Knitalong with me (there will be prizes and coffee)

Hi, guys!

Little Woolly Things podcast
Hello from Bravewood!

Would you like to knit some gifts with me this year?  It’s time for a knitalong!  But more about that in a minute.

It has been so busy here at Bravewood and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down at all.  I mean, not any time soon.  I have this new podcast going on, which is super cool, but I haven’t quite figured out how to balance the podcasting with the blogging.  I don’t want to neglect my old blog just because the podcast videos are all new and shiny. I also don’t want my blog to just turn into shownotes for the podcast.

It’s a challenge.

So, here I am thinking that I should at least give my blog readers an update on what’s happening because I know that not everyone has the time or the inclination to sit and watch a podcast video.  I would love it if you would give it a try, though.  My podcasts are pretty short, compared to a lot of the other knitting podcasts out there.  Plus, there’s coffee.

If you look at it upside-down, it’s a happy cup of coffee.

I have a few new patterns in the works and at varying levels of completion.  One is waiting on an answer from a popular yarn company about whether or not they want to publish it.  Another is in the test knitting stage, which will take a while.  That one is scheduled to go live next Spring.  I am also working on a really cute and very quick knitted decor project.  I don’t have any photos of it yet, so you’ll have to come back and read my next blog post for more information on that.  I am also working on putting together my first ever collaboration with a couple other artists that I have met through the magic of the internet.  Right now, it’s in the super secret squirrel stage.  Sorry, if I told you, I’d have to… well, let’s just not think about that.

SO, there is a lot of stuff going on that I really can’t show you ANY photos of.  And what’s a blog post without photos?

BUT, I can tell you about my first ever knitalong that I am hosting on my podcast. [ I know, finally something I can actually talk about, right? ]  I am calling it the Sneaky Gift KAL and it is starting September 1, 2017 and running through January 1, 2018.

The idea behind the KAL is to share stories of the sneaky ways we have to hide those gift knitting projects from the people we love while still making sure that we have enough knitting time to actually get them finished on time.  The struggle is real!  So, show off your WIPs, share your knitting/crocheting/crafting stories and post those finished objects in the FO thread for a chance to win.

You can officially join the club in my podcast group on Ravelry.  Link to the

Look for this badge in the groups on Ravelry.

group is right HERE.  And, of course, you can get information by watching my Little Woolly Things podcasts on YouTube.  There will be prizes at the end of the KAL, so please check it out.  I only have 10 people in my group so far, so your chances of winning a prize are pretty darn good.  And it has been my experience that a knitalong can be a great way to make a new knitting friend or two, either from somewhere far away or just down the street.  I have really been enjoying my foray into the online knitting community. I hope to see you there!

P.S.: You can also post your works in progress on Instagram with the hashtag: #sneakygiftkal

It’s a Woolly Life: what’s happening

I’m going to be tote-woolly (bad pun) honest.  I started writing this blog post yesterday and then realized that I was just rambling about pretty much nothing, so I decided to delete it and start over again, because, you know, I could go on and on about all of the things going on, but it would take me until next week to list them all for you and I just don’t have the time for that.   I have a rehearsal dinner to plan (because my son is getting married next weekend).  Sorry.  I know you were looking forward to that list, but I really wouldn’t want you nodding off in front of your computer or your smartphone.  If you happen to be in the company of other humans, that might be a little embarrassing.

It's a woolly life: what's happening

Anyway, since this is supposed to be a blog about woolly things, there have been a few recent happenings in the woollier part of my world that I can share.  I had a design proposal rejected.  I have not given up on it, though.  I am keeping it around and planning on refining it some more.  It might work with just a color change.

I also finished a shawl pattern and got the photos done.  Yay!  As soon as it goes live, I will shout it to the world.  You can count on me.

Close up view of Sedimentary Shawl pattern by Wendelika Cline
Poor quality photo taken on my phone because I forgot to charge the battery for my Nikon camera.

