Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Cold Hands Warm Hearts Swap

This year I participated in the Cold Hands Warm Hearts Swap hosted by Much Love, Illy and Sandy a la Mode.  It was such fun to shop for my partner, Laura of Lillypie Accessories.  It was also fun to wait in anticipation of the goodies Laura was sending me.  I love getting mail.  LOVE IT.  If you ever want to just drop me a postcard or anything, message me for my mailing address because mail seriously makes my day.

 So here is my spread of goodies.  I should have taken a pic before I unwrapped it all, but I was just so excited, I forgot.  And she had it tied together so cute!!  Anyway, the main attraction is the off-white convertible gloves.  Aren't they awesome?!  I wanted to get a picture of me wearing them but it is hard to take a picture of your own hands.  Just sayin'.  Anyway, they go perfectly with the giant off-white wool coat that I am borrowing from a friend this winter.  That coat is so big I have every confidence it will fit all the way up until the baby is born.  So then there is the adorable snow man ornament.  He got put on my tree that very day.  And the starbucks giftcard.  You definitely can't go wrong there.  Yum, I love lattes.  And last, but certainly not least, there is the beautiful hair flower.
See the stones in the middle?  I think they totally *make* the whole thing.  You can find more of her creations in her shop.  She has so many beautiful things listed there.

I am sorry I didn't get more pictures.  Life just doesn't seem to want to slow down, even for 1 day.  But thats ok, I guess.  I'm 36 weeks, so only a few more to go.  Compound that with all the holiday craziness and its like GEEZ, I need a break, just for a few minutes!  But I love it and we are really excited.

Thank you so much, Laura, for all the goodies.  I can't wait to participate in this swap again next year!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

What have I been doing while I wasn't blogging?

 Oh gosh, so much!

*Got Maternity pics taken

*Worked some time at the Indie Emporium Pop Up Shop downtown

*Set up the nursery (yay for the crib getting here FINALLY!!!)

*Designed our Christmas cards

*Made a photobook of my maternity photos

*Knit a little hat for Baby E

*Couldn't resist the Black Friday deals on Everything Birth and had waaaay too much fun going through my purchases once they arrived.  Who knew cloth diapering could be so much fun before you even start!

*Did some Christmas shopping

*Spent some time trying to combat feet swelling.  Eventually gave up.  (Wish I had some shoes that fit)
*Drinking hot chocolate now that its cold. (Chocolate is the most caffeine I have these days.)

*Started wrapping presents

*Failed miserably at cleaning the house tonight.

I know there has been a ton more that I have done.  After all, I haven't managed to blog in quite a while.

Why is that?

Well, first it feels like there is not a single day when I don't have something to do either all day or after work.

Second, its just really hard to concentrate right now.  After all, I want to play with baby clothes or read the baby books or prewash clothes and cloth diapers or shop for Christmas presents.

So for the millionth time since I got pregnant, I apologize for my absence!  I would promise to do better, but with only 5 weeks left I really can't make that promise.  There are so many things I want to post about.  Bear with me, I might get to all of it!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Pop-up Shopping in Downtown Tulsa

Sorry I have been absent (again).  There is so much going on!  The Jenks Church Fall Craft Show was fantastic, definitely a success and hopefully I will be able to do it again next year.  My next be show is Alliday on December 17th, but in the mean time, check this out:

SomerKnits will be participating in the Pop-up Shopping District in Downtown Tulsa via the Indie Emporium Store!!

Haven't heard of it?  Check out this article by the Tulsa World.

There is also this great post on the make:Tulsa blog.

And be sure to check out the facebook page!

Basically, a bunch of local businesses will be setting up temporary retail shops around the 5th and Boston area of downtown Tulsa.  The Indie Emporium shop is over near Elote and almost directly across the street from Mod's.  If you have never been to Elote or Mod's then you are totally missing out.  Come shop the cute shops and grab some good eats.  We'll be open November 30th to December 30th, Tuesday - Saturday.  The post in the make:Tulsa blog has the actual times listed. 

If you live in the Tulsa area, I hope you have time to come check out this exciting venture!  So much to do to get ready....

