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I am in full ADD knitter mode now – wanting to cast on tons of projects but finishing none of them.

Yesterday I cast on a lovely infinity scarf called Summer Wind in this beautiful linen I got at Maker Faire in April from ceallachdyes.com. I LOVE this yarn! The colors are so vibrant and yummy. The pictures do not do it justice

The pattern is simple but lovely. Just what I need, all my other projects are lace and involve complicated charts. This will be the perfect amount of mindless, but not boring.

I love casting on a new project!

Not much knitting happening lately, which makes me so sad.  There are good and bad reasons to the lack of knitting. On the bad side, my shoulder injury has flared up again and is DRIVING ME CRAZY!!!  Sorry for screaming. But seriously it is pissing me off.  It is so frustrating to have the thing you love dong more than anything, knitting, cause so much pain.  I have been working out more often which helps, but it’s not back to the way it was before.

The good reason is that I have been busy working on my new freelance project. I am now doing social media consulting for yarn stores and such.  Right now I only have 2 clients, but it is very exciting. With so much of the crafting community online I feel very strongly that craft businesses should have an online presence. Not everyone is tech savvy, or understands social media… and that’s where I come in. I help set up the platforms, discuss strategy, and  train staff.  So far things are going well. Today I finally purchased business cards and secured my website! I will be spending the week designing the site 🙂  I am so excited about this new venture mainly because it keeps me close to my true passion – knitting.  So while I can’t knit as much as I like, due to my shoulder, I am participating in the knitting community… and that makes me happy.

This weekend a wonderful movie opens in theatres… Winnie the Pooh!!! Yes, yes I am sure you are all going to see that other movie, Harry Potter, but Winnie the Pooh has something that Harry doesn’t – Knitting!!! That’s right folks there is knitting in Winnie the Pooh!  Dear Kanga knits throughout the movie, which is difficult when you have no fingers only paws.

I am so proud to have worked on this film and have my craft represented in it. It is a beautiful, funny, heartfelt film that is wonderful for all ages.

Have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy some great knitting time and maybe an afternoon with a silly old bear….

Tuesdays are my favorite day of the week. While I love Fridays and, of course, the weekend; Tuesdays hold a very special place in my heart. It is the day my knitting group meets.  We are a small little group, about 6-8 people every week, that meets once a week at a local café.  We knit & crochet, eat pastries, drink tea, and just chat away.  We share our latest projects and pour praise and love on the latest finished object.  There is lots of love in this group.   Most of us met online and just randomly came together in this group, we are a diverse group of people which makes it even more fun.  If for some reason I can’t make a Tuesday night my week is all thrown off! Knitting with this group brings a calm to my week that I have grown to depend on. This week we left our normal café for a “field trip” to a local bar to support the local animal shelter. Knitting + drinking + hanging out with my group = Heaven!

I once heard on a Oprah show about happiness that joining a group or club brings as much happiness as doubling your salary. I believe it.  My knitting group brings me more happiness then I could ever imagine…. though I would still be ok with doubling my salary 😉

Hello all….

Having stepped away from the blog for a while I am ready to get back in the swing of things.  The purpose of the blog is no longer to document my journey in knitting design, this is mainly because I realized I don’t actually want to design.  I love being creative and making things, but I am not, by nature, a creative person. And I am ok with that.  There will still be knitting here, lots and lots of knitting. It is what I love, and that is what I want this blog to be about – things I love.

What I am loving right now are my current knitting projects. So much love!  I have 4 projects on needles at the moment, which is high for me. In the last year I have been more of a mono-knitter focusing on 1 project at a time…but in the last couple months I have switched back to ADD knitter! I want to start every project now! Even with 4 projects on needles I am dying to start more. Sadly my shoulder injury has flared up so I can’t knit as much as I would like to.

Here is a run down of what I am working on:

Jade Cashmere One-Skein Shawl – There is a sample of this shawl knit up in Sweet Georgia’s Cashsilk Lace in Saffron at Unwind (my local yarn store/favorite place ever!). I decided to try on the sample and ended up wearing it all day. I fell head over heels in love with the yarn, the pattern, and the color…. so the yarn and the pattern came home with me and I am knitting up my own to wear.  This yarn is beyond fabulous! It is so soft and light, and the color is amazing.  Sweet Georgia’s sense of color is amazing, she is able to come up with such beautiful and intense colors. (These pictures do not do it justice)  The pattern is also amazing, so easy to follow!  I can’t wait till this is finished 🙂

 

To counter balance the lace work of this shawl (and another sweater I am working on in lace… it deserves its own post.  And not for good reasons) I decided that I needed some worsted weight in my life, enter in a wonderful combo of Amy Butler Belle Organic Aran and the sweater Wicked. This sweater has a lovely Kangaroo pocket, which is the main thing that drew me to it. I do love a kangaroo pocket! The sweater is knitting up so beautifully, both the pattern and the yarn are wonderful. I am loving the 50/50 wool & cotton yarn, it is so squishy and wonderful.

