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i’ve been busy.

July 5, 2016

so note the Instagram account to the right here – I have been cranking out these awesome earrings – and i feel just fine saying they’re awesome, because guess what…

i paid my RENT selling them last month, and momentum has not slowed. this is awesome, yeah it is.

in the meantime, for funsies, i have marked my post popular pay knitting pattern down from $5.50 to $1.99 for a little while.

So if you’ve ever wanted a copy of my hooded cowl, it’s right here and for the next week or so, it’s gonna be less than half its normal price on Etsy.

Gittit!

do you know something i don’t?

April 23, 2016

i have had a surge in pattern sales recently, the majority of which are coming from Craftsy.

The Floral Bath set is the one that’s really been going off recently, and I don’t know why. I mean, I know they’re so very cute, and that I enjoy knitting them as gifts for friends (one of these in AllHemp6 with a bar of soap? Awesome). But they’ve been published for years, and although they still sell steadily, the past week has been happily excessive.

Anyway – i was fishing around trying to see if perhaps the pattern was mentioned somewhere but I can find nothing.

Maybe it’s just my good luck, lol. Right now I need it, I’m in the visa process to bring my fiancee to the US. It’s expensive.

All these pattern sales have inspired me to get the needles back out again, as I’d put them all aside again for weeks. I’m knitting a little Doolittle scarf. SO EASY, so sweet – fingering weight yarn on size 9 needles. I found a beautiful skein of Tahiti at one of my local thrift shops. Just one skein, but too beautiful not to pass up, so home it came… What do you do with one skein? THIS.

Check out my Instagram for continued photos🙂

 

Seed and Linen Stitch Blanket – a very basic set of knitting instructions

March 2, 2016

A month or so ago, I acquired some delicious Araucania Lauca yarn. I got it for five bucks a skein at Websters in Ashland. It was being discontinued. Its wool, silk and camel blend is very, very soft.

It’s an aran weight yarn – so if you want it and you can still find it, cool. Otherwise, substitute something really soft in a light worsted or aran weight.  There are just over 180 yards in each skein of Lauca so you’ll want to consider that as well.  I have three skeins of it.

I am not really all that much a fan of variegated yarn. EVER. I was, when i was a new knitter and tricked into believing the collection of colors would mesh into something cool, but then as i got further into my “knitting adventures”, I wasn’t so much a fan. Yarn barf, I believe I’ve heard it called…

It wasn’t until I brought this home that I started actually learning about how you really work with this stuff – using slipped stitches to break up the colors, etc…

Well – that trick doesn’t quite work with this yarn, as you can see – but it’s still pretty dope. While I’ve got some pooling, at least the edges of the color pools have been softened some by the blending created with slip stitching. And although my original intent was to knit a giant, brioche cable cowl with it – I realized before I actually started, thank god, that I would never, ever actually wear the result. More than likely I’d frog it a year later and do something else with it instead – like what I wound up doing with it.

So instead, I started a little throw. Because this matches my home perfectly in all ways – color, vibe, etc… It will look absolutely fabulous on my olive green seventies papa-san chair.

Here’s the basics – NO GAUGE!

With US10 needles (Knitter’s Pride Dreamz interchangeables) I cast on 151 stitches, and seed-stitched an inch or so of top border. If you want to use a different needle size or yarn thickness, simply cast on an odd number that creates the guestimated width you want (I say “guestimated” because you can try and sort of “guess” by how many stitches you’ve cast on, which will draw in some, or you can do some knitting math if you’re inclined to that. I might have been, before motherhood).

The border is continued on the sides by seed-stitching the first and last eight stitches of every row. Linen stitch comprises the center of the blanket. When you run into two slipped stitches next to each other, slip the first and just purl the second one – that way you keep the “bump” you need for the pattern.

I have three skeins of this yarn and will just knit until I run out (let’s hope I can get a squarish shape out of it!). At the end I’ll just add an inch or two of seed stitch border on the bottom and there it is. So simple, nice mindless knitting for Netflix, audio books and knit nights.

The effect and difference between the stitches is subtle, but apparent – and makes for a nice, FLAT throw that is also actually functional and warm, too – and all that slip-stitching mixes up those colors a little bit. There’s still a TON of pooling here, but it’s pretty dang cool anyway. I’m happy with the simple choice I made for this yarn. It’s lovely to work with.

it really IS like Netflix for reading, lol…

February 12, 2016

Check out Scribd—It’s like Netflix for reading! Use my link to sign up and you’ll get 60 days free: https://www.scribd.com/ga/4sv48j

i have been a Scribd member for several months now. i love to read, and i also get into audiobooks very periodically when knitting. there are TONS of books, all you can eat for eight bucks a month. i was especially psyched to find some knitting books – i really prefer not to buy them myself anymore, as i am trying to downsize my life. finding a lot of the books i love, including knitting pattern books, is fantastic.

i am not an amazon prime/kindle unlimited person, because i don’t have a kindle (i have a dell tablet) so this works out great!

instagram and bipolar knitting.

