As promised here is the latest photo of the Farmyard Baby Blanket by Debbie Bliss I’ve been working on.

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As much as I love this pattern it’s been frustrating the hell out of me. It’s a user problem and not a pattern problem (I just keep making mistakes). I’ve been so tired with the combination of the house reno stress, upcoming business plan and insomnia issues I’m having trouble focusing on things. I have to force myself to slow down or I’m going to burn myself out. It’s a good thing that knitting is good for stress and mental health or I’d be a basket case by now.

I wanted to check into the internet world and let you know that I am still here. As usual life is busy and exciting. I’m not a woman who has previously been in favour of change, but change is coming – a lot of change. First I’m in midst of intense renovations as I prepare to put my house on the market. My husband and I are constantly painting and building things to make the house look nicer in hopes of making a good and quick sale. We decided we could either try and make this house into what we want or just buy a house that is already what we are looking for. We decided the time, work and money to make the house we want just isn’t worth it. My advice for buying a house, buy what you truly want don’t get starry-eyed and think you will have the time and money to change it.

Second exciting change is I’ve decide to take the plunge and start up a graphic design business. This will be full force this time around, not a part-time sort of thing. I’m looking forward to this new adventure and I hope to help new and small business with their design and eventually marketing needs. I want my independence and I want to grow as a person and my present life just isn’t allowing me to do this. Wish me luck! (and yes I’m scared out my mind, like what the heck am I thinking?).

I will post a photo of the Farmyard Baby Blanket I’m knitting for a co-worker soon.

An co-worker is having a baby in a few months and instead of the traditional baby blanket that I usually make (she already got one last baby), I decided to make a sweater and hat. If I have time I’m going to knit up some booties too.

I made the sweater and hat on the fly – no pattern for either. I didn’t even count stitches in a few spots – it was really that much on the fly. I would like to write up the pattern so I’ll have to make the sweater again to be sure that I get it all right. The sleeves are two tubes with open ends for the neck area, then they were stitched together. The I picked up stitches along the bottom edge of the sleeve area to knit the bottom of the sweater. The collar was knit using short rows. I’m not completely happy with the result only because my stitching on the back is a bit off and the tension of the short rows was too loose. But a remake should be better.

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I came across this blog post today and felt I had to share a picture of these adorable sheep.

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Okay the New Year started a little over a week ago, but the Christmas season took so much out of me I’m only getting around to posting today. I’ve been struggling to keep this blog going because of my busy life. However knitting is an integral part of that busy life and I want to share with other knitters what I’m doing, learning and find interesting on the subject. My knitting keeps me sane as well as provides me with beautiful, warm and functional things for myself and those people I care about. I will do my best to keep this blog going and I hope you will keep coming back and reading and commenting. I have to say that I’m amazed that I started the first Good Knit blog 10 years ago and managed to keep it up all this time.

Time to get back to sharing my latest knitting project which this blog is about. Here is the progress on my scoop neck sweater.

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I love knitting top down, raglan sleeve sweaters like this. I think partly because you can see the sweater grow (looking like a sweater not just pieces of one) right before your eyes. When I was 13 I started knitting ski sweaters and they became my favourite for years. Maybe my next pattern design will be a yoke style sweater.

Pretty in Plum… or at least that is what I’m hoping. I love this Scoop Pullover from Interweave Knits. So much so that I already made back in 2009. I have literally wore the hell of it and have had to repair several times. I decided after the last repair job it was time to make a new one. One in this beautiful plum heather yarn from Patons Classic Wool worsted weight.

Here’s my first one from 2009:

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And here’s the start of the new one:

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I had a fabulous weekend which included the first two sales of my Honeypot Hat pattern! I’m grateful for any support I receive and I just want to give fellow knitters interesting and well-written patterns – so thank you to the two lovely knitters who purchased my pattern this weekend!

So I missed posting last month but, I’m back and I have a couple things to share.

First this fun project:

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I’m knitting with Paton’s Kroy sock yarn which is self-patterning. I downloaded a simple sock pattern, for free from Mary Maxim.

I’ve also added more cell phone holder bags to my collection. I’m patiently waiting for my husband to make me some buttons for them.

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I’ve made the Honeypot Hat pattern available for sale on Ravelry and Craftsy. If you don’t have account with either (I recommend you get at least one) your can go here to purchase the pattern on Ravelry without having to join.

Get through the Winter with Spring on your mind!

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The reveal is finally here! This is the pattern I’ve been creating since January. It was an interesting journey, at times inspirational and at times frustrating. In the end it was worth everything. The pattern isn’t quite finalized – I have to write out the abbreviations, and finish off the layout showing all the images.

Eventually I will be starting up my YouTube channel that will feature tutorials on how to do certain stitches or techniques directly related to my patterns. These will include a tutorial on how to knit the two rounds that make up the wings of the bee as well as how to do the cross-overs for the honeycomb stitch. I’ve tried to make these as clear as I can in the pattern, but sometimes seeing it done is the best way to learn. My goal is to create clear and easy to understand patterns that help anyone knitting them have a satisfying experience and end with a wonderful knitted item.

This pattern will be made available on Craftsy and Ravelry for sale in the next week or so. I’ll make a post when it’s available.

And to finish off with more pictures:

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