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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Am I Missing Something?

Hi Knitters!

Haven’t we often heard that question, whether someone truly didn’t understand your intentions or they just missed something. Seriously, there’s a way in which it is interpreted.

Right?

I need to explain to you all what exactly I do, and who exactly my audience is, at this time.

I began designing in the year 2008. My focus was myself at that time, as I was somewhat of a beginner knitter. After I watched countless videos, read 100’s of books, and watched my friends as they made their way through a beautiful project, I realized what kind of designer I should be.

A designer that focuses on the simple. Simple Detailing. Simple stitches. Just. Simple. From that time till now, my audience has been beginners. I’ve taught beginners. I’ve walked beginners through issues. I’ve designed for beginners.

So, when someone questions my intentions from said project, I get a bit defensive. Though, after reading back the posts she and I wrote, I quickly deleted it. Why? Because it goes back to what I just wrote, I’m a simple designer with the beginning knitter in mind. They don’t know how to stripe the yarn or how many stitches to cast on or even do the math to figure them out. I love to be the one to do that for them. I often receive emails asking me, if I used your dishcloth pattern and wanted to make it bigger, how would I do that. Simply put…know your gauge, stitches per inch, with said yarn and needle, and multiply that number by how many inches you want the finished object to be.

Simple for the more advanced knitter, but not for the beginner.

This design is adorable, right? I’m just attempting to show you all what kind of designs you will continue to see. If you’re following me on Facebook or this blog, you quickly realize, the patterns you see are easy. Step by step instructions. No charts.
I love doing these. For me, it’s a pleasure to help the novice knitter get their bearings. It’s tough. We all were beginners at one time. We all had to take baby steps. So, there has to be patterns out there that address the beginner. Though, with that said, there are many knitters, myself included, who love a change of pace, a break from the sweater or shawl we’re working on. THIS type of project is perfect.
*stepping down (carefully) off my soap box*
Let me introduce my newest design.
I adore this pattern. And the texture it creates is thick and perfect for your kitchen. And did I mention it has the coolest, most simple, unique Icord? It does!
So, stick with me as I show you new patterns that will keep you sane or help you learn.
Hugs to you all!! You know my heart and how much I appreciate you ALL.
Knit On!!
Deb

BOOK REVIEW: Warm Days, Cool Knits

When I receive a book to review, I immediately sit down and flip through. My first thought was, well done Corrina! The layout was simple. The sections referenced the four seasons. And, the photography showed off the details of each piece.

Author: Corrina Ferguson
Paperback: Warm Days, Cool Knits
Publisher: Interweave/F+W
Number of pages: 144
Retail Price: $24.99

This book allows you to create a versatile, any-climate wardrobe. 

After living the majority of her life in Ohio, Corrina moved to Florida where she experienced a bit of culture shop. The weather is definitely different, though this book will provide you projects for Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. 

All the projects included in this book are made with DK weight yarn and lighter . The perfect anytime knitting experience. Stitches that are textured, cabled and lace will be closet staples that are fresh and wearable.

I highly recommend this book. I found (at least) 4 things I will definitely knit and wear. Socks, shawls, a cute tank, and a hat. All the projects in this book are titled with Old-Fashioned Southern names. You all know how I love that!

Emmylou

Leora

Weldon

               Williston



I really enjoy a good accessory knit. I know you will too. So,  pop over and have a peek, or visit your LYS and pick up your own copy. I would even get in ring bound on the side. This will be a constant go-to. 

As I always say,
Knit On!

Deb Buckingham, Author/Designer


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

Change is a good thing — Butterflies do it

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Butterflies have such a symbolic meaning, that we all (including me), take for granted.

Imagine the “whole of your life changing”, the metamorphosis the butterfly goes through. The amount of transformation that happens from the egg, to the caterpillar, to the cocoon. And from the cocoon, the butterfly emerges.

Why this lesson on Butterflies? Let me explain…

Change is good. Spring brings change. Some embrace it, some leave it to chance, and others ignore it. Whatever the situation is, it’s okay. 

For me, I chose to embrace it. 

So agree. But not sure I'll be leaving here anytime soon.

