Summer Fiber Fun…

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Here’s another sweater/ beach cover up to add to my summer line. This time it is made from black cotton by request from a customer.  I love when they ask me to try things in new colors, designs and fibers.   I made a pink one last week too! It seems like the summer is flying by already.  I’m very blessed to be able to spend it with my family and working doing what I love.

Here’s the original design I created.

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Happy Knitting/ Crocheting!

Warmer Weather?

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Well, In Southern Coastal Georgia the weather is pretty cold and icy today.  This picture is of my roses with little icicles beginning to form.  On this chilly afternoon, I began sketching out some designs for Summer wear!  I’m hoping to design and produce a summer collection of cover-ups, beach wear and wraps.  There’s nothing like a warm cup of coffee on a cold day to design a swimsuit!  Wish me luck!

Summer Clearance Sale!

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Make sure to stop by my Etsy shop to check out recently reduced prices on some of my most popular items.  You can click on “Request Custom Order” to pick your colors/ style or to request something you don’t see listed.

Bountiful Basket

A friend recommended that I try this, and I am so glad that I did.  We received our first ever Bountiful Basket this week.  I was so excited.  Look!  ImageIt’s loaded full of goodies- a mountain of fresh oranges, mangos, pineapple, cantaloupe  lettuce, cauliflower, carrots, corn, butternut squash, and tomatoes.  I will definitely keep doing this.  If you’re interested, go to http://www.bountifulbaskets.org/ to sign up.  It’s $16.50 each time you order except the first time which is $3 more.  They come every 2 weeks with different produce and goodies.  There are add ons you can do too, or get all organic for an additional fee.  I love that it’s not a subscription. You can choose to participate each time.  I can’t wait to see what is in the next basket!  It’s surely going to get my creativity going to figure out new ways to cook with ingredients I may not usually pick up.

Summer Bag Complete.

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I was playing around with the basket-weave technique and tried my hand at a beach bag/ produce bag/ market tote.  It has drawstrings on each side with fringe and I added large handles so that it can be worn up to the shoulder.  Image

I liked it so much that I’m offering it in my Etsy Shop..  It’s unlined as of now, but I’m thinking about whipping one up and adding it on.  This one was definitely a yarn-eater using up about 3 pounds of cotton triple stranded.

Teacher Appreciation.

The school year is winding down to a close and I just realized that I needed to get/ make something for my son’s pre-k teachers.  When I was at World Market yesterday, I found some really cute coffee cups and it got me thinking.  I found this free pattern on Ravelry yesterday courtesy of  Louise Howe for an apple coaster/ mug rug and thought I’d give it a try.Image

Please note- the pattern is written in U.K. terms.  I had to write it down in U.S. terms to keep myself from using the wrong stitches (again).  I used a Susan Bates I9/ 5.50 mm. hook and some random leftover cotton kitchen yarn that I had in my stash.  I followed the pattern up to the point that it said repeat on the 4th row and stopped. Image I wasn’t too sure about what happened after that point in the pattern, but I thought the size was perfect, so I didn’t worry about adding any more.The leaves worked up really quickly too (I may need to keep them in mind for something else).  I added a chain-stitch stem to top it off.  Image

I also picked up little bags of coffee, chocolates, and wafers to add to the gift bags.    I think that it made a fun way of saying thank you.Image

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