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Waters Wears: Striped Tunic First Draft

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I completed this first draft of a tunic earlier this year. It features a high-low hem and high slits on the sides, along with leather button loops on the sleeves.

While I’m hoping to release the pattern for this tunic sometime next year, there are a few changes to be made first. Mainly, the neckline is wider than I intended, even after altering and adjusting it while making this first draft. I’m still happy with it, though – the rest of it turned out pretty much like I’d pictured, and it’s received so many nice compliments any time I’ve worn it (which is great to hear as the designer).

The next step is to work up a second version and make the intended changes, then I’ll get pictures and begin editing and finalizing the pattern.

Psst: If you’d like to keep up with day-to-day behind-the-scenes of my design process and projects, I’m pretty active on my Instagram account.

Pattern Editing

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Writing this pattern was simple; I’ve gotten into the habit of writing my patterns down as I make them, for the most part. Editing it to get it ready for the shop has taken a good bit of time, though, because this particular pattern involves a few techniques that need more detailed directions than most patterns. This meant getting lots of pictures, then editing all those pictures, putting them in the written pattern, and making sure directions are hopefully clear and understandable.

I tried to get pictures on clear days, so that the light coming though my window would be more consistent, and several days where I had planned to shoot turned out to be overcast and rainy. But finally, I have all the pictures needed.

On top of all this, I’m making the pattern in right-handed and left-handed versions. I crochet left-handed, but I know that the majority don’t. I also know from being a left-handed crocheter that there aren’t a lot of patterns that cater to lefty crocheting, and sometimes following patterns can get a bit confusing because of this. Making these two versions meant editing pictures doubly – once for lefties, and then again flipped for righties, and putting those pictures into two separate files. Sort of extra work, but worth it, in my opinion, because since this pattern has a lot of pictures, people can now choose the orientation that best makes sense to them. No headaches or confusion from having to reverse directions in your head.

I’m still finishing up the last few bits, but I’m hopeful that it won’t be too much longer until the pattern is ready and in the shop! It should be a great project and garment for fall and winter. Keep an eye on the shop for the pattern’s release.

A Few Things…

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I learned from a friend who was pregnant just a few months before me that their are a lot of common pregnancy issues that for some reason are never mentioned, referenced in books and film, told to girls and women as they grow up, even though they’re pretty standard pregnancy “side effects,” if you will. One nobody told me about? Subluxated ribs. Basically this means loose or dislocated ribs, and it can happen even before the baby is big enough to punch and kick in that area. Thanks, relaxin. :P

I’ve been dealing with a lose rib for months now. Some days it’s worse than others, but still a surprising nuisance I might have liked a bit more warning for. Haha.

In the picture above, a first attempt at a little sweater for our baby, in progress. It’s worked top down in a raglan style, and due to needing some special shaping for the collar it will have, I had to frog and restart several times. But it’s looking good now. Although, somehow I’ve wound up with more stitches in the cuff of the second arm than the first, and haven’t yet been able to figure out, even with counting stitches, comparing, etc. where the cause is. Fun when stuff like that happens, huh?

“The Lord will fight for you, and you need only to be still.” – Exodus 14:14

Ever seem to have a verse follow you? Well, this one has followed me for several years now. Sometimes I won’t see it for a while, but then, suddenly, two people post versions on Facebook, someone quotes it on Instagram, a friend mentions it in conversation all within a few days.

In Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God,” “be still” means to cease striving. To stop and just know that God is powerful and has control over all things. That he defeats the enemies and brings peace regardless of our strengths or our weaknesses.

In Exodus 14:14, the message to Israel is much the same. They were afraid of Pharaoh and his armies, who were pursuing them. They began to question Moses, “Were there no graves in Egypt so you brought us here to die? It would have been better for us to stay and serve the Egyptians than to die here in the desert!” But Moses responded by telling them to have faith, that they would survive and would never see the Egyptians again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still…food for thought…

Around Here

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Around here (not so) lately, as the first few pictures were taken months ago, before first trimester fatigue kept me from even feeling like simply posting pictures. :) Above, Dragon napping by the window.

