Monday, November 29, 2010

Fun New OOAK Items!

Here are some things I've been working on today, I just love them! Now listed in my Etsy shop:

 Hat and cocoon set for a newborn baby. Adorable!
This was crocheted on a large hook for larger spaces between the yarn. This is great for little fingers and toes to stick through in those newborn photos.
 This is like a seascape color scheme with the gold, cream, pale green, and blues.
 This is an earthy toned beanie for a sweet little boy.
I love love love the colors on this one: orange, brown, avocado green, and deep blue.
It's like the candy shop!  Very girly and very fun for a newborn princess.
Bright and light pink, vibrant purple, and golden yellow make a fun colorway for this little newborn hat. 

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving! I know I did... it's always wonderful to spend time with my husband and boys. My life has been blessed and is filled with love because of them for sure! Check back again soon, I'll be posting lots of new creations often. I recently went on a yarn shopping spree, so there is going to be lots to post!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving! New hat on Etsy!

I received a new yarn yesterday from one of my favorite handspinners, Autumnrose on Etsy, and she was so kind to send me a sample of one of her recent new projects.  It was this lovely purple and green which reminded me of a garden in the spring.  Of course since it was a sample, I didn't have enough to do an entire hat, but I did have enough to make this creation:
 New to the shop!
 Handspun yarn trim in lilac and garden green.
 Pom on the top of the hat of the same handspun yarn.
Awesome packaging with tissue paper and coordinating sparkly tulle.

The yarn for the main body of the hat is a lovely green color and coordinated perfectly with the handspun yarn.  The great thing about this hat is that it's not OOAK and can be reproduced! Of course it won't be exactly the same because of the handmade nature of the handspun trim and pom, but it will be similar and can be made in any size. I just love the bit of spring color!  It can  be found in my shop: .  Happy Thanksgiving everybody... and if you're braving Black Friday, good luck!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Custom Order

I have a very exciting custom order coming up that I just had to blog about! I made a custom zebra hat a while back for a 2 year old girl, and she and her mother just adored it. So for Christmas she wants several more little animal hats as gifts. Butterfly, duck, hippo, and bat! How fun they're going to be to make! I'm excited about this order and chance to expand my shop on Etsy, which can be found here: .  I'm going to be working these up over the next few days and I'll post them on here as I go. I'm excited to see what I come up with! Here are some of the little zebras I've done, cuties!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Hello New Friend, Goodbye Old Friend

Today I said goodbye to an old friend:
 And hello to a new one:

I'm really excited about the beautiful photos this bad boy takes! I guess the only thing left is to name it.... let me know if you have any suggestions!  I've also been busy this afternoon making a few new OOAK hats out of more handspun yarn (beautiful photos provided my new camera). I just wanted to share photos of them here:

Available on Etsy! . Check my shop out!

Here goes!

This is my very first blog post, so I'll start at the beginning. My name is Lisa and I have a new shop on Etsy: .  I make hand crocheted items, mostly for little ones. It's a creative outlet in my chaotic world! I have two little boys, 20 months and 8 months, so I have my hands full with them constantly. As if I needed something else to do, I took up crocheting late this summer and haven't put my hooks down since!  Even though I have plenty to do, I always have the need to do something more creative than housework to keep on my mind.  So I'm a stay at home mom. I have a degree in surgical technology and I'm a certified surgical technologist for going on five years now (wow, how time flies!). I enjoyed that as a day job... definitely never a dull moment in that field but, alas, it was time to move on. When Chris and I got married and started our family we decided I was going to stay at home with the kids, so here I am.  I'm highly organized and meticulous about my work. I love sweets, shopping, sunshine, and good food.  I enjoy the company of my husband and kids. I'm just a small town girl... you know the rest! :-)

Creatively, my most favorite material to work with is handspun yarn. I absolutely fell in love with it and when I realized the uniqueness of each skein.  I love the process it goes through to reach my hands and then how I use my own vision to create something one of a kind. OOAK! In my Etsy shop, I have a OOAK section of items that I have created from handspun yarn that are all truly one of a kind! I usually make newborn sized hats from this yarn.  It all has a wonderful texture and color variation.  It could never come from a store or be dyed in a factory.  I also enjoy working with the store bought yarns and creating unique items that can be reproduced in different sizes and color combos.

Here are a few of my creations out of handspun yarn that I really enjoyed making. 

A thick and thin handspun yarn in bright rainbow colors with a bit of sheen.
A thinner handspun yarn in rainbow colors.
A bulky thick and thin handspun yarn called "baroque" because of the beautiful golds, ambers, lilacs, and deep eggplant purples used to dye this beautiful 100% Merino wool yarn.
A girly and fun thick and thin art yarn with pale and bright pinks and pale and bright golds.

"Autumn Flowers"- a beautiful handspun in light orange, pale sage, and golden colors piled with gold thread.
One of my favorites! A newborn jester hat with poms made from this fluffy 100% Merino wool thick and thin yarn called "Faded Foliage".  Beautiful fall colors and a great photography prop for that vintage look.

Not too bad for my first blog entry! I'll be blogging often and updating my page with new items I'm putting in my Etsy shop. Thanks for stopping by!