What to make?

Every year I look forward to my husband’s family reunion. It’s a grand time with tons of family (obviously), food, and old-fashioned Texan fun! We all catch up, overeat, and then sit down to watch the show. The show happens to be the patriarchs of the family hilariously running an auction of goods brought in by the family. Some are purchased, some are of the white elephant gift variety, and lots are homemade. Last year I donated this, my labor of love:

African Flower Blanket

It was so fun to make, but I procrastinated and finished weaving in ends on the drive there! But THIS year I’m starting early. Er, planning to start early. First I have to figure out what to make! I plan to go with a blanket again (if only to narrow down my options ;)). Here are the current top contenders (click on the photos to go to the patterns):

 WEEKEND IN STOCKHOLM THROW

1: Weekend in Stockholm Throw by Debbie Stoller

Larksfoot Blanket

2: Larksfoot Throw, courtesy of Meet Me at Mikes

an 'ordinarily extraordinary' blanket

3: An ‘ordinarily extraordinary’ blanket, courtesy of dottie angel

And there’s always 4: a random assortment of granny squares.

And so, I say to you, VOTE! Please, please, please don’t make me make my own decision.* Which do you think is best?  Last year my blanket was one of the top sellers, so I can’t disappoint! (No pressure though..) SO, which should I make? :)

*I reserve the right to make my own decision if I decide I don’t like yours. 😉

Beautiful Blogger Blanket

Last week I got a lovely note from Jill over at Stocki asking if I’d like to join in her Beautiful Blogger Blanket. I feel so honored! It’s a wonderful project – she’s collecting squares from crocheters all over the world to create a blanket, which will then go to one of the crocheters who helped make it. Isn’t that fun? I can’t wait to see what it looks like!

I’d saved a few patterns since I started crocheting last year, so this was the perfect opportunity to try them out! I immediately sifted through my yarn stash looking for cotton (the requested material), and suddenly realized that I mostly have acrylic…GASP! Is that bad? [I always want to try the organic cotton, but they’re so expensive I tend to shy away for my own use.] Anyway, I got to go yarn shopping ^_^ I picked up white and purple (go figure!), and combined it with some green and blue I already had to create…

It’s so much fun to try new patterns! I started with the standard granny square in blue. Then I tried a lacy one with my green yarn (pattern here) – completely different from any I’d done before. I then did the largest in purple and white (pattern here). I had a little trouble following this one in the middle, but was able to figure it out. I’m really glad, too, because it’s so pretty! I finished with the three coordinating Flower Granny Squares (pattern here), which are just adorable. My husband loved my granny squares so much, he said I should crochet a blanket for us out of the flower ones! I guess I’ll tack that on to my rapidly growing list 😉

I am very excited to send these off tomorrow! Please post links in the comments of any granny squares you’ve made! They are such a variable form – I love seeing all the creative ways crocheters make them. Who knows – maybe I’ll make up my own patterns soon 😀

My NEW LINE!

I set a goal last month to list 10 new items in my shop in the first week of March. I’ve thought a lot about how I want to proceed with my shop, and decided several things. 1: I love art, craft, and design – and want to use all of them. 2: I love several styles and methods for each and I want to use all of them, too. 3: I love interior design!

In conclusion: I’ve started a home dec line 😀

I’ve had so much fun brainstorming, planning, and creating my new line! It allows me to use my background in architecture, art, and design in a new and exciting way. This way I can combine new and old styles, methods, materials, and more into a brand all my own. I’ll be listing all weekend, and I hope you love my new products!

Home Sweet Homei <3 u cross stitch

From across the blogiverse…

As I am exhausting myself at a soccer tournament in New Orleans right now, I thought I could leave you with some fabulous finds from the blogosphere.

Have you noticed that geometrics are totally in right now? I knew that repeating, usually symmetrical geometrics look great on fabric, but I’ve seen crazy assymetrical designs popping up all across Etsy (like this necklace ♡) and Pinterest (like this wall thing) A new fad, perhaps? What do you think? Either way, I like this triangle-themed mobile, spotted over on Smile and Wave. Don’t you want to make one? Project ReStyle: Modern Mobile

I started one of these a while back, but lost motivation. Seeing it again (and accompanied by a tutorial!) makes me want to try again! Weave your own basket out of newspaper with the help of nifty thrifty things:

As a long-time fan of stripes and a new-found lover of crochet, I have to share these crocheted striped hand warmers from the Purl Bee! In case we get another cold snap (hey, it’s possible!), I’ll whip up a pair of these 😀Whit's Knits: Crocheted Striped Hand Warmers

