Wednesday, October 9, 2013

I'm still working my way around blogger and trying to figure out all the little awesome things it can do. I just discovered the Traffic Sources link in the admin section....yeah...about time.

The Traffic Source is this nifty little thing that tells you WHERE your visitors are coming from! (Obvious enough...)
I was pleasently surprised to see my headband pattern made it  to a few of your blogs!

Shout out to:
The Yarn Box
Crochet At Play
Beatrice Ryan Designs

Thank you so much guys!

I never would have expected to reach over 5,000 page views in the few short weeks I've been blogging. Yall are awesome!

I'm gearing up for festival season and the ones I am involved with can't get here soon enough!
The cool weather, the festival food, shopping handmade...oooh I love being a part of it.
My first one of the year is just a few weeks away!!

I have been crocheting like a mad woman, over preparing as usual and am running out of room at the store. So in hopes to make a little room I'm giving my etsy another go.

Check out these lovelies I added to the shop today!

Don't you just love my models? I have some sweet and BEAUTIFUL sisters!

Happy Fall Yall!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

No place like home

Its been a bizarre couple of weeks here at the Smith household.
We found water coming into the house from the back door which led to the funness of remodeling.
My house has since turned into a disaster zone.
Who would have known just a 4x2 piece of water damage would lead to:
*deep breathe*

* Adding a roof over the deck
* Taking out ALL of the floors through out the house and putting in porcelain tile
* Painting the interior of the house (Makes me glad we went with 1400 sq ft rather than anything larger!)
* Getting leather couches
* And finally, getting a back splash put in the kitchen.

I can't wait to get my house back in order! I am sitting in the carpetless living room among a maze of furniture thinking we have completely lost our minds...

Despite the remodel mess going on I'm also preparing for 3 festivals in the next 2 months and an ever growing list of custom orders.

I made these sweet little photo props for a photography friend of mine this past week.
Hopefully when things settle down a bit here I'll be able to post a few of these patterns for you guys.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

a crochet heart pattern - coffee cozy style

I feel so loved! I could never have imagined in just one week that I could possibly get as many hits, comments and queues on Raverly as I have! Thank you all so very much!

You guys inspired this weeks post: a crochet heart pattern

I've gotten a few requests for coffee cozies recently and thought these sweet little hearts were the perfect addition.

Apparently they are a bigger deal in the world of crochet than I knew. There are a TON of awesome free patterns out there with a bunch of cute styles and the best thing is they work up pretty fast!

This is what I ended up with:

And here is the free heart pattern:

Finished size depends on hook size, yarn and tension.
I used a size G hook and acrylic 4 ply yarn

Ch 3
R1: Work  3dtr in first ch forming a ring, continue working in ring, 4dc, 1dtr, 4dc 3dtr, ch 2, sl st in center ring

R2: ch2, sc in first dtr in previous row, hdc in same st, 2hdc in next st, hdc in next 5 sts, (dc, dtr, dc) in next st, hdc in next 5 sts, 2hdc in next st , hdc, sc in same st, ch 2, sl st in top of previous sl st. end off.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Free Pattern/Tutorial - Knot Knitted Headband

This is something I've been putting off for years. Starting a blog. Its exciting designing one and coming up with post ideas, then you realize you have no idea how to start a first post.
So to introduce myself to the world of blogging I'm writing up a tutorial for this beautiful headband just in time for the fall season. Enjoy!

Here is my Knot Knitted Headband

4 ply acrylic yarn
 size K hook a button (1 inch or larger)

Stitches used:
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
bphdc = back post half double crochet
fsc = foundation sc

**CORRECTIONS have been made to this pattern. Thank you Rachel!

 losely ch 55 sts

R1 - sc in second ch from hook, sc in each stitch across

Turn work so you will have sc facing the bottom and bottom of ch facing up.

LOOSELY sl st across the bottom of the beginning ch. DO NOT JOIN

R2 - sc in the same st as the last sl st.
 3 bphdc around first sc, bpdc in each sc to last st, Begin 3 bphdc in next st, bphdc around to the first set of 3 bphdc. (you will make an increase at each end of 2 sts by adding the group of 3)

This is the first group of 3 bphdc

Continue working bphdc around each sc to the end of the R. 3 bphdc in last stitch.

For Rs 3-6 continue bphdc in each stitch and 3 bphdc in middle of each set of 3.

R7 Work bphdc to the opposite end. Stop at the stitch before the first bphdc in the set of 3.
Working IN the last bphdc (see pic 2 below) insert hook and work 3 fsc. You could just ch 3 but doing a fsc will give the button hole more durability.

Skip set of 3 bphdc and continue bphdc in each stitch to the end of R7. End off, add a big button and sew in the ends!

To make it larger/smaller:
 Just add or remove stitches to the starting chain. 

To make it thiner:
Add more stitches to the starting chain and take away a few rows. 

If you want to make it a inch larger/smaller just add/remove about 3-4 chains to the starting chain.

Hope you enjoy my FIRST tutorial! Please let me know what you think and if you decide to use it I'd love to see pictures of your finished work!

By the way- feel free to sell your finished items. 

If you have any issues or trouble making it I'd be more than happy to help!