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So HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SUMMER PEOPLE!

Holy… It’s HOT!  I mean really really hot!

So it’s really not that hot, but it’s a little muggy out, though there is progress being made with things!  And I think I almost tackled the foothills of acrylic and the mountain of cotton!  I actually have a bed again!  At least for a little while it’ll be torn apart tomorrow so I can move it across the room.  But for now I’m sorting through everything in here trying to get my stuff situated and put away for a little bit.

Next week though you will see snapshots of all of us working (sh don’t tell Liz!  She doesn’t like pictures taken of herself!).  And I might have the basic design of the card holders we might be using done (not the new cards yet though)  I’m hoping that they’ll be really cute!

And I’m going to have to make more blonks, someone in our group is scrambling to make little summer sets for them to play with and well I only have about ten of the size she’s making them done!  But we’re already planning to work on those, some bags and other stuff for the flea market.  Soooo the nice clean neat work room that I’m doing…. will have the lab exploding in it in like four minutes.  Oh well it’s expected really.  But will be nice to get to work on those again.

 

Here’s a question for you while I’m here.  What summery treats do you like to beat the heat?

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Needing a small break…

So I’m sitting here in the workroom sipping mango green tea (YUM!) and listening to Welcome to Nightvale, surrounded by YARN!

Wait that’s not that different from most days… Anyway a small update, since I ended up not working on any during the week last week. I will get the swing of this!

Anyway, Sunday our new partner and I ended up going to explore the flea market we’ll be selling stuff at. I’m thinking we can actually wait a little for the business cards (I have older ones that I can still use up after all). It’ll be a good place to play around with the layout for the stall for craft fair stuff too. Which is kind of why I have been quiet. I have our jewelry display to put together still… I’m really digging the idea that Liz had for it, one side being a crochet mesh the other with the wood dowels that I bought so we can use the display for earrings, bracelets and necklaces.

If it goes well for the first week I’ll try to figure out a display to match it for our scarves and handbags. We have a 4 door car, so I’m trying to make our display stuff so that it will fit nicely into the trunk. We have one table so far (Figured if we needed another we’ll get it later, and I want to get an easel to prop the display for our bags and scarves on.

Next time I’m there I’ll have to get a picture at Art of Recycle, where most of the stuff for our displays will probably come from because not only is it an awesome art shop, it’s volenteer run, and the staff is really friendly. If I lived closer (it’s a 45 minute drive) I’d be there all the time, but wouldn’t get any work done!

Now I should get going, I have about 20 more loomed bags to finish with this one style then I’ll work on another style for the flea market. I should glaze and finish some more necklaces and charms maybe make some more because I don’t know how many we’ll sell and I would like to be able to have items on display the whole time we’re there.

Liz’ll have her blankets and some other crochet items. She’s been on a kick for baby items lately and they’re so cute!

Our new partner in… well not crime? Unless you count creating art a crime…. She’s bringing painted tiles, some of them are fandom themed (I’m so buying a Bucky and Steve tile from her because really they’re awesome), and some other paintings.

She’s going to be sitting with me the first weekend if the weather’s good, we’ll be chatting it up with people and getting a feel for it. None of us have done markets or craft fairs before so this will be good practice for us to see what works and what doesn’t.

If you guys are in the Shillington area of Pennsylvania come by first weekend in July! We’d love to meet you! I’ll give the local when it’s a little closer to the date.

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YIPES!

Okay so, the housemate and I have to bump up our time schedule for selling things (Though this is a good thing).  We’ll be trying our first flea market in two weeks, so the next two weeks I’m going to be scrambling to make bears and bags.  I have a few blue ones started that I need to finish too.  I’ll be taking yarn and stuffing with me when we go so if it gets slow I can work on making some more things to add to the table but I’m hoping that we’ll have enough for the day.  Pretty sure the bears will be a hit though.  My nephew and nieces still love the ones they got at Thanksgiving!  

On a happier note, we may be gaining another partner as well, a friend of mine in the area is also an artist and she needs an outlet to sell her stuff so we’re going to help her out.  Look here for updates on that!  

Also realized… OMG a post two days in a row! I must be in one of my moods!

Now back to my mad scramble. I’m running out of zombie flicks to watch while doing these things! I’m thinking I’ll finish watching Sword Art Online and Attack on Titan then find some mecha anime to watch. Maybe Outlaw Star, been a while since I mainlined that one.

