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Knitwear Inspiration – Delpozo Fall 2015

I recently stumbled upon the Delpozo Fall 2015 Ready to Wear runway show and was so excited to see such beautiful knitwear designs. Delpozo is one of my favorite fashion labels. I love the bold colors and modern structures used to create their unique pieces.

The textures in these knitwear pieces have my mind spinning with ideas. The movement and draping of the knit dress is simply stunning. Also, the 3-D textural additions to the basic sweater shapes are so visually appealing.

The color palette is inspiring me, too! I’m a fan of anyone who isn’t scared to wear color in the fall and winter. :)

What designs/designers are getting your creative wheels turning?

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We Are Knitters Sweater Kit

One of my projects for the summer is this knit cotton tee! We Are Knitters recently sent me one of their kits to try and I can’t wait to finish it. I am trying the Dill Tee pattern knit in the super soft cotton wool. I love the WAK packaging and that the kit includes yarn, knitting needles, and a tapestry needle for finishing the project. The design is just pretty to look at, too.

I’m almost finished with the front panel of the sweater. Is is just me or does moss stitch slow your knitting speed down significantly?? Knit one, purl one, knit one, purl one…constantly switching back and forth! I know it is a basic beginner stitch (and one of my very favorites!) but it is definitely a little tedious for my knitting fingers. Or maybe I’m just a really slow knitter and I will stop embarrassing myself now. Haha.  I love the look of the knit texture, though. It will definitely be worth it when I finish this one!

Happy Friday! I am thankful to be working on some exciting projects all while listening to my favorite, Otis Redding. A good way to end the week. What are you up to this weekend?

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Blueberry Hill Farms

This weekend I fell in love with Texas all over again. I guess random road trips to blueberry farms can do that to you! On Saturday morning I found myself picking blueberries under a surprisingly cloudy and not-too-hot sky in Edom, TX.  We wandered down the rows of blueberry bushes and  filled up our buckets, each pluck of a blueberry more satisfying than the next.

After blueberry picking, I was overwhelmed by blueberry-flavored-everything in the gift shop. I walked away with blueberry coffee, blueberry nut butter, blueberry muffin mix, blueberry lemonade, and a cup of yummy blueberry frozen yogurt. Surprisingly I am not sick of blueberries after all of that! Haha. The farm was so lovely, too! Every corner was filled with flowers, vegetables, and fruit trees. Such a beautiful place to explore.

The town of Edom was so charming! We stopped in a few antique shops on our way back home. Such a fun weekend enjoying a colorful, small, Texas town. What wonderful summer memories.

How was your weekend? Have you gone on any road trips lately?

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Crochet Watermelon Bunting

Helloooo, July!

Well…it’s been awhile to say the least. I apologize for the radio silence over the last few months. Sometimes a little quiet is necessary and I am always so thankful to come back to this space.  In celebration of the blog starting up again and a new month ahead, I created this quick and fun crochet watermelon bunting pattern for you! Watermelon is truly an essential ingredient of summer. It wouldn’t be the Fourth of July without a bowl full of watermelon slices to pass around during a fireworks show. I hope you enjoy this pattern!

Crochet Watermelon Bunting: 

Materials:

– H8 crochet hook

– Green, white, pink, and black worsted weight yarn

– Tapestry needle

– Scissors

Start with a Magic Ring. Visit this post for a tutorial on how to create a Magic Ring!

Row 1: Ch 3, 5 dc in the ring. 6dc.

Row 2: Ch 3, 2 dc in each dc space. 12 dc.

Row 3: Ch 3, *2 dc in the next dc space, dc in the next dc space, repeat from * stop when you reach the last pass through of the final stitch. 18 dc.

Row 4: Change to the white yarn. Pull the white yarn through the last stitch, ch 1, turn, *2 sc in the first space, sc in the next two spaces, repeat from * to the end of the row, stop when you reach the last pass through of the final stitch. 24 sc.

Row 5: Change to the green yarn. Pull the green yarn through the last stitch, ch 2, turn, * 2 hdc (half double crochet) in the first space, hdc in the next three spaces, repeat from * to the end of the row. 30 dc.

Bind off and weave in the ends.

Seeds:

Use the black yarn to sew seeds on the watermelon slices. Weave in the ends.

Assembly:

Cut your desired length of yarn and use a tapestry needle to weave it through the back side of the watermelon slices. Leave space in between the watermelons and hang up your new summer decoration!

I hope you enjoy this project! What are you working on this summer? If you give this pattern a try, use the #onesheepishgirl hashtag so I can see your progress!

Cheers to a new month and a fresh start!

 

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She Percolates Podcast Interview

I can honestly say that chatting with Jen and Danielle during my She Percolates podcast interview was one of the most inspiring conversations I have had in a really long time. When we all said goodbye, I was overcome with inspiration and excitement. We had quite a few “real talk” moments and I absolutely loved it.

I met Danielle when I first joined the Etsy community five years ago. We still can’t remember how we started talking…haha. Oh, but I am so glad we did! I have watched her business grow, traveled to visit her in New York, Boston, and Norfolk, and enjoyed countless Skype conversations with her over the years. I am so excited for this new adventure in podcasting and I was honored when she approached me to be a guest! I am so happy to know Jen, her co-podcaster in crime, and equally strong and inspiring lady. These two are doing incredible things!!

