On Pause

Where has perfectioKnits gone?

Well, if you’ve been following perfectioKnits, you’ll have noticed that the past few months my blog posts and social media interactions have been at a bare minimum. And so I’m writing this quick update so you know that I’m still here, but I don’t plan on writing as many posts now.

Why?

I’m home-schooling a high-schooler and a second grader now and simply don’t have time to blog. {I know some home-school mamas are excellent bloggers and make time for it, but for me…if I’m not working, I want to be knitting or reading and right now blogging is work!}

What does this mean?

For now, it just means I won’t be posting every week–or even every month. I’m still hoping to find time this winter to work on my new designs and get some more published so I’ll post when I have exciting news like a new pattern. So I’m not going away completely–at least not yet! Just don’t expect many new posts from me during this season of my life as a home-school mama.

As always,

Happy knitting!

Stephanie

P.S. I’ll be celebrating my 40th birthday next month, so I set up a Ravelry coupon code { birthday40 } for you to use in the month of October to get 40% off my patterns!

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Knitting and Reading Update

Yarn Along 5.14.14

I’m going to link up with Ginny this week at Small Things for this week’s Yarn Along!

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~

Knitting Update: On My Needles

1) Kingdom Gloves by Becky Herrick.  I’ve only made it through 2 fingers at the time I’m writing this.  Perhaps I’ll work a little on the next finger tonight. Or not.  My brain is tired.

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2) Larger version of my Mystery Mitts  (new design I’m developing) Due to the nature of my wanting to reveal it when the pattern is ready, I’m not posting any pics!

And that’s ALL.

Which is rather weird for me.

I think I need to cast on a pair of socks just so I have another project in progress!

And since the Kingdom gloves have so much detailing–fancy cuffs, cables, fingers, cabled fingers!–a simple or easy sock pattern would be a nice go-to project for when my brain is too tired to concentrate. After a quick peek at my extensive queue, I’ve decided Cookie A.’s Monkey socks look like a great pattern. I’ve seen lots of other knitters have made pairs of Monkey socks over past few years, but for some unknown reason I haven’t.  Perhaps it’s time.

Reading Update:  The Many Books I’m Reading

As usual, I’m working on a BUNCH of different books.  {I’m only including the ones I’m reading on my own. If I added all the homeschool books I’m reading with/to my kids, you’d probably think I’m insane.}

Fiction:

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1) Star Wars The New Jedi Order: Force Heretic I: Remnant (A book I’ve been reading off and on for…ahem…2 or 3 years. Have finally put it where I can read it on a regular basis: the bathroom! Ha! Seriously though, I’ve gotten interested in the Star Wars series again.  I think I just needed a break from it for a while. I’m looking forward to the new movie, but knowing they’re basically scrapping the whole Star Wars Extended Universe makes me a little sad too.)

2) A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs (I’m reading this via my Goodreads app on my iPhone.  It’s nice to have a book to read as long as I’ve got my phone with me!)

3) Heiress by Susan May Warren (I had paused in my reading of this one for a while, but have picked it up my old Kindle and continued the story where I left off.)

4) Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James (I’m reading this one on my Kindle Fire. Right now it’s my go-to book if I want to read before bed.)

Non-Fiction:

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1) Uncovering the Logic of English by Denise Eide (An amazing look at the English language explaining the various phonograms and the LOGIC…yes, that’s right…of how and when to use them for reading and spelling. Having a child who is a struggling reader, I’ve pursued finding the “right” method to teach him so he best understands. Not only did I get Denise’s book at a homeschool conference we recently attended, but we bought the Foundations series to teach him with.  And although he still complains about how he “hates reading,” once we start a lesson he *almost* enjoys it! So far, I’m really happy with it and am recommending the program!

2) Say Good-bye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine (I’ve just started this one, but am hoping to glean some tips for time management from her.)

3) Praying for Boys by Brooke McGlothlin (I’m also reading this one on my iPhone, but using the Kindle app.)

