Friday, 12 February 2016

FO Friday Fun

fo friday fun

Do you have something to show off this Friday?

Feel free to link your finished projects of this week below.
Have a super weekend.
x

Thursday, 11 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, 10 February 2016

Work in Progress


I love that feeling when you look at your WIPs from the previous week and see that they have grown, don't you? :)

Let me jump right in:

avalanche

This is my Avalanche.
I have closed my work in the round and am close to separating for the sleeves.

I really am enjoying this project. I think it has a lot to do with the gorgeous yarn, it makes it really easy to knit with :)

baable hat

Here is my Baa-ble hat :)

I love how fast this project grows. 
I am only knitting this project every Monday at our group and am hoping to have it close to finished by the end of next Mondays evening!



This pair is also growing quite steadily :)
I am managing to knit my 10 rows a day on the pattern and will be finishing my 3rd pattern repeat today and then will be turning the heel.

How are your Sock-Along Socks growing?

If you haven't yet joined in there is still ample time to get those February socks on and off the needles before the end of the month!

I would love to see your projects grow :)


At my sewing group this week I have started a new project.

I am planning on sewing the dress you see in the image, with the fabric you see.

What I didn't take into consideration is that each stripe is a bit different to the next one, which means I have had a LOT of work cutting out the pieces so that that are coordinated throughout the dress :O

I look forward to seeing it's progress next week.


And lastly, I wanted to share my warp that I wound last week. It is so colourful it brightens my day when I look at it.

I thought others of you who may also have rather grey weather today may need the rainbow too :)

Reading-wise: Well, I am doing really badly bookwise this year.....

I am still busy on the book I got for Christmas from Jas!

I am just so busy with our Renovation and work that at night I drop into bed and go straight to sleep!

I will be sharing this post with all of my creative weekly friends, so pop on over there for some great inspiration :)

See you soon
x
(Do come back on Friday and share your FOs with us all)



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



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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.