No Mistake Scarf

August 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

Saturday was Mom’s birthday and I gifted her this scarf I made; a few months back she picked out a Caron brand yarn and asked me to make her a scarf.  I wasn’t crazy about the colorway on the skein or the fact that it was acrylic but I have to say it crocheted beautifully in this pattern.  I chose the No Mistake Scarf by Jimmy Beans Wool and offered for free on Ravelry as a direct download.  There is a knit version too.  If you are new to crochet this is a fabulously easy and quick pattern and will help you practice your gauge.  The pattern alternates between two colors, but because the yarn was multi-colored I left it all one yarn; also, I left off the fringe edge and liked it a lot more.  Hopefully, she likes it and will get some use out of it when it’s not 100+ degrees outside.

This past week I discovered Kat Edmunson by chance listening to the World Cafe on the way to the shop.  I was sold after just two songs…Hopelessly Blue and I Don’t Know; luckily too I discovered later that night the MP3 version of the album is only $3.99 on Amazon…score!

–Lisa LeBlanc

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Welcome to Cottage Nest

May 4, 2011 § 2 Comments

Hello!  My name is Lisa and I am building a community that embraces what it truly means to craft a handmade life; I welcome you to join me and my friends on this path.

Life is messy, far from perfect, but those that carve out and create meaning in what they make and how they live, know the value of each day.  For some of us, a handmade life is about crafting, gardening, cooking and even music; some may find that businesses may even blossom out of our everyday wanderings.   Here is where we share those stories, advice and connect with each other.

An interior designer, by trade, I have always been fascinated by creativity and design; however, it wasn’t until I opened my own independent boutique, Nest Interiors, in 2008 that I really embraced the handmade community.  Disappointed by my first trips to market and seeing an over-saturation of cheaply produced mass marketed junk, I began creating my own items out of necessity and began making connections locally and nationally to support handmade artists.  Beyond my business, the friendships and mentors I have gained within the handmade community have flourished and really given my life purpose (sounds awfully corny…but SO true).

If you would like to contribute to our community, be it as a writer, sharing a tutorial or requesting handmade product reviews, please contact me: nestinteriorsllc [at]

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