Goodbye September... Hello and Welcome October

Wow, another month has come and gone by so quickly! I feel like so much has happened this month but I'm having a tough time recalling everything that I did. Well, let's take it slow and see what projects I've finished...

Finished Objects

I finished a new design for Hill Country Weavers earlier this month but I'll be showing the final images later in October. I've been showing WIP pictures and some sneak peaks but I'm keeping the final design a secret until Hill Country Weavers debuts it at their yarn crawl event. I'm really proud of this design and it has a special story behind it that I can't wait to share with you.

I also FINALLY finished my pullover design - I just bound it off today! I still have to block it and weave in some pesky ends, but I'm counting this as an FO. I have been working on this for three weeks, which is a record for longest time I've worked on a project and I am so ready to move onto other designs. Being a monogamous knitter, I currently find it impossible and stressful to work on more than one project at a time. I have to finish a project before I can cast on comfortably for another.

Published Designs

I had two patterns go live on Ravelry this month! The Kumara cowl, which was my second design publication in a magazine, and Simply Familiar, my first collaboration with a yarn maker. 

The Kumara cowl represents the whole reason why I wanted to learn how to knit in the first place: combining modern and fashionable knitting pieces with traditional Maori motifs, taniko. So it goes without saying that this is a very special design close to my heart.

Simply Familiar is a great pattern for knitters wanting a very wearable and versatile piece. It was made in collaboration with Frabjous Fibers, who gave me one of their mini-skein pack gradient sets. The yarn was lovely to work with, and the final project is light, soft, warm and has gorgeous drape. I was very happy with how it turned out, even though it combines simple shawl shaping techniques and stitch patterns.

Aroha Knits News

Oof! Lots of things!

The first Aroha Knits KAL kicked off this week! Woo!

I did two Yarn Cake and Tea episodes, Julie Asselin's Sevilla and Frida Fuchs Hosenmatz. Two absolutely great yarns you will want for your stash!

I wrote up a e-guide on applying marketing concepts to Instagram and blogging for aspiring fiber entrepreneurs, which you can download for free when you sign up for the Designer Newsletter. 

I added a freebie for those who sign up for the Knitter's Newsletter, a copy of the SeaShell Shawl!

I made my first FREE mini e-course for designers, "How to Use Excel for Grading" and I've begun drafting out the script and outline for the master class I am planning on releasing at the beginning of next year: 10 Steps to Design. This course is going to be aimed at knitters wanting to make the transition into designing and writing their own patterns and publishing them on Ravelry. I'll be taking them through my design process, show them my tips and tricks and give them the confidence to publish their designs without fear. I'll be designing two patterns for this course to provide a "live" demonstration.

Upcoming Projects

I've got some more collaboration projects coming up in October, another free mini e-course on iPhone photography for Instagram (it's going to be boss) and more resources for aspiring designers. Now that my big pullover project design is over, I can sort of relax and de-stress and go full force on new things!

And to celebrate October, here's a free desktop wallpaper download just for you!

Here's to October! Let's hope it will bring much success for everyone!