November 1, 2015

A Knitting Update

Many of the Craftsy classes are up to 50% til midnight so I figured it was a perfect time to stock up on a few classes in my wishlist. Now I just have to decide which one to watch first! Stashbusting with Clara Parkes will be great to learn what I can do with single and double skeins of yarn I have piling up.  Improve Your Knitting may help me understand some terminology I tend to struggle with and hopefully teach me a few more little tricks. And My First Socks- I have felt so intimidated about knitting socks so I figured this would be a great way to knit through my first pair with a class type atmosphere. If you haven't taken any of these classes yet, I highly recommend them. I learned SO much about knitting when I was first trying to learn on needles.

So a few weekends ago, I jetted down to Rhinebeck NY with Nancy and attended our very first Wool and Yarn Fest. It was INSANE. I haven't even seen that many people there for the Country Living Fair, which really draws a huge crowd. We saw lots of sheep, Beautiful hand-dyed Yarn, and wool roving. Got to meet a few popular people in the knitting world as well such as Clara Parkes, and one of our favorite designers Joji Locatelli.  Very exciting stuff.   We really had a blast and are looking forward to going back next year. It can't come soon enough really!

We'll definitely be prepared, I purchased us a few of these fun yarn totes from I laugh myself silly every time I look at this. Joe thinks I've gone completely mad. Maybe I have.

We didn't take very many pictures at the yarn fest unfortunately. Did I mention how insane it was? Some booths you could barely even get in to, to look at displays. Taking my phone out for some pics really seemed out of the question.

I did bring home a nice pile of goodies. I didn't go crazy- Just got a few things that could work with several types of projects in my wishlist on Ravelry.

Some of my favorite vendors were Scandanavian Weave & Knit, Miss Babs, Neighborhood Fiber Co. and that multi colored goodness was from Feederbrook Farm. I already used it to knit up an infinity scarf,

and that wine colored yarn from Scandanavian Weave & Knit is being worked up into a bobble edged shawl as we speak.

It's going very well but I did make a mistake early on that I have yet to figure out how I will remedy. I picked up stitches along the bobble edge, in the wrong direction and now the provisional cast on is at the triangle point instead of at the left corner.  hmmm?? How I did that, I'm not sure.

This past week I was having fun creating some pieces featuring some left over yarn - if you didn't see them on social media, here are some pics of those pieces...

October 15, 2015

Fall is in the air

I am busy busy busy, getting jewelry - MORE jewelry made for my shops so I can earn a little extra cash for a special road trip this weekend. I am heading out of town with Nancy to hit up the Sheep and Wool Fest in Rhinebeck, NY!  It is so exciting because there is going to be a boatload of vendors there selling all types of wool and yarn. We'll probably pet a sheep or two which, hey. That's fun!
And I've been finding out that a few of my favorite Knit designers will be there as well!  I just can't wait. And if I can come home with a few little souvenirs, I'll be so stoked :)

Here are some pieces from today's session, to be listed later today...

September 24, 2015

September 23, 2015

Bead Me Magazine: I'm in the current issue!

Bead Me is the interactive digital magazine, designed for your tablet and smartphone. Get the app here! 

They did a really beautiful feature on me in this month's issue of the digital magazine! If you have some down time today, get the app and download the newest issue, #22. 

September 21, 2015

Knitless: 50 No Knit Stash busting YARN Projects:: THE BLOG TOUR

Ever wonder what to do with all of those half used balls of yarn you have lying around after you finish a project? Don't ditch em! There are many fun projects that you can use those for, and all you have to do is pick up this brand new book by Laura McFadden. Knitless: 50 No-Knit, Stash-Busting Yarn Projects is a soft cover, full color, 154 page book FULL of art inspired tutorials on busting into that leftover stash of yarn.

I have handfuls of these small balls of yarn and I have dog-eared about 10 projects from the book that I want to try out. Unfortunately, being the start of show season, I wasn't able to try anything out before I did my scheduled blog post today.  I particularly love all of the jewelry projects, and there are 9 in this book!  Everything from a yarn tassel necklace, to yarn wrapped bangles-  you certainly don't need to be at any certain skill level- there is something for everyone!

