You might remember my post from a little while back “Hello Spring” where I opened the flood gates of my imagination and let the ideas pour in. Well I did and now its time to close them. For the past couple of weeks I’ve done almost nothing crochet wise. I stepped on the breaks and got of the crochet highway.
Arizona was a huge success, months of preparation, testing and finally released as a cal all paid off. I was overwhelmed with your response to it. I truthfully love our community group. From beginners to experts we all came together and created a masterpiece. But that success came with a price, I felt the pressure to create something just as special and out popped the Gypsy Queen shawl. Many of you have already made a start and I am seeing your creativity coming alive and I love it.
But behind the scenes is another factor, designing can take its toll. You have an idea and you want it to be prefect but we don’t live in a prefect world and not everything that you imagine becomes a reality. I got so frustrated, You know how writers get writers block well I soon discovered there is a crochet version – crochet block, so I stepped on the breaks and said NO! hooks down.
Well not completely… I played with a miss mash of patterns and created the Unicorn Project, plus the team and I have been working on testing our Fall CAL. I teamed up with Icelandic designer Tinna and we will be bringing her design to life as a cal.. But more to come on that at a later date.
I binged watched TV, a lot of TV and a lot of binging… I watched 12 seasons of NCIS with the eye pleasing Michael Weatherly as Antony DiNozzo which led me to 2 seasons of Bull. Gotta love some on-screen eye candy :). I baked, I gardened, I went on walks.. I took a few days off from my “regular job” for some “me time”. Ladies and Gents if you have never had a “me day” then do it.. just one day all to yourself, doing what you love the most. It could be spending a few hours at the library, a morning at your favorite coffee shop with a book in hand, a stroll down market street, or even a day home alone with your favorite movies and treats…
It was just what I needed. I feel rested and ready. So what comes next!
Yarn reviews – Some of my crochet block came from trying new yarns. On screen they looked perfect for the job but once put to the test it become apparent that they where not quite up to par. So I have decide to share those new yarn experiences with you all. So be on the look out. I also came across some fantastic yarn so I will also be sharing those too.
Book reviews – I am always keen to learn new techniques and I want to share with you my favorites. I have collected a little library over the years and will share with you my thoughts on those books.
Giveaways – Pippin is a great believer in giving back and over the years we have done many many giveaways but as the group has grown (almost 25 thousand members! wow) the giveaways become harder to moderate. But I think I have a solution so be on the look out!
Fall Cal – As mentioned above the team is hard at work testing a new cal, I don’t want to give too much away right now. But we are planning for a late August CAL. A new to me technique and of course plenty of color magic.
Pride of Gypsies Collection – The summer is here which makes working on large one pieces difficult here in the Virginia humidity. So I will be releasing smaller projects to tide us over. Lots of cotton makes, something for everyone.
Love Pippin xoxox