Saturday, February 9, 2013

We've Moved!

NeoGrandma crochet patterns have moved to Twig & String.  Click below to check it out...and don't forget to save it to your favorites!


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Snow Leopard Paws

Today I worked extra hard to test and finalize the sweet fingerless mitts that are pictured with the Eskimo Hooded Cowl.  They are so fluffy and cuddly I thought it would be fun to give them a cute name.  So, may I introduce to you the newest member of my pattern shop: Snow Leopard Paws.










Saturday, January 19, 2013

Thank You All So Much!

I have had the wonderful opportunity to teach Tunisian crochet at my local yarn shop, Knit Together in Exeter, CA.  Sadly, today was my last day teaching at that location since the yarn shop will be closing soon.  Today I taught four lovely and talented women how to make the Tunisian Bias Sampler Shawl and it made me realize what I'm most passionate about in all my crafting...teaching others to love it too!  So, I want to put this out to anyone who is interested in learning how to crochet (Tunisian or otherwise)...I would LOVE to teach you!!!  Any pattern that I have available for sale in my pattern shop can be turned into a class.  If you are interested in learning how to Tunisian crochet please, please e-mail me!  If you have any questions on a pattern that you bought from me...please, please e-mail me!

Tunisian Bias Sampler Shawl - Tunisian Crochet Pattern

Friday, November 23, 2012

New Pattern - Icelandic Tunisian Cable Scarf

I'm so excited to introduce a brand new pattern to you....the Icelandic Cable Scarf.

For so long I've been disappointed with crochet "cables" (really it's just front post stitches pretending to be cables).  You can imagine my excitement when I found out that there actually is a way to gorgeous puffy stitches that look very similar to knitted cables with my crochet hook!  What's the secret?  My newly beloved, Tunisian Crochet.
If you are unfamiliar with Tunisian crochet I HIGHLY recommend you check it out.  It is SO much easier than it's fancy name leads on (especially if you are already a crocheter or knitter).  Hop on over to YouTube right now and type in Tunisian Crochet Simple Stitch to see what I'm talking about (hopefully someday I will be leading you to a NeoGrandma YouTube video...but don't let me hold you back). What'd you think?  So easy right?!  I used the Tunisian Simple Stitch throughout the scarf so that all of your concentration can be focused on working the cables (dropping several stitches, working a few more, then returning the dropped stitches back on the hook).  I hope you will agree that the result is far better than traditional crochet "cables"!






Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Trunk Show

CHANGE OF DATE!  THE TRUNK SHOW WILL NOW BE HELD ON TUESDAY, 12/4/12!

I'm having my very first trunk show this winter to sell some of my finished NeoGrandma goods.  I'm so excited I haven't been able to put down my crochet hook!  My focus is still on making new patterns (designing new things is what really excites me) and encouraging those who like my items to pick a pattern, grab a hook and try making it themselves; but it's nice to have non-crocheters want to sport some NeoGrandma as well.  Another exciting part about this trunk show is that NeoGrandma will be donating 20% of the proceeds to Jon Stemkoski's Celebrant Singers - an international music and missions ministry.

Friday, November 16, 2012

New Product Photos

On Monday morning just after dawn my best friend (model), sister-in-law (photographer), daughter (helper), and I packed up some of my cozy samples and headed out to the old Foundry to shoot some knock out photos for my upcoming crochet patterns (and some of my old ones too!).  I'm so blessed to have such amazing friends and family who are willing & excited (not to mention GORGEOUS & TALENTED!) to help me out with this!  We couldn't believe how many great backgrounds there were at the old Foundry.  It really looked as if we hit several spots in one day.  The weather was amazing...freezing and sunny - just right for modeling cozy accessories.  Here are a few of my favorite photos.  I'll post more as I publish the patterns.

Lace & Loops Neckwarmer

Autumn Leaves Cowl

Eskimo Kisses Hooded Cowl & Snow Leopard Paws

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Teaching Tunisian Crochet

Learn How To Tunisian Crochet With Me!

