10 Year Anniversary Pattern Sale!

This makes me feel kind of old, BUT… I started blogging ten years ago, in September 2007!

To celebrate, I’m offering my 3 for sale patterns for $1 each! That’s 60% off.

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To get it, just go to my ravelry store enter this code when you check out:

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That’s it! This promotion will run for the entire month of September. So, if you want to knit a cute hedgehoga friendly owl… or some easy, quirky socks – now’s you’re chance.

Also, my posts will be pretty much “whohooo 10 years” all month. I’m pretty proud of this! Things will be back to normal next month, so if you’re annoyed by retrospectives and reminiscing, come back then 😉 I’m sure there will be some updates on the baby sweater nightmare, and Dee’s Fall KAL that I’ll be joining!

Farm to Market Gloves and Sad Cat Photos

I’ve finally hit my stride on my latest WIP, Farm to Market Mitts. They are such a nice pattern, but honestly I have a bit of regret paying for it because they were so big on me that I’ve had to modify, which I have no problem doing but on a paid pattern… it just annoys me a little.

A photo of my modified farm to market mitts.

For the yarn, I’m using one skein of Lana D’Oro that has a great story behind it. Back in college, I was much hungrier for yarn than I am now (which makes sense, I knit a lot more and had more disposable income because I wasn’t paying  $3500/month in student loans) and would gladly take yarn from anyone, despite the color, usefulness, or cleanliness. By my logic, if I didn’t like the yarn I could always donate it to Hooks and Needles, which also needed lots of yarn since well-intentioned fibercraft students were always making off with it.

So, one weekend after a yarn crawl through the city of Rochester, my friend Ash got a call that she won a gift box! So, we picked it up, and in exchange she told me that I could have any of the yarn in the box that she didn’t want. That’s how I got several single skeins of Lana D’Oro in colorways that don’t go together at all.

(Spoiler alert: I ended up getting almost all the yarn that she won that day when we graduated, as she was moving and didn’t want to take any yarn that she didn’t have a plan for.)

Anyway, here is the sad cat photo promised by the title. JT got a bad cut on his paw and had to have surgery. He also has to stay inside until the sutures come out, which will happen 12 days from now. Twelve days is like a lifetime for him, so he’s been letting us know every second that he wants to go out.

If we give him attention, he’ll be fine – but hands must be on him. If he falls asleep on my lap while I’m watching Netflix and I move him so I can get up to go to the bathroom… he will run to find me and meow at me, probably to tell me how upset he is that I left him in his moments of need.

Nutkin Socks Completed

Dan is in Asia for the week, so I’m taking lots of time to knit and relish being alone. Honestly, I do miss him, but it’s kind of fun to not have to worry about him. I’ve been getting a lot of chores done around the house. Stuff that I was waiting on him to do, but gave up 😉

So, this also means lots of knitting time! Which means, a finished pair of socks!

The leg is just a little tight, which isn’t uncomfortable but makes me a little worried about how well the socks will wear. For now I really don’t mind.

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I also really like the look of this heel. Shortrow heels fit me really well, so I may be doing them like this from now on.

As for the toe… I could take it or leave it. I didn’t really like kitchnering the stitches together at the end, so if I made this again I will probably just do a classic decrease heel.

I’m also a little at a loss for my next project. I wanted to do these socks for Dan, but I just realized they are DK and I don’t have the right yarn 🙁 So I might cast on just a plain stockinette stitch stress sock. I have been feeling very stressed lately, with my office moving to a new building, some editing obligations I’ve committed to being WAY more work than I thought they would be, and with Dan gone there’s no one to help with household chores. It’s funny how you get used to someone else doing the dishes/grocery shopping/etc with you and when they leave everything suddenly becomes lonely.

My new commute is a real drag. It takes about 20 more minutes to get into work, and without Dan in the car to hang out with the ride is really lonely. I’ve started leaving the house around 6AM to try to avoid traffic. I can typically save at least 10 minutes but it’s a real blow to morale to not be able to have an easy morning.

On the plus side, I’ve seen some great sunrises this week.

 

Oh, last thing – these socks are part of the I Love Fall KAL hosted by Dee at Pointy Little Sticks. Make sure to check out the other knit along-ers there!

Nutkin Socks: One Sock Down!

My knitting has been going very slowly lately. My hands just ache from the heat and humid weather, and all the bad ergonomics in my work stations (I’m moving my office and have not been very good about my posture while typing on my laptop between homes!)

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BUT, I managed to finish up my first Nutkin Sock last night while I watched TV.

I also cast on the stitches for sock number two, but didn’t join them because it felt like too much work and my fingers ached from kitchnering the toe stitches together. I want both socks on this pair to be identical, but after that I’m ok never doing these short row tows again.

JT’s face says it all.

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These socks are part of Dee’s Fall KAL. Make sure to check out the other projects that folks have been making. Happy Fall!

Lessons from 10 Years of Writing a Knitting Blog

Wow. 10 years, I feel super old. I thought I would commemorate by writing a little bit about the history of my knitting blog.

The Beginning

My first blog was Amigurumi Knits/Knit Me, and I based it off a blog I loved called Lazylaces. Lazylaces linked to free point and click adventure games, and I wanted to do something similar for knit toy patterns. Knit toys were not that big of a deal then, there weren’t a lot of patterns out there at all and many of them were not professionally written. Folks like Anna of Mochimochi Land, Rebecca Danger, and Susan Anderson were writing knitting blogs, but relatively unknown. Ravelry didn’t exist yet, which meant that there was no easy way to find patterns.

