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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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KNITTING UPDATE #30 | LOTS OF WORK ON MY MAE TUNIC

Yasss, week 30 was a week like all weeks should be: lots of knitting time, the boyfriend on his off-days, shopping and beach volleyball-ing, dinners out and about and new knitting supplies. Still, I didn’t get half the things done for Chain Twenty. Which reminds me — once again — that a handmade business is a lot of work. And in need of a lot more discipline than I showcase these days. I wanted to post more on Instagram. And write separate blogpost dedicated to my Long Island sweater and San Agústin facecloths. But it just didn’t happen. I diiid, however, almost finish my Mae tunic! And I updated my Pinterest, which also features this (oh, I love) My Wardrobe board. It’s far from complete yet, but now I can officially keep track of my capsule-wardrobe-in-the-making. ALSO, I re-organized my stash. Now that I’m writing this down, I’m actually kind of proud of everything I accomplished this week, ha!

Lana Grossa Cashsilk

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KNITTING UPDATE #29 | DESIGNING A HEADBAND

Week 29 was the week in which Chain Twenty’s shop opened!! Haleluja, how exciting it is to see my own handmade San Agústin facecloths live in an Etsy shop. As was to be expected, I haven’t sold anything yet. However, you guys’ congratulatory messages were overwhelming and so heartwarming, thank you all for that! I did receive a couple of messages of potential customers who would have ordered if the shipping prices weren’t so high. Obviously, I can’t change anything about shipping, but it’s already so good to know that my products will potentially sell if shipping costs go down or product prices go up (to balance out the shipping). The latter is something I’m specifically working towards, so we’ll see! In the meantime, I’ve been working on designing a headband for the shop and I’ve knitting away on some long-term-projects. Let’s take a look.

Drops Alaska light grey

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