Have you ever heard of Tunisian Crochet?  Some say it is a blend of crochet and knitting but I have to categorize it all on it's own.  Although you use a hook as in crochet, you keep your stitches on the hook as you work across the row.  You then finish the stitches by working back down the row to your starting point.  The result is a rather dense fabric (great for cozy winter garments) and SO many stitch designs and options.  I've been captured by this technique ever since I discovered it and now I have the opportunity to teach it to you!!  You will have the opportunity to learn 6 of my favorite Tunisian crochet stitches and used a large hook to create a medium weight triangle shawl.  The actual shawl pictured is at Knit Together in Exeter, CA so you can really get a feel for what you'll be learning and creating.  The details are below but you will need to hop in to Knit Together to register and pick up your yarn and hook before we begin.

Tunisian Crochet Class
March 17, 2012
Taught by Stephanie Sario
Cost: $40 (includes class, yarn, & Tunisian crochet hook)

Friday, March 2, 2012

Three for Two - March Discount

I couldn't be more thrilled with your response to the I Heart Patterns sale!  So thrilled in fact that I have decided to provide a new promotional discount every month!  Without further adieu, I bring you March's NeoGrandma discount...


Tomorrow I will unveil an exciting new opportunity for NeoGrandma & you along with...could it finally be?....a New Pattern! 

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Rain, Rain, Won't You Stay?



I'm glad to report that we are FINALLY getting some wetness here in the usually sunny Exeter, Ca.  The poor ground was just begging for a little drink.  And although my kids are already running circles around the house I'm excited to spend a rainy day inside with the heater on, movie playing, and a crochet project in my lap. 

I've attached a little sneak peek at what I'm working on right now.  For those of you who crochet, this is a little Tunisian stitch that I discovered and can't wait to put in a pattern!  I just love all the different directions that are happening with this piece...you've got the amazing horizontal color changes (thank you Noro yarn...soooo beautiful!), the diagonal stitches that pop out on top, and the horizontal tracks in the back that hold it all together.  So cool.  (Eeek, I can just picture my husband rolling his eyes, smiling, and saying with all the love in his heart "you're such a yarn nerd"!)

I hope this brings some color and inspiration into your day.  Talk soon, but for now, enjoy the rain (I know I will!)!!


Saturday, February 4, 2012

I HEART PATTERNS

NeoGrandma is offering a LOVEly promotion through February:  All Patterns Just $.99!!

Yay, I just love promos!  There are really several reasons for celebration:

#1  It's February...the month of love!  Or maybe it's just the month of hearts.  Seriously, I see hearts everywhere I go!  Either way, I'm happy to jump right in.

#2  Have you heard of Craftsy?  It's this fairly new awesome website where you can find how-to's and classes on just about anything you can think of in the craft universe.  Well, they recently added a section for...you guessed it...PATTERNS!  Yippee!  Naturally I jumped right into this as well.  Go check it out, I think you will find it very interesting: NeoGrandma's Craftsy Pattern Store.

#3  NeoGrandma's blog is getting a face lift!  I'm working with Stephanie G Designs to create a lovely new look.  I can't wait to get it up!

#4  Have any of you noticed the weather lately?!  Here in the central valley we have been experiencing some beautiful spring sunshine and crisp breezes.  It's the perfect combination for some serious inspiration.  My hooks have been flying (I've got so many ideas and projects going I had to buy some more hooks! haha) and I WILL get some new patterns out soon.  I bought myself a daily planner as things seem to keep speeding up and piling on.  Hopefully this will get me organized and on top of actually finishing something I've started.  I've already noticed slight improvement so we will see if it lasts.

Although I could go on and on about things that I'm celebratory about, I'll spare you.  For now:
Happy Heart Month!!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Spring Fever...Already?!

Ok, so I know it's not quite spring yet but with the weather we have been having lately (sun-shiney days with a cool breeze and some showers blowing in this weekend), who can't help but catch a little spring fever?!  I know I sure have.  So I thought it was time to spruce up my shop & blog (notice the new banner?), my patterns, and the NeoGrandma logo.  I'm so excited to show you!  Ok, here goes:

Haha, now that I put it there it doesn't look that different!  With the little design added to NeoGrandma, I am able to shorten my logo to fit it on small spaces...like so:


Oh, how cute!  What do you think?


