{fo} year of the sock #1

Hand knit socks, Flowerpot Designs

Pattern: How I Make My Socks, by Susan B. Anderson

Yarn: Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball; Colourway: Frische

I haven’t really been a big sock knitter. I know there are lots of you out there! The last pair I made were for my daughter.

About a month ago, I decided to see what the hype was about and I cast on a pair. Now I have to say, I’m slightly addicted. There’s something to be said about making a pair, trying it on my feet as I go along, and seeing the final fit. The other part that I love is the colour variations. I love interesting colour patterns and variations, and with sock yarns there is no shortage of both!

Hand knit sock, Flowerpot Designs

Now that I am more than a little hooked, I’ve decided to challenge myself to make a year’s worth of socks (12 pairs to be exact)!

Let’s see how it goes. I hope you will follow along with me. You can read about my progress on this blog, or follow along on with my project on Instagram.

Pattern notes published on Ravelry.

holiday market season kickoff + little helpers

The official kick-off of my holiday market season is underway and I had a little help today.

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The girls have been asking to help mommy out at her shows for a little while now, but timing had always been difficult and show locations haven’t been convenient. Today, though, the first holiday show in my line-up, was manageable on all counts! So the girls came with me for the adventure.

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It was delightful having them with me for the morning (half a day was all they could handle). My oldest seemed to have the most interest in what I was selling, what people were buying and what everyone else was selling and doing, while my youngest was a natural sales girl. She was not shy, told on-lookers about the prices and asked them to try it on!

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A wonderful experience to share with my girls, for sure! Perhaps more in the future, even!

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holiday show update

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In the next two weeks I’m hitting up a couple of local holiday shows in support of two school fundraisers. It willĀ  be my first time at both of these events, but I’m looking forward to meeting some local artisans and crafters, and getting a kick-start on the holiday season!

I’ll have a few new woolen goodies, plus my popular cowls, gloves and cacti for sale! Start your holiday shopping now! It’s perfect wool season!

For more details on both of these shows visit my events page.

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Halloween round up with the girls. Besides Christmas, this is my next favourite Hallmark holiday! It’s especially wonderful to re-live the experience every year with my girls.

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This year, I put my crafty carving skills to work on their favourite character’s from Disney’s Frozen – Elsa and Olaf.

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While she put her creative decorating skills to work on this giant pumpkin!

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While we transformed the front yard into an extra spooky graveyard. My hope is to build upon the graveyard each year and expand it until it covers the entire front lawn one Halloween night!

Hope you all had a Happy Halloween this past weekend!

Now, hello November!

in the pot

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The story behind the name of my brand (my design persona and shop) Flowerpot Designs, really started when I was a teen and I enjoyed making crafts and in particular, handmade cards. I used to play with designing my own logo and thought it was appropriate to have a reference to flowers because of my name. It stuck with me through the years as I explored various artist outlets, and I’m still partial to the brand. I have been using FPD a lot lately in reference to it, so perhaps it’s time for a re-brand soon.

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I’ve never had anything overly floralĀ  or flower pots, per se, as part of product lineup, however, if you’re a Facebook or Instagram follower of mine, you may have already seen my series of hand knit cacti already. I suppose it’s about time I put something in a pot, after all! cactus2

I’m so in love with these and I’m having a blast whipping up a bunch of these for the Arts Market and upcoming holiday markets, too!