Wednesday, 24 April 2013

A little knitting...

 My cousin's wedding is coming up this Saturday (fingers crossed for weather as nice as today's!) and I think I kind of know what I'll be wearing.  If the sun comes out, I may get the chance to bust out a pair of open toed shoes - feels like forever since I've done that.

More importantly, I've got Sadie's outfit sorted.  I picked up a really cute navy and white dress when I was in Seattle in March.  Because April in Victoria can be a fickle time of year weather-wise, I tried my hand at some knitting and made a little shrug sweater for the Kid to wear over her dress.

Cuddly cozy!
 Now, don't look too closely at the stitches and avoid looking at the seams altogether.  The front is doing a little bit of weird bubble thing but since this is only the 3rd knitted item I've ever completed (first and second being a chunky wool cowl and wrist warmers, both of which were just rectangles), I'm fairly pleased with it.

Someone is going to be better dressed than her mother.
The pattern came from Simply Baby by Debbie Bliss and was relatively easy to follow.  I'm a complete newb when it comes to knitting and entirely self taught.  I'm sure anyone with a modicum of knitting know-how would sail right through this pattern.

I'm keen to try knitting myself a sweater or cardigan.  If you know of any easy patterns that might suit a beginner, please leave a comment and let me know!  I do have a Ravelry account so if you know of any on there, even better.

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Monday, 8 April 2013

I have some good news and some bad news.  Which would you prefer first?  The bad news?  Okay.  It's not terrible, it's just that the full reveal of my comiccon shirt has been put on hold as has the recap of my weekend in Seattle.  I will get to it though.  Promise!

The good news, and something that I'm really excited about, is that I'm currently taking part in an online course - Set Up Shop.  It's being run by the lovely and talented Jess Van Den of Create & Thrive and Epheriell Designs fame.

In a nutshell, the course is taking myself and 50+ (!) other talented gals step by step through the process of creating, beautifying and opening our online shops and social media pages.  Jess has 'been there, done that' when it comes to creating and selling her beautiful jewellery and is so very generously offering her knowledge to others.  No more muddling around in the dark trying to figure it all out - Jess has flipped on the light switch!

We're into our second week (of four) and it has been eye-opening and inspiring.  I don't want to give too much away but I can say, wholeheartedly, if you are thinking of opening up an online shop this course will save you so much time and frustration.  Plus, you'll meet a host of other talented, helpful creative types.  I don't know for sure when the course will next be opened for registration, but I will most certainly be updating and letting people know.

So, for the next few weeks I will be throwing all of my spare time into readying my shop and making, making, making.  I know Telltale Thread hasn't been super exciting yet, but please bear with me.  There is so much more to come!

P.S. What do you think of my new banner?

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