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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

WIP Wednesday

 Happy WIP Wednesday!


On my hook this week, another pocket shawl. 


This one is in this great variegated yarn in chocolate colorway from #caronyarns and #yarnspirations.

This is such a soft and squishy yarn and it pairs nicely with this pattern.

My pocket shawl design is one suitable for anyone, man or woman. No fringe, no frufru, just a great shawl with pockets for your hands. I made sure that it wasn't too wide, coming in at around 16 1/2 inches, you could easily fold in half as a regular scarf with pockets or have open for chilly arms and shoulders.

Stay tuned this week for Finished Friday and see all the pieces I have done so far since my last update.


Until next time, take care and remember that inspiration is everywhere. 


Hope


#paintedfoxhandmade #crochet #crochetpocketshawl #shawl #crochetshawl #ceochetpocketscarf

Monday, August 10, 2020

Making it Monday

 Making it Monday.....


Happy sunny Monday everyone. 

On the plan for making this week is a bernat blanket yarn blanket. 


Great super squishy yarn and works up super fast. Plan for today is to get 2 of these blankets done today. The first one in little royals a nice blue, cream and gray colorway.  Then the second will be a multi gray one. Will post updates.


What's everyone's plan for this week?

I'm still working on items for the craft show I am scheduled to be at in October at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church .


If you are a maker or a craft vendor, and are in the southeastern Michigan area and want to be part of it. Let me know and I will forward your info to the coordinator. 


Until next time, take care and remember that inspiration is everywhere. 


Hope


#makingitmonday #bernatblanket #crochetblanket #crochet #paintedfoxhandmade

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

WIP Wednesday

WIP Wednesday
What's on my hook Wednesday

Hi everyone - on my hook this week...

First up, I hve a new hat design I'm toying with. This hat will fit an adult woman, but could be made larger for a man.
This is perfectt timing to be working on this hat since it has lots of "camel" stitches in it and today is "hump day".


2nd  thing on my hook is an example of what can happen when working with a stitch pattern you've never done before and making it up on your own. Since I had never worked with the 'call the mid-wife' blanket stitch before, I had no idea how much yarn it would take.

I started this previously with the skein of white super fine yarn and made up the size of the blanket on my own based on how wide I wanted it andd how many squares across I wanted. 
Well I'm runiing out of yarn before the blanket is long enough, so I'll have to figure out another pattern to make with it. 
We learn from our mistakes or as Bob Ross always said "happy little accidents". 
I really enjoyed this stitch pattern and can't wait to make a blanket with it once I have the right amout of yarn for it.

Last up is my ongoing Crochet Crowd / Yarnspirations crochet along the Better Together Afghan.

I just finised week 3 of it, so there is only 2 more weeks left and it will be done. 

Other things on tap this week is sparkle yarn items and a squishy bernat blanket yarn blanket.

Stay tuned - until next time 
Take care and remember that inspiration is everywhere

#crochet #crochethat #crochetbeanie #crochetbabyblanket #bettertogetherafghan #crochetcrowd #yarnspirations #paintedfoxhandmade #babyblanket #wipwednesday

Friday, July 24, 2020

Finished Friday

Finished Friday!
Here are what I've gotten done this week.

Hats and a headband for The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Detroit Michigan cathedral crafters. 
 


My very first baby sweater. I think it turned out well. This one is a newborn to 3 month size. I can made it larger sizes too. The sleeves can be rolled up and down for babies with shorter arms.
Really proud of it and excited to add more items like it to my product line. 
Really want to be one stop shopping for crochet gifts whether they are for yourself or others.

Until next time, take care and remember that inspiration is everywhere. 

Hope

#paintedfoxhandmade #crochetitforward 
#crochet

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Not throwback Thursday

Happy Thursday everyone. 
I know usually everyone does a 'throwback Thursday' but I want to do something different.  
I want to start a 'giving back Thursday '.
With the covid issues, I've not been able to be with the charities that I like working with Bag Ladies With A Cause making mats for the homeless and the cathedral crafters from The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Detroit Michigan making hats and scarves for those in need.
So I plan to take Thursdays and not make items for my Etsy shop, but make items for these 2 charities.  Today I'm making beanies.


Until next time, take care and remember that inspiration is everywhere. 

Hope

#paintedfoxhandmade #crochetitforward #crochet

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

WIP Wednesday

Happy WIP Wednesday!

For this weeks Work In Progress, on my hook is a sparkle yarn hat and scarf. First time working with this yarn and I really like it.

I started with a love notes stitch scarf and made one of my everyday beanies to go with it.
Now the big decision, do I make a flower for the hat with a button center.....

