Inspired by pretty yarn at Michaels

About a month ago I had some extra time while I was waiting to meet with a friend and decided to spend it in my favorite craft store – Michaels.  I had been trying to avoid going there because I was trying to use the stash of supplies I already have, and I know that it is really hard to resist buying something while I am there.  But this time I gave in to temptation and decided to browse in both the scrapbooking section and the yarn section.   Sure enough it wasn’t long before my eyes found some pretty yarn with an equally pretty name – gumdrop.  I didn’t have any idea what I was going to make with it, so I decided I had better pick up two skeins  – I sure didn’t want to run short when I finally decided what to make.

I met with my friend and didn’t get home until late, so it wasn’t until the next day that I could look through some patterns and decide what to make with my new yarn.  The other projects that I had been working on got set aside while I worked with this yarn.

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When I finished my first project I was still so excited about this yarn that I found another pattern and made it.

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And then made a third project before I ran out of yarn.

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What has inspired you lately?  I’d love to hear about it!

 

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Custom Potholders – Sammy & Mammy

Sammy & Mammy

Sammy & Mammy

My latest creative project is this custom order of potholders.  The customer sent me the pattern (Grandmother’s Sammy ‘N Mammy Pot Holders)  and told me that she plans to use them for decorative purposes rather than actual use as potholders.  She ordered three sets and I just finished this first set.  I am going to send her some pictures of these to see if she wants me to make any changes for the other two sets.   The potholders are made with worsted weight yarn, are double sided and are quite thick.    I enjoyed making them although the pattern was not very detailed so I had to guess on some of the parts.  The pattern also called for thread, but we used yarn instead.

Here’s a picture of the back of mammy.

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The pattern called for a different color on the back which I did – But my personal preference would be to have the back the same color as the front.  I think I would also do something different for the eyes if I was designing the pattern.  I guess I will see how the customer feels about it.