Hi there, here I am again. Today is just a short post to share two things with you. First I wanted to tell you about this Project Peace on Ravelry. It is a free pattern for a fingering weight cowl by The Healthy Knitter. This is a kal and it begins on December 1st. The idea is to knit a round or more each day and to cast off by December 21st. The objective is to get as many people as possible to focus on peace for 21 days and so they are calling this a peace-a-long. At the moment I believe there are over 13 thousand participants and so I thought it would be fun to join them. You can download the pattern on Ravelry to take part. I haven’t yet chosen my yarn but I will later today probably because I really want to cast on on time. If you too are joining in this project, I’d love to know and if you want to share your yarn and or your progress with me please feel free to leave a comment with a picture or a link to your Ravelry project page.
Now on to New Acquisitions! Of course I already have EVERYTHING a knitter could possible need and more but that does not deter me from purchasing more! I do need to exercise more self-control where knitting related purchases are involved. I’m even contemplating a yarn diet in 2017 and only knit from stash! But that is a huge decision so I need to think about that some more before I commit to something like that publicly.
Now what does a knitter that has it all, buy? Well, extra special things! Things out of the ordinary! Handmade things!
So, there is this lady or rather this artist that I follow on Instagram and she is called Ann Tudor. Ann is a glass artist and she creates amazing stitch markers, project keepers and jewelry with glass, I think this is called lampwork. I have been drawling over her sheepy stitch markers for a while and this November I finally gave in and decided it was time for me to actually have some!
And what made that first purchase from Ann a little more special was that I’m her first ever client in France:) That was a fun little factoid:)
Ann has her own website www.anntudor.com I urge you to check out. She has a lot of gorgeous stitch markers and what is perfect is that you can choose the type of marker you want – a round one, a lobster clasp etc depending on wether you are a knitter or a crocheter. Frankly when I browse her website, I want it all!
But I did manage some self control and I purchased two things, a set of sheep stitch markers and a Christmas project keeper. Both the stitch markers and the project keeper are fabulous. They are so well made and so delicate it is amazing to me what she is able to achieve using glass. Now I’m sure you are impatient to discover what it was that I actually purchased so here are the pictures.
Don’t you just adore the little sheep? And the Christmas project keeper really gets one in the holiday spirit! So if you are looking for a little something for yourself or if your husband or family are at a loss for what to give you for Christmas, you can now direct them to Ann’s shop:)
I contacted Ann and asked her to tell us a little bit about herself and her business and here is her story:
I have always worked with my hands. I worked in the dental field for 30 years working as an assistant and orthodontic lab technician. I had a jewelry business for many years during that time.
I learned how to make lampwork glass beads from a two hour class at a local stained glass store. The process used is to take rods of colored glass, melt them in a torch and shape the molten glass into shapes.
I loved it and ended up making beads that I sold to other jewelry designers. Eventually my glass items morphed into sculptural pieces. I make glass fish and sea creatures which I put into glass vessels and make them look like aquariums.
In September 2015, I was asked make stitch markers from some of my glass jewelry charms by a knitwear designer. I had no idea how much that request would totally change my world! After some tweaking and testing, my stitch markers were released in October, 2015 and it has been such an amazing adventure!
My first set started out with 1 black sheep and 5 white sheep. This is still my most popular set. Then added pigs, cats, hearts, and owls. Now there are several holiday sets, many types of animals and even ice cream cones. I have a list of requests and suggestions people have made. I periodically add new items. All the markers are available with two ring sizes or crochet clasp option.
In 2017 I will be releasing a new product line that I am extremely excited about. As with most of my items, it came from a client request. I will be adding Glass Ring Markers. My stitch markers that have a glass design dangling from them have a soldered metal ring. These will be all glass and have no dangle. My hope to have them available in three sizes and a multitude of color options. Stay tuned for more on that!
Also in 2017 I am going to start a podcast! Hopefully it will begin in January. Anyone interested in finding out more can sign up for my email list. http://www.anntudor.com/content/email-list-sign
The fiber community is such a giving and wonderful space! I have met wonderful knitters, crocheters, designers, dyers, weavers, spinners, and more! I feel fortunate to be involved. My website is http://www.anntudor.com.
ps– I’m not affiliated in any way with Ann Tudor nor am I getting paid for sharing her information. I just love her work and I really wanted to share that with you and as we are coming up to Christmas I thought it was a good fit as well for those of us looking for Christmas gifts for family and friends.
So that’s it for today. I’ll be back soon because there’s more to share! So until next time, enjoy your knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving etc