Monday, December 26, 2011

New Hat: The Bea Cloche

So, I recently made a Chatelaine scarf for my friend Sherry in a beautiful purple and teal. Having bought more than enough yarn, I thought I'd make her a hat to go with. Here's what I wound up with (I hope she likes it!):

Simple style. Super-soft yarn. Feminine flower detail. I named it after my Grandmother, Beatrice. Just seems like something she would have liked. I'm happy with it :-)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Customer Photos

Here's are a couple of shots of the adorable Paula wearing the Newsie with a flower...

The hat was a gift from her husband, Harlan.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Last chance for Christmas orders!

Hey Y'all,

Please note that all Christmas orders must be in by this Friday; I cannot guarantee completion in time for 12/25 for any orders placed after that.


Monday, December 5, 2011

December Sale Details!


The holiday sale that I've previously mentioned will be happening this coming Friday, December 9th. I will be offering a 10% discount on all items purchased and custom orders placed that night only!

Hope to see you there!


Here are the deets:

Boulevard Books and Cafe
7518 13th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11228-2410

From the official Facebook invite:


All the gifts you need in one place! Join us as we welcome vendors to showcase their specialties and help you with that ever-growing Christmas list...without spending a fortune. The shopping event will take place on both the 9th and the 16th of December and is open to everyone (guys and girls and kiddies!).

The vendors (so far) for DECEMBER 9th are as follows:
1. SWEET NOVEMBER GIFTS...unique gifts for babies & tots
2. VIRGIN FRAGRANCES...the best perfume oils for stocking stuffing!
3. VAULT DENIM & SUNGLASSES...all sizes and designer styles
4. JEWELRY by CAROL...costume replicas of all the latest trends
5. CRAFTS by MARIE...handmade stockings and angel ornaments
6. MIMI & VIVI...beautiful handpainted glass ornaments & gifts
7. CROCHETED GIFTS by DANIELLE...hats, scarves, etc.
8. AVENUE CANDLES...candles are the perfect gift for teachers!!
9. FUZZY BUTTS...don't forget a gift for those adorable pets.

As always, there will be BOOKS!! That evening, you can enjoy 15% off the entire Boulevard Books selection.

*We ask that you please bring toys for children that will otherwise go without this holiday season. On Saturday, December 10th, Santa will pick up all the toys for delivery.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Update on the Catalog and Orders

I have been making so much product, that it has put me farther behind than I would have liked with publishing my Fall/Winter catalog. I am hoping to take some new pictures in the week ahead and publish shortly thereafter. Your patience will be rewarded.

I will be selling my accessories at a holiday-season sale on December 9th in Dyker Heights, so mark your calendars and stay tuned for more info.

In the meantime, here is the design for my spiffy new business cards. Nifty, huh?

Lots of Yarn and Yawns

Hello everyone, long time no blog. I've been working pretty steadily, stitching up hats in most of my free time, and as much as I love it, I have to admit I got a little tired. I needed to take a little break from the ole' hook and yarn. Achy hands can only do so much. So I took a little rest and it did wonders. Resting my creative mind opened it up to so many ideas! So here I am, back with hook in hand, ready to face this new week! Off I go!

P.S. I'm on the Twitter! @HookMeUpBklyn WOOT WOOT!

Friday, October 7, 2011

'Tis the season...for keeping warm.

Well, like many people, this is absolutely my favorite time of the year! Cool weather, falling leaves, pumpkin flavored everything! It's all just wonderful. It is also my favorite season for another reason: the weather is just right for bustin' out my favorite hats and scarves. I get to finish off my look each day with just the right hand-made accessory to suit my mood. Newsboy caps for chillin' with my girlfriends, pretty berets for that date night with my fiance, and a chic cloche to "top off" my professional look each weekday.

I have been stitching like crazy, getting ready for the December holiday rush, and I nearly forgot about my Autumn styles! I'll be posting pictures soon of items available get you through he best season of them all!


Monday, September 12, 2011

Yarnalicious Weekend

Whoa! That was a very busy, yarnalicious weekend! I need a vacation now. Or at the very least, a good long rest for my stitchy fingers. Maybe a nap too.

My very fashionable friend Sherry accompanied me to some craft stores on Saturday and acted as a very helpful "color consultant." I often have trouble thinking outside of my own color preferences, so Sherry was a much needed second set of eyes to help me choose some awesome colors for the fall collection.

Our shopping frenzy began at Joann Fabrics on Staten Island. Not my usual craft haunt, but on the recommendation of a friend I gave it a shot. Now, perhaps this store satisfies my friend's fabric needs, but as a yarn source this place leaves a lot to be desired. Yarn was displayed in about five different areas in the store. Yes, you read that correctly. Little bit o' yarn over here, some more in cardboard boxes over there. Oy! What a pain in the tuchus! Also, not that I expect any one craft store to carry every brand's entire line of fiber, but there was so much yarn by so many different manufacturers, that it didn't do any one line justice. Maybe that doesn't make sense to anyone else, but to me it was inadequate. The store was mostly empty of patrons, which made for a peaceful shopping experience, but the staff was inattentive to the few of us that were there. We waited with a few others at the cash register for what felt like an eternity because store employees were no where to be found. Not a one. Oh well, good thing the patrons present at the time were good, law-abiding citizens who didn't just walk off with their crafty goodies. PLUS: Yarn stock did contain a decent amount of some reliable work-horses, so I was able to pick up some all-purpose stash and apply the 20% off coupon I received for signing up for their on-line mailing list. Yay for discounts!

Feeling not completely fulfilled with my haul, we headed down the road to my trusted ole' Michael's. Well-stocked, lots of helpful staff always on hand, Michael's is my go-to craft store. While I still didn't find all of the yarn I needed for my upcoming projects (thank goodness for the Lion Brand Store in Manhattan!!!), I was able to pick up many of the other crafty items on my list: plastic canvas (for hat brims!), sewing notions, a nifty new crochet tool box (it's hot pink!), a new hook (size J - I lost my last one...I think the couch ate it), and some other doo-dads and what-nots.

It's amazing how happy I always feel after a trip to the craft store. I got so excited about my new loot I ran home, organized my tools and new stash, and got to stitching! First up was a beautiful and soft new cowl made with a yarn I had never used before, Lion Brand's Jiffy. I am now in love with this yarn AND my new cowl, which I worked up quickly while watching the telly. I then proceeded to complete one other project (a swirly scarf) and start a third! My hands are definitely tired, so I'm glad to be at work today (did I just say that?) to give my hands a rest. That is, until I get home this evening and the stitching frenzy resumes!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Stitchy Fingers

My stitchy fingers have been very busy this summer!  I have been working on putting together my updated catalog for 2011/2012 as well as creating a healthy stock of my most popular pieces, which will be available for purchase soon. Thank you to everyone who has shown interest in my work.  I'm excited for this winter season.

There will be more info to come, but it looks like I will be participating in a few holiday and craft fairs this winter. 

Stay tuned kids!