Saturday, June 30, 2012

New Design

I am going to admit that this design did not in fact, start out as a bag. It was actually a beach mat. However, as I live in sunny hot California, the beach mat was getting to be quite painful to crochet sitting on my lap. I was thinking beach and I said to myself, this looks like a bag! and voilá! you now have the "Life's a Beach tote."

I will be looking for some test crocheters if anyone is interested. All you need to know is sc and dc, and be somewhat comfortable with construction techniques. However the pattern will not include how to sew in the fabric liner. It is a great beginner's pattern.

I hope everyone enjoys my first design!

Friday, June 29, 2012

FO: Fairy Cowl

Today I have to share with you the Fairy Cowl I made for a swap. I used a stitch pattern from a stitch dictionary and created a slip stitch edging. Then I found cute vintage inspired fairy buttons as the closure. It took almost an entire skein of Cascade 220 and I know it will be super warm (when it is finally winter). It was such an easy knit, I plan to make a few of these to put into the Etsy store.

Which color would you like to see it in?

For more finished objects visit Tamis Amis.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

WIP Wednesday/Yarn Along

I am happy to announce that I am only two lace repeats and an edging away from finishing my Shaw's Cove crescent shawl! From the prior link you can find the original pattern designed by Chrissy at LeftSideKnits. It is the most difficult pattern I have ever attempted, however it is the best pattern I have ever had the pleasure to knit. There are painstakingly detailed written directions as well as charts. You never have to guess how many stitches should be on the needles because it is written there. As well as how many repeats of each section you should have. It is a really great pattern for an intermediate beginner looking for a small challenge. Until July 11th you can purchase the pattern at a discounted price, for $2.50 from which it will increase to $5. I highly recommend this pattern! I am absolutely loving mine so far.

Other works in progress include items for the Etsy store. Soon I will be posting stitch markers and a few hats. Stay tuned!

I am currently re-reading The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien in honor of the movie which is set to be released Dec. 14th. I plan to re-read the Lord of the Rings trilogy as well. After which, does anyone have any good reads they suggest?

I hope you all can join Ginny's Yarn Along and Tamis Amis's WIP Wednesdays.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Open for Business!

Welcome to Misty Mountain Designs!

After much effort and dedication, the Etsy store is now open for business! As of now, you can find handmade items and in the near future you will find hand dyed yarns, hand made leather purse handles and hand made knitting needle cases.

This blog will be dedicated to all of my fiber adventures as well as tips and techniques that I will share. I have also extended this blog to connect with several social media sites. Firstly, my Pinterest boards reflect my personal aesthetic in which I derive my inspiration. Next, my Twitter account is where you can receive updates about the store and when new items are listed. And as with any fiber artist, Ravelry is where I spend most of my time, and is also where you can contact me.

Lastly, if you see anything on the blog that inspires you and would like to have created for you, please feel free to request a custom item in my Etsy store. As time moves on there will be more items listed but in the meantime please save my store to your favorites for updates.

A big thanks to everyone in my family who helped to make this happen and who sparked my interest in the fiber arts. I have big plans for this blog as well as my store and I cannot wait to share them with you!