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I’m all sorts of Crazy…

 

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That got your attention, didn’t it! *smiling*

I’ve been knitting, sewing, and cross stitching, oh my!

Grab your coffee, sit in your favorite comfy chair and have a read.

First things first, I’ve released the July dishcloth to my Dishcloth Diva Club Ebook. Do you have it yet? I mean the ebook? If not, its not too late. Get it HERE.

This simple dishcloth is a stripey patriotic fun knit.

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I’ve also been sewing on this tote. I finished it yesterday and love it so much. It carries all my projects effortlessly. Made with cotton fabric and cork fabric (for pockets), this will be my go-to favorite bag. The FREE pattern is called Reversible Box Tote by Very Shannon. It’s so much fun to sew. Goes together very well. Her instructions are easy to follow. I’ll DEFINITELY make this again.

Something that is near and dear to my heart is cross stitching. Years ago when my girls were little (they are now 31 and 35), I took to cross stitching. I made the cutest samplers and had them framed at a frame shop.

I took a decade or more away from it, and began knitting. Soon after I added author to my credentials.

Fast forward to today, I’m back to cross stitching (still knitting). Though, the craft hasn’t changed, the way in which we purchase and frame have. Purchasing is done primarily online. Sadly, there aren’t any stitching shops in my area. I found Stoney Creek online, where I’ve purchased many things. In fact, my order should arrive today. I already have my cart filled (again).

Also, I’ve discovered through FlossTube, Yes, it’s a thing–a YouTube variation for those of us who cross stitch, Priscilla and Chelsea, a mom and daughter team who cross stitch and share. They are my newest obsession. Such enablers, they are. *wink*

Cross stitching is why I called this post what I did. I love a new found craft, even though it’s an old craft for me. I embrace the crazy. Hey…maybe that should have been the name of this post.

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Well, that’s all I have for today. I will be back to share my haul from Stoney Creek.

Until next time,

Get YOUR crazy on!

~Deb

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Coffee with Deb

5F092C81-D382-41E1-9E29-55F75ED031D1*taking a sip of coffee*

Morning is my favorite time of the day. The little jingle, waking up is Folgers in your cup, comes to mind. Now, you’ll be singing this all day. You’re welcome.

While I don’t drink Folgers coffee, I sure do love my morning coffee.

Morning routines have been a part of my day as long as I can remember. I’m fortunate enough to be able to have one that includes a bit of knitting, email, and social media. It’s about an hour when I can just let the time pass and not even care that it does.

With that said, that hour is for me to ease into my day, maybe plan what it will look like, and create space in my brain for new ideas.

Which in fact, I have many.

*taking a sip of coffee*

The problem, if you’d call it a problem, is that too many ideas surface each morning and I have not a clue where to start. I’ve been wanting to write a non fiction book on living intentionally. With so much of my life having raised great kids and not having to have a 9-5 job, it leaves me with many hours of my own time. (Bless my husband for providing an amazing life for us so I’m able to be me.)

So, where does this leave me?

*taking a sip of coffee*

Mapping out a plan, if you’d call it that, to write that book. With the help of friends brainstorming ideas, this may come to fruition. I’ve written several novels, but not non fiction. Yea, it’s writing, but it’s all “plotting” it out, sectioning it off so it flows and makes sense to you, my reader. I have had such an awesome life filled with adventures that I know of many of you reading this would relate to. Living intentionally is about making a life that you can be proud of. It’s not too late. Whatever your age. Day one starts now.

Today starts your intentional journey. Do me a favor, take out a piece of paper, a pencil, and grab your cup of coffee. Journaling.

Ok, i saw you roll your eyes. 😉 I’m not talking “Dear Diary” journaling.

I’m talking focused journaling with the intention of increased productivity. Remember, productivity doesn’t have to always be about work; finishing a book you’re reading or fun day at the park with your kids.

*taking a sip of coffee*

What makes you feel joy and contentment? That’s what I’m talking about.

Living intentionally.

Share your thought below. What is the one thing that brings you joy? Thank you for sharing your time with me today.

*taking a sip of coffee*

Write On!

~deb

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What Knitting or Crocheting Can Teach Us

 

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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

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My Biggest Organizational Tip

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Don’t wait for the mess. Find a solution before it happens.

It’s really that simple. If I see a closet or storage bin start to get out of control, I don’t wait for it to be Spring Cleaning time, I just get to work and do it.

I’m not a hoarder of anything. Well, maybe yarn, planners and notebooks, but, we all have our thing, right? I’ve decluttered my bins to include ONLY yarns I’ll use, notebooks I’ll write in, and planners that are useful. It makes me (and my house) feel lighter.

I’m sure there’s a space in your house that could use a little re-organizing. Am I right?

Tip: Give yourself 30 minutes today to tackle just one space. Even if it’s (just) getting rid of things that have been there longer than a year. Or yarn that keeps finding its way to the bottom of the bin. Let’s be honest with ourselves when it comes to clutter. Find a pretty bin, organizing system, or even a container.

It’s an easy task. Just do it.

~Deb

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Ebook Release

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Hey friends!

As I begin to embark on this whole self-publishing journey (my publisher rolled up the sidewalk and closed the door), I’m quickly reminded of how not very tech-savvy I really am. I can definitely use and get around a computer, but when it comes to the nitty-gritty back end work of certain software, well…it’s challenging.

