What if…

Good morning! ☕️

I have had a long few months of no knitting mojo. What? You say.

I know. Sigh…

But, guess what i did last night?

Knit.

And, it felt good. Though, like every time I knit, my mind goes. It travels to places that help me find peace. This was no different.

I’ve been working on a business plan to relaunch my photography business. It was once (decade or more ago) filled with brides, families, and a few seniors.

I want a different focus (pun intended) this time. A re-branding of sorts is happening.

Creatives in their spaces or at coffee shops creating. This comes from someone (me) who loves to create in coffee shops. I draw, knit and even cross stitch in these places.

It’s a place of inspiration for me, and I’m sure for other creatives as well. A home studio, a downtown studio. Your favorite coffee shop. Any place that you, as a creative, likes to create.

I’m looking for any one who would like portraits, marketing photos, process photos to put on your studio wall, to submit to magazines, or for your own brand. Photos to show to potential clients. Portraits of you doing what you love.

I’m building my portfolio and would like to fill it with creative individuals in their spaces. Whatever that means for you.

What if you’re local to me (Colorado Springs and surrounding areas) and this describes you, then I’d love to talk with you. Please reach out to me so we can discuss all the fine details.

So, until next time,

Stay creative!

-Deb

Knit Your Holiday Gifts

Welcome Knitters & Crocheters,

Did you know that Christmas is ONLY 177 days away? I know, right?

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Have you thought about what your gift list looks like? Have you thought maybe a Knit along with me might be fun? I’m sure you haven’t. But, it promises to be so much fun!

If so, please join me over on my Facebook Page where you will receive Free, Paid for, and recommended dishcloth patterns, that will help you get a jump start on your Holiday knitting. I have a fun prize package (it may even include on of my books *smiling*) for the one that knits the most dishcloths in the month. Fun, huh?

Your to-list, as well as mine, is to make a list of those people that enjoy receiving a creative gift. As we all know, not all recipients appreciate a hand-made gift. And, that’s ok, right? Be thoughtful in your list. It may even be fun to add some natural hand cream to your cotton dishcloth as a gift. That’s always a great addition.

Have a fun-filled weekend knitting your first dishcloth pattern of the month. It can be found here. Yes, it’s mine. 🙂 And I made it available for free for liking my page.

Knit On!

~Deb

 

 

How to be a more Productive knitter

Have you heard words like Area 51, UFOs and PHDs?

Are you tired of being stuck in Area 51 (your stash) with all your UFOs (unfinished objects) and PHDs (projects half done)?  I’ve put together a list of ways for you to be more productive and organized with your knitting.

Keep Your Stash Under Control

We are all guilty of having too much yarn. You know what I mean. We leave the house and find ourselves in the yarn aisle at Michaels or our favorite LYS, and we just buy. It’s pretty, it talks to you, the shop gal tells you it’s the perfect color for you. Guilty! Why not start buying for a particular project and keep your Area 51 from growing out of control. Whew…done!

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Choose Projects that you are serious about

Ravelry is the perfect place to spend hours, literally hours, searching for that pattern. You all know what I’m saying, I’m sure. It’s down the rabbit hole you go. But again, it will keep you from having to add on to the house for additional yarn space. *smiling*

Have 2-3 projects going at all times

I know what you’re thinking, “but Deb, you said not to buy yarn just because and I might not have the yarn in Area 51.” I gotcha. Here’s what I propose…you search through Ravelry, find 3 patterns that you’d like to make. One that is super easy and can be done while knitting with friends, one that is a bit more complicated and will take a couple months to finish, and one that makes you excited every time you think about knitting on it. Maybe its a new stitch or some part of the pattern you can’t get enough of. If you have more than 3 projects going at any given time, it will cause you to put them away and forget.

Choose a podcast or listen to an audiobook

My favorite thing to do is to watch a knitting podcast or listen to an audiobook while I knit. Even if its a bit more complicated, I find myself able to concentrate on the pattern, yet listen at the same time. Weird, I know. But, it’s also a great use of your time. A couple of my favorites can be found on Youtube: Brooklyn Knitfolk, By the Lakeside, and Grocery Girls.

