Category Archives: crochet

The cool air makes me want to knit and crochet.

The cool fall air has me thinking about knitting and crochet projects. I  had to put all of my personal projects on hold while I work through a grueling project deadline but next week I plan on having time to work with yarn no matter what.

Every year I make myself a few new hats, can’t have too many hats. I haven’t decided yet which ones I will make but I’m thinking about this one from Tiny Owl Knits. Last year I made the meow mitts for my daughter for Xmas and I loved the design so much I can’t wait to make more of her patterns.

I also plan to make myself another one of these vintage turbans this year but I think I’ll use a really fuzzy wool this time, maybe in pink…

You can get my modern translation of this vintage crochet pattern on Etsy.

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A new banner and some Holiday fun

I made this little collage right before the Holidays and used it as the image for some postcards and tags for the holiday craft show I did. I also added part of it to my Etsy store as a new banner.

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This is my little set up at the craft show.
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My daughter and I love The Walking Dead and one of our favorites Quotes from Rick is “…I’m doin’ stuff Lori, (long pause) and things”.  So with that in mind, I made some jars to hold your precious “stuff and things”.

stuff and things 2013

 

And these are the Lost Souls rescued from obscurity and ready to be taken home.

lost souls 2013

I love making little things for a craft show every once in a while, it gives me a chance to just play and have fun.

 

 

 

 

Working hard on my Holiday crafts

This year I will have my little hand crafts that I can’t help making available at the Yuletide craft show at 1305 Gallery on Main Street. Show starts on Final Friday, which also happens to be black Friday this year, and runs through the end of December.

eyemask brooches close upPablo

 

 

 

 

 

Knit and crochet until the cows come home.

I’ve been having so much fun working on my latest yarny project. Most of you know I’m undercover on these projects but I really needed to share these because I think they turned out so great…

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I have no idea how long they actually took to make.  I worked on them in the evenings while watching 3 different versions of Tess of the Dubervilles among other long, slow period pieces.

The pink one is for a semi-secret mission and the blue one is for my daughter’s 14th birthday. We took down the horrible ceiling fan in her room and wired this up in its place and it works!

I might be out of my mind, but I’m thinking of making more!

A Vintage Crochet Turban, For You

I have finally written out my instructions for the crochet turban that I have been making for several years. It was inspired by this great vintage pattern that I found in a box of old sewing things that was left behind in the first house I bought.

vintage turban pattern

It was such a beautiful and simple pattern that I had to give it a try.  I experimented with it until I got the pattern exactly how I wanted it with the inexpensive modern yarns I could buy at the craft store. I love to crochet but I am hardly a yarn snob.  If I only bought the beautiful but expensive yarns from the yarn shop I would never finish anything. Knitting and crochet, for me, is all about the fun and having great accessories that I can wear (until I’m tired of them and pack them up to be rediscovered later) or give to friends and family as gifts, and no one ever complains that the yarn should have cost more.

So, now you can purchase a copy of my crochet turban pattern at my Etsy store and when you do I will include the entire original vintage pattern as well. I’m imagining seeing turbans of every color imaginable all over the place, a turban revolution if you will.

Enjoy! – Jeni

What’s on the work table today?

Right now I’m making collage rings that can double as pin cushions.  I’ve been eyeing ring type pincushions for awhile and found some nice ones, but decided that I wanted one that could also be worn as jewelry. It’s a sweet little (or not so little) way to show my love of yarn, old buttons and bits of vintage fabric.  I am planning to do a tutorial of this ring soon but for now here are some process shots of a productive day.

Some crocheted tops all lined up and ready for their buttons.

With bits of vintage fabric and buttons ready to be sewn on.

The final step is sewing on the back.

Getting ready for the next project: tassels….

P.S. I took these photos in the middle of a power outage during a thunder storm, they turned out pretty good considering….

Crafts Update #3

Crochet turbans are finally done!  These deceptively tricky hats have taken me awhile to perfect but with the help of a friend who was willing to wear my first results I think I finally nailed it.  These will be up on the Etsy site soon and I will be adding more items to the store through Thanksgiving.

For local shoppers you should be able to find these soon at The Brush Factory.