Are Craft Shows Slowly Killing Your Creative Soul?

Are Craft Shows Slowly Killing Your Creative Soul?

Oh craft shows… what a tangled mess of a day you can turn into. I’ve been doing shows for over 10 years and still can’t seem to get the hang of them. I’m enjoying them less and less. The last show was a little rough, and my ego was a little crumpled at the end of the day. I’m weighing out my pro and cons for doing shows. I’m also wondering why I’m doing the types of shows that I’m doing. Some of them are destined to be a disaster from the start. A little part of my creative soul dies a little after each unsuccessful craft show, and this time I’m really reeling from the whole experience.

Freaking Puppet Stands

Freaking Puppet Stands

It dawned on me that I have craft shows coming up. I knew I had them, but now I’m like, “Oh. That’s THIS Sunday?” Yes, it’s this Sunday, which means I have to start my show prep. It also means that I had to figure out a cool way to display my awesome puppets. I whipped up these cute (and easy and cheap) puppet stands. I have to get back to the store for supplies to make some more… maybe bigger bases for the larger puppets… but not before my show.

{Crash Course Crochet} Different Weight Yarns Together as One Strand

{Crash Course Crochet} Different Weight Yarns Together as One Strand

I posted some pictures of the puppets I have been making sometime last week, and the reaction was awesome. The main comment that sticks out in my mind is how the yarns held together made a cool effect. I totally agree with this. It does make a really cool effect. I’ve been doing this for years, but this was the first time I had many comments about the yarns and what I was doing. I don’t know, maybe everyone doesn’t crochet like this sometimes? I do it all the time.

Grimeclaw Crochet Pattern Release, Kit Pre-Sale, and Gallery

Grimeclaw Crochet Pattern Release, Kit Pre-Sale, and Gallery

Yes! You can now make your own Grimeclaw Monster doll. I’m so excited for all of you. This has been a labor of love that has gone on for months. I’m really excited to see it all come together. Today I’m releasing just the crochet pattern. The original plan was to have the crochet pattern and the crochet pattern kit release on the same day… like today. Apparently that wasn’t meant to be, because I forgot about a few things that I really need to ship out the kits. They’re all ordered and will be here very soon. The crochet pattern kit gets its own little PRE-SALE, and you get to save $2 by ordering early.

Eyeball Monster Hand Puppets and Finger Puppets

Eyeball Monster Hand Puppets and Finger Puppets

These are so awesome. I’ve been stuck for a few days, waiting for my print Grimeclaw crochet patterns to be finished. I figured I should work these hand and finger puppets out in the meanwhile. My other option was a dishcloth crochet pattern, and I just wasn’t feeling it. Probably because dishcloths equal cleaning, and I’m not too excited about cleaning in general. Eyeball monsters won. Did I mention that they were awesome? I love these. I’ve been spending the past week messing around, throwing impromptu lip sync puppet shows to whatever is playing off of my Spotify… in between the designing and computer work. So. Much. Fun!

A Love Affair with Instagram Stories

A Love Affair with Instagram Stories

I failed miserably at Snapchat, but I LOVE Instagram stories. Does that make me a bad person? Snapchat makes me feel old. It’s the first social media platform that I can’t easily master. Thus, the old feeling. It took me a week to figure out how to use it. All I do there is play with the selfie filters when nobody is looking, and then erase my pictures. Instagram is a little different. I know how to use it, which is cool. The new stories feature really opens up a little window into my world, without wrecking all of the hard work I’ve been putting into my feed to make it a more cohesive Knot By Gran’ma Instagram account.

The Great Skull Square Graph Update

The Great Skull Square Graph Update

Man, this is an old design. It was originally published in January of 2009. Can you believe that? It’s been missing from the crochet pattern shop for a long time. There’s a push (from me) to update any old crochet patterns that I still love, and this one made the list. It’s been simplified and is back up in the shop(s). The skull square used to be one of my best sellers. I’m happy to have it back, but I really can’t wait to see what kind of cool skull stuff you all make out of it.