Friday, March 14, 2014

Crochet Pattern Launch Giveaway! The Posey Pixie Hood!

It's that time again! While my amazing testers are helping finalize the crochet pattern, which happens to be one of my favorites to date, it's time for a contest!

This is the Posey Pixie Hood, designed with my daughter in mind, inspired both by fairy tales and vintage charm. It comes in two sizes, and the smaller size will fit toddler - adult, but in case you wanted it bigger, I included a larger size as well. All pictures feature the toddler-adult size.

There are so many ways to customize this! And it includes loads of picture tutorials, a stand alone pattern for the large flower, and a bonus pattern for the coordinating headband.

 It's puffy and soft, and has interesting texture, and is made with under 1 skein of Homespun yarn!  Enter to win a copy below! There is a chance for a bonus prize of any two patterns as well!

GOOD LUCK! Contest runs through next Tuesday at midnight, and you can share and enter every day! Winner announced Wednesday, 3/19/14.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

FREE PATTERN TUTORIAL: How to use fabric flowers with crochet and knit items!

I love crochet flowers, don't get me wrong, but I have absolutely fallen in love with the shabby/vintage style flowers that are so popular. When you combine the two, and add them to a hat, a create a clip for a scarf, shawl, or headband, they are luscious! In my opinion, they take your designs up a notch, add an extra touch of chic, and stand out from the "standard" adornments on handmade yarn items.

Are they appropriate for everything? NO. But they have their place. So here is a little tutorial with a simple free crochet flower pattern, and how to add layers of fabric flowers and rhinestones to finish the look.

Now - I'm not referring to the yucky fake kind of flowers that are trying to hard to look real, mind you, made of vinyl and fake silk looking junk. I'm talking the chiffon, the real satin, and the various prints and textures you just can't do with yarn.

Yes, these are all available in both The Gimpy Hooker for smaller quantities and mixes, and the Shabby Peacock Shack for bulk orders at a discount. The reason I started supplying these is because I love them so much, and my clients do to!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Gimpy Hooker with a Twist of Lyme

Cute "Lyme" pic from Neen Crochet
Just a quick update - we may have found what's causing (or at least exacerbating) my gimpy-ness. I'm putting this out there to both hopefully inform anyone who also struggles with a mystery disease, and account for any big lapses in posting.

A few weeks ago I was diagnosed with both Lyme Disease and Bartonella (another tick born disease). This is after having my first POTS episode 11 years ago, and a slew of chronic syndrome diagnosis and no answers. I wrote about my current health situation and the diagnosis journey in detail on my other blog HERE for anyone that wants more detail.

It's going to be an interesting ride from here on out - and to cope, I'll only be selling things that are ready to ship, no more "made to order" crochet, jewelry, or stitch markers. Everything in my shops is ready to go and already made. I'll be focusing on patterns and creating things for fun while I start this long treatment process. I hope to post lots of pretty pictures of new crochet creations, and fun free (and paid) patterns.

Next pattern in the Que!

I urge anyone that has mystery illness stuff going on to get tested! I have been misdiagnosed and left to get progressively worse for over a decade, and I was bitten by my first tick (that we know of) at the age of 12 - so who really knows how long this has been going on?

Cheers and healthy well wishes!


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Flowers and Rhinestone and Buttons, Oh my!

Wooden buttons in fun prints!
I'm so excited to have all this sparkly and colorful stuff stocked for The Gimpy Hooker shop

Here are some pictures of what just came in:

Super sparkly pearl rhinestones
HUGE polka dot chiffon flowers *swoon*
Bold Rosette rhinestones, 8 colors

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

LAUNCH CONTEST - Yarn, Stitch Marker, Fabric Flowers, Necklace & More!

Starts at midnight tonight! 

To celebrate the launch of The Gimpy Hooker Shop on Etsy, we are have a BIG giveaway!!! Two winners, two prizes! And since Valentine's Days is fast approaching, it is love themed!

(contest closed, winners announced!)

Monday, January 20, 2014

ERASABLE Stitch Markers and Sets - Preview!

Erasable backside, "Accio Hook" on the font!

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE - these are so fun to make!

In our new Gimpy Hooker Shop on Etsy, there will be a line of custom themed and beaded stitch markers for both crochet and (gasp!) knitting. The clasps are big enough, so work for both.

Plus - I developed a line of ERASABLE stitch/project markers that are not on the market anywhere. Using household stuff, you can record hook size, row, pattern name, whatever will fit - and then wipe it clean over and over! Guaranteed to work or money back! SO EXCITED! Did I mention I'm excited????  Here are a few samples of what's coming...

Winter Is Coming/Game of Thrones Set

Friday, January 3, 2014

The Men's Crochet Scarf Blues & Holiday Gifts

Overlay sc striping! Made for my Dad. Used Homespun and Caron Simply Soft.
I had tons of fun this Christmas creating scarves for the guys in my life (and a few clients!) and other random crochet stuff for family, friends, and clients.

Everything for the guys ended up blue! Not on purpose, just ended up that way. I "made" (or, rather he played along) my husband model this scarf created for my brother. This is what happened:

 He was a good sport (kind of), and after about 30 pictures I finally got a decent one:

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Holy Hooking Batman! New Crochet and Jewelry

Vintage glass and Swarovski Peacock inspired earrings
I have been a busy, busy bee. In the midst of ANOTHER surgery (port removal from my chest) and holiday madness I'm finding great comfort in crocheting and making jewelry, and decided some re-branding was in order for my shop, along with a slow going website overhaul.

My hands are also starting to function semi-well again! Yay for working hands! When already in a wheelchair, the thought of losing hand and arm function is pretty scary.

Anyhoooooo..........thought I'd share some pretty pics of new designs! If a pattern was used, I link to it. The others are my own, added to the long list of patterns I'm slowly compiling to publish, many of which will be FREE! I also am learning metal stamping, which makes jewelry creation that much cooler. Adding a favorite movie quote, initials, or verse to something is really fun!
Tutorial by Nastazia, chain Sashay infinity scarf (LOVE).

Saturday, November 30, 2013

New Crochet Pattern! The "Fat Amy" Owl Giveaway

This cute chubby owl doubles as both a mason jar cover and a purse! It's also fits perfectly over an ugly plastic soap container to liven up your bathroom or kitchen.

We had a naming contest, and "Fat Amy" just seemed to fit perfectly. In case you were wondering, Fat Amy is a hilarious quirky character from the movie Pitch Perfect. Check her out below (adult language warning). Buy it now or enter the giveaway below for a chance to win THREE great prizes!