Thursday, February 12, 2015

Nantes Hat & Thankfulness

Life continues to fly by at breakneck speed. I continue to be thankful for every day.  No matter how bleak the world becomes, there is always a reason to find a bright thought and give thanks for the gift of life.  The daffodils are beginning to poke their greenery up through the earth, and the grape hyacinth say spring will be here in the blink of an eye.
I am knitting the Nantes hat again. I do so love this pattern! It was published in the Interweave Knits Winter 2011 magazine. It is also available for purchase on Ravelry. I am making my fourth Nantes hat, so I think it is definitely a pattern worth purchasing. In other news, the weather has been unseasonably warm lately. We have had no snow this year. I heard on the radio today that the temperature will be -27 tomorrow in parts of
Vermont. Brrrr!

I hope you all are staying warm and healthy this winter. Until next time,

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Picot Backpack for 18" Dolls such as American Girl, Götz, Madame Alexander

It is here! The Picot Backpack pdf Knitting Pattern for 18" dolls is available on for Free (free until further notice).

This sweet little backpack is a very fast knit and a great stash buster!  It features a ribbed flap and drawstring closure.  I have had good reviews from testers and others who have downloaded and made the backpack from this pattern.  Now that the testing period is over, it is available to all who would like to purchase.

Saige, our American Girl Doll, has been wearing hers non-stop for over a month, and it is still going strong.  She carries her fingerless mitts and her small Schleich toys in her Picot Backpack.

Try it out today...I would love to know what you think.

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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...


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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