Monthly Archives: May 2013

My New Button Tin

While going through my Feedly, I came across a post from DIy’s Hooks and Yarns – a button giveaway – and it reminded me that I have not shared any images of my new button tin.

First, for the giveaway, you must leave a comment by Tuesday. I’m not one to generate my own competition (because quite frankly, I would LOVE to get those buttons), but I also want to share the blog with you and generate some traffic to Debi.

Anywhoozles, seeing her giveaway reminded me to share my new button tin. Now, that statement may give you the assumption that I have an “old” button tin – but I don’t. I have always loved buttons – I remember when I was a little girl and my grandma would let me play in her button tin. I liked scooping the buttons up and letting them trickle between my fingers like sand – being into texture (as most yarnies are), it was just a pleasure to play in her tin of buttons.

Since obtaining my own craft room, my buttons resided in various zip lock bags – some loose, others still on
their original cardboard holder. It was a rather pathetic display, if you ask me. My grandmother would have smirked, I’m sure of it…. she would have probably even went and bought me a proper tin for my buttons.

Well, Grandma, I’m no slacker – I have a new tin!

I picked it up at a local antique store. It’s tin… of course – black in color with what looks like a cross-stitched pattern of flowers on the top and a pattern around the outside. What makes it even better it that it has two handles, much like a picnic basket – all in all its in great condition. The inside is a bit scratched up but hey – that’s to be expected.

I would like to do a bit more research on the tin, but honestly – I have no idea where to begin.

Once I transferred all my buttons into the tin, I realized I have very few buttons at all! How does that happen?

Do you keep a button tin? Post a photo and post the URL in the comments section here. I’d love to see where you keep your buttons.


My Current Sock in Progress

I have decided to expand the blog a little bit without changing the name. I do a lot with yarn that isn’t just crochet. Now, while the blog will continue being primarily crochet – here goes a nice knit post.

I have come up with a pretty solid “vanilla sock” – a repeatable process, if you will. So, after making a few pairs using my recipe, I decided to make a fancier sock.

This sock is being knit with base inspiration from this pattern I found on Ravelry: Waffle House Sock by Brooklyn Handspun.

When I say that its inspired, I’ll say that I could follow the basic pattern but I used a different cast on and increase type… and different weight yarn which means a different number of stitches cast on.

I admit, I am NOT good at modifying knit patterns – I consider myself rather novice when it comes to knitting. So truthfully, I feel pretty good about these socks (outside of the fact the pattern isn’t acting very nice right now as I have a large blob of grey in the back on the leg of the sock….. ). I think they are working up rather nicely although it is slow going.

What this pattern/experience has given me is a little confidence in modifying a pattern to suit my yarn – and an idea of how to create another pattern about “how to make your own sock patterns based on my vanilla sock” – pretty exciting stuff!

That’s my sock in progress….

I have really enjoyed doing socks so I think there is a good chance that I will always have a SIP to show you.


Oh… Feedly…

Just a quite note so everyone knows that I have flipped over to Feedly. I’m very disappointed that Google is removing Google Reader, but we all must move along and try something new. Me…. I’m headed to Feedly!


Sometimes Maybe…

I can’t say that I’m “back” in the sense that I’d be posting every day, but I do know that this morning I had a couple ideas for new patterns and got that urge to write. I actually went over to WordPress and registered a free blog over there. I haven’t written anything for it but it does have a more “generalized” title. There is just something about Blogger, about being on a Google site, that just makes me feel “blah” – perhaps its time I just bought my own URL and did my own thing.

I dunno.

I’m pondering the switch – I just know it will be a lot of work because I have SO many patterns being linked to this site. This means I need to copy all the patterns over to the new site AND notify all the web directories that link to my patterns that the URL has changed.

Is it worth it?

I do know that I have a couple ideas for patterns that won’t be a free pattern. One is a booklet of sorts that I want to have more than 5 patterns. It is important for me to feel like someone gets their money’s worth when it comes to buying patterns. I can’t tell you how many times I see a pattern and the price is 5or 6 dollars – While I wouldn’t mind having the pattern, I just don’t see it as worth paying that much for. Maybe its because I’m super cheap, but yea – I want to make sure people feel as if they are getting their money’s worth when they buy a pattern from me.

Hmmm maybe that’s why I have only put one up for sale :P

Well, just know that I’m alive and well – I’m still playing with yarn.

OH, I did finish the wingspan (finally) and I’m about 3/4 of the way done with the Navajo blanket….. and I have knit several pair of socks!

Honestly, I think that my sock making deserves a category of its own. I have come up with my own “vanilla sock” pattern – I want to write it up and get it posted, but because of my above statements, I do think it would be a “for sale” pattern BUT I want to make sure that I explain how you can easily modify the sock and create your own patterns. I think only then would it be worth buying…. otherwise it just needs to be posted for free.

Ok ok.. enough of my whining/update. *smiles*

I think the fact its raining kinda puts a damper on my mood. Time to smile and work on my mom’s sock.