October 30, 2009 · 11:39 am
Setting: I’m working on my latest hat design one night, trying to get all my notes down and actually record the creative process. So, I’m trying the hat on, trying to make sure the shape of the bill is just right and just about ready to make the final snip to tie off. Dear hubby is multitasking – recommending a yellow flower for the side while wailing on the new Fender he just bought. And my dear daughter (11 at the time) is fondling the yarn balls I just snipped free from the hat I’m finishing.
“Oh, I just love this yarn,” my daughter sighs, handling the shimmery lilac one. “That’s mohair,” I say, never missing a moment to teach. All these years she’s always heard me talking about one fiber or another.
But this time, she paused long.
And then my super genius 6th grade but high-school level science whiz tells me, “Ummm Mom, I don’t know what a Mo is……”
So that’s where I stop and nearly choke laughing!
To make matters worse, without skipping a strum, my dear hubby chimes in dryly, “Oh you know honey,” he says to our daughter. “From the Three Stooges. The guy with the hair chopped off in the front. Mo-hair.”
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Tagged as crochet, fender, funny, guitar, hat, Humor, kids, mo, mohair, stooges
October 28, 2009 · 10:43 pm
As you guys already know: It’s Hubby’s and My Birthday Week! In celebration, enjoy 20% off discount on Halloween items! Go check it out! But hurry – this sale will end soon! I don’t do clearance! www.PixieWorx.etsy.com
OK – that’s it now! Custom Halloween orders are cut off and no more Halloween items will be created for 2009. If I get a chance, I will list the last of the Halloween items left in my Etsy store. Or, you can always give me a call!
For next year, I have some great ideas in mind, including a special spider web design to be hung around a ceiling fan! It’ll be great! And I’ll be spending many months planning it out. Due to the intricacies and time involved, I expect that only a few will be made. But I think it will be so much fun to work on!
Now it is time for me to dedicate my full attention to my truest crochet love – designing hats and the stuff people like to go with them! Don’t worry – there will still be some jewelry! Watch my store and blogs for updates!
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Tagged as aberrant crochet, aberrantcrochet, birthday week, crochet, Crochet Liberation Front, gifts, halloween, handmade, hat, pixie worx, pixieworx, sale, spider, umbrella, web
July 30, 2009 · 3:27 pm
Designed by me!
Beefy Newsboy Style with Brim
You can get this pattern here!
(also includes a license to sell the finished product – see below for complete details)
Purchase of this pattern also entitles buyers to free updates to this pattern (supplied via Ravelry).
Published: April 2009
Yarns suggested: Premier Yarns Serenity Chunky Weight
Yarn weight: Bulky
12 ply (7 wpi)
Gauge: 8 stitches and 8 rows = 4 inches in hdc
Hook size: 6.5 mm (K)
Yardage: 250 – 300 yards
Sizes available: S, M, L, XL
Julia’s Beefy Beret
About this pattern:
This 4-page pattern offers a beefy “artsy” beret style hat with slim and newsboy variations. Includes glossary of terms, full color photos and instructions for S, M, L, XL sizing, striping and brim options.
Stitches are over-all fairly simple. However, this pattern requires knowledge of how to use multiple yarns at once through out and some elements of this pattern require tapestry crochet skills and interchanging colors.
As such, this pattern ranks as intermediate crochet according to pattern standards guidelines.
Julia’s Tailored Newsboy Variation
Notes on Materials Needed:
Four or more yarns are required for this pattern. The brands listed in this pattern are not required for this pattern to work as mentioned in the variation. The band/stripe colors for this hat are made from stash scrap yarn and therefore are not mentioned by brand. Keep your weights and gauge as listed and this pattern can be replicated again and again.
All Content Copyright © 2008-2012 by Julia Meek Chambers, Aberrant Crochet and Pixie Worx, all rights reserved.
You may sell finished products created from my pattern as long as they are not mass-produced and are hand-made by you individually. Any items for sale must state in the item description that they are based on my pattern and include a link to my website. Any items you sell based on my patterns must also feature your own photographs. You may not use my images to help sell your finished items. If you have a charity project in mind which would require multiple volunteers, please contact me.
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Tagged as aberrant crochet, beret, crochet, custom orders, hat, newsboy, pattern, pixie worx, Ravelry, tapestry, techniques
June 7, 2009 · 10:00 am
Named “Suzy Q,” this first image is of the cloche I designed especially for Alamo City Etsy Team’s silent action coming up to support breast cancer research. The hat is made from a sublime blend of the softest rayon, bamboo and acrylic fibers. Five different types of yarn are used in the making of this hat. After frogging it quite a few times, I’m pretty happy with the result. It’s perfect! I just finished it’s certificate of authenticity tag and will be shipping this tomorrow morning!
