Our own pattern shop!

Since Ravelry has recently doubled down on their stance against accessibility, I no longer feel comfortable sending people there to purchase / download my patterns. Thus, I’ve added a pattern store to my site where you can download them directly from me. You can pay via PayPal or Stripe. 🙂

My dear friend and sister-in-wool Silver has asked me to host her patterns on my shop too, so I have added hers. The proceeds from her patterns will be sent to her directly by me.

You can still support me on Patreon for early access to my new patterns, a coupon code for one of my paid patterns (which works on my new store!), and other goodies. Alternatively, you can send me some support via Ko-fi if you don’t want to worry about recurring payments. Thank you!

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.

Revitalised and ready for action!

Well, hello there! It’s only been… two-and-a-half years since I’ve last popped in here! I’m still alive.

Mercury wearing Knit the Rainbow Mitts.
Wearing my Knit the Rainbow Mitts. Pattern published May 2017.

As you can see, the site’s had a major makeover. That video up top features my own hands working on something for my brother-in-law. There have also been some updates to the pages listed in the menu, and a whole new page: Patterns, where I’ve collected all of my own knitting patterns to date.  This includes two that were previously only available on my even older WordPress site, Emmy Knits. Those in particular have been given a bit of a refresh and spiffed up with the full PDF download treatment.

My health has reached a relatively stable state – the mystery illness I was plagued by for so long was actually irritable bowel syndrome, and now that I know that, I have ways of keeping it in check. I’m happy to say I haven’t had to check into the hospital since April 2014. This stability has also afforded me a chance to work a “normal” job again while still leaving me some knitting time. I’m currently an audio transcriber and audio transcription proofreader, which I do fully from home. It’s boosted my self-confidence tremendously.

I’m looking forward to posting project updates, pattern works-in-progress, and newly finished patterns, as well as some more slice-of-life bits and pieces. If you’re into the slice-of-life stuff, might I recommend checking out my dear friend Silver’s podcast, Silver’s Dreamland? She has great knit-a-longs, several projects on the needles, and she’s just fun to listen to in general. Also, I’ll be a guest on an episode in a few weeks if you’re curious to hear what I sound like, and if you’re interested in what’s happening with Silver’s Knitted Treats. We may also have a video game-related pattern to debut. 😉