Making All the Things… Except Socks

My February socks are STILL not done. It’s kind of hilarious at this point. Last night, Jen sent me a text asking me to remind her of our pattern choice for April socks. I laughed out loud and said, “You pick. I’m still on February.”

It’s really not my fault. You know how when you start a challenge like knit one pair of socks a month, but then you decide to darn a pair of socks for a family member, learn how to cross stitch, improve your crochet skills and sign up for two shows all while managing a full time career that requires a lot of emotional/mental energy and some odd weekend and night hours? Yeeaaaah.

AND I still made time for myself, my partner and our families, my friends and my home. There were birthdays and holidays and visiting relatives from out of town. Socks…. became secondary.

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Celebrated my Granny’s 84th birthday with my family!

On the plus side, I’ve finished a cross stitch project for the very first time. Yassss!!! I used this Subversive Cross Stitch book that I borrowed from a friend. I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with the finished product, yet. Keep it? It seems like a project I should give to someone else as a gift.

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Love how this turned out – even if it is teeny tiny. Next, I’m learning how to adjust the size of my cross stitch projects.

I also managed to crochet a halter top. It’s really small, so it doesn’t fit me and I have no idea if it’s comfortable or sits correctly on an actual human, but I made it! I have a friend who said she’s willing to model it, so I just need to make some time to connect with her….

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Teeny tiny halter top. So adorable.

Those socks are never getting done are they? 😭

Peace. ❤

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How to Create the Perfect DIY Craft Work Space

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We’ve all seen those beautiful craft studios on Pinterest that look like straight up magazine photo shoots. You know what I’m talking about: the perfectly lit modern stark white craft room with little pops of color only provided by the craft, the wall art or the clever DIY storage system.

When I started my journey with PYC, I would see these gorgeous photos and think no way am I ever going to have that.

And you know? I was right. Wait. Hear me out. What I’m saying is no, my space DOESN’T look like those photos. But yes, it is perfect for me. My space is colorful, warm, inviting and functional. Despite being short on space, my craft room is perfect for me. Read More

Shiawassee River Fest

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Yasssss! Warmer weather is FINALLY approaching in Michigan and the craft markets are really starting to roll in. Our next local show is Shiawassee River Fest.

I’m over the moon for this next craft fair and festival because….

A. It’s a festival on a river.

B. It’s organized by a personal friend of mine who I don’t get to see often (Beth!

C. I’m sharing a table with my partner, Roxanne – who not only launched a blog for our new homestead, but also creates art from reclaimed barn wood.

 I. AM. PUMPED for the Shiawassee River Fest.

Yeah. You definitely don’t want to miss out on visiting Purl You Crazy and Plane & Simple at this upcoming festival. 😉 Think of it as your qopportunity to check out the (non-food) things Rox and I create down on Flint River Farm, where we strive to live a simple, creative and fulfilling life.

Etsy Shop Re-Opened!

Just a quick note today to say: The Etsy Shop has been re-opened! I continue to learn how to take better photos and the best way to light my space. It’s not perfect, but I’m definitely improving.

Stay crazy. ❤

Brag: New Bag

I just want to take a moment to thank K.C. over at blackbunchedmassmom.com for sharing about this awesome tote from Gather Here, a yarn and craft store in her city. Thanks to K.C., I finally found a bag worthy of my buttons. 😉

It’s a nice quality canvas bag with enough room for a larger knitting project, but not so larger that it becomes unwieldy. Plus, I just love the phrase on the front of the bag. It’s appropriate and accurate.

And I didn’t have to feel too guilty about buying yet another tote bag because 10% of the proceeds are going to support the ACLU in Massachusetts (where the store is located).

Peace. ❤

Next Up: Handmade Toledo!

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I am very excited to announce that Purl You Crazy was accepted to join the Handmade Toledo Spring Maker’s Mart on May 12, which will take place at Handmade Toledo’s brick and mortar at 1717 Adams St. in Toledo.

We will have a few NEW items appropriate for the (hopefully) much warmer weather.

If you live near Toledo, come see Jen and I!

💕

Sock Saga Continues

img_5608It’s 5 days into March and my February socks are mocking me.

No, really. They are laughing at me. They are beautiful and soft and delicate and very, very …. unfinished. I have yet to turn the heel. As a matter of fact, I have yet to even APPROACH the heel. 😦

For those of you who do not make socks, turning the heel is the hardest part of knitting socks and it’s also the marker by which people define just how close to finished they are. If you’ve turned the heel, that means you are well on your way to completing your socks and sliding them onto your feet to keep your toes warm and cozy. Mmm. This is the point at which is becomes clear that you are making socks and not gloves or wrist warmers. Again. I am not even close to turning the heel. Luckily, I’m pretty sure Jen is also behind on her socks. So there is still hope to beat her!