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A picture I didn’t realize was slightly blurry when I took it – my second weaving, made with my little makeshift loom, and hanging out with a beautiful little watercolor by my sister-in-law.

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Some things I drew for a baby shower thrown for a dear friend. Little one is now here and is super precious.

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A very recent photo,unedited, from the pattern I’m putting together for my pleated skirt.

Hopefully I’ll get some more random pictures in the next few weeks, as I’m getting back into the swing of things thanks to second trimester regained energy.

Hope you all have a beautiful day!

In Progress

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I guess this could technically be called another Project-Styled Outfits, but all the crochet pieces you see here are designs I’ve been working on the past several weeks.

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The first hat above is the same hat pictured in this post, just in a different color, and the second hat above is the other one I mention in that post. I don’t usually go for more cutesy hats and things, but I kept seeing these understated, “cat ear-shaped” beanies and actually really liked the effect, so I decided to try designing one of my own.

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A lot of crocheters are big on making boot cuffs, but I’m not really into those. I do love legwarmers, however. I had a few pairs growing up but always felt conscious of my bigger calves once I put them on, so not long and thin like most legwarmer-wearers in pictures I’d seen, but they’re just one of my favorite clothing items and the older I’ve gotten I’ve embraced my body shape even more, so I definitely plan to wear these once it gets cold enough to warrant it.

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This top is just a skirtless version of this tunic dress, and I love them both so much! I was inspired by the muscle tee trend for these, and it’s so cool to have a crochet version that’s easy to wear. Such a simple shape and stitch, but I love the open sides and the overall look. The shape pairs well with a long, stand-out necklace, and this top-only version works great over tank tops and dresses.

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This bag is probably one of the designs I’ve made that I’m most pleased with. It took a lot longer than most things I make, with several sessions of rows and rows of frogging as I worked on getting the size right, as well as finding the best stitching for the strap (I wanted it wide for comfort but not stretchy). It’s very technically sound, and I think one of the reasons I’m so pleased with it is that I can see in the design and the process of making it how far I’ve come as a crocheter and designer.

Pretty sure most of these, if not all, will be available in my upcoming shop. :) So exciting!

Hope you all have a wonderful day. God bless!

A Project List (Of Sorts)

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This vacation left me feeling kind of renewed with energy for designing and making. I came back not really with new ideas, but with a hunger for inspiration and to try crocheting some things I’ve had on a sort-of list off and on in my mind and scattered about various notebooks and post-its for a while now. Some of these are just pattern ideas I have, others are playing around with certain crochet methods I just haven’t had much experience with. So I decided to post an actual list here (of at least the things I can think of now; I can always add more) on the blog, to actually have it better pinned down. Maybe I’ll get to some of these in the next few months, maybe I won’t, and this thing’ll be a total fail, haha. Guess we’ll see together.

Here it is –

– try a ribbed waistband for skirt/dress
– try embroidery on crochet!
– play around with mesh style crochet
– kind of related to the above, play around with filet crochet in garments
– make a boxy top design
– make a high low style tank (similar to the hem here) using my fav combo of Caron Simply Soft/N-9.00mm hook/trc

And that’s what I’m listing for now. Some of these have more detailed bits, such as shall I make the boxy top in two pieces and put together, perhaps adding sleeves, or do I want to make it in one piece, simply seaming up the sides and adding sleeves? Really I want to do both. :)

I’m wanting to play around with a few new jewelry ideas I’ve got, too.

Have a beautiful day!

In Progress

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These are just a few projects I have been working on or have finished the past few months. Some are tests for patterns I’m working on, others are fun little experiments or things I can whip up easily in a day. All made for various reasons. I think it will be neat to look back on these “in progress” shots in the months to come and see how some of these unfinished projects have come along and how my designs have improved and changed as I continue to try out my patterns and ideas.

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(I have to say, I love this photo!)

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I love seeing other people’s work photos, so I hope you like this little glimpse of mine. Feel free to share links to your works in progress or recently finished. I’d love to see them!

Have a beautiful and blessed day!

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