Lauren - A Bee In The Bonnet
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Knitting ➰ Crocheting ☕️ Coffee & Tea 📍Handmade in Ventura, California ✉️ abeeinthebonnet@gmail.com

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2019 is going to be the year I finish. this. dang. blanket. I started it in 2015, before Little C was born, and have been dragging my feet on it ever since. I don't like making the same thing over and over, and it turns out that's exactly what a granny square blanket is. Sigh. Hold me accountable, friends - if you don't see regular updates this year, ping me!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #handmadeisbetter#yarnlove#shopetsy#handcrafted#makersmovement#calledtobecreative#wearethemakers#creativityfound#creativelifehappylife#makersvillage#handsandhustle#knittersofinstagram#instaknit#makersgonnamake#etsyfinds#etsyseller#knitting_inspiration#strikking#strikk#tejer#knittinginspiration#knitstagram#etsyshop#madewithlove#knitspo#knitspiration#knittingaddict #knittinglove

These pretty mitts, which will be a companion set for the Miramar Scarf, are just about ready for test knitters. Do you like fingerless mitts or mittens, and do you want to try these out? I'll have two versions of the pattern - one with open fingertips and one with closed. It's going to be a quick turnaround this time because the pattern is coming out on February 8, but they're very quick knits (I finished one in an evening of TV watching). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #onmyneedles#knitinspo123#knittingislove#superknitters#realmakersclub#bossvibes#knittinglove#i_loveknitting#ravelry#sustainablefashion#knitandbehappy#knittersofravelry#knitfastdiewarm#knitallthethings#knittersgonnaknit#tejeresmisuperpoder#tejeresdeguapas#strikkedilla#strikkeglede#egostrikk#craftsposure#handmadeaccessories#hechoamano#hechoconamor#tejeresunplacer#tejeresunestilodevida#tejermehacefeliz#tejeresmipasion

I'm chugging along on my Paddington Station socks and can't wait to get these suckers finished. I started knitting them during a mock trial scrimmage (stress knitting is real, y'all) and am hoping to finish them before the next one at the end of the month. They'll be my lucky mock trial socks. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #handmadeisbetter#yarnlove#shopetsy#handcrafted#makersmovement#calledtobecreative#wearethemakers#creativityfound#creativelifehappylife#makersvillage#handsandhustle#knittersofinstagram#instaknit#makersgonnamake#etsyfinds#etsyseller#knitting_inspiration#strikking#strikk#tejer#knittinginspiration#knitstagram#etsyshop#madewithlove#knitspo#knitspiration#knittingaddict #knittinglove

I've been thinking a lot lately about how to reduce the amount of plastic I use. I decided to take a bunch of leftover cotton and crochet some little pouches that I can use to hold produce when I'm out grocery shopping. It'll weigh a little bit more than those gauzy-thin plastic bags, but they'll also easily decompose once they're too worn to mend and keep using. Bonus: these little baggies are great for stashbusting and mindless tv stitching.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #crochet#crochetersofinstagram#makersgonnamake#communitynotcompetition#etsyshop#etsysellers#etsysellersofinstagram#crochetlove#crochetlover#handmadeaccessories#handmadeisbetter#yarnlove#shopetsy#handcrafted #makersmovement#calledtobecreative #handmadeisbetter#wearethemakers #creativityfound#theartofslowliving #darlingmovement#abmlifeisbeautiful #nothingisordinary#livethelittlethings #creativelifehappylife#makersvillage #handsandhustle

