Friday, February 26, 2010

First Festival Confirmed!!

Ohhhh it's getting close... spring is right around the corner. And you know what that means. Craft show season begins. Can't wait!

So, I have my first confirmed show of the season, which is the Sebastopol Apple Blossom Festival, April 24-25. This is my first time at this show... well except once when I was working in that kid's booth in college. As I recall, it's a beautiful park setting. There's a parade and wine/beer tasting. Plus I have a couple friends I can visit in town. Should be fun!

I'm sending out applications for may and june as well... I'll be adding them to my cool little google calendar (>>>) as they are confirmed. Woot!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Is It Spring Yet?

Just thought I'd check in here, between all the crochet pattern stuff... about how real life is going here in The Palace. Still slow and wintery, but whiffs of spring are here and there. The daffodils & beach visits are up. That's certainly a sign. I have sent out 2 show applications already, and I'm filling out my calendar for the season. Yay!

Have I mentioned how much I love traveling to craft shows? Probably. Anyway, I do. Love it. This season I am seriously considering at least one extended festival trip, ending in ND where my mom lives. I'd be gone over a month... starting in Eugene the 4th of July, hitting a show each weekend as I work my way up to the Seattle area. Then, cruising across the north to Bismarck for their big show in Aug. How fun would that be?! We'll see how it pans out...

View Mermaid Tour 1 in a larger map

I've also been working hard to get my etsy store (look over there>>>) stocked up... while working to promote through facebook (>>>) and various online forums. I may or may not be completely addicted to these forums, I'm not saying for sure. 

Here at home, since I'm off the dayjob kick... Stu has me on domestic duty, which is not usually my strong suit. I'm working on it lol. We did accomplish our biggest goal of moving the office out of the cubby hole, and into our spare junk room. It rocks! Very comfortable and we can both hang out here together if we wish.

OK... that's the update from The Palace. Carry on.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Rockstar Can Tiara - Part 1

Well I did it. I set out to make myself a Rockstar Tiara for my birthday and I succeeded. I had plenty of fun figuring it out... but it was by no means a simple little project. I did take plenty of photos and notes and will do my best to pass on my tiara knowledge in some understandable way. I'll apologize right now for using black yarn again. Not the easiest to see, but it really was the best color for the project.

3 tall Rockstar cans (I used the one above for my sample)
3 oz worsted weight yarn
H or I crochet hook 
utility scissors
paper hole punch
60 Large pony beads
yarn needle

Cut out each star as shown, leaving a bout 1/2" border and rounding the tips. You'll notice one corner of the star hits the edge of the can, so you can't add a border there. We'll address this later to make the stars look symmetrical, for now just round the corner as shown in the photo.

Cut out the vertical Rockstar word from 2 of the cans as shown. Leave about 1/2" above and below the word. 

See the photo for hole placements. For the stars, I punched a hole at each tip (except the weird short one), at each indent, and one in between. Try to put the holes outside of the star shape if possible, but not so close to the edge that the can will tear. 

Stay tuned for Part 2!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Erica’s Tweed Cloche Hat Pattern


Another free Bohemian Mermaid crochet pattern for you, the Erica hat. This one truly is very fast and easy to make. The 'tweed' doubled yarn makes it thick and soft. See my Crochet Basics for stitches and abbreviations. Woo! 

Erica's Tweed Cloche Hat
Description: Loose-fitting hat with small angled brim worked in a tweed stitch. Looks great on men and women.
Materials: Worsted weight yarn in 2 colors (2 oz each), K hook. 

Pattern: Instructions are for average/large adult size. Work with both colors together throughout.  

Start: (Both threads on hook) Make the Base as written in the Basic Hat Pattern BUT start rows with ch2 (not ch3)  AND use hdc in place of dc. Work until the underlined number is 4.

Rnd 7: Ch 2. Hdc into next st and into each st around (60 sts total). Sl st into 2nd ch of ch2.
Rnd 8 - 13: Repeat Rnd 7 , 6 times.

Rnd 14: Ch 2. Hdc into same st, hdc into each of next 5 sts. *Work 2 hdc into next st, hdc into each of next 5 sts. Repeat from * around (70 sts total). Sl st into 2nd ch of ch2.
Rnd 15: Ch 2. Hdc into same st, hdc into each of next 6 sts. *Work 2 hdc into next st, hdc into each of next 6 sts. Repeat from * around (80 sts total). Sl st into 2nd ch of ch2.
Rnd 16: Ch 2. Hdc into same st, hdc into each of next 7 sts. *Work 2 hdc into next st, hdc into each of next 7 sts. Repeat from * around (90 sts total). Sl st into 2nd ch of ch2. Finish off. Weave ends into work.

Friday, February 05, 2010

More Beer!!

Alrighty... now that my basic Beer Can Hat pattern is being circulated, I'm inspired. I just picked up some PBR and I'm ready to get started on the PBR Pimp Daddy Hat, which I made for my brother's 21st birthday lo those many years ago. Back then, as college students, we all drank it so the cans were easy to come by. These days I tend toward bottles... not sure I'll be able to stomach actually drinking the Pabst. But the cans still hold some party magic, rest assured.

I'm also working on an idea for a Rock Star Can Tiara for my birthday next week. Oh, and a granny square hat. It's way too much fun... 

Hoping to have a new pattern ready by the end of this weekend. Rock on.