My Mothers Corner

* Knit . crochet . vintage PDF patterns . blogging . dog sweaters . & more! * 


New Day, New Name

Posted by M Starr on March 4, 2019 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

I suppose you have noticed the name change by now. Yes! I have gone back to my bloggers name. For the past couple of years I lost track of myself and went off the rails so to speak. I had totally forgotten why I even started selling these vintage patterns. The original stash that I had came from my mothers collection of patterns that I, over the years, built on. It became and obsession with me to say the least.  I have had my bloggers name at mymotherscorner.wordpress.com and it was also on facebook at mymotherscorner I tried to break off into a small business but I realized that really wasn't what I wanted. I wanted to connect with people, provide them with vintage out of print patterns, share what I had inherited from my mother and also to showcase my dog sweaters and original designs. 

So, upon reflection over the past few months, and just feeling that I had lost my inner self,  I came to a realization that I had totally strayed from what I really wanted to do. Hence the namechange on this site. I will be keeping my wordpress blog as it is but I will also be blogging on this site, most likely just one post put on both sites. As for the meaning of this site name I will try to make it clear for you, and I still giggle when I think of it.

 I had spent the better part of the evening before trying to finish up a knitting order and when I had finished I just got up from my chair in the corner and went to bed. The next morning I plodded down the stairs to get my morning coffee, came around the corner of the living room and just stood and looked at the pieces of yarn, knitting needles and candy wrappers. They had totally taken over my corner of the living room. I thought to myself "How did this happen?  How did I manage to have my mothers corner. You see, when I was younger I used to say to Mom. "How can you make such a mess?  How does this happen?"  She would laugh and say. Well I can't seem to get anything done without making a mess"  Well I have become my mother! I don't know how or when this actually happened but it did. So as I stood looking at the mess in the corner I started giggling and thought.. Yup. I have become my mother's corner. yup  sure did. 

So that in a nutshell is how I came up with the name of my blog. My mother is gone but I carry on her legacy of making a total disaster in my corner. And NO I will not take pictures..hehehehe. My website that used to be TrueNorthCreations has now been changed to MyMothersCorner. I feel pretty good about this name change. Everything is the same, and I will also be relisting all these patterns on Etsy under mymotherscorner, but this is a time consuming task as Etsy has no way of moving files from one account to another in bulk. One at a time is the way I will have to go.

So on that cheery storm day note I am off to have lunch and then start working on transferring my files.  Have a bright and happy day.... KNIT ON!


Recalculating...buffer buffer

Posted by M Starr on December 7, 2018 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

This cold finally did me in. I ended up having to get medication to knock it out of me, which knocked me out physically. I guess my body needed to rest and recoup as I spent a lot of time laying on the couch, watching a movie though my eyelids.  Every so many years I go through this but this time I was fortunate that  it did not move into my chest like it normally does. ..phew.. With that being said I made the call a week before I had to do my one and only craft show that I was doing this year.  I knew the way I was feeling that it would knock me out so I made that call for my benefit and also I did not want to pass anything along, even though I think I am way past the point of passing the germs around. 

So I have a container full of stuff I had planned to sell at this show. No biggie. I will just slide it under the table in my room and consider it a good start for next year. I did however have a lot of time to surf, pinterest.,,etsy.. etc. Read a lot of blogs and help sites with participating in a show. I know as an organizer I have always spoken to my vendors not to pile things on their tables. It really is a turnoff to see things stacked in piles. I know they want to sell all their stock but seriously you cannot just put everything on your table and expect shoppers to dig through your items. Shoppers will see this as way too much shit (pardon the language). I have decided to concentrate on 2 hat designs (in various sizes) an earwarmer design, and a neckwarmer design. That's it!. Instead of having 10 different types of hats scattered on a table, I plan to make a design that is appealing and inviting. This might be a mistake on my part but I will have an album of designs I can make and will take orders if you want something in particular. I thought it was time to change it up a bit so we will see how that will work out. I will also have a few hand painted ornaments as small ticket items for those shoppers with limited spending habits.

As for selling online right now, with the postal disruptions I thought it would not be a good thing to try and ship something out. This sucks! I have seen a lot of my friends panic as they watch their items sit in a postal facility. So it will be time to look into other options for shipping, get some pricing and see if that will work in the long term. Seriously.. when you go to ship a hat across Canada and the shipping cost is higher than the actual cost of the hat, then something is wrong! I have made the ones with the fur poms on them and tried to vacuum seal them but the poms won't squish enough to be able to put them in a bubble envelope and send them cheaply (rethinking the poms at this time) As for shipping to the states, it is 1/3 the price of the cost of canadian address shipping.  Again  GO FIGURE!!!.. and they want us to support their strike? When did greed overshadow customer service I say. OK enough about the strike. Nothing I can do about it from my little corner of the world but it sure put a halt on my sales for this year.  

So with that being said, I have worked on a pattern for weeks as I was recovering. Working,, tearing out,,, measuring.. remeasuring.. tearing out.. you get the idea. hahahaha..Came up with 11 different sizes of one particular pattern. I wanted to make an easy chart for Crocheters to refer to when making hats. I am not telling you what size hook to use,, nope.. it is all in the measurements. Easy right? Just grab some yarn, grab a hook (whatever size you want) and get started. 

This pattern can be made with anything from sock yarn to super bulky. It is basically an easy to follow chart that is my now "go to" when I make hats. No more guessing how long or wide a hat should be to fit a particular person. 

I have this pattern for sale


This pattern is a great one to follow while sitting by the fire, cuddled under a quilt and watching a movie. It is really a non thinker exept for when you have to stop to measure and great for using up scraps and partially used skeins of yarn. 

So as I sit here looking out my living room window at the snow falling (not predicted) and looking forward to Christmas with my better half and Christmas dinner with my Daughter and her family I have to reflect on how flipping lucky I really am. One more concert to attend (can't wait for this one) and a bit more baking to do but I am not stressing about anything this year. I am finally on the mend and I am looking forward to making it through another winter and coming out on the other side of it. (thoughts of spring, wet earth, flowers,, you get it) 

Have a peaceful safe ****Holiday Season**** and don't forget to hold your loved ones close to you as nothing in life is promised. 

Big Accomplishments

Posted by M Starr on September 12, 2018 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

It took some time and some fenangling with the web site provider and ICANNS domain provider but I think all the glitches are worked out and my new site is fully functional. I am darn near crosseyed but in the end I am happy with how it looks so far. Now knowing me I will go to bed tonight and when I open my eyes there will be some new idea that has popped into my head and I will have to come back and redo some things. 

With all this web work taking place I haven't had much time to knit or crochet (some surfing done for ideas for new projects) but now that the site is running smoothly (I hope) I will be able to start making some stock to list and sell. With all the heat we have had over the past couple of months it has been extremely difficult to even think of picking up the needles and yarn. 

Well today we are having a good old fashioned rainy day (much needed) ...YAY  The day started with me getting on the kitchen stool and cleaning my living room windows (outside) before the rain really hit, cleaning the inside of the windows, coralling dust bunnies in the living room and this was all before 9am. There is a crock pot full of beef stew cooking away in the kitchen, animals are settled in for a quiet relaxing day, so I hope to make use of the rest of the day by gathering up what yarns I need for my next project and getting at it. Time to search through Netflix and put on a non thinker or maybe just Tune-In and listen to some relaxing music. The sky is the limit now!..hehehehe

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