Friday, October 15, 2021

halloween knitting treats!


black retro-cat pincushion

black retro cat pincushion pattern
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Tricks-and-treats time again! Knitting those Halloween treats just got even sweeter. My pincushion design for the month of October is the Black Retro-Cat PDF pattern. An easy knit and felt cat head with simple wool/acrylic felt embellishments. Its all in the detailing!

The cat head measures about 4-inches tall, including the ears. It is knit as one continuous piece, in the round, and no sewing needed. The pattern walks you through the embroidery. A great beginner's project with simple easy stitches. Nothing fancy. It just looks that way!

The clay stick pins shown above are from Just Another Button Company. They assembled this whimsical combination just for me and my cat pattern. You can only purchase this combination of pins through my Etsy store.

Be sure to check out my second Etsy store called MyWoollysomethings in which I'm selling off my samples for reduced prices. I have several pumpkins in various colors and textures, plus a large and small retro cat all done and ready for gift giving. Get them while you can!

Happy Halloween to all my favorite knitters. Its a fun time to be knitting as the weather gets cooler!

Happy knitting!

Thursday, September 23, 2021

an apple a day, knit one!

marie mayhew apple pincushion pattern
back-to-school apple pincushion

It's time for Autumn knitting! The first day of Fall was just a couple of days ago, so you're not far behind. How about starting with an apple pincushion for that favorite teacher in your life? The apple pattern is a quick and easy knit & felt design with endless possibilities as there are apple varieties: A Red Delicious, a Golden Delicious, and even a Granny Smith (see where I am going with this).

The pattern uses so little yarn, 100% wool, in your favorite red colors. It is knit completely in the round with no sewing necessary. It is felted and decorated with a cinnamon stick stem and knit leaf. The knit leaf adds a wonderful new texture to the apple's smooth felted wool. Knit up a basket full of these savory treats for your table decor. Its just about Harvest Time!

marie mayhew apple pincushion pattern
golden delicious apple pincushion
Next month's pincushion, October, is a Retro-Black Cat, perfect for a Halloween themed-knit that is both decorative and functional. My goal is to finish my pincushion series within the next six months (6 more to go). I have a fluffy little Out-like-a-Lamp March sheep pincushion almost finished! Then onto my spring and summer pincushion ideas to finish off a whole year of decorative pincushion designs.

The mini-set of pins that go perfectly with the Back-School Apple pincushion was created by Just Another Button Company especially for me (per my request/suggestion). I sell both the PDF apple pattern and the School Days mini-pin set on either my website or my Etsy store.

Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions on any of my patterns, techniques or ideas. I am always here to help!

Happy knitting!

Friday, April 23, 2021

how about a bear hug?


Lil' Bear Hugs with birth certificate

I don't know about you, but I could use a good-size bear hug these days! Still feeling isolated and everything is certainly not back to normal quite yet. So how about sending some hugs to your family and friends, knit and felt a cuddly bear from my Lil' Bear Hugs pattern!

I just mailed off a bear for a customer, a knitted one. As part of the package I included a bear birth certificate complete with name and birthdate. The tagline reads: This little bear loves to give hugs. Please indulge on a daily basis!

three woolly bears
It got me excited to make bears again in various sizes. I'm mulling over the idea of carrying the yarns in various weights to create three different bear sizes. I will keep you posted on that decision.

In the meantime, knit yourself a bear or two for that special someone. Everyone could use a little bear hug about now!

Happy knitting!

PS - want me to knit you a bear of your very own? Check out my website:

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

autumn samples up for grabs!

Just uploaded a bunch of pumpkins, woolly leaf trivets, black cats and more to my second Etsy shoppe: My Woollysomethings! I even have a pillow-toss pumpkin available. Never too early to get your Fall shopping started!

I will be uploading a few snowmen and extra hats and accessories. Just updating a few, giving them new faces and outfits. Then I only have one bin left to go through, the bin with my holiday stockings and odds and ends. Be sure to come back often to check out my newest items. 

Right now I still have a few Easter items on sale at 25% off while they last.

It feels good to make room for some new creating. I am pleased that customers have been sharing with me how excited they are to be receiving the samples. That delights me! Good to know they are going to a good home.

Happy knitting!

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

sample sale continues - 25% off!

woolly chicks

My sample sale is still going strong! For those of you new to my blog, I have added a second Etsy shoppe: My Woollysomethings, for the sales of my sample sculptures. Yes, I am cleaning house and pairing down. All of these samples are in great shape and are looking for a new home. For the month of April, my woolly chicks and bunnies are reduced to 25% off.
woolly bunnies
woolly bunnies

They are truly a one-of-a-kind, and once they are gone that is it. Come by and check them out.

I have just added a harvest basket full of knitted pumpkins and leaves. Its never too soon to start your autumn decorating!

Happy knitting!


Friday, April 2, 2021

marie's samples just keep coming!

I've added a lot more samples to my  Etsy shoppe: nest and eggs, a black kitty kat, Matilda the Witch and lots more. Next week I will be adding pumpkins and leaves. You can tell everyone you knit them! I won't tell.

Marie Mayhew Designs
I will even have a few one-of-a-kind snowmen with their accessories. I have so many hats and scarves of various colors that I may put together a few grab-bags for sale too. It sure feels good to pass along these items to those that will appreciate them. That blesses me! 

Be sure to check back often. If there is something you don't see, don't hesitate to ask about an item. I just may have another one around here. 

Thanks again for your interest in my work over the years. I am excited to be freed up to create again here real soon!

Happy knitting!

Thursday, March 18, 2021

samples for sale!


woolly lamb

I've created a second Etsy Shoppe called, My Woolly Somethings. I'm selling off my older samples to make room for the new ones! Honestly, I have so many samples and I need to pare down. So I have been starting to list my samples by seasons. Right now, I have a good selection of Spring items: bunnies, chicks, and soon to come nest with eggs.

If you are needing a little something extra for that Easter basket, come check me out. These samples are still in wonderful shape and need a new home. They need to be out on display not stuck in a box in my basement!

The prices are very reasonable, half off what I would usually sell custom orders for on my other Etsy store. I'm letting go of a few samples because certain yarns are discontinued, Thus they can't be duplicated, truly one-of-a-kind. My sample bins are overflowing and I need the room. Its time for me to share!

I'm running an additional sale (25% off) on certain items. Be sure to check back often. I have six bins to go through! The next bin is Autumn items: pumpkins (knit and felted), leaves, acorns, and gnomes. 

Thank you always for your interest in my patterns and now my samples!

Happy knitting!