My Indiegogo Campaign to Help with Summer Tuition :D

Hello, all! I am currently doing an Indiegogo campaign to help raise money for summer classes that I need to finish my undergrad degree. I need to take two courses this summer and would love to sell some art to fund it, rather than taking out a loan from the bank. If you would like to contribute, you can find my campaign page HERE πŸ™‚

Here are some examples of the perks you can get when you support my campaign!

Landscape paintings! Available in several sizes and your choice of colors!DSC06001picture112










Portrait drawings of you or someone you love (or even just “like-like”)!









Hand Knit hats and mitts!

Hand-painted postcards direct to your mailbox!










And so much other good stuff!

Feel free to spread the word and a million thanks for your support!

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Stratton Hat pattern (coming soon!) & pre-holiday sale!

Pattern coming soon!

Stratton Hatt pattern (coming soon!) & pre-holiday sale!

I’ve actually had this one in the works since I made it last winter & just need to finish formatting & obtaining better photos. Where does all my time go?…to the U of M, apparently because this is the only photo I have of me wearing my Stratton hat in my freezing studio space.

DSC06726This pattern will include a detailed photo-tutorials:
– avoiding jogs in 1×1 striping and creating a smooth transitions from
– creating a smooth transition between the brim and body with a neat cable trick I’ve been using
– pompoms!

While I’m putting the finishing touches on this pattern, I am offering 25% all of the patterns in my Ravelry.

(Use promo code “stratton13” at checkout. Offer is good from now until Christmas…woot!)

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Johnstock 2013!


Today is the Johnstock Craft Fair, which I’ve done for the past few years. I like this show because it’s small (i.e. affordable for a crazy girl selling wool in the summer) and it’s (kind of) in my neighborhood. Plus, the folks that run it are super nice πŸ™‚

As usual I will have my handspun yarns. I’ve been selling some at Digs, and realized last weekend that I only had about six full-size hanks on hand, so I quickly spun up two 2-ply’s and a single…yeah!

The amazing new thing I will have this year are my ceramic buttons! I made these as part of my ceramic class project with the intention that I would be selling them at Johnstock. Multi-task win! I also made the backer cards, so merchandising skill win! If you’re in the Twin Cities, stop by and say hi πŸ˜€


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in which i return to the needles…hopefully

Okay, so I’ve been a.w.o.l. pretty much the whole summer, but I’m slowly working my way back into the swing of things. Here’s a brief run-down on what’s been occupying all my time as of late:

First off, there’s school, which started last week. Full-time classes plus looking for a new job…super exciting.

But now I’m finding more time to do some actual knitting! I’m currently taking custom orders for the holiday season, and I’m giving away a FREE Mini Sweater Ornament or Coffee Cozy with each order place before Halloween! Check out my Etsy or Ravelry shop for ideas or send me a message with details of what you might like.

Also, I’m going to be teaching some knitting classes at Digs Studio and working on some new designs so I’ll have loads more content soon…I swear πŸ™‚

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It’s been too long!

Oh, man…where the heck have I been? Living life apparently πŸ™‚

To sum it up as quickly as possible, so far this year, I have:
– started working on the Solo Exhibtion Program at Altered Esthetics Gallery
– met some great people at the Knit-Ins at SooVAC
– been accepted to the University of Minnesota (woot!)
– moved into a great house with awesome housemates
– paid off my last batch of student loans
– and bought a BANJO! (the best thing ever!)

So now that we’re all caught up, I can talk about knitting stuff, starting with this weekend’s happening.

The Johnstock Craft Fair in NE Mpls is tomorrow. I’ve been busy making some non-knitted things that I have yet to take photos of. I did Johnstock in 2010, and it was fun. I learned that when it’s the beginning of summer, people aren’t really thinking about buying scarves and hats, so I decided to put my sewing machine to good use. I’ll will bring a few of my hats and neckwarmers, just in case and all of my handspun yarns…plus, I’ll be offering some of my older stock at discounted prices πŸ™‚

This year, I’ll be sharing my booth with Bitter String Art (aka my awesome friends, Beth and Brandon). The do some amazing stuff and I’m really excited to spend the day with them. I’ll also be dragging along my spinning wheel, so if you’re in the Twin Cities this weekend, come check out the fun times πŸ™‚


In future news, I’m planning on submitting for the craft show that Caffeto Coffee Shop has at the end of the summer.

Also in the works is a line of handspun & naturally dyed yarn for Digs Studio, and possibly hosting a “Great Wool-Wash Weekend”. I’m quite excited about this one, so stay tuned for more details.

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Here’s a knitting recap for 2011:
-knitted almost 7 miles of yarn
-published 9 patterns
-had spots in 3 craft shows
-made Christmas gifts for 12 people in less than 2 months

So, you may be aware that I said I would be taking a knitting hiatus for about a month. Trying to pack as much crafty stuff in to such a short time is hard on the hands and can really drain your knitting enthusiasm pretty quickly. While in Indiana for Christmas, I knitted myself a pair of convertible mittens, something that I desperately needed. Β And that was going to be my last project for a while.

The non-knitting lasted about three days, when I casually picked up my needles & some not-so-fancy yarn and before I knew it, had knitted up a scarf. Then a few days later I cast on for another Crocus sweater, which at this point has only one sleeve and the button bands left to do. So, I guess a knitting fast just isn’t going to happen and I’m fine with that. πŸ™‚

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New Pattern! Crook Neckwarmer

A little back story on this pattern…
I go to Shepherd’s Harvest in Lake Elmo every spring. The weather is always notoriously cold and damp. This past spring, I had the crazy idea that I would knit a neckwarmer to wear to the festival. I started knitting around 10:30 and had it blocking just after midnight. The next morning, I wove in the ends while waiting for my ride and proudly kept my neck cozy throughout the day. Now that the weather is turning cold yet again, it’s become one of my daily accessories.

A slightly sinister twist on this modern classic accessory. Half stockinette & half garter stitch construction lends a subtle tilt to this quick, easy knit. Pattern can be easily adjusted for any weight of yarn, from Sock to Bulky πŸ™‚

Simple V-shaped neckwarmer fits comfortably around your neck and can either be fastened with buttons or tied like bandana. Use two or more skeins for a shawlette to drape over your shoulders. Either are sure to keep you fashionably warm.

Pattern, text and photography Copyright Β© 2011 Kristy Childress,
This pattern is for personal and non-profit use only. Resale of items made from this pattern is not permitted but knitting for charity and gifts is permitted. All Rights Reserved.

Remember to use coupon code THANKSFUL through Monday to get 15% off all pattern purchases…Keep Warm πŸ™‚

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