4) How Am I Smart:  A Parent’s Guide to Multiple Intelligences by Dr. Kathy Koch (I don’t actually have this book right now.  I started reading it a few weeks ago, but had to return it to the library before I finished it.  Have requested it again in hopes of being able to finish it! Hoping it comes in soon!)

Phew!  That’s quite a list!  It’s no wonder it sometimes takes me a long time to finish a book.  But I do find myself focusing on a single book when the story has drawn me in to the point that I don’t want to put it down!

Tell me:  what are you knitting and/or reading these days?

Let me know by leaving a comment below. Hearing from my readers puts a smile on my face! It really makes my day!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!  Hope you enjoyed today’s post!

And as always, happy knitting (and reading)!

~Steph

Free Pattern: Newborn Bunny Butt

Diaper Cover to Match Bunny Hat

I’ve finally had time to write up my crochet diaper cover pattern that goes with my Newborn Bunny Hat pattern.  Since it’s based heavily on Cassi Ence’s diaper cover pattern in her Newsboy Set pattern, I’m offering my version for fuzzy, bulky yarns as a freebie.

Here’s what it looks like:

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Get the free pattern as a PDF download on Ravelry here:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/newborn-bunny-butt-diaper-cover

Looking for the Newborn Bunny Hat too?

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Purchase the matching hat pattern for $1.00 here:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/newborn-bunny-hat-2

Just a reminder, my patterns–both free and for purchase–are copyrighted with all rights reserved and are intended for personal use only.  Please do not sell items made using my patterns without written consent from me. Thanks much!

Happy crocheting!

~Stephanie

My First Yarnbox!

What is Yarnbox?

Yarnbox is a monthly yarn subscription club. You can choose bi-monthly, one month, 3 month or 6 month subscriptions with the option to cancel anytime (between payments).  You also have a choice to give a gift subscription (no auto-renewal).

{Just to be clear right from the start:  I’m simply sharing the details of what I’ve received so other yarn enthusiasts may know what getting a Yarnbox subscription is like.}

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What’s inside?

Yarn.  Yarn which, according to the label, may cause extreme happiness!

Seriously though, each month Yarnbox chooses luxury yarns to send out to subscribers. You also get free access to patterns that aren’t generally free.

My Yarnbox subscription

My mom knows I’m a yarn addict. So she likes to get me at least one yarn-related gift for Christmas each year. This year, I pointed her to a couple different yarn subscription companies as well as various yarns and other items I want/need.  Well, Mom decided her best and easiest option was to gift me a 3-month Yarnbox subscription. Today my first Yarnbox arrived in my mailbox.

Yarnbox Reveal:

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My glass drinking jar is there to show relative size. The box was much smaller than I had thought it would be!

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There are 2 designer cards with lovely photos of some of their designs.

Bonus:  Yarnbox subscribers can get a special discount off their other patterns too!

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Yarns included in my January Yarnbox: 1 skein Knit Collage Pixie Dust Mini in Iceberg Mist and 1 skein Knit Collage Stargazer Silk & Sequins in Blue Lagoon

Patterns included in my January Yarnbox (to download):  Snow Cap by Cheryl Kubat {knit} and Crocodile Stitch Hooded Cape by Lianka Azulay {crochet}

At Retail Prices that all would cost $73! So the subscription price is a pretty good value.

What do I think?

My initial thought as I looked at the yarns was that I would probably never buy them myself.  The colors are fabulous, but I’m not usually drawn to yarns with sequins or shiny material. But after a moment’s reflection, I realized that’s kind of the point of a Yarnbox subscription. To get new yarns that I might otherwise overlook and have the opportunity to work with them! Who knows? I might even fall in love with them as I knit or crochet with them.

Ultimately, I’m happy with my first Yarnbox and can’t wait to see what the next two will have!

Have you ever received or purchased a yarn subscription?

Tell me what it was and whether or not you felt it was a good value in the comments section below!

Happy knitting!

~Stephanie

No Featured Photo?

Ravelry members: a gift for you

Do you ever find you’ve finished a project and were so excited to give it to the recipient that you forgot to take a photo to upload on Ravelry?  You later realize that “no featured photo” is just sitting there mocking you and your photo-forgetfulness. Annoying, isn’t it?

