Hats Hats Hats

Where I live, we tend to get some pretty decent winters. And I’ve never been a big fan. I really hate being cold. Funnily enough, I love skiing, but if I was never cold again, I think I’d gladly give it up. 

As much as I dislike winter, I love where I live. We have four full seasons, mountains, lakes, and it’s truly the most beautiful place in the world to me. So, I bear with the long cold winters. 

One of the many reasons I got into crochet was to make cold-weather items that were cute, warm, and versatile. I love a good scarf and beanie and being able to make my own not only ensured I’d be warm, but I’d have enough to go with just about any outfit or color combo imaginable. 

My very first hat, boy was that a hot mess: 

Yikes

 
For a long time, I exposed all my family members to “gift” pieces like the one above. Sorry guys. But hey, practice is how you get better, right? Now that I have about a zillion hats under my belt, I’m pretty comfortable with just making them up as I go along, and that’s what’s so great about crochet, you can just make shit stuff up and it’ll work out. Or it won’t, but it’s easy-peasy to undo just about anything. 

I love pom poms, every hat should have one.

While we’re talking hats, see anything you like? Check my shop or message me for something special! I promise, it won’t look like that monstrosity at the top of this post. 

Weaver Fever

As I began building up my Etsy shop, I started an Instagram account to share projects and to hopefully attract more visits to my shop. Through Instagram, I discovered so many amazing creators, from knitters and crocheters to graphic artists and photographers. And eventually, weavers. I instantly became enamored with weaving and followed every weaver I could find! It all looked so beautiful, and challenging and I was seriously awestruck by some of the talent out there.

Of course, I got to a point where just ogling weavings wasn’t enough for me, I wanted to learn to create my own. There’s a wonderful tutorial on A Beautiful Mess that I used to get started. My first creation was small, but I was instantly in love with the craft.

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My first little baby weaving.

I’ve kept at it, and my husband even obliged me by making a large loom for some bigger pieces, which I absolutely love.

It’s been a fun journey, and I’m learning more everyday. As I’ve said before, there are so many talented folks out there who generously share what they know with the rest of us and its so fun to add new techniques as I learn them.

If you’re curious about weaving, I really recommend the tutorial on A Beautiful Mess, it’s easy to follow and there are some additional lessons available after you’ve mastered the basics. Who knows, you might just find your new favorite hobby!

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After I mastered the elephant amigurumi, I started pinning tons of other cute animal tutorials to my Pinterest board (anyone else addicted to that site?). I had owls, and kitties, and unicorns, all pinned and ready for me to try. Quick sidenote: can we all give a HUGE thanks to all the wonderful creators out there who share their patterns and tutorials for free? I’ve learned so much from generous folks who do this and am very grateful! 

Anyways, I had all these fun and adorable amigurumi ideas planned when I received an invitation to my dear friend’s son’s first birthday party. And on that invitation? A bright blue dinosaur. I had to make one for the birthday boy. 

Being a complete amigurumi novice, I knew I needed to find a pattern, but not just any pattern, I wanted it to look as close to that dinosaur invitation as it could. That’s a pretty tall order, but I found it on Maggie Makes Stuff and it was SO perfect! Her pattern was incredibly easy to follow and took me no time at all and, ta-da! Cute dinosaur for the cute birthday boy: 


This little guy could not have been more perfect and I loved it so much, I made another for my brother’s 25th birthday (we’re big nerds). 


I mean, come on, how cute are these guys? So cute, and so tiny, they fit right in the palm of your hand, which is the perfect size for little kiddos, and big ones, like my brother. 

So, there it is, my second amigurumi adventure, the adorable dinosaur. 

Elephant

I wanted to learn how to create amigurumi; I have a lot of friends with babies and small children and I thought it would be wonderful to be able to make cute animals for baby showers.

After some searching, I came across the cutest amigurumi elephant on All About Ami and it was just what I’d been looking for!

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These little guys have become one of my favorite projects, and I love that I am able to customize them by color for a special gift; or for myself, because if I’m being real here, I’m more than mildly obsessed with stuffed animals. Fastest way to my heart? Stuffed animals. And pizza. But I digress. I’ve lost track of how many of these fellas I’ve made, but suffice it to say, I’ve gotten pretty speedy at pumping them out, AND bonus-they are available for order in my shop! You know you want one. 

 

First blog post

Hello! Now that I’ve had my Etsy shop for over a year, I’ve decided its time to take my fiber crafting to the next level. Enter: blog. I’ve tried to keep up with blogging in the past and it just did not stick. But, my hope with this one is to share something that I’m actually passionate about, creating things.

I have had a lot of fun over the past 18 months developing my crochet and weaving skills and styles and I’m looking forward to furthering my abilities. And how better to share this journey (and keep track for myself) than a blog? Right?

So, welcome, I hope you enjoy my things!