So, every day I would go online and try and find a new knitting pattern. Through google. That’s right, I would literally google “Knit Toy Camel” and “Knit Octopus.” Every so often I would find a stumbleupon bookpage or a link library of lots of patterns, but much of it was my own google-fu. I would usually find home-brew patterns from blogs, and then email or comment on the post asking if I could feature that item on my blog.

I only featured things with people’s consent. Sometimes there was a little drama over this, which is funny now, because people are now super interested in “going viral” and having links to their patterns or blog post shared. Back then, it was incredibly bad form. Now, buzzfeed does it all day long and makes a bunch of cash over it 😉 I would usually post with the title of the pattern, a link to the blog, and link to the pattern, and a photo from the blog’s owner with them credited. Very rarely did I have problems, but once someone totally removed her pattern because I mentioned that it looked like Hobbes from Calvin and Hobbes, and she was afraid of a lawsuit!

Anyway, things were good. I filled my time making posts to different patterns all over, and knitting. But then…

Ravelry Happened.

Ravelry changed how you find knitting patterns. Now, there isn’t really a need for Knit Me, because you can go an find whatever you want on there. So, I slowed down on the link posting and started posting more of my own things. I moved all the posts about my own knitting trials and tribulations out to a separate blog, Alyoops!, which I hosted on Blogger. My own patterns are really where all the “traffic” in my knitting blog goes – my posts about knitting are ok at best, but they’ll never be so strong that people will just want to read them. I’m no Yarn Harlot, even though for a while in high school I really wanted to be.

Alyoops! was to be my bouncing off point into knit design stardom. (HA) It’s kind of funny now, but I was so sure that I would be a successful independent designer. I followed other designers, read blogs, and even ended up buying a book about it. A few of my designs totally flopped – especially the much-hated Dino the Dinosaur. Someone actually emailed me and told me she would never knit again because of my terrible pattern. One day I’m going to overhaul the pattern and post much better pictures. For now my designs are on hold, so that I can make sure that the Dino Debaucle is never repeated!

And Now…

Now, here I am, on my own domain! I actually never dreamed that I’d be able to afford my own domain on the ‘net, but now that I have a day job, it’s easy to spend $10 a year on Bluehost. Now my blogging is mostly just my knitting trials and tribulations. I don’t care much if I “go viral” or become a famous knitwear designer, I just want to have my knitting blog where I post what I’m doing, what I’m up to, and where I can keep up with my friends on the internet.

I still have patterns for sale, but they will probably never be a huge source of income. Right now, I make $5 every 6 months from pattern sales – definitely won’t be able to retire on that! I’ve never gotten a check from Google Adsense or Amazon Associates, but I don’t “work hard” at including these into my posts. At the moment I have a balance of $23 in my Adsense account and $0 for AA.

So here’s to 10 more years, with all the changes and trials and tribulations that come with that.

My Next KAL Knit – Nutkin Socks

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I started on my next project Friday, and took it with me to Maine over the weekend. I love the pattern! It’s so easy and quick, and it really looks like a cable. I already have about half a leg done.

The yarn is hand dyed sock yarn form my friend Ali, who gave me a bunch of her hand dyed stash before she moved. I really love the color. It’s like pumpkin, or fire. The photo just barely captures how bright it is!

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While in Portland, we smoked chicken wings and ate homemade bacon. We also checked out the Pirates exhibit at the Portland Science Center – definitely worth the $20 admission to see real pirate treasure! There’s even a part where you can touch some of the pieces of eight they recovered from a wrecked pirate ship.

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We also got oysters from a stand. They were delicious! I don’t really like oysters, so I only had two of the half dozen. They were from 45 minutes away. I love street food, and Portland is getting some really good street vendors!

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Anyway, that’s all the progress I have to report. I knit my arms off this weekend and my hands are a little sore, so will probably not do too much this week.

Almost Finished with My Antler Cardigan!

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I’m not going to say that it’s finished until it’s packed up and mailed to it’s intended owner, but my Antler Cardigan has no more crafting to do! I sewed the buttons on and wove in the ends while watching Orange is the New Black last night.

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This is my submission to Dee’s Fall KAL. You can find the rules here. Make sure to check out the FO’s that are going here, too!

Details:

Pattern: Antler Cardigan by tincan knits
Yarn: Berroco Vintage, 113 g (a little over 1 skein)

 

Fall KAL Start!

Yesterday I cast on for my Fall KAL submission. I wanted to re-do my baby sweater for my cousin’s next child, because I just wasn’t feeling it. The nail in the coffin was the fact that I was knitting it on the plane on Thursday and the woman in the seat next to me asked what I was knitting. Usually, when I reply with “baby sweater” the person gets stars in their eyes and they ooh and ah over my adorable work.

This lady’s reply? “Oh. Really? I don’t see it yet.”

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Fair.

So, I cast on my Antler Cardigan! I’m using the same yarn (Berocco Vintage) and I am loving the little sleeve that I have so far. So is JT the cat.

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My knitting progress has been pretty inhibited by the fact that I have some sort of bug (what else is new?) and have been either vomiting or sleeping for the past 2 days… These whatever they ares have been striking me about once a month since just before the wedding.

But this is a blog about my knitting, not my health symptoms, so I’ll just leave it at that 😛

I hope my entry is fall enough – I chose Antlers because they reminded me of deer, and fall was always the best deer-spotting time for us. They would always wander towards civilization during hunting season! Hopefully that counts. If not, I plan on casting on a Nutkin sock when I’m done with this, as that means double points 🙂 So I will make it up.

Make sure to check out the other Fall KAL participants on Dee’s Blog! If you want to join, the rules are in her sidebar.