Wednesday, July 19, 2017

My Mid Week Round Up

How's your week so far?  Technically I am taking this week as a vacation, know those Muses, they do a lot of business when you were occupied doing other things!  (Seriously I hear more designers complaining that inspiration is whispered in their ears while they are jogging, swimming, in the shower, at work or otherwise not able to sketch, write, knit!)

So I might have had a project jump on and off my needles in rapid succession...not quite ready for public consumption but a couple of pictures to give you an idea of the wonderful colors that I have been playing with.

(The is the Blue Ridge Colorway from Unplanned Peacock, on their DK Superwash Merino. Nice stuff!)

It jumped on and off my needles in record time!

Which of course left me with some spare needles sitting around....for exactly three minutes when I suddenly suffered from another bout of Startitis!  And this happened.....
Obviously one is a toe up sock...the other?  ItsaSecret.  :)

And then this happened.....
Yep, the MonsterMan shows up and things just break...all on their own!  Wouldn't have anything to do with his extra long feet or arms would it?

Wood glue fix for now...if it doesn't hold, well Wool Gathering is coming up and I believe that I can get a new swift then!

What's on your needles this week?


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

My WIPs are ...

This week at Chez Yarn Diet, my WIPs are not even worth the time it would take to photograph them!

Yesterday I woke up convinced it was wasn't...

Today is, but it feels like Wednesday just put on Monday's clothes and is pretending to be someone else.


Go read this instead of my WIP update.  Believe me, it is much more interesting than my trying to grade a tank top in 8 sizes!


Monday, July 10, 2017

The Adventures in Short Rows continue.....

Do you remember when I played with German Short Rows?

Today on Knotions I revisit short rows with two more methods.....

Short Rows
How many ways do you know to perform short rows?


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Toot...Tute..... for ....Tutorials

Into each knitter's life some short rows appear!

As a sock knitter who prefers a heel flap and gusset in my socks I do one version of short rows.  No wraps and turns in those ones, but for short row heels, there are wraps and turns to deal with...but what if you don't like wrap and turn?  Are there other choices?

You Betcha!  In fact, I played with some and one of them is available for you to see at Knotions!.

German Short Rows....

For the entire month of July, rumor has it, that Knotions is going to be all about showing you how to Craft Smarter with lots of tutorials.

I can't wait to see what else is going to be on there!

Where do you go when you are looking for tutorials?


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

What are You Working On?

I hope those of you who celebrated yesterday had a wonderful holiday!

I decided to take today to recover from eating all those doughnuts!  (Actually we didn't eat them all, there are  still several left, so if you are in the neighborhood...feel free to snag one!)

But, as it is WIP Wednesday, here's a quick look at what I am working on today.

Most of it is the "not as fun as knitting" part of pattern development.

Every designer has their own way of approaching actually knitting the patterns, I write, then knit, then edit...all of these need some editing, the final pictures and to be sent off for tech editing.

I am old school, I write on the computer, knit from paper and make notes as I go.  Which is why you can see a written pattern with highlights on it...things I need to take a closer look at.

Not that it is all photos and editing for me....there is a little bit of actual knitting going on too!  (Mostly in my car today though.)

So what's on your needles today?


Tuesday, July 4, 2017


For those of us who live in the United States, today is the day that commemorates the nation becoming independent from it's parent.  Making their own rules, building their own government.

In many ways, as with so many holidays and traditions it has become commercialized and is all about food, fireworks and sales at furniture stores...

But here, we are all about food and knitting...I say food today because when I think it through all of our family traditions revolve around specific foods.  For us, Independence Day means doughnuts!

Although time consuming, except for the frying and glazing or sugaring, doughnuts are not labor intensive, so I might have made some progress on a new cast on....


And woven in the last of the ends on an older one.

Those of you who have been around the blog a while will know that I don't do New Years Resolutions (but certainly do Full Year Goal Planning) and I work on a single "habit" that will get me towards my goals each month.  I review my goals each quarter and adjust them as needed.

The end of June marked the half way point through my goals for the year.  I took a long hard look at them, a couple got changed, one got taken completely off the table as I came to realize that although it was something I cared about, it didn't fit with my overall "mission" for the year.  I also took a hard look at the habits I had planned for the rest of the year and tweaked them.

Funny, it all actually ties in with that title up there.  Independence.

My goals were all around being able to be independent from ...well it doesn't matter what it was from really and everyone has their own story, so maybe without the details it can tie into yours? 

One of my friends asked me what yarn fumes I was inhaling, when I said that to her..."You are a self supporting, single mom.  No family within 3,000 miles to pick up the slack.  You never, ever, ask for help, you always give it...where is it you think you are not independent? You have a "Wanna Be Knight in Shining Armor*" trying to save you, and you won't let them, you own your own doesn't get much more independent than that..."

Which is where she is wrong.  It does get more independent than that.  Everything I have ever done, has all been about one of two things...either proving someone right (seldom) or proving them wrong (all the time!  You tell me I can't do something and I am right there doing it in spades!)

One of my goals for this year was to only design things that make my heart sing, and although I have stuck to it, I have so very nearly fallen down the "this is popular, it will boost sales that pay for college" rabbit hole a couple of times.  Which is actually where this (mostly) ties in..I nearly forgot to be intentional about what I designed.  I nearly jumped on the asymmetry multi color band wagon and ...yeah...I am more Audrey Hepburn than ...I don't even know who in the movie world to tag for that, it is so not my style.....Stephen West in the knitting world. (Don't get me wrong, Stephen West is brilliant.  He makes me wish I could do the splits, wear multi-color brioche with confidence or dye my hair blue!.  I buy his patterns without any intention of knitting them because he is just so much fun...but he isn't my style.)

I don't usually make my monthly habits public, but July is all about Intention.  I will be Intentional about what I do, what I design, what I knit and the intention will not be to prove someone right or prove someone wrong...just to prove I can make my heart sing all the time!

So what will you be intentional about this month?

*And Wanna Be Knight, just in case you read this - we're fun, it's great...but you cannot save me from myself and I don't want you to.  Be there with the bandages and antibiotic cream when I fall, the tissues when I need to cry, and  laugh with me when it is all so funny.  I fly without a net because all too often in my life, the net has been pulled out from under me with no warning, or the rules of the game have changed from one moment to the next.