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Sock Monkey Blanket

Please excuse the crummy pictures, I promise that I am in the process of getting some better ones. But, this guy right here, my super adorable sock monkey blanket, is actually one of my favorite early pieces, especially of my own designs. Now, I say my own design, but there is obviously nothing super spectacular or difficult about this guy was made. A circle, a semi circle, and two 3/4 circles. Then add some eyes, a nose, and a smile. Really, really simple and quick to work up.

No, what I love about this guy is actually the yarn. This guy is made of a nylon yarn, so he is actually too warm and heavy to be used casually as a blanket, But, the softness, the texture, it is perfect for a tummy time mat or to lay on top of in general. I used Lion Brand Quick & Cozy yarn. And I have a feeling it will be discontinued soon, as I don’t see much of it on the website anymore. But man oh man, do I love that stuff.

I ordered it just on a whim one day while ordering an obscene amount of yarn from the LB clearance section. I just wanted to try all sorts of different textures, thicknesses, and fibers in general. It took me forever to decide what to make with this, because it is just so different from my other yarns. If you have never worked with a nylon yarn, touch some, your life will suddenly make sense. Well, not really, because it is amazing, but you can’t put it in the washer/dryer which makes it a pain in the rump too.

 

Anyway, I love this guy. He is one of my absolute favorites because I just like to touch him. (It’s a little inappropriate, ehh? Touching my monkey. Teehee!)

 

 

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May

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May should make for an interesting month. Personally, I have a lot to handle this month. However, I am only out of town for one weekend, so it should be more feasible to get some serious crocheting done. We shall see.

 

May 1 – Charity

May 8 – 4th of July Props

May 15 – Free Week

May 22 – Pinup

May 29 – Halloween Props

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April Review

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April was a really bad month, shop-wise, personally, the whole nine. Nothing really came to fruition. But, I suppose that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

 

April Plan

Mar 27 – Free Week
Did pretty much nothing. Made another fox rug for an employee whose wife is pregnant.

Apr 3 – Summer Props
I made a really cool strawberry photo prop…but no one knew what it was and everyone hated it…so yea…there’s that.

Apr 10 – WIPs
I worked on exactly 0 WIP products…and made an adult lap throw. 

Apr 17 – Skull Shawls
I almost completed one….

Apr 24 – Halloween Props
I actually just finished my skull shawl. I should probably work on Halloween props, as they are my big seller, but I am short on the funds to buy the right yarn. :-:

 

 

Yarn Purchased in April

0 yards (amazing!!)

 

Yarn Crocheted in April

3,387 yards total
770 yards of Bernat Blanket yarn (adult lap blanket)
1,117 yards of Lion Brand Ice Cream Big Scoop (skull shawls)
1500 yards of I Love This Yarn (Strawberry prop, fox rug)

 

Sales History

  • 2013
    • Not Open
  • 2014
    • 0 sales for 0 items
  • 2015
    • 11 sales for 11 items, increase in revenue
  • 2016
    • 11 sales for 12 items, increase in revenue
  • 2017
    • 2 sales for 2 items, large decrease in revenue
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April

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April is actually looking to be a lot of fun for me. I am really digging everything I scheduled this month, and that makes it much easier to get back into the swing of working. I am still trying to work on skirts and dresses as I have a chance, plus I have a couple of baby gifts that I need to knock out of the park this month…but, I think I will be okay.

 

Mar 27 – Free Week

Apr 3 – Summer Props

Apr 10 – WIPs

Apr 17 – Skull Shawls

Apr 24 – Halloween Props

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Adventures In Sewing

I recently got a bug up my butt with the intense need to do something different. I love crochet, but after the holidays, it just fell off my radar. I needed to do something different, something new. So, I started watching random YouTube crafting tutorials. I figured, maybe something quick and easy would strike my fancy. And then, I found Annika’s channel. I am absolutely in love wither YouTube channel, and with her voice. I spent hours and hours watching sewing tutorials, knowing that I could pretty much never do any of the stuff, but hey, it gave me something to watch and dream about.

