Knitting

I will knit in the Train…I will knit in the Rain.

“I will knit on a boat, I will knit with a Goat, I will knit in the Train, I will knit in the Rain, I will knit with a Fox, I will knit in a Box, I will knit with a Mouse, I will knit in a House, I will knit Here or There, I will knit Everywhere!”
Hello Friends, 

I love this quote! It’s so accurate! Are you having a lovely weekend? I hope so! I am currently traveling to visit my family! 


I am taking the ever so romantic form of travel and going by train. I think it’s romantic. Maybe more so if I could be wearing an 1800’s period outfit and traveling in a steam engine… I digress. 

I’m off to visit family, and my sister came over yesterday by train just to get me so that I would have help with the kids! I totally put off packing as usual till the last minute. Mainly because these little guys are of no help to me in the packing department! 


While trying to decide what to pack I knew exactly all the projects I wanted to take! I always pack way more books, yarn and more yarn than clothes! I can always reuse shirts and pants, but I may run out of projects to knit and books to read! Because I am sure I develop super powers when I go on vacation and I’m going to finish 6 projects and the 1000 page novels I brought!

Do you think you develope vacation superpowers and think you are going to have time to finish everything you brought to finish? 

❤️Amanda

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Family life · Knitting

When things don’t go as planned…

Morning Friends! 

Our day started before the sun was up with a call from my Mother Inlaw. Her heart was acting up and it had her really worried. So the kids and I are taking care of Granny today(I think it might just be the flu instead of anything very serious). 

The kids love Granny’s house. She has crabapple trees that are just loaded right now with fruit and my daughter loves to pick them up taking bites out of them and playing with them.  

Our view this morning was seeing the sunrise over the pastures near Granny’s house. The apples glowed in the morning light. The air is cool and crisp with fall. Deer were grazing nearby. I just need a good steaming cup of coffee to complete a picture perfect morning. 

The scene was so picturesque that it reminded me of the simple life I crave to give my family. It’s always a work in progress especially in our ever fast moving world. I think this is a great way to start out November, a month usually known for remembering what is important and being thankful. I strive to reflect and be thankful everyday for all of my little blessings. Remembering it’s the little things in life that matter most. 


The Victoria Shawl needed to get out and have a little photo shoot too.



I can’t wait to get her off the needles and blocked so I can wear it on my trip at the end of the week.


 While the day did not start has I had intended, it’s still a beautiful day! What do you do when your day gets turned topsy-turvey? How do you make the best of it? Share your thoughts in a comment below or on my Instagram post for the day. Have a lovely day friends! 
❤️Amanda

Meet the Designer

Meet the Designer: Naomi Bruette

Hello Friends,

I started writing this post earlier and found myself severely veering off my intended topic. I began rambling on about socks. A good topic for sure but one that should get its entire post not try to steal the lime light of my Meet the Designer featurette!

That’s right it’s finally here! A little interview with Knitwear Designer Naomi Burette! You guys, she is simply splendid. I knew from the moment I began working with her that she and I were, as our favorite character Anne is fond of saying, “kindred spirits”.  I am honored in having her join me here today. Grab your coffee and stay a while! Enjoy getting to know Naomi. I sure did!

Do you have a family history with knitting?

Image Source: Naomi Bruette

I love my family history! I come from a very rich history of makers and I’m so proud of it! And of course I love to romanticize everything so everyday things like cooking, cleaning, and ekeing out a living turns into the wonderful tastes of homemade golden bread, creamy potato soup, and tantalizing strawberry rhubarb jam! 

So of course when I tell you that my grandmother knit my grandfather sweaters (A necessity because they were to poor to purchase a sweater from the store. Not to mention they raised their own sheep.) I will of course think that it is the most wonderful thing in the world! 

But seriously, I think even the poorest knitter puts art into their work! There is something so satisfying about looping yarn together and seeing it turn into a wearable object that begs for your utmost attention and dedication. The fact that our ancestors were required to make their own garments and yet turned each one into a piece of art is so inspiring to me! These were women just like us who went through similar daily struggles of feeding and clothing their kids. 