Pink Curly Q
The following images are a couple cute puppet critters I made for Spirit Jumps. Making puppets like this came about thanks to school homework projects my kids have had over the years. Where they have been assigned a writing project involving writing a play, making props and of course, making their puppets – then later performing it for the younger grades. Pretty cool and creative, but when it gets assigned more than once, you start figuring out new ways to do it. And being a yarnie, well – of course I’m going to use my yarn! Anyway…. My kids and I have had a lot of fun perfecting this project.
A collaborative work.
You can find puppet kits in my store at: www.PixieWorx.Etsy.com.
Purple/Blue Puppet Critter
Pink Puppet Critter
June 5, 2009 · 12:49 pm
One of my most popular designs in hats are the hats with ears. So popular in fact, that I rarely have them long enough to get photos of. I’m trying to get better about that. But they practically fly out of my hands while I’m crocheting them, especially when I crochet in public. That’s OK, it coveres my yarn. Gotta feed my madness somehow.
The Cotton Candy Goblin
Here are a few shots of some Goblins I’ve caught before they left/leave their maker.
The Bubblegum Goblin
(Goblin hats come with individual personality stories attached too!)
Cinnamon Goblin - SOLD
Fiona - SOLD
Ski Kitty - SOLD
June 2, 2009 · 9:47 am
It was a pleasure to meet Niki and her husband at the Lockhart Rites of Spring 2009 Festival. I always bring work in progress’ to shows, because I’m usually teaching or demonstrating at shows too. And I rarely have less than 5 things going all at once. Plus it allows people to watch me work, and they know for certain that yes – I really do make everything I sell. And I can customize on the spot. Well, in all honesty, that’s where the story of Niki’s Hat begins….
Niki's Hat 2
Yep – see that bald styrofoam head in the background. It was wearing Niki’s hat, before it was finished. Sometimes I have projects that I initially visualize one way, but they evolve into something different. Niki’s hat is one of those examples. And while I was hanging out at the show, I was playing with that hat and trying out different flowers and motifs. Styrofoam heads are great for pinning hat pieces and motifs together when you’re trying to get ideas. And that’s when Niki discovered this hat….
Niki's Hat - Lockhart 2009 Spring Art Show
Sure enough, at the end of the show I was working busily to finish off the flower motif. Luckily I still had some red chenile fibers handy, or that flower could not have been customized with a cherry red center! I always carry at least some yarn with me to shows, so I can get some work done or let customers get an idea of options for custom orders. But I do not carry by far the range of colors and fibers that I work with at home. It was kind of scary there for a moment, because the red pin I used to tack the flower for my brain storming made it quite clear that red was the perfect center!
Niki's Hat - Side view of bamboo flower
All in all, it turned out wonderfully! Niki said she liked how light it was and she prefered me to leave the tails for the flower draping for her. So cute and Niki’s such a doll! Thanks to Niki, Abigail and Robert for making the show just a joy to be a part of!
June 1, 2009 · 5:13 am
Named “Dorothy” after my paternal grandmother who helped teach me to crochet and sew, this Aberrant HeadGear(TM) cloche by Pixie Worx!(TM) is created in black, white and shades of gray, finished off with a black embroidered bow done “flower style” and topped with a “cherry red” center.
Dorothy – Sweet and Soft Cloche
My Grandma Dorothy is a lymphoma cancer survivor at 89 years old and just recently finished her latest round of chemo. Both my grandmothers who taught me to crochet (since Mom was left-handed and I wasn’t) have been incredible resources and examples to me my entire life. It is absolutely because of them that I crochet, even being able to push the bar to do things never thought of before. Grandma Dorothy has always been an inspiration to me, as with every round of chemo she keeps a smile on her face, a ready hug for every person she knows and crochets yet another little hat to go on with her day. You’d hardly know what all she’s been through. Unfortunately my Grandma Leona lost her battle with cancer two years ago this month, and she is sorely missed.
There are too many cancer victims and survivors in my family, now including my mother. As such, I now often crochet with these in mind; choosing the softest, highest quality materials I can find for the tenderest skin going through chemo. I’ve also received a lot of highly appreciated input from survivors over the years that has led to the development and creation of these unique designs. May these creations bless everyone they touch.