Ramadan 2019 is almost here and I have some great products lined up!
Here you can find all of my products together with a brief description and a link to purchase!
If you are looking for decor to go with the purple Ramadan theme or in your Ramadan kid’s corner, I have made these simple crescent moon wall hangings. The smaller one is 8.5 by 6.5 in. and the bigger one us 16 x 9.5 in. including fringe. They each come ready to hang with a wooden dowel. You can purchase these here!
My favorite of my Ramadan 2019 products is this traditional looking colorful vest along with a matching kufi prayer hat with gold trimming. The vest is available in a 2-3 year size and the kufi hats are available in 2 to 4 year and 5 to 7 year sizes. They are both made with a cotton and polyester blend yarn which makes them soft and breathable. You can purchase the kufi hats here and the vest here. It can also be purchased as a set for under $40, just enter the code KUFIANDVEST at checkout.
I also have 100% cotton kufi hats as part of my Ramadan 2019 line up. These are super soft and breathable. They also come in 2 to 4 year and 5 to 7 year sizes. I have limited quantities in this style! You can purchase these here.
If you are looking for a small but meaningful gift, I also have bookmarks available with beautiful tassels for holding your place while doing spiritual readings. The crochet bookmark can be made in various colors! You can purchase these here.
Jewelry for Ramadan 2019 and Eid Parties for Moms!
I also have a couple of Eid products for ladies. If you’re looking for simple Eid jewelry you can get these mini tassel hoops (buy here) or long tassel earrings (buy here) for $12.00 per pair. If you purchase two pairs, you can get them for $10.20 each over here.
Currently I have some great discounts on these products as well as free US shipping and a local Mississauga pick-up option until April 17th! You can shop all items over in my Etsy shop.
Gifts for makers – I have compiled a list of things makers would love to get as gifts. First, I have a few gifts for makers made by other makers. A few people I have been following on Instagram for a while have great products! Second, I have a few gift options available through Amazon (most of them have Prime 2-day shipping available). These are great quick buys if you are running low on time! Lastly, I have a few self-care gift ideas for fellow Mama Makers!
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Gifts for Makers by Makers
Are you looking for some awesome gifts for makers? Read on to see some great options, some of these are available on Amazon Prime!
Simple Tunisian Washcloth Kits
I have some beginner-friendly Tunisian crochet washcloth kits in my Etsy shop that would be perfect as gifts for someone who would like to learn Tunisian crochet! You can read more about the kits and grab one HERE.
Kristina of Miramar Woods makes beautiful hand-carved wooden crochet hooks from reclaimed fallen eucalyptus branches from sizes 4 mm and up. She has limited quantities available for Christmas pre-order but she usually has 20 spots available per month! These are gorgeous and make for environmentally friendly gifts for makers in your life! Check out her Etsy shop here.
Project Bags by Sour Bags and Totes
Kasey from Sour Bags and Totes has an amazing selection with super trendy bags that are big enough to hold a couple of wips and all of your essentials!
This is a one of a kind crossbody fold over zipper bag, made from upcycled cotton fabric and other reused materials. It features pockets on the inside, an adjustable cotton webbing strap in navy blue and a zipper top that folds over.
Size: 14.5″ x 14″ ( folded) —> Unfolded: 14.5″ x 19.5″ STRAP LENGTH FULLY EXTENDED: 53.75″ STRAP LENGTH AT ITS SHORTEST: 32″
I love these shirts with crafty sayings by Tori from Little Birdie Design Studio! She is a fellow Ohio gal who has a great selection of cute maker-wear!
Calling all Yarn Lovers… stay comfy while working on your next project in this slinky jersey tee. Featured in Ash Heather or White. This tee is a slightly looser fit in a soft and slightly sheer fabric, creating a vintage-inspired style.
I mean come on, we all need a shirt to wear while we knitflix/crochetflix. Get this shirt here and support this awesome maker.
Maker Apparel by My Dear Knot
This is one of my favorite shirts by Jess from My Dear Knot! She is a fellow mama maker who has a great selection of cute maker-wear!
I mean come on, we all need a shirt to wear while we knitflix/crochetflix. Shop My Dear Knot collection of maker apparel HERE and support this awesome maker.
Stitch Markers by Mark my Stitches
My friend Hulya over at Mark My Stitches has these amazing designer stitch markers that make for a perfect gift!
