Feb 8, 2016

The Upside of Social Media

When I first created a Facebook account, it was primarily to be able to check in on others who were more active on the site.  I did the same with Twitter, and then eventually, last year, succumbed to Instagram.  I’ve slowly begun to add personal posts to each of those accounts, punctuated sporadically with MayBea Crafted photos and updates.

For many of my friends, near and far, they’ve enjoyed seeing the posts of the piles of Poppins bags that I’ve made, and learning about the patterns that I’m working on and sending to publication, but I suspect for others of my friends, it’s been a bit annoying to be spammed with news of the craftapalooza that is my personal and sometimes professional life.

Today, Facebook reminded me of a hat that I remember knitting, but that I thought I didn’t have any nice pictures of.  I knit it and gave it to a friend so quickly that I never added it to my Ravelry page.  Honestly?  I had forgotten how beautiful this hat was, and now I want to knit a similar one for myself. 
This comes at a pretty good time, as the I Heart Fair Isle pattern is set to be revamped with a new layout, new name (Hart, Michigan is in the running) and added notes.  Until it comes back from the tech editor and layout team at Stitch Definition, it’ll continue to be sold for $4 on Ravelry.  (Get your copy now, and the newer version will be sent your way when it is uploaded.)

I’m hopeful that by the beginning of April, my Ravelrypattern page is going to see a lot of action.  I’ve got a dozen patterns that are either being refreshed or added to my portfolio.  I hope you’ll stay tuned and see what is new. 

I’ve also added a MayBea Crafted Facebook page to hopefully engage those who want to be engaged, and keep my friends, well, friendly.  

Feb 1, 2016

Knitting Just Got Geeky

Guest Teacher!
Jeanna Parks has been experimenting with adding conductive thread to her knitting.  Since we've all got questions, and can't wait until the summer to see her table at the Maker Faire at the Henry Ford, she's offered to teach for us in Berkley this spring.

Light Up Your Knitting:
Fiber fun got you down? Want to electrify your geek friends with your recent technologic advances? Join us and electrify your knitting! Don't phone it in - making tech gloves is fun, but let's go light years beyond...LED light years! Our session will include some soldering basics, as well as some experimenting in the basics of adding LED lights to your projects.

Some homework prior to class is required.  Bring a WOOL stockinette swatch 6"x6" to the first class, and we will choose a simple hat pattern to knit for your second class project.

Class meets from 6-8pm on Wednesday, March 2 and Wednesday March 15 from 6-8:30pm  $55 includes materials fee.

Techie Gloves:
 You just knit an amazing pair of gloves! You chose the pattern, shopped for just the right yarn, knit for ages. And now? Now you can't answer your phone without taking them off. What??!? Inconceivable! Don't worry...we have you covered. Come learn how easy it is to incorporate conductive thread into your knitting project, and next time you can make your own tech gloves and wow your fiber friends!

Knit all but the fingers on your chosen gloves prior to class.  A pattern with simple stockinette or garter fingers will give you the best results.

One class meets on Wednesday, March 9 from 6-8:30pm  $30 includes materials fee.

To register for classes, send an email to Tanya at MayBeaCrafted dot com to register your space.  You'll receive an email with an invoice and confirmation upon receipt. 

Dec 14, 2014

Coming Out of the Dark

Our family had a particularly challenging 15 months or so, and I guess I didn’t realize how much it had impacted my creativity and ability to juggle multiple tasks.  It seems like I checked out of an awful lot for quite a while.  When I talked with some friends recently about blogging, I was surprised at how long it’s been since I’ve visited this space.  So, I’m here for now, and may be more regularly appearing to check in and share what’s going on in my corner of the world.  Thanks for holding this space for me.  It’s good to know that there is a place where everybody knows my name.  I hope you’ve been well.

Apr 14, 2013

Two Steps Forward

Good News: This pile of bags means I can move some fabric stash OUT of the sewing room and into the box of "stock" awaiting the opportunity to be sold.

Bad News: There may have been a stack of fabric rescued from my Gram's attic that is currently in the washer that will soon be housed in my sewing room.

So I guess the real question is, what kind of project bags do YOU like? I see a lot of sewing in my future...

Mar 4, 2013

March Forth

It's time to do exactly that. My last, and favorite, grandparent passed away in early February, and it has thrown me for a loop. Yesterday was her memorial service, and I think we did her proud and sent her off in style. I cannot begin to express how loved I felt by the friends, neighbors, and coworkers of mine that attended the service and luncheon. I sometimes forget how lucky I am to be surrounded by such a great group of people.

But today is March fourth. It is time to get on with the act of life. There has been knitting, and planning...all of which I hope to share with you soon.

Thanks for hanging in there with me.

Feb 1, 2013

Lloie's Big Night Out.

Working the short rows as I wait for Angelique Kidjo to come on stage.

Hope your Friday night is just as fun. Actually, it's a big weekend. Tomorrow I'll be at Knit Michigan. Hope to see friends and spend the day shopping and knitting.

Jan 28, 2013

Found Time

I began the day hoping for a snow day, then was sure we weren't going to get one, then surprised that we were called off. I like to think I use found time well, but this morning found me napping.

As I continue to work through my UFO pile, I find myself both excited about discarded projects and disgusted at myself for leaving them incomplete. My weekend was spent determining how I increased for sleeves on a Lloie's cardigan I began nearly three years ago, and pleased that the notes I left for myself actually make sense. I'd hoped to join the sleeves with the body today but indecision kept me from commitment. I've been uncertain about sleeve length, and now became worried I wasn't choosing the right length for the body.

After a quick consult with a friend on twitter, where I was told that more grey stockinette stitch would not ACTUALLY kill me, I made the body longer. Not really long ENOUGH, because I needed some color in my life.

I cast on a headband for a colleague. Nearly finished but for the edging, and I hope to do that tomorrow.

Apparently I found time to create a new UFO.

Isn't that what I've been trying to avoid?

My day ended with a productive meeting with friends from my guild. Amidst the conversations, I do think we hammered out all that we needed to as we prep to host a teacher in March.

All in all a good day, but I always feel like I should be so much more productive when I find myself with so much unscheduled free time. Tomorrow it's back to the real world.

And more grey stockinette stitch. Hopefully the headband was a good vaccine for the boredom. After all, I do have the color work yoke ahead, that should keep me focused, right?