Take your knitting with you (always)

Remember the one project I mentioned that is super easy and can be done while knitting with friends? Yea, that one. That’s the one you grab on your way out the door in case you’re stuck waiting somewhere, or you are done running errands and just want to find a nice cup of coffee and sit. I do it all the time and love it. Make sure it’s in a cute project bag. Just ‘cuz.

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What’s your next project?

It’s ok to take breaks. Ravelry is a great place to go to. You can assign yarn and projects. You will find yourself back there, I’m sure, so why not have a list of yarn (in Area 51) that you’d like to knit with next. Assign that along with a pattern for future projects.

With these ideas, you will soon find yourself organized and productive; actually ticking things off that list and getting rid of UFOs and PHDs in your Area 51.

How exciting is that? Please share with me your plan, your new pattern finds, and of course your UFOs and PHDs. I have many myself.

(note to self, go through Area 51 and take your own advice.)

Knit On, friends!

Deb

 

 

 

 

Grow Your Art

Hi Creative Friends!

As a creative person, I’m always looking for outlets that will put me in a happy place, or happy space.

I mean, who doesn’t, right?

I wanted to show you a creative space I walked into today…

Grow Your Art is a phrase I noticed as I walked into this beautiful, creative space. Heartseed Studio. It’s a place one can go to be inspired with paint, pencil, marker, yarn (I will be teaching a knitting class there soon), and just about any other medium you can think of. It’s a place I would love to own. My brain went wild on the drive home. That would be my dream, to have a studio space like that. I felt instantly in my (new) happy place. My happy space. They have it all figured out.

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They believe artistic expression and creativity is vital to a happy life. You know what?

I do too! Now, more than ever. It’s a way to find YOUR happy. It’s a place you can go to find what inspires YOU. It makes life infinitely more fulfilling. Imagine YOUR life without a bit of creativity. Boring, huh? Imagine working a 9-5 job, coming home to kids/husband/chores, bed, then doing it all over again without squeezing something creative into your day. Fortunately, for me, I don’t have to punch a time clock, but you better believe, if I did, I would certainly have a creative outlet that would release tension, allow me to pull back from a stressful day.

Art makes you happy

Art is a true form of happy. It’s the expression of human creative skill and imagination. Doodling and drawing are my new art forms. Really new. I’ve began “coloring outside the lines” and am very proud of that. My friend said to me last night as I was taking one pattern and making it new, “Way to color outside the lines, Deb.” I hadn’t thought of it that way. I’m a left-brained thinker, coming from the nursing field, and have learned that both sides of my brain can, and do work well together. Most days, anyway.

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So, what’s your creative happy? I’d love to know. Please leave a comment below and lets chat about it.

CoLoR OuTsIdE ThE LiNeS and Find YOUR happy!

Deb

 

Embracing my LoPsIdEd Thinking

I really thought my blogging days were over.

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I wanted to title this blog post, Embracing my Crazy, but, well…I didn’t want you all thinking I was crazy. *smiling*

 

This past year, I found myself reflecting on how my journey began…

as a knitter, then learning the ins and outs of being a designer, then starting a business and beginning the next phase of my life. It really was the next phase. I left a nursing career in 2008 and went blindly into a creative field.

A BIG step. Learning to think with the right side of my brain rather than my left. Though, both work together in my world.

I was excited to see what was next. Where my creativity would take me. Etsy was my first business venture. Online was a safe place where I could show the (virtual) world what I was selling. October 2009 was the grand opening of Dishcloth Diva Knits On. Who knew the name of my store would one day be the title of my book(s). 

Even though I was ready for a change, I was excited to see where it would take me next. “Oh, the places you’ll go“, I kept telling myself. Or maybe, hoping. I was filled with doubts of, can I do this, and I want to be like (this designer). Comparing yourself is so easy at times, yet it fills you with self doubt and , can I be as good as them, type of questions.

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In 2012, I felt in my heart it was time to produce a book, Dishcloth Diva, geared toward those beginner knitters that I was teaching to knit. Their enthusiasm was contagious and often left me feeling proud of them for accomplishing this craft. Then in 2013, just one year later, Dishcloth Diva Knits On was published.

