Friday, September 28, 2012
I am also planning my yarn bomb for Sheepish Yarn Bombing Day tomorrow. I am so excited to see what you all come up with! I am definitely doing something fall related...I just can't decide what! I doodled a few ideas this week so I just need to pick one and finish making it tonight. There is rain in the forecast tomorrow so I might have to cheat and do my yarn bombing on Sunday. If you are doing a yarn bomb tomorrow please tweet, Instagram, or email me your pictures! Use the #sheepishyarnbomb hashtag too! Don't be nervous. This is going to be fun!
Can you share any hints about your yarn bombing project or are you keeping it a secret? ;)
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
I mentioned that I have been working on some secret projects over the past few months and I am excited that I get to share a few of them on the blog in October! Yay! If you want to join the fun in October and advertise your shop or blog please contact me to reserve your spot. I have large, medium, and small ad spaces available. You can find my sponsor rates here. Please email me at sheepishknitcrochet(at)gmail(dot)com if you have any questions!
Thank you so much for your continued support! It is always so exciting to see what a new month will bring on this blog. :)
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Rachael kindly offered us a free crochet pattern from her book for the Small Bow Pin. You can download the pattern details here. This bow is easily made in a matter of minutes so you can wear it in your hair or pin it to you favorite sweater right away.
Have you had the chance to check out Rachael's new book?
Monday, September 24, 2012
I mentioned on Twitter and Facebook yesterday that I was planning a fun yarn bombing activity we could all try together. I thought we could all go out on Saturday, September 29 and declare it Sheepish Yarn Bombing Day! If you haven't given yarn bombing a try, Saturday will be the day to do it! If you are like me and have yarn bombed before, let's do it again! When I attempted my first yarn bomb I was extremely nervous, with shaky hands and a butterfly-filled stomach to prove it. Surprisingly I was able to stitch the knit square on the fence and run away without the excessive finger pointing I expected. I've managed to summon up the courage to try yarn bombing a few more times and after each one I receive comments from people saying they want to give it a try but fall into at least one of the following categories:
1.) I'm too nervous!
2.) I don't know how to knit.
3.) I don't know how to crochet.
For some reason, yarn bombing seems to be done mostly with pieces of knitting rather than crochet. However a crochet square can be just as easily attached to a fence or tree limb as a knit one! If you can't knit you can always wrap a little piece of yarn around a chain link fence in a heart like I did this summer. If you crochet you could crochet a few fall leaves and hang them from a tree when you are out and about Saturday afternoon. You can even use knit or crochet pieces you already have made, like an old granny square from a blanket project that is just sitting around. It doesn't have to be anything huge or loud, just a little something to push you out of your comfort zone and express yourself with creativity. You might be surprised by the confidence boosting power of such a small act. I certainly was!
It makes me smile to see that my yarn bombing is still there. I know it is just a little scrap of knitting but obviously someone who works near that railing likes it enough to keep it around. Hopefully this next yarn bomb will bring about even more smiles.
That's the main goal for Saturday: do something creative that makes you, and your community, smile a little bigger. I hope you can join the fun! If you are on Twitter or Instagram use the hashtag #sheepishyarnbomb so we can see each other's pictures! I will do a group post next week with everyone's photos too. So start planning! I can't wait to see your pictures and hear your stories. This is going to be fun!
Are you able to participate? If you can't do something on Saturday, do it on Friday or Sunday maybe? The whole weekend can be filled with yarn bombing! :)
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Knitting // I love this knitted triangle pattern blanket.
Crochet // Take a look at the cutest, tiniest, crochet creations I have ever seen! I had no idea such a small crochet hook existed!! So amazing. (Found via Frankie)
Etsy // Maybe, one day, when my sweater collection starts to overtake the closet, I could reuse them for an awesome sweater blanket like this one.
Style // For the sake of a future sweater blanket...I guess I need to keep my sweater collection growing, huh? I don't need more sweaters because I am obsessed or anything. ;) I want all of the Madewell sweaters this fall!
Art // This is such a dreamy art print by Rebekka Seale. I think catching up on my rest this weekend really helped my cold.mini brown butter vanilla bean loaves sound incredible. Talk about feeling warm and fuzzy inside.
