Archive | April 2013

Hard Work Paying Off

Yesterday I got a call from Jen of Finnegan Lake Gallery. We had a good chat. It looks like I’ll be selling some of my work in there too!

I am so excited how things are really coming together! I was chatting with a woman yesterday that I highly respect and she commented on how hard I’ve worked to promote myself. Darn skippy! This girl is DETERMINED to make things work. My dream is to stitch and spin and get paid for it. I want flexible hours and to be able to take my work with me wherever I go. If my Sweet Pea says “Mama, let’s go for a walk!” I want to be able to drop everything and go with him. If Mom’s health isn’t up to par (which it wasn’t about a month ago), I want to be there for her. All this has been possible because I won’t let go of this dream. I AM going to make it! I AM making it!

I did a couple more pattern tests for Crochet by Jennifer. Wow, I LOVE her patterns!

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Baby Bear Beanie

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Ripple Bonnet

Tonight my plan was to restock some items that I gave to a friend for her baby girl today (I made them with the intention of giving them to her… I just had to see the little one to see if they worked for her). Of course they were the ones they loved at the Kinmount Artisans Marketplace (hehehe) It didn’t work out for me though. I ended up organizing part of my pattern library. Tomorrow is paperwork day (with a sarcastic “yay”), so I’m not sure when that’s going to happen. I’m also doing another pattern test, which I will post when I’m finished.

Someday I should clock my hours.

Day 7: Looking Forward

Looking Forward One year from now, when the 5th Knitting & Crochet Blog Week rolls around, where do you hope your crafting will have taken you to? What new skills, projects and experiences do you hope you might have conquered or tried?

One year from now, I will have completed the Intermediate Level spinning course at Fleming. I believe I will be a full-blown fibre snob by then. I’m also confident that I will have got the hang of of dyeing wool with food colouring.

As far as the projects on the hook and needles go, one thing I would REALLY love to try is thrummed mittens. They look so warm and cozy and they feel like Heaven. I can also see myself knitting a shawl/wrap out of yarn that I have dyed and spun.

I’m sure I’ll be in for quite a few surprises over the next year too. After being broken down by an abusive relationship, the rebuilding process has been a long, difficult process. But I believe I’m at the plateau now. After all of the hard work I have invested, things are falling into place nicely. I have two stores I’m putting my work into. I’m doing a knitting workshop this summer. I’ll also be doing spinning demos. In other words, this girl is living out her dreams.

Falling Behind

Just a quick note to say that I’m still here. Things have been chaotic this past week. I’m not sure if I mentioned that my little town was under water, but that meant that the school was closed for two days. And then Mama Bear decided it was safer to not send the Cub until we were sure of what was going on. That means that there was a little guy running around the house. And when given the choice of paying attention to my Sweet Pea and stitching, well, I’m sure you can assume how that went. I love that boy so much. I seriously can’t get enough of him! He was gone this weekend and all he wanted to do was snuggle when he got back. So you can guess how much stitching I got done tonight too!

So I am going to to back date my posts for Knitting and Crocheting Blog Week just so I can keep track of them. Hopefully I’ll be able to catch up tonight. I do have two tests on the hook, but it’s almost midnight and I don’t think my testing eyes work this late. See. I’m rambling LOL Oh snap! I haven’t been to check Craftsy and Ravelry lately either. Wow. So much to do!

Day 6: A Tool To Covet

A Tool To Covet Write about your favourite knitting or crochet (or spinning, etc) tool. It can either be a tool directly involved in your craft (knitting needles or crochet hook) or something that makes your craft more pleasurable – be it a special lamp, or stitch markers.

This one was a no-brainer for me!

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I LOVE my Lendrum! I have to admit that I’ve been dragging my heels on working with my own yarn though. I have cupboards full of acrylic and I know that once I start using wool, those cupboards will get forgotten.

Honourable mention goes to my beautiful needle set, Harmony, by KnitPicks.

Day 5: Something a Bit Different

Something A Bit Different
It’s the annual challenge to blog in a way different to how you normally blog. You may choose to create a podcast, or vlog, create a wordless post or write in verse. You’ve already stretched your wings with an infographic, now it’s time to freestyle. You can post on any topic you like, but be sure to post in a style different from your usual blog presentation. There’s not too much guidance for this one simply because the more varied the posts are on this day, the wider the sources of information for other bloggers will be. Bonus points if you manage to work your house animal in somehow.

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Day 4: Colour Review

4KCBWDAY4 Colour Review What are your favourite colours for knitted or crocheted projects. Have a think about what colours you seem to favour when yarn shopping and crafting.

Only after writing this part of your post should you then actually look to see what colours you have used in your projects. Make a quick tally of what colours you have used in your projects over the past year and compare it to the colours you have written about. Compare this, in turn, to the colours that are most dominant in your yarn stash – do they correlate?

Now think back to your house animal – do the colours you have chosen relate to your animal in anyway – if you are in the house of peacock, for example, are your projects often multicoloured and bright?

My favorite colours to work with are bright, variegated and rainbow. I work with them every opportunity that I get. This past year though, the colours I’ve worked with have been chosen by those who placed custom orders with me. Since I’ve had to close my order book (I burned myself out), I’ve been working with the colours that I want to work with.

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Examples of orders:

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As far as my yarn stash goes, I have just about every colour in worsted weight that there is out there. Most of the cotton I have is bright and vibrant.

As far as correlating to the House of Bees, I think it is. It may be lacking the shiny part, but these colours sure are bright!

Day 3: Infographic

Infographic
There are many ways of conveying information on a blog; text and images being the two most widely used. Many infographics combine both these elements to provide a visual way of presenting text information.

This post got me really thinking. I never thought of posting infographics on my blog before. This could come in hand to make me accountable for things such as inventory, stash, patterns… It could be a good thing or a bad thing hehehe

The graph is just a guess at how much time I spend on each medium. I’ve never really clocked it before. Perhaps I should start.

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