How did you get started with Knitwear Design?

I never thought I would become a knitwear designer. I actually have my education in music and have my masters of music education with a choral emphasis. I graduated from college and began teaching at a K-12 school where I taught 9 preps everyday…which for those of you who don’t know how crazy this is…an average load is 4-6 preps. Anyways without going into everything too much, after my son was born we moved to a different state and I suddenly had nothing to do. So I decided to start a blog! Because of course in the 21st century Mom is synonymous with Blog! Hahaha. 

After some thought I fell back to my creative fiber/textile roots and began my blog Sew.Knit.Create.  Then after playing around with it for several years, trying to earn some income from it, failing, letting go of it for a while….I ended up being diagnosed with a herniated disc which put me on my back in bed for two months. That was last June and I basically stopped everything for those two months except for knitting because I could do that while my oldest watched Netflix all day and my four month old lay beside me. That was when I decided that I wanted to pay homage to ancestors by taking all of these designs that I remember from my childhood and recreating them into a book. A book that would basically document our family history and their relationship with fiber and textiles. 

So with that dream I actually recreated the Julianna Socks (a free pattern on my blog) These were my first written pattern and I really need to edit it as I’m sure there are a million mistakes in it! With that dream in mind I decided to get back into my Sew.Knit.Create business…..to figure out exactly what I wanted to do and then to act on it.  I spent about seven months last year figuring out exactly what I wanted to do. 

I decided that I needed to get back on instagram and randomly/or not so randomly ended up connecting with Franchise of Aroha Knits and ended up being chosen as a beta tester for her Swatch Studio….which was my catalyst to designing….and now here I am! So CRAZY! And that is what I’m doing now! Taking these ideas that have been floating around in my head and turning them into something that I can touch. I like to say that as a knitter I “turn time into something tangible” (Ooh im seeing my brand motto “Making time tangible” )

What inpires you when you knit and design knitwear?

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 I am inspired by my memories. I am inspired by the places that I grew up. I am inspired by the tawny sand, azure blue sea, and the emerald forests and hills of Nova Scotia. I am inspired by the details in nature. By the gold edge of the changing maple leaf. I am inspired by the dandelion puff. I am inspired by the simple manudane everyday things that are actually at their core so magical in their simplicity. 

What inspired the creation of the Sunlit Autumn Shawl?

Image Source: Naomi Bruette

I love autumn! (Well I love all the seasons…but…) In my neighborhood we have this half-mile maple lined drive that literally GLOWS when the leaves are changing! 

First its just the tips that turn redden and then about the third week of October all those gorgeous maple trees are in full fledged color. So in the afternoon we go for a walk about 3 o’clock and the sun is just perfect and it alights all those maple trees on fire! You feel that wind ruffle your hair, as I struggle to push that tandem stroller up the hill, I take a sip of coffee from my to-go cup, and gaze up at those reds and golds….and the world is PERFECT. 

Image Source: Naomi Bruette

And THAT is what I wanted to capture in my shawl design. So Sunlit Autumn is a feeling that I want the knitters to experience when they knit it and wear the shawl. I want them to forget their struggles of daily life and feel uplifted when they wrap that wooly goodness around them. 

In more concrete words I scoured the web for a yarn that would help capture that feeling that I wanted and I somehow happened upon DragonFly Fibers and found the perfect skein!  

I love to string words together if you couldn’t tell!  Anne of Green Gables has always been like my favorite character ever and I always loved how she could turn the simplest mundane things in life into something beautiful. Why call it Barry’s Pond when you can call it Lake of Shinning Waters!

Thank you Naomi!! Isn’t she a marvelous writer??! I have fallen completely in love with her writing. Just as Anne could bring you in her world with her words so does Naomi! Didn’t you feel that fall perfection in her description of what inspired her shawl?? It’s not to late to join the KAL it’s running till Nov 15th. Look at the beautiful prize that comes at the end!


