Saturday, December 10, 2011

...And the Winner is...

#4 - ADELLE!

Thanks to all who entered the Handmade Holiday giveaway! Enjoy your weekend.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Handmade Holiday

December is a month I take off from business to focus on my family- spending time with them, traveling to see those out of town, as well as creating gifts for them. In our family we also celebrate the Christian meaning of the holiday season: The birth of the Jesus the Messiah and what that meant to humankind.
It has always saddened me the way the entire nation seems wrapped up in intense materialism and driven by the "I WANT!" complex. In our family gifts are heart-felt and useful, yet minimal. Our children know who Santa Claus is, but we buy gifts for one another to celebrate Jesus' birthday, not a jolly old elf in a sleigh. Each family has customs and traditions that they love or hate, they keep the old and create new ones, and enjoy the holiday in their own way.
This year I am attempting to emphasize hand-made with my family. There is so much time and love knit into each stitch and sewn into every fiber of a hand-made, heart-felt gift that a handmade Christmas really makes sense with our way of celebrating, and I thought I'd make a special blog to share the patterns and ideas for handmade holiday celebration and gift-giving in case anyone else is looking or needs some suggestions.
Since my husband and I have been married we have not had a mantle or any kind of suitable place to hang stockings, so we've simply skipped that step. Any small trinkets were wrapped and but under the tree, an fruits and candies were in baskets and bowls on the kitchen counter. Just this past week, however, we moved into a lovely little farmhouse out in the country, and thought we still don't have a mantle, the staircase has a bannister perfect for hanging stockings- and so we shall. This means, though, that we need to get stockings! Enter this lovely free pattern from Knitting at Knoon Designs: Felted Christmas Stockings. The yarn required will easily cost less than $5.00USD each, and knitting will take a couple of hours. I am SO excited to get these little projects done after the kids are in bed at night so they remain a surprise until Christmas Eve.
© Emily Ivey 2010
 Another kid-friendly festive decoration I enjoy is Emily Ivey's "Smitten" holiday garland. What is more winter- and kid-appropriate than a bunch of tiny mittens?! The tiny knits can be done with any of my scrap yarn so it really will cost me nothing and will take an hour or two each. Other sweet ornamental holiday knits that are scrap-stash-busters and take an hour or two at the most are Owl Puffs and Stjärna. Add a simple yet festive sewn table runner and a hand-made wreath from the left-over boughs from our tree-trimming, and we will have a beautifully decorated handmade holiday that cost less than $20 and will last for years.


 Will you be including any handmade elements in your holiday? What's your favorite holiday tradition? Leave them here(one post for each answer, and YES, you may have more than one answer) a along with your email address. I'll employ random.org for a drawing of the entrants on Saturday, December 10th. The winner will receive a hand-knitted sample of the three ornament patterns I linked above. 

Friday, November 11, 2011

A Winner and Another Give-Away!

The winner from our last is........:drumroll:....... JENNIFER S.! Please email me at the address in my contact information with the pattern you'd like (Kumfy™ Pants or The Kumfy™ Schlüttli Collection), and I'll send it right away. If you'd prefer it to be sent to a Ravelry account, please let me know and I'm happy to oblige.
What? You want MORE free stuff? Okay, fine. There's a pair of twill Kumfy™ Jeans up free-for-shipping at the premier all-boy congo on HyenaCart, Kings of the Castle! Enter now for your chance to win before the drawing ends Monday.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Importance of Blocking

One of my favorite things to do in my "spare" time is to sit and browse Ravelry. Just scanning through random project pages looking at all the knitted gorgeousness gives my brain a creative thrill. I know, I know, I'm a nerd and there's a profound possibility I am also addicted to yarn. Yes, addicted.
So in my travels across the fiber artists' paradise of Ravelry, I frequently come across projects that aren't blocked. Are they good projects? Bad projects? Is the artist's skill excellent, or need some work? It's hard to tell when a project is not blocked!  It just looks like a lumpy, misshapen wad of yarn.
Unblocked cabled Kumfy™ Pants
Cable detail is hard to see, body
Is lumpy and misshapen

