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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Craft Room Sneak Peek || Herringbone Knitting Basket



Since we moved into our home last August, I haven’t had a dedicated crafting space. Most everything just gets done on the couch with a very large nest of supplies all around me (and Netflix in the background, of course!) I finally took the time this week to set up and organize my work space. It’s not 100% finished, but I thought I’d share a sneak peek with you! 




I received this handmade herringbone basket (link here) from Uncommon Goods last week and have completely fallen in love with it! It’s the perfect size because it can hold all the yarn I need for my many WIPs (there always seems to be so many of them!!) and still be portable. It fits perfectly wherever I’m working, whether in my actual craft space or on the couch, which is more likely if I’m being honest. :)


The thing I love most is the story behind the product. With most companies, you order something and have no insight into the designing process or where the product originated. With Uncommon Goods, you can see not only the designer of the product, but the inspiration and story behind it. My basket was designed by Leslie Mittelberg, an artist who is passionate about bringing “independence to rural African communities.” It was made using cattails and plastic recycled from prayer mats and rugs.



It’s so rare to find a company that truly cares about their products and designers. Uncommon Goods is a company I can feel really good about purchasing from. Half of what they sell is made by hand and most of it is produced here in the USA. They also pride themselves on working in harmony with the environment. One third of their entire collection is made from recycled or upcycled materials. How cool is that??


I’m already scoping out my next purchase from Uncommon Goods. They've got tons of other home decor items that have me swooning (link here)! We’ve been in our home for almost a year now and the walls and beds are still pretty empty. I’m going to look into purchasing some art (link here) and bedding (link here) from them in the very near future! 


Happy Tuesday everyone! Stay tuned for a more detailed tour of my craft space once it’s completely done!

*This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are 100% my own!*

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Wishlist || Classics

My style of art is very classic. I love the old, traditional techniques that have been used for forever. When I'm designing, knitting, yarning (I totally just made that word up), or whatever else I may be doing, my ultimate goal is to reimagine classic designs and techniques in a new, modern light. The items on this wish list do exactly that and they are breathtaking!



Embroidery || Up until about two weeks ago, I had never heard of sashiko before. Now, I am completely head over heels. This beautiful style of embroidery is worked with a simple running stitch to make intricate designs. I'm already brainstorming ways to incorporate this into my designs!


Crochet || Once again, I am a complete granny square addict. This simple top from Maria Valles is beautiful, and a great way to update the classic granny square!


Etsy || How gorgeous is this embroidery piece from Tusk and Cardinal?? Flowers are my favorite and I am in love!


Etsy || I'm loving the natural blue hues of these turquoise studs. I'm always on the lookout for new earrings, these are definitely calling my name!


Saturday, June 4, 2016

Crochet Market/Beach Tote




This week I took a little break from Etsy-ing to create a new, free crochet pattern. I am completely in love with how this crochet tote turned out! The mesh pattern works up really quickly and easily. With the heat of summer just around the corner, it will be perfect for laying by the pool, heading to the beach, or hitting up a farmers market. 



I'll be heading to Washington DC this coming week and cannot wait to put this tote to good use! I'm planning on going to the beach and a market or two while I'm there, so this bag will really come in handy. 


Materials: 
- 450 yards of fingering weight yarn ( I used Quince & Co. Finch)
- size F crochet hook ( I like this one. )

Directions:

Body Panel (make 2)

- Ch 89, plus 5 for turning.
- Row one: dc in 7th ch from hook, dc, ch 2, sk 2, * dc 2, ch 2, sk 2, repeat from * two more times. Dc 5, ch 2, sk 2, * dc 2, ch 2, sk 2, repeat from * nine more times. Dc 5, ch 2, sk 2, *dc 2, ch 2, sk 2, repeat from * three more times. Ch 2, sk 2, dc in last ch. Turn.
- Row two: Ch 1, sc in first stitch, ch 2, sk 2 ch from previous row, * sc 2, ch 2, sk 2, repeat from * three more times. Sc 5, ch 2, sk 2, * sc 2, ch 2, sk 2, repeat from * nine more times. Sc 5, ch 2, sk 2, *sc 2, ch 2, sk 2, repeat from * three more times. Ch 2, sk 2, sc in last stitch. Turn.
- Row three: Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), sk 2, * dc 2, ch 2, sk 2, repeat from * three more times. Dc 5, ch 2, sk 2, * dc 2, ch 2, sk 2, repeat from * nine more times. Dc 5, ch 2, sk 2, * dc 2, ch 2, sk 2, repeat from * three more times. Ch 2, sk 2, dc in last stitch. Turn.
- Repeat row two and three until piece measures 12 inches.
- Next row; Ch 3, dc across. (1 dc in each sc and 2 dc in each ch 2 space.) Turn.
- Last row: Ch 3, dc across.

Straps (make 2)

- Ch 5 plus three for turning.
- Row one: Dc in fourth ch from hook and across. Turn.
- Row two: Ch 1, sc in each stitch across. Turn.
- Row three: Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), dc in each stitch across. Turn.
- Repeat rows two and three until piece measures 24 inches (or desired length.)

Assembly
- Place one body panel on top of the other and line up. Slip around three sides to attach panels. Turn right side out so that the seam is on the inside.
- Use slip stitch to attach straps to top of bag. The ends attach above the 5 dc stripe.
- Weave in ends.