Sunday, May 7, 2017

My Crochet "Must Haves"

Everyone who does any sort of crafting or hobby has a list of those items that they consider "must haves".  Things that make the task at hand just a little easier or more enjoyable. Obviously the only true MUST haves for crocheting are yarn and a hook or two.  But these are a few of the items I always want to have close by for when I sit down to crochet.




A Yarn Bowl
The Man of the House gave me this yarn bowl from JustMare on Etsy for Christmas a few years ago. And I LOVE it.  It keeps my yarn from rolling away while I'm working with it.  Helps cut down on snags and knots.   It is an absolute dream come true.  And it's so pretty!




Comfort Grip Crochet Hooks
I have a full selection of traditional crochet hooks.  And I still use them from time to time.  But once I started crocheting for my business, my hands would get tired and crampy sometimes.  Especially when I was working on a large wholesale order!  That's when I asked for the first set of larger handle hooks.  Whether it's the less expensive set with rubber grips or the more expensive Clover brand hooks - these are pretty much a requirement for me these days!




Stitch Markers
I do a LOT of crocheting in the round, making stitch markers absolutely necessary!  I would love a pretty set of stitch markers.  I see so many beautiful ones on Etsy, Pinterest, and Instagram.  But I am constantly misplacing them and would be heartbroken to lose those.  So, I stick to the simple plastic ones for now.




Tape Measure and Sewing Gauge
Whether it's sizing hats or measuring and blocking washcloths, I am constantly reaching for one or the other.  My tape measure is another one of those things I always seemed to be misplacing.  Until my awesome hubby gave me the 3' tape measure with the keyring which now stays attached to my project bag.





Last, but not least...  Coffee!
I know, I know.  It's not exactly a crochet related item.  But it's my go to energy drink.  Whether it's getting me started in the morning, or helping me get through a late night work session.  And how pretty is that pottery mug?  (another gift from The Man of the House from Squeaky Wheel Pottery located in the River Arts District of Asheville) 



Based on how many of my "must have" items were gifts from the Man of the House - maybe I should include him on this list!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Easter Crochet Inspiration

Last month, I shared some beautiful Celtic inspired crochet designs in honor of St Patrick's Day.  It only seems fitting that for April I should show you some equally lovely Easter crochet patterns I have discovered from around the interwebs!

Easter just isn't Easter without a chocolate bunny (or two)!  But if you're trying to lose a few pounds like me - it's just too tempting to have the real thing around.  Fortunately, this crocheted version by Doni Speigle has all the charm, without the calories.


Pattern Available - HERE or HERE




Another Easter "must have" is the stuffed bunny.  And I am completely infatuated with this "Angie Bunny" by Crochet Objet.  As if she's just not pretty enough just as she is - there's also a free dress pattern for her available on the website! 

Angie Bunny Pattern Available - HERE



We can't forget the real Reason for the Holiday.  For a pretty reminder - make this delicate Easter Cross!

Free Pattern - HERE



What's cuter than a little pair of bunny slippers?  This pair by Knot Your Nana's Crochet are just too cute for words!  I just wish the pattern as available in larger sizes so I could make a pair for the grand kid (or myself!)




If you're feeling a little more ambitious, you could try your hand at this crochet Easter Egg wreath! 

Free Pattern Available HERE



I'm not 100% sure this blanket qualifies as an Easter project, but it has bunnies.  And it's just TOO cute not to include!! 

Pattern Available at redheart.com

Have you made any cute Easter crafts? Or seen any patterns that you loved and were inspired by? I'd love for you to share a link in the comments so we can see them!


Friday, March 24, 2017

Out with the Old, In with the New!

It's officially Spring!  Which means spring cleaning.  That includes inventory here at the Hive! In with the old to make room for the new.  And that means a Spring Clearance Sale! 

This weekend only (March 24 - 26, 2017), all items in the SALE section of the shop are now 75% OFF original pricing! 

https://www.etsy.com/shop/queenbsbusywork?section_id=12626378
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Get 'em fast - when they're gone, they're gone.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Only 4 Left!

Queen B's cotton bath puffs and washcloths have been through some changes! They are now available in a softer, more luxurious cotton and all new colors.

As a result, I am clearing out all the remaining stock of the original cotton bath puffs at the clearance price of only $6 each! 

https://www.etsy.com/shop/QueenBsBusyWork?ref=hdr_shop_menu&section_id=12626378


There are only 4 left; and when they're gone - they're GONE! 

Grab yours today!  They can be found in the SALE section of the shop.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/QueenBsBusyWork?ref=hdr_shop_menu&section_id=12626378

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Celtic Crochet

March always sets my mind to Spring, Easter, and St. Patrick's Day.  The shop is slowly filling with some fun Easter items I have created.  But we'll talk about that soon.  Today, in honor of St Patrick's day, I want to share some beautiful Celtic inspired crochet designs which I have come across recently.



If you're looking for a basic four leaf clover, check out this pattern from Quiet Raine Knits.  It would be adorable on a pin or barrette. Or use it as an appliqué on a tote bag or an article of clothing.

Pattern Available HERE

Another lovely piece is this Celtic Knot Bracelet by Jennifer E. Ryan.  I love this piece and might have to make one for myself before the 17th! 

Pattern Available as a Free Ravelry Download HERE

While you're at it, she has a lot of gorgeous designs! Check out her blog at Celtic Knot Crochet.

For the tiniest of those who will be wearing the green, this Celtic Dream Bonnet is a must make.  I get a little bit of a grand baby craving every time I look at it!  Maybe I could convince the grand kid to wear it.  He's only 5.  No?  Too bad!  I mean, seriously...  does it get much cuter than this?? 

Celtic Dream Bonnet Pattern HERE

There are also matching beanie and cowl patterns for the older family members!

Or, you could make this beautiful Celtic Winter Cowl by Left in Knots as a little something special for yourself (or someone else)



Last, is this stunning shrug pattern (also by Jennifer E. Ryan!). I can just imagine a beautiful Celtic bride wearing it on her special day. 

Free Pattern HERE

This is just a handful of the amazing patterns I found to inspire my creativity this March.
Which is your favorite?



Have a BEEautiful day,

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Show Your Skin Some Love


*** UPDATE *** This sale has ended. 

This Weekend Only: FREE SHIPPING on all cotton facial rounds!  (No coupon code.  No minimum order)

https://www.etsy.com/listing/193323871/

Queen B's cotton facial rounds are soft on your delicate facial skin, yet durable enough to stand up use after use. Pamper your beautiful face while using them for makeup remover, toner, or face wash. The texture created by hand crocheting provides gentle, natural exfoliation to scrub away impurities.

100% cotton, machine washable, reusable and eco-friendly.

Cotton facial rounds make a lovely addition to a spa/bath basket. Or keep them to pamper yourself!


Have a BEEautiful weekend,
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Friday, February 17, 2017

It's a SURPRISE Sale!!


*** UPDATE *** This sale has ended. 


That's right - FREE SHIPPING on all cotton Spa Bath Sets and Bath Puffs! 




Free Shipping applies to standard shipping within the US for select items.


https://www.etsy.com/listing/255727131/
https://www.etsy.com/listing/255727131/

Ends Monday February 20, 2016

https://www.etsy.com/listing/230562415/
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Have a BEEautiful Weekend,

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