Saturday, December 02, 2017

Big news!!!!

First of all, I posted this hat that I just finished this morning, and it was sold before an hour had gone by.... Woah!!!!


I really do love it though! As I was knitting it I knew it was coming out a bit tight (at least on my head), so I was crossing my fingers that giving it a soak and blocking would help it relax. Luckily it did! I already am almost halfway through making another one, in a deep hunter green. Look for it in the shop hopefully by next weekend!

The biggest news of all is that..... I have my items now being sold in a local store!!!!!!


There is a new local store in my area of town (shoutout to the '05!) and it's pretty amazing. Collective State is full of local art, local music (and band swag), pottery, jewelry, tshirts, woven wall hangings, you name it! All from Fort Wayne area creative people. Somehow they allowed me to sneak a few of my handknits in there. HA! The things I dropped off today include three of my seed stitch infinity scarves and three of my twist headbands: one of each in cranberry red, mossy green, and stone gray.


The store itself is in this cool standalone little brick building on state street. If you are ever in the '05 neighborhood you need to check it out! I think their hours are tues-fri 11-8 and Sat slightly less (11-6?) I am planning on going back this week to see if I can spy my items in store, and maybe buy even more christmas gifts!!!! Yay!

Hope you all are having fun getting ready for the holidays (if you celebrate)! I posted a pic of my cookie baking progress over on Instagram if you want to feel hungry. Have a great weekend everyone!


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Full report on my first show!


Well I did it.... I did my first craft fair! It went pretty well! I learned some things and enjoyed getting the first experience under my belt. As you can see from the photo I had a pretty adorable helper with me too!

Let's take a closer look at how my display turned out....


My awesome friend C lent me her extra wooden box and I think it really helped my display look nice having a box on each side! I will definitely purchase a second one if I do a craft show in the future. Another thing I ran out of time to do but SHOULD have done was make little signs explaining what the piles of knitted things were! In the pic above you can see my "kid cowls", but it's hard to tell that they are kid-sized just from looking at them. I didn't sell any headbands at the show, but I am hopefully going to get a message from someone about a custom order for a different color! I am wondering if I need to adjust my pricing on those too. Things to think about!


 On the other side of the table I had my adult cowls, and my fun head models (affectionately named Sam and Diane... hehe). They pulled their weight at the show considering I sold that hat off Diane, and the white cowl off of Sam! Way to go, mannequins! Big thanks again to my husband for making the wooden stand to hold the heads up. :)


Another thing that people loved was my sign! A big shout out to Vistaprint for having a great and easy-to-use website, and excellent customer service. I am pretty pleased with the quality of the material they used and the fast shipping.


My cutest little blue-lipped visitor... ;-)  (he had a sucker earlier)


Last but not least, a BIG thank you to everyone who came to visit me at the show!!!! I had friends and family alike come out to support me and hang out with me, and you all made the time fly by! I am a very lucky person. You all rock!

Have a great week everyone!!!!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Craft Show!!!!!

If you are local to the Fort Wayne, IN area, I hope you will come visit me next month....



This will be my first live craft fair! Eeeeeeeeek. I am excited! And nervous! And need more knitting time to prepare! Haha. But I hope if you are free that day you come say hello! It's at Croninger Elementary School (of course I forgot to clarify that in my picture above).

I am working on a stockpile of goodies to debut at the fair! Things I am working on include:

-Large cowl scarves that can be looped around the neck twice
-Small kid-sized cowls that slip over the head for ease of use
-Twist design headbands that fit teens/adults
-Sweet little baby hats
-Fingerless mittens for kids
-Pom pom hats for teens/adults
-More!

I am off to work on more knits, hope everyone has a great weekend!!!!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Faux Fur Fun

(I do love using alliteration in a blog post title... hehe!)

Hi everyone! Is it fall yet???? We had a good stretch of wonderful cool temperatures and inklings of fall's approach, but then it had to get all hot outside again. BOO. I am ready for fall!!! It's definitely my favorite season, and not just because it includes my birthday. ;-)

What have I been doing? Well a lot of cowls!!!!!


