I have been incredibly lucky the last three months being able to keep up working, blogging and building my business. The last week or so the house of cards has wobbled quite a lot. My boys have started commenting on how much time I spend on the computer when I never did before. Work has picked up so there is not much down-time to catch up on some surreptitious yarn research. And to cap it all, my younger son has been very free-handed with a virus he’s bought home from school. So I’m feeling a little overwhelmed and under-performing at the moment. I also have a couple of questions which I was hoping to get some help with.
I’m designing a knitting kit for a pop-up shop to be located in the local Tourist Office. It’s my first proper foray into designing from scratch and it’s been a fascinating journey. It involves colour work and right now I’m struggling with producing a professional looking version of the pattern – any ideas which software I should invest in?
I also have a new best-friend. I yarn winder. I bought it second-hand and didn’t realise that the little metal arm which controls tension, is lost. Never having used this contraption before, I’m not sure how dense the yarn balls should be. Mine come out squat and dense and I wonder whether the hand-held tension is just stretching the yarn and ultimately damaging it. What should the yarn ball feel like after you’ve used the yarn winder?
I was genuinely hoping to finish some of the projects which I want to blog about but I’ve spent quite a lot of time sleeping but not feeling much better for it. Well, never mind, it can only get better. The good news is that I’m working on a floor cushion sized version of the Garter Stitch Round Cushion which I blogged about in March. It’s almost finished but it has become somewhat of an arm-wrestle each time I pick it up – the yarn weight, needle size and sheer amount of fibre is getting a challenge to manipulate. I’m more than 3/4 done so watch this space.
Today has been so beautiful that we’ve spent quite a lot of time outside. Not only did we see the first swan brood with 9 cygnets but also the first duck brood of 7 ducklings. I don’t have pictures of those but I was really struck by these beautiful trees, or rather their bark. I think it makes a nice change from yarn to share these!
Thanks for reading and hope you can point me in the right direction with both my questions.