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Big things in the works! (yarn and home)

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Wow, I have a lot of things in the works right now!!

First I have some big news that will make a lot of you happy.

I have started the CROCHET versions of the Kat/Katherine coats!!!

First I will be making the child’s pattern, sizes 3 to 12, same as the knit version. I am using Lion Brand Heartland for this one. It is soft, shiny, and oh, so pretty. Plus it is washable and made in the USA. It will most likely be fall before the child version is ready to send to the testers, and then 3 or 4 months with the testers before the pattern is ready for the public.

Kat-Coat-Child-Knit-Pattern

Once the child version is with the testers, I will start on the adult version. Sizes XS to 5X, just like the knit version. I am thinking of using Heartland Thick & Quick, but I’m really not sure on that one. I am very excited about this! Fairy coats for EVERYONE!!!

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Have I told you my parents were transferred? Mom is now teaching on a base in Sicily (I think it’s in Sicily). I’m not sure if it is an Army or Navy base, but my guess would be Navy.

Yarn-From-Mom

I received a package in the mail from my mom today. This fun yarn was in it. It is called Balocco, and it is from Tropical Lane. I have no idea what I am going to make with it, but considering I have about a million WiPs, maybe I should just think on it for a while…

Jack's-Scarf

Speaking of Mom, a while back she told me about a gentleman she worked with who had a great scarf that his grandfather had made for him. I had her take some photos and send me an email with a bit about it.

Jack-and-his-scarf

Here is the email she sent with the photos:

This is Jack. His grandfather made him the scarf when he was 12. His grandfather was a carpenter and made the scarfs to supplement his income. Jack didn’t see him make it but was told that his grandfather took a board, pounded nails in it, and somehow wove the scarf. I thought of you as soon as I saw it.

Love,
Mom

I wonder if it was something like the knitting looms that are so popular now. Or maybe it is something else entirely. If you have any idea, let me know. I would love to figure this out!

 

Back to my home, I have way more knit and crochet WiPs then I would like to admit. So what is there to do, but start another?

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This is going to be a rug for Kyla’s Pink Princess Room. I am using 4 strands of Red Heart Super Saver at a time with size 35 knitting needles. As you can see, I am knitting it in panels, and using a join~as~you~go method to add on to it. This way it fits on my needles, and I can easily make color stripes.

Yes, I am writing down the pattern as I go, and I will share it when I am done. The cable pattern is one that has been floating about in my head for a while. I am thinking of making a smaller version for a pillow as well.

Kyla-reno-Ready-to-reno

As for the Pink Princess Room…

We went to Home Depot on Friday and bought most of what we would need to fix up the room. Those floor boards are as wide as the box. They really look like something you would imagine in a castle, and it was still less than $100 for enough for the whole room!

Kyla-reno-almost-done-drywall

We ended up pulling down all the plaster from the ceiling. It just was not going to look good if we patched it. And really, it only took 3 sheets of drywall to do the whole ceiling.

Most of my renovation knowledge comes from my father, and I have to thank him for that! I don’t even want to know what would have happened if he hadn’t taught me so much. Not to mention the vast amount of awesome tools in my garage. Doug’s friends come over, drool over the tools, and then are shocked to learn they are MINE!! Anyway, there is one thing I have to thank the DIY network for: teaching me about the drywall lift! For less then $30 we rented that thing for 4 hours and got the ceiling up without any injury or even much strain.

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There were a few little hiccups, but considering neither of us had ever put up a ceiling before or even watched someone put up a ceiling (other than on the DIY network), I think it is pretty good!

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Ready for some paint. Did you know there is special ceiling paint. I had never really thought about it before, but ceiling paint is a bit thicker so it doesn’t drip. You know, gravity and all.

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One coat wasn’t cutting it. The green from the mold and mildew resistant drywall was showing through.

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Kyla helped Doug with the second coat. Do you like my paint roller extender? That would be one of those nifty tools. Thanks Dad!! The silver part spins back into the rest, making the length adjustable, and the storage size just about 2 feet tall.

