A long overdue update!

After sending a link to this site to a dear friend of mine, I realized that I haven’t updated in a while.  So here we go….

We’re still up and running… we still have items for sale on Etsy (although I need to update the webstore).  Hubby has been promoted to Senior VP of Operations.  That’s what happens when you let him design his own business card.

I’m still knitting and crocheting up a storm, but now I do it when I’m off work.

I’m still watching Netflix as a I do.

I’m still here. Loving what I’m doing.

 

I promise it won’t be next year before I update again.

 

Thanks for reminding me to update my site, Mad. I treasure your friendship and will be forever grateful to daisy-chain for teaching me to knit all the way from Scotland.  Hugs from America, and the beautiful Lowcountry of Charleston, SC.

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A New Sale to Benefit Sinbad-Sadie

I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while… but this notification popped up on my phone this morning and I just had to act on my idea…

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I attended an adoptathon this past weekend in Goose Creek, SC. It had several rescue organizations there, but I was there with Sinbad-Sadie Second Chance Rescue. If you haven’t heard of them – you need to stop what you’re doing and go check out their website and/or Facebook page right now. I’ll wait….
Sinbad-Sadie Website

Facebook page for Sinbad-Sadie

See.. isn’t that awesome??  Okay, for those of you who didn’t click the links here is the run down:

There are so many dogs that are put to sleep in local shelters simply because there isn’t enough room or there are too many of a certain breed or they are heart-worm positive.   This is really unacceptable.  Sinbad Sadie comes in, if there are foster families available, and takes as many as they can before they are destroyed.  They’ve saved a lot of lives, and with donations and volunteers, they can continue to save many more.

So why is a fiber artist telling you all of this?  Well, as I said, I was at the adoptathon this weekend.  I brought a little project to work on between visitors to the booth.  Because you shouldn’t ever waste a good chance to knit.  I finished the bright and spring-colored blue hat while I was there and thought it would be a cool idea to sell it for $25 and give $10 to Sinbad Sadie.  That got me thinking… I could use this crochet/knit pattern to create other hats, made to order, and give the $10 to Sinbad-Sadie.

If you get a hat that’s made to order, you can pick any 1 or 2 colors you like, and it’ll be made for you within 2-3 business days.  Or you can simply order the blue hat that really got this idea off the ground.  It’s ready to ship now.

Here are the listings to the original hat and the made to order hats that are available.

Original Hat Made at Adoptahon

Made to Order Hat

Honestly… please consider donating to this amazing organization, even if you pass on the hats.  Your donation will help save lives.  And that really is what it’s all about.

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Happy Friday!

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What gets you motivated to jump right in and get to work?  I really just need pretty yarn, and cool pattern and caffeine.  Oh, and a nice dose of Netflix…. Today, Supernatural season 3 is keeping me going.

I’m planning on working on this right through tonight.  Tomorrow my son has a Flag Football game at noon, so I don’t need to wake up too early.  Yay!

 

Have a great weekend, everyone!

And BTW,

My Process

What to Make

I start with picking out the perfect yarn.  I like to walk through a craft store (sometimes a huge retail store and sometimes a locally owned yarn store) and touch and feel the wide variety of fibers.  Usually I can imagine what each ball of yarn will be when it grows up.

I’ll usually purchase my favorite to use to make something I’ve imagined and something in purple and/or teal (I promise to write a whole blog on my obsession with this).  When I get home, I take out several needles (both knitting and crochet in various sizes).  I start out trying to make what I imagined.  Perhaps a crochet shell scarf, maybe a knitted watch cap.  Occasionally I’ll get it right on the first try.  Other times I have to rip out (or frog – rip it, rip it, rip it out) and start over.

I have a ball of soft, beautiful white sock yarn that I keep trying to make into a scarf.  It’s been a crocheted shell scarf, a knitted basket-weave scarf, a garter stitch scarf, a cable scarf…. currently it’s balled up about 2 feet away from me with a pile of needles at it’s side.

How to Make it

Once I figure out what yarn to use and what to make – it’s time to get going on my project.  I get bored sitting in silence with just my thoughts because my mind wanders a lot, and while I do make myself laugh (I think I’m one of the funniest people I know), I can’t stay focused on my fiber arts.

So I have discovered Netflix and NFL network.  I like to turn Netflix on and watch something I’ve seen many times so I don’t have to actually watch the TV to know what’s going on.  Currently my lineup is Supernatural, Psych, Parks and Rec, Dr. Who (although it left Netflix today in the US) and the Guild (darn, it left today too!).

I like watching football games and listening to NFL network.  I can listen to the commentary of the various shows on NFL without having to watch and I can watch a football game and follow it just by listening (provided the commentators are pretty good).  I know to look up when they sound excited about what they just saw.  Go Steelers, Go Clemson Tigers, Go Panthers, and (for my son) Go Texans.  I record most games on Sunday (during the season that is… I’m sad it’s almost over) and watch them during the week.  Even if it’s not my beloved Steelers, I’ll watch because sometimes good football is just good football.  I have my favorite teams, but I also have my favorite players that may not be on those teams, usually Clemson alum – but not always, that I like to watch as often as I can.  Hey Sammy Watkins, Deandre Hopkins, Andre Ellington, Martavis Bryant, Gronk and JJ Watt… I’m looking at you!

 

Sort of Apology

Sorry!  I did not mean for this to turn into a football love fest… but there you have it.  I LOVE football and fan-girl a lot of shows on Netflix… if you know me in person, you already know this because I talk about it A LOT.  It’s great to be able to do what you love (fan-girl, watch football, create something beautiful) and hopefully make a little money doing it.

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Why Buy Handmade?

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I’m not sure who created that pic, otherwise I’d love to credit them… but they have hit the nail on the head.  🙂

When you buy handmade, you are buying the item plus all the love and hours gone into making that item.  Why make a sweater when you can buy one at WalMart or Target for half the price or even cheaper?  Well….those are quickly made in bulk.  Love, passion, and creativity didn’t go into making those items.  Handmade is unique, one of a kind.  If you have a flaw, it’s called character.  What I like about what I sell is I start off thinking “wouldn’t it be cool if I could do this?”  Then I make it…. and hope that others find it cool too!

You really get higher quality when you buy handmade.  I remember when my friend, also named Jackie (who is one of the best knitters in Scotland, in my opinion), explained that she only gives gifts that she created because it’s “top quality, the best”.  And she’s right.  This has me thinking about my own gift giving…

This Christmas, I will only give gifts that were handmade.  Either I will make them, or I’ll purchase from other hand makers.  If I’m giving a loved one a gift I will make sure that the #1 ingredient is LOVE.  If you’d like to make that pact as well, let me know… I’d love to hear all about the support for small businesses.  It really is a great thing to do.