New Things

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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!

Slowly getting things done

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Hello!! As I’m sure you’ve noticed I’ve started a new endeavor. I’ve started selling essential oils. I’m just getting started, so you might get a few more posts over there compared to normal. Sorry about that. But, I assure you that while that is also one of my businesses, the crafty stuff is still number one. So on that front, I’ve been working hard to get things done. The design stuff is in the off-season, as I mentioned last time. But, ti’s only off-season when it comes to releases. I actually have two things still on the go. Other than that, let’s see what I have done.

First, here are mittens that will be going into testing in the new year. These are currently called Speckled Mitts, but we’ll see if that name sticks.

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This is really the only finished product right now, but that’s okay. I’ve been pretty busy. I will hopefully have a finished pair of socks this weekend. Oh, and I’ll have a post shortly regarding a test knit I just finished for YONY. Watch for that soon!

Where has 2018 gone?

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My goodness, this year has flown by! Thankfully there are still 2 months left to go before the end of the year, but for me, it’s now entering my “off” season. This means that I am doing very little in terms of designs. I will work on creating them, and knitting them, but no new testing will begin until the new year. I do have a shawl in testing right now, though! More on that in a moment. With the holidays coming up, people are very busy with their own stuff. They are knitting gifts, making other gifts, getting ready with decorations, preparing for get togethers, and so on. They are way too busy to test knit things for people. And since my next test is going to be a sweater, I need more than one person to test it for me.

So, first off, lets talk about that shawl. This is my Chocolate Cupcake Shawl. I have given testers an end date of November 30, because again, with the holidays and things coming up, I didn’t want people to feel rushed and crazy. So, that will get a release just before Christmas. It’s designed to use a fade yarn. I chose Freia in a sport weight, and went from light to dark in one ball, then dark to light in the next. It gave it a great fade throughout. The other nice part, is that the repeat is able to just go on and on, for as long as you want it to. That means it’s very customizable.

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The other thing I have been puttering on is a bullet journal. I’m very knew to this, only two weeks in. And it’s pretty epic. lol I don’t know where this has been all my life! I like to have things written down and accountable, but at the same time, I don’t like to be confined by a regular schedule. When I sit there and say Wednesday I will do X and Y, I get bummed when I can’t do X and Y, and then my agenda looks all scratched up. lol It’s also not good when you have no idea when an RA flare will hit. But, I have the bullet journal set up to write down actual scheduled items, but I also have a running to do list that I can mark complete regardless of when I do them. And if I don’t finish them? I put this little arrow next to it to say look at next week, and add it to the next to do list. It takes a lot of the stress away. And I get to putter on it and make doodles, which is always fun. One of the things in my bullet journal is weekly blog posts. So, I should be able to get caught up on everything soon. I did make some fingerless mittens that have been sent off to a friend to keep her fingers warm. 🙂 These are also my own design, and I’ll be putting these up for testing at some point. I’m not sure if I’ll wait until January, or go ahead and post them now. It could be a great Christmas knit, so I might end up putting them up and seeing how it goes. I know it breaks the winding down phase of the year, but they are finished on my end. I do have to get them tech edited, though, so that might be an expense to save for next year. Untitled

Finished projects

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I actually finished something for myself, that isn’t my own design. Before Christmas I decided to join the Miss Babs Knitting Tour for 2018. I kept missing it in the past, but this time I managed to get in. 😀 I was very excited. First up was a lovely wrap called Opaline Wrap and it is by Ambah O’Brien. It is so pretty! It had just enough change to keep it interesting, and definitely kept in the “one more section” category. Sometimes it was hard to put down. It was so easy to remember where I left off, though, when I did have to put it down. I mean, I had to eat and sleep eventually, right? I still need to block this, but it is 100% done, with even the ends woven in. 😀  And I love it. I can’t wait for the next shipment for this. It comes every quarter, so I should get the next one in June.

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I have also been working on some gifts. This is one of the gift pairs that I completed. They are waiting for a wash and light block. They are my own pattern called Leaves Galore. I also have another pair of these on the go for another gift pair.

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Then there are these guys. They were a test knit that I finished not that long ago. They are a bit too big for me, which was all my fault. I have been loosening up my gauge more than I thought the last few months, so I was off with these socks. I’ve been working on tightening my gauge again to have it where I need it to be. It’s getting much better. These socks were so fast to knit, and match a hat pattern that the designer has as well. These are Angels Flight Socks, by Jessie Ksanznak.

And I almost forgot my Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli. Honestly, there isn’t a single pattern by Joji that I don’t like, and I am trying to make time to knit through them all. This picture makes it look like it should be for a T-Rex. lol But, it designed to be an oversized body, which means you only need about 6″ of arm. It is so comfortable, and I wear it a lot. I probably should have gone up one more size to get the arm length right, since this comes just below my elbow. But, as a knitter, that ended up being the best possible length.

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And of course, we have Jesse’s Girl by Kate Oates. I love this sweater. It hasn’t been cold enough for me to wear it a lot, but I absolutely love it. I went with Miss Babs yarn for this one, in this light dusty pink color, and it’s so pretty. I did change the neck a bit, because it was lower cut than I would like. Sometimes the “girls” have issues with necklines that are too low. But, I just added a bit to the front to bring it up and that seems to do the trick. 😀 It has been cool enough, that if I’m out for a bit, I could probably wear a tank top with this sweater and it would be awesome. I’ll have to remember that if it cools off again.

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Phew! I think that is it for the most part right now. I know I have a couple more things, but I can’t think of them and I didn’t put them into Flickr. lol Hopefully I’ll have another post soon, that isn’t so long!!