And I must not be quite over Valentine’s Day yet, because I think this simple balsa wood heart on Design*Sponge is just super cute! diy project: scandinavian-inspired wooden heart

And make some adorable kitchen utensil holders with this tutorial from Crafts by Amanda:Make Your Own Kitchen Utensil Holders

Have a fun and crafty Saturday! 😀

3 Things Friday

The good: I’ve been crocheting up a storm! It feels so great to be making things, and building up stock :) crocheted coasters

The bad: I’ve been feeling a little discouraged this week. I’m realizing the toll it takes to juggle two jobs, a workout routine, and a side business (which is getting the short end of the stick), while trying to find time to spend with friends and family. BUT! Worrying and complaining accomplish nothing, so I’m trying to take a deep breath, find a solution, and in the meantime just be thankful for what I have :)

The best: Last night I got together with Velma and Sarah to sew together our Knitted Wonderland pieces. It was so long – I felt like we’d practically made a Doctor Who scarf! On March 4th we’ll meet at the Blanton Art Museum to sew it onto our tree #29. More photos to come 😉

Knitted Wonderland

Valentine DIY Round-up

No other holiday lends itself to homemade gifts quite like Valentine’s Day. It’s a great way of showing someone you care!

Twig & Thistle helps you sweeten someone’s day with her DIY stickersNaturally Sweet DIY Valentine

Print adorable class Valentines (and find some sweet party ideas) on One Charming Partyprintable class valentine

Roxycraft shares an adorable amigurumi heart patternFree Amigurumi Heart Pattern

I still love these sweet fabric window Valentines from the Purl BeeMolly's Sketchbook: Fabric Window Valentines

String up a heart garland with a DIY from Design*Spongediy project: molly’s crochet heart garland

Dip your own chocolate-covered strawberries with Food NetworkChocolate-Dipped Strawberries

I hope this gives you some ideas for sweetening up your upcoming V-Day! Do you have any crafts already on your list?

You Amaze Me, Crochets of the Past

Crochet Magazine

Last week my grandmother-in-law gave to me a bag full of old crochet magazines (1987-1993), in case I found anything I wanted. Who would have guessed that this would spur such an entertaining evening?! You may have seen me tweeting some of the hilarious pictures I found, but I have more to share…oh, so much more…

It started out with this gem that just screams 90s. I left the description so you could read all about the “Fluorescent Fun!”

Neon sweater

I found patterns for children (I wonder if my mom would have made these for us)…

Taxi Sweater for BoysCrayon Sweater for GirlsGame BlanketWhat's with the lobster? <–What’s with the lobster?

And patterns for young adults (Below: “Granny Glamour” and a rockin’ sweater vest!)

Granny GlamourCircle flower sweater vest

Accessories are killer. Such a 90s photo for the headband! But the jean jacket takes the cake. Don’t you want to embellish your own? It’s so easy with doilies, lace from your grandmother, and crochet you can do yourself!

Winter HeadbandJean Jacket

So many projects for trendy crocheters of the 80s and 90s! Thank you for sticking with me through this blast from the past. I hope you’ve found these as amusing as I have! I wonder what crochet/knitting patterns we’ll laugh about 20 years from now… Will cowls be old-fashioned and silly? Of course, I’m already laughing at some current patterns I’ve found…maybe fluorescent sweaters were the crocheted bikini of 1990? 😉

Have you come across any fun vintage patterns? Share in the comments!

3 Things Friday

This week:
The good: I’ve finished 8 gifts this week, and I’m on a roll!
The not-so-good: The Post Office lost a package of supplies (for gift making) :(
The best: I tried my hand at both knitting and crocheting hats, and made some really cute ones! I’m so glad I tried a new project and am really happy with the results 😀

Dixie DIY

Today I’m on to sewing projects! I’ve got hair accessories, home accessories, and a giant pillow to make :) Here’s to a great start for the weekend!

How was your week?

Santa Threads

It’s Thursday Threads time! But today, in honor of a Handmade Holiday, I’m sharing some awesome winter clothing tutorials!

A Santa Hat by Puppy52Dolls. It’s for a Blythe doll, but you can customize it for any size!Santa’s Hat pattern

The Purl Bee has a tutorial for these beautiful flip-top mittens:Hand Warmers and Flip Top Mittens

Make a festive headband with creativeyarn:

headband-with-bow

This patchwork scarf by Sew, Mama, Sew! is adorable for kids or adults!Patchwork Scarf Tutorial

You can find these toe-up socks on Knitty:toe-up short-row sock worksheet

And make these adorable tie on slippers from Cut Out + Keep:The Elle Tie On Slippers