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I’m Legit!

I am SO excited right now… I’m a legitimate crafter at Etsy who’s been included in a beautiful treasury! Thanks so much to one of my favorites, MaisyandAlice!

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Even better? My scarflette has gotton 22 clicks so far… second highest of all the featured items! I couldn’t be prouder.

Well… maybe I’d be prouder if someone actually bought something…

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Kristin’s Scarflette

Kristin asked me to make her a scarflette to match her new coat and handbag. She chose the yarn and said I could choose the pattern and button detailing. I picked a mini-bobble pattern and even taught myself how to crochet so I could put a girly picot trim on it. And, to top it off, one bright, pretty yellow button. I love the way it turned out and hope she does too.

And, for the Etsy posting I experimented some with my photography style. The only room with good lighting in our house is the guest bath so I’ve been taking my photos in front of the closed wooden door. I thought it might add a rich tone to the images, but I’m noticing that they’re not getting much attention and they’re hard to fit into Etsy Treasuries. So today I took my pictures in front of the white shower curtain. I think I like this look better… it seems bright and fresh and the products really stand out. What do you think?

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Sage Against the Machine

I’ve had an opportunity to make another Etsy Treasury! I’ll admit it… I’m totally obsessed. This one is all about the various shades of green we call sage (with a bit of yellow and pink and blue thrown in). Quite pleased. The image links to Etsy… Check it out and leave me your comments!

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Curmudgeon 2

Jen finished my new banner for Etsy and it’s uploaded… I think it looks awesome! If you’re interested in having Jen do some work for you: http://www.jenwakeman.com.

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Curmudgeon

I finally got my Etsy shop up! Right now the shop is called PDXKNIT, but I’m working with Jen to get a more professional banner and I’m changing the name to Curmudgeon. I posted my first two items in January – two scarflettes.

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You might recognize the yarn from the second… I used the leftovers from Kelly’s Christmas berret. Since then I’ve made and sold a custom hat for Mike and I just posted another scarflette. The hat and third scarflette are crimson and grey… WSU colors at Mike’s request.

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I need to keep working so I have a better assortment in the shop. And, I’m still experimenting with how best to show off my work in pictures. If anyone has suggest, I’d love to hear them!

Happy shopping!

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I’m Back!

Wow… I’ve been gone for a long time. It wasn’t that I didn’t think of you… I just didn’t write to tell you so. But now, here I am. And, I’ve set up some personal goals for myself so hopefully I’ll be around more often.

To start, let’s recap what I’ve been up to.

After Thanksgiving my mom and I got together for a craft day and made our own Christmas cards. You probably didn’t receive one… don’t be hurt. I never got around to writing in them and putting them in the mail. Maybe you’ll get one next year.

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I did some knitting for Kristen Рa new scarflette for her friend. The yarn was beautiful Рcandy apple red and a really pretty lime green. I discovered the Button Emporium downtown too, so the buttons were fab!

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And after that it was full on winter… Portland had its biggest snow storm since the 60’s… or at least, I think that’s what they said. I got some amazing photos that I’ll post as an album in the next entry… but here’s a preview.

Remember my fall decorations?

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How about all my summer plantings?

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Finally it was Christmas! Zach did a great job decorating the house with tons of lights and we had a beautiful tree this year. And, Daveen gave us the perfect tree skirt. I LOVE it!

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We had one little incident that served as a good reminder that Pete’s still a puppy. But after a minor freak out on my part and some time in the kennel on his part he never went near the tree again.

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For Christmas I made Kelly a new hat. She mentioned while she was down here in December that she loved hats and having new hats, so I thought maybe she’d like something hand made. I tried out a new pattern for a slouchy berret that I found of Ravelry. I love how it turned out! The colors were so soft and pretty and the pattern made on the top by the alternating cables and the decreases turned out really nice!

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I’m happy to be back to blogging… more soon!

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Dyeing with Dignity

Finally! For a blog that was started with the intention of sharing frequent knitting updates, I sure haven’t talked about knitting much.

I’m in love with my group of ladies who meet every Wednesday to drink and eat and chat… oh, and to knit! We have so much fun and I really enjoy all of their stories.

A couple of weeks ago Garland invited us all to her shop in North Portland (NoPo as they call it) to paint our own yarn – a session she called Dyeing with Dignity.

Everyone laid out their yarn on some old screen doors that Garland had set up outside, chose their colors, and then painted to their hearts content. It was amazing to see all the different creations that came out of it – some people used every color they could get their hands on, some people were more conservative (me) and only picked one or two, some people made big long stripes, some people made short little stripes.

Kristen wrote a scarf pattern for everyone to try when their yarn was ready and I finished mine on Sunday. My yarn isn’t as variegated as I was hoping (you have to look pretty close to see the color changes) but I think my scarf turned out great.

A giant Paul Bunyan statue on my way to Garland’s:

My scarf:

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