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Jenks Church Fall Craft Show


I am excited for this weekend!  I have been meaning to participate in one of the Jenks Church Craft Shows for a while now, but I have always had conflicts with the dates.  Generally its been that I have already commited to a different show on the day of the Jenks Church Show, but this time it has worked out perfectly!  This will be my last solo show for the year (I still have Alliday with HollyRocks) and I will probably take the spring off of shows unless something super enticing comes up and things are going smoothly with the new baby.  I am excited that this is turning out to be the biggest show that they have done, there will be 50 vendors there (there is a list on facebook) and it looks like a wide variety of products.  If you are in or around the Tulsa/Jenks area Saturday, please stop by and visit me!  And please pass the word on about this show!  The show itself benefits the Jenks Church Youth, so thats just another great reason to come out and support it.  I know you have a lot of choices on how you spend your weekend, so I am always honored when you take time out to visit me at a show.  

I hope to see you there!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Alliday & Holiday Shopping

Have you heard of Alliday?  If you live in or around Tulsa then I hope so!  But if not, just know that it is going to be a big and awesome event this year!  December 17th out at the fairgrounds you can come and knock all that last minute holiday shopping off your list and simultaneously support your local and handmade community.  There is a huge group of fantastic artists this year, so plan ahead and plan on coming!!


Can't wait that long?  Saturday November 5th, a week from tomorrow, a bunch of local crafters and I will be set up at the Jenks Church Fall 2011 Craft Fair.  The Jenks Church is on Elwood between 111th and 121st, just down from Perryman Ranch.  We'll be open 9am - 4pm so definitely try and stop by.

This season, no matter where you live or what holidays you celebrate, try and give back to your local and handmade community by shopping shows, etsy, or the mom & pop corner store in your area.  Your support allows them their own holidays and to stay in business.  They don't have the profit margins of many larger retailers so they have to work much harder for every dollar they take home.  If you want to know the difference between a $10 scarf at target and a $30 scarf from your local knitter, just ask about the love and care put in to each and every stitch.

Have a wonderful holiday shopping season.  My favorite thing about this time of year is finding that perfect gift that will 'light up' the recipient.  In the end though, it isn't about the gifts.  It's about the friends and family that you will share this season with.  And the love.  I wish for all of you lots of love.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

SomerKnits and HollyRocks at B.A.ZAAR

I had a fantastic time this past weekend with Holly at B.A.ZAAR!!  It was so nice to share a booth with one of my favorite people and it was great to see all the people who came out to support this brand new indie craft fair.  I hope that next year it is even bigger and better!  

 The weather was completely perfect (once the sun came up and it warmed up a bit).  You probably couldn't have picked a better fall day to be outside on.  Our booth was under a pavilion so we weren't having to sit in direct sunlight all day and for the most part the breeze stayed very soft and gentle.  We did occasionally get our signs knocked down by a gust, but thats a hazard of outdoor shows, right?
 We decided to split our U shaped booth by each taking a side table and making it our own, then integrating along the connecting table.  That allowed each of us our own branding and a place to put our banners and then allowed us to show a blending in the middle.
 The twinkle lights were Holly's idea and definitely added a bit of sparkle to the whole thing.  I am still loving all my new hat stands, this was only my second show to use them.
I meant to go around and get pictures of the other vedors' booths, but I totally got distracted and didn't.  I know a lot of people took pictures though, so I will just wait for them to post.  :-)

If you are in the area and didn't make it out to see us, I am doing the Jenks Church Craft Fair on Saturday November 5th from 9am - 4pm.  Holly and I will also be sharing a booth again at Alliday on December 17th.  Can't wait!!

Friday, October 21, 2011

I meant to but...

I have so many posts bouncing around in my head, but I just didn't get to them this week.  It seems to be like that a lot lately, but perhaps if I was actually free even one evening each week I might actually accomplish some of the things that bounce around in my head.

For instance, I still have more vintage brooches to show you!

And I want to put away all the summer clothes and figure out what might fit me between now and January.

I want to clean up the craft room again, which was destroyed in the process of cleaning out the nursery.

I want to clean up and winterize the front flower bed and the garden.  Thankfully I have the world's best husband and he has already started on this process.

I want to knit a sleep sack for the baby.  :-)

I want to do some Baby E updates about getting ready for our little one.  Hopefully that won't take over the blog, but I tend to write about what is on my mind and I would definitely say that Baby E is on my mind.  If he/she isn't on my mind for even a minute, I get a good strong kick in the gut to remind me.  :-)

But I also want to do all of the things that have been keeping me so busy.  So whatcha gonna do?

Tomorrow I will be out at B.A.zaar from 8am to 6pm, so if you are out and about in Broken Arrow, head to main street and stop by and say hi.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

HollyRocks is a Wiz

Remember that B.A.zaar I mentioned yesterday?  Here are the details!  

