It’s Not About Knitting

**Two warnings:  1.  This post will not be the one I had planned to write today and as the title states, it will not be about knitting.  2.  This post will contain references to suicide, addiction, and grief.  If you struggle with suicidal thoughts, suicidal ideation or addiction or grief due to those types of losses, you may wish toContinue reading “It’s Not About Knitting”

My First Knitathon

A few weekends ago, I participated in the Project Knitwell 2023 Knitathon.  Project Knitwell is a lovely organization whose mission is to help people facing challenges by providing knitting instruction and shared community opportunities that promote wellness and resilience.  As I’ve mentioned before in a previous blog, knitting became an anchor for me when I was drowning inContinue reading “My First Knitathon”

Technique Tuesday – Slipped & Elongated Stitches

Happy Tuesday! Today I am going to show you the pattern I’m using in my latest design. The design is a baby blanket that is knit in panels using a slipped stitch. The pattern is from Barbara Walker’s Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns and I’ve had my eye on using it for a while. AsContinue reading “Technique Tuesday – Slipped & Elongated Stitches”

Changes and New Beginnings

There’s been a lot happening in the world of Kim Shaffir Designs! This blog is being relaunched as of today with more musings about knitting, designing and life. I’m looking forward to getting back into writing on a more regular basis. On the knitting front, I finished my first knit of 2023! I’d been wantingContinue reading “Changes and New Beginnings”

“There Are No Deadlines”

The past few weeks have been a long stretch of life’s complications and stress leaving little room for knitting or writing. I finished a new design three weeks ago, but found little time to write up the pattern. Hours of Zoom meetings at the job that pays the bills, left me less than eager toContinue reading ““There Are No Deadlines””

The Wonder of Simple Pleasures

Modern day life can be hectic and all consuming leaving one feeling stressed a d depleted. It’s nice to take the time to put all that aside and revel in simple pleasures. A new path to explore. The beauty of flowers growing beside a rock bed. Early morning raindrops clinging to pine needles. A stillContinue reading “The Wonder of Simple Pleasures”

Support, Encouragement & Love

Last week was a great week.  I accomplished a long held goal.  I’m no longer an aspiring knitting pattern designer, I AM a knitting pattern designer.  I published my very first knitting pattern on Ravelry this past Wednesday. You can find it here.   More importantly, I was reminded of how supportive and uplifting most people can be.  We oftenContinue reading “Support, Encouragement & Love”