Posts tagged ‘Fiber art’

Enjoying the Fiber Things in Life

This morning was a dark gray, cool day, then the rain came. I opened the window a bit and listened to the rain fall and the thunder roll. Instantly I had to grab my cup of coffee and my project bag. What some people consider “nasty weather” I love because I feel all cozy curled up on my favorite chair with crochet hook in hand. The stress of looking at my to do list for the day melted away and I just crocheted while I listened to the storm out side. Here’s the afghan I worked on during the storm. (Afghans are AWESOME projects to work on in bad weather – so comfy cozy)

Round Afghan

The pattern is a free one from the Red Heart website and can be found here. I am using I Love This Yarn in Black and Nightwatch. I fell in love with the teal and plum colors together in the Nightwatch variegated yarn.  It is a pretty simple pattern, worked in panels of single crochet which are later joined together.

After the rain stopped I opened the window and let the newly cleaned air come through the house. I love how fresh and clean everything looks and smells after the rain 🙂 What a great way to start the day. Now I’m ready to tackle those to do lists.

Tonight my fiber artist friends and I will get together for Hookers Club. We gather together twice a month and work on our knit and crochet over either wine or coffee and solve the problems of the world while we work. It’s a great support for us and we also help each other when stumped on a pattern or learning a new stitch. Everyone should have a night with fellow knitters and/or crocheters, it can be quite therapeutic. Take time to enjoy the “fiber” things in life!

❤ Tracee

Cotton Caps to Battle Cancer

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As I mentioned in my last post, I make cotton hats for my Etsy shop and $3 from the sale of each one goes to the American Cancer Society. I am always looking for fun new patterns to keep a variety in stock and actually my stash is getting low so I definately need to make more. These are two caps I just made this week and will be listing them in my shop today or tomorrow.

The green one is made with I Love This Cotton in Sage and the blue one is made with Bernat’s Cottontots in Seakiss. The colors look awesome with this particular pattern. The pattern itself is the best part! It’s a FREE pattern I found on Red Heart’s website. It can be found here.   Vintage Cloche

Cotton caps are great for anyone to wear and cute too, but if you know someone battling cancer they make an awesome gift for sensitive skin. And nothing says it came from the heart like hand made.

❤ Tracee

Welcome

Welcome to my new blog! My goal is for everyone to have a good time, learn some new things but most of all be a support for one another in our love of the fiber arts. Whether you are a crafter yourself or just like to admire others and their handiwork. This is all pretty new to me so be patient and stop back often as I learn and improve.

I taught myself to crochet and knit over 27 years ago when I was pregnant with my first child. I really wanted one of those beautiful crocheted baby blankets and I didn’t know ANYONE who could make me one. None of my friends or family had a clue. So I bought a few books, my first crochet hook and some yarn and set out for what would become a lifelong love of crochet. I made that first blanket and it looked pretty good, but I had a friend who was pregnant at the same time as me, so I gave it to her as a gift and started another one. As life would have it, it seemed that I was entering a time when all of my friends and a few family members were getting married and starting families and so I kept making blankets and giving them as baby gifts.

Baby Sweater I knitted.

Baby Sweater I knitted.

When my oldest child was about 7 and my third and youngest child was about 2 I finally got to keep one for me! I had made close to 25 baby blankets and had taught myself to knit a couple of baby sweaters as well in that time.

Over the years I learned as many new techniques and stitches as I could. I made gifts for people and a few items for myself. Some were awesome and some were not so awesome (haha) In 2003 I lost my younger brother to cancer and in 2012 my mom died from cancer.

One of the cotton hats I made for my mom.

One of the cotton hats I made for my mom.

While Mom was going through radiation and chemo treatments her hair fell out and the skin of her head was very sensitive. The only material she could wear on her head was cotton… other fibers were irritating to her. So I stocked up on cotton yarn in every color and started crocheting her a complete wardrobe of hats and caps. A lot of people loved them and told me I should start selling them, that’s when I decided to open my own Etsy shop called Fromm Me To You. I have a section in my shop just for my 100% cotton caps and hats and $3 from the sale of each one goes to The American Cancer Society in memory of both my brother and my mom.

So that is a short (okay, so maybe not so short) version of my lifelong love of yarn.

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