 

The other sweater on needles…. well isn’t going as well. It will be beautiful, and I love the yarn… but the pattern – ugh. That is a whole other post for another day.

 

My last project is a secret. Well, it’s not that secret the recipients know they are getting a present… and they know it’s a blanket, but other than that it’s a secret.  Someday I will get to share the blanket with you 🙂

 

That is my knitting life right now.  Of course I am always plotting my next projects, I have plans for more sweaters, another pair of socks, a cowl (knit with this amazing linen yarn from Maker Faire), and about 100,000,000 other things 🙂

 

Happy Knitting to all!

Recently I purchased a super cute project bag at my local yarn store, Unwind.  I had never really been a project bag person before, everything just got thrown in the big bag or purse. While nothing ever go ruined by doing this, it was still a bit messy.  So I took the step to projects bags and now I am hooked!

Both the bags I got are from a great local company Slipped Stitch Studios.   I adore her stuff, so well made and great fabrics.

The first bag I bought is this cute little guy covered in pears….

Hiding inside this lovely bag is my first pair of socks!

Such a  yummy color and look they fit too!

I am slowly working through the legs of these socks. They are knitting up beautifully and are going to get my hooked for good on knitting socks!  I love the knitting two at a time toe up… so easy!

Since I loved the pear bag so much I decided I needed another one (Really, I NEEDED it! I swear!) So I got this little beauty

I love the vintage look to this fabric, subtle but pretty. Note the bag is mostly white… I just had crappy lighting when I took the pic. ( I always get the urge to take pictures when the lighting is crappy… ugh!)  Inside this bag I am storing my latest project the Shirley Sweater

This is knitting up light as air! I am head over heels in love with this sweater!  It is knit with lace weight on size 2 needles so it is going to take a while but once it is done it is going to be so nice to wear in the So Cal weather.

Do you have a favorite project bag?  What is on your needles now?  Share your projects!

How in the world is it already April!?!?!  I think I may have said that when March rolled around as well, the months seem to fly by faster and faster each year.

This was such a good week and I have so much to share!

 

First off, I have fallen in love with Pinterest. It is so much fun! For those who don’t know what Pinterest is, it is like a virtual bulletin boards or inspiration board. It is pretty much a TON of inspiration and eye candy!!! It is also so easy to lose  a couple of hours pinning away. Here are a couple of the pins from this week to see everything check out my boards!

 

Martha Stewart Craft posted a great Cyanotype tutorial. I had never heard of this before, but I am super excited to try it this summer.  I love the scarf but I think it would look great on some pillows.

 

Great new desktop image from Christina Engel! I look forward to these each month 🙂

 

The new Twist Collective is out!!! My favorites are Devonshire, Madrigal, Clearwing, Quintet, ans Aviah. The article on local wool and fiber makes me want to go live on a farm and raise sheep.

 

My favorite Mochimochi has a new Tiny Things collection out! Yay!!! I think the Donut is my favorite,or the Chef… I can’t decide 🙂

These book covers are all over the internet right now and I love them! Penguin Classics commissioned Jillian Tamaki to create these one of kind book covers, they are just so beautiful.

 

It is getting close to summer which means – PICKLES! I love, love pickles. This recipe from Coconut & Lime looks super tasty. I can’t wait to make them.

 

I was fortunate to work on 2 amazing films during my time at Disney Feature Animation. I have already shared my experience and excitement for Tangled (which is out on DVD March 29th!!!) But the time has come for me to start sharing the 2nd film I worked on – Winnie the Pooh. There are so many reasons why I loved working on this project but most of all it was working with my Uncle.  My Uncle, Dale Baer, animated the character of Owl in this movie which was his mentor’s character in the original film.  It was so fun working with him and made the project even more special for me.  I was also thrilled to have the experience of working on a 2d film, there is something about holding those drawings in your hand that makes it so magical, weird but true. The team on this film was amazing as well, such a wonderful, fun, and supportive group of people.

And to top off this awesome experience… there is knitting in the movie as well!!! Yes my knitter friends, Kanga knits!  I’m not gonna lie, it is difficult for her to knit without any fingers but she does a great job. I am just so happy that there is knitting in both the films I worked on!

Check out the trailer and other fun stuff at the new official website for Winnie the Pooh!

 

 

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