What I’ve Been Doing Lately

Since my last post about the beard hats, I’ve been obnoxiously busy with school work and crochet orders, but I’m not complaining. I love hearing feedback about all of the items I make and it makes me smile when someone loves something so much they want one for their own! So I want to take a second to say thank you to everyone who has been kind enough to place an order and bump up my “business.”

I don’t really have anything super exciting to post about, but I do want to show off share the lovely things I’ve been creating lately aaaand brag about my new crochet hooks my friend Nick was so generous to buy me as a Christmas gift (they took forever to come through the mail!) So here’s what I’ve been up to:

My grandma bought me some fun beads that look like berries — Can’t wait to find a cute project for these!

I’ve been dealing with an adorable nuisance while cranking out lots of ginger colored beards for the upcoming South Side Irish Parade here in Chicago

Had a few orders for the “Boho” style headband I posted about a while ago.

Started making and mass producing a new coffee mug cozy that can also be used for travel mugs. I’m obsessed with these little guys!

Finally finished my first attempt at leg warmers. I’d say they were a success! A friend of mine showed me a picture she found on Pintrest (I wish I could link it but I have no idea where she found it!) and asked if I could recreate them. I may just make a pair for myself…

Aaaaaand finally, my new obsession – my new bamboo crochet hooks! Nick bought them for me for Christmas and they finally came in the mail from Singapore. I never knew what was the big deal about bamboo hooks. But, they’re super soft and light weight compared to the metal hooks I’ve been using, and they just feel really nice to work with. Thank you, Nick!

So that’s about it… School work, insane amounts of reading, fulfilling crochet orders, and filling the left over time with friends. What have you been filling up your time with lately??

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Knitting Hooker!

Fantastic news! Regarding my previous post, I have officially become a “knitting hooker.”  If you haven’t been following me (=O for shame!!) I received a request from my friend Jessica to make an adorable bohemian style headband last week.  First I was going to crochet it, but being that I’ve been wanting to actually make a knit project I found this the perfect opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone.  The pattern seemed easy enough and I’ve had the basics of knitting down pat for some time, but I could just never get over that hump of following through with a project. Finally, I sat down and (…6 hours later) came out with a gray headband.  As adorable as it is, I don’t think I will  be knitting another one for some time.. I think I’ll stick with being a crochet hooker and a small time knitter for those special projects on which I don’t mind spending my precious, precious time.

Drum roll, pleaaase…..

TA DA! And as an added bonus, a headband I whipped up inspired by vintage headscarf-ware.

I’ve already crocheted two headbands like this and they look just as cute as the knit version; they just take about 5 hours less to make! I love the style and they do a dandy job of keeping the ears cozy. Jessica loves hers and reported that it bore the Chicago Winter just beautifully!

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Knitting Hooker?

One of my resolutions for 2012 involves trying new things and expanding my horizons.  What better way to get started on this than to teach myself how to knit? I’ve had knitting needles sitting with my craft stuff for a long time and actually learned the basics of knitting over a year ago, but I never kept it up.  A few weeks ago I picked up the knitting needles and dug my heels in, deciding to stick with it. Using youtube videos, I actually got the knit and pearl stitches down pat! The process is veeeerrrryyyyy slow and sometimes I get frustrated after only a few rows because I feel like it takes FOREVER to knit something, but I’m grinning and baring it. I bought double pointed and circular knitting needles so now I feel obligated to learn!

So in order to actually feel productive I’m working on an easy and super adorable beginner project I found at Elisa McLaughlin Designs.

My friend Jessica asked me to make her a headband so I decided to knit it like the pattern says, rather than crochet it! Wish me luck… Progress and photos will be shared =)

How will you be following through with your new year resolutions in 2012?

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Headbands, Headbands and More Headbands!

My favorite winter accessory?: Scarves. My second favorite?: headbands!

Within the last few years I started noticing these adorable knit and crocheted headbands that were super wide and usually adorned with a flower. They’re super cute, and actually very good at keeping one’s ears nice and toasty. Last winter, I was about to buy one, but since I’m one cheap chick I said “Screw that!” and made one for myself! The very first one I made was a simple gray band with a slinky flower.  I joined it together with a button and, VOILA! I had my own fashionable winter headband! Little did I know this would be the item I’d find myself making the most, because, as it turns out, I wasn’t the only gal looking for one of these headbands. As soon as I posted a picture to facebook I got lots of requests from friends and family. Recently I found a new flower pattern which I’ve talked about here a short while ago and started using that on my flower headbands.  After making that first headband I got a little more crafty and creative  and played with more ideas..

SOOOO, I’ve decided to share some of the different wintery headbands I’ve made.  Maybe I’ll find the time to make a tutorial/pattern for some of them in the future.. Here are a few of the wonderfully wintery accessories I love =) They look cute in all types of hair. So now that the cold weather has finally started nipping at us, bundle up and sport a headband; your ears will thank you!

What is YOUR favorite thing keeping you warm this winter?

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