Shop handmade from home this year. 🛍 There are SO many great makers showing up for the virtual show this year. I don’t know about you, but I’m super excited to get some holiday shopping done and still be able to support local makers.
Handmade Detroit had to get creative this year for DUCF and they killed it. Check out the web site and all the lovely makers selling their swag now through Dec. 6. Plus, visit the DUCF instagram for special events on Fridays and instagram takeovers by all the vendors.
Our instagram takeover over is Sunday, December 6, 9am – 2pm.
Times are so crazy right now. I’m incredibly grateful for my health and safety right now! My family and friends have all been healthy and safe at home during this Covid era. And I couldn’t be more thankful.
Trying to keep myself busy over the last several months has been a challenge. I think we’re all discovering how much a health pandemic will mess with our minds. I’ve been dyeing yarn, learning to crochet, learning to garden, working on my house and playing with my dog. 🐶
I crocheted a bunch of towels in order to get some practice in for a bigger project that I’m working on. Butttttt somehow I still managed to crochet a shawl I’m working on into a triangle instead of a rectangle. 😂 Oops!
Another fun thing I’ve been able to do has been dyeing yarn with stuff growing in my yard! I was able to dye with mulberries this summer and coming up this week, I’ll be dyeing with pokeberries. Yay!
Wow. The last few months have been a rollercoaster! I’ve had a lot of personal life changes and a ton of maker shows. So, I prioritized making things and getting to shows over updating the web site. 😓 Sorry friends! However, I was able to successfully navigate the holiday craft season. Yay!
I’ve just wrapped up my holiday shows and I’m now on to finishing up custom orders and preparing myself for a nice, deep holiday slumber. 💤
Just wrapped up two hot and sticky days at Detroit Maker Faire!
Reusable water balloons were a big, big, BIG success. Yay! I loved watching people test out the water balloons (of course, I had a bowl full of water with balloons in it to try out. I expected all the kids to throw them at each other…. but actually, adults tended to throw them at each other more than the kids. 🤣
Guess who was accepted into the Detroit Handmade show for a second year?! That’s right – Purl You Crazy! Jen and I will be back and even more excited than ever. This is one of our favorite shows to attend and to vend. If you’ve never been to the Detroit Urban Craft Fair… GET YOUR LIFE TOGETHER! You need to go. It’s an amazing show at the Masonic Temple in Detroit full of straight up bad ass makers and artists. ❤
I love a challenge, so when I was approached about creating a lightweight version of the very cozy WOOL sweater cowl, the District 12, I thought sure! I can do that. Why not?
So I grabbed my trusty pattern that I purchased several years ago. There are no instructions on how to alter the pattern AND my pattern is so old that I can no longer find it online. So I was on my own if I wanted to adjust it. It seemed like it might be easy to adjust the size by simply using a different type of yarn and adding a few stitches to adjust for the gauge.
I got about half way through my pattern and it looked like everything was going my way. The herringbone stitch was turning out beautifully, the customer loved the grey hues of the yarn, the yarn was soft and breathable. It was looking good and I was pretty damn proud of myself.
BUT THEN… I got into the home stretch and realized my beautiful masterpiece that I was so proud of was turning out a larger than I anticipated. No problem. I’ll just decrease more often, right?
The cowl still seemed to turn out rather large, I thought. I don’t want this cowl to hang off the customer – all frumpy like. I want it to sit nicely on her, just like the original. Maybe I’m just being too hard on myself? Maybe this lightweight version is going to be perfect for her. Maybe the largeness will make it more cozy. What do you think? Does it look frumpy or perfect?
Either way, it was a good lesson in making alterations to projects.