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Okay, so I finally got around to taking some glamour shots of the Yuna shrug. I was planning to release a new pattern once a month, but as some of you may know, I was sick for essentially the entire month of April. Better late than never! Remember, I will be posting special offers for my Etsy shop which will only available to my Facebook and Twitter followers. So...go there and collect on the deals!
I LOVE how simple this shrug is. Gauge isn't super critical, so you can definitely make Yuna if you're still new to knitting. This is also great for knitters out there who have arm and hand issues (for example, anyone who has carpal tunnel syndrome or arthritis) because you can hold the yarn a little on the loose side. And if you're getting ready to be scared that this pattern has cables, relax--I'll post up a tutorial video in about a week to show you how I made this shrug.
And they're live! The videos, I mean. :) I'm sorry for laughing a bit too loud in video two--I forget that my mouth was right next to the mic. If you'd like to see how I "gently block" the sample, let me know on Facebook and I'll make a video about that.
If you didn't see the Cora Shawl pattern already, you can find it in this post.
First, a bit of an update. They’re on their way! What are? The batts, of course! Now, you’ll remember that I can’t dye in Korea, so I’ve been focusing on making batts for the last few months. I sent off the box to America a few days ago, so they’ll be available for sale this weekend..hopefully. :) I will be posting special offers only available to my Facebook and Twitter followers. So...go there and collect on the deals!
Also, I’ve had a lot more time lately to develop new patterns for handspun yarn (or commercial and artisan dyed yarns). I’ve been posting a lot of sneak peek photos to FB. The first one I'm posting is a FREE shawl pattern. I call it Cora, and here's an excerpt from the pattern:
"Cora is a story of an enduring shawl. She was built to keep a neck warm, and her elegance is expressed in the clarity of the design. With functionality in mind, Cora conveys a gratitude to the simplicity of our re-internet days.
Wow, it’s been awhile since I did a fiber review here. Let’s commence, shall we?
Back in December, I bought a gorgeous, award-winning fleece from Kathy, owner of MMFWOOL. It is a stunning merino ram’s fleece with locks that turn out to be four inches or more in length. Kathy spent some time skirting the fleece to remove ANYTHING undesirable. What I bought was all of the gorgeous bits of wool which were perfect for spinning. Here's the listing I purchased from Etsy. It was very worth the higher price per pound.
As you may remember, we moved to South Korea. We don’t have the space to wash fleeces, so I’m constrained to washing 4 ounces at a time. It would take forever to wash a 4 pound fleece! Luckily, Kathy has a washing fee and could take care of that part for me. What she sent me was a clean, pure white, ultra soft and springy merino fleece. I had to smell it and touch it a million times when I first got it.
Alright, let's face it. I'm not a photographer. I'm only as good as my camera, and my first camera was terrible. It was a digital camera which was already 5 years too old when compared to modern models. I built a light box to keep my pictures from sucking a big lemon, but as you can see from the picture below, it sucked a lemon anyway:
Okay, so that's not a picture of a batt. I didn't have a drum carder when I first started, so I didn't sell batts when I first launched. However, the dyed tussah silk lying limp and dull in front of the wine is what I had to photograph with my horrible digital camera. Don't worry, that wine has long been consumed. Waste not for the sake of picture taking. And the glass? A present to my husband for our first year anniversary--while we were still dating. Cute, huh? Clunky looking, but sturdy. I drop everything. And I trail off on tangents...
Alright, so I said I’d post these up. Here are some new repeatable batt colorways I’ve been working on. They will be heading back to the States to be sold probably in the next couple of weeks. I just need to crank out some more before then. Feast your eyes!:
Road to Bree
Things are in full swing at the start of 2013! I’ve made a campaign to crank out a ton of new batts by this spring, and I’ve made myself quite the schedule: one new batt colorway a day. I keep posting photos to Facebook, but I’ll post them here, too, soon.
Some of these colors I’m just dying to spin myself! I’ve also had a few duds with the creation process, which is to be expected. I’ve been drawing a lot of inspiration from The Hobbit (well, Middle-Earth) and New Years.
It’s hard not to be influenced by the current events in your life. Or from the things you see and read. I’m sure that when spring is spreading its influence in Korea, I’ll be cranking out batts that look like cherry and plum blossoms.
(Psst! The pictures are after the jump!)
Okay. Christmas and New Years is over. It was less than spectacular, but I will live. However, I did want to update a few things by telling you what I learned.
First, in a country where everyone is trying to get ahead of someone else, it makes sense that Christmas isn’t emphasized here like it is in the US. Also, there’s still a large percentage of the population here who are Buddhists. New Years is the more important winter holiday for them, but that won’t be the Solar New Year--I’m talking about the Lunar New Year. This year, it’ll be February 10, 2013.
Wow, it’s weird to be writing 2013. 2013. Yup, still weird. But I haven’t written 2012 so far this year.
I did find a place nearby that sells crafts. I was asking some of my Korean co-workers about "craft" stores, but since the language doesn't have an "f" sound, they thought I was asking about a "crab" restaurant. It took me twenty minutes to figure out we were talking about two different things.
It’s Christmas time in South Korea. And for a foreigner living here, it’s not quite like it is back home in the States. For one, there isn’t as large of a religious population here that
So, while people back home were getting ready to plan their Thanksgiving dinner preparations, Starbucks in Korea threw up their Christmas decorations on November 1. Since Thanksgiving is obviously an American tradition (though other countries have feast celebrations similar), some parts of Korea wasted no time shoving us all into the holiday spirit. American-style businesses (like Starbucks—can you tell I go there often?) had their halls bedecked with ornaments and garland just as Halloween concluded. Korea-based businesses (which are most of the businesses in Korea) have almost entirely skipped the decorations for Christmas. When I head into restaurants, I will occasionally see a tiny tree or a string of lights. As far as the streets are concerned, you would swear it was mid-January as they are barren of sparkle.
Yeah, yeah. My job started getting more involved, which meant I had less time than normal to do stuff. I still post videos on my youtube, so feel free to see how I'm doing via that venue...psst, subscribe!
Starting in mid-November, I was given a job in Research and Development for my company, which means slightly longer days, but a super-awesome job. The biggest complaint we had (my students included!) was that the textbooks sucked. So, I'm working with a guy who aims to change all of that. And I get to help!
I'm making new material and supplemental material that is engaging and interesting. My boss has lived in Korea for 30 years (and he's an American) and knows Korean fluently. Not only are we making better material, we're also catering to the specific differences between Korean and English. We've already finished a few projects, and I can see how much potential our work will give future teachers.