Inspirational Littles and Love

There is something so very sweet and perfect about the way my middle little carries herself when no one’s looking, and shes just being her.  She’s this perfect combination of reserved and fiery honesty when shes in a room full of people- when I grow up I want to be more like her.  But, when shes just thumbing through her books with her earbuds in, and she forgets the rest of the world is around, maybe watching, she becomes this calm old soul and her whole being reflects it.  Naturally she has the fairest porcelain complexion, pale rosy cheeks and as she sits on her bed eating the Strawberries she so sneakily brought into her room, I see it.  She is the most perfect Valentine colorway, just as she is.  Her Carmel colored hair and heathered blue gray eyes with golden rings and one quirky chocolate colored fleck – its a breathtaking combination on its own, but add those pinks?  Stunning.  Watch out world, shes smart, sassy, confident and gorgeous- and only 8.

So just like that, I immediately turned from her doorway, went strait upstairs and wrote my new colorway inspiration down- because most of my inspiration comes from the beauty I am surrounded by.

So these, which we named: My Sweet Valentine, were inspired by my very sweet little.  Wish to see them?  Sure you do

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Perfect, right?

When I called Lydia to give her my descriptions of each colorway I was thinking about, I didn’t plan for her to nail it on the head so perfectly- but she did.  Down to every last detail, and I am SO in love with them.

These sweet skeins were broken into mini skeins and are still available in the shop. Of course we each kept one, to knit into our Memory blankets, or turn into heels or toes of socks.  And I am so excited to knit with them, because, every time I look at them, I’ll think of my little.  It’s good for this Mama’s soul.

Of course we dyed more skeins up for our collection, and I’ll insert those pics here- some inspired by love stories, stolen kisses, and romantic gardens

And I love them just as much as the others.

Some people call themselves “Maker” because they sew with needle and thread, hand dye yarn, or make intricately stitched knitwear.  Some because they are “makers” of beautiful stories or music intended to rustle something in your deepest soul.  Others bear this name because they inspire others to see their life dreams, and make them a reality.  No matter the path that gets you there,  you find yourself inspired by something that allows you to be a “Maker” of something.  What is that inspiration for you, I’m curious.

Until next week,

Happy making, everyone!

Oh! Memories Blanket

Back in August of this last year, Lydia and I decided that we really wanted to create a blanket pattern for a Mini Skein Club we had up our sleeves for the Oh! Loops shop  .

We created the Oh! Memories blanket pattern because we liked the idea of having a little bit of something special from all of the projects we have ever knit for family and friends, as well as bits and bobbles we have received from this amazing knitting community, all together in one cozy, wrap yourself up in comfort project.

Our Oh! Memories blanket pattern has directions to complete three different size and weight mitered squares.

You can download your free digital PDF here:

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I hope you all enjoy this pattern as much as we enjoyed creating it for you!

Happy knitting everyone!

Make Twenty In January

Three days ago all of us brought in a new year.  Out with 2015 and in with 2016.  Some of us did it with Champagne flutes clinking and others a new show on Netflix.  No matter how you chose to spend December 31, 2015, at midnight we all said farewell to one year and welcomed a new one.  For me, a new year is a new list of possibilities.  I love that.  I love that we are given a new chance each and every twelve months to allow ourselves to embrace a new change.  It’s good.

This year, my husband and I attended a fantastically fun game night at a dear friends home.  We played card games I’ve never played before, ate new to me foods that were AMAZING, and laughed the night away with both new and dear friends.  I even met a real Prince this year, and he and his soon to be bride were incredibly sweet and so fun to be around. I’m not sure my evening could have been more perfect.

Usually each year I make a list of goals that I want to accomplish over the course of the next twelve months.  This year, I didn’t do that.  Instead, I wanted to focus on a small few things and allow myself to work through them on a month by month basis.

So, what does that mean?  That means that each month I will pick something that I want to do each day for 20 minutes, for the whole month.  Then, when the next month comes around, I will give myself the freedom to change what I want to do or to keep it the same for the next 30 days.

This month, I chose spinning on my little Turkish drop spindle.

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I realized that I hadn’t picked my spindle up at all the previous year, and I wanted to change that.  So this is my first twenty minutes of spinning I finished Friday afternoon after Lydia and I recorded our latest podcast episode.  I am so in love with it.  I love the color, and how sweet it all looks just like this.  It’s perfect.