And I have another pattern finished that just needs the photos.  There is actually a little sunshine happening out there today, so I just might see if I can talk my 17-year-old into modeling for me.  She was pretty good-natured about working with me on my last photo shoot, and I do believe the battery for my camera is actually charged right now, so that’s a bonus.  It’s easier to get photos done, that way.  Ask me how I know.

Something pretty is in the works!

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I am also working on a new project, of course.  It’s so new, in fact, that I don’t even have an Instagram pic to show you yet.  I started playing around with a 2-color linen stitch and I’m really liking it.  I’m actually “swatching” in the size and shape of a cowl, so that I can write up the pattern if it turns out to be super fabulous and then, I won’t have to work it up again.  I sometimes cheat like that.

I’m actually pretty excited about this one.  The best designs are the ones that capture your imagination and just won’t let you go.  My Gypsy Caravan Shawl was one of those.  I didn’t realize how much this one had gotten hold of me until I was at my acupuncture appointment this morning and I was lying there (supposedly relaxing) thinking about some really cool things that I could do with it.  I came up with three different ideas!  Thought about them all the way home and decided which one I like best, so my plans for this evening will definitely include a little bit of woolly experimentation.  I have never seen anything like this before (not to say that it has never been done), so I am really excited to see how it will turn out.  Wish me luck – or better yet, skill.

Just keep knitting

Just keep knitting

Hello, friends,

This week’s blog post is brought to you by homeopathic sinus tabs, herbal compresses and lots and LOTS of tea.  Oh, and coffee.  I can’t leave out the morning cup of coffee because, let’s face it, without the morning cup of caffeine, the headache would be a lot worse than it already is.

Caffeine to fuel the knitting
My favorite mug

When my husband peeked into the bedroom to check on me this morning and ask me how I was feeling, I think I said something in my head but what came out was more like, “Uuuuuuurgh.”  I can’t be completely certain, though, because my ears are plugged up and I can’t hear much.

So, if you haven’t guessed, I have a head cold.  Not only a head cold, I have a whopper of a head cold.  Normally, I try to avoid sounding sound wimpy, but I haven’t had one like this in a very long time.  I won’t try to gross you out with the details because this is about knitting, not snot, right?

In the words of my 14-year-old daughter, “I’m sick and dying.” [slight exaggeration]

But, the sun is shining and it’s Saturday as I write this, so the hubby and all but two of the kids (who are currently reading and napping) are out helping my parents-in-law and doing outside things, so it’s pretty quiet in the house.  And since I have been left largely to my own devices today, I have been moving from room to room with my tea mug in one hand, a supply of tissues and my current almost finished project in my arms, mom-style, kind of like carrying an infant with you wherever you go.  It even hung out in the bathroom with me (over the side of the tub) while I tried to steam my sinuses open with a hot essential oil bath.  [Sorry, no photos of that.]

This project is so close to being finished, I can almost taste it!  You know the feeling, right?  I’m on the last row before the bind off.  THAT close!  You can’t put down a project when you’re on the LAST ROW, for goodness sake!  I might be just a little bit obsessive about it.

BUT…

The last row on this project has about eleventy-million stitches in it, so I’m really hoping to have it done by next week.  That’s not much of an exaggeration.  Just keep knitting, right?  As I am typing this, it is sitting on the end table beside me begging me to pick it up and keep working.  It wants to be finished, too.

a jumbled up mess of a knitting project
This is what it looks like all jumbled and scrunched up on a long circular needle.

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you may have seen some obscure photos of a wildly striped design in some very bright colors.  (see photo above) Yep, that’s the one.  This is actually the second time I have knitted this up and it’s going to be sent out to my tech editor very soon.  Well, as soon as my eyes stop watering enough to finish typing it up.  It’s going to be fabulous!  I can’t wait to show you the whole thing, but you and I will both have to wait until it goes live for that.  In the meantime, you can anticipate asymmetrical stripes, bold colors and lace.  I promise I will let you know as soon as I possibly can.

Here is a photo of our adorable (and somewhat obnoxious) bummer lamb.  Her name is Jessica and she is getting so big!

Jessica in her pen. No knitting from her fleece. She's not a fiber animal.
Jessica the adorable but obnoxious bummer lamb

And now, back to knitting.