Tuesday, January 25, 2011

As usual I'm playing catch up

Things have finally settled down around here and I am no longer feeling the pain of saying goodbye to our beloved sitter. The baby is now in childcare twice a week for a total of 6 hours. I have also had the husband help me clear out the garage and now I can officially say I have a studio! It was so much fun moving everything out of the kitchen and into the garage. The biggest perk is that I now have a new microwave and kettle!

My first dye project was Koi Pond, along with other vivid girly colors. I also dyed Princess Buttercup, Wildflowers, Full Bloom, and Spring Delight. I must have hit the spot with these colorways as most sold out within minutes of stocking!

Knitting wise I am an effort to only knit up with my own yarns. So I used Rogue on Licorice Twist to make a super cute pair of overalls.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Weekend update

With so much going on and with me back to dyeing strong I don't even know where to begin.

Last week I stocked a series of sock yarns on MainStreet.

After a nice holiday break I went on a dyeing spree. Here is 'Woodhaven' (it does not actually contain any red). Lots of browns, golds and green. This one is done on a superwash DK yarn and should be stocked sometime next week.

I have probably a gazillion (not really) more colorways coming. I just need to get them all photographed and edited.

On the business side of things there has been much progress done.

  • I have been putting together a sample package to take to local yarn stores.
  • The Charlotte and Vagabond patterns are now being tested.
  • The Wildwood pattern is almost ready for release.
  • A third romper pattern is in the works (eventually the patterns will be released together as an e-book).
  • A cardigan idea has been born
  • I have a new wool supplier of amazing 2 and 3 ply USA grown and spun yarns. They take dye like a dream and are incredibly soft
  • I ordered a professional book on size grading for men, women and children. I hope it comes with baby grading too. It cost me a pretty penny but I think its really going to make a huge difference in the way I design patterns.
I feel like I am at a point where I need to "go back to work" one day a week. or a few half or even third days. Right now I am working _all the time_ I try to be efficient with my time. So when I'm playing with the boys I'm knitting, when the boys are asleep I'm dyeing, and when I get "mommy time" I work on patterns.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year!

Well its certainly has been a while since my last entry. The holidays came at me with full swing and sadly I had no time to dye, though I did get some knitting in.

I got two large scrappy rompers done. I thought they were going to be the end of me! Its been a long time since I had to weave in so many loose ends. But all the hard work was worth it, they came out super adorable.

Size 6M, Tessa Ann buttons, lots of scraps!

Wildwood romper pattern!