rainshine & learning processes

Friday, February 22, 2013

it's friday! phew! it's been a long one this week.  i don't know about you guys but i'm dying for some sunshine. of course living on vancouver island we're basking in the rainshine instead of the sunshine. you know that grey that is so bright yet dreary at the same time you have to put sunglasses on?  it's cold, windy and pouring buckets out today so harper and i are curling up with a quilt, a new movie, my knitting, her barbie and some fresh coffee.  i thought i would pop in and say hello to all of you. wanna chat? yay!

i'm so excited to let you guys know i've been working away busily behind the scenes here on the blog.  i've got some news to share hopefully in the next week or so that i can't wait to show you all!  i'm also super excited to let you lovelies know that i finally started working on some new sewing patterns!  yahoo! about time right?  lol..i know. it's been a while. i'm hoping for an early summer release for 3 patterns (i hope)!  after the craziness of the fall it will be fun to start sewing up some of my designs that have been waiting patiently for me to bring them to life. the sketchbooks and journals are on fire over here.


i've also got 2 new knitting patterns coming out soon!!!  1 for sale and 1 freebie!  i loooove them and they are my newest go to knits.  i hope you will all crush on them as bad as i have been :)  i swear every time i put out a new pattern it's like having a little wee baby.  they are all special too me in different ways and because i've been loving designing knitting patterns so much i'm jumping in with both feet.  i've busy been beefing up my resource library with some classic knitting books.  i couldn't resist picking up a copy of "the knitter's handy book of top down sweaters" and "the knitter's handy book of sweater patterns" both by anne budd.  i also have in my collection "knitwear design workshop" and a few more on the way - "principles of knitting" and "knitting from the top".  i don't know about you guys but i'm a visual learner and do really well learning by books. i'm also a book whore (sorry for the language but it's true..lol) so the more of my faves i can splurge on for my collection the better :)  i watch for sales and scoop when i can get huge discounts and free shipping. fyi- knitpicks has 40% off sales for books and when they do i advise taking advantage! happy early bday to me!  oh it's hard being a book lover sometimes...lol.

ok so now i want to know what you've been making this week? i ask this question a lot on facebook and get tons of responses. it's fun!  but i would rather chat with you all about it over here especially since it's tricky to even get my facebook statuses to show up to all of you on a regular basis. so fill me in.  have you been knitting, sewing, crocheting?  what project? got pics or a blog post to share? link them up in the comments. i love to see what crafty goodness you've all been up to.

do you have a fave knitting resource book that you use for technical things?  what do you find yourself reaching for when you learn a new technique?  i'd love to hear your thoughts on your process as well.  do you take online classes or search for videos on youtube? c'mon..spill the beans! 

wishing you all a new technique, crafty, coffee &  sunshine filled kinda weekend! xoxoxo  

p.s. i was so thrilled to find out that i was chosen as one of babble's top 50 mom craft bloggers for 2013!!!!!!!!!!! wahoo!! i'm doing cartwheels over here people!!! it's my 3rd year and i swear every year get's more and more exciting! thank you to all the peeps over at babble and to all of you awesome readers!  thank you, thank you, thank you!  this means a lot to me and my lil'ol blog :)


  1. You can see my crochet creations from this week at: http://facebook.com/hopefulgarden

    Yesterday I got to see one of my new crocheted crowns on a BEAUTIFUL little soon-to-be 1yr old girl. She'll be wearing it for her upcoming birthday party and then using it for dress-up.

  2. I am knitting up a baby blanket for the naughty boy growing in muh belly. And pretending to read The Racketeer by John Grisham.

  3. I'm busy knitting the beekeeper's quilt by tiny owl knits! (if you know the pattern - yes, I've gone a little crazy but I love that it's portable).

    And I'm about to start sewing up your Everest knitting needle case for my friend. It was suppose to be a christmas present, but my friend and I agreed that we would be late with our presents (she's knitting me something!).

  4. I've been sewing some Oliver + S patterns and have a honey cowl about 90% cast on, haha. I did that in the car on Monday but haven't picked it up this week.

    1. oh and congrats on the top 50!!! i saw that and got so excited for you!

  5. Looking forward to seeing what your creative juices have been up to! I've had to step away from the sewing machine this week and pick up a can of spray paint. We are working on updating a bathroom.

  6. I'm busy on a test knit sweater...but squeezing in a cute little hat for the downton kal in between ;)

  7. Inspired by an old post on MADE that I found through pinterest, I made a purse and wallet for each of my daughter's Maplelea dolls (she has two), complete with miniature cash, library card, drivers license, and credit card.


    And on my needles right now, Java Socks. But I can't find the yarn band anywhere so I don't know what yarn I'm using but it's really beautiful! I'm pretty sure I bought it on a trip out to Victoria last spring but I'm not sure.


    MADE blog post: http://piecesforreese.blogspot.ca/2011/01/18-doll-big-purse-money-wallet-passport.html

    Java Socks: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/java-socks

  8. Wahoo! Congrats...and I am so excited for your patterns! :)

  9. So happy to hear you're releasing new knitting patterns! I'm currently working on a pair of basic knit socks for my SIL in some lovely Misti Alpaca hand-painted sock yarn that I adore. I want to get these damn things finished because I've done two pairs of socks in a row and I'm getting bored. I just bought a bunch of madtosh that needs to become an Aesderina and an Arbutus. I sometimes wish I had a magic set of knitting needles that could do the boring bits for me while I work on something else.

  10. Oh I hear ya on the rainshine! This week has been miserable weather for Seattle too, I feel your pain. I've been working on a new pattern too (yay for new patterns!), and trying to finish up some other furniture projects around the house. Can't wait to see your new patterns!

  11. I can't wait to see what you have in store for us :)
    At the moment, I'm busy knitting this baby blanket for a friend's bubba: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/nawoo82/twin-leaf-baby-blanket

    Although it's the middle of summer here in Australia, I've been in more of a knitting mood than in a sewing mood. Go figure! (just between us, I think it's from seeing all the gorgeous knitting on your blog, it gets me all inspired, hehe)

  12. You've been busy -- can't wait to see the secret projects! I just finished a scrap challenge project and a case for my English Paper Piecing projects. You can see both here: http://www.fabricmutt.blogspot.com/2013/02/directions.html.

    I'm longing for spring too!

  13. I'm working on a test knit cowl. It is sooooo cold and grey here in the UK (few flakes of snow this morning and a wind from Russia), I can't wait to be finished so I can wear it!

    Can't wait to see your new patterns!

  14. Like Heidi I've been working on a scrap challenge project. Deadline is in about a minute and there is more hand-sewing to do, blerg. Here's a few pics: http://www.secondhanddinosaur.blogspot.com/2013/02/scrap-crazy-in-progress.html

  15. This is great post

  16. Lots of Rainshine in greater vancouver too! I made a 'tool belt' for my bob the builder obsessed 3.5 year old and am working on a crochet hello kitty hat. tanya

  17. I made the Emerson tunic this week, with some leftover monkey print and a monkey appliqué. It fits my three-year old well enough. When I finished it yesterday, she refused to put it on and said she would never ever wear it... but today, she put it on and loves it. Oh well! Thanks for the pattern!!

  18. I'm knitting a hoodie that I designed for my son ( easy designing indeed!) Thank you for the pattern!

    Sparkle from http://ellecrafts.blogspot.fr


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