Spring Crafting Update

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It’s been a busy few months! I’ve been learning how to knit and crochet clothing for 18 inch fashion dolls, and I am having a blast playing around with patterns (ok, and playing with the dolls), and creating some of my own patterns along the way.

Girlnovember's Spring Projects Photo

Girlnovember’s Spring Projects. Clockwise: Crochet Tops, Knit Sweaters, Knit Robe/Jacket, Crochet Hats & Scarves, and Girlnovember’s Studio.

Lately I’ve been trying to perfect a half double crochet top that I can start to offer in my Etsy store. But previously, I’ve been trying to make all sorts of things, from knit sweaters and jackets, to crochet hat and scarf sets. And of course messing up my studio along the way. Much of what I’ve been experimenting with has evolved during Twitch broadcasts, with some helpful advice from other crafters and viewers.

Probably my favorite project over the past month has been the Star Trek inspired knit sweaters and slacks set, which is available on Etsy.

Star Trek Inspired Sweaters for 18 Inch Dolls

Girlnovember’s Star Trek Inspired Sweater and Slacks Set for 18 Inch Dolls – Available on Etsy!

I’ve loved playing around with the pattern, figuring out how to create the multi-color sweater, and breaking out the sewing machine to work on little stretchy slacks to offer with the sweaters. Finally understanding how to make little elastic waistbands, and how to get everything to fit the dolls, has been a lot of rewarding work. I have a lot to learn, but it has been a lot of fun seeing my crafting evolve.

2019 – A Return To Purpose

I’ve spent almost 3 years streaming on Twitch, trying to build a brand and creating a thriving community. I started streaming when I lost focus with my writing and lost confidence in my abilities. But after 3 very long years where writing has largely escaped me, I am working my way back to my main purpose: To write, and to get published. There is a lot of fear to overcome. And guilt. But I am confident I can do this.

I will still be streaming. But expect a schedule shift so that I can begin to accommodate writing, as well as instruction, into my routine as I get back into the groove.

Latest Charity Knitting – Loudoun County Homeless Services Center

I have an awesome community on Twitch! Over the past several months, many viewers have used their in-channel currency, which they earn while watching my broadcast, to fund various charity knitting projects. Many viewers have funded hats, scarves and yarn — and today, I was able to deliver the first batch of hats and scarves to the Loudoun County Homeless Services Center.

12 Hats & 4 Scarves Donated to Loudoun County - GirlnovemberCrafts | girlnovember.com

12 Hats & 4 Scarves Donated to Loudoun County – GirlnovemberCrafts | girlnovember.com

A total of 16 items, 4 scarves and 12 hats, were delivered to the Homeless Services Center. I want to thank the following viewers for their generosity and help with this donation: Viewers Gussoo, FlyinPinkMunki, WelshTroll, LoveOfAmi and Emoten, who funded hats and scarves. I need to also thank viewer Myra_Lotus, who kindly sent me a shipment of KnitPicks yarn to craft donation items, and several skeins were used in this batch. I am extremely fortunate to have a supportive and kind audience that wants to do outreach as much as I do.

So what’s next?
I have a few more items to make, but soon I’ll be sending out a shipment of items to “Warm Up America!”, also funded by in part by my viewers. 🙂