Do Your Plants Need A Sweater?

The calendar says March, spring should have sprung….not quite where I live and probably not where you live either. It seems as though Mother Nature is confused as to the seasons. Here in Buffalo, New York, we’re a balmy 28 degrees…insert eye roll! I don’t like extreme heat either so I’d be happy with 60 degrees but its a few weeks, cough, months away for us here. But as we get into March and April, the items in the stores become more colorful, tulips, and daffodils are now options for fresh cut flowers, which makes me want to brighten up inside too.

When we moved last December into the new house my beloved houseplants all died from the extreme cold, my father and husband put them in the bed of the truck instead of the warm interior of the truck. It was so traumatizing that it took a whole year for me to begin to replace my plants. As I did though the containers were pretty blah, you know the typical black container that the plants come in. Its not quite warm enough for places to be selling containers yet, so I was stuck with these boring containers. So I design….

I took some unused T-shirt yarn that I had been trying to sell and my M hook and designed a little plant sweater. I thought it was so cute that I decided I would make a medium sized one and a large one too. Aren’t they just the cutest things?

I have published this pattern, if you think your plants need some loving too! These little sweater baskets are sure to brighten up any space. You can find the pattern on Ravelry, Craftsy, Etsy, and coming soon to Love-knitting. If you aren’t a crocheter and want a sweater for your plants, I’d love to make you one! Send me a message or head on over to Etsy.  I do plan on designing a few more of these but I have a baby blanket coming up next! Thank you all for your continued support.

Blessings

~Mel

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Welcome to the World Little One…

If you know me outside of my little yarn world, you know that if if you’re having a baby, you’re bound to get something from me that is crocheted! Last year my husband and I each had a co-worker that were having baby. One was having a girl and one a boy. I wanted the gift to be unique and something special, which can be tough because you never know what they’ve already received and what their tastes are.

I decided I wanted to do a blanket for both, I know a daunting task, especially as they were due just weeks apart and I was beginning full fall prep. I went to my magic place (Google Drive) where all my patterns are stored and looked in the blanket folder for the special and unique blanket I was in search of. I narrowed it down to a few options, but couldn’t decide, so I went a different route and picked out the yarn first. A little backwards I know, but I thought it’d help me pick a pattern.

I was starting with the little girl, and found this beautiful soft pink from Red Heart (Soft). Now that the yarn had been chosen I went back to the patterns and had two to choose from in that yarn weight.  I settled on the Reese Modern Hexagon Blanket by Lakeside Loops. Seriously fell in love 10 rows in. It fits so well with my business tag line a “A Modern Twist on an Vintage Craft”, in that it uses a technique called filet crochet. I absolutely love the hexagon as they look like little bee hives in a way. I loved it so much that I decided that I was going to do the little boys blanket in it also. My husband said that the couple were huge Buffalo Bills fans, so I went with the Bills colors and used color blocking with the three colors.

So without further or do here is the finished item! As always I encourage you to purchase the pattern if you are a crocheter, and if not I’ll gladly make you one of your very own just visit my Etsy Shop.

Happy Crocheting

~Mel

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My Favorite Shawls…

I know that i’m really bad at this whole blogging thing, but I promise I’m trying to be better. With that being said I recently finished a new item for the shop and thought I’m going to give m followers, and those who stumble upon my ramblings, a list of my favorite shawl patterns.  I’ll start with the one I finished this weekend and its a free pattern to boot! So here they are, I’ll link to each pattern and as always if you aren’t a crocheter yourself you can always purchase a finished item from me!

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Genuine Pleasure Shawl

Genuine Pleasure Shawl

Pattern: Red Heart Yarns

Yarn: Red Heart Soft

 

 

Tea House Wrap
Tea House Wrap

 

Tea House Wrap

Pattern: Two of Wands

Yarn: Lion Brand Heartland

 

 

Wrapped In Warmth Shawl
Wrapped In Warmth Shawl

 

Wrapped In Warmth Shawl

Pattern: Elk Studio Crochet

Photo Credit: Elk Studio Crochet

 

 

Wedge Triangle Scarf
Wedge Triangle Scarf

 

Wedge Triangle Scarf

Pattern: Hooked On Serendipity

Photo Credit: Rosalie Rivera

 

 

Rustic Ridgeline Wrap
Rustic Ridgeline Wrap

 

Rustic Ridgeline Wrap

Pattern: The Cotton Road Designs (me)

Yarn: Knit Picks City Tweed DK

 

 

Here are just a few of my favorite shawl patterns, I am very partial to the triangle shawl, but had to throw in my rectangle wrap because why not! Clicking on the link will take to you to the pattern and if you’d like me to make one for you please head over to my Etsy shop or email me directly at thecottonroad@gmail.com

Thanks for reading and happy crocheting

~Mel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Holiday Season

The turkey was trimmed, and as some laid on the couch trying not to fall asleep after the big meal, others were gearing up for black Friday shopping. But lets face it, its not really just Friday, its the whole weekend and Monday. Finally a Monday we can be happy about!

