What’s in a Name?

Good Morning Knitters!

I have so much on my mind this morning, I thought I’d just chat with you all a bit.

Let’s start with, What’s in a Name? What does that mean? Well…

When you hear the name Martina Behm, what designs do you think of? Shawls

Heidi May of the Velvet Acrorn? Cute animal hoodie/cowls and kid accessory patterns.
Hannah Fettig? Sweaters
Stephen West? Shawls, specifically Rockefeller.
Tiny Owl Knits? BeeKeepers Quilt.
Mason-Dixon? Ballband Dishcloth
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee? Socks
Susan B Anderson? Her Plain Vanilla Socks & Animals.

Now, for the big question, What do you think of when you hear, Deb Buckingham?

I’m curious.

Branding is so important to anyone who has a business of any kind. It tell you, the consumer, what you can expect from (me) as far as products and service go. It differentiates (us) from each other.

My brand is derived from who I am, who I want to be, and who you, my customer, perceive me to be.

With all this said, a new business plan is in the making. Yes, I will be designing. Yes, I will stay true to my audience. Yes, I will continue to offer fun, easy to follow patterns. And Yes, I will stay true to me, and the same quality patterns you’ve always received from me.

Things I will be considering are: A new logo, integrating my brand through that logo, creating a “voice” for my company that reflects my brand, creating templates, (using same color scheme, logo placement, look and feel for my patterns and marketing materials) and most important, to YOU and ME, is being consistent.

By the way, did you notice the butterfly theme? Hmm…that may be part of my branding.

I hope you’ll follow along on Facebook, if you don’t already. Check out my Etsy shop where new patterns will be listed. My Ravelry shop where hundreds of knitters shop everyday.

So, as I always say,

Knit On!
Deb

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

TKGA Recap

Hi Knitters & Crocheters!

Well, it’s been a week and some days since I’ve been back from conference. As much as I looked forward to getting away, I looked (even more) forward to coming home. Getting back into my routine is always a good thing. 

So, I wanted to take some time and give you some feedback. You know, the things I loved and the not-so-exciting parts for me.

I arrived Wednesday, July 22nd. The shuttle driver was so cool, and explained to me that the previous week the sewers and quilters were riding in his van to the Town and Country Hotel. Must be quite the spot, I thought to myself. 


And let me tell you, the hotel was charming, full of character, and the rooms were inviting. The guy told me I was on the 8th floor. Well, those that know me, know that heights aren’t my thing. *eeek*  But, the views were beautiful. The movie, Pretty Woman, quickly came to mind. I viewed from the slider, as close to the slider as I could get. 🙂

See the green umbrellas just past the pool? That was my spot every morning for coffee, every afternoon for tea, and most evenings if there was someone down there to talk with.

After putting away my things, I ventured downstairs to locate some coffee and conversation. The people I met were so friendly, as all knitters and crocheters are, right? 

Well, I sat there for awhile, found the coffee, got out my knitting and people watched.

By now, you’re probably asking yourself, where is the conference stuff. I have to be honest…here it comes…I wasn’t impressed (at that moment). I know! I should have been, it was TKGA for goodness sake, but for me, the wow factor wasn’t there (yet).

I’ll explain…

Knitters and Crocheters were very friendly as you would expect. Yes, I was able to sit at any table and chat. Yes, they always asked what I was working on. Yes, I gave out a lot of cards.

Being Wednesday, there wasn’t a lot going on. A few classes had started and the conference was underway. But, where were all the people? That was what was most surprising to me. There didn’t seem to be a large crowd.

Thursday was a bit nicer with more people arriving, but still not to the level I would have expected. The coffee line was now longer. 🙂 That told me many more had arrived. This hotel had only one Market where you could get a sandwich or salad, coffee or tea. The little restaurant next door served Breakfast and Lunch, which I did most mornings. Breakfast anyway. As for dinner, well, the main restaurant had closed down just the week before. We did discover a mall within walking distance. Score! We ate dinner there. 

You can definitely see the charm, can’t you? The food was awesome. The fruit was fresh cut. I found this to be my every morning breakfast spot. 

I went for a walk around the property and found some fun plants and trees…

I met some great friends who I think I will remain connected with for a long time…From top right: Gloria, Barbara, Sharon and myself. These ladies made me laugh the entire time. And our server was adorable. He escaped before we could snap a picture of him.

