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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Afterglow


Okay, I was wrong - it's definitely not the first time and most certainly won't be the last.  And yes, I'm specifically talking about knitting here!  As I said yesterday,  I fell in love with the thick, undulating edge before I blocked it because it was so "curly" and fun.  But NOW,  I'm in love with how it drapes - yay!

Funny how when you lay something down wet sometimes it just looks like it's "laying there".  I know most of you knitters are probably saying to yourselves "well, yes. . .duh"; but I don't usually have quite as sinking a feeling as when I first put this one on the blocking table.  I had to step away (after uttering many "ohs" and sighing profusely).

Two days later - Surprise! I'm a beautiful shawl now!  I love how that happens!  So much better than the other way around.  Once again, totally love Cascade Yarns - they never let me down.  I'm so happy!


You can see this and some of my other designs in my Etsy shop:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/151159554/handknit-lace-edge-shawl-in-emerald?ref=shop_home_active

Monday, May 13, 2013

Pucker Up. . . OR, I Think I Liked It Better Before I Blocked It

Has this ever happened to you? You spend hours knitting a piece with a new stitch pattern, not quite sure what the outcome will be but trusting through it.  Then you bind off, still not entirely sure it meets your vision, and voila! - you end up with a funky version of what you thought it was going to be.  Sounds like something out of a children's book, I know, but this happens quite a bit in knitting when you're the designer as well.  The process is half fun, half mystery and hope.

So. . . .  here's the latest item to have just this type of thing happen.  I picked up some Emerald Green Cascade 220 at WEBS last week (at a great price!) and decided to make a shawl.  Since I don't have anything Emerald green in my Etsy shop and it's the "Color of the Year" according to Pantone, I figured okay, now's a good time to do this.  I love half-circle shawls - I just think they're so romantic - but designing my own is still quite the process.  Usually I cast-on and undo at least 3 - 5 times before the base really starts to gel with me and I feel like I'm on the right path.  And I also love shawls that are not too fussy with a bit of lace edging.

The result is a vivid green stockinette body shawl with a few inches of lacy edging.  I love it - BUT, I think I liked it better before I blocked it.  The lace created a puckered effect and its own scalloped edge - so fun!  Take a look. . .


Being a dutiful-process knitter, I then proceeded to block it.  I always do this by soaking thoroughly in wool wash for at least a half-hour, rinsing, rolling in a towel, shaping, etc.- you get the picture.  So now, it's drying.  But all the "curl-ups" and squishy texture seem to be gone.  After all, blocking is done in order to even everything out.  Don't know if I'll do that next time around.

To be continued. . .  let's see what happens when it's fully dry.  Sigh.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Knit Red Everyone!



Lots of good stuff happening today.  For starters, it's FRIDAY - so yayyyy!!!!

It's also February 1st, national Wear Red Day, a campaign movement founded in an effort to raise public awareness about heart disease in women.  To find out more about this campaign for good health, check out their website:  http://www.goredforwomen.org/ 

In tribute to this unofficial holiday, today I am releasing the knitting pattern for the I Give My Heart Cowl.  Now you can wear it and knit it, too!  Although I posted about the hand knit cowl a couple of weeks ago, it seemed only fitting to release the pattern today.  After all, why shouldn't everyone share their "heart" in a glorious color?

Here are the pattern links:

Ravelry:   http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/i-give-you-my-heart-cowl

Craftsy:  http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/knitting/accessory/i-give-you-my-heart-cowl/43405?fresh=true

Etsy:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/120673850/i-give-you-my-heart-handknit-cowl-in?nc=1

Or, if you prefer a finished product, you can purchase one here:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/120673850/i-give-you-my-heart-handknit-cowl-in

Wishing everyone a "heartfelt" good weekend - full of good Red things, and most of all, LOVE!

Friday, January 25, 2013

My Romance


Once upon a time there was a little girl who wanted to sew all day long.  She waited patiently for the opportunity to sneak in a little sewing time in between living her life in all the ways that were expected of her and doing what she thought would make her happy.  And she was happy; raising her children, learning to cook really delicious meals - doing all the domestic things she was so fond of while working various jobs outside the home to bring in a little money.  When she had the luxury of free time, yes, she would sneak in her beloved sewing - Halloween costumes for the kids, curtains, outfits for work. . .  The years went by and overall, life was good.