Doug laughed at me when I got so excited about that thing when Dad gave it too me a few years ago. Guess who isn’t laughing anymore?

Kyla-reno-lots-of-white

With the last of the ceiling paint, I had Doug go over the nicotine stained walls. They were so gross. (No, we do not smoke, this room was an office before, and the previous owners smoked in there.)

We bought a can of eggshell paint and a can of dark pink paint, with the intent of making 3 colors in between the eggshell and the dark pink, so 5 colors all together. The plan was then to paint the panels of the wood paneled walls in the 5 colors, and put the polka dots of the 4 pink on the ceiling.

Kyla-reno-white-on-white

Well, once I started painting one of the eggshell stripes, it became quite apparent the the eggshell was actually grey in comparison to the ceiling white. So, that meant I had to paint that little valley between all the panels in the eggshell in order to give the whole room a unified look. Don’t worry if that didn’t make since, as the project goes on, you will see…

Kyla-reno-more-stripes

Here we have the start of the first pink. I am going light to dark. After finishing the eggshell, I poured some off into an old Rubbermaid container for trim and touch ups; and then added some of the dark pink to get the lightest shade. We actually have a color card we are using to to determine the shades.

Kyla-reno-2-colors-done

Once I finished the light pink, I stored some of that in another container, and tomorrow I will repeat the process twice more for the 2nd and 3rd pink. The last pink will be the dark pink from the can, so I won’t have to mix that one.

OK, I have to get to my yarn, I have been neglecting it for paint, and it is sad.

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Lion Brand Studio Trip and Other Fun Times!

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It’s odd, I’ve lived here, in northern New Jersey just outside of the Lincoln Tunnel, for about eight years; yet until Sunday I have never taken public transit into the City. That’s not to say I haven’t gone into Manhattan, I’ve just always driven in. Before I lived here I lived in Queens, and I took the train of the subway into the City all the time. Yet for some reason, even though it’s quicker to take public transit into the City from here and then it was where I lived in Queens, I just never really went.

“So,” you ask, “what changed on Sunday?” Well, my fabulous, wonderful, amazing, lovely mentor Andee, came in from Colorado. She spent a long weekend with a friend of hers who lives a little farther south in Jersey. She decided the best way to connect with her various friends who live in this area was for us all to meet at Lion Brand Studio in NYC. So a date was made for Sunday from 1 to 3 for a bunch of crazy designer/yarnie types.

I felt like having a little more time in The City, so I hoped on the 10:16 bus, set to arrive at Port Authority at 10:38. Really, I’m that close to Manhattan. I should be scolded for not going more often!

On-the-bus

Of course, I had to bring some crochet to pass the time on the bus. I tend to crochet in public more then knit, it just travels better.

It's-been-a-while

When I walked out of Port Authority, I felt a wave of “Ahhh, I’m home” sweep over me. I really missed the City.

Elmo-swarm

Of course, I was so used to arriving at Penn Station, that I forgot Port Authority is basically in Times Square, smack in the middle of tourist central. So no sooner had the “Ahhh, I’m home” feeling swept over me, then so did a swarm of Elmos. You gotta love NY.

Window

After escaping Sesame Street Times Square, I turned down Broadway and headed to 15th st, between 5th and 6th Ave. Lion Brand Studio. Yes, that is a yarn Taj Mahal.

Waiting-for-everyone-to-arrive

I was the first one there. After getting a giggle out of the sign saying that Lily Chin was teaching classes there that day (wasn’t she going to be surprised when she saw a bunch of her fellow designers hanging out in the studio), I took a seat at the project table and crocheted and waited for others to start arriving.

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And eventually arrive they did! Here we have Deb, Mary Beth, Maven, Andrea, and Andee. There was lots of love and lots of hugs!

Andee-and-Me

It was so wonderful to see Andee! She is about as awesome as they come. I am so lucky to have her as my mentor!

