A rainy day

Today has been a cool, wet day. A rainy day. My daughters and I decided to go for a walk on some trails near our house. I love to bring my camera along when we explore through these trails. It often yields some lovely shots and today didn’t disappoint me. _MG_3119 _MG_3126 _MG_3137This is a cute little library box. I’ve seen these around and I think it’s a great idea. The girls felt nervous about looking at the books, like someone was going to come out and tell us to go away.

This past week I’ve been reading the pattern creation book I got for my birthday and making revisions to my patterns. It’s taking a lot of time to revise the patterns because I want to make sure I’m providing detailed instructions that are easy to read and understand. I also want to get people a little story or insight about each pattern. It’s so freeing and enjoyable working on the two patterns I’m presently sorting out.

I will admit there has been some frustration with the Honey Bee pattern. The main issue has been to make neat, clear holes for the wings. I finally have figured it out and started the actual item it’ll become (that’s a secret, but you’ll know soon enough). I will have to make it twice, once to work the bugs out of the pattern and a second time to double check that pattern works and makes sense. If I have time I’ll ask a fellow knitter to test the pattern.

Stay dry and happy knitting!

 

Happy purchases

The past week or so I haven’t been knitting as would like. I’m working on the swatch for the honeybee pattern and I keep running into a variety of issues, but it’s starting to come together. I can’t wait get creating with it. Speaking of patterns I’ve been very happy with response to a few free patterns I’ve put on Craftsy. I’ve seen over 100 uploads in a few weeks. The test will be when I finally get pattern up that I feel I can charge for.

And now for a little eye candy – a couple of great Knit Picks purchases:

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I purchased several skeins of bare wool and plan to try dyeing with Koolaid. It’ll be a great summer project with my girls. And yes I will be posting photos of the finished work.

Happy Birthday to me!

It was my birthday this week and I got two great knitting books from my hubby and girls. I’ve already started reading the how to write patterns one and have found it quite useful. She mentions things that I should include in my patterns I hadn’t thought of before. Like a short bio and a quick description of the pattern.

The red slipper is what I’ve been working on this week. I’m revisiting Picot Edge Slippers. I changed the method for the picot edge. Originally I crocheted the edge on and didn’t make the points very strong. The new pattern uses a knitted cast on edge where you create the picots as you cast on – it is so cool. The pattern should be available over the next few weeks.

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New look!

I’ve changed my logo and I’m started to re-work my branding. A new look is on the way for good knit, including an update to this blog. I will be creating new pdfs of all my patterns, re-testing many of the patterns and I have two new patterns in development. If you are interested in downloading my patterns you can visit me by clicking on either my Raverly link or Craftsy link in the sidebar or visiting my Free Patterns page on this blog.

Sweet Baby Jayne!

A dear friend of mine asked me to make a baby hat for an expecting couple he knows. His stipulations? Please make the Jayne Cobb hat from Firefly. So I did a quick search on Raverly and found this free pattern, Sweet Baby Jayne hat pattern. I could have figured out the pattern on my own, but it was nice not to have to. I ended up revising the pattern because I didn’t buy the right weight wool and saw right away the hat would be too small. It took a few hours of knitting and is just so darn cute.

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Beautiful socks and the need for calm

So yes I’m feeling a bit guilty for not blogging for over a month. I have been busy with the continuing renovations in my house and helping the girls as they performed in a production of Oliver Twist. During this time as always, I kept knitting and completed my Knot Socks. I feel these socks are one of the best pieces of knitting I have ever done. They were challenging and new for me even with all my years of knitting. One of the reasons I love to knit so much is there seems to be endless methods, skills and types of patterns out there to conquer.

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There should be fewer excuses for missing posts from now on as the play is over and we have decided not to sell our house until next year (as long as the market is good). We are going to continue the renovations we set out to do originally, but now we have more time for them.

Yarn, needles and projects oh my!

My husband and I have decide to sell our house so there has been a sudden flurry of painting and decluttering going on. I realized this morning that I missed a post and remembered how I promised myself to keep this blog going. So here are two projects I’ve being working on. The first is my finished dishcloths. I used two patterns. A check board pattern using stocking stitch and garter stitch and the traditional garter knit on a bias stitch. These turned out beautifully. They are bigger and clean like a charm. The colours look great in my kitchen. I am planning to create a chevron placemat pattern using the same cotton yarn (purchased from Camilla Valley Farm).

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I’ve been taking a Craftsy class to learn Double Knitting and so far I love it. My plan is to use double knitting in my placemat pattern to make them extra thick and sturdy.

And here is my latest project. It is the Knot Socks pattern from the book Sock Knitting Master Class.

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Dishcloth fun!

So the freezing temperatures aren’t letting up and I’m having trouble believing Spring will ever come. I decided this week to take a break from my honey comb and bee design. I have purchase my wool for the project and nailed down the final design. I only have to figure out the gauge and start writing the actual pattern. I’m very excited about working on it.

I’ve also started collecting inspiration for a variety of other projects and would like to join some Craftsy classes to help me create my own designs. Time is my biggest enemy. I just don’t have enough of it. Do I really have to have a full time job? Sadly yes, if I want to help support my family.

Taking a break didn’t mean no knitting. I grabbed a bunch of left over cotton from a project I did many years ago and started making dishcloths (except that variegated blue yarn which is of all things Phentex – that will used to make pot srubbers). I love making these because I can tryout interesting stitches and since they knit up so fast they give me instant gratification. In the past I feel I’ve made my cloths too small so these new ones are going to be much larger. I also want to make placemats. One of my biggest pet peeves about placemats is that they usually are made of materials or fabrics that are difficult to wash. I figure if I knit some out of cotton I can machine wash them without them distorting in size and shape.

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Is Spring really coming?

For those who didn’t know I live in Canada and the rumours are true that in the winter it can get cold, scary cold. We’ve had quite a cold snap the last week with -30°C (-22°F) temperatures and that’s not including the wind chill factor which can make it like -40°C (-40°F). So working on a Spring themed pattern seems ironic to me.

The design for this pattern has been a struggle, it’s been a lot like when you have a great drawing idea in your head and you just can’t get it onto paper. The bee motif was exactly like this and although I’m happy with it the one in my head is still better. I knit many, many combinations for the bee trying to get the wings to show up without looking like huge holes. The second issue is the yarn in the image isn’t yarn I intended for this pattern. The yarn I have is a dark gray that is too dark to really show off the design. I’m in the process of knitting it in the gray anyway. Part of it is the wish that somehow the gray will still work, it’s part denial that it won’t work and to at least see how the weight of the yarn works for the pattern. Once I get past my denial stage I’m going to have to purchase the yarn in an off white or something light. I still haven’t revealed what I’m making – I’ll tell you later.

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The only thing that never changes is change

So since my last blog post my original idea for the pattern has shifted and this is a good thing. As I’ve heard before the only thing that never changes is change. Change is good. This is a creative endeavour and nothing is set in stone. It’s actually refreshing to just let things go and follow what feels good, feels right. I’m not giving too much away but, as you can see the pattern has to do with bees. My usual style would have been to create an intarsia bee but, I’m exploring an area of knitting I’m less familiar with – texture and lace. I’ve been struggling with creating a bee that I feel satisfied with. I was really excited when I found this honeybee lace pattern on knitting fool. However when I tried it out I found many problems with why it wouldn’t work for what I wanted. It didn’t fit row wise with the other pattern I want to use and it was too open. I found a few other stitches for bees but, none really fit. So I decided instead of trying to modify something I would just work from scratch. It’s taken a week of experimenting and a change of yarn colour so I see better but, I finally have a bee I like.

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