I have had the pattern for quite a while now. It is the Melanie bag by I think Sew. The problem with it is that it is a huge pattern. Just taping the paper pieces together was hard and made me want to quit. But definitely worth it. I should have added seam allowances but I was too lazy to do it. I am also so sure I had magnetic snaps but I couldn’t find them, I guess I could always add them later if I buy some more. Now I feel inspired to do more sewing
I have been giving what I do a lot of thought and research lately. I have decided to fully embrace what I do and try and make and sell more things not just patterns and designs. I recently listed a bunch of rings on my etsy store.
The new logo is simple and might be slightly updated to add some color but I decided to share it anyway because I thought you might have some more suggestions. I know that all of my followers are crafty types who do different crafts and might have great ideas for me.
I also thought it might be time to explain where the name comes from. Back in 1991 when I was but a wee child I bought a comic book that had this recipe for chocolate covered peppermint candies and my mom let me try it out at home. It is probably one of my fondest memories. The feeling of making something from scratch mostly by my self was incredible. Not only that but also the idea of something sharp like mint coming together with chocolate has always captivated me. It still does. Perhaps it is the underlying inspiration of everything I do and try to create. To find the perfect balance between simplicity, sharpness and a little whimsy. In my designs I try to capture the essence of designing something practical, useful, looks like it took moe time than it really did but still very pretty. I was visiting my mom and the recipe is still on the fridge despite moves and many years since that day.
Summer is a good time for a little arm candy. I love making simple and quick accessories. They take almost no time and no materials yet are always fun and pleading.
It is also a good time to be adventurous. I got these white skeins of sock yarn. Wound them into hanks/loops and dyed them.
I was hoping the colors would be this saturated.
Sadly they weren't. But still good.
I really want to knit a color affection shawl and I think these colors would look cool together.
I also hadn't made any toys in a while. So I made two.
I love crocheting them. But I also hate having to sew all the parts together.
But it is always worth it.
What have you been up to ?
Where do I want my crafting to be in a years time? Or the actual question which has been driving me up the wall recently, where do I as a person want to be? My crafting is not separate from myself. It is not an extension that is not affected by who and how I am. It is who I am, it is what I do. Crafters are people who will look at things and automatically think I can make that, or how did they make that, and actually go out looking for an answer. Even if they never make the things, that is how their brains work. They are intrigued by details, they look for signs of workmanship and finesse. If you sew, you will turn garments inside out and look at how seams were finished. If you knit, you will make your friends stand still while you look at the stitch pattern on their new cardigan. I digress.
So, back to the main issue at hand. I have been improving my technique. I can now knit without really tensioning my yarn. This for me was a game changer. My hands would cramp up after an hour or so of knitting or crocheting. I hold my yarn the same way for crocheting and knitting, it just hangs there. If you have cramp issues try different ways of holding your yarn it might help.
I believe that if you can knit and purl you can do all kinds of knitting. Everything else is just another variation of that. The things I do want to improve are my photography, pattern writing and my design. I want to design bolder things, write them out better and take amazing pictures of them.
I want to lose weight so I can model the things I make without feeling subconscious. That is related to my crafting in a round about way, I will sometimes shy of certain things because of fearing they might make me look bulky or boxy. See what I mean, about how everything is related. I might even shy of certain colors because I feel they will attract too much attention.
I also want to get better at cables, fairisle and intarsia. And maybe even learn to spin properly.
That is it folks, the week is over, it was a lot of fun.
A tool to covet? One tool? That is not fair. I love my tools. ALL OF THEM. And when I don’t love them I can’t use them.
But my number one tool is my iPad.
I use it for so many things. I use it to browse ravelry, pinterest and flickr. I find inspiration in these places. I use it to sketch designs using Paper . I use Evernote to keep notes on ideas and stitch counts when I need to, it is awesome that it is all in the cloud so I can access my notes from any device. I use Knit Counter to count stitches and rows. I use it to read my knitting magazines and knitting ebooks. I use both Kobo, iBooks and Kindle because sometimes you can’t find a book in one, you can usually find it in the others. I have the craftsy app and I use it to learn new techniques and take really interesting classes (they have an awesome Pizza making class, it is not knitting, but you can’t knit on an empty stomach can you?). I also use the Blogsy app for blogging. And I watch movies while I knit. So it is an all around great tool. It is almost always with me, so I can do all of these things on the go. I use GoodReader to keep my pdf files and patterns, it also connects to your ravelry library. If you don’t have an iPad but have an android tablet you can still do all of these things, just find the alternative android app.
I also had to mention my nostepine because it is the most awesome thing ever. It is just a wooden round thing. Right? Wrong! I hate messy yarn balls. I love pretty looking yarn. I sometimes wind yarn just for fun.
Today’s post should be a new thing. Perhaps an audio post or a comic. But I am going to do something totally new. I HAVE NOTHING and IT IS GOING TO BE OK. I am not yelling at you. I am yelling at myself. I have a terrible case of crafter’s block. I have been getting them more frequently lately. And I usually fight back by trying to look for inspiration or knitting swatches. But today, I will do nothing. I will accept it as a fact of life and move on. I craft because it relaxes me and makes me happy. If it is going to stress me out then it is not going to work for me anymore. So today I invite you to embrace the moments your crafty inner self refuses to cooperate and do something else instead.
Me? I am going to read a book.
The time has come to talk about color. I have a color problem. I used to think I didn’t like color but the truth is I love colors. ALL THE COLORS. I don’t wear a lot of color, I am usually in black or navy blue. I hate that. I wish I wore colors more often. But I definitely never think that my yarn selections lack colors.
I notice colors and patterns when I look at stuff. I take pictures of things just because I liked the pattern or color and think it might look cool in my knitting or crochet.
I love colors that contrast, match and totally clash. At the end of the day it is only knitting, if it is totally horrid I can always frog it and start all over again. I love bright colors and neutrals. I love reds, pinks, blues, purples, black, grey. I love them all. If you don’t beleive me here are my projects. Almost all the colors, and a couple of rainbow projects too.