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Happy New Year!

I hope you enjoy many new blessings this year. No doubt, you’ve come up with a few resolutions. I’ve come up with a few myself.

Near the top of the list is “no more unfinished projects”. I can’t even begin to count the number of unfinished projects I have growing in my craft stash. I can’t help it – I see a new yarn, a new stitch, and my fingers are itching to begin a new project.

The internet is a wonderful network of information. But to the craft primary mind it is a rabbit hole of wonder. Star stitch? Yes, please. Intarsia knit? I would like to try that. Pantone says the color for 2018 is purples? Let me get out my dyes and experiment. What goes with purples? Lavenders and lace stitches. How easily I can get lost.

But not this year. This year I strive to stay on task. Oh, I still plan to get lost in my craft – but I plan to schedule lost time in. I’ll start by setting a timer and search over my internet favorite pastime of Pinterest, and drool over every colorful and stitch-y pin. The hard part will be stopping when the timer goes off. But I can plan right?

Happy New Year!

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New creativity!

I just want to spend my day making stuff!

I love creating! New yarns, new fabrics, new designs – if it’s makeable without requiring a whole manufacturing plant on stand-by then I probably want to try it; at least once.

I’ve been enjoying new color dyes and new (to me) methods of hand painting. Twisting, turning, and coiling the fiber prior to dyeing is way more fun than I thought it would be. Initially, I wanted to experiment with more organic and less structured but I’m finding that waiting for the ‘big reveal’ is as much fun as waiting for Christmas morning present exchange. (I’m just a big kid when it comes to anticipation participation)

 

 

New items in the store!

I’ve begun adding new items to the store in addition to new yarn colorways and handspuns.  Occasionally I take a quick break from yarn making and look for other creative projects.  My latest extracurricular project is designing fabric and sewing up yarn totes. I’m absolutely hooked! You can expect more project yarn totes and more designs in the future.

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Yarn never gets boring

Ebb & Flow knit lace scarf pattern by Color Energy Designs
Finally getting organized!

There are so many things I enjoy about knitting – the patterns, the shapes, the history, the yarn, the community. And it never gets boring which is a huge bonus for me. I know it seems like I get bored for the amount of WIPS I currently have but the truth is I get so excited when a new yarn or a new pattern crosses my sights that I have to stop what I’m doing and cast on right that second. I do cycle back around to those less sparkly projects….eventually.

Right now I’m enjoying a Craftsy class (Lace Shawl Design with Miriam Felton) and you know what that means – more projects! And with any luck, more patterns for my shop. Right now I’m midway through a simple lace design scarf project. Ebb & Flow is knitting up in a nice rustic wool yarn in burnt orange. It’s going to be perfect for the autumn.

As I’m taking the course I can’t help but look through my handspun yarns. The worsted weights are nice but I’m still trying to decide how to incorporate some negative space in future knit pieces. There’s so many stitches, so many yarns and just plain not enough hours in the day. But that doesn’t stop me from absolutely filling as many minutes as I can with yarn. And you know what? I’m never bored. 🙂

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Spring Kitchen

I have spent the entire previous week doing my version of Spring cleaning. It doesn’t necessarily mean I’ve gone through and made things spotless! My version of the big spring clean is to clean out the old dull tired looking kitchen towels, pot holders, placemats, etc. Time to bring some of those bright spring colors in! (As I’m writing this, we are once again getting hit with another winter storm here in the north eastern US – I’m muttering “lovely” with as much sarcasm as I can muster)

I made the flower pot holder by adapting a crochet pattern I found online. I love this pattern and will probably make a few more. The pattern can be found here: http://web.archive.org/web/20071227052119/http://www.angelfire.com/folk/celtwich/Prettypetals.html. I love the classics!

The v-ribbed pot holder and the red and orange placemat were patterns I found in Vintage Crochet for your Home book by Coats & Clark. Again, you can’t go wrong with the classics, or is it vintage? Either way, I love it!

The lime-green, white and orange hand towel pattern was in my latest (Spring 2013) issue of Creative Knitting and was the catalyst for my need for festive colors in the kitchen. I’m including a link to the related tutorial here: http://www.creativeknittingmagazine.com/video.html/video.html?id=21

Now that my kitchen is a little brighter, the rest of the rooms seem a little dull. I’m now looking through the yarn stash and thumbing through my stack of pattern books and thinking about the possibilities that this week will bring. That’s one of the true gifts of crafting – we really can make our little bits of the world as bright as we need it to be.

 

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