Those are all adult size seed-stitch cowls. They are addicting to make because they make great TV knitting projects!!!! In fact, this is what my desk looked like for awhile:


Neatness is not my strong suit. Haha. On top of the adult cowls you can see some of my KID cowls and on the very top, my foray into headbands! None of these (save the gray cowls) are in my shop just yet, but if you are interested you may send me a message! I am really hoping to do my first craft show this fall and I am trying to make a stockpile of items to have to sell. More details on that later!

In other news, I saw these awesome faux fur poms at the store:


I have seen a LOT of knitted hats with faux fur poms on them in Etsy shops, etc lately, and I thought I should give it a try! Here is how mine turned out:



It's hard to tell from the photos, but the top one with the brown pom is a gray yarn with brownish tweedy flecks in the yarn. The bottom one is solid gray yarn! I think they turned out pretty well. They are both listed in the shop right now (link in the right side bar). Also, if anyone is wanting a matching set, the gray seed stitch cowl in my shop perfectly matches the solid gray hat above (the second pic)!!!! Woohoo for matching! 

Have a great week everyone! :)

Friday, September 01, 2017

Sale!!!

Hey everyone! I apparently am still terrible at blogging. No surprise there.... but I had to pop on here to make sure you knew I was having a labor day sale! Today through Monday, Sept 4th, everything in my shop is 15% off. No code needed!


I already sold a pair of my toddler fingerless gloves today, Woohoo! :)

Hope you all have a relaxing and fun long weekend. Talk to you soon!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Coasters Ahoy!

Happy summer y'all! I'm apparently still terrible at blogging, though I am pretty excited about my newfound obsession with coasters. Knitted coasters for everyone! It really is great summer knitting, and uncomplicated enough to knit while watching Netflix (AKA knitflix). I also like how they are kid-friendly. If any of you have had small children around in your home, you know that coasters are like toddler-magnets for playing!

These have already gone off to happy customers:

(Blues are popular!)

These next two pics are my latest sets that are in the shop and available now! Do you like the multi-color? I think I need to do more multi-color ones soon!



Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Latest things!

This sweet striped bunny hat was mailed off this week! Can't wait to see if it fits the baby girl recipient!


I've dipped my toes into neckwear today, by listing this cozy grey seed stitch cowl! It matches the skies today.... and my sneaky gray hairs.... haha.




Available in the shop now. As always, thanks for looking! Stay dry today if it's as rainy as it is where I am!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Hippity hoppity

Hellloooo everyone! I haven't blogged in a few weeks but I've been keeping busy! I am working on a custom order for a friend (will share when I finish) which involves 2 hats. One is done and the other a few inches into it!

What I want to share today is my little spring idea. St. Patrick's day was fast approaching, so I nixed coming up with an idea for that, so I moved onto the next holiday..... Easter! Whipped up two sweet little baby bunny hats. The pattern is from Itty Bitty Hats by Susan B. Anderson, who comes up with the CUTEST ideas ever! I own three of her books if that is any indication!!!!

I went stash diving to find some organic and soft yarns, since these are both sized about 0-3 months (although I constantly wish I had friends who could bring their babies over at the drop of a hat so I could try my hats on them! ha!). The first one is a bright springy pink, and it's an organic wool and organic cotton blend. Heavenly to knit with and it's super soft and smooth!



I mean, adorbs, right???? :D

The second one I used a 100% organic cotton blend in a soothing cream color. I couldn't decide whether or not to tie up the ears with bows, so I listed it with either option! What do you think? It's cute in its simplicity but is it too plain? I sort of love the green ribbon on it myself. Hmm.





 I know the first day of spring is this week but the weather is not quite convinced!!!!! I was able to get outside for a run today which hasn't happened in awhile, so that was nice... still I can't wait for some warmer weather.... dreaming of playing outside and park trips and sunshine on my face!

Have a great week everyone! :)

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Flash Sale!!!

 Hey everyone!!! To celebrate the unseasonably warm temps here in Indiana, I'm having a flash sale! Get 15% off anything in my shop through Friday, Feb 24th with code: SPRINGTIME! Thanks for all the "likes" and comments and shares, I appreciate each and every one of you! :)

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Rainbows for days

Hey everyone! Hope you are having a nice weekend. We have been battling an unending cough/cold/illness in our family for at least two solid months now, and it's really getting old. I am sick of the sickness!!! I took my kids to the pediatrician Friday and they both got diagnosed with ear infections! Poor kiddos. I am hoping now that we have medication that they feel better soon. It's breaking this mama's heart to see them feeling so ill!

