Texture Times Two

Texture Times Two

Happy Saturday!

It’s been a productive two weeks! This week I finish two designs and a pair socks, put together a group of test knitters, work on my MKAL, pray about anger, and cook some delicious meals. Enjoy!


Finished Objects

This week I have two designs hot off the needles!

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My Big Sky Shawl {name pending} is finished! I used two skeins of Big Sky Yarn Co.’s Squish DK in the colorway “Hayride”. This yummy textured pattern is easy, but still interesting enough to keep you entertained. It’s perfect for featuring hand-dyed speckled or tonal yarns.

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I’ve also finished my last design {for this season} of the Fall Means Football Collection– an adorable hat! This hat features simple colorwork with a memorizable repeat. I chose a lovely singles base (Tosh Merino Light) for that extra plump look for this fingering weight hat. I hope you will love it as much as I do!

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I have FINALLY finished my September socks. Thank goodness! These will be a Christmas present for my lovely mother-in-law. The yarn is by Sunrise Fiber Company is her “Ducks” colorway.


WIP’s- Focus Projects

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It’s the last week for the Texture Time MKAL. I’m quite a bit behind, but adoring this clue! Stephen West is so brilliant in his design. Again I’ve been challenged and I’m having a blast! You can find all my yarns linked here.


Something New

If you are interested in test-knitting patterns for Knitty Natty Designs, I have moved from Instagram calls to a tester application via Google Forms. {Soon I will have the CROCHET pattern tester application available.} I’ve written and tested a few patterns now and had a great experience! Now I’m ready to hone in on a smaller group of wonderful knitters that will know my style and requirements- and hopefully become good friends! If you’re interested in becoming a knit pattern tester, you can find the link here. {Initial testers have been picked, but as I need more I will move down the list.}


What God’s Teaching Me

I’ve found myself dealing with some anger and resentment this week. Ugh, that never feels good. Even when you have a good reason to be upset, don’t you wish you could just let things go?

Anger in the Bible seems to always be burning or hot… anger is meant to destroy.

The Bible teaches us to be slow to anger, but, man, that’s hard! Especially when frustrating situations trigger old wounds, my anger can ignite quickly.

But you, Lord, area compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

– Psalm 86:15

Lord, I give my anger to you. Replace my anger with love. Let me love others like you do, without fear of their intentions. Slow my anger and replace with compassion. Heal the fire in my heart.


What We’re Cooking

Last week I was so happy to cook exclusively from my Eat at Home subscription. I chose three meals and the dessert from the traditional plan. Before I went to the store, all I had to do was download the recipes and grocery list to my iPad. Then I just circled the three meals {out of six choices} we wanted to eat and used the pre-made list to shop. So easy! I’m actually excited to cook when it’s my turn again next week.

 

I had to start off the week with dessert of course! On Sunday night I started the peanut butter brownie pie. You first bake boxed brownies as the crust and must let it cool completely. Then Monday I finished the pie by making the filling and letting it refrigerate for a few hours. MMM it was so yummy! My grandma had a wonderful peanut butter recipe that used graham cracker crust and had a denser filling. I think I’ll have to keep making peanut butter pies until I can make one like hers!

On Monday and Tuesday we had salmon and veggies. The salmon was so quick and easy- it just had some butter, garlic, and parsley. I cut and peeled a butternut squash for the very first time {quite proud of myself for that!}. It was only the second time I’ve cut Brussels sprouts and Kent loved them! OMG did you know it was BrusselS sprouts not Brussel sprouts? Not me!

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Wednesday and Thursday we had our favorite meal of the week- sausage and potatoes. Eat at Home suggested that we have Brussels sprouts again, but I opted for broccoli. The potatoes and broccoli were so crispy and delicious!

The sausage gave me a bit of trouble though. I learned that I couldn’t slice them straight from the package, but that they needed to cook a bit first. So they cooked whole, then went back in the oven. Then I flipped them and cooked them more. Then sliced them and cooked them more. Next time I think I’ll brown them on the stove so I can get them sliced for their first round in the oven!

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The last meal of the week is this easy chicken pot pie. I cooked and shredded chicken a couple days before. Then all you have to do is combine ingredients in a casserole dish and bake! Next time I might try a buttery crust and a round pie dish to make it even tastier.


What I’m Reading

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I’ve read a bit further into The Girl with the Red Balloon. It’s a good book, but I’m not as eager to get to bed every night to read like I was with The Hate U Give. I’m only 20% through the book right now so there’s a good chance the book will heat up!


Check back next week for more going-ons in the Knitty Natty home!

Love in stitches,

Knitty Natty

Thistleberry and Texture Time

Thistleberry and Texture Time

Happy chilly Monday everyone!

It’s been a couple weeks and I have some things to share! This week I finish a crochet sweater, start a mystery knit, have my first LYS event, share some eats, and finish a book. Enjoy!


