Writing patterns and getting ready to launch… something!

Hello again! 🙂

It’s been a few months since my last update and I’ve adjusted a bit better to lockdown life. I’ve got a few more fingerless mitt patterns planned out, and I’m still contemplating a shawl I’d love to make and share the pattern for.

I’ve also got some exciting news up my sleeve – but I’m waiting a week to tell you exactly what it is. So check back on my birthday, next Saturday, to see what I’m going to announce! It’ll be a way to support me and also get behind-the-scenes looks and exclusive patterns, and I hope you’ll be interested in it.

2020 Update

Hi, everyone. I know I left you all hanging last June with the promise of new patterns, but visiting my family took up all my time (in a good way) so I just didn’t get the designs out that I wanted to. I still have a fingerless mitts pattern and a hat pattern that I made last year up my sleeve, and I’ll see about getting those published soon. With the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m finding I have a lot of time on my hands, but I have also been dealing with anxiety and depression which have slowed my knitting progress.

I’m glad I got to visit my family last year as it looks as though it will be impossible to see them this year. I miss them. We’d had a trip planned for May but as you might expect, that’s been cancelled. I’m not sure when we’ll see each other in person again, which is scary, but the truth nonetheless.

In February, I officially became a British citizen. I have lived here for 8 years and I want to spend the rest of my life here, and it makes me very happy that I can call England my home forever. Once I became a citizen, I applied to start studying at the University of Sheffield (and was accepted!) in Korean Studies with Japanese. I have always been interested in languages, and while visiting my family last year, my sister got me into BTS, the Korean rap / pop band. I wanted to learn Korean to sing along and understand the songs better, so I started using an app called LingoDeer – and I’ve discovered that I absolutely love speaking and reading Korean. My end goal is to work as a translator or interpreter for Korean speakers in the UK. The Japanese classes available to me in this course are just icing on the cake, as I’ve been interested in Japanese culture for many years and being able to read and speak Japanese too would be wonderful.

I find the entire pandemic situation overwhelming and terrifying, but I’m trying my best to carry on despite it all. I’m staying home and safe, and trying not to get too stir-crazy during this lockdown period. I’m wishing for the best for everyone.

No pattern for June

I don’t have a new pattern for you this month, but I’ll try my best to get three patterns to you during the next one! I’ll be on holiday in America visiting my family and I anticipate having a lot of knitting and designing time. I’ll update with progress during each week of July. 🙂 Thanks for understanding.

A bonus pattern for May – Quadrotriticale Mitts (free)!

Finally, I’m back to my end-of-the-month schedule for releasing fingerless mitt patterns. This free pattern was inspired by quadrotriticale, a specially-crafted grain that was able to grow on the otherwise-barren Sherman’s Planet in the Star Trek universe. It was a major plot point on the episode “The Trouble with Tribbles”… oh, I seem to have attracted one!

A friendly little tribble jumped right into my hand! Quadrotriticale Mitts – Free on Ravelry.

They’re so cute! I wonder if this one will be… oh dear.

They’re multiplying… better make some for yourself and lure a few away before they take over my house! 😉 They’re free on Ravelry and a quick, fun knit.

Some Final Fantasy white mage-inspired knits!

For Christmas last year, I made my friend, Lyra, a pair of fingerless gloves with some white mage detailing on them – she loves to play a white mage in Final Fantasy XIV, and has saved my blundering lancer many a time.

White Mage fingerless gloves, a gift for a friend

However, I made them too small! She’s taller than I am and I didn’t take this into account. So, a few months later, I made a replacement pair.

White Mage fingerless gloves – the replacement gift!

I felt bad that it had taken me so long to rectify my error, so I decided to… make poor Lyra wait even longer while I knitted her a white mage hooded cowl, as well.

White Mage hooded cowl

All that’s left for me to do now is mail these off to her, and she’ll finally be able to dress like the white mage she plays. It was fun to make some non-hat, non-plushie video game things!