January 13, 2016

Yep, it’s true. I’m doing a little knitting again.

I’m acquiring bits and pieces of my friend’s mother’s stash. In every essence of the word, she had SABLE (Stash Acquisition Beyond All Life Expectancy). Some of that I am listing on Etsy, and some of it… Well… Hey… There are perks to being the one opening the boxes.

I have a new Instagram obsession too.

I am a bit old school when it comes to social media. I used Twitter for a second – mostly to post URLs that took people elsewhere I was actually using the internet. It took me FOREVER to figure out the point of Pinterest – before I got addicted to it. And it took me FOREVER to figure out the point behind Instagram (I still haven’t – but I’m addicted to it now, nonetheless). Are you on there? Let’s follow each other. I still don’t understand the point of it all that much – it seems minutely more useful than Tumblr. Maybe someone can explain this to me?

I am in the midst of a cowl obsession. I’m knitting this, the Infinitude Scarf (Ravelry link). I’m almost done. I might have completed this in record time. My daughter’s with her dad, my girlfriend is stuck back in Canada until she gets her musician’s visa squared away (and in the totally ironic way of bureaucracy, is missing several gigs in the meantime). I’m home alone, I work from home, and it’s been raining and snowing for over a week here.

Damn straight I’m knitting. I burned myself out a bit on the flower-making, mostly because Christmas and most vending opportunities are over. Knitting goes better with everything for the moment, but that’s what happens when you’re a bipolar knitter. I am, and right now I’m in a manic knitting phase. I’ve knit two cowls, two hats, and i’m about to finish a third and design yet another one in the coming days.

I’ve been good though. I’ve done at least 30 minutes of cardio every morning, and at least as much yoga in the evenings. I love to knit, but it’s going to be another 30 years or so before I allow myself to let knitter’s paunch creep its way in. I think they should print on yarn labels like they do cigarette boxes: WARNING: too much knitting without any other self care will make you fat and flabby. GET OUT OF THE CHAIR, everyone, me included. As much as I hate  you for 30 minutes every day, Jillian Michaels, you are as effective as you aim to be. And as slow as I knit, that’s only a couple of rows lost to some endorphins and lymph movement and a slightly tighter butt. I can hang.

That is all. I follow back on Instagram. See you there. It seems pointless to update this blog more than once a month anyway, since all anyone ever comes here for are five year old free hat patterns (which is fine, too – I’m still enjoying watching people knit them – but for god’s sake, PLEASE stop complaining that I don’t gauge my free patterns. I don’t gauge anything. Free. As in “I shared what I did so you can try doing it too if you wish”. Or you can pay me to pay an editor but I’ll probably just buy groceries instead.

Upcycling fun

December 2, 2015
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I debuted these at a local Christmas maker’s fair recently, and they did GREAT. I sold many of them!

I am having SO MUCH FUN with these, because it means I get to make regular trips to thrift stores. Today I came home with a beautiful brown leather purse (it will actually hurt to cut it up, lol – but i know already that i have WAY TOO MANY ALREADY), a white one, and a scrap of dark royal blue kid…

They’re hair clips, or hat clips, or lapel clips, whichever you want… I’m enjoying this process so much, and at the moment I’m having so much fun making them I haven’t knit a thing…

Check ’em out!

They’re on Faerwear on Facebook, as well as on Faerwear on Etsy🙂 There are some smaller ones available too!

MORE destash!

October 12, 2015

just uploaded a bunch more to Etsy, and i’ve got tons more to come. I’m going to be getting rid of perhaps 2/3 of my yarn stash – I’ve found that I can collect it until the cows come home but I seldom knit with it. I am much better off buying yarn “per project”.

I’ve literally got a four drawer dresser that will eventually wind up on Etsy. I’m going to try and put some up every day my daughter is in school (because otherwise I can’t get anything done).

In addition, at the end of August, I closed my storefront – just a month after I moved into a tiny little cabin from a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house – life is all about downsizing right now, and finding ways to pay the bills.

PLEASE take some of this off my hands if you would!

Check out the latest listings on Etsy.

And if you’re looking for some amazing books for your kids, I am also a Barefoot Books ambassador, as well as an independent consultant for Usborne Books & More. you can find my online shops there. Purchases from these companies go toward my daughter’s homeschooling materials – and now that I no longer own a consignment children’s boutique, to the clothing she will need every few months or so, since she is growing like a weed.

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