A few fellow Tulsa Makers will be there in addition to Holly and I.  You'll be able to catch Bohemian Romance and Plume Perfume as well as our new friend The Peaceful Housewife.

Stop by and see us!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

War Eagle Craft Fair Adventure

Almost every year, or at least as often as possible, my mom and grandma and I load up in the car and drive out to War Eagle Mill in Arkansas for the War Eagle Craft Fair.  We leave really early, before sun up to get there early, we like to shop while its still cool out and before the mega-crowds start.  It's a fantastic craft fair, although it has gotten smaller in recent years than it was when I was little.  It used to take a good chunk of the day to see all the booths on both sides of the river, but now we seem to be able to get through in a few hours, even stopping to pick through booths of antiques on the Sharp Show side of the river.  This year mom and grandma walked away with a few things but I pretty much only left War Eagle with a full belly of Indian Taco and business cards.  

I did manage to change that on the drive back though.  After stopping at our favorite apple stand for our usual bushel of Arkansas Black apples (if you have never had one then you should really see if you can find any close to you and give one a try.  Whole Foods sometimes carries them in areas where they would not otherwise be common) we like to antique our way back home, stopping at every junk shop, antique store, flea market and road side stand that strikes ours fancy.

 Here's my loot by the end of the day.  Some are for me and some are going to be for hats I knit.  I feel pretty good about the day's haul.
 This little beauty is for me.  Its a silver flower with blue gems and clear gems and I don't know exactly what about it catches my eye, but something about it made me need it.  Its in fantastic shape.
 This set of decorative circle brooches can be used together or separately and is definitely bound for a hat.  Or two.  I can't decide.  They look good stacked or one inside the other or completely separate.  Hmm, maybe I will have to leave that up to the customer to decide.
 This bow definitely caught my eye in one of the little shops.  The label said it is from the 1970's, but I haven't researched it, so I couldn't guarantee that.  I just think it would look lovely on one of my ruched hats.  Hopefully it finds a good home with someone who thinks its as awesome as I do.
 This snowflake is the first brooch I picked up all day.  It was hanging on a wall in the first big shop we stopped in and I had to have it.  Originally I bought it to put on a hat to sell but now I am growing attached and I just can't decide.  I might have to hang on to this one for a little while, we'll see.
This little gold leaf is much smaller than all the other brooches, but I think it would make a lovely and subtle accent to a knit hat or even a cowl.  I can't wait to try it on some of my different designs and see how it looks.

If you are as excited about these new brooches making their way on to knitted objects as I am, don't forget that Saturday the 22nd (this Saturday!!)  Holly of HollyRocks and I will be sharing a booth at B.A.zaar out in Broken Arrow.  The show is on Main Street where the B.A. Farmers Market is held from 8am - 6pm.  We will be under the pavilion, so stop in and say hello if you come by the show.  Currently the weather is supposed to be perfect, so cross your fingers for us!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Indie Emporium Recap

I'm sad its over until next year.  I had the absolute most wonderful time at Indie Emporium!  The shoppers were great, the fellow vendors were great and I just don't think we could have asked for better. First, I want to say a great big, huge thank you to Thom and Christine and all they do putting on this fantastic event.  I feel so privileged to have gotten to work with them on the planning, decoration making and set up.  

In case you missed it, let me take you around a little bit.  First up, here is my booth!

 Good or bad, I filled my little space to the max!  I tried to create lots of different levels in my display to add interest and make different pieces stand out.  Everything except the tiny table to the right in my booth was made by me.  That little table is yarn and needles from Africa that I am selling to help support a clinic in Uganda.  I will be sure to tell you more about that soon, as well as get some close ups of the yarn and needles posted.
 My little row at Indie had the BEST neighbors.  All the way down at the end of the row was Miss Holly of HollyRocks.  Holly's stuff is cute, sweet and a ton of fun, just like her.
 Across from me, buried behind all those interested customers, was The Peaceful Housewife.  I have to say, she was definitely one of my favorite finds this Indie Emporium and I am so glad I got to be across from her and talk to her a lot.
 Just down the other way from me was Renee of GreenerMe.  Renee does custom stationary, invitations, greeting cards, thank you notes, etc.  Her stuff is absolutely beautiful.  And those wreaths she just started doing are to die for!  It was great getting to be close to her the whole time too.
 Here is my haul from Indie this year.  I realize its not as big as last year but now that I now so many of the vendors I don't have to wait until Indie to shop from them.  If I want something from one of them I just call or drop an e-mail, which is so nice.  If you are wondering who was there, you need to go to the Indie Emporium website and check out the vendor page where there are links to almost everyone who was there.  It really was a fantastic group.  But anyway, back to my haul.  The little blankie on bottom I bid on in the silent auction.  Its so pretty and will go well with all of Baby E.'s stuff.  In the upper left corner, I got hand soap, dish soap and laundry detergent from The Peaceful Housewife.  The puzzle piece key chain was a goody from Fab Lab Tulsa.  Then the barrette and teething necklace on the right are from Tweet Baby Designs.  And the candle in the back is the Patron Saint of Knitters from Sweetheartville.

