Tuesday, April 14, 2015

in search of inspiration and the kamloops quilt show.

 
Inspiration can come from many places, and when I'm in a crochet slump rarely do I turn to crochet for inspiration. Instead I head in a different direction and explore other creative avenues. For example this weekend Heathers Fabric Shelf of Kamloops B.C. hosted the 6th Annual Quilt Show and I knew that this would be the perfect place to visit for a creative pick me up. Upon entering the quilt display I was immediately greeted by these 2 friendly faces, Dave and Carolyn of 2GoodClaymates. You may remember that we recently teamed up with them for our "random friday freebie - crochet hook giveaway".


 
 
 They had a beautiful table set up displaying their many wares handcrafted from polymer clay.
 
 
 
 
Of course it was exciting to see their crochet hooks...
 

 
 
...and their large selection of creative buttons.
 
 
 
 
I am especially fond of their new "yarn ball button".
 
 
 
 
And doesn't Dave and Carolyn's display of interchangeable jewelry remind you of crochet motifs?
 
 
 
 
It makes me think about how pretty it would be to dress up a crochet project with a random scattering of colourful flowers.
 

 
 
Also, Dave and Carolyn carry a large selection of scarf jewelry...
 
 
 
 
...which would make a gorgeous addition to your favorite crochet scarf!
 

 

And I won't lie, it was super encouraging to see them using a picture of my crochet pattern for the "Weekend Cowl" to promote their buttons!
 

 
 
At the very next table was Donna of Donna's Yarn & Craft, one of our very own local yarn stores.
 

 
 
 In addition to yarn Donna also carries a large collection of handcrafted shawl pins, buttons and beads. Donna and her mom ,Elsie, are always quick to answer your questions and the best part is....they are crochet friendly!
 

 
 
Then of course there was the large array of quilts...
 
 
 
 
I always find autumn inspiring so this next design, creatively embellished with leaf motifs, was a personal favorite!
 
 
 
 
Although the following quilt isn't actually a true harlequin, I've recently become obsessed with the harlequin diamond pattern, and I've been trying to come up with a way to incorporate it into a crochet design.
 
 
 
 
I am also obsessed with postage stamp art. I have no idea how to incorporate that into crochet, but railroad tracks is an interesting design element.
 
 
 
 
I love the little chevron border on this piece.
 
 
 
 
And lastly, lots of crochet motif and paisley inspiration.
 
 
 
 
I am happy to say that I found the inspiration that I needed not only in the colour and designs of the quilts, but also in the friendly faces and conversations that I had with the local artisans. The entire event was very encouraging, and renewed my enthusiasm for my own craft.
 
 
 
 
kim.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

new crochet pattern - striped baskets by tara schreyer.

Striped Baskets by Tara Schreyer

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/striped-baskets


I love storage!! You can never have enough of it. Create yourself something functional and pretty all at the same time. These little containers are great for storing anything and everything...from the nursery to the laundry room!

The pattern offers instructions for three different sizes:
Small: 4" (10.2 cm) diameter x 2.75" (7 cm) high
Medium: 5.25" (13.3 cm) diameter x 3.125" (8 cm) high
Large: 6.5" (16.5 cm) diameter x 3.5" (9 cm) high



Purchase this pattern using the "Buy Now" link and receive 20% off. No coupon code is necessary!  
Offer valid until April 12, 2015.
**For our EU friends, head over to www.loveknitting.com
The price there reflects the discounted price**

tara.

Friday, March 20, 2015

photo gallery - felted toddler slip-ons.

We absolutely love it when our customers share pictures of their finished projects made from our patterns. Check out these awesome Felted Toddler Slip-ons made by Laura of LKsCreativeThread. 


I love them!! The little embellishments are the perfect touch to these slippers. She used ribbon across the top of the foot and handmade the little flowers. How you ask? I was curious too so I had to ask! "The flowers I handmade with wool felt I also got at Joanne s . I made the flowers behind cutting a round (how big I wanted the flower) then cut into it a spiral then rolled it and sewed it together then sewed them on. It was so much fun.. possibilities are endless!" Laura says.

And if her creativity on these slippers weren't enough, here is another pair that she made using the same pattern!


Isn't this little guy precious?? And look at him sporting his new "cookie monster" slippers.  Laura created these slippers using KnitPicks yarn. The eyes were added by using some white acrylic yarn and a bit of black felt.  They are adorable!

As Laura said, the possibilities are endless!  We look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with for their finished projects.  Please feel free to share your pictures with us either by emailing us at knotsewcute@gmail.com or by posting your projects on www.ravelry.com.

