After almost a year long hiatus, I thought it’s about time for me to update my blog again.
After 7 months of being unemployed, my husband obtained a new job at the beginning of November. I’m still working and have found that I’m not very good at managing home, family, work, and a business. So unfortunately I do not have a whole lot of knitting and design time.
However, a couple weeks ago I did released a new pattern for Darby Boot Cuffs! Darby features a simple little cable, lace stitches, and little extra something from a Japanese stitch dictionary I like to call a “bud” stitch. They pattern calls for sport weight yarn, but you can modify the size by changing that or your needle size. These are a fun, quick project, great for last minute gift giving!
And then last week I decided to go gluten-free because I have had about half of the symptoms of gluten sensitivity for a good part of my life. My biggest hope is to get rid of, or greatly reduce, my migraines. I usually get 5-6 a month. So you will probably see some more food posts with my gluten-free experiments.
I know I’ve been missing in action for a while, but with good reason. With my kids in school all day now, in October, I went back to work part-time in accounting. It started off simple and enjoyable, but once the person I replaced left and I had the opportunity to do my thing, it became quite… different. I still generally enjoy it, love the people I work with, but it is currently downright stressful. I know things will calm down in a few weeks probably.
And then a week ago we learned that my husband would be laid-off from his great job with an even greater company that has been undergoing financial stresses. So on top of my own job stresses, I now have the emotional burden of losing that “company family” connection, and the worry of how our personal finances will shake out in the coming season.
As much as I would love to knock out a few new patterns – I have some in the works!… sorta – at this time it is impossible to for me to give much attention to pattern writing. But I just wanted to throw out there how much I do appreciate all of you knitters who do support little businesses like mine. I’m not going anywhere, just gonna be silent for a while until things are back in order.
It’s not too late to get started on gifts for Christmas! You can make a hat in a few days, or a shawl in a week or so. This week, now through Friday, Dec. 7, all of my patterns purchased through Ravelry (with the exception of Timbali, which is available exclusively though Twist Collective) are 20% off. No coupon codes necessary. Discount will be taken off automatically when you check out.
Enjoy, and happy knitting!
I would love to get some feedback on a couple questions.
I’m considering doing a mystery KAL with a pattern I’m currently working on. Do you like mystery KALs? What factors do you have in mind when you decide whether or not to participate in one?
Any my other question, somewhat related to the first, is do you prefer charts or written instructions? Would you not participate in a mystery KAL if the pattern was not in your preferred format?
With a name meaning “behold the sun,” Idalia is an extended semi-circle shawl knit in worsted weight yarn, making it super warm and cozy, and large enough to wrap around your shoulders. It starts at the top center with a stockinette body, and is finished with an airy lace border and a crocheted bind off along the scalloped edge. Pattern includes both written and charted instructions.
This one was worked in Biscotte & Cie Filante (100% superwash merino wool, 225yds/115g skein) in Vitamin C. Thanks to my friend Heather Mathias for the modeled photos!
Due to interest from one of my test knitters, I decided to include both the original edging and the final modified edging. The original edging (“alternate”) uses considerably more yardage than that written into the main pattern, though they do give a slightly different look. The choice is up to you!
If you’re having trouble estimating the length of the tail for your long tail cast-on, especially when you’re casting on say 378 stitches for something like my Demalangeni shawl, this is a great method to use that doesn’t require estimating.
I knew about this method and used it when making my own Demalangeni, but I did just learn the tid bit about removing the slip knot. Who knew?!