I’m quite proud and rather in love with this FO. My first Curious Handmade pattern, my first crescent shawl, my first star stitch, my first picot bind off and my first time using this base. Love the results!!! And I learned so much!
The Talisman Shawl is the first shawl in Helen Stewart‘s The Shawl Society six month series. This one, a medium size, is knit on the Elizabeth Bennet base, a merino/bamboo/silk blend, in Frisky Cardinals and Frisky Cardinals Blue by Yarn Love Yarns. I’ve worn the shawl daily since finishing and definitely plan on making at least one more, possibly in the large size.
I’ve been working on quite a few different projects. I’ve worked on my own designs and on another person’s design. As a result I have lots of WIPs to show you today.
Here’s my knit blanket sample:
It’s longer than when you last saw it. It may be going on hiatus for the summer. A blanket on your lap during the hot months is not ideal.
I worked on my Snips and Snails socks. The first sock is finished except for weaving in ends and I’m heading down the leg of the other!
I pulled my Rona Socks out of the WIP basket when I needed a mindless knit project. The ribbing and about 5 cm of leg was completed before. I’m at the point of starting the heel now.
I’ve been working on a design. It will either be a shrug or a shell. Right now I’m leaning towards a shell.
The main thing I am working on however is a shawl from another designer’s pattern. I joined Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade’s The Shawl Society. It’s a mystery knit-a-long with a twist. There are six shawl patterns being published one per month starting June 9. Each is published in its entirety but we only get hints about it beforehand. I joined in to expand my knitting skills and because I love shawls! There are mini-KALs for each shawl and an overarching KAL for the six. Prizes are involved. So is a great knitting community. The forum thread on Ravelry for this first shawl, Talisman Shawl, grows by leaps and bounds. I’m pages behind on the thread-I think there are over eighty pages now! I love the pattern and Helen’s design layout. It’s almost addictive to work on the shawl.
I have two FOs (finished objects) today! And they are both old ones!
I don’t remember when I first started this one. I think the yarn is from Tanis Fiber Arts but I don’t remember the colourway other than it was leftovers. It’s wasn’t in my Ravelry Projects until today. When I couldn’t find it there I tracked down the pattern page and entered it in. But it’s finished now which is great because I’m growing out a pixie cut. It’s the perfect time for a headband.
This one I started on May 9, 2014. I was one of the testers for the design. I finished the knitting on Nov. 23, 2014 but today I finished weaving in the ends. It still needs blocking so you may/may not consider it complete. I do. Unblocked the long edge is more than my wingspan! I’m afraid to see how big it grows during blocking!
I don’t know why I waited so long on the finishing these. Life just got in the way I guess. I loved the Drachenfels and planned on making another. I have too many projects on the go right now but when I get those under control maybe…
I have many Works In Progress (WIPs) but only a few are active so those are the ones I’ll talk about today. All three are design samples, two for the same design.
This is a Jayven Blanket in the double bed size. The finished product, once photographed, will be donated to a refugee family coming here soon. The squares are complete. I just need to join them and add the border.
This is a Jayven Blanket in a king bed size. I’m working on the last rounds on the squares.
And this is the JJ Afghan. It’s about a third complete. It depends if JJ, my nephew slows on the growth spurts. The finished sample will be his fifth birthday gift.
It’s hard to believe it’s the first day of spring already but today is the vernal equinox. We’re still in minus temperatures as often as positive although hitting positives is a good sign! Mira is shedding like crazy! So it must be Spring!
Today, I have some design peeks and some stash additions. I finished crocheting and knitting both March designs. I still need to finish the patterns but the basics are already there. I need to lay them out and measure them pre-blocking. I hope to block them both tomorrow.
I took the week off design samples and started replenishing my stock of available dishcloths. I offerred them to my old coworkers. I heard back quickly from two ladies wanting six each. I plan to bring extras with me when I go in on Monday in case some of the other ladies in the office see them and decide to buy some too. I have a few Anya and lots of Alys. Alys is quicker for me; I’ve made her so many times over the years.
I’m contemplating vending at the local Farmers’ Market this year. I’m fairly sure I can make the table cost and get a good return on investment. It’s going to depend if I start working again or am off still. If I’m working, I would need to take the day of the Market off. This isn’t a problem as I have lots of holidays but I would have a new boss who may not like my wanting a bunch of Fridays off over the next few months.