Here is her Bead Hugging Snag Free Stitch Marker Collection: Colorful Parrot
Treat yourself or a knitting friend with these adorable and versatile markers. This delightful range will make your knitting more joyful and unique. Handcrafted from a choice of glass pearl or glass crystal beads and lightweight anodized aluminum wire. This beautiful set comes with 8 markers and a gorgeous matching enamel and colorful parrot charm progress keeper.
Available in two sizes: – Up to 5mm needle – Up to 8mm needle.
Comes with a handy storage tin to pop into your project bag
My friend Saiqa of Sew Chicky by Sai has these super cute and comfy tees with great sayings on them. How cute is her tag-line: “At Sew Chicky by Sai we say it with tee-tastic tees!”?
This line of funny, motivational graphic t-shirts are great for the people on your list who have it all, the comedians, or those who are just plain tricky to shop for. They come in a variety of customizable colors and sizes. These are soft unisex jersey shirts. They have a boyfriend/looser fit.
Have a phrase in mind but don’t see it listed? Send her a message, she will happily offer customization services.
She’s also offering all of you 15% off with the coupon code noorsknits and all items are currently standard free shipping!
Here are two of my faves which I recently bought! Click here to shop her collection!
TLYarncrafts Merch for Makers
You all know how much I love Toni! She has such a great selection of Merch for makers! Go check it out HERE.
The Wool Jeanie is an amazing new must-have accessory for knitters and crocheters! A yarn holder with a difference, the Wool Jeanie has a unique design. Its small magnet attachment allows your ball of yarn to hang freely, whilst gently spinning. This allows the yarn to unwind at the same rate as you knit or crochet – meaning a tangle-free, easy knitting or crochet experience!
The Gemstone Collection by CroChic Styles® is their newest line of crochet hooks that will be available regularly throughout the year. These crochet hooks will be based on widely known gemstones throughout the world.
Each month, they will release a “Gemstone” from the “vault”. These hooks will be made of a solid color that best represents the color of the gemstone.
IPWF Small Patch Tote makes for the perfect everyday grab-and-go small project tote. You’ll easily pack a current small WIP and essentials with ease. This tote features (2) large exterior pockets, (1) interior zipper compartment, and (1) additional pocket.
IPWF Small Corduroy Protect Tote is an Original Limited Edition design by IPWF.
The body is made from 100% Superwash Wool hand dyed. Each bag is unique and cannot be replicated. Each side of the bag looks different. The lining is made from 100% cotton. The bottoms are water resistant linen. Each bag has one inside pocket, drawstrings and a handle.
Reshma creates the most beautiful stitch markers and jewelry! Be sure to check out her gorgeous collection and these would make for the perfect gift!
Gifts for Makers – Quick Buys on Amazon
Here are a few smaller items that I think are an investment and would be appreciated by any maker! They are available through Amazon and most of them with Prime 2-day shipping! Click on the pictures to buy!
The Ultimate Knitting Book by Vogue is pretty much like an encyclopedia of knitting and how to design knitwear. It includes so much valuable information whether you’re starting off or an advanced knitter!
The Tunisian Crochet Workshop by Michelle Robinsonis a great starter book for learning Tunisian Crochet and includes some fun projects. More than that, it is so colorful and fun. Honestly, this book just makes me happy every time I look at it.
Blocking Mats by Humble Crafter – I bought these blocking mats a while ago and I thought it was a great set because it came with 1 retractable measuring tape and 1 box of T-pins.
One of the best gifts for makers, especially mama makers, is the gift of TIME. If you know a fellow mama maker who lives close by – spend some time with her kids while she works. Treat her to a day off by gifting her a spa session or manicure and pedicure. If you’re not able to do that, you can gift her some self-care items. I think this is something I have been forgetting to do lately and sometimes simple gifts can act as a reminder. Here are a few of my favorites:
My favorite hand lotion – Glysomed Hand Lotion – I apply it right before sleeping and it does wonders. I wake up with super soft hands! You can find it on Amazon by clicking the link below.
My favorite mask – Mask of Magnanimity from Lush Cosmetics. Yes, the same one that turns me into “Oscalagrouch” as Bubs says =). This mask always makes me feel so refreshed like I have had a long nap and am ready to take on the world!
Lastly, we all need more yarn in our lives, amirite? You can grab a gift card from JoAnn, Michaels, or an LYS!