And now for something a little different from my usual content around here. When I first started thinking about how I wanted A Bee In The Bonnet to fit into the world, I knew a couple things: it had to reflect my aesthetic and it had to reflect my values. It needed to be warm, welcoming, community-oriented, elegant, soft, and kind. Some days, I'm better at meeting those goals than others. . But one thing about my values, which I'd hoped was clear from the get-go and which I am now realizing may not have been, is that I want this space to be welcoming for everybody - especially my BIPOC friends, my LGBTQ+ friends, my disabled friends. You are all welcome here, and I love and value you. That needs to be stated affirmatively, loudly, and repeatedly. . I've been thinking a lot lately about how I can better support those friends. One of them is to join the #buyfrombipocchallenge, which starts Feb 1 and runs for a year. I encourage you to follow @buyfromBIPOC and join in. The other thing I can do is to follow more BIPOC makers, designers, dyers, and amplify their content. I may not be in a place to buy right at the moment they post, but some of my friends might be, and there's nothing like a good signal boost to get the word out. . I'll be reading and listening and thinking more about the role I can play in making the knitting community more welcoming and inclusive. We've got a long way to go, but it's work that needs to be done. Now is a good time to start. . *Edit to add: I've focused on what I and other white folks can do in this post because I don't want to create additional work for others. Anything we do, though, should be done with a focus on the stated wishes and preferences of the BIPOC makers among us - they've been leading the charge and should be the ones we follow . . . . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #handmadeisbetter#yarnlove#shopetsy#handcrafted#makersmovement#calledtobecreative#wearethemakers#creativityfound#creativelifehappylife#makersvillage#handsandhustle#knittersofinstagram#instaknit#makersgonnamake#etsyfinds#etsyseller#knitting_inspiration#strikking#strikk#tejer#knittinginspiration#knitstagram#etsyshop#madewithlove#knitspo#knitspiration#knittingaddict #knittinglove

Thank you all so much for the love and support you've shown the #miramarscarf. It's been so fun getting to share all of the updates from my test knitters with you all, and I hope to see you more from the rest of you, soon! Don't forget, through the end of the day Sunday, Pacific time, the scarf is automatically 20% off at checkout. You can find the link in my bio.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #onmyneedles#knitinspo123#knittingislove#superknitters#realmakersclub#bossvibes#knittinglove#i_loveknitting#ravelry#sustainablefashion#knitandbehappy#knittersofravelry#knitfastdiewarm#knitallthethings#knittersgonnaknit#tejeresmisuperpoder#tejeresdeguapas#strikkedilla#strikkeglede#egostrikk#craftsposure#handmadeaccessories#hechoamano#hechoconamor#tejeresunplacer#tejeresunestilodevida#tejermehacefeliz#tejeresmipasion

And the #miramarscarf is live! You can find it on Ravelry by searching for "Miramar Scarf" or by clicking the link in my bio (and through Sunday night, it's 20% off, no code needed). Thank you all so much for your enthusiasm for this scarf - it's one of my very favorite designs. . Speaking of thanks, I can't even begin to express how thankful I am that Anastasia at @gardenwoolanddye reached out about a collaboration several months ago. I've admired her gentle, eco-conscious aesthetic for ages, and it was such a pleasure working with her on this one. I've mentioned before how hard she worked to get the color of this yarn just right, and you guys, she really nailed it. This stuff glows. . Plus, we have giveaway winners! @craftycrochetlass, @baudidesigns, @pryncesself, @craftdetonation, @laurenmychelle, and @thepetiteknitter, please message me to claim your copy of the pattern! Happy stitching, everybody. . . . #onmyneedles#knitinspo123#knittingislove#superknitters#realmakersclub#bossvibes#knittinglove#i_loveknitting#ravelry#sustainablefashion#knitandbehappy#knittersofravelry#knitfastdiewarm#knitallthethings#knittersgonnaknit#tejeresmisuperpoder#tejeresdeguapas#strikkedilla#strikkeglede#egostrikk#craftsposure#handmadeaccessories#hechoamano#hechoconamor#tejeresunplacer#tejeresunestilodevida#tejermehacefeliz#tejeresmipasion

I've been quietly working on these fingerless mitts for a while now, and they'll be the perfect partners for the Miramar Scarf. They've got similar thematic elements (minus the bobbles, which were just too big), and they're done in a fingering weight yarn that's just a bit tweedy and a little silky. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #handmadeisbetter#yarnlove#shopetsy#handcrafted#makersmovement#calledtobecreative#wearethemakers#creativityfound#creativelifehappylife#makersvillage#handsandhustle#knittersofinstagram#instaknit#makersgonnamake#etsyfinds#etsyseller#knitting_inspiration#strikking#strikk#tejer#knittinginspiration#knitstagram#etsyshop#madewithlove#knitspo#knitspiration#knittingaddict #knittinglove

