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This month’s giveaway is another Etsy seller who, when seeing her products, we just had to ask if she’d partner with us. We were delighted when she said yes! Like last month there is the opportunity for 2 winners, Robin has been kind enough to giveaway 2 sets of her handmade resin buttons!!

A transplanted ‘country girl’, Buttons By Robin grew organically through various crafts Robin found herself drawn to. From painting to jewelry making, she found herself always going back to making buttons. Much like any passionate crafter she was drawn to the need to create and experiment, and it was through experimentation that she found a way to create handmade resin buttons that were durable and most importantly washable. With the popularity of her buttons, Robin has begun to work with other Etsy sellers and graphic designers, giving them the opportunity to reach a wider audience by using their images on her buttons.

2 Random Winners receive: 
1 set of 6 resin buttons (small size) in the design of their choosing

To Enter:
Buzz over to Buttons By Robin Etsy store,and then comment on this post “what you’d be inspired to knit or crochet using Robin’s buttons”. This will enter you into the random drawing. Entries must be received  by March 9th. Simple as that!

Spread the Word:
Pay it forward. Feel free to share this giveaway on other blogs, sites or social media!

Make sure to check out Robin’s blog and facebook, as well as her jewelry Etsy store. Also don’t miss her new Etsy store featuring magic lantern slides here.

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We all do it.  Sometime in the summer we declare:  “I am going to make all my Christmas gifts this year!”

I think we all know how this sad story usually turns out.  However, Brandy and I did pull it together in the very end, and I am proud to present to you…

The Festival of Handmade and Somewhat Appreciated Gifts!  

I can tell you that the first item, a fantastic crocheted Hello Kitty scarf for my sister, wins, hands down.  Theresa, my sister, loves Hello Kitty.  She is also a FANATICAL University of Washington sports fan (hence the purple and gold).  I really thought she was going to cry when she opened this up.  Made by Brandy, with her mad crochet skillz, of course.  Hello Kitty diagram can be found here.

(She’s sporting some toasty fingerless gloves I made as well…)

Continuing on the University of Washington theme, I made my sis a striped phone cozy, and a warm and a toasty basket weave border hat.  I wrote the pattern down somewhere for the hat, if you are interested let me know.  I held two strands together for both the cuff and the body of the hat.

I slaved over this slouchy beanie concoction from Caron for Brandy.  I used Lion Brand Amazing yarn in Pink Sands.  This was a nail biter, down to the wire.  But it turned out really cute and she loves it! (at least she says she does!)

Brandy came up with a great idea for two of her male friends who are from Viking heritage.  She found this awesome pattern and knocked out these two crocheted Viking Hats.

Brandy made me the most beautiful ripple patterned crochet cowl!  I have worn it pretty much every day.  I have asked her to make me another one immediately!  🙂  I forgot to take a photo of it – my bad!

We also made a slew of other items – see the photo montage below – crocheted cowls, knit beanies, bow headbands, and more.

Now that the holidays are over, it’s back to knitting and crocheting for ourselves – Brandy is working on a bobble bunny hat.  She is now talking about bobbles non-stop.   I finally finished my Twinkle Printmaker’s Pullover, which I had mentioned awhile back.   It looks great on my dress form, but I haven’t gotten around to wearing it yet.  And I just started designing a dress/tunic inspired by the shape of this Pinterest find.  I am doing a top down, circular construction.

So for all you gift knitters and crocheters, our hats (no pun intented) are off to you!  Did you finish in time?  What is your next craft adventure?

Until next time!

M and B

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This trend is close to Mary and I’s heart – WE LOVE THE 70’s. From the colors to patterns (knit, crochet & sewing) to the fabric to the decor… it’s all fantastic. We were excited to see it emerge on the fashion runways last fall and it’s gaining momentum. From the high end designers like Tom Ford to mass retailers like Urban Outfitters Mary and I are able to get our far-out fix. What I find particularly exciting about this trend — close your ears knitters! — the focus is towards crochet and …gasp… macrame! And while the world continues to remain eco focused this trend is making taboo materials such as fur, feathers and leather acceptable in small doses. Also thanks to technology faux furs have come a long way baby and are much more realistic. Now pardon me while I macrame myself a beanbag chair to sit and crochet in.

1) Natural : Organic Wool by LB Collection / Lion Brand
2) Mesa : Hand spun merino wool by CReationsMT via Etsy
3) Lemon Curd : City Tweed by Knit Picks
4) Les Fleurs : Artyarns Impressionist Cashmere Sock Yarn

We also suggest ombre or self striping yarns to take the stress out of color work. Lion Brand’s “Amazing” and Lily’s Sugar and Cream ombres or stripes are our favs.

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Recently Pantone published their color picks for Spring 2011. Pantone is the leader in color trend; influencing everything from fashion to home decor. If it’s color, they’ve had a hand in making it popular. Last years color of the year, Turquoise was seen everywhere. No doubt each of us dabbled in this lovely color this last year with some project or another. This Spring Pantone’s IT color is “Honeysuckle”, a muted pink. Mary and I have our own opinions, but pink is not showing any signs of stopping. I wouldn’t say pink is the new black but it’s pretty damn close. We love that this color group can be mixed and match to create any of our signature color stories. All these colors are right up our alley, so much so that we felt the need to share with the masses… SO what better way than help you get your hands on the colors of the upcoming season by featuring Etsy seller’s yarns. (It’s true we’ll find any reason to dig around on Etsy) Support handmade and look haute!!

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yarns go from left to right, top to bottom row

HONEYSUCKLE  aka  Adore Me made by Funkyyarns

REGATTA  aka  Blue made by SpinSpanSpun

CORAL ROSE  aka  Embers made by HarrisonWheelworks

BEESWAX  aka  Honeycomb Mine made by SpringtreeRoad

PEAPOD  aka  Irish Fog made by HeartstringsbyDee

BLUE CURACAO  aka  Aqua Blue made by SentimentalValu

RUSSET  aka  Dark Brown made by Jenadoles

SILVER PEONY  aka  Cream made by AlpacaAvenue

LAVENDER  aka  Latvain Lavender made by Lambsear

SILVER CLOUD  aka  Nutmeg Brown made by HardySupplyCo.

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Crafters get inspired by just about anything these days, which we sympathize… our heads are full with ideas too, if only there was more time!  That is why when I came across this Etsy store I just had to share it. Each of the featured yarns are inspired by color stories of popular culture.  And while they are all cool, the best by far is Lando. We embrace our geekiness, this is so going in my stash.

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Et tu, Bruté?

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I found this pattern on Knitting Daily while poking around the free pattern section. I find it fantastic, taken in the spirit in which it was created but when you read the comments the feelings are mixed. Love or hate, you can’t deny the fall ’09 / Spring ’10 trend of oversized pom pom (or pom pon) accessories. Fashion designers are strapping them to stilettos, mainstream stores are sticking them on scarves and indycrafters are adhering them to headbands.

More fun pom pom accessories! Click the photos to see them in all their glory.

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