Saturday, December 13, 2014

Elf for a day

I recently moved to a town in Central FL and was asked to be an elf in the Christmas Parade to assist the mayor in giving out candy along the route. Some of you know I love parades, marching bands and silliness.  I've been to the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena CA, and I participated in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade years ago when I worked for Macy's.
I cannot find pictures from those parades but here are some from the Mount Dora FL Christmas Parade.

We had a beautiful sunny day (reached 80).  If they only knew what they were asking me...  when the parade finished our driver of the golf cart took off with the mayor and left us elves to hoof it up the hill, would you believe no one picked up hitchhiking elves, what the heck, wouldn't you??? lol 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Joann's Projects and Inspiration

Did you know that there are free patterns on Joann Fabrics web site?? Click on the Projects and Inspiration tab at the top.  I may be the only one that didn't know this.  I designed a project for Red Heart for Joann's and haven't seen it, so I started hunting around, and there it was...Santa Hat and Beard for kids. I loved designing this projects, there is still time to make it for those family get togethers.  The beard is removable so the kids can be comfortable later.

Reverse Engineering Crochet

Have you ever reverse engineered a crochet project?? This is taking a project that has no pattern and figuring it out to duplicate it.  I recently did this with a beautiful thread piece one of my neighbors mother made many years ago...

Notice the edging too.   I played and calculated and worked up the motif with a sport weight cotton.  This also shows the difference gauge can make.  That was not the point, I wanted a yarn I could frog over again and see the stitches clearly as I went along.

I am sure this motif is in my future for some project idea. But there are so many beautiful vintage crochet items in thrift shops, attics and grandma's house why not give it a try, I'm glad I did.  This neighbor loaned me some other pieces that I plan to work on the pattern.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Childhood Memories

The 30th Annual Mount Dora  FL Craft Fair. They expected 250k to 300k over 2 days.  Literal bus loads were coming...

I went to the Mount Dora Fl Craft Fair this weekend.  The weather in central FL was perfect.  While wandering around I noticed many people with Pussy Willow branches. I had to find the vendor, as soon as I saw them I  thought of my grandparents backyard. They had a huge Pussy Willow tree in front of the swing set, we used to try to touch the branches with our feet while swinging.... Salix discolor (American willow) native to North America, Idaho to Maine and south to Maryland. This vendor was from Ohio.

There were so many amazing crafters here from jewelry, pottery, metalwork, food, spices and rubs, of course a couple of crochet vendors (kids  hats from Angry Birds and Despicable Me were popular), and so much more.  There were 400 vendors and all of downtown was closed. 
These are ear vine earring that pierced or non pierced can wear (they are a pair).  I chose the sterling there were so many to choose from.  I also bought some lemon/ginger rub for chicken and fish (those who know me probably can't beleive it), it can be used for making dip too. 
I also bought 2 other items as gifts that I cannot reveal...

What sparks your childhood memories when you see it???Please share.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

We have a winner

Jackie W is the winner of a copy of Felt So Good by Tone Rorseth. Congratulations Jackie..

Friday, October 17, 2014

Felt So Good.. A book review and giveaway

Felt So Good is the current book from Norwegian designer Tone Rorseth.  Rorseth is a graduate of Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm, Sweden. She is known for her jewelry and accessories designs. 

Felt So Good is a simple but beautifully done book.  Tone guides the crafter through each step in the felting process then on to simple but wonderful designs The pictures are excellent and she included many templates that can be used to make the designs in the book.

My favorite thing about the projects in Felt So good is that they are so easy to make especially for last minute gifts.  Many knitters and crocheters have made things and felted the fabric to make purses and accessories.  With this book you can still do that or... you can buy commercial felt or buy wool sweaters in a thrift shop and felt it yourself.   I like the idea of reusing, repurposing and recycling.  
How cute are the cup cozies below..
My favorite project in Felt So Good is actually four projects from one wool sweater. This purse and mitts are made from the same felted sweater, I love these and will have to try it. ( I really tried to find a nice wool sweater in a Florida thrift shop but had no luck).

The garlands throughout the book are also sweet to dress up any window, fireplace or room.
Felt So Good is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble to name a few.

I am excited to offer a chance to win Felt So Good, enter below.  US residents only.  Book will be shipped from publisher.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Leaves are changing..

Although I live in Florida now, I still miss the fall of the Northeast.   The leaves changing, pumpkins, scarecrow contest at Peddlers' Village in Lahaska PA, and the mums.....

I went to my new local Joann's yesterday and saw for the first time my book Elegant, Fashionable and Chic Accessories to Crochet in the rack.  An outer-body experience for sure.  But, it reminded me that it's the time of year to make hats, scarves and mitts, or refresh the collection you have.  The book has 6 sets of accessories including for men, a total of 16 patterns.  Again in FLorida there is not much need although I have found just moving 4 hours north to the Orlando area it does get cold overnight and early morning, perfect for the hat and mitts.

My book is available at Joanns, Barnes and Noble , Amazon .

Sunday, October 5, 2014

And the winner is..

The winner of the Tunisian Crochet for Baby book by Sharon Hernes Silverman is Carmen.  Congratulations and enjoy making the projects.