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Lightweight District 12

The original District 12 is definitely NOT lightweight. I love it, but yeah… not lightweight. lol

I love a challenge, so when I was approached about creating a lightweight version of the very cozy WOOL sweater cowl, the District 12, I thought sure! I can do that. Why not?

So I grabbed my trusty pattern that I purchased several years ago. There are no instructions on how to alter the pattern AND my pattern is so old that I can no longer find it online. So I was on my own if I wanted to adjust it. It seemed like it might be easy to adjust the size by simply using a different type of yarn and adding a few stitches to adjust for the gauge.

I got about half way through my pattern and it looked like everything was going my way. The herringbone stitch was turning out beautifully, the customer loved the grey hues of the yarn, the yarn was soft and breathable. It was looking good and I was pretty damn proud of myself.

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Looking good!

BUT THEN… I got into the home stretch and realized my beautiful masterpiece that I was so proud of was turning out a larger than I anticipated. No problem. I’ll just decrease more often, right?

WRONG.

The cowl still seemed to turn out rather large, I thought. I don’t want this cowl to hang off the customer – all frumpy like. I want it to sit nicely on her, just like the original. Maybe I’m just being too hard on myself? Maybe this lightweight version is going to be perfect for her. Maybe the largeness will make it more cozy. What do you think? Does it look frumpy or perfect?
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Either way, it was a good lesson in making alterations to projects.

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Laser cut all the things!!!

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Weeee! I am so excited!!!! I FINALLY had the chance to try my hand at laser cutting and engraving. This week, I took my fiancé on a date night to Factory Two, the maker space in Flint and it was the best date night idea I’ve had in a long time.

Before heading to the maker space, we stopped for tacos – our go to meal for date nights. Mmm tacos. After our bellies were full of deliciousness, we headed over to Factory Two. There we learned how to use inkscape (the program we would use to draw our projects), saw a few of our friends, learned how to run the laser cutting/engraving machine AND got a tour of the wood shop in the maker space.

The beautifully designed keychain above is what I made. I can’t wait to perfect my art and make a million more of them to hand out to people at market. 😉

People may think that Flint is a struggling community without a lot of resources – and they would be right. But we are also a struggling community with a STRONG arts/maker community. I’m so happy to be a part of that community and I can’t wait to see what everyone does next.

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Hand Dyed Yarn

Watermelon Daze

Another skein dyed! This one was supposed to be a peach color, but I wasn’t liking the way it was turning out. I threw in some red food coloring and now my skein looks a bit more like watermelon than peaches. 🍉 Oops! But that’s ok. It still looks delicious.

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And I love what they all look like together!

I can’t decide if I want to knit with it or sell it…. Hmmm. Decisions, decisions.