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Knitting + Spinning (Records)

I know I’m not the only one who, even with a menacing pile of unfinished projects taunting them in the corner, decides to throw caution to the wind (ha!) and pick up a new pattern/project/hobby anyway.

I recently started a knit headband pattern. Yes, I am stilll working on the knit vest even though it is currently sitting in a cat tote bag that says “I Meow You” feeling neglected and alone. I will get back to it soon! Sometimes I just need to change things up. I hope to actually finish this headband and wear it before winter disappears. My dreams of finishing the vest in time to wear this winter were pretty unlikely anyway…but I can keep trying!

So I spent some time the other day working on the headband and listening to records. One of my favorites right now is The 1975. I don’t care that they are suddenly “uncool” because of Taylor Swift dating rumors…I love their music. I also love Taylor Swift’s music now. I don’t know who I am anymore. Anyway…it was an enjoyable afternoon. If I am working on a knit/crochet project (or pretty much anything) I am always listening to music. It helps me focus and keeps my mind from wandering off to check Instagram, answer emails, respond to texts, and all other Internet distractions. (See also: Pinterest and Jimmy Fallon YouTube videos.)

I also started writing in a new notebook my friend Kelsie (@withlavandlace) made and sent me along with some other snail mail surprises. I think I have decided to dedicate this notebook to paper embroidery. I haven’t done that in such a long time! I have so many ideas and can’t wait to fill the pages with thread, photos, pressed flowers, and words.  To top it off, Kelsie recently designed a Miss Meredith iPhone 6 case for her online shop With Lavender & Lace. It is so perfect! She updated her shop with a few of these cases so head on over and check them out.

My goal is to finish this headband and start some paper embroidery over the weekend. Time to turn up the tunes and get started! What do you like to listen to/watch while you work on projects? I am always looking for new music recommendations!

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Hello, again!

Hello, friends!

Well…it’s been awhile, to say the least. For the last few months, every time I sat down in front of my computer to blog, I felt like I was forcing out words that were completely without  joy or passion. I couldn’t even bring myself to write a post about wanting to take a break from blogging. The break just sort of happened. A few weeks passed and I decided to really give myself some time away from One Sheepish Girl. I didn’t document any of the holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, or any of the days in between…they didn’t make an appearance on this blog.

But every single un-documented day still happened.

I spent time with family and friends. I actually knit/crochet some Christmas gifts for the first time in almost three years. There were delicious meals, long conversations, days spent at the movie theater, and so much laughing. It wasn’t perfect by any means…but it happened. Even if I didn’t take as many pictures or write as many blog posts, it happened and I am so thankful that it did.

When I started blogging, I used this space as a way to grow confidence, challenge myself, try new things, and express my creativity. Along the way blogging became a chore instead of a choice. Even though I didn’t want to admit it, I found my value and worth in the name One Sheepish Girl and the way she lived online. As I am growing and learning to love myself, I now find my value in Meredith, the woman God created, and recognize my life is just as valuable even more valuable offline. I’m excited to get back into blogging creatively with this new perspective and, moving forward, not be quite so scared of this space.

Since it has been awhile since my last post, I thought I would re-introduce myself here on the blog!

– My name is Meredith and I live in Dallas, TX.

– I started this blog over four years ago when I was in college. I picked the name One Sheepish Girl because I was exactly that. Today, I am still sheepish, but I am ridding myself of labels like fearful and fragile. Sheepish can stay but the others need to go.

– Knitting and crochet bring me a lot of joy. I also love embroidery, photography, baking, cooking, writing, journaling, reading, Netflix-ing, and so much more. I hope to bring more of those interests to the blog this year!

– During the journey of this blog I was blessed with the opportunity to write my own book of crochet patterns. Crochet with One Sheepish Girl was published in October 2014 and I still can’t believe it actually happened. But it did!

– In addition to blogging, I have a day job. Some days it is tricky to find a balance, but I am so thankful that I can still pursue my passions.

– I love Benedict Cumberbatch. A lot. Sherlock and all things related to the great Mr. Cumberbatch might be mentioned from time to time. You’ve been warned…

– I asked my best friend Sara if she could think of anything else I should add to this post. She said, “Remember that you will always be growing and changing and being a human being. Don’t get too used to the idea of a person, so much as accepting who that person is becoming!” I definitely needed that reminder. She is so wise!

Well, those are just a few things I want you to know about me! (The second to last one being the most important, of course. Ha.) If you are a long time reader or just stumbled upon this blog, I am so thankful you are here. Thank you for reading these words and being part of this creative community. Cheers to a new year!

 

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One Sheepish Girl + West Elm

I recently had the opportunity to take over the West Elm Dallas Instagram account and add some colorful crochet to their holiday products. They pretty much gave me free reign to create whatever I wanted as I shared photos throughout the week. It was fun to get creative and come up with unique ways to pair crochet with West Elm! I am so happy with how it turned out! I especially love the crochet Christmas lights…I can’t wait to make more next year.

