Excited and Nervous

I can’t believe that it’s time for my Kumihimo class already. This class filled right up and there has been so much interest that I will be offering it again this fall. I’m going to have to start thinking about my fall classes too. The summer is going by way too fast.

IMG_20160710_131423I spent the better part of today polishing up my handout for the class. I wanted to have something for my students to take notes on as well as have the instructions so they can continue braiding when they get home. Writing, rewriting, taking pictures, editing the pictures, getting the layout to look decent . . . I’m exhausted. But I am quite happy with how it turned out. I could really use a nap right now but I just don’t have the time. Buddy on the other hand, napped the whole time I wasIMG_20160710_131119 working. Oh to live the life of a cat!

I am really excited to teach this class tomorrow night, but I am really nervous at the same time. I’m always nervous the first time I teach a class. This is something new and I’m always worried that I will have forgotten something or will confuse my students. I feel prepared, but there is always that little voice of doubt in the back of my mind. Do you think I could shut it up with some cookies?

And lest you think my weekend has been full of class prep, let me tell you what else I’ve been up to. I was gifted some lovely bits of sock yarn on Thursday, so I have been adding squares to my sock yarn blanket. This has been a 10 year project, but I had no timeline for it. The blanket is growing and part of me can’t wait for it to be done. Maybe it will be my go to project this winter.

I have also been working on knitting up a model for my Band Heel class. Right now there are no students signed up (though there has been some interest). So I’m hoping that a model in the shop will get people to sign up. If it doesn’t go this summer, I may try again in the fall. It’s a really fun heel and I like that there is no decreasing for the gusset. As a bonus, the sock we’ll be knitting has a toe that does not need to be grafted. Kick that Kitchener stitch to the curb!

Hubby is prepping steaks to throw on the grill for dinner along with some potatoes and broccoli. After that, I think I will spend a little time with my sewing machine and whip up a cute little bag to put my Kumihimo supplies in. Hopefully it won’t take me all night to get it done.

Never stop creating!

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Uptown Girl

It has been awhile. In fact, it has been longer than I would have liked. But it has finally happened. I have released a brand new pattern! (I hope you were sitting down. Guess I should have warned you.)

So without further ado, I give you the Uptown Girl Socks.

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I really enjoyed designing these socks. They are knit from the cuff down and feature a pretty twisted rib on the cuff. A lace panel works its way down the side of the sock and continues down the foot. There are a definite right and left sock. My favorite heel, the Band Heel, is featured. The pattern is presented in written directions. It requires around 420 yds of a fingering weight yarn (more if your shoe size is women’s 10 or above) and a US size 2 needle. They can be worked using magic loop, two circulars or dpn’s.

If you leave me a comment letting me know how you like the design, I will email you a coupon code for 40% off the retail price of $6.00. (Offer good through July 31, 2016.)

$6.00