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2014 in review—great turnout for the first year

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,200 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


This Online Boutique Is Truly The Cherry On Top

Hmmmm, what’s better than ice cream with a cherry on top? Nothing could be sweeter!

Speaking of sweet, there is an online boutique that is owned and operated by two sweet ladies that live locally in my state of Iowa. The name of their store? You guessed it, The Cherry On Top Boutique. This online store is like a bowl full of candy with colorful confections such as these scrumptious children’s bows and headbands:

baby headband

Being modern and trendy mothers on a mission to share their love of fashion, they also offer plenty of yummy fashions for all of us minivan moms. Of course, these stylish store offerings are much more trendy than yoga pants:

red and black plaid shirt

black and white striped t-shirt dress

Yes, this store dishes up some wonderful confections that are worth buying!  Visit the The Cherry On Top Boutique to see what’s new today. P.S. You may see a few of my boot cuffs there for sale, too 😉

Izaac Mizrahi Yarn Love

I fell in love yesterday. Not with a man (I already love a wonderful man), rather, with a new line of yarn by fashion designer Izaac Mizrahi.

The plethora of colors and thicknesses that this line offers are truly a yarn-lovers dream come true!  I stood in the middle of the aisle of Michaels Craft Store with my mouth hanging open, drooling over the color choices, fingering the yarn weights like Gollum with the Ring—My Precious…….

The above photo is blurry due to the shaking of my hands—I was simply too amped-up on yarn to steady myself LOL.

Oh! The possibilities this yarn offers. I am dreaming of making colorful shawls, slouchy hats, cowls, chunky leg warmers….. the list never ends.

Have you had the pleasure of meeting this yarn yet? If so, what did you make with it?

Until next time,

Happy Crafting 🙂


3 New Adventures In Knitting

cable ear warmer headband

This one had me in knots for awhile but I did manage to complete it. Pattern courtesy of Craftsy.

Knitting Acceptance:

The first steps to admitting that you are an addict is acceptance, right?  Well, I formally admit to the world that I, Shelley Little, am addicted to yarn.

I know that I am not alone in this addiction. All you other yarn-a-holics out there need to accept your addiction, as well. Go ahead, shout it out from the roof-tops — Yarn is my addiction! It could be worse, right?  Yes, we spend a lot of money on something that seems frivolous to others — especially to our husbands (or wives of those male knitters/crocheters). But it is sooooooo worth it when we find that perfect pattern to match that perfect skein that has been hiding in our stash for years.

knit shawl scarf

I love wearing shawls “backwards”. This was a free shawl pattern from Lion Brand

shawl scarfshawl

How it Began:

My addiction began rather innocently with a trip to Grandma’s house. At the ripe age of 6, my grandmother taught me to knit, and soon I was obsessively knitting row upon row of garter stitch (ignoring the weird triangular shape the scarf was taking on).

Over the years, my knitting expanded to crochet. For many years, I was only crocheting because I found it quicker, easier and more satisfying — I had three young children who certainly were not conducive to counting complicated rows of knitting.

Now that my children are getting older, I have taken up the knitting needles again. I had to re-teach myself some basics, but it was mostly like riding a bike.  In the past few weeks, the addiction has firmly taken hold of me and I cannot stop knitting. I have been obsessively trying new techniques — especially cables — oh! the wild ride of those tempting little yarn twists and turns…you never know where they are going to take you.

cable scarf

This was my first attempt at cables. The finished scarf was mailed to my Mum for her birthday.

cable scarf close-up

Here is a close-up of the cable pattern. Not too bad for my first try, right?

Have you recently become addicted to yarn? Or are you already a junkie? Please share your adventures in knitting or crochet, and don’t be shy! Show me some of your most recent masterpieces  (or should I say, your most recent high’s?)

finished cable ear warmer headband

I finished it! Had to rip out a few rows at times, and I still see a few mistakes, but who cares!? I did it!!!


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