Blocking is the official finish to any knitted project (it may also be for crochet, but admittedly I know nothing of that art so I will not encompass it in my information). Once an object is completely finished being knit, it must be washed. Just think- this item has been in your sweaty, hard-working hands for HOURS, and  freshly washed or not, your hands will inevitably have grime on them then ends up on your project. So wash it! A simple soak and swish in the sink in warm water and baby shampoo (or a 4:1 hot water and vinegar solution for hand-dyed fibers to set the dye) is plenty. Gently squeeze out the excess water with a towel, then choose a safe, flat surface where it can dry, undisturbed, for approximately 24 hours. Some garments can just be laid flat without the use of pins to hold its place. Just be sure dimensions are appropriate, edges are even, cuffs are flat and symmetrical, etc. Then let it dry!
If your project includes asymetrical lines, cables, lacework, or other details that need help remembering where they belong, a soft foam surface and blocking pins are a necessity. As the object dries, the fibers create a new memory, and will stay where they are pinned, showing off the beauty of the knitted garment, cables, lacework, and so on.
Blocking wet longies
Cables are spread, Cuffs smoothed
And pinned into place

Blocking will vastly improve your finished object by evening out tension, matching cuffs, lines, and smoothing out rubbing, lacework and cables, and generally relaxing all those fibers that were knotted so tight during the knitting process. Some objects will benefit from blocking after every washing, but for most a simple 'lay flat to dry' approach is perfectly acceptable.
So if you don't already, I dare you to block. Every item, every time, and ESPECIALLY before you take photos for Ravelry. I guarantee you'll get many more comments, favorites, and shares if you show off the details and lines on those beautiful knitted garments.
Blocked and dry,
BEAUTIFUL detail visible!
...And if you sell your knitted wares and don't block before taking stock photos, FOR GOODNESS SAKE BLOCK IT ALREADY! You cannot be 100% sure of the dimensions and measurements of your knitted garments if they aren't blocked. Once the fibers and stitches relax on that first wash, you could have an entire bigger size! It truly makes all the difference in the world.

Hey you. Yeah you. Are you reading this right now? Comment on whether or not this was new info or not. In two days I'll do a random drawing for a winner. The winner gets his/her choice of one of my patterns for free. WHO DOESN'T LIKE FREE STUFF? :-D

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Week One: A Twisty Soaker

Cables are simple when you figure them out, but even the simplest cables and simplest patterns can be tricky at times. Case in point: This week's give-away specimen. I had knit all sizes of the pattern but specifically four of the  XS Twisty Soakers before this one and was BAFFLED as to why the cables weren't lining up according to the pattern on the front. I frogged, counted stitches, and re-tried the front flap SO many times, then finally I just gave up and finished it off. I shoved it in one of my in-stock bins and forgot about it. Never even photographed it for Ravelry, which is unlike me because I am OCD with my Ravelry account. My next project was another try, but this time I meticulously read the pattern as I went, rather than doing it from memory and referencing the pattern for specific numbers needed. Then I found it. Two stitches. Two teeny-tiny stitches should have been transferred back to the left-hand needle before continuing at one point and that would have saved me several days of frustration and the resulting wonky soaker. It's perfect for function just not perfect for looks on the front,  so for that reason it is a second quality. Since I have no plans for it I decided to make it my first item to give-away for the month.

If you HAVEN'T tried Lynne Sanderson's Twisty Soaker pattern and you enjoy knitted soakers, I HIGHLY recommend that you do. She is meticulous in her notes and instructions, and her designs are unique and beautiful. It's no wonder, either, that she is a superb knitter. My youngest sweetie has a pair of custom ruffled capris that Lynne did for us this spring, and they're WONDERFUL. I'm secretly hoping they still fit her next spring/summer so I don't have to part with them.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Midway

