Dec 6, 2021

News December 2021

 Hi everyone!

I hope you're having a great week!

Today I want to share a news update with you.

New pattern release - ARUNA shawl


I am very happy to announce that my new design ARUNA is now available in my Ravelry Store.

ARUNA is a crescent shaped shawl that starts with a garter tab cast on and grows by two stitches on every row. After the deliciously textured body is worked a wide dramatic border is added which is worked from three charts. The design is completed by a spaced petit picot bind off.

Arunas generous size allows you to wrap yourself up perfectly.
Enjoy the voluminous texture and delicate drape while feeling warmth hugging you and embrace the gracefulness of a crescent shawl combined with feminine stylish design.

Use your favorite DK or worsted weight yarn in a solid or variegated tone and feel the flow when starting your project.
Work from big charts and step up your bobble-knitting-game with this design!

Hop over and have a look at the pattern right now! 


I've so longed for this day to come. This design comes from the bottom of my heart. I hope you'll love Aruna as much as I do and give it a warm welcome.♥

New design EMBER hat - testknit


I've also been working on my next design, EMBER hat. I had a great time designing this one. It's always fun and challenging to work with cable designs. And I must say, I'm very satisfied with my sample knit. 

The design has a lot of 2-stitch cables (which luckily can of course be worked without using a cable needle), two wider cables and of course some bobbles! I don't seem to get enough of those lately...
The hat also features loads of texture which makes it so fun to knit and irresistible to look at.

Right now I am hosting the test knit for this design in my Ravelry group. And I'm still looking for some wonderful testers who'd like to knit this very cozy hat design combining beautiful texture and rich cables.

Here's some background info for you, in case you're interested.

Deadline is December 16, 2021.
The pattern comes in three sizes:

Child (Adult small, Adult large) - to fit 50(56, 60)cm / 20(22, 24)inches head circumference. 

The Pattern can be worked to make a beanie 20(22,22)cm / 8(9, 9) inches total length or slouch 24(26,26)cm / 9.5(10.5; 10.5) inches total length.

Using only between 180-220m/197-240yards of sport weight yarn it’s perfect to use your stash. It's a quick project as well, maybe you’re looking for a last minute Christmas gift to make or are in need of a new hat for this season, please have a look at the full test request.

Like I said, the test is hosted in my Ravelry group The Drizzle of Honey Knitwear.
If you like I'll see you there and we can have a good test knitting time!

Change in eStore

As you all know, besides offering handknit patterns for purchase on Ravelry, I'm offering ready to wear knitwear on Etsy as well. 

But I am about to close that store down because it never really worked for me. Also I never got warm around their shop manager, it's just not for me somehow.

But of course there are a lot of alternatives out there to be explored and that's what I'm currently doing on the side. I'm looking for something where I can offer both: handknit patterns and my knitwear. Having another place besides Ravelry to sell my patterns is appealing for me too. Although you don't have to have a Ravelry account in order to buy patterns, I'm not sure everyone knows about that. 

Another reason is I would like to have "my own store" as well. That's also why I don't want to use a platform like Etsy anymore.

Recently I have been looking into payhip. And I wanted to ask, do you have experiences with payhip? Good or bad, or any other services like that? Any recommendations or suggestions?

Don't worry, my Ravelry store stays open, there is no better place for knitting in the world! 

 

That's what wanted to share with you today. 

I hope you're having a little winter wherever you are (if you are on the northern hemisphere). We've had a little bit of snow so far. And it's gotten cold, -10 degrees C more or less. But I always prefer the cold to the wet rainy weather. 

And I always love when the first snow falls. Everything gets a little brighter and the air smells so fresh and clear... That gives me a sense of calm and quiet which I try and keep in my heart and mind as long as possible.

Thanks for reading!

Have a wonderful time!

Love,

Stefanie

Nov 4, 2021

News November 2021

 Hi everyone!

 It's time for a new update! :) 

Aruna test knit

There has been a lot going on this month. Of course, there's been A LOT of smaple knitting. Every free second I got from our wonderful little boys went into it. So I got the pattern ready and the testknit for Aruna running, which is now at full speed! 

I'm very grateful to have found some testers that take the time to test my pattern. That is truly amazing. They are the first ones to work from it and even the first ones to link their finished project and may be featured on the pattern page once it's released. That just fills me with joy!
It's always an exciting and also nervous experience for me. I appreciate all the feedback I get from tests. Testers are in the front seat to making a pattern better with everything they have on their mind about it. May it be words of appreciation, comments or suggestions for improvement. I love to work it out. Together with the testers, ask them for their opinions and impressions. To create the best pattern for you all, so you can enjoy the process of knitting just as much as your finished project.
Test knitting is a very vital part of creating a design and shaping it into a pattern.

As for the pattern, I have put some thought into changing the layout a bit too. I hope you'll like it. I thought this would be a good time to change things up a bit and hopefully make it even easier for you to work with my patterns. Because (to me) knitting always is about having fun and relaxing while doing it. So I always try to make everything easy to understand and to provide good structure in the pattern so you can quickly find what you're looking for.

How to video

There's another first time with this design and pattern: For the first time I'm providing a short video that you can go to to see how to make a specific and maybe a little challenging stitch if you're making it for the first time.
It's for one of the bobble stitches in the design, the popcorn stitch. I don't want to get into too much detail at this point. If you're following me on Instagram you've probably seen it already.
Otherwise, you can find it HERE. And don't forget to hit follow if you haven't yet! ❤️

Mousey hats 

In between there needs to be a little time for some fun-knitting here and there. This time I made two mouse hats for our twins. 

