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KNITTING UPDATE #39 + #40 | HAND DYEING YARN AND SELLING PROGRESS KEEPERS!

Excuse me while I was being super busy traveling and watching friends get married! I’m typing this intro at the airport in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, because this is the first time since what feels like forever that I’m able to sit down, collect my thoughts, and write an update. One of the perks of planes getting delayed, I suppose. 😉 And in case you are wondering right now: yes, I got my knitting needles through security! So happy, happy day. Now let’s talk about what I accomplished knitting-wise since I last spoke to you (ages ago).

Coffee flatlay

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KNITTING UPDATE #38 | LOTS OF THINGS TO CELEBRATE

Last week has been one for the Happy History Books (not that I keep those, but if I did, last week would be a chapter in it). I did a shop update, published my first pattern, made my first sales, hosted a giveaway, gained a lot of new followers… just yay! Thank you guys all so much for supporting me throughout this journey, I’m so happy with how things are progressing lately! This is gonna be a looong post, so I better get started.

Wool and the Gang knitting needles

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KNITTING UPDATE #37 | SHOP UPDATE ON WEDNESDAY THE 20TH!

It’s still sunny where I am, and I’m still sick, but I did all the things this week anyway! On Wednesday, Chain Twenty will have a shop update including the release of the San Agústin facecloth pattern (together with some new finished ones) and a couple of new El Tablero headbands. This week was all about preparing for that. I also finally sat down and made my first batch of business cards, making me feel really productive and professional haha! Knitting-wise, there is not much going on, but there’s still a lot to tell, so let’s go.

Chain Twenty El Tablero headband

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KNITTING UPDATE #36 | SUFFERING FROM CAST-ON PARALYSIS

Nooo, you’re not gonna believe this, coming from someone who lives in a sunny 25-30 degrees Celsius every single day, but I’ve been hit by the flu. Oh yes. The universe works in mysterious ways. Anyway, week 36 hasn’t been as productive as I wanted to. I got quite some knitting done, because being ill and knitting usually go very well together. Adminny stuff… hmm, not so much. And since this morning, I’m also suffering from a severe form of cast-on paralysis. Help needed, please read on! 😉

cast-on paralysis

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KNITTING UPDATE #35 | SUMMER KNITTING PROJECTS

Last week’s workflow got a liiiiitle lost this week. We had a visitor here in Gran Canaria, which always means more party (yay) and ehm, more cleaning (not so yay). As you may have read on Instagram, this was also the week where I felt like I really really had to defend myself and my choice to focus 100% on Chain Twenty instead of making money with some boring side job. Lucky me, I’ve heard plenty of stories in response of you guys, who had to deal with similar kind of situations and later proved all the ignorant assholes wrong by working hard and getting successful. So that’s the spirit I’ll take with me the coming week. 😉 Here’s what I got done!

Summer knitting projects

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KNITTING UPDATE #34 | CLEARING THE NEEDLES

There’s no stopping me anymore, or so it seems! I pretty much did all the important stuff I had planned for myself this week. Which means I’ve been clearing the needles like a maniac. And that doesn’t happen too often, so I’m feeling like I should print and frame this blogpost. Besides my productiveness, this week was awesome for another reason as well: the coming-alive of a fab collab! (If it rhymes, it’s true.) Now let’s get this writing over with, so I can pursue all my next goals. 😉

Mae Andrea Mowry

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HOW I USE MY BULLET JOURNAL #1 | THE MOST IMPORTANT SPREADS

The Bullet Journal, who hasn’t heard of it by now? If you didn’t, get out of your hiding cave, 😉 and let me explain it to you: bullet journaling is a way of planning that requires a journal and lets you make lists with bullets. Of course there’s more to it than that, otherwise it wouldn’t be so popular. The planning system revolves around a few basic elements, but the good thing is that it is also very adaptable to your own needs and planning habits. That’s why everyone uses it in a different way and that’s why it’s so interesting to read about journaling experiences and ideas of others. I can’t for the life of me remember who suggested this blogpost topic to me, I’m so sorry! If it was you, let me know and I’ll link you asap. But yes, today I’ll talk you through the basic elements of my Bullet Journal.

Bullet Journal

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KNITTING UPDATE #32 | DESIGNING KNITWEAR LIKE A PRO

Sorrynotsorry for skipping last week’s knitting update! As I had anticipated, I had zero knitting time while in The Netherlands. Actually, I didn’t even take projects with me, because I knew it would be a waste of my limited hand luggage space. And even though I returned to Gran Canaria last Tuesday, I haven’t got much to show you this time either. All my crafty time primarily went to designing knitwear and testing ideas that I’ve ripped out again for the most part. However, there is lots of fun stuff coming up, so I decided to write an update anywayz!

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THE LONG ISLAND SWEATER BY DROPS

Little did I know that pattern knitting could be so satisfying. I’ve always focussed simply on learning knitting techniques, hoping that would help me design my own patterns. Now there’s nothing wrong with learning new techniques, but learning how to use them is a whole different story. I found myself utterly overwhelmed by all the possibilities. So I searched for a knitting pattern that would give me my groove back and stumbled upon the Long Island Sweater by Drops. Today I’m showing you how it turned out. <3

Long Island sweater

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