Tacky With a Side of Inspiration…

Back in July when I was visiting my sister and cousin Amanda in Oregon, Amanda handed me a huge manilla envelope filled with old crocheting and crafting magazines.  At the time I just saw them as one more thing I had to shove into my already exploding suitcase, and they have been tucked underneath a box of yarn ever since (Sorry, cuz!).  But I recently spent some time organizing my massive hoard of yarn, buttons, thread and other crafting goodness and when I came across the magazines I decided to sit down and take a glance at them.

They’re so great! I don’t even know where to begin. They all seem to be from around the 70’s-80’s and have patterns for sweaters and cardigans, afghans, and my favorite: mittens! I had a few laughs flipping through the pages and seeing all of the tacky crochet outfits, but also gained a lot of inspiration for things to make. Maybe one day when I’m not swamped with grad school work I’ll have the time to crochet myself a cardigan =) May I suggest running to your local thrift store and picking up some for yourself? Entertainment and inspiration sure to ensue!

I can’t wait to make some mittens for this winter! Have you found any unexpected inspiration lately?

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Marathon Crocheting

What is my favorite attribute about the cold weather seasons? Cuddling up under my cozy blanket, Netflix and some yarn.  This weekend I did some marathon crocheting because my orders are blowing up! I’m so grateful to everyone who is supporting me and my creative efforts by purchasing some cozy, warm goodies from me, even if my fingers feel like they’re going to fall off! So I sat at home this weekend, saving my libations for fun on Tuesday and Black Wednesday, and made a dent in my orders…

My good friend Jeff requested some baby hats which turned out more than adorable. There was one more hat but I didn’t take a picture of it, only because I’ve made one just like it before. Needless to say it was adorable too!

AAAAAND I found a way to improve on my lovely flower headbands with an awesome new pattern for a flower, which I found on youtube! I really like this flower because it has a cool 3D effect and I can do dual colors =) I banged out three of these little guys in one sitting.

And finally, I started on another big comfy infinity scarf for a Christmas present. I have quickly remembered why I hate making scarves. Row.. after row.. after row.. after row.. how exciting. BUT it’s going to be worth it because infinity scarves are rad, and if it turns out anything like the one I made for myself last year, every inch of it will be loved and cherished! On another note, I’m planning on trying out a basket weave headband for myself and today I added to my crochet hook collection and bought an afghan hook so look forward to some cool new creations.

P.S. I feel bad for my friends who subscribed to this blog.. What could be more boring than hearing about my granny activities??! Oh well, time to go watch Dexter and drool over Michael C. Hall.

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