Finished Objects

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My Thistleberry Sweater is finished! She turned out so beautiful. I just love the ruffle detail of the pretty garment by Coco Crochet Lee. The pattern isn’t quite out yet, but it should be soon! I will link it on my Ravelry project page as soon as it’s out.

My sweater came out a bit long for me to seam it all the way. I ended up leaving a long split hem, which looks cute for this tunic like sweater! It would be super easy to adjust this sweater to a length that’s right for you.

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Overall, I’m just so proud of myself for all that I learned with this sweater. I know feel confident with post stitches and cables. I can say very confidently that I prefer wool to the acrylic that I chose for the garment- experience helps! The construction is quite simple, making this sweater great for intermediate crocheters who want to make their first garment.

I can’t wait to wear my sweater to all the holiday festivities in the months to come!


WIP’s- Focus Projects

My main project this week has been the Texture Time MKAL by Stephen West. Don’t worry! Only Clue 1 spoilers here. You can find the links to each yarn on my Ravelry project page.

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Most of Clue 1 finished!

My four colors plus my mohair look fabulous together {if I do say so myself}. I love that they are just melting into each other. My MC, Pinata from Stranded Dyeworks, dominated the first section. I’m so okay with that!

Like the Thistleberry Sweater, I feel like I’ve grown a lot with this project too. I’ve learned brioche decreases and increases, syncopated brioche, and to be chill with a bajillion ends {don’t know what the plan is for those yet, but I’m sure not weaving them in}. I’ve just started working on Clue 2 and it’s just as fun!


Something New

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Hanging out at McKinney Knittery.

This weekend I had an event at McKinney Knittery in McKinney, Texas. This LYS recently moved to space quadruple the size of their previous store. The shop was gorgeous! Ginger and her team already carried one of the best yarn selections in our area, so you can imagine what they have with more space.

I was so honored to be at guest at McKinney Knittery! This was my first event showcasing my patterns. I took with me copies of my 40-Yard Dash and Classic Bottle Cozy patterns {both from the Fall Means Football- Subtle Fanwear Collection}. I also worked on the third and final pattern for the collection {this season} while I was there. It was so much fun meeting local knitters that were excited to knit my patterns. I can’t wait to do it again!


What God’s Teaching Me

There are many, many things going on in my life right now and God is apart of all them. He is teaching and guiding and loving and reminding me that I am His every day.

I want to share a sweet story about a blessed situation that happened to me this past week. To prepare for my McKinney Knittery event, I went to Staples to purchase printed color copies of my patterns. Our printer at home definitely wasn’t up to the job! I knew that copies would be pricey and my profit margin for the patterns would be next to none- but that was okay because I was excited just to get myself out there and meet knitters!

But wouldn’t you know that God is watching out for us, because He hears our innermost desires.

The copy center was mega-busy, so the manager was helping out. Lucky for me, I got paired with the manager! Through polite conversation, she found out that I was a teacher. “We’ve got to take care of our teachers!” she said. I explained that I was there printing for my side hustle, and she chuckled, saying that you gotta have one if you’re a teacher. {I gotta have knitting and crochet for my soul!}

Long story short, I walked up to the register with a receipt stating a dollar amount nowhere near the stack of papers I carried. Out of the goodness of this women’s heart, she changed my event from one where I could probably break even to one where I can financially benefit from my sales. I don’t think she even knew how much it would mean to me.

Thank you Lord for hearing the cry of my heart. Thank you for putting such giving people out in the world to bless your daughter.


What We’re Cooking

Kent and I have switched to a new cooking routine– he grocery shops and cooks one week, then I grocery shop and cook the next. I know… grocery shopping- ugh! Kent had been complaining that it was difficult to shop for specific things that the other person needed, so why not just shop the same week we’re responsible for cooking? Then we’d have a whole week “off”.

So far this plan has worked for us. I know that for me, I loathe shopping and cooking within the same day. So I’ve started to make grocery shopping a bit more pleasurable by going when there aren’t many patrons- getting a Starbucks drink also helps!

I’ve been using my new subscription to Eat at Home to shop as well. I don’t even need to make a grocery list now! I just download the meal plan from the member site to my iPad. I open the PDF in the same application I use for knitting patterns (GoodNotes) and use the pen tool to cross items off. It’s so nice and the meals are easy and tasty!

Here are a few things we’ve enjoyed in the last couple weeks!

Next week, all the meals I share will be from Eat at Home!


What I’m Reading

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I finished The Hate U Give last week. I really enjoyed it! It’s been quite a while since I’ve read a book that makes me want to get in bed early to read at night. I liked reading a book that was so current too- from racial issues to pop culture references, this book was spot on. I’m eager to see the movie!

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Usually I have my next book planned out, but it’s been so long since I’ve actually finished a book that I had nothing in my queue. So I just opened up my Overdrive app {an app to borrow digital media from your local library} and downloaded the first book I saw available- The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke.

