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!
FLATLAY OF THE MATERIALS NEEDED FOR A LA CAFETERÍA COASTER
With regards to the first three projects, I’ve gone in detail about them and why they’re in hibernation last week. I won’t repeat myself here, but wanna keep them in the list because I’m feeling quite overwhelmed with all the projects that are lingering around. It’s just for me to keep track of what projects I need to return to when I get the chance.
THE EASY ONE JUMPER
SALOBRE BLANKET #1
SPAGHETTI STRAP TOP > DK SWEATER
I’ve been contemplating this idea for a few weeks now, but let’s make it official: my spaghetti strap top wants to be a sweater. So it’s far from done yet, haha. It wasn’t so much the design btw, it’s the yarn. I definitely still want to design that spaghetti strap top, but it has to be in a more summery fabric like cotton, silk, or cashmere. My FUERTE dk (75% superwash wool + 25% nylon) is just so much more suitable for sweaters. Besides, I’ve had this idea in mind for ages — about how my perfect, basic sweater should look like. It’s about time I gave it a try. Since it’s gonna be a lot bigger than anticipated, I need to dye up more yarn for it. So that’s why it’s in hibernation for now.
YARN: CHAIN TWENTY FUERTE DK // COLORWAY: LAS PALMAS (UPPER COLOR) + MISFIT (DARKER COLOR)
NEEDLES: LANA GROSSA LALA BERLIN CIRCULARS + 80 CM CABLE // SIZE 3.5 MM
PATTERN: DK SWEATER (FOR NOW) BY CHAIN TWENTY (FORTHCOMING)
LA CAFETERÍA COASTERS PATTERN
Since I’m on a tight budget these days, I’m trying to focus on shop products that only cost me time to make, not money. Patterns are perfect for that, so I typed up my LA CAFETERÍA coasters design. It’s a very simple and quick project, so I made sure to include many step-by-step photos so that it’s perfect for absolute beginner knitters. More experienced knitters may like it too though, especially for gift knitting! A stack of coffee (or tea) coasters is such a lovely and unique (housewarming present), I think. The pattern will be released at the next shop update of April 5th.
FRONT MATTER OF THE LA CAFETERÍA COASTERS PATTERN
LA CAFETERÍA COASTER
Duh, the sample knit for the pattern! In mint green.
YARN: DROPS PARIS // COLOR: LIGHT MINT GREEN (#21)
NEEDLES: PLASTIC THEY-DO-THE-JOB-JUST-FINE STRAIGHTS // SIZE: 3.5 MM
PATTERN: LA CAFETERÍA BY CHAIN TWENTY (RELEASE DATE: APRIL 5TH)
READY-TO-SHIP SET OF LA CAFETERÍA COASTERS HERE
HAND DYED YARN
I totally forgot to mention this last week, but I dyed up a custom order skein of Las Palmas on GUAPO sock that turned out to have a knot in there. So I dyed another one for my customer and this one will be in the shop at a discounted price. There’s nothing wrong with the skein whatsoever, so if you’re not too worried about having to weave in two more ends, grab it!
BASE: GUAPO SOCK // COLORWAY: LAS PALMAS
SHOP ALL YARNS HERE
WORKS IN PROGRESS
Gave this knit-purl wrap some more love this week. I’m on my last ball of yarn and I’m just past the half way point, so it will be in hibernation soon too. At the beginning of May, I’ll be in The Netherlands and I’ll make sure to order all the needles and yarn I need to get back to all my hibernating projects.
YARN: KATIA BASIC MERINO // COLOR: BEIGE (#09)
THREAD: DROPS GLITTER // COLOR: GOLD (#01)
NEEDLES: PLASTIC STRAIGHTS // SIZE: 4 MM
PATTERN: GUERNSEY WRAP BY JARED FLOOD
SEED STITCH SCARF
It’s such a joy to be knitting this. I started it on my days off, as a knitflix kind of project, and I love it. I think seed stitch was my first and will be my forever love. It’s simple, modern, textured, exactly what I’m looking for in a scarf. Hope to finish this before the shop update, otherwise I’ll add it to the shop at the 20th. Also planning on making twenty more. 😉
YARN: DROPS KARISMA MIX // COLOR: LIGHT GREY (#044)
NEEDLES: LANA GROSSA LALA BERLIN CIRCULARS + 80 CM CABLE // SIZE: 4.5 MM
Since I now only got two WIPs on the go, this project will be cast on soon! It’s really weird to have so many projects around and still cast on another, but in the end, there are just two projects I can really work on and I find that is not enough variation for me. Gotta do some maths and sketching first, but it’s gonna be a simple design, so that should not take too much time.
YARN: U/KNIT TOPINAMBUR // COLOR: GREY
I don’t know why, but I have one skein of commercial sock yarn in my stash that I wanted to use for my first pair of socks. However, it’s a 50 gram skein, so obviously, I’ll need two. >< I’ll probably add that second skein to my to-get-when-in-The-Netherlands-list and maybe just cast on the first sock before that. We’ll see!
Gotta make tons more illustrations to up my watercolor game! And then I’ll choose the best ones for printing. <3
None! Good girl.
In week 13: 0
Out week 13: 1
- 1x Drops Paris // colorway: light mint green (#21)
In 2018: 4
- 2x Rosários 4 Camwool
- 2x Chain Twenty FUERTE DK
Out 2018: 4
- 4x Drops Paris
This week is shop update week (like I said, on the 5th), so I’ll probably be busy with that. There’s not gonna be much to add, but I want to take that opportunity to rearrange some products and take new product photos. I also want to plan more knitwear for the shop: more of my current designs (facecloths, headbands, coasters), but also more simple new things like that seed stitch scarf. Right now, the shop looks like I’m a hand dyer haha, which I LOVE to be too, but I started dyeing in the first place to accommodate my own designs and make my knitwear truly unique and ‘my own’. Anyway, I’m rambling. Happy Easter friends, see you (hopefully) next week!