Pinterest is full of color palettes that have already been created to help inspire your next project.
This works so well for granny square combinations, striped blankets, or just finding the perfect combo to match your favorite outfit.
Enjoy and happy creating!
I have wanted an elegant shawl for a while and now I have designed one that I want to wear everyday! It is made with Lion Brand Yarn - Shawl in a Ball. There are so many colours that I will be creating a few more to go with every outfit!
It is an easy pattern that works up quickly once you get the repeated pattern going. Have fun and please share your photos with me on Facebook and Instagram!
Making your own fur pom poms is easier than you think. In this quick tutorial I show you how you can make them in any colour to add that special flair to your crochet or knit projects.
The materials list can be downloaded and printed at the bottom of this post. Enjoy!
Be sure to tag me in your photos on Facebook and Instagram so I can see your talent!
The Waverly Scarf has to be one of my favourite designs. It was so fun to work up and the Loops & Thread Charisma Tweed yarn is so beautiful to work with.
I designed this pattern for my crochet class to teach increases and decreases and it turned out beautiful! Who doesn't love a simple chevron pattern?
This past weekend I took it on an adventure as my family went for a hike in Prince Albert National Park. The temperature was hovering around the zero mark so the scarf served it's purpose well.
I have already gone back to the store to purchase more of this yarn to work up another scarf. I think a few friends and family may be receiving this as a gift this Christmas.
I love fall and adding crochet decor pieces is one of my favorite ways to decorate.
In the past I designed a fall wreath and this year it is pumpkins! As soon as I posted this photo to Instagram it got a lot of attention. So I quickly wrote up the pattern and posted it on Ravelry so everyone can enjoy decorating with fibre pumpkins and use up some of that yarn stash.
It is a quick and simple pattern and can be adjusted to make your pumpkins in various sizes with whatever yarn you want to create with. The creases can be made with twine or matching yarn and add a little nature to the top and you have a rustic woven pumpkin.
Sometimes life gives you an anniversary date that you didn't choose or ask for. Today is that date. Three years ago as I picked up my daughter from school to go to the craft store we were hit by a drunk driver.
That moment has changed so much about me. These experiences give you a different perspective on how you do life. Three years later I can still see the daily impact this accident has on my life, with consistent pain and lack of mobility. The concussion has left me with blanks in my memory, ongoing headaches and foggy thoughts.
Right after my accident I did go through a period of feelings of pity and despair. I was a busy on the go person, I was on a few boards, taught crochet classes at the Arts Centre and Living Skies Crochet was doing well as I was designing for magazines and yarn companies were just sending me yarn.
The accident made that impossible, I taught a crochet class and they should all get their money back because I have no idea what I taught them. Everything became difficult, I had no energy, I couldn't complete a sentence and choosing rest was a difficult choice for me. I had to step away from everything, my concussion was not healing and I was now going through a series of tests to find out what was going on.
It was at this time that I decided to close Living Skies Crochet. Someone with a concussion should not be making decisions for themselves. There was not a lot of rationale thinking going on, I didn't talk to my husband about it, I just deleted everything. Looking back I wish I made a different decision - but that is the choice we make and have to live with and learn from.
Now here we are three years later and I am trying to break back into the crochet market.
My Living Skies Crochet name was taken by a third party who won't release it. So I have changed my name to Living Skies Fibre Studio, which is a good change because it will now include the yarn dyeing that will soon be available. I am designing patterns but it is a slower process - I have so many designs written down but it is hard to make them. My shoulder can only handle short periods of crocheting. I know that I am so much further along than I was just last year at this time and I year from now I will be in an even better place.
I want to thank those that have stuck with me on this journey, I really appreciate your support and I am looking forward to designing more crochet patterns for you to enjoy.
Please continue to join me on this journey - I will be blogging more in this space and you can find me on Instagram and Facebook!
I was recently approached by my city's arts and culture director about doing a yarn bombing in our city's downtown core. It didn't take me long to say "Yes!"
I put out a Facebook post and the fibre community came through with over 100 squares that were quickly donated. It was perfectly timed with our Downtown Art Walk and fall classes starting up at the Arts Centre - where I get to teach crochet classes!!!
