MAKER UPDATE #1 | HAPPY NEW MAKER YEAR!

Well well, we’re still here, we made it through another year. And here we are, in 2018 already. If you wanna know more about my maker accomplishments of 2017, get yo ass over here. Otherwise, welcome to my very first weekly maker review of 2018! It’s been a week of planning product launches for Chain Twenty, getting my shit together for the first shop update of the year (last Friday), and generally prepare to go kick some ass.

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WISHING YOU ALL THE BEST IN THE NEW YEAR!

FINISHED OBJECTS

LA CAFETERÍA #1

I started the new year with a new product in the shop, La Cafetería! As a proper coffee addict (who’s with me?) I felt like the shop needed something that would allow me to make product photos with cups of coffee. 😉 So I called to life sets of (coffee) coasters. It’s insane how much design time goes into designing even such a small object. I had seen this woven texture technique on Pinterest and immediately knew it would be perfect for coasters. However, knowing it will work and making it actually work are two entirely different things. I think I made about ten coasters before I was finally satisfied, haha!

Chain Twenty la CafeteríaYARN: DROPS PARIS // COLOR: WHITE (#16)
NEEDLES: PLASTIC THEY-DO-THE-JOB-JUST-FINE STRAIGHTS // SIZE: 3.5 MM
PATTERN: LA CAFETERÍA BY CHAIN TWENTY (MIGHT WRITE IT UP SOME DAY)
READY-TO-SHIP SET OF WHITE LA CAFETERÍA COASTERS HERE

LA CAFETERÍA #2

Once I figured it out, I also made a set in grey. Because grey happens a lot around here.

Chain Twenty La CafeteríaYARN: DROPS PARIS // COLOR: LIGHT GREY (#23)
NEEDLES: PLASTIC THEY-DO-THE-JOB-JUST-FINE STRAIGHTS // SIZE: 3.5 MM
PATTERN: LA CAFETERÍA BY CHAIN TWENTY (MIGHT WRITE IT UP SOME DAY)
READY-TO-SHIP SET OF GREY LA CAFETERÍA COASTERS HERE

WORKS IN PROGRESS

SALOBRE BLANKET PATTERN

Hurray, I made it before my own deadline and sent the Salobre blanket pattern to testers before the new year started. I’ve seen a few photos of my testers’ works-in-progress, which is so exciting! It’s quite a big project and writing down the pattern (even though it’s not a difficult one) took a lot of thought, time, trial and error. Seeing it come to life in the correct way by people who are just looking at this pattern for the first time is super rewarding! If everything goes according to plan, the pattern will be released at the shop update of February 5th.

Salobre blanketCAITLIN (@CAITIEBARTON) MAKING HER SALOBRE BLANKET IN A GORGEY BLUSH COLOR

NORDERNEY JUMPER

This project is such a beast. It’s my first time knitting a sweater on 4 mm needles, and I think I quite underestimated it. Nevermind, I’m still enjoying the process, even though I’m still working on the body and have two sleeves to go after that.

Norderney Isabell KraemerYARN: DROPS KARISMA MIX // COLOR: DARK BROWN (#056)
NEEDLES: LANA GROSSA VARIO MESSING CIRCULARS // SIZE: 4 MM
PROGRESS KEEPER: LA GOTA BY CHAIN TWENTY
PATTERN: NORDERNEY BY ISABELL KRAEMER

GUERNSEY WRAP

I’m not super excited about this knit anymore. The golden thread is lovely, but pretty annoying to knit up. And the Katia basic merino is, although perfect price-quality, a little too synthetic for me after all. Plus, the beige… it goes so well with the gold, but I just can’t deny the fact that I’m a black-grey-white-neutrals kinda gal, and not a brown-beige-cream one. I’m not gonna quit though! The pattern keeps me interested in knitting it and it’s such a good exercise for me to speed up my continental knitting / norwegian purling.

Guernsey wrap Brooklyn TweedYARN: KATIA BASIC MERINO // COLOR: BEIGE (#09)
THREAD: DROPS GLITTER // COLOR: GOLD (#01)
NEEDLES: PLASTIC STRAIGHTS // SIZE: 4 MM
PATTERN: GUERNSEY WRAP BY JARED FLOOD

SPAGHETTI STRAP TOP

Fi-nal-ly, I casted on a new design WITH MY OWN HAND DYED YARN. I can’t believe it has taken me so long, but I guess I just wanted to wait for the right project to come along. This is it. I’ve dyed up one of the two (or maybe three) skeins of my DK superwash wool + nylon base (gotta name my bases soon), in the Las Palmas colorway, and casted on. It’s such a treat, I can’t put it down anymore! I’ll make sure to show you progress photos next week.

YARN: CHAIN TWENTY 75% SW WOOL + 25% NYLON // COLORWAY: LAS PALMAS
NEEDLES: LANA GROSSA LALA BERLIN CIRCULARS + 80 CM CABLE // SIZE 3.5 MM
PATTERN: SPAGHETTI STRAP TOP (FOR NOW) BY CHAIN TWENTY (FORTHCOMING)

FUTURE PROJECTS

LA CAFETERÍA #3

Another set in black for the shop is on the to-knit-list.

CHUNKY SWEATER

I’ve replaced the Pappus pullover with something that’s a little more urgent: a chunky sweater design I’m hoping to knit from all the Topinambur that was leftover from my Salobre blanket. I have to do some maths first, to see if I actually have enough. If not, I’ll make smaller projects out of the yarn.

YARN: U/KNIT TOPINAMBUR // COLOR: GREY

YARN DYEING

December was a really rough month for Chain Twenty (I like to blame the few amount of orders on them not being able to arrive before Christmas, and everybody having ran out of money when it comes to everything else). January, on the contrary, has been crazy already! Thank you, lovely customers, for ordering from me! I’ve got some yarn dyeing to do to keep up with your orders! I’ll probably show some that will hit the shop on the 20th in my Maker Update next week.

ACQUISITIONS

None! Such a good girl. But if you’ve read my 2017 Maker Review, you’ll know I still have to go through my stash and select 12 balls of yarn that I need to sell to get my 2017 statistics right. 😉

STATISTICS

In week 1: 0
Out week 1: 2

  • 2x Drops Paris
    • 1x white // La Cafetería #1
    • 1x light grey // La Cafetería #2

In 2018: 0
Out 2018: 2

  • 2x Drops Paris

PLANS

I’ve revamped my Bullet Journal’s weekly spreads and the way I plan all the things I need to do for Chain Twenty. I still feel like I haven’t found the perfect way to capture everything in one place, but it’s better than it was and my weekly goals are more clear now. I’m planning to have that new La Cafetería set done, and I hope to get some skeins dyed. If there’s time, I want to sit down and knit away on that Norderney sweater before temperatures start rising again here on the subtropical islands! Blogging-wise, keep an eye out for an Instagram-2017-best-nine review.

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