Until next time, take care and remember that inspiration is everywhere.

Hope

#paintedfoxhandmade #marymaxim #starlettesparkle #crochetbeanie #crochetscarf #crochet

Monday, July 20, 2020

Motivated Monday

Hi everyone, here we are again a new Motivated Monday!

Starting off this week on a productive note.
Here is the 2nd week of The Crochet Crowd / Yarnspirations Better Together Afghan Summer Crochet Along.

If you saw last weeks post, you can see how much the blanket has grown.
I love doing crochet alongs with Mikey at The Crochet Crowd. I always learn something new. This week the new stitch was the Catherine Wheel. Oh my are my hands tired, but it really is a beautiful stitch.
This stitch I would not have touched with a 10ft pole normally, but I am sticking to my 2020 mantra of 'challenging myself' and I muscled through.
This stitch takes 2 rows to make the full wheel. When I first saw it on the picture this week and then realized what they were, I was a bit intimidated at first. I've read horror stories of doing this stitch and the wheels not coming out right. So I was a bit apprenhensive about this part. Well, after watching Mikey's great tutorial, understanding the counts and all the pieces of the stitch, I dove right in head first. I'm glad I didnit shy away from this like I wanted to at first. These stitches really aren't that hard to do.
As with most things that are challenging, it all comes down to having a good teacher.
Stay tunes for the next part.

Until next time, stay safe and remember the inspiration is everywhere.

Hope

#bettertogetherafghan #yarnspirations
#thecrochetcrowd #paintedfoxhandmade #crochetalong

Friday, July 17, 2020

Happy Finished Friday

Happy Friday!  It's finished Friday...
A look at what I got finished this week.
First done is the doily re-do.
For those that may feel that the lacy, dainty doily that grandma or great grandma had on her end tables aren't your thing. I made this vintage pattern out of worsted weight cotton yarn instead of the normal thin crochet thread. Using the thicker yarn makes this a more substantial piece. This would work great as a centerpiece on your table.
This one is 18 inches in diameter, so it is not too big to take over your table completely but still a good size to dress up the center of your table.
The cream color is not as shocking as the pure white would be, so it goes well with light wood tables and a pure white one would really stand out on darker woods.

The second piece I have done is my latest thread bookmark.

I went a little old school on this one. It's  a cute little bookmark and would make a great first communion or confirmation gift to go with a gift bible.
The bookmark is made from 100% crochet cotton thread and on the bottom tail end it has a silver cross charm.
It measures 8 1/2 inches long from the top of the bookmark to the bottom of the charm and 1 1/2 inches wide.
The bookmark will be available for purchase on my Etsy shop www.etsy.com/shop/paintedfoxgifts on Monday 7/20/2020
#paintedfoxhandmade #threadcrochet #crochet #bookmark

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Work in Progress Wednesday

Happy Work in Progress Wednesday!
Today I'll show you a couple of things I'm working on this week.
First up in white fine sport weight yarn is a 'call the midwife' baby blanket.

This was a case where I had a skein of yarn and I was looking for a pattern that called for not only the type of yarn it was but also the amount I had.
I was so lucky to come across a great video from the wonderful Fiber Spider on you tube. I was so happy to find this one because I was getting annoyed with this skein of yarn looking at me and telling me to make something with it. I was looking for something for it, but was not having any luck.

The next item in the works is a knitted shawl/wrap for me. This one is called the  "Wine Country Wrap" from the wonderful Chandi at Expression Fiber Arts.

This project is my 'hands need a break from crochet' project. I have arthritis in my hands and sometimes I need to take a break. Luckily, I can do that with knitting and still be creating something. I knit continenal style, which is kind of like crochet but knitting. Chandi has a great getting started playlist on her youtube channel if you want to check it out.
I am making the wrap out of Lion Brand Comfy Cotton. My goal was to have it done before our family trip to Colorado at the end of July. With the current covid issues and travel concerns, we cancelled our trip for this year. Part of me is like, 'great I have more time to finish it' where the other, non crafty side is saying 'boo no trip this year for son's birthday'.
So I just wanted to give an update on some of the things happening here at Painted Fox Gifts.
Until next time, take care and remember that inspiration is everywhere.
Hope

Links to things mentioned:
Fiber Spider Youtube:  www.youtube.com/fiberspider
Expression Fiber Arts Youtube: www.youtube.com/expressionfiberarts
Website for patterns and yarn: www.expressionfiberarts.com

Monday, July 13, 2020

Summer crochet along

Happy motivational Monday!
This week I have started a summer crochet along with Yarnspirations and The Crochet Crowd, the Better Together Crochet Afghan. This one is keeping me on my crochet toes, lots of new stitches for me. It will be a fun adventure. This is my 3rd cochet along I have done with The Crochet Crowd and they are always fun and enjoyable.
This is the start of my blanket. I could not get the exact colors I wanted, but I think these go together well.

