Ivory Cotton Barefoot Sandal

Carefree summer days are perfect for bare toes in the grass and sand, but sometimes you want a little something special for those bare feet.  Enter the barefoot sandal with a loop that goes around your toe and long ties to wrap around your ankle.  They could also be used to jazz up a simple pair of dress shoes any time of year.

The intricate loops of this pair are crocheted in a fine ivory cotton thread.  The neutral ivory color would complement a summer tan and any carefree outfit or beach attire.

I would love to make sets of these to match the colors of a beach wedding.

You can check out this item here in my Etsy shop or contact me for a custom order.

These are made from the versatile pattern provided by Julie King / Gleeful Things at http://www.gleefulthings.com.

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Yellow and Blue Cotton Baby Cloche with Bow

There are some color combinations that always make me happy.  This fresh combination of yellow and blue is one of those.  It reminds me of tea and little cakes served on fine china.  I think that the colors really come together well with this hat pattern to make an elegant statement for a sweet little baby.

The cotton yarn holds the stitch definition very well to show off the understated lace pattern bedecked by the over sized bow.

This hat is perfectly sized for about a 3-6 month baby and would be a perfect choice for a summer or spring baby.

You can find the hat here in my Etsy shop.

The pattern is designed by Jan Munroe and can be found in her Ravelry Shop.  I was happy to serve as a pattern tester for this sweet little number.

Silky Sugar Cane Lace Scarf Perfect For Warm Weather

If you knit or crochet for any length of time, you quickly discover that skeins of yarn just find their way into your life.  You really can’t help it when they are calling out to you either with their beautiful colors or unique fibers.  That was the case when one day I came across a skein of Araucania Ruca Multy yarn.  This unique yarn is spun from sugar cane fiber.  Araucania yarns take their inspiration from ancient South American crafts and are naturally kettle dyed which means that each skein of yarn is unique.  I couldn’t resist purchasing this skein of spun sugar cane yarn in a tonal color blend reminiscent of brown sugar.

I decided to combine the glistening beauty of this silky yarn with the lovely Wabenschal lace pattern created by Birgit Freyer.

Isn’t amazing how this:

Image By Rufino Uribe (caña de azúcar) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Can become this?

This 80″ scarf is the perfect accessory for a warm day that slowly cools into the dusky evening.  The neutral palette will work with almost any ensemble.

I love how the lace pattern is knit on the bias with the diamonds disappearing off the edges of the scarf.

You can find the listing for this item here in my Etsy shop.

American Flag Cuff Bracelet – 100% American Made

Not surprisingly, I have a soft spot for American Made.  The prices are higher of course, so I take a deep breath and have to really consider the object of my desire which isn’t really a bad thing.  Isn’t it wiser to really consider an object and if the value it will add to your life whether in form or function is really worth the monetary cost rather than impulsive?

So, my love of American made and my tendency to cry readily upon hearing Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” found their perfect union when I came across the Americana Wrist Cuff pattern by Cirilia Rose and published by Skacel.  I adored the texture created by simple garter stitch and relished the opportunity to finally learn color work techniques.

When I looked up the recommended yarn and discovered it was a 100% sheep to shop made in America, the idea coalesced to create these bracelets for sale in my shop as a completely American made and sourced product.  I wrote to Skacel and obtained permission to craft these bracelets for sale.

The wool yarn that I use for these bracelets is also by Skacel and is called American B.R.A.N.D (Born, Raised and Naturally Dyed) and is 100% American sourced and made.  Skacel sources the wool from Rambouillet flocks that roam farmland from Montana to Texas and spins it into yarn in Pennsylvania.  Then in North Carolina the yarn is dyed using all natural materials such as indigo and various nuts, roots, fruits and flowers.

The last element that I needed to find for this project was the perfect button.  These cuffs deserved something special, and after much searching I found the perfect fit.  I discovered Buttonwood Corporation, a family owned button manufacturer that has been operating in Brooklyn, New York since 1939.  Not only are they Veteran owned, they are committed to paying fair wages and ensuring the health of our planet by having three trees planted for every two harvested for their materials.  I chose to use one of their red white and blue stained laminated wood buttons for my cuff bracelets.  The dyed laminate carries on the Americana theme and the wood is harvested near Rutland, Vermont.

Once all my elements were in place, the fun part of the actual knitting could begin!  These cuffs are knit on tiny #2 (2.75mm) knitting needles.  My first go quickly became quite the tangled mess, as I learned how to maneuver three balls of yarn in the colorwork pattern.  After the first, I quickly learned that slow and steady does indeed win the race, as I pause to keep my yarn skeins separated with each turn; a little care as you go definitely spares you some headaches of untangling the skeins at the end.  I also ended up modifying the pattern after my first prototype to utilize two buttons per cuff instead of one because I did not like the way that one button pulled and distorted the button band.

For my items listed as custom orders in my shop, I knit up the flag portion of the cuff and one side of the button band.  I leave the other side to be knit once the customer has told me their desired length to fit their arm snugly.  By having an inventory of the bracelets partially finished, I can speed up my turn around time for when a customer orders a custom piece.  I also occasionally knit some through completion and list them separately in my shop for the customer who wants a ready made piece.

The flag portion of the bracelet measures 4.25 by 3.25 inches with slight variations as each is made individually by hand.

If your bracelet needs cleaning or if it has stretch over time and you want to return it its original dimensions, simply wash by hand in cool water, gently press it dry and then reshape to dry flat.  (DO NOT WRING IT or you may cause the fibers to felt together!)

They really are the perfect accessory for patriotic events and people.  They are substantial enough in size that they even appeal to men (my husband has been known to wear one upon occasion.)

You can find all the bracelets currently available in the Jewelry Section of my Etsy Shop.

Do What You Love

I’m excited to have a platform again with which I can share my creations and build my business into the future.

I welcome you to The Knot Haus, my little corner store in the virtual world.  Run your fingers through the fibers – wools, silks, cottons, and even sugar cane to name just a few.  Share your favorite inspiration Pins to see what I can create for you…a funky, trendy baby hat or an heirloom piece that will still be treasured generations from now.

I never imagined that I would be an entrepreneur.  The idea always appealed to me, but I could not visualize what value I could add to the world.  Then my hobby of knitting and crocheting began to take on a life of its own as friends and family began requesting more and more items, and my little business was born.  I am focused on slow and steady growth as I craft each item by hand.  My items are created with great care for those who appreciate the unique nature of hand made goods and want an item that you just can’t run in and pick up at a department store.

I hope to create a gallery space to showcase my finished objects and give you a glimpse into the work that goes into creating these items stitch by loving stitch.

Isabella Bonnet