Have you ever participated in a Yarn Bombing? I would love to see pictures.
Here is a little about the yarn I used and my newest design the Celeste Shawl.
I love new fun yarn and the Silk Sari from Red Heart Yarns is definitely a fun yarn to work with. I used the color Ravishing and paired it with Red Heart Soft in toast, teal and berry. The silk sari yarn could be used in a variety of ways - I would love to make a beach bag and even slippers. The variety of colors and the texture is so unique!
As I was creating the Celeste Shawl I had many more design ideas going through my mind. You will definitely be seeing more designs using this yarn from Living Skies Crochet!
I am thrilled with the final design of the Celeste Shawl! To add a bit of boho flair I added a leather lace and stripes of the silk sari yarn as the tie and added hammered metal buttons as an accent.
Please leave me a comment telling me who you would make the Celeste Shawl for....
I am so honored to be included in the 2015 Designer Blog Tour at Crochetville for National Crochet Month! If you haven't read my interview, please click here and go and read it!
If you are new here, Welcome to Living Skies Crochet, I am so glad that you are here!
Make yourself a cup of tea and take a look around.
If you caught the segment on the CTV News today here are the directions for the Tassel Garland.
sturdy cardboard or foam board
yarn colors of your choice
I LOVE bulky yarn! It is one of my favorite mediums to work with. When I was given the option to work with the new Infinity yarn from Red Heart Boutique I had no idea what I was getting because I couldn't find the yarn anywhere near where I live in Saskatchewan.
I was pleasantly surprised with how it worked up, the striping pattern helped take my Adeline Sweater to a higher level. Because it is a bulky yarn I used the suggested 15mm hook and it hangs nicely and isn't too heavy.
What is also special about this yarn is the bit of sparkle woven into it. Which helps the Adeline Sweater go from casual to dressy casual ~ its all how you accessories!
Look for more designs using this fabulous yarn in the future from Living Skies Crochet!
I love to work with bulky yarn and Red Heart Medley was a pleasure to work with. I used the color Energy and I love how it turned out. The yarn is so soft and easy to work with. The mixture of colors is truly unique.
I love the art of crochet, I love the stitch patterns and texture that it creates. I have always wanted to create a basket weave toque and this yarn gave me the perfect look that I was looking for. The texture that is created by using post stitches just makes the uniqueness of the yarn stand out even more. The bulky weight helps it hang nicely and I used a larger hook so that it would have more space so that it wouldn't be too hot or heavy.
I would use this yarn for so many things, because of the bulky weight I would use it for a shawl or wrap because it would work up quickly and have a gorgeous flow of colors.
I was able to find a selection of this yarn at my local Fabricland.
I can not wait to create with this yarn again!
I love the texture in this design and the colors reminded me of the many flax fields I see throughout Saskatchewan. I have made many of these camera strap covers. I have one on my camera and I get asked all the time where I got it from. I sell these at the Tourism Gifts shops and craft markets for $20.
You can have so much fun with camera strap covers, you can add buttons or flowers to add extra detail. I have even added pockets to hold the camera lens cover. Have fun and post your designs on my Facebook page or tag Living Skies Crochet in your posts so I can see what you come up with!
At the beginning of a new year I like to pause and reflect on what I have learned over the past year. 2014 was full of lessons, some good, some learned the hard way. But everything that happens is an experience that I can learn and grow from.
Today as I was carrying in groceries through the fresh snow that needed to be shoveled off my front deck I looked down at the top step and noticed something orange. What on earth is that? I took a closer look.... oh, it's a pumpkin from Halloween! YIKES!
So that pretty much sums up the last half of 2014. It was a blur and I tried to fit in family and holidays where I could. And I didn't do a very good job at any of it.
My planning and scheduling was not very good. But last year was a year of trial and error as I try to figure out how this crazy world of crocheting works.
I started off well with listing patterns for sale in February and my pattern listing continued to grow through the spring. Then summer came - I was so happy to home with my daughters for the summer that I forgot about being self-employed and lost a lot of time. (this will be an area needing better balance next year)
In September with the girls back in school I suddenly realized that I had my big artisan market the beginning of November! Last year I ran out of items on the first night, I did not want that happening again. So the crochetmania began! I went through my stash of yarn and my pile of patterns and I got to work. I crocheted and I crocheted and I crocheted. Then I started to get email regarding orders for Christmas and I was staying up to midnight or later every night trying to create. I was even able to write a pattern or two during that time.
