Hat season is upon us!

piper blue hat piper brown hat

It’s that time again, hat and scarf season. Sweater weather is my favorite time of year here in Ohio and when the temperature tips just enough for me to put on a hat I am happiest of all.

I was inspired  by my daughter, who has an affinity for the beanie style hat, to design this patchwork version made from recycled sweaters. I  wanted to feature the lovely colors and textures of the fabrics and create something that is utilitarian and beautiful.  It’s a long process from choosing the sweaters, washing and drying them, then cutting them into the pattern pieces to be sewn together.

They are one of a kind, soft, slouchy, warm, simple and interesting. Too many adjectives? For me, these hit all the right spots for a hat.

Available in my Etsy store.

pile of beanies

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.

close up for etsy

Scarf Prints

I’ve been very interested in designing prints this year. I’ve been thinking so much about my concepts and inspirations that it just seemed like a natural progression to develop prints based on what I’m collecting and looking at.

I started collecting porcelain animals for no reason other than that I just loved looking at them. I also started to collect doodles from my daughter and her friends to go along with my “About A Girl” collection which is all about revisiting the things I missed out on as a teen. I put the 2 together to come up with scarf designs.

These are the first 2 that I ordered to test the colors and the quality of the images. I’m trying not to be too perfectionist about it and let it be more organic and fun.  I think this is a good start…

These were printed at Spoonflower onto cotton voile and measure about 22″ square.

cat scarf whole cowboys whole

Heather’s (Bag)

I’m really excited about the first product my daughter and I created together. She needed a way to carry her Pennyboard skateboard (named Heather) and we couldn’t find anything online that would work so we decided to make it ourselves. She designed it and picked out the fabrics; I made the pattern and started sewing them. Now we have our first batch of finished bags on Etsy. More colors will be coming as soon as exam week is over and she can help me make more!

Let us know what you think or what colors you would like to see to coordinate with your skateboard.


A Summer’s Tale Tote Bag

I designed this little gingham wisp of a tote bag a few years ago for a friend. I love it so much that I made myself one too. I decided that this summer would be the perfect time to make a few more to offer on Etsy.

It is just a slight little tote for summer days or evenings out when you don’t want to carry anything heavy.

tote bag-black tote bag-pale blue tote bag-pink tote on form totes in trees

Skate Boarding, etc.

Skate boarding has taken over my neighborhood. All the local kids are out on their boards and I love watching them. It looks like so much fun but I’m one of those people who can barely balance on a flat floor so I won’t be trying it.

My daughter and her gang of skaters, named the “Royals”, have been skating around on their pastel and ice-cream colored penny-boards. She and I designed this backpack to hold her small skate board while she travels this summer.

hanging penny bag

We liked the design and the soft, worn-in feel of the fabric so much that we decided to make more and put them up on Etsy. We should be listing some very soon…