I have been a bit busy, I started teaching knit and crochet lessons in my community. It has been so much fun, I wish I had started this earlier! I just had to get over my introverted concerns, and do it. I am teaching what I love, meeting some wonderful people, and learning from those I am teaching. Since starting this new adventure, my days have gotten busy, I actually have to check my calendar, something I haven’t had to do since running my in-home daycare.
I just wanted to stop in and say “Hi!!!” to you though. I hope all is well, and that you have had some good crafting time! Did you learn anything new, or try anything new?
My knitting time has been very monogamous, only working on my new shawl design, and I really can’t share that with you right now, I want to keep it under wraps a little bit longer(pun intended).
I started a new cross stitch project. I finally purchased the Treasures Of The Deep SAL of 2018, and got going on January….I am loving it! The picture below is my progress, slow going, but very happy with it.
I was not able to get any spinning done since last I posted. I did a bit of yarn dyeing, but it was all custom orders, and for my own personal use in my designs, so it will not be in the shop. However, if you see something that you like in the photo below, feel free to contact me, I can definitely dye up more!
I will close for now, I am off to my Physical Therapy appointment. I hope you have a fantastic week! Be creative, be YOU!
I finished my Zweig sweater! I will probably live in it for awhile. I made a few adjustments for mine. I knitted up a size smaller so that it would be more form fitting, I knitted it to 18″ below the separation of sleeves, and so I also made the sleeves longer. I prefer my sweaters/shirts to hit at the hips, not my waist. I am in love with it! I used a yak/silk blend yarn, so it is very soft. So happy to have it done, and just in time for the cold temps we are getting.
I also got going on my big spinning project. I took some white bamboo fiber and some roving that I had received from my amazing Fibre Share partner last year. I blended them with my hand carders, and made rolags. I ended up with just under 4 oz. of fibre, which I divided into two equal piles and I then started spinning with a Z-twist. I have actually finished spinning the first bobbin, and have started the second. I am really hoping to get it finished over the weekend so I can ply them S-twist. It should make a fingering weight(fingers crossed) yarn that I can use in a shawl. Below are pictures of the fibre from beginning to the bobbins.
This week has been a bit slow, I have been dealing with back pain for a few weeks now. Doctor figured out the problem(spondylolisthesis), and will start physical therapy soon. It, in addition to my chronic pain that I already deal with in my lower back/SI joint….It has been a very uncomfortable time. I have had to decrease my knitting time and that has been miserable for me. I have always turned to my crafting to help me through pain, so I now need to find another way to deal with it until things work their way through with Physical therapy. Any suggestions? I thought maybe I could do some cross stitch or embroidery, but find my self in the same, head bent, position. If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them. On the bright side though……
I released the SO Twisted Hat pattern!! The second of three hat patterns in my A Twist Collection E-book. You can buy the hat patterns separately or save and buy the E-book(all 3 hat patterns). The third pattern will be released near Valentine’s Day. I have been very blessed with amazing test knitters for each of these, I don’t think I would have tried to learn how to knit left-handed if it hadn’t been for their needs. I have my next shawl pattern ready for testing now, but I will wait until I have finished up my sample knit. This one is a warm sophisticated asymmetrical triangle shawl. It uses DK weight yarn and has a gorgeous border worked right from the beginning cast on, framed by a simple i-cord edge. The main part of the shawl is worked in a fun pattern that requires no purling whatsoever! I can’t wait to show more teasers….but I will wait until it is finished. Let me know if you are interested in testing it for me. For those that do not know what is needed to be a tester, I just need knitters with basic knitting experience to knit up the pattern as written. While doing so, keeping a watch for any errors. You would get to keep the pattern for free, and with my bigger test(such as shawls), I also gift you any one of my other published patterns. It is a fun way to get new patterns before anyone else. If you’re interested, feel free to go to my Ravelry group and let me know.
Well, I hope you all have a good remainder of the week, and a great weekend. If you are here in the USA, keep warm! This polar vortex has hit so many with extremely cold temps.
Yep, I am a day later than usual. It has been a busy week! I published Vera’s Shawl this last weekend. Thank you to those that purchased one! I really enjoyed the process of this design, could be because of it being made in remembrance of my maternal grandmother. It was fun stitching up a pattern that I know she would have enjoyed. My second hat pattern in the Twist Collection series is finishing up with testers, and will be published either this weekend or early next week. Follow me on Instagram for updates on that. I also, put out the last hat pattern in the series for testing this week! A few of my testers have already finished theirs up! I have two shawls on the needles that I am designing, sneak peak of the asymmetric one here….