MaryBeth-in-Knitsimple

Speaking of lucky, this awesome lady, Mary Beth Temple, also gives me wonderful advice! Here she is holding a very blurry (OK, it may be the picture that is blurry not the magazine) issue of Knitsimple with one of her patterns in it. We were all having fun showing off our work in the various magazines in the store. It was a blast for me to be able to participate in this act, as the summer issue of Crochet! Magazine has a preview of what will be in the autumn issue on the last page, and my Octie Throw is in the preview!

Do you see the fuzzy wrap that Mary Beth is wearing? It is from her Arm Knitting book. She had some copies of her book with her and Oh. My. Goodness! it is so cool! I never thought about increases and decreases in arm knitting, but leave it to Mary Beth to take it up a notch (or 10). There are some really nifty patterns in the book, you can see pictures of them all and learn some great techniques over at the website for the book.

Lorene-on-Knitsimple

When Mary Beth was looking for her pattern in the Knitsimple magazine, I happened to notice the back cover, (sorry, another blurry one!) and there was a Red Heart ad with Lorene’s hat and cowl! ~ The blue and pink set the woman is wearing.

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Here is the whole gang. As you can see, more arrived. I met most of these awesome ladies at the Knit and Crochet show in October, and most of us will all be together again at the next Knit and Crochet Show in July.

Oh, and we did surprise Lily when she come down for her break between classes, it was quite amusing! She was especially shocked to see Andee, seeing as Colorado isn’t exactly close by. Another funny thing: her morning class was Join~As~You go knitting, and the skirt of my coat is Join~As~You go. I do it a bit different than her, but it is still Join~As~You~Go. At one point, a lady came up to me and said “Lily Chin just told me I need to look at your coat.” It was one of those “I have arrived” moments.

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Stealth photo of some of the ladies chatting.

Cool

I saw these and thought they were neat! I may have to design some slipper socks with these. They come in a bunch of sizes.

Eventually it was time to leave. I was going to have to wait a while for the 5:10 bus back home, but Shari drove in and had to drive by my exit on her way home, so she offered me a ride. It was nice to have some time to chat with her. She is the one sitting behind me in the picture of the whole gang.

My-Haul

Of course I couldn’t leave without buying yarn!! I had to buy something from the LB line, as that is not in the craft stores. The LB line is only available in the Lion Brand stores and online. It is full of lovelies like this super soft superwash merino!

Ok, other news…

About medical enigma me: It looks like what was causing all my pain last month was a generic infection. The only way to really diagnose it is to rule out everything else, so that is still where we are. I had a fancy~pants blood test a couple weeks ago that got sent out to San Diego, and it will still be another week before the results are back. That is to check for markers for Crohn’s Disease. Even though they saw no signs of Crohn’s Disease after the last procedure, I guess I could still have markers? I don’t know, if I asked for details about every maybe I would be living in a bubble, so I just go with it and when they have an answer I will ask more questions. I had a CT with and without contrast a few days after I finished all the drugs they gave me so they could be sure everything was looking normal. I have an appointment in a couple weeks to talk about all the results. As I said, at this point it is looking like it was just an infection. But a bad enough one to mimic a few other things. If that is the case, then it isn’t something I need to do anything more about, as it is gone now. So, lets hope that is the case!

That was the good news. I have been avoiding sharing some rather sad news with you…

Sad-empy-InsaniTea

InsaniTea has closed. No more Fiber Arts Club. No more tea with Ingrid, at least not at InsaniTea. I am going to have to have her come over here and have tea now and then. I don’t think I could go too long without my Ingrid fix. It’s been so sad to go in there. After the shop closed, I have gone back to pick up my stuff, to hang out with Ingrid, and to buy some of the fixtures and left over stock. I have tons of to~go coffee cups with lids! I figure they will come in handy when we have birthday parties and such.

