It’s hard to work when…

Hello and Happy Sunday!

This little sweetie is so distracting, meet Rocky! We adopted him and his brother Apollo who is all black about 1ish month ago. They are about 4 months old now. :)

Anywho, today I am taking a break from the scrapghan and working on an owl hat (the blue hat you see in the background) and I am so excited about it! It will be my first character hat, so we’ll see how it goes.

What character hats have you made!? I’d love to see some! :)

On another note, church was sooooo good today. My faith has become so strong thanks to the fact that I have finally found a church I feel at home. It’s just an amazing feeling. I will be getting baptized November 2, 2014 and I can not wait!

Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

God Bless,
Shay

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Hello!

Today I am continuing to work on my c2c scrapghan. :) It’s probably going to be the ugliest blanket anyone has ever seen, but the last one I made for our house has been a huge hit, and I’ve even used it for a few photo shoots. These consist of leftover skeins of yarn that I have that I will not use for anything else. Instead of letting them just sit in the bins I have, I figure why not give em some love!?

Now, I am all for gorgeous uniform blankets. Don’t get me wrong. But for some reason I just can’t work on them! I’ve only completed 5 or so uniform blankets in my entire crocheting time. Something about working with different yarn, all over the place makes me actually finish it. I think maybe it keeps me from becoming bored… Who knows.

So as I sit here drinking coffee, watching “Diners, Drive ins, and Dives” I am looking at this blanket, excited for what craziness it’s going to look like when it is finished! Don’t be afraid to try new things. Don’t be afraid to make things “ugly” because guess what, there probably isn’t a single piece like it anywhere in the world! How cool is it to think that you actually have something no one else does!? :)

Anywho, I hope your Saturday is going swell, and I hope your crafting something you love! Happy Saturday and God Bless!

Shay.

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Scrapghan

So much has happened!

Hello everyone!

Man these past few months have been quite insane. It’s finally starting to slow down, but so much has changed. I am no longer doing photography as a business. I just kind of decided it didn’t really fulfill me the way crocheting does. Also, my daughter started back to school and is now in 1st grade! I can’t believe it!

So one big thing I have done is I have started my own crochet business, Hooks N Ewe! I decided it was time to give it a go, and to see how it would work out. Nice thing about it, is that it doesn’t cost thousands of dollars to start up unlike photography. Also, my vision comes to life no matter what, and that is so gratifying! I love to crochet, so what better way to enjoy it even more than to make people happy with it!?

Another thing is that my faith has become a huge part of my life, and I will be getting baptized in just a couple weeks! My love has grown so much and I couldn’t be any happier with the way my life is going! :)

So, not too much to report on, but thought I would update just a smidge!

Hooks N Ewe

God Bless,
Shay

Greek Goddess Cowl

Hello! Man have I been busy, and it seems with everything BUT crochet! But I managed to get in some crochet time. My friend Jessie from Crochet it isn’t Sew let me test out a new pattern she came up with, and I am in LOVE! It’s perfect! She is so good at what she does, and I thank people like her for giving us crocheters beautiful projects to make. The cowl should be released soon, and once it is I will put up a post about it. :)

Anywho, here are some photos of the beautiful cowl. I made it using Lion Brand Yarn. My friend Jenn is modeling and I took the photos.

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As you can see, crochet and photography are my two biggest creative loves! :) Anywho, I hope you are having a wonderful day! God Bless.

Blesssings,
Shay

https://www.facebook.com/crochetitisntsew

Teaching

Learning to Crochet

Last night me and my friend Jenn got together to simply hang out. We went out to a nice dinner and then headed off to Michael’s! She has been wanting to learn how to crochet for a long time so I told her I would try to teach her. There are a couple things I learned last night.

One: I am not a patient person.

Two: I love her to death, but I gave her some links to youtube video tutorials.

Three: I don’t have a career in teaching people how to crochet.

She did an awesome job for someone who had just started! And then it dawned on me, I have been doing this for 15 years! That is just insane to me.

So, I won’t be teaching anyone how to crochet anytime soon. lol

I’m Back! Kind of…

Hello everyone!

Sorry it has been so long since I’ve been on. Life has just been so hectic. My daughter is out of school for the summer so it is just non-stop. But the good thing is that I have been able to crochet a whole bunch, and with that I have tried some new things!

Here I will be showing you the Penelope Shawl I recently finished. I used I Love this Yarn (from Hobby Lobby) in the Kaleidoscope color way. The yarn was a dream to work with and I think I may have found my new favorite acrylic yarn! It is the first store bought skein that doesn’t tangle when pulled from the center, and if you use the center pull a lot, you know what I am talking about. It can be pure hell. But any who, I absolutely love it and will be buying much more in the future! The pattern was so easy and understandable, which made crocheting the shawl a breeze. I think I could have finished the shawl in two days if I hadn’t been so distracted, but well, I have two kiddos and a dog… OH and a husband. lol

Anyway, here are a few photos of it. My husband was the photographer. I think he did very well. ;) I will provide a link to the yarn as well as the pattern that I used. I hope you like it, and I hope it inspires you to make your own shawl!

http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/kaleidoscope-i-love-this-yarn-print-926105/

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/penelope-shawl

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Finished!

Today I finished my elephant amigurumi and I am so pleased with myself! It is not perfect, but I finished it and that’s all that matters! It was a fun little project and I think I may do more, well I will because I have to make a second one so my kiddos both have one. We don’t need more arguments between those two!

Anyway, it was fast and to my surprise quite easy. My only complaint is the sewing. And well the crookedness, but that’s my fault. Hopefully with more practice, I will get much better, faster, and less crooked… ehem! So here are a couple of photos of the finished product and I will put the link to the pattern at the end. Have a wonderful day!

Shay

http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/70582AD.html?noImages=&newreg=1

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New Baby Blanket

I just found out someone very close to me is pregnant with a baby girl so I am starting a blanket! Well actually I have already started a blanket, but I decided I want to do a different one so I went on a search through revelry.com and found this beautiful yet simple blanket! I am so excited to start it and I can not wait for the finished product! I hope it manages to look as good on my hook as it does in the original… :) Anywho, I hope you are all doing well, and I will post an update soon! I will be using Bernat Baby Coordinates to crochet the blanket in white. The link for the pattern is below. I can’t wait!

Shannon

http://lacycrochet.blogspot.com/2014/02/diamond-stitch-baby-blanket-free-pattern.html

Hello everyone! Last night I went to a yarn night at Michaels and had a lot of fun! I arm knitted a scarf, met some pretty amazing women, and started on my first Amigurumi animal. Now that I have started it over again because I lost count, I am in love. I learned that stitch markers are a must, and that it works up so fast!

This elephant was made using Vanna’s Choice yarn in silver blue. It is still a work in progress and not the best in the slightest, but I am proud of it! It’s the first thing I have made other than a blanket, hat or scarf! So here is a photo. I was given the pattern last night, so I do not know where it located. But I do know it is by Lion Brand!

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My First Amigurumi

Odds and Ends

Today I started my spring cleaning, and I am SO glad I did. There was so much stuff to get rid of and donate that I am almost kicking myself in the behind for not doing it sooner. But anywho, during “treasure hunting” as we will call it, I found a bag of granny squares. I have no idea when I made them and what I had in mind, but they are such a hodgepodge of colors and stitches that I decided to make an odds and ends blanket. It’s very eclectic and in no way meant to win any award out there. It will be something for our couch, something for us to have for decades! (hopefully…) lol Anywho, here’s a photo of me just starting on it. Excuse the lack of makeup and well dress hehe. It’s late, forgive me! ;)

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