{Behind the Scenes} Seriously. Crochet Kits Are Hard to Get Together.

{Behind the Scenes} Seriously. Crochet Kits Are Hard to Get Together.

Putting together these crochet kits is taking forever! Why didn’t anyone say, “Hey Jess. That’s a ton of work, and it’s going to take you forever.” At least then, I would have been prepared for all of this preparation and fixing and tweaking. I’m trying to think of people I know that put together crochet kits; the ones who could have warned me. I can think of a few, and they’re probably nodding their heads in agreement that this does indeed take forever.


Mostly Wordless Wednesday – Crochet Patterns I Want to Make

Mostly Wordless Wednesday – Crochet Patterns I Want to Make

It’s all about the computers this week. I finished up my projects, and I really need to get these 4 patterns finished and to the testers. It’s time to buckle down and get these out to you. Being, that it’s me on the computer this week, I don’t have my usual progress pictures to share. Instead, I thought I’d share the crochet and knitting patterns that I want to make for myself or family/friends.

{Behind the Scenes} Sixteen – A Skull Graph in Handspun

{Behind the Scenes} Sixteen – A Skull Graph in Handspun

Maybe the skull graph was the first intarsia crochet that I ever did. It was definitely the first design that I put on a graph, and the only one that was sold as a pattern. It’s very old, and it’s very awesome. I’m redoing the entire thing and re-releasing the pattern… including the graph and instructions on how to make a 12 X 12 pillow and some talk about the different ways the graph can be used (including for knitters, weavers, and bead slingers).

Behind the Scenes {Fifteen} Tentacles and Eyeballs and Kits

Behind the Scenes {Fifteen} Tentacles and Eyeballs and Kits

What about the pink monster for your book? Well… I got sidetracked. This is what happens when you let yourself run out of white thread, making it impossible to finish the cool pink monster that you were working on in the first place. While I was waiting for the thread, I started this new monster. It’s kind of cool… mainly because it’s another monster with tentacles. Yes, I have a thing for monsters with tentacles. Tentacles are cool. Now that I have more white thread, I’m going to finish this monster and then the pink one too.

Behind the Scenes {Fourteen} – Monsters That Could Totally Eat You Doll & Book Info #MTCTEY

Behind the Scenes {Fourteen} – Monsters That Could Totally Eat You Doll & Book Info #MTCTEY

This is the year. It’s been decided. I’ll have a book out by the end of the year. It’s going to be a self published, crochet pattern book. It’s called, “Monsters That Could Totally Eat You.” I’m going to have it available as a real life book and an ebook (I can do both, right?). This is a very exciting time, and I’m not sure why I’ve been making excuses as to why I couldn’t start right away. I tend to sabotage myself when it comes to projects that I really want to complete. Anyone else do that?


Behind the Scenes {Twelve} – Just Making Some Hats

Behind the Scenes {Twelve} – Just Making Some Hats

Hats! Crocheting hats has been the theme around all of the prepping for the crochet-along (which starts tomorrow, so sign up… even if you’re late. Do it.). I’m working on the hat design that will match the Holiday Monster doll’s hat. The (people sized) hat crochet pattern will end up in the shop as a paid pattern. I’m working on a worsted weight version and a fingering yarn version in various sizes… something like baby, kid, teen/adult, and adult large. The paid pattern will include a copy of the Holiday Monster crochet pattern, and will be the only place it is available outside of a future crochet-along sometime next year.


Behind the Scenes {Ten} – Bullet Journal & Studio Idea

Behind the Scenes {Ten} – Bullet Journal & Studio Idea

I wanted to sell Knot By Gran’ma the other day. Wait. SELL YOUR (my) BUSINESS?! I didn’t want to, but the thought popped into my head. I’ve been feeling lost for a little while, feeling like it didn’t matter if I was creating or not. There’s been that nagging feeling of failure and the thoughts of “you’re a loser” floating around. There was a little bit of a pity party, and I was the guest of honor. I didn’t have a crown or anything cool, but it might have been fitting… The Queen of the Pity Party Crown. It made me take a step back for a few days… a little regrouping, if you will. Burnout is a real thing over here.