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New Things

Goodness I have been busy lately. Most of it has been things behind the scenes that isn’t visible. Over the past year I’ve had the debate raging in my head of where to go next with my designs. Do I open my own store? Do I go back to Etsy? Do I keep going as normal? Then Craftsy changed things up, and all my stuff was gone from there, and I was pretty annoyed at the idea of uploading everything again. That made the debate go even more. So, the decision was made to go ahead and set up a store on here.

Once my choice was made, it was all about dealing with the logistics. Tax numbers needed to be obtained (that was being taken care of by other places). Once I was legal all over, I could start the store for reals. I listed everything and was all set. But, now what? At this point, I am looking at making sure I have some sort of advertising campaign going.

Of course while I was doing all this, I needed to make sure that the designs didn’t fall through the cracks. No point in having my own store if I have nothing new to put into it. Right now, I have three projects in testing. That means August will be busy with launches. 😀 Here are some pics of what is coming down the pipe!

Socks:

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Hooded Cowl:

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Scarf:

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And a sweater (about to go to editing and also get a proper photo shoot):

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I also have a couple other things in progress. One is a scarf made with mini skeins:

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And a Game of Thrones inspired snowflake shawl:

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I can’t wait to get these all out to everyone. 😀 I think I need to do a brain storming session soon, though. I’m hoping to get these latest in progress items finished in the next 3 weeks to get them all out for editing. 😀 I will be sure to post in the patterns page when these each launch!

Photography

Up and Running

It’s been a while since I had planned to get going on all things photography. But, life has a way of getting crazy. However, I have finally managed to get started. Part of it is finding a platform. A big deterrent in my getting started was the idea of how to get the product out the door. If only I had a way that people could order and someone else would do the work. Enter Society6. Depending on the art that is uploaded, the artist can choose what their art will be used to create. Such as wall hangings, bath mats, curtains, pillows, iphone cases, etc. There are a lot of options. I’m working on my editing to get the images to the sizes needed to add other products to the list, but I have been able to make them available for various types and sizes of wall art, mugs, phone cases, etc. Here are the examples of the images I have been able to upload so far:

Pink Flowrs 3//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Rose Bush//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

pink flowers 2//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Blueberries//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

I will of course be adding more photo’s as I go, and I will post them here. Until then, be sure to check out my store!

How To

How To’s

Welcome to my “How To” section. My goal over the next few months will be to start writing up some detailed posts on various topics, such as how to do a heel turn on a sock, or how a sweater is constructed. I am hoping to get a number of topics covered to help people when getting started on a new skill.

Patterns

Chocolate Cupcake Shawl

Another new release! This is my Chocolate Cupcake Shawl. It gets its name from the yarn I used. It reminded me of a chocolate cupcake with an espresso frosting. This design is a higher level of difficulty. There are no rest rows with this pattern. Every single row has increases and decreases to create the tight pattern look that I wanted. It definitely is not travel knitting, because your attention will be needed. However, it the design on the shawl is written to be repeated as many times as you want. If you are looking for a much larger shawl, just keep repeating until it is the size you desire. For a shorter shawlette, just do fewer repeats. The information on the amount of yarn needed will vary depending on how large you want your shawl I used 2 skeins of the Freia Ombré Sport in the espresso colorway to create the shawl pictured here. Also, to get the gradient pictured below, I started skein one from the light end and knit until the end, then I started skein two from the dark end to match where the first one ended.

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Cupcake shawl 1

Patterns

Speckled Mitts

I was so distracted with the holidays, that I completely dropped the ball on here! Time for me to play catch up. I released a couple new patterns at the end of November. First up is Speckled Mitts. These were fingerless mittens I designed for a friend. They are a simple two stitch pattern that is very easy to remember. It gives a thicker fabric, but does leave some air holes, so they aren’t overly warm. I love the feel of the texture of these mitts. I hope you love them, too!

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GAL 2018

It is almost that time of year. When gifting starts to consume a large part of our brain. To help with that, the 6th annual Gift-a-long is here! You will see stuff from hundreds of designers, and there is a great chat group going that is helping to encourage each other to get those gifts out quickly. If you are interested in joining the gift-a-long group head over to Ravelry! I have also signed up to be one of the participating designers. It should be a lot of fun!

There are even lots of lovely prizes that can be won! But, you have to be a group member to fully participate in that. All the details are at the link I shared above. 😀

My Post

Wood Burning

Welcome!

Welcome to my wood burning project area. I plan to post my latest projects that have been completed. When things are listed for sale, I will also direct you to where you can buy them. I am currently working on a run of keychains to get my stock of those up. I will also be working on ornaments and things that I hope to get up in the next couple months. Of course, I will also have larger wall hanging type things for house decor. Stay tuned!!

Blog

Going Mobile

I am very excited to say that I am now mobile with my business stuff. Yay! One of the difficult parts of working from having RA is that sometimes sitting at the computer is very painful. If I’m not able to sit at the computer to work, I tend to get a bit grumpy, because I feel like I’ve wasted the day. I really haven’t, since I was trying to get myself feeling better, but still. I had an old MacBook that I fired up to get it up and running over the last week only to find that it had hit the end of its life. I tried listening to a Facebook live last night and the headphone port was all messed up. I also tried to install the latest OS on the Mac, and it said I was out of hard drive space. Apparently it only came with 125Gb, which is not much now days. I’ll get it all cleaned up and delete everything I can, but it will only be able to be used as a word processor. That’s if nothing else fails on it, but I’m not holding my breath. Unfortunately my novel I am working on is on that laptop, in a program that I bought as Mac only. Oh well. I’ll get it all printed (I think I already did, but I need to find the print out), and just do my edits and rewrites over here.

But, since I am now mobile, that means I’ll be able to do more to engage my audience. I will be able to do more blog posts and updates on Facebook. Plus it should mean a faster turn around on my edits for my editor. 😀 I even have the design software installed on here. I usually struggle to get it to work, but it was all smooth today. Except Photoshop. That little bugger took 3 attempts to get it to install. And to ensure no storage issues, I got a 4TB external drive to go with this bad boy. 😀 I’ll be good for storage for quite some time. The laptop itself already came with a 225GB SSD card, and 1TB hard drive, so it was already fine. But, I wasn’t taking any chances.

I’m looking forward to pushing hard the next few months to get some great stuff out to everyone!!