Thursday, September 30, 2010

It's Thursday!

It's the last day and last Thursday of September 2010! Wow, where did the month go? I showed my necklace to Kathleen at The Gifted Purl on tuesday night and she suggested that I add some copper colored beads on each side to draw out the copper color in the pendant. I will have to go to Hobby Lobby this weekend!

I am excited as I have started making myself a winter hat that is knit in the round which I have never done before. It is a lot of fun! Can't wait to post a picture of it! will do that later today or tomorrow as a work in progress.

I am also reading Debbie Macomber's ``Montana'' which I am ejoying as I am familiar with that state, having vacationed there over the past five or so years. I love that state, and would love to live there! The mountain areas are incredible for their beauty and ruggedness! I have seen moose and wolves and elk etc. while on horseback in the mountains!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Where to market/sell necklace?

Now that I have completed the necklace and the tow scarves my co-worker ordered, I have to focus on where to market/sell the necklace. Perhaps the local coffee shop near work or my beautician's if I offer a commission?

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Pom Pom Crocheted Necklace

I made this necklace by crocheting silver colored wire and gray pom pom yarn. I purchased the pendant from Michaels. It's my first piece of yarn jewelry. Let me know what you think!
Here is the completed scarf as promised! I am really pleased with the results!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Leigh Gray: 906 - The TV man asked What???

Leigh Gray: 906 - The TV man asked What???

2nd scarf almost complete/new idea to use leftover yarn

The 2nd scarf for my coworker is almost complete. I used Eros in purples and decided to incorporate beads into the fringe as she has said she doesn't like it when the fringe snags. I think the beads will weight it down enough that the fringe won't snag. I just have to finish beading it and trim the fringe, and then I will post a picture of it.

Since I have some of the gray pom pom yarn left, I went to Michaels and bought some jewelry wire, clasps and loops along with a black and silver and gray pendant to crochet a necklace. I am exited to try this!

On another note, one of the Knit Along with Debbie Macomber books, which I purchased at, arrived yesterday. I really what to learn how to make socks etc. and am looking forward to using the patterns in the book and then develop my own!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Another Order!

Another coworker saw the finished gray scarf for Carolyn and has asked me to make her a winter scarf in gray, white, purple and black. She said she is in no hurry as she has to buy a new coat (as do I!). I told her I would price out the yarn and let her know the cost. Her old coat was apparently a black boiled wool coat. She wants it wide and thick so I think I can do one in a Scandinavian pattern....which would be totally new for me! On another note, one of the things I noticed from the fair is that there were no men's winter headbands, so that might be another area for sales.

One down and One to go!

My coworker, Carolyn, had ordered two dress scarves, one in gray and one in purple. I have completed the one in gray tones. I ended up using two yarns, one in a flat black, and the other is a nubly gray ladder yarn. I used a drop stitch pattern and it turned out quite nice. I do think she will like it. I still have to get a picture of it to post here. I have started the second one. I am using Plymouth Yarn's Eros in purples and will use the same pattern, but due to the ladder style of the yarn, it will look completely different. Of the yarns, the Eros is the most difficult to work with as it slips easily off the needles.

Monday, September 6, 2010

September Fest

Last night I attended September Fest to see Foghat and the fireworks. Both were excellent. I decided to go back to the festival today to check out the handcrafted goods. I saw right away that most of the knitted goods I coud do fairly easily. One vendor had scarves in Eros yard that was circular, which means they were done on double ended needles. I think I will have to experiment with that concept and develop my own pattern.

I spoke with a man who makes beautiful wooden boxs. I asked him how he got into the business and he responded that He used to be an executive for a fortune 500 company near where he lives in Maine. He said he hated the job so much that one day he just quit anf had to go home and tell his wife and children. He learned wood working and carving after he quit his job. He has been working with wood now for 35 years. He said that the trick is to do what you love while remaining out of debt and not expect to get rich. He makes the product during the winter and come spring and summer he and his wife travel to diferent fairs.

``Do what you love and love what you do'' is my new motto.

I have attached a photo of an afghan I made for some friends this past Christmas.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

I'm in Business!

I know, I should be doing daily entries, but have been way too busy knitting my heart out when I have any free time. Word has gotten out at work and I have two orders for scarves for a coworker. She wants one in purples and one in gray. I am doing the gray one first and am using  a drop stitch pattern. I am using two yarns, one is a fancy thin yarn with gray tufts and the other is a flat black yarn that really makes the gray tufts pop out. It is beautiful. I will put a picture of it on this site as soon as I am able.