Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Scheduling Your WIPs



When I have more than one project on the go at any given time I often struggle to give each of them the same amount of attention that they all need.

Do you have the same problem?

So what I have started to do is to pick three projects that I am busy with and schedule them into my week.

I find that this helps me to make some progress on all of them and keeps me a happy knitter - instead of becoming a rather frustrated one!

At the moment my projects are quite easy to schedule as they almost have days dedicated to them.

For example:


This project gets attention every Monday. As it is a Knitting Group project, we have decided to knit this when we are together, this makes my life rather a lot easier as I don't have to find time to dedicate to this project throughout the week.


These have a deadline (end of Feb) and as such I want to have as much progress on them as I can possibly allow throughout the week.

My schedule for these socks is to knit at least 10 rows of pattern every day Monday to Friday.


This project has no deadline, but who wants to have a project on their needles for all eternity?
I already have new "Big" projects planned, but will not allow myself to get going on those new projects before this one is off the needles. So this project needs to grow at the same time as the other two.
As such this has become my weekend project.

I knit extensively and solely on this project over the weekends, and try to get as far as I possibly can over those two days.

So far this plan seems to be working for me.

How do you plan out your WIPs?
Do you schedule them or do you just pick them up according to what you fancy working on that day?

Monday, 8 February 2016

On my Virtual Sofa: Rita from Spinnwebstube



Today I would like to warmly welcome Rita from Spinnwebstube to my sofa.

Welcome :)

Tell my readers a little about yourself:

My name is Rita Schneider, I am a 40 year old married mom of a 12 year old daughter.


How important is the "Handmade" culture for you?

The "Handmade" culture is what moved me to start dyeing yarn ten years ago.

I was weaving in my free-time and I noticed that hand-dyed yarns were rarely found on the Swiss markets. Because of this fact I started to dye yarns myself.

At that point in time, Lace-knitting was very fashionable and soon I was dyeing yarns for my friends too. Over time, my hobby became my profession.

A little later I started to spin yarn as well as weave.

This allowed me to complete the circle: I could now make the yarn, colour it and through knitting, crochet and weaving finish the process of creation.



What are you most proud of?

I am proud of myself for having the courage, a year ago, to become self-employed and to open my own yarn store.
I enjoy each day that I can dye yarn on, and I treasure being able to have the direct contact to my clients in the shop and in the courses I offer.


What would you wish for the future of the Handmade Culture?

I wish that our society would continue to grow in appreciation for Handmade creations produced.

I would wish for a large array of materials at fair prices.

And lastly, I would love to have many more possibilities for like-minded people to meet and exchange ideas and visions :)


Thank you so much for your wonderful chat Rita, it has been a pleasure to have your over for a visit.

Where can we find you on the Web?

You can find me here:



On my Blog




And in my Ravelry Group


You can also find me on Ravelry as Spinnwebstube


I found Rita whilst looking for hand-dyed sock yarn last year.

She has a delightful Sock yarn subscription that happens 4 times a year, and I just love that idea.

I bought a trial subscription from her and have just recently finished my first project - my Jaywalker socks with her yarn!

We got talking and I am thrilled to have her on board as a sponsor of the Sock-Along in 2016.

Rita has generously donated 4 beautiful prizes to this year's event!

That means four of you taking part in the KAL will have the chance of winning something special from Rita!

What will you have a chance at winning?
You will have an opportunity to see the prizes that Rita has offered in an upcoming post next week.

If you can't wait to win some of her beautiful yarn, you should head over to her shop and browse :)


You can find out when her Prizes will be up to be won in the draw here on the Blog as well as in the Sock-Along thread on Ravelry.

All you need to do to win a prize yourself is to cast on and bind off a pair of socks in a month.

Every three months (end of March, June, September and December), 3 winners per draw will get chosen from all the finished sock entrants of the previous three months.

I hope you will consider joining us for this super sock-along, it is so much fun already!

Come back soon for some more fluffy wonderfulness when I reveal the gorgeous prizes you will have a chance of winning!

See you soon.
x


Friday, 5 February 2016

FO Friday Fun



Welcome back to another week and the beginning of a new month filled with finished objects :)

Today I have something to share with you all too:

kwiksew 3533

This is my first sewn project for this year in an attempt to try and have a fuller handmade closet by the end of 2016.

The pattern: Kwiksew 3533:


It was a wonderfully easy pattern to complete, and I am very happy with the results :)

I am so lucky to be able to have a place in a local sewing group each week since the beginning of the year.

I have already cut out my second project and look forward to sharing it with you soon.

What have you finished this week?

Feel free to share your FOs for this week below :)

See you soon,
x



Thursday, 4 February 2016

Tutorial Thursdays Month-Long Linky Party


Welcome back to another month of linking fun!


February is here and with it a lot of romance and craft making!


Get creative and share your craft tutorials with us all!


I would love to see them, so share them below :)

Feel free to link up all your crafts below.
I look forward to visiting all of the links I find below.

If you would like a button for your site feel free to use the one below:

Marigolds' Loft



Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Shades of Purple


Today's WIPs image is filled with tones of purple, even though there isn't that much purple in it :)

Let me show you what I am busy with this week.