As you know, I’m a designer. A knitting designer. Yesterday I chose to be an Independent Designer with Origami Owl. I found this to be quite refreshing. A way to showcase my designs. A place I can find inspiration in the everyday-kind-of-loves. 

It compliments my business model…design with the customer in mind. 

Knitted design accessories which compliment your jewelry, your personal likes, and what makes you feel good. 

I’ve had consistent thoughts about designing jewelry that would compliment my knitted accessories. But, after purchasing and playing, or purchasing and just letting it sit in the drawer, I began my search for that perfect company. One that would compliment what I was doing as a knitting designer. 

After researching many wonderful companies, I settled on Origami Owl. It all began by a young woman, Bella, who had a big dream to have her very own car by the age of 16. “We are deeply committed to being a force for good and making a difference in the lives of others. We strive to help others achieve their dreams, just like I achieved mine.” Oh, and she did get her car. A white Jeep named Alice. 

I’m 100% convinced this company will go hand in hand with my knitted designs. My hope is that I can create a special locket/bracelet/wrap/necklace for YOU that will compliment your favorite hand knit accessory, your personal likes, and what makes YOU feel good, as well as tell your own story, or tell the story of someone special in your life. 

Y=Your
O=Own
U=Uniqueness

If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t BIG enough. 

What are your dreams? 

Diva Cowl Pattern

Luminous Scarf Pattern


So, my friends, as I always say,

Knit On!
Deb

Ringing in the New Year and Thoughts for 2015

Can you believe it’s almost 2015? Well, by the time you read this, it just may be.

I’m sitting here working on some business “stuff” as my husband watches a movie. Big partyers, huh? Must be that age thing.

Which quickly reminds me, tomorrow is my birthday, yes, New Years Day. 51 years old. I remember growing up, every birthday on my day, we all (2 sisters, mom and dad) would pile into our station wagon, and drive 15 minutes down the road to “Granny’s Kitchen”. Right? What a great name. I wanted pancakes. Every year was the same.

Living in Michigan it snowed. A lot. Especially in January. So the roads were always snow packed and icy, but we never thought twice about going.

So, now that you know what we did on the 1st of January every year as I was growing up, I want to share with you my thoughts for 2015, and what that means for Dishcloth Diva.

~ 2014 had a great year of growth. For my Etsy shop, Ravelry Shop, yet not a lot for Craftsy.
What does that mean? Not quite sure yet.
~ I will be opening a new Etsy shop for hand knit accessories only. You’ve asked, I deliver. I will still continue to have DishclothDivaKnitsOn for patterns ONLY. The second shop, (I will announce the name soon) will be things for EWE. ☺️ Accessories that are practical, yet stylish. Photography that will be fun, and pricing that is just right. Many brick & mortar shops often find themselves wanting to expand and open another shop to market to a different geographical area. Well, for me, I want to market to a new group of Knitting loving, non-knitters. You know, those that love the look, but don’t want to knit themselves. That’s exactly where I’m at.
~ Another book? Yes. What is it? *smiling*

I need to step it up a notch. Create more success with my current 2, still going strong, Dishcloth Diva Books. You don’t have one yet? oh my! You can click on the links in the upper right side. It will take you to Amazon. And if you’re a Prime member! Free shipping. Score!

I’ve had a couple new released patterns lately. Come have a peek.

One of my newest designs. Boot Cuffs

Another New design. Hooded Cowl

2015 looks promising. I always look forward to waking up on January 1 and beginning the new 365 page book. What will your book look like?

I hope you’ll continue to hang with me here on my blog, visit my stores often as I release new patterns and new accessories. Head over to my Facebook page and join in on all the stashbusting2015 that will be going on. I also hope you’ll reach for your goals. Goals that were supposed to have been met last year because you set them in 2013. I get it! I’m right there with you.

So, as I always say,
Knit On! and have an amazing 2015, knitters and crocheters.

Hugs!
Deb

How I make my "Vanilla Socks"

(Photo is “Opal” Sock yarn.) 

Hi Knitters,

I have had countless people ask me how I do my easy peasy “vanilla” sock. Now, you ask, what do you mean by vanilla? 

Think of vanilla ice cream. Plain, nothing fancy. Just. Plain. It’s perfect for those beautiful self-striping yarns. 