If you want to join in the fun, headover to Yarnspirations.com or thecrochetcrowd.com and sign up. The pattern is emailed to you every week for the next 5 weeks and there are weekly video tutorials on youtube to help with the project.
Like my Facebook or Instagram page to follow my journey on this project.
Until nex time, take care and remember inspriation is everywhere.

#yarnspirations #thecrochetcrowd #bettertogetherafghan

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Hot off the needles...

I have made my first knitted hat.
So proud of myself and how far I have come on my 'challenge myself' phrase this year.
 I was inspired to branch out and make knitted hats after a weekend craft in for The Cathedral Church of St Paul in Detroit. It was hosted by my husband's church, St Michael and All Angels Episcopal church in Lincoln Park, a couple weekends ago. Luckily it was before the C-19 virus really hit us here in Michigan and with the age group of everyone, we would be concerned about gathering.
I am so happy to have met such a passionate and diverse group of women who enjoy doing fiber arts and making things for those in need. We had both knitters and crocheters. I really enjoyed spending time with these wonderful women. I was planning to just make my usual everyday beanies since I make those regularly and can do that pattern practically in my sleep, but I was called to do something different. I wanted to have others benefit from my personal challenge and stepping outside of my crochet comfort zone, as I call it, this hat was born.
I scoured my usual internet sites for patterns of a flat knit and seamed hat. You have no idea how hard it is to find a simple hat to knit flat on straight needles and seam up. Every pattern I found was made to be knit on circular needles and in the round. For those that don't knit, knitting in the round means you cast on your needed stitches and then connect them at the ends and knit around and around. Now, I can handle crocheting in the round but, I'm not quite ready for that much 'advanced engineering' as we crocheters tend to call knitting.
I was successful doubly in that I found 2 hat patterns from Yarnspirations.com and I was able to find a youtube tutorial on their channel, score! I was a little nervous when I was reading the pattern and seeing stitches other than the usual knit and purl. I pushed through and after watching the tutorial several times I was able to get the decrease stitches down. Finally after 2 days working on this, I finished it. I'm quite proud of myself and look forward to making my next ones. It's gratifying to know that these hats will go to people in need this winter, and the extra effort I am putting into the making of them, knowing that the receivers will appreciate a warm and well constructed hat.

Until next time.... keep looking for inspiration all around you

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Doily re-do idea #1

Doily Re-Do..... Doily Bowls (makes a great mother's day gift....)

I know you are asking, what in the world is a doily bowl, and what would I do with it.

Here is an idea.


These are 2 small/ small medium sized, cotton thread doilies, that I took and shaped into bowls with the help of Mod Podge. 
For those of you of the non crafty type, Mod Podge is a great tool to use for various uses. Basically it's white school glue but better. I picked this little bottle up at Dollar Tree for $1 and with these size of doilies you don't need one of those giant bottles to do them. It only takes a small amount to do the job.
To make these bowls, I first started by putting Mod Podge on the inside, making sure that it was the 'good' side, since you would be seeing this side and not the bottom.
I got the inside good and wet by brushing Mod Podge onto it and then, continued up the sides, until all areas were wet with Mod Podge.
I shaped them over top of a wax paper covered red Solo cup and painted the back/ underside of them with more Mod Podge. I let them dry for at least an hour, then pulled them off the wax paper and put one more coat of Mod Podge on them. I let them dry over night, sitting up on wax paper, so they didn't stick to anything. Since they had an hour to dry, they were already starting to hold their shapes. If you are not confident they will hold their shape when you try it, then leave it to dry, with 2nd coat on for another hour and then pull off the wax paper covered cup and let dry on another sheet of wax paper. Don't leave them to completely dry on the wax paper covered cup; they may not release from the wax paper. I've had some thread snowflakes stick to the paper when I left them to dry over night.
Just saving you from dealing with a mess like I did.

Let me know if you try this and share pictures with me. I love seeing people's projects.

until next time... keep looking for inspiration around you

Hope

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

What do I do with these?.....

So you were given granny's old handmade doilies... now what do you do with them?
There are many ways that you can use them not in the 'traditional' sense.
Doilies are back and being used in ways that our grandparents and great grandparents didn't really think about using them and in some cases, depending on the doily, traditional is the way to go.

