Do you ever get so excited that all of a sudden you are getting up early, staying up late, and constantly doodling ideas in your Idea Notebook? Organization goes out the window and you are just brainstorming and creating your way into a happy dance!
That is where I am right now, so I want to share my ideas with you in greater detail than I can on social media.
I am offering two types of classes: Monthly Crochet-a-longs & a quarterly Introduction Class.
- Monthly classes are hosted on the second Friday of each month. There is a maximum class size of 10 people because my little house can’t hold much more! Check my Facebook for all of the events in 2019!
- Intro Classes are once per quarter and can be found also at my Facepage.
- Private lessons and group lessons are available, facepage me for more information!
April’s Crochet-a-long above!
In the past three years, anything I have sold has been an Evie original. I am only one person and can’t make a headband for every person. So with that in mind, I am finally writing down my creations. Patterns for the monthly crochet-a-long will be available the first of each month on my etsy shop ! This winter I will be releasing some free patterns right here on this blog!
It will be updated on the first of every month and it will be super different than what you are use to. New items include:
- More plushies
- Hand dyed yarn
- Carrot scarf
- Winter hats/scarves/cowls with some extreme colors
Peyton & Evie Phelps originals
Phew, that’s enough to keep me busy in planning and creating for the next few months. Click that “like” button on FB to keep up to date with me!
thanks for all of the support in 2018, y’all are amazing. See you in 2019, XOXO Evie
Guys, this year has been crazy! Between buying a house, getting married and trying to raise a small zoo, I have been so behind in my Christmas crafting. Anyone else feeling the struggle?
Usually, I wait until the last minute and spend ten days before Christmas knitting, crocheting and hot gluing my way into insomnia and panic attacks. This year is no different, here we are 9 days until Christmas and I have just piles of yarn and regret lying around. BUT last year taught me four valuable lessons that I am going to use this year!
Christmas Crafting Lessons
- You do not have to DIY for everyone. I have approximately 20 people I give gifts to. If I made a sweater for every single person, I would be in pain, crying constantly and have to quit my job. So know that if your Aunt Karen wants a sweater, it doesn’t mean that everyone needs one too. Just because you are crafty doesn’t mean that you can’t give a really great gift of store-bought soaps and wine. (My family, act like you didn’t just read that and you will be pleasantly surprised Christmas morning)
- Your DIY doesn’t have to be huge! Look at the sweater example above, could you make 20 sweaters? I don’t have time for sweaters, but I definitely have time for 10 hair scrunchies and 10 headbands. So reflect on what time you actually have and scale way down from your sweater-for-every-person campaign. It is still a huge sign of love that you made them something, no matter how small.
- Your DIY does NOT have to be perfect. If you are going to rip out that sweater one more time to redo it for one small dropped stitch, STOP IT. If your wreath is a little wonky on one side, leave it be. If your cookies don’t have enough chocolate in them, do not make another batch. You are the only one that is going to notice it and it isn’t worth you wasting precious time.
- Your DIY does not have to be on time. Okay, here’s the hard truth and some may say “lazy gift giving.” If your DIY is going to take you three weeks and you have 9 days, your friend will be okay getting it late. Life is insanely busy with work, kids, chickens, and on and on, so do not feel like you have to be super woman. Seriously, it isn’t lazy if you are going to give a quality gift and need a few extra weeks.
And my secret weapon for gift-giving: order it online. For those who aren’t crafty or are short on time, check out my etsy shop. I have some really cute gifts I will ship directly to your family and friends. #lazycrafter4life
If you have a small business that sells adorable crafts for Christmas, drop your link below because I still have half my family to buy for. XOXO Evie
I do not pretend to have this whole knitting thing together. I mess up. I use the wrong needle, the wrong color, or the wrong yarn. I miscount and end up with a cat size sweater when I wanted an Evie-size sweater! So I have decided to tell you the six biggest mistakes I have made in the past ten years. Ready for some serious truth bombs?
- I got super angry when a project wouldn’t work out. Looking back, I just want to hold that girl who threw her first sweater away because my pattern didn’t work out. It happens, we get frustrated. I want you to know, lovely, it happens to everyone. It doesn’t matter if you have been knitting for a day or a decade, we screw up and it is such a huge part of the process. So don’t throw your mistakes away, frog them out and start over. I promise it will be worth it.
- I compared my process and victories to those around me. It is so hard not to compare you beginning to someone else’s middle. I would look on Instagram and say “my scarves aren’t anything like hers.” Then I would go to knit group and say “I don’t knit as quickly as she does.” Beloved, love your victories even if they are not like someone else’s. Love your process even if it is different than your social media feed.