I hope you had a great weekend! Thanks to medicine, rest, cups upon cups of hot tea, and your very kind words I am feeling much better today. This week is already looking better than the last! I am excited about new projects, ideas, and inspirations, just waiting to jump from my idea book into reality.
Also, I am planning a fun yarn bombing adventure for all of us as knitters, crocheters, and general craft lovers this week! If you have always wanted to try yarn bombing but have been too nervous to do it, hopefully that will change. :)
I am settling in to watch the Emmys and work on projects. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!
Friday, September 21, 2012
This week passed me by in a blur of sniffles, congestion, and sneezing. Don't you love when a cold just comes out of nowhere and gets in the way of a week's worth of to-dos? Ugh. I am finally feeling a little better today even though my head is so stuffy I get dizzy when I walk. Not too fun. So, of course, I thought a little crochet Vitamin C might help keep the sniffly blues at bay.
For me it is easier to create random objects like an orange slice with a crochet hook instead of knitting needles. It is like doodling with yarn! Haha. Does that make sense at all? Instead of drawing the design on paper first I just pick up a hook, some yarn, and see what happens.
I've come to the conclusion that crafting is medicinal. Even when I'm sick it brings a smile to my face. :)
If you are suffering from sinuses too I feel your pain! I hope you get to rest and recharge this weekend.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Just a few of the random things found in my latest roll of film. I baked two mini loaves of pumpkin bread Sunday afternoon in my Pyrex refrigerator dishes. They are the perfect size for baking bread. Since I have two dishes now I can make one to give and one to eat! Also...I'll take any excuse to use a piece of Pyrex. :) This pumpkin bread recipe is so delicious and moist! I highly recommend baking it for the upcoming pumpkin-y season. Wait...pumpkin-y? Pumpkin crazy? Pumpkinfest? Haha. All of the above I guess. Anyway, I've come to the decision that as many days as possible should include a slice of pumpkin bread and a fox mug full of coffee. Actually, make that a slice of pumpkin bread, a fox mug full of coffee, and long walks with my camera. It is just good sense.
Baking and picture taking. These are such simple moments that bring me a lot of joy.
I just enjoyed another slice of pumpkin bread, the perfect fuel to get me through the day! Have you baked anything fall related yet?
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Crochet // This crochet poppy potholder is too beautiful to use!
Crochet #2 // Another amazing crochet blanket tutorial that I would love to make. I just can't decide between this one and the vintage-inspired floral blanket. Which one do you like?
Etsy // This lace collar is gorgeous in a perfect mustard yellow, one of my favorite fall colors. (via Kelli Murray)
Style // I'm going to pretend that the designers at Madewell had me in mind when they decided to produce this sweater. I mean...it has sheep on it. A sheep sweater!!!!
Art // Sarah Walton's embroidered illustrations are incredibly inspiring. I love her use of colorful fabrics.roasted tomato version, topped with a cheesy slice of bread, looks like heaven in a mug.
Happy Sunday friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I am thoroughly enjoying this rainy day with some tea and catching up on blog reading. I will never get over the amazingness of the blog world. I am so thankful to be a part of this community.
Anyway, I had a great weekend working on projects, finishing up a paper embroidery, baking pumpkin bread, and watching old movies. I watched Arsenic and Old Lace for the first time Friday night. Oh my...that movie is strange. Haha. Cary Grant is hilarious and adorable, but the storyline gave me the heebie-jeebies. I was not expecting to get the creeps from an old Cary Grant movie! Have you ever seen that one? I definitely recommend it, even if you only see it once.
I also watched You've Got Mail for the millionth time. I couldn't think of a better "Yay! It feels like fall!" movie. It's the pencil quote....it gets me every time. ;)
Also, congratulations Floral & Feather! You won the UP paper embroidery giveaway! I will contact you soon so I can send it your way.
Etsy shop and I will set up a custom order for you!
Thank you so much for the support everyone! Enjoy the rest of your day.
