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KNITTING UPDATE #43 | GETTING THINGS DONE IN SOLITUDE

This week was a good week. Like a total sociopath, I cancelled all social stuff and stayed at home every single day. And it was goooood. I know this is totally incomprehensible to many people out there, but this is the only way for me to recharge my batteries. And if you read ‘Solitude’ — which is not a great, but still an inspiring book by Michael Harris — you’ll know that it probably isn’t at all the most damaging way to do so. So yes, I’ve channeled my inner solitude and worked on Chain Twenty like a crazy woman. Here’s to more of these kind of weeks!

Wool and the Gang 101 spots

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THE MAE SWEATER BY ANDREA MOWRY

It’s been a while since I finished what I can safely call one of the most successful garments I ever knitted. Obviously, I’m talking about my Mae sweater. That one many of you loved when I posted pictures of it on Instagram. It’s a stunning design by Andrea Mowry (@dreareneeknits) — who has loads more of amazing patterns for sale — with some color-block-and-long-sleeve-adjustments by yours truly. Wanna know how I made it (and how it looks on)? Read on.

Mae Andrea Mowry

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KNITTING UPDATE #41 + #42 | TRYING TO KEEP UP

We all have these moments. When we feel like we’re running after ourselves, trying to keep up with life’s pace. At least that’s me right now. My trip to The Netherlands, which I mentioned in my previous update, was quicky followed by a trip of my best friends to me, in Gran Canaria. We’ve had loads of quality time together, which is good, but carving out time to work on Chain Twenty has proven quite difficult. As many of you know, a handmade business takes an incredible amount of time, and combining it with having friends over fulltime is simply not possible. So that’s why I have been a little quiet, but just know it was for fun reasons! All the work I did got done mainly involved my latest shop update, which was / is super exciting! So read on if you’re interested.

We Are Knitters Petite Wool Spotty Grey

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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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