27 January 2014

Blogger, I bid you Adieu...

I've had this blog since 2007... And I think it's safe to say that I've now outgrown it. While it's been a great run, I think it's time to spread my wings and try something new. You can find my new website at www.jkwdesigns.com (yes, my very own domain!), and I'll gradually be working on creating a site that weeds out some of the nonsense I've written over the years and dedicating that blog specifically to knit/crochet/sew/craft stuff. Head on over and join me there!

30 December 2013

Crochet Optimus Prime Hat

Although I'm SOOOO far behind in my blog posts, and I have a million other things I need to catch up on, I just have to share this! This hat is probably my most ambition design so far (it's definitely up there with the Ratchet hat I made a few years ago), and it has resulted in the Happiest. Little. Charlie. Ever. However, his twin brother is not as pleased. I'm working hard to complete Lincoln's Bumblebee hat so he'll stop looking at me with those sad eyes! ;-) Will share pics of that one as soon as it's finished!

16 October 2013

Gah! So busy!

It's been quite some time since I last posted, but I do have a crafty excuse for not having time to blog! I have been absolutely overwhelmed with custom orders lately, and I'm continuously working on projects for my shop. This is, of course, wonderful, and I'm so grateful for all the love that people have had for my designs!

Here's a glimpse at some of the things I've been working on.

I was also recently a vendor at my very first event, so when I wasn't working on custom orders, I was busy making things for the sale. I will have 2 more coming up in November, so I am certainly feeling blessed these days.

I am also in the process of transitioning back to a patterns only Etsy shop. With so much work locally here in Korea and via Facebook, it's a bit much to also maintain stock for my Etsy shop. On the bright side, I am working on several more patterns, including a FREE PATTERN for the Iron Man faceplate that I promised nearly two months ago. I apologize for the delay! It's all typed up, but I need to turn my chicken-scratch notes into something slightly more professional (haha!) and I hope to have it up by the end of the week.

24 August 2013

A couple weeks in review!

It's been nearly a month since my last post--I have absolutely no idea how the time flew by so quickly! We've had a lot going on here at the jkwdesigns household. A leak in my daughter's room that I reported to the landlord over a month ago turned into a massive mold infestation that I didn't even know was there because apparently, silk wallpaper holds it all in. The wallpaper just looked like it had water damage, but when the contractor finally came over to deal with it, he ripped down the wallpaper and there was SO MUCH MOLD. I almost started crying, knowing that my baby girl had been sleeping in that room all this time. I took her to the pediatrician, and luckily, because we have no history of mold allergies in our family, the doctor said she was fine. However, with all this mold nonsense, we've temporarily had to move Princess Penelope's crib to my sewing room--something neither of us have been happy about! ;-) She doesn't want to sleep there, and I don't want her to sleep there! Haha... I've had to put my sewing machine in the guest bedroom, and at times, I've had to sneak into the sewing room for all the random things I need while working on a project. With Miss Penny Penny's super-sensitive bat-hearing, it's better to just not work on anything!

However, not working on stuff has not really been an option lately. I've had quite a few custom orders come my way the past few weeks, which is awesome. Here's a look at what I've been up to...

I've worked on a few sets of the bow tie onesies--seems the ladies like bow ties on their little guys!
A baby shower gift set for a little Atlanta Falcon's fan - blanket, bow tie onesie and bibs.

A crochet Captain America hat for a teeny tiny Avenger!
And every itty bitty Captain America needs a Big Brother Ironman! 
I'm considering writing the pattern for the Ironman mask portion on the front (there are enough free hat patterns floating around the internet) if there's enough interest. Leave a comment and let me know if you'd like me to post a free pattern!

22 July 2013

DyakCraft Darn Pretty Knitting Needles

Eight months ago, my darling husband ordered 2 sets of Darn Pretty Interchangeable Knitting Needles for my knitting pleasure. They have finally arrived, and I am pretty much giddy with excitement. :-) I've got a new project lined up to work on. I'll share my thoughts on these gorgeous, handcrafted needles once I get started!

Crochet Throw Complete!

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I was going back to the crochet hook to work on an afghan for my living room. Well, it's finally done! It only took 3 weeks. ;-) Part of the reason why I enjoy sewing so much is because it doesn't take long to complete a project. However, the satisfaction of finishing a knit or crochet project is just so much greater.

The design for the throw was inspired by log cabin afghans. I really liked the geometric design, but my living room is limited to 3 colors--black, white and gray. Although I'm open to the idea of introducing splashes of color to the room, I really didn't want to commit to a bright pop of color in something that would take me so long to make. Most log cabin afghan designs are for 4+ colors, so I had to sketch my own design.

Here's the original sketch, drawn on construction paper with crayons because honestly, that's all I could find!

Once I had the design thought out, I really had to decide whether I was going to knit or crochet this. And after about 10 seconds of genuine consideration, I decided to crochet it. Considering how impatient I am with my knitting/crocheting (which is why I tend to stick to pint-sized projects), I didn't think I could keep it together long enough to knit this thing, so I grabbed the crochet hook and got started.

Here's the finished throw--I love it! And I think it looks great in the room. I finished it just in time too because my 17 month old daughter recently took a blue ballpoint pen and drew on my pristine white couch. My afghan can now cover it up. :-/

I'm about mid-way through the process of writing the pattern down, so hopefully in the next few days, I'll have a free pattern to share! Stay tuned!

26 June 2013

Back to the Crochet Hook...

My sewing has taken a little bit of a hiatus these days as I work on a throw for the formal living room couch. I'd searched on Pinterest and Ravelry for the perfect design that would work well with the modern aesthetic... And I narrowed it down to two choices, then decided at the last minute to design my own! It's inspired by the log-cabin style of knit blankets, but because I don't have the patience to knit an entire blanket, I've decided to crochet it. I'll take some photos soon and give you a sneak peek... And I'm planning to put the pattern up as a free pattern! So stay tuned!

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