I’m using a braid of Yarn Love Juliet Roving.  It is 4oz of a 75% Merino and 25% Nylon blend in the Scintillating Sari Colorway.  It is drafting beautifully and is a complete joy to work with.  I will definitely be spinning some more of this in the near future!

SO, I’m curious.  What are your goals this new year?  Is there something that you would love to push yourself to do for twenty minutes every day?  I would love to hear if there is.

Until next time,

Happy making!

Makers and Making.

I have this amazingly colorful collection of sock yarn that is stored neatly in shelves on the main floor of my house.  I gaze at it everyday and on most evenings.  I find myself pulling out skeins and placing them on my desk or displaying them in different ways so that I can just look at them.  But, that’s what makers do, right?  We enjoy being surrounded by all our creative things, because they inspire us to keep on making.  Its this fantastic cycle that the non-makers in our lives just don’t understand.  But how could you understand something that isn’t ingrained into your very existence.  You can’t.  And that’s totally OK. Really really.

So the last few days I spent my free time doing just this- making.

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I drank a new to me tea, wrote nine millions little lists and finished this beyond perfect green sock.  I am so utterly in love with this extra long giant green sock- and can’t wait to make the other so I can wear Jolly Green Giant socks on St. Patrick’s Day.

I used a double knit sock blank from my shop,  Oh! Loops , and my Knitpicks US 0 (2.0 mm) 24 inch circular knitting needle to make this sock of total awesomeness.

After sock knitting madness, I moved on to some major foot related Christmas gifts.

I managed to get a jump on the 7 pairs of Christmas house slippers Ive insanely decided to make, and knocked out one and a half pairs.  Not too bad if I do say so myself.

I used Cascade ECO Wool for the gray in both pairs- however I decided to add a random skein of some crayola type colors that I found in the deep stash.  Honestly, I’m not sure what it is, and that’s a bummer because its quite sweet.  And beyond perfect for the little boy who will be getting them.

I’m using the Simple House Slippers pattern by Simone A.  This sweet pattern is a free one on Simone’s blog and I couldn’t be happier with the finished product.  It is written for only one size, but I found that it was super easy to adapt to any size foot- child through adult.

So, after finishing these slippers, my making brought me back here-

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back to pulling out random skeins of yarn to look at, and imagining what they will become.  Probably socks- but maybe not.  Maybe that awesome Burgundy one on the bottom right will become a shawl for next fall…..

What is your creative process?  Does it start with gathering all the beautiful or necessary supplies you need?  Or does it require complete and utter quiet and a blank canvas to work with, devoid of stimulation or color?  Maybe you just need to take a walk outside and it all comes to you.  No matter your process, it’s yours and as unique to you as the art you create.  No maker has the same creative process as another- and that’s what makes the makers in the world that much more amazing.

And that delights me.

 

 

#KNITMYBUCKETLIST…..

Every year I sit down and write a list of goals for the up and coming new year.  Every year I write the list and come March I no longer look at said list anymore.  So this year when Lydia came up with this hashtag-  I wanted in.  I may have a shot at sticking with this list.  What is this list you ask?

A knitting bucket list.

Say no more, right?

This idea was PERFECT, in every way.  Why?  For exactly 4 reasons.

  1. I knit almost every day for my business
  2. When I ‘m not knitting for my business I’m knitting for myself or my family
  3. I really really want a few more classic-go-with-everything handmade items to incorporate into my wardrobe
  4. I love knitting

I felt like this new plan was almost foolproof, so I went through my Ravelry queue and wrote twelve down- 1 for each month of 2016.  I’m beyond excited about this plan and really wanted to share it with all of you.

So here we go.

Operation #KNITMYBUCKETLIST2016

  1. Solaris  by Melanie Berg

2. Oatmeal Pullover by Jane Richmond

3. Shaken or Stirred by Thea Coleman

4. Drachenfels by Melanie Berg

5. Sunbleached by Alicia Plummer

6. Antler by Ankestrick

7. Tau by Melanie Berg

8. Lady Sunnyside by Tanis Lavalla

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9. Summer Festival by Georgie Hallam

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10. Backshore by Alicia Plummer

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11. Arctic Wrap by Purl Soho

And last by definitely not least

12. Roads of Corsica by Garbrielle Vezina

I am SO EXCITED about these, and cant wait to get started.

How about you.  Do you have a knitting bucket list?

