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Perspective

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Today has been one of those uber busy, non-creative, mom is running errands type of days.

Little Bear had to go to the allergist (food allergies! yay!!..), which went amazingly well, I mailed out some de-stash yarn, which was a total plus (hooray for more space!!), and then had lunch with my mama… before going food shopping.

Plenty of normal everyday type stuff, but then I received an e-mail from a hospital I asked about making baby hats for, and was told that the need lapghans/small afghans for cancer patients, and those undergoing chemo treatments. It kind of puts things in perspective, when you realize that those who are stuck in the hospital with a prolonged illness would love to have the day I just had.  I’m tired, but they’re exhausted from fighting for their lives.

Guess my day was pretty good after all – I got to spend it with a happy, smiling Little Bear, and got to see my mama!

Tomorrow is surgery day, so I won’t be around tomorrow, and likely won’t be around for a couple days after that. Prayers are welcome (it’s just a minor hernia repair – nothing crazy!), as always.

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Current Projects, Daily Life, Housekeeping

Flash Your Stash 2015

A few years ago a tradition of “flashing your stash” was created, and if you weren’t aware of it before, it can be a really fun way to keep track of the yarn & projects you have. It’s kind of like spring cleaning for knitting and crocheting people, especially since we seem to be prone to amassing large quantities of yarn without realizing it, because it’s just so darn pretty!

Here’s my stash flash for this year:

Sport-super bulky

WIP&Fabric

SF1

SF2

So. Obviously something needs to change. I’ve already come to that realization (see the post below about changes being made over this summer), but doing this stash flash confirmed it for me. I’ve obviously gotten into the habit of just buying yarn because it’s pretty, starting projects, and not finishing very many of them. These aren’t really character traits I want to be known for; I would rather be someone who exercises self control, and finishes what she starts. Therefore, I will be working SOLELY from what is in these pictures for the foreseeable future. There’s absolutely no rational reason why I shouldn’t use what I have and finish the projects I’ve already started. I’m really excited to show you all progress photos as these goals are achieved!!

Have you done a stash flash yet this year? What does it look like, and what did you learn from it?

Daily Life

I Could Never be a Writer..

Writers have to believe in their own work; this includes writers of books, plays, movies, songs, etc. Often I read a portion of a poorly written book and wonder about who the author is as a person. How did they get to the point of creating this book, and what are their dreams and aspirations?

What inspires someone to write a book without having it proofread first?

What inspires a lyricist to create a sappy love song for someone else to sing and take credit for?

How do authors spend enormous amounts of time and effort on books and then sit back and watch the books be offered for little to no money? I’m sure I wouldn’t any work of mine to be sold so cheaply!

Along the lines of the first statement I made, writers have to believe in their own work. How does one become satisfied with writing cheap and tawdry harlequin romances, or the teenage equivalent, which has become so prevalent and popular among the youth of today? I have to assume at some point, these authors read a book that inspired them to write – they must have seen the way someone else crafted words and been amazed and awestruck; what was the path that transformed them from these starstruck “wannabe” authors to those who will write anything as long as it sells?

I could never be a writer.

Too often I read books and laugh because I would be so embarrassed for my work to be continually republished and reread if it was written so poorly.

I could never be a writer.

I’ve never grasped the idealism, terminology, and use of cliche that seems to be the desired and accepted norm of today’s literature (if you even call it literature).

I could never be a writer.

 

Interviews, Knitting

Interview with Gift-A-Long 2014 Designer Jenny Wiebe (aka JennyVangy)

Thanks to the wonderful Indie Design Gift-A-Long that’s happening on Ravelry right now, I got a chance to interview the wonderful Jenny Wiebe, on Ravelry as JennyVangy (these are Ravelry links – you should go check them out!!)

(“Seven Months “by JennyVangy)

Let’s start with the basics: How did you learn to knit?

I honestly don’t remember who first taught me. My mom and both of my grandmas knit, and so I’m sure one of them must have first taught me when I was very young. My Grandma Betty, who is 96 years old, is still an avid knitter, and I love knitting partly because it is a serious bond that we share.