So, what about the shopping, Deb? 

Glad you asked…

I wasn’t thrilled. Though, honestly, I think this conference is very heavy on the crochet. That may have been more of my issue. Though, the amount of vendors was lacking, in my opinion. I’m guessing 50 or so vendors. Not a lot when it’s part of a conference.  

I walked into the room and Red Heart booth is right there. Very impressive actually. Some very cool people were hanging around that booth. You know, it was in the hotel’s conference center, right there on the hotel property. Convenient? Yes!

This is a Marly Bird and Myself. Pop over and visit both of our Facebook pages, we love to interact with our peeps.

Here’s the funny part…The minute I turned my camera around to do the selfie, my comment was, “OMG, look at my hair.” She busted out laughing. This is the picture after I got over it. 🙂 I adore Marly. She’s so genuine, happy, and loves to talk with you.

Now, I did watch a fashion show. It was fun. There were a lot of fun pieces, though the two that caught my eye were:


Both of which were crochet.

BUT…The Best thing EVER for me was the YARNOVER TRUCK!!! OMG! Here are some pics. These are not from the conference. I think I was so in awe of this truck that pulled right into the room, I forget to get a few pictures. 

YARNOVER TRUCK– pics courtesy of google images

I mean, who thinks of things like this? Maridee and Barbra. Read about their story here. These two women are so friendly and inviting, you can’t help but step into the back of this truck. 

So, you can clearly see the things that appealed to me and the things that did not. I’m not sure if it was because I’ve been to two very large conferences, Stitches and VKL. Both of which had hundreds of vendors. This was a smaller scale type of event. Though, I had a great time, met some fun women, and made some business contacts. THAT was worth it for me. 

Would I go again? If you had asked me that on the last day of the event, I’d probably  have said no. But, after recapping the event, I would have to say, YES! It was worth every cent. I think I also realized I made a quick judgment based on the number of people attending and the lack of vendors. This isn’t enough to keep me from going again.

I chose not to take any classes because when I signed up, the choices weren’t there for me as a knitter. The ones I would have taken were sold out. The class sizes were too small according to my peeps. I’m wondering if it was the lack of space that kept them smaller. Just a guess, though. 

That’s my take on the whole event. I stayed the length of the conference, though I did leave before the final event Saturday night. 

So, as I always say,

Knit On! (and don’t be judgmental of an event until you’ve re-thought all the details.) 😉

Hugs!
Deb

Patterns, Dishcloths, Color Inspiration, and more…

Curvy in all The Right Places

Hi Knitters!

I’ve been working on so many projects lately, to include planning for a new book. *squee*

Yes, there will be a Book 3 in the Dishcloth Diva Series. Well, it’s still in its infant stages, as I only just now sent over the contract to my publisher. This book will be fun, full of more dishcloths, and even more ideas. 

As we have discovered, a lot of knitters love to cast on a dishcloth. Whatever your reason, I think that’s fantastic! 

Do you need a change from you lace knitting? How about a gift for someone? A housewarming gift? As we all travel over the summer, what a fun gift to hand to that person who chose to open their house to you. 

Here are many of the “favorites” among my repeat customers.

Ashley – Knit

Tideway – Crochet
Omaha – Crochet

Mom and Apple Pie – Knit

As I pack to get ready for a trip, the first thing I pack is my knitting. You too? I always have some size 7 needles and cotton yarn packed. What is easier than sitting in an airport knitting on a washcloth and people watching.  

As Always,

Knit On!!

Deb




What is Color Inspiration to You

Hi Knitters!

I’m always in the mood to create things that help in my color inspiration. Whether, it be paint chips (that I admittedly took in handfuls from Home Depot), Pinterest Mood boards, or browsing through magazines your neighbor hands you as you are getting in your car.

It’s all about color theory…basically, how to select colors that go together.

This lesson will be basic information that I hope you can take and use.

Imagine your caked yarn, or balls if that’s how you roll, 🙂 is organized around the color wheel.

 Most yarn companies are mindful of their colors, and making them compatible. We all seem to have our favorite yarn companies, the good news is, they have kept that in mind when selecting colors that work well together.