The bullying started for me when I was in elementary school. I was the new overtly different kid since I was the only Indian girl in my class. People didn’t sit next to me. They told me “I smelled gross”. They laughed at me and in front of me. Then, the struggle in middle school was to fit in while in that awkward phase of transitioning into my adolescent self. The self that hurt more because I understood more about myself and about life in general. This was the first time I was physically hurt by someone and then it happened again a few times in high school.
Self-Negativity Born from Hateful Speech
But you know what? It’s not the physical assaults that hurt. I survived those because those wounds healed with time but what I was left with were the real scars. I was left with the scars of negativity: negative views about myself, my life, and about who I was. When someone says hurtful things about you, the words imprint on your mind. The more you think about those things, you start internalizing that hateful speech.
Having my own child, it scares me immensely because he could also be on the receiving end of bullying once he starts school. I pray to God that he isn’t but it is a very real possibility. I remember when I was bullied, I did not want to tell my parents because I was shocked, embarrassed, and confused. That’s why, as a parent, it is so important to be aware and pick up on signs that your child is being bullied. Here’s an article by stopbullying.gov that outlines some of the signs that a child is being bullied. As parents, the best thing we can do is learn these signs and watch for them!
Support the Cause – Anti-Bullying Efforts
Today, on World Day of Bullying Prevention, I stand with Lion Brand Yarn in their support for anti-bullying with their #HatNotHate campaign for the Stomp Out Bullying Campaign. When I heard about this initiative I knew I had to help! I made a few blue hats for donation and I also made some for my own little family. Here we are sporting our #hatnothate hats.
If you’d like to support this cause. You can go donate today and/or wear blue to show your support! But before you head over there, let me know what you are doing now to prevent bullying.
I sat down with my Tunisian crochet hook and Fall on my mind and before I knew it, I had crocheted up a creamsicle. Read more about my inspiration behind this design over here.
I used Big Twist Baby Yarn which is now, unfortunately, discontinued. Does anyone else feel like a lot of good yarns are very transitional? How do you manage to work with these types of yarns/keep the inspiration alive? I honestly loved this yarn. It was super soft and worked up very nicely! Oh well, I do still have some left in other colors! This was a size 4 worsted weight yarn most comparable to Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Choice yarn or Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn.
Crochet Squares and Joining
I was able to crochet up each square in about 15 minutes and really found the repetitive nature of the pattern soothing! I am also a sucker for symmetry and this pattern delivered! After completing each square, I tried to weave in ends as I went and it really helped! Once I completed all twelve of the squares, I had a hard time figuring out how I should join them. I wondered if I should crochet all of them together or if I should sew them together! I tried both and found that crocheting the squares vertically and then sewing rows together worked best for this pattern since my bind off was too tight to get the crochet hook through the loops at the top of each square.
I also added a zig-zag stitch like effect horizontally with the stick color for the area where I had sewn the rows together since it looked too bare and lacked the grid-like pattern I was going for. Then I finished off with a simple border using the stick color. I was thinking of doing a multi-colored border but decided the contrast of the stick color would look better! The last step was to block. I initially tried to block each square as I went but I just got too lazy and ended up blocking the whole blanket row by row after joining all of the squares!
If you are interested in the pattern, I will be releasing it very soon! It has been sent out for testing! You can join my mailing list here to get all of my updates and find out when I release the pattern!
Anyone else feeling like we’re in a limbo between summer and fall? Here I am wearing my buffalo plaid pajamas and joining the squares for my Creamsicle Crochet Baby Blanket. I recently finished making it and I am so excited because it is finally ready for testing!
This is a fun crochet baby blanket pattern that uses the Tunisian crochet colorwork technique over twelve squares. Each square measures about 7 x 8 in. and works up quickly with worsted weight yarn! It can easily be adjusted to make a bigger or smaller blanket by adding or removing squares! This pattern includes video references for how to do Tunisian crochet colorwork and how to change colors from TL Yarn Crafts Sweet Gingham Baby Blanket Pattern. The best part is that the creamsicles can be pretty much any color, the possibilities are endless!
Read more about my inspiration for this design here. If you like the pattern, fill out this pattern tester application and I’ll take a look! Testers will be notified within the next 2 weeks! Let me know if you have any questions via e-mail [email protected] or in the comments below! Before you go anywhere, let me know which one you prefer, lime or orange creamsicle? I love oranges so you know which one is my favorite!