behind the scenes

So it begins…

I received happy mail from Canada today.

2 skeins of DK weight non super-wash wool.

I love the yarn from Campfiber Yarns! She does some great things and you should check it out.

These 2 skeins are hopefully going to become accessories. Hats and mitts, both crochet and knit.

I have no clue what the pattern will be yet, I just knew I wanted some yarn in this fabulous color. Making a hat and mitts from one skein of DK I think will be a neat gift idea for the future.

I have them all wound up and ready to go. I won’t use them to swatch out ideas, I will use some DK I have left over from another recent project. Look for swatches probably next week.

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behind the scenes, Uncategorized

One Woman Show

Here at Azariah’s Fibre Arts I do 95% of the work. I hire tech editors and occasionally have help from family for photography but mostly it’s all me.

This means shooting and editing all my photos and videos. I do the graphic design pieces as well from my logo to pattern layout.

Marketing and social media. If you ever want to stretch yourself and see how many different things you can learn, try to sell the things you create.

I love all the aspects of this job though. It has kept my computer skills sharp and is fun to see how much editing has changed and how far technology has come.

Maybe someday it would be great to hire a photographer for some things or for someone to do my website, yes I do that too. But for now I’m happy just to get to do all this and share with you.

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bed spread, behind the scenes, Swatching

Swatching for Coming Workshop

Here is a swatch in DK weight of a bedspread I’ve been working on in size 10 crochet thread.

The workshop is going to be how to use a pattern recipe, so that you can use the thread or yarn and hook combination that you desire.

The pattern will have numbers for starting points for blankets of diffet sizes in various weights of yarn.

Upon completion of the workshop you will understand how to work from a pattern or stitch dictionary that says something along the lines of “chain a number divisible by 9 + 2.” What does that really mean and how to use it to make what you want using the stitch pattern you desire. You can make anything from scarves to blankets with this skill in your arsenal.

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behind the scenes, Brick and Mortar, Swatching

Math, definitely part of my process…

Getting these hats ready to go to the tech editor. Gauge is always part of a part and is minimal basic math. That’s how many stitches and rows or rounds per inch so that you can replicate the work I’ve done and it actually fit.

When there are different sizes then there is more math and not just basic everyday math, but geometry. You figure how much yarn used for one size and the number of square inches for that size and then how many yards use per square inch and then apply to the other sizes you want to make.

For me this is the owner part of the process. It don’t have the formulas memorized or even organized in one place because I don’t do it enough. I’m going to be doing it more though so I better get organized.

The other little bit of knitting that isn’t a hat, is a swatch for mitts using DK weight yarn. So far I like this needle size with the yarn. Next I’ll measure the swatch and do some basic math to figure out how many stitches to cast on.

Thankful for all those math classes in school. Didn’t feel very practical in the moment though I love numbers but very useful now.

Happy making!

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Brick and Mortar, Swatching

Brick and Mortar in DK

I decided to try making the Brick and Mortar mitts, knit version, in DK weight yarn. So far, so good.

Less stitches and rows to get the same size finished piece. It goes faster and they will be a bit thicker than the ones made with fingering weight yarn.

I chose to do just two colors this time and have less ends to deal with.

The way the Brick and Mortar mitt patterns are written is almost recipe like. A really good recipe with lots of guidance so you can use any yarn you want. You have to be willing to swatch though.

This is one of those pieces where the item could be the swatch. Take notes! Without notes of yarn weight, hook or needle size,number of stitches and things like that, swatching doesn’t do any good.

I will make the Brick and Mitts free when you use the code “swatch it” when they’re released in March and it’ll be good through the end of May 2023.

Happy making!

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behind the scenes

Working Out of the Studio

Now that I have finally settled into some routine here in Las Cruces, with everyone at work, school and accepting that my paying job is going to keep changing, I decided to add in working out of the studio once a week.

Last week I went to a coffee shop that is so close to my home, that for those of you familiar with the 360 app, I didn’t leave either circle. This week I went half a mile from home. This shop makes there own Chai and it is so good.

Got a window seat!

Working out of the studio forces me to work on things that I might not want to but need to and when it’s all I take, ya know that’s what gets done.

I’m working on workbooks for the workshops I want to shoot this year. I’m enjoying the process of making templates so that I have cohesive looking workbooks and know that all the info is there.

Where is your favorite place to stitch or work?

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