- I undervalued my work. How many times do we get a compliment and then say “oh that old thing?” or “no, my hair is a mess and doesn’t look good.”? I did the same thing with my knit garments. I would wear them out, feel self conscious and then when someone would compliment me, I would shut them down and belittle my work. Hello, sounds like self-deprecating behavior to me. Although in that moment, I couldn’t feel proud of my garment so why in the hell would I let anyone else do that for me? So after all this time, I have learned to say “thank you,” instead of excuses.
- I undervalued my worth. It is uncomfortable to talk money when we are talking about craft therapy, but here’s the deal: I needed to be compensated for my work. If a friend would ask for a scarf, I would charge them just cost on the materials. Then it would take me way too long to finish it and by the time I did, they had forgotten that they asked me for it. Why was I toddling? Because I wasn’t valuing my time and, thus, I didn’t feel motivated to continue. And at the end of the day, it was never about the money. In denying that my time was worth money, I was unconsciously saying “I do not feel like my time is valuable, thus, my talent isn’t valuable.” Honey, your time is soooo valuable. Money is a renewable resource and you can ALWAYS make more, but you cannot renew time. So charge that $10 an hour for your hand knits, or $200 if that is what you feel is you’re worth. I cannot tell you what that number is, but it should make you feel somewhat uncomfortable asking for it.
- I didn’t listen to my pain and discomfort. Anyone else keep knitting until your hands hurt too intensely to continue knitting? That was totally me in college. I would have an order that needed to get done and I knitted until it was done. It didn’t matter if it was an hour project or 14 hour project. Needless to say, fatigue sets in fast if you let it, so now I knit a max of 45 minutes at one single sitting. Listen to your body and when you start to feel off, stop and take a few stretches! (Coming soon, yoga for knitters video)
- I was afraid to share my craft. Look back at not valuing my worth above. Seriously, I still have a complex about teaching others because I think I am not worthy. It is a similar feeling to if I ever meet Oprah. I would fall to my knees and scream I am not worthy until she eventually called the police. So this is how I viewed my knitting, like a cute little hobby that I am not worthy to teach and there are so many more talented knitters than I that SHOULD be teaching. Not me. But I heard the best quote ever a few weeks ago: “There are so many people doing what you are doing, but no one could ever do it like you do” No one is going to teach like I do, write f*ck plastic on a knit market bag, or make terrible jokes like I do so why do I expect them to? I set myself up for failure because I did not see my unique worth. I saw what others were doing and I wasn’t doing that exact thing, so I must be doing it wrong. I never stopped to think “what do I do differently” and celebrate the hell out of that answer. So what is your unique gift to share with the world?
I am sure you are wondering why knitting has been such a big part of my life. This August is my ten year knitting anniversary, so I have decided to share with you my top five reasons to start knitting TODAY.
- Portable : Not all crafts can be transported on a plane, train or automobile! Have you ever tried taking a glue gun on a plane? It’s hard to find an outlet and you never have enough space. This is not an issue with knitting.
- Distraction : Have you ever had to wait in a waiting room? My God, the amount of time I have spent in a waiting room on my phone probably adds up to at least a month. So why not bring a project with you? Instead of watching cat videos, you could be making a scarf while you watch cat vids at the doctors office!
- Stress Reliever : After a long, hard day nothing lets me unwind like just one row. Of knitting, not a white substance that resembles sugar but is definitely NOT sugar. For five minutes I can focus on just knitting and the rest of the world fades away.
- Community : I have found such an amazing fiber arts community in southern Indiana, which was really unexpected. I have met so many ladies who are expert knitters, crocheters, dyers, and spinners. I swear knit night is more than just knitting, it is therapy! If you want to join us, get on the email list at the bottom of the page.
- Feeling of Accomplishment : Girl, I cannot express fully how great it feels to finish a sweater and then proceeding to wear that sweater every day for three months. It is like you just won gold at the Olympics. When someone asks “did you make that?” It is like you won gold and then placed first at the Derby.
So what is stopping you from learning how to knit today?
Welcome! I am so glad you are here to join my rather unique journey. My goal is to empower you to express your creativity in ways that feel good. Whether that be in knitting a scarf for your loved ones or making a pom-pom garland for your office to lighten up your space.
This is a place to share my experiences, teach you a new skill, and create a community of creatives. And above all, I want to teach you a very hands on (pun intended) craft that when completed, gives you something you can wear or have around your home.
“Creativity is the way I share my soul with the world” Brene Brown