Spring!

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The calendar went from February to March, I got in a fight with some stripes I was knitting and the needles were temporarily cast aside.  It’s been hard to maintain enthusiasm for some of my more wintery projects as signs of spring are popping up everywhere. (And did I mention I was fighting with some stripes?) So I went to my craft room and took a break from all things yarn and had fun playing with paper. Now I’m ready to refocus on my needles. I have an upcoming baby shower that’s a good excuse to knit up something fun and a determination to beat those stripes so that I can put that project behind me and cast on something to get me in a more spring-y state of mind.

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Phone Pic Round-up

I feel like we are on the brink of finishing up a ton of projects, in the interim here’s a round-up of pics from our phones of what we’ve been working on.

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Amy finished up this game day ready hat.  She’s already busy working on other team hats now.  And it looks like our schedules will align with the weather for pictures this weekend so soon there will be new stock in the shop.

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Amy’s game day inspiration led to me revisiting some projects I started, now I just need to decide how to finish these, hair clips? Headbands? Pins?

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I finished up this slouchy beanie and then promptly raided my stash for supplies to cast on one more pattern from this book so that Amy and I can collaborate on our official review. On a side note, I just wanted to grab a quick photo with my phone of this finished beanie but I kept getting photo bombed.

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Amy has been busy designing and as her minion I’m getting ready to cast on and test a size of this hat for her

.ImageAnd the final project I’ve been working on is knitting up the final size of a pattern to review and probably add to the shop.  All laid out like this it stands to reason that I’d probably make a lot more progress if I focused  better….

**I realize there is a photo size discrepancy but this is an issue I am unqualified to fix so for now, it is what it is**

Andrea

 

This Week

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We know that February is not an ideal time to set up a shop of winter accessories. Even if it’s twenty degrees and the snow is flying, with March almost a week away, no one is thinking of sprucing up their winter wardrobe.  Although the timing is less than ideal, we still needed to jump right in, that being said this slow time is giving us a chance to flex our creative muscles so to speak.  Not only are we thinking ahead to adding some more spring friendly items, it’s giving us a chance to design and plan ahead for next season too.

This week we’re working on a pattern/book review of Celebrity Slouchy Beanies and we’re trying to find ways to work some adorable buttons Amy found into some future projects.  (Any suggestions?) We also have some new items to add the shop if only we could force the weather to cooperate with our schedules, don’t be surprised if an umbrella happens to be a prop for our next photos! 

Andrea

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Knit it Tonight Cowl

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I love patterns. I REALLY love free patterns. The above cowl was a project sheet I ripped off on a whim at Michael’s.  The “Knit it Tonight” cowl is worked in the round using double strands of yarn.  I love this pattern (although I most certainly did not knit it in one night) and thought I’d share.  The pattern is listed as intermediate, if you’ve never worked in the round this is a perfect project to start on because unlike a hat that you might work in the round there is no decreasing and working on double pointed needles. I personally love working in the round and avoiding any awkward seams. This pattern is straight forward knits and purls. The pattern does suggest working the two ends from one skein, this sounded like a potential knotting nightmare so instead I bought two skeins and made two cowls.  The first I gave as a gift to a friend recovering from shoulder surgery (this is a perfect gift for someone recovering from anything that impairs their mobility because you simply throw it on and go) and the second I kept for myself.  The finished product is warm and soft and I will definitely be revisiting it!

Also the above photo credit goes to my son and my iphone. The photo which underwent two different photo editing apps on my phone is all I will offer in the way of explanation of why I spend my time behind the camera instead of in front of it. I thank my friends for having such good looking children who are willing to model for us. (The apps I used in editing were PicBeauty to smooth and brighten and A Beautiful Mess to add text and borders)

Also we’ve shared the excitement of opening our Etsy shop without actually sharing a link, so I hope this one works. (If not just search thebestofthemess, no spaces no capitals)  I am very technically impaired and I’ve tried to add a badge to the sidebar but no success yet, if anyone knows how to help me with this…..

Andrea

Drumroll……

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Today we added five items to our shop and it seemed like a good time to also officially role out the red carpet on our blog (such as it is). I know that there are a million and a half blogs already out there (that’s an official number based on extensive research), and maybe there’s no place for one more, but we are going to insert ourselves anyway.  We want this to be a place where we share the behind the scenes of some of what ends up in our shop.  Somewhere to show case the hits (and misses) of other projects coming off our needles and hooks.  We hope we can even help someone out with a tip or trick we learned along the way.  We also plan on sharing other DIY’s and kitchen adventures that happen as we try to make and share the best of the mess.

 Andrea & Amy

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