Monday, March 17, 2014

The Webkinz Lil'Kinz Sweater

I have been hard at work on a teeny sweater pattern. In 2013, I set a goal to design 5 knitting patterns by the end of the year. I didn't make it. I didn't even come close. I didn't even get one pattern design completed to satisfaction.

But I have not given up the goal - I have just given up the timeline. I am almost always at odds with time. Time is not a friend I would invite to tea. So, I have been busily working on a few designs, and it looks like I might have three finished soon.

 I had planned the first to be muffatees (wrist warmers), but it seems that my plans are often sidelined by other outcomes. Instead of muffatees, my first design ended up being a bedspread for an American Girl doll sized bed. It is a very simple design and will soon be finalized and given to test knitters.

My second design is the Webkinz Lil'Kinz sweater shown in the photos above.  I have knitted two. One for Chico and one for Rosita.  Isn't she lovely?

 I have not yet come to what the final pattern will be, as I need to make more changes to the arm holes, and maybe to the neck. It is knit in the round, and I am not liking the way the arm holes have to be knit, so I am toying with making it a knitted flat project that will require seaming.  I love knitting in the round, so this will be a difficult choice.  Third test will be knit this week.  Once I get the technique pinned down, I will be able to make it for actual live dog sizes as well. 

Off to the needles...

 
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Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Unknown Future

I hope you all are well. I have let my blog languish for far too long. I have been busy - trying to decide what direction this blog should take, and whether it should take any direction at all. I really enjoy blogging, but I have so many interests to puruse and so little time in which to squeeze them all in, something had to give. It was the blog.

I blink, and six months has gone by with no post here at all. Blogger has changed its features and how I post, and I am not familiar with the new dashboard. It takes time to keep up-to-date with the electronic technical changes and "upgrades" to the blogging platform. Frankly, I was not happy with many of the changes, and I was dissatisfied that my login is now a Google login. I have trouble remembering my login information because I have had to merge so many times when large Intenet companies merge/go belly up/sell out to others.

I don't like having to use a Google login to go to YouTube, Blogger, etc. I want a separate login for each place - and I don't want Facebook to log me in to any place but Facebook. I really don't use Facebook for anything but a place I can go to contact certain people if I so choose. I didn't join Pinterest for a very long time because it originally had to be done through Facebook. I don't want to log in to a site and have another site "know" I am logged in. I don't want to be tracked and sent "targeted" advertising based on something I browsed on Amazon, Ebay, Etsy, Overstock, or any other site. I want to explore in an environment that allows me to find what I want when I want it, and that will not try to intuit what it THINKS I MIGHT WANT TO FIND.

All this Big Partnering by "smart" technology has really soured my taste for blogging and other online activity. I expected this post to be about a new knitting pattern I just finished, but my fingers took over and wrote something completely different. Something that I don't see many people voicing, but that needs to be said nonetheless.

 I plan to try to get myself back here more often because I miss blogging and connecting with the blogging community, but I really don't know at this point how often that will be, or whether I will be able to get back into the nice groove I once had here.

Here's to the unknown future...

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Friday, September 27, 2013

She Makes Hats



Have you been to She Makes Hats?  Well, she DOES MAKE HATS!! And you should wander over and take a gander.  Robyn has several irons in the fire and several goals to meet.  She has committed herself to make 10,000 hats for 10,000 heads in her lifetime.  She recently raised over $400.00 for clean water projects. She is hosting a fundraiser for a friend with an ongoing medical issue. (Sandoval Fundraiser) She runs an Etsy shop.  From now until the end of the year, a portion of your purchase price will go to the Sandoval Fundraiser.

Many of her hats go to charity.  I don't know how she knits so many so fast, and I seriously don't know how she finds the energy reserves to keep churning them out, but she does, and many people benefit.  What a wonderful heart for the betterment of as much of the world she can reach!  If you are in need of inspiration, jump over to her blog and read about the 588 hats so far created.

When you are finished there, follow the links to any of the worthy causes and tell everyone you know to help Robyn help others.  I am happy to have stumbled across her blog some time ago, and I am always happy to share stories of people sharing their gifts with the world.  Sometimes all we can do is make a little ripple in the pond, but that ripple makes other ripples and on and on and on.  In these dark days, we need all the good deed ripples we can make!  There is no telling how far one good deed will go, or how many lives can be reached.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

New Energy

Yesterday I was thinking about the fun ahead in the long, warm days of summer. Today, I am looking back and wondering how I ended up on the other side of summer so quickly. I miss blogging. I miss the mental exercise I get from writing. I am ready to get back to it...and to share my blog with a young writer who also enjoys stringing words together. For now, one day each week will belong to Amilia.

Here goes: Hello!!!!!

If you think this was a pretty big, brave hello, it was the best I could do because I am pretty shy, but I am trying.  And thank you for reading. Oh!!!!!! I almost forgot - Sinclair told me to say something splashy, so here:                      SPLASHY!!!!!!

See you next time!
 Amilia &
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