My mind kept telling me that I had to create as much as possible before the Artisan Market, my Facebook page was rapidly growing and people were getting excited about all the goodies that I would have available at the market. The November date was closing in rapidly and I felt so unprepared and completely overwhelmed.
I recruited my daughters to help in anyway that they could. I paid a friend with a cowl to spend a morning sewing on all my labels (she did a better job than I could have done!) and I drank a lot of coffee.
Whenever life gets like this you know something is going to happen. I have never had this problem before but here it was, a very severe problem. My hands were so sore that I could barely hold my crochet hook, I was in so much pain I was taking pain killers everyday so that I could keep crocheting. I would go to bed with a heated wheat bag on my wrists and forearms trying to get the pain to subside so that I could sleep.
Have you ever had that problem? I didn't know what to do, so I emailed my friend Becky over at Farmgirl Paints, I noticed on her IG feed that she would wear gloves when she is creating her cuffs. She told me that the gloves help and she gets hers from Tommie Copper. I looked all through the stores in my city and couldn't find gloves anywhere, (I figured there must be a lot of sore crafting hands) so I decided to purchase online, I didn't want to wait for shipping but I figured I had no choice. I am so glad that I went this route. The Tommie Copper gloves are rehabilitation gloves and are infused with copper and zinc, and they have little silicone grips on them. As soon as they arrived in the mail I put them on, and I left them on as I did everything around the house. My hands felt like they were at the spa. I would highly recommend them. I will be ordering the wrist sleeves soon as well. If you suffer from pain - I am so sorry, it is not fun at all. Check out the Tommie Copper gloves, compared to what else is on the market the price is comparable and they are a really good quality. This sounds like a commercial! :)
So the artisan market came and went. This market is always a success for me. This year the big hit was cowls, anything with buttons and the color grey. I wish I would have made more fingerless gloves, headbands and boot cuffs. I was shocked to see my two day total was double what I had made the previous year. I really appreciate this event, so much so that I volunteer to help organize it this past year and I will volunteer again for 2015 market as well.
I thought that after the market was done that I would have time to make a few Christmas gifts for family and relax before the craziness of Christmas began. But it didn't stop. I continued to get orders for Christmas gifts and my motivation to continue to make money took over my instinct that I needed to start saying "no." I delivered my last order on Christmas Eve morning. I really wish I had that time to do over because all I wanted to do was to sleep through Christmas instead of appreciating and enjoying Christmas time with my family.
I am writing this blog post as a reminder to myself that my family needs to hold more of an importance in my life. Money is needed to pay the bills and keep the heat on in the middle of a cold Saskatchewan winter, but I know that our needs have always been met and we will be taken care of. It is my responsibility to take care of my family.
I am so excited that I have been nominated in three categories for The Crochet Awards.
In category 13- Best Pillow or Cushion ~ Chevron Weave Pillow
In category 17- Best Headwear ~ Bella Toque
In category 18- Best Scarf or Cowl ~ Gwendolyn Cowl
Visit The Crochet Awards website, enter your email and vote everyday!
Our local CTV news station invited me on to chat about crocheting! How cool is that! After my appearance on the show my crochet classes filled up and the turn our at the local farmer's market was fantastic. I'm so thankful for this opportunity.
Unfortunately, the station could not give me a copy so I had to try and record it off the tv with my iPad. So I apologize for the quality and for my nervous laugh. How embarrassing!
I have wanted to design a hat pattern for a while, this new yarn from Isaac Mizrahi is so inspiring I got up at 6am on Sunday to create this pattern. It whipped up so fast I knew it would be good. When my daughter modeled it for me on a beautiful Saskatchewan evening, I was in awe! I love it. By far my most favorite pattern, and it's easy!!!!
Fits teen to adult and since the yarn is super bulky it works up quickly with a size 15 (Q) hook. Happy Crocheting!
