Hooking with Mom

I went to my parent's house for the Thanksgiving weekend, I showed up at the front door with a small bag of clothes and a huge box of yarn, lol. I spent 4 great days there and loved every minute of it!

Of course, showing up with that much specialty yarn made my mom's creative fingers twitch, she wanted to make a cell phone case. I set her up with yarn and her own hook, and she did a really great job! It wasn't until she asked me to show her how to make an accent flower that the fun really began. It went something like this...

Heather: Ok... so here goes. First, chain 4. Then make a single crochet stitch.
Mom: Make a what?
Heather: A single crochet stitch. Put your hook in that hole, grab the yarn and pull it through.
Mom: Ok, now what?
Heather: Now a double crochet right... here.
Mom: How do you do that?
Heather: Wrap it, poke it in that hole, then pull it out again.
Mom: Ok. Did I do it right?
Heather: Yes! Let's do it again. Wait!
Mom: What?!
Heather: You have to wrap it first!
Mom: Do you always have to wrap it first?
Heather: Well... not always. Depends on who... I mean what stitch you're doing. Just keep going.
Mom: How many times? My fingers are starting to hurt!
Heather: You need to work your way all the way around the flower.
Mom: But I can't get it into this hole any more, it's too tight!
Heather: *snigger*
Mom: *dirty look*

After that joyful episode, our crochet lesson ended for the weekend. :) But we made some great cell phone cases!

Below is the pattern for the accent flowers. I made this up myself, and with a variation of yarn type and size, you can make many different looks!

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You will need:
Size F Hook
Yarn

SC = Single crochet
HDC = Half double crochet
DC = Double crochet
No gauge required

Step 1: Chain 5. Join in 1st chain to make ring.

Step 2: Chain 1. *SC in center ring. Chain 4*. Repeat from * 4 times. Join chain with slip stitch in 1st SC.

Step 3: In each petal made by chain, crochet the following: *1 SC, 1 HDC, 3 DC, 1 HDC, 1 SC*. Repeat from * 4 times.

(With a fuzzier yarn like a mohair, you can tie off the flower right now and it will look perfect! With more slender yarns, you can continue on for a double layer flower look.)

Step 4: Stitching in center hole and exiting through the back of each petal, crochet the following: *3 DC, 1 HDC, 1 SC*. Repeat from * 4 times. Join with slip stitch in 1st DC on 1st flower.

Step 5: Pull extra yarn to the back and tie off tightly. Accent the center with a button, beads, or other items.

I've been using these flowers on armwarmers, gifts, barrettes, headbands, cell phones... the possibilities are endless! Please feel free to use this pattern for your own use but not for resale purposes!

Ta-Da!!!

Confetti flies! Balloons fall! I hear a marching band in the distance and... can it be? RIP TAYLOR??

It happened! The thing I've been waiting on for weeks... my first sale! I'm sure I went through the same thought process everyone does, confusion as to where one of my items disappeared to, anger at Etsy for their bugs, frantic searching through inactive listings, and then... I checked the sold items! I couldn't believe I had sold an item!

This is the shop for the wonderful person who made my first sale: http://kristynskreations.etsy.com/ She creates baby items and her grandma makes baby blankets... together they make a great team! Check out their site!

Well, off to ship... YAY! Even the post office can't get me down today! :)

What luck!

Look how much better my pictures are getting! And I'm in another treasury! http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=23123 How exciting... My name is getting out there!

This is the shop for the wonderful person who put me in the treasury: http://thepeachtree.etsy.com

I'm spending the entire weekend at my parent's house for Thanksgiving, I miss them so much! I'm planning on bringing a TUB of yarn and creating at least five new items for my shop. I'd also like to take my pictures again. Constant improvement!

My goal for the weekend is:

Retake pictures and edit existing listings
List new pink armwarmers
List new plum armwarmers
Create and list maroon scarflette
Create grey cowl for Mum
Create teal mohair cell case for Kristie

Hopefully this will result in my first sale! I just have to stay off Mum's Xbox!

Treasury Alert!


I'm in a treasury! Here it is: http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=22322 It was listed by this wonderful etsyan: http://deelind.etsy.com.

I'm sad to say my etsy shop looks the same as it did a week ago. I had such plans! I was going to crochet an item a day, post on forums for 3 hours a day, and sell sell sell! Crazy, huh? I forgot to factor in the TIME it takes!

One good thing though, a very good thing! I had made a pair of my little wristwarmers as a gift from my mom to a friend of hers at work, and that got me two new fingerless glove orders. My mom received the gloves, gave them to the ladies they were intended for and I had five new orders 20 minutes later! FIVE!! In 20 minutes! Can you tell I'm excited yet??

I'm hard at work on the new gloves but missing my etsy shop. I want to post more items... but I'll have plenty of time for that later. Right now... my crochet needle awaits!

I've done it!






Today I opened my very own Etsy shop, my place for MY crafts! I've been lurking on Etsy for ages now, reading blogs, viewing items, planning, plotting, and then more planning. Finally I decided it's time to stop procrastinating and start crocheting!

I plan to keep this blog as a record of my success *crosses fingers* and hopefully to learn from my mistakes!

I think my main problem right now is my photos. I KNOW I made a great product, but who can tell! I have to read more photo how-tos, and of course accept criticism. Anybody? Really, anybody??

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