“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””

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”

What The Heck is Tech Editing?

It has been a busy week since posting about about my first venture into designing.  Thank you for all the love and support!  Since last week, I wrote up the pattern using Stitchmastery and Microsoft Word.  I’m a self-taught Word user and Stitchmastery, a program for designing knitting charts and instructions, is completely new to me. There wasContinue reading “What The Heck is Tech Editing?”

Someday Becomes Now

Years ago, I designed a sweater that actually was awarded an honorable mention in the design competition at that year’s Knitting Guild of America convention. I received a bunch of yarn, needles and other swag to take home along with my dreams of creating more designs. But, life got busy. Ideas of designing became justContinue reading “Someday Becomes Now”

Taking Scissors to A Knitted Garment

In my last post, I mentioned knitting my first steek.  For those not familiar with knitting, when you knit a colorwork pattern, it is much easier to knit in the round because you are only knitting every row and not purling on the wrong side rows as you would if knitting a flat piece.  This works greatContinue reading “Taking Scissors to A Knitted Garment”

Being A Maker

Earlier this week, I was asked how long I’ve been knitting. The simple answer is for over 35 years. But the story is much more than that. Making things with my hands has always been a part of who I am.  I can always remember creating things:  drawings, stories or stuff out of fabric scraps or cardboard.  MyContinue reading “Being A Maker”

Patience

“I could never do that.  I don’t have the patience.”  I get that comment a lot when I post pictures of my knits on social media.  I usually just smile or respond with “Knitting doesn’t require patience, it teaches it.”  I’ve been thinking about that a lot this past week as I’ve worked on my knitting.   I generally haveContinue reading “Patience”

Casting on a new beginning

It’s still cold but even with the chill in the air, the light feels different. A light that is vivid and bright. It’s the kind of light that tells you Spring is not far away. I’m am ready for it. I’m ready for warm breezes, Spring flowers and, here in Maryland, the return of ospreys.Continue reading “Casting on a new beginning”

The Purple Sweater

One Saturday in early December, I realized I needed a purple sweater.  I was looking through my closet, trying to figure out what to wear to the small, family only (due to Covid), funeral for my aunt.  Aunt Jane, my mom’s older sister and my godmother had passed away that previous Monday at the age of 87.  InContinue reading “The Purple Sweater”