What’s Happening in the Studio, January 6 Edition

I spent a lot of time this weekend working on revisions for my Jilly Drawstring Pouch pattern.

I didn’t actually change the pattern itself, other than tightening up the language for clarity’s sake. But I DID change the layout and add more pictures, and I’m very happy with how it came out. Here’s the new cover:

Bold New Look, Same Great Taste

I also spent far more time than I meant to searching for organic and recycled yarn on Etsy, and added a lot of shops to my list of favorites.

I visited my favorite local knitting shop and bought some yarn to test drive–Swans Island Merino (organic yarn processed with all-natural dyes) and Berrocco Remix (recycled nylon, cotton, acrylic, silk, and linen).

With the Swan’s Island yarn, I started what I hope will be the final prototype for a cabled cowl/collar pattern I’ve been working on since the beginning of time. I’ll be needing test knitters for this project–hopefully soon–so if you think you might want some free knitting patterns, keep your ears open.

If you’re curious about the yarn, so far it’s a delight to work with–soft to the touch, a beautiful color, and gorgeous stitch definition. The tag and website warn that the naturally derived colors might rub off on skin or knitting needles, but I’m working with the Vintage Lilac color, so I can’t really tell if it’s rubbing off because the color is so light. The yarn will have to be hand washed and treated with care, so I’d never use it for a sweater or anything that would be easily soiled, but I think this collar/cowl thing is going to be delicious. I’ll keep you posted.

And finally, I worked on setting up my new Etsy shop. I’ll be moving all my patterns to the new shop some time in January, if all goes according to plan. Watch the blog for announcements. In the meantime, you can always get my patterns in my Ravelry store.

This week will be all about working with a designer on my logo, more pattern revisions, and finishing up the aforementioned cowl. What are you creating?

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