Look even Isaac himself likes it!
How do you represent your product to the public?
In my previous post I shared about how to make money crocheting. I want to see you continue to grow and develop your business. I have found that with a little extra effort it can take your business to a whole new level.
At artisan markets people are drawn to what stands out to them. Do not be like every other table. Do a few small things to go above and beyond. Pictured above are my dishcloths. (patterns on Ravelry)
They are the basic dish or wash cloths that everyone makes. I always use 100% cotton and I always sell out. I can't make them fast enough. Why do customers purchase mine over others, even when mine are priced higher? Because of the label. It shows extra pride in my product and looks more professional.
My labels are made from craft or packaging paper. I cut it into 8.5 x 11" sheets of paper and put it into my printer. Because it usually comes in a roll I may cut the paper into the size needed and put a couple of heavy books on it for a couple of days before I print.
I created a file on Word that tells everyone what it is and I put my website (free advertising). I print four to a page, I cut out the strips wrap it around each cloth and I attach it in the back with some funky washi tape. Voila! A little extra work for guaranteed sales!
Because I want to see others succeed I have attached my template below and you can fill in your business website for Facebook page. If you need a website check out Weebly, is it easy to make your own site and the free version would suit any business just starting. (this site was made using Weebly)
Putting your name out into the public is necessary if you want to grow. I take pride in the items that I make, I do not want to throw one of my handmade items into a grocery bag and hand it to my customers.
I bought the bags pictured to the right at Michaels. I used a 50% coupon and got them for a good price. I then went to staples and purchased round craft labels and printed my name on the labels and my daughters put the labels on all my bags.
My business is a family business. Our daughters (ages 10 & 12) love to help and are always giving me ideas and are great models of my items to their friends at school.
Adding a few extra touches goes a long way, Make the effort it is worth it. Before I go to a show I make as many items as I can up to a week before the show. The week before the show I use as prep time for all the bonuses, I even set my table up at home first to see how it will look and I find out what I may be missing. I lay out all my items to see how it will be displayed the best. I take pictures with my phone so that when it is packed away I can quickly set up. I usually pack my vehicle the night before so that I can not frazzled the day of the sale.
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I have a degree in Marketing and Communications, I am not saying that I am an expert but I have learned a few lessons along the way to get where I am today. In December I quit my office job to become a full time fiber artisan. I make money crocheting. Not enough to retire on, but enough to pay for groceries. :)
So here are a few pointers so that you can skip learning the hard way and start selling your crochet items right away.
First you need to start with the 4 P's of marketing: Product, Price, Place and Promotion.
Let's start with your product. What are you going to make? What are you good at making? I started with making scarves and hats. I made a ton of hats, some special order and a lot for craft shows. Hats drove me crazy! Customers were so picky about hats- it drove me nuts. At craft fairs so many people would try on the hats that I got worried about lice and even a few of them were stolen because I would be busy helping one customer and someone asking to try one on and would walk away with my item on their head. I did not want to make any more hats.
I knew that wasn't my thing, so I kept creating until I found what I liked to make and wear. I choose to use higher end yarn and make more elegant items that I have designed myself. I did not want to compete with the Grandmas and their dishcloths and baby hats. I wanted to be different.
Discover what you like to do, do it well and make it unique.
Your Business Name
I started with another name and it just wasn't suited to what I create. So I thought a lot and asked a few people and came up with Living Skies Crochet. Why that name? I live in Saskatchewan, Canada. Saskatchewan is called the Land of the Living Skies due to our huge open skies, Northern Lights displays and amazing sunsets. Saskatchewan has winter for at least six months of the year, that is a lot of time to wear crocheted items. Because I chose a name that reflects where I live I have received a lot of press coverage, lots of local sales and even worldwide sales because they think Saskatchewan is exotic for crochet designing. My name change has increased my sales and exposure exponentially.
*Update: my name has changed to Living Skies Fibre Studio. You can read about it here.
When choosing a name be sure to google it. You do not want to be the 500th Happy Hooker shop. Find something that is unique, ask for help. Don't worry it will come; until then keep creating you have a shop to fill.
After you have your name, create a logo and use the same one everywhere. Facebook, your website, Etsy, Ravelry keep it consistent.
