Busy Hands

Happy Thursday everyone!  I hope you all enjoyed your Valentine's Day celebrations.  We don't celebrate it at my house because it is my oldest daughter's birthday!  February 14th is all about her.  My husband and I go out a few weeks afterwards for a date night.  Honestly though, he shows me so much love everyday that we don't need a special day to tell us to do so. 
So last week I was busy planning a birthday party for our now 10 year old.  I still can't believe I have a 10 year old!!!  We don't do birthday parties every year, but 10 is a big deal!  Darling daughter wanted an Emoji themed party, and here in Canada I was so disappointed in how difficult it was to find anything.  I went to several different stores and even ended up making some of our own games.  It was a great success and seeing her happy face was worth all the trouble. 
In the evening hours my hands have been busy finishing up custom orders for my shop.  I still have one baby sweater to finish, sleeves to be added to another baby sweater, a philly flyers beanie and a messy bun hat.  I have also just finished a braided earwarmer and mitten set for a favourite repeat customer.  I am truly lucky and blessed to be able to do this, if you have a gift or talent, USE it!



Brave New World

Good morning!
Look at me updating two days in a row...I told you I was back 😉.  In yesterday's post I mentioned being a vendor at local craft shows.  This has been a great experience for me and I am pretty proud of myself for doing it.
I, like many crafters, have issues with social anxiety.  So putting myself out there is a big deal and takes some time to prep for.  Any possible scenario, good or bad, runs through my head and I have to imagine what I will do if this or that happens.  It can be exhausting inside my head and insecurities!  Luckily crochet and knitting certainly helps to calm my nerves and keeps my head busy!
At my first show I was surprised to see at least 5 other vendors (out of 25-30) that were selling crochet and knit goods.  Now when I signed up, I watched the vendor list like a hawk.  I have to prepare afterall for every scenario.  There was only one other vendor listed as having yarny merchandise so I felt confident that I would do well.  Imagine my shock when everyone was setting up!
Lucky for me my wonderful hubby who also happens to be one of my greatest friends since childhood was with me to help out.  He kept me cheerful all day and kept my coffee full ❤.  I did awesome that day.  My first show, a goal checked off my list.  I made lots of sales and met some great people.  I'm not sure how everyone else did but I left feeling pretty good and hubby was so proud, I even brought us out to eat afterwards.  So the next goal for me was to open my Etsy shop.  Can you imagine the torture I put myself through to prep for this big step😨.  I am currently listing on hand stock while I finish up some custom orders and then I will open that option for buyers.  I am also getting some more shows lined up for the upcoming months! I truly love this brave new world!

The Reclusive Crafter

So that is probably what I should change my name to!
Hello interwebs, I have decided to come out of hiding!  I hope you will all still accept me as one of the pack :)
With 2016 finally in the rear view mirror I am ready to be me again.  My original goals with this blog all those years ago was total world yarn domination, but life gets in the way.  The past few years seem blurred and oh so busy with growing kids and trying to find a peaceful balance among the chaos.  Rest assured fellow fiber addicts that I not once left the art behind.  It has saved my sanity most definitely and has helped pay the bills!
After some health issues (nothing life threatening!) and child care costs, Hubby and I decided it just made more sense for me to be at home. I have loved all the extra time with my family, being able to get the kids on the bus, be here when they get home, having dinner together, helping with homework, etc.
This has also given me the chance to follow my heart and do what I love the most, craft.  I have been selling my crochet and knit makes locally for 6 years now!  That is pretty wonderful and I am so grateful.  With the support of so many friends and family members I feel that I am ready to take the next step and have opened an Etsy shop for all my makes.  I have even started as a vendor at local craft shows.  I absolutely LOVE it!  I am so excited to see what this year has in store.  Also, I look forward to having the time to update the blog again with free pattern reviews and hopefully I can get back to designing as well!
Follow me on Instagram @featherwing_83 and Etsy Featherwing for new makes and listings.        


8-bit Penis Scarf

8- Bit Penis Scarf

By Connie Stieler


Inspired by a post seen here…8-Bit Penis Scarf.




