I'll be back.

Hello old and new friends. My blog has been inactive but I am still around. I loom-knit (and weave now, too!) but I seem to take more photos of my toddler than my crafts these days. She has that cute factor going for her. Because of this, I have started a tumblr called Tiny Taughts of our home lessons, crafts and projects. Please visit me there and I promise to come back here soon!


Monday, September 27, 2010

Tagged

Let's play tag! And I'll be it. I got some nifty labels to stitch into the latest Made by Telaine products.

Made by Telaine label

Etsy shop Mommie Made It printed my logo on organic cotton twill ribbon and shipped them to me last week. That was just in time for the first label to go on a purple dino hat.

Made by Telaine label

This beastie got shipped to a Sputnikfest customer this morning. I know I keep saying dinos are coming to the Etsy shop but they are selling as fast as I can make them. If you really want one for Christmas, I recommend placing a custom order!

Purple dino hat

So what else is looming? Here's a peek into my queue …

Baby puppy hat
Baby puppy hat / requested by snazzy local Daily Buzz Cafe barista / due in early October

Red dino hat
Red dino hat / requested by a long-time friend for her dino-loving kid / due in October ... A purple youth dino hat *should* be coming into the shop around then, too.

Twin dino hats
Twin dino hats / requested by an awesome local gal who found me through Little Orange Kitchen from Sputnikfest / due in late October

Pink & White afghan
Pink and white afghan / requested by a sweet local friend / half done and due in November … it's got the farthest-out deadline but it's the biggest project. So that's what I'll be knitting up tonight with a little Farscape on the TV. Happy looming!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Intertwined with Interlacements


My newest job has me wrapped around its little finger. With yarn. And I don't mind a bit! Let me introduce you to Interlacements Yarns and the woman who has a heart as big as her craft stash.

Interlacements fiber and yarns

Do you remember the bit of happy news from Stitches Midwest I couldn't quite share yet? Well, the yarn's out of the bag as of right now.

With my knitty friends Zoe and Em, I became reacquainted with an old Loops and Links regular Tracey Schuh. I remembered her as the amazing sock-machine knitting magician (which is another hobby I'd like to try someday). And I've since learned she once had an interest in loom-knitting, too.

Antique looms
Two pretty antique knitting boards came home with me.

She and her husband had just bought Interlacements Yarns and were running the booth at the yarn expo. Before us gals knew it, she asked us to work for her at Stitches West in Santa Clara, Calif., in February. !!! Yep, California, here we come.

Not a bad view
OK, this isn't California. But Tracey does have a breath-taking backyard that makes you feel like you're on vacation.

But before we sell the yarn, we got to learn the yarn. So we've paid some visits to her home and headquarters … and in turn, have been paid in yummy yarn and other goodies.

New York ribbon yarn  California worsted
Hawaii DK yarn  Yang bulky yarn

New York, California, Hawaii and Yang ... all hand-dyed yarns of varying weights. I wrote up a quick lacey cowl pattern just today for the silky wool Yang. (But I won't get to knit it for at least another month.)

Decor Accents knitting board
Another "payment" ... This 60-inch Decor Accents knitting board means I will never have to knit lap afghans in panels again!

But this goes beyond yarn play for me. I also get to employ my graphic design skills. My work has spanned from logos and photography to creating an Etsy shop. During our last visit, I took photos of her samples to sell.

Interlacements knits
Sunset cap-sleeve tee, modeled by the impressive Em

Interlacements knits
Detail of the Prairie shell top

The tops and socks feel as soft as they look. The socks already have a starring role in an Etsy treasury today. The yarn is hand-dyed and comes in wools, cotton, flax and silk to name a few fibers. If you want the yarn itself, you can head over to the main Interlacements website. We're still sorting the current bounty …

Interlacements yarn sorting  Interlacements yarn sorting

… And more beauties are on their way!

Interlacements yarns drying

Interlacements yarns

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sputnikfest success

The forecast wasn't promising. But we made the trek to my hometown of Manitowoc, Wis., on a very rainy morning with hope in my heart. And it turns out a cloudy day doesn't scare away the alien enthusiasts. My little Made by Telaine venture made a splash at this year's Sputnikfest.

Made by Telaine booth!

Mr. Plat and I got soaked until the tent was actually up. Have I mentioned how awesome my husband is? He got up at 5:30 a.m. to help drive 45 minutes to set up a craft fair booth in the rain. More thanks to ... My dad who found and delivered tables; my mom who sat with me for most of the day; AND my sisters and knitty friends who drove from out of town and stopped by, umbrellas in hand. We had no idea anyone was even going to show up to this shindig.

Anyway ... A few drip drops creeped in so I strategically arranged the products in the drier areas — and rearranged about three times until the fair began.

The dino hats and glow-in-the-dark wristbands were the big winners in the booth. And now I have two, maybe four, more dino hats to make this fall! If you want one for Christmas, we better chat soon!

Made by Telaine booth

The displays I bought from Shana (Loops & Links yarn shop) came in handy. My little signs about loom-knitting and pillow-making were read by a few. I think I need a bigger sign though.

