Jan 5, 2022

News January 2022

 Happy new (knitting) year to you all!!!! 🎇

I wish you all a happy, healthy and wonderful new year!

First off all, I want to thank you for your love and support, for welcoming me back to work after having my twins. It's so exciting to be able to do what I love - designing. And this year too I will strive to enrich your lives by providing you with gorgeous knit designs, addictive knitting experiences and beautiful self-made pieces in your wardrobe.

The question everyone asks as a year's going to end: What have you accomplished this year? I think we can all give ourselves a little compassion when asking this particular question. Because it has been another difficult year for everyone. That does include me too. 

But I do have some things I am proud of myself for.
I am proud of having my pre-baby weight back after having three children. I didn't manage that after the first one, but I did now. That makes me very happy. I've been working out, so there's also more muscle which makes me feel great. I feel so much better with less weight, it gives me a new feeling of myself.
This also means I'm eating better which is also something I've been struggeling with when the twins were babies. They are 2 now, so they don't need as much all around the clock care as they did before. So there's more time for cooking :)
In an effort to focus a bit more on self care (because that's important as everyone with kids can confirm) and my own psychological health I made some adjustments. For example in an effort to watch less TV  I've read 42 books last year, nearly all of them from my local library. (spend less money on books was a thing too) And this habbit sticks with me. I love it! I have always been a book reader but I lost it a little bit during the past years and I am very happy to have it back.
And of course I am very grateful to have found a way to be able to work again with all my boys at home. It's a challenge of course to work something out that works for everyone. And that's always our number one goal when changing something. It has to work for everyone in the family. And I think we are right on track. I'm proud of that.

I hope you too have some things your are proud of yourself.

New patterns

EMBER

Three weeks ago I released Ember hat. I just loove this design!
If you're looking for a little variety from stockinette and garter stitch and are as fascinated by knitted texture as I am, then Ember hat is for you!

 

This hat is a gorgeous and cozy design that combines wonderfully rich texture with beautiful cables. The pattern features big and small cables, bobbles as well as a mini honeycomb pattern to complete the feminine design.

The pattern comes in three sizes:
Child (Adult small, Adult large)
to fit 50(56, 60)cm / 20(22, 24) inches head circumference and 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.
To make an even slouchier hat, the pattern has notes on how to easily adapt.

And it's a perfect stash buster too, using only between 180-220m/197-240yards of sport or DK weight yarn.

Have a look at the pattern in my Ravelry store here!

EMBERLY

Sharing the spirit - new year, new design, three days ago I also released Emberly fingerless mitts which are matching Ember for a set of the two.


I had the thought of designing matching fingerless mitts already when I started working on Ember. And I moved through with it, very happy that I did.

Emberly fingerless mitts are very cute and a creative and intriguing knit. By themselves or together with the hat they will add a stylish and feminine touch to your outfit.

The pattern comes in three sizes:
Small (Medium, Large)
to fit 16(18, 20)cm / 6.5(7.25; 8) inches palm circumference
The pattern includes suggestions for you to personalize your mitts.

Using only between 90-120m/99-132 yards of sport or DK weight yarn it’s a perfect project to use your stash.

The set of hat and mitts is a great addictive knit based on the same rich texture.

Since this pattern is a new release, there's also the release promo still running until midnight January 9, 2022. Use code EMBERLY and get 20% off the pattern on Ravelry.
I have another offer running: If you buy Ember and Emberly together (put them both in your cart before check out) then you'll automatically receive Emberly 50% off.

Check out the pattern in my Ravelry store here!

Moving forward, planning, new ideas, new designs

During the last days of the year I've been thinking a lot about where I would like to go with my designs this year. And now I'm planning and working on new design ideas. 

So I thought, what would YOU like to knit this year???
What would you like me to design for you?
Are you planning to take on a knitting challenge for 2022? Do you want to knit a lot of sweaters or shawls or hats?
If you have wishes or suggestions for patterns you would like to knit, just let me know in the comments or on Instagram @thedrizzleofhoney !

I'm looking forward to hear from you!

Love,
Stefanie

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 VĂĄnga, just about 3 weeks ago