General, Life Updates, Pattern Design

Mid-year Checkin

Well 2019, you sure have not been dull I’ll give you that. I cannot believe that we are already half way through this year. I’ve made some good progress on some of my fiber arts related goals. I’m close to finishing up my first free cowl pattern that I hope to have released soon. I know soon is such a vague timeframe. I’ve written the pattern and putting the finishing touches on it. I just want to make sure the bind off instructions are clear and easy to follow and that I have all the necessary resources that a knitter might need to help.

My biggest project that I have been working on for well over a year, maybe almost two is my first sweater design. I’ve gotten one of the sleeves almost done and ready to start the cuff. I am so excited and proud of how this design is coming together. I still have a long long way to go to get this design ready. I still have to draft the pattern, grade it, and then a round or two of test knitting. Going into this I did not realize just how much effort that designers go through to publish those amazing sweater designs I had been knitting. I am determined to get this pattern out, I don’t know when, but it will be published.

In other news, it’s finally summer! YAY! Work is crazy busy, Alexis is in day camp for the summer that she is loving, and I got to break out the shorts and flip flops. It’s been a fairly rainy start to the summer, but that just means lot of knitting time.

What has everyone been up to? I hope you all are having a great start to your summers and finding time for lots of knitting.

Until next time,

~Happy Knitting~

Jess

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General, Life Updates, Uncategorized

Spring is finally here!

I’m so excited that Spring is finally starting to show up here. My redbud trees are blooming out and are looking better than last year. Hopefully my dogwood will start blooming out soon too.

With the arrival of Spring comes the outdoor activities that tend to interrupt my knitting. For example, last weekend we had a family Jeep invasion down at Robber’s Cave. Did I take my knitting with me? Yes I did. Did I accomplish much knitting? No I did not. I also had envisioned finishing up a new pattern that I wanted to publish this week as well, but alas that also did not happen.

Also, a new adventure that we are taking on as a family that will slightly impact my knitting time (though it will no doubt create some amazing places you can knit photos) is kayaking. We bought three kayaks for our family and are looking forward to some fun adventures on the water. Also, if anyone has any recommendations for excellent dry bags for my knitting pass those along! My kayak has a “water proof” storage, but I don’t know how much I trust that.

Here is a picture of the kayaks for my daughter (orange) and myself (green) on top of the hubby’s Jeep.

I’m working this week and this weekend on finishing up the pattern for a new brioche cowl (very basic and beginner friendly) that I intend to release for free in my Ravelry shop, hopefully next week (fingers crossed). Keep an eye out for that.

Other items on my to do list for spring is to get my design studio cleaned out and cleaned up. I have some major decluttering and organizing ahead of me for that. Right now it looks like two tornados hit it! Once I get it organized I have a lot of ideas for decorating the walls to make it a really creative and inspiring place.

I have so many ideas and plans for my fiber arts passion, there is a lot of planning and work going on behind the scenes here. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me in the fiber arts world.

Right now I am tied up in brioche knitting. I am working on a hat and cowl set for my daughter, and I started a second colorful hat just because.

Keep an eye out for two free patterns to be released as soon as I can get the pattern writing wrapped up. I also have a sweater pattern that is in the middle of the design process and a tunic/tank design that is at the beginning of the design process. I’m super excited for these patterns and cannot wait to share them with you!

~Happy Knitting~

Jess

Pattern Design, Promotions, Published Design

Monthly Discounted Pattern: Lagertha Cowl

I’m going to be honest, I want people to knit my designs. I’m pretty sure that is one of the goals of all knit designers. Another honest moment, I started this pattern design journey but then I got away from the typing the patterns, taking the photos, and publishing the patterns. Sometimes life gets crazy and you have to let some things slide.

However, I am working my way back into it. I have three designs that I am working on typing up and editing. In the meantime I have a goal/desire to encourage more knitters to knit my patterns. I did some brainstorming and came up with the idea of offering one of my published patterns each month at a discounted price.

This offer starts today. For the entire month of April 2019, I am offering my Lagertha Cowl pattern 40% off.

You do not need a code to get the discount. All you have to do is add the pattern to your cart to get the discount. The promotion will run from April 1st through the 30th.

I’m very proud of this particular design and I wear it often in the fall and winter. The pattern features lace and garter sections which knit up quiet squishy and cozy.

For the sample I used Malabrigo sock yarn in complementary colorways. The lace sections are knit in Botichelli Red and the garter sections are knit in Eggplant. I absolutely love how this turned out!

I really hope you will check this pattern out and give it a knit! If you have any questions or comments please feel free to reach out to me on Ravelry (JessieLynn) or via email (jessknitsdesigns@gmail.com). I’d love to hear from you.

Tag me in your photos on instagram (@jess_knits) so I can see your beautiful Lagertha cowls!

~Happy Knitting~

Jess

General

For The Love of Technology

I know, I know. I launch a new website for my kniting designs, make one blog post and then nothing. I think I have mentioned before that I work outside the home as an IT Project Manager, which takes up some of my time. Being mommy takes up the rest. I have set my goal of one blog post to my site a week. So far I have not met thar goal. 

I was all geared up this weekend to write a post and finish typing up the pattern for a new design. I opened my laptop to find that at somepoint in the last three weeks my lcd screen was destroyed making my laptop unusable! Lots of anger and frustration occurred over the weekend. 

Fortunately, being in the IT field, I know it can be fixed. I found a replacement lcd screen, I just have to order it. The installation is the easy part. Waiting, not so much. To pass that time I’ve set up my ipad to do blog posts and content editing. 

Oh yeah, I’ve also been knitting! I have two new designs that I am in the process of knitting. One is a 1920’s inspired cardigan and the other is a pair of fingerless mitts to match the cowl pattern I am typing up. I can’t share photos of those at this time. But I can share photos of my Find Your Fade Shawl that I am currently knitting. Enjoy!

The yarn for this project is:

Madelinetosh sock in Havana, Glass Bottom Boat, and Nassua Blue.

Manos Del Uruguay Alegria Sock in Tahiti.

Malabrigo Sock in Aniversario.

Pattern: Find Your Fade by Andrea Mowry

Find it at Drea Renee Knits on Ravelry!