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!

Friday, February 12, 2021

my sweet-hearts!


woolly sweet-hearts

Happy Valentine's Day, one and all! Wishing you sweetness wherever you can find it, hopefully in knitting these sweet little felted hearts sometime in your near future. The PDF pattern is Woolly Sweet-Hearts. It gives two shapes and two sizes to knit. And fun to embellish and decorate with whimsical clay pins.

To help with embellishing I have done a tutorial on several ways to embellish them further like the crochet edge shown above. See HERE or HERE or HERE for tutorial within this blog.

just another button company just pins
The decorative pins are from Just Another Button Company and I sell several Valentine themed pins in my website or Etsy shop. One set (shown right) I had JABC create just for me, so you can only buy this set within my shops.I love my hearts and they are sitting out in a bowl on my coffee table as we speak. The array of colors and designs are such a bright spot these cold winter days. Be creative or not. They are a quick and easy knit and a delight to embellish.

Be sure to share your heart creations. I would love to see what you create!

Happy knitting!

felted valentine hearts
JABC prairie bee clay button

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

virtually, you + me?

woodland baby owl needle felting kit

That's right! I'm creating my own online 'virtual' classes, coming to you soon. I been working on perfecting my virtual presentations, which to be honest, isn't as much fun as being in person. I am a people person overall, and enjoy my interactions with other knitters, like you, face-to-face. I miss all of you and miss seeing your smiling faces. So the next best thing is virtually seeing you in my own studio.

I am planning on teaching needle felting projects, my embellishing techniques, and classes of my old and new patterns. I am hoping to have question and answer sessions, as well, like fireside chats. I've always been intimidated by the being in front of a camera, but Zoom has eased that fear immensely. So, why not and why not now?

So, who's interested and in what should I start with? I would love your feedback and look forward to SEEING you real soon!

Happy knitting!