Saturday, January 31, 2015

New Post via Instagram January 31, 2015 at 04:18PM

Check out the fabulous #JoyfulJoyful kits that Cate of @infinitetwist put together! The kits include everything you need to make the hat in 1 of 3 fabulous gradients, plus she is generously donating $10 to the NWHN for every kit sold. Go and get 'em while they last! 💞

Friday, January 30, 2015

New Post via Instagram January 30, 2015 at 03:52PM

These happy, bright colors from @gynxyarns are making my #JoyfulJoyful hat extra joyful today. I am mindfully knitting in extra love for my friend who is battling cancer.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

New Post via Instagram January 29, 2015 at 03:14PM

But Mom, where's the other one? I may need to knit my son's socks two at a time, or risk being asked daily about the other! Static Zing socks out of @716knit BFL #knitworthy #lovemyfamily #staticZing

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New Post via Instagram January 28, 2015 at 06:02PM

Max and Chaz have mastered the art of synchronized napping! Such adorable, sweet, and literal fur balls 💕 #synchronizedNapping

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New Post via Instagram January 27, 2015 at 01:35PM

My knitting of #Boxy out of @sunvalleyfibers MCS was quite the journey! It went to Wisconsin with me for #JanuaryThaw2015 where I and many others questioned if I should continue knitting something with over 20 inches of positive ease. But I am glad I persisted, I love it! Uniquely stylish, comfy, and casual lounge wear. 👍

Sunday, January 25, 2015

New Post via Instagram January 25, 2015 at 10:01AM

I spent the last 3 days laughing and knitting witht this wonderful group at #JanuaryThaw2015 Thanks for a uproariously good time everyone, especially retreat organizer @sunvalleyfibers ! 💞

Friday, January 23, 2015

New Post via Instagram January 23, 2015 at 06:02PM

This room is filled with an impressive wall of wonderful yarn and lots of smiles and laughter #JanuaryThaw2015 Thank you and you outdid yourself @sunvalleyfibers 💞

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New Post via Instagram January 20, 2015 at 04:01PM

Day 4 #Boxy progress. I don't know if the markers are motivating or disheartening me, but I am trying to savor every luxurious stitch of the @sunvalleyfibers Merino Cashmere Silk

Monday, January 19, 2015

New Post via Instagram January 19, 2015 at 09:56AM

While others impatiently wait in the dentist office waiting room, I happily knit away on my #MeasureInLove out of #EternityRanchYarns . #widn #bigTooth #knittingSavesMySanity

Sunday, January 18, 2015

New Post via Instagram January 18, 2015 at 01:03PM

There is something strangely satisfying about having these self-striping yarns caked up, divided, and at a fully loaded knitting arsenal 😃 #bePrepared #selfstriping

Friday, January 16, 2015

New Post via Instagram January 16, 2015 at 04:53PM

Every time I knit this pattern, I fall in love with it all over again. #Hitofude the 3rd (and definitely not last) is complete.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

New Post via Instagram January 14, 2015 at 06:03PM

HELP me decide! I need a @sunvalleyfibers WIP to take with me to #JanuaryThaw2015 next week and can't decide what garment to make with this lucious MCS fingering in the Forest colorway. #suggestionsPlease

Monday, January 12, 2015

New Post via Instagram January 12, 2015 at 05:11PM

Siblings! Growing up together, they may fight, but hopefully never forget how much they love each other. Just in case they do forget, I am capturing and savoring sweet moments like this. #lovemyfamily #latergram

Sunday, January 11, 2015

New Post via Instagram January 11, 2015 at 10:41AM

Both the calendar and the weather out the window show that it is 🌞 SUNday! Enjoying some knitting time on my #hitofude and some sun light. What are you up to today? #widn

Saturday, January 10, 2015

New Post via Instagram January 10, 2015 at 09:51AM

The kindness of knitters defined: my friend, who has never knit herself a sweater, knit me one out of BUGGA for my birthday! It is the perfect mixture of green, soft, squishy, and fits me just right. Thank you so much Susan! #knittersRock

Friday, January 9, 2015

New Post via Instagram January 09, 2015 at 05:32PM

My pattern in remembrance and in honor of my sister, #JoyfulJoyful is now available! The pattern page has instructions on how to donate to the National Women's Health Network through FirstGiving to receive a coupon code for free download of any of my patterns for Melly. Thank you for helping me do good and remember my sister! #knittersRock

Tracking Your Knitting Yardage

I am a lover of all things data!  If you can track it, I am probably doing so, so I loved when I figured out how to tag and tally my yardage in Ravelry so that I could later reflect and total.  Ravelry makes it super easy-peasy!  Below is a photo tutorial of how I track my yardage using Ravelry tags and tabs. *Click on the pictures for a larger view

1)  Tag your projects with the year. For instance I am using 2015 for my 2015 projects

2) Create a set for your tag. This is done through the Organize tab on your projects page.

Push the 'Create New Set' button and enter in the name of the set, and the tags to be included.  For instance, I did 2015 and 2015. Hit the 'Create' button to finish.

3) Select Set/Tab created and view totals at the bottom of the page.  For instance, I selected my 2015 tab and see at the bottom of the page: 500 yards in 1 project.

4) Select 'view details' to drill down and make sure yardages were listed for each.  This also allows you to see the project with the most yardage and how your projects stacked up.

Join me in tracking your projects and reflecting on what we have knit each year!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

New Post via Instagram January 08, 2015 at 11:39AM

Look at this lovely yarn bouquet! This newly obsessed colorwork knitter *may* have gone a little crazy during the @knittedwit birthday sale, but can you blame me? #welcomeToMyStash

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New Post via Instagram January 07, 2015 at 05:54PM

Knitting in bright sun light today felt awesome and the illuminated lace and shadows were spectacular. #schoolcancellation #hitofude

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New Post via Instagram January 06, 2015 at 12:10PM

HUZZAH! My new sock pattern #staticZing is now available on Ravelry! Just a heads up for those who inquired when it would be released, and if you weren't interested, sorry for the #shamelessSelfPromotion

Happy 2015!

Hello there readers in the year 2015!  I hope the year is treating you well, and you survived the holiday season in good cheer.

I have, as always, been busy knitting and designing, but as you can see from this poor neglected blog, not writing posts here.  I hope to remedy that situation in 2015!

In addition to buckling down and actually putting words on the page, I just set-up a new IFTTT rule to post my Instagram photo's and comments as posts here.  I find that I pack a lot of information and reflections into my Instagram posts, almost like micro-posts, that I would like chronicled here.

As an aside, if you have never used IF This Than That, it is an easy way to automatically cross-post on social media (including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Blogger, etc).

So look for more posts here, both in the written and the micro, photo-tastic, Instagram form.