On a much brighter note, I have been making them each a pair of cheerful rainbow mittens! Here is the pair I finished for my son:


I am over halfway done with my daughter's pair also!


Yes those are a lot of ends!!!! I haven't been weaving them in, just tying off and clipping the extra. It makes for a pretty-looking nest of yarn scraps when I finish a mitten! :) I am looking forward to getting a photo of the kids modeling their new mitts together... if they cooperate... hah. If you are a parent of young children you know what I mean! (cough-bribery-cough)

On Instagram I decided to participate in the "yarn love challenge", which is just a photo challenge thing for the month of February. So far my pics are mostly rainbow mittens, but I am trying to branch out!!! Here's a recap of the first four days:


If you want to follow along the rest of the month you can click over to my instagram in the sidebar to the right! :) Oh and I just saw that I now have over 50 followers!!! Wow! I might have to come up with some sort of giveaway or something. Hmmm!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Pink for days....

Whew! I apologize if you are getting tired of the parade of pink hats on my instagram/facebook (links in sidebar if you want to follow), but I have been a pink-knitting machine lately!!!


I was surprised to see post-march there is still a high demand for the kitty hats (AKA "pussy hats"). I put up a knit-to-order listing for the first time, and all 5 spots were taken by the end of that day! WOW! Luckily since I am holding yarn double (or using bulky), they have been knitting up fast, but still.... I felt a little panicked there for a minute. Silly of me, but it all worked out fine and everyone's hat was shipped off successfully! Whew!

My 6 year old decided to be a kitty cat the other night too. She even had a rainbow boa tail!


So anyways, I am going to be listing some already-knit hats hopefully by Monday night, if anyone is looking to get one. Right now I have a pink one, a marled light-dark pink one, and working on a purple one too! (I mean a girl can only take so much pink....)

Looking forward to taking a break from pink and knitting up some fingerless gloves next... so keep your eyes peeled for those next weekend! Hope everyone is having a nice Sunday!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Custom order fun!

Wow! Thanks to everyone for all your love and support from my shop opening announcement! I appreciate every "like" or "heart" or comment that I get!!!

I have gotten several custom orders in the past week and have had a lot of fun working with my customers to make something for them! First one that I just finished and delivered was this sweet little "Bee stitch" baby hat!


(from my instagram - link in the right sidebar if you want to follow!)

As you can see it fits the little recipient with room to grow, and I am really happy with how it turned out! I am thinking I will have to whip up some more of these for the shop soon.

Second order I've been working on is a cute panda themed baby hat. I still have to work on the face, but the pom pom "ears" came out adorable.


Next up is 2 more hats for some preschoolers - stay tuned to see what cartoon character they will be based off!

Friday, January 06, 2017

Won't you be my neighbor?

Hey everyone! I just posted about this on Facebook, but wanted to make sure I mentioned it on the blog as well. If you live in or near Fort Wayne (IN), then please message me before making any purchases in my Etsy shop! I have a code for you to use to remove the shipping costs. Then you can either pickup your item from my home or we can meet someplace! I wanted to make sure to put that out there.


In knitting news, I just shipped out a "pussy hat" to my friend N. She's going to be wearing it in the Women's March on Portland (local variation of the Women's March on Washington) and I am proud to be able to contribute in a small way! My first pussy hat went to family, and I believe it will be marching in Indianapolis. I have a THIRD one on the needles for another family member!!!! There has been a LOT of pink in my knitting bag lately. Hah.



If you are wondering what in the world I am talking about then please check out the movement here:

https://www.pussyhatproject.com/

It's a fun idea and a VERY quick knit! If that sort of thing isn't your jam, no problem! In any color it would make a super cute kitty hat for any kiddo or fun-loving adult. I love how just folding the flat-knit fabric in half causes it to have the kitty ears. If you think your little kid would want one, please ask! I might have to make a few more of these for the shop anyway!

Happy Friday everyone, hope you have a fun and relaxing weekend!

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Welcome to the NEW blog!!!!

Well I haven't been using my blog for awhile.... but now it's time for a REBRANDING!


Welcome to WALLABY KNITS! I am super excited as you can tell from the caps. At the end of November I finally decided (after much debate and hand-wringing) to open an Etsy shop! It's been exciting and nerve-wracking so far... I am not sure how things will turn out, but I am happy I am giving it a try. If I can knit cozy things that make other people happy, and contribute to my family's income, then I will consider it a success.

