Current Projects, Daily Life, De-Stashing yarn, Designing, Knitting, Paid Knitting Patterns, Reviews

The Circle of Yarn

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From the day we arrive at the yarn store, and blinking, step in through the wool, there’s more to knit than can ever be knit, more to spin than can ever be spun; It’s the cirrrrrrrcle of yarrrrrn, and it moves us allll…

Speaking of the circle of life, I’ve been trying to film a new episode of my video podcast for the longest time. Apparently, however, having three children makes it difficult to find an hour of quiet in which I also look presentable to be on camera. Who knew?

So, I’ve decided to update my podcast via blog. That’s not to say videos are gone forever, but at least you won’t all think i’ve disappeared into my stash, never to be seen again!

Today will just be a general progress update, but be on the lookout for future posts about fun things like trend alerts, tips & tutorials, and maybe (if I get the courage up!) even some interviews with some of my favorite indie designers!

For now, let’s talk about some designs that have been published since the last podcast, as well as what’s in store for Everyday Yarnworks.

Trust Fall

“Trust Fall” is a new sock pattern that features spiraling dropped stitches over the front of the leg, and comfy ribbing on the back of the leg and sole. It’s a fun design in which I ask you to be a little brave and trust me – let the stitches drop!

 

 

In the projects category, I decided to try my first Stephen West design when I saw the Marled Mania Cardigan .

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The colors are a bit outside of what I would normally use, but I decided on this project because I have quite a few partial or whole skeins of yarn that are either leftovers, or that I purchased from dyers with a design in mind and the design didn’t work out. These are all yarns that have been sitting in my stash for a few years (with the exception of the one all the way to the right in this photo! That was a swap skein), and I want to make sure these pretties actually get used!

My thoughts so far: The pattern lists total estimated yardage, as well as yardage if you use the recommended specialty yarn (Quing Fibres Melted Baby Suri), but because it doesn’t specify the amounts for JUST the yoke, JUST the cuffs etc, I had to re-work the yoke. I wanted it to be the plain royal blue you see below:

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(Yarn is Knit Picks Capretta in the Celestial colorway)

But, obviously I didn’t have enough. So I frogged the entire yoke (let me tell you, frogging a double stranded knit into two single strand balls, which is what’s happening in that photos, was almost enough to make me ditch the project altogether!) and started again with 1 strand of blue and one of a variegated indie dyed skein.

This is definitely going to be a longterm project, but it works well when I need something to knit on in the dark while I watch a movie at night. It’s basically just garter stitch with ribbing under the arms and smidge of basic shaping, so if you can knit by feel and use distinguishing stitch markers it’s a great potato chip knit.

 

More projects will come, but for now I hope you enjoyed catching up a little!

Is there anything from the podcast you miss that you’d like to see here? Drop me a comment and let me know!

 

Current Projects, Daily Life, Knitting, Paid Knitting Patterns, Reviews

When Plans Change

Dolphin for Bear

(Photo credit: Claire Garland)

If you happened to have read Yesterday’s Post, you’d have seen that I was a tad overwhelmed for choice when it came to projects! However, today is a bit different. I’d say that a good night’s sleep fixes everything, but who am I kidding? I have 3 kids under 5, with the youngest being 10 weeks old. What is this “good night’s sleep” you all keep telling me exists?

Anyway, we’ve been clearing out the house lately because we’re moving in June, and in the process of clearing the house out, there was a lot of toy-throwing-out involved (any time I say throwing out, I usually mean donated. We don’t just throw out bags and bags of useful stuff!)… and apparently we threw out one of my oldest’s favorites. Let me tell you, I never knew that kids could have such long memories when it comes to something that has been thrown out or given away! This was at least a month or two ago, and when he gets really tired or hurt, he still cries for that darn dolphin. I’ll grant you, it was massive – the size of his whole body, so it was essentially a dolphin body pillow.

As a compromise/because i’m a sucker, I’m going to knit him a small, toy sized dolphin. I searched through Ravelry, looking for a pattern that looked like I would actually want to knit it, and I found Dolphin, by Claire Garland. As it turns out, she actually has a number of really neat knitted toys. I’ve downloaded and printed the pattern, and man, this is a COOL construction! There’s barely any sewing or assembly involved, and it’s going to be a two color dolphin WITH NO COLORWORK INVOLVED! Amazing!

I highly recommend checking out her work; I’m going to throw a couple more photos down below to tempt you, and because they’re stinkin’ adorable and I love to look at them! Her website is Dot Pebbles, and can be found here.

 

Current Projects, Daily Life, Designing, Knitting, Paid Crochet Pattern, Paid Knitting Patterns, Promotions, Reviews

Indie Design Gift Along 2014

I know i’ve been bad about posting regularly on here, but there’s a good reason! I’ve been preparing for the Indie Design Gift Along on Ravelry!! <– that’s a link to the Ravelry group. You should go check it out now. It’s ok, I’ll wait.

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Ok, you’re back now, and you realize how fantastically awesome this is going to be?!

(for those of you silly people who didn’t go check it out, here’s a brief rundown)

Do you know what that means?! That means almost 300 designers are having a massive sale together! That’s 3,822 patterns that are on sale. And then, as if that weren’t enough, we get to all have a massive knit along/crochet along to make christmas gifts together!

So. Much. Happy.

Must knit All. The. Things.

*sigh* I know I won’t be able to make all the things, but guess what? I get to include my designs in the sale!! You know how I said i’ve had a good reason for being AWOL? Check out the new patterns I was getting tested and published:

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These are (from left to right): Black Walnut Infinity Scarf, Karen: A Puff Stitch Infinity Scarf, and A Whale of A Cowl

(aka examples of how my photography skills have improved *facepalm*) These patterns and more will be part of the sale (that starts in just 2.5 hours, at 8 pm EST – I’m so excited!! There’s a countdown clock here, I keep looking at it!)