Coming up:
The next phase in my (soon-to-be) spring cleaning is introducing new items and patterns to my shop.  I have tons of winter items that I've created but haven't quite finished writing and formatting the pattern to.  I'm pretty sure I'll still put them up in my shop since we really do have a few months of winter left.  Plus, it's never too soon to start making some cozy items and gifts for next year!  I've actually picked up some knitting needles and have started my very first knit design!  Let's see if I'm able to finish it. ;)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Snow Bunnies


Soft Merino wool, soft warm fur...come over and meet the Snow Bunny Cowl.




      

Friday, October 14, 2011

In The Works

Do you crochet?  I do, and I've decided it's time for NeoGrandma to spread the love!  I'm working on putting several of my designs (including some crochet jewelry pieces) into patterns to share with all through my Etsy shop.  Here is what is in the lineup:

* Braided Cowl (Infinity Scarf)
* Any Way Wrap
* Lovers Knot Cowl
* Lovers Knot Neckwarmer
* Autumn Leaves Neckwarmer
* Chevron (Necklace)
* Dimensional Flower (Necklace & Earrings)

For now, please enjoy my very first pattern (winner of the Knitting Daily "Tahki Yarns Color Play Challenge"!),


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Hi, Welcome To My Booth!

This past weekend NeoGrandma set up shop at the Exeter Fall Festival.  This was officially my first festival booth and I must say that it will not be the last!  What a blast it was to talk to so many people, hear some great feedback, and sell some handmade NeoGrandma items!  Thank you to all my friends and family who came by to show support.  Thank you, Samantha (my talented sister-in-law) for taking some great photos and for staying with me almost all day!

If you weren't able to make it out there, here's a little "Hello" from my booth:


Infinity Scarves (Cowls) & Any Way Wraps pictured above.  My darling husband forgot to load the display for my Braided Cowls so we didn't get a picture of those.  You'll have to stop by my next booth to check them out! :)

Necklaces!  All handmade, all one-of-a-kind!

Earrings!

More Earrings!

Fun triple layer flower earrings.  These were the first crochet earrings to go!

Note: Not all of these items have been photographed and listed in my Etsy Shop.  If you are interested in something here but don't see it in the shop, just e-mail me or send me a conversation on Etsy and I'll let you know if it is still available for purchase. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Awesome Autumn

I don't know about you but I LOVE fall.  I love feeling the weather change, watching the days shorten, and witnessing the trees shed their leaves.  Although fall isn't quite here yet, I can feel it coming in the cool morning breeze and the smell of the Eucalyptus trees surrounding my home bringing to mind the season and holidays ahead.  I always want to start my Christmas shopping around this time of year.  Spreading out the cost, reducing the stress, and taking time to find the perfect gift is my goal every year.  Not that I'm successful, not in the slightest.  But I thought I would try and help you out this year by giving you a little incentive: 

25% off all items for your shoulders and neck at NeoGrandma for the month of September!
Enter code AUTUMN0911 at checkout.

ENJOY!

Monday, August 29, 2011

A Lacy Autumn

Having some fun while my hubby tries taking pictures of me...in the house.  Yay, air conditioning!

  Above is the new Convertible Lovers Knot Cowl in Plum.  I love this color and I love this yarn.  It's single-ply (only one twist) so you can really see the beautiful stitches.  The name comes from the Lovers Knot or Solomon Stitch used to make this piece.  You can wear this as a cowl like I am above, you can pull it down over your shoulders as a little poncho (pretty!), or you can put it over your head to keep in that warmth on a cold day.  I'm totally keeping this one (seriously, I'm keeping this one...you get a brand new one from my shop :).

This is the Lovers Knot Neckwarmer.  It's about half the size of the Cowl for those who aren't as into the over sized scarves.  You can see more of the lacework and it keeps your neck so warm.
 Another ultimately awesome thing about these two beauties is that I can make them in a plethora of colors! 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Baubles & Chains Necklace
Just added to my shop yesterday: For a little romance and vintage(ish) style, I give you the Baubles & Chains Necklace

I actually made this necklace while on a camping trip my grandmother, Grami and all the other girlies in my family.  I brought the yarn in hopes of becoming inspired.  We stopped at a craft store on our way to the woods and I found the lavender gems.  The wheels began to turn.  I nabbed the silver wire from my (amazingly talented) aunt and got cooking...errr crocheting.  By the time I was done with the wire strand my fingers were so raw that I couldn't make anything else for the whole day!  I think my little fingertips made a good sacrifice, don't you?  

