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The Planners Guide to Holiday Knitting

There are two types of gift knitters: planners and procrastinators. This post is going to be dedicated to the former, those that plan ahead the knits they are going to give to family and friends throughout the holiday season. If you happen to be a procrastinator, don’t worry I’ll have a separate post for you featuring super quick knits. Read on ahead for my holiday knitting suggestions.

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Winter 2019 Design Edit

Waiting for fall and winter to come to the southeast requires a lot of patience. The temps are slowly starting to cool now that we’re entering November. Any day now we will be able to turn the fireplace on, drink chai lattes and hot cocoa, and wear all of the hand knits. As I eagerly awaits those colder days, I’m planning the rest of my fall and winter knits. Read below to see some teasers of patterns coming your way, and what designs will be on my needles these next few months.

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What I'm Designing in 2020

It’s incredible that it’s August already. I feel like the year just started and I’m a little sad to know that summer is almost over. While fall is my favorite season, I’m not quite ready to welcome in 2020. There’s a lot I would still like to do in 2019. Keep an eye on this space as there are a few more summer patterns coming your way, but in the meantime I wanted to share what I was working on for 2020.

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What I Want to Knit This Spring & Summer

It’s officially spring here in Charleston. The flowers are beginning to bloom, the temps are in the low 70’s, and the no-see-ums are beginning to come out at night. The timing could not have been more perfect as I have finished up several submission pieces that will be coming out in fall of 2019 (more on those later this year!) and I can start planning what I want to make in the next few months. Aside from my own design calendar, which I plan to share in a later post, these are the items that I’d like to make this season.

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Why You Should Have a Long Term Project

I’m a huge advocate of year-long knitting projects. In 2019 I am making a concentrated effort to publish two Klever Knits Designs patterns each month and that means every now and then I’m going to want to make a little something just for me, just for the pure joy of knitting itself. That means the long-term projects needs to be something that I can pick up as I please, and make enough progress that I’m encouraged to keep going. Modular blankets can fit this perfectly.

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How to Knit a Sweater from Stash in 8 Days

Sometimes you just want to make a sweater as quickly as possible. While packing for our upcoming trips to Los Angeles, Tahoe, and Colorado I realized that I really really wanted a red sweater for all of the holiday events we were going to be attending.

Imagine my dismay when I realized I did not own a single red sweater. It turns out that in my massive closet I only had one red garment - a red silk tank that I bought ages ago that’s not quite winter weather friendly. I could have rushed out to the store to try and find one that fit the outfit images in my head but I quickly reminded myself that I am a knitter and I can make exactly what I want! So I quickly got to work and thought it would be fun to share my journey to make this red sweater in only 8 days.

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Taking a Time Out

For about a million personal reasons, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted here. I reached a bit of a tipping point with the amount of stress in my life and I needed to take a step back, internalize, and come back to a sense of “normal” whatever that means. Thankfully, the last few months have helped me re-prioritize my life and I feel like I’m back to a point where I can share online.

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