Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Updates & Flex Frames

Wow who knew my life would become so busy that I wouldn't have time to blog, and I love to Blog but thus is the life for a small business owner. A million things to do and never enough time. I think I've hardly even had the time to enjoy knitting!

Some things I would love to get off the ground but might not happen till next year are being a part of Spinzilla, Tour de Fleece and doing some summer kids classes during the day. We will get there and it will be just fine.  The hard part about a small business is knowing when to say enough and be content with what you've got.

Part of what I love with the shop is keeping up with trends that I think more adventurous knitters and crocheters are into such as the bright colors and new ways to integrate yarn into their lives.

One of my new found things is using Flex Frames! I've been ogling Wool and the Gang and all their clever clutches and I wondered if I might find a distributer locally for the frames to make our own clutches in store. Lo and behold I found someone!

So we have in stock 3.5", 9" and 10" frames ready to use.  I feel like the best use for the larger frames are with T-shirt Yarn and the smaller ones are perfect to use your gauge swatches to make unique coin purses as presents or gift card holders.

For this coin purse I picked a swatch I had been meaning to try and it casted on about 20 stitches in sport weight with size 3 needles.

I measured out the fold over in stockinette so that I would have enough to tightly cover the flex frame piece. Then I seamed together the sides with blanket stitch and began to attach the pouch part to the frame inside out.

After it was all stitched together it was a simple to slide it and turn it inside out.

Easy Peazy!
The best part is if you already have gauge swatches you can just pick up enough stitches for the fold over and attach your frame in the same way. These mini 3.5" frames are only $2.50 each so it's a very cost effective present for anyone!