I also plan on opening up my Etsy shop in 2015 so I will be selling items like the Christmas light garland and vase cover soon. I will also be hosting a workshop at the West Elm Dallas location in the next few weeks…stay tuned for details!

I hope you had a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy the rest of your holiday with friends and family. :)

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Wreath Making with Friends

A few weeks ago I went over to my friend Kadie’s lovely apartment to make wreaths. I even foraged around in my neighborhood to find some berries and leaves to contribute to our afternoon of wreath-making. It was my first time making a wreath ever and I had the best time! We definitely got into the Christmas spirit that afternoon. It was so nice to sip cider, listen to Ella Fitzgerald sing Christmas tunes, and make something just for fun.

Sometimes I feel guilty when I stop to create something for no real reason, just for enjoyment. I hate it when my mind immediately turns to guilt when I do something with friends or sit down with a personal knitting project. I hope to continue making time for the “just for fun” things in the new year. It is good for the soul!

I can’t believe Christmas is only three days away! Crazy!

I am almost finished (so close!!) with my handmade gifts for family and friends. What are you knitting/crocheting for gifts this year?

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One Sheepish Party + Video

Oh, I am so thankful to have a reason to think back on this night! About a month ago some of the greatest people I know all came together in one room to have some pizza and celebrate the launch of my first book! It was one sheepish party, that’s for sure. :) My incredibly talented and kind friend Jordan (@fiftyfiveonepointfour) did what he does best and shot some video of the party. I am just blown away by what he created.  Jordan, you are too good. Everyone needs to follow him on Instagram and Stellar to see more of his work! Thank you so much for capturing the party so beautifully…

When it came down to deciding what to wear to the party, the choice was easy. Remember when I went to Norfolk to visit the incredible Kelsie? She surprised me on my last day and gave me the vintage dress of my dreams as an early birthday gift. I knew I had to wear it on a special occasion. I guess a book launch party is pretty special!

All of the photos in this post are either by Jordan or my best friend Sara. She helped me get ready for the party and even gave me a vintage hairstyle. She is just so talented in so many ways!

I couldn’t be more thankful to know such kind and giving people. Every single person who came made the book launch party so special. It is because of their encouragement and support that I was able to create this book!

I am so glad we were all able to come together and celebrate!

 

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Crochet Christmas Light Garland

I recently had the opportunity to take over the West Elm Dallas Instagram account. They challenged me to add a touch of festive crochet to their products for an entire week. Take a look at their account to see the rest of the photos I styled. When they gave me the paper mâché moose head I was a little intimated…should I crochet antler covers or something?? Haha. Instead I went with a colorful strand of Christmas lights! I love how it looks against the white. It is such a quick pattern! You will have a pile of light bulbs ready for hanging in no time! I used worsted weight yarn and a size H8 crochet hook.

Christmas Light Garland

With the light bulb color, ch 2.

Round 1: Starting in the second ch from the hook, 4 sc. Do not join.

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around. 8 sc.

Round 3: Sc in each sc around. 8 sc.

Round 4: *Sc in the next sc, 2 sc in the next sc repeat from * around.

Round 5-6: Sc in each sc around.

Round 7: *Sc in the next sc, 2 sc in the next sc repeat from * around.

Round 8-9: *Sc in the next sc, sc2tog, repeat from * around.

Stuff the light bulb firmly with fiber fill stuffing.

Round 10: Change to the black yarn. Sc in each sc around.

Round 11: Sc in each sc around.

Round 12: Sc2tog all the way around and join with a sl st. Bind off.

Make as many of these Christmas lights as you like in a variety of colors to match your home. String them all together on a black piece of yarn and deck the halls!

Happy Almost Thanksgiving to you. What are your plans for the holiday week?

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Crochet Ice Cream Workshop – Fort Worth, TX

Ice cream and crochet? I’m not sure if there is a better combination! Ice cream combined with pretty much anything  makes life a little better. It’s scientific.

If you are in the DFW area, sign up for my crochet ice cream cone ornament workshop at Melt Ice Creams in Fort Worth, TX. Here are the details for the workshop! Please send me an email at [email protected] to reserve your spot. There are only a few seats available!

The workshop includes….

*Learn the crochet basics and make your own crochet ice cream ornament to take home. I provide all of the materials, all you need to do is show up and be ready to have fun!
*A signed copy of my book, Crochet with One Sheepish Girl.
*A hook, tapestry needle, and yarn to take home and make more ornaments.
*An exclusive One Sheepish Girl tote bag and other surprises.
*Ice cream treats from Melt to snack on during the workshop.

Location: Melt Ice Creams, Fort Worth, TX

Date & Time: November 17th, 6-8 p.m.

