Knitting books I've recently read:
Custom Knits by Wendy Bernard (the fabulous blogger at knit and tonic) I love Wendy's patterns, I've bought and downloaded at least 3 from her blog already. Her book is exactly what I've been looking for, knit from the top down on circs (my favorite sweater construction) and a sophisticated style. The last chapter has tons of tips on designing your own patterns. I think if nothing else it'll really help my understanding of knit construction. I'd love to give you a knit example but sadly I'm on a bit of a yarn spending freeze. (Go Buy! Support my yarn habit while organizing your needles, notions, and projects, hehe.)
Free-range knitter: The yarn harlot writes again by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (Yarn Harlot) I love me some Stephanie Pearl-McPhee so I had to have her latest book. Same great writing, same great knitting humor. I love her latest insights on knitting and I don't know how many times I laughed, it's good stuff.
Top Down Cardigans Babies by Cabin Fever NO, I am not pregnant! And unfortunately I can't report any of my siblings are either. (I swear I'm never going to be an aunt...) But I'm been jones-ing to knit a baby sweater for a long time anyways. My sister-in-law has a pregnant friend and my husband says one of his employees is expecting. So I'm going to knit some itty bitty adorable sweaters as gifts. And maybe if my siblings see how cute the sweaters are, they'll finally get knocked up so I can knit their baby one. And sew a quilt. And babysit as often as I can. And be the bestest aunt ever. (Pattern book purchased at Stitches Midwest in August)
Wow, time flies!
I've spent the last month catching up on custom orders and doing a little bit of knitting (a scarf, a pair of socks, and a shrug).
I also finally updated all my spreadsheets (when can I hire an accountant full time? lol) and calculated my monthly Doctors Without Borders donations. May: $33 June: $10 July: $17 and August: $13 Which brings the total donations to just over $300. Woohoo!
This week I promise I'll be listing the boxy bags and new fabrics as seen at Stitches. Stay tuned!
If you're here because you saw me at Stitches Midwest, hi! You had a sneak peek into the new fabrics and boxy bags that I'll be adding to my Etsy shop very soon. And if you placed an order, thanks! I'll be working on all of them this week as soon as I return home. Although after I give my 5 children (and husband) a few extra hugs.
Oh and I'll have to post pictures of the lovely yarn I bought. Happy knitting!
My booth at Stitches Midwest 2008!
It has been so much fun meeting all the knitters (and crocheters) attending! And the yarns! So far I've only been able to pop over to my neighbors at booth 822 (The Yarn Basket) to buy some sock yarn.
A few random things in case you are new to Blue Kitty Designs (BKD). I know my labels say "Katie Fleck Designs" on most of my items. I'm slowly switching over to the new name but when I reserved my booth at Stitches, it was under BKD. Since it was too late to change when I did my name change a few months ago, I'm kinda doing an odd mismatch of both at the moment. Don't worry, I'll make sure you'll always be able to find me under either name.
And since it looks like I may sell out by the end of Saturday (I don't know whether to be excited or scared to death), I am taking orders on most fabrics. Kitty and Green/Pink are out, Rainbow and Pink/Chocolate are on back order until October and I have plenty of all the rest.
Any questions? Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
20 tote bags before:
I hope to have 20 totes after to show you soon.
Two days until Stitches Midwest! Booth 824, swing by and say hi! (And buy stuff... hehe)
(home again in Indiana...)
The shop is currently at what I call "half strength" which means all the items listed are already sewn and ready to be shipped. (Usually half the pieces in my shop are sewn within a day after it sells.) I should be back to "full strength" by the end of the month. But the best part is for a limited time only:
Now through June 25th, it's free shipping on all your orders as my "I'm in Indiana" housewarming gift to you.
Sorry I'm still not taking custom orders until July, there are dozens of pesky unpacked boxes laying around the new house. But to make up for it, I'm now selling boxy bags! Check them out here.
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