Thursday, September 29, 2011

State of the Craft

Every so often I like to step back and take a look at my crafting life and take stock, you know? Being that it's my birthday week and I'm in a period of reflection anyway, it's a good a time as any.

Currently, I am in a period of low crafting. Mostly it's due to lack of time, and it really sucks. I do have a couple projects that are getting a tiny bit of attention here and there. There's the sock, the Luna Sweater that's been put on hold, and the odd washcloth or two that occupies my hands while I'm feeling twitchy.

This is seasonal. I know that once I'm done with school (for good) in May (hopefully), I will have a lot of free time back, and I hope to fill it with creating.

I have a few more projects planned for Charlottesville Crafter through the end of the year. I'm enjoying doing that. It's been nice to have a platform that reaches a few more people than just the blog here, although sometimes it is a stretch to think of a project that I can make simple so that anyone (including novices) can do and get decent results. I have no current plans to stop that, and hopefully CW doesn't either!

THIS blog will continue, of course, no matter what, unless something dire happens. It may be slim pickings around here at points, but it'll stay.

What else will I do?

I don't know if I'd open up another online store or not. It would depend how crazy I get with the making of things, once that returns.

In one of the recent episodes of Getting Loopy, Mary Beth mentioned that there needed to be more crochet podcasts. I agree. However, that will not be me. Mostly because I really hate hearing myself on a recording. Not to mention I think I convey myself better through writing than speaking. Ask most of the people I talk to on a regular basis - there's lots of"um"s, trying to think of words, making up words, and strange hand gestures. I communicate better when I have a chance to think and edit. :)

The Universe has been throwing me a lot of "Do what you love and everything else will follow" messages lately.
If crafting were to be The Thing to Do, I think I'd be ok with that. I'd be more than ok with that.

How do I make that happen? Beats me, but I think I'm ready. Got any ideas?

As always, I appreciate everyone that stops by. Maybe you came for a tutorial and kept reading, maybe you clicked over from Charlottesville Crafter, maybe you're a friend of mine. Either way, thanks. If you have any comments, concerns or project suggestions for me, please let me know. I do read all the comments!

Monday, September 26, 2011

September Wrapup

Greetings, lovely crafty people!

It's that time of month again, and Charlottesville Crafter is up! This month we are doing homegrown wall art, like I have hanging in my dining room!

Also, I got a little bit done on the sock while we were traveling last week. I'm now starting the heel.

Life is still crazy, but I do have some things in mind that will show up here eventually!

Thanks for stopping by and reading, I really do appreciate you. :)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Links I Like In September

I subscribe to a bunch of crafty blogs, and I'd just like to share a couple of the cool things I've seen lately.

~> Marisa at New Dress A Day did copycat Googly Eyed Louboutins.
Come on, how fun is a pair of shoes with googly eyes on them?? At least for Halloween...

~> A crocheted Rainbow Granny Parasol. I can't say that I'd ever do something in a rainbow palette (or anything that bright) but that was an amazing amount of work, especially to get the mechanism included. At some point I'll have to find links to the parasol patterns on Ravelry that I like, too.

~>A tutorial on Craftster for a cute Necktie Handbag! If the Mr. wore out ties on a regular basis, I'd have to try one of these...

Monday, September 19, 2011


We were on the road to Northern PA this weekend to see the in-laws.

I got to work on the sock for a little, but mostly the 5 hour (one way) drive gave me a chance to work on my Crafting List.

Yes, these are all projects I want to do! (and some fixits as well...)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

All Part of the Show

The other day I was browsing Craigslist as I do on a regular basis. I usually check the arts & crafts section, and the clothes and accessories (I admit, I am waiting for someone to get tired of the Coach bag I like).

I noticed a listing that said "crafters wanted" and of course clicked to see what it was. It was someone setting up a craft show. (I won't mention who or where, because a) it's not my intention to call them out for anything - and b) I don't remember exactly.)

They said in the listing that there would be multiple vendors including "Scentsy, Thirty-One, Lia Sophia, Longaberger, Pampered Chef, etc." They requested that there be "no more jewelry crafters" because they were full of that genre already.

A little background: when I was a kid, my mom took me to lots of craft shows. At our church every year we had a Christmas Bazaar full of things handmade by the ladies auxiliary. So to me, a craft show is tables full of crafters with handmade goods.

Scentsy is not a craft. Lia Sophia is not a craft. Yes, these companies are home based business opportunities, and an opportunity for people to make money outside of the irritation of a 9-5 job. I don't begrudge them that - I have many friends that sell for some of these companies and they enjoy it. That's great, I have nothing against it.

BUT it is not a craft. They may sell these things but they didn't pour them, weave the basket, stitch the purse or string the beads on that Lia Sophia. They are sales reps, essentially a vendor. If these vendors make up the majority of your craft show, it's not a craft show, it's just a show.

Friends, it is fall, and that means many small communities are having fall festivaals complete with craft fairs. Please do your best to get out and check out these events and support your local crafters!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Happy NatCroDay!

Hi everyone!

I'm not dead, just very very very busy.
( So much so that I am not a happy camper, but that's a long story for another time.)

It's September 12th, and that means it's National Crochet Day!

I don't know if I will get the chance to do any actual crocheting (though I do have projects in mind), but I will be participating in spirit. Maybe it will be mental crochet.

One crochet related thing I do want to share is that I'm self publishing my first paid pattern.

This is NOT the Rachel Scarf (I'm still writing that one up), but one I designed that was to be included in the Crochet Liberation Front's One Skein book. It looks like that book is not going to happen, and we were given permission to do with our patterns what we liked. So I'm publishing mine!

I'm offering it as a PDF download.  The pattern includes both basic written instructions and also a chart.  It's an easy pattern and doesn't take much yarn at all (just one skein!)

You can buy the PDF through Ravelry, and NO you don't have to be a Ravelry member to do so, just click the button above if you feel so inclined.

Happy International Crochet Day!  Hook on!