This should be ready for testing soon! (If you are interested in being a tester for me, join my group on Ravlery and let me know.) I am loving this yarn! I hand dyed this 100% Bluefaced Leicester a couple of months ago. I never put it in my shop, because I fell in love with the tonal colorway and the rustic feel to it! It knits up beautifully! I may add some to my shop one day….but I am being a bit selfish for now. I also finished one sleeve and started the second on my Zweig sweater! I may actually get to wear it soon! This week also included a doctor visit, and some dyeing for some custom orders for my Etsy shop,I even got some cross stitch done! SO yes, a little bit busy. I am hoping to get some spinning prep done over the weekend, so that I can get some more yarn spun up soon. I will focus on this asymmetric shawl first though. I just need to get editing done and then it will be ready to test. My sample is not even quite half way completed, so that may delay it a bit. This shawl will be a cozy big one, full of texture, yet very simple to work up! I can’t wait to show it off!!!
I will close for now, I need to finish up some dyeing and get some knitting done. Have a wonderful rest of your week! Remember, be creative, be YOU!
Below are pictures of my last design in the Twist collection and a look at my Zweig sweater that is nearly finished.
Well, hello! I hope our time apart has been good for you. The past few days have been very productive for me. I got a bit of fun spinning done. I had a few ounces each of camel down, and of angora. I just wanted to enjoy the process. These fibres are some of my favorites to spin! They feel so soft when spinning, and they create such beautiful yarn. The kind that you would never want to dye, and you have to find that special something to work it up in. I spun the camel woolen, and the angora semi-worsted. It was such an enjoyable morning, that I have promised myself I will take time at least once a month to do some spinning. I have some colorful fibre that I picked up at a local fibre festival here in NC, I want to blend it with some undyed Merino. I think that will be my next big project. I say big, because I will need to use my hand carders to blend them(still haven’t broken down and invested in a drum carder). This should create a very fun yarn!
This last week/weekend I got my next hat pattern finished up and is in the editing process.(Picture of knitting progress below) This should be ready for testing next week! (Yes, I am excited about that!) This is the third and final hat for the new e-book I have published to Ravelry. I will be working on some fingerless gloves to match at least two of the designs. I have also started designing a couple of shawls that have been sketched out and waiting patiently. One is being worked up right now, the other is still being tweaked. I will talk about each another time. I have two designs to be published on Ravlery next week. One is a two color triangle shawl, the other is a hat to be added to the collection I mentioned earlier. This shawl is very special to me, it is dedicated to my maternal Grandmother, Vera. She is the one who taught me how to knit and crochet. This shawl includes stitches she enjoyed knitting up; bobbles and chevron stitch. I am actually wearing my sample that I knit at the moment, its like a hug from her. If she were still around, I would have given it to her to enjoy.
In addition to all of these projects, I was “blessed” with a cold, one that had been going through our little family one by one. Luckily it is just a cold, and it only had us down for a day or two. Just in time for the warm snap in the weather! I am hoping to get out for some walks before the next cold spell moves in on Monday.
I will post some pictures of my spinning, hat in progress, and another of the hat and shawl patterns being published next week. What has your week been like? Did you accomplish something new? Did you challenge yourself? Did you take time to be creative? I hope so! If not, do it this week/weekend!
Until next time, have a wonderful week! Be creative, be YOU!
January is off to a start! This last weekend we celebrated my youngest sons thirteenth birthday! We live in North Carolina, so the weather was incredible, a warm 70 degrees. Saturday was spent with his friends, and Sunday(his actual birthday) was just a nice family time. We played games and had cake, red velvet cake(his favorite).
I also put another design out for testing this last week. I already have the shawl design nearly finished up, but now I have a new hat pattern out to testers. I am currently working on hat patterns using a combination of twisted stitches, cables, and slipped stitches. This is the second design for the e-book. I have been so lucky with finding amazing testers! For this design, one of my testers is a left-handed knitter, and she struggled a bit with the cables. In order to help her better, I quickly took a left-handed knitting class. What an incredible help this will be for me as a knitter/designer! Not only will this help me with knitting short rows, bobbles, and such….but, this will make me a better designer. I can now put tips for my left-handed knitters in my designs! I love being able to make knitting a more enjoyable process for anyone working up one of my designs. This was a great way to start off my new year! Always learning!
The title of this particular blog has to do with my adjustments to the winters here in North Carolina. We moved here after spending eleven years in Wisconsin. Wisconsin has cold, long winters. Some days the high temperature would be -45 degrees Fahrenheit, and would begin in October, and last as long as into May! Here in North Carolina the average temperatures in winter, even as a low, are warmer than a high temperature for Wisconsin winters. I have an adult daughter living in Wisconsin, with her little family, and I always feel guilty if I complain about the cold day(40-50 degrees), while she is in 8 degree weather there. The first year we moved out here, we were in hoodies and shirts in the 40 and 50 degree weather. Now that we have adjusted, I need a good jacket for the same weather. The crazy thing about North Carolina, is that we can have 70 degree weather in January and then a few days later have snow storm warnings. Its well worth the ups and downs to be close to the coast again though! I say again because I was born in Oregon, and lived there through my 20’s. As I sit here typing this out, it is very windy, as the forecasted winter storm approaches.
