Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Pattern sales to cancer research fundraiser

50% of pattern sales donated to pancreatic cancer research

From now through September 11, 2010 Fiddle Knits Designs will be donating 50% of all pattern sales to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Research (via Kim Werker). The portion raised by Fiddle Knits will be donated through Kim Werker to be included in her "Pancreatic Craftacular" event with the goal of raising $2,500 by September 12.

On September 12, 2010, Miss Werker's family will be participating in a large fundraiser to support the Lustgarten Foundation. 100% of the raised funds will go directly into research to fight this disease.

Patterns can be purchases through my Website (FiddleKnits.com) or via my Ravelry shop.

Besides Fiddle Knits, many other crafty people are pulling together to join Kim Werker's Pancreatic Craftacular event. You can see the full list of those donating portions of their sales by visiting: http://www.kimwerker.com/pancreatic-craftacular

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Chaos! and Planning

The past couple of weeks have been insane over here in Fiddle Knits Design world. July is my busiest month by far for performing in 2010 and then to top it off I had some major design deadlines (all of which have been met) and a wedding to attend.

The Homegrown String Band has so far traveled to Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia this month. Some of the gigs have been good and few... well, not so much. But I'm going to spare you all and won't get into doing any complaining. In just a few minutes we'll be back out on the road heading to Massachusetts once more for a gig in Boston tomorrow. Then we have a couple shows in upstate NY. I will be home just in time for my birthday on Sunday, which I plan to spend relaxing with my man.

On Saturday Chris's older brother got married. It was a scorching hot day and I can't imagine how the wedding party managed. I know Chris was pretty damn hot, but he still looked cute in his tux. (I decided I definitely do not want to get married in the Summer. I'm going Fall all the way because really, I want to knit myself some cute accessory and not have to leave it behind somewhere! An elegant shawl or capelet would be charming for a Fall wedding. Don't you think?)

[photo at right: Me and Chris's nephew, Logan.]

Amidst all the chaos I've been trying to make some major life decisions. Basically my predicament is that I want to move out of my parents house. Desperately! I'm about to turn 26 next week and I need some space. 4 adults in a fairly small house isn't always the easiest thing in the world. Especially when you are not just family and housemates, but also coworkers and friends as well. It's too much for anyway to handle and nerves have been getting frayed. Unfortunately the area I live in (north east shore of Long Island) is very expensive and that makes it difficult to move out on your own. So, my big dilemma is that I really need to move out because I can't keep living home and playing in the family band, it's just too much. But, to move out I need to be pulling in more money, so I'd have to quit playing music and get another job. The big thing I'm afraid of is that another (fulltime) job that will allow me to move out will not allow me to continue to design and ultimately I really want to pursue my knitwear design goals and see how far I can take that. I think I might like to be an in-house designer for a yarn company.... Doesn't that seem like fun? Maybe publishing a book would be an adventure... Pairing up with a yarn company and putting together a few leaflets... All these things appeal to me and all of them I'd have to put on the back burner for another job just to move out. I don't necessarily want to give up playing music... I think if I could move out and live with Chris I'd feel a lot better about traveling sometimes and have an easier time working with and being friends with my family. So you might say just stay home and tough it out, but that's really not an option for me right now. Something's gotta give. Oh what to do! Lots of brainstorming has been happening and I feel like I'm running myself in circles! There will be plenty of musing happening on the car ride to Massachusetts today. Oh yes, thinking and knitting.

I'm beginning to wish I'd known when I went to college that I'd end up designing. I would have gone for fashion design! Oh well. I had fun with the cultural anthropology and performing arts.

I'd better go make sure I have enough knitting packed. 5 days on the road calls for more than just the hat I cast on yesterday!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Good News!

Some very good designing news popped into my email inbox earlier this morning. It's an answer that I have been eagerly awaiting. Unfortunately for y'all it's something I can't share just yet. I'm not sure what the level of secret is for this project, so I'm going with better safe than sorry. But good grief, man, it's some good stuff right there. Have you gotten the drift that I'm excited yet? Because if not, that I'll state it very plainly. I'm thrilled! My day has been made! Forget that, my week has been made! Maybe my month... although I probably shouldn't go that far because I need to leave room for other great news to make it in.

I want to record a new podcast episode. I keep getting the urge, but... I haven't had the time to sit down and do it recently. Between traveling for gigs and some massive design deadlines the podcast has fallen to the back burner. I promise I'm not podfading, just in need of more hours. I'm sure you all know how that goes.

And having said that I should probably get back to work. I have this shawlette design that I need to finish the edging on. I need a name for this design. I keep coming up blank. Sooner or later the right name will hit me. Better be sooner rather than later since the design launches in the first week of August!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Minty

There's a new Knitty issue live and it's got a Fiddle Knits Pattern within the pages!
Find this pattern in the 2010 edition of the First Fall + Holiday Headstart Knitty


The Minty hat went up today on Knitty.com. It's a slouchy worsted weight hat with two different variations. The striped version is worked in Blue Sky Alpaca's Merino Hand Dyes and the Minty Blue variation is knit in Blue Sky Alpaca Organic Cotton. I personally enjoyed working with the cotton more than the merino, which might be a shock for those of you that follow along with my designs. However, in this yarn the cotton feels so scrumptious! It's beautifully soft and the finished hat drapes very nicely. This isn't to say that I didn't like the merino blend. This too is a lovely yarn. It's get a nice heft to it and definitely feels like a quality product. I'd say use the cotton for an all seasons accessory and use the merino/alpaca blend for a very warm winter hat.

For those of you that listen to my podcast you might recognize this as the design I mentioned that was originally intended for the Sweet Treats Collection, but then I decided to try my luck submitting it. And I'm glad I did!

This hat knits up super fast, which makes it great for gift giving or weekend project or as a little break from other more intense designs. I can't wait to see the finished knits popping up over on Ravelry!