Business Life, Goals

Kickstart my heart

I finally did it after dreaming it up in my head.  I started a Kickstarter to help grow my small business.

My goal is to raise enough funds to buy more equipment to decrease my production time by at least 50% which will enable me to have more frequent shop updates.  One of those big ticket equipment items is a motorized skein winder.  Right now, I do all of my winding by hand with a swift and small Boye electric winder.  It works ok, but is definitely more labor intensive and slows me down.  Another purchase from the funds would be a small drum-carder so that I could produce and sell batts.  Other items that your pledge would help fund are an addi knitting machine so that I can produce my own sock blanks, undyed yarns and fibers, and equipment/ingredients for my new all natural skin care line.  I also have plans to produce all natural dyed yarns and fibers.

Please check out my Kickstarter campaign here.

I have many different rewards for each type of pledge.

Have a great day!

Shopping, Vintage Markets

Ideas Vintage Market – Sewickley, PA

My sister & I had the chance to go shopping together on a recent Saturday afternoon and when we can, we love to check out the cute shops and boutiques in Sewickley, a town local to us. So we stumbled upon Ideas Vintage Market on Beaver St. and WE LOVED IT! Words can’t describe how I first felt when I walked in.  The store is so well put together and there is honestly something for every aesthetic.  From French soaps to wine inspired candles to Hello Kitty necklaces, there are so many things to like about Ideas Vintage Market. My eyes were drawn almost immediately to the tablescape in the middle of the store.  Simply gorgeous.

This is a great vintage shop.  One to definitely check out if you are in the area.

The owner was very nice and let me take pictures for this post – thank you, Judith!


Accessories, Business Life, Crafting, Etsy

All that glitters…

20150325_121504I love it when I get an order through my Etsy shop for these fun decorated initials.

This order was done in all silver glitter per my customer’s request.

I love how they turned out!!  Makes a bit of a mess but nothing a wet paper towel couldn’t wipe up.

However, I definitely recommend layering newspaper or any sort of plastic down prior to beginning to save you from some of the clean up.

I can also customize initials with yarn / fabric / or decorative paper.  You can check out the listing here.


Knit-wear, Knitting links, Knitwear, Ravelry finds, Style, WIPs

Currently on the needles…

I am currently knitting on a custom fit sweater – courtesy of Amy Herzog’s fabulous website – and knitting with this wonderfully rustic Brooklyn Tweed Shelter yarn in colorway Button Jar. 

Amy Herzog is the queen of fit in my opinion and has really been successful with her “Knit To Flatter” book and her custom fit website. 

I am knitting my custom fit basic crewneck pullover.  Amy gives instructions to knit in pieces and also gives the option to knit “mostly seamless” bottom up in the round.  I decided to go that route which has proven to be a bit tricky because I am a top down raglan sweater kind of girl.  But oh well, I like a challenge…. and I also like going to my LYS (should I need some additional guidance) :)

So far so good.  I’m not too far but I’m almost done with the decreasing for the shaping to which afterwards I will knit for x amount of inches before having to increase for the shaping.  And then comes the hard part for me.  I will have to separate the front from the back and knit separately for each with regards to shaping the underarms. That will probably be my most challenging part of the entire thing but I was given some great advice by my Instagram friend, Jen… by the way, you should check out her patterns on Ravelry – they are awesome!  

I’ve been scouring the internet and YouTube for bottom up in the round step by step instructions and have found a few but none as in-depth as I’d like.  So the search will continue.

If anyone knows of any great resources regarding the above and would care to share, I would truly appreciate it!

So for now, I will leave you with a pic of this WIP.

I’d love to see what you all are currently knitting / crocheting  / crafting!

Random Acts of Craftiness

My other creative outlet…

Lately I have been supplementing my knitting and crocheting with some art.  It started out with colored pencil and has since migrated into watercolor painting.

After doing research on both colored pencil and watercolor painting, I decided to go with Prismacolor Premier colored pencils and Winsor & Newton watercolor tubes.  And both have been great!

Here are some pics on what I have been creating:

Accessories, Hand dyed fiber, Hand spun yarns, Spinning, Uncategorized

Handspun mitts

I found the perfect mitt pattern to go with this beautiful handspun.  The handspun was created from a beautiful braid of Yarn Hollow fiber in colorway “Squiddles”. It is a 3 ply and about 137 yards.

The mitts are a pattern from Purl Soho’s blog Purl Bee. They are the Super Soft Merino Hand Warmers.

The pattern calls for about 88 yards of Purl Soho’s Super Soft Merino yarn which is a chunky weight yarn. However, I had no problems substituting my own handspun.

This is a great pattern and the mitts turned out very well! This will definitely be my go to pattern for mitts!