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Fiber Focus: a year in review

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What a full year 2019 has been… from freelancing to pattern publishing and working on a secret non-knitting project!

design collage 2019

In 2019, we published 10 designs, bringing our total to the big 100!

Organic Lux Fireside Knits Moonlit Kiss Essentially Twisted June Blooms River Bend Cultivation Air Bender Unleashed In Motion

the roles needle size and yarn weight play

Under the theme of “Fiber Focus” we examined organic cotton, silk, and bamboo. I thoroughly enjoyed researching these yarns. Digging deep into the fiber characteristics played a role in designing as well. Then taking that knowledge and using it to pair a fiber with a design to in order to both enhance the stitch quality as well as the knitted item’s function was a skill I look forward to implementing here on out. For instance, learning that silk is filament to filament stronger than steel made it apparent there was no other choice for “Unleashed”… not to mention that fact still astonishes me!

Still shot of the invisible hem top down trick

Stitch demos were popular in 2019. Learning the alternating cable cast on, invisible hemming (top down), picking up and knitting from an I-cord, central double decreases, and Air Bender’s unusual bind off! We reviewed Quiet Nova Studio’s Organic Cotton yarn, Dana Gervais’ Footnotes eBook, and interviewed Janette and Steve from the Whispering Woodturner.

Identity collage

One of my personal favorites was taking part in my first designer collaboration with six other fabulous indies! From the process to the finished product, the new experience added even more fuel to my design fire. I look forward to more of these in the future and hope you do too!

Your favorite release (based on sales data) was Air Bender. Thank you all for joining in the MKAL with me and bravely casting on the unknown design!

KEC logo button by fire at night

Another first was entering the physical good market with Knit Eco Chic buttons! All the symbolism of the Knit Eco Chic logo was etched into beautiful walnut buttons to compliment your stunning button up hand knits.

Hitting the 100th was a personal joy. It was the culmination of years of work and study. I look forward to continuing my education as time and finances permit, but feel quiet firmly planted in the basics from Jill’s class. I’ve enjoyed sharing what I’ve learnt with you too… the next blog in that series comes out in just a few.

Handspun Hope screen grab

As a group you picked Truevineyard Ministries and helped support the woman of Rwanda through Handspun Hope and their fiber arts! Thank you ?.

As we close the decade and open a new one, I’m thankful for your support of my design career. Next blog will reveal 2020’s theme and some of the excitement in store. ‘Til then, happy knitting and God bless!

Lindsay and Puddles Christmas morning
Christmas morning – hand knits and Puddle Cuddles ;-).

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