I am really frustrated with people undervaluing their items. Just because you are sitting watching TV when you are crocheting items does not mean that your time should not be figured into the cost.
Your work is hand-made and unique, customers will recognize the quality and be willing to pay for it.
Don't undervalue it or you will be crocheting like a mad woman trying to keep up to orders and you will feel like you are not making any money.
I probably charge more than most, but after people feel the quality of the yarn and see the handmade quality of the item I have no problem with purchases.
This has lots of variables.
I have attended a lot of craft shows and farmers markets. This is where you need to be careful and plan well. The majority that I have attended in the past have been a waste of time and money.
What to consider: who are your buyers (this will depend on your prices), who is your competition, what advertising does the sale do? If you have never heard of the sale before, most likely no one else has either. There is nothing worse than sitting there all day with no customers. (at least you can get some crocheting done.)
Be over prepared and have the best looking booth. Customers will decide if they will look at your merchandise based on their first impression of your booth. I created a board on Pinterest that has a lot of great ideas. Click on it and check it out.
I did not want to waste my time on a table at yet another craft fair but I didn't want to spend hundreds on a booth at a big show. So I compromised and paid $60 for a booth at a local Christmas Artisan Market. This is a juried show and because I sell higher end items I thought this would be a perfect fit. I advertised on Facebook and my website that I would be there and where I would be located and it was my best sale ever! The market was open Friday from 4-9 and Saturday 10-5 and I made $1,000.
After Friday night I had sold out of my Madison Necklace design and Gwendolyn Cowl, I had no idea what a big hit they would be. I stayed up till 2am to make more for the next day. All day Saturday I crocheted while I was at my table, I was selling them before I had them made. My table was practically sold out by 2pm. I did end up taking pre-orders with deposits at the sale.
**All it took was figuring out what I am selling and doing it well in the right location. That market continues to give me sales and people still call and ask for items. I can't wait to see what happens this year! (*update I made 300% more my second year because of return customer and I also took pre-orders that I had customers pick up at the show - it saved a lot of running around and then they purchased from other booths as well. Support each other is really important)
I have also done Farmers Markets, you can read about my experience here.
A website: I have been a website designer in the past and I now only use Weebly. It is so easy! All you do is pick a template and click and drag boxes where you want add text, pictures, forms, video, you name it. The free version gives you what you need. I highly recommend it, I have designed 15 websites using it and I do not know anything easier.
Social Media: Facebook is a must, it is how you can keep in contact your customers and showcase new items. Remember your crochet business is a page not a person or a group.
Twitter is something that I haven't spent a lot of time on. I haven't seen much return using it, I have it linked with Facebook and Instagram but I usually just get people trying to sell me something. It is more a news source.
Instagram has worked for a lot of people, my friend Becky grew her leather cuff business through her blog and Instagram. It has been incredible to watch - you can purchase custom leather cuffs from so many people on Etsy and at a cheaper price but Becky's sales continue to grow. Why? Because via social media her customers are connecting with her and therefore want something that her hands have created. Becky also spends a lot of time praying for her business and listening to God for direction. Being grounded is a good place to be.
With all social media it is something that you have to invest time in and you have to keep posting. Facebook pages makes it easy with scheduled postings. You can sit down for 10 minutes and create a full week of Facebook posts. (I teach a full hour class on just this subject.)
Another avenue that has worked for me is selling via consignment. I do not need to sit anywhere for hours, other people sell my items for me. Win, Win! Again going back to choosing the right name, I now sell at Tourism gift shops because of my Saskatchewan themed name.
Etsy: My Etsy shop is mainly where I sell my patterns, and I am fine with that. Shipping from Canada is so expensive that I usually loose money when I ship a finished item. If you are going to have an Etsy shop you need to have merchandise. Fill it up! Make sure you have used all your tags when you are listing. Have a great description and watch your stats. When are people looking, what keywords are they using to find your item. Build on those. If you see that one item is getting more visits than others make that item in a variety of colors.
If you want to start an Etsy shop, CLICK HERE and receive your first 40 listings for free!
