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,
I immediately ordered the pattern to make the soles with rope
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.
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.
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 .
April 16, 2015
Spring has finally arrived here in Massachusetts. As recently as last weekend we were still getting sleet and cold weather. But this week it has been in the 50s and 60s and sunny. I love this time of year when I can open all the windows and air the house out.
In the morning I wake up to the birds tweeting and they have already started building nests in our birdhouses.
I noticed the first daffodils popping up in the garden today. A sure sign of Spring!
And, I sat out on the deck and knit this afternoon. My current project is a mat for a shelf in our family room. I found the pattern on Pinterest. It’s kind of tedious and slow going as every 4 stitches is a cable. Row 1 is front cables all the way across. Row 2 is Purled all the way across, Row 3 is back cables all the way across and Row 4 is purled all the way across. I love the woven fabric it produces. I am making it out of a linen cotton blend which is perfect for wam weather knitting. The yarn comes on a cone and it’s Valley Yarns Cotton 10/2 and I have doubled it up to make it thicker.
Speaking of cotton, we just introduced our new Organic cotton labels. It’s a fabulous lightweight cotton that is so soft, yet durable for all of your handmade garments. I love the natural look of these labels. They are the perfect finishing touch. They have really taken off and we have received a lot of positive feedback on them. Here are some of this week’s custom orders we’ve done.
Most people know by now that my dog Bailey is very spoiled. In fact when you google “Mountain Street Arts” his picture comes up in images for that search.
Now that my son is grown, there is no one to baby and take care of, so our dog fills that void in my life and he loves the attention. He is adorable and I wanted to have something in the house with his picture on it other than the framed pictures I have scattered about. I love to rughook and I hadn’t done it in a few years so I thought I would make a pillow in his honor. Yes, a pillow for Prince Bailey. I printed out my favorite picture of him on transfer paper and transferred it to a piece of burlap using a heat press. I had to use a very loose weave of fabric as the transfer paper leaves a residue on the the material that somewhat fills in the holes. I had done this process before on a piece of regular rug hooking material and it was difficult to stick the hook through the material. The burlap worked out much better.
Rughooking is a great way to use up some of my yarn stash. The whole project went pretty quickly.
I like to use a cotton backing on my pillows, even the ones I knit. All it needs now is a rughooking label. Our labels add the finishing touch to any project. Check them out at mountainstreetarts.etsy.com or mountainstreetarts.com
The last couple of months have been frigid. I don’t think it’s been above 20 degrees. I have been staying in cuddling up by the pellet stove. I am thankful I love to do crafts as it helps with the cabin fever I have been feeling. Otherwise I would be bored. As much as I love to knit, crochet and rughook, I am looking forward to spring and gardening. What crafts do you do to chase away cabin fever?