Posted in Blog Post, For Sale, Reclaimed Crochet

Reclaimed Crochet: Granny Square Blanket to Stylish Purse.

It always makes me feel sad when I come across a blanket that someone has spent long hours and love to make just….tossed away at a thrift store. I wonder to myself, “how did this blanket; that seems to be in excellent condition, end up at this store?”

I decided to start giving these abandoned pieces new life and so I present to you a new pet project of mine: Reclaimed Crochet.

So what is Reclaimed Crochet? Well, simply put I search out these abandoned pieces and then dismantle them and take the yarn and give it new life as a new piece. The best part? I am able to sell these pieces at a discount price to my customers because of the thrift store prices I paid on the abandoned projects all.

To give you an idea of how this is done, I have taken pictures of the steps I go throw to reclaim this blanket:

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I picked this Granny Square blanket up at Talize, it looked to be in decent condition give or take a few squares. My first task was to separate the squares from one another and the border. This took me quite some time but luckily the original creator of the blanket used an easy to see thread to attach the squares.

I started by carefully removing the edging from the blanket like so:

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I picked off the bits that were left behind from the border removal then started in on separating the squares.

reclaimed thread shot.jpg For this part, I just took my scissors and began to carefully cut the seams. Ideally, I would be using a seam ripper but mine was missing at the time. Anyways, after separating the squares and removing any of the ones that were felted together like this one:

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I was left with a lovely few stacks of Granny Squares.

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At this point, you see the multitude of possibilities this amount of Granny Squares can offer. I chose to make this purse:

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And there you have it! I barely used any of the squares from the Reclaimed Blanket and I now have this lovely purse which you can purchase for $25.00+ Shipping.

Stay tuned for my walk through regarding how I assembled this bag.

Posted in Blog Post, craft fair, For Sale, Uncategorized, update

Everybody Wants to be a Cat

As things are warming up and the need for hats and scarves becomes less of a necessity, I find myself struggling to find projects to work on for the warmer seasons.

Living in the city means that riding the LTC is just a part of regular everyday life; you take the bus to work or to school or when you are on your way to your friend’s house. The survival pack of the regular rider tends to consist of:

  • (1) cup of something tasty to drink. Usually procured from the nearest Tim Hortons
  • An over-large back of some sort. This is useful for blocking off the seat beside you so that you are not forced to interact with some random other LTC Warrior.
  • Headphones. These tend to be anything from the tiny Apple earbuds that are easy for tangling up in your pocket and using as a way to expel verbal aggressions at a later date; to the swankier Beats by Dre.

It was the sight of these headphones on a fellow weary traveler that caught my eye and gave me the idea to make this:

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Not as flashy, I will be the first to admit but they sure were fun to make.

As I look towards craft fair season, I start to see dollar signs when considering all the options for customization.

I am opening up orders for customized headsets, I will mod your current headphones for $20.00 or if you want to purchase a specific brand of headphones for me to modify then the pricing is dependent on the headset selected.

Because who doesn’t want to be a cat? 

 

Posted in Blog Post, For Sale, Large Projects

Rainy day, lazy day. 

I woke up today to an overcast sky and a fog that made me fear Dementors were lurking outside my door. 

I love rainy days, it allows me a guilt free reason to hunker down with a hank of yarn, my kitties and a cup of tea. 

So far, I am just shy of 100 red pixel squares out of the 299 needed for the Horde Crest portion of my wall hanging. 

I am not looking forward to having to hide all those tails . At the mention of tails, Poe wishes to share his with you. Well, his bum anyways. 

Hopefully my next update will be one where I am into the black pixels. 

Happy hooking!

Posted in Blog Post, For Sale, Large Projects

For the Horde!

A while back I mentioned a large scale project that was in the works. Today, I feel ready to show you all what I’m creating. 

As a few of you might know, I am a huge fan of Blizzard Entertainment and World of Warcraft, an mmorpg.

I am a tried and true Hordie and ages ago I picked up a couple balls of Red Heart Super Saver in red and black for a wall hanging that I just never got around to designing.

I rediscovered said yarn while going through my stash and decided it was time . 

I am using Pixel Squares to make the Horde symbol. The squares are just the first round of a granny square worked in worsted weight yarn with a 5mm hook so that they look a little “poofy”.

So far, I have made 35 pixels out of the 299 red ones required for the wall hanging. I have a long way to go. 

I am hoping that I can sell this as my first major sized project so if you are interested in purchasing it upon completion, feel free to drop me a line. 

Lok’tar Ogar friends.