Simple stitches

Simple can be deceiving! I sat down to knit a easy infinity scarf. Hello? I ripped it at least 4 times before getting it right. Funny how simple can sometimes be difficult! The yarn-it's Plymouth Haciendo (discontinued-good luck!). I dyed it in the fun Zombie Rainbow colorway. A little preview of the hand dyed yarns I'll carry next Fall.

Fun stuff! More on that later.

The simple infinity scarf. It knitted up into a nice, double loop neck warmer. I am a little sad to pack it away! It's 70 degrees and crazy sunny today. Hello Spring.

Knit your own!

Bulky yarn (such as Haciendo) at least 3 skeins, 109 yards each.
#10 needle
tapestry needle

Cast on 30 stitches
Knit in stockinette,knitting the first two outer stitches, on both sides.
(It should decrease curling...which didn't work fully with my project!)

Have some, add 6 knit stitches on the WS randomly.
It adds a dash look on the right side-throughout the project.

When the scarf reaches about 60 inches add about 30 rows of garter stitch. it adds textural interest!
On the ending row, I cast off, leaving a long tail. I used it to stitch the ends of the scarf together!
You can't see where it is. Brilliant!

Here's how to do the super easy horizontal mattress stitch seam.

Have fun knitting!

Say hello to our new best friend, Shay! She came from the shelter. Cutest, snuggling lapdog ever.

Happy people

My rabid followers and fans say it best. Here's some fun heartwarming feedback left for me in my Etsy shop. It's just me, squirting on the dye. Working alone with an audio book playing in my studio...rad comments like these really make my day!

Audio book playlist. I go for entertaining, funny. Sometimes dark....
The Sugar Queen
Twenties Girl
Explosive Eighteen
Crazy For You
Off The Chart
The Neon Rain

The set up

This is how it's done. Many weeks are spent quietly applying dye, setting it..and rinsing it out. Everything has a tag, and a name. Fun names! Sea Serpent, Desert Rock, Pocket Full Of Stars. Dreamy thought provoking names, and amazing colors. It takes a great deal of work, focus and organizing to launch a collection. I probably put too much time into it. But, you see, I am a perfectionist.

There's no use in presenting something mediocre. It's got to be your best! This is how you grow as an artist. Always pushing, adapting, rethinking, sometimes second guessing. It's work...and it's not glamorous. Although, on a whole, it is fun! Being your own boss is rewarding, at times it's hard to stay focused when the sky is brilliant blue, and the sun is out. My photography has grown over the years. My first product shot photos were, let's say adequate. I know better now! From point & shoots I graduated to a Canon 450D, I purchased it from Adorama for $499. It was a refurbished model. I had a hissy fit because my first photo colors were so bad. I had seen amazing pictures from this very camera model on Flickr! How could this be?

I started to research. Buying a fancy lens was out. I bought a 58mm  standard hot mirror screw on lens filter for $60. It was magic. There were the right colors! I tricked my camera into giving me what I wanted. Some would have just given up. I spent hours reading about photography. Here's my favorite photo tip website it's amazing!  It's made a huge difference on how I approach photography ;)

Stay tuned for news about my exciting new shop update ;) 


What are you knitting today?? I thought I was knitting the Gaptastic Cowl. I mean, 12,216 people can't be wrong. That's how many projects are listed on Ravelry! Sad face, the self striping rainbow yarn doesn't look good in seed stitch. Oh well...instead I cast on 131 sts and am doing a garter edge, with stockinette center. Gaptastic it seems only lends itself to bold color. Single shades, or big stripes.

Oh well! You learn by trying, right? I have 5 WIP's in various stages of completion. That's how I roll....
What have you got on your needles today?

P.S. And...major news! I am working on another dyed millspun line. How exciting is that?

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