Check out the little devotional on the back!  Awesome, huh?  Well, if you knit its awesome.  But she had all kinds of cool stuff, so you should go check out her website as well.

So, fun times, fun stuff, new crafty people discovered, what more could you ask for??

Friday, October 7, 2011

Felted Wool Dryer Balls and Other Nonsense

It has been a really, really busy week.  And next week looks like it will be equally busy.  So while I haven't gotten a whole lot of knitting done, I did take the time to make a first batch of felted wool dryer balls.  Its fun playing with the colors, I definitely think I will keep making them, especially since a number of people have expressed interest.

I do plan to go out and get some un-dyed wool for those who prefer the all natural route.  For now though I am making pretty and colorful ones.  :-)

Today I get to go to the fair and see my blanket on display!  I'll definitely try and get a picture with it.  I love the fair.  Hopefully my feet can keep up with all the walking today, but Ben is patient and I know he'll let me take a break if I need it.  Can you believe I'm 26 weeks pregnant?  I know I haven't mentioned it on here a ton, so you might have lost track, but it just seems crazy to me.  I think that we are growing a jumping bean instead of a baby because this kid is nutso most of the day.  At least it usually sleeps through water aerobics.  (prenatal water aerobics is the best thing ever, by the way)  I think trying to work out and getting kicked at the same time might be a little much.

We haven't really made any progress on Baby E's nursery since, oh, august.  September went by in a flash and we stayed busy the whole time.  So even though October looks like it is going to be insane, I hope to be able to do a nursery update sometime soonish.

So, now that you know all the little goings on in my world, what are you up to this weekend?  What are the big projects in your world?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Recovery

Wow, what a whirlwind weekend!  Evnetually I will get the pictures off of the camera and give you a recap, but for now just know that Indie Emporium was fan-freaking-tastic!  By the end my feet were so sore and I was soo tired, but I wouldn't have traded it for anything.  I got to hang out with some of the best people and I got to see my new product model hit the runway for one of the designers.  Like I said, it was great!

Sunday I barely moved.  I had lofty goals of laundry and cleaning and getting all the show stuff I dumped out of the car organized but none of that really happened.  What did happen was lunch with my mom and sister, visiting some old friends of the family, laziness on the couch and puppy time.  I wish I'd gotten up off the sofa earlier and gone to bed because monday it was back to the grind and back to the craziness.  My weeks have been so booked this fall!  In a good way, but I am in a perpetual state of tired right now because of it.  Like last night when I meant to do all the dishes, clean the kitchen and start on the living room.  I got home so late, what did I do?  I only did the dishes and then had some puppy time.

I haven't been completely neglecting things on the SomerKnits front though.  First, I have been trying to pick out the perfect sleep sack pattern to knit for Baby E.  I have 5 skeins of Berrocco Jasper that told me it needs to be a sleep sack.  I will share the pattern I choose just as soon as I am sure of which one it will be.  Maybe I will even share the runners up.  Next I have been working on felted wool dryer balls.  I have been thinking about making some for a long time now and I just never seem to get around to it, but thanks to a little push this past weekend I am totally moving forward on it.  I have 8 done so far, I will have to get them photographed so I can share with you.  I am still working on figuring out materials versus time in order to set a price point, but I really think these will be a fun addition to my shop.  For those who don't know what felted wool dryers balls are for, you put them in the dryer instead of dryer sheets and they prevent static and decrease drying time.  They are totally earth friendly and a lot quieter than tennis balls (which is what some people use).  My felted wool dryer balls and wool all the way through to the core, so there is no hard filler inside.  I can't wait to share them with you.  Tiredness has prevented me from monkeying with the camera the last few nights.

Maybe by the time I get through this week and this weekend I will have actually recovered.  Oh wait, I think I'm too busy for that.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

All that last minute stuff

I am getting down to the wire getting ready for Indie Emporium!  I'm so excited and nervous!  I get nervous before craft shows a lot.  I hope I remember everything.  I hope my booth display is as attractive as I want it to be.  I hope people like my stuff!