This story is set in past and present Berlin… SPOILER- there’s time travel. Oh and magic. But that’s spelled out in the book description and you’ll find that out almost immediately. The main character, Ellie, gets to learn more than she bargained for about the dark history of the German city. It’s a cute book so far, easy to read, and it’s a series! Hopefully I’ll enjoy it enough to have a few more books to read as they release.


Check back next week for more going-ons in the Knitty Natty home!

Love in stitches,

Knitty Natty

Crochet and Chil… i

Crochet and Chil… i

Happy Monday!

I’ve been busting it at work and cranking out the crochet all weekend, so this blog post is later than usual. I don’t have any FO’s, but have made a lot of progress on a sweater test crochet. This week I released my latest pattern, geared up to start a shawl MKAL, enjoyed my husband’s themed cooking, and started a new book. Enjoy!


Finished Objects

None this week! Hopefully soon…


WIP’s- Focus Projects

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Sleeves of my Thistleberry Sweater.

I’m so excited that I get to test the Thistleberry Sweater for Coco Crochet Lee! This sweater is so adorably, festive that I’ve decided to make it in red for Christmastime. I started last Thursday with a sleeve, and now I’m well on my way to starting the back and front of the sweater. You’re going to see this as an FO very soon because the test deadline is coming up quickly!

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Yarn selection for my Texture Time Shawl.

I’m gearing up to start Stephen West’s Texture Time Mystery Shawl KAL on October 5th! I’ve got my five wonderful colors picked out. These are all skeins that I bought at SSK this summer. Originally, I intended to make another West Knits pattern- Vertices Unite. The Texture Time Shawl uses five colors as well, so I thought I’d just use these five!


Something New

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My latest pattern, the Classic Bottle Cozy, is now available on Ravelry! This is my second published knitting pattern and the second in my Fall Means Football- Subtle Fanwear Collection. I loved this project because it’s so quick and simple. I also debuted a new pattern layout for this design- I think you’ll like it! I’m planning to go back and edit my sock pattern to this cleaner format soon.

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What God’s Teaching Me

I know that God is still teaching me something in my struggles as work. That is still up and down, so I won’t pretend it has been completely resolved, but something more important has been on my mind this week.

My husband’s friend and former co-worker lost his battle to cancer this week. We’re going to his memorial service tonight. Not too long ago, he was a healthy, mid-twenty year-old former college football player and now he is no longer with us.

Then a few days later, my former co-worker told me that she’s been diagnosed with cancer. Fortunately, she’s in the beginning throws of it and was contacting me in a healthier state. She wanted to know if I’d make her some hats for when she goes through chemo- of course!

Additionally, in the novel I started this week {see below} another young person was taken from our world too early. All of these circumstances have me feeling very appreciative of my own health and safety. I started to think about how I would feel if my husband got cancer and died suddenly or if my sister was the one about to start chemo. I felt overwhelmingly empathy for these situations. It so easy to feel hurt when someone who is so good and young has an unexpectedly short life.

Why does God take who takes when he takes them? It’s so hard to understand. I don’t think it’s helpful to say to a grieving person that “it’s all part of God’s plan” even if it’s the truth. Chances are that we won’t see how God’s greater plan plays out in our lifetime. I’ve felt so very human this week. I don’t always want my life to be for God’s good, I want it to be for mine! Do you ever feel that way?

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

– Romans 8:28

Lord, help me to believe your Word and to trust in you. Thank you for your kindness and forgiveness. Thank you for allowing me to be so human and for loving me anyway.


What We’re Cooking

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Doesn’t look like much, but this chili has baking chocolate, cinnamon, and all kinds of spices!

My amazing husband took over the cooking this week as I was just too exhausted to even think. He whipped up some incredible Skyline Chili, which took two hours to simmer in the pot.

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The first night we had it “four ways” with pasta, beans, chili, and cheese… oh and oyster crackers.

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The other nights, Kent grilled some hot dogs and buns and we enjoyed chili cheese dogs. I would definitely eat this chili again!


What I’m Reading

I’m reading again this week- heyyy! When I finally got to the top of the library wait list for The Hate U Give, I had to drop everything to read it. It seems like it’s going to be a quick read too; which is great since the movie comes out October 5th!

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In case you haven’t heard of the book or movie {you probably will soon as it brings up controversial race issues}, I’ll give you a brief synopsis. Starr is one of the only black students at her predominantly white private school, but she hails from Garden Heights- a rough neighborhood where drive-by’s are common. She doesn’t really fit into either world. When she witnesses the fatal shooting of her innocent black friend by a white police officer, she has to decide whether to stay quiet or to stand up.

It’s a powerful book. The writing might not be everyone’s style as the narrator, Starr, switches from colloquialisms to formal speech depending on the setting. While I don’t love the cursing when Starr is surrounded by her Garden Heights friends, it feels very real and passionate. I’m about a quarter of the way though through the book, and I would already recommend it!


Check back next week for more going-ons in the Knitty Natty home!

Love in stitches,

Knitty Natty