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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Patterns, Patterns, Patterns

My larger screened iPad that I used for drawing and watching died last year. Once I finally got around to taking it to the Apple store, there was nothing that could be done to help it. So I decided to get the new iPad. You know, the one that works with the Apple pencil. But I already had a Bamboo pen that I had used on the old iPad and intended to continue using. Yeah, they don’t work on the new iPad.

Perfect marketing ploy, really, because I went out and got an actual Apple pencil. But it’s became my new favorite thing to do when I have some extra time. I’ve been sucked into making patterns using the Amaziograph app.

Haven’t quite gotten the hang of regular drawing on here, but I’m loving the patterns. All these patterns are going up on Redbubble.


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Baking Week

We’ve got two back-to-back birthdays in the first week of May. This means a lot of treats getting made this week. This year, it was a cake and some tarts.

We used our favorite cook book, Rosanna Pansino’s Baking All Year Round. Grammy’s cake used the chocolate cupcake recipe from the Mini Easter Egg Cupcakes, poured into two 8 inch round cake pans but cooked according to the instructions in the recipe, and the vegan buttercream icing. We added some peppermint extract into the cake and made this cookie dough frosting to go between the cake layers. And, of course, the chocolate pen made its appearance in writing on top.

Despite my baking assistant’s mother’s birthday coming before his grandmother’s, her treats came next, on her actual birthday, since Grammy was only here for the weekend. We made the Daisy Lemon Tarts over two days so we could make it in secret. Well, mostly secret.


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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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