Weekend Updates

Just a few quick FYI-type announcements today!

I have just released a couple pattern updates which you can read about below! These are things I’ve adjusted based on feedback from customers that I am excited to have finally gotten done. If you have already purchased these patterns you should be able to download the new version by accessing your purchase history and finding the download link.

Also, I will be taking a couple days off starting Friday the 23rd because I’ll be busy with family activities 🙂 Hope you have a good one! I’ll be back to responding to questions and comments on Monday the 26th of June.

Pattern Updates:
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The pattern for the Plus Size Sol Halter Top has gotten an extended photo tutorial section for working the motif join, edging, and straps! 20 new photos have been added to make navigating the finishing parts of this halter top easier 🙂

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And for the Lotus Mandala Vest, I have added STITCH COUNTS for every round! Hooray, finally! This should help clear up some of the more common questions that people have had when working this pattern. Also, did you know that I recently released a tutorial for adding cardigan sleeves to this vest?

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That’s all for now! ❤

-MF

 

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Sneak Peaks

Now that I’ve had a full week to catch up on various life-type things, I can post a few fun pictures from my vending adventures! I had a great time camping and drumming and dancing and wheeling and dealing, as usual – I didn’t manage to take any photos of myself, but I did get my best boo Danielle to strut her stuff in my Janis Duster in front of our little booth!

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There’s a few items hanging up in these photos that represent my next couple of designs – but I’m not telling! 😉 Okay, maybe one more sneak peak, since I’ve been working intensely on finishing up this pattern all week:

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Just a few more days!

-MF

Gone Vending

It’s time once again for my biannual camping/vending trip! I’ve been super busy making a ton of cute stuff to stock my booth, which is why these pictures are all crummy Instagram phone photos instead of nice camera ones.

This camping trip is always low-tech, which means I will be unavailable to respond to questions or comments until the 30th! Thanks in advance for your patience 🙂

See you soon! ❤

-MF

Crafting Withdrawal

Well, all of my everything is now moved to the new place! But not, unfortunately, unpacked or organized in any logical fashion. In addition to the continued chaos of me having way too much stuff, I’ve also got the last month of the semester to wrangle with still – all of this has resulted in me not really crafting a damn thing since spring break. I’ve practically got the DT’s from this, I’m serious.

On the bright side, I happen to have had a big mindless knit project laying around, on which I could squeak in a few rows here and there in between moving and cleaning and class to relieve stress. So that no one got mysteriously disemboweled with craft scissors. Somehow.

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Full story on this thing is still to come, once I (finally) finish it. I’ve had it laying around for over a year, gradually consuming and assimilating various scrap yarns. However, it came out YUGE. Like, thrice as big as I meant it to – used up the scrap yarn thrice as fast of course, which is good, because I have this whole bag full of it:

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But first, writing papers and unpacking. Cringe.

-MF

 

(Not Really) Spring (Not Really) Break

The title says it all, really – my spring break from school was heralded by extremely cold temperatures and snowstorms since it’s Indiana and a mess of personal life responsibilities since, as it turns out, I will be moving at the end of the month.

So I’m scrambling to get all my ducks in a pile, which includes the horrifying prospect of organizing and packing my craft supplies and cleaning out my work area desk in which I have been deeply entrenched for three years.

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WHY AM I LIKE THIS

Part of this process included finishing, photographing, and listing the pile of crocheted pieces I’ve been slowly completing this semester, so I managed to do an Etsy Shop update with some new and new-ish handmade stuff! The end, see you later.

No, just kidding, I’m totally going to list them all and comment on them. I love lists!

Flower Child Pullovers

From left to right : A large, two mediums, and a small in the Flower Child Pullover design, which happens to be my latest pattern, which is why I have a bunch of them lying around (from pattern testing, you see). All of these are available in my shop along with the originals from the pattern model photos.

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The left is a size medium with beaded chain fringe added, the right is a Plus size with a super sweet OM embellishment! Both are in my Etsy shop, as well as both patterns (but you can get all sizes in one pattern bundle and save $2)

Foxglove Pixie Belt

Every time I make another one of these crocheted utility belts, it’s my new favorite. This one features a super soft and silky Fox tail that is also a secret pouch! Also a simple floral circular pouch and a ruffled blossom shaped drawstring bag – and fits waist sizes up to around 50″ and is adjustable with button and tie closures – you can get it here. I’ve also got two other pixie utility belts still available in shop.

Lotus Mandala Vests

Two different Lotus Mandala Vests for which you can find the free pattern here – both made with Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball, which is absolutely awesome for this piece and I can’t decide if I like it better with this or with the original 24/7 cotton – but with Shawl in a Ball all the color changing is done for you, which is a bonus!