This scarf will amaze and dazzle, or terrify people wherever you go!  The ultimate gag gift or bridal shower accessory!  This pattern is available for FREE to Knotty Hookers everywhere! Yes I did take quite some time to get this beauty ready but in the end it was not my original idea.  There were no apparent resources included with the original photo even after days of searching so this is simply my interpretation.  This pattern has not been tested but I feel my notes were accurate, I will not claim them to be perfect I am human after all.  Please enjoy and post your pics online, I would love to see what you come up with!

Please note that this is pattern is better suited for intermediate/experienced crocheters and isn't beginner friendly.

 You will need to prepare bobbins in advance or use separate skeins for colour changes as you do not want to carry your yarn in this project, just simply drop until you come back to it on the next row when you will need it again.
When changing colours, do so by finishing previous stitch with the new colour.

Loops & Threads Impeccable
Lippy for main colour = P
Rich Orchid for head  = O
Black                           = B
J or 6mm hook

Ch 2 counts as first stitch throughout pattern unless otherwise stated.
On return row, you will sc in to 1st ch of turning ch 2.

Starting at widest part of testicles.
- Starting with B ch 3, P ch 29, B ch 1, P ch 29, B ch 3. Ch 2 turn.

- Working in purl bump behind chain (this helps tremendously when finishing bottom portion of scarf) sc in 2nd ch from hook and across row, changing colours as needed.  End of row should read 4 B, 30 P, 2 B, 30 P, 4 B. Ch 2 turn. ( 70 st )

- Repeat 9 times more ( 10 rows total ).

Continue in this manner for 6 more rows, eliminating the 2 B in the middle of the row.
At end of 6th row ch 1 instead of 2. Turn.

- Sl st into 1st 4 st and 1st P st. Ch 1, sc in same st. Sc in next 3 st. P sc across row to last 4 P st of previous row. 4 B sc, ch 2 turn.
End of row should read 4 B, 54 P, 4 B. ( 62 st )

- 3 B, 54 P, 4 B, ch 2 turn.
Repeat 2 more times ( 4 rows total )
At end of 4th row, ch 1 instead of 2. Turn.

- Sl st into 1st 4 st and 1st P st. Ch 1, sc in same st. Sc in next 3 st. P sc across row to last 4 P st of previous row. 4 B sc, ch 2 turn.
- 3 B, 46 P, 4 B, ch 2, turn.
Repeat 4 times more. ( 6 rows total)
At end of 6th row ch 1 instead of 2. Turn. ( 54 st )

- Sl st into 1st 4 st and 1st P st. Ch 1, sc in same st. Sc in next 7 st. P sc across row to last 8 P st of previous row. 8 B sc, ch 2 turn.

- 7 B, 30 P, 8 B, ch 2 turn.
Repeat 3 times more. ( 5 rows total )
At end of 5th row ch 1 instead of 2. Turn. ( 46 st )

- Sl st into 1st 8 st and 1st P st. Ch 1, sc in same st and next 3 sc, P sc across row to last 4 P st of previous row. 4 B sc, ch 2 turn.
End of row should read 4 B, 22 P, 4 B. This row sets you up for the shaft of the scarf.

- 3 B, 22 P, 4 B, ch 2 turn. ( 30 st )
Here’s where things get boring for awhile…
Repeat 217 times more or longer if you desire.

Head:

- 3 B, 4 P, 13 B, 4 P, 4 B, ch 2 turn.
Repeat 4 more times. ( 5 rows total )

- 7 B, 13 O, 8 B, ch 2 turn.
Repeat 5 times more ( 6 rows total )

- 3 B, 22 O, 4 B, ch 2 turn.
Repeat 4 more times ( 5 rows total )

- 3 B, 10 O, 2 B, 10 O, 4 B, ch 2 turn.
Repeat 5 times more ( 6 rows total )
At end of 6th row ch 1 instead of 2.

- Sl st into 1st 4 B and 1st O. Ch 1, sc in same st.
3 B, 6 O, 2 B, 6 O, 4 B, ch 2 turn.

- 3 B, 6 O, 2 B, 6 O, 4 B, ch 2 turn.
Repeat 5 times more ( 7 rows total )
At end of 7th row ch 1 instead of 2.

- Sl st in 1st 4 B and 1st O. Ch 1, sc in same st. 5 B, ch 2 turn.

- 5 B, ch 2 turn.
Repeat 2 more times. ( 4 rows total )

- Using next B bobbin, sl st in 1st O st. Ch 1, sc in same st. 5 B, ch 2 turn.

