I’ve been looking back at some old photos of things I made. Mostly I do it to free up some space. I eliminate them 100 at a time and it amazes me there are so many photos that I can get rid of them at such a rate.

I ran across this hat today:

These are the kind of photos that make me want to pick up my hook and create some magic.

And I am creaing magic with my needles and hooks. I’m excited about the things I am working on. I am letting listings in the shop expire and I’ve added some planner pages and stickers.

There’s some new patterns I’m working on. Looking back helps with the road ahead.

I am working on the crochet version of the Kravitz Blanket Scarf. The jury is out if I like the knit version better but the crochet version is coming out beautifully,.

I also have some stocking caps in the works and they are fun and beautiful. Some have already sold so I am working on making more. And there are 29 skeins of cotton yarn waiting for me to get to them and turn them into spring and summer accessories. I am looking forward to that.

I am hoping all these things turns my shop into a year round thing and not just for the fall and winter and I am also hoping the ready to ship and pattern sections become the bulk of what I do. That would make it easier as I get older. 

2020 be like, I ain’t leaving no one untouched. For me, I lost a friend in an officer involved shooting and we lost our nephew in a bad motorcycle accident. I’ve written about that nephew. He leaves behind four young children. 

There’s far too much to say and nothing to say about both those events. You can share things and then leave them alone.

Knitting has been done. Someone wanted to purchase a warm weather hat and they wanted it in the incredibly beautiful color purple. Look at it. Lush, rich and soft. The hat is made from Red Heart with Love in aubergine.

I’m looking at this color, and I am thinking cables. I need to make something with cables. I love this yarn – I love it better than I love this yarn by Hobby Lobby. It doesn’t have the color depths of ILTY and it costs $1 more but it has more yardage than ILTY and it is softer and fuller. Other than the two skeins I have, I don’t think I have a lot of it in the stash and there’s no reason for me to stock it. I have plenty of worsted weight solids but this is going on the list for the January yarn buy.

There are also some long stocking caps made and I think I have figured out how to take photos with my lightbox in the studio so I don’t have to try and cart all this stuff outside and work on the side of the building. 

 I think every one will be happy to see this year in the rear view. 2021 has to be better. Right? 2020 be like a very hard year.

Since last we spoke, there have been some finishing around here. The shawls, infinity scarf and patterns are completed.

And here they are in all their neutral glory.. All of them made with Caron One Pound bought from JoAnn.

I love how they all came out and the person who bought them loved them, too. That’s always a nice thing. Now, here’s the difference between knitter and client. She had her husband came over and said I really made these in record time. It took three weeks. I started them August 18th and told her she could pick them up on September 10. Three weeks and I was ready to see the end of them! Don’t get me wrong. I loved the way they turned out – so much prettier than the photos. But i was ready for the infinity scarf – which was done in one day!

Just like the scarf, I had a hat in my shop I wanted to make again and didn’t see the pattern, so I made one up. It took me two tries but I have the pattern for The Boyfriend Slouchy and a new hat made with Charisma by Loops and Threads. I am sure you will be seeing those pics pretty soon.

Oh, and  since last we spoke, I did another long stocking cap in Cranberry Crisp and have another one started in Cherry Compote. Several folk in the shop have stocking caps in their carts and I don’t have enough yarn in those colors to satisfy them all. So I am making ready to ship caps so if they decide to buy, I won’t have to cancel an order. I hate when that happens.