So, what can you expect from me through the end of the year? Interviews with designers, project photos, me squealing with joy when someone has interviewed me and I feel like the most legit designer ever, and just generally a lot of yarn-y goodness!

 

p.s – like my new logo?!

 

Daily Life, Reviews

Too Many Choices

I’ve come to the (rather obvious) conclusion that there are just too many blogging/site hosting platforms out there for me to choose from, and it’s getting annoying. All I want to do is have a blog, potentially link patterns I write and projects I make, and maybe, eventually, register my own domain name and sell finished work from it.

I tried blogging on here for a little (and I do mean little) while, tried a month on Indie Made (without much success) and am just tired of trying all these new things.

Blogger was easy, but didn’t look professional

This is a little more difficult, but isn’t really conducive to selling finished work (from what I understand – I may just be wrong)

Indie Made is great for selling, but the blog look sucks, and you have to add your own tracking with Google analytics – plus you have to pay monthly for hosting, and I’m just not there yet, because I’m still working on things like SEO and building my product line. Even as I type this, I know that my SEO sucks and not many people will even see this post.

 

Bleh. I guess i’m coming back here for a while, because I made ZERO sales on Indiemade, and i’m not paying for something I don’t make money off of (right now, anyway)

 

With that said, I’ll be back to blog here probably 3 times a week (that’s my goal) and I’m still selling work on Etsy in case you’re interested

Anybody have experiences you can share? I’m obviously befuddled and frustrated. Thank you if you kept reading this angsty little rant to the end. Thank you even more (I’d give you a cookie and a gold star if I could) if you actually comment!

Crochet, Current Projects, Reviews

Chevron Phone Case- Pattern Review and Adaptations

One of my favorite things about knitting and crocheting is that there’s an abundance of things you can make with just one pattern. For example, the Chevron Cuff  by Tamara Kelly from Mooglyblog.com. This is an awesome pattern for a cuff bracelet, but as I was looking for a phone case pattern, I decided to make it into one because I love the chevrons so much!

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Here’s what I did-

Using Lily Sugar’n Cream and a D hook (4.25mm), I followed the pattern exactly until except for these mods:

  • . How To 1On the last white stripe: on the first row, instead of doing the 3 sc in the middle st, chained 3, skipped the stitch you would normally work the 3sc in, and then continued on as normal
  •   How To 2NEXT ROW when I got to the ch 3 spot, I worked 5 sc in it, then kept going as per pattern.
  • I then worked a slip stitch border around the entire piece in blue How To 3
  • When I got to the end of the round, instead of doing a slip stitch join, I did an invisible join as per Moogly teachings and DID NOT FINISH OFF, but rather cut the yarn with a long enough tail that I could sew up one side of the case How To 4
  • I then folded the piece, right sides together, until the bottom two points just reached the lowest points of the last blue stripe How To 5
  • Sewed up both sides. If you are going to do this, always turn your work right side out and make sure your seam looks good before you cut your yarn and weave in the ends! There’s nothing uglier than a sloppy whipstitch seam!
  • Sew in ends, turn right side out, add button to appropriate spot, viola! Phone case!

This fits my HTC Inspire very snuggly, and my brother-in-law’s iPhone 4s loosely- Check it out:

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Overall pattern rating: 5/5

Changes I would make: none! I loved this!

Recommended? Absolutely! This is a very easy pattern (the Moogly one, not just my adaptation), and it’s a great way to get into making chevrons. This is essentially a chevron swatch!

Thank you again to Tamara for an awesome pattern!

This phone case is also for sale here, at my Etsy store!

Crochet, Current Projects, Reviews

Owl Obsession Pattern Review

I’m so excited to finally be able to post photos of this:

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I’ve seen this pattern made a bunch of times, and just had to try it for myself! It’s Owl Obsession by Marken of the Hat & I

Things I like about this pattern:

-Extremely well written instructions, and extensive photo tutorials for every aspect of the pattern- there is no way you could have any questions about the designer’s instructions after such thorough explanations!

-Interest/Uniqueness factor: the elements in this blanket change often enough to keep you interested. It’s definitely not the same as making a million little granny squares, then having to sew them all together. You can tell from looking at a picture of the pattern, it calls for 9 owls, 4 large circles, 12 small circles, and 8 half hexagons, plus the eyes and beaks, which brings me to my next section:

What I don’t like about this pattern:

-SO. MANY. PIECES! There’s absolutely no way you could make this blanket with any fewer pieces than there are- it’s just a side effect of making a blanket out of a bunch of motifs with eyes, beaks, and buttons on it, but believe me, when people complain on Rav about there being a million and one ends, they’re not kidding! Think of it this way- 2 ends per eye (36) 2 ends per beak (18) the half hexagon has an amazing 8 ends each (64)! So, counting only the eyes, beaks, and half hexi’s, you have 118 ends to weave in. That is a LOT! Plus sewing on eyes, sewing the pieces together, you get the picture.

Overall rating: 9/10

Will I make it again: Absolutely!

Changes I’d make: I think I would use a join as you go method for the motifs, so I won’t get stuck with a bunch of sewing up at the end, and also I’d weave in the ends for every motif as I complete it- it’s the only way to keep your sanity! I’d probably also like to try making an adult version- larger than the 34″ square baby size. We’ll see!

More Pictures:

2 All spread out

1 The chair shot!

3 My favorite little guy!

Thoughts?

Would you or have you tried this blanket? What was your experience with it?