The past three months have been extremely busy with me getting back to designing crochet patterns.
Posting has been somewhat erratic as the process of getting creative and educational craft posts ready takes a lot of energy.
Happily, this will be corrected as the patterns start to become completed to my satisfaction.
It's wonderful when life comes full circle - I am back to designing, which is my first love but (with a big sigh!) there's a learning curve once again to be disciplined in my work.
This particular post highlights how I feel about certain designs - Daniela Gregis bags are so creative and colorful, they make you smile.
Precious is not a word you would use in describing these bags but make no mistake they are heirlooms.
Recycling is definitely something to consider when you decide to make one of these bags- old jean shirts, sheets, fabric you've hoarded.
There's no mystery as Gregis uses very basic patterns for these bags.
A small crocheted rug or a larger basket can become a special market bag you'll be proud to carry.
Read further for inspiration, free patterns for guidance, helpful tutorials and videos to get you started.
Yarns are definitely my drug of choice. It's the colors, whether solid or multi-colored, the textures and construction that have me filling that "yarn closet" in the basement time and time again.
Every year at about this time we travel to Daytona where my brother-in-law and his wife own a beautiful home.
My sister-in-law, thankfully, is a crocheter and knitter. She truly understands my habit and willingly goes with me exploring for new yarns.
At times this can make packing to go home a bit tricky but somehow I manage to squeeze in all my booty.
When you enter a yarn store, you see all these tempting concoctions calling out to you .
Do I buy something safe in one weight and color or do I go crazy and buy a little of everything.
Well knitters and crocheters, mix it up and go crazy. Work with a variety of yarns and textures in the same color palette or totally patchwork style!
Be sure to see all the creative ways to work with yarn textures, free patterns and helpful videos showing you how to read a chart, work the intarsia technique and give you an idea of the types of textured yarn available in the marketplace.
Summer is a great time to show off jewelry especially when you stack several wrap bracelets together.
Create your own arm party with all the different ideas for leather wrapped bracelets.
Whether you like a lot of bling or something a little more subtle, there are all kinds of different tutorials for you to try.
All these lovely styles can be worked up quickly, great for gift giving.
Leather lacing is readily available in all kinds of colors, but I thought it was fun to show this spring's trendy pastel shades.
My personal favorite is the golden beads wrapped several times with pale blush leather.
Beaded trims by the yard are also readily available in craft stores in beautiful colors.
Be sure to check out all the different ways to wrap up your jewelry to wear this summer.
Every woman young or old, at least all the ones I've ever encountered and spoken to has some part(s) of their body they are not comfortable exposing.
My problem area or at least in my mind has always been my upper arms, right back to my younger days.
Cap, elbow length or short sleeves are pretty much what I wear, although sleeveless under shrugs has been my uniform of late.
Of course the runway fashion, can appear a little over the top, but really even those are watered down when sold to different boutiques and department stores.
Trends are for inspiring and usually trickle down to wearable styles, but the sizzle of the runway is so much fun.
This is why the "Cold Shoulder" trend makes so much sense. The upper arm is covered but the peek-a-boo opening in the seam can be sexy or at least feminine.
Please be sure to see the free patterns after the jump, knit and crochet patterns, basic "T" shapes with shoulder seams.
The lacy knit pattern takes care of two trends- open shoulders and lace effects. The crochet pattern is striped, another spring trend.
These are basic shapes if you eliminate the patterning and decide to work with a solid color or color block.
Also, think of this as a stash buster, the back worked in one color and the front divided into two or even three colorways.
Have fun thinking up ways to design your own spring fashion....the basics are there for you to experiment with.
As you can see from the inspiration images, there's a new twist on working cables, literally.
The Pitti Filati is the main international event for the knitting yarn industry, a research lab and an observatory on global lifestyle trends.
This industry trade show held in Florence, Italy occurs twice a year giving directional ideas for innovative yarn fabrics, stitches and yarns for knitwear.
Designers in both the hand knitting and machine knitting industry need to have a pulse on what innovations are being presented.
The forecast page illustrates how to give a modern twist to cables. Knitted i cords in contrast colors can be threaded through the holes created when working cables, knotting around cables creating a more dimensional, tactile fabric.
Several designers have used this idea creatively in designs for their Fall and Winter 2016/17 collections.
Simple cable designs can be given a whole new look by using some of these methods.
Practise with a good size swatch to see what works and perfect your cabling skills.