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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KNITTING UPDATE #28 | UNEXPECTEDLY MUCH KNITTING TIME

Wow, this week went totally different than planned. I wrote my previous update at the airport while waiting for my delayed flight to The Netherlands. Turned out the flight got cancelled and I was back in my own bed that same night. It has caused me a lot of trouble with Transavia (my airline), who still haven’t agreed on a compensation yet (sigh), but it has also provided me with a lot of unexpected knitting time. And that’s always a good thing. I also finally shot all the product photos for the San Agústin facecloths that will hit the shop on Thursday (already)! So, it looks like I’m finally getting on top of things. Ha, that was about time.

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KNITTING UPDATE #27 | ALL SAN AGÚSTIN FACECLOTHS FINISHED FOR THE SHOP

Last week has been an incredibly busy one. We had some friends visiting the island and others having days off. So our week was full of good food and good parties, which has not really contributed to my knitting-productivity. Also, I’ve had to book another flight to The Netherlands (for not-so-fun reasons, unfortunately), so I’m actually writing this at the airport. My forever-zigzag-scarf project made it through security again though, so I’m sure I’ll be able to keep myself busy during my 4.5 hour flight. Anyhow, let’s review week 27!

Chain Twenty

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KNITTING UPDATE #26 | CHAIN TWENTY’S SHOP OPENS ON JULY 20TH!

Back in Gran Canaria since last Tuesday en slowly but surely getting into a routine again. Week 26 has been an exciting one, because I decided to open Chain Twenty’s shop on July the 20th! So, shit just got real. I’ve been playing around with product descriptions and I’ve researched shipping costs. The latter of which are insane, so I highly doubt I’ll sell anything at first — especially since my first products are gonna be relatively cheap. But one has got to start somewhere, right? The idea that it’s gonna start for real now makes me do all the happy dances. 😀 Here’s the overview of what I did knitting-wise.

Chain Twenty's shop

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KNITTING UPDATE #25 | THE LONG ISLAND SWEATER IS FINISHED

Comparing myself to The Knitting Expat’s Mina, my knitting accomplishments this week are pretty disappointing to say the least. :’D I’m not quite sure if it’s a good idea to write this post so frequently, but on the other hand, I do want to get at a point where I’m knitting piles of cozy knitwear each week. So let’s say this blogpost series keeps me motivated. 😉 Since last Thursday, I’m in back in The Netherlands with only my forever zigzag scarf project to keep me busy. So knitting-wise, life hasn’t been exciting. In any case, here’s my progress of week 25!

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KNITTING UPDATE #24 | I SET UP AN ETSY SHOP

Welcome to a considerably shorter knitting update post than last week’s one. 😉 Which is probably a good thing, ha. I didn’t get a lot of knitting done this week. My dad’s visiting us, our cleaning lady is on a holiday, and I promised a study friend to correct some of her thesis writings, so I guess that’s it. I did make a new Chain Twenty planning though, which involves opening the shop in July, finally! So the facecloths are in full swing. Read on for the complete recap.

knitting on instagram

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KNITTING UPDATE #23 | ALL THE FACECLOTHS

As I’m writing a set-up for this first ever knitting update post, I’m starting to wonder why I refer to my knitting as ‘objects’, ‘works’, and ‘projects’. Because podcasters usually do that? Because it sounds interesting? Because I’m too uncreative to think of some other proper term? Hmm. Anyway, in imitation of all those lovely knitting podcasts out there, I’m introducing this new category of weekly blogposts. In these posts I’ll talk about the ins and outs of my maker life. Excited? 😀

knitting

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