Designers, yarn companies, and other fiber gurus have figured out (for us) this color theory, so all we have to do is choose the colors we like.

Here’s the basic method:
Analogous colors are next to each other on the color wheel.  These are the colors that are near/next to each other and work well together. Generally sticking to 2, 3 or 4 colors.

Complimentary colors are done in pairs and sit directly opposite each other on the color wheel and pack a punch. This is my ideal way to choosing colors when I use the color wheel. I’d recommend going out to your craft store and picking one up. It’s a great tool to have in your box.

Split Analogous colors are the colors that are next to the complimentary colors. Example would be, choose your favorite color on the color wheel, zip straight across. The 2-4 colors on either side of that one color are the Split Analogous colors. Again, choosing 2 or more colors and sticking with every other color on the color wheel.

Another thing that works well, and is cheap (because any home store has walls of them for you to take) are the paint sample chips or cards. They have laid out similar tones on one sheet for you. Don’t even get me started on the hundred of crafty things you can do with them. I follow this board.  A blog post all it’s own. Hey, that would be fun to explore. 🙂 Though, this blanket is crochet, can you imagine the possibilities with knit stitches? Oh, how my mind works in so many mysterious ways.

*taking note as to a next blog post*

A Paint Chip Blanket

So, how about creating your own mood board, or perhaps collecting some paint cards. Get that inspiration flowing with a color wheel. Everyone is a photographer in some way, and I also believe everyone is a designer in some way, as well.

Get Creative and Knit ON, friends!

Deb Buckingham, Author/Designer
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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


Random Thoughts and Rants about Knitting

Good Morning knitters & crocheters!

It’s Spring! Finally…

The part of the year where mother nature becomes a bit confused. A little snow, hail, rain, lightening, thunder, and the sun pops out a bit every day. But, it’s Spring!

Spring also brings new design ideas. New business ideas.

I’m currently working with a few yarn companies in getting beautiful fibers to pair with my patterns. There will be kits available in my Etsy shop SOON. It’s getting the yarn, knitting it up in that yarn, and then kit(ting) it. Is that even a word? *smiling*

My newest design, Timeless, will be the first to be available. I’ll be getting the yarn today, so be watching for it over the weekend. I don’t want you to be frightened of this design. So many of my customers look at it and say, It looks hard. I design for the novice in mind, so you can be assured, I’ve written the directions in a way you will understand them and be successful at it. You may even see a video (my first, eek…) on how to do the cable row. Seriously, friends, I wouldn’t steer you wrong.

I’m also crocheting again. This craft was where I began. I have always enjoyed the fact that there is only one hook and your yarn. I once had made-to-order dishcloths in my Etsy shop, then when I became too busy to keep up with the demand, I took them out. Well…my crochet ready-to-ship dishcloths are back. They are in sets of 3 and 4, and reasonable priced. They are going well. More sets, to include a new Spring line, will be added. Summer is coming as well.  Come have a peek…

What else…

Oh! I have another book idea. I know, right?! I may have told you already, but, this one will be a story paired with patterns. Now, to find just the right design idea(s) to go with the storyline.

I’m doing Vickey Howell’s KAL on her Facebook Page. You know, as busy as I am, there’s still time for a bit of fun. I love doing this, and the pattern is a cute poncho. I haven’t knit one of these in a while, or perhaps ever, so I’m making the small one for my granddaughter and the adult one for Me. Or mommy is she wants. But we will match.

SIDESTRIPED PONCHO

If you own the current issue of Knit Simple, the pattern is in there. If you don’t, you can purchase it for $5 HERE. It’s well written, as you’d expect, and you get 3 different sizes for that price. I always look at the the added value when purchasing. Also, they’ve gone to the trouble to take out errors to prevent further errata. So, value added. The yarn used is her own. Bernat Sheep(ish) Stripes. It’s lovely to work with. Soft, knits well, and doesn’t split. And the stripes? Are you kidding me? *love*

Vickey Howell has been my idol since Knitty Gritty. That show took me from being a novice knitter to being the knitter that said, Hey, I can do that. So, this gal is fantastic. I do hope you will jump in, we are only ONE day into this KAL.

I think that’s it for today. I plan on updating you often with my thoughts, designs, and ideas.

So, for now,

Knit On!

Deb

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
Need a new pattern?

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