Tuesday, August 19, 2014

on hooks & needles

I've been keeping myself very busy with crochet and knitting lately! I seem to have startitis. I am totally fine with it, I love seeing my ideas finally come out! I thought I'd pop in and share a few of projects I'm working on.

too fun working on this one #hexiecolorpop #crochetaddict

I started crocheting a new blanket, I'm calling it Hexie Color Pop. So far, I'm only using stash yarn for it, I love that! I'm trying to keep it mostly bright colors. This will probably be a Christmas or birthday present for my oldest when it's finished. I'm using the hexagon pattern from Attic 24. I started one of these blankets years ago for my oldest and never finished it, so I'm excited to finally get one done for her!

I have been crocheting all the things lately! #crochetconcupiscence #crochetaddict

I'm also working on a cowl. I crocheted one months ago but I'm not sure I shared it here. I'm working on a pattern for it, hopefully I will have that finished in the next month. It's crocheted in fingering weight yarn, I never thought I would crochet with that weight but I love the fabric that is made with it!

Slutty Pumpkin socks have started! #sockknitting

And I'm knitting socks again! I'm using yarn from Nomadic Yarns, it's called The Slutty Pumpkin. The colors are so fun, I'm loving knitting this!

Friday, August 15, 2014

shop update

I finally did an update in my shop with some toys I had leftover after my Insta-Toy sale. It was kind of a bust, no one from instagram actually bought anything from the sale. I honestly prepared myself for that before I even set it up, I just wanted to try out something new! I had family members buy things from me though, my cousin actually picked up 3 toys! I love that I've got family members wanting to give handmade toys now. These are the toys I have in the shop now, you can click each picture and it will take you to product page!

I have 2 of these available!




I have been working on some new ideas for toys and other things to try adding to the shop soon! Once my kids are back in school, I'm hoping to update the shop with something new every week.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Scrappy Hue Shift - knit blanket WIP

I've really been bitten by the knitting bug, I love knitting with sock yarn! I started knitting a scrappy sock yarn blanket, I'm using the Scrappy Hue Shift pattern, I had to buy the pattern because at some point I want to make that gorgeous blanket. For now, I'm doing a scrappy version. You can find lots of free versions of mitered squares on Ravelry.

I was inspired by Jesse's blanket and Jacey's blanket, they've been posting progress on instagram! It didn't take me too long to jump on board as well.

finally knit my first square for my own #scrappyhueshift this yarn is from my first pair of socks! most of the yarn in the blanket will end up being from minis since I haven't knit a whole lot  but I'm fine with that. @jaceynotjc

officially addicted now! #scrappyhueshift

I'm using size 2.75 needles for my squares and joining them as I go, it's explained in the pattern I'm using how to do this. I'll be using left over sock yarns and mini skeins to make it. I've been knitting this blanket everywhere, I just can't get enough!

doing some relaxing and knitting now

car knitting and hours (& HOURS) of driving to go!

scrappy hue shift

knitting while waiting on hold. estimated waiting time is 15min, 18 minutes down... #scrappyhueshift

scrappy hue WIP

I've finished 21 squares now. I'm planning on knitting 25 square sections and then stitching them together, so that I can keep this as a very portable project. And of course this will most likely be a long term project, I'm not sure how many squares I need to finish it.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Insta-Toy Sale!

hopefully you're not too annoyed seeing this in your feed again, after tomorrow you'll stop seeing it! The sale is tomorrow! I forgot to mention that after the sale, a lot of these toys won't be available again (maybe sometimes, they are cute after all! )

I meant to pop in to share this a lot sooner than now. I'm moving next month and I want to clear out my in stock toys, send them off to new loving homes. I'm also planning on doing some new crochet, I have had an idea but I haven't gotten to it because of crocheting these toys all the time. After these cuties are gone, I will be crocheting them less often. So, if you've been wanting one of my cuties, be sure to check out the sale.

I'm holding it on my new instagram account @itscrochetshop tomorrow at 5:00pm CST. Be sure to follow the account so you don't miss it! You can also share that image and get a chance to win a toy of your choice!

Thanks for reading, I hope to "see" you guys over on instagram!

Friday, July 25, 2014

still crocheting!

I've really fallen in love with knitting lately and have been doing a lot of it lately but I am still crocheting! It's so satisfying to finish a toy, I don't think I'll ever get over my love of crocheting toys. I also still love crocheting the FreshStitches toys, they're always adorable! I thought I'd share some of my more recent finished toys using FreshStitches patterns.

spikey dino

I crocheted this dinosaur as a test for Stacey. It was so fun to crochet him, I especially love those buggy eyes! I took him with me to my craft sale, he didn't sell but my son was more than happy about that, he chose him as soon as I was home. You can get the pattern for Spikey the Stegosaurus here.

finished up this cute custom order dragon! I love his buggy eyes #itscrochetshop

After my sale, I had a few custom orders to fill. This dragon was one of them. This pattern is a lot of fun, it was another that I tested for Stacey a couple years ago now. There are a lot of different dragons you can end up with using this pattern. You can get the Dragon pattern here.

baby girl owl

This is the most recent toy that I've crocheted. Nelson the Owl was the first FreshStitches pattern that I ever crocheted, I still love it today! I made this owl for my cousin's newest baby, I was told that she was hoping I would make one for her, so of course I had to! I crocheted her a blue owl a couple years ago when she had her first baby. I'm excited to get this to her and meet that baby this weekend!

Have you crocheted any of the FreshStitches designs? Which are your favorites?