Summer is here…

Ok well not officially but June 21st is just around the corner. So it’s time for summer crochet. I know that people don’t wear hat’s and cowl’s in the summer, some people buy blankets for those summer babies. So you might ask what does one make in the those hot summer northeast months? Lots of things, bath items, household items, summer sweaters, baby sweaters, and my new item! We may have a short summer, but we sure know how to spend it.

Summers are filled with our favorite bands, our favorite cars, long days at the beach, festivals, and so much more. In that spirit I’d like to share the newest item to the lineup over on the Etsy shop….the crop top! Yep you read that right. I’ve never been one to make clothes for adults, but there is just something about these tops. It almost makes me want to work out and give up pizza…gasp….I said almost!

Even though my pizza loving, stretch mark riddled belly, can’t rock these crop tops, doesn’t mean you can’t. So check out two of many more to come. While you’re checking things out, head over to Mermaidcat Designs and let me know which crop top you’d like to see next (she’s the lady with all the patterns). If you’re a crocheter yourself, buy one or two or ten…she’s got coupon codes!

Speaking of coupon codes i’m having a summer sale that ends on June 21st. In my Etsy shop use code “summer” for 30% off of a purchase $25 or more. If you would like to purchases patterns from the ravelry store use the same code for a BOGO!

Blessings

~Mel

Gaia Crop Top

 

Emerging Crop Top

 

 

The Boss Bitch Shawl…

Spring has sprung here in Buffalo, New York, which means its time for spring shawls. I love traditional pointed shawls. Like the Tea House Wrap from Two of Wands. Tea House Wrap2It’s my favorite pointed shawl, or the traditional rectangle wrap, I’m partial to my Rustic Ridgeline Wrap.

So when I saw the Boss Bitch Shawl from Mamachee Patterns I fell in love with the asymmetrical shawl design. Even better when the pattern called for DK weight yarn I knew I had to use Knit Picks Cotlin yarn. When you read Tara’s inspiration for the name it just makes sense. Here is here description, “BITCH is an acronym for Beautiful, Intelligent, Talented, and Creative Hottie…that’s you! and if you’re a born leader or want to channel your inner leader then the Boss Bitch Shawl might be for you. ;)”. I just love it!Rustic Ridgeline wrap1

The design is amazing and when you pair it with the Cotton/Linen blend yarn it gets all the heart eyes. I had a few colors but knew that I had a WIP of a blanket that just wasn’t working that I could pull apart. It was painful to frog my blanket but so worth it once the colors came together. It was a quick project to work up.

I took pictures with it on my mannequin but it just didn’t do it justice so, as much as I hate pictures of myself, I had to brave the camera to get good pictures. So my photographer, aka mini me, and I set out to find the perfect spot and did we ever. I fell in love with this cement wall. And my 12 year old sure can take a photo. I only had to do minor editing of my face…

If you want to make your own Boss Bitch shawl get the pattern here.

If you want to have me make you your very own Boss Bitch Shawl you can order one here.

 

Is that knitted….

So last year a long time friend, who is one of a kind and loves the most eccentricDSCF4210 things, sends me a text and says “Babe can you make this?”. This isn’t a surprise this is how most of our crochet orders start out, but I’m looking at this picture thinking I’ve never seen anything like this. A little Google image searching happens and its a knitted scarf. Not my specialty, knitting and I have agreed to DSCF4202disagree. I let her know its knitting but to give me a few days and let me see what I can come up with.

It took some more Googling and YouTube to figure out you can actually do a drop stitch in crochet but you actually need a knitting needle to do it go figure! Well for the first scarf I made I didn’t have a big knitting needle so I used a large cake pillar, it worked great. You can tell in the photos because the loops are smaller in the one she is wearing. I’ve since bought the giant knitting needle.DSCF4208

I make the scarf, wrote a few notes down and moved on. It was Octoberish and I had Christmas orders to complete. I forgot about it until recently when I was going through my notebook trying to make sure I had actually wrote up all my patterns in the book and added them to Ravelry. Well that one wasn’t done.  I never wrote down how much yarn, the DSCF4205measurements, what hook I used, nothing but drop stitch, DC and SC repeat. Not super helpful. Oh vey it was like starting from scratch, AND I never took pictures of it, so I really had to remake a scarf to be able to have pictures of not only the finished product but also for the photo section of the pattern.

I start fresh, pick out the most beautiful soft Peruvian cotton yarn and set out to make the scarf again. I write everything down, take some pictures and before I can post the pattern the scarf sells. I write up the pattern add it to Ravelry and within 10 minutes it sells 5 copies! DSCF4212Wow, people love the scarf as much as I do.

My friend loved my version better than the knitted version she had originally sent me. I think its a unique piece that others don’t have, and you can’t find in stores. I hope you guys out there in the inter-web area love it too. It takes a little practice getting the hang of the knitting needle, because you will essentially crochet backwards and turn your work very little. A bit of a foreign Morgan Scarfconcept to us crocheters. If you’d like to try the pattern for yourself you can get the pattern on Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy. If you are a follower who lives in the UK or any other European country check out Loveknitting. Not a crocheter and want the scarf, I can do that too head over to Etsy or Facebook and order the finished item.

This scarf is meant to be airy, the bigger your loops the more air, so get creative like I did and use whatever you have laying around to make your loops. You can also customize to other weights of yarn. I used worsted weight yarn but bulky or sport weight would look great too. You’ll need to adjust your starting number and length but it’ll look just as great. Thank you as always for your love and support!

Blessings

~   Mel

Oh Granny Journal Cover

DSCF3740In a previous blog I stated some of my goals for the year. Finishing the abundant WIPS that fill every nook and cranny of the house was one. I’m working on that I have one done and its a beautiful doily. Check out my previous blog Just One Of My Favorite Things to see it. I felt so accomplished having started on goals that I thought “Hey why not tackle another goal!” I started writing a pattern….DSCF3739

That’s right, my other goal was to become a pattern designer this year. I spent a few days looking at granny square pattern books because I had this idea for a journal cover in my head for years. That was going to be my first pattern. So I took a few days to write and painstakingly take pictures, with a little help from my wonderfully supportive husband, I had all the makings for a pattern.

I spent a day editing photos and writing the pattern. FYI if you decide you want to write patterns I suggest checking out Selena Baca of Baca Creations for her pattern template. It was a big help when I went to type DSCF3744all my scribbles up.  After I finished all that up I asked for testers. I had wrote that pattern so it could be made in one color or two. So I had three lovely ladies make it in a solid color and three make a two toned journal cover. They turned out amazing and I was surprised that they didn’t find more mistakes than they did. One of my lovely testers even modified the cove to fit her Bible to protect the worn cover. I added that adjustment to the pattern.

Today I achieved a goal!!!! I published my first pattern on Raverly, Etsy, Craftsy, and Loveknitting! Holy Cow Y’all I did it! Don’t worry it doesn’t stop here because I’ve got a second pattern already in the works. Want a hint…..its more granny squares but there are lots of them and you join as you go so stay tuned for it! I have a feeling there is going to be lots of patterns coming!DSCF3741

Best

~Mel