Let’s Start From the Very Beginning…

wpid-20130409_210053.jpgSwatches all knitted, stitches counted and measurements calculated. Now it’s time to cast-on and combine everything in the photo to create a lovely hand-knitted hat and scarf set!

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New Yarn :-)

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Yay! One of my favourite things to arrive through the letter box, new yarn! I’ll be getting this on the needles ASAP. Starting with the lovely green colour for the scarf.

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On The Needles This Week 08-04-13

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This weeks projects…and a cat

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Actually this week seems to be more of a “what’s off the needles” week! The convertible mittens were cast off at the weekend and the second one is being blocked at the moment! Next job for these finger warmer wonders is to attach a nice little flower button and then they’re ready for Etsy! Keep an eye out for this and other finished projects in the new “Off the Needles and Into the Shop” section which will be updated as soon as the items are up in the Etsy store.

One Wet and One Dry Mitt!

I’ve created fingerless mittens, full mittens and convertible fingerless mittens for the Etsy shop so I’m thinking the next obvious place to go are full on gloves So will be casting them on early this week hopefully! I think they’ll make a nice project to take the place of the Wave Pattern Cowl as my “on the go” project as it comes off the needles later today.

Wave Pattern Cowl On the Go

Wave Pattern Cowl On the Go

Hopefully when I get home from college today there’ll be a nice big parcel of some lovely green and indigo yarn after coming through the letterbox so I can get started into knitting the hat and scarf, only a small bit of designing left to do for the scarf which I can do as I go along. Have some nice ideas for the hat but I’m waiting until the scarf is finished before I finalize any of said ideas. Really looking forward to getting stuck into this one. Green and purple are two of my favourite colours put together so I’ll be very jealous handing this one over! We decided on using the same yarn I used for the fingerless mittens she already bought, it’s a lovely soft recycled cotton blend and knitted up very nicely in my chosen pattern which will feature in both the hat and the scarf. The colour here isn’t what I’ll be using for the project, I had a bit of this colour left over from the mitts so I knitted up a swatch. I like to keep all my swatches and label them to save time on future projects. They’re like a catalogue of yarns, gauges and stitch patterns for me to refer to whenever I need.

Lacy Pattern for scarf

Lacy Pattern for scarf

I’ve a couple of new orders in as well for new pieces, one of which is a girls cardigan so I’ll be venturing out of the hand-knitted accessories business into the hand-knitted garments business for a little while! Looking forward to this one, I’ve only ever knitted cardigans for myself or my little one so will be fun to work with new sizes and measurements,  a bit of an extra challenge is always welcome in my books when it comes to knitting!

I have a busy few weeks ahead of me with knitting orders, college, rehearsals and concerts so there may not be much more new projects going on the needles for April but I’ll keep you updated with how the new designs are growing. I’m very excited about them and looking forward to seeing what I come up with!

There’s also some a new logo in the pipeline so hopefully that will be unveiled soon!

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Time for a change!

So after a few unsavoury comments about hair infestations being made to me about “Aimee’s Knits” I spend a sleepless night trying to think of a new name. I like the idea of using actual stitch names but unfortunately, there’s not many knit stitches that are very catchy so I ran a couple of ideas past my ever so lovely and amazing boyfriend. One of the ideas was “Knitwise” and he asked me what that meant so I explained how slipping a stitch knitwise twists a stitch and just like that, without losing a wink of sleep, he came up with “Twisted Stitches” So I’ll be leaving all branding to him from now on and I’ll juts stick to what I do best, knitting 🙂

The facebook name has been changed as well so if you’re looking for me on it just type in “Twisted Stitches” instead of “Aimee’s Knits” and I’ve set up a new e-mail at twistedstitches13@gmail.com and the new Etsy shop is http://www.etsy.com/shop/TwistedStitchesEire

 

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Girls Purple Mittens – Off the Needles and Into the Shop

2013-04-01 22.29.13 2013-04-01 22.26.36 2013-04-01 22.28.57So here they are in their finished state and just after entering the Etsy shop. The mittens in this photo are for Ages 4-6. They’re knitted in an Acrylic yarn so are machine washable as well as making them affordable. They are nice and cosy and my daughter has already put in her order for a pair! They’ll definitely be on her little fingers going back to school next week seems as Spring isn’t quite showing up yet. At least the flowers on these mittens will add a splash of colour even if the real ones won’t! You can find them here https://www.etsy.com/listing/128144910/hand-knitted-girls-mittens

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On the Needles This Week 01-04-13

On the Needles 01-04-13

On the Needles 01-04-13

Looks like it’s going to be a busy week ahead for me! Various projects on the go in various stages of completion. First up for me to finish are these adorable little mittens. They’re for a child aged 4-6 but other sizes are as always available. All these little cuties need are some adorable little flowers to top them off. These should be available in the Etsy shop later on today!

Purple Kids Mittens Age 4-6

Purple Kids Mittens Age 4-6

Next on the “To Do List” for this week are these lovely soft convertible mitts. One is completed and being blocked as I type and I’ll be casting on the second mitt as soon as the little purple ones are finished. These should be available in the shop by the end of the week all things going to plan!

Convertible Mitt's in Progress

Convertible Mitt’s in Progress

This Wave Pattern Cowl is my “On the Go” project that lives in my handbag and gets pulled out whenever I’m out and about and get chance to sneak in a row or two of knitting. It’s been on the needles for a while now so I’ll either have to get out more or just finish it off at home! This will also hopefully be my first published pattern so once I have that up online I’ll be sure to post the links here!

Wave Pattern Cowl

Wave Pattern Cowl

And last but certainly not least are a hat and scarf pattern I’m working on for a customer. Really looking forward to getting the needles out on this one and doing up a few sample swatches. She has some lovely ideas of what she wants so am very excited about putting my ideas together with hers and seeing the finished project! It’s what I love most about knitting design, you can never be 100% sure what your finished project is going to look like until you’ve actually finished it. I’ll definitely be keeping you up to date with this as it unfolds!

New Ideas in the Making

New Ideas in the Making

As well as all this I have college projects to get done, a house to tidy, a four year old to entertain and enjoy my last bit of holiday time before getting back to the grindstone next week! May be a good idea for me to get a move on then!

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And so it begins…

dun dun DUN!!! Ok, it’s not ominous at all but it is very exciting stuff altogether. Today my Etsy shop opened, my Facebook page was set up and now here’s my first blog post! I even made my first sale today so not a bad way to start off on my venture at all!

I’m a complete newbie to all the above so please be patient with me as I track my journey here. As well as being a knitter I’m a mammy and a full time student so if any venting goes on here, I apologise in advance, I’ll do it in as humorous a way as possible while updating you all on what’s on the needles at the moment as well as what new ideas are working through my cluttered little head and new arrivals in the shop.

I’m always open to suggestions on designs and on selling and everything really so please comment on the posts, would be great to hear your ideas!

There’s also a chance of some free patterns making their way in here as well new tips and tricks that I pick up along the way. It’s one of the things about knitting and working with yarn that I love the most, no matter how much you know, there’s always more to learn and there’s nothing better than getting to share that with like-minded people.

So there it is, my first blog post. Enjoy!

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PS. On the note of getting some ideas from all you lovely people, here is my kitten Lola pondering whether or not the thumb of these convertible mitts should have a fingerless thumb or a full one? What do you think?

Lola poses a question...

Lola poses a question…

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