Ravelry- I love to design crochet patterns, Ravelry gives me the option to either sell or offer my patterns for free. It is a great place to hang out with fellow fiber artisans. Anyone involved in this craft should be hanging out on Ravelry.
This is where you spend your money wisely. One of the best investments I made in this area is my mannequin for $80 from Winners. I have a friend that will come and be my model and all she requires for payment is a free item or two. But my mannequin in always ready for a picture. I use it for product shots (great photography = more sales on Etsy and Ravelry) and it is great for driving traffic to my table at craft shows. At craft shows I change the item on the mannequin often but usually whatever the mannequin is wearing sells faster (especially if the item is blue, a little something that I have noticed).
Watermark all your pictures, I use Canva. This way if someone likes your item so much and they want to steal your picture your name is on it. Canva is great because it sizes what you need for each social media and has fabulous templates to make it look professional.
Facebook giveaways may be good to drive a bit of traffic to your page but those likes are usually people wanting something for free not people who will be willing to put money into something that you are selling. I have also paid for advertising without much return. I have taken a few classes and they say that the first 2,000 likes are the hardest and then it gets easier. I now have over 7,000 followers on Facebook and it is still work to keep engaged with everyone. But I have such encouraging and supportive on my page that I just love hanging out with them.
I teach crochet classes at the local arts center. This is a great way to connect with other fiber artisans in my community but it also helps build my network. My students are also people I have test my patterns and help me in the future. A support system is always a good idea.
I am a member of Handmade Saskatchewan, The Saskatchewan Craft Council and The Crochet Guild of America. There are many networking opportunities on Etsy and Ravelry. Connect, get to know people.
Always wear your own items when possible. I get stopped and asked all the time. Usually it is because people notice my labels, they ask what store I purchased it from. It is exciting to tell people that it is my own design!
I use the Square for all my purchases. This has made keeping track of sales so much easier! I use it for not only credit card sales but every sale. It gives me tons of stats about my sales and I have to the option to input what payment, how they paid and to send receipts all from my phone, where ever I am. I love this! To receive $1,000 free processing fees, sign up HERE.
In conclusion, selling crocheting for a profit is not for everyone. It takes a lot of work and commitment. I have had to tell myself over and over again that it is okay that I am crocheting and watching tv in the middle of the day because it is my job. Sometimes I get tired of crocheting but I know that I have to stick with it.
I hope that I was able to share a few new things for you, good luck with your endeavor!
This is what I shared at my friend Connie's celebration of life service this past Saturday. I am posting it here because I want to honor her, to use it as a reminder of her legacy and the example she is to us all.
Also, an opportunity for those that were in attendance that couldn't understand what I was saying through my sobs, here is what I said......
I only have two – three minutes to share what I am sure could take 2 -3 hours to tell you about the legacy that Connie leaves behind for my family.
It takes another fiber artisan to understand the value and importance of the size of your yarn stash. I personally know only a few people that have a yarn stash that rivals my own, I think Connie may have me beat. I will always cherish our fiber bonding moments over the past few years.
Especially the time our family found ourselves homeless on a very cold night in January during our home renovation. I called Connie to see if we could take her up on her offer to stay in their home and without hesitation she said yes and to make sure that I brought my yarn so we could crochet by the fire.
I’m sure that anyone who stepped foot in her house left with a hat. Just a couple of weeks ago Connie gave me a new art lesson using ink, tiles and air. Always willing to try something new and so very gifted.
Which includes her music ability. I remember her leading worship one Sunday morning doing camp songs with all the actions. Always full of life and action.
A couple of years ago, our daughters spent a summer at the Friesen house when Maxine babysat the girls. It was a summer that they will never forget and they talk about often. A house full of dress up clothes, art supplies and amazing hiding places for ultimate games of hide and go seek and the place that they were introduced to Dutch Blitz. I have never seen firsthand Dutch Blitz in action in the Friesen household but my daughters insisted that we needed purchase and play this game and the girls have obviously been taught by the masters because I cannot beat them.
Not only was their home a “fun house” but the love and acceptance that the girls received from the whole family during that time makes my mama heart overwhelmed. Connie’s example of unconditional love, generosity and acceptance lives on through her children.
