2017 Wind Down

The past year has been great fun. I began my design business at the end of 2016, but really got things rolling in 2017. I managed to launch 7 patterns, and have one more that has finished testing and is ready to launch. I also have one more in the pipes that needs testing. That overlap is bound to happen every year, especially when dealing with gift knitting for Christmas. I have been honored to have some fantastic testers this past year. They have been so great to work with.

I have a great work space that I can now enjoy. That unfortunately meant things were put aside to get it done. We worked hard on two bedrooms upstairs to create my husbands office, and our art/design studio. Here is my work space before I put in all my stuff.

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The studio is working great for me. I have a large table and lots of space to spread out all the papers. This has meant some new designs are just about finished their draft process, and are ready to be knit by me.

So, what does 2018 bring? Well, for starters, more patterns. I’m sure that the pattern needing launching, which is the Celtic Cable Cowl/Scarf will be delayed until sometime in January. The scarf still needs completion, and even though I knit on it every day it doesn’t seem to get any longer. It has to be getting longer, but it feels like it’s taking forever. I’m hoping one more week will see this scarf finished and get its fringe. Then it’s pictures, pattern edit, and launch.

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The cowl has been done for quite some time. But, I just really need pictures of the scarf version.

I also have a pair of socks that I completely dropped the ball on. I am almost finished the first sock, and will be putting them up for testing in a few weeks. They don’t quite fit the 2018 theme of color, but as my husband says ‘they do have color’. hehe These are my number one to do after the scarf. Sort of. (Pardon the Moose pajamas. I don’t plan on putting on real pants today, at all. lol)

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The sort of portion of those socks is that I am starting the knitting on a blanket design starting next week. It’s a log cabin style blanket, and fits with the 2018 theme of color. It will be color blocks that get picked up off the other blocks. The yarn for it has arrived already. I chose Knit Picks Brava Worsted for a couple reasons. One is that I already have the grey that I wanted to use, and two it’s machine washable to the nth degree. I love having a blanket that I don’t need to be concerned with. I want to just toss it in the washer. We also have 2 cats, so being able to easily wash it is a must. They love knit items and shed like crazy! This is all the yarn I purchased for the next two projects the balls are for the blanket, and the skeins are for a fingering weight double knit scarf.

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Be sure to stay tuned as things get rolling for the new year. I hope everyone enjoys their New Years eve celebrations! Make it a safe one!

Finished Gifts

Now that the gifts have been opened, I can post about what I made my parents. Mom requested a vest, so I cast on Gamine for her. I used Madeline Tosh Vintage in the Arctic colorway, and was so happy with it! It’s a heck of a knit, with a ton of pattern, but is so nice. I absolutely loved the pattern.

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My dad wanted warm gloves, so I ended up designing something for him. So many patterns just weren’t working out for me, so I decided to make something that seemed to fit what I wanted. Problem number 1 is that knit gloves are not that warm. The wind will go through the holes from the knit stitches very easily. My solution was to double the knit. I knit 4 gloves, and then put them with their wrong sides together. After stitching them in a few places to hold them together, I crocheted an edging to hold the wrists together and not have them looking ragged. I think they turned out okay, but it was not an easy endeavor. It took me a couple months of fooling around with them and knitting and frogging to finally get them to a stage that they A) looked like gloves, and B) would fit. It would have been easier if he had wanted mittens. hehe

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Now I am on to socks for myself. I needed something else to work on, and ended up with a case of start-up-itis. I am making Take Five socks in my November 2017 sock club yarn from Into the Whirled.

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Thanks for reading! I hope you have been enjoying your holidays, and that 2018 fulfills all your yarny dreams!

The planning stages

One of the things that makes the end of the year even crazier, as if getting Christmas knitting finished isn’t enough, is the planning for the next year. I have two separate lists…maybe three…that are going for next year. First is the personal knitting. There are things I want to make in my free time, and I tend to set some goals there. Second is my business knitting. It’s good to get a few things planned out, so I can hit the ground running. The maybe third is a gift list. I like to get a running list of gifts that I want to make for people this year. That can be for Christmas, birthdays, or just surprises. For example, I have plans for making socks for a couple folks next year.

To start the year I have plans for a log cabin style blanket. It is already mapped out, and I’ll be starting it after the holidays are done. The pattern is mapped out, but I still need to do my gauge swatch to see what I need for stitches and things. I also haven’t quite decided on needle size. I do, however, have the yarn!

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This is a pile of Brava Worsted from Knit Picks. There are 4 colors here, and I have a fifth down in the craft room that is all set to go. I also have a couple skeins of Cloud Alpaca in there (also Knit Picks), for a cowl that is not planned out yet. The needles are for socks, because I am always short on the 2.25mm and 2.5mm needles. hehe For now, I am off to get some work done on this scarf for the Celtic Cable Scarf/Cowl pattern that I really need to get out by year end this year. 😀 I am about 1/3 of the way through, but I keep getting distracted by other things. I’m so terrible for that this time of the year anyway.