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I may have gone a bit overboard with the fixtures. We have a few more shelving units for the garage, a dresser for Kyla’s room, and various bookshelves and organizational aids for Doug and I. Next week the girls are on Spring Break, and I am going to have them help me really clean upstairs and get it ready to finish Kyla’s room. The week after Doug is on Spring Break and we are going to finish Kyla’s room. I don’t think she will actually be moving in anytime soon, though. As soon as she realized it was really happening she started bawling because she didn’t want to sleep without Vada. So we told her we would finish her room and not move her bed in until she is ready to sleep there. I actually am hoping to buy a new bed anyway, as they are still sleeping in the toddler Ikea beds.

Adding-more-shelves

We (and by “we” I mean Doug) brought a few of the bookshelves downstairs to my little studio. I added some extra holes to put in more shelves. Then I spent the better part of Monday cleaning them like mad. Eventually they were ready for yarn.

Red-Heart-Shelf

Here we have my Red Heart yarnshelf.

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My Lion Brand yarnshelf. Clearly I need more Lion Brand yarn.

Berroco-Shelf

My Berroco yarnshelf, with room below for my Takhi/Prism/other LYS yarns. I would love to just spend a few days and get my studio all finished, but I have other things I need to work on as well, and I don’t want to neglect you, my lovely readers! So it may take a while, but it will get there.

In-The-Works

The girls LOVE my Shine On Sun Hat so much that they both want one. So I am now working on a child size (20″) sun hat pattern. here is a peak at the first go for Vada. I will tweak the pattern when I make Kyla’s.

Found-treasures

The other day I found these gems waiting for trash pick up when I was on the way home from taking the girls to school. I think a lion trainer may be moving. The hula hoop has already seen a lot of love in the backyard, and the stool is going to be a yarnbomb project for me at some point.

Designing-while-Waiting

Normally when I have to wait for something, I knit or crochet, but I had a meeting at the school on Thursday, and while I was waiting I worked on a knit design that has been rattling around in my head for a while.

Fuzzy-Work-In-Progress

Remember this project? I shared it in a knitting group I am in on Facebook so people would encourage me to finish it, and boy did they! The front skirt inset for the jean skirt is done, and I am working on the back inset. This time I am writing the pattern as I make it, because not only did they encourage me to finish it, but they wanted a pattern as well. So, when it is all done there will be a tutorial which will include the patterns for the knit and crochet bits.

I really need to get back to my yarn. Have a nice night, my friends!

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The Katherine Coat pattern is DONE!!!!

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I am so excited! After a year of writing, re~writing, testing and editing, the Katherine Coat pattern is finally done! Sizes XS ~ 5X, all in one pattern! I will share the pattern details with you here, along with lots of photos. You can buy the pattern on Ravelry, Craftsy, or Etsy.

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The photos of my coat (the rainbow one) were all taken by my amazing photographer Emily; you can see more of her beautiful work here.

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Here is the pattern info and more pictures:

This fun, fanciful, Faerie Frock will bring out the whimsy in you! It features vertical stripes of knit panels in the skirt, which are connected as they are made, thus there is no need to have multiple balls of yarn all being used at the same time. The frock can be made with or without a hood and there are many variations on the skirt, hood, and sleeves. Several line drawings are included so you can plan out your colors. As for the number of colors needed, you can do what makes you happy; use a different color for every part, or use just two or three colors for the panels or even stash~bust and wing it! The whole point of this pattern is to have fun and to bring some joy to the one who gets to wear it.

There are several videos linked to help with various parts of the pattern. There are also many full color photos to show the various options within the pattern.

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This pattern was inspired by the remarkable Kat of Katwise.com who can also be found on Etsy.
Her amazing upcycled elf coats were the starting point of these knit patterns.

