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Word on the Street-Cool Summer Patterns

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July 16, 2015

Cool Summer Patterns. 

I am always looking for unusual knitting and crochet patterns. I came across this month’s pattern on Etsy. It’s from a shop that’s simply called pdf PatternDesign.  And it’s just that, digital crocheted patterns that you purchase and download.  The banner of this  shop has the name Sophie and Me which upon reading Ingunn’s “about” page, I learned that she changed the name of her shop to Sophie and Me and Sophie is the name of her manikin, her dress doll! Sophie is about 3 years old, and is an important part of her work with crochet patterns, as there are no children in her neighborhood. Ingunn is so talented and it’s apparent in her designs and patterns. The patterns are very detailed with lots of pictures. When I first looked at the pattern it seemed overwhelming but as I got further in, I realized that every step is illustrated making it impossible to get stuck, even for a knitter like me who has a hard time following crochet patterns. After making my first pair of shoes,IMG_1782

I immediately ordered the pattern to make the soles with rope

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Again, brilliant pattern and idea!
I am addicted to making these summer shoes. I have made 2 pair. On the second pair, I purchased a ready made insole and glued it in, even though there are instructions on making your own. Now I just have to add one of my custom labels to them.

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Labels from your photos

Last week I had a customer contact me about making a crocheted themed label using a dog. She sent me pictures of her dogs so that I could get an idea of the kind of dog she wanted on her label. Imagine her excitement when I told her I could incorporate her own dog into the label. Below is the picture of her dog and my final design.

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Custom design is my specialty. I love to take customer’s ideas and bring them to life. Labeling your finished projects is so important, whether it’s for an heirloom or to sell. It’s the perfect final touch for every project .

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And the winner is….

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Congratulations to Verdi who won a small set of custom labels. Verdi please contact me so that we can create your labels for you. Do you have an idea for a label for your business or personal needs? The are the perfect finishing touch for your handmade items. Here are samples of this weeks custom labels:

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Knitting news

I finished my summer tank top using the first and half of the second installments of the Kangaroo Dyer’s Joey’s Yarn club yarns. I miss knitting with this lightweight silky oh so soft yarn, so I can’t wait for the 3rd skein to be delivered next week so I can start another project.  Several people have asked me for the tank top pattern but I knit it freestyle and fitted it as I went.  I really need to invest in some knitting software so I can design and publish patterns. Can anyone recommend some software? I am looking for something I can design sweaters with.

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On the needles:

I am just finishing up my cat pillow. I will have pictures next week as well as the beginning progress of my newest pillow design. Also, I will be designing my annual “vacation scarf” made from local spun and died yarn that I bought on our trip to Stowe Vermont.

Happy knitting and crocheting!

 

 

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What’s in a label?

I have been knitting for a long time and when people ask me what I do for a living and I tell them I make personalized Knitting, Crochet and Quilting labels,QuiltNeedle I usually get a surprised look. I can tell they are thinking “There’s a market for that?”. I am amazed at how many fiber artists don’t “sign” their work. Anyone who knits, crochets or quilts is creating a piece of artwork. My goal is to get every knitter, crocheter, and quilter to add labels to their work. So many hours go into making a project, artists should be proud to add a label to their creations. Think of it as a painting…what if Picasso or Michael Angelo didn’t sign their work? Although you probably won’t be as famous as them, your piece will become an heirloom someday and wouldn’t you want your great, great, granddaughter to know that you made that blanket?

sunflowercrochet2Not all labels are created equal. I have done extensive research and have tested all kinds of processes. If you are buying ones made from ink, make sure they are not just printed off of a printer. Not all material holds ink well. Make sure your labels have some kind of heat application applied. This sets the ink and makes it last through several washings. Also make sure a dura brite ink is used. This is one of the most durable and brightest inks available. Woven (embroidered) labels are also durable. If you are looking for a soft non-scratchy material then cotton labels are the way to go, especially if you are making it for a baby.

Check out our entire selection of  personalized labels at mountainstreetarts.etsy.com

So go ahead and sign your work! You never know how famous you will become.Pick2

 

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Our new Domain, Website and Blog

A few weeks ago someone hacked into my blog at knittersclasses.com. They deleted all of my posts and replaced them with spam posts. It was devastating to lose all of that work but I learned some valuable lessons about passwords. It’s hard to remember complicated passwords but now I know that my easy password was a target for hackers. As bad as it was, it gave me an opportunity  to change my domain name to match my business name so it will be easier for people to find.  To celebrate my new adventure, I am giving away a set of our “Pick 2 or 3” variety pack of labels featured here. Pick 2 or 3 Variety PackIt is a set of 30 labels and you can choose any 2 or 3 graphics in our Etsy store (mountainstreetarts.etsy.com) and have any 2 lines of type you would like. All you have to do is subscribe to my blog and leave a comment  letting me know how you keep cool while knitting or crocheting this summer. Contest will close at midnight on Saturday July 27th and winner will be chosen by random using the “winner is” plug in on Sunday July 28th. I hope you enjoy my new website and blog. Happy knitting and crocheting.