**Giveaway** The pattern for the #miramarscarf is coming on January 11, and you know what that means - I'm giving away a few free copies to celebrate! If you've been following along for a while now, you know the drill, but for all the new friends who've joined since my last pattern release, here's all you need to do: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1. Leave a comment letting me know what color you'd knit your Miramar Scarf in⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2. Tag a friend you think would like to knit the scarf, too - each separate comment with a friend tag is an entry⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3. That's it! Easy peasy.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On Friday, I’ll randomly select three comments and give copies of the pattern to both the commenter and the friend they tagged. Happy stitching!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (And remember, this giveaway isn’t sponsored by or affiliated with Instagram - it’s just me here, doing my usual thing, having a bit of fun).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #onmyneedles#knitinspo123#knittingislove#superknitters#realmakersclub#bossvibes#knittinglove#i_loveknitting#ravelry#sustainablefashion#knitandbehappy#knittersofravelry#knitfastdiewarm#knitallthethings#knittersgonnaknit#tejeresmisuperpoder#tejeresdeguapas#strikkedilla#strikkeglede#egostrikk#craftsposure#handmadeaccessories#hechoamano#hechoconamor#tejeresunplacer#tejeresunestilodevida#tejermehacefeliz

On the blog today: moths. Yep, I said it. Moths. The dreaded little beasties found their way into one of my boxes of finished objects, but I wound up learning some surprising lessons from the whole experience. Click the link in my bio for more.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #handmadeisbetter#yarnlove#shopetsy#handcrafted#makersmovement#calledtobecreative#wearethemakers#creativityfound#creativelifehappylife#makersvillage#handsandhustle#knittersofinstagram#instaknit#makersgonnamake#etsyfinds#etsyseller#knitting_inspiration#strikking#strikk #tejer#knittinginspiration#knitstagram #etsyshop#madewithlove#knitspo#knitspiration #knittingaddict #knittinglove

Closing up the toe here on my first Paddington Station sock. It's been so fun watching this sock grow and take shape, especially as I added the heel and toe and the contrast with the main yarn really became apparent. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'm thinking I need to get some shoes that will better show off all the fabulous socks I've been knitting lately. I'm not really a clear sneakers kind of gal, but maybe some cute sandals with ankle straps? How do you show off your socks?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This color duo is courtesy of Jen at @laineandlotus, and the combo is called Mums the Word and Golden Slumbers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #handmadeisbetter#yarnlove#shopetsy#handcrafted#makersmovement#calledtobecreative#wearethemakers#creativityfound#creativelifehappylife#makersvillage#handsandhustle#knittersofinstagram#instaknit#makersgonnamake#etsyfinds#etsyseller#knitting_inspiration#strikking#strikk #tejer#knittinginspiration#knitstagram #etsyshop#madewithlove#knitspo#knitspiration #knittingaddict #knittinglove

I'm off to the local plant nursery today for rose care classes with my aunt and mother. Five years ago, I would have told you I'm not terribly interested in roses and think they're kind of overrated - but that was before my first visit to the Huntington, where I found heirloom varieties galore and realized there was a whole world of roses I'd never encountered. Now I've got three varieties growing in the front yard and am about to add a couple more. What are you up to this weekend, friends?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #handmadeisbetter#yarnlove#shopetsy#handcrafted#makersmovement#calledtobecreative#wearethemakers#creativityfound#creativelifehappylife#makersvillage#handsandhustle#knittersofinstagram#instaknit#makersgonnamake#etsyfinds#etsyseller#knitting_inspiration#strikking#strikk #tejer#knittinginspiration#knitstagram #etsyshop#madewithlove#knitspo#knitspiration #knittingaddict #knittinglove

