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What Knitting or Crocheting Can Teach Us

 

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Hipster Shawl 

As a designer, I spend many hour escaping into the Ravelry world, an amazing knitting and crocheting community (website) where people come and stay. For hours sometimes.

I click through 10, 15, 100 versions of the same shawl pattern (or dishcloth, sock, scarf, hat pattern), looking intently at the yarns used, the projects created from it, the way it looks in a worsted weight yarn vs. a fingering weight yarn. Which then starts down another rabbit hole of the actual yarn and what people created with that yarn–hats, baby blankets, socks, to name a few.

It soothes my soul, relaxes my over-stimulated-creative mind. But, even as a designer I have to wonder why people would knit a lace shawl that takes months to create such a complicated pattern. I guess because there’s something for everyone.

Here’s the thing about our online knitting or crochet community: we compare our projects, shaking our heads sometimes as to why someone would use that yarn or needle size, when clearly, in my own mind, I wouldn’t.

But that’s not for me to judge. Or even mention.

There’s a clear understanding that when someone posts a photo of their finished object, a lot of love, care and time has gone into producing that completed project. We should cheer her or him on and not make comments as to the clashing colors or think, I wouldn’t have done it in that yarn.

I ran across this the other day and shuddered. I did. Because it made me feel angry that someone would be so unkind to comment like that. I’m sure they didn’t realize it actually came across the way it did. But…It did!

So, I guess the moral of this story is, be kind when commenting on others photos. If you already do, which I’m sure you all do, good on you!

One Kind Word can Change Someones Entire Day

I know I’m not going to please everyone, but I’m ok with that. We all have different tastes in yarns, patterns, the way we photograph our finished objects. That’s what makes each and every one of us knitters or crocheters unique!And, I love that! And YOU!

The shawl at the top of the page is in my favorites. On Raverly.  I plan to knit this. I love the texture, the worsted weight yarn. I’m going to find a soft cotton worsted and knit it for summer evenings. 

Feel free to visit my Ravelry store if you’re interested. 

Hugs,

~DEB

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12 Days of Patterns Giveaway

12 Days of Patterns 2017

Hello!

It’s that time of year where I love to spoil my followers.

Do you follow me on Facebook? You might want to.

Each day, starting tomorrow Monday 12/11 – Friday 12/22, you will receive a coupon code that will give you a FREE pattern. I might even give another FREE pattern if you follow me over on Instagram.

It can be anything from a dishcloth pattern to a blanket pattern to a sockpattern to a hat pattern to a scarf pattern. Who knows what I feel like giving that day!

I know Christmas is coming fast, but these projects will be fast to knit and fun. The perfect gift for anyone on your list.

I have so many fun things planned this next year. I’m jumping in with both feet. Be watching for things like guest bloggers, interviews will begin again *happy dance*, podcasters who will be talking about the patterns I gift them and coupon codes for their viewers, challenges for you and me, and LOTS more.

Inspiring a Creative Life.

It will be a jam packed year.

So, as I always say,

Knit On!

~Deb

 

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It’s A Thing

 

 

I’m always in my head creating new business ideas. Hence, my inspiring a creative life blog.

Hello! And, WELCOME BACK if you’re a frequent viewer, and WELCOME if you’ve just landed here.

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I’m on a mission, beginning next year, to create a place you can find what building a business is like, what’s on-trend fashion and otherwise, what hobbies I’m currently engaged with, what coffee or tea  I’m recommending, writing projects, my preferred coloring books and coloring tools, photography tips, sewing projects that catch my attention, what’s on my needles (knitting or crochet wise), creative ways to shop to save you a buck, and so much more.

Being a creative is a real thing!  It’s a THING!

I believe the problem with being a creative is you’re always talking to yourself, whether out loud or in your head (I know what you’re thinking-I’m not crazy, I promise). 😉 Now, the problem with this is, you can’t settle on just one thing. You flit from thing to thing. Am I right? Comment below if you are the same way.

How do we solve this? We don’t. I’ve found the best way to embrace your crazy is to accept where you are at the moment. Accept that you are an ever-changing soul with a set of chops in many arenas.

So, bookmark this blog. It will have a new look; a new feel. It may have sponsored links (not too many, as that’s annoying even to me). The links will be relevant to you. Relevant to the post.

As always, be creative and embrace your crazy!

Hugs!

~Deb

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Rebellious Introspection

In my journey as an artist and blogger, I have leaned toward the rebellious side, seeking out ways to make my work different, breaking the rules, in my own way. Finding content that inspires, yet challenges.

I’m persistent in everything I do, because I keep practicing. That’s the key to anything consistent.