First up, my project from last week:

avalanche

It looks relatively similar to last week's image, but I have been working on it :)
I guess it is because the yarn is so fine, the progress seems slow, but I will soon be able to join in the round and then I am hoping that it will grow a little quicker than it seems to be doing at the present moment!

I am still enjoying this project very much although it almost seems like I am knitting a shawl right now according to the stitches involved ;)
Once I get to knit in the round and the purl falls away it should move a lot quicker.

I have cast on two new projects this week.

The first of them is my Baable Hat

baable hat

After watching all of the baable hats growing last year, I really wanted to knit one. I introduced it as a group project in my knitting group which meets locally and we have decided to knit this cap together :)

knit-nights in Thun

As you can see my knitty friends managed to get a lot further than me on Monday evening....

I don't think I am much of a hat wearing person as they just don't seem to suit me, but I still haven't given up hope that one day I may find a hat that fits :)

Maybe this is it?

I have started with modifications in this pattern after ripping it back once.

I cast on the 96 stitches and realized after a couple of rounds that it would work out to be too big for anyone in my family. 

I found Susan B.'s Modification tips on this pattern and so I will be following her initial setup for the moment and hope that this works out better for myself.

This hat is being knit in Drops Nepal.

I am still busy in the ribbing so I cannot give you any other information on the pattern right now, but I hope to be able to do so next week!

The next thing I cast on on Monday was my February Sock-Along socks:

Sea Wall

These are my Sea Wall socks.

I am just finished with the ribbing and have finished my set-up row so I will be moving onto the pattern next.

Tin can Knits is one of the lovely sponsors of this year's Sock-Along and you will be able to win some cool pattern books from them throughout the year as well as some amazing yarn and other prizes - and that just for taking part!

All you need to do is to cast on a pair of socks and finish them in the same month - that is all there is to it!

sock-along 2016

If you are interested I would love to have you join us.
February has only just begun so you will have ample time to get your socks finished if you cast them on soon :)

Come on over to the Ravelry group and share your projects and have a chat along the way!

My last bit of yumminess to share with you this week is my new yarn bowl - squee!!!!

yarn bowl

This is my yarn bowl that I reserved at last year's Swiss Wulle Festival 

It is made by Hanna of Ton-Topf and I just love it!

As we are still busy with our Renovation, I will be leaving this baby in it's bubble wrap until my craft room is complete, but I couldn't not show you it in all it's beauty, now could I?

Reading Wise: I haven't had much time to read at the moment and am hoping that that will change soon.

I will be sharing this with all of my creative friends so do pop on over there for some incredible inspiration!

Do come back on Friday and share your FOs with me, I also have one to share with you all this week :)

See you soon
x

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

New Sock Yarn Acquisitions


Over the lst week I have managed to get my hands on some new yummy sock yarn :)

First up:


schöppel sock yarn

This is some Schoppel sock yarn.
I love the colours of this yarn and look forward to testing it out sometime in the near future :)


Babs design sockengarn

Look at this gorgeous sock yarn that I managed to acquire from a the lovely Bärbel from my BABS Design.

This lovely rainbow yarn come caked and ready to knit up.
Bärbel also included a cute little stitch marker and a wonderful teabag as a little extra.

I love those small touches, don't you?

Bärbel has kindly offered two THREE beautiful skeins of her hand-dyed yarn as prizes in this year's Sock-Along - so be sure to take part :)

If you can't wait to win some of this squishy yarn, you can head over to her shop and purchase some for yourself today :)

See you soon
x

Monday, 1 February 2016

Sock-Along Prizes up for Grabs - Wunderwolle

wunderwolle sock yarn

Wunderwolle

Last Monday I introduced you to the lovely Antje from Wunderwolle.

Today I would like to show you what she has kindly donated to the Sock-Along in 2016.

She has offered these two unique, gorgeous skeins of sock yarn that have been hand-dyed by herself, thank you so much Antje :)



hand- dyed sock yarn wunderwolle

This sock yarn is made with 75% wool and 25% polyamide.
It is wonderfully soft and squishy.
The yarn has beautiful apricot and baby blue tones with white.

The image above is quite accurate.

And Leonie

Leonie Wunderwolle

sock yarn hand-dyed

Leonie, is another unique colour blend that encompasses subtle tones of oranges and pinks - just beautiful!

These two skeins of yarn yumminess will be up for grabs during 2016 in the Sock-Along.

(If you can't wait to try out some of this yarn yumminess - I can totally understand that :) - then head over to her Site and purchase some for yourself today)

The first of these skeins will be in the draw taking place at the end of March.

You still have loads of time to join in the fun!

With today being February 1st, you could cast on right now  ;)

Come and share all your cast on images for the month of February in the Ravelry Group HERE

You can share your images on Instagram too - just use the Hashtag #sockalong2016 and / or #marigoldsloft so I can find you ;)

Good Luck!
x

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I used to be a homeschool mom, and now that my children go to school, am a mom who has found a creative side and am exploring that with great delight!

I am interested in alternative therapies, studied as a vibrational therapist and incorporate my beliefs into my everyday life.