Updates, WiP Posts

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season, and I want to wish you all a happy, healthy, wonderful 2019!

My 2018 was pretty good, so I’m hopeful that my 2019 will be even better!

In 2018 I published 11 new patterns – 7 in publications and 4 as self published. As well as converting another 6 patterns into self published designs from previously published. Not too bad! I also taught at Masters Day in Dallas, at Unwind Getaway, and 15 different classes at my ‘home’ LYS, Cheers to Ewe!

I finally joined TNNA, I became a certified Knitting Instructor, I was appointed as a Co-Chair on the Master Hand Knitting Committee, and I became the editor of the K2TOG newsletter. When I spell it all out like that it makes me realize how much I actually accomplished this year!

2019 looks to be just as exciting! I’m teaching at Kanuga in a couple of weeks, and then I’ll be teaching at the Dallas Fort Worth Fiber Festival in April – not only on Masters Day but two other classes as well. This will be my first ‘non-regional’ teaching gig (aside from teaching at Masters Day there last year), and I’m pretty excited about it! I’ll be at Unwind Getaway again (mostly as a participant this time – but I will be doing a little bit of teaching.) And I have class proposals in to several other events throughout the year. (Fingers crossed!) I’m thinking of tackling the TKGA Knitting Judge certification this year, and I want to grow the Tech Editing side of my business as well, in addition to more designing too (of course.)

On the knitting front, I just wrapped up my two pillow designs that will be in the next issue of Cast On magazine – along with the article to go with them. I really need to not commit to designing over the holiday break – I really stressed out this year – there was so much going on! (Which is 90% of why I haven’t posted since Thanksgiving!) But I’ve finished everything ahead of my deadline, so I call that a win! 🙂

I’ve finished one sock and have started the second – these are my plain ‘waiting room’ knitting. Cuff down, short row heel.

I really need to go through my WiP pile and dig some stuff out to finish. My Vitamin D cardi is still sitting near my desk asking to be finished, so I think I may dig that back out and finally finish it soon!

I’m not going to really do any ‘resolutions’ this year, but I did pick a word for my year – this year it is ‘mindful’. I’d like to be more mindful of how I spend my time, and how I spend my money, and what I spend my precious knitting time on. And also work on being mindful of living in the moment. Do you have any resolutions for 2019, or do you also pick a word of the year to focus on? I’d love to know what knitting resolutions you have – drop me a comment with them below!

Until next time – Happy Knitting! Here’s to a wonderful, knitting-filled 2019!

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Updates

Sorry for the radio silence!

I’m still here, I promise!  Life has been busy, but I’m still knitting away.  Right now I’m working on a gift knit, so I can’t show you that until it’s done and gifted.  And as soon as that’s done I have another magazine design – so I won’t be able to show you that either!  I have lots of ‘secret’ stuff I’m working on.  Sorry – I know that makes things less than interesting here!

We just got back from a trip to Walt Disney World – we stayed for 10 days – that’s the longest we’ve ever stayed!  It was so much fun, but very tiring.

Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom

And I got very little knitting done while we were gone!!

Back on a fiber related note – I’m teaching a Fiber Arts class for my homeschooling group – I’m planning on covering spinning, weaving, crochet and knitting.  I already had the first class, and the kids really seemed to enjoy learning how to spin on a drop spindle!  I’m looking forward to the rest of the classes. 🙂  The moms keep asking me for a class for them, so I need to try to set one up. 🙂

Anyway, not much else going on here!  I’m enjoying reviewing Master Knitting notebooks – (got one right after we got back from Disney!) – and I’m learning a lot while doing so!  I’ll get my first level 2 notebook to review this week – I’m really excited about that!

I’ll try to do a bit better about posting, but it’s hard when there really isn’t anything to show you! 😉

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Updates

Roses from my Garden

My roses have been blooming for a few weeks now – they make me so happy.

My lilac roses (I don’t know the cultivars of my roses, but I’m pretty sure the lilac one is a tea rose) is so fragrant – it has a powerful and quite lovely scent to it.  I just love it.

If only my cat wouldn’t eat any flower that’s brought into the house!  I still try to bring some in now and then, but it’s hard finding a spot that he can’t get to (he’s an accomplished jumper!)  I guess I’ll just have to make sure to get outside to enjoy them while they’re here. 🙂 (And brave the allergies…)

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Happy Mother’s Day!

We went strawberry picking at a nearby ‘pick-your-own’ farm, and, um, came home with not just one gallon of strawberries, but TWO. So now I’m trying to come up with ways to eat all these strawberries before they go bad!! (I don’t have canning equipment, or else I’d make some jam!)

Here’s what I did with some of them this morning:

Yummy!

(I love chocolate covered strawberries!)

And I’m baking two loaves of strawberry bread as we speak. I’ll let you know how it turns out and share the recipe if we end up liking it.

We plan on making strawberry popsicles today as well. Any other ideas???

I hope all you mothers out there have a lovely Mother’s Day today. My boys brought me breakfast in bed this morning, and my oldest brought me a ‘bouquet’ a little while ago:

My Mother’s Day bouquet. 🙂

Enjoy your day!

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Start-itis

So I have no Master Knitter stuff to show you this week.  I had a busy weekend – Sunday we drove to Goldsboro for the ‘Wings over Wayne’ airshow and we were gone ALL day.

Air Force Thunderbirds flight team

I did get some knitting done in the car, but not on my swatches (I like to do those in peace and quiet and at home so I can concentrate and take notes as I work).  I can’t show you what I worked on in the car because it’s a new design that I can’t show you yet. 🙂  Hopefully soon, but not just yet.

So, I do have the sweater that I’m working on, and I have the three pairs of socks that still need mates, and I have two designs I’m actively working on, and the shawl that’s sitting not being worked on, but…  I want to start something new.  What, I don’t quite know yet.  Perhaps these socks.  In pink and green. Maybe one of these Scotty hats.  Maybe a pair of gloves.  Decisions, decisions.  I just know that I want to start something new.