Photos of the Rainbow Coat were taken by Emily of http://lifeisjustperspective.tumblr.com/

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Sizes: Use the actual bust measurement to determine the size. The measurements listed are the maximum for each size. The pattern is made to allow room for clothing underneath.
XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)
30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62) inches

Yarn:
Berroco Vintage Chunky (other yarns can be used as long as the correct gauge is obtained)
Here is an ESTIMATE of yardage needed, please note that depending on the variations you use the estimate may be off.
500 (550, 600, 650, 850, 1050, 1300, 1500, 1800) yards of main color (MC)
1200 (1600, 2000, 2500, 3000, 3200, 3500, 4000, 4500) yards total of remaining colors (Just divide the total amount by the number of colors you are using to determine how much of each color is needed. Buy at least one extra skein of each color and keep your receipt so you don’t have to worry about running out of yarn.)

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Needles:
US 10 (6mm) recommended, but use whatever size is needed to obtain gauge.
You will need a set of long (at least 32”) circular needles. If you do not want to use the magic circle for smaller parts, you will also need a set of double point needles. You may also want a 16” set of circulars.

Gauge:
14 sts and 18~19 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] in stockinette

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Other Notions:
Extra circular needles or long piece of scrap yarn for holding waistband stitches.
Yarn needle for weaving in ends.
Many stitch markers or scraps of yarn to use as stitch markers (up to 25, depending on what variation is made)

Stitches and Skills used:
K ~ Knit
P ~ Purl
S ~ Slip
St(s) ~ stitch(es)
SSK ~ Slip Slip Knit
K2tog ~ Knit 2 together
M1 ~ Make 1
PCO ~ Provisional Cast On

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And of course, I need to give credit to my fabulous testers: (I tested the 2X)

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XS: Dianne Croker
Faerie-Coat-Knit-Pattern-Katherine-Coat-made-by-Lisa
S: Lisa Janowiec-Young
Fairy-Coat-Knit-Pattern-Katherine-Coat-made-by-Brittany
L: Brittany Umbaugh
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3X: Deb Loundagin

There you are. After a year, I am not sure what to do with myself now that it is done. I guess it is time to make a crochet version…

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Box Car Races! and other fun

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I hope you are having a wonderful weekend my friends!

When I trudged downstairs yesterday morning, this is what greeted me:

Kyla-making-a-car

Kyla had swiped a Coats box I was planning on sending some stuff to a friend in, and the tubes from some Baker’s Cotton that I had used recently. She was having too much fun for me to be upset. I was planning on giving the tubes to the girls for crafts anyway!

Vada-taking-a-car-break

Vada was taking a break on the couch, so Kyla showed me her creation as well. She had swiped the box from my new camcorder that I hadn’t gotten around to flattening out for recycling.

They were making race cars.

Would you like to see the first race?

As you can see, some repairs were required after the race. So more time was taken for improvements, then there was another race. Then more improvements, and another race. Then more…this went on all day. Seriously. From the time they got up in the morning until I made them move the boxes into the corner, clean up the craft supplies and go to bed. It was awesome!

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Somewhere in the middle of the day I took another race video.

Here are the finished racers:

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It was a crazy, fun, day!

I also have some snaps from the last week to share with you. After shoveling one day last week, Doug left me a note.

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One morning a few days ago Kyla came downstairs in this skirt. It needed a little TLC. It took about an hour, but I painstakingly wove some quilting thread through the net to strengthen and repair the net. Kyla was very happy.

Fix-it-Mommy

Not that long ago I ordered some brimlock (the stuff that goes around the outer edge of a brimmed hat to hold it’s shape) and heat shrink joiners. A few days later they arrived with this wonderful quote! How many ways do I love Judith M after this experience?! They are quick, the prices are reasonable, and they have a great sense of humor!

Hats-are-in-my-future

I’ve never used the heat shrink joiners before, I always used the metal ones that you crimp. I thought I should give these a try because they will not show as much through the crochet, and I was worried the metal kind might snag the yarn. I’ll let you know what I think of it once I have used it.

So, crochet (and maybe knit) sun hats to come!! It may be a month or two, but there will be some sun hats!!

School was cancelled on Valentine’s Day, so the celebrations were rescheduled for this past Friday. The girls had fun signing all the cards for their friends!