 I've put a lot of work in to this year's inventory and so I think I am even more nervous than usual.  I have spent the last couple of days making lists, tagging more items, cutting all the extra tags, stocking my new little check out stand (which is going to make my life so much easier at shows!), making more lists, contemplating the booth display, and thinking of all kinds of last minute things I would have loved to have gotten made but just won't have the time to get to.


It would be nice if all I had to do was knit and then show up at the show and all of the organizational stuff would just take care of itself.  Its a nice fantasy, isn't it?  I love the knitting part and the talking to customers and showing them my work part, but sometimes right before shows I can get bogged down in the organizational details.  (the accountant in me admits that I have made an inventory spreadsheet already) Time to take a deep breathe, relax and remember to have fun.

If you are in the Tulsa area, make sure to come out this friday and saturday and show your handmade community some support!

Also, be sure to stop my MaieDae where I am giving away $25 in shop credit this week!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Photoshoot

Yesterday I had a quick and fun photo shoot with my new model, the fabulous Ashten.  I was getting down to the wire on getting photos of all my new inventory that I will be taking to Indie Emporium next weekend, so we really packed it all in yesterday.

 Once we got her to loosen up I think she had some fun with the whole process.  And I very much hope she agrees to do it again, don't you?  The cowl above is a mohair and wool blend hand dyed yarn from Angora Jane, a local spinner and dyer.  The pattern is my one Illy Cowl pattern (Free pattern over on the right hand side bar).  This yarn + this pattern came out beautifully.
 Ashten is going hollywood in this oversized cowl made of another merino wool and mohair blend, this time hand dyed by Dawning Dreams.  The linen stitch always makes a beautiful and complex looking fabric.  The drape of this chunky weight yarn is fantastic and this cowl will definitely keep you warm all winter.
 Many knitters are familiar with 3 Irish Girls, a well known brand of fantastic yarns.  This merino wool is a beautiful combination of grays and the drape of the yarn is lovely.  A basic ribbed edge and stockinette center makes this cowl beautiful in its simplicity.
This small cowl knit in a chunky lace stitch is make from a luxurious cashmere and merino blend.  Its a super light weight yarn with lots of "squish."  I can't say enough about this yarn.  (I might have bough 4 extra balls of it in a charcoal gray to make myself a cowl.)

At our next shoot I hope to be able to do more playing around and experimenting as well as some different backgrounds and locations.  I am not a world class photographer, but I do like to have fun with it and I am working on photographing my craft to show it in its best light.  Whether it is items I knit for sale or items I knit for myself, I always love to have a record of everything that comes off my needles and I want that record to show each item in its full glory.  I guess practice, practice, practice is the way to go, right?

Everything we photographed yesterday is one of a kind.  All of the hats and cowls I am taking to craft shows and listing on etsy this fall are one offs.  I love to 'knit what I feel' or let the yarn become what it tells me it wants to be.  This has led to some really fabulous pieces for this fall and I can't wait to show them off.  If you see something at a show or on etsy that catches your eye, just know that it is the only one.  Once it is sold, its gone.

I hope to see you at Indie Emporium next friday and saturday.  Make sure to stop by my booth and at least say hello.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Blanket for Baby E

I didn't get a whole lot of new inventory knit over the early or middle part of the summer.  But I have a really good reason.   You see, when I first found out I was pregnant the most important thing in the world to me (other than sharing my joy with my wonderful husband) was to find the PERFECT baby blanket pattern.  First I picked out the yarn.  I know most people pick out the pattern first, but I wanted to start RIGHT NOW so I sat down and went through my entire stash.  It happens that I had 11 balls of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran sitting around.  They had planned on becoming a sweater, but it hadn't happened yet and I decided the light grey/almost silverish color was a perfect unisex baby blanket color.

 And I still think that.  You see, we are waiting to find out if its a boy or a girl until it is born, so there was no reason to wait to start the blanket.  So what qualified as a "perfect" baby blanket pattern in my mind?  #1 - It HAD to have cables.  I love cables.  I enjoy the actual act of cabling and I LOVE the results.  #2 - It had to be something  could do on the go.  It was ok if it had a chart as long as it was easy to track or fairly simple to memorize.  #3 - It had to look incredible.
 I think I did a pretty good job of picking out a pattern.  The cables and ladders are beautiful and the design is timeless.  Its not going to go out of style.  The softness of the cashmere and merino wool yarn make the blanket all the more wonderful.  I can't want to wrap this blanket around myself and E.  I did make the blanket a bit bigger than the pattern called for.  I went longer than it called for and it blocked out beautifully..
So what pattern did I use?  This one: Cabled Baby Afghan.  The price of the pattern is totally reasonable and the results are beautiful, so if you or someone you know is looking for the 'perfect' baby blanket pattern for a keeksake worthy blanket, I would highly recommend it.