In future posts, I will show you examples of the different ways and steps to accomplish them.

Here is a list of different ways that you can re-purpose doilies:
  1. If you crochet or know someone who does, you can attach them together in a neat configuration and use them as a table runner
  2. Mod Podge them and shape them into a decorative bowl for jewelry, change or even potpourri. Small doily bowls would look great on a vanity or dresser.
  3. Mod Podge onto a canvas and hang on the wall as art.
  4. If there is a large number of them, relatively the same shape and size, attach them together and use as a table cloth or heirloom blanket that can be passed down to younger generations.
  5. Another use, attach together and use them as a curtain or valance for a powder room or little girls room.
Don't forget you can still use them traditionally on furniture.
  1. Small doilies can be used as coasters
  2. Lay several small or a medium to large doily on a serving tray to add a nice accent to entertaining
What other uses can you think of to re-purpose doilies, let me know below.

I love finding vintage doily patterns. Most of my doilies that I make are from vintage pattern books and magazines that I have found at yard sales and thrift stores.

Come and take a look at what I have made and think of how you can use them in new and different ways, doilies always make a good gift. My doilies can be found on my Etsy shop

Until next time

Keep looking for inspiration all around  you.

Monday, February 17, 2020

How it all began

I’ve been crocheting for over 10 years. I first learned to crochet when I was 8 years old and didn’t pick the hooks back up until I was in my late 20’s. I make all kinds of crochet items made out of acrylic or cotton yarn. I have always admired seeing all these beautiful crocheted items but could never wear them because they were normally made out of wool. I decided that I would just learn how to make all the great things I saw and make them out of something I can wear. Between that desire to fill a personal need and a gift of an antique painted fox paperweight, which is my logo, handed down from my husband’s family, Painted Fox Gifts was born. Take a look around, I post projects that I am working on and projects I have finished.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Stepping out of my comfort zone...

Wine Country Wrap
Expression Fiber Arts

I learned to knit when I was younger, but it was one of those things where I never went beyond simple garter or stockinette stitches. I never really delved into more complicated stitches beyond the basics.
Come 2020, I decided my phrase of the year was “Challenge Yourself” and this is my first ‘challenge me’ project.
I first was interested in this pattern when Chandi at Expression Fiber Arts featured it in a youtube video last fall. She did a couple parts of the pattern but not the full pattern. I tried to work on it with just the written pattern, but what I was coming out with was not how it should look. I posted a comment to the video asking about a full tutorial and Chandi answered that one may be coming in the future. So, I put it aside on continued on with my crocheting.
I was hoping for a stitch by stitch video for this pattern and I was so happy to see the notification pop up on my feed that, yay Chandi posted a new video and SUPER YAY, it was the Wine Country Wrap .

So Saturday night, I skipped watching a Detroit Red Wings hockey game and I sat down with my needles, watched and re-watched the tutorial. Once I felt that I got the hang of it really well, I went with it.
I loved that Chandi only did a small section to demo the stitch pattern. I went with her amount of cast on stitches and a ball of yarn I had sitting just waiting for a project. I grabbed up a Red Heart Super Saver yarn in a deep burgundy red and size 6 mm needles. The pattern calls for smaller 5 mm needles, but I know from past experiences that I am a tight knitter. Kind of an odd thing since I when I crochet, I tend to have loose stitches so, I wouldn’t expect that I would be a tight knitter.
I am excited to finish this project and turn it into a scarf.
This pattern will be fun to experiment with other yarns that I have just waiting for a project.

Check out the links to the pattern and video if you want to try this pattern too.
None of the links here are affiliate links. I don’t get anything from them if you visit her site. I’m just sharing something with the world.

Thanks for coming along on my journey. I will update on my progress 

Friday, February 7, 2020

Here we go...

Today was a major milestone for me and my crochet world.
I just launched my Etsy site Painted Fox Gifts.
This is so exciting and terrifying at the same time.
I've had it sitting as my 'I'll get to it eventually' to do list item.
Today just seemed like the day to do it, maybe it was the rare sunshine we had today here in Michigan, maybe it was just the right time. We'll see. I only have 1 listing up, but I have spent the afternoon editing product pictures and I will be ready to add them soon.
At the same time I will have the "just looking" pages put together here for those that want to browse.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Coming Soon....

Soon, I will have a page for each of the items that I currently have in stock. That way for those of you that don't have access to Facebook, where my Painted Fox Gifts page is, you can still see what I have to offer. In the coming weeks I will have my Etsy shop up and running so if you are not in the local Wyandotte, MI area, you will still be able to purchase quality, crochet items from me.

Stay tuned!