I would LOVE to hear about it, and you can join in on the conversation over at the Oh! Loops Ravelry group HERE

Until next time,

Happy KnItTiNg!!

 

 

 

 

It’s The Final Countdown….. and a half

When you read this, it will be exactly sixteen days until Christmas.  That leaves only fifteen days of making and prepping and wrapping little packages of awesomeness to place under a Christmas tree.  To be more specific, MY Christmas tree in MY living room.  Oi Vey!

The clock is ticking and if I’m being 100% honest with all of you, I haven’t purchased a SINGLE gift yet.  Or made one, or wrapped up a something from years ago to re-gift.  Hmmmmmm.

Honestly, it’s not because I’m going all Scrooge on everyone this year, it’s because I could not, for the life of me, decide on what I wanted to do for anyone in my family.  It was getting ridiculous.  SO

I decided to pull out the big yarns and get to the making as quickly as I can.  I have my eyes set on these- Simple House Slippers by Simone A.

They are perfect looking and take DK weight yarn, and I think I have enough in my stash to make the 7 pairs I’m setting out to make.  Lets be honest though, will I make 7 pair?  I don’t know.

But because I know me, I brought in back up this time, and decided on these too: North Country Mitts by Andrea Mowry

These sweet looking mitts take a whopping 75 yards of Aran weight yarn.  So bring it on procrastinating self- I’m about to take you down.  Waaaaay down!

On another note- the new podcast episode it up, you can find it on the menu drop down or right HERE

I hope you all have a wonderful day.  Until next time,

Happy making!

Knitterly Such & Such

Hello!

Do you see those sweet little hands holding that tiny leftover ball of yarn?  Those two things are on my top 10 favorite things list.  Do you have one of those?  I started a top 10 list when I was ten- because what else do you do when your ten.  My entire life after,  I have made lists.  List to check off,  lists to just keep, bucket lists, one day I will read lists…favorite things lists.

Most of these lists I write down.  However, some of them I get selfish with and just keep in my head,  Like my favorite things list….

My top ten is simple for me, and in no particular order.

  1. I love little feet and little hands.  Specifically my little’s little feet and hands.
  2. I love the smell of wet asphalt and freshly cut grass.  To me these are the freshest and cleanest smells, and bring an all over calming to my soul.
  3. Sock yarn and hand knit socks.  All colors and fibers.  Oh the possibilities!
  4. Little balls of leftover yarn.  When I see these sweet little packages of leftover fiber, I know a maker was busy making, and to me- that’s magical.
  5. The smell of men’s cologne.  Specifically my husbands.  And Old Spice, because it reminds me of both my grandpa and my dad.
  6. Cooking my grandmothers old southern recipes that aren’t written down anywhere, but live inside my head from the many, many times I helped her in the kitchen.  Knowing that as my little’s stand beside me as we prep and prepare meals, these recipes will continue to live on for another generation.
  7. The feeling of my bare feet on the ground.  There is something about feeling connected to the earth I stand and dance on.
  8. Stories.  Memories of what used to be and might have been.  The good ones where the story teller gets that long lost gaze in their eyes as they are taken back in time to the very moment they are talking about.
  9. Dancing.  Twirling. Letting go so you feel the every beat of the music in the bones of your body.
  10. Community.  Being a part of something bigger then me.  Specifically, the knitting community.

That’s my list, and it’s perfectly mine.

This past week, I plunged myself into number three above and ended up with number four.  Bliss!!!

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These socks.  I knit these absolutely fantastic socks in about 5 days, mostly because stripes are seriously addicting. These simple striped socks used a new to me Indy dyer, Knitterly Things.   You can find the shop HERE

I knit these out of their Vesper sock yarn in the Kiss Me Deadly colorway.  Vesper is 400 yards of 100% Superwash Merino Wool and jam packed with awesomeness.  I decided to do an afterthought heel as to not interrupt the striping and use some 2-ply High Twist from Oh! Loops in a semi solid gray.  I’m so happy I did because I think they turned out perfect!

I was so thrilled to have a little left over to knit a square for my Cozy Memories Blanket.  My blanket squares take about 10 grams, and I have more then enough to knit a square AND make a mini skein to give away.

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I would love to hear about some of your favorite things.  I’ve started a post in the Ravelry Group if you would like to join along or maybe leave a quick comment here.

Until next time,

Happy knitting!