New items and new classes!

Some of my most popular items lately have been for kids (or adults who want to tap into childlike whimsy, apparently), so I have started offering them on Etsy. These animal hoods have been a big hit, so I’m making them in fox, bear, bunny and cat. 

And these adorable crowns come in 3 sizes (baby/toddler, child and adult).

I’m also beyond thrilled that some super huge yarns have become available commercially (mostly at Michaels craft stores). And so I have been using them to make arm-knit cowls and these new giant hats.

If you want to make your own hat, here is the pattern. I’ve also made it available as a class on Skillshare. And I added a class on how to make your own wool cord for giant knitting projects. Holiday gifts, maybe?

I’m super excited to get to work on some more projects with these jumbo yarns. They are awesome!

Spring show!

I haven’t done a show for a while, so I thought it was about time I signed up for one again. Shows aren’t really my bread and butter anymore, but I love doing them because they kind of energize you in a way that online sales can’t. You get to meet and talk to your customers and fellow vendors and see what else is out there in the handmade community. 

Having recently joined the SF Etsy team (which numbers 1,800!), I’m excited to be vending at their spring indie emporium in San Francisco. Here are the details. If you’re in the area, I hope you can make it!

What’s new for 2015

I’ve changed so many things in my shop lately that I can’t even remember what it used to look like! But really I have the same items I’ve always carried, just with some improvements.

For starters, all of my yarn poufs and stuff-it-yourself kits now come with a sewn bag rather than a drawstring bag. The bag makes a pouf with a perfectly rounded shape, and it has a Velcro closure that makes it easy to add more stuffing.

These poufs also have a drawstring closure on the knit cover so that the cover can be easily removed for washing and put back on. I’m still mulling over adding a similar closure to the wool cord poufs, but they are much easier to open/close to begin with that I’m not sure they need anything different.

Speaking of wool cord, I finally settled on a yarn that I really love for these poufs, and it comes in 22 gorgeous colors.

It’s been really fun making these poufs in a variety of colors for customers.


This is the burnt orange.

I also added some new colors to my regular yarn offerings, so there are 20 to choose from instead of 16.

What kept me crazy busy in December was having items in 3 local stores (see links on the sidebar). I’m almost to the point of having to reduce my online offerings so that I have time to make hats and cowls. So, to save that precious, toddler-free work time, I’ve been working on making bigger knits that work up really quickly.

These hats are made from super thick Peruvian wool. I love working with this yarn. I came up with a beanie, a slouch hat and a roll brim hat that are really cute and flattering.

And I’ve also been selling a lot of arm knit cowls at Studio 333 Downtown. They come in two sizes, small (single loop) and large (double loop).

Still on my to-do list this year: add a medium-size pouf to my Etsy shop, add more patterns to my pattern shop, and list baskets and rugs made of wool cord. They are pricier than the cotton rope, but I found after so much frustration trying to dye the rope and work with its inconsistency, that wool cord was the way to go.

Vintage costumes in mom’s shop

Just had to share some fun items my mom has in her Etsy shop right now. Great options for a Halloween costume party, perhaps?

This mid-century party dress is gorgeous. All you need is a pair of pumps and a highball glass to go with it.

This burlesque outfit is just so great. Not sure what occasion requires it, but someone has to have it.

This Victorian capelet is perfect for an 1800s costume or some kind of Tim Burton character.

And oh my gosh doesn’t this crazy quilted pantsuit crack you up?

We think someone might have sewn it themselves from a ’70s pattern.

Anyway, lots of fun stuff to look at, and she’s adding more all the time.

My rope baskets in Parade

I don’t know if any of you still get a print newspaper, but you probably remember the Parade magazine insert on Sundays. This Sunday they are doing a big story on the handmade movement, and they were nice enough to mention my rope baskets!

Go here for the full story. 

Go here for the slide show that includes my basket. 

I still sell my baskets on Etsy: Small / Large / Set of two

Or, if you’d like to make your own, I sell the pattern on Etsy and Ravelry

Of course the handmade movement is nothing new to me, but it’s nice to see it get some attention. 

Check out my mom’s new shop!

I’m so proud of my mom for embarking on her next journey as a businesswoman. She just opened her new shop, Sale Away Vintage, and it is already filling up with cool finds.

I love these Art Deco shoes from the ’40s.

And everyone needs a Burberry style scarf.

This designer leather purse was quite a find.

I hope you will support her like you’ve supported me. Check out her shop on Facebook, Etsy, and Twitter. And you can always see her finds in person at the Lawrence Antique Mall.

Go, mom!

New knits for fall

Even though the seasons don’t change much around here, I am finding myself so ready for fall. Bring on the sweaters and football!

I have just added some new products to my Etsy shop that will be perfect come colder weather.

Super chunky knit cowls

Reversible slouch hats

Lightweight fingerless gloves

I’ve also started offering my most popular sized pouf, the extra large (approximately 18×13 inches), in a thicker knit that resembles my rope poufs.

It comes stuffed with foam, but if you go with the stuff-it-yourself option, it looks like this.

I also have been at work for a long time on a homemade yarn that resembles the rope. I love the look of the rope, but need a more consistent, higher-quality product. I think I have finally figured out how to do it, and hopefully soon I will be able to start replacing some items with that yarn.

So my shop is kind of in transition right now, but I’m really excited for new products and what’s yet to come.

Miss Harper has been helping model my baby legwarmers.

It’s fun to watch her keep growing into the next size. And thanks to my lovely sister Megan for modeling my other knit products. She sure makes them look good!

New in the store: Rope baskets

A while back someone asked me on Ravelry if I had a pattern for rope baskets, similar to my poufs. At the time I said no, but I realized that an unstuffed pouf looks pretty darn close to a basket if you stand it up.

So I fiddled with the pattern until I got the right dimensions for a basket that would stand upright. And I just love how it turned out. I could use a few of these myself for all the projects I have lying around!

If you want to get one, they’re here.