People love to see that I’m not perfect, that they aren’t perfect. They love to see the real me. So, I give it to them.

As a blogger, I have been random with my posts. Rebellious again, in not following any rules. As a creative, I often find myself being real; putting it out there. Embracing imperfection comes naturally. So, I encourage you, do it with all your heart, do it every day. Be the best YOU, you can be.

 

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Blogging is hard work. I used to think it was as easy as pouring a cup of coffee in the morning.

It’s not.

It’s a lot of work. Disciplined, dedicated and creative come to mind. There are times I feel frustrated and not motivated. I often felt it was a struggle to find content, so I’d just put anything out there.

This blog is about to change. It’s a good change. With the reintroduction of my books, a new line of handmade products, and a blog that will be consistent.

I need a new challenge. One that is scary.

So, I ask you to join my tribe, my village. Embark on this journey with me. Take a seat, because it may be bumpy at times. A good bumpy.

Blogging as a creative can only be that.

{Hugs}

Deb

 

 

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What Makes You Happy

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This is quite the profound statement. Kind of intense, yet insightful. I’d like to think that analyzing quotes can give us a place to start, or something to think on.

I often sit with my laptop, feet propped on my cute ottoman, in my office. Sometimes, it brings inspiration as I look out my window. Other times, it’s the simpleness of a quote.

In this case, it’s the quote:

I have the passion, the drive, the opportunity to make my life what I want. Some call it blessed. I’m definitely that! I feel that what makes you happy, makes you successful. In whatever medium you choose. In whichever way you’d like to interpret this.

In someone who delights in positive thinking, I love the idea of this saying and that someone thought enough of it to allow us to enjoy it.

Let’s describe happiness, because this is what they’re talking about, right?

As we are all human, I suspect you want to be happy. You want to do something that makes you happy. Happiness for me is sitting down to knit with friends, it’s teaching others the craft, it’s drawing circles, trees and flowers, then coloring them. It’s tearing up fabric (coming soon to my studio), it’s sewing on a special quilt, it’s designing wHaTeVeR. Happiness is spending time with my loved ones, reading a good book, or just sitting in my comfy spot with my thoughts.

Absorbing my Vitamin D for the day makes me happy. I know, it’s the little things sometimes. It doesn’t always have to be about work.

What makes me happy, may not be what makes you happy.

So, I say figure it out, friends, and find your happy!

~Deb

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Inspiring YOUR Creative Side

Hello February 2

First off, Happy February.

Ok, I’m a day late, but I’ve been snowed in with nothing but a warm fire, a hot cup of coffee and my knitting/micron pens/colored pencils and a sewing machine. I’m sure you understand.

So, here’s what I’m thinking. Inspiring A Creative Life is the theme to this blog. Why not, for the month of February, have a daily or every other day challenge. However you want to work it. I know, this will be for my own good as well as yours. It will keep us from being challenged with “what do I do now”. Yes, I have work stuff I could do, but this will be more fun, as well as, continue to feed OUR creative side.

I will provide a list below for the month of February. Yes, today counts.  You can choose to check off all 20 or pick the ones that speak to you. You probably noticed I didn’t do one for each day of the month.

That’s unrealistic. We all have busy lives, yet if you’re following along here on the blog, it’s because Creativity IS in your vocabulary.

Either way, you will be inspiring YOUR creative side. I’d love to see pics–which can be posted on Instagram by using #inspiringyourcreativeside OR here if you’re not an insta kind of girl or guy. Your comments below will be fun to read as well.

I want to be inspired by YOU!

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THIS is what inspire me to be me. What inspires You?

Keep in mind, we all interpret differently, so this may be your own idea of what each is. Your style is what’s important here.  This can be photography, drawing, knitting, crochet. It can be sewing or a coloring page. Maybe you doodle or create beautiful hand lettering. Whatever your interpretation is, is what makes it YOURs.

Here Goes…Let’s have funcreativity

 

February-Inspiring YOUR Creative Side

1: Flower

2: Texture

3: Playtime

4: Family

5: Home

6: Simplistic

7: Circle

8: Line

9: Happy

10: Morning

11: Hobby

12: You

13: Joy

14: Nature

15: Color

16: Mealtime

17: Inspire

18: Knit

19: Round

20: Heart

So, go be inspired, friends! Let’s share, chat, and be AWESOME this month. Show me what you can do.

CoLoR OuTsIdE ThE LiNeS and Find YOUR happy!

~Deb

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Storytelling, Knitting, and more

Hello Knitters!

I’ve been pondering all week.

What my next project will be. Do I write a story/novel? Do I create an ebook? Maybe a few new patterns. Do I…Oh the things I could do.