What was your inspiration to begin designing?
I started doing test knits for other designers and really enjoyed the process of working through a design. The more I worked with designers the more I began to dream of designs that I could come up with. Then, one day I was sitting behind a girl in church with a rayon shirt with ruffles on the sleeve, and I thought, “I could knit something just like that!” I drew out my plan for Edith on the service sheet that day and went home and knit it. And so it began!

(“Edith” by JennyVangy)

I see you make mostly children’s wear – what is your favorite part of designing a new outfit or accessory for a little one?
I have 5 children of my own, 28 nieces and nephews, and tons of friends with little ones as well. I love coming up with an idea and then seeing the kids I love wearing what I knit up from that idea.

Do you have any other crafting hobbies like spinning, cooking, weaving, etc? If so, what are you working on right now?
I’ve dabbled in a lot over the years: growing up my mom always had a craft room, and I don’t ever remember not being a “crafter.” I sewed my own dresses as a teenager, and made jewelry to match. I love quilting and scrapbooking. Years ago I lived with a saddle maker for a while to learn the trade, and came out with a saddle, breast collar and two pair of chaps that I made all myself. Every once in a while I take over my father-in-law’s wood shop to make something for my kids (doll beds, play kitchens, teething toys….) Last fall I took up spinning, although I have a hard time finding time to really get into it. I think that knitting has prevailed because of it’s flexibility. I can pick up a project, knit a few rows (or stitches, depending on the distractions) and put it away easy as that. With many of the other crafts I enjoy I have to devote a whole lot more time and space to do much of anything, and unfortunately that is not a reality in my life right now.

Do you have a favorite design of yours?
I love Grow Old With Me. It was the most challenging pattern to design, but I just love the finished product. It’s sometimes hard to find unique boy patterns, and I feel Grow Old With Me is one.

(Grow Old With Me) – by JennyVangy

Do you have any designs in the works that you can talk about or share right now?
I’m about to release a child’s cabled cardigan called Calaway. Look for it on December 15th.

You have a great promotion for people who make your new designs quickly after they’re released – tell us about it!
As a designer I love to see what finished products other knitters come up with from my designs! If knitters knit up one of my designs in the first 30 days it is published, they can choose a free pattern of mine. Of course, they have to complete a Ravelry project page with a photo of that finished product.

Thank you so much, Jenny, for your time! I’m really excited to see the new pattern, Calaway, that’s being released tomorrow!! I might just have to take advantage of that great promotion!

(All photos are the property of Jenny Wiebe)

 

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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.

waiting….

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?!

 

Uncategorized

Textured Circles Blanket Pattern

Here’s the tutorial for the JAYG method I just re-blogged. I highly recommend you go take a look at this site – it’s awesome!

BabyLove Brand

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Enjoy my Textured Circles blanket pattern!

I used two strands of worsted acrylic to make this blanket and a size 10mm hook – yarn and hook are optional but will greatly affect final size. Mine is 16 motifs and 68″ square.

Note: This square is a slight modification of the Circle of Friends Square by Priscilla Hewitt (Ravelry).

Related posts:

Main Page for this piece (view Gallery or order custom piece) – here

Tutorial for the Flat Braid Join used on this blanket – here

Simple Lace join tutorial – here

Celtic Lace Join tutorial – here

Guide to weaving ends for this project – here

Let’s begin!

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Chain 5 and join with a slip stitch to make a ring. SC, CH2 (counts as a TR) 15 TR in ring. Join with a slip stitch in the second CH above the first SC. Cut and finish off. This is…

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Celtic Lace Join

Wow, guys, I think i’m going to have to make this blanket! I saw the photo of this blanket all joined up on mooglyblog.com, and gasped because it’s so beautiful! I’ve always hated joining granny square (or any squares for that matter) because the sewing takes forever, but this? TOTALLY worth it! (and it looks quick and fancy, too!)

BabyLove Brand

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I originally made this join for my 13th Textured Circles piece, but I ended up re-working that to attain my final measurement.

This join can be used for any type square! Enjoy!

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Crochet, Designing, Free Crochet Pattern, Free Knitting Pattern, Knitting, Paid Crochet Pattern, Paid Knitting Patterns, Promotions

Gift one, Get one!

