Whistle While You Work!

ConstantlyAlice gives me a great sense of joy and accomplishment.  Over the last year or so since I started selling on ConstantlyAlice, I’ve developed a blog, created projects and giveaways, started making handcrafted jewelry and met some wonderful, WONDERFUL people (that’s you!!)

However, I have never really done any of it with a plan in mind.  I just put things out there as I think of them, add stuff to the site when I have a moment away from my full time job and family and occasionally share a thought, passion or two when the spirit moves me.

SO.

I’ve decided to change that a bit and make a more serious commitment to really developing ConstantlyAlice into a thriving business.  I want to provide you, as my customers, community and friends, with not just a good product, but a great one.

What does that mean?

Well, for starters, I am working on creating a ConstantlyAlice website.  It will be a one stop shop for everything ConstantlyAlice.  Blog, merchandise, vintage, tutorials and my soon to be developed YouTube Channel.

I am also expanding what I offer.  As you know, I have recently added the Avon brand to my growing list of products.  Some other things you can expect, in addition to really great vintage finds and handcrafted jewelry, will be knitting and crochet patterns, ConstantlyAlice Designs (a line of vintage inspired clothing and accessories) and a line of handbags and wallets.

Additionally, you can expect a lookbook/magazine.  This project is still in the works, but I hope to make it either a quarterly or seasonal offering.

You’ll notice these changes gradually, and everything else will be business as usual (I won’t be closing up shop while I go through this process!)  Keep an eye out for the grand unveiling of the site, lots of giveaways and contests, some discount coupons and sales as we grow 🙂

Thanks so much for being loyal customers and followers of ConstantlyAlice ❤

Hugs and Smooches,
D

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Create 365 Project Update

Soooo, I began this collar yesterday from the spring issue of Vogue Knitting.  I’m making it in a lovely kelly green (in honor of St. Patrick’s day). 

Since I’m determined to work on creating something each day, I put the yarn, magazine and needles into my purse and brought it along with me for dinner with my family…and then proceeded to get totally distracted, lose track of where I was and mess up my pattern.  I had to unravel it all (cussing the whole time..well, my brand of cussing..which usually involves words like “holy peanuts!” and “son of a biscuit”).  I think maybe I need to put the yarn down for a little bit and try a different project.  Though my sewing and jewelry making projects may not be as portable, they might be a welcome respite as they come a little easier to me.

Perhaps I’ll start an embroidery project..that should travel fairly easily!

I’ll keep you posted on my progress, and I will certainly be revisiting this collar because I’m totally head over heels for it 😉

Hugs and Smooches,
D

Create 365 – Project Updates

I’m still plodding along with the Geek Chic hat pattern.  I’m hoping to have it complete by this weekend (which will be excellent timing, since we’re expecting a rather large snow storm in the next few days 😉

In the meantime, I thought I would share with you a few other things I have in mind for the Create 365 project.  This is not a comprehensive list, but a few highlights that I’m really looking forward to tackling!

I want to create this dress for the spring.  The pattern was designed by the lovely Gertie of Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing.  Her blog is a HUGE favorite of mine, you should go take a peek at it if you love to sew!

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I also purchased Gertie’s Book and fell in love with a scalloped skirt pattern.

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I think I’d like to do it in a pretty teal blue or fuchsia color.

On the knitting front, I just purchased the spring issue of Vogue Knitting and I LOVE the brightly colored knitted collars!  I think I may begin with this one, but I might be moved to make them all 😉

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Also on the knitting front (a far more ambitious pattern than I have yet attempted) this adorable sweater from Knit Vintage, by Madeline Weston.

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In addition, I have several projects of my own design in the works, including a new jewelry line, and some additions to some of my current lines (Like the Sirene and Once Upon a Time series) and another doll for a special someone 😉

I can’t wait to share these with you!  Let me know if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear your opinions.

Hugs and Smooches,
D

Create 365 – Free Heart Warmers Wristwarmer Knitting Pattern

After my first excursion into fair isle knitting with the tardis wristwarmer project, I decided to try my hand at writing my own pattern..so, without further ado..

Heart Warmers – Hugs and Kisses Wristwarmers

1 skein red heart super saver yarn (or other medium weight yarn) in each of the following colors – Red, White, Black

1 pair of US size 3 knitting needles

  • Cast on 48 stitches
  • Begin double rib row (k2, p2)
  • Repeat 13 more times for a total of 14 rows.
  • Knit even next 3 rows
  • Purl row
  • Knit Row
  • Purl Row
  • knit 7 stitches, begin chart.  (Chart should be done in stockinette stitch with 7 stitches before and after chart on each row.)
  • Complete one row of (k1, p1) alternating white and black.
  • Complete second row of (p1, k1) alternating white and black
  • Cast off in (k1, p1). 
  • Finish, weave in ends.
  • Fold over wristwarmer so the wrong side is facing out and match both edges together.  Figure out where you want your thumb hole to be.  Pin on either side of thumb hole.  
  • Sew from bottom up to the start of the thumb hole, then from the end of the thumb hole to the top of the wristwarmer.
  • Turn inside out, and your wristwarmers are complete!
Here are a few resources for fair isle knitting, cast on and cast off.

This is my first attempt at pattern writing, so please comment or email if anything is unclear and I’ll be happy to answer your questions.  Please feel free to share a picture on our facebook page if you decide to make these!
Hugs and Smooches,
D

Create 365 Update – Fair Isle Knitting

Hello all!

Just a quick update on the Create 365 project.  I had so much fun with my first fair isle knit project (The Tardis Wristwarmers..here.), that I decided to try writing my own pattern.  It’s just about done, I have one valentine wristwarmer that I designed completed and just have to finish the other one and tweak the pattern a little.  I’ll be posting the free pattern here on the blog once it’s complete!

Hugs and Smooches,
D

Create 365 Update – Tardis Wristwarmers

Here’s the project I’m currently working on:

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You can find the pattern here on Ravelry.

I have one wristwarmer almost completed.  It is my first venture into fair isle knitting and I have to say, I LOVE it.  In fact, I like it so much, I’m considering writing and designing my own pattern for wristwarmers with little hearts on them..

Finished project to come soon!

Hugs and Smooches,
D