I write. I knit. I drink coffee. I drink tea. I love a good book (which you’ll hear about at the end). I love yummy yarns.

So, I decided to put them all together and create a short story and pair it with a few NEW patterns. I’m excited about this short story and I’m sure you will be too. It will be a fast read, yet fulfilling.

I can’t share the details (just yet), though I will tell you it’s set in a small town bookstore.

So, setting notes are complete. I’m working on the details of the rest. Characters are being sketched out. *smiling* I can’t wait to share with you.

I mentioned I read a great book recently. It’s called The Storied Life Of A.J. Fickry. I have been searching for that one book that could take me away for hours. After many failed attempts, I found it.

It was the one book that inspired my thoughts. In a small way, but in a way no less.

Click the link and head over to Amazon to read the details. It’s about a small town bookseller and his life. It has humor, romance, a touch of suspense. Friendships lost. New ones begin. Second chances at love. Book lovers will love this book.

So, my friends, stay close to this blog as I will be giving bits and pieces of my current WIP–short story meets knitting patterns.

Knit On!

Deb
designer/knitter/author/writer
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Knitting. Coffee. Snowing.

Knitting. Coffee. and well, maybe not snow. For us in Colorado, it’s a welcoming visitor, though. Fires surrounded our community last summer, so the snow can hang around, but not for very long.

I mean, it’s April 23rd, for goodness sake.

What does that mean for my day? 

I’m in.

For anyone that knows me, it means I will be in my cozy home knitting, designing, drinking more coffee than a person should consume, and watching the flakes fly. Though, here in Colorado, what that (really) means is by noon the sun will be out, the roads will have begun their thaw, and I will be out and about.

That’s my hope anyway.

So, grab a cup of coffee, or your beverage of choice, and settle in with me for a virtual knit-together. I’d love the company. Even a few comments would be nice.

What is on your needles today?

So, as I always say,

Knit On!

Deb 

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Small Business Saturday

We all know how hard small businesses work to keep up and keep going. 

Tomorrow (Saturday, November 24) you can help out by visiting them one by one. 

I know we are…

“Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. First celebrated on November 27, 2010, it is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively. By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.” ~Wikipedia

A few fabulous shops we will stop by are Nemos Coffee,  where we will get the best latte ever made (seriously), Crafty Laine, where I will browse their amazing selection of modern print fabrics and see what other project I can make, Table Rock Llama Fiber Arts Studio, where I will shop for yarn for my dads Christmas present (hat). And possibly up to Stash, where they have Manos del Uruguay, a one of kind fabulously soft yarn. 

Will I have time to knit, you ask? Well of course I will. 

So, as I always say,

Knit On!

Deb

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Fall, Coffee, Photography, Knitting & Stuff

An escape from our regularly scheduled knitting events…

Our weather is drastically changing from those oh-so hot days, to cooler days and colder nights.

I’m ready.

Though, I’ve never been a huge fan of snow. I grew up in Michigan, but as a kid, snow was fun; snow boots, hats that grandma knit, and big over-sized coats that hung way below our fingers. I remember walking to school as a young girl with all the neighborhood kids…we all looked alike. The moms watched as we filed side by side, making our way to school. We could hardly walk. The snow in Michigan was never forgiving, as there was lots of it. But as a kid, you did everything to make sure you were wet from head to toe by the time you arrived at school.

As I’ve grown up (well, for the most part, anyway), I have a different take on the weather changes. I love to sit outside a coffee shop when it’s just cool enough to enjoy, and knit. The trees are brilliant this time of year, the skies are blue, and the brisk breeze is well received. Knitting offers me a feeling of calmness, much like fall weather does.

It gives me the urge to grab my camera, and shoot some pictures. Re-decorate my house, and fall in love all over again with my surroundings.

 Snow will fall sooner than we are ready, but living in a wooded area, the beauty never gets tiresome. I find myself, amongst the snow flakes and cold temperatures, with my camera. I never get tired of Colorado.

I know right? Who would?

Halloween will greet us, followed by Thanksgiving, then Christmas…holidays that remind all of us that winter is here.

It’s the time of year, my hermit instincts kick in. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I HAVE to get out or the walls close in, but when that snow falls…I’m in for the day.

Knitting in my favorite chair, in front of my favorite design show, creating my next favorite project.

Yep! My friends know me. They know I won’t be coming to knitting that day.

I encourage you to enjoy this day, whatever part of the country you are in. Find yourself a favorite spot and favorite hobby, whether it’s knitting, crocheting, or just sitting there pondering, and look at your surroundings. There is much beauty everywhere.

So, as I always say,

Knit On!

Deb