Issue No. 9, October 03, 2012
Welcome to the ninth issue of Pulling Threads, the official newsletter of Loose Endings Studio. Pulling Threads is a monthly publication intended to be a comprehensive look at what is going on in the Loose Endings Studio.
New & Improved
I’ve re-branded! It’s been in the works for a bit and I finally went through with the changes needed. More than just a name change, I’ve made strides regarding the business side of things here at the studio by reexamining my goals.
After writing issue #8 I took time to really look at what I was doing and how I felt it. I changed my definition of success, I looked at what I really wanted to accomplish, and what would make me happy. Then I went about the business of changing absolutely everything.
I started by taking care of the technical stuff – changing my DBA, sending for a new Sales & Tax licence. Then I moved on to some fun stuff like designing new business cards and care tags. (Aren’t they cool? Spirographs look like yarn balls…) Then I spent several days working on the new Etsy Shop. During this time I realized that it’s much harder to tell your story when you don’t know what you want to say. Thankfully I now know what I want to say.
Donating time to teach others how to knit & crochet might have just been the highlight of October. A wonderful group of people descended upon my living-room for an afternoon of learning, amazing conversation, and uh… yummy snacks. Several scarves were started by the time things came to an end. A few days later I received a note from one of the participants letting me know that she really enjoyed herself and turned around and taught her daughter how to crochet.
It took far longer than I anticipated and I almost thought that I wouldn’t have it done in time. I fought through “green fatigue” and finished it with weeks to spare.
I loved working with this yarn (Debbie Bliss – Pure Cotton) and am actually rather sad that it was discontinued. I used 11 balls of the green and a partial ball of yellow for the entire blanket. Roughly 1080 yds was used to make one of the softest blankets ever. The hardest part was actually embroidering the beak and feet for the birds.
The Izzy – I took a trip to Norman, OK to visit my sister and her family. While I was helping my niece with her maths homework I designed a quick scarf for her. She had expressed an interest in having one. I happened to have some very squishy Toconao by Araucania Yarns in a colorway that she adored with me and used that along with over-sized needles. It took a single skein and I don’t think she took it off once I handed the finished scarf to her.
Since I made it for my niece I named it after her.
I wanted to make a cowl using dropped stitches…Dropped stitches are currently sweeping through a lot of patterns for the season.
My go-to cowl yarn is Magnum by Cascade (a wonderful 100% wool), however I have a lot of Debbie Bliss Como sitting in my stash that is oh so soft (90% wool, 10% cashmere) that has not been designated for use in a project.
Over the period of two really bad movies I designed and worked up this comfy cowl. It’s squishy and comfortable. I named it after my sister. (Sense a trend?)
These will likely appear as physical items in the Etsy shop instead of actual patterns.
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