Sunday, November 20, 2011

My First Plarn Tote!

When I first heard about plarn I knew I had to try my hand at making some.  So I did...and then it sat on my yarn shelf dismissed for the time being.

From my time selling on Etsy I knew that not only did they offer neat email collections of projects and tips, but also they featured a "How To" section on the blog.  It was there, when browsing spastically one day, that I came across Claire Baker's article on making plarn and then making a tote with it.  I looked it over and bookmarked it for later consideration, my queue already ridiculously overfull.

So I've just now finally gotten around to it, and finished my first tote just today.  It probably took no more than five hours (not including the time to make the plarn, which is a rather laborious task I might add).  For the first go round it's "interesting".  I don't really know what else to say about it, or for that matter what to do with it.  My initial version was to get familiar with working with plarn and the pattern for later improvisation and as I finished I knew that I had different taste in handles, would incorporate color and perhaps a different stitch pattern.  But for a first round it's not too shabby, or rather is shabby shic. :)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

November Updates

Winter is nearly upon us and with that comes the crafting of more cozy items.  We have several throws & blankets in the store eager for new homes, as well as some very nice thick scarves with matching hats too!

Our queue is still sporting the two items on it from last month, as both are expansive knits:

  • Lori's Lace Window Scarf (which is about at the halfway point and currently getting 2 hours applied to it)

  • a Gratitude Shawl (also very close to finished)
After each of these is finished we'll be taking a break from or regular queue to work on some gifts for one in need.  We have a dear friend from our college days who is due at the end of November so we'll be making a nice baby shower basket including a blanket and hat for the little one, and a shawl for nursing or just to wrap up in - we also hope to make some neat soft toys for the little one when he is older, a stuffed animal, and perhaps a mobile, and a custom-made diaper bag...

Also up and coming is a hand stitched card line that we're featuring as personal gifts with some of the designs being made available in our store for the coming year!

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!