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Chugga, chugga, chugga, chugga

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That’s me, just chugging along. I try to do one thing at a time, but sometimes that doesn’t seem feasible. Oh well, I just make the best of it and do what I can.

Custom-Max-hat

I received a special order for a Max hat. A couple saw them at InsaniTea, and fell in love, but didn’t see one in the size and color they wanted. So above is a picture of the cute colors they picked out for their 6~12 month Max hat.

Now, I do have a bit of a yarn problem, and my children seem to be enablers. So when we went to the craft store on Wednesday, we saw this fuzzy and bulky yarn in crazy 80’s colors, and couldn’t resist!

the-80s-are-back

The fuzzy yarn (Premier Lash Max) is destined to become scarves for all of us, and the super bulky yarn (Read Heart Vivid) will become hats. Kyla has the pinks, Vada has the greens, and the blues are mine. We are going to be hard to miss this winter!

yummy-layers

On the way back from the craft store we stopped at the market. We got a little happy in the dried fruit and nut section.

fruit-and-nut-mix

I think this is my favorite snack mix so far! Mmmm…

Oh, big news for you now.

My next pattern will be out by the end of the month.

my-next-pattern

It is a skirt! It is sized from child small to adult 5X. All my testers have finished theirs and turned in some beautiful photos. I just have to get some good pictures of myself wearing my skirt, and format the pattern so that the page breaks are in good places, and give it one last look over.

her-name-is-Rachel

The dress form is too small for this skirt, hence the need for some good pictures of my skirt. This one has a draw string, but the pattern is written with my uber-cool and very unique waistband. It is less bulky the other crochet waistbands, and there is no fold over at the top to make it look messy. It is a great way to make an elastic waistband!

bunting-in-the-works

Here is a peak at a free pattern I am working on for you. It may be a while still. I need to futz with it a bit still, and make many more!

Katherine-swatch

OK…Let’s chat a bit about the adult version of the Kat coat. First off, rather then continuing to call it “the adult version of the Kat coat,” I have finally giving it a name ~ Katherine. It makes sense to me!

I started this pattern a while ago, but I was just not happy with the look. I decided I needed a bit of a refresher on the best way to get the look I wanted, so I took this fabulous class from Craftsy:

Handknit Garment Design with Shirley Paden

It was just what I needed. I really knew most of it already, but sometimes we need a little reminder. Plus, she did have a few things to teach that were new to me, and better then what I had been doing. Craftsy  has some GREAT classes. Some are free, some you buy, but all that I have taken are really worth it!

Anyway. I have started over with the pattern. I want to be sure it has the finished look I want. As always, I am using the Craft Yarn Council standards for my measurements. This is what the knit and crochet guilds of America approve, and therefor what I use.

I have finished most of the math at this point, so now it is time to re~write the pattern and test it out myself before sending it on to my testers. Plus I will need to take process photos, and maybe add in a few helpful videos as well, for those of you who like videos in your patterns.

Well, I have much to do, so I will share more news with you another day. Have a wonderful weekend, my friends.

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