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Maker self doubt

Just a quick note today as I’m working through several projects AND working on a formula to make it easier for us to figure out yardage when we design something in multiple sizes.

Last January I stocked up on thick and quick at Michael’s (yay sale!) with the full intent of doing markets this coming fall.
Then I had my baby and realized I had zero desire to make stock for my new ideas. My storage room full of last years stock might have helped with that a little.
I recently decided to apply for the Curated shops though with said new ideas and my child hats. Which meant making one of each of the designs and taking photos. I had selected colours that at the time I thought worked with my vision. But then I made one of each colour and realized my vision had shifted.

So I completely changed the colour scheme. Instead of green, brown, and taupe I’m going with a red, dark blue, and beige for both designs and I’m finally happy with them.

My point is if you are doubting something about what you’re making you don’t have to just live with it. Make what you want and what will bring you joy. If you hate making scarves, don’t. Or, at the very least make them a custom/made to order. Being a maker means we truly get to love what we do. So don’t let preconceived notions of what you “should” be doing get in the way.

Happy Knitting!

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Why do you love your craft?

I love knitting. Shocker I know, but in all seriousness this hobby turned business has blossomed into so much more than I could’ve imagined just over 2 years ago when I attended my first knit night.

I started knitting in September of 2015 because I was over the whole commercialization of Christmas and wanted to make gifts for people. Looking back they were not awesome (think toques with a seam and scarves with a dropped stitch on the end making it slightly narrower on one end) but it was the thought that counted.
Fast forward to March 2016, I had been laid off my job and through the magic of the internet found Chantal of @knitatude and saw she was going to be at Market Collective. I rounded up a couple girlfriends and we went, I introduced myself (SO out of character for me), and she invited me to her weekly knit night.

I’ve been going ever since and my skill has grown 10 fold. When I started going I didn’t know how to purl. Then I learned how to but it was twisting my stitches so I had to re-learn. Then I started testing patterns for Chantal which turned me onto making garments.

Now I’m designing my own patterns, still testing for her on occassion, testing for other people too, and I can’t believe how much one craft has changed my life. One example is going to Our Maker Life last year in Toronto. Not something that would’ve happened otherwise.

So I ask you, why do you love your craft and how has it changed your life?

Happy Knitting!

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Pattern Template

Just a brief word on the template I’ve created for you. Yes it is free and yes you can change things on it.

I created it because I’ve seen over-priced pattern templates that are ridiculously long (for no good reason) and quite frankly I think it’s ridiculous to charge someone when they’re doing the majority of the work. All I’m providing is an outline of how to write it out with some information of what you should be including.

The best part about my template (besides the free part) is that it’s made in Google Docs. So anyone with a Google account can access it! And even my mom has one so….

I made the template based of one my own patterns but again, you can customize it to your preferred fonts/colours etc. Just for the love of all that is good please don’t use Comic Sans. It’s not professional in any aspect and should only be used in…. you guessed it, comics!

Anyway, happy pattern writing & knitting/crocheting and if you have any issues feel free to email me!

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Homemade Baby Blankets; what you might not think about

One of the first things I told the ladies at knit night after announcing my pregnancy was that I wasn’t going to make my own baby blanket.
I’d made one earlier that year for my cousin and it was tedious. Fast forward to September of last year at Saskatoon Comic Expo and the only knitting I’d brought was stock, however it wasn’t flying off my table so I needed something else to work on. Enter a skein of hot pink Caron Simply Soft and I was off to the races making my own blanket.

I was in fact gifted 3 blankets at my shower (2 sewn, 1 crocheted) and they are fantastic, especially since I’m only now about to start the last colour repeat on mine.
But I realized the other day that mine is more of a “older child” blanket. The pattern I used has holes that little fingers can get caught in and it’s enormous for a baby. I like to think it’s one she’ll keep forever though.
img_20180715_132129So if you’re planning on making one and it’s going to be knit or crochet, you don’t need to go crazy with a fancy stitch. Use colours that will be meaningful to the mom (in my case, Hufflepuff), use acrylic so it can be tossed in the washer and use chunky yarn so it doesn’t take a lifetime to make!

Happy Knitting!

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Pattern Books vs Stitch Books

I have 3 Pattern Books and 2 Stitch Books plus the Vogue Knitting Book. To be completely honest I haven’t used any of the patterns in any of the books, although I did just receive one of them last week and I know a pattern I’m going to make from it.

On the one hand I love pattern books because so many of the patterns are just so damn beautiful. But on the other hand, I already have an extensive favourite section on Ravelry.

Stitch books though….there’s just so many options and you can create anything! I have so many different ones marked in just one of my books because I saw the stitch and instantly envisioned a finished piece.

So personally, stitch books are the better investment because I just have too many patterns that I already want to make. But if you aren’t one to design your own stuff and work off other patterns, go hard friend. There are so many of them, the one thing I would warn though is that if you don’t love multiple patterns in said book check your library before making the purchase. Unless of course you have a desire to have a library that rivals the on in Beauty and the Beast.

Happy Knitting