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Monday, November 11, 2019

Artisan Highlight: North Fork Gnomes

Artisan: a skilled craftsperson; one who makes things by hand, especially

I occasionally highlight an artisan I admire, and this is one of those occasions:

If you are looking for whimsical home decorating ideas or seeking a unique and delightful gift, you will love North Fork Gnomes.  These furry friends come with their own hats and personalities.  Choose tall or short (sizes range from 3.5 to 15 inches tall,) all handcrafted in the U.S.A. 

Take a look at the collection and admire the creativity. You might want a small one for your desk and a larger gnome for the mantel or window seat. Of course, if you have children they will want to play with them.  I'm wondering if my grandchildren might like....

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Wonderful Warm Slippers to Crochet

Quick and easy crochet slippers | Reversible Shoes?!?

Check out these warm, reversible slippers from Littlejohn Yarns.  They are quick to crochet and will keep you warm all winter long.  Alysha offers a video to help even the beginner create a proper pair of slippers.  She also offers a variety of patterns you are sure to enjoy.

Which side is your favorite?  I like the smoother side better, with the heavier texture on the inside for more warmth.  Make some for yourself and try them both ways.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Crochet is Groovy Again

It's time to pull out my pattern books from the seventies, gather some bright pinks, oranges, and greens, and create groovy handmade accessories for the new generation!  Always keep your patterns and books, because fashion runs in cycles and everything eventually comes around again.

This is just a long, skinny scarf in half-double crochet with crocheted flowers.  I think I will make another with daisy-loom flowers--I still have my looms from 50 years ago!

This scarf was made of Caron Simply Soft acrylic, so it feels good around the neck and is nice and flexible.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Great Resource for Quilters

Check out Adorableclick for a wide array of helpful products for quilters.  Their blog includes helpful articles on various quilting topics, such as this post on Stitch in the Ditch technique for machine quilting.

This online shop also stocks some quilting/sewing related gift items.  Take a look at the products, read a blog post, learn something new.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Knitting While the SJWs Try to Burn Down the House

I wish there were no such thing as the "knitting wars" but the large knitting database/social network which shall no longer be named by me instigated a hateful barrage of libel and slander toward anyone who knits and does not hate Donald Trump with a rabid, uncontrolled rage.

Enter the alternatives.  For affordable and attractive patterns that put vile pink hats to shame, check out Deplorable Knitter on etsy.  I have the Trump hat pattern already knit and just ordered the Choose Life hat pattern.  

While the so-called SJWs harass nice people who just want to sell yarn or knit, I plan to support anyone who stands firm and refuses to grovel to their unreasonable demands that everyone must agree with them on everything non-knitting-related or else be branded a "hater."  I am tired of the left redefining words on an hourly basis and adding new "offenses" and "triggers" daily.  I refuse to participate in the destruction of the English language and of millennia of biology and faith by people who think reality/truth is optional.

Knit beauty and live truth!!

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Crafter Highlight: Vleporama Vinyl Decals

While I usually post about needlecrafts, I also appreciate artists who work on canvas, in wood, or...vinyl!  Decals are a popular decoration for automobiles and much more.  I'd like to highlight one source for great vinyl craftsmanship: Vleporama.

This Unicorn Decal is one fine example from their huge line of quality products.  The slick vinyl is great for decorating a laptop, car, boat, etc.  It's available in a variety of colors, including a glitter option.  

Vleporama also offers decals in bulk orders for car clubs, as well as a variety of designs based on popular games and entertainment, Polish symbols and slogans, biker emblems and much more.  Check them out and add some art to your car, motorcycle, or computer.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Fun Knitting Patterns

Just got this off the needles, ready for blocking and a bit of embroidery.  It will, when completed, be a flamingo scarf, from a pattern in the excellent book, Knitted Animal Scarves, Mitts, and Socks by Fiona Goble. Lots of fun animal designs, so look for the book in your library.

I don't usually do scarves in flat stockinette, but I am going to try blocking with steam and see what happens.  If I don't like the final result, I will adapt the next one to be tubular or ribbed or seed stitch to avoid the rolling edges.

Check out similar books at ThriftBooks, such as this one:

Knitted Woodland Creatures : A Collection of Cute Critters to Make
You know you want a knitted hedgehog, right?