Saturday, February 16, 2019

Almost There


I was just about to sit down and do some knitting on my jumper when I noticed how well it coordinated with the embroidery on the tablecloth (which you actually can't see in any of these photos) and how lovely and golden it looked in the last drops of sunlight. So I thought I'd snap a photo and write a quick blog post before dinner.

I'm trying to blog more in 2019 as I really enjoy it and I just didn't get to post here as much as I would have liked in 2018. I realise I'm not off to a very strong start, which is why I thought I'd jump on and publish this.

I'm very, very nearly finished this jumper and I am so excited with the anticipation of seeing it freshly finished and blocked, ready to wear. I don't always block my garments when I finish them, but this one is sporting a few wrinkles after being scrunched up inside my project bag. It makes my tension look slightly uneven which bothers my knitting self, so blocked it shall be!

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Knitting Projects: Finding my Balance


I'm at the delicious part of knitting a garment where it's nearly finished. I have trouble putting them down when they reach this point as the excitement starts to build. The other half of my mind can't help but think that there's no rush to finish, as Autumn isn't here yet. But I love that as soon as that first cool day arrives, the one that has you reaching for something warm to put on, I'll be able to reach for something I knitted by hand.

I'm trying a new way of making this year. I'm trying to have fewer projects on the go at once. My plan is probably laughable, as generally speaking, I'm not a knitter with a project problem. At the most, I've only ever had 6 on the go at once, and as knitting is my only craft I know that this sounds like a tiny amount to some. My happy place used to be to have three to four projects on my needles at the same time. But lately, I've felt the need for change. I'm going to experiment with only having one major project happening at once. When I've finished knitting one, I will start the next. I'll only double up when I'm also working on a design for a pattern.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Knit It: Mini Jumper Pattern


Hello!
How are you going? Did you have a good New Year & Christmas? I spent most of my break knitting, and since the New Year it's been all systems go here with the Pop-up shop. I opened that 2 weeks ago and have just 2 weeks left. January is going by in a bit of a whirl!
I'll write more about the pop-up shop another day, today I wanted to share with you my first pattern for 2019. I published my Mini Jumper pattern on the weekend and am very excited at how well it's been received!

These little jumpers are a lot of fun to make and measure just 11 - 10 cm long from the hem to the neck. They make lovely little decorations and are just too cute!
These are knitted in-the-round from the bottom up, a similar construction to full-sized jumpers knitted in that way...so if you'd like to knit yourself a garment but are feeling a bit frightened, why not knit one of these minis first to get a feel for how garments go together?


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

How to Search for Patterns on Ravelry


Ravelry is an excellent database of patterns, but I know that it can be overwhelming and hard to use for those new to the site. I recommend Ravelry a lot, and often have to explain how to use it to new users, so I thought it might be a good idea to publish a photo tutorial on how to search for patterns on Ravelry. You can click/tap the images to make them bigger.

Step 1: Go to www.ravelry.com and click the "Patterns" tab on the lefthand side (highlighted in the image below)


Step 2: If you're looking for a pattern or designer that you already know the name of, type it into the search box. If you're just doing a search for something like "beanie" or "cardigan" however, use the advanced search (highlighted below)


Step 3: This is where the excellent functionality of the Ravelry search comes in. Customise your search based on your skill level (or what level of complication you feel like tackling), pattern availability, constructions techniques, the weight of yarn used and more.
In my search below, I've selected "Knitting" - so I'll only see patterns that are knitted
Also highlighted is the Availability section - I always check Free, Purchase Online & Ravelry Download. This stops me being shown patterns that are out of print or are in books
I've also highlighted the Photo box - I always tick "Yes" so that I can see an image to match the pattern.


Step 4: Continue scrolling down the side to select what features you want. You can tick as many boxes as you like to really refine your search.
Below I've highlighted the Construction tab in the Attributes -> then from that box I've selected "Worked Flat": Now I'll only see patterns that are worked flat in this search (something I used to tick all the time before I learnt to knit in-the-round)


Step 5: I've continued scrolling down in my search to choose what weight of yarn I want to see patterns for - this is an excellent search feature if I'm trying to find a pattern for a specific yarn. You can select multiples of these. In the search, I've simply selected "DK" so I'll only see patterns that use DK/8ply weight yarn.


Step 6: Finally, after you've selected all of the filters you'd like, you can see them at the top of your search. It's easy to remove or change one if you want to. You can also change your search in the search bar (circled below) without your filters being cleared - super handy!
Now all that remains to do is to look through your search to see what patterns grab your eye. To access a pattern page, simply click on the image or title.




I hope you've found this tutorial helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them below and I'll do my best to answer them!

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Monday, December 31, 2018

New Year, New Venture


At the end of the year, I usually write a reflective post - either looking back on the year from a blogging or a making perspective. Last year I didn't do that as we were in the middle of moving interstate, and this year I'm more excited about the end of the coming week than the New Year. You see, I'll be collecting the keys to a shop space at the end of this week, and spending the weekend moving all of my stock into it, setting it up and arranging it, ready to open in a week. I'm very excited!

My shop is a temporary one - called a pop-up shop. If you haven't heard the term before, it simply means a temporary shop. Some pop-ups last for 1 day, 1 week or 1 season. I'm having mine for 1 month. I'm really excited to be popping up in Bellingen over the middle of summer. It's going to be so nice to have all of my yarns and other things displayed in my shop; it's just not the same having them tucked away in a cupboard!

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Maira Gall