I’ve been a knittin’ fool! Like on the repeat knittin’ fool.
I have dishcloth patterns that date back to 2009; the time I opened my Etsy shop and began selling sets of them. I couldn’t believe how well received they were. In fact, I had a 4 week waitlist at times. Crazy, huh!?
You know, as a designer, I’m quite humbled by the number of knitters and crocheters that still love to knit a dishcloth. I have messages daily on Ravelry thanking me for the occasional FREE pattern I release. No, I don’t do it often, as it takes me days to design, knit, photograph, and list that little pattern.
Speaking of price, It’s ONLY $2.50 per dishcloth pattern. Not a lot. I know you can get free ones out there. In fact, TONS of free ones, but you get what you get, I often tell people. I take the same amount of time in the details of a free pattern as I do with a paid-for pattern. *shrugging shoulders*
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?
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.
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.
Don’t wait for the mess. Find a solution before it happens.
It’s really that simple. If I see a closet or storage bin start to get out of control, I don’t wait for it to be Spring Cleaning time, I just get to work and do it.
I’m not a hoarder of anything. Well, maybe yarn, planners and notebooks, but, we all have our thing, right? I’ve decluttered my bins to include ONLY yarns I’ll use, notebooks I’ll write in, and planners that are useful. It makes me (and my house) feel lighter.
I’m sure there’s a space in your house that could use a little re-organizing. Am I right?
Tip: Give yourself 30 minutes today to tackle just one space. Even if it’s (just) getting rid of things that have been there longer than a year. Or yarn that keeps finding its way to the bottom of the bin. Let’s be honest with ourselves when it comes to clutter. Find a pretty bin, organizing system, or even a container.
Each day, starting tomorrow Monday 12/11 – Friday 12/22, you will receive a coupon code that will give you a FREE pattern. I might even give another FREE pattern if you follow me over on Instagram.
It can be anything from a dishcloth pattern to a blanket pattern to a sockpattern to a hat pattern to a scarf pattern. Who knows what I feel like giving that day!
I know Christmas is coming fast, but these projects will be fast to knit and fun. The perfect gift for anyone on your list.
I have so many fun things planned this next year. I’m jumping in with both feet. Be watching for things like guest bloggers, interviews will begin again *happy dance*, podcasters who will be talking about the patterns I gift them and coupon codes for their viewers, challenges for you and me, and LOTS more.
Did you know that Christmas is ONLY 177 days away? I know, right?
Have you thought about what your gift list looks like? Have you thought maybe a Knit along with me might be fun? I’m sure you haven’t. But, it promises to be so much fun!
If so, please join me over on my Facebook Page where you will receive Free, Paid for, and recommended dishcloth patterns, that will help you get a jump start on your Holiday knitting. I have a fun prize package (it may even include on of my books *smiling*) for the one that knits the most dishcloths in the month. Fun, huh?
Your to-list, as well as mine, is to make a list of those people that enjoy receiving a creative gift. As we all know, not all recipients appreciate a hand-made gift. And, that’s ok, right? Be thoughtful in your list. It may even be fun to add some natural hand cream to your cotton dishcloth as a gift. That’s always a great addition.
Have a fun-filled weekend knitting your first dishcloth pattern of the month. It can be found here. Yes, it’s mine. 🙂 And I made it available for free for liking my page.
Are you tired of being stuck in Area 51 (your stash) with all your UFOs (unfinished objects) and PHDs (projects half done)? I’ve put together a list of ways for you to be more productive and organized with your knitting.
Keep Your Stash Under Control
We are all guilty of having too much yarn. You know what I mean. We leave the house and find ourselves in the yarn aisle at Michaels or our favorite LYS, and we just buy. It’s pretty, it talks to you, the shop gal tells you it’s the perfect color for you. Guilty! Why not start buying for a particular project and keep your Area 51 from growing out of control. Whew…done!
Choose Projects that you are serious about
Ravelry is the perfect place to spend hours, literally hours, searching for that pattern. You all know what I’m saying, I’m sure. It’s down the rabbit hole you go. But again, it will keep you from having to add on to the house for additional yarn space. *smiling*
Have 2-3 projects going at all times
I know what you’re thinking, “but Deb, you said not to buy yarn just because and I might not have the yarn in Area 51.” I gotcha. Here’s what I propose…you search through Ravelry, find 3 patterns that you’d like to make. One that is super easy and can be done while knitting with friends, one that is a bit more complicated and will take a couple months to finish, and one that makes you excited every time you think about knitting on it. Maybe its a new stitch or some part of the pattern you can’t get enough of. If you have more than 3 projects going at any given time, it will cause you to put them away and forget.
