New mitten styles

Both shops are up and running! One of TheCraftStar and one on Etsy!

I’ve been working on a new pattern for mittens, I think I have the first one down, a basic cabled mitten

Grey Cabled Mittens

 

The other style i’m working on will be a lace pattern similar to the travel mug sleeves

I am now looking for color suggestions! What are the predictions for fall and winter colors this year?!

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New Pattern for iPhone cases!

In the past I’ve attempted to make iPod/Zune and iPhone cases but I could just never find that sweet spot. Until yesterday when I basically had an epiphany which is ridiculous since the answer had been staring me in the face the whole time! But since I sprained my ankle I’ve had a lot of down time on the couch to think, and create new patterns and experiment. Which led me to my new phone cases!

 

I’m working on more today, and am taking custom orders. I have most colors in stock!

 

As always wordpress readers get free shipping (including international) on all orders. If you’re interested in anything from my shop just use coupon code WORDPRESS

 

Pink Hair, Borderlands, HairBows, Election, and an all around update

So, to avoid negative posts about my frustration with politics I have avoided posting for the past few weeks.

And even with the election over I know about half of the US is complaining and bitching but NOT HERE!

Gary Johnson got over 1% off the votes (not much I know) BUT it’s the most a libertarian candidate has ever gotten. Anyway, it’s over. Now we have to see if congress can actually work together to get some things done. HA. Okay moving onto the fun stuff.

 

I dyed my hair pink!! And I don’t have really any decent pictures yet but soon hopefully.

 

 

This is of course not natural light, the pink is softer than this, not quite as bright after a few washes.
And I’m pretty sure this is about the only thing I HAVEN’T done to my hair yet. I hadn’t dyed it in a year and was itching to do something fun. Granted pink hair, piercings, and tattoos gets me some awesome looks in our super conservative area but if I actually cared I wouldn’t have those things. Anyone who makes a snap judgement like that probably isn’t worth getting to know anyway!

So next on the update list BORDERLANDS!!

I am super behind on my video gaming and was recently convinced by everyone I know that I HAD to play borderlands, I also got Oblivion, and FableII.

Borderlands so far might be one of the best games I’ve played for a very long time! James and I are co-oping. we’re about 3/4 of the way through the game and we LOVE IT!! It’s a great compromise for us because I love RPGs and he likes FPS with little to no story line.

Fable has been fun as well, quite a time sink, I get caught up and then all of a sudden it’s been a few hours. But overall I like it, nice easy-ish fun game. Plus I like the story line.

Now … Oblivion … I’ve been dying to play the elder scrolls series for a long time. I’ve read amazing reviews, all my friends love it and from the sounds of it it’s a game I would enjoy a lot. Now, i’m fairly new to console gaming. I’ve always been a PC gamer. That being said, I panic and button mash! I also really don’t  like scary things, i’m easily frightened. not of blood and gore, that’s fine but things that jump out at you, i tend to scream, button mash, and promptly die. I haven’t spent much time with Oblivion, i’m still learning the controls and whatnot, but I have not made it past the first dungeon. Maybe after we finish Borderlands, and before we start BorderlandsII I’ll get some more time into it.

So that’s it for the game update.
Now onto the shop update.

I’ve been knitting hairbows like crazy and have been working out new patterns for coffee cozy’s and gloves!

I have also been trying to get back into the grove of listing a few things every day and focusing on smaller items.
I’ve already started getting custom orders for Christmas which is AWESOME! And I’m very excited about that!

As always if you are interested in anything from my shop my WordPress readers always get free shipping (including international) just use coupon code WORDPRESS when you check out ❤

Hope everyone has been well, and you’re not too stressed about the election!
Turkey Day is coming up, which means I’ll be posting some new recipes soon!!
Stay tuned!

xxoo

 

New Hats!

I’ve been working on a few new hat patterns. Right now i’m only able to do newborn hats since I don’t have long enough double pointed needles to knit adult hats, but those will be coming soon! Hopefully this weekend if I can get out to Abingdon to the yarn shop. 

I’m trying very hard to get myself into the habit of writing down everything I try and do. That way next fall when I start on hats, mittens, etc I have something to jog my memory instead of relying on recall alone haha.

I have made 2 basic newborn hats so far. And I THINK I’ve got a new cabled hat pattern properly worked out but we’ll see. I also have to find my cabling needle.

 

 

(by clicking on the pictures above you will be linked to my shop page where these two hats are for sale for $12)

I am working on knitting some brighter colored hats now. I’m also knitting all of these hats with a soft vegan yarn. So far it’s the softest on skin I’ve found. I will be looking at some more options this weekend though. Perhaps a cotton bamboo blend. From what I understand the biggest request is that baby clothes are soft and machine washable. Which I totally understand! Baby’s can be very messy creatures haha.

 

If you or anyone you know is interested in some hand knit items please check out my shop 🙂

http://www.etsy.com/shop/buttonsandyarnohmy

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New pattern ideas!

For the past few days I’ve been toying with some patterns

 

Sketchbooks full of chicken scratch that a friend says looks like science haha. Well I can safely say I think I’ve perfected the basic hobo glove, which was giving me some trouble in and around the thumb area. And the bows are coming out very well using the seed stitch texture, i tried about half a dozen different stitches before i settled on that one. I’ve also decided I need to get into the habit of writing down my patterns instead of just attempting to knit them from memory.

 

 

 

 

New Pink Items

I’ve been hard at work on some new pink items to feature this month, since it is after all Breast Cancer Awareness month. And I got these awesome Pink Ribbon buttons that just arrived the other day. More are on their way as we speak!

 

 

 

These are two new items I finished this weekend, and I’m currently working on a new mug cozy with a mini pink bow attached.

Like this, but it’ll be pink, with a pink ribbon button

 

 

And all this month I am having a 20% off sale for the entire shop. Just use coupon code THINKPINK20

 

 

xxoo

Coffee and Coding

So last night, after my super classy dinner. I decided it was time to re-vamp my website and do some updating. So I brewed a pot of coffee and set off to work.

I have to say I’m very pleased with the results. This is my first website, and please if you have any feedback I’d love to hear it!

 

http://www.buttonsandyarn.com

So after I finished that I decided it was time to change things up here as well. As many of you i’m sure have noticed my layout is different today. This is the first time I’ve changed it since starting this blog and I like it so far. I really like the twitter and facebook buttons on the top of the page there. I also worked on my other blog some more.

http://www.bigdogadventures.wordpress.com

Which is the blog ‘run’ by Zeus, Athena and Isis.

I am very excited about doing this 50% off sale! We are about 10 fans away from activating the coupon code. And once it goes live it’ll only last for 72 hours.

http://www.facebook.com/buttonsandyarnohmy

I also have been trying new ads. I’ve never done them before but so far they’ve resulted in my views to my shop, and website. Which I am thrilled about. I’ve given the Etsy Ads a try, and only did the minimum. Which is $7. I’ve gotten many more views, but no sales directly from that. But I have 4 more days left with that so we’ll see how that goes. If I get sales from it I’ll definitely keep doing it. I also got a credit for $50 for facebook ads which I activated last night. Shortly after it went live my fan page had 20 new likes in a matter of minutes, and a few people writing on my wall saying they had just discovered my shop and whatnot and that they love my stuff. Which of course makes me so happy!

If anyone has any suggestions for Ads I’d love to hear them 🙂