What Knitting or Crocheting Can Teach Us

 

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

Re-vising, Re-writing, and Re-photographing

Hi Knitters!

There comes a time when one must update the earliest of patterns. The styling is all wrong. The format of the pattern looked oddly “off”. 

It was time for a makeover. This pattern was written so long ago, I had forgotten about it. But, after listing all my designs for their much needed re-do, I was quickly reminded how much I loved it.

You will too!

An Admire Cowl
by Deb Buckingham

I’m thrilled with this cowl design. Super fast. Fun. Addicting.

Fashionable, simple, yet sophisticated. Ideal for the guy or gal ready for work or play. A great throw on to compliment your outfit, or take your furry friend for a walk. This cowl is rich in texture, yet simple enough to work as an instant gratification project.

Made with worsted weight yarn and a US #8 circular needle.

The color I chose works for my personality, I’m sure the color you choose will be just right for yours. It’s warm and cozy on a cool day, though keeps you toasty on a wintry day.
This piece is versatile and great for male or female who love a simple cowl design.

Make it as wide as you like. Just add more repeats. It’s that easy. Thick or thin is in.
An Admired Cowl is one that will definitely be admired every time you wear it. Wrap it twice for added warmth, or let it hang long to dress up or down your outfit.
To check out the necklace and other fun accessories to go with your cowl, please visit my Origami Owl Website

Knit On!
Deb

Finish-It Friday

I have had too much time on my hands this week. Not because I’m “out of work”, but because I’ve simply been lazy. Sigh…

I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. We all have “one of those weeks.” 

However, with so much time, I’ve been able to finish many things. My Etsy shop is looking fantastic. (If I don’t say so myself) My shop now contains crochet cowls, which I love. Look for more crochet items soon…


My Honey Cowl (linked under the Patterns I endorse tab) is coming along as well. I hope to have that finished over the weekend.

I have some fun quilting and sewing projects waiting patiently in my craft room. I’m participating in a Block of the Month Club with Amy Gibson. Her blog, Stitchery Dickory Dock is one of the coolest blogs. She’s an excellent blogger. I hope you’ll pop over and check it out.  

I went to Joann Fabrics yesterday and bought my fabric for the Sugar Block Club. Black, grey, white, and a touch of pink.  Can you pick out the houndstooth? Love me some houndstooth…


Then…last but not least, what will this fabric be when it grows up? Any thoughts?



So, as I always say,

Knit On! Or Sew On!

Deb

Book Review: Scarf Style 2 by Ann Budd

I often run across some pretty cool books. Scarf Style 2 is one of them.

Paperback: 26 Fresh Designs
Publisher: Interweave (2013)
Language: English 
Author: Ann Budd

It sells for $24.95 US

This book has nothing but scarves, hence the title. Who doesn’t love a scarf?  *raising hand* 

They appear as elegant and sophisticated, a fashion accessory that we all need in our closet, and can be knit in every direction imaginable. 

The patterns are well-written. Some contain charts due to the complexity, and some patterns are written as row-by-row instructions. The illustrations are spot on. Clear and concise. If you know me at all, this is very important to me as a photographer/designer. I appreciate a well thought out photo. The models show off these beautiful designs. 

I was able to ask Ann a few questions:

Deb: Your book, Scarf Style 2 seems to be a big hit my LYS. I was instantly intrigued with the cover photo. In fact, I’ve just bought the yarn for the project. It consists of 26 designs (1 of which is yours), to knit by different designers. What inspired you to write a book in this manner?

Ann: The original Scarf Style remains popular, yet neckwear has evolved in the past 10 years so it made sense to do a sequel. The whole premise of the Style-series books is to gather different designers for a common theme. The result is much more varied projects and approaches than a single designer could come up with. 

Deb: I’m also curious how the collaboration of the designers came about?

Ann: Again, because it was to be in the Style series, I knew that it would include multiple designers. I first contacted those that I knew would come up with innovative and interesting designs. Then the editorial director and I surfed Ravelry to identify other designers who could fill in gaps.

Deb: Scarf Style 2 is a fantastic book. Who was your target audience when putting this book together?

Ann: I wanted to reach a wide range of knitters, from relatively beginning to advanced, which explains the variety of simple to involved patterns.


As I paged through this beautiful book, I quickly marked the pages I would return to. There were, well…Lots!

I love the design on the front cover, Eufaula by Alexis Winslow, and the one I intend to cast on (tonight).

I highly recommend this book, Scarf Style 2. If you’re a scarf knitter of any kind, please do yourself (and Ann & myself) a favor by clicking on any of the highlighted links and checking it out!

You won’t be disappointed. I promise!

So, as I always say,

Knit On!

Deb