We had a great time talking about everything from insecurities to my dream coffee date with Jimmy Fallon. So, head on over to She Percolates, pour yourself some coffee, and join us for a great conversation. We get real and I love it. Although, I can’t really listen to my own voice without cringing so I have to listen to it in pieces…haha.

I hope you enjoy it! Remember: You are not your resume. You are not your Instagram profile. You are so much more than a list of things you can do.

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Crochet Ombre Trend – Deramores Blog Competition

I am so excited to be part of the Deramores Blog Competition! They approached six craft bloggers and asked us to share one of our favorite trends in the crochet/knit world. I chose a crochet ombre trend because I loved working with the different colors on this crochet ombre basket pattern I created for my book, Crochet with One Sheepish Girl. Each of the baskets I created is made of three yarns in a similar color family. I love how it draws the eye toward the pop of color at the top and gradually goes down to the lighter color at the base. This trend can be interpreted in so many different ways and I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

To enter the competition, all you have to do is blog your unique take on any of the trends featured by the bloggers on this page. Then you submit your entry on the Deramores website and you are entered to win a huge yarn prize!

What are some of your favorite yarn trends right now? I can’t wait to see what you create for the contest! :)

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Cables with a brooch on top…

After what felt like weeks of cloudy, gloomy, Vitamin-D-less days, the sun is finally out here in Texas. So that means it’s the perfect weather for wearing cable knit hats…am I riiiight? Haha. That’s what I get for being tricked by our random snow days to start knitting on a hat pattern! It kept my fingers busy when I was getting cabin fever and I am so happy with the finished product. The lovely Tara-Lynn from Good Night Day sent me one of her pattern books and I am so glad I finally cast on this hat. I want to make all of her patterns at some point! They are so unique and stylish.

I paired this little hat with the accessory I love most in the world…a brooch! Why didn’t I think of this before? Brooches make everything better. I decided to get fancy and wear it with one of my favorite vintage dresses from the lovely Kelsie. I can’t get enough of the little cape top! Of course it was necessary to twirl in it. The twirling made me think of the You’ve Got Mail quote, “My mother and I used to twirl…” And now I have yet another excuse to watch that movie for the millionth time.

Hooray for cabling, brooches, vintage dresses, and finding a way to bring them all together!

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Inspiring Items No. 2

Happy Monday, friends!

I hope you had a restful weekend. After yet another random Texas snow day, the sunshine finally came out on Saturday and I didn’t want to miss one bit of it. I spent the day exploring the McKinney town square with my best friend, Sara. Oh, it was such a beautiful day! We had lunch at Patina Green and enjoyed the best sandwiches ever. EVER. We could barely speak after taking our first bite. I also appreciate any restaurant that gives free chocolate chip cookies to their customers. I forgot I had it in my purse until Sunday afternoon. I prefer finding surprise cookies in my purse over gum wrappers and receipts any day!

We explored the shops on the square and took all kinds of pictures. I will definitely post a few this week! Also, I scored that awesome floral horseshoe print at one of the antique stores. I think it used to be a sticker? Who knows. It is just too cool and only cost me a dollar! Now I need to find an equally cool way to display it.

I also spent some time working on this knit hat pattern from Good Night Day. I can’t wait to finish it up tonight! I know it’s the end of knit hat season…but I found a skein of forgotten alpaca wool while organizing my stash and just had to put it to use.

These are just some inspiring items from a few days of rest and creativity. What have you been up to lately? How are your projects coming along?

 

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Texas Snow Days

When snow comes to Texas, everything shuts down. Roads, schools, restaurants…everything. It’s almost embarrassing to admit my state (and myself!!) turn into Chicken Little and run around screaming, “The sky is falling, the sky is falling!” the moment frozen precipitation hits the pavement. At first, we only had some frozen rain which turned all of the roads into ice skating rinks. Later in the week we were treated to a surprise “snow storm” that resulted in around 2 inches of white fluff on the ground. It’s nowhere near what the northeast is suffering through this winter…but it was something!

The snow stuck around for a little while this weekend so I went out to explore my last shot at snow for the season. No matter how little snow we get, it is always a beautiful sight. Even as I watched the ice melt from my window, the freezing water sparkled like diamonds. Also, I love having any reason to drink additional cups of tea or hot cocoa.

The cold weather inspired me to pick my knit vest up yet again. Haha. I actually made some progress! I will post pictures of it later this week. I also gathered some color inspiration from a nature walk I went on yesterday. I can’t believe March is here and yet it still looks like December! I guess there is still time to bundle up and keep warm with some knitting!

Have you had much snow in your part of the world?

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You are Loved – Sheepish Heart Bomb Results

For the third year in a row, I am completely blown away by the number of people who participated in the #sheepishheartbomb. It is amazing to see so many kind and creative people around the world take the time to make something and carefully place it out in the world. The collective wish is that someone in need of a smile will find one of these little hearts and do just that. My favorite part of the #sheepishheartbomb is when I receive notifications from the people who find these love notes out on their morning walk or tied to their shop door. What a beautiful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

Thank you to everyone who participated! I am going to try to keep some of these hearts and notes in my purse at all times. That way I can just leave them at a coffee shop on a random Tuesday and keep the heart bombs going all year long! Would you be interested in participating in these throughout the year? I’ve done themed yarn bombs before like the Sheepish Bloom Drop and Sheepish Thanks. I would love to know your thoughts! Let’s keep spreading the kindness!

Check out the #sheepishheartbomb hashtag on Twitter and Instagram to see everyone’s beautiful creations from the weekend!