Crafty Round Up!

While all of us here mainly do yarny crafts (how could we not, while being surrounded by all this gorgeous yarn?), we thought it would be fun to give you a peak at other crafts we play with during our off hours!

For instance, Hannah sews up a storm – every week she comes in with a new project. This dress is one of her favorites:

I’ve been experimenting with my new serger! I’ve done a bit of sewing, but this is the first time I feel like I’ve actually figured out knits. I decided two years ago that I wanted to stop buying clothes and made “if I can’t make it, I can’t have it!” my new motto as far as my wardrobe is concerned. Two years in and I have no regrets; it’s definitely pushed me outside of my comfort zone, but I’ve also learned so many new skills. I just finished my very first pair of jeans too! I think you can treat any craft the same way: challenge yourself and you’ll be so happy when you finally conquer a project that seemed so daunting.

Jennifer, inspired by our sister company Artist Club, has been wielding the paintbrush!

Painted Ladybug Rocks from The Artist Club

I have recently started painting rocks. Sounds silly, I know… but it’s super fun! I leave them around town for people to find, and hopefully it brings a smile to their faces. I documented my experience in the Artist’s Club blog http://blog.artistsclub.com/painted-rocks/

As you may know, Heidi designs much of our cute merchandise, but in her off time she designs her own enamel pins.

Henrietta Hedgehog from The Clever Clove

As of late, my non-fiber projects have been designing and photographing enamel pins. The whole process has a been a really fun – and at times stressful – learning process. I’ve been drawing since I was a wee lass, and decided it was time to translate those doodles to pins. And yes, Henrietta the Hedgehog did knit her scarf! She loves Knit Picks yarn.

For myself, this summer has been very hot and working on a heavy wool project does not sound appealing for me. So instead, I turn to cross stitch, which I learned a very long time ago. Both my mom & dad made beautiful cross stitch pieces, so I learned at a very young age. I put it down for a long time, but in recent years I’ve been doing it more & more. I spotted this cute kit on Subversive Cross Stitch and had to stitch it up. (warning: some of the other projects on this site include salty language).

Summer Tote Kit: Nevertheless, I Persist from Subversive Cross Stitch

I want to add to it so it hasn’t been ironed yet – I’m thinking about maybe one of the pixel people from weelittlestitches – the hard part is deciding which one! But I’m excited to finish it – it’ll be a cute bag to carry around town.

Finally, Alexis has no pictures but she’s been working on a first draft of a semi-autobiographical young adult books series! She’s about 400 pages and of course it takes up a lot of her creative time.

What have you been working on this summer?

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