All of these adjustments and growth have been leading me to make some decisions about my goals for the year. Looking back on 2018, I had many adventures. I actually stepped out of my introverted life and entered into some pop-up markets, I started seriously designing knitwear, I created new and improved bag designs for my project bags, and have learned new ways to help me deal with my chronic pain. As far as the markets, I sold quite a bit in the first market, but each one following it became less and less. I added some items to my shop, in hopes to attract more people, but in the end, I was not happy. One thing I have decided, is that I will be limiting, if not stopping my hand dyed yarns and focus on my handmade items and designing. It is so hard to make money from hand dyed yarn. As dyers, we put a lot of time and thought into each skein that we dye. People do not appreciate the cost and time that it takes to create them. I am going to dye yarn, but what I sell will be very limited, I will actually sell some of my hand spun yarn this year as well. This gives me more time to focus on my designing, which I am very excited about! I have so many design ideas drawn out, it will take me years of designing to finish them all. My goal is publish one design per month. I am not sure I will reach that, it all depends on how smoothly the ideas go from paper to my needles. It is an exciting goal for me though, challenge accepted!
I will pause now, and hope I have not bored you all too much. Feel free to ask questions in the comments section, if you have any. I hope you have a wonderful week. Be creative, be you!
Below is a rough picture of my newest hat design that is scheduled to be published by the first week of February.
Yes, yes, I know….it hasn’t even been one week and I am back again.
I was cleaning up after my teenager’s New Year party, and there really wasn’t much to clean up! I stopped, and realized how lucky I am!
Not because my teenage son is responsible(although that is a wonderful thing!), but I am so lucky to have experienced all that I have, that got me to be where I am right this minute! I have made mistakes, I have surpassed goals, I have had failures, I have been blessed with 5 amazing kids, and I am married to an incredible man!
I like to take the end of the year to look back at the year; time spent, adventures taken, things that I did not plan for that happened……and things that I worked hard for to happen. Most of all, what did I learn. I have had a good year, and hope for the new year to be a good one as well. I will set some goals…..but I am realistic, and am honest with myself. I have never been one to deal well with stress, so I will not push myself to the point that I can not walk away having learned something.
Do you know what I mean?
If I push myself too hard, I will not be able to find the positive in it, whether I meet my goal or not. I don’t want to set myself up for failure, I just want to push myself out of my “comfort zone”, so that I can proceed with inner growth. SO, today I will think about what I want from this year, and start planning. Plan for the steps I will take to reach those goals, and plan that the universe will possibly throw a wrench in the works somewhere…..just so I can learn another new, unexpected lesson in life.
One thing I can promise, this year will be creative! I am hoping to spend more time at my spinning wheel. More time designing knitwear patterns, and I am hoping to get out at least one crochet pattern!
Do you set goals, or make New Year resolutions? Do you have a plan for the year?
I wish you all the best in this New Year, welcome 2019! Happy New Year to you all!
(Below is a photo from our last family adventure of this year, a trip to the mountains of NC.)
As the New Year approaches, I am starting a new adventure.
This is a fun, yet scary adventure for me.
I am going to share with all of you, a part of my life. My goal is to blog once a week, hopefully that is a small enough goal.
I will share what projects I am working on, any new designs in the works, and even a peek into my everyday life.
To begin, here is a bit more about me.
I am a mom to 5 amazing children. Three of which are grown and have started their own amazing little families. My oldest son and his wife have two children, a girl and a boy. My next in line is my oldest daughter, she and her husband have three beautiful little girls. Then my youngest daughter and her husband have two beautiful little girls. My last two at home are boys, one in High School, with plans for medical school, and my “baby”, age 12.
I am married to my best friend and soulmate.
Last, but not least, there is our incredible dog, Tucker, an 11 year old golden retriever.
As far as my knitting right now….
I have a bit of ADD when it comes to my projects. I always have at least 4 projects in the works at a time.
Right now I have 3, yes 3, sweaters in the works. I have a shawl pattern in the testing phase, soon to be released onRavelry . I am also working on a second hat design for my latest e-book that is on Ravelry, and an asymmetric shawl design. The picture below is a look at the shawl to be published in January.
Of the three sweaters, two are for me, and the last is for my hubby. I am having to make so many modifications for my husbands, so it keeps me on my toes, which I enjoy. I have always enjoyed challenging myself, I find it is the best way to learn!
I am in no rush at all for the sweaters, so that makes them more enjoyable.
Enjoy the project, day, year. Happy New Year to you!
What do you enjoy most about crafting, knitting, crocheting, or just life in general?
Do you like to work on just one project at a time, or do you have a few?