I already made a fox hat two years ago which still is very popular. The hats are all perfect for toddlers, using short rows to shape ears. This provides the poper fit for little heads and ears.
As for the mouse hats, I like how the small faces turned out. I'm very happy to have found those different buttons for the noses. All the buttons are from second hand.
To shape the mouths in a different color I used intarsia technique. The ears are worked seperately after finishing the actual hat (using duplicate stitch for blue) and were then sewn onto the hat. I recommend using markers before starting to sew so they will be straight.
I'm very happy with the hats, with all three actually. I always loved the fox one too. Now they are our three little wild ones whenever we go somewhere...

You can find my Ravelry project page here.

Looking forward to this month - New design(s), pattern release

It is getting noticeably colder around here now and my head just keeps thinking hats, hats, hats!
So I have a few new ideas for hat designs I'm currently working on. But I'm also yearning to make a pattern for fingerless mits.
Let's see were my musings will take me...

And of course Aruna will be published this month. I am so very very looking forward to this!
It has been such a long process it feels like. But I am proud and I am so happy to have been working on my first design again. And I hope you will give this design a warm welcome and that it will earn your love.


Thank you for stopping by and reading.

I hope you enjoyed the update and will be around with me on my knit-live-journey.

All my love,

Stefanie

As always, if you want to be the first to know about anything that's new and exciting, follow me on Instagram.

 

 

Oct 6, 2021

News October 2021

Hi, I'm back! :)

Oh wow, this is my first post after maternity leave. As you may know, our little boy became a big brother of twin boys :) We're enjoying every second of this wonderful adventure, and an adventure it is! They are so much fun (and also a lot of work). And with last year's pandemic everything went up and down a lot, so I had to stay on leave a bit longer than initially planned. But now I am back at work again, designing and creating patterns for you. ♥

So, what happened so far in the last month?!

New design: Aruna Shawl

Well, first of all I'm up to my ears in a new design, Aruna Shawl.

It's going to be a lovely crescent shawl for this fall/winter season featuring very rich texture and an eye catching border. 


Right now I'm working on the sample. This is one of my favorit parts of designing. Slowly seeing how it all comes together and the idea you have in your head becomes reality.
And oh do I looove that body texture! It's so beautiful and rich. I like to squeeze it in my hands from time to time. I tried a lot of different kinds of textures for this design until I fell in love with this one. The combination of garter ridges, slip stitches and mini bobbles I'm using for the body of the shawl is just magical.


I have been working on finalising the border chart too. So the sample knit can enter the next stage and I can make sure everything works smoothly. It is a bit of a larger repeat that's going to be worked but I am always striving to give you a great knitting experience as well as a wonderful piece to wear, so I made sure to spilt the border in different charts for you to work from. I've also decided to work with stitchmastery from now on for creating my charts. And it has been wonderful for this one. As with any new software or app, you have to get used to it at first but I found the process relatively straight forward. I'm very happy with my decision on that one.

As there are two different kinds of bobbles used in the Aruna design and I always want you to feel confident when working from my patterns, I want to support you by showing you how to work those bobbles. I myself find seeing a stitch being worked in a video often easier than the long descriptions that follow with that kind of stitch. So I am preparing videos to go with the pattern for you as well. This is a first time for me. And it's very exciting.

I am having so much fun in working on this design so far, so I really hope you all are going to like it just as much as I do!

The Drizzle of Honey Knitwear group on Ravelry

There is now The Drizzle Of Honey Knitwear group now on Ravelry! Finally I came to start that group. This has been on my wishlist for quite some time.


 

The group is for us all, you and me and everyone is very welcome to join. You can share your WIPs, FOs and thoughts on my designs, chat with others, ask questions. All the Ravelry related news, like patterns releases and test knit calls will be be there from now on too.

Since we're already talking about it, of course soon there will be a test knit for Aruna Shawl of course. I will post a test call in the group as well as on Instagram when the pattern is ready to be tested. The test will then be hosted in my group on Ravelry. I'm really looking forward to that! Test knits are always fun, I love getting your feedback before a release so the pattern can be at its best. And then there's always the reward of seeing all those fabulous FOs!

The group is very new and so far it's naturally a little bit quiet still, but it all takes time to give it a start, so I would be very happy if you hop over and join


Those are the news I wanted to share with you. I hope you enjoyed the update and will be around with me on knit-live-journey.

As always, if you want to be the first to know about anything that's new and exciting, follow me on Instagram.

Love,

Stefanie ♥

Mar 29, 2019

Mar 17, 2019

Pattern Release: Daylight Shawl

I have a new design up on Ravelry: Daylight Shawl!

Daylight Shawl - Flowing drape and colorful textures to brighten up your day.
























Feb 28, 2019

Thoughts and News for 2019

I've been waiting to write this post, my first post for this year, for quite some time now.
February is almost gone, and I have big plans for this year, for this blog and for my business.

Village of Vånga, just about 3 weeks ago























Mar 21, 2017

Lycka made it into Knitty!




























Spring is just around the corner! This means it's time for the new Spring + Summer issue of Knitty.
And my new design Lycka is in it!