Made by Telaine booth

I had made enough sales to pay for my booth fee and then some when a sweet surprise came my way. I won second place for Best of Show!! The "pottery guy" won first and I believe it with everything I heard about his awesome egg cookers. I also met the wonderful gal behind Gracie Designs who is working on creating a crafter co-op in my area. The fair organizer, Kim, was also a sweet, laidback gal to work with.

Let's check out what happened just outside my booth throughout the day ...

Stormtroopers and mom
My mom hangs out with some Star Wars characters.

Star Wars characters
And then they fight!

Brian and Tessa
My sister, Tessa, tries on a monster hat but I think her boyfriend, Brian, makes a more convincing monster face.

Alien Tracy  Alien sisters
Tracy goes alien with some new specs ... Tessa and I drive a spaceship for a few minutes.

Purple alien dude
A purple alien welcomes folks to the craft fair.

Free pins
Lots of Made by Telaine pins went to the kids who like free stuff — or maybe I inspired some future knitters. Ok, ok ... I know the real reason. This alien dude found a good home at least!

I had a blast at Sputnikfest and I would do it again ... with hopefully a sunnier day. I'm going to get one of those blow-up aliens, too.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Ready to launch

3 ... 2 ... 1 ... BLAST OFF! The latest Made by Telaine merchandise is rocketing to this weekend's craft show at Sputnikfest. After several weeks of knitting, stitching and punching — let's check out the out-of-this-world artifacts!

Glow in the dark!

Wacky wristbands and hairbands made with glow-in-the-dark yarn are a Sputnikfest special. My mother-in-law Diana helped find some awesome alien buttons to embellish these stretchy loom-knits.

Glow in the dark!

Check out the glow! They can be a fun festival souvenir now and Halloween accessory later. And speaking of the costumed holiday, the dino hats are finally back!

Dino hats!

The purple and jade are baby-size, which makes them a quick costume for your little one. The yellow dino is just a little bigger for a toddler. They are fun to wear even after Halloween. I'm accepting custom orders for any size.

New t-pillows

What would a good launch be without a soft-landing? I cut up some no-longer-loved shirts to make t-pillows. They all come with a removable plush pillow for easy cleaning. Do you have a favorite tee that is no longer wearable? Bring it to the booth or talk to me on Etsy — I can give it a second life!

Business cards punched

My business cards boast a second use, too. With my friend Erin's help, I punched some holes and hammered some eyelets into these very resilient cards. I really had to hammer hard (or ask my husband) to get these holes made! But now they double as product tags with price info on the back. I'm very happy with how they turned out! 

Sputnikfest 2010 Poster
Retro-cool poster designed by Tina Kugler

The Artta this World craft fair is at Sputnikfest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rahr-West Art Museum in Manitowoc, Wis. I'll be setting up shop in Booth 7. If you're not local, don't fret. Items much like these will be heading to the online shop, too!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Hello, September

You might be sending your kids to school this time of year, but for me, it's back to business. I've got a bit to say today and it might be a bit text-heavy so let's get a kinda-sorta photo up on top now.

Newsletter tease

I am sending out my first Made by Telaine newsletter. If you haven't subscribed yet, you have until 3 p.m. today (Sept. 1) for the first issue. Go ahead, give it a chance. If you really don't like it, it's easy to unsubscribe but I'm hoping you'll stick around. I'm going to talk shop, teach a little looming and offer a nice bit of savings each month.

I've been running my blog and Etsy shop for more than a year, so why a newsletter now? Well, I'm in a sharing mood today so here's some insight from the gal behind the website.

It's been a year and 8 months since I left my normal full-time design job at the local newspaper. Back then, I naively thought I would fall into a new job within a matter of months. In the meantime, I decided to do some freelance graphics and build an Etsy shop for a little money. I honestly didn't put all I had into these ventures. And the right job never came along. So this summer, I made a decision. If I wasn't going to settle for a less-than-ideal job in the real world, I had to try harder with my dream world.

I've made some tweaks to my life online and offline this summer that I've mostly blogged about so I won't repeat. As a result, you should see more stuff in the shop and find it easier to chit-chat with me.

White Wedding Clutch
 New listing: White Wedding clutch purse, knit by Lyn of the Made by Telaine co-op

Custom fingerless mittens
New listing: Custom fingerless mittens. Check out the listing to see yarn choices!

I also am trying one more time to translate my shop into a craft fair booth. I've been crafting like crazy for the past month to prepare some new dino hats, novelty wristbands and t-pillows. Next week, I will blog about all the goodies for Sputnikfest. The craft fair is on Sept. 11 at the Rahr-West Museum grounds in Manitowoc, Wis. So if you live around there, you should pop on by to check out some aliens and crafts!

You're going to see a bit more of me on Facebook and Ravelry, too. I've been making more updates on my Facebook page. Sometimes, it will be about the shop. Other times, it might be a neat link related to my crafts. I'll try to keep it fun and not spammy!

Snake Hat-Scarf loom-a-long

On the Ravelry side, I'm working on more patterns to share with the loom-knitting community. In July, I hosted a loom-a-long for a simple washcloth. This month, it's all about the snake hat-scarf for more intermediate knitters. Please feel free to join us! With the feedback I gain, I might someday write my own pattern book. A gal can dream, right?

Because that's the theme of this month. I might be dreaming with all these lofty business ventures but I have to start somewhere and I hope you come along for the ride.

My new business cards
My nifty new business cards!