Well, I’ve got a little image that can help make that space a little nicer-looking!  And I’m happy to share it to anyone who’d like to use it. That’s right…you may use it too!

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So, if you happen to have a few of those annoying “no featured image” empty photo spots bothering you, just save a copy of the above image. Right click on the image, save it to your computer, and upload it to any of your Ravelry project pages that are missing photo evidence. And breathe a sigh of relief to see something in the place where a photo should be.

And if you like this image, be sure to Pin this post on Pinterest and share it with your Ravelry friends! Enjoy!

Happy knitting!

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Newly published pattern!

Published pattern: Newborn Bunny Hat

That’s right!  I finished one of my monthly goals and published a new pattern!  This one is for the crocheters out there.  It’s an adorable baby bunny hat!!!  Newborn size, but since babies come in a variety of sizes it might fit smaller babies up to 2 months or so.   {It’s been so long since I’ve had a newborn, that I really can’t say for sure.}

The hat is made with basic single crochet. It’s easy-peasy! Then comes the slightly-more-difficult-but-still-pretty-easy making of the bunny ears.  The hardest part is getting the ears sewn on so they look proper!  But if you take your time (and aren’t afraid to undo stitches if an ear isn’t standing in just the right place) you’ll do fine.

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I’ve decided to set the cost of this hat pattern at the affordable price of just $1.00 since it’s pretty easy to crochet.

To all my hook-loving friends, enjoy and happy hooking! 🙂

Blog Updates

Thanks to the Biannual Blogathon Bash, I’ve gotten some blog-related work done today!

1. New pattern published!  YAY!!!

2. Updated blog pages:  If you check out the menu bar above, you’ll see I’ve updated it to include a page for my Free patterns as well.  And I’ve updated both pattern pages with links to my newest patterns, both free and for purchase.

3. Another blog update that’s probably not as noticeable, but will hopefully help me:  updated categories and tags for my posts. One of the Blogathon’s mini-challenges was to sort out the difference between categories and tags, and then limit the categories to 3-6 and have related tags for each category.  I had *no* idea what I was doing before, but it was getting pretty messy!! So I’ve cleaned it up and re-categorized my posts.  It’s still not perfect, but MUCH better!

Still working on the other goals…plus a few more that I’ve thought of too!  Plus I’d like to try and do a few more mini-challenges before the Blogathon Bash is done.

But for now….I need me some KNITTING!!!

So I’m going to go put the kiddos to bed, find a show to watch with my man, and knit!

Have a nice night!  Happy knitting!

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Biannual Blogathon Bash

Blogathon Bash:  January 24-27, 2014

It’s time for another Blogathon! If you’ve been following my blog long enough, you know I participated in the last one (June 2013) but jumped in a little late. This time I signed up before it started and am trying to start right away today.

Biannual Blogathon Bash

If you’re a blogger and don’t know what the Blogathon Bash is, it’s a weekend to really take time a focus on your blog. Set some goals…anything from clearing out email inboxes to writing posts…whatever you need to do to make your blog better. Did I mention there are some prizes available too? But in my opinion, making time to focus on my blog is well worth joining in.

For this blog, I really need to work on some of my New Year’s goals.

First, it’s almost the end of January and I haven’t published a new pattern yet! Gotta get that done!!!

I also know I haven’t been posting as often as I’d hoped. So I’m going to work on scheduling posts.

Next, I’d like to learn more about media kits. I’m not sure I need one, but if I do, I should probably get working on it. And maybe design a blog button too. Again, not sure I really need one.

I also need to clean out my email inbox. I’ve kept way too many junk emails thinking I’d go back to them for ideas or whatnot, but really they’re just junk. At the very least, I should put them in a separate folder.

Finally, I’m going to look at the list of mini-challenges on the Blogathon blog and see if there’s anything else I should do this weekend.

Of course a knitblogger’s weekend just wouldn’t seem right without some time for yarn, so I’ll be taking breaks and working on my Bellatrix socks some more too.

Have a productive weekend! Happy knitting!

Steph