At Wits End by Kirsten Weiss

I’m over the moon excited about this book. Not only did I have the pleasure to meet her, but I have the pleasure to write with her. Like in a coffee shop, side by side. Eeek…

This book is a cozy mystery set in a B & B. The crime appears in the first chapter. I highly recommend this read. You won’t be disappointed.

Dishcloth Diva Hat Club

…is finally here!

I’m so excited to share with you my next subscription based book. If you haven’t heard, you’re probably thinking what is she talking about? Well, let me explain.

It’s like any subscription, but much cooler in my opinion. *smiling*

You purchase the entire eBook up front, then each month beginning NOW (March) – December, you will receive an update. A new hat pattern.

10 months = 10 Hats

10 months + 10 hats = so many fun hats to give as gifts or keep for yourself.

Details you can count on: Each hat will be easy to understand, written pattern only (no charts), easy to take along with you, intuitive, and the perfect knit project for you to enjoy while attending any event.

So, are you in? Why not, right? Head over to Raverly and pick up your copy. You can begin anytime. But just know, the individual hat pattern will NOT be available until the entire book is complete. A subscription perk!

Knit On!

~Deb

First Hat. March.

Coffee Shop Hop

Hello there! Do you just love to find the coziest coffee shops to work in; do what you do? It’s my favorite thing to do when I have projects to work on. I find myself getting distracted at home with chores, social media, and just procrastination type things to keep me from doing what I’m supposed to be doing.

I’m working on plans for 2019. Knit On Designs Co will be doing some amazing things. I’m excited to begin. Because, If you can dream it, you can achieve. Am I right?

Spicy Chai with almond milk. 

I find working in a coffee shop, whether that’s loading a new pattern into my shops, knitting on a new favorite project, or planning for 2019, I’m always up for a great atmosphere, friendly staff, and a yummy cup of chai. Spicy Chai with almond milk. 

A beautiful, serene setting for an afternoon of working on “stuff”.
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If you’re local to the Colorado Springs area, I highly recommend you pop by. They’ll greet you with a smile. Did I mention all the yummy croissants, pastries, and coffee?

So, tell me in the comments where you find yourself being most productive.

Hugs!

Christmas time in Colorado

We’ve established this decorating theme a couple of years ago and truly love it. It’s a skinny, yet tall  vintage looking tree. The ornaments are a collection of various materials, from fabric stars, to metal bells. Small creatures hang from our tree. Our woodland forest of animal friends sit underneath.  

The mantel holds the little truck and a wooden sign that I made, and our jolly snowmen made of twigs. I think this is my absolute favorite mantle ever. It screams Christmas time. 

This train stands a really good chance of becoming one of all time favorite pieces. If it weren’t for the NOEL behind it, it would stay up all year. 

Our home is decorated simply; vintage touches amongst many of the pieces. 

Christmas is about home. It’s the little things that make it perfect. 

Promise Me…

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Hello Friends!

‘Promise me’ is finished! My granddaughter, Jasmine, who just started 6th grade, is the proud recipient of this piece. It’s hanging above her bed. Proud grandma moment.

I enjoyed finishing this stitching so much.

Hobby lobby has canvas for artist. You know, the white inexpensive canvas? Well, they now have burlap canvas. This was the perfect backdrop for this. Don’t you think?

I cut out the stitching and wrapped it around a piece of sticky board just big enough to give it a border. I then cut another piece of sticky board just a bit larger and wrapped a piece of fabric around. I tacked down both pieces in place with hot glue.

Who doesn’t love a hot glue gun. It’s a crafters saving grace.

I then layered the sticky boards together and hot glued them both to the canvas. 

No piece is complete without a bow. Check.

I’m in love with this. And, my granddaughter is too.

If you would like to see what else I’m up to, please visit my Instagram page.

If you’d like to see what my daughter and I are stitching and talking about, please visit our Facebook page.

I hope to see you there!

 

What if…

Good morning! ☕️

I have had a long few months of no knitting mojo. What? You say.

I know. Sigh…

But, guess what i did last night?

Knit.

And, it felt good. Though, like every time I knit, my mind goes. It travels to places that help me find peace. This was no different.

I’ve been working on a business plan to relaunch my photography business. It was once (decade or more ago) filled with brides, families, and a few seniors.

I want a different focus (pun intended) this time. A re-branding of sorts is happening.

Creatives in their spaces or at coffee shops creating. This comes from someone (me) who loves to create in coffee shops. I draw, knit and even cross stitch in these places.

It’s a place of inspiration for me, and I’m sure for other creatives as well. A home studio, a downtown studio. Your favorite coffee shop. Any place that you, as a creative, likes to create.

I’m looking for any one who would like portraits, marketing photos, process photos to put on your studio wall, to submit to magazines, or for your own brand. Photos to show to potential clients. Portraits of you doing what you love.

I’m building my portfolio and would like to fill it with creative individuals in their spaces. Whatever that means for you.

What if you’re local to me (Colorado Springs and surrounding areas) and this describes you, then I’d love to talk with you. Please reach out to me so we can discuss all the fine details.

So, until next time,

Stay creative!

-Deb

I’m all sorts of Crazy…

 

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That got your attention, didn’t it! *smiling*

I’ve been knitting, sewing, and cross stitching, oh my!

Grab your coffee, sit in your favorite comfy chair and have a read.

First things first, I’ve released the July dishcloth to my Dishcloth Diva Club Ebook. Do you have it yet? I mean the ebook? If not, its not too late. Get it HERE.

This simple dishcloth is a stripey patriotic fun knit.