That’s what I mean by vanilla sock. A simple ribbing, stockinette stitch for leg (knit all rounds), a simple heel flap and gusset, and more stockinette stitch down the foot. I finish with easy toes.

FREE for you! So print away. I didn’t create a PDF for this. Feel free to copy and paste this text into a word document and create a pdf of your own, simply print it out or add it to your favorite app on your ipad. Mine is Notability. 

Click here for the Ravelry Project Page on How I make my “Vanilla” sock. 


Deb’s Vanilla Socks
by Deb Buckingham/Dishcloth Diva

Abbreviations
ssk – slip 1 stich knitwise, slip 1 stitch knitwise, knit both stitches together through the front
P2tog – purl 2 stitches together
K2tog – knit 2 stitches together

Materials
1 skein of your favorite sock yarn, fingering weight
US #1 double pointed needles (dpn’s) set of 5 
Yarn needle
Scissors
Tape measure to measure your foot and the sock

Gauge
This is one thing that people question me about again and again. I do believe it’s important so you get the right fit. Though, my sock will fit the average size 7 1/2 -8 1/2″ foot. 

Measuring Your Foot
This is used for the foot part of the sock. You want to make sure you get the right length so when you’re finished it won’t be too short, therefore causing it to be too tight around the toe.
Here’s what I do: take your tape measure and measure the length of your foot, or the foot of the one you’re knitting for, by starting at the bottom of the foot, from the end of your heel to the end of your longest toe. You will subtract 2″ from that number and stop knitting at the point. You will then begin your toe decrease.
Example: Mine measures 9 1/2 inches so I stop knitting at 7 1/2 inches. Then begin my toe decrease.

Cuff
CO 64 stitches, divide onto your 4 dpns, and join to begin working in the round.
Work a k1, p1 (or 2×2 (k2, p2) if you prefer) ribbing for 1.5″ 
If you forget to stop ribbing, that’s OK. It will be just that much longer.

Work Stockinette stitch for 6-7 inches or desired length. 


Heel Flap
As if you were starting a new round, *sl 1 purlwise, k1; across first needle. Using the same needle, continue working in this way for needle 2. You will have 32 sts on your 1 needle that you have done a (sl 1 purlwise, k1) 

Make sense? 

You will now have 32 stitches to work the heel flap with. You will be working back and forth on just this one needle.
Turn work:
sl 1 purlwise, then, purl each stitch to the end of the needle (still 32 stitches)
Turn work and continue working these 2 rows a total of 16 times each or 32 rows total:

Row 1: *sl 1, k1; repeat from * to end of row.
Row 2: sl 1, purl to end of row
Work Row 1 once more

Yay!! You still with me? 

Turning the Heel
You should have just completed a right side row. This is where you’ll continue to work back and forth on just this one needle. It will seem awkward, but just do as each row says, it will work out in the end. You will end up with 18 stitches.

Row 1: Sl 1, p16, p2tog, p1, turn to work back in the other direction
Row 2: Sl 1, k3, ssk knitwise, k1, turn to work back in the other direction
Row 3: Sl 1, p4, p2tog p1, turn to work back in the other direction
Row 4: Sl 1, k5, ssk knitwise, k1, turn  to work back in the other direction
Row 5: Sl 1, p6, p2tog, p1, turn  to work back in the other direction
Continue in this manner until 18 sts remain on the needle. DO NOT TURN.
(You basically work until 1 stitch before the gap, then ssk or p2tog. Don’t forget your p1 or k1 stitche before you turn)

Fantastic! You got this

Gusset
You should have the right side of your work facing you. 

Step one: With an empty needle, pick up and knit 16 stitches in each of the slipped stitches along the heel flap. You may have to grab another stitch in the corner to keep from having a hole in the gusset.

Step two: using a new needle (or empty needle), knit all the stitches across needle 2 then needle 3. These will be your foot, or instep stitches.

Step three: Using an empty needle, pick up and knit 16 stitches in each of the slipped stitches along the opposite heel flap. Again, you may have to pick up an additonal stitch in the corner before beginning to pick up stitches all the heel.

Step four: Knit 9 stitches on the the needle from step 3. Then slip the last 9 stitches on to needle 1.