I'm a little nervous because I entered this blanket in to the Tulsa State Fair and the results won't be out until next week.  Eep.

This is the first (and only, so far) thing I have knit for Baby E but once I get past fall show season I have made the difficult decision not to accept any more custom orders for the time being and to focus on knitting more for baby.  I have a few ideas of the things I think I want to do, I'll keep you updated as I go!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Swagalicious

Today I posted over at make:Tulsa about all the great swag people have been making for the Indie Emporium Swag Bags.  You can check out the full post here.

With the help of my friend Shannon, I got all of my swag done and ready to turn in.  Here's the sneak peek I posted on facebook yesterday:

These swag bags are filled with goodies from many of the vendors and are only given to the first 50 people in the door on Friday night September 30th.  If you are in or around the Tulsa area, make sure to stop by.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Iron Crafter

I don't think I can thoroughly explain the concept of Iron Crafter to you, so you really need to watch this short video.  Its totally worth it, I promise.



See, its Iron Chef meets the crafting world.  And its the newest addition to Indie Emporium.  If you are in or around Tulsa, you are really going to want to come see the hilarity that is sure to ensue from this.  Its looking like I'll be up there for the Prairie Hive Vrs. make:Tulsa part of the competition.  I'm sure there are bound to be glue guns and pom poms and who knows what else.

I know that many of you probably think I have a one track mind right now, but when you spend every free moment prepping for a show, it really is all you can think about.  Besides, I have a 2 track mind right now, I just don't want to inundate you with baby stuff.  Once we start getting the nursery put together, I'll probably talk a little more about that.  The room is almost cleaned out and I have started sorting clothes received as both hand me downs and gifts by size.  Some days its hard to decide, prep for show or prep for baby, but in all honesty the show will be here first so I am working away like mad.  I also have a new display project I want to share soon.  Its taking a bit of time, but I think it will work great in my booth.

Have a happy Tuesday.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Labor Day 2011 & More

I had a fantastic weekend with some fantastic people.  I definitely made the most of my three days off in a row.  Our many adventures included knitting, movie watching, pedicures, italian cream sodas, baby shower (not for me, for my friend), baby clothes sorting, more movies, raiding the Carters 50% off sale, Trader Joes (oh how I miss thee), Melting Pot, and so much more.  

This is my friend Kate and I at her baby shower.  We are kind of orange because the walls and the ceiling were all totally orange, but what ya gonna do?  It was a fun shower and she got many thoughtful gifts from friends and family.

The weather also took a dramatic turn and suddenly became beautiful.  It was so nice we took multiple walks to take advantage of it.

In the world of knitting to prep for Indie Emporium, I got a wonderfully luxurious merino and cashmere cowl knit up and I have a hat going that will match.  It is a wonderful deep green and I can't wait to get pictures to share it with you.  I also got back to some baby hats and I hope to get a few more of those done fairly soon.  I'm really excited about the inventory I will have for this show, I think it will be some of the most decadent overall inventory I have ever presented at a show.  So I am holding my breath and crossing my fingers that it is received well.

I suppose its time to get ready to go to work, but if I am being honest I must admit that I really don't want to.  I hardly slept a wink because now instead of just one hip hurting they both hurt and neither one wishes to be laid on but I can't sleep on my stomach (duh) or my back.  If anyone else has been through this and has a favorite body or maternity pillow, speak up!  I spent half the morning researching them and they are so expensive.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Blogging in a hurry

So the other day when I posted about working my fingers to the bone getting ready for Indie Emporium, I was in a total hurry and left out all of the funny and entertaining things I was going to talk about.  See, my blog posts are often much better in my head when I am in the shower than they are once I sit down to actually start typing and run out of time or just completely forget all of the stuff I told myself that I would mention.  For instance, I was going to tell you all how I have been knitting every single spare moment I have, which includes somewhat normal times, like any time Ben is driving and I get to be the passenger, and other not so normal times, like sitting in the dark little room at the eye doctor waiting for my eyes to dilate, knitting with them closed because it becomes too hard to focus on anything to have them opened.  I knit through the wait at every prenatal appointment (baby is doing great, by the way) and someone always asks what I am knitting.  I think they get caught off guard that it isn't baby stuff.  It generally a hat or a cowl or some other prep for Indie Emporium.  The eye doctor thing was definitely the funniest though.  Apparently knitting with ones eyes closed causes lots of people to stare and talk about you, mostly nurses.  And then they all wanted to know what it was (pretty wool cowl). and how the heck you could 'feel' the stitches.  (practice is the answer to that.  Even blind people can knit, so just close your eyes and practice.)