Choose a podcast or listen to an audiobook
My favorite thing to do is to watch a knitting podcast or listen to an audiobook while I knit. Even if its a bit more complicated, I find myself able to concentrate on the pattern, yet listen at the same time. Weird, I know. But, it’s also a great use of your time. A couple of my favorites can be found on Youtube: Brooklyn Knitfolk, By the Lakeside, and Grocery Girls.
Take your knitting with you (always)
Remember the one project I mentioned that is super easy and can be done while knitting with friends? Yea, that one. That’s the one you grab on your way out the door in case you’re stuck waiting somewhere, or you are done running errands and just want to find a nice cup of coffee and sit. I do it all the time and love it. Make sure it’s in a cute project bag. Just ‘cuz.
What’s your next project?
It’s ok to take breaks. Ravelry is a great place to go to. You can assign yarn and projects. You will find yourself back there, I’m sure, so why not have a list of yarn (in Area 51) that you’d like to knit with next. Assign that along with a pattern for future projects.
With these ideas, you will soon find yourself organized and productive; actually ticking things off that list and getting rid of UFOs and PHDs in your Area 51.
How exciting is that? Please share with me your plan, your new pattern finds, and of course your UFOs and PHDs. I have many myself.
(note to self, go through Area 51 and take your own advice.)
I truly love when I run up against a podcast that I had no idea was out there.
Knitting, while nestled in my space, looking for the perfect podcast, I landed on Mandarine’s Podcast; Melody Hoffman, designs inspired by nature, folklore, and minimalism. A delightful voice to listen to, engaging, and charismatic. Pure joy.
Take a minute to listen to her. You won’t be sorry. I promise! Oh…don’t forget to grab some knitting and something to sip on.
Melody has a beautiful website too. Her photographs are stunning.
Oh my! I’m fan-girl’ing all over the place here. *smiling*
I feel it might be fun to interview her. Shhh, don’t mention this just yet, I will need to talk with her.
For now, lovely knitters, stay awesome and remember to take time for yourself.
Super Cute stuff. It’s the coloring, patterning, and structuring of fiber and fabric. This is what I want to learn/do/create/sell.
My end goal is to be a surface designer. Did I say that out loud?! YES! Yes, I did!
So, why do I tell you all this? Because I’ve enrolled in Lilla Rogers MATS Bootcamp. Make Art That Sells. It is 5 months long. 5 large assignments with 5 mini assignments, and lots of fun things in between. I’m excited for this new adventure. I’ve been searching for that next thing to take me out of my comfort zone and into a zone that will test my skills, faith in myself as an artist, and give me the ability to create in another medium.
I found it!
So, I hope you’ll stick with me through these next 5 months. I plan to blog about my journey (good and challenging).
This is quite the profound statement. Kind of intense, yet insightful. I’d like to think that analyzing quotes can give us a place to start, or something to think on.
I often sit with my laptop, feet propped on my cute ottoman, in my office. Sometimes, it brings inspiration as I look out my window. Other times, it’s the simpleness of a quote.
In this case, it’s the quote:
I have the passion, the drive, the opportunity to make my life what I want. Some call it blessed. I’m definitely that! I feel that what makes you happy, makes you successful. In whatever medium you choose. In whichever way you’d like to interpret this.
In someone who delights in positive thinking, I love the idea of this saying and that someone thought enough of it to allow us to enjoy it.
Let’s describe happiness, because this is what they’re talking about, right?
As we are all human, I suspect you want to be happy. You want to do something that makes you happy. Happiness for me is sitting down to knit with friends, it’s teaching others the craft, it’s drawing circles, trees and flowers, then coloring them. It’s tearing up fabric (coming soon to my studio), it’s sewing on a special quilt, it’s designing wHaTeVeR. Happiness is spending time with my loved ones, reading a good book, or just sitting in my comfy spot with my thoughts.
Absorbing my Vitamin D for the day makes me happy. I know, it’s the little things sometimes. It doesn’t always have to be about work.
What makes me happy, may not be what makes you happy.
So, I say figure it out, friends, and find your happy!