But something was missing.  She always felt there was an easier, happier way to do what she loved and still provide an income.  Making a living creating was not something in fashion during her young adult years.  Later as she approached middle age, creating was always looked at as a "hobby", not a way to make a living.  People guffawed at the very mention of it.

Then one day, she woke up to find she was now approaching what some would call "the golden years" of her life.  The world had changed - drastically.  All of a sudden, it seemed all the world was in love with everything handmade.  Sewing, knitting, baking, gardening, you name it.  Young mothers everywhere decided that yes, staying home and making a go of it right from their very own homes was not only practical but "chic" as well.  Upcycled and sustainable became buzzwords and blogging was the new "it thing."

I applaud this change.  I'm that little girl inside. Knitting has now taken over that passion for sewing and is part of my everyday life.  I've always wanted to work from home, creating something that deeply reflects my own expression of art.  For me, the fiber arts ignite my passion, literally, one stitch at a time.  

I encourage every one of you out there, man or woman, to pursue what it is that ignites your passion and follow your own bliss.  What could be more romantic than that?

Oh yes, I almost forgot; the Romance scarf is here - my version of what romance looks like in fiber.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/121406718/romance-handknit-lace-scarf-in-amethyst

Friday, January 18, 2013

Heart of My Hearts

This week has just flown by. . . does it feel that way for you?  Here it is Friday and I feel like I lost a couple of days there somehow.  Maybe it's because I haven't accomplished as much as I usually do.  Designing is an organic process for me and sometimes, the first or even the third trial just doesn't cut it.  I have visions of what I want the finished product to be, I start knitting, but something's not quite right - the yarn is too thin, the design doesn't show up like I pictured it - you get the picture.  

At times like these, I keep repeating "I think I can, I think I can. . ." over and over again.  Having read The Little Engine That Could about a thousand times to my (now adult) children, that message has not been wasted on me!

And so, inspired by the colors of Valentine's Day candy and the ongoing theme of the season, here's the first of my Love Is In The Air Collection (created by me, hee-hee!).  It was an intricate design to implement, but by golly, I'm happy with the results. This also ties in perfectly with the upcoming Wear Red Day on February 1.  Even though I wasn't thinking about that when designing it, the result is what I would call a happy accident!   

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the I Give You My Heart Cowl. . .



Hope you all like it - it's available in my Etsy store now.  



Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Valentine's Day Candy



There's some Valentine's Day candy at the studio today.  Take a look at these gorgeous colors - just waiting to be knit up into something sweet and delicious!  Every time I look at them, I smile.  Isn't that what Valentine's Day should be about - lovely pinks and reds with white as the perfect backdrop?

So, how did everyone fare over the holidays?  Even though they are barely behind us, it feels so long ago already - to me, anyway.  I'm looking forward to knitting and living my way through 2013 - how about you? Do you have any special plans or goals for 2013?  I know everyone asks this question, but it is inspiring to hear what others are working on in their individual lives.  Everyone's dream is important to them, no matter how many times it may have been expressed in conversations or otherwise.

As for me, other than the knitting thing, I am resolving (cough) to post on this blog at least once a week since whenever I come back to it and look at the previous post dates, I'm amazed at how long it's been - again.  What can I say, life takes over and I'm knitting, people!

Drop me a line and let me know what YOU are doing, won't you?  Love to see what's happening out there!
Hugs and kisses!



Friday, November 23, 2012

Happy Holiday Weekend! And So It Begins. . .

Well, here we are again - it's Holiday Time!

First off, Happy Thanksgiving Weekend Everyone.  Though this is an American holiday, the good cheer is felt around the globe, I think.  It's the perfect opportunity to take a step back and be thankful to all those who touch our lives in one way or another.  So let me just say it right now - Thank You Everyone and thank you God for allowing me the privilege of expressing my gratitude!



So what did everyone do today?  Laze a bit. . .?  Feels so good, doesn't it?  Not having to be somewhere "at the ready" for just a couple of days does wonders for the body and mind.  I have always worked retail; so this year, not having to, I really am so grateful!  I will forever be that nice customer to anyone who works retail at any time of year but especially today!

I'm moving this weekend and so I'm pooped in a different way - can't stand thinking about having to unload something yet again tonight but in the meantime, just wanted to take a moment to say "hey"!

And of course, the knit goes on. . .  Here's a little more eye candy for you from my Etsy shop
www.lovelylittleknits.etsy.com


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