These puppets may be my all time favorite crochet pattern design that I have ever come up with. Scratch that. They are my all time favorite design. I’ve been quietly designing and testing these patterns for the KBG Patreon page. I wanted to make a really cool crochet pattern for anyone who supports my Knot By Gran’ma crochet pattern designing. These guys fill that goal.
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.
We live in an instant gratification society. Everything is now and how fast. Cleaning fleece is the exact opposite of this. It takes time, patience, and a lot of soap. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to process my own fleeces, and the payback has been more than just fiber. This fleece is Romney, from my new sheep friend over at Grape Hollow Farm. I’m learning to take my time and breathe a little while I’m working. With any luck, I’ll have this and the other Romney (different farm) and alpaca (also a different farm) fleeces ready to be carded by September. There’s no instant gratification here, but I’ll have a wonderful selection of fiber to spin through the winter.
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.
This week was a little different than usual. In full disclosure style, I’d love to explain why I was a little more absent from KBG than usual. Kiddo spent 3 days at our local children’s hospital getting treated for daily headaches and running tests. We adapted as well as we could. The awesome news is that all the scary reasons for getting headaches were ruled out. Now to cross our fingers that the headaches do not return… because we still have no idea what is causing them.
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).
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.
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.
Sometimes I’m like that shoemaker. You know, the one who has no shoes. The only difference is I have no hats… and I’m not a shoemaker. I’m a crocheter. It’s kind of the same. The weather has turned, and I need a hat. I’m cold. Apparently I’m so cold that all I did with this hat was play yarn chicken. Yarn chicken is when you may or may not have enough yarn to finish the section(s) that need to be finished. I won these rounds.