Cost: $100

 

Payment for class is due up-front and is non-refundable or exchangeable. To book a spot, email onesheepishgirl@gmail, including your name, how many spots you are purchasing and I will send you a PayPal invoice via email. Please let me know if you have any questions!

I hope to see you there!

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Project Snakefox – A Place at the Table

It looks like I recently attended a really cool backyard wedding reception, doesn’t it?  This dreamy dinner setting is all thanks to my incredibly talented friends who decided to create a space for local creatives to come together and simply have a place at the table.

Samuel Melton, Jordan Stricker, and Savannah Williams, three of the coolest cats around, decided to start a monthly event called Project Snakefox. I’ve asked them several times how they landed on that name. It sounds so mysterious and exotic, right? Well, nothing is more exotic than a random pairing of words that are thrown out in a group text. Haha. I love it. Project Snakefox it is! The goal of the group is to gather creatives of all kinds in one space where everyone feels comfortable to get to know each other outside of our social media bubbles. I am definitely a fan of this idea!

This gorgeous fall evening was my first time attending an official Project Snakefox event. The couple behind the brand Pastrana Studio hosted the dinner at their stunning home. When I walked into the backyard I immediately felt two things. 1) Wow. I’m underdressed. 2) Was it a mistake to bring pumpkin chocolate chip cookies stuffed inside a plastic container?  I mean, the incredible Kris pulled out all of the stops when she styled the table. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I am easily intimated by impressive flower arrangements. Ha! Thankfully my initial anxieties melted away as soon as I met everyone. It was such a fun and casual evening. I loved getting to meet some new friends and spend time with old ones. The food was incredible and the conversation even better. What more could I ask for?

It is no small thing to feel like you have a place at the table. I am so thankful to be part of this group of kind and creative people. I can’t wait to watch it grow and expand far beyond the Dallas area!

Also, thank you Jordan for providing the second half of the photos for this post. Apparently as soon as the food was served my camera never saw the light of day again. :)

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Currently Knitting & Reading…

I have a few goals for this fall season…

Ok, really just one goal.

I WILL finish this vest pattern from Emma’s beautiful book Knitting by Design. This WIP has stared at me and shamed me for far too long. It will be finished. I’ve worked on it a little bit each day for the last few weeks. I’m definitely making progress! I just really love the Madeline Tosh Vintage yarn color gradient. I can’t wait to add the leather pocket and finally wear this piece!

I also have a few fashionable new reads on my nightstand at the moment. I finally got my hands on Issue 2 of Violet magazine. When I found out Leith Clark was leaving Lula to start this new project I couldn’t wait to see what she would do next. As I turned each page of the magazine I kept saying “Are you kidding me???” while gaping at the stunning and unique editorials. Thankfully I was alone when I was talking to myself. That sounds better, right? Haha. Leith is such an inspiration to me.

I heard about Women in Clothes on Instagram and was immediately intrigued. I definitely feel like my personal style is transitioning into a new stage. The interviews and real life conversations with women about the decisions they make when they dress, pick out an outfit for the day, the ways clothes impact their mood, are all so relevant and interesting. I started the book over the weekend and can’t put it down!

I’m also thankful to have a full mailbox lately. The lovely Kelsey DeLange of Honey and the Hive sent me a print from her shop and card in honor of my book launch. She is one of the sweetest ladies around! Also, my friend Kelsie sent me an incredible package including a beautiful card, print, Black Apple postcard, and more treasures. Snail mail is one of the greatest joys in life. It is such a beautiful way to express love and friendship!

What’s on your hooks, needles, and bookshelves these days? I always love new book recommendations!

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Mollie Makes Apartment Tour

I am so honored to have a Tea & Chat home tour feature in Issue 45 of Mollie Makes! I remember the day my friend and photographer, Kelly Christine, came over to shoot my apartment. I was incredibly nervous for some reason and spent the entire weekend cleaning, organizing, and styling my apartment like a mad woman. The last thing on my to-do list was to bake some scones for the kitchen table. When the shoot day arrived, I was definitely drained of energy and time. So my local grocery store came through and I picked up a box of surprisingly delicious blueberry scones and called it a day. Yes, I cheated. No, I am not ashamed. Haha. ;)

Trust me when I say this is the cleanest and cutest my apartment ever EVER looked. Eh. Ver. I’m glad this home tour finally motivated me to get organized and decorate a little bit more! Otherwise…it probably would have looked quite different. Haha.   In my daily life, my apartment regularly featured a wide variety of dirty clothes strewn about the floor, random coffee cups on book shelves, and generally a lot more clutter.  However, it’s nice to have such beautiful photos to remember it when it looked so clean and pulled together! Thank you Kelly for doing such an amazing job! You’re the best.

Thank you Mollie Makes for the incredible opportunity. Check out more photos and my interview in Issue 45! I still need to get my hands on a print copy!

Well, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Happy Friday!