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January Pattern: Cranbrook

Keeping with my goal of publishing one pattern a month, Cranbrook went live a few days ago. 

It's a quick and easy hat that is knit in the round from the bottom up. I've been working on a few larger projects recently and just wanted something that would fly off the needles! And show off this yarn - Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in Hayloft. I got it while on a trip to Philadelphia to visit my mom and I've been itching to use it.

From now until Friday, January 27, 2017 it is 25% on Ravelry. You don't need a coupon code, the discount is automatically applied when you check out. 

Also last week I got something that will, hopefully, help me stick to my goals and better balance life in general. It's a Passion Planner and I'm kind of in love. It is a day planner (which to be honest, it could have stopped there. I love stationary) but it is set up for, and teaches you how to, set goals. Life goals, Yearly goals, Daily goals - it's all in there. Plus some quotes and lots of blank space so everything can all be in one place. I've really only had it a week so I can't tell you how effective it actually is, but I've heard lots of great reviews and am excited to really start using it more. I hope it will help me better manage my time, and to keep better balance between work, family, friends, and keeping the house a non-disaster and everyone relatively well-fed. This totally sounds like an advertisement, but it's not! I just get jazzed about day planners. 

Speaking of goals, I actually wrote about some of my knitting goals back in August 2015. I hadn't really thought about them, but looking back I've completed almost all of them, and am on the way with some of the others. You can read the full post here, but here's the cliff notes:
1. Get yarn support - still haven't done this one, but I am planning to and it doesn't scare me anymore
2. Get published - That has happened. Quite a few times now, actually! 
3. Write a book - this one hasn't happened either but, again, there are plans brewing
4. Design a sweater - This one has also happened, and this was, I thought, my least attainable goal!

It's really awesome to be able to look back and say, "hey! I did those things that I thought I never would!" and to be able to actually see the steps that have been taken. I hope that this can continue and, as much as I said I didn't like them, maybe there's something to New Years Resolutions after all. 

All the little ladies, all the little ladies

So I've got to say, when it comes to garment knitting, you petite ladies have it made! 

I just started a design commission and the sample needs to fit a 34" bust. Now I'm not used to that at all! (First off, I'm a little more voluptuous than that and I also like a bit more room). I feel like I took on a little more than I could handle in the coming months with three patterns and samples due by July, but after the way this first one is just  flying off the needles I feel much better about everything! 

And look at this amazing yarn I get to use! It's  The Fibre Co.'s Acadia  in Sand and it the softest, most luxe alpaca/merino/silk I've ever gotten to work with. 

And look at this amazing yarn I get to use! It's The Fibre Co.'s Acadia in Sand and it the softest, most luxe alpaca/merino/silk I've ever gotten to work with. 

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