Be sure to check out the blog tour this month, here are a list of the blogger participants- and I'm sure you'll be able to see some of the projects that have already been tried and true!

9/20 ZakkaLife

September 18, 2015

Get Ready for a Show!

I'm currently in panic mode but what better way to procrastinate show prep, than blogging!  If you are in the New York State area this weekend, why not take a nice scenic drive to the Cherry Valley, Sharon Springs is hosting their annual Harvest Festival and yours truly will be there all weekend selling my wares.   #sharonspringsharvestfestival

I will be located on South Street, along ETSY alley, where I was located last year.  But on the far end towards Willow st.  I have lots of new beauties that are going to be available at the show. Unfortunately, not too much in the way of tin, but if you like my one of a kinders, than you are IN LUCK!  #etsyharvestfestival2015

The show opens at 10 and lasts till 5pm both Saturday and Sunday. There will be a boatload of vendors this year. Last year this show pulled in over 15,000 people visiting this quaint little town in upstate NY.  Come on down, you won't regret it and the weather is supposed to be PERFECT!

Upcoming shows:


Oct. 17. 1-5pm OPEN HOUSE at my home, New Hartford NY. I'll have some snacks available for shoppers, and some tasty beverages too!  Get a head start on your Christmas shopping~!

Nov. 20-22 INDIE GARAGE SALE Pop Up Shop at the old Circuit City bldg in Sangertown Square mall. I will be there selling a table full of jewelry. This show will continue through the season each weekend leading up to Christmas, but I'll ONLY be there on NOV 20-22!. So save the date!

September 14, 2015

Jade Scott Update day

I choke back tears as I type this... there are only a few updates left before Jade retires from the business. :(  :(  :(  There are not even enough sad emoticons to show my grief.


2pm CST

September 10, 2015

Knitting Project Wishlist

I thought I would pull together a few of my wishlisted knitting projects that I hope to get to here in the coming months.  The actual list is quite large so I'm going to try to narrow it down but it is so hard. There are so many great projects out there!

 I love the origami style folding technique for this simple purse and it can be created with a variety of different yarns and colors depending on the season!  This is a free tutorial!

Peak Color: a great Plucky Knitter pattern just introduced today in their Fall Back autumn line of knits. Worked from side to side, you can add different colors, and weights of yarn so you can customize it however you like! I love that, especially since many times knitting patterns seem very cut and dry.  This pattern is available on Ravelry.(link above)

Finally, a very cute and FREE hat tutorial! I am notorious for choosing hat patterns that are way more advanced than I can handle. This one looks fairly easy and I love the bulky yarn used, it's Yak from Lang Yarns .

A change of pace for me, how bout a rectangular wrap instead of the common triangle shawl. Love the diamond patterning on this wrap. I am a huge sucker for any of the Quince & Co. patterns, and their yarns are really beautiful to work with.

 The shawl has the most beautiful drape, because of the Merino wool and silk blend yarn from NBK (Northbound Knitting) I actually have some silk blend yarn ordered from The Plucky Knitter, to use for this pattern.  Love the dropped stitches ( which makes for a nice quick knit)

To check out my extensive wishlist, check out my Knit/Crochet Pinterest board, and to drool over some yarn, check out my YarnPorn Pinterest board.

September 7, 2015

Labor Day Sale

1 day only!!

Last sale before show season starts! Better take advantage when you can!


September 2, 2015

Make Jewelry. Stop KNITTING!

This is what I keep having to tell myself. Over and over like a freakin' broken record. I guess that's usually the problem with starting a new hobby. It becomes very difficult to pull yourself away from it.  So I forced myself to sit in the studio all day and (every day) try to walk out with at LEAST 2 pieces of jewelry a day.  So far it's working out. I can knit a few rows with my morning coffee and then pick up later on in the evening in front of the TV. And I don't feel like I've wasted the day away playing with yarn when I should be playing with beads.

The more jewelry I can make these next two weeks, the more I can list online, and the more I can have to sell at Harvest Festival. An empty booth there with be no bueno.

Here's what came out of the studio today. These are all listed in my webstore.