It's hard to believe, but the release date for the #miramarscarf, my collaboration with the talented and charming @gardenwoolanddye, is almost upon us! As always, newsletter subscribers will get an early alert when the pattern goes live and an exclusive discount. If you just don't have the capacity for another email clogging up your inbox, I totally get it - just check back here on January 11 for more info!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #handmadeisbetter#yarnlove#shopetsy#handcrafted#makersmovement#calledtobecreative#wearethemakers#creativityfound#creativelifehappylife#makersvillage#handsandhustle#knittersofinstagram#instaknit#makersgonnamake#etsyfinds#etsyseller#knitting_inspiration#strikking#strikk #tejer#knittinginspiration#knitstagram #etsyshop#madewithlove#knitspo#knitspiration #knittingaddict #knittinglove

Looking at my upcoming projects for this first part of 2019, I've got quite a few cool-toned yarns I'm working with and not much warmth. I guess that just means I need to pick up some new yarn, eh? What glorious yarns did you discover last year that I should try?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #handmadeisbetter#yarnlove#shopetsy#handcrafted#makersmovement#calledtobecreative#wearethemakers#creativityfound#creativelifehappylife#makersvillage#handsandhustle#knittersofinstagram#instaknit#makersgonnamake#etsyfinds#etsyseller#knitting_inspiration#strikking#strikk #tejer#knittinginspiration#knitstagram #etsyshop#madewithlove#knitspo#knitspiration #knittingaddict #knittinglove

Happy 2019, friends - what are you looking forward to this year? I'm excited to share more knitting with you all, enroll my toddler in some little dance classes, learn new skills to become a better photographer and pattern-writer, and spend more time with my grandma (we've now got a standing Friday-afternoon coffee-and-beach date). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The #santabarbarahat went out to newsletter subscribers this morning, and I'm so excited to see the variations you all create! Happy stitching to all, today and every day.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #onmyneedles#knitinspo123#knittingislove#superknitters#realmakersclub#bossvibes#knittinglove#i_loveknitting#ravelry#sustainablefashion#knitandbehappy#knittersofravelry#knitfastdiewarm#knitallthethings#knittersgonnaknit#tejeresmisuperpoder#tejeresdeguapas#strikkedilla#strikkeglede#egostrikk#craftsposure#handmadeaccessories#hechoamano#hechoconamor#tejeresunplacer#tejeresunestilodevida#tejermehacefeliz#tejeresmipasion

My Paddington Station socks are coming along so nicely, and I love how the plain stockinette on the bottom really shows off this gorgeous yarn @laineandlotus sent me to try out. Aren't the speckles and mottles delightful? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #handmadeisbetter#yarnlove#shopetsy#handcrafted#makersmovement#calledtobecreative#wearethemakers#creativityfound#creativelifehappylife#makersvillage#handsandhustle#knittersofinstagram#instaknit#makersgonnamake#etsyfinds#etsyseller#knitting_inspiration#strikking#strikk #tejer#knittinginspiration#knitstagram #etsyshop#madewithlove#knitspo#knitspiration #knittingaddict #knittinglove

It's almost the end of the year, and I'm feeling excited about the new things I have planned for this little space and my blog in 2019. I'm kicking things off with my first free pattern in a long time – the pattern for this simple, elegant little hat. The #santabarbarahat will be available exclusively to newsletter subscribers from January 1 through January 31, and after that will be available for purchase on all my usual platforms. Don't miss a good freebie! You can sign up at the link in my bio or at abeeinthebonnet.com/newsletter.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #onmyneedles#knitinspo123#knittingislove#superknitters#realmakersclub#bossvibes#knittinglove#i_loveknitting#ravelry#sustainablefashion#knitandbehappy#knittersofravelry#knitfastdiewarm#knitallthethings#knittersgonnaknit#tejeresmisuperpoder#tejeresdeguapas#strikkedilla#strikkeglede#egostrikk#craftsposure#handmadeaccessories#hechoamano#hechoconamor#tejeresunplacer#tejeresunestilodevida#tejermehacefeliz#tejeresmipasion