That vest on the left has added sleeves, so it’s sort of a mixture of the Lotus Vest and the Lotus Duster, except the sleeves are a more toned down cardigan style instead of the crazy mega-bell duster sleeves, and they are made to fit on the Vest shoulder yoke, not the duster one. A pattern-slash-tutorial for how I did those on the vest will definitely be forthcoming, but with all the moving and school and crazyness I can’t say exactly when.

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Oh SPEAKING of the Lotus Duster, I made another, this time with some pretty slate blue handspun merino, gray cotton blend commercial yarn, and deep navy recycled sweater cotton yarn. I LOVE IT. I did this for revamping the Lotus Duster pattern, but unfortunately I still have some tweaking to do. When it’s all done it will get the same treatment as the Lotus Vest, which is an official rewrite on the blog and availability in PDF format.

Granny Vest

I’ve been loving some granny square vests on Pinterest lately (have you followed my crochet board? You should). This was my first attempt at designing one and I am TOTALLY addicted now and want to do one in every color. SO CUTE. Should I do a pattern? I think I should.

The End.

For real this time, because I need to go eat real food. I’ve been running on Doritos and fruit snacks for hours now.

-MF

Batty Kitty Sweater (Rar!)

So you know that feeling when you live in the Midwest in January and you don’t see the sun for like three weeks? And the sky just sort of spits rain on you constantly and everything is soggy and gray everywhere you look every day? Okay, maybe you don’t know that feeling, but I definitely do.

For me it’s a feeling of being morose and unmotivated and (apparently) listening to a lot of The Smiths while huddled in bed freezing because it’s really expensive to heat my cheaply constructed apartment. Clearly the only answer is a big, cocoon-like sweater, decked out with a hood and a front pocket so as much of you can disappear into it as possible!

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The Patient Photographer got me a home photo studio and a set of funky backdrops as a gift! And of course, one of them was a big fat moon because he knows me.

This started out as a project to test the waters for a design I had in mind, but it kind of grew up to be its own thing as it went along – and it grew cat ears, too! Probably as a result of loving on so many people’s pink kitty hats recently. I also wanted to try out the trendy batwing / dolman sleeve / box sweater style, so I guess it could be a bat sweater too if spooky-cute animals are your thing (I freaking love bats).

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No pattern for this baby, but I AM working on a new pattern design even though I am WAY behind schedule on it, because this semester is already killing me.

I CAN tell you that I did use 10 skeins of Jo-Ann Fabric’s brand Buttercream in Angel Hair, and it’s THE. SOFTEST. Combined with a 9.00 mm hook, this project was fast enough to do off the cuff in between homework, and since I was winging (ha) it, I no have to use me brain much. Which is good because it not work right.

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Rar?

-MF

Stuff I Made

This blog has been dead air lately, which is in my humble opinion INCREDIBLY LAME. The spirit is willing but the time allotment is pretty weak, what with school and final projects and such. I have still been stitching away however, mostly on custom pieces and gifts, so at least I have some pictures to throw down!

So in lieu of an actual blog post, here’s some stuff I made. I’ve got new patterns and freebies brewing away of course, but they have to wait their turn.

I made this Unicorn hat on a whim, but it was quickly claimed as a Christmas gift and led to a request for a similarly styled giraffe hat for a different young lady. Which I didn’t get a picture of because I totally forgot. Because my brain has been running on fumes. Anyway, both animal hats were made using my Deer Hat pattern as a base!

I did, to my own astonishment, actually make it through spinning the giant pile of alpaca fiber I wrote about in my Pounds of ‘Paca blog post. I’d like to photograph the entirety of the cushy, luxurious pile of yarn I produced, but since I BOUGHT EVEN MORE alpaca fiber to add to this madness, I’ll wait. Alpaca mountain, here I come.

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It’s Coraline! This was a special commission for my friends’ little girl, who loves all things creepy. I used Carmen Rent’s Coraline Doll pattern as a template (it was great!) and freestyled the rest. Couldn’t be happier with the way she came out!

The big piece I just completed was this lovely bright lotus duster, made custom for an Etsy order. I used my best sweater-hunting skills to create the color scheme she requested and I just love how bright yet soft the colors came out! Handspun Merino/Silk blend creates the central mandala, then brushed alpaca / silk (the fuschia) and pure silk yarn (the lime green). The main body is several recycled cotton sweater yarns, one that I plied myself on the wheel in order the get the correct weight.

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The pattern for the Lotus Duster can be found on my blog for free, although I admit the instructions remain a little rough and I’ve been wanting to fix them for like forever. It’s one my To Do list. Which is about a mile long right now, ha! Still, keep an eye out because I’m (pretty) sure I’ll actually do that one.

-MF