If you follow me on Instagram, I’m transitioning to two separate Instagram profiles — one for Twisted Yarns and one for my personal Instagram account. Both are public and I invite you to follow both accounts.
Little known fact:
Years ago — before I discovered knitting, I was designing and selling my own rubber stamp designs. I was journaling daily, and creating new stamps to use in my journal and on my handmade cards. In 7+ years of stamping, I made hundreds of cards and filled many journals. However, a move from North Carolina to Texas in early 2003, meant packing away most of my supplies until we could transition from temporary apartment housing to our home. My craft supplies didn’t make it out of boxes for months and when they did, I had no room to spread out and work. It was frustrating to have lost a fulfilling creative outlet.
As the holidays loomed that year, I was getting really antsy to make things and I found Knitty.com, which led me to dozens of inspiring knitting blogs. Within a few weeks, I had purchased yarn and knitting needles to teach myself how to knit dishcloths and found new homes for some of my stamp supplies. I licensed my stamp designs to an online stamping site and devoted myself to my new knitting hobby. I still continued journaling and using my stamps, but on a much smaller scale. By the end of the following year, I was working at Twisted Yarns and had officially adopted my new obsession. Knitting was portable, and I could meet with other knitters and take it everywhere. Most of my time was spent driving kids to school and waiting in long car rider lines. Knitting was essential!
It was about this time last year when Instagram Explore led me to creators and makers who were using stamps in many different applications (Project Life, Traveler’s Notebooks, Art Journals, and memory keeping in general) — and it came back in to my life on a much smaller, more focused scale, not so product-heavy this time. I know what I like and I’m back to journaling daily, keeping things portable and requiring a smaller footprint for the pockets of time that I find to spread out my supplies and create things. AND. There are new stamp designs in the works that I can’t wait to share!
Ironically, this new focus and engagement has helped kickstart my knitting mojo — which, for me, has always been more about the process and the possibilities rather than the end product. You can expect to see more variety on my personal Instagram.
Two things I’ve missed: working at the yarn shop
and taking photos with my phone.
This month marked my third time working this month since having taken several weeks off. It was great to reconnect with co-workers and customers and . . . yarn! But several things happened today that reaffirmed for me that people don’t always come in for solutions with their knitting issues, or to just shop for yarn — but to have somebody listen and understand. It’s easy to feel isolated when we’re struggling with difficult situations, and I think it helps to seek companionship and to share what we’re going through.
Last week, I got my first iPhone and I’m thrilled to be able to take decent photos with my cell phone again! I was already familiar with the iPhone’s interface — I got a Touch last year for my birthday. But I never thought I’d want it all in one package — until now. I love that my calendar and contacts are perfectly in synch with what’s on my MacBook.
I have several posts in draft mode and so much to share with you all. Thank you all for sticking around and sharing my world.
To friends and family near and far – I wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
This is the ornament I received in the annual Twisted Yarns exchange. I love it and it looks great on my tree. Details: Ann’s African Flower Star, based on Hexagons are My Stars Tutorial – [Ravelry Pattern Link]
[ Project details on Ravelry ]
Here’s the final installment in the Twisted Knitter Mitten Frenzy of 2010. The mittens gradually got smaller, didn’t they? Every year my co-workers at Twisted Yarns have an annual handmade ornament exchange — not always all knitted, but always lovingly handcrafted. This was my contribution to this year’s ornament exchange. (And if you’re curious, here’s last year’s ornament). The pattern can be found on Ravelry (Winter Night Miniature Mittens). This mitten, along with several other gorgeous mittens, was designed by a Norwegian knitter transplanted to Houston. I have another one of her mitten patterns in my queue for 2011 – my first stranded colorwork mitten with worsted weight yarn. For now, however, I’m switching gears in order to focus on gift knitting.
And if you’re reading this far, I’m in a gift-giving mood. If you’re a member of Ravelry and would like a free copy of one of the three patterns I sell there, please let me know your Ravelry name and your desired pattern and I’ll send you one. And if you’re not a member of Ravelry, why not sign up?