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Hello!

How’s things?

I have been planting seeds of the knitting variety in anticipation of an Autumnal harvest. Work on the newest collection is coming along every so slowly. I keep getting side tracked by shiny new projects and beautiful yarns, but the designs are always there, reminding me to get a move on…

One of the shiny, exciting things that has my attention just now is a new KAL!

The wonderful Helen of Curious Handmade is hosting a knit-along for the Angelus Novus cardigan in the Curious Handmade Ravelry group. Please do join us on over there to take part in the knitting, cheer each other on and enjoy the making.

Angelus Novus Cardi back by Renée Callahan-2

 

I also recently did a little interview with LoveKnitting.com, in which I express my wish for knitting Oompa Loompas. Enjoy.

Happy knitting,

R.

Angelus Novus in Lace

Hello!

I recently updated the Angelus Novus Shawl pattern with a new version in lace-weight yarn:

Angelus Novus Lace shawl by Renée Callahan

Linda knit the shawl in her new Kettle Yarn Co. Beyul Lace base, which has turned out beautifully!

Angelus Novus Lace weight by Renée Callahan

I really did try to steal the shawl, but she was having none of it. Angelus Novus Lace weight by Renée Callahn 1

The pattern now comes with added instructions for the lace-weight version and the original worsted/DK weight.

Happy knitting!

R.

Morning creativity

morning-drawingsHello!

For the last two years, one of my resolutions has been to draw everyday. The thing about being a designer is that I have entire days in which I don’t actually do anything creative. I sit in front of the computer screen, doing the things that need to be done for my business to be a business. So when I heard about Crystal Moody‘s #yearofcreativehabits challenge to herself, I was smitten. I decided to get up a little earlier and I have, with more or less frequency, made a drawing every (weekday) morning. It’s a great way for me to feel like I am doing something daily, however small, for myself and my creativity. This is not to say that the drawings are always good or even that they improve in a consistent way. Sometimes they are really terrible. Like even worse than when I began. But it still feels like a worthwhile activity, even when it is frustrating. Part of the original challenge was to post a photo of the drawing on Instagram as a way of creating accountability.

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And I did for quite a while. But recently I decided to change that. It was pointed out to me that I had a knitting Instagram feed that was mostly composed of drawings. And I thought, yeah, good point. I really should spend some more time showing people my knitting work on the feed. So I have stopped posting the photos, but I haven’t stopped doing the drawings! I thought I would just share a few of the new ones here and say that I haven’t given up, the good work continues!

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It is sometimes hard to remember that creativity is a discipline, and not always a romantic one. Do you have a creative anchor? What is it and how do you maintain it?

Happy creating!

R.