A Recap of 2020

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Well, I don’t think 2020 was what anyone expected. It seemed like a great way to reset and start over. We didn’t realize just how much that would ring true. Many of us had to adjust our way of living, the way we work, and how we interreacted with people. I am lucky that I work for myself, which meant I was already at home. But, what I didn’t anticipate was the mental struggle that would ensue. I did make some good use of my time though. I decided to continue with my plan of going through and editing all my patterns that were not already tech edited. That was going to mean a large expense on my part, but I felt it was important to make sure that the integrity of all my work was at the same level. So, onward I trudged. I manage to get all but 4 of my patterns edited. Those last 4 will be worked on over the next couple weeks, and then will go off to my editor. In addition to all that editing, I also did a complete redesign of my Winter Storm Socks, and my Diamonds at Sea Socks . Both of these patterns were redesigned, and made to look much better. I also made new samples for better pictures of those patterns. The Winter Storm Socks also had all three sizes reworked, because as I started to dive into edits, I realized that I had some very fatal flaws in that pattern. All has been fixed, and it is better than ever!

Over this year I have tried to keep up with my regular releases as well. I managed to release 9 patterns. That is less than I wanted, but I had a few months where I’m not even sure I could remember my own name if I were asked. So, 9 seems pretty good. Also, that did include a couple patterns. I have one more sweater that has been held up in editing, so it won’t get out by year end. Also, I have one more sweater that is about to go to editing, so I’ll already have 2 to start 2021. 😀 I was able to get out some cute sock patterns, which I was very happy about. As well as a shawl pattern that has been in my head for well over a year. The Ice Queen Wrap was in my head for a while, and I already knew what yarn I was going to use. Thankfully I was able to finish that this year and get it published as well. I think my Wave over Wave sweater is one of my favorites. I wear that all the time. It’s oversized and cozy, but has some holes for breathability. I am hot all the time, so that makes this sweater perfect!

For 2021, I have similar goals as I did for 2020. Mostly I want to try and release 12 patterns this year. I am hoping I can hit that number, but if I do only sweaters and shawls/wraps that will be hard to do. If I’m smart I will make sure to make time for socks and fingerless mittens. Although, I do have plans for a cowl already. lol! At least that won’t take me too long to do, and should only be about 4 pages for the pattern. That’s not horrible. In addition to the patterns, I want to increase my social media presence. I would like to do a blog post every week, maybe every other week. I would like to continue my “how to knit” series. I have already started the next post for that, on how to work cables. Perhaps I will start a new series on how to knit sweaters. I already have a series on socks, so that might be a good way to go. I just thought of what to add in that cable blog post. I think I will create a dish cloth that can be knit by anyone working along with the tutorial. I need to take pictures anyway, so that sounds perfect.

My other hope for 2021 is better health. My back freaked out, and we can’t get it fixed. I’ve been working with a chiropractor, but it’s still pretty bad. I have to limit the amount of time I sit, and if I’m not sitting, I’m mostly laying down. That makes knitting complicated. It’s going to be hard to meet my goals if I can’t knit. But, I’m putting one foot in front of the other and doing all my stretches and exercises with hopes of feeling better very soon!

Well, I think that is it for the recap of this past year. I hope you and yours are all safe and healthy!

Cyberweek Sale!

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Starting today, and running through to the end of the day December 2, 2020 (eastern time), I have 20% off everything in my shop. Along with that, the sale is also happening through my Payhip account, as well as in Etsy. To get the discount on my site and Payhip, you will need to use the code ‘Cyberweek’. Etsy should do it automatically. 😀 Each design and finished good will link you to the various locations where you can find the items. Note: This sale is not running through LoveCrafts or Ravelry. This particular sale is for both patterns and finished goods. 😀

Also, I am participating in the Ravelry Gift A Long 2020. These sales are not connected in any way. My Cyberweek sale is for those who cannot or do not go to Ravelry. If you are interested in the Gift A Long, head over to the Ravelry page. There are 250 designers participating in this sale, and there are prizes to be won for project completions and fun games to play. 🙂 Each designer has a bundle of up to 20 patterns that are included in the sale. The sale there runs from Nov 24, 8pm eastern, until the end of the day Nov 30, 2020. The festivities of the Knit/Crochet a long will run until December 31.

And for a fun picture, here is Daisy kitty inspecting the latest box of yarn to come into the house. This is from the big Knit Picks sale that has been going on, and has enough for 3 sweaters and 2 scarves…at least. haha!!


New Release! Ice Queen Wrap

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I have thankfully been able to work a bit more lately. It’s been a rough couple months over here at chez TLCrafts. Unfortunately, I have an issue with my SI joints, which means constant back pain, leg pain, and difficulty sitting upright. So, as you can imagine, blogging and even knitting and most everything else is difficult. This wrap was finished before that happened, and went through the tech editing phase while I was laid up. Then it sat for weeks. I finally did the last tiny edit, and have released it! It sucked that it had to sit, because I absolutely love this wrap. It’s light and airy, and the yarn is so nice! I love the white to blue gradation in it. It fit perfectly with the Ice theme, and the snowflake motif. I also made it so that I could use as much of that yarn as possible. You just keep repeating the pattern until you have what you think is enough to work the last 1/2″ of the border and bind off. It makes the pattern very flexible for using different yarns. You can make it longer, shorter, or even more narrow if you want to remove some repeats. It’s so easy to modify to meet your personal tastes. 😀

I hope you love it!!

New Release – Heat Wave Socks

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Hello! I have finally released my Heat Wave Socks pattern. This little guy was not cooperating with me for the longest time. But, it pulled itself together and has now finished Tech Editing and Testing! It passed both with flying colors. 😀 Now it can be yours. These socks are great for any kind of weather, but especially for warmer weather. The great thing about hand knit socks is that you really can wear them year round. The lace detail in these socks gives some lovely air holes for breezes and AC to travel through to cool those feet down. I have to wear socks all the time thanks to foot issues, but if I have to wear them all the time, they may as well be cute, right? The pattern on these socks was designed to mimic the heat waves that come off pavement in the hot weather. You know the ones that seem to shimmer off the road like a mirage? The pattern zig zags up the leg to give a lot of interest. They also have a bit of a relaxed fit because of the lace, but are not droopy on the legs. If you have (as one of my testers put it) “fluffy” calves, then these will fit great! This pattern is worked cuff down, with a heel flap and gusset.

I hope you love them!!