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Taking it Outside

Keeping an extra wary eye out for snakes and critters, I put on my boots and tromped through the weeds to find the perfect spot to photograph the Any Way Wrap in Oatmeal.  Here is what came of my bravery (the rattle snakes are at a high this year), muscles (I moved the props all by myself!), and sweat (it was in the high 90's when I began this adventure):


I thought this photo was extra fitting for this post seeing as how I look a little dead.  Each photo I took manually.  I would push the button and have 10 seconds to run over rocky terrain, plop in the chair and try to pose.  Then, up again, back to the camera, push the button and huff, huff, huff, plop, click.  Phew!  Hopefully the beauty of the wrap was captured.  It really is a lovely piece.  Freshly listed in my shop.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Braided Cowl in Ivory

Just added this Ivory Braided Cowl to my Etsy shop.  Something about the light color makes it more appealing in the heat.  Still as warm as ever...I would save this one for those cool mornings or breezy evenings in this heat.
I just read an Etsy blog about not taking photos in the harsh noon sun.  Seeing as how that would probably be the only time I would be able to take any photos at all today, I gave it a shot.  The photos aren't bad when in the solid shade of our pretty pepper tree, but I do love the warm, romantic light of a setting sun.  Can't be beat.  
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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Adventures with Tripod

The Braided Cowl in just a few of the colors I have to offer in my shop.
Taking product photos that are of the quality and look that I want has proven to be harder than I originally thought.  My camera is nice, although somewhat old, and I have (at least I thought) interesting ideas on the way I want my items displayed and portrayed.  Well, after hours spent setting up and shooting, I had only a few photos that I wouldn't be embarrassed to share.  No need to feel down, photography skills can improve and the quality of the item is there just waiting to be captured.

Braided Cowl in Wine
Now, on to the next problem...How can one get an idea of what something will look like, how it will drape, what options are available and so on if there isn't a photo of someone actually wearing the garment?!  So, I recruited my husband to take the photos and I would (rather reluctantly but for lack of options) be the "model".  There are two problems with this solution.  First of all, my husband and I have very different ideas about what will look best for these photos.  I want artsy and cool, he wants detail and a lot of focus.  Second, he hates the heat.  We've been enjoying weather in the ballpark of 100 degrees daily.  By the time he gets home from being in the heat all day, the only thing he wants to do is go inside.  I, on the other hand work in an air conditioned office for most of the day and want nothing more than to breathe outside.  So, this combo equals a rushed and forced photo shoot.  To sum it up, I was in need of another option.

Enter, Tripod.  Dear sweet Tripod has never been used by me before.  Alone he sat wondering why he even had a place in our home when all of a sudden the light went on.  With the help of my Tripod I could actually take pictures of myself the way that I want them!  In theory, that is.  So, I gathered up my things and headed outdoors.

I tested several locations but wasn't getting the results I wanted when I turned around and saw just the background I needed!  Tall golden grass softly blowing in the breeze.  Never mind that it was in perfect view on my neighbors and the super busy road in front of my house.  So I set up my Tripod and started shooting:
Braided Cowl in Lemongrass.

After about five shots of myself I buckled under the thought of everyone scoffing (I'm sure no one even noticed) and ran back inside to look at my treasure.  I Loved them!  Well, I loved the idea that they gave.  Soft, romantic with the grass blowing.  So what if the subject of the photo is blurred while each blade of grass behind me was perfectly in focus!  Artsy....errr, I'll keep working on it.  At least now I have a solution that I can control and improve without having to rely on anyone else.

Now, every time you see a photo of me, just know that my not-so-dusty-anymore Tripod is right there with me! 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Handmade, please.

Hi, I'm Steph.  I love handmade things, and especially love hand-making things.  I somewhat recently discovered the wonderful site, Etsy.com and came upon the idea that it might be fun to share my handmades through other means than family gifts.  Here I will share new ideas and inspiration for my never-ending, ever-growing list of future projects and I will keep you up-to-date on what is going on in my newborn Etsy shop.  So far I have cozy, convertible items for shoulders, neck and ears but my dreams are packed with ideas just fighting for their place at the top.  Check back often to see which ideas make it to the yarn and hook!