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it’s too early in the morning to be working…

Though I have two gloves to finish to go with a scarflet I loomed up last week.

Three baskets to finish for three special little kids for Halloween.  Hoping to have time to add in three little amigurumi toys to those.

A baby mobile which is looking like it’s going to be a jelly fish with little toys for the baby to play with as she grows.

Christmas gifts to make (though some of those I might be able to work on while I’m up in New York next month.  Some of the items I have planned I know will be great travel projects.

This weekend there will be photos taken so starting Monday you will be seeing new things up in the shops.  Today’s just a ‘gather my thoughts’ kind of day.  Also time to flip through pages of ocean life to see what I can make into block animals for the mobile.   I love working on things without a pattern!  I’m hoping that they’ll look as cute as I’m picturing them.  I’d show my rough sketches… But really my stick men look like kittens so I’ll try to get photos of the prototypes when I’m a little closer to having them done.

And yay craft meeting in 4 hours so I’m going to go dive into my cotton mountain to pull out colors now, turn up the music and try to enjoy the unseasonably warm morning we’re having.

I’ll leave you with something stuck on my iPod right now.

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Coffee Sleeve

Because I felt like posting this one.  It’s something I’ve been making for a while they’re fun to make and I’m always getting comments on them when I use the ones I’ve made.  There will be a post later with stuff up on the shop.

 

This pattern is great for using up scrap yarn.  They make great gifts for coffee lovers too.  I’ve given them away as gifts and try to keep some around for last minute gifts for coffee or tea lovers.

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The pocket works great in a contrasting or complimentary color.  And is big enough to slip in a gift card or a few sugar packets while you’re on the run.  They fit all the paper coffee cups I’ve tried so far (Starbucks and generic ones)  and are big enough so your whole hand is protected from the hot cup. 

Tools needed

Size f hook

Scissors

Any worsted yarn (two colors)

(I use cotton sugar and cream it works great)

(I put two colors because I use one for the sleeve and another for the pocket.)

Yarn needle

Any embellishments you want

(I tend to leave those off just because it makes it more washer friendly without)

SLEEVE

Finished measurements should be 4.5 inches wide by 3 inches tall

 

 Chain 45

Slip stitch chain one in slipknot of the first stitch to form loop. Try not to twist the loop

Go through every stitch with a single stitch (45)

Slip stitch and chain one, (Will count as first stitch from here out)

Single stitch around row (45 stitches)

Repeat row 11 more times

POCKET

Chain 19

Turn

Single crochet over (19)

You’ll want to repeat at least 7 rows.  More or less to your taste but I found 7 rows makes for a good sized pocket half the height of the cozy.

Whip stitch pocket to sleeve, tuck tails embellish as you wish and Voila!  You have a sleeve as unique as your coffee!

Feel free to show me how you’ve made this one.

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Time for a yard sale…

Well not this weekend though.  One of the craft groups I am in is doing a craft yard sale early next month.  I’m taking some of our stuff out, and will be working on more stuff for it.  What ever doesn’t get sold at the yard sale will be going up in the shops.  I’m hoping to actually get both of them ready for fall by the middle of the month with all sorts of goodies.  One being my cozies will be coming back in stock.  I’ve been collecting cotton yarn all year just for the mad dash that is the holiday season for cozies and toys.

Housemate’s working on some lovely scarves and shawls too.  Seriously a few of them I want.  I should talk her into doing another hooded scarf like the one she made me for Christmas, it’s adorable!

I got disorganized trying to organize things for the yard sale so I can’t pop up the exact address and time yet, but if you’re in the Berks county PA, area stay tuned I’ll pop the address up later this week once everything is confirmed with the other ladies from the group.  We’ll look forward to seeing you all there.

 

On other news, why I’ve been so quiet lately.  I have been on a marathon the last few weeks… Lots of running (well back and forth on rows to finish a Doctor Who Scarf.  The colors on mine are a little off, but I tried to get as close as I could.  Still ended up using the wrong color for one of the reds, but I’ve been consistently wrong on it so at least I’m not changing it up.  Have three more to make once this is done too.  Two for one of the ladies in my group, the other for a friend.  I think I’m going to end up finishing these, then start on other crafts.  I know that the cozies I can toss into my purse and work up on the go.  It’s one of the things I love about them on the go projects are great for me.

Well, work to to so I’m going to jet for now.  see how much more I can get done with these mountains of yarn at some point I should be able to find my bed.

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