So Fridays deals happened, then you wake up to Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to those of us with a small business. Whether its a home based business like mine, or a local shop in the heart of downtown, it’s a day designed to support your neighbors. Sunday is the day of recovery! Then its Monday, while some people are trying to not get up for work after the long weekend, others are prepping for cyber Monday.

I realize I should have wrote this post on Thursday as I was trying not to fall asleep, but I was busy working my fingers until they were numb. I’m still doing that but decided to take a break to write this.

I threw caution to the wind and ran my sale the whole weekend and Monday. So there is still time! In case you didn’t know I have two Etsy shops. The Cotton Road, where I sell finished items and The Cotton Road Designs, which is my original crochet patterns. You can also find original patterns on Ravlery.

Here are the sales:

Etsy finished item shop: Spend $25 and receive 15% off your total order {ends Monday at midnight}

Etsy pattern shop: Buy 2 patterns and receive 15% off {ends Monday at midnight}

Ravelry pattern shop: Buy 5 patterns and receive $10 off {ends Monday at midnight}

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Just a few of my items, both finished and available patterns.

BONUS SALE on Etsy  20% off the purchase of a Chunky Christmas Stocking! {ends December 8th} Christmas Stocking

I hope that you can stop on by and find something you like, whether its finished item for a loved one, or a pattern to make that someone special a gift. Your support means the world to me and my family.

Blessings

~Mel

 

 

Is It Fall Yet…

The fall is my favorite time of the year. It’s no secret, I love apple cider, pumpkin farms, changing leaves, and slouchy beanies! So as I prepare my etsy shop for the fall rush, (new line drops 9/18), I thought I’d share some of my favorite beanies for the fall!

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Ally Cap Slouch by Sincerely Pam

 

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Frieda Slouchy by La tienda de Paloma

 

 

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Pink Mini Slouch by Salena Baca Crochet

 

 

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Decatur Street Hat by Swellamy

 

 

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Spire Slouch by Playin Hooky

 

 

 

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Snowfall Slouchy by Whistle & Ivy

 

 

Watch for the new fall line up, the Pink Mini and the Ally Cap are in the fall line up but there are three new hats not listed up there, but I promise you they are among my favorites. I can’t spoil the debut, so you’ll have to check back on the 18th or head over the my Instagram and Facebook pages to get sneak peaks. I will have 25 hats ready to ship and of course love making custom orders! Eight days and counting!

 

Blessings

~Mel

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

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Emerging Crop Top

 

 

Baskets…My Favorite Home Decor

Hello followers and people stopping by…today my post is about baskets. I started a feature over on my Facebook page in which I post a link to one of my favorite patterns on Ravelry. Well in perusing Ravelry, I came across these beautiful nesting baskets, Elodie Basket Set.  They just make me happy. I will say my first set didn’t come out the way I wanted so they are not available yet in the Etsy shop. I used a 100% acrylic yarn (bulky yarn) and it just doesn’t hold it’s shape for me. I’m looking for the right yarn to make these in.

scalloped Basket5Since I can’t find the right yarn for those baskets, I decided to try another basket pattern that I just had sitting in my library, the Scallop Edge Crochet Basket. This one is truly my new favorite basket pattern. It’s made with 100% cotton yarn (worsted weight). The advantage to the cotton yarn is that it truly holds its shape. scalloped basket6

But I like to take things a step further, ssssooooo, hello leather handles! Yes you read that right. REAL LEATHER HANDLES! I found some leather pieces/remnants at Michael’s Craft Store.  I also purchased some leather tools, a hand punch and a rotary punch. It’s still a work in progress but I just love the way the handles accent the baskets.

If you’d like to purchase a finished basket, head on over to my Etsy shop. The size of the basket is 7″ in diameter, 5″ high, 27″ around. This basket is the perfect size for the entry way table, shelf, or anywhere really. This can be used in the living room, kitchen, even the bathroom.

As always thank you for your support in this little adventure of mine.

Blessings

~Mel