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Sunday, 8 March 2009

February Lady Sweater

I started working on the February Lady Sweater (ravelry link) in the first week of February and I’m hoping to finish this weekend (March 7-8) I’m using a double strand of Canapone by elann.

Front and back photos of my sweater in progress, looking good...

February Lady Sweater frontFebruary Lady Sweater back

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Knitted Flower Project

I've been participating in a lovely little project called, "The Knitted Flower Project" and it has been an incredible amount of fun knitting these little flowers. I finished up these five today and scanned a photo before I send them on to Molly.

To make them I used up bits of yarns leftover from various projects and spent the morning picking out just the right buttons from my button tins.

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Looking Back: 2008 in Review

Just to preface my little review of 2008, I've been working on being self-employed for a while now. I've been a knitter and designer for most of my life and have designed and knit many things for myself, my family and friends, and have even sold a few things over the years. Many people have told me that I should sell more of my work, but it's easier said than done.

In January of 2006 I found the CSSD website and checked out the Business Abilities program. I was officially approved to take the program in February and started on Phase 1,

I completed Phase 1 and my first Business Plan in the summer of 2007, then started Phase 2, Business Start Up. The first step to be completed in my business plan was to take some accounting and web design courses.

Sooooo...I applied to take the online distance learning IBDE Web Design Training through Selkirk College in Nelson, BC. I also applied to take some Accounting courses through the online distance learning program at the College of the Rockies, in Cranbrook, BC.

So, what did I accomplish in 2008, my "Year of Education". I started the IBDE program in November of 2007 and completed it at the end of April, 2008. I learned to use HTML, XHTML, CSS, Microsoft Expressions, and Photoshop Elements 5. During June and July, 2008, I took two beginners courses for PHP and MYSQL.

At the same time, I started my basic accounting courses in October of 2007 and in October of 2008, I completed my 4th and final course. Whew!

Now, here I am in January of 2009, I'm feeling... mmm, confused! I have all this new-found knowledge in my head, ideas for many knitting designs swirling around in there, and a business to launch. Where do I start?

To Be Continued...

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

2009 - Year of Natural Fibres

2009 is the International Year of Natural Fibres.

There is a great video about it here.

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

A Wonderful Little Art Video

I'm having a very slow morning, my body doesn't want to move. As I was skimming through my email and blogs I came across this wonderful little video.

I'm working on two posts for the new year, a review of 2008 and some plans for 2009. Maybe if I post about them here it will inspire me to get my butt in gear and finish them! :)

Talk to you soon,
Cyndi in BC

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Wedding Veil

The wedding veil that I made for my daughter-in-law. I used 20/2 Tencel thread with 2.5 mm needles. I made it in Shetland Shawl style, I did the centre square, then picked up the stitches all around and did the borders, corners and the edging. It took me about 4 months to finish it.