So see, there is all this good stuff that gets left out if I end up blogging in a hurry.  Even now I am probably forgetting something or another.  But it doesn't matter because I have finished my cinnamon toast crunch (yes, I was feeling childish this morning) and its time to go get ready for work.

Have a happy friday and remember to take time to slow down.  I know I need to remember that too, especially as the fall just gets busier and busier.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Working like a crazy person

I have been working my fingers to the bone recently getting read for my favorite show of the year.  Thats right, Indie Emporium is coming up!
I am so excited to be doing a full booth solo this year and  I am working hard to ensure I have a great selection of hand knit goodies for all the shoppers to peruse.  So many factors make this my favorite show of the year, but one if them is that so many of my make:Tulsa friends will also be vending there.  Speaking of make:Tulsa, did you see the new button on the left? 


I'm very excited about this fall and everything that make:Tulsa and Indie Emporium will have to offer.  Be sure to come out and see us all at Indie Emporium and don't forget about the fashion show on Saturday evening the 1st.  For the full schedule of events, including things like bands, craft demos, etc, go check out Indieemporium.com.  And if you are one of the first 50 people in the door friday evening September 30th you will get a free swag bag filled with all kinds of awesome goodies.  Yours truly is working on a fun swag project, so get there early to get one!!





Monday, August 22, 2011

Back to the Future

Getting back to more of that new inventory for the upcoming fall shows.  This is still all stuff I finished week before last, I just haven't gotten to photograph any of the stuff from this week yet.  Besides, I didn't want to skip these goodies.

 This hat is wonderfully soft and squishy.  I'm thinking it might need a small brooch or little bit of sparkle  right at the pinch.  The picture doesn't do the richness of the purple shade justice, it is really a lovely shade.
 This bright blue gem is bouncy, squishy, soft and fun all rolled in to one.  The basic spiral lets the lovely color of the yarn take center stage.  This cowl is long enough to wrap twice, as shown below.  Even though it s a wool blend, it is soft enough to go against the delicate bare skin of your neck.
I really can't wait to get modeled pictures of both of these items as well as all the new pieces from this week.  I have 2 more cowls and 3 more hats that I need to share with you and another hat in progress.  I am working on beefing up the mens inventory so today I made a nice soft black and grey beanie in a very basic stitch pattern and I am working on another in a large rib.  I'm using Three Irish Girls Lindon Merino in Flynn for both these hats and it has been a real pleasure to work with.  Some yarns just glide through your hands easily and others don't.  This one is definitely worth its price tag.  If you are a knitter and have never worked with Three Irish Girls, I encourage you to check out their yarns.  They are popular for a reason.

Believe it or not, I have managed to keep the studio clean ALL WEEK.  That is an amazing feat for me and I hope to continue the trend.  Hopefully if I hold myself accountable here that will help.  I really love to walk in and sit down at a totally clean desk and be able to start a project fresh with no stress about other things waiting to be picked up or put away.  I am just also very good at clutter.  If you have a quick organizational or cleaning tip on how you keep your creative space picked up, feel free to leave it in the comments!  I am totally open to your suggestions.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Awesome Yarns

This morning I ran over to Loops South on my way to work and snatched up a bunch of great deals on lovely yarns.  I like hitting sales because it means I can try knitting with things I normally can't afford and I can bring a wider range to my customers without charging an arm and a leg.  Sure, most of these yarns would still be considered "expensive" compared to if you hit up a Hobby Lobby or a Michaels, but the quality 100% worth it.  I grabbed some really good deals today and I can't wait to get them knit up!  I have plans for some cowls that I would normally have to charge $80 or more for just based on yarn cost, but I think I can get them down to $50!  That is excellent savings for you, so be on the lookout this fall for some great deals on luxury knits.  If I remember to, I will photograph my haul before I start playing with it so you can see the amount of awesomeness I snagged.  :-)  I'm almost giddy with it and I wish I didn't have to work, I wish I could go straight home and start knitting!  The absolute best thing is, last night I spent the evening tucking in ends and I never started a new project, so I am ready to dive right in.  No impatiently having to work though the current project when I really just want to go play with the new stuff, instead I get to go straight to it. 