It's September 15th- Officially half-way through this month "off" for me. How's your month so far? I haven't been as productive as I'd like, but it's been a good month by and large. The kids have been busy and loving school. The baby is about to turn a year old and is currently cutting all four first molars at once. Poor baby was of course tackled by a nasty sinus infection she's currently on Amoxicillen for as well. We're hoping these teeth cut in the next couple days so the entire house can be a little more at peace and her poor body will have the strength to kick this sinusitis.
I'm so excited with my new projects at home right now. In July I purchased a Husqvarna Huskylock S15 serger. I decided to really learn it inside and out during this month, rather than just using it well enough. To accomplish this feat I purchased a book that has been absolutely incredible: Successful Serging: From Setup to Simple and Specialty Stitches. I love it. I recommend it to anyone who wants to serge or is a relative newb like myself. I've been sewing since I was seven-years-old so serging wasn't TOO difficult to pick up, but this book has definitely been a great resource. It starts by teaching you about the serger as a machine- the parts, what they do and why- knowledge that is important for ALL sergers regardless of brand. It explains threading techniques, handy tips and simple techniques on each page, and includes a glossary of stitches- what they do, what they're good for, and includes graphics to be able to identify just by looking at a garment, and SO much more. All of these skills can no doubt be learned by experience and expensive classes, but my type-A personality means I research everything myself before I do it- If there's a book on it, I've read it from breastfeeding, proper car seat installation, and making organic baby food, to knitting intarsia and sewing skirts. Of course I needed to read a book on serging! In all seriousness, it really helps when you start serging to be able to know what you're looking at when you have a problem rather than opening the machine and staring at the confusing jumble of threads.

In my traipsing across the internet several months ago I came across the Comfort Wool blog. Not only does Teresa have a love of yarn, she's a teacher- My match made in heaven! This past week she posted about a very worthy cause I could not help but spread the word about: A fundraiser to help her purchase school supplies for her inner-city classroom that is severely lacking in funding. I was always fortunate enough to work for private suburban schools when I was teaching, but I had MANY teacher friends who were not so fortunate- Many who were not paid a wage deserving of their work and given a completely inadequate budget for classroom supplies by the school. This leaves many teachers in the position of forcing their students to go without or purchasing from their own pockets without reimbursement. If you know ANYTHING about teachers, it should be that they aren't in their profession for the money- It's all about teaching children to love learning! This WAHM and teacher is no different. I encourage everyone to stop by her blog for more information on her fundraiser and pop in on Knit Night starting Thursday, September 29th, to bid on some INCREDIBLE donations to raise money for this inner-city classroom.

Monday, September 12, 2011

A to Z of Me!

A. Age: 27
B. Bed size: King
C. Chore that you hate: Folding laundry
D. Dogs: None because we rent, but the kids are SURE we're getting a big pink doggie "Soon," and we're naming her Rosie. We'll see.
E. Essential start to your day: COFFEE!
F. Favorite color: Green
G. Gold or Silver: White gold
H. Height: 5’11"
I. Instruments you play: A little bit of everything- Trumpet and voice by training, but plenty of others by ear
J. Job title: Work-at-home mom
K. Kids: Two daughters and a son
L. Live:  Central New York, USA
M. Mother’s name: Marcia
N. Nicknames: Meg
O. Overnight hospital stays: Just the deliveries of my children
P. Pet peeves: People without manners
Q. Quote from a movie: I love lamp
R. Right or left handed: Right
S. Siblings: Two sisters, one older and one younger, and an older brother who lives with Jesus
U. Underwear: Nothing exciting- I promise.
V. Vegetable you hate: Swiss chard
W. What makes you run late: My husband
X. X-Rays you’ve had: Too many to recall- Mouth, jaw, knees, arms, wrists, hands, lungs, CT scans- All numerous time. I was a hardcore asthmatic athlete prone to pneumonia who  abused her body back in the day.
Y. Yummy food that you make: German food. Yum.
Z. Zoo animal:Tigers!
 
 

Saturday, September 10, 2011

One Week Down...

