Monday, September 15, 2014

Knitting Pattern Writing


One of my goals is to eventually get some patterns written for knitting, and possibly crocheting too.
I get custom requests from family or I'll make gifts, and think: I should be writing this down as I go so I can :
1) remember how to do it for the next time;)
and/or 
2) get it printed up to sell or possibly publish it.

This time around, after another request, I decided to do just that.
I'm always surprised that it takes much longer to figure things out than I originally thought.
For example, I've redone this one a few times. I actually have one version completely finished and ready to wear, but decided to go ahead and redesign/experiment it with a slightly different look and see what happens. 


As you can probably tell from this photo, I am a very visual person. I have to literally see the stitches and physically count them to make sure that I have the right amount. I've worked things out on a calculator far too many times and had it not work out when actually knitting-why is that? Anyway,  now I just write it out and physically count them on paper, lol . Sometimes I use graph paper but the squares are a bit too small.I'm pretty sure there are specific graph papers you can print from online.I'll have to check.


yarn is vintage chunky by berrocco

Next time I'll be sharing some of the photos from the Country Living Fair : )

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Snow White, Key Keepers, Kindles & iPad Cozies

What do they all have in common?
Well, they are some of my favorite things that I will be relisting as soon as possible.I'm still retaking photos and debating how they look and adding them to the shop.Slowly...
This will be a busy weekend with college tours and lots of homework (not for me ;) -and more photo re-shoots....

1st up-as I was going through my boxes-you might've seen some here...I came across this eclectic fairytale bag that I made awhile back. I love the print-a Snow White theme by Heather Ross. I've stitched around some of the details for a puffy, quilted look. The lining is another favorite golden hued velvet. I wish I had more of that. The straps and zipper pull are made from a faux leather. Sling bags are perfect for those wandering walks-don't you think? 







I also have a bunch of Kindle/iPad mini covers:
all various sizes

There's also one camera bag/wristlet left:




And the key keeper card wallets...


I think I'm all ready for the holidays : )
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