**I know I said I was going to knit from stash, but some of this stuff just couldn't be passed up, I swear!**

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Getting Back My Knitting Groove

Its not that I haven't been knitting at all.  In fact, eventually I will show you the baby blanket that I spent most of the summer working on.  Its just that one day at the end of July I woke up are realized I barely had more than 2 months until my first fall show and I hadn't made any new inventory on the knit side in quite some time.  Luckily, just a day or so after this some yarns jumped out at me and I found some inspiration and things took off from there.
 I had an ends-weaving party for myself on Saturday after I finished cleaning the craft room, if I would be more disciplined about doing it right away when I finished a project then I wouldn't have to spend hours on it later, but oh well.
 This wool blend seed stitch cowl is amazingly soft and fluffy.  This was one of the yarns that told me what it wanted to be the minute I saw it.
 There were no models around on Saturday, so I got out the stand I use at shows and took some quick pictures.  I can't wait to actually photograph them all on some people though, I know that will be a more accurate representation of how they fit and all.  But I was anxious to be able to give you a quick peek.
 If you remember me mentioning the wool and mohair yarn I got from Dawn of Dawning Dreams at Fiber Christmas, this is it!  I knit it up so quick after getting it that it never made it into the stash at all.  This cowl is big and thick, meant to be super warm in the cold months and can be worn doubled up to keep your neck warm or long to keep your whole torso warm.
 I actually love the way the colors pooled as I knit this up.  I think blues and whites are wonderful winter colors.
 This is another wool blend cowl, the same yarn as the first one pictures, just a different colorway.  This cowl is actually my Slipping Away Cowl which is a free pattern over there on the side bar -->
I don't think either picture accurately captures the depth of color in this yarn, so hopefully when I get model pics I can get them outside in some fantastic natural light.  I hope to start that process soon, but it can be hard to convince people to wear hats and cowls when its 100 degrees outside.  Thankfully, August is already cooler than July for the most part and I really hope it continues this way.

There is so much more but I don't want to inundate you all at once.  I have lofty goals for what I want to get done before Indie Emporium.  Lets just hope that both time and motivation don't get away from me.  If you are in the greater Tulsa area, plan to come to Indie on Friday September 30th and Saturday October 1st!  It's really going to be a great time!!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Reclaiming the Craft Room

In preparation for our little one, we have been doing a lot of cleaning and organizing recently.  I can tend to be a bit messy and a bit of a pack rat, so I have been attempting to declutter as I clean.  It has been a lengthy process, going through every scrap of paper in every folder and drawer, but in the end it will be so worth it. 

To fuel this cleaning frenzy on Saturday I armed myself with a wonderful smoothie of 2 cups of spinach, 1/2 cup not fat greek yogurt, 1 1/2 cups of mixed blackberries, raspberries and cranberries, and 3/4 cup dark sweet cherries.  All of that toped with a dollup of light whipped cream.  The spinach is especially important because ever since I got pregnant a lot of vegetables taste funny to me and I have been having to find clever ways to hide them in things.  It really did help me power through the morning and end up with these fantastic results.
This (slightly backlit) picture is my craft table.  It sits on one end of the room right in front of that large window so I can open the blinds for natural light when I want it.  The basket in the center is finished knits waiting on photographing and tagging.  A mere fraction of my yarn stash sits in the basket to the left and my ball winder and swift occupy the left side of the table.
I love this cube storage shelf.  I got it at Target a few years ago, but it really helps keep my little knitting and crafting supplies organized.  One cube is all beads and stitch marker supplies, one is all sewing, one is all knitting notions, one is fabric...you get the idea.  The basket on top is small works in progress and all three jars to the left are knitting needles in various lengths and sizes.
Just down from the cube storage is my large old teachers desk.  It is such an awesome desk, I can't tell you how much I love it, but its super large surface does lend itself to clutter.  It has 6 drawers, which are always full, and two additional pull-out work surfaces, so you can get very in to whatever you are doing and pretty much surround yourself.  I have a large comfy desk chair to sit in when I use it because often times when I sit down there I don't get up for hours at a time. 

I admit that until this massive cleaning binge, all three of the surface above were heaped with mounds of different things pretty much all the time.  I love that I have them all clean again and it inspires me to want to sit down and work on things.  Soon I will start posting about all the knitting I have been doing because when I haven't been cleaning I have been throwing myself in to prep for Indie Emporium with gusto!