So September was supposed to be my "break" from WAHM work, but I over-committed a bit this summer, so part of this first week was used catching up. Part of that was finishing a gorgeous batch of Twisty Soakers on 2-ply undyed Cestari Merino for consignment at Petite Bottoms- A brick-and-mortar cloth diaper store in New Hampshire! I'm so excited to see how this newest business venture goes, and the owner of PB, Kim, was SO easy to work with. I look forward to getting more goods in her store in the future.
Once the soakers were on their way to the coast, I got to work on a piece for Miss R's winter woolie stash- A pair of Kumfy™ Pants on 3-ply Uruguayan Merino in "Xucua" by PureWool. I did them with the fold-over yoga-style waistband and a 1-inch cuff for growing room. I think she loves them!  I have quite a few more pairs planned for her, including a pair with an owl-cabled cargo pocket and double ruffles on Mosaic Moon's "Barn Owl" with green trim on Cestari, a pair of classic goes-with-everything neutral longies in PureWool's "Crema & Chocolate" colorway, a pair on Cestari dyed in "Silver Rain" by Eco-Wrapz, and a pair of wide lattice-cabled longies on "Zinnia" by Cestari. All of these in addition to the recycled wool leggins, skirts, dresses and jumpers I have queued up for her wardrobe, and I think my littlest is pretty well set for the winter.
Last night I started a new pattern I'd purchased with a plan but hadn't started yet. Aaryn is a beautiful yet fairly simple pattern by Julie of Libelle. I plan to knit one for each of the girls to extend the lives of their short-sleeved tees from the summer. I decided to start with the one for my bigger girl, Miss A, in a size 6. I figured it'd be wise to get the larger one knit first so the smaller would simply BREEZE by  when I got to it. Well, the size 6 is breezing fast enough! I started it last night after the kids were in bed, and tonight all I need to do is knit the sleeves, which are tapered and bound to be a quick knit despite their 11.5 inches in length. The pattern recommends using a size 7 needle, but I wanted a bit more ease in the garment so I'm knitting it on 8's. So far so good! I had my girl try it on once the body was finished to ensure I was doing the proper size for her. She was THRILLED that I was knitting something for her. Poor thing is getting so big it's becoming too time-consuming for me to knit for her very often. I need to get better about that. This Aaryn is being knit with 2-ply Cestari Merino in "Springtime Violet." Miss R's will match. Yes, I'm THAT mom.

Tüsse!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Home School Year

It's September! That means the start of a new school year for us. Last year for us was more informal because our oldest was only in preschool. As a former preschool teacher myself, I created a curriculum for our daughter, and we'd get it out and do some work whenever she decided that's what she wanted to do. By early January, she was asking every single day- Good, and yet stressful for us as a family with a new baby and a two-year-old who had just begun our journey with Early Intervention and Occupational Therapy to meet his super-sensory needs. In February, we decided on a curriculum for the coming school year and purchased the whole kit and caboodle with a piece of our tax return. Our girl was giddy beyond words when the big brown truck delivered her full Abeka K-5 package, and she has flipped through the pages of at least one of the books daily since then.
In addition to our big girl's kindergarten, our almost-3-year-old boy has expressed A LOT of interest in doing school work with his big sister, so we're starting him on the same preschool curriculum Miss A used last year. Just as we did part-time whenever-the-mood-struck preschool work with her, Mister G likely won't be full time, especially since he has an occupational therapist in our home doing 'work' for his sensory processing and regulation needs two to three times a week, but he is SO excited to get started- Turning three and starting "pweeeeschool" are his favorite topics of conversation.
In July, we sent the school district our letter of intent to home school making it official: We're a home schooling family! A lot of things affected our decision to do so, but we're pleased with the decision we've made as a family, and excited to start on this journey "officially." In order to make this big transition for our family I am taking the month of September off from KumfyKozies™ and focusing solely on learning how home schooling will work for OUR family.
"Xucua" longies on the needles for Miss R's winter stash.
You cannot keep me from my sewing table and knitting needles for long, though. Any creative time I have will be spent getting our own littles' wardrobes ready for the winter- I see dresses, skirts, sweaters and longies a-plenty in my month ahead. I plan to keep blogging, though. I have seen SO many parents complaining in this back-to-school season about the scandalous clothing available for little girls, and lack of modesty overall. I plan to show just how easily and affordably a stylish AND modest wardrobe can be made for MY little girls, ages 11 months and 4 years.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

SURPRISE!

After months of work and much anticipation, my new Kumfy™ Schlüttli collection is finished. I sent it to two experienced knitters for a final proof-reading yesterday, and I am confident that this morning we are good to go. I was SO excited about having it completed, I couldn't very well sit on it for the next two days, so everyone who purchased a copy in the last 8 months, both on HyenaCart and Ravelry received the new pattern this morning. Another secret surprise: The new pattern collection is available for purchase NOW on HyenaCart, but only my blog readers know this, so consider yourselves special. :-D


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Collaborative Efforts

Over the last two months I have had the distinct honor of being asked to work together with other hard-working work-at-home moms and create some beautiful collaborations. Most recently was with Nicole of Napping House Yarns who sent me some beautiful semi-solid Cestari Super Fine Merino to be knit into items for sale. We've already sold the ruffled capris with a hand-stitched seahorse embellishment on my store, and coming up for the next stocking at On the Other Side congo, we will have finished a Twisty Soaker from the remainder of the yarn. Look for that on Friday, August 5th at 12pm EST.
This week, however, I am working with Aimee of EcoWrapz. I have knit with yarn she has dyed many times and it's ALWAYS beautiful and well-done, but this time is extraordinary. I sent Aimee a swatch of some fabric I have the yardage to sew a dress/tunic with, and she returned it to me a couple weeks later with the most extraordinarily beautiful yarn, and a PERFECT match! I finally got to this lovely wool in my knitting queue and began knitting it two days ago. It's knitting up wonderfully, making it easier to knit even faster in excitement and anticipation of seeing the finished product.