I keep hearing that January lasted a year, but February was over in the blink of an eye and March came out of no where. I’d have to say that is exactly how I felt about this winter. Amid the chaos of the holidays, we bought a house at the end of December and decided to gut it. I have never owned a home and I am certainly not handy. This has been a crazy experience for me. I’m learning a lot about renovating a home. Mostly I’m learning what not to do by examples left beyond by the previous owners.

So, life has been a bit crazy and I have decided that I am not procrastinating on my socks. I am prioritizing! Which is way more respectable, right?

January Socks Done!

I finally finished my January socks and am now on to February! Thank goodness. I can’t let Jen best me in the sock challenge. 😛 I’m still trying to decide if I should gift my socks or save them all for myself…

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I’m really excited about February socks. I’m using a very simple but beautiful faux cable pattern. I made a pair of socks with this pattern for myself last year. And then lost them on a road trip. 😭 I’m excited to use this pattern again. It’s so beautiful. However this pair may end up being a gift.

What projects are you working on?

Peace.

Sock Challenge Continues

Welp. February is here and I continue to work on January socks. 😑 Jen is WAY ahead of me with already having the cuff of her February socks done.

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However, I do have February sock yarn selected!

Follow us on Instagram for up to the minute sock challenge updates. 😂

Peace.

Boys Knit, Too!

27786904_10112197171627104_524007781_oMeet Calvin. He is 7-years-old. He loves video games, is on the 2nd and 3rd grade basketball team, had a lot of snow days this year so far, loves playing outside with his little sister Rylee and he’s totally into knitting. Yes knitting.

There is a common misconception that knitting is “for girls”. It’s pretty funny that this is the assumption because knitting actually has a rich history full of men. (Bros & Rows: The Real History of Men Who Knit and The Ultra Manly History of Knitting are a good place to start if you want to know more about the history of men in knitting.)

I’m always excited when I see little kids knitting – or just making something with their small hands, big imaginations and inexhaustible tenacity. But the fact that Calvin is unknowingly breaking stereotypes is even better. Not to mention, he gets his basketball team in on the action!

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Calvin’s mom, Nicole, is friend of mine and I just had to know: What is he making? How did he get the team involved? Are the other parents making a fuss about their boys doing something “girly”? Nicole humored me with a little Q&A.

Purl You Crazy: I love that Calvin is knitting! What prompted him to start?

Nicole: His sister got a hat loom kit for Christmas and she put it in the bottom of her closet and had not looked at it since then. Calvin was looking for things in her closet and found it and instantly wanted to make the hat. So I showed him how to get it started and off he went and he LOVED it! After he finished his first hat he said “Mom I have a new hobby. No video games for me.” I highly doubt that, but I love that he found a new hobby that he can enjoy.

Nicole: I think when it is their idea to start a hobby, sport, musical instrument, or whatever it may be they are more invested in it and excited about it. Which makes that “thing” stick longer and more fun for them.

PYC: Sounds like he loves it. He’s interested is selling his knitting now?

Nicole: Yes he is very interested in sell his hats. Right after he made his first one he said, “I think I could sell these.” Then he made up a plan that he was going to set up a stand in front of his grandma’s house and sell them. I told him we may have to wait until it’s a little warmer out.

PYC: What does he want to knit next?

Nicole: He is working on finishing a hat for himself now and because of posting the picture on Facebook we connected with another little boy named AJ who knits scarves. He is going to make a video and send it to Calvin showing him how to knit scarfs. He is pretty excited to make a matching scarf for him and his sister.

PYC: So was this hat on the loom the first thing that Calvin ever knitted?

Nicole: Yes. He made his first hat for his sister, Rylee.

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PYC: I love that he got the basketball team involved in making the hat. Have you or he gotten any push back or criticism?

Nicole: The only “push back” would be that everyone giggles a little when I have said he is making hats. I think knitting is thought of as a girl thing to do, hence his sister getting it for Christmas and it being all pink things that came with it (which she loved she is a pinkaholic). Everyone is supportive though and think it’s very cool.

Nicole: I would have to say I think the best part of his new hobby is how confident, excited and proud he feels about it. I really feel like having little things that make a child feel special or different are great for helping them build You-niqueness!

Calvin, I hope you continue to build your You-niqueness around knitting. I’d share a craft market space with you any day!

Peace. ❤

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