Less than one week until … THE KNIT SHOW with Vickie Howell

In March, I backed Vickie Howell’s The Knit Show. In August, I was filming for it. On October 5th, Season 1 premieres on YouTube.

The Knit Show will be very first studio quality, community-funded and internationally accessible, episodic how-to knitting & crochet series, from the host of the wildly popular DIY & HGTV series, “Knitty Gritty”, and PBS’ “Knitting Daily with Vickie Howell.”

When I decided to back the show, I wanted to support my craft and my community and help make part of knit/crochet history. Vickie is a rock star, and if I could help in some small way to make this amazing thing happen, then I was going to! I had no idea that a few months later, I’d be flying to Austin 3 days before my birthday to film part of an episode.

I met Crafty Is Cool, who kindly bought me a birthday taco the next day. I met The Crochet Dude (yeah THAT Crochet Dude). I saw Kelley Deal but I tried to be like nbd. I hung out with Vickie’s daughter Clover, and an air conditioning duct that was blasting freezing cold air at us at high velocity provided hours of entertainment, Boomerangs, and slo-mos.

It is rare for me to hang out with my peeps in person, so this was a very special trip and a very special experience. I even hung out with the Hivesters (you’ll see) a little bit, and one of them brought me a giant birthday day donut the next day. Like, who is that nice? I hope you all subscribe to The Knit Show YouTube Channel and watch it all unfold on October 5th! Also please keep hounding Vickie about Knit Show t-shirts because I really want one, even though I already have the enamel pin and the tote bag….

BTW the day after filming for The Knit Show, I hosted a pop-up shop in Austin which was also super incredible. I’ll blog about that next!

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Renegade Craft Fair – Spring 2017 Re-cap!

I know this blog entry is about 2 months late, but my new job has definitely been keeping me busy AND tired!

I wanted to show you guys what my booth at Renegade Craft Fair looked like this past July, in case you don’t follow me on Instagram where I tend to post a bit more frequently. I did something really new and different and devoted my entire booth to a cactus theme! This also meant that every item I had in the booth was brand new and freshly designed.

This is the booth sketch I made to help me plan everything first.

I planned to re-use my sneeze guard from Renegade Spring 2016 and turn it into a little green house for baby cacti. Then, Manda helped me make cactus scarf/hat stands out of foam core. Here is the booth in real life!


It was kind of hard to get a good photo since we were backlit by windows and we didn’t have much of a visual separator between us and our neighbors, but I think you get the gist.

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Free Pattern: Crochet Flower Crown or Daisy Chain Crown

I know it’s fall and that flower crowns are more of a spring thing… but you could play with colors and still be a fall flower princess!

I originally created this pattern for A Beautiful Mess blog, and I taught this class at Craftcation, but I wanted to make sure the rest of you guys had access to this pattern, too.

I’m in a bit of a rush, so I’m gonna slap this link to a PDF download for now! –> Crochet Flower Crown

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Creativebug Class: CROCHETED CORN

I’m so excited that my Crocheted Corn class is launching TODAY on Creativebug.com! I love corn so much!

Is there anything cuter than a crocheted ear of corn? Whip up this seasonal favorite WITH ME on Creativebug.com. The nubbly texture of the corn kernels is made from a combination of single, half-double, and half-triple stitches, and when finished, the corn will be 7 inches long. If you’re hooked on making crocheted veggies, learn how to make other delicious (in)edibles in my Eat Your Fruits and Veggies Crochet-Along

Learn how to:
  • Work in the round with magic circle
  • Single crochet
  • Half-double crochet
  • Half-triple crochet
  • Slip stitch

Let’s do it! I corn hardly wait! (I tried.)


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My Guest Column in Simply Crochet Magazine Issue 60

I have a new guest column in Issue 60 of Simply Crochet Magazine!

I talk about how I learned to embrace a trend when my instinct has always been to avoid them because I never just want to do what everyone else is doing.

I’m definitely late to the cactus train. Like, really really really late. But once I started thinking about how to do it my way… I fell in love! Read more about it :).

If you want to check out my first Simply Crochet guest column, it was about finding inspiration in Japan!

p.s. for those wondering, YES, I will be releasing my cactus patterns. I just need time to prep them!

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