So, one day while my husband and older girl were off getting tattooed, I decided to brave the rainstorm and take my younger girl to JoAnn Fabric. I sort of just set her 11 year old self free and told her to pick out what she liked. Approximately 100-150 yards of fabric later, we were ready to get home. So, I spent a few more hours studying some tutorials (as it had been approximately 10 years since I had done any real sewing), and decided, hey! This half circle skirt doesn’t look so hard!

Yea…it didn’t look hard at all. So, I got to cutting out material. I even had enough to make 4 skirts! Yay! Matchy-matchy for myself, my two girls, and my 5 (almost 6!!) year old niece!

So, armed with super adorable Valentine’s fabric and Youtube knowledge, I started sewing…

 

 

The front actually didn’t turn out too shabby. Especially considering I was too lazy to iron the fabric first, AND I totally forgot to wash it before I cut it. :-: But yea, the waist band was super cute, as long as you don’t look too closely at the stitching to see how uneven it is…

 

The back though…apparently, zippers are harder than I imagined. The stitching is uneven and terrible…but hey, it functioned and fit. Well, this one fit.

 

Funny story…I messed up the direction of the pattern and the stretch went up and down instead of side to side…this is due to that whole not washing it first thing…oooops…Oh! And!! I totally had no idea how to determine zipper size. I was trying to be cute, so I was like, cool! 4inch zippers for the cute little girls and a 6inch zipper for me! Yay! Yea…my skirt wouldn’t even come over my thighs…but, it did fit my 19 year old no problem. Which is good, because her skirt wouldn’t go over her hips…but, it is only slightly too big for her little sister…so I guess she has two skirts now. lol. Luckily, both the niece and my 11 year old fit into their skirts just fine. They even all wore them on Valentine’s Day! Look how cute!!!

But, the kids looked cute, they liked the skirt…and my next sewing project does not involve zippers…although my friend told me a cool trick to determine zipper length for a circle skirt!

(Hip size – Waist size) / 2 = zipper length needed!

So, for me…

(38in – 25in) / 2 = 6.5in, so really, a 7in zipper for me. 🙂

 

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Hello February

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February should be a fun month for me. I scheduled a lot of me time in here…which is perfect, as I have so many ideas! I have my Valentines’ prop started, and I cannot wait to be able to share it! It is going to be amazing! I also have A TON of new patterns to start on, and I have 2 glorious free weeks to work on them! Plus, I have a few skirts that I need to finish quick, fast, and in a hurry! I am really excited for some of the sewing projects I have decided to work on. I also have a super cute idea for an Easter prop, I just am not sure if it is going to pan out. 🙂

 

I do need some charity ideas though. I was thinking of doing hats, but part of me wonders if making small toys would be better. I mean, most knitters and crocheters do hats and blankets, so would small amigurumi be a more unique idea? It would give children something more than the basics. Or, is sticking with hats/scarves/blankets the ideal choice?

 

Jan 30 – Valentines Props

Feb 6 – Free Week

Feb 13 – Free Week

Feb 20 – Easter Props

Feb 27 – Charity

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January Review

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January was a pretty good month for the shop. Now, that majority of that was due to a large custom order I spent the entire month working on. But, it definitely made it worth it. The shawls turned out beautifully, and I cannot wait to see how they look in my friend’s wedding. 🙂

 

January Plan

Jan 2 –  Shawls  √√√

Jan 9 –  Shawls  √√√

Jan 16 – Shawls  √√√

Jan 23 – Shawls √√√

Jan 30 – Valentines Props  I finished up the shawls on the 30th and will begin working on props today. 🙂

 

Yarn Purchased in January

0 yards

Yarn Crocheted in January

3,675 yards total
3604 yards of Red Heart Soft
71 yards of Crafter’s Secret

 

Sales History

  • 2013
    • Not Open
  • 2014
    • 0 sales for 0 items
  • 2015
    • 1 sale for 1 item, increase in revenue
  • 2016
    • 7 sales for 7 items, increase in revenue
  • 2017
    • 3 sales for 8 items, increase in revenue