Slow and Steady

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Growing ever so slowly. #knitting

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I’ve been working on this shawl for many months now. It’s a semicircle, which means it has to double the number of stitches every once in a while.

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Adding in color number 3 in the shawl. #knitting

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At the end of the last doubling, it increased the time it takes to complete each row to about an hour. So this is taking much longer than anticipated.

Case in point, I took the oldest boy to jump at a trampoline park for two hours this morning, and got exactly two rows finished. But at least I’m using up some really small yarn.


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New Fabrics on Spoonflower

I have been cranking out pattern designs and putting them on my Redbubble shop pretty regularly the past month or so. But I’ve also been wanting to make plain fabric with them. This week I got in the proofs for four of them, and they are now for sale!

I am super excited for these, and already have a few more waiting to be proofed. Just trying to hold off on buying massive amounts of these fabrics to make things out of.


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Stitching Along

I’ve been working lately on catching up on the Happy Little Stitch Along by 8 Bit Stitch (which is still going on if you want to join, highly recommended).

I started out keeping up really well, but as it’s gone along I ended up getting really far behind.

I think at some point I was about 4 clues behind.

Didn’t help that I keep running out of colors that the store also runs out of at the same time.

But I’m almost caught up now, only 1 clue behind.

I’m giving myself lots of time to work on it this week because I just finished up producing two audiobooks.

Also, really excited to be done with the clouds for a bit.

They are really pretty and all, but it’s a lot of large swaths of single colors.

So I’m ready to move on to areas with more bits of more colors.


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Weaving

I’ve been weaving off and on for a while now. With all the small amounts of yarn left over after knitting and crochet projects, I have plenty of yarn that works for these weavings. It’s a great way to use up the bits that are bigger than scraps, but smaller than what I would need for a bigger project.

I started by focusing on working with the colors I picked, working with texture and different techniques. Then I moved on to trying my hand at designing pictures.

I also like flipping through Hello Hydrangea’s Welcome to Weaving book when I’m starting a new piece.

I decided for my latest piece that I wanted to do a landscape mountain scene. I’m excited to do some more “pictures” in future pieces.


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Yarn and Needles and Hooks, Oh My!

I’ve been working away at a shawl for the past couple months, having to stop and rip it out about three different times before finally getting it going, but I’ve also got quite a few other projects cranked out in the same amount of time. First up were some washcloths.

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Passing the time until pickup. #knitting

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My mom was wanting some washcloths for the kitchen at work, but couldn’t really find anything for a good price. Then I offered to make some to donate instead. Got one of those giant cones of cotton yarn off Amazon and set to work, carrying them with me everywhere in case I had a few minutes to work on them.

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Washcloths on the go. #knitting

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I think I ended up with over 10 by the end of the week.

Next up was a baby shower, which meant a baby hat and the booties to match. Baby stuff is so quick to make. If only everyone were so small.

Then came the current massive project: Flower barrettes.

The flowers are so quick and easy to make with leftover yarn, and I have a lot of leftover yarn.

Make three flowers, sew them on a barrette, and there you go.

You can find them on my Etsy shop because otherwise I might suffocate under them all.


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Super Sparkly Gloves

I recently walked down to the local knitting shop to get some buttons to finish these gloves and found some really cool ones.

Apparently these buttons are Civil War replica buttons. They are also really pretty and go nicely at the bottom of these gloves.

I managed to sew them on while simultaneously teaching “school at home” because the teachers decided to go on strike this week. I’m not letting these kids fall behind on the already ridiculously low standards of the California school system.


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It’s a Cinch!

I’ve got a problem with buying fabric remnants. You know, those leftover bits at the end of the bolt that fabric stores conveniently wrap up and put on deep discount to clear up shelf space. I really shouldn’t let myself go near those racks. Or let my mother go near them either. I think it’s a hereditary thing.

Anyway, this has led to us having quite the stash of fabrics that are less than a yard long. I wanted to trim this down, so I came up with the perfect solution: drawstring bags.

I had followed a Craftsy tutorial many years back to make a drawstring bag that I use for projects, so I thought this would be a great use of those remnants. I mapped up in illustrator how many bags I could get out of a single yard of fabric (it is two at this 9×9 size for all pieces, including the drawstring), and created myself some pattern pieces out of plain paper. Then I set about cutting as many of each piece as I could out of each fabric. 

Once I had all the fabrics I had gathered cut, I had to figure out how to match them up since there weren’t always enough to make each one the same combination. I matched everything up that I could and sewed all the pieces assembly-line style, because that is my favorite way to do anything.

I’ve only got four combinations up right now at my Etsy shop, but I am working to get more put up in the coming weeks.

I also started experimenting with some heat-transfer vinyl, but I have to perfect that method before I’m ready to do any personalization since I don’t have a cutting machine and am just using an exacto knife.