Pinstripes & Chains set - now for sale on Ravelry

Slipped stitch colorwork cabled fingerless gloves

The Pinstripes & Chains mitts and tam patterns, originally published in Knit Now Magazine, are now available as Ravelry downloads.

These quick accessories are easier than they look - the slipped stitches are a clever way to create vertical stripes while only working one colour per round. If you're up for more of a challenge, you can work the cabled "chains", but they're totally optional.
Mosaic slipped stitches fingerless mitts in Brown Sheep Lanaloft Sports Weight

Since you're using two colours, these are a great project for using up the odd balls and scraps that you might have accumulated - and there's lots of room to experiment with colour combinations.

If you make size Small or Medium, you can make both a hat and pair of mitts with one 50g ball of each colour.

Beret hat and mitts set matching knitwear for sale on Ravelry
If you buy both the hat and the mitts together, you'll get a $3 discount.

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Some housekeeping: Flickr changes

You may or may not have heard that Flickr is making some changes to their account structure. While previously, free accounts could store up to 1TB of photos on Flickr, they are now reducing this dramatically to 1000 photos. For any accounts that do not upgrade to a paid membership, all but the 1000 most recent photos will be deleted.

I no longer use my Flickr account actively, but like many people a decade ago, I hosted most of my blog photos on Flickr. Ravelry also had Flickr integration which made uploading stash and project photos extremely convenient. As such, I've had to delete over 800 photos on my Flickr account.

Casey over at Ravelry has very thoughtfully already migrated the Flickr photos on Ravelry, so my Rav project photos are covered. And I've tried not to delete any photos I've specifically used in blog posts, but I'm sure I will have made some mistakes here and there. So, if you notice any broken photos on the blog, it would be great if you could leave a comment to let me know, and I can go in and fix it.

I don't begrudge Flickr their attempts to earn money from their service. If I still used Flickr regularly, I would happily fork over the money for a paid account. However, I am disappointed in their decision because it's going to have a massive ripple effect on the web as a whole, and particularly blogging communities from the mid-late 2000s and early 2010s. Personally, I knew these changes were coming to Flickr, and while it's an inconvenience for me, I still have access to my Flickr account and I still maintain this blog, so I can make adjustments. But there are loads of other sites around the web that aren't actively maintained, for any number of reasons, and if they hosted their photos on Flickr... That content will just disappear. I would have liked Flickr to offer some sort of grandfathering for old accounts that passed the 1000 photo limit. Instead, pretty soon, a big chunk of photos on the web are going to get wiped out, which I find extremely unfortunate.


Dusting off some old patterns

I was still in university when I published some of my first knitting patterns. While I remain proud of all my knitting designs, I've never been a graphic designer, and many of my early PDFs reflected that fact.

In my current day job I've been gaining experience in Photoshop and InDesign, and I've been able to transfer those skills back to designing. One of my projects for the year is to re-format as many of my old patterns as I can, using real layout software (no more layout in OpenOffice!) and the principles I've picked up from web design (white space! balance! nicely edited photos!).

I think you will find the new layouts much clearer, with more logical organisation, and generally more attractive. Plus, the PDF conversion is optimised so that in many cases the file sizes are smaller too.

The first patterns to receive this treatment are the Unbraiding Cables hat, Chain Link Tank, and Dogwood Shawlette.

If you've already bought these patterns on Ravelry, you should already have the update in your library. If you bought them on another platform, contact me at Joyuna at Gmail dot Com and I can send you an updated version.


My 2:1 stashdown challenge

I bought a lot of sweater-quantities of yarn last year. I won't say how many, but it is significantly fewer than the number of sweaters that I actually knit during the year.

The problem is, it's much easier to plan a sweater than it is to actually knit a sweater. I get the thrill of finding the perfect yarn for a pattern, I click "buy", and I quickly move on to the next shiny object. It's not a character trait I'm particularly proud of, but there it is.

My last yarn purchase of 2018 - soft and snuggly Blacker Swan

This year, I aim to practice some self-discipline. No more impulse buys, and I will keep my stashing to a net negative: For every 2 yards I knit, I can buy 1 yard of yarn. If I want to buy a 400yd skein of sock yarn, for instance, I need to have already knit 800 yards of yarn.

And if I want to buy a sweater's worth... I need to finish two sweaters. Or the equivalent yardage on other projects.

I think this will be a motivating challenge for me - I'm not going "cold sheep", but I'll still be working down my stash overall. I have to earn my yarny treats.

Here's to a productive 2019!