In My Knitting World

Sometimes I feel like I am three different people living in three different worlds.

There is Amy the corporate woman. Blaa… Some people thrive at this type of life and love it. Me not so much. I never wanted it. I just had no choice. I was a single Mom with 2 kids to support. I do the absolute best I can, work with amazing people and am grateful to work for a great company that gives me good salary and benefits, but for me it is empty time. It does nothing for my soul.

Then there is Amy the Tarot Reader. Ever since I was a kid I dreamed of being a fortune teller and reading cards for people. Why? because I wanted to know what I couldn’t see. I also wanted to give people answers that they couldn’t find. I also loved the mystery of it all. I have been reading and studying the cards for many years now and this is where I feel myself. I love it and will never tire of it. Unfortunately it’s hard to make a living off it. especially in my neck of the woods where the cost of living is so high.

And then there is Amy the Knitter. I’ve been knitting and creating things since I was a child. Grandma taught me to knit and crochet and I’ve always loved it. I love making things and giving them to people I love. It’s my love in a physical form. Often times I dream of becoming a knitting designer but Amy the Corporate Woman keeps getting in the way by hogging all my time.

My goal for 2013 is to honor Amy the Tarot Reader and Amy the Knitter by giving them more time. I’m not sure how I am going to swing this but I am sure going to try! Do you hear that Universe? I’m ready to make that change!

Meanwhile in my knitting world here are some of the gifts I made in 2012 to give to people I love!

I designed this shawl specially for my sister Lisa. She is one of the most beautiful people I know and I love her so deeply. It makes me so happy to see her wrapped up in this.

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I also snuck in a pair of Porifera Socks designed by Miriam Felton with the leftover yarn

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My sister Kim got this Gyllis Shawl in a Spirit Trail Fiberworks yarn of the most beautiful colorway. It was perfect for Kimmy.

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that was for her birthday. I also knit her this Color Affection shawl for Christmas

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My husband still hasn’t gotten his Aran Sweater but he did get a pair of custom socks designed by moi.

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The kids got some things too. Joe got a nice slouchy hat. He wears it A LOT. I have even caught him sleeping with it on!

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Rachael got a nice warm cosy pair of Snowflake Socks to wear. These are a Drops design and I used their yarn as well. They knit up fast!

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My Mother in Law also got a special gift this year. I have to get a picture of her wearing this. I swear her eyes almost match the green in the shawl! It is so beautiful on her with her red hair! It is the Carson Shawl designed by Romi Hill. Love it!

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Next year my number one goal is to get Marc’s sweater done. I also want to publish some of my own designs.

I have lots of stuff I want to blog about in future posts. I have a lot to say about many of the Craftsy classes. I’ll let you know how Vogue Knitting Live goes this weekend! I will definitely keep you up to date on my designing aspirations. I so wish I had more time for that!! Sigh….

What to Make Next? Craftsy to the Rescue!

I have to share this with you because I think it is rather funny. I have been spending a lot of time using the Craftsy platform. I love it! I think I have signed up for almost every knitting class. I don’t need them all but every one of them has taught me something. Thing is it is driving my husband mad. You know those rifts of music at the beginning of each lesson? Well he’s got them all down pat. Knows exactly what class I am listening to just from the music. Right now I am designing a pair of socks for him using Knit Picks Imagination Yarn in the colorway Seven Dwarves.

With the help of Donna Druchunas’ Original Toe Up Sock Class of course! Marc has unusually thick feet and Donna’s class has been extremely helpful in planning a sock that will fit Marc. Here you can see me measuring his foot circumference.  11 1/4 ” !

Here are some FO that came out wonderful.

This is the Porifera socks I knit for my sister. They came out great!

I also finished the Pogona Shawl by Stephen West using Malabrigo Arroyo in the color Archangel

I should be working on Marc’s sweater but honestly I am so afraid of messing it up I have procrastinated.  I think I may need to “consult” with Stefanie Japel or Carol Feller over at Craftsy. I’m sure they will be able to help 🙂

Inspiration Tsunami

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I have so many things going on and there is so much to write about but not quite time. I will say that I am really excited about publishing some of my designs and am taking the time to make sure the patterns are well written. I have my collared cowl out being test knitted and will be sending the ptn off to a tech editor before publishing. I also have my Against the Current Shawl to submit and my Robins’ Nest cowl which will be a free pattern. I also will write out a pattern for my Guardian of Air shawl.

If you don’t already know, my patterns are inspired by Joanna Powell Colbert’s Gaian Tarot Deck. I am a Tarot reader as well as a knitter and use Joanna’s deck often for readings. I started thinking of knitted items I would make the people in her deck and started making them but not writing up the patterns.

I don’t currently have any published patterns and this is all new to me. I will put the patterns up on Craftsy and Ravelry and maybe look into other places like Patternfish. I need to learn how to set up a store here on my website as well.

Here are some pictures of my patterns thus far.

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The Forest Habitat Cowl

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Against the Current Shawl

Lovin the Craftsy Platform!

I don’t know about you but I have become a Craftsy addict! I love their set up and there are so many classes to choose from! One of the classes I joined was Designing your own Lace Shawl taught by Miriam Felton.  I thought the class was phenomenal and was inspired to create a shawl that I call Against the Current.

I plan on publishing this pattern and already have all the charts made up. Just need to write up the pattern. Oh, did I mention they have a class for writing a pattern? It is called How to Say It taught by Edie Eckman. It can be monotonous but is full of useful info if you are planning on writing up patterns. Here is the first pattern I am writing up. I am calling it the Forest Habitat Cowl and it is based on a cowl I knit for my Mom last year. I mad a few changes and wrote up the pattern. I plan on sending out to a test knitter soon and am still in search of a good tech editor. If you know one let me know. Here is a shot of it “on the block”

 

If you have been debating on taking one of the Craftsy classes I highly recommend them. They are very well done and worth every penny.