TEJEDA SWEATER

If you’re getting sick of seeing these photos and hearing me ramble on about my latest design, I’m sorry. It’s just that I’m really, really excited about it! The TEJEDA sweater is my first ever garment design that I’m truly happy with — many earlier garments got frogged relentlessly — so I guess it’s worth celebrating. (Not that I need anything to celebrate to drink wine on a beach.) Anyway, today I share some bits and pieces about how this design came to be.

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KAL | THE WEEKENDER SWEATER BY ANDREA MOWRY

For those of you who aren’t subscribed to my newsletter (seriously, where have you been, get yourself over here)(haha, just kidding), or for those of you who missed the memo on Instagram, I’m writing this post today to collect all the info about the #TheWeekenderSweaterKAL that Lindsay (@bundlehandmade) and I are co-hosting! Because yes, Fall is upon us! Not that I need an excuse to knit a gorgeous sweater like Andrea Mowry’s The Weekender… If you feel the same, read on.

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MAKER UPDATE #32 | CREATING THAT KNITWEAR COLLECTION

Chain Twenty’s knitwear collection has taken more and more shape this week, which I’m super happy about! I announced a new hat design called BENTAYGA and am almost finished with the second TEXTURIZADO scarf, that’s now knit out of my own yarn. Once that’s all done, I’ll do my first proper knitwear shop update. In the meantime, I’m also working on that TEJEDA sweater pattern that you’re all so excited about (thank you, thank you!) and my new bare yarns are on their way to me too. Here’s the full list of what I’ve been up to!

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MAKER UPDATE #14-#19 | SO MUCH TO TELL

I don’t even know where to begin, that’s how long I haven’t spoken to you guys. Six weeks of making to catch up on through this blogpost series, woah! Many things have happened: I traveled, I ordered new supplies, I ordered stuff to pick up my lingering WIPs with, I started new designs… to be honest, I feel quite overwhelmed lately. A couple of days ago, I went to a presentation about starting an online business. I didn’t hear anything I didn’t already know, but it did give a kick in the butt to get out there and make my business grow. Good things don’t always come to those who wait, you have to go after it yourself sometimes. But anyway, let me talk about what I’ve been making!

Chain Twenty chunky sweater

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MAKER UPDATE #13 | THE LA CAFETERÍA COASTERS PATTERN IS FINISHED

So far so good when it comes to the maker routine! After a year of experimenting, with ups and downs, I finally feel like I’ve found the layout of a making schedule that works for both me and the boyfriend. It basically consists of five work days, and four weekend days, the weekend days being reserved for being creative for the sake of it (which is, as you may all know, the engine behind handmade small businesses). Anyway, without boring you with the details, it seems to be the perfect balance between work and off-time, and I also seem to get most of what I wanna do done. Hope it stays this way!

Chain Twenty patterns

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MAKER UPDATE #6-#9 | GLAD TO BE BACK!

Welcome back y’all! I’ve been on a 3-week hiatus due to traveling, but I’m back, and glad so! For those of you interested, the boyfriend and I went island hopping on the Azores! It was a totally different holiday experience than we were both used to (it included hiking shoes, rain jackets, and back packs #justsayin), but it was ah… wait for it …mazing! Watching too much HIMYM these days, can you tell? This is not the place to share stories and pictures, but check out my personal Instagram account @merelymerel if you’re curious. Anyway, what I’m getting at is that all I did was travel knitting. 😉 BUT it’s also shop update day today, so read on for info about that!

Wool and the Gang Lucky Star tank

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MAKER UPDATE #4 + #5 | NEW PRODUCTS FOR THE SHOP

Broken record alarm! Besides the things I made / did for yesterday’s shop update, there’s really not that much to tell making-wise. I went on a last minute trip to The Netherlands (hence the not-update last week) and didn’t take any knitting with me. I know, WEIRD. Maybe I have some kind of knitting apathy. I didn’t wanna take any of my current projects (because: too much brainpower), but then I didn’t know what new project to start. So I thought I’d try sock knitting for the first time, but I wasn’t sure if that would be as mindless for me as it is for others (because: sock knitting newbee) and I was also afraid my needles would be taken away from me by airport security. So yeah. Knitless vacay in The Netherlands it was. I did read a lot though (I can totally recommend reading Life of Pi if you haven’t already). Anyhow, here’s an update that’s mostly about shop stuff!

Chain Twenty La Cafetería coffee coasters

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MAKER UPDATE #2 + #3 | I WANT MY WIPS TO BE FINISHED!

So far for New Year’s resolutions and planning to write a Maker Update weekly, or at least bi-weekly. It’s Tuesday, and I still owe you an update on last week and the week before. But here it is! Shop-wise, it’s been quite a busy and successful month so far. Knit-wise, not so much. I still have the same projects on the needles as last time I updated, even though I really, really, really want to have them finished. Progress has been made though, let’s get to it.

Primark men cotton sweater

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