Changes

After taking a break from sewing for others for the past year, I have decided I love it too much to stop. I will be re-opening pinkebody in May! The exact date is not set yet, as I’m still waiting on my new labels & care tags to arrive. I recently update my logo (and love it) and have a stack of kids clothing awaiting photographs. I have been collecting super fun custom printed knits and new patterns since my last update and cannot wait to share them all with you!  Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store. I have started a group on facebook to show current available styles & fabric options.

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I am also in the process of closing my yarn/fiber shop API Fiber Co. It was a very difficult decision to make, but ultimately, I had to choose one or the other and pinkebody won. Once I’m finished dyeing my current stock, I will no longer be dyeing yarn or fiber. If there are any colorway requests, please get them in asap so you don’t miss out on a favorite.

 

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Sewing Mojo

I’m so glad to have my sewing mojo back! I got seriously burnt out after craft shows & customs in November/early December that I didn’t even touch my machine again until halfway through this month! That is not normal for me. I usually sew at least a little something everyday. Of course, I wasn’t NOT crafting during that time, my attention was just shifted to knitting. I knit a total 16 hats between the end of November and Christmas!! 12 were gifts for my family members plus 4 more that were customs, I even knit a chunky cowl in that time frame as well!! But, this post is about sewing, so I’ll come back to that at another time.

I, like many others, have started the year by doing a little de-stash of  the fabrics & such that I know I’m just not going to use again. You know, the prints that are leftover from a project, or that were an impulse purchase that just don’t speak to me anymore, scraps, etc. In doing so, I found a bin of t-shirts that I had purchased (and admittedly forgot about) with the intention of upcycling them into kids clothing. So, that is what I started with. I grabbed a bunch of fun coordinating knit fabrics & got to work. I even was able to put to use a few prints from my scrap bin. Score! I love to create fun clothing for kids that isn’t cookie cutter. Something that not everyone is going to be wearing.  My girls love wearing upcycles & when they outgrown a favorite t-shirt they will bring it to me to see what we can do with it. Sometimes it can be reborn into another garment & other times it goes into a bin to become a t-shirt quilt at a later date.

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The above items were all part of my first shop update of the year.

I have also started on a quilt for my middle daughter. Again, while reorganizing the sewing room to de-stash, I found this stack of forgotten favorites. Olivia! She is a long time favorite of my girls & we love to re-read the books over & over.

005There was also a large panel of Olivia, which I turned into a giant log cabin block for the front of the quilt. I was originally just going to chop up the other prints in large segments for the back to hurry up & get it done. My 8 year old was expecting it to be finished in a couple hours, since I can make a dress that quickly. Haha, sorry kiddo, but nope. While I was laying out the fabrics, trying to figure out my backing, inspiration struck. This fabric is out of print & I need to do it more justice than what I was planning. So I started flipping through my vast collection of quilt books & found the perfect pattern. Hexagons! Not the little hand turned pieces, but large hexagons, that just so happen to be big enough to showcase the special prints on my favorite piece of yardage. So this is what I’ve got so far. I’m not sure if this will end up as one quilt or two yet. I’ll have to see how much is leftover when I’m done cutting hexagons. I am loving it so far (and so is little miss).

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No Sleep Till Christmas!

It’s that time of year again where my CCD (compulsive crafting disorder) kicks in to maximum overdrive. Between craft shows, gift making & keeping up with my shops, I feel like I don’t sleep unless I drop from sheer exhaustion. But you know what, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I just love this time of year! The excitement & anticipation that is so infectious when I see “that look” on my girls little faces. You know the one. The brand new American Girl doll or toy  catalog just came in the mail & they are instantly the best of friends, pouring over it belly down on the rug. Planning their lists. Planning what to wish for. Pointing out what they think the other should ask for. Wondering if they could copy the outfit themselves, or enlist mom to do it.   My kids are like me & have crochet hooks, or a needle & thread in their little hands when they aren’t working on school work or sleeping. They love the giving part of Christmas, just as much as the getting. And that makes my heart smile.

This weekend really kick starts the beginning of  the Christmas season for us. It’s the weekend of our annual fundraising event for our local after school program. We host a bake sale & a craft/vendor event to raise money. It’s always a lot of fun (albeit a lot of work). I’ve been working like crazy trying to build up enough stock to set up a table for myself.  It’s difficult to switch to craft show mode, when I’m used to selling online. It’s a different beast altogether & I struggle with finding items at different price points that still reflect my style. So far, I’ve made a stack of bibs, a couple pair of wrist warmers, a couple hats, & some Christmas dresses. Some are also listed in my etsy shop, like the Toorie hat knit from super soft and squishy Malabrigo Twist yarn & a sweet little Gingerbread house dress. toorie

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Getting back in the swing of things

Gosh, where did the summer go? It sure seems to go by faster every year. Ours was filled with lots of gardening, swimming, baseball & a two week trip to my Grandparents cabin in Minnesota. We’ve taken at least one trip there for the last 8 years & it’s something we look forward to all year long. This is the lovely view we get to enjoy while there.

I didn’t get very much sewing in while the kids were off school, so I have been making up for it this last week or two. The girls each got a new back to school outfit before I switched into Halloween/Fall mode. These two are my favorite pieces so far.

I’m so glad that my kids got my quirky sense of fashion. It’s so much fun to sit down & pick fabrics with them. They have come up with some excellent combinations, including some things I wouldn’t have put together on my own. I can’t wait until they’re older & I can get them involved in more of the sewing side of it.

During my downtime this summer, I decided it was time to re-think my business plan. While I absolutely love to dye yarn, I will no longer be offering ready to ship yarn & fiber in my etsy shop. They will still be available in co ops & by custom order as time allows, because I can’t just quit cold turkey.  I will only be offering custom or semi custom children’s knits in the future. I’ll still be stocking at Their Own Knitted World on Hyena Cart, but will mainly be stocking items in sizes my own children can use if they should happen to not sell, as well as offering semi customs with yarns dyed by that months featured fiber artist. I WILL be offering more adult knits on etsy…cowls, scarves, hats, fingerless gloves, & mittens. The majority of the clothing I make will now be on a custom order basis as well. I’m still working out how many orders I can take on each month, but I can usually squeeze something in if asked 😉