Favorite Newest Podcast

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I truly love when I run up against a podcast that I had no idea was out there.

Knitting, while nestled in my space, looking for the perfect podcast, I landed on Mandarine’s Podcast; Melody Hoffman, designs inspired by nature, folklore, and minimalism. A delightful voice to listen to, engaging, and charismatic. Pure joy.

Take a minute to listen to her. You won’t be sorry. I promise! Oh…don’t forget to grab some knitting and something to sip on.

Melody has a beautiful website too. Her photographs are stunning.

Oh my! I’m fan-girl’ing all over the place here. *smiling*

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I feel it might be fun to interview her. Shhh, don’t mention this just yet, I will need to talk with her.

For now, lovely knitters, stay awesome and remember to take time for yourself.

Hugs!

~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

 

 

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