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Thanks for reading!

It’s about time!

Well, it has taken me ages, but I am finally getting out to get some pictures. It’s limited still, but the holly tree out front is in full berry, so I had to grab some shots.  I have also pulled up some old pictures that are on this computer and have done an edit and watermark on them. The plan right now is to put up prints on Etsy. I haven’t decided if I will print them myself or not. Right now, I think I’ll go to a photo place to get them professionally printed, until I work out the kinks. I have no plans for framing at this stage. I don’t have the set up to make or store frames. Here is a peek at todays work.

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Hopefully I’ll work through some more photos and get things transferred over to this main computer for editing. Slowly I will get things streamlined and things will be properly segmented.

Thanks for reading!

House projects

As you can imagine, projects can cover a wide gambit of topics. For me, it’s usually knitting related, but I am a general crafter, so I also do ceramics painting, wood working, crochetting, needlepoint, etc etc. I also do work around the house. J and I decided this past summer that we would do some renovations around the house. The first step was getting a contractor in for the big stuff that we just didn’t have the time for. That meant the contractor would take care of the kitchen and master bathroom.  We did the design for both, and they carried out the vision….with my overseeing and ever watchful eye. Those projects took way long than they should have, and here we are 2 months after the actual work completion, and the contractor has not collected his final payments on those jobs yet.I might regret using a contractor just a bit. sigh Oh well. Anyway, the rooms turned out really nice. We are really in love with our master bath. I can’t get it into a single picture, though, so here it is:

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As for the kitchen, it now has function and flow, which it was lacking before. We added the peninsula to give extra storage, and a place to use for baking. It has been awesome! (Just ignore all the papers and junk collecting on it right now. lol I’ll be cleaning later today. The pics are pre-junk, so we’re good. hehe)

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We are apparently gluttons for punishment, because at the end of November we decided it was time to tackle the remaining two bedrooms upstairs. We knew it would be a lot of work, but we were up to it. We set aside two weeks to tear up the carpet and padding, and all the staples and tack strips. Then we had to put down new plywood on the sub floor. Of course, all the baseboards had to come up as well, seeing as how the building installed them right on the sub floor. facepalm From there it was all about drywall repairs and painting. The rooms turned out fantastic! I don’t have pics of J’s office, but it looks really good. I do have pics of the other room, which is now the Studio. We can use it for anything artistic, so it has computers, art supplies, ceramics, etc. We finished on the 13th of December with the electrician coming in to install an outlet and the ceiling fans, so we could get the furniture for the rooms built and installed.

My work space:
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J’s work space:

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Since these pictures were taken, we installed lights on the wall above each desk for better lighting. The ceiling fans have a single edison bulb, which gives a soft light, but not near enough to work by.

I have already used the space to do some design planning. Before the end of the year, I will be making a post of what is coming up for 2018. I’m still planning it all out a bit, and trying to decide on my main goal, but I do have a design started that will be following next years theme, which is color. I wanted something large for a theme to keep it being something I could be inspired by. Color will include anything and everything. The current design is a log cabin style blanket. I also have thoughts of a double knit project and fair isle projects or other color work. It will be a colorful 2018!

Christmas gifts are done, on to me presents!

Yes, I have finished my Christmas knitting. Now, before you get jealous, I will put in the explanation that I really only made two gifts. I seriously limited what I am knitting for people. I have a gift for each of my parents, and that is it. 😀 I do have a WIP that I am working on for J that is partly done, but it’s not a Christmas present, since he knows I’m doing it.

With that being said, I finished a scarf for myself. I decided to try Tunisian Crochet, and see what it was like. I picked up some Tunisian needles and found myself a pattern on Ravelry. I ended up choosing the Tunisian Resolution Scarf. It’s a fantastic pattern! It is just complicated enough to keep my attention, yet describes everything with pictures, so that even a beginner will understand. So, back and forth I went until it was super long….like down to my knees long. I love it. I did the basic width that the pattern described, since it doesn’t get all that cold down here for me. But it’s also long enough that I can wrap it around my neck twice and it’s still a good length.

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Other than that, I am working on one of my designs that will be coming soon. It’s a cabled cowl/scarf. It has been tested, but I need scarf pics, so I am plugging away at finishing that. Also, I’m working on my double knit blanket still. This is the Grand Quest Blanket, which I got through the compilation. It’s fabulous! Here are some of my squares so far:

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Now that I have updated what is going on with my projects, it’s time to get back to working on them! Thanks for reading!