A peek at an upcoming design…

It’s FO Friday! How would you like to see the first photos of a new design that’s in the works?

A Collaboration with Abby Glassenberg!

You’ve probably heard me chat about Abby before: she’s an amazing sewing designer (stuffed animals, of course!) and also a buddy of mine.

Well, a while ago, we started talking about doing a design together: a pattern available in both crochet & sewing, with accessories you could mix and match! Isn’t that so fun?

Wanna see my half?

Penguin Crochet Design

It’s a penguin! (Abby’s is too, of course…)

I snapped this photo outside in the snow yesterday… I don’t even have the ‘official’ photos taken yet, but I wanted to share with you because I’m so excited about this guy!

Pushing the Boundaries

It’s been a fabulous experience designing with Abby… and I’m sure our collaboration will turn blog post later! But, hey, it’s Friday… I can give you a snippet, right?

Since Abby and I were working on designing a very similar animal, we had to work on techniques that would work in both of our crafts. For this penguin, I worked on a new system of increases that would make the color changes appear straight at the sides (instead of biasing) and also work with the color changes for the eyes.

So much fun!

Stay tuned for details on this guy… you’re going to love him!


This week, I finished reading The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun, which was a fabulous book. The author spends a year experimenting with lifestyle changes to improve her happiness. She’s quite funny, and also gets you thinking about little things you can do to improve your daily life!

I also read Situations Matter, just another one of many pop-psychology books I can’t seem to get enough of. This one’s about how context shapes your actions and beliefs. If you like the genre, go for it!

Thanks for stopping by and reading!

If you want to see more great finished items… make sure to visit Tami’s Amis blog, the organizer of this great FO Friday theme!

I hope you have an awesome and craft-filled weekend!

I’ll be visiting Minneapolis this weekend (we’re house-shopping!), please wish us luck! I think I’ll get some knitting done on the plane!

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Feb 22, 2013 | Posted by in Blog, Works in Progress | 23 comments

Comments (23 Responses)

  1. Michele says:

    I can’t wait!!!!!!!

  2. Tammy Chin (kaoscat on Rav) says:

    Super cute! Can’t wait for this guy. Also interested in the no-biasing increase method.

  3. Patti says:

    This design looks amazing!! Can’t wait to try this one out. When is it going to be available?

  4. Oh I am so excited about this!! One of my goals this year is to learn to sew – and I’m off to a good start. What a great way to combine both my new sewing hobby with my crochet hobby!!

  5. Marlicia says:

    Oh, I love this little guy! I can’t wait until he becomes available. So cute! As for sewing…I”m still trying to learn to knit. And am afraid of my sewing machine. One thing at a time. LOL

    • Andrea says:

      Scared of your sewing machine Marlicia? I envy you, I knit a little above knots (LOL). My Dad taught me how to sew some 40+ years ago, and I burnt out that same sewing machine a decade ago sewing too fast on too thick material. Now, I am a fabric artist on a Singer Simple. One step at a time hun, it doesn’t bite ;)

  6. Andrea says:

    Love the penquin. So cute

  7. Gigi Lee says:

    I love cute penquins! I have to make sure I save or write it down, the pattern for the newest guy. Thanks so much, everything is very cute and your blog is great.

  8. Adriana says:

    I love it! He is just the cutest penguin ever! Can’t wait for the pattern release. :)

  9. I love Abby’s work and she is so generous with her knowledge. This little guy is incredibly cute and I know it will be on my “need to make asap” list.

  10. Brigette says:

    Now there is a super-cute penguin! Congratulations on your collaboration with Abby. I see much success :-)

  11. Nancy says:

    Can’t wait to see what you both came up with. I love to sew AND crochet! Yah!

  12. This is adorable! I can hardly wait! You are so clever.

  13. Abby Glassenberg says:

    This has been an incredibly fun collaboration, Stacey! I can’t wait for our penguins to venture out into the world together!

  14. Katie says:

    I will be purchasing this pattern!! I have been looking and looking for a GREAT Penguin design!! This is it!!

  15. Arlene Smith says:

    awwwwwwwwwww how cute

  16. Arlene Smith says:

    How adorable!

  17. DeeAnna says:

    I love this little guy!!!!

  18. Miss julep says:

    This little guy is ADORABLE!! I am intrigued regarding your new color change techniques and can’t wait to learn MORE.

  19. Karen Rumbaugh says:

    LOVE THIS!!! I sew as well as crochet so I know I’m gonna love both! :D

  20. Joyce Fisher says:

    Just love that penguin Stacey. He seems so alive (and cheeky). :)

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