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I’ve also been sewing on this tote. I finished it yesterday and love it so much. It carries all my projects effortlessly. Made with cotton fabric and cork fabric (for pockets), this will be my go-to favorite bag. The FREE pattern is called Reversible Box Tote by Very Shannon. It’s so much fun to sew. Goes together very well. Her instructions are easy to follow. I’ll DEFINITELY make this again.

Something that is near and dear to my heart is cross stitching. Years ago when my girls were little (they are now 31 and 35), I took to cross stitching. I made the cutest samplers and had them framed at a frame shop.

I took a decade or more away from it, and began knitting. Soon after I added author to my credentials.

Fast forward to today, I’m back to cross stitching (still knitting). Though, the craft hasn’t changed, the way in which we purchase and frame have. Purchasing is done primarily online. Sadly, there aren’t any stitching shops in my area. I found Stoney Creek online, where I’ve purchased many things. In fact, my order should arrive today. I already have my cart filled (again).

Also, I’ve discovered through FlossTube, Yes, it’s a thing–a YouTube variation for those of us who cross stitch, Priscilla and Chelsea, a mom and daughter team who cross stitch and share. They are my newest obsession. Such enablers, they are. *wink*

Cross stitching is why I called this post what I did. I love a new found craft, even though it’s an old craft for me. I embrace the crazy. Hey…maybe that should have been the name of this post.

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Well, that’s all I have for today. I will be back to share my haul from Stoney Creek.

Until next time,

Get YOUR crazy on!

~Deb

Coffee with Deb

5F092C81-D382-41E1-9E29-55F75ED031D1*taking a sip of coffee*

Morning is my favorite time of the day. The little jingle, waking up is Folgers in your cup, comes to mind. Now, you’ll be singing this all day. You’re welcome.

While I don’t drink Folgers coffee, I sure do love my morning coffee.

Morning routines have been a part of my day as long as I can remember. I’m fortunate enough to be able to have one that includes a bit of knitting, email, and social media. It’s about an hour when I can just let the time pass and not even care that it does.

With that said, that hour is for me to ease into my day, maybe plan what it will look like, and create space in my brain for new ideas.

Which in fact, I have many.

*taking a sip of coffee*

The problem, if you’d call it a problem, is that too many ideas surface each morning and I have not a clue where to start. I’ve been wanting to write a non fiction book on living intentionally. With so much of my life having raised great kids and not having to have a 9-5 job, it leaves me with many hours of my own time. (Bless my husband for providing an amazing life for us so I’m able to be me.)

So, where does this leave me?

*taking a sip of coffee*

Mapping out a plan, if you’d call it that, to write that book. With the help of friends brainstorming ideas, this may come to fruition. I’ve written several novels, but not non fiction. Yea, it’s writing, but it’s all “plotting” it out, sectioning it off so it flows and makes sense to you, my reader. I have had such an awesome life filled with adventures that I know of many of you reading this would relate to. Living intentionally is about making a life that you can be proud of. It’s not too late. Whatever your age. Day one starts now.

Today starts your intentional journey. Do me a favor, take out a piece of paper, a pencil, and grab your cup of coffee. Journaling.

Ok, i saw you roll your eyes. 😉 I’m not talking “Dear Diary” journaling.

I’m talking focused journaling with the intention of increased productivity. Remember, productivity doesn’t have to always be about work; finishing a book you’re reading or fun day at the park with your kids.

*taking a sip of coffee*

What makes you feel joy and contentment? That’s what I’m talking about.

Living intentionally.

Share your thought below. What is the one thing that brings you joy? Thank you for sharing your time with me today.

*taking a sip of coffee*

Write On!

~deb

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What Knitting or Crocheting Can Teach Us

 

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Hipster Shawl 

As a designer, I spend many hour escaping into the Ravelry world, an amazing knitting and crocheting community (website) where people come and stay. For hours sometimes.

I click through 10, 15, 100 versions of the same shawl pattern (or dishcloth, sock, scarf, hat pattern), looking intently at the yarns used, the projects created from it, the way it looks in a worsted weight yarn vs. a fingering weight yarn. Which then starts down another rabbit hole of the actual yarn and what people created with that yarn–hats, baby blankets, socks, to name a few.

It soothes my soul, relaxes my over-stimulated-creative mind. But, even as a designer I have to wonder why people would knit a lace shawl that takes months to create such a complicated pattern. I guess because there’s something for everyone.

Here’s the thing about our online knitting or crochet community: we compare our projects, shaking our heads sometimes as to why someone would use that yarn or needle size, when clearly, in my own mind, I wouldn’t.

But that’s not for me to judge. Or even mention.

There’s a clear understanding that when someone posts a photo of their finished object, a lot of love, care and time has gone into producing that completed project. We should cheer her or him on and not make comments as to the clashing colors or think, I wouldn’t have done it in that yarn.

I ran across this the other day and shuddered. I did. Because it made me feel angry that someone would be so unkind to comment like that. I’m sure they didn’t realize it actually came across the way it did. But…It did!

So, I guess the moral of this story is, be kind when commenting on others photos. If you already do, which I’m sure you all do, good on you!

One Kind Word can Change Someones Entire Day

I know I’m not going to please everyone, but I’m ok with that. We all have different tastes in yarns, patterns, the way we photograph our finished objects. That’s what makes each and every one of us knitters or crocheters unique!And, I love that! And YOU!

The shawl at the top of the page is in my favorites. On Raverly.  I plan to knit this. I love the texture, the worsted weight yarn. I’m going to find a soft cotton worsted and knit it for summer evenings. 

Feel free to visit my Ravelry store if you’re interested. 

Hugs,

~DEB

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