Issue No. 10, December 17, 2013
Welcome to the tenth issue of Pulling Threads, the official newsletter of Loose Endings Studio. Pulling Threads is a (semi) monthly publication intended to be a comprehensive look at what is going on in the Loose Endings Studio.
You guys rock! Seriously. If I didn’t already believe that re-branding was the right decision before I announced it in the last Pulling Threads, every single one of you made me see that it was the right thing to do. The response has been amazing.
End of A Year
It’s truly been a year of growth for me in so many aspects, especially regarding the studio and my vision for the future.
I’ve enjoyed every single commission I’ve taken on this year and I learned a tremendous amount about what works for me and what doesn’t.
Over this past year I’ve learned so much about designing patterns. Tech writing is so different from writing fiction. As I continue to design and study other patterns I am developing a style and voice that suits me.
I can’t wait for the new year to roll in, I have so many things to tell you about! (Still in the works so I don’t want to give anything away to soon!)
I have an obscene amount of roving that I purchased several years ago with the intention of learning how to spin on a spindle.
Well, I learned the basics of spindle spinning and found that I loved spinning bamboo fibre. That left this bag of wool simply sitting there.
At least until I decided to try my hand at needle felting. I had at one time thought to needle felt a case I had made for my iPad mini but had never really taken the time to try it. One evening while watching Netflix I decided to finally have a go at it. About 2 hours later and many stabs to the fingers this little guy came about. And I just about squealed with delight. There may or may not be plans to make pendants next year…I’m not telling.
Another “project” I have been working on is finding a suitable way to store my circular needles. I love a lot of the cases that are being made for circs but they just aren’t practical in the studio when I need to see what I have on hand immediately and without any fuss.
During a visit to the local Office Max to get more computer paper I wandered down the isle that has all the “storage solutions”. I realized that drawers would be the perfect way for me to store my needles, but I didn’t want anything flimsy or that could possibly break if one of cats decided to do battle with it. (Or simply sleep on top of it.) I ended up at Home Depot and found these two lovely set of tool drawers that we’re perfect for what I needed. They were large enough and sturdy enough that I didn’t have to worry about my two resident helpers destroying them within a day or two. The added bonus is that if I ever decide to change the way I store the needles the chests can go to my husband who has a penchant for tools.
That pretty much covers everything in the studio (if you don’t count the sweater for the Guinea Pig Stuart that I am working on…) The kitties are going to catch some zzz’s while they can in the knitting chair. January promises to be filled with lots of knitting, crocheting and so much more.
Until next time,
You know you want it
There are still some End of Year Sale Items available to purchase!