But, I got through it.

And, I’ll do it again.

And, I’ll feel even more accomplished next time.

An ebook for me is a step in the right igotthis

direction. Learning a new skill always takes time and practice. But, I nailed it!

You can get a copy of my new Dishcloth Diva Club Ebook on Ravelry.  Please read all the details in this link. It’s a month-month type of thing.

I’d love to hear your comments, thoughts and perhaps see your photos.

Happy Knitting!

Deb

 

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Olympic Knit Pattern Inspiration

Hello friends!

Are you watching and enjoying the Olympics? I’m sure there are many of you (like me), that don’t have a lot of time to sit and enjoy them.

I did see Chloe Kim in the snowboarding competition, though. Wasn’t she amazing? And, did you see her hat? Cute, huh?!

Designers have taken it upon themselves to create their own version of this cute winter hat.

Me included!

I’m calling mine Winter Games Chunky Hat.

 

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The details for this cute, cozy and comfy hat are below. I hope you enjoy this fast and fun ONE skein knit. Gather your supplies, your favorite beverage and a great Netflix show. Cast On!

Materials

1 skein Super Bulky Yarn – I used Lion Brand Thick and Quick

US Size 15 Knitting Needle

Notions

Tapestry Needle, Stitch Marker, Scissors, Tape Measure (if you’re analytical like me), Pom Pom Maker

Directions

CO 44 stitches, place marker and join for working in the round.

Round 1: *K1, p1; repeat from * around.

Repeat round 1 until hat measure 10.5″ or desired length. This length includes a 2.5″ rolled up brim.

Next Round: *k2tog; repeat from * around. 22 sts

Next Round: *k2tog; repeat from * around. 11 sts

Finishing

Using a tapestry needle, thread remaining 11 stitches through, pull tight and secure inside the hat. Weave in all ends.

Pom Poms can be made various ways. I chose to use the largest Pom Pom maker. Attach, wear and gets lots of compliments.

Knit On!

~ Deb

 

 

 

 

 

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2018 Knitwear Trends

According to Vogue, “Cardigans, jumpers, turtlenecks and poncho styles: fashion embraces soft materials like wool, mohair or cashmere. Knits for everyone and for all tastes. For winter 2018, we are giving you a selection of innovative  knitwear brands whose soft and warms pieces will keep you warm and trendy.”

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How spectacular is that?

“V” is for Vintage.

For us knitters or crocheters, playing with wool/fiber thickness, different hues, asymmetrical shapes, fringe detail, are what we’re going for as a designer or even as a consumer. The 70’s vibe is back, baby!

Knitwear has been with us for decades, drifting in and out of fashion. Knitting is one of the oldest forms of clothes -making. Hand-knitting has transformed from a necessity into a hobby, and some into a business.

I know for me, when I’m out shopping, even the everyday styles are looking more 70s/80s. It’s hard to wrap my head around it, though…I was a product of the 80s.

I’d love to hear your opinion on what you think of these styles.

Let’s get on board with these styles and see what we can create!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12 Days of Patterns Giveaway

12 Days of Patterns 2017

Hello!

It’s that time of year where I love to spoil my followers.

Do you follow me on Facebook? You might want to.

Each day, starting tomorrow Monday 12/11 – Friday 12/22, you will receive a coupon code that will give you a FREE pattern. I might even give another FREE pattern if you follow me over on Instagram.

It can be anything from a dishcloth pattern to a blanket pattern to a sockpattern to a hat pattern to a scarf pattern. Who knows what I feel like giving that day!

I know Christmas is coming fast, but these projects will be fast to knit and fun. The perfect gift for anyone on your list.

I have so many fun things planned this next year. I’m jumping in with both feet. Be watching for things like guest bloggers, interviews will begin again *happy dance*, podcasters who will be talking about the patterns I gift them and coupon codes for their viewers, challenges for you and me, and LOTS more.

Inspiring a Creative Life.

It will be a jam packed year.

So, as I always say,

Knit On!

~Deb

 

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It’s A Thing

 

 

I’m always in my head creating new business ideas. Hence, my inspiring a creative life blog.

Hello! And, WELCOME BACK if you’re a frequent viewer, and WELCOME if you’ve just landed here.

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I’m on a mission, beginning next year, to create a place you can find what building a business is like, what’s on-trend fashion and otherwise, what hobbies I’m currently engaged with, what coffee or tea  I’m recommending, writing projects, my preferred coloring books and coloring tools, photography tips, sewing projects that catch my attention, what’s on my needles (knitting or crochet wise), creative ways to shop to save you a buck, and so much more.

Being a creative is a real thing!  It’s a THING!

I believe the problem with being a creative is you’re always talking to yourself, whether out loud or in your head (I know what you’re thinking-I’m not crazy, I promise). 😉 Now, the problem with this is, you can’t settle on just one thing. You flit from thing to thing. Am I right? Comment below if you are the same way.

How do we solve this? We don’t. I’ve found the best way to embrace your crazy is to accept where you are at the moment. Accept that you are an ever-changing soul with a set of chops in many arenas.

So, bookmark this blog. It will have a new look; a new feel. It may have sponsored links (not too many, as that’s annoying even to me). The links will be relevant to you. Relevant to the post.

As always, be creative and embrace your crazy!

Hugs!

~Deb

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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?

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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