- 5 B, ch 2 turn.
Repeat 2 more times ( 4 rows total )

FO.

Finishing Testicles

- Join B with sl st to 1st P st. ( Your work should be upside down now.  If you worked your 1st row into the purl bump of the chain as recommended you should have a nice row of ch st to sc into.  This will make your scarf appear seamless, no one will be able to tell where you started. )
Ch 1, sc in same st. 3 B, 22 P, 10 B, 22 P, 4 B, ch 2 turn.

- 3 B, 22 P, 10 B, 22 P, 4 B, ch 2 turn.
Repeat 4 times more. ( 6 rows total )
At end of 6th row ch 1 instead of 2.

- Sl st in 1st 4 B and 1st P, ch 1, sc in same st. 3 B, P sc across row to last 4 P of previous row. 4 B, ch 2 turn.

*** - 3 B, 15 P, 4 B, ch 2 turn.
Repeat 2 times more ( 4 rows total )
At end of 4th row ch 1 instead of 2.

- Sl st in to 1st 4 B and 1st P, ch 1, sc in same st. Sc across row to last P st, ch 2, turn.


- Sc across row, ch 2 turn.
Repeat 2 times more ( 4 rows total )

FO ***

Second Testicle

With B, sl st in to P st. Ch 1, sc in same st and next 3 st. 15 P, 4 B, ch 2 turn.

Repeat from ***.

Pockets - Make 2

- Ch 18 + 1. Turn

- Sc in 2nd ch from  hook and across. Ch 2 turn.

Repeat for a total of 17 rows.
Leave long tail for sewing pocket onto scarf.
Use picture for pocket placement or attach where desired.
Pockets are made for a few small items and not for a huge hand, feel free to change it up!

FO, weave in ends.  Enjoy your hard work and expect a few laughs!

My finished scarf measured in at 69.5" long 19.5" wide at full ball span.
Happy Hooking,

Connie

*** ATTENTION!! I am so grateful and excited to add a graph for all you visual folks out there! Many many many thanks to Jenn and her team from Yankee Yarns who actually graphed this pattern and have given me permission to add them to my pattern for all to use.  I am completely overwhelmed with the response to this pattern.  Please remember that I am not a professional pattern writer and I have offered this for free based on how I deciphered it from only looking at a photo.  I sure hope the graph option will be helpful to everyone, happy hooking!***



















What's New?

Hello there Hookers!  Life has been super busy and I have been neglecting my wonderful blog.  I have been working a lot and crocheting/knitting way too much.  That's right TOO MUCH!! The winter months had me filling orders from here to the moon and because of this I injured my left hand.  Carpal Tunnel is setting in and I don't like it one bit.  Luckily I am right handed, but you don't notice how much you use your other hand until it becomes an issue.  So I have decided to stop doing custom orders.  The extra money was wonderful and having so many people interested in my work was a great feeling.
 It came to the point where I was feeling much like a machine.  The joy of yarn work was fading in to the background as I just tried to get 'this' project done quickly so I could start on the next.   I was unable to just peruse Ravelry/Pinterest and choose something I would like to create for myself or someone I love.  I wasn't able to experiment and design my own patterns.  I miss the yarny adventures!
And now that I am 'free' from the demands I have no clue what to make lol. That's the way it goes right?  I have become a good little knitter in the past two years and I hope to make a sweater/cardigan for myself.
Let me share what has been keeping me so busy...
Minions!!!
I was asked to make a few different minions for different folks, it was fun because each one is unique so that certainly helps with my getting bored of doing the same thing over and over!



As you see in the first pic I have finally acquired a model for my hats!! So I apologize for the quality of the last two pics but I didn't have the head yet!!  The hats were well received by all and I was happy. 
I based my designs using this free pattern Minion Beanies, I used HDC instead of DC, but used the pattern as called for when making the eyes. The closed mouths were done using surface chain.  The open mouth was created by using black SC, making a mouth shape, I used white BOBBLE stitch for the teeth and the tongue was red SC, HDC, everything was sewn on.  It was a little bulky for my liking but it isn't bothersome while wearing.  Free pattern for the bow can be found here Petite Bow
My kids were crazy when I was making these and fully expect to have their own Minion Hats for next season :)  
For those on Ravelry ConnieS Minions

Thanks for looking and Happy Hooking!!