Speaking of which I need to get cracking on my shawl! I still need to cast on! Have a lovely day everyone!

❤️Amanda

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Brown Paper Packages

Hello Friends,

How did your weekend go? Mine went by too fast as always. Is it just me or does Monday feel so rough because you are pulling everything together from the weekend? My Monday’s always seem to consist of doing what I didn’t get to from the weekend, kind of like cleaning up from the after math of a storm. Know what I mean? 

Enough of that. I have exciting news to share!! I opened my Etsy Shop over the weekend. That’s right Little Bitty Delights is now on Etsy. It’s an amazing rush! Honestly feels better than I thought it would. If you have a moment go take a peek! 

If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen that I got some happy mail over the weekend!

 I have kept you in suspense long enough I will share with you now what was in the brown paper package!!

 

My yarn from Go Knit Yourself came in for the hat test knit I told you about last week. I bought the color way Northern Lights and it’s just beautiful. So bright and down right cheerful in my opinion! I can not wait to show you how this pairs up with the other skein in the Silver Fox color way! 

I love that Melanie is so thoughtful in her yarn dying process. She uses sustainable yarns from a small farm that is committed to keeping operations environmentally friendly, caring about nature and sustainability. She dyes with low impact acid dyes for less chemical exposure and waste. I love all of this about Melanie’s yarns and process because it’s something I value in wanting a simple sustainable lifestyle. That is a topic I would love to share more with you on in another post another day. 

My other happy mail delivery was sock yarn I ordered from Fingers of Fury

I feel this yarn just captures the bright and deep hues of fall. I love the name of the color way too, Exploding Tardis. Which delights my inner nerd self to no end. 

I chose the Exploding Tardis to be the yarn for the KAL for the Sunlit Autumn Shawl. 

That’s it for now. Stay tuned later in the week for the Designer of the Month post with Naomi Bruette. 

❤️ Amanda

Knitting

Hello Friend

“I like to start my notes to you as if we’re already in the middle of a conversation. I pretend that we’re the oldest and dearest friends , as opposed to what we actually are people who don’t know each other…” I loved how Kathleen opened her letter to Joe in You’ve Got Mail. That has got to be one of my favorite fall movies. It’s just a great movie to watch while snuggled up cozy.

Getting back to the reason for the quote.  I had thought over a hundred times about how I wanted to start out my very first post to you. Everything sounded so formal and stiff…I didn’t want that! I wanted to be good friends sitting in our favorite corner of the coffee shop having a laugh, talking about our families and latest WIPS.  Speaking of which what are you working on??  I have a list of WIPS about as long as my arm! I have several test knits in the works that I am excited to share with you!

The first one up is the Victoria Shawl designed by Maggie of Assorted Musings

I am just loving how this shawl is coming out. The eyelet section is just so fun. But it’s going to be the lace section that’s the real eye grabber! There will be more on this later in the month! I have a hat and a pair of wrist warmers to share then too!

Can you believe we are half way thru October already?? It’s going so fast! Maybe the reason it’s going so fast is all the fun things I have lined up!

Like the KAL: Sunlit Autumn Shawl I have joined, hosted by Naomi of Sew Knit Create.  Go check that out it starts today! This is what her shawl looks like. 

I was honored to get to test knit this for her. This is her first pattern release and she wrote it up beautifully! What do you say to a little Designer Interview next week??

I instantly thought of Anne of Green Gables while working on this shawl( if you haven’t noticed already I am a bit of a movie lover. Always have been). This is my first KAL so I am pretty excited to participate. I can’t wait to show you the yarn I picked out for the KAL! I have been stalking the mail man waiting for it to come! I know I know there is this modern tracking of mail orders now, but I love the anticipation of checking my front porch everyday to see if there is happy mail there or not! What can I say, easily amused!

Well friends I really must dash. I have so much more to say but I shall save it for another day. If you would like to see more of what I am doing on a daily basis come follow me on Instagram. I would love to see what your current WIPS are as well!

❤️Amanda