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Kyla wrote up a Valentine’s wish for Daddy. Yes, she wished for a contract for him (4 years with no contract and a pay freeze for Paterson teachers!)

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On the yarnie front, the Stitchopedia is just 2 weeks old and there are already 6 posts. Just imagine all the wonderful skills you will be learning as it grows!

Stitchopedia

On Monday of last week we went over to my photographer‘s house to get some pictures taken. At one point, there was a dance/music break.

Music-Time

It was far too much fun.

More-Music-Time

Would you like to know why we needed pictures? Well, I finally finished the Emma Skater Skirt crochet pattern!!

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It actually went up for sale a few days ago. It is on sale for $5.00 for the rest of this month, and then it will go up to $6.00 on March first. If you “like” my Facebook page you will hear right away when new patterns are out, and there are also occasional coupon codes for my Ravelry store that I only post on my Facebook page.

You can find the Emma skirt on Ravelry, Craftsy, Etsy, and Crochetville. Even though all the photos are kids, this pattern does go from child small to adult 5x. It is worked top down (with my unique less~bulky crochet waistband) so it is easily made to the length you want!

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Oh, and there were some snaps of the Katherine Coat as well. The testers are making good progress, I am still planning on releasing this pattern by  Easter. So start saving up for a large yarn purchase now!

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I also needed a photo of myself. My wonderful mentor, Andee Graves, told me I need to put my face on my business cards (and all my social media avatars/profile pictures.)

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One more fun thing to tell you!! Remember the In Love With Color Throw I designed for Red Heart?

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Well, I checked with Red Heart, and they said it would be fine if I made video tutorial for each of the motifs to help you along as you create this colorful throw! So I will be recording away next week, with the goal of putting up a post with all the videos by the end of the week! I would LOVE to share some photos at the bottom of that post showing off the blankets YOU have created so far with this pattern. I know some of you have. I’ve seen them over on Facebook!! If you would like your In Love With Color Throw to be shown off at the bottom of the video tutorial post, then share your photo over on my Facebook page, and let me know you would like it in the Video Tutorial post on JessieAtHome. Be sure to include your Facebook page, Ravelry profile, blog, or crafty website that you would like the photo to link back to.

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Shhh…It’s a sneak peek…

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I have finally found a photographer to work with!! I had been looking for a college or high school student photographer to team up with for a while. I like the idea of being able to provide someone just starting out with a way to expand their portfolio, and get some advertising/publicity. It turns out there is a young woman who lives just few blocks from me who  fits that bill! Her name is Emily, do you want to see some of her work? Here it is.

Over the next few months you will start to see her photos featured in my patterns. I also am hoping to get some shots of myself for a new business card (my mentor told me to put my face on my card,) and also some shots of my Katherine coat. I have shortened the hood so it actually stays on, and finished the belt and pockets since this photo:

Katherine-back

The Katherine pattern is currently with my testers. My goal is to have it up on the sites and ready to sell by Easter. In the mean time, you can always make some coats for the little ones! You can find the Kat Coat in child sizes on RavelryCraftsy, and Etsy

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That way, by the time fall arrives again you can have a family set!

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So…testers…Do you want to see what they are up too? Look at all the fun colors for the Katherine coats they are creating!

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And here is the progress of a few of them:

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Lisa has a cool collection of blues and greens for her coat.
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Dianne is using fun contrasting colors.
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Brittany is using whatever yarn fits her mood each time she has to change color.

Aren’t they fun?!

I have made a bit more progress on my fan shawl. I will leave you with a photo of that. Have a nice weekend!

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Holiday Catch Up!

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Wow, things have been busy around here. I have some exciting news I should be able to share with you next month(ish). Between that and Christmas, I got a sort of neglected my blogland friends this week.

I still love you!!

I have lots o’ pretty pictures to share with you, so how about I just post them all with a bit about them and leave it at that. It is Christmas Eve and all…

If you hover over the pictures, a short description will pop up, as always! You can also click on the pictures to see them larger.

