Crochet Ribbed Scarf. It’s like knitting, only better!

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Knitted scarves are beautiful and soft, but a crocheter wants to crochet! Crochet is faster than knitting, and is great for producing nice chunky stitches. But too often, crochet scarves turn out awkward and stiff, lacking the nice drape and softness of knit. Determined to make a warm, soft, beautiful crochet scarf, I set out on my quest to find the perfect way to crochet a scarf. Continue Reading “Crochet Ribbed Scarf. It’s like knitting, only better!”

Blocking, the all-important yet all-too-often skipped last step.

You find a great pattern, see the beautiful project in the photo, carefully check your gauge, crochet (or knit) the piece as perfectly as possible, but when you finish, it’s ok but….why doesn’t it look like that nice project in the photo?

Answer: You haven’t blocked the piece yet, have you? Continue Reading “Blocking, the all-important yet all-too-often skipped last step.”

Pattern – Small Rosette

Originally when I decided to try and attach some pretty flowers to my booties, I went to the library to search for some flower patterns. I found an entire book on crochet flowers, but surprisingly, none of them was quite what I wanted. So I started searching online. The technique for most that I liked was the same, but depending on the size and number of petals, and the type of stitches used, the look greatly varies. I experimented a lot and came up with what I think is the perfect little rosette to attach to my little baby booties: Continue Reading “Pattern – Small Rosette”

Wooly Handbag!

Since I’ve joined Etsy, I’ve begun designing my own patterns so that I can sell items that are truly my own, and the process of creating a pattern has taught me a lot. Creating a truly good pattern (which in my opinion, means both lovely and useful) is far more complicated and time-consuming than I thought it would be. I want to walk you through the development of my first handbag to demonstrate: Continue Reading “Wooly Handbag!”

The Intro, Kinda

Hi there, I’m Jenn. I’m a full time web designer, part time artist/crafter/artisan. I recently opened an Etsy shop, and business certainly gives me a new perspective on my crafting! In order to create products that will sell, I continuously re-examing my work to figure out how I can improve it, trying to make items that are as beautiful AND useful as possible while expressing my personal style. It’s been a lot of work, and a lot of fun. Now I just need some more sales!

I set up an experimental blog on WordPress.com a few months ago, but decided to set up a ‘real’ website, before this gets too big. I’m a web designer after all, so my site’s gotta be good 🙂 So this is only ‘kinda’ an intro, because technically I already started the blog, only….it was also technically a different one. Hmm…

I hope to share ideas with other creative people out there through this blog. I’ll include some tutorials, advice on techniques, materials, selling on Etsy–basically about anything I learn that I think is worth posting, I will share with you. Some tech-y tips will also be included from time to time for you bloggers and Etsians who could use the computer help 🙂 I’ll also keep you up to date on my latest projects. If you enjoy my blog, I’d love to hear from you!