  (My daughter's green and white crocheted blanket has been washed to death, but it's acrylic, so it's still holding up wonderfully.)

The four skeins in the upper left corner next to the acrylic are Stroll sock yarn.  The navy blue will be going ot a pair of socks for my husband, and I think I'm going to make a pair of socks for me with the two skeins beside those.  I have three more skeins of Patons Kroy Sock yarn in my stash that I think I'm going to use for some socks for the kids.  Especially Sammy, since he has to be bundled up to sleep since he refuses to stay under his blanket.

Below the navy blue skeins of sock yarn are two skeins of Wool of the Andes Winter Night.  No plans for them yet, but I really love blue and they are a very beautiful shade of blue.

 The four long skeins of green below the sock yarns are Wool of the Andes Bulky in Grass and Lumberjack colorways.  I'm not real big on green, but my Sam said I needed more, so yeh, now I have green.

All the little round balls from the center to the right side are Palette Fingering weight wool yarn.  I think the colorways are French Lavender, Mist, Macaw, Turmeric, Hazelnut, Serrano, Silver, Grass, and Celestial.  My brain went on a temporary vacation and I really don't feel like digging through the box again to make sure that is accurate.  I've honestly never knitted or crocheted with fingering weight yarn, so we'll see how that goes.

Everything else from the light purple WIP (work in progress) down the right hand side is dishcloth cotton.  All of it is Knit Picks Dishie except the bottom four, which are Knit Picks Simply Cotton (Dishie didn't have a solid red or good blue in a shade that I needed for my patterns, so I had to go with Simply Cotton.)  All cotton goes to dishcloths, facial scrubbies/make-up removers, and shower poofs.  I may add dish towels to that eventually, but probably a long while from now.

That was our Valentine's Day.  How was yours?


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Pattern - Shamrock Dishcloth


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Type of Yarn:
Cotton Yarn - Worsted Weight (Green)
Needle Size: 6, 7, or 8 (4 mm, 4.5mm, or 5 mm)

Instructions:

All sl-st are performed purl-wise.
Cast on and bind off loosely.

Pattern:

Cast-on 38 stitches.
Row 1: Sl st, knit across.
Row 2: Sl st, knit across.
Row 3: Sl st, knit across.
Row 4: Sl st, knit across.
Row 5: Sl st, K3, P30, K4.
Row 6: Sl st, knit across.
Row 7: Sl st, K3, P30, K4.
Row 8: Sl st, knit across.
Row 9: Sl st, K3, P18, K2, P10, K4.
Row 10: Sl st, K14, P2, K21.
Row 11: Sl st, K3, P17, K2, P11, K4.
Row 12: Sl st, K15, P2, K20.
Row 13: Sl st, K3, P16, K2, P12, K4.
Row 14: Sl st, K16, P2, K19.
Row 15: Sl st, K3, P15, K2, P13, K4.
Row 16: Sl st, K17, P2, K18.
Row 17: Sl st, K3, P14, K2, P14, K4.
Row 18: Sl st, K17, P2, K18.
Row 19: Sl st, K3, P14, K2, P14, K4.
Row 20: Sl st, K17, P2, K18.
Row 21: Sl st, K3, P14, K2, P14, K4.
Row 22: Sl st, K12, P2, K3, P2, K3, P2, K13.
Row 23: Sl st, K3, P8, K4, P2, K2, P2, K4, P8,K4.
Row 24: Sl st, K10, P6, K, P2, K, P6, K11.
Row 25: Sl st, K3, P7, K6, P, K2, P, K6, P7, K4.
Row 26: Sl st, K9, P18, K10.
Row 27: Sl st, K3, P6, K18, P6, K4.
Row 28: Sl st, K9, P18, K10.
Row 29: Sl st, K3, P6, K18, P6, K4.
Row 30: Sl st, K9, P18, K10.
Row 31: Sl st, K3, P6, K18, P6, K4.
Row 32: Sl st, K9, P18, K10.
Row 33: Sl st, K3, P6, K18, P6, K4.
Row 34: Sl st, K9, P18, K10.
Row 35: Sl st, K3, P6, K7, P, K2, P, K7, P6, K4.
Row 36: Sl st, K10, P5, K, P4, K, P5, K11.
Row 37: Sl st, K3, P8, K3, P2, K4, P2, K3, P8, K4.
Row 38: Sl st, K15, P6, K16.
Row 39: Sl st, K3, P12, K6, P12, K4.
Row 40: Sl st, K14, P8, K15.
Row 41: Sl st, K3, P11, K8, P11, K4.
Row 42: Sl st, K14, P8, K15.
Row 43: Sl st, K3, P11, K8, P11, K4.
Row 44: Sl st, K14, P8, K15.
Row 45: Sl st, K3, P11, K8, P11, K4.
Row 46: Sl st, K15, P6, K16.
Row 47: Sl st, K3, P12, K6, P12, K4.
Row 48: Sl st, K16, P4, K17.
Row 49: Sl st,K3, P13, K4, P13, K4.
Row 50: Sl st, K17, P2, K18.
Row 51: Sl st, K3, P30, K4.
Row 52: Sl st, knit across.
Row 53: Sl st, K3, P30, K4.
Row 54: Sl st, knit across.
Row 55: Sl st, knit across.
Row 56: Sl st, knit across.
Row 57: Sl st, knit across.
Row 58: Sl st, knit across.

Bind off.

© Jessica Cauthon 2012. Please do not reproduce and sell my pattern. However, items can be made from this pattern and sold. Just please give credit to the author of the pattern by linking back to my blog. Thank you.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Featured Artisan: Rebecca Raige of Raige Creations


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This Week's Featured Artisan is Rebecca Raige - Raige Creations!
Rebecca's creations are truly unique. Just in time for spring and summer, you have got
to check out her "Tokini's" - they are just too cute!
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