Showing posts from November, 2015

Friday Thoughts: On Being an Independent Designer

It's a bit of a weird concept: independent designer. I would think that today, the indie designer is in the majority and should just be called designers while in-house designers should be titled something else. I'm not sure. Just an idea.

Anyone with a little bit of skill can be a designer or writer or crafter or artist or whatever. Someone with a lot of skill can be a successful designer or writer or artist or crafter or whatever. I put myself in the "little bit of skill" category (and no, I'm not looking for reassurances or anything). I currently don't have as much time as I would like to devote to the skill. It's a lot of work. But anything worth doing is worth the work. I'm not complaining. And I may have a lot more time in the coming future. That's another story.

As I see it -- and from here on, this is all my theory and conjecture and, mainly, me just writing it out so that I can get my brain around it and will mainly focus on knitting desi…

Selfish Gift Knitting

Do you know who doesn't need more knitted anything? Me. Do you know who wants more knitting everything? Me!

This time of year, when the weather turns colder (at least in my neck of the woods), everyone starts thinking about ways to keep warm and that's when a knitter is most popular. At least, most popular amongst non-knitters for knitterly reasons. Whatever - you know what I mean.

Of course I love to knit gifts for family and friends. And really, anyone who asks for something usually gets it eventually. But then there's always the projects you just want to keep for yourself -- the pattern is so pretty or the yarn so perfect that you don't really want to give it away. I've been adding a lot of these types of patterns to my to-knit-when-not-swatching list. I blame this year's Indie Gift Along for enabling my addiction.

Currently on my needles is Collingwood in Beaverslide Dry Goods 2-ply wool. I love this yarn. It's so wool-y! And the color is a perfect brig…

A Return, a Sale and a Hat

Y'know, sometimes a person just has to take a step back, take a breath, take a nap, and then you return to the world and you're rejuvenated and relaxed and ready to take on all challenges. And boy, am I glad that I did.

Let me catch you up since I last posted seven months ago. Seven months! That's almost enough time for a new child to come along. (Don't worry, I don't have any new children.)

I had a few vacations, worked a lot, knitted even more, read several books, designed some more, published a couple patterns and just got back in touch with myself. I cancelled cable television--small victory because I still have internet and Netflix, so I'm not completely crazy--deactivated Facebook, got back in touch with some old friends. There have been furniture purchases and redecorating and, of course, more yarn. More and more yarn.

There is always more yarn.

But one of the biggest reasons I feel ready to come back to regularly blogging is the community of knitters, c…