Friday, September 14, 2012
I've already checked off a few of my plans for this wonderfully brisk weekend:
-Enjoy warm drinks in real mugs on a coffee shop patio.
-Take a walk around the neighborhood, camera in tow, and capture the first signs of fall.
-Work on a new crochet project.
-Catch up on a few shows on Netflix.
-Brew a pot of tea in my new kettle.
-Bake something! Possibly pumpkin bread? Although...this pumpkin donut recipe is quite tempting.
I hope you all had a great week! What are your plans for the weekend? Has fall (or spring!) arrived at your doorstep yet?
P.S. - Thank you so much for entering the UP paper embroidery giveaway! I will announce the winner over the weekend.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
I love fall, yes it's true. It is such a beautiful time of year for us yarn crafters! Now yarn actually feels good in my hands instead of all heavy and hot like it does in the summer. Lately I've been fiddling with these crochet leaves and I finally decided to use them for a fun sign declaring my love for the season. I typically skip over fall crafts and look straight ahead to the holidays so this was a fun change. However, my mom has already claimed this sign as her own, hanging it on the entryway coat closet doorknob, so I guess I need to get started on another one...
- Worsted weight yarn in a variety of fall colors
- A H8/5mm crochet hook
- Tapestry needle
Pattern: This project is for personal use ONLY. Do not sell this pattern or reproductions of this pattern for profit.
Dimensions: My final square measures 6 x 6 inches. You can definitely change the size of this square for your own sign!
Row 1: In the second chain from the hook single crochet all the way across. Chain 1. Turn
Row 2: Repeat this process until your square measures 6x6 inches.
Bind off. Weave in ends.
Row 1: Starting in the second chain from the hook single crochet in each stitch. When you reach the final chain, double crochet 5 times in the last space. On the other side of the chain, single crochet until you reach the last three stitches. Chain 1. Turn.
Row 2. In the back loops only, single crochet until you reach the base of the leaf. Single crochet, chain one, single crochet. Continue with the single crochet until you reach the last three stitches. Chain 1. Turn.
Row 3: In the back loops only, single crochet until you reach the base of the leaf. Chain 4. In the second chain from the hook, single crochet in the next 3 stitches. Join the stem to the base of the leaf with a slip stitch.
Bind off. Leave a long tail for sewing.
I used this small crochet heart pattern for the base of the pumpkin. For the stem I simply chained 3 stitches, slip stitch starting in the second chain from the hook. Repeat until you reach the end. Slip stitch with the center of the pumpkin. Bind off. Leave a long tail for sewing.
Leaving a long tail for sewing, chain your desired amount of stitches.
Row 1: In the second chain from the hook, single crochet. Single crochet in each stitch to the end.
Bind off. Leave another long tail for sewing.
-Sew the leaves around the edge of the base crochet piece. Weave in ends and snip off the excess.
-Embroider "i" and "fall" on the square, leaving room for the pumpkin. Use the image above to help with embroidering the letters.
-Sew the pumpkin next to the "i". Weave in ends.
-Attach the handle by sewing the long tails to the top left and right corners of the sign.
-Weave in any additional ends.
I love how this project turned out! The green, brown, and orange colors make me feel all warm and cozy. This sign definitely is getting me excited for when the leaves actually change colors. The first day of fall is on its way!
I hope this adds a little autumn warmth to your own space.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Knitting // These knit necklaces by Amy Laurence Designs are absolutely incredible. (Found via Deer Little Fawn)
Crochet // A crochet pillow from Marta Costa Studio would be nice to cozy up with on the couch.
Etsy // A comforting note from Quill and Fox.
Style // I love Jessica Silversaga's style and the idea of a long, literary, pre-fall walk.
Art // What is more comforting, to make and eat, than homemade jam? I love this illustration by Kat Frank.vanilla almond bundt cake with strawberry glaze is comfort on a plate! I hope to try a recipe from Always With Butter soon.
We all need a little comfort sometimes and I think an afternoon watching movies and chatting about life with my best friend is exactly what I need. Too bad we won't have a slice of that amazing cake to share. I hope she doesn't mind if I crochet a little while we talk. ;)
I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing day! How was your weekend?