Monday, July 25, 2011

One Week!

After months of knitting, meticulous note-taking, hard work, testing, hours typing, reading, re-typing and re-reading, the Kumfy™ Schlüttli Collection will be published. August 1st is the big day. So exciting! I've re-organized my original Schlüttli pattern to make it a bit more beginner-friendly, added instructions for various cuffs and necklines, and changed the sizing a little bit. The sizes now have a bit larger range- XSmall is a true newborn size, Small will be roughly a 3-9 months size, Medium will be 12-24 months, Large will be 3/4, and then there will be the addition of the sizes 5/6 and 7/8. People have been writing and asking for these larger sizes since I first created my pattern, and I'm so excited that I was able to get them drafted and added to the collection.
Did I say collection? Yes, there will be instructions for three different types of garments in this new edition: The Schlüttli, The Gemütlich, and The Liebkosung. The Kumfy™ Schlüttli is an original Swiss design that I simply put my own spin on. It is knit flat but for the sleeves. The Kumfy™ Gemütlich is a pull-over version of the Schlüttli with a short button band down a portion of the raglan line of the bodice to add embellishment as well as make for ease of dressing when pulling the garment over a wiggly little one's head. The Kumfy™ Liebkosung is a sleep sack available in two sizes (XSmall and Small) with a shape similar to the Gemütlich, but with a longer button band and a drawstring bottom to make for easy diaper changes during the night, and requires no other clothes underneath it for infants during the night. With the Liebkosung, you also do not need a blanket for Baby, which lowers the risks of SIDS.
All styles can be done with long sleeves or short. Long-sleeved sweaters are a classic staple of any winter wardrobe, and the short-sleeved option makes it a versatile garment for year-round: alone in the summer and with a long-sleeved tee underneath for cooler weather.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

At-Home Mom

Teething bites!
I promise I'm not trying to only blog once a month, but things happen. My oldest is quickly approaching the start of kindergarten on August 1st, and though we're home schooling there's plenty involved in getting ready for that step. My middle child is a moderately-to-severely effected sensory kid so we have an Occupational Therapist in and out of our home several times a week, and we're getting ready to start preschool with him to boot! Then the baby is just the baby- a teething, constantly-nursing, starting-to-walk, demanding baby closing in on her first birthday. Suffice it to say our house is in a constant state of semi-uproar with no end in sight! I love every minute of it. I'm working on being more diligent, though. Despite the fact that "Work" is first in the name WAHM, the "At-Home Mom" part is what actually comes first.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

June Already?!

Where has the time gone? I feel like I've only just given birth to my youngest, and here she is 8 months old! I've stayed busy- very busy this last month and a half.
A Gemütlich knit with "You Jane" by Disco Baby Knits
For starters, I've developed a new pattern for a pull-over sweater I called Gemütlich (cozy in German). It has a simply split just past the left shoulder for several reasons: 1) It makes sliding over an infant or busy toddler's head less of a fight, and 2) it gives you the opportunity to add gorgeous buttons for embellishment! The pattern is still in the "pages of notes" stage, so nowhere near ready for publishing, but I'm working on it. Hopefully it'll be ready during the winter 2011/12 season sometime.
My girl in her favorite dress
Another exciting development is my new peasant dress pattern. My oldest is a sweet almost-5-year-old (gosh, where have the years gone? She's supposed to be an infant!) who loves dresses and skirts more than anything, but finances demanded some creativity on my part to get her the dress-filled wardrobe she longed for. Once a week we go to the mall as a family just to walk around and maybe enjoy a frozen yogurt, and I purposely had my girl checking out dresses, showing me what she liked as far as styles, prints, colors, etc. After she went to bed one night, I set to work on a simple style that was easy to make incredible with lots of fun prints. It was a great success. I'm working to get more of these listed and in-stock on the store. While the main objective for this pattern was dresses for the big girls (instead of my usual infants and toddlers), I'm working on a collaboration with a yarn-dyeing WAHM friend for a dress and hand-knit bloomers set- VERY excited about that!
Now that my household is finding a post-new-baby rhythm, I'm working on getting my business more streamlined, budget organized, and income increasing through several means that I am excited to share in the future.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