Needles 1 & 4: 25 (ish) stitches each (you may have more or less stitches depending whether you  picked up 16 or 17 stitches)
Needles 2 & 3: 16 (ish) stitches each 

Stick with me!!

Gusset Decrease Rounds
Round 1: knit all stitches
Round 2
Needle 1: knit to last 3 stitchs, k2tog, k1
Needle 2 & 3: knit all stitches
Needle 4: k1, ssk knitwise, knit to end of needle

Repeat rounds 1 and 2 a total of (10) times OR until you have 16 stitches remaining on each of the 4 needles.

You are now back to the original 64 sts!! You got this!!

Foot
Continue knitting until your sock measures approximately 2″ from the end of the foot. (refer to Measuring your Foot above)

Toe
Round 1:
Needle 1: knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1
Needle 2: k1, ssk, knit to end of needle.
Needle 3: Knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1
Needle 4: k1, ssk knitwise, knit to end of needle
Round 2: Knit

Repeat rounds 1 & 2 until 8 stitches remain on each of the 4 needles.
Repeat round 1 only until 4 stitches remain on each of the 4 needles.

Closing the Toe
Now, knit the 4 stitches from needle 1 onto needle 4. Slip the 4 stitches from needle 2 onto needle 3, or visa-versa. It doesn’t matter, as long as there are 8 stitches on each of the 2 needles.

Cut the yarn, leaving a 10 inch long. Thread it onto your tapestry needle, and use the Kitchener Stitch to close the toe. The video link is for the Knit Witch. A favorite of mine. 

That’s it! I hope you make many socks. Don’t ever get, what we call, the second sock syndrome. 

Quickly cast on sock #2. Like Now. Have fun with color. 

So, for now, knitters,
{HUGS} and Knit On!

Deb

Not So Crazy Sock Pattern



Knitting For the Season

Don’t you love this time of year. It’s the season where we begin to dig out our handknits, to include hats. It’s the time where the leaves are beginning to fall, the temps are dropping just a bit, and the days are shorter.

My latest design is spectacular. Well, I’m told that anyway. I have this thing with creating a simple design that the beginner will enjoy knitting on, as well as a design that the advanced knitter can have done in just a couple hours times.

The Abby Hat.

A great gift idea! From Grandma/Grandpa to mom/dad, to sister/brother/ to just about anyone. This hat has 3 sizes to choose from. Small, Medium, and Large.

I believe hats are the in thing right now. This one is slightly slouched through the crown so it doesn’t feel as though circulation is being cut off. It’s knit with a bulky weight yarn.

I took a dishcloth pattern, my favorite rolled brim, and combined them to make this adorable hat. I’m pretty sure Abby will be your favorite go-to hat pattern. Fashionable, simple, yet sophisticated; a great hat to put on while walking the pup.

I’d love for you to head over to my Etsy Shop where you can read all the sorted details. You will also find several more fun hats there. 

So, as I always say,

Knit On!

Deb

It’s Friday

I’m sure for most, Friday is the day in which things are beginning to slow down. Not for me! I seem to get my mojo going into the weekend. I mean, I just spouted off a list of to-do’s to my husband while we were driving home from breakfast. His comment, “Why don’t you write them down in jotter (a cool app). That way you don’t have to remember them all. And, you don’t feel like you have to do them all.


Really?! Ms. I-Need-To-Check-Everything-Off-My-List-Almost-Immediately. Well, (almost that is). 

Let’s create the list right here:

1) Pics for new dishcloth designs (done)
2) Pics of new baby blanket – find a place I can take them
3) Write up the all three designs
(Ummm…maybe he’s right.)
4) Knit a new set of crochet dishcloths for my Etsy shop
5) Do book review for Interweave
6) Create one more design (to make a set of three dishcloths)
7) Submit dishcloth set to Knitpicks for possible approval
8) Create first-ever BLOGcast post and get ready to launch MONDAY! *squeee*
9) Edit pics for new designs
10) List new designs on Ravelry, Etsy, Craftsy, and Pinterest


Sneak peak into the book review

Sigh…that’s enough, Deb, Right?

So one of the 10 is DONE!

I’m sure you have a to-do list. Let’s commit to getting them checked off. 

I need to find some time to knit some fun stuff too. What will that be?

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!

 

FinishedObject

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