Be sure to check out Laura and Kristine's Etsy shop, LKsCreativeThread for more wonderful knit and crocheted creations! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!



tara.








Tuesday, March 17, 2015

sneak peek.


Here is a little set that I have been working on. Nice bright colours to welcome spring!!

 
 
 
This pattern will include instructions to make 3 different sized bowls. They are made up holding 2 strands of cotton, making the sides nice and sturdy. Hoping to work on the pattern this week and have it available to you all soon!


tara.




Monday, March 2, 2015

and the winner is.....


We are excited!! This morning we got to pick a winner ​for the "Handcrafted Interchangeable Crochet Hook Set" giveaway. A beautiful set designed by 2GoodClaymates, complete with a handcrafted polymer clay handle and adorable stitch markers now belongs to.....
 
 CHERYL B.
 
Congrats Cheryl!  Hope you enjoy the set!


Sorry to all those that didn't win but please be sure to check your emails a little later today.  We are working on a little something for you as well as a thank you for participating!
 
 
tara and kim.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

random friday freebie - crochet hook giveaway!


It's our first "random friday freebie" for 2015 and we have something very special planned for you! We are giving away this beautiful, handcrafted, interchangeable crochet hook set!


http://2goodclaymates.blogspot.ca/


We have teamed up with local artisans, Dave and Carolyn of 2GoodClaymates, and we are very excited to be able to offer this wonderful set valued at $65.00 USD (approx. $80.00 CAD). This interchangeable crochet hook is not only pretty to look at, but it also feels great in your hand.


https://www.etsy.com/shop/2GoodClaymates


The flowers, leaves, and their signature lady bugs are not painted on, but rather they are created in the clay itself from Dave and Carolyn's own canes. Thin slices from the canes are then carefully applied to the crochet hook. Each hook they make then goes through a process which involves 3 bakings. The hook is then sanded by hand to create a silky smooth finish. Although this next picture is of their coloured floral set, it gives you an idea as to just how labour intensive this process is.


http://2goodclaymates.blogspot.ca/


To ensure authenticity the bottom of hook is stamped with their signature logo.


https://www.etsy.com/shop/2GoodClaymates


Also included with this kit are 2 super adorable crochet stitch markers...a sweet little lady bug and a double sided leaf. They are perfect for crochet as they easily open to attach to your stitches and stay securely closed until removed. Plus, the polymer clay is super light so they don't pull on your work.


http://2goodclaymates.blogspot.ca/


This set includes 8 interchangeable heads ranging in size from a 3.00 mm to a 7.00 mm, and the entire set is nicely enclosed in this soft faux leatherette case that fits in the palm of your hand.

 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/2GoodClaymates


Be sure to check out all of 2GoodClaymates goodies, on Facebook, Etsy or their blog. With so many beautiful things, you will be sure to find something you love. 

The draw will begin today and is open to both local and international crocheters. The draw will end Sunday, March 1st, 2015 at midnight (Eastern Standard Time). The winner will be randomly picked using random.org on Monday, March 2nd, and will be contacted the same day via email or Facebook. You can also check back here on Monday to see if you are the winner!!  

To enter the contest:


Entering your name is simple and you will be happy to know there is a variety of ways to do so. Please see below for the tasks you can complete. You can choose to do as many or as few as you like. Each task is worth one entry. Have fun! Hope you win!!
 


a Rafflecopter giveaway  

kim and tara.

Monday, February 23, 2015

rainbow lollipops - crochet hooks.

Some time ago we talked about some beautiful polymer clay buttons created by our very own local artists, 2GoodClaymates. You can find our original post here. Well, much to our delight, we recently discovered that Dave and Carolyn of 2GoodClaymates have come up with their very own line of polymer clay crochet hooks, and they now have them listed in their etsy shop. There is something for every taste, but these are the ones that I chose.


And of course they make crochet stitch markers to match...  


The stitch markers come in a set of five different colors, and we love that they come with a lobster claw clasp so you can easily attach them to your favorite project bag.


Check out this detail....each crochet hook is stamped on the bottom with the size.


I didn't know a lot about working with polymer clay. Actually, I didn't really know anything, so I was surprised to see how much work goes into each hook.  If you are like me and think that you simply buy a sheet of clay and wrap it around the hook, then you need to check out this post by Dave and Carolyn.


Dave and Carolyn are a delightful and generous couple, and we have teamed up with them to offer you some wonderful giveaways. In fact, we have a fantastic giveaway planned for the end of this week. If you are on our mailing list, you will be receiving an email with all of the details. If you are not on our mailing list then we encourage you to either sign up here, or be sure to check back this Friday, February 27th 2015. This is a giveaway that you don't want to miss!!!



kim.