...And the winner is

Using the random number generator at Random.org, the entry chosen was ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: drum roll, please :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Number 1! Congrats, Jessica! A copy of our newest pattern has been emailed to you! Thanks to everyone who entered our surprise drawing.
Hope you all have a blessed Holy Saturday.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

YIKES!

My goodness, it has been SO long since I last took the time to write. My bad! Taking the time now to briefly update on what has happened in the last six weeks.
Probably the biggest news of all is the opening of a brand new conglomerate on HyenaCart called Kings of the Castle! It's an all boy congo with a lot of fantastic vendors, plenty of diversity and lots of big-name guests on the calendar. A close local WAHM friend and I are running it together. We're SO excited to watch it grow! We stock the second Friday of every month at 7pm EST.
Another new development is my latest pattern release. Yesterday I published the longies pattern I wrote and have been using for the last two years. Kumfy™ Pants are a loose-fitting style of woolies. Multiple short rows across the bum, generous gusset and wide-leg fit are perfect for any little one, chunky or slim. Two different waistband styles offer multiple possibilities: The classic 2x2 ribbing with a drawstring, or the extra-long fold-over yoga-style waistband in 1x1 ribbing. This is my second pattern to be published, and I'm SO excited. It's a much more complicated pattern so it was A LOT more work- seven pages, in fact, with photo tutorials for techniques and videos for others. Once edited the videos will be posted here to be linked for further help in guiding knitters through new techniques. 
On a personal note, my young husband who has suffered from Lumbar Spinal Stenosis for several years had a drastic worsening of his condition in early March and was taken off of work. After seven long weeks of treatment and very little improvement, he is going back to work tomorrow with a plan in place to rehabilitate and the possibility of spinal surgery this summer. Prayers for my incredibly hard-working man are always appreciated.
Since it's been SO long, I decided to do a little give-away. Go to the Kings of the Castle congo and tell me in a comment your two favorite items (in-stock or sold out) and why. Be sure to leave your email address, because tomorrow night I'll do a random number-generated drawing and the winning number will be emailed a free copy of my Kumfy™ Pants pattern.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Where Ya' Been?

Snuggly boy in his woolies, feet up, enjoying the winter day
To say things have been busy lately would be such an immense understatement. Since January 31st, I've have the honest privilege to be running a fundraiser through my store front for a dear friend whose son was born prematurely and passed away shortly after birth. Things are just winding down from that now, so my store front is open again! Nothing exciting in-stock, but I'm working on that. I am BEYOND thrilled to say, though, that we raised beyond our goal to pay the DeVries family's medical bills incurred from the unexpected emergency c-section. Words cannot express how thrilled I am at that.
Mid-way through February, the kids and I all came down with a nasty bug that kept us all (except for the baby, thank goodness) ridiculously sick for ten full days. Frustrating and exhausting. In an attempt to keep my hard-working husband sick, he was quarantined and stayed as far away from us as possible- which meant nearly two weeks as a veritable single mom. He did, however, always ask if we needed anything, and he was my errand boy. Anything the kids or I asked for, he leaped at the chance to go to the store or where ever he needed to in order to get whatever the kids and I desired. That was appreciated more than I can say.
XS Kumfy™ Pants and Munchkin Hat
Now that the auctions are finished, it's back to the in-stock store and the change of seasons! I'm working on a big Your-Yarn-My-Needles project for a sweet mom name Lindsey with an incredible talent for dying her own yarn. She's not sure if she's having a boy or a girl, so she sent me yarn (that she dyed herself) to knit two different outfits- one for each gender. It's been so much fun. Tiny knits go quickly, the yarn has been gorgeous to get knit, and it's been nice to get back to being creative. This second outfit for Lindsey should be finished by the weekend, and out the door by Monday. Next on the needles: a collaboration with Aimee of EcoWrapz . She dyed some gorgeous organic Gaia Merino and sent it to me to be knit into a Kumfy™ Schlüttli. Really excited to get it into works.

Frieden,

Meg