Chilly weather, warm yarn

Good morning, all!

It’s that time of year again… it’s cold outside! I prefer the warm weather (think swimming and ocean), but the cool weather definitely has its perks. I fall in love with snow and stay rather fond of its beauty until about January. (Once February rolls around I’m just about ready for 80 degree temps!) And, of course, cold weather means I get to wear hand knit hats and scarves. It’s such a beautiful thing! (I also enjoy Christmas and Thanksgiving in the middle of the cold!)

Anyway, I’ve also noticed this time of year brings a swing of sales for my Bearded Warmth pattern. (It does keep one’s face cozy!) I’ve sold more patterns than I ever thought and have been enjoying the pictures folks post on Ravelry. It’s about time I show case some of my favorites, eh? (PS – You can check out all of the lovely pictures and, if you choose to do so, make your purchase here.)

Here is a newer beard from makuahine on Ravelry:

From amazingrace on Ravelry:

Also from Ravelry, naturalstateknits Bearded Warmth:

And last… a kind woman by the name of Cynthia purchased my beard pattern last winter and altered it to make it AWESOME! She sells her sweet beards in her Etsy shop. Check it out:

AWESOME! She sells other cutesy stuff here on Etsy and has her own Facebook fan page as well. I just love how this turned out. How creative!

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I’m so thankful to all those who have purchased and enjoyed my pattern. If you happen to make a pattern of mine (purchased or free) please link it to Rav or send me a picture via email. It is so fun to see how others interpret my designs and make it their own. (Not to mention the fun yarn choices, too!)

Stay warm and enjoy all those hand knits this season!

In Bloom Cloche

It’s finally here! My In Bloom Cloche is officially for sale on Ravelry, Etsy, and here on the blog.

I posted two projects on Ravelry about a month ago to good response and a short while later posted the cloche in the ‘Free Pattern Testers’ group. I ended up with five wonderful testers that helped me with the clarity of the star stitch and gauge. I couldn’t have done it without them and now feel very confident placing my pattern for sale.

I hope you all enjoy this new crochet pattern! And don’t forget you can purchase a finished cloche if you don’t know how to crochet!

Click here to purchase through PayPal for $2.50!

Heartland Fiberpalooza

Well, folks, I think I may get to check another goal off my list come this weekend! A family friend has a booth at Heartland Fiberpalooza and has been granted permission to let me sit at her booth and bring some of my items. (I don’t have enough items for my own booth yet.) I have been feverishly making bunny fridgies and other small items to try to sell. I think by Saturday I’ll have some fridgies, a felted frog (he’s not felted yet in the pic below), three hats, a scarf, and one headband. Plus whatever I can finish tomorrow. 🙂 Either way, I’ll have some business cards and should meet some nice fiber folks! You should come if you have $3.00 and some spare time! I especially invite all yarn enthusiasts as there will be a lot of yarn vendors at the show.

I hope to see some of you there!

heartland fiberpalooza items for sale

Finished items for Saturday's Heartland Fiberpalooza

Bunny fridgies for Saturday and my pre-felted frog

Referrals & Bearded Warmth Pattern

Around October 2010 I was browsing Etsy.com and found what I thought to be the coolest hat ever. It was a hat with a beard and mustache attached. I asked Aaron, my husband, if he would ever wear it. He said, “sure”, he would wear it while running to keep his face warm. I asked the Etsy seller if I could purchase her pattern, but she declined. So….. I made my own beard and mustache pattern! (For sale here!)

It probably took me three days to come up with the final design and then I had it tested by some kind folks in the Ravelry.com community. During this time I posted some pictures of my first creation on Facebook. What a hoot! My friends and family loved it! An old family friend requested four for Christmas gifts. Of course I took her up on the deal and made two knit hats and two crochet hats with attached beards.

Thankfully she liked the finished product! Woo hoo! It turns out her sister-in-law also liked said hats and requested two today. I consider this my first real sale as it is the first product I have crafted to be purchased by a person I do not know. Yay for 2011 and the opportunities it holds!

Also, this is a good reminder for anybody who makes a purchase from me or anybody else…. referrals rock! If you enjoy your finished creation then let others know where you got it. 😉

Bearded Warmth Beanie


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