This past summer, thoughts of closing my Etsy shop quickly surfaced. I was facing burnout, and it was happening quickly. I was suddenly faced with mental turmoil and how or if, I could turn this around. It continued to get worse.

And then, late summer, I was introduced to coloring. Adult Coloring Books. My husband, Mr. Engineer, ordered one from Amazon. I remember him coloring down in our studio with these crazy cool markers. Oh boy! I became instantly curious. Maybe I could do this and take my mind off of my burnout. That led to drawing, then art classes online. Coloring offers me a place to go where nothing but me and my pencils/pens live. The stress of the day melts away. Have you tried it? Oh, you SO should!

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So, I’m coming back. Blogging is my way of being creative. And I have so much more in me. It’s helped me to grow and love writing, though writing has always been a part of me. Etsy will remain open, though I’ve narrowed it down to a pattern shop only. A (creative) type of nonfiction is being developed.

I’ve made a long list of topics to cover. Some will be short. Some will be “are you ever going to stop writing?”.

My message (or theme/motto) for 2016 is #inspiringacreativelife. I hope you’ll jump on my wagon and # along with me. I’m on Instagram as well. Come follow. My days will be filled with fun pictures of all things creative to include: knitting, designing, coloring, drawing and even sewing. I love my life and everyday am thankful for what I have, for the gifts I receive, and the talents that live inside me.

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Take care and remember, being creative is NoT a hobby, it IS a way of LiFe. #inspiringacreativelife

~Deb

 

 

Sweaters and more Sweaters…

Hi Knitters!

If you have been following me on Facebook, you know I’ve been knitting sweaters. 2 in fact within the last month and some days.

Both are fantastic knits!

First one:

Little Coffee Bean. I knit it with Berroco Comfort, a super soft, worsted weight fiber. Of course, the recipient is 3 months old and mommy and daddy are super Bronco fans. So, hence the color scheme.

Cast On: August 9, 2014 Bind Off: August 11, 2014 (Quick knit)

Photo: Finished my, well Kamerons, little sweater. Little Coffee Bean, made with Berroco Cotton. ❤️

You know, I’ve always said, NO, I don’t knit sweaters. I ONLY knit accessories and of course, dishcloths. But, how that has changed. My lack of confidence in my skills (I know, right? I’m a designer for heavens sake) kept me from moving forward.

Second one:

Featherweight Cardigan. I knit this with Cascade Yarns Heritage Silk. An amazing silky fiber that has a beautiful sheen to it. It’s a bluish/green color, the name escapes me right now.

Cast On: July 3, 2014 Bind Off: August 2, 2014

I instructed my sweet husband to just point and shoot with my iphone camera. He did a good job, don’t you think?

I love this cardigan, and will DEFINITELY make it again. Soon.

So, let’s see what you’ve been working on. Care to share? Any cardigans that you can enable me with? Please?

So, as I always say,

Knit On! And On!

DEB

Fun and Crazy Summer Socks

Summer is upon us. You wouldn’t guess it based on the weather we are having. I think our highs have topped in the mid 80’s. I’m not complaining, because this is our fire season; the one part of the year we all cringe when it appears.

I’ve been working on socks. Crazy Summer Socks. (psst…there are more fun socks coming soon.)

I’m in love with them. Colorful, easy to memorize, you make them as long or short as you like, and colorful. Oh, I said that, I know, but really, they are. I think the colors are what make this sock. You can see the basketweave effect in the leg. The cuff is a twisted rib. So perfectly matched with this design.

The yarn is from Mountain Colors, Crazyfoot, Summertime colorway. So, you can clearly see how I came up with the name. 🙂

I have them listed in my Etsy shop, and Ravelry Shop,

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do, and did, knitting them.

So, as I always say,
Knit On!
Deb

Checking In…

Well, we’re here again. 

The time I get to share with you, and hopefully enable you, with what’s on my needles, on my Nook, what music has been my go-to, and maybe a bit about my sewing…

WIP’S

 I’m currently working on a couple new designs, and a pair of socks (for me). 