If I’m off there’s no reason not to at least try a few. It’s a four hour event with good attendance. I would be selling printed copies of my designs, postcards with coupon codes for my ebooks and dishcloths and other small designed items to start and probably add the Damia set as it gets closer to autumn. I know there is a much larger crochet and knitting population here than shows up in Ravelry so I hope to bring new customers to my designs.
My only fear is that creating stock would take away from designing and writing. For that reason, I may only do a few of the Markets as a trial. If it works well I may plan to do them all next year and work on stock as time allows year round.
When I checked the mail today I had two packages of yarn waiting patiently for me to arrive. One is from Audrey of Smitten Yarns, the February club yarn is Cavan Worsted by Three Irish Girls dyed in the Bahamas Mama colourway, a citrusy blend of grapefruit, lemons, limes and oranges. I’ve never worked with this base but I’m looking forward to designing with this yarn! The other package was from Katie of Yarn Love Yarn, my February shipment of her Little Lovelies club. I ordered my usual Elinor Dashwood base, I LOVE this base! The colourway is Moonlight Indigo, a mix of blues, greens, indigo and purple. The mini is Moonlight Purple on the Juliet base.
I have plans for all my Juliet minis but that’s for C’est Ma Vie! 2016! I won’t have time for that design to make it into the 2015 book. But, it will be worth the wait!
It’s been three months from the idea to fruition.
The fall last weekend backed me up a week. It is exactly seven days after the planned release, and it’s taken most of the day but it’s happened. The files and the covers have been uploaded. Descriptions and thank you emails typed. All that remains is waiting for purchasers; and the next chapter, of course.
Chapter Two: February is almost complete. The designs are almost ready for editing. Can you believe it’s almost March?!
For those of you on Ravelry, a just the patterns version will be available there tomorrow. If you buy the C’est Ma Vie! With Patterns version, contact me via the same email as your PayPal account with your Ravelry username. I’ll send you a coupon code for the Ravelry version so you can have the patterns in your library.
The books are available here or via Payhip. The regular version is $15.00 CAD. The version with patterns is $25.00 CAD. It looks like a huge difference in price but there are thirteen knit and eleven crochet patterns included in the pattern version. That’s a pretty good deal-less than a dollar a pattern whether you do both crafts or not.
I have finally managed to get a few things accomplished! Going to bed early most nights cuts into productivity. But if I overdo it, I pay for it in pain.
The book cover has been revised. There were valid concerns of legibility in thumbnail size on websites. The same photo and colours are used but the title font and placement of a few things have been changed for the better, I think.
Chapter One: January of C’est Ma Vie! 2015 is currently being proofread.This chapter is accompanied by two knit patterns; the Damia Cowl and the Damia Hat. The Damia Cowl pattern is off with the tech editor. The Hat, I am still working on. I’ve never designed a sized pattern without knitting or crocheting each size. I’m not sure how to size the hat. I’m going to finish it tomorrow so I can email it to my tech editor. If I wait any longer it may not be ready for next Sunday’s release! I can’t believe how quickly the release is arriving! It seemed so far away when I chose the date.
I’ve been wearing the Damia Cowl when I go out. It is so warm and snuggly when it’s frigid outside.
Chapter Two: February is being written on almost daily. I think I missed one day. This chapter is accompanied by a crochet and a knit pattern. Samples one are completed for both patterns. Sample two of the crochet pattern is almost done. I should have it finished tomorrow. I will then begin the search for a crochet tech editor. Here’s a peek at sample two of the crochet design from this morning:
Another task for tomorrow is to figure out which yarns will be in the next few months’ designs and write some emails. I would like to include a dyer bio and yarn base info for each yarn I use. Some may decline, but I’m hoping most will see it as an opportunity for free advertising.
Here is my “completed” planner for last week. One day I’m going to surprise you and actually complete everything!
i think this may be the most Urgent/Important items I’ve completed in a week! One thing you may notice is something’s are shown as complete in last week’s plan but return in this week’s. I have decided to do things differently with long-term projects. If I have completed as much as possible that week, I will mark them complete but also carry them over to the next week. I’m utilizing the Notes function to track what I’ve completed so steps are not missed or duplicated.
Here is this week’s plan. I am positive I have forgotten to add something. Despite thinking about it all day, I cannot remember.
It seems long but I’m hopeful I can complete a good amount this week.