January 31, 2013

Pattern sale, tumblr, and studio organization!

Hey guess what!  February is my birthday month, so I’m inviting you to celebrate with me by offering a 31% off coupon code!

Junction

Enter the code leethals31 (that’s “leethal’s 31” without punctuation) into the coupon box in your shopping cart, on ravelry or leethalknits.com, and get as many patterns/ebooks as you want for almost a third off!  This code will be valid at the start of February 1st, through my birthday on the 11th.

Flying V's

Moving on… I made a couple of proclamations over on my tumblr at the beginning of the year, and I wanted to address them both here.  First, I claimed that for 2013 I’ll be posting a tumbl-a-day.  I have stuck to it for most of this month, but not completely… as the days went by, I found that some days I had something personal to post about, or something knittingrelated, and those were all good, but other days I didn’t have anything to post, so I’d just waste a bunch of time looking for something to reblog.  This ends up being a bad thing for multiple reasons – the time wasted, and the littering of my tumblr with reblogs, which I want to mostly avoid doing.  So, no more strict post-a-day plan, I’ll just try to post things over there when I have something worth posting.

tumblr

I do like using tumblr, as a kind of halfway between a tweet and a full on blog post over here, and I think I’ll continue with the posting of pattern sneak peeks (like I posted last night!), so if you want to see those you might want to follow me over there.  And, I do plan on doing some monthly tumblr based projects, like I mentioned in that first tumbl-a-day proclamation post… I’m going to try listening to and posting a record a day in February, so we’ll see how that goes.

tumblr

If you want to help give me things to post about over there, you can ask me a question.  Also, if you know of any of those photo-a-day projects for an upcoming month (in which you’re told what to photograph each day), let me know – I did one of those for a month last year and it was fun!

my studio in its current state

So then, the other thing I announced at the beginning of the year was that January would be the month that I finally get my studio in actual proper, functioning, usable order.  I have made some progress, but damn, it’s been a busy month.  I actually have a chunk of time set aside for this afternoon/evening to get it as far along as possible before the month is over, but it’s far from finished.

my studio in its current state

These photos were taken 20 minutes ago.  In my defense, I have done a lot of more internal organizational work, like figuring out where certain things can live, projects which aren’t really visible behind all the clutter.  A couple months ago, there wasn’t close to enough room for all my yarn, but then I got some new yarn organizing systems set up and now all my yarn has a place to live!  Even all the small leftover balls.  Organization feels so good!

my studio in its current state

I’ve lived in this house, with that room as my studio space, for over 2.5 years now, so it’s embarrassing that it’s always been used as basically a storage space, with rarely a surface clear enough to work on.  The thing is, the room is significantly smaller than my studio room in our old apartment, and I’ve accumulated a ton more crap stuff over the last 3 years or so… Doing my old quick knits mail-out club encouraged me to buy lots of random crafty stuff, and then doing Remixed encouraged me to buy lots of sweaters to unravel, and this and that, and excuses excuses… basically, I am cursed with hoarding tendencies and I just have too much stuff to easily organize it in that one small room.  But I’m doing my best, really.

my studio in its current state

My old studio space was never really organized either, always a work-in-progress, just like this one… until we bought a house and moved.  About a month before we bought our house, I was told the Oregonian wanted to include me in a story about studio spaces, which would mean them sending a photographer into my space.  I used it as a motivator to get my room in order for the first time ever, succeeded, was featured in the paper, then immediately packed everything up to move!

Oregonian article!

During all the house buying and moving chaos back then, I managed to take photos of the studio before packing, but I never got around to editing and posting the photos… until last night!  I got them all sorted, edited, and up on flickr;  so here and now, I’m showing you these photos of my old space, because I always meant to, and so that they might motivate me to get my current space as functional!

my old studio!

Got pretty good light in that room!

my old studio!

(Coffee can cubbies tutorial is here.)

my old studio!

Gotta have a record player in any decent studio space ;)

my old studio!

Some areas looked messy, but they were actually in order.

my old studio!

Thrifted wine rack (I think?) as yarn storage/display.

my old studio! my old studio!

Reclaimed CD cases (from my old photo lab day job – I didn’t go through all those discs myself!) as yarn storage.  And Ikea plastic bag storage units as yarn storage.

my old studio! my old studio!

I’ve been sewing at the kitchen table for the last couple years… I can’t wait till I have space to actually craft in my craft studio!

my old studio!

Yeah, I like Ikea.  I’ll leave it at that… there are more shots on flickr if you want to see more.  I do have more to post about, but it can be for a later day… For now, you can be expecting the new stripy pattern release next week!  I’m aiming for Wednesday morning… it’s a fun pattern, I’m excited about it!  Yay!

Filed under: home stuff,knitting,random stuff — leethal @ 5:41 pm

January 14, 2013

New Cabled Haka Hat + Cowl!

You may or may not remember my old hat pattern called Haka, one of the first patterns I ever wrote waay back in 2008.  Well, it was super simple, it was cheap, and no one really seemed to care about it, but I liked the idea of it and decided it was worth a major makeover!

Cabled Haka hat+cowl

So I turned it into a cabled hat, to go along with the basic version, and then I recycled the cable chart to make a matching cowl as well!

Cabled Haka hat+cowl

So it’s all updated on my site and ravelry now as kind of a mini-ebook, with the basic hat, cabled hat, and cabled cowl, altogether in the pdf for $6.  All items use super bulky weight yarn, or 3 strands of worsted weight held together, which is what I used on these cabled samples.

Cabled Haka hat+cowl

Just like the original Haka, the hat can be worn with the strap four different ways… loose and hanging earflaps:

Cabled Haka hat+cowl

cabled Haka

…fastened around your chin (Haka is Icelandic for chin, by the way):

Cabled Haka hat+cowl

Cabled Haka hat+cowl

… fastened up behind your head (this is my favorite way to wear it most of the time, still plenty warm but a bit out of the way):

Cabled Haka hat+cowl

Side note: one of my testers had the smart idea of putting a second button on the other side of the strap, so when it’s fastened this way the button can show on the outside instead of hidden underneath like you see here.

Cabled Haka hat+cowl

…and lastly, fastened behind the neck, so the strap is out of the way but the ears are still super cozy:

Cabled Haka hat+cowl

Cabled Haka hat+cowl

The cabled hat is the same pattern as the original hat, but with the cable chart for the body (the cables are only charted, not written); the cowl is just a simple tube cowl using the same cable chart:

Cabled Haka hat+cowl

This sample is the large size, which is huge and flops/folds over.  The small size is more fitted and will stay up around the neck more (see some testers’ versions here!).

cabled Haka

The pattern pdf includes a tutorial for cabling without a cable needle (same as this one on my website)… here’s a better view of the cable pattern on the hat:

cabled Haka hat

And then of course there’s the basic Haka as well, which is suuuper quick, easy, great for beginners or for last-minute winter gift knitting:

haka!

It will work in any super bulky yarn, finer weights held multi-stranded, or it looks fabulous in handspun!

Haka!

Haka!

And the pattern also includes full instructions for jog-less stripes, like in this sample (2×1 stripes like this one, or any other width stripes you want to make):

Haka!

Many many thanks to my awesome test knitters for your quick knitting and thoughtful feedback!!  Happy knitting, all!

Cabled Haka hat+cowl

Filed under: hats,knitting — leethal @ 1:44 pm
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