The other day, Nevaeh and I were having a chat about all the reasons that we love Connie. I believe that life is a series of lessons, I call them Character Building Exercises.
Nevaeh and I learned from our sharing time that all the qualities that we love about Connie are all things that we can do and share with others through our own lives. Each one of us have been created for such a time as this. It is up to us how we choose to use it.
Connie was created for her time and she touched so many lives. We are here today because she made an impression on us all. My prayer is that Connie’s spirit of generosity, faith and kindness will live on through our family - that the reasons our hearts hurt so badly are the same reasons that will inspire us to live each day with and on purpose. May Connie’s legacy live on through us all.
At the end of the ceremony the family had an idea to remember Connie's love of yarn. Under random seats there were balls of yarn. The family started by throwing the first ball while holding onto the end, and the yarn toss that happened was amazing. Balls of yarn flying all around the room, knitting everyone in the room together in remembrance of Connie.
Thank you to the Prince Albert Daily Herald for the great article!
That’s correct -- Dog River; the fictional town featured in the television series Corner Gas.
“I was one of the first people crazy enough to say ‘Let’s go to Dog River,’” she said -- one of the first Saskatchewan artists to accept the Facebook invitation.
In celebration of Corner Gas, the Town of Rouleau, where the television series was filmed and where a debut movie is being filmed this summer, is hosting Dog River Days.
“I’ve watched it a few times,” Carleton said of the series. “I wouldn’t call myself a die-hard fan, but I think it’s cool that they’re putting Saskatchewan in the spotlight.”
Originally from Ontario, Carleton’s story mirrors that of Lacey -- a Corner Gas Character who moves to Saskatchewan from Toronto.
“I had no idea that Saskatchewan was like Prince Albert and area – growing up in Ontario,” Carleton said, adding that when she first moved to Saskatchewan 16 years ago people mistook her for an American.
“Saskatchewan’s so fantastic -- it’s so laid back,” she said -- stark contrast to Ontario.
I wouldn’t call myself a die-hard fan, but I think it’s cool that they’re putting Saskatchewan in the spotlight.Carolyn Carleton
Her upcoming trip to Dog River will be only one of two significant trips Carleton has on her 2014 schedule.
Some time in August she’ll be heading to Regina to host a crochet workshop with a handful of wives of Saskatchewan Roughriders players.
“Crocheting is a new hip thing to do, I guess,” Carleton said with a shrug.
“I am so excited – I’m taking crocheting on the road.”
Between these two trips, full crochet classes at the Prince Albert Arts Centre and busy website traffic at www.livingskiescrochet.com, Carleton said that she’s confident she made the right career choice.
In January, Carleton took on crocheting as a full-time career, having previously dabbled in it as a hobby.
“The first selling that I really did was the Evergreen Market at the E. A. Rawlinson Centre in November,” she said.
“That’s when I figured out that my designs were catching on.”
This past weekend I participated in our local Farmers Market, which was included with the Downtown Street Fair. I wasn't sure what to expect from this event.
If you go to an event to sell your crochet items you know how much work goes into making items and setting up your table. Over the last week my family and my daily routine were put on hold so that I could prepare for this sale.
I usually only do sales at Christmas time, but I thought since I had a few items made that I would go enjoy a day Downtown and hopefully make some money.
It was a beautiful day, which brought lots of people Downtown. From what I have seen in the media it was a record turn out! Many people stopped by my table to look and only a few bought. If I evaluated my day based on sales, I would never do it again.
What made it a good day was the interaction I had with the people that stopped to look at my table. I proudly told them that everything at my table was my own unique designs. And the top selling item as always was the Madison Necklace.
An awesome moment was when I had my Genevieve Cowl on my display mannequin and someone came to to my table and said, "I pinned that on Pinterest!" It's not everyday that you meet the designer behind a Pinterest pin in your home town.
I spoke to many people about crochet classes, I received good ideas about new designs that I can create, and I was interviewed my the local paper (I will share the article once it is published).
Overall, other than the nasty sunburns that my daughter and I received it was a good day.
Would I do it again?
Probably not, here's why:
I love to create with yarn and I love living in Saskatchewan. This is where the two merge to become one.
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