Cookie A, “Monkey” Socks. It’s a free pattern on Knitty.com – Oh So Fun Pattern!

A new design for a special collection from Mai-Deb Buckingham…stay tuned!

A new design to be sold in my Etsy shop…stay tuned!

 

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I’ve had so much fun creating. I mean, really! 

This is the Gris de lin, on Ravelry. Fantastic FREE Pattern. Well written. Will knit again! Soon!

 
Artist’s Music I’m currently listening to (most every day)

I have my favorites, as we all do. But, I’m really enjoying, and always downloading, Sara Bareilles. She’s a bit of soul, a bit of (soft) rock, and a lot of fun! I knit in the morning while listening to her and sipping on my coffee. They say she’s like a Nora Jones or Colbie Calait. I would agree.

 
Book I’m currently reading

I can have multiple books going at any given time, but the one that has my attention right now is “A Single Thread” by Marie Bostwick. 

Marie Bostwick weaves the unforgettable story of four very different women whose paths cross, changing their lives forever . . . It’s a long way from Fort Worth, Texas, to New Bern, Connecticut, yet it only takes a day in the charming Yankee town to make Evelyn Dixon realize she’s found her new home. The abrupt end of her marriage was Evelyn’s wake-up call to get busy chasing her dream of opening a quilt shop. Finding a storefront is easy enough; starting a new life isn’t.”

A fun enchanting read…

I can Sew…Yes! I can 

Having been asked to teach classes at a new fantastic fabric AND yarn shop, I decided to try my hand at making PJ pants. Pajama Pants. They are cute, fun, sassy, and oh-so-addicting…

And did I mention, the tote? Vera Brandley eat your heart out! (Yet, another addicting project)

 
Well, how’s that for Checking in…

So, as I always say,

Knit On! (or sew on! if that’s what you love to do)

Deb

 

Top 10 Reasons I Love to Decorate with Color

I’m all about COLOR. Anyone who know me, knows COLOR  is what gets me in a good mood and keeps me there. I’m decorating my loft/work space to reflect me.  COLOR inspiration is something that tickles me to the core. This is the COLOR  palette I’m aiming for. 

 

Wall COLOR, and accent pieces all working together to create a cohesive look. Whether it’s monochromatic or pastel, neutral or complimentary, everyone has their thing. I love to go down into my fabric stash and choose COLORs that work well together. Like this. I love to have one COLOR that just pops. In this case, It’s the pink.

 

Now…what are the top 10 reasons I love to decorate with COLOR?

1 –  Decorating with  COLOR makes me feel like a designer.

2 –  Decorating with COLOR gives me permission to go buy things that I normally wouldn’t buy.

3 –  Because when studying about COLOR, I ran across what it says about someone who likes purple, for example…artistic and unique. Someone who likes pink is happy, blissful, content, artistic (there’s that word again), and quirky. Probably. A person who likes green is balanced, relaxed, humble. (well, not sure about the humble part, in my case anyway) *smiling* How about brown…solid, dependable, stable, realistic, mature. Definitely me, well, unless you want to take mature out of there. I’m definitely a kid at heart. *smiling again*

4 –  COLOR provides the creative inspiration in everything I design from dishcloths to accessories.

5   COLOR gives me that happy feeling. 

6 –  COLOR is something that can change a room or change the look of a whole house. For example, I painted one living room wall a rich red/burgundy COLOR, and yes, it changed the room instantly.
7 –    COLOR is always the first thing my friends comment on when they walk in one of my color inspired rooms.
8 –   COLOR gives me the satisfaction in my decorating than even placing a new accessory on a table would.
9 –  Loving COLOR so much, allows me to decorate “Diva” style. 

10 –   Because I get to highlight the word  COLOR every time it comes up in a sentence. 
What about you? Why do you love to decorate with COLOR? This is where you can share all of your secrets, good or bad. A place to (maybe) learn from someone else. 
Please leave a comment. I would LOVE to hear.
This wasn’t a fiber related top ten list, because I got a little diverted due to my current WIP. Not knitting wise, design wise.
So, as I always say, 
Knit On!
Deb
 

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