Depending where you are in the world, it’s already Friday, October 10th, 2014. That means it’s my mama’s birthday! I’ve decided to spread the gift-giving via my Ravelry patterns! (Please note, this promotion is ONLY valid through Ravelry Purchases)

Surprise a friend! Gift one of my patterns to a friend, and get a free copy for yourself!

This is how it works:

Click Here to view the patterns.

Choose a pattern and use the “send as gift” button to gift the PDF pattern to a friend. You will receive a copy of the same pattern for yourself within 24-48 hours of your original purchase. It will be sent to you as a gift from me via Ravelry.

That’s all it takes, folks!

Fine Print:

  • The promotion runs from Friday, 10 October 2014 00:01 EST to Saturday, 11 October 2014 at 23:59 EST.
  • If you want a different pattern than the one you gifted, you must message me via ravelry, or e-mail me: braschelegance AT yahoo DOT com. Tell me your rav name (if e-mailing), which pattern you gifted, and which one you want instead.
  • IF you do not message or e-mail me which pattern you want for yourself within 12 hours of gifting, you’ll get a copy of the same pattern you gifted.
  • Early “gifting” (i.e. before the stated start time) does not count for the promotion.

Happy crafting and gifting!! 😀

Current Projects, Designing, Knitting, Paid Knitting Patterns

A Whale of a Cowl

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I’m very pleased to announce that “A Whale of A Cowl” Is now live on Ravelry, and available for download!

{Link to Ravelry Pattern Page}

I’m quite pleased with this one – it comes in sizes all the way from the little 23″ cowl you see pictured, to a whopping 68″

“whale of a cowl” hehe. Get it? It’s the sister pattern to “A Whale of a Scarf,” which I published a couple years ago.

It’s been fully test knit, and i’m loving making it myself – I’ve already made two, and will likely be making more soon! I made the second to smallest version in about 1 day, so it really is a quick project!

I was going to post pictures of my WIPs, but my camera decided to die while I was outside taking a million pictures of my little guy watching a lawn mower. You’ll see pictures. It’s adorable. I couldn’t help myself.

Here’s the WIP status right now: (remember my handy dandy spreadsheet? I can’t find it on my computer! ahhhh!)

  • Giraffe Mittens: Need to weave in ends on one mitten, and photograph the pair (see aforementioned camera issue)
  • Galilee Slippers & Juliet Mitts for a friend: Not yet started. Supposed to give them to her Saturday, 10/11. Right.
  • Urban Jungle Slouchy for mom’s b-day: b-day is tomorrow, “party” on sunday. I’ve started the brim of the hat.
  • TARDIS blanket: supposed to cast on this week. Likely not happening yet.
  • Design project. That’s all i’m telling you.
  • Second Design project. Also that’s all i’m telling you. Secrets will be unveiled in the future.. {mysterious music}
  • Silk and Lace drawstring bag: side 1 totally complete. Side 2 75% complete.. then I ran out of thread. More is on order.
  • Cotton Flowery Cruise Purse: Outside totally done. Flowers in the works. Need to sew in lining.

Whew. This is only like 10% of what i’m planning on making/working on, but it’ll do for now!

Current Projects, Daily Life

Scheduling

Say that with a British accent, please, as that’s how it sounded in my head when I wrote it!

I’m the kind of person who likes to have checklists, spreadsheets of projects, and timelines for what i’m working on. I guess you could say that makes me a nerd, but I like to have everything i’m going to be working on laid out, especially if I have multiple large projects going on. Want to see what my current timetable looks like? (it’s totally unreasonable, and is in the process of being revised..)

Current Timetable

So, this is my brain. It’s not perfect, but it’s a start! These are all intended to be finished before Christmas (there’s actually a couple small items missing here, but that’s because they’re small, and can be worked in 1-2 days each, such as stuffed animals, mug cozies, phone cases, etc).

 

Highlights for right now:

Remember the HPKCHC group on Ravelry? They’re super good for inspiring me to keep deadlines, by offering imaginary points for finishing projects 🙂

For the next two days, i’m finishing a colorwork mitten test knit, which shall be revealed.. eh, probably Wednesday or Thursday – once I get all the ends woven in.

Am I the only one who makes spreadsheets? My favorite part is going to be highlighting/filling in the cells once I accomplish these projects!