Now, for those of you who don't know me, I will do a quick intro! My name is Lauren, and I am a married 30-something mom of 2 silly kiddos. I've lived in Indiana my whole life, and I really do like it here! Having all four seasons is handy for a knitter.... every winter we are needing warm things to clothe ourselves with!

(St. Patrick's Day 2016)

I taught myself to knit in 2005 from a "learn to knit" book/kit that was written for children. Hah! I really began to take off with my knitting after meeting a dear friend at the place I worked. She had been knitting MANY years and was able to open my eyes to all the amazing things you can do with sticks and string. I haven't stopped crafting since then! It really is a great hobby. I don't think I could watch TV without having some knitting project in my lap.... I would be too antsy!

Wallaby Knits is my new adventure... knitting for people other than my friends and family! The name is from an early nickname for my son when he was born. My little wallaby boy! Also, wallabies are just cute in general. Like mini kangaroos. Aww.

Anyway thanks for visiting and I plan on getting back to blogging about my shop adventures more in 2017! Happy New Year!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Gifting a WIP?

Have you ever gifted someone a work-in-progress? Meaning, you took something you were knitting and wrapped it up, with it unfinished and still on the needles?

I'm just asking for a friend. Ahem. On a totally unrelated note, my mom's birthday is friday and I'm knitting her a sweater. Ahem.


Man time seems to have flown this past couple months! Ha. To be fair, I put it aside to work on 5 other things, but... oh well. Two cute things I made were dishcloths for my good friend who is moving to Texas. I made her two cloths so she had one to remind her of home and one to celebrate her new home state. Erin if you read this I hope you guys arrived safely!!! :)





Friday, June 13, 2014

*Crickets*

Um, hello? Oops I kind of got away from blogging there for awhile! Anyone still out there? :)

Jessica challenged me to blog this month so here I am! I'm not going to try and catch up everything I've knit because ... zzz. Lazy! Too much other internets to look at! Etc. You understand I'm sure. Thanks for being so nice.

My cousin asked if I could knit a stuffed cow for her friend who's having a baby. I haven't done a commission project in awhile so I jumped at the chance to do it! I must say this is the first time I have ever knit an udder. Ha!!!



Pattern: Milk Cow
Yarn: Premier Yarns Everyday Soft Worsted (needed something easy care, its for a baby!)

Hope everyone is enjoying spring (and almost summer!) and having nice weather! Today was sunny but with awesome cool breezes and we had a blast at the park this morning. By the way, my kids are getting HUGE! Who are these big guys??? (Watching daddy mow is the best!)


Sunday, February 16, 2014

V-Day

Hope everyone had a nice Valentine's Day or at least a nice weekend! I was lucky enough to wake up to this surprise from my hubby:



It's a beautiful wool-bouquet!!! Way better than flowers I think! I found it to be a mix of Knitpicks Wool of the Andes solids, heathers, and tweeds. LOVE! I have already cast on for a hat (for MYSELF) with the green tweed and it's soooo pretty. Will get a pic soon!!! Love you hubby!

Friday, January 17, 2014

ONE!

Somehow, when I wasn't looking, my sweet little tiny baby turned from this...


to THIS!!!


Happy first birthday to my handsome boy!!!! Love you Wally!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Teach an old dog...

Well after 8 years of knitting I finally did an intarsia project! HAH! I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks. :-)

I can't post about it until after christmas, but it wasn't as bad as I thought. I could have twisted the yarns a bit tighter between color changes, but it's okay! It ended up being a combo of intarsia AND fair isle, so the back side of the project is kind of messy, but I will live with it. I wonder if I should try and line it with some sort of fabric??? My sewing skills are highly lacking though!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Strangest Thing

So this may be the strangest thing I've ever knit...



...a kidney! It's for a family member who recently had to have a kidney removed, so I thought it'd be a funny Christmas present. I don't think they read this blog, but if so - I guess they know their christmas gift! :)

Pattern: Kidneys
Yarn: Random leftovers

I am thinking about threading a ribbon through it and making it into an ornament, because I'm not sure what else they would do with a handknit kidney. LOL.

What's the weirdest thing YOU'VE ever knit?