The Holiday Gift Shop at the girls’ school was at the beginning of the month. It went quite well. Vada had fun playing in my booth while waiting for things to wrap up at the end of the day.

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A couple of weeks ago we bought our Christmas tree. We got all bundled up and went off to the nursery around the corner.

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I found this in with Kyla’s school work one day. I thought it was so sweet to see this note her teacher left for her.

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The girls both made Christmas lists last week. Vada wants a Hess truck, and an ornament, but not a breakable one.

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Kyla wants a Sophia Doll, a Mommy Toy, a Rudolph Toy, and a Firestar Toy. A Mommy toy is a doll that looks like Mommy, so when I am not home and she misses me, she can hug it. I hope she is not too upset when Santa does not bring her a Mommy toy.

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Last weekend was the Yule celebration with our Medieval group. We all had a great time. I was given the Order of the Artisan, which I apparently was supposed to get over a year ago, but every time they had the award for me at an event, I was not there. Oh, and at the end of the event, I took the leftovers of Marsha’s yummy hummus, along with her bowl. That way she has to come and visit me!

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We made cookies today. Santa needs cookies.

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Thank you Katwise

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It’s not enough. Just saying thank you. But it is all I have.

You all are familiar with my Kat Coat pattern. I know I told you it was inspired by Kat of Katwise, and her beautiful upcycled sweater coats that can be found at her Etsy store.

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When I started the pattern, I contacted her to let her know what I was doing. I knew I had no legal obligation to her, my coats being knitted and her’s being sewn of upcycled sweaters, there was enough difference that I was legally in the clear. That didn’t matter to me. I was raised to give credit where it is due. I firmly believe that the world is a small place, and we all need to treat each other with respect. I also believe that us artistic types need to look out for each other, and lend each other a hand when we can. For all those reasons I contacted her. She was pleased to hear I was making a knit pattern, as people had asked her if there was one, and she does not knit. She does sell a sewing tutorial for the sweater coats in her Etsy store. I have purchased it and it is an amazing tutorial. Kat is a very talented and fun lady!

When I finished the child version of the pattern (the adult version is in the works, look for it in the fall if everything goes as I would like) I let Kat know and sent her the pattern. I know, she doesn’t knit, but I just felt like she should have a copy.

Friday morning Berroco Yarn put a feature about me and my pattern on their blog. I had told them if they did so they had to make sure to include that Kat’s coats were my inspiration. Again, it just felt like the right thing to do to me. When I saw the feature, and the credit to Katwise, I sent a link over to Kat because I thought it might make her smile. Well, Saturday morning Kat put a link on her Facebook page to my pattern. In a matter of hours I had sold a dozen patterns, and not all Kat coat patterns, so people were looking at my other patterns as well. I have been working so hard to get myself “out there.” Trying to find people who would be interested in my patterns. I have done OK so far, but it is a work in process. My patterns are really quite good, I frequently get messages from happy customers who are impressed with the quality. Yet just having a good product doesn’t mean success.  In these days of social media, sometimes the best advertising is a plug from someone who already has a large fan base.

Kat’s link to my pattern from her Facebook page has given my little business a huge boost. Significantly more then the feature on Berroco! The timing could not be better. We are having some serious financial issues over here. Doug’s school system (Paterson, NJ) has gone more then 3 years with no contract and a pay freeze. We have reason to worry that if there is not a contract soon, we may loose the house we worked so hard for. Doug works a second job as well, for a total of 65 or more hours a week combined, but it is still not enough.

Every single pattern sale matters. Ever. Single. One. We both would rather my Jessie At Home business be my job over me getting a “real job” and it has the potential to do so much for us. Plus it makes me happy, and keeps me out of therapy. The social media advertising provided to me by Kat’s post means